Firm Profile > FERRERE > Santa Cruz, Bolivia

FERRERE
AMBASSADOR BUSINESS CENTER
PISO 18, AV SAN MARTIN, NO 155, EQUIPETROL
SANTA CRUZ
Bolivia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Carlos Pinto leads FERRERE’s practice, which is adept at handling transactional and regulatory mandates and is especially strong in multi-jurisdictional work. International lenders are prominent in the group's client base: Pinto and Lindsay Sykes, who is well known for her expertise in structured finance, assisted five financial entities with a loan to Alicorp for its acquisition of two Bolivian companies. Pinto also teamed up with senior associate Mattias Garrón to advise the European Investment Bank on a $64m loan to the Ministry of Environment and Water to finance the 'My Water V' project. Cargill and Phoenix Tower International are also clients.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Carlos Pinto and 'good relationship manager' Gerardo Villagómez jointly head FERRERE's corporate practice, which operates out of the firm's offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The department handles a broad spectrum of corporate work; recent matters saw Pinto and Villagómez advise beverage producer Compañía de las Cervecerías Unidas (CCU) on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Bebidas Bolivianas BBO, making CCU the majority shareholder. Pinto also teamed up with Pablo Ordoñez to assist Minera Alcira, a subsidiary of Canadian company New Pacific Metals, with entering into a mining production agreement with Corporación Minera de Bolivia regarding the Silver Sand project in Potosí. Senior associates Mattias Garrón, Delma Paz and María René Suárez  are all also noted.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

FERRERE’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team attracts praise for its 'great technical skills, communication and creativity'. La Paz-based Alejandro Pemintel is an expert in labour and energy disputes; he co-leads the practice with the 'knowledgeable' Lindsay Sykes, who is well regarded for her expertise in cross-border disputes, and Gerardo Villagómez, a litigation expert based in Santa Cruz. Recent mandates include Pemintel acting for mining company EMIRSA in labour disputes brought by a number of former employees. Senior associates Fernando Escobar and Daniel Mogrovejo and associate Diego Villarroel (who is strong in arbitration) are also recommended. Other clients include Glencore, Nestlé and Hyundai Byucksan.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

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.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Alejandro Pemintel leads the practice at FERRERE, which is noted for providing 'timely and practical solutions' across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including immigration and social security work, restructuring, hirings, CBAs and union negotiations. Pemintel recently assisted hotel company Selina with work contracts for foreign personnel, as well as representing AXS Bolivia in union negotiations and providing assistance with a CBA. Other clients include Nestlé, Wildlife Conservation Society and Huawei. Senior associates Rodrigo Montellano and Meliza Aliaga are noted for their expertise in labour work.

Real estate Tier 2

Carlos Pinto leads the team at FERRERE, which is particularly involved in licensing, regulatory issues, acquisitions, disposals and property finance matters, and is especially strong in agricultural and land real estate mandates. Dairy producer PIL Andina instructed the team in relation to disputes with the municipality of Cochabamba regarding the client's ownership rights over plots of land. Gerardo Villagómez and La Paz-based counsel Diego Bohrt are also names to note. Other clients include Forestry Management Services, Sociedad Inmobiliaria El Dorial and BECA Advisors.

Tax Tier 2

FERRERE counts tax litigation, tax advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and international mandates as the core pillars of its practice; it is also noted for its strength in accounting work. Practice head Pablo Ordoñez is 'very proactive and always available'; he is representing oilfield services company Schlumberger in litigation against Bolivia's tax authority (Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales or SIN), which is being heard before the Supreme Court of Justice. Other clients include Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company and Bebidas Bolivianas. Senior associate Alexandra Ortíz and associate Miguel Ángel Gumucio are highly active in this sector.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Lindsay Sykes and senior associate Carolina Finfera share leadership of FERRERE’s IP department, which operates out of the Santa Cruz and La Paz offices. The team handles, among other areas, trade mark registrations and filings, licensing agreements, anti-counterfeiting work and data privacy matters. Sykes and Finfera manage Laboratorios Sophia’s trade mark portfolio locally and assist the client with administrative matters relating to the portfolio; other mandates saw the group assist Rigo Trading with contentious work relating to its trade marks. Other clients include Bayer, Genomma Lab Internacional and Óptica Santa Lucía. Associates Ximena Zapata and Brenda Eterović are also recommended. In May 2019, senior associate Ana Valeria Escobar joined the department from Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN).

FERRERE is the only multi-jurisdictional purely South American law firm. It has 250 attorneys across Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training program.

After a decade of sustained growth, FERRERE is now a recognized leader in Bolivia and the largest firm in the country. With offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba, it provides clients with specialized services in all major practice areas, representing many of the major multinationals and almost all multilaterals operating in Bolivia.

FERRERE is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and does not allow relatives of partners to join its staff. It has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership. Many of FERRERE’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.

The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialization is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting-edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. FERRERE’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: FERRERE has outstanding work relationships with commercial banks and major multilateral lending organizations operating across the region.

M&A: FERRERE is consistently involved in almost all the market’s biggest and most sophisticated transactions and high-value projects.

Corporate: FERRERE has an outstanding team who is able to handle the biggest, most complex cross-border deals, as well as multi-jurisdictional transactions in the countries it operates in.

Dispute resolution: a significant part of the firm’s dispute resolution work involves the representation of clients who are not corporate clients, but who resort to FERRERE for their most complex commercial, investment, administrative or tax disputes.

Tax: FERRERE’s tax practice group advises clients on all tax matters and participates in business structuring, from corporate mergers or acquisitions through obtaining tax benefits for investment projects.

Employment: FERRERE is equally strong in the entire range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters and focuses on providing high-quality advice on large, complex and highly strategic matters.

