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Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

AV JOSÉ SALMÓN BALLIVIÁN (LOS ÁLAMOS), NO 322, LA FLORIDA, PO BOX 994, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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Work +591 2 277 6628
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www.basc.com.bo
La Paz, Santa Cruz

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Advising private and state clients on private and public financings, the practice group at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Ignacio Aguirre, with strong support from Fernando Aguirre. Especially strong on the lender-side, it has a strong pedigree in cross-border financing transactions, and is also noted for its capital markets capabilities, where it assists clients with bond issuances and debt restructuring. Project finance and operational finance for project companies are particular strengths; the team recently acted for Incofin on around $4m-worth of development loans to several small agro-industrial companies. The department also advised Accion International, the majority shareholder of leading local microfinance bank, Banco Sol, on various shareholder compliance issues.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The full-service practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., which is spread across La Paz and Santa Cruz, is headed by Ignacio Aguirre. It is active in a wide variety of sectors, though it has been particularly busy in energy, natural resources and telecoms: Milenka Saavedra advised thyssenkrupp Raw Materials and thyssenkrupp Materials on two separate $106m contracts for the purchase of Vinto smelter’s tin production exports, and assisted telecoms operators such as Telesat Canada and Intelsat International Systems with regulatory matters and permit procurement. Other clients of the practice, which counts corporate governance as a key strength, include Minera San Cristóbal, Accion International, GM Commodities and Tetra Pak. Fernando Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also noted members of the practice group.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Mostly active in administrative disputes, the practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is co-led by Milenka Saavedra and highly regarded arbitration expert Fernando Aguirre. Energy, natural resources and intellectual property are particular areas of activity for the disputes team.

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

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The ‘excellent’ team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. provides ‘personalised attention, speedy response times and a high level of industry knowledge’. It is active in mining, electricity and oil and gas. Department head Ignacio Aguirre advised Minera San Cristóbal, Silex Minera and Minera Mimesa on corporate governance matters and on adapting to the mining and metallurgy law that came into effect in August 2016; in conjunction with Carolina Aguirre, he also assisted Gazprom’s Bolivian branch with various corporate compliance matters. Senior partner Fernando Aguirre, who is praised for his ‘vast experience and knowledge of Bolivian investment laws and oil and gas’, advised the National Association of Medium Miners on regulatory compliance. The team is also working with French development agency AFD in relation to solar projects. Other clients include Couer Mining, Esmical and Hidroeléctrica Boliviana. Milenka Saavedra is also active in the sector.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The ‘highly knowledgeablePerla Koziner heads Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s ‘very responsive, very professional’ department, with strong support from Carolina Aguirre, litigator Milenka Saavedra and the ‘extremely experienced’ Pilar Salazar. Senior associate Alessio Rosso is also noted. Based in La Paz since its founding, 2016 saw the firm open a branch in Santa Cruz which has already won a reputation for its strength in infringement actions. Koziner represented BVLGARI and Louis Vitton at the Supreme Court in a cancellation case against the trade marks office. Other clients include DUNA and Nintendo. Since the conclusion of research the firm has merged its IP department with that of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa to create new entity Meliora IP.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Milenka Saavedra is the key contact at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., with strong support from Carolina Aguirre. The practice focuses primarily on advising foreign clients regarding labour regulations and compliance in Bolivia, and handles considerable preventative / pre-emptive work to avoid litigation. It also assists clients with dismissal settlements, labour-contract review and social security contributions. Clients include Repsol E&P Bolivia, Grupo Alcos, Tetra Pak and Rainforest Alliance.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by senior partner Fernando Aguirre with support from Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre. The group acted for the US Embassy on various property sales and purchases, most notably the acquisition of property for the Ambassador’s residence in La Paz. It also advised Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas on the purchase of land for its new distribution centre, and assisted Grupo Alcos with various real estate matters. An additional strength of the department, overlapping with civil and tax law, is acting for high-net-worth individuals on property matters, especially relating to inheritance issues.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Largely acting as very capable support to the corporate practice, the tax team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Milenka Saavedra. It also acts for clients, including one very large mining company and various non-profit organisations, on appealing SIN tax assessment decisions. Fernando Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre are active in the practice, where clients include Minera San Cristóbal, Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas and Childfund International.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Criales & Urcullo’s founding partner José Criales has experience in international arbitration, including representing Bolivia in its disputes. The ‘excellentRamiro Guevara and Rodrigo