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Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

CAPITAN RAVELO 2366, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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Fax +591 2 244 1550
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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ team counts household-name corporates and internationally recognised banks on its client roster. Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso leads the department and recently acted for Credit Suisse on security repurchase transactions with Banco Union, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz and Banco Nacional totalling $34.5m. In other matters, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez and Luis Moreno Gutierrez advised Itacamba on obtaining a $120m loan credit facility from a six-bank syndicate – the largest deal of its kind in Bolivian history. Key practice support comes from senior associate Miguel Angel Jemio. Other clients of the department include BISA Financial Group and Global Partnership.

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Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados

With its main office in La Paz, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ corporate department is co-led by Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez and Luis Moreno Gutierrez. Major recent mandates saw the team advise Samsung Engineering on all corporate matters relating to its construction of the Bulo Bulo Ammonia and Urea Plant in Cochabamba, and represent Iberdrola in relation to the nationalisation of utility companies Electropaz, ELFEO, CADEB and EDESER, leading to a £53.6m indemnification payment and the transferral of the entities to the state energy corporation, ENDE. On the transactional front, Andrés Moreno acted for AON Corporation on the sale of its clients and brokerage business to Estrategica, and Ramiro Moreno and Luis Moreno advised Halliburton on a merger involving one of its Bolivian branches. The department also handles reorganisations: Andrés Moreno assisted BUPA with the corporate restructuring of its activities in Bolivia. Other clients include Jaguar Land Rover, SOGAZ Insurance Group and KPMG International.

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Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso and Andrés Moreno lead the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, and senior associate Delfor Zapata is also active in dispute resolution matters. The firm’s main office is in La Paz, though it also has outposts in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Tarija. Nationalisations in the first half of the decade have kept litigators busy and Moreno Baldivieso’s practice has not been an exception: the two practice heads represented Iberdrola in an arbitration case against the Bolivian government, obtaining a settlement of $34m. Additionally, Istmo Compañia de Reaseguros instructed the practice on a $11.7m arbitration case brought by Credinform International; the final award on the arbitration is still pending. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno also acted for Comercializadora EMURA in a $2.5m arbitration case against 5N PLUS, which refused to renew an expired letter of credit to pay for a mineral cargo purchase. Zapata was also active and advised fund administrator La Vitalicia de Seguros y Reaseguros de Vida on the 140 claims filed against it in 2015. Air BP is also on the practice’s client roster.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Jointly led by Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso, Andrés Moreno and Luis Moreno, the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados counts numerous household names on its client roster. The practice heads acted as sole counsel to Samsung Engineering on the largest oil-and-gas project in Bolivian history: the $1bn construction of the Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba, where the firm has one of its four offices. The team also advises Exterran on all its Bolivian activities, including operation of the $600m Rio Grande gas separation plant and its six-year compression services contract with Petrobras Bolivia, awarded in 2015. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno are assisting Pan American Silver on a contractual migration process agreement with the Bolivian government, and on the dispute resolution side successfully represented Iberdrola Energía in an arbitration case against the state following the latter’s nationalisation of Iberbolivia de Inversiones’ shares in four of the country’s main electricity distribution companies. Other clients include Itacamba, Halliburton Latin America and Siemens.

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Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

The IP arm of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados operates under the name of Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office. Very highly regarded in the Bolivian market, it is led by Ramiro Moreno from the firm’s La Paz office. It handles matters relating to trade marks, copyright, patents and internet law; and trade mark registrations and renewals, along with patent applications (overwhelmingly for foreign clients), are the cornerstone of the practice. Indeed, the team undertook nearly 19% of all trade mark registrations in Bolivia in 2015, and nearly 28% of patent applications.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Senior associate Delfor Zapata leads Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ labour and employment department, which counts numerous household names on its roster of clients. The team regularly advises the US Embassy on labour and social security matters, including the hiring and dismissal of personnel. The Santa Cruz-based Rene Cuellar advised a major oil and gas operator on labour, customs and immigration issues, and assisted with the procurement of working permits and resident visas for nearly 100 foreign labourers working on the Icahuasi gas project. Other clients include AON Corporation, Samsung Engineering and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

