Energy and natural resources in Bolivia
Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's primarily Santa Cruz-based practice continues to handle a high volume of hydrocarbons work, notably in the upstream oil and gas space, which forms a core pillar of the department. On the renewables side, the team assists clients with wind and solar power-related energy matters; hydropower is a growing area of instruction for the group. Cross-border transactions, energy-sector litigation and arbitration, and regulatory work are additional key strengths. Enrique Barrios, well known for his contractual and regulatory expertise, jointly heads the practice with La Paz-based Ramiro Guevara, an expert in project finance. Senior associate Julio Landivar assists oil and gas companies with the corporate-related aspects of energy mandates.
The team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is led by Luis Moreno, Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno, and counts oil, power, gas and mining work as core pillars of the practice. The group has extensive experience in EPC contracts and M&A matters, and handles prominent contractual and investment mandates for mining, oil and gas clients. Together with Daniel Arredondo, Ramiro and Andrés Moreno assisted German company ACI Systems Alemania with all aspects of the public-private agreement the client entered into with Bolivian lithium deposits company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) for the extraction and industrialisation of lithium from Salar de Uyuni. Other mandates saw Luis and Ramiro Moreno advise Halliburton Latin America on entering into seven oil and gas services agreements with local operators, as well as two oil well intervention agreements with YPFB Chaco and YPFB Andina, with an aggregate value of $12m. Other clients include Samsung Engineering, Vestas, NucAdvisor and Pan American Silver.
Eduardo Quintanilla and Santiago Nishizawa jointly head the practice at the recently formed Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN), which counts the hydrocarbons, mining, renewables, electricity and extractive sectors as key areas of strength. The team regularly handles corporate governance, contractual, regulatory and contentious work within the energy space. Recent matters saw Ignacio Aguirre advise Minera San Cristóbal, Silex Bolivia and Empresa Minera Memisa on corporate governance and compliance matters; he also assisted GP Exploración y Producción, a branch of Gazprom, with an agreement with YPFB to create a mixed economy company. Fernando Aguirre is well known for advising the National Association of Medium Miners on a range of regulatory matters.
Becerra de la Roca Donoso & Asociados S.R.L.'s department counts compliance and regulatory work as a core area of expertise, and also has experience in environmental, restructuring, contractual and labour matters. Practice head Mauricio Becerra de la Roca is 'very well regarded in the industry', with 'extensive experience in regulatory issues' and 'very good analytical skills'; he is assisting a gold exporting company with regulatory issues regarding exports to international markets, as well as advising on joint venture contracts with miners. Inesco is another prominent client. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of senior counsel Victor Hernán Lema, who joined the Santa Cruz office in June 2018; he has over 25 years' experience in the sector following in-house positions at YPFB Andina and YPFB Petroandina, to name a couple. In September 2018, Mario Ballivián moved to Criales & Urcullo.
FERRERE’s department houses 'expert partners', who have been especially active in mining and hydrocarbons projects; nuclear and energy are also areas of expertise for the team. Carlos Pinto and Pablo Ordoñez (both 'direct and to the point' lawyers) jointly head the practice; the pair assisted Swedish company Ag-Mining Investments with its $50m acquisition of Empresa Minera Manquiri, the Bolivian subsidiary of US company Coeur Mining. Pinto is also advising Trafigura on a $560m public bid launched by YPFB to supply diesel to the southern region of Bolivia via the international waterway. Gerardo Villagómez, counsel and regulatory specialist Diego Böhrt, and senior associate Mattias Garrón are also names to note.
Oil and gas are longstanding areas of expertise for Indacochea & Asociados’ practice. The highly regarded Ricardo Indacochea, who is noted for his expertise in hydrocarbons, jointly heads the group with corporate and finance expert Mariana Pereira. Recent work for the team includes advising PAE E&P on relocating the client's parent company, currently based in the Bahamas, to Bolivia. Other clients include Phocos, Servicios Petroleros Bocruz, Baker Hughes' Bolivian branch and Pampa Energía. Senior associate Ana Carola Muñoz is very active in corporate-related energy mandates.
C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados
The team at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, which is based across Santa Cruz and La Paz, handles financing, corporate and procurement matters for oil, gas and mining-sector clients. Diego Rojas and José Manuel Canelas are the names to note in Santa Cruz; in La Paz, Pablo Rojas and Sandra Salinas are the key contacts.
Medina & Galindo Abogados S.R.L.
Active in public bids, regulatory matters and EPC contracts, Medina & Galindo Abogados S.R.L. is noted for its capabilities in the renewables and electricity generation sectors. Past clients include Técnica y Proyectos, Intertechne Consultores and Compañia De Obras Civiles. Sergio Medina Bozo and Rodrigo Galindo Garrett are the names to note.
Mendieta Romero y Asociados
Based in offices in Santa Cruz and La Paz, Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados is strong in a range of energy and natural resources sub-sectors. The team also handles power supply agreements, environmental compliance, permits and mining contract negotiations. Mauricio Costa du Rels is strong in contractual and corporate-related oil, gas and power work, while Karla Würth is noted for her expertise in advising on the financial aspects of power project mandates. Fernando Bedoya is active in energy-sector corporate work.