Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

The dispute resolution team at Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados specialises in corporate legal affairs and the settlement of agreements. The group is led by Fabio Joffre, who specialises in litigation and is highly-experienced in jurisdictional and constitutional processes.

Dispute resolution in Bolivia

Dentons Guevara & Gutierrez

Dentons Guevara & Gutierrez handles a range of complex disputes in different practice areas. The dispute resolution team has experience in anti-trust, real estate, tax and commercial litigation and is involved in disputes related to white collar crime and constitutional matters. The firm is also able to advise clients on hydrocarbons and environmental law. The team handles national and international arbitration, as well as the enforcement and recognition of arbitral awards and rulings. Practice head Rodrigo Rivera has extensive experience in complex litigation and arbitration and has been involved in international arbitrations before the ICC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He leads the team alongside Primitivo Gutiérrez, an expert in labour law, real estate and alternative dispute resolution; and Zoya Galarza, who has represented clients in complex administrative disputes before government agencies and authorities. Jorge Inchauste is an ‘intelligent professional' with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. Senior associates Belén Montes and Ana Lora are active members of the team, and at the associate level, Rosario Echeverria stands out, and Elena Rivera and Nina Leguizamon come with client recommendation.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Rivera; Primitivo Gutiérrez; Zoya Galarza


Dentons Guevara & Gutiérrez has managed to consolidate a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who work as a team, are proactive and above all know the client’s needs, contributing a detailed analysis and very creative ideas and solutions, looking after the interests of their client.

Teamwork, expertise and a proactive approach to coordinated work. Rodrigo Rivera, Jorge Luis Inchauste, Zoya Galarza make up a very consolidated and enterprising team with born leaders.

The law firm is characterised by being a very efficient group of lawyers, capable of solving complex problems.

Key clients

Repsol E&P Bolivia

Cervecería Boliviana Nacional

Petrobras Bolivia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Petrobras on all disputes related to a claim for use of property and related damages against it
  • Acted for Cervecería Boliviana Nacional (CBN) in multiple judicial and administrative proceedings related to anti-trust and constitutional matters.
  • Advised Repsol E&P Bolivia on 22 simultaneous contentious administrative processes against the Ministry of Hydrocarbon before the Bolivian Supreme Court.

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados continues to operate as a market-leading firm in the arbitration practice area. The firm’s dispute resolution team has represented private investors in international investment arbitrations against the Bolivian state, and has been involved in commercial arbitrations based on the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. The firm continued to add both national and international clients to its client base in 2022. Practice co-head Andrés Moreno specialises in arbitration and was appointed as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for the 2021-2024 term. He leads the team alongside Ramiro Moreno, who also has extensive experience in international arbitration. Delfor Zapata heads the firm’s litigation department, and has a wealth of experience in complex litigation matters related to labour, tax, criminal and civil and administrative law. The practice heads are supported by René Claure, Daniel Arredondo and Teddy Mercado, who are all familiar with both national and international arbitration proceedings. At the associate level, Pamela Muñoz, Jose María Navarro and Fernanda Veremeenco are active members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ramiro Moreno; Andrés Moreno; Delfor Zapata

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Company

Air BP


Archer Daniel Midland

Munich RE

Fortaleza Seguros


Lloyds of London


Active RE

Work highlights

  • Advising Zurich Insurance Company on the UNCITRAL investor state arbitration it filed against the Bolivian State.
  • Advised IDOM after on ICC Arbitration for damages against YPFB.
  • Assisting Munich Re with the collection action that took place in the domestic local courts of La Paz, after it provided reinsurance coverage to Credinform in a $16m claim against Electroingenieria.


FERRERE‘s dispute resolution team offers advice on a range of contentious matters, including both domestic and international arbitration, and domestic litigation. The group handles various arbitration matters, including investment, civil and commercial arbitration, and its experience also covers complex and sensitive disputes with the Bolivian government. Clients come from a variety of industries, including energy and natural resources, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and retail. In 2022, the firm also noted a signification number of litigation matters related to the agribusiness sector. Managing partner Diego Villarroel leads the arbitration and litigation team, and senior associate Bruno Cuellar has a broad knowledge of dispute resolution procedures, with a focus on civil and labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Diego Villarroel


I would like to highlight the assistance that we received from Diego Villaroel and Mauricio Vizcarra, when they worked as local counsel for a treaty arbitration. They are extremely responsive and come across as very knowledgeable of Bolivian law. They also understand well how Bolivian law fits within international law and a treaty dispute.

