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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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La Paz, Santa Cruz

Jorge Inchauste

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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Corporate M&A / Banking & Finance




Currently a partner of Guevara & Gutierrez with expertise in international business transactions, structured finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, alternate dispute resolution, and development of natural resources: energy and mining. He was a foreign associate at Piper Rudnick LLP in New York USA, General Secretary of the Mediation and Arbitration Center and Legal Counsel at the National Chamber of Commerce between.

He has several publications related to his areas of expertise that include Bolivian regulations on Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance and Environmental Law.


He speaks fluent Spanish and English.


  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • Authorized to practice law in the State of New York, USA
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • American Bar Association  (ABA)


  • Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Law Degree;
  • Georgetown University, Washington DC, LLM in International Legal Studies;
  • Universidad de Los Andes, La Paz, Master in Law and Economics.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Widely recognised for its corporate experience and firepower, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s corporate group is led by Jorge Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara in La Paz; with Enrique Barrios the key contact in Santa Cruz. The practice’s clients are largely international investors, and accordingly, the team’s core strengths -aside from M&A- are establishing and handling complex business structures, including joint ventures. Barrios continued to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on day-to-day matters regarding three of its Bolivian investment vehicles. Guevara and José Bernal assisted FLSmidth with negotiating and executing a commercial agreement with Fábrica Nacional de Cemento regarding a large new cement plant. On the M&A side, Inchauste acted for Avantica Technologies on initiating its operations in Bolivia through the acquisition of a local company. The Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado was also busy in 2016, assisting Finilager with the execution of its largest commercial contract in Bolivia, and advising its board members on corporate governance issues, as well as acting for SK Rental and Makita on their local investments and day-to-day operations.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

While also strong in litigation, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s disputes practice is renowned for its capabilities in both local and international arbitration. Santa Cruz-based senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, a labour litigation specialist, co-leads the team with the La Paz-based Rodrigo Rivera, who handles litigation and arbitration and is especially active in competition disputes. Ramiro Guevara has extensive experience in international arbitration and in 2016, he and Rivera represented GCC of America in a high-profile $40m arbitration case regarding its ownership of shares in Soboce, as well as handling related constitutional litigation against Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. Jorge Inchauste is also active in disputes work: he acted for Quiborax in arbitration against the Bolivian government regarding the latter’s alleged expropriation of Quiborax’s mining concessions without fair compensation. Other clients include South American Silver, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Cinemark Holdings. Senior associate Zoya Galarza, who focuses on competition law disputes, is one to watch.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-based practice is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste. The practice handles a full range of matters including filings, renewals, registrations and patent matters, but its key strength is trade mark litigation. Mercado acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía in 15 successful disputes against a key Bolivian competitor during 2016. Other litigation clients include Ajinomoto and Hotel La Quinta. The team also assumed management of a portfolio of over 30 patents on behalf of Colombian firm Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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