Environment in Paraguay

BKM | Berkemeyer

Yolanda Pereira heads the environment practice at BKM | Berkemeyer, which frequently collaborates with its corporate law team to assist a client roster of multinationals and major domestic companies with their ongoing regulatory obligations and liaisons with local communities. In the agribusiness sector, the team advises on the sale and transportation of agricultural chemicals, as well as the development of products such as animal feed and fertiliser. Jorge Figueredo was promoted to of counsel in 2020 and has expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Yolanda Pereira

Key clients

ECB Group

Coca-Cola

Polygon

Dow AgroSciences Paraguay

Azar Internacional

TFG 616 SA Land

Dentons | Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena

SOE Rutas del Este

Syngenta Paraguay

Puma Energy Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Advising ECB in its investment in Paraguay aimed at installing an industrial plant for the production of biodiesel, in the areas of environmental law, corporate and business law, contractual and regulatory matters.
  • Assisting Coca-Cola with ongoing environmental matters and issues related to the impact of its activities on local communities.
  • Assisting Puma Energy Paraguay with legal advice and regulatory support on environment, health and safety, and product quality matters.

SEA Abogados y Consultores Ambientales

SEA Abogados y Consultores Ambientales is the leading environment law boutique in Paraguay, with over 15 years' experience advising exclusively in this field. Daniel Kovacs and a team of lawyers and engineers assist with the full range of matters and have specific expertise in environmental impact assessments for private sector clients.

Vouga Abogados

Environmental law has long been an important department for Vouga Abogados, which often advises on potential public policy changes, and acts for its prestigious corporate client list in a range of regulatory matters. The team is also strong in contentious matters in this area, a recent highlight being its representation of a client developing reforestation plans in investigations opened by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development for alleged land misuse. Rodrigo Fernández now co-heads the team alongside senior partner Rodolfo Vouga, following the departure of Marta Martinez, who joined Millicom subsidiary Tigo in October 2020. Corporate partner Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga is a frequent lead lawyer in environment-related matters, and at the associate level both Alice Ferreira and Walter Vera have relevant expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Fernández; Rodolfo Vouga

Testimonials

The Vouga Abogados team has the ability to address the client with a practical business language, fully internalising the client’s operations. Its differential is that the professionals are able to offer solutions or immediate opinions as a preview and then go deeper into details. The difference lies in the knowledge of the client’s needs and the speed of resolution.

Rodrigo Fernández led an important assessment for the environment, health and safety area of ​​our company that was key to identifying where we were standing and starting actions to improve the safety of our equipment and assets. In this exercise, we value that before each point to be analysed, the answer always came with an added value, either including additional information so that we better understand the topic and recommendations that went beyond what was originally requested.

It is a compact and efficient team, the communication is very good.

Key clients

Paraguayan Industrial Guild (UIP)

Tecnomyl

ADM Paraguay

Paracel

Nextar

Paresa

LG Electronics

Copetrol

British-American Tobacco

TE Connectivity

Work highlights

  • Assisting Paracel with all legal environmental matters for the construction and later operation of a pulp plant and related operations.
  • Representing a client developing reforestation plans in different investigations opened by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development for alleged land misuse.
  • Advising Copetrol on its transactions involving environmental law issues.

Ebro - Firma Jurídica

Managing partner Fredy Génez and his small team of young lawyers make up Ebro - Firma Jurídica, specialists in sustainable development, environmental law, energy law and health and safety regulations. Multinational companies instruct the firm on a range of compliance issues, and the team is also active in public policy consultations, with 2020's work in that regard focusing on deforestation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants. Associate Margit Gehre is the key contact on consultancies made for the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, while Abel Fleitas is responsible for administrative and criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Fredy Génez

Key clients

Bayer Paraguay

Tetra Pak Southern Cone

CIE

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

La Paraguaya Inmobiliaria

PNUD

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development with proposals regarding deforestation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Olmedo Abogados

Olmedo Abogados' environmental law department advises on liability issues; the development and execution of environmental plans; and obtaining licenses, permissions and authorisations from public authorities. Corporate law experts José Ignacio Olmedo and Gustavo Olmedo jointly head the practice, adding a consistency to all advice given to its clients in the agrichemical and energy sectors.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja assists clients involved in the exploration of natural resources and hydrocarbons in obtaining prospective permits and concessions, as well as promoting innovation in contracts and mining regulations. Its advice also covers due diligence in relevant transactions, as well as contentious matters. José Miguel Sosa and Juan Carlos Boggino are the practice heads.