Diego Villaroel is an excellent point of contact. He is extremely responsive and pragmatic.

Great team.

Key clients

Glencore Finance (Bermuda)


Cargill Bolivia

Distribuidora Cummins

Polimix Bolivia Hormigón

Fundación Netri


Agropecuaria Momoca


Ingenio Sucroalcoholero Aguaí

Cruzimex Comercio Exterior y Distribución


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Work highlights

  • Advising Cargill on recovery of bad debts for an accrued amount of over $10m.
  • Representing Glencore Finance alongside in UNICTRAL arbitration against the Plurinational State of Bolivia before the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • Acted for Saktal in rejecting the principal claim brought against it by El Doral for approximately $9m.

PPO Abogados

PPO Abogados boasts a team of ‘excellent lawyers‘ that handles a wide range of dispute resolution cases, including civil, criminal, constitutional and arbitration matters. The firm has developed a number of specialised practice areas, including preventive contest and bankruptcy litigation, business-to-business disputes, conciliation and debt collection. Among its clients, the firm lists a significant number of Bolivian and foreign blue-chip companies from a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, construction, and telecoms. The team assists them with antitrust matters, civil action defence, inheritance and property succession and insurance cases. Lindsay Sykes leads the international arbitration and compliance practice; she has extensive cross-border dispute resolution experience, and has advised on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, risk management and anti-corruption compliance, and investigations into corporate misconduct. Alejandro Pemintel heads the litigation team, advising clients on strategies for civil, commercial and constitutional arbitration processes. Senior associate Fernando Escobar was appointed practice director in September 2023, and Luz Marina Iriarte comes with client recommendation for both her litigious and arbitral capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Pemintel; Lindsay Sykes


PPO has a team of excellent lawyers, with a lot of knowledge and with different profiles who manage to create an interesting synergy when resolving conflicts. Something that stands out is that they have people who perform very well in litigation, being eloquent, clear and determined.

Luz Marina Iriarte has a profile that becomes a competitive advantage when litigating.

Personal management definitely makes the difference.

This practice requires special know-how, experience in similar arbitrations. The firm has similar good skills to other firms I have worked with. As a distinction with other firms, I have valued the support in proper preparation and collaboration for witness statements.

Quick response to our questions and requirements. Extensive knowledge of the functioning of arbitrations in Bolivia. Detection of weaknesses in the counterpart of the arbitration. Alejandro Pemintel and Luz Marina Iriarte have stood out in our arbitration.’

Key clients

DICSA Bolivia

Cámara de Comercio de Cochabamba

Minera San Cristóbal

Volvo Latin America




Ole Distribution


Sergio Moscoso Prudencio

Work highlights

  • Representing Minera San Cristobal in an amparo initiated by the company’s union before the Constitutional Court regarding a labour arbitration award.
  • Advising Duratex on aspects of contingency prevention, advice and sponsorship of judicial processes.
  • Representing Spanish banking group BBVA in a claim brought before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN)

Fernando Aguirre and Santiago Nishizawa, both experts on national and international arbitration and recorded arbitrators at several arbitration centres, help lead the dispute resolution department at Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN). Fellow practice co-head Ariel Morales continues to be active in the area, focusing on civil, commercial, labour, family and bankruptcy procedures, and receives high praise from clients. Gonzalo Prudencio rounds out the leadership team, advising on tax and labour litigation matters and administrative proceedings. The team participates in high-value litigation and labour judicial actions, and counts major financial institutions among its regular clients.

Practice head(s):

Ariel Morales; Fernando Aguirre; Santiago Nishizawa; Gonzalo Prudencio


Ariel Morales is always willing to clear up the doubts of the labour process that we face. This practice differs from others in the market because they are willing to bill according to the resolution of the conflict and are always willing to provide efficient solutions to present in the process.

The lawyer Ariel Morales stands out from others in the environment mainly for his professional and local values. He is always willing to answer questions and gives us the necessary confidence to face a judicial process.

Key clients

Agfa Gevaert NV

Total E&P Bolivia

Banco Nacional de Bolivia

Banco Bisa

Sucesion Nemtala Tamayo

Sucesión Borda Claure

Hansa l


Urgencias Medicas – Clinica Urme

Colegio Aleman La Paz

Work highlights

  • Acting for the AGFA Group in a lawsuit initiated by La Papelera for the payment of compensation of alleged damages, loss of profit, among other concepts.
  • Defended Total E&P Bolivie against a judicial action initiated by a former worker, claiming $2.6m of social benefits.
  • Assisting Banco Nacional de Bolivia with multiple judicial actions it initiated for the recovery of unpaid amounts.

Indacochea & Asociados

A team of ‘excellent lawyers with an impeccable reputation‘ makes up Indacochea & Asociados' dispute resolution practice, known for its procedural expertise and experience litigating at all judicial levels. The firm has continued to develop its judicial debt collection practice, and consistently demonstrates its ability to negotiate out-of-court settlements. The team is building on its experience in the commercial arbitration sphere, representing banks, financial institutions and agrochemical companies in commercial disputes. Representation of private clients in high-value inheritance disputes is a further niche strength. Senior associate Marcelo Longaric leads the team, with extensive experience in civil, commercial and administrative litigation. He also represents clients in conciliation and arbitration proceedings. At the associate level, Juan Pablo SanchezLeonardo Reyes and Sebastian Alba are all frequently involved.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Longaric


The team has excellent professional ethics, so I can be sure that all their recommendations are within the framework of the law and also follow good market practices. It has a “can do” mentality, providing creative and innovative solutions within the negotiation.

Anwar Farah is 100% engaged in coordinating all the details to solve the macro problem, and is complemented very well by Juan Pablo Sánchez, who has an impeccable execution in the preparation of the documents that reflect the agreements. Marcelo Longaric has a great ability to “read” the opponent and analyse the consequences of possible strategies, factors that have been critical for decision-making in my case, even achieving significant savings in expenses that would have been unnecessary.

Very good lawyers with predisposition to the client’s response.

Excellent lawyers with an impeccable reputation.

Personalised attention to clients with professionals specialised in different areas of law. The use of digital technology to maintain fluid communication with customers.

The plus is the constant updating in the various areas of law. There is an insistence on personalised attention.The ethical quality of customer service is remarkable.

Key clients

Bayer Boliviana

Schneider Electric Peru


Kimberly Bolivia


Empresa Agricola Monica

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bayer Bolivia in the collection of  $1.9m in unpaid debt from several companies.
  • Represented Nestlé in an executive process against Sumate for the collection of debts totalling $45,000.
  • Acting for Kimberly-Clark in debt collection proceedings against its former distributors.

Lima & Asociados

Lima & Asociados regularly advises commercial clients on complex controversies from its offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Sucre. The dispute resolution team specialises in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including white-collar crime. The group is often involved in the mediation and negotiation of research projects, including compliance studies and the analysis of the regulatory environment. The firm has experience in civil and commercial disputes, bankruptcy procedures, administrative law and arbitration, and represents both new and long-standing clients from a range of sectors. Practice co-head Juan José Lima specialises in arbitration and leads the team alongside Daniel Galdo, an experienced name in advising companies from the energy and natural resources sector; and Pablo Marin, who handles litigation and conflicts related to registration law. The team is supported by associate Juan Pablo Álvarez.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Galdo; Juan José Lima; Pablo Marin


The team is absolutely engaged with the clients. They are very professional and know to the detail all the aspects of the law regarding the cases they take. They look to make as comfortable as possible the legal process that in Bolivia could be very difficult.

They empathize with you. They take care of you. Juan José Lima, is my lawyer for life.

The practice provides services in the most important cities in Bolivia, and has an impeccable technical and strategic level.

Key clients

Empresa Importadora Masivos

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Work highlights

  • Advising DATEC on the contentious collection process from the mayor’s office of Tarija.
  • Assisted ZTE with a criminal process, formalised by the ethics and transparency supervisor of ENTEL.
  • Acted for Empresa Importadora Masivos in obtaining a judgment with res judicata value that exceeds $1.2m.

Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.

