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The ‘highly capable’, ‘multi-disciplinary’ team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.Cworks very hard for its clients’ and is ‘very honest and professional in all senses’. The practice, which prides itself on its administrative and constitutional litigation capabilities, frequently represents Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera recently defended the beverages company in Supreme Court competition proceedings and against lawsuits brought by competitors such as Amazónica. Arbitration is another strong suit: Rivera acted for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a $40m international arbitration brought by Turkish cement group Çimsa. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based labour litigator Primitivo Gutiérrez, who also has arbitration experience. Ramiro Guevara is a renowned international arbitrator; associates José Bernal and Zoya Galarza, who is a competition expert, are also recommended.

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.

With expertise in civil, commercial and criminal litigation, the team at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, which is based in La Paz and Santa Cruz, is also active in arbitration: Diego Rojas acted as arbitrator in at least four proceedings between 2017 and 2018. In other work, Banco Nacional de Bolivia instructed the practice on an $800,000 asset recovery case; the team also represented Deutsche Schule Santa Cruz in labour litigation. Jorge Subirana, Manfredo Kempff and José Manuel Canelas support Rojas in Santa Cruz; in La Paz, Ariel Morales is the key contact.

Ferrere’s ‘experienced, very professional’ practice is praised for its ‘knowledge and capabilities’. The ‘excellent, professional and reliableAlejandro Pemintel, who is based in La Paz, ‘knows the local and national context, and focuses on the best strategies for the client’; he co-leads the group with Lindsay Sykes (who is strong in cross-border matters and international arbitration) and Santa Cruz-based litigator Gerardo Villagómez. The department’s associates are ‘astute across a range of cases’: senior associates Fernando Escobar and Daniel Mogrovejo are constitutional litigation experts, and Mogrovejo is also strong in white-collar crime litigation. Clients of the department include Bradar Indústria, Empresa Minera Paitití, Madisa and Nestlé. Associate Diego Villarroel is also well regarded.

With offices in La Paz and Santa Cruz, Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.’ department is led by arbitrator and litigator Bernardo Wayar Caballero. As well as handling litigation in courts across the country, and having particular strength in administrative litigation, the team also undertakes international arbitration under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Iver von Borries, Luis Angel Wayar and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo are also active practitioners. Clients include Aggreko, Pluspetrol, Sumitomo and Gas TransBoliviano.

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.

With particular expertise in the energy, natural resources and telecoms sectors, Serrate Paz y Asociados’ team is led by José Mario Serrate Paz, Sr, with support from María Lía Serrate Paz and labour litigator Carola Serrate. Past clients include Green Bay Finance, Oracle Argentina, Ferrovial Agroman and UNAGRO.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, Von Borries Blanco Estudio de Abogados is known for its strength in white-collar crime litigation, especially in its Santa Cruz office – although civil, commercial, labour and administrative cases are occupying an increasing proportion of the team’s workload. The 21-lawyer firm, which also has an office in La Paz, is equally experienced in domestic arbitration.

Noted for its strength in domestic and international arbitration, for which the key contact is Fernando Aguirre, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. also handles a range of litigation, with tax disputes and contentious administrative matters also being particular areas of expertise. Mining, power and financial services are notable sector strengths. Milenka Saavedra co-ordinates the litigation practice; Ignacio Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also active in the space.

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