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FERRERE

EDIFICIO TORRE AZUL, AV 20 DE OCTUBRE 2665, PISO 17, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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Work +591 2 214 6017
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www.ferrere.com

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

Noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, Ferrere’s finance department is split into transactional and regulatory practices, led by the ‘experiencedCarlos Pinto and ‘sharp’ structured finance expert Lindsay Sykes, respectively. Often capital markets-related, the team’s transactional activity is largely for international lenders: Pinto and senior associate Mattias Garrón advised JP Morgan Chase, as arranger, on a $125m international bond offering by Grupo Lafuente, while Pinto and Sykes acted for Credit Suisse and KfW Development Bank on a syndicated $500m loan to the Bolivian state for the construction of the Cochabamba urban railway. Clients on the regulatory side include Banco Santander, GE Capital and Inter-American Development Bank.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Mattias Garrón - Ferrere

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

The ‘agile, client-centred’ and ‘efficient’ team at Ferrere is ‘very reliable’ and provides ‘business-driven advice and timely responses’ from its offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The department is active across a wide array of areas and is praised for its ‘very good knowledge of the telecoms industry and other regulated sectors’: in the energy space, Pablo Ordoñez acted for Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) on a corporate restructuring. ‘True authorityCarlos Pinto, who is ‘a brilliant lawyer and clever negotiator’, advised I Squared Capital on the Bolivian aspects of its $1.2bn purchase of IC Power’s Latin American energy portfolio. Pinto, who has ‘deep knowledge of Bolivian law and jurisprudence in corporate and commercial matters’, co-heads the group with the ‘solid, committed and trustworthyGerardo Villagómez, who counts Casa Boller and Bureau Veritas among his clients. Also noted are senior associate Mattias Garrón, who is ‘very good technically’, and associate Delma Paz, who is ‘clear, reactive and to-the-point’. Frontier Digital Ventures and Grupo Inclam are new additions to the practice’s client roster.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

Ferrere’s ‘experienced, very professional’ practice is praised for its ‘knowledge and capabilities’. The ‘excellent, professional and reliableAlejandro Pemintel, who is based in La Paz, ‘knows the local and national context, and focuses on the best strategies for the client’; he co-leads the group with Lindsay Sykes (who is strong in cross-border matters and international arbitration) and Santa Cruz-based litigator Gerardo Villagómez. The department’s associates are ‘astute across a range of cases’: senior associates Fernando Escobar and Daniel Mogrovejo are constitutional litigation experts, and Mogrovejo is also strong in white-collar crime litigation. Clients of the department include Bradar Indústria, Empresa Minera Paitití, Madisa and Nestlé. Associate Diego Villarroel is also well regarded.

Next generation lawyers

Diego Villarroel - Ferrere

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

Ferrere’s ‘versatile and adaptable’ practice provides ‘exceptional client service, response times and analyses’. It helps clients ‘hit the ground running’ on innovative energy projects, including in the nuclear space, and ‘guides clients through the legal, political, commercial and financial intricacies of doing business in Bolivia’. Group head Carlos Pinto and hydrocarbon transactions expert Pablo Ordoñez acted for Petrobras on the sale of its assets in Bolivia to Pampa Energía; Pinto also advised I Squared Capital on its purchase of Cobee, comprising several large private power generators and transmission facilities. Senior associate Mattias Garrón is ‘impeccably responsive’ and delivers ‘quick turnarounds’; Gerardo Villagómez and counsel Diego Böhrt, who is a regulatory expert, are also recommended. Rosatom is a client in the nuclear space; Argentum Investments is a mining client.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Ferrere

Based across Santa Cruz and La Paz, Ferrere’s ‘great’ department provides ‘a very good level of service’ and is ‘very efficient on cross-border mandates’. The practice, which is led jointly by the ‘solid, responsiveLindsay Sykes and senior associate Carolina Finfera, is primarily oriented towards trade mark filings, surveillance and anti-counterfeit investigations, although it is increasingly active in data privacy, franchising and licensing agreements. The team has also grown busier in contentious administrative matters recently, where it acts for a range of domestic and international clients. Sykes and Finfera manage Bayer’s trade mark portfolio locally and filed almost 150 applications for it in 2017; the pair also advised Genomma Lab on non-contentious and contentious matters, including opposition and non-use cancellation actions. Other clients include Laboratorios Sophia, Óptica Santa Lucía and Rigo Trading. Associate Ximena Zapata arrived from Bolet & Terrero in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Finfera - Ferrere

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

The ‘proactive’ practice at Ferrere provides ‘a high level of service’, is ‘able to address a range of client needs’ and is strong in preventive work. ‘Strategic, analytical’, ‘professional and reliable’ group head Alejandro Pemintel is noted for his ‘knowledge of labour regulations’ and his awareness of the ‘local and national context’. He recently acted for Minera San Cristóbal on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as representing Nestlé in union negotiations, defence against labour claims and providing assistance with a restructuring. Other clients include Petrex, AXS Bolivia and Cargill. The practice is also noted for its ‘astute associates’; senior associate Rodrigo Montellano is one such labour expert.

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Alejandro Pemintel - Ferrere

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

Active in property finance, acquisitions and disposals as well as licensing work and regulatory matters, Ferrere’s ‘efficient, sophisticated’ practice has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and also counts land and agricultural real estate as a significant area of expertise: group head Carlos Pinto counts Forestry Management Services and Dow AgroSciences among his clients. Recent works saw counsel Diego Böhrt advise Sociedad Inmobiliaria El Dorial on the real estate aspects of several projects, including the 28-storey "El Dorial" building in Calacoto, La Paz; and BECA Advisors instruct Gerardo Villagómez on establishing an agribusiness and cattle fund that acquired seven plots of rural land. Marriott is a client in the hospitality subsector.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

International tax matters and tax work relating to multi-jurisdictional transactions are the key strengths of Ferrere’s ‘very good, highly proactive’ practice, which prides itself on its accounting capabilities, is often active in litigation, ‘adds value’ and provides ‘timely advice’. ‘Innovative, highly knowledgeable’ group head Pablo Ordoñez represented Uber Technologies in administrative proceedings against the SIN after the latter attempted to close Uber’s Bolivian headquarters in Santa Cruz. Other clients include HBO Latin America and Nestlé. Alexandra Ortíz and Miguel Ángel Gumucio are senior associates well versed in tax matters.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Ordoñez - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Ángel Gumucio - Ferrere

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