The ‘efficient, professional' dispute resolution team at Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C. is experienced in disputes related to a range of industries, from construction, mining, and oil and gas, to IT, natural resources, finance and insurance. The group continued to take on new national and international clients in 2022, including the China Harbour Engineering and Petrobras Bolivia. Practice head Bernardo Wayar Caballero, president of the Bolivian Arbitration Society and an expert in all areas of dispute resolution, leads the team alongside Bernardo Wayar Ocampo, who has extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation. Iver Von Borries, Javier Romero Mendizábal and Fernando Lemaître are further key partners. At the associate level, Cinthya Villarroel is a name to note, and Alexander Roizman and Najwa Nemtala are highly praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Wayar Caballero; Bernardo Wayar Ocampo


Wayar & von Borries is the most professional law firm that we have worked in Bolivia. We believe that what makes the practice unique is mainly these three aspects: 1) it is an influential law firm, with an excellent negotiation practice, and government authorities respect the decisions and strategies assumed by their lawyers; 2) its solutions to complex problems are creative and effective, and it has a team specialised in different branches that allows it to approach strategies from different perspectives; 3) it has an effective and dedicated team, and this is very important to us and it has met our expectations.

The team stands out for the following reasons: 1) it has a specialized team for the company, with high availability to serve the client; 2) dealings with clients are personal; 3) it has ethical, friendly lawyers, who are dedicated and bilingual and facilitate teamwork with company personnel. Outstanding partners include Bernardo Wayar Caballero, a well-known lawyer with a lot of prestige, who is very intelligent, analytical and admired in the field; and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo, an outstanding, creative and analytical lawyer. Outstanding associates include Najwa Nemtala Gutierrez and Alexander Roizman Camacho, who are analytical, proactive and hard-working lawyers. They are outstanding young people with a great future ahead.

Hearings and virtual meetings, speedy response, collaboration beyond what is required (excellent predisposition), knowledge in different subjects to complement each matter.

Key clients

Shell Bolivia

Agfa Gevaert

Compañía Minera Orlandini

China Harbour Engineering

CCCC Second Highway Engineering Company

Samsubg Electronics

Petrobras Bolivia

Empresa Minera Manquiri

Republic of Ecuador

Sinosteel Equipment & Engineering

Work highlights

  • Acted for Shell Bolivia in a litigation against Troya, who claimed for damages regarding a construction agreement and an alleged fraud.
  • Representing China Harbour Engineering in two litigations and investigation proceedings regarding the validity of a contract for the construction of a major highway in Bolivia and alleged bribes.
  • Representing Compañía Minera Orlandini as co-counsel in an international investment arbitration against the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Becerra de la Roca Donoso & Asociados S.R.L.

The dispute resolution team at Becerra de la Roca Donoso & Asociados S.R.L. has experience in various aspects of litigation, including conciliation, mediation, arbitration and civil litigation. The firm covers anti-trust, and administrative cases, as well as procedures before government regulatory authorities. The team has a range of clients across the oil and gas, agribusiness, electricity and alternative energy sectors, and is led by Mauricio Becerra de la Roca, a registered arbitrator in Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, and Tarija. Manfred Arauz Olavarria was promoted to junior partner in 2022, and is particularly strong in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Becerra de la Roca


It is a solid team in the area of business dispute resolution: they see a lot of arbitration and litigation in general.

The knowledge and experience, as well as personalised customer service.

The team that assisted me was multidisciplinary and there was noticeable knowledge in the subject dealt with, transmitting confidence to the client. The inclusion of youth within the advisors is highlighted.

Mauricio Becerra has extensive knowledge in arbitration in relation to other firms that I consulted.

Manfred Arauz was my direct contact; his youth and handling of discussions in a calm and problem-focused manner stands out. Constant communication with the client and updating of the status of their process is highlighted.

Key clients


Petrobras Bolivia

Industrias De Aceite Feltros Portugueses (Fepsa)

Center Of Arbitration Of Santa Cruz (Cainco)

Center Of Arbitration Of Cochabamba Chamber Of Commerce (Icam)

Arbitration Center of the Chamber Of Commerce of La Paz

Industrias De Aceite

Work highlights

  • Acted for Banco Santander in an arbitration procedure in the ICC Court against a debtor Coinser.
  • Assisted Industrias de Aceite with a formal request and summons to debtors of grain futures contracts and following civil collection suits against debtors.
  • Advising TotalEnergies on all administrative proceedings initiated by the DGSC (administrative department that oversees controlled substances) in an investigation against it for producing too much gasoline, with a possible penalty of $17m.

