Firm Profile > PPO Abogados > La Paz, Bolivia

PPO Abogados
Av. Ballivian No. 555
Edif. El Dorial – Piso 14
LA PAZ
Bolivia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Multi-jurisdictional financial matters remain prominent in the workload of what was formerly Ferrere, now PPO Abogados’ team, with a core focus on handling high-value loan agreements and transactions for a solid client base of international lenders. Practice head Carlos Pinto continues to assist the European Investment Bank with a $64m loan to the Ministry of Environment and Water to finance the 'My Water V' project, while Lindsay Sykes is a key name in the department for structured finance mandates. Senior associates Salomón Eid (financial regulation), who returned to the practice from the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP  in February 2019; and Mattias Garrón, who has been assisting Pinto with the above noted EIB mandate, are both set to become partners as of August 2020, as part of the newly independent firm's strengthening of its partner-level bench.

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Testimonials

A leading firm in Bolivia with highly trained and experienced lawyers.’

Key clients

Phoenix Tower International

Sumitomo Mitsui

Equilibrium Clasificadora de Riesgos

European Investment Bank

Cargill

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

In a surprise move in mid-July 2020, the entire Bolivian operation of Uruguay-headquartered multijurisdictional firm, Ferrere, span off to create new local titan, PPO Abogados; with some 50 lawyers it operates primarily from Santa Cruz and La Paz (with a smaller presence in Cochabamba). The 28-strong corporate practice group is led by Carlos Pinto, who is now flanked by August 2020 partner appointments Diego Borht, Salomon Eid, Mattias Garrón and Marcial Fernández, as the firm adjusts to its new independent status. Headline 2019 matters saw Pinto lead the team acting as local counsel to Phoenix Tower International on its $100m acquisition of 600 wireless communication tower sites from Trilogy International Partners subsidiary, Nuevatel. Beyond transactional mandates of all types, the team's workload takes in contracts, day-to-day operational matters, high-end commercial deals, due diligence, the establishment of local operations, and also restructuring and regulatory issues, among other engagements. Senior associates Delma Paz ('a first-class lawyer’) and María René Suárez are also both noted. Gerardo Villagómez left the firm to become an independent consultant in June 2019. Since publication the firm has announced the opening of a fourth office, in Sucre (seat of the country's Supreme and Constitutional courts), as of December 2020.

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Testimonials

The lawyers provide outstanding legal work for our business in Bolívia. Not only am I satisfied with their work from a legal standpoint, but also our senior management is very satisfied. We rely on their legal advice for all legal matters related to our business in Bolívia.’

‘My contact is often with Delma Paz and Yomara Ardaya. I consider Delma Paz a first-class lawyer and able to provide a timely and sound legal advice. More importantly, our senior management also trust on her advice and guidance, which is very helpful consider I handle the legal matters from Brasil, therefore, it is very important for me to have a lawyer in Bolívia we all can trust and respect.’

 

Key clients

Minera Alcira

Unilever

ArcelorMittal

Compañía de las Cervecerías Unidas (CCU)

Nestlé Bolivia

Labour and employment Tier 1

The 'excellent’ PPO Abogados houses a 'substantial’, 17-strong team which is 'very well prepared and knowledgeable about labour matters’. The  group provides 'strategic advice’ to clients from a broad range of sectors on all aspects of labour and employment matters, including large-scale dismissals, collective bargaining, restructurings, social security work, personnel hiring structures, employment agreements, labour conflict prevention and immigration. Practice head Alejandro Pemintel handles the full range of advisory matters, collective bargaining and administrative and judicial labour litigation and arbitration; he has particular experience in union conflicts. Senior associates Rodrigo Montellano (labour conflict prevention, collective bargaining and labour arbitration), Meliza Aliaga (prevention and containment of labour conflicts; labour advisory) and Luz Marina Iriarte (labour advisory; individual and collective bargaining) are additional key contacts in the solid and sizeable team.

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Testimonials

Excellent’.

The substantial team is very well prepared and knowledgeable about labour matters’.

Strategic advice’.

The advice provided in labour matters is highly recommended, the predisposition of the team to clarify any type of doubt and provide additional support to the client make their practice one of the best in Bolivia.’

The labour area team, led by Rodrigo Motellano, stands out for its predisposition and technical knowledge.’

It is a robust team of lawyers, this allows someone to always be available to assist clients. Although I have not worked with another law firm in Bolivia, I would say that they have their own seal on the quality of the service, despite being served by different lawyers.’

