PPO Abogados > Santa Cruz, Bolivia > Firm Profile
PPO Abogados Offices
Av. San Martin 155
Edificio Ambassador Business Center, Piso 18
PPO Abogados > The Legal 500 RankingsPPO Abogados regularly advise Bolivian, international and multilateral banks on local and cross-border transactions and regulatory matters. The banking and finance team has a wealth of experience advising lenders, borrowers and investors, and is also well-versed in advising fintech companies on a range of matters, from raising funds, to assessing and implementing new products and services. The firm has also noted an increase of work in the mining and technology sectors. Carlos Pinto leads the team and offers advice to investment banks, credit rating agencies and corporate clients on a range of matters, including acquisition finance, debt restructuring and financing in the local securities market. Lindsay Sykes has extensive experience in cross-border operations and advises international clients on complex banking and finance transactions involving Bolivian entities. Salomón Eid assists start-ups with regulatory matters and raising funds. At the associate level, María René Suárez and Andrea Lizarraga are key members of the team.
‘The PPO team has many strong points, which is why for the company in which I work and for me it is the only option in legal matters in the Bolivian market. The team possess extensive experience in legislative skills, enabling them to understand and effectively apply local laws and regulations. Their in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment enables them to offer sound and strategic advice. In addition to their legislative expertise, the team has in-depth local market know-how. They understand the complexities and particularities of the industry and the market in which we operate. This practice stands out for its specialized focus on the local market and its ability to adapt to our needs. Their background in legislative skills and market knowledge gives them a competitive advantage.‘
‘Attorneys at PPO stand out for having a personalized approach and their ability to build strong relationships. The legal team understands the importance of establishing effective communication and a close relationship. Its people-oriented approach creates an environment of trust and collaboration. Additionally, the lawyers at PPO have a wide network of contacts in the business world. This network allows them to offer their clients a strategic advantage by establishing connections and collaboration opportunities. In terms of knowledge of local laws for doing business, this team stands out for its experience and in-depth knowledge. They understand the complexities and legal requirements specific to the local business environment.‘
‘Among the outstanding partners and associates of this office is Salomón Eid. His extensive experience and specialized knowledge in the business arena has been very helpful to the company I work for. Compared to competitors, this firm stands out with its personalized approach, network of contacts in the business world, and in-depth knowledge of local laws for doing business. These qualities make this firm my only option for legal advice in Bolivia.‘
Astara – Ovando
Fundación Internet Bolivia
Awin Resource International
- Advised Inchcape on the Bolivian aspects of its £1.3bn acquisition of Derco.
- Assisted Uranium One with a public offer to obtain a concession to mine lithium reserves in Bolivia’s salt flats.
- Assisted Pact Capital with negotiations with local partners.
‘They are always at the forefront and have the necessary knowledge. They are known in the area.’
‘The lawyers assigned to the labour proceedings have been very diligent and methodical in the preparation of the cases, and have always shown goodwill and patience in the virtual interviews to prepare the witnesses for the hearings in the labour courts for the labour proceedings.’
‘They know the sector more and more. We recommend Rodrigo Montellano and Luis Enrique Pérez.’
‘What sets them apart is the personalised attention. They are always up-to-date with changes in the work area, giving a timely and quick response to their clients.’
‘PPO is a law firm that has a number of professionals, which means that the client is always in contact with one of them when they have a question. Queries are answered immediately, so client emergencies are solved quickly.’
‘The plus is the professionals at the firm; including Meliza Aliaga and Rodrigo Montellano.’
‘It is a solid team with knowledge of the matter, and its availability and predisposition is remarkable. It has high coverage in the main cities of the country, and in each city has lawyers with extensive technical and practical knowledge of the matter. It has a news update report that is extremely useful and practical.’
‘The labour team is very good in general, but I would like to highlight Rodrigo Montellano. He offers solutions that combine the technical with the practical, and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the country and business context. He is always available or lets you know in what short term he will be. The technical output is remarkable.’
