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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

CALLE 15 DE CALACOTO, TORRE KETAL, OF 402, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Tel:
Work +591 2 277 0808
Fax:
Fax +591 2 279 6462
Email:
Web:
www.gg-lex.com
La Paz, Santa Cruz

Ramiro Guevara

Tel:
Work 591 2 2770808
Email:
Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Work Department

Banking & Finance / Corporate M&A

Position

Senior Partner

Career

Ramiro Guevara is one of the Senior Partners at Guevara & Gutiérrez. He specializes in Banking & Finance, Corporate Law, International Arbitration, Oil & Gas, and Bankruptcy Law. Because of his extensive experience and exposure to some of the most important deals and cross border transactions in Bolivia, and because of his over 30 years of experience, he is widely regarded as one of the most experienced lawyers in the country.

Mr Guevara acted as head of the Legal Department of the Bolivian Central Bank, as legal counsel to the Commission of Negotiation of Bolivia’s Foreign Debt, and as Director of the Boards of YPFB, the Bolivian Central Bank, and the National Stock Exchange Commission.

Languages

He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Member

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Registered arbitrator at the Bolivian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center.

Education

  • St. John's University, New York, Undergraduate Studies;
  • Université des Sciences Sociales, Tolouse, Certificat d'Aptitude a l'Administration des Enterprises, M.B.A.;
  • Institut d'Etudes Internationales et de Development, Tolouse, Studies in International Commerce;
  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Lawyer;
  • Instituto para el Desarrollo de Empresarios y Administradores, La Paz, Studies in Banking Law, Labor Law, Warrants;
  • Institut International de Droit du Dévelopment, Rome, Seminar on Investment Treaties, Investment Contracts and Joint Ventures.


Bolivia

Banking and finance

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Banking and finance

The team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been increasingly active in large-scale restructuring activities in the banking and finance sector: Ramiro Guevara assisted Grupo Financiero Bisa with the $300m reorganisation of all its companies. As well as continuing to provide regulatory advice to global financial institutions – such as Standard Chartered and Citibank – which have interests in Bolivia but are not domiciled in the country, the team continues to act for locally active international lenders such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Project finance and structured finance are other areas of particular strength. Guevara co-heads the practice with Jorge Inchauste in La Paz; while Enrique Barrios is the key contact in Santa Cruz. La Paz-based associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara are frequently active on high-value matters.

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Corporate and M&A

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Corporate and M&A

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been handling a high volume of M&A for high-profile domestic and international clients and, accordingly, it has also been increasingly active in competition work. Energy, mining, consumer goods and manufacturing are all sectors in which the practice has notable expertise: recent mandates saw team co-head Jorge Inchauste assist Alicorp with its $200m purchase of Industrias del Aceite (as well as with its purchase, alongside Inversiones Piuranas, of ADM SAO); while fellow co-head Ramiro Guevara advised Italian manufacturer Bottero on $4m-worth of commercial contracts relating to the construction of a glass-processing factory in Bolivia. Other clients include Verizon, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and PepsiCo. Inchauste, Guevara and senior associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara comprise the core team in La Paz, supported by competition expert Zoya Galarza; in Santa Cruz, energy is a key strength, with Enrique Barrios and Rodolfo Mercado assisted by senior associates Jairo Guiteras and Julio Landivar.

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Dispute resolution

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Dispute resolution

The ‘highly capable’, ‘multi-disciplinary’ team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.Cworks very hard for its clients’ and is ‘very honest and professional in all senses’. The practice, which prides itself on its administrative and constitutional litigation capabilities, frequently represents Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera recently defended the beverages company in Supreme Court competition proceedings and against lawsuits brought by competitors such as Amazónica. Arbitration is another strong suit: Rivera acted for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a $40m international arbitration brought by Turkish cement group Çimsa. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based labour litigator Primitivo Gutiérrez, who also has arbitration experience. Ramiro Guevara is a renowned international arbitrator; associates José Bernal and Zoya Galarza, who is a competition expert, are also recommended.

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Energy and natural resources

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Energy and natural resources

Based primarily in Santa Cruz, the practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is led by regulatory and contracts expert Enrique Barrios, and counts Petrobras Brazil, Repsol and Occidental Petroleum among its clients. Oil and gas, particularly in the upstream space, is a core strength of the group, which also has experience in energy-sector international arbitration as well as in regulatory and cross-border transactional work. The team largely acts for private-sector clients in negotiations (and disputes) with state-owned entities. Barrios acted for YPF Argentina on a $60m oil and gas services agreement concerning the Charagua area, as well as assisting the client with procurement-related regulatory matters. Corporate work and capital-raising matters are often led by Rodolfo Mercado and Ramiro Guevara, who are based in Santa Cruz and La Paz respectively; while senior associate Julio Landivar frequently advises oil and gas companies on corporate and contractual matters. Renewable energy, especially in the wind sub-sector but also – increasingly – in the solar power segment, is a growing strength of the department.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

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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 Soc. Civ.’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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