The plus they have is that they give us alternative solutions. In Bolivia, the laws in all sectors are very general, so specialists are the ones who should guide us so as not to make mistakes that could lead to fines payments in whatever the case. For example, regarding the Ministry of Labour, Raúl García has responded to each of our requirements not only by indicating articles, but by explaining possibilities that can be given in case we make decisions with alternatives a, b or c. There is also Luis Enrique Perez, who was physically in the negotiations for the dismissal of personnel who failed to comply with the company’s regulations, and we also came out successful with this issue. With the full support of the Alejandro Pemintel and Rodrigo Montellano’s team, as well as Justina Valenzuela, always very attentive as regards personnel contracts.’

In general, this firm has helped us efficiently, giving us legal support and managing the processes for maintaining and executing the remuneration sheet for our subsidiary in Bolivia.’

Key clients

Nestlé / Fagal

Wildlife Conservation Society

Huawei

Deloitte

Fundación Rosa Luxemburgo

Inti Raymi

Petrex (Bolivia)

Copasa Groupp (Bolivia)

Santa Fe Relocations Services

Avianca

Tax Tier 1

PPO Abogados 'extremely proactive ’, six-strong team advises on a wide range of tax matters, from general tax consulting, international trade and the tax aspects of corporate and financial transactions, to the definition of tax structures and both administrative and judicial tax litigation. Tax policy design is another niche strength. Practice head Pablo Ordoñez has a full spectrum tax practice, including litigation, and has particular experience regarding international commodities and oil and gas. Senior associates Alexandra Ortíz (tax planning and advisory), and Ysabel Rodas (tax advisory from both a technical accounting and legal perspective), are additional practice contacts. Associates Miguel Ángel Gumucio (tax planning, international trade) and María Laura Coimbra (tax and foreign investment, tax and customs litigation), are also noted.

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Testimonials

The team has shown excellent results in its management of tax matters on behalf of the company. It is a highly qualified and highly proactive team.’

Pablo Ordoñez, Ysabel Rodas and Miguel Ángel Gamucio stand out for their client care, dedication and proactivity’.

Key clients

BBO Bebidas Bolivianas

Copasa (Bolivia)

Dufry

Ericsson

Helmerich & Payne

Makiber (Bolivia)

Nestlé

Pharmatech

RUA Group

Schlumberger

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The 18-strong contentious team at PPO Abogados is co-led by Lindsay Sykes, who focuses on complex cross-border disputes, and La Paz-based Alejandro Pemintel whose practice centres on dispute resolution and conciliation, particularly regarding energy, natural resources and labour matters. The department is adept at handling civil, commercial, and labour disputes, and arbitration is also a core strength. The group has experienced change, however, with the departure of former practice co-head, litigation specialist Gerardo Villagómez, in mid-2019, followed by that of arbitral associate Diego Villarroel (who moved in house at Banco Ganadero) in October, and then white-collar and constitutional law specialist, senior associate Daniel Mogrovejo, in April 2020. Despite these losses, senior associate Fernando Escobar (litigation and ADR) leads a solid second line in which fellow senior Luz Marina Iriarte and associates Emiliano Hernández and Bruno Cuellar are also noted.

Testimonials

The firm’s litigation and arbitration team consistently provides far superior quality and practical analysis to those of the market average. Having worked with other local firms in Bolivia, PPO is synonymous with quality. Its legal analysis of complex Bolivian law issues is excellent. The breadth of their practice allows them to advise on disputes or specialised issues related to any industry. For each case and each topic, they have a specialist. When we ask for help to analyse a topic or argument as a local counsel in international arbitrations, we know that we are going to receive a quality product. They also stand out for their proactivity, creativity in developing arguments and strategies, dedication to the client and quick response. All this makes them an ideal team to work as local counsel in highly complex and high-profile international arbitrations.’

Lindsay Sykes is excellent. She stands out for her proactivity, her availability and her ability to find practical solutions to complex problems. She is highly organised in leading her team of associates and handling cases, and consistently produces quality analysis.’

Key clients

Glencore

Akzo Nobel

Cargill

Nestlé

Pinturas Coral

ArcelorMittal

Hyundai Byucksan

Real estate Tier 3

The primarily corporate-side practice at PPO Abogados has been active handling mandates from clients in the retail, agricultural/agroindustrial and telecoms sectors, primarily on mid- to high-value acquisitions of commercial property and rural land. Santa Cruz-based Carlos Pinto (real estate transactions and regulatory), leads the department; with recently made up, La Paz-based Diego Borht - who handles permitting matters such as project-related construction and operational licenses and easements - the other key figure. Corporate/commercial senior associate, María René Suárez, is also active in this sector. Former disputes practice co-head Gerardo Villagómez - also previously active in the sector - left the firm in June 2019.