ONG Aldeas Infantiles Sos Internacional
Solur (Chocolates Para Ti)
Empresa Minera Inti Raymi
Repsol E&P Bolivia
Deloitte Touche Tomatsu
Sociedad Comercial La Llave
- Advised Nestlé Bolivia on the collective labour conflict raised by its labour union, which was resolved at the conciliation of the Ministry of Labour, in a favorable manner for the company and avoiding the arbitration stage.
- Advising Petrex on a labour process for approximately $4m, carrying out defence actions to avoid the freezing of Petrex bank accounts, seizure of assets and entrenchment of senior managers, through the timely identification of the lawsuit.
- Provided consistent and permanent legal assistance to Pharmatech on all labour matters, such as the conclusion of a complex employment relationship, the planning of a business restructuring process, and several legal disputes.
Bolivia > Tax Tier 1PPO Abogados offers a comprehensive range of tax services, including tax compliance, tax planning, international trade, customs, and tax structuring. The tax practice has a strong litigation team, representing multinational clients in both administrative and judicial litigation processes. The firm also provides tax accounting and audit services. Clients represent a range of sectors, and the team has recently advised on the tax aspects of significant M&A in a variety of areas. New points of focus within the practice include wealth management, digital economy taxation, and constitutional analysis of tax rules. The team has offices in Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, and Cobija, and the firm’s Canada Desk continues to enhance the group’s international reach. Tax specialist Pablo Ordóñez leads the practice and has a wealth of experience in international commodities, oil and gas, mining, litigation, and gambling regulation, and advises some of the firm’s key clients, including Minera San Cristobal and Inchcape. Appointed associate practice director in September 2023, Alexandra Ortíz leads the advisory and compliance segments, and has extensive experience in international tax planning, and advisory, compliance, and digital taxation. Senior associates Miguel Ángel Gumucio and Adrian Bellot are both experienced tax lawyers and come with client recommendation.
‘I have worked with different firms in Latin America, and PPO has always been characterised by an exceptional service. The quality of the work is very good, and the attention of the team and follow-up are very valuable.’
‘The plus is the clarity with which they explain matters, which leads to a very detailed and technical analysis, the way in which they get involved and adapt to the project, the quality of the deliverables, and so on.’
‘The lawyers stand out for the quality of work they offer.’
‘PPO has an excellent team and the biggest strength I see is that the main partners are very well trained and up-to-date on an international level. They pass that knowledge on to their other partners. They are also excellently informed. They have an intelligence of information that I don’t see in other law firms. It is the only law firm that was aware of recent developments in my area, including green hydrogen.’
‘Its partners are highly qualified and have a high level of connection in Bolivia. This last point is outstanding given that, in Bolivia, it is very difficult to maintain a connection with everyone, public and private. It also has greater business vision than other law firms.’
‘It is a young team, with a lot of experience, knowledge and great response capacity. This is the team with which I have worked best. The treatment is personalised, taking suggestions into account, making improvements and exceeding expectations. It also shares knowledge on the internet: this office is much more technological than others.’
‘The lawyers explain clearly, they are closely related to companies in the sector and the treatment is personalised. The lawyers I can mention are Pablo Ordoñez and Alexandra Ortíz.’
‘I currently work with Adrian Bellot, and he is professional in the area and constantly monitors the requested jobs.’
Alvarez & Marsal
- Advised Inchape on the local aspects of its multi-jurisdictional, $1.5bn acquisition of Derco, analysing the corporate, regulatory, labour, and tax issues.
- Acted for Belcorp in tax litigation related to corporate income tax.
- Assisted Visa International with the design of tax policies for the promotion and acceptance of electronic payment.
Bolivia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2PPO Abogados’s ‘proactive and diligent’ corporate and M&A team provides a variety of specialised and sophisticated legal services. The firm covers the full range of corporate law matters, including the registration of businesses, preparation of shareholder agreements, and dissolutions and liquidations. The group is often involved in cross-border transactions, assisting both regional and multinational clients, and added to its extensive client base in 2022. The team has an ever-growing knowledge of international matters, such as global compliance policies, international public procurement rules and treaty benefits for investments. Carlos Pinto, Marcial Fernández and Diego Böhrt jointly lead the department. Mattias Garrón is noted for his significant experience in corporate and commercial matters, as well as in project development, M&A and foreign investment. Salomón Eid focuses his practice on transactional, corporate, and finance matters, where he leads the technology practice for the firm. At associate level, recently appointed practice director Delma Paz, and Carolina Arnez, María René Suárez and Ingrid Reese, are all names to note.
