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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Criales & Urcullo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Criales & Urcullo’s practice is especially strong in capital markets, investment funds and regulatory financial services work. Group head Javier Urcullo is an expert in all these areas: he acted for Panamerican on the participation of one of its funds, Fondo de Inversión Cerrado (FIBRA FIC), in the financing of the Marriott Hotel in Santa Cruz, and advised the same client on structuring the financing for several other Santa Cruz construction projects. He also advised Grupo Fortaleza on financial regulatory compliance matters and a manufacturer with a $10m debt restructuring and capitalisation. On the capital markets side, Mercantil Santa Cruz Agencia de Bolsa mandated Urcullo on structuring a $20m bond issuance by Nibol. Luis Valda and associate Andrea Urcullo are also recommended. Hidroelectrica Boliviana is another client.

Leading lawyers

Javier Urcullo - Criales & Urcullo

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Criales & Urcullo

Active across a wide range of sectors, especially oil, gas, power and telecoms, Criales & Urcullo’s department is led by José Antonio Criales; he is supported by Adrián Barrenechea, who is strong in complex and cross-border transactions, and finance specialist Javier Urcullo. Working in conjunction with Daniel Mariaca, Criales acted for D&M Group on the $32m merger of two of its companies, SAIV and Campos de Solana. He also advised one Bolivian beverages client on a Singani export contract with a US company, and was instructed by a mining client on the incorporation of a new company to develop a mineral treatment plant. Other clients include real estate company Atlantis and Grupo Fortaleza.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Criales & Urcullo

Luis Valda heads the practice group at banking and finance boutique Criales & Urcullo, which includes accountants as well as lawyers; it has particular experience in international tax work, including transfer pricing matters. Valda provided tax and accounting advice to a Bolivian mining company on the structuring of a new company to develop a mineral treatment plant. Rubén Acuña is a financial auditing expert who assists Valda on numerous transactions; financial adviser Gabriel Galarza is also well regarded. Other clients include Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz and, on the transactional tax side, D&M Group.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Rodrigo Rivera at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is ‘very knowledgeable on Bolivian arbitral and judicial practice’ and is capable of ‘presenting his ideas clearly and effectively’. Firm name partner Ramiro Guevara also has profile in arbitral work; his recent highlights include representing Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a major dispute with Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. At Criales & Urcullo, José Criales has notable experience in international arbitration, including representing the Bolivian state in a number of disputes. Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa’s practice head Fernando Aguirre handles commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations. At Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, the ‘excellent and diligent’ Andrés Moreno is singled out for his solid track record handling international arbitration, including investor-state cases.

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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Criales & Urcullo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Criales & Urcullo’s practice is especially strong in capital markets, investment funds and regulatory financial services work. Group head Javier Urcullo is an expert in all these areas: he acted for Panamerican on the participation of one of its funds, Fondo de Inversión Cerrado (FIBRA FIC), in the financing of the Marriott Hotel in Santa Cruz, and advised the same client on structuring the financing for several other Santa Cruz construction projects. He also advised Grupo Fortaleza on financial regulatory compliance matters and a manufacturer with a $10m debt restructuring and capitalisation. On the capital markets side, Mercantil Santa Cruz Agencia de Bolsa mandated Urcullo on structuring a $20m bond issuance by Nibol. Luis Valda and associate Andrea Urcullo are also recommended. Hidroelectrica Boliviana is another client.

Leading lawyers

Javier Urcullo - Criales & Urcullo

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Criales & Urcullo

Active across a wide range of sectors, especially oil, gas, power and telecoms, Criales & Urcullo’s department is led by José Antonio Criales; he is supported by Adrián Barrenechea, who is strong in complex and cross-border transactions, and finance specialist Javier Urcullo. Working in conjunction with Daniel Mariaca, Criales acted for D&M Group on the $32m merger of two of its companies, SAIV and Campos de Solana. He also advised one Bolivian beverages client on a Singani export contract with a US company, and was instructed by a mining client on the incorporation of a new company to develop a mineral treatment plant. Other clients include real estate company Atlantis and Grupo Fortaleza.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Criales & Urcullo

Luis Valda heads the practice group at banking and finance boutique Criales & Urcullo, which includes accountants as well as lawyers; it has particular experience in international tax work, including transfer pricing matters. Valda provided tax and accounting advice to a Bolivian mining company on the structuring of a new company to develop a mineral treatment plant. Rubén Acuña is a financial auditing expert who assists Valda on numerous transactions; financial adviser Gabriel Galarza is also well regarded. Other clients include Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz and, on the transactional tax side, D&M Group.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Rodrigo Rivera at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is ‘very knowledgeable on Bolivian arbitral and judicial practice’ and is capable of ‘presenting his ideas clearly and effectively’. Firm name partner Ramiro Guevara also has profile in arbitral work; his recent highlights include representing Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a major dispute with Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. At Criales & Urcullo, José Criales has notable experience in international arbitration, including representing the Bolivian state in a number of disputes. Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa’s practice head Fernando Aguirre handles commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations. At Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, the ‘excellent and diligent’ Andrés Moreno is singled out for his solid track record handling international arbitration, including investor-state cases.

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