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Key clients

Tampa

Levi Strauss Bolivia

Parque De Las Memorias

Phoenix Tower International

Agropecuaria Bolfarm

Pandora Bolivia

Dow AgroSciences Bolivia

Intellectual property Tier 4

The IP practice at PPO Abogados is led by senior associate Ana Valeria Escobar, who arrived from the former Meloria IP (BASQN) in May 2019, replacing Carolina Finfera who moved to Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados as a partner. Key support and partner level engagement comes from Lindsay Sykes, whose IP practice focuses on complex and highly sensitive matters and strategy. The small group has been especially active advising international and local clients on contentious and non-contentious trade mark work, with one ongoing mandate seeing Escobar and Sykes assist Laboratorios Sophia regarding local trade mark portfolio management and both administrative and litigious matters. At associate level, Julio Cachi - formerly at the Bolivian trade mark office - is also noted; Brenda Eterović is currently on secondment in-house at Nestlé, but Ximena Zapata left the firm to move in-house at Huawei Technologies. Since publication the firm has considerably bolstered the practice with the incorporation of a former president of the Bolivian Intellectual Property Association, Pilar Soruco, along with two associates and five support staff (from Estudio Jurídico Orpan), in late March 2021.

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Testimonials

The relationship between the client and the lawyer is very close. You can contact them by WhatsApp, email or calls and they always have quick answers.’

They are always ready to find a quick solution and at the lowest possible cost. They are updated with the new precedents. They handle large projects in a clear and orderly manner. In our experience, the services provided are superior to experiences with other law firms.’

It is an office with several areas of expertise which makes the consultancy comprehensive.’

They are always very pending and monitoring cases constantly. The lawyer in charge of the Belcorp cases is called Ana Valeria Escobar.’

Key clients

Bayer

Genomma Lab Internacional

Óptica Santa Lucía

Laboratorios Sophia

Rigo Trading

Who we are
PPO Abogados (PPO) is a market leader in Bolivia and is recognized internationally for providing sophisticated, high quality advice to international and local clients.

Our firm is founded on sound ethical principles, the technical skills of our lawyers, and the close relationships we forge with our clients.

Our team
PPO is the largest law firm in Bolivia, with over 100 professionals working from its La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz offices.

PPO is a rarity in Bolivia, as it is the only firm serving companies and businesses that hires and promotes it professionals based solely on their merits. This attribute has permitted PPO to hire the top legal talent in the country: currently 80% of PPO’s senior professionals have obtained degrees outside of Bolivia, and many have been recruited from multinational companies and leading international law firms.

PPO values equal opportunities for professional development and advancement.  Women make up over 50% of our professionals, and 40% of our senior positions are held by women.

What we do
PPO is the only law firm in Bolivia that prioritizes specialization. We have teams dedicated to finance, M&A, corporate, tax, intellectual property, labor, public law, compliance, antitrust, litigation, and international arbitration.

PPO additionally provides sector-specific advice to its clients, helping leading companies operating in industries such as mining & metals, oil & gas, power, telecommunications, transportation and logistics, health and pharmaceuticals, insurance and reinsurance, financial services, technology, retail, hospitality & tourism and infrastructure development, navigate through the Bolivian business and legal environment.

With a long history of advising multinational companies and international institutions, PPO has a unique understanding of the Bolivian market and how to help our clients achieve their goals. Our firm stands out for having unparalleled experience advising clients on international business matters, foreign investment and it is second-to-none in understanding the complexities of cross-border transactions.

Our clients
PPO is counsel of choice to 20 of the 100 largest companies operating in Latin America and 30 of the largest companies operating in Bolivia. In addition, PPO provides advice to medium and small companies, and we are proud to have advised most successful start-ups launched in the country.

Additionally, PPO frequently advises international banks and multilaterals in connection with regulatory and transactional matters, including, Interamerican Development Bank, International Finance Corporation,  Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo, Santander, EFG Capital, Baf Capital, Scotia Bank, and Bank Mendes Ganz.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Carlos Pinto cpinto@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Compliance Lindsay Sykes lsykes@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Tax Pablo Ordoñez pordonez@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Labor Alejandro Pemintel apemintel@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Administrative and Regulatory Law Diego Böhrt dbohrt@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Corporate Law and Corporate Governance Mattias Garrón mgarron@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Marcial Fernández mfernandez@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Financial and Commercial Law Salomón Eid seid@ppolegal.com 59162002020
Photo Name Position Profile
 Diego Böhrt  photo Diego Böhrt Partner
 Salomón Eid  photo Salomón Eid Salomón EID
 Marcial Fernández  photo Marcial Fernández Partner
 Mattias Garrón  photo Mattias Garrón Partner
 Pablo Ordoñez  photo Pablo Ordoñez Partner
 Alejandro Pemintel  photo Alejandro Pemintel Partner
 Carlos Pinto  photo Carlos Pinto Partner
 Lindsay Sykes  photo Lindsay Sykes Partner
Counsel : 1
Senior Associates : 12
Associates : 28
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