Carlos Pinto; Marcial Fernández; Diego Böhrt
‘The PPO corporate team is an ally for us as a company because it helps us with all the consulting at the local level, since we as an inhouse lawyer are in another country and do not know the local legislation in Bolvia. They are close to us as clients, willing to solve and collaborate from a business perspective and not just a legal one.’
‘Marcial Fernandez stands out as our partner and point of contact with the law firm, who perfectly manages the issues, is up-to-date and provides us with efficient and agile solutions for our business.’
‘The PPO practice is very good. It has bilingual professionals who are sufficiently trained to meet the needs of international clients in Bolivia.’
‘Delma Paz and Carlos Pinto have provided us with excellent and world-class service. Highly recommended office for companies with the intention of doing business in Bolivia.’
‘The team is proactive and diligent, they have a centralised customer service scheme, and they are well structured.’
‘The treatment is personalised and empathetic, and is always capable of coordinating joint actions with areas of expertise.’
‘PPO stands out for its broad sense of collaboration and they try to offer personalised attention, which makes them different from other law firms.’
‘The personalised attention with which the leader of the team attended us (Marical Fernández) was important.’
Indústrias de Aceite
Chocolates Para Ti
Compañía de Cervecerías Unidas (CCU)
Destilería Cuatro Ases
- Advised Inchcape on the Bolivian aspects of its £1.3bn acquisition of Derco, a multijurisdictional transaction with impact in Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia.
- Advise Telecel (TIGO) on the negotiation, preparation, and execution of its television rights contract signed with the Bolivian Soccer Federation (FBF) for the 2021-2024 period.
- Advised El Dorial in the transformation of the company from an LLC to a corporation, as part of a restructuring plan to obtain greater sources of financing and a corporate governance implementation.
Bolivia > Dispute resolution Tier 2PPO Abogados boasts a team of ‘excellent lawyers‘ that handles a wide range of dispute resolution cases, including civil, criminal, constitutional and arbitration matters. The firm has developed a number of specialised practice areas, including preventive contest and bankruptcy litigation, business-to-business disputes, conciliation and debt collection. Among its clients, the firm lists a significant number of Bolivian and foreign blue-chip companies from a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, construction, and telecoms. The team assists them with antitrust matters, civil action defence, inheritance and property succession and insurance cases. Lindsay Sykes leads the international arbitration and compliance practice; she has extensive cross-border dispute resolution experience, and has advised on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, risk management and anti-corruption compliance, and investigations into corporate misconduct. Alejandro Pemintel heads the litigation team, advising clients on strategies for civil, commercial and constitutional arbitration processes. Senior associate Fernando Escobar was appointed practice director in September 2023, and Luz Marina Iriarte comes with client recommendation for both her litigious and arbitral capabilities.
Alejandro Pemintel; Lindsay Sykes
‘PPO has a team of excellent lawyers, with a lot of knowledge and with different profiles who manage to create an interesting synergy when resolving conflicts. Something that stands out is that they have people who perform very well in litigation, being eloquent, clear and determined.’
‘Luz Marina Iriarte has a profile that becomes a competitive advantage when litigating.’
‘Personal management definitely makes the difference.’
‘This practice requires special know-how, experience in similar arbitrations. The firm has similar good skills to other firms I have worked with. As a distinction with other firms, I have valued the support in proper preparation and collaboration for witness statements.’
‘Quick response to our questions and requirements. Extensive knowledge of the functioning of arbitrations in Bolivia. Detection of weaknesses in the counterpart of the arbitration. Alejandro Pemintel and Luz Marina Iriarte have stood out in our arbitration.’
Cámara de Comercio de Cochabamba
Minera San Cristóbal
Volvo Latin America
Sergio Moscoso Prudencio
- Representing Minera San Cristobal in an amparo initiated by the company’s union before the Constitutional Court regarding a labour arbitration award.
