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AV. PIRAÍ #2115 ESQ. BARACEA, SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA
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Work +591 3 353 5356
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Fax +591 3 358 1200
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www.indacochea.com

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Indacochea & Asociados

Excellent, timely’ and with ‘extensive knowledge’, the practice at Indacochea & Asociados is led by Mariana Pereira, who has particular expertise in the issuance of bonds and promissory notes. ‘Eloquent, distinguished, responsible’ project and property finance expert Alonso Indacochea is ‘a good manager’; he and senior associate Ana Carola Muñoz are especially strong in debt restructuring and loan agreements. Indacochea acted for CV Luxco on a multi-jurisdictional corporate-finance restructuring; and assisted an Anglo-Argentine real estate group with obtaining a $700,000 loan to build a shopping centre in Santa Cruz. Indacochea also advised Inversiones Inmobiliarias Grupo Fe on a loan agreement with a Chinese real estate fund. ‘Committed, honest and serious-minded’ associate Candys Dorado has ‘considerable accounting knowledge’. JLT Corredores de Reaseguros is a client in the insurance space.

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Mariana Pereira - Indacochea & Asociados

Next generation lawyers

Alonso Indacochea - Indacochea & Asociados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Indacochea & Asociados

Praised for its ‘commercial experience and knowledge’, Indacochea & Asociados’ practice has been increasingly active in both M&A and liquidations; clients in the latter space include Savino Del Bene and Grupo ELT. The corporate team often works closely with the firm’s real estate practice group and counts agribusiness and infrastructure as key areas of activity: Mariana Pereira acted for Contreras Hermanos on the $4.5m merger of two of its Bolivian subsidiaries, Bosforo and Gibraltar. Also strong in restructuring, Pereira advised Pampa Energía on its local reorganisation. Alonso Indacochea acted for Comercial Gerdau on the sale of all its assets to Monterrey Steel; he also teamed up with associate Heidy Sandoval to advise Corporación Custer on a $2m capital increase. Both Sandoval and Andere Indacochea have ‘a lot of corporate experience’. Other clients include Baxter Colombia and Transmeridian. Senior associates Lorena Otero and Ana Carola Muñoz regularly assist with corporate work.

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Alonso Indacochea - Indacochea & Asociados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Indacochea & Asociados

Indacochea & Asociados is active in both arbitration (especially in the infrastructure sector), and litigation, where healthcare and agro-industrial clients in particular have kept the practice busy of late. Senior associate Ichin Ma leads the team; he successfully assisted Pioneer Overseas with bringing a $1m debt claim against Semexa. Supported by Juan Pablo Sanchez, Ma also defended Tradeco Infraestructura (Bolivia)) against 20 civil, commercial and labour lawsuits worth $1m in total. In the real estate space, Ma represented Peru’s Pinasco Group in a land recovery lawsuit against Curtiembres Diamante, Sofia and the Guzman family.

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Ichin Ma - Indacochea & Asociados

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Indacochea & Asociados

Indacochea & Asociados’ ‘very competent’ practice, which is especially active in oil and gas, provides ‘very good service’ and has ‘extensive knowledge of legal issues in different areas’. Ricardo Indacochea, who has nearly two decades of experience working in-house at energy companies in Bolivia and Peru, heads the group; he advised Servicios Especiales San Antonio on obtaining various drilling licences and on a reorganisation. Corporate and finance expert Mariana Pereira is also very active in the sector: she continues to advise EIG Management on its role as shareholder in Gas TransBoliviano, as well as providing ongoing commercial and regulatory advice to Pampa Energía Bolivia. New clients of the department include Pluspetrol and Condor Energy. Senior associate Ana Carola Muñoz is also very well regarded.

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Ricardo Indacochea - Indacochea & Asociados

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Ana Carola Muñoz - Indacochea & Asociados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Indacochea & Asociados

Praised for its ‘overall level of service’ in terms of ‘response times, knowledge and accuracy’ as well as ‘quality of advice’, Indacochea & Asociados’ department has ‘expertise in labour matters’, and ‘adapts well to market challenges’. The ‘committed’ Andere Indacochea ‘performs very well’ and is ‘trusted for handling delicate matters’; she recently handled a range of work for Bayer, including restructuring, hiring and dismissals, as well as social benefits and policies for inbound and outbound personnel. Other practice clients include Bebidas Bolivianas, Kimberly Bolivia and Pfizer Bolivia.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Indacochea & Asociados

The workload of Indacochea & Asociados’ practice falls largely into two segments: the urban – including hotels, condominiums and residential matters; and the rural – primarily involving agricultural properties. The former sub-sector has been especially busy for the department recently; closed condominiums, urbanisation, real estate reorganisations and obtaining real estate licences are all areas of particular expertise. Alonso Indacochea heads the practice, and recent mandates saw him and Anwar Farah (who counts public law and obtaining licences as key strengths) advise Triangulo de Oro on the planning aspects of its proposed $1m La Plaza shopping centre. Other clients include Grupo Fe and Riverfront Inversiones. Associate María José Martinez is also recommended.

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Alonso Indacochea - Indacochea & Asociados

Next generation lawyers

Anwar Farah - Indacochea & Asociados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Indacochea & Asociados

Noted for its ‘very fast response times, creative legal solutions and multidisciplinary approach’, Indacochea & Asociados’ department has ‘very strong structuring knowledge’ and leaves clients ‘very happy’. Defending clients against tax rulings, assisting them with corporate matters and advising them on transfer pricing matters are the team’s key strengths. Mariana Pereira heads the group and senior associate Candys Dorado is also particularly active in the tax sector: she represented Servicios Petroleros Marlin Bolivia in proceedings to reduce a $600,000 tax obligation imposed by the SIN. In addition, the team was further strengthened with the incorporation of tax-dedicated junior associate Rina Montaño, who arrived from an in-house position at Repsol. Bayer Boliviana, El Arreador and Argentine company Gibraltar are also clients.

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Candys Dorado - Indacochea & Asociados

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