C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados

For dispute resolution, C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados is particularly active in the domestic litigation market. The practice provides advice to clients from a range of sectors, with a significant number coming from the heavy industry sector. Manfredo Kempff leads the litigation and arbitration department, with experience in civil, commercial and corporate litigation. Managing partner Diego Rojas is a key contact for domestic arbitration.

Work highlights

Gumucio & Abogados

Gumucio & Abogados‘ dispute resolution team is led by Daniel Gumucio and Ximena Gumucio, who both have a wealth of experience in civil, criminal, agrarian, constitutional and commercial litigation and are highly praised by clients. The firm represents clients in the judicial phases of actions related to contractual and non-contractual liability, and has experience in civil leases and handling disputes related to real estate. Ximena Gumucio also advises Bolivian and foreign companies on labour lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gumucio; Ximena Gumucio


This is a firm with an incomparable highly-professional team, with attitude and aptitude.

We admire Daniel Gumucio’s professionalism in his constant training in the labour area. Ximena Gumucio is a very dedicated and efficient person in the criminal area.

I think that Gumucio & Abogados is one of the best firms in the country. Its ability to handle very complex issues is excellent. One of the best things about the firm is that it monitors your process all the time and makes sure to inform you of any new developments that may arise. Likewise, I would like to emphasise that the fact that Daniel and Ximena, the heads of the team, give me a lot of peace of mind as they are two excellent lawyers with many years of experience: this is reflected in the results they have achieved for the company. Finally, I would also like to mention that I think the fact that they have a system in which they send reports on the status of your litigation is very good and that they are always available to meet with you and clear up your doubts.

Key clients

BMW Bolivia

Kawasaki Bolivia

Honda Bolivia

Red Uno de Bolivia

Newrest Bolivia Soporte

Industria Forestal Cimal

Constructora Metal Mec

Exomad Green

Valencia Citrus


Embotelladora de Refrescos Internacionales

Pantoja Family

Food Solutions

Juan Tadeo Guzmán Roca

Zvonimir Mileta Tarabillo

Work highlights

  • Advised Exomad Green on a $5m international contract with Pact Capital.
  • Advised Red Uno de Bolivia, when the Bolivian Gaming Authority (AJ) tried to sanction them for allegedly having carried out a business promotion without authorisation.
  • Advised the owner and general manager of Embotelladora de Refrescos Internacionales on a process of division and partition of inheritance against the other existing heirs of an agricultural property of 20,000 hectares, valued at $10m.


ONTIER advises clients on all aspects of judicial and arbitration disputes. The firm handles disputes for clients from a range of key sectors, including construction, retail, oil and gas and insurance, and continued to take on new clients in 2022. The dispute resolution team is led by José María Caballero Alcocer, who has experience in civil, labour, constitutional and administrative processes, and appeals of last instance. He also advises and represents both local and foreign investors.

Practice head(s):

José María Caballero Alcocer

Key clients


Centric Bolivia



Altea Ingeniería y Arquitectura

Centric Bolivia


Work highlights

  • Advised Saglas Obras y Servicios on contentious proceedings against the Bolivian Highway Administrator before the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Centric Bolivia on debt recovery against Wallet.
  • Advising Bolrental on debt collection initiated against HG Servicios Industriales.

Sanjines & Asociados Abogados

The dispute resolution team at Sanjines & Asociados Abogados has experience in the administration of arbitration and solves complex controversies. The group handles various issues, such as breach of contract, debt recovery and criminal proceedings. Its clients come from a range of key industries in Bolivia, including oil and gas, construction and banking and finance, and the team drew new clients in 2022, including Batebol. The department is led by Rodolfo Raúl Sanjinés Elizagoyen, who is active in the field of arbitration and registered as an arbitrator at various chambers, including CAINCO and the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Raul Sanjinés Elizagoyen


Sanjinés & Asociados showed an excellent analysis and evaluation work for a satisfactory resolution of disputes.

We appreciated the commitment to investigate the case, the support in closing the negotiation.

Professionalism in advice and service in general, good customer response time, personalised attention, sensitivity in the management of client interests.

Key clients

Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz

Imcruz Comercial


Granja Avicola Integral Sofia

Alca Group

New York Beverage

Servicios Petroleros Ponex

Ferroviaria Oriental

Sociedad Administradora de Puertos Continental Sapcon

Pluspetrol Bolivia

Banco Fassil

Constructora Apolo

Work highlights

  • Assisted Corporación Pentágono Asesorías e Inversiones with a precautionary measure to seize debtor’s assets and initiate an executive judicial collection process against FPQN for over $1.5m.
  • Advised Tecna to file a claim for fines and delays, in response to an arbitration claim filed by Serpetbol.
  • Represented Granja Avicola Integral Sofia in a smuggling proceeding initiated by the Bolivian National Customs in connection with imported veterinary products for the poultry raised by the client.

Serrate Paz y Asociados

Serrate Paz y Asociados 'maintains a multidisciplinary team' for dispute resolution that handles administrative litigation and commercial arbitration. Practice co-head José Mario Serrate Paz Ramajo has extensive experience in arbitration, and leads advice to clients on local arbitration and international arbitration before the ICC, LCIA and CIAC. The firm had successful results in judicial litigation and antitrust matters in 2022. Telecoms is a key industry for the firm, from advising clients on administrative litigation before the Bolivian telecoms regulator, to handling controversies with sector competitors. Practice co-head María Lía Serrate Paz Ramajo specialises in administrative litigation and commercial arbitration and advises companies in the construction and oil and gas industries. José Mario Serrate Paz, Sr has extensive experience in arbitration, and associate José Miguel Paredes Sánchez specialises in dispute resolution within the Andean community.

Practice head(s):

José Mario Serrate Paz Ramajo; María Lía Serrate Paz Ramajo


Serrate Paz & Asociados maintains a multidisciplinary team with a strong focus on the client, providing immediate support to the resolution of cases that affect the line of business, fully interpreting the client’s needs.

Knowledge of the line of business and the readiness to deal effectively and efficiently with the different cases that arise. There is personalised attention, especially with the support of José Mario Serrate Paza and María Lía Serrate Paz.

Estudio Serrate Paz is highly recognised in the media for the quality of its advice and the excellent results obtained in litigation, especially arbitration.

Key clients


Industrias Belén

Rovella Carranza

Grupo Sion


Global Business Links


Vega Engenharia Ambiental

José Cartellone Cinstrucciones Civiles

Construcciones y Desarrollo Codesa

Work highlights

  • Advised several joint owners of a condominium on the defence of four arbitration claims for the value of $3.6m.
  • Advised Telecel on an antitrust claim for alleged anticompetitive acts of exclusivity.
  • Advised José Cartellone Construcciones Civiles on a administrative claim against ABC for approximately $104m.

Urenda Abogados Sociedad Civil

Urenda Abogados Sociedad Civil provides personalised assistance on a range of disputes to clients from various industries, with particular expertise in bank collection processes. Some of the firm’s key, long-standing clients include the Weidling company and Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz. The dispute resolution team is led by Vitalio Quiroga, who has more than 30 years’ experience in litigation, and Edith Pedraza, who specialises in civil litigation and advises clients from the banking and mining sectors. Pedraza also handles processes and appeals before the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. The team is supported by managing partner and director Juan Carlos Urenda, an experienced arbitrator and an expert in out-of-court conflict resolution.

Practice head(s):

Vitalio Quiroga; Edith Pedraza


Urenda Abogados is a boutique of lawyers that treats clients in a personal way and has in-depth knowledge of Bolivian law.

Juan Carlos Urenda is one of the best and most well-known lawyers in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He is a professor, a writer, a complete lawyer and an admirable person.

Key clients

Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz

Industrias de Aceite

Trac 21

Banco Económico

Catering International & Services CIS Bolivia

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Work highlights

  • Representing Weidling in a $4.4m compensation claim for damages against Duratex.
  • Advising Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz on judicial collection through executive actions.
  • Representing Industrias de Aceite in a lawsuit against a former employee.