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Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

CALLE BOLIVAR ESQ. ORURO, SHOPPING SAN FRANCISCO OFICINA 212, POTOSI, BOLIVIA
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Work +5912 6224818
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www.emba.com.bo

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Ramiro Moreno and Miguel Ángel Jemio head the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which counts numerous international financial institutions among its clients. Ramiro and Andrés Moreno acted for regional development bank CAF on several large transactions, including the restructuring of a $456m loan agreement between the lender and the Bolivian state. Jemio and Daniel Arredondo advised Credit Suisse on $8m-worth of separate security-repurchase transactions with Banco Unión, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz and Banco Nacional de Bolivia. René Claure is noted for his insurance and reinsurance expertise; his clients include Sogaz Insurance Group and BUPA Insurance.

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Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Ángel Jemio - 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

Noted for its high-value, multi-jurisdictional work for high-profile clients, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ practice had another very strong year. Andrés Moreno and Daniel Arredondo acted for ADM SAO on its sale to Inversiones Piuranas (with Alicorp as a joint purchaser), which constituted one of the largest transactions in Bolivia in the last year. Both lawyers also assisted Pan American Silver with its $24m purchase of New Pacific Metals. Cross-border corporate reorganisations are another strength of the practice: Moreno and insurance expert René Claure recently assisted BUPA with an $11m share transfer that involved BUPA’s British, Spanish and Swedish companies. Siemens instructed Luis Moreno and René Cuellar on two major sale-and-purchase agreements involving Bolivian turbines and power plants, as well as with various contractual negotiations with state-owned entities. On the commercial side, Ramiro Moreno advised Mastercard on various contracts with banks, companies, sports institutions and television networks, including sponsorship deals relating to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Other clients include Richline Group, Google and Foster + Partners. Andrés, Luis and Ramiro Moreno jointly head the group.

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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

Noted for its premier arbitration capabilities, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados also handles a broad range of significant litigation work. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno showcase the firm’s strength in investment arbitration: the pair recently acted for Air BP in a case against the Bolivian state regarding the latter’s alleged expropriation of the client’s share package, assets and investments, after the client was awarded a concession for providing jet fuel to 17 Bolivian airports. Supported by Daniel Arredondo and René Claure, both partners also represented Glencore Finance (Bermuda) in a $680m arbitration against the Bolivian state after the expropriation of two of Glencore’s mining assets. Insurance litigation is also a strength; Aon and Nacional Seguros are clients. Delfor Zapata heads the litigation practice, while Andrés Moreno is the key arbitration contact.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Arredondo - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

René Claure - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Mining, oil, gas and power are all areas of longstanding expertise for Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados; its La Paz office is especially strong in mining, while work in the other sectors is led largely out of Santa Cruz. As well as handling M&A and day-to-day advice, the practice structures high-level contracts – including operational agreements in oil and gas, and joint ventures for mining – and assists upstream oil and gas companies with matters including the organisation of their investments. The team also frequently handles EPC contracts. Luis Moreno and Ramiro Moreno, who head the group in conjunction with Andrés Moreno, continue to advise Samsung Engineering on all aspects of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba, including a $25m operation-and-management contract with YPFB. The firm is increasingly active in renewables: together with Teddy Mercado, Ramiro and Andrés Moreno acted for Vestas on the $100m construction of three wind parks that will generate 95MW of energy for Warnes, Montero and Santa Cruz. Pan American Silver is a mining client; other clients include Exterran, Eletrobras and China Sinosteel.

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Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Noted for its high volume of IP work and its high-calibre client base, Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office – the La Paz-based IP arm of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados – is led by Ramiro Moreno. It handles trade mark registrations and renewals and patent applications for over 2,000 active clients, most of which are foreign companies. Senior associate Freddy Paredes is strong in litigation; senior associate Yamila Droguett also has IP experience.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Freddy Paredes - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

René Claure and labour litigator Delfor Zapata co-head the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which acts for high-profile clients on the full range of employment matters, including collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), hiring and dismissals, and drafting employment contracts and outsourcing agreements. Claure advised the US Embassy on all its labour work, including work contracts and negotiating wage increases; while on the contentious side Zapata continued to defend Aon against four labour lawsuits (with an aggregate value of $4m), brought by the company’s former Bolivian management team. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson, Bolivision and Samsung Engineering. The team also handles immigration and social security matters, and both Claure and René Cuellar are strong negotiators with particular experience in CBAs. Senior associate Fernando Sánchez Peña is frequently active in contentious and non-contentious employment work.

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

René Claure - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Property finance is the key strength of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ department, which also frequently handles high-value corporate real estate matters. Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata co-lead the team and specialise in property finance and landsite acquisitions, respectively; Zapata, acting in conjunction with Daniel Arredondo, recently advised the US Embassy on its purchase of a 5,000m² residential property in La Paz. Acting in tandem with senior associate Miguel Ángel Jemio, Zapata also continues to advise BD Promotores on the $250m development of the World Trade Center in La Paz. Other matters saw The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instruct Moreno on 12 purchase-and-sale mandates in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The client roster also includes Constructora Ormachea and the Bolivian branch of Banco do Brasil.

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Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Especially active in supporting other departments with sizeable and complex mandates, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ tax practice is also strong in litigation. Delfor Zapata, who co-leads the group with Luis Moreno, assisted regional development bank CAF with various matters, including securing its tax-exempt status. Vestas Wind Systems instructed the team on a cross-border matter involving the establishment of a tax structure in support of Vestas’ bid to construct and operate a 93MW wind park in Warnes, Bolivia. Energy and mining are particularly active sectors for the practice, where its clients include Pan American Energy, Pan American Silver, Taunus and Macallum Group. Amaury Sport Organisation is another client on the contentious side. Senior associate Teddy Mercado is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Teddy Mercado - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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