- Advising Duratex on aspects of contingency prevention, advice and sponsorship of judicial processes.
- Representing Spanish banking group BBVA in a claim brought before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Pablo Ordoñez; Mattias Garrón; Carlos Pinto; Diego Böhrt
‘Its people seem very good. The main partner I deal with certainly knows his specialist part of the law.’
‘The partners are available when I need them. Mattias Garrón is the main partner I use. He is excellent. The PPO people are more than happy to listen to me legal views even though I am not a lawyer.’
‘Highly responsible and highly competent.’
‘Trustworthy and efficient.’
‘Efficiency in delivering results, collaboration between colleagues from different types of law, well-established structure and appropriate communication channels with the client.‘
‘Mattias Garrón and Pablo Ordoñez are the most outstanding in their specialties. Good communication and good treatment stand out in both. On the other hand, Mattias in mining issues, gives excellent results.‘
New Pacific Metals Corp.
Productora H2 Bolivia
Whitehorse Gold Corp.
Cartier Silver Corp.
Mantaro Precious Metals Corp.
Compañía Minera Gondwanaland Sociedad Anónima/South Amercian Metals Pty.
Goldenhill Áridos y Servicios
- Advised Productora H2 Bolivia on all aspects of the development of the Pacha Kanchay Project, which involves the construction of a $2bn green ammonia plant, including government relations, financing agreements and acquisitions.
- Advised Uranium One on a public tender launched by state-owned company Yacimientos del Litio Boliviano, to award a concession to carry out the exploitation of lithium reserves and build a lithium carbonate plant.
- Advising New Pacific Metals on all legal matters related to the three projects it is developing through Bolivian subsidiaries, including the negotiation of a mining production contract and advise on the Carangas project.
Pilar Soruco; Ana Valeria Escobar
‘Responsibility, solidity and efficiency.’
‘I highlight the work of Ana Escobar and Pilar Soruco.’
‘PPO Abogados has a specialised and capable team of lawyers that provides comprehensive strategies for the solution of the disputes under its responsibility and timely suggestions regarding the processes of trade mark registrations and modifications. It provides a prompt response and maintains constant communication.’
‘It is a specialised team, that provides an agile and personalised service. Ana Valeria Escobar is one of its outstanding professionals, who remains close and in constant communication, promptly responds to any concern, requirement or urgency, and throughout these years has demonstrated her high commitment, responsibility and professionalism.’
‘Quick responses and good recommendations.‘
‘Ana Valeria Escobar has exceptional knowledge on intellectual property and data privacy, her advice in Bolivia has been of vital importance to our clients. Her answers are quick, clear and complete and her recommendations have been strategically correct for our clients. Although the local trademark office is certainly slow, Ana Valeria has always successfully processed the processes.‘
‘Its work has been impeccable and has given us a lot of security in complex and voluminous projects that we had.‘
‘I highlight the work of Ana Valeria Escobar.‘
Tigre Tubos, Conexiones Y Cables
Compañia De Tabacos Montecarlo Ignacio
Archivo Jaime Saenz
- Assisted ZKTECO with retrieving a trade mark through a successful negotiation.
- Advised Compañia De Tabacos Montecarlo Ignacio on an opposition to the registration of the “GOLDEN BEACH” trade mark.
- Assisted Archivo Jaime Saenz with the registration of all the works of renowned Bolivian author Jaime Saenz, resolving disputes and providing comprehensive legal advice for the protection of intangible assets.
Bolivia > Real estate Tier 3PPO Abogados operates in the real estate sector, through its transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution teams, with particular strengths in permitting and compliance. The team advises site owners and investors, as well as regularly participating in M&A transactions, performing due diligence reviews of property documents and handling a full range of real estate contracts work. The firm’s litigators handle real estate contentious matters. Carlos Pinto, who focuses on financial and regulatory matters, is a key name, alongside public law expert Diego Böhrt, and Marcial Fernández, who has broad corporate and commercial expertise. At the senior associate level, Delma Paz and María René Suárez are names to note.