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Legal market overview

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ department is led by Luis Moreno, with support from senior associate Delfor Zapata. Having previously advised the client on the real estate and construction aspects of various large-scale residential complexes in Santa Cruz in 2014, the team advised Constructora Ormachea on the construction of a $27m hospital in El Alto (one of the largest publically-funded projects of 2015) and also undertook the $2.7m purchase of a 12,000m² site for the project. The practice also acted for prominent client BD Promotores on the development of its $250m Ciudad Toyosa complex, a project that will include a 50-floor office tower, two 40-floor apartment buildings, a shopping mall and a luxury hotel. Other clients include AGRICAFE, Banco do Brasil (Bolivia), and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

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Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Luis Moreno and senior associate Delfor Zapata head up the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados and recently advised Samsung Engineering on the tax-related aspects of the construction of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. The practice also advised AON Corporation on the sale of its client portfolio and brokerage business to Estrategica (a transaction that entailed various complexities relating to VAT obligations), and Pan American Silver Corporation instructed the department on tax-related aspects of a $250m Canadian investment in Bolivia’s second-largest silver project. Other clients include Amaury Sport Organisation, AJE Group, Red Nacional Bolivisión and Constructora Ormachea.

Leading lawyers

Luis Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

At Criales, Urcullo & Antezana, founding partner José Criales regularly handles arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution matters, working alongside international law firms on complex cases. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s Fernando Aguirre is recommended for international arbitration, acting in both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s Ramiro Guevara was involved as local counsel in a number of expropriation-related disputes, including representing Rurelec following the nationalisation of its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi. Acting alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ Andrés Moreno acted for Spanish multinational Iberdrola Energia in its UNCITRAL claim against the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, alleging expropriation of shares in four of the country’s main electricity companies.

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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ team counts household-name corporates and internationally recognised banks on its client roster. Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso leads the department and recently acted for Credit Suisse on security repurchase transactions with Banco Union, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz and Banco Nacional totalling $34.5m. In other matters, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez and Luis Moreno Gutierrez advised Itacamba on obtaining a $120m loan credit facility from a six-bank syndicate – the largest deal of its kind in Bolivian history. Key practice support comes from senior associate Miguel Angel Jemio. Other clients of the department include BISA Financial Group and Global Partnership.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados

With its main office in La Paz, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ corporate department is co-led by Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez and Luis Moreno Gutierrez. Major recent mandates saw the team advise Samsung Engineering on all corporate matters relating to its construction of the Bulo Bulo Ammonia and Urea Plant in Cochabamba, and represent Iberdrola in relation to the nationalisation of utility companies Electropaz, ELFEO, CADEB and EDESER, leading to a £53.6m indemnification payment and the transferral of the entities to the state energy corporation, ENDE. On the transactional front, Andrés Moreno acted for AON Corporation on the sale of its clients and brokerage business to Estrategica, and Ramiro Moreno and Luis Moreno advised Halliburton on a merger involving one of its Bolivian branches. The department also handles reorganisations: Andrés Moreno assisted BUPA with the corporate restructuring of its activities in Bolivia. Other clients include Jaguar Land Rover, SOGAZ Insurance Group and KPMG International.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso and Andrés Moreno lead the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, and senior associate Delfor Zapata is also active in dispute resolution matters. The firm’s main office is in La Paz, though it also has outposts in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Tarija. Nationalisations in the first half of the decade have kept litigators busy and Moreno Baldivieso’s practice has not been an exception: the two practice heads represented Iberdrola in an arbitration case against the Bolivian government, obtaining a settlement of $34m. Additionally, Istmo Compañia de Reaseguros instructed the practice on a $11.7m arbitration case brought by Credinform International; the final award on the arbitration is still pending. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno also acted for Comercializadora EMURA in a $2.5m arbitration case against 5N PLUS, which refused to renew an expired letter of credit to pay for a mineral cargo purchase. Zapata was also active and advised fund administrator La Vitalicia de Seguros y Reaseguros de Vida on the 140 claims filed against it in 2015. Air BP is also on the practice’s client roster.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Jointly led by Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso, Andrés Moreno and Luis Moreno, the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados counts numerous household names on its client roster. The practice heads acted as sole counsel to Samsung Engineering on the largest oil-and-gas project in Bolivian history: the $1bn construction of the Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba, where the firm has one of its four offices. The team also advises Exterran on all its Bolivian activities, including operation of the $600m Rio Grande gas separation plant and its six-year compression services contract with Petrobras Bolivia, awarded in 2015. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno are assisting Pan American Silver on a contractual migration process agreement with the Bolivian government, and on the dispute resolution side successfully represented Iberdrola Energía in an arbitration case against the state following the latter’s nationalisation of Iberbolivia de Inversiones’ shares in four of the country’s main electricity distribution companies. Other clients include Itacamba, Halliburton Latin America and Siemens.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