Intellectual property: FERRERE represents individuals and companies in developing and protecting their products, in drafting their assignment or license agreements, and in litigation focusing on violation of trademarks, patents, copyrights or unfair competition.

Energy and natural resources: FERRERE represents gas and liquid fuel as well as renewable energy companies. It advises the industry’s principal companies on day-to-day legal affairs, partner relationships, and governmental and regulatory matters.

Anti-corruption/compliance/internal investigations: FERRERE has unmatched experience in risk management and compliance. The firm’s multi-jurisdiction coverage and its practitioners’ international experience assure clients the meticulous and multifaceted approach required by today’s interconnected regulatory environment.

Clients

FERRERE advises mainly multinationals, including five of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, global financial institutions and several of the largest Latin American companies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Gerardo Villagómez
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Salomon Eid  photo Mr Salomon Eid
Mr Pablo Ordoñez  photo Mr Pablo Ordoñez
Mrs Lindsay Sykes  photo Mrs Lindsay Sykes
Other fee-earners : 223
Partners : 27

 

FERRERE is the only multi-jurisdictional purely South American law firm. It has 250 attorneys across Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training program.

FERRERE is the largest law firm in Uruguay and has a unique strategy based on highly specialized practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

FERRERE is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership. Many of FERRERE’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.

The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialization is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting-edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. FERRERE’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: FERRERE has outstanding work relationships with commercial banks and major multilateral lending organizations operating across the region.

M&A: FERRERE is consistently involved in almost all the market’s biggest and most sophisticated transactions and high-value projects.

Corporate: FERRERE has an outstanding team who is able to handle the biggest, most complex cross-border deals, as well as multi-jurisdictional transactions in the countries it operates in.

Dispute resolution: a significant part of the firm’s dispute resolution work involves the representation of clients who are not corporate clients, but who resort to FERRERE for their most complex commercial, investment, administrative or tax disputes.

Tax: FERRERE’s tax practice group advises clients on all tax matters and participates in business structuring, from corporate mergers or acquisitions through obtaining tax benefits for investment projects.

Employment: FERRERE is equally strong in the entire range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters and focuses on providing high-quality advice on large, complex and highly strategic matters.

Intellectual property: FERRERE represents individuals and companies in developing and protecting their products, in drafting their assignment or license agreements, and in litigation focusing on violation of trademarks, patents, copyrights or unfair competition.

Energy and natural resources: FERRERE represents gas and liquid fuel as well as renewable energy companies. It advises the industry’s principal companies on day-to-day legal affairs, partner relationships, and governmental and regulatory matters.

Anti-corruption/compliance/internal investigations: FERRERE has unmatched experience in risk management and compliance. The firm’s multi-jurisdiction coverage and its practitioners’ international experience assure clients the meticulous and multifaceted approach required by today’s interconnected regulatory environment.

 

OFFICES:

LA PAZ

Edificio Torre Azul

Av. 20 de Octubre 2665, piso 17

La Paz

T/F: +591 2 214 6017

 

SANTA CRUZ

Ambassador Business Center

Piso 18, Av. San Martin, Nº 155, Equipetrol

Santa Cruz

T/F: +591 3 341 9565

 

COCHABAMBA

Torre Norte

Av. América # 360, Torre Norte Of. 2F

Cochabamba

T/F: +591 4 414 0172

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Pablo Ordóñez
Other fee-earners : 250
Partners : 30

FERRERE is the only multi-jurisdictional purely South American law firm. It has 250 attorneys across Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training program.

FERRERE is the largest law firm in Uruguay and has a unique strategy based on highly specialized practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

FERRERE is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership. Many of FERRERE’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.

The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialization is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting-edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. FERRERE’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: FERRERE has outstanding work relationships with commercial banks and major multilateral lending organizations operating across the region.

M&A: FERRERE is consistently involved in almost all the market’s biggest and most sophisticated transactions and high-value projects.

Corporate: FERRERE has an outstanding team who is able to handle the biggest, most complex cross-border deals, as well as multi-jurisdictional transactions in the countries it operates in.

Dispute resolution: a significant part of the firm’s dispute resolution work involves the representation of clients who are not corporate clients, but who resort to FERRERE for their most complex commercial, investment, administrative or tax disputes.

Tax: FERRERE’s tax practice group advises clients on all tax matters and participates in business structuring, from corporate mergers or acquisitions through obtaining tax benefits for investment projects.

Employment: FERRERE is equally strong in the entire range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters and focuses on providing high-quality advice on large, complex and highly strategic matters.

Intellectual property: FERRERE represents individuals and companies in developing and protecting their products, in drafting their assignment or license agreements, and in litigation focusing on violation of trademarks, patents, copyrights or unfair competition.

Energy and natural resources: FERRERE represents gas and liquid fuel as well as renewable energy companies. It advises the industry’s principal companies on day-to-day legal affairs, partner relationships, and governmental and regulatory matters.

Anti-corruption/compliance/internal investigations: FERRERE has unmatched experience in risk management and compliance. The firm’s multi-jurisdiction coverage and its practitioners’ international experience assure clients the meticulous and multifaceted approach required by today’s interconnected regulatory environment.

Other fee earners: 250

Managing Partner: Pablo Ordóñez

OFFICES:

LA PAZ

Edificio Torre Azul

Av. 20 de Octubre 2665, piso 17

La Paz

T/F: +591 2 214 6017

 

SANTA CRUZ

Ambassador Business Center

Piso 18, Av. San Martin, Nº 155, Equipetrol

Santa Cruz

T/F: +591 3 341 9565

 

COCHABAMBA

Torre Norte

Av. América # 360, Torre Norte Of. 2F

Cochabamba

T/F: +591 4 414 0172

Department Name Email Telephone