PPO Abogados > Firm Profile
PPO Abogados (PPO) is a leading law firm and an undisputed leader in the provision of specialist legal services in Bolivia. The firm is the largest in both headcount and geographical presence (five offices).
PPO stands out for its second-to-none expertise in corporate and commercial advice, foreign investment and complex cross-border transactions. It is also distinguished for its prowess in resolving high-stakes, multifaceted disputes.
The foremost legal directories recognise PPO as a leading firm in Bolivia in all major practice areas, including banking and finance, corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, energy, intellectual property, labour law, natural resources, project development, real estate and tax.
Our team: Our team has a broad understanding of the marketplace, trends and business climate. It can quickly adapt to today’s increasingly changing environment, due to its in-depth understanding of laws and regulations.
We deliver innovative solutions to meet clients’ needs by leveraging our specialist teams across multiple practice areas. Our professionals provide the insight, innovation, resources and experience to meet the challenges of doing business in Bolivia.
PPO recruits and promotes its lawyers based on their experience and capabilities. Nearly 80% of PPO’s senior attorneys have earned postgraduate degrees from top universities abroad, and many have worked for leading international companies and global law firms.
PPO values equal opportunity for professional development and advancement. Women make up more than 50% of our lawyers and close to 50% of our senior lawyers.
Partners (ten): Alejandro Pemintel, Carlos Pinto, Diego Böhrt, Lindsay Sykes, Marcial Fernández, Mattias Garrón, Pablo Ordoñez, Pilar Soruco, Salomón Eid, Ana Valeria Escobar.
Services: PPO’s accumulated experience and knowledge spans 12 practice areas that advise clients operating in nearly 30 industries. The firm works collaboratively between all practice groups, placing the client at the centre.
Our practice areas include: Anti-corruption and investigations, commercial law, corporate law and M&A, criminal defence, data protection and privacy, finance, intellectual property, labour law, litigation and dispute resolution, public procurement, regulatory and administrative law, and tax law.
Clients: PPO advises 15 of the 100 biggest companies operating in Latin America and 30 of the 100 largest companies operating in Bolivia. The firm counsels small and medium-sized businesses, and we are proud to advise the most successful start-up companies formed in Bolivia.
In addition, PPO is counsel of choice to most international and multilateral banks, to which it provides both regulatory and transactional advice.
Pro bono: The possibility that all people can access justice under equal conditions is essential to forge a more equitable and just society. PPO has a pro bono programme intended to protect the most vulnerable in our society by providing free legal representation to those who cannot otherwise afford to retain counsel.
Over the years, PPO has invested many hours assisting non-profits, foundations, and vulnerable individuals. In that spirit, PPO encourages its lawyers to support those who need it most.
Offices: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Cobija – Bolivia.
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|Compliance||Lindsay Sykesemail@example.com||(+591) 62002020|
|Tax||Pablo Ordoñezfirstname.lastname@example.org||(+591) 62002020|
|Labor||Alejandro Pemintelemail@example.com||(+591) 62002020|
|Administrative and Regulatory Law||Diego Böhrtfirstname.lastname@example.org||(+591) 62002020|
|Corporate Law and Corporate Governance||Mattias Garrónemail@example.com||(+591) 62002020|
|Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)||Marcial Fernándezfirstname.lastname@example.org||(+591) 62002020|
|Financial and Commercial Law||Salomón Eidemail@example.com||(+591) 62002020|
|Intellectual Property (IP)||Pilar Sorucofirstname.lastname@example.org||(+591) 62002020|
|Intellectual Property (IP)||Ana Valeria Escobaremail@example.com||(+591) 62002020|
Staff FiguresPartners : 10 Senior Counsel : 1 Counsel : 1 Senior Associates : 10 Associates : 31 Tax Advisors : 4
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Spanish Portuguese French Italian German
MembershipsABA (American Bar Association) IBA (International Bar Association) IFA (International Fiscal Association) AEDEUR Asociación Española para el Estudio del Derecho Europeo
Doing business in BoliviaPolitical situation: light at the end of the tunnel On 19 October 2020, Bolivia held a general election in which the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won a landslide victory against opponents, with presidential candidate Luis Arce clasping victory in the first round.