The IP arm of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados operates under the name of Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office. Very highly regarded in the Bolivian market, it is led by Ramiro Moreno from the firm’s La Paz office. It handles matters relating to trade marks, copyright, patents and internet law; and trade mark registrations and renewals, along with patent applications (overwhelmingly for foreign clients), are the cornerstone of the practice. Indeed, the team undertook nearly 19% of all trade mark registrations in Bolivia in 2015, and nearly 28% of patent applications.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Senior associate Delfor Zapata leads Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ labour and employment department, which counts numerous household names on its roster of clients. The team regularly advises the US Embassy on labour and social security matters, including the hiring and dismissal of personnel. The Santa Cruz-based Rene Cuellar advised a major oil and gas operator on labour, customs and immigration issues, and assisted with the procurement of working permits and resident visas for nearly 100 foreign labourers working on the Icahuasi gas project. Other clients include AON Corporation, Samsung Engineering and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

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Legal market overview

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ department is led by Luis Moreno, with support from senior associate Delfor Zapata. Having previously advised the client on the real estate and construction aspects of various large-scale residential complexes in Santa Cruz in 2014, the team advised Constructora Ormachea on the construction of a $27m hospital in El Alto (one of the largest publically-funded projects of 2015) and also undertook the $2.7m purchase of a 12,000m² site for the project. The practice also acted for prominent client BD Promotores on the development of its $250m Ciudad Toyosa complex, a project that will include a 50-floor office tower, two 40-floor apartment buildings, a shopping mall and a luxury hotel. Other clients include AGRICAFE, Banco do Brasil (Bolivia), and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Luis Moreno and senior associate Delfor Zapata head up the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados and recently advised Samsung Engineering on the tax-related aspects of the construction of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. The practice also advised AON Corporation on the sale of its client portfolio and brokerage business to Estrategica (a transaction that entailed various complexities relating to VAT obligations), and Pan American Silver Corporation instructed the department on tax-related aspects of a $250m Canadian investment in Bolivia’s second-largest silver project. Other clients include Amaury Sport Organisation, AJE Group, Red Nacional Bolivisión and Constructora Ormachea.

Leading lawyers

Luis Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

At Criales, Urcullo & Antezana, founding partner José Criales regularly handles arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution matters, working alongside international law firms on complex cases. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s Fernando Aguirre is recommended for international arbitration, acting in both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s Ramiro Guevara was involved as local counsel in a number of expropriation-related disputes, including representing Rurelec following the nationalisation of its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi. Acting alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ Andrés Moreno acted for Spanish multinational Iberdrola Energia in its UNCITRAL claim against the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, alleging expropriation of shares in four of the country’s main electricity companies.

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