Dispute resolution in Bolivia
The 'very knowledgeable' team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C stands out for its strength in constitutional and administrative litigation, and counts arbitration as a core pillar of the practice. The group is well known for frequently acting for Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera continues to defend the company in Supreme Court competition proceedings, most recently in a coercive collection claim. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based Primitivo Gutiérrez, who is an expert in labour litigation. Ramiro Guevara is highly regarded for his international arbitration expertise. Associates José Bernal (who is active in arbitration) and competition law expert Zoya Galarza are names to note.
Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has an excellent reputation for its arbitration capabilities, and in this arena, arbitration expert Andrés Moreno and Daniel Arredondo are acting for mining company Macallum Group in a $15m arbitration against Guong Ho regarding damages to a zinc and tin processing plant. In the area of domestic arbitration, litigator Delfor Zapata and René Claure are representing Spanish company SACYR in two administrative claims concerning the award of a public procurement construction contract to the client. Insurance litigation is another key area of expertise for the department. Andrés and Ramiro Moreno jointly head the practice.
C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados
With offices in La Paz and Santa Cruz, C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados' team handles commercial, criminal, labour and civil litigation. Arbitration is another area of expertise for the group; Diego Rojas is very active in this space. Jorge Subirana handles labour litigation; Manfredo Kempff and José Manuel Canelas are also active practitioners. Past clients include Banco Nacional de Bolivia.
FERRERE’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team attracts praise for its 'great technical skills, communication and creativity'. La Paz-based Alejandro Pemintel is an expert in labour and energy disputes; he co-leads the practice with the 'knowledgeable' Lindsay Sykes, who is well regarded for her expertise in cross-border disputes, and Gerardo Villagómez, a litigation expert based in Santa Cruz. Recent mandates include Pemintel acting for mining company EMIRSA in labour disputes brought by a number of former employees. Senior associates Fernando Escobar and Daniel Mogrovejo and associate Diego Villarroel (who is strong in arbitration) are also recommended. Other clients include Glencore, Nestlé and Hyundai Byucksan.
The team at Indacochea & Asociados handles litigation - notably for agro-industrial, healthcare and construction clients - and is also strong in arbitration. Senior associate Marcelo Longaric heads the practice; together with associate Juan Pablo Sanchez, he is assisting Bayer Boliviana with a $2m debt recovery claim. Senior associate Candys Dorado is active in administrative and tax disputes. Other clients include Petrobras Argentina, Phocos and Global Alimentos, a Peruvian subsidiary of Alicorp. Senior associate Ichin Ma has left the firm.
Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.
Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C. is noted for its strength in administrative litigation, and also counts arbitration as a key pillar of the practice, with an established track record in handling international arbitration under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Bernardo Wayar Caballero is a highly regarded litigator and arbitrator; he is supported by Iver von Borries, Luis Angel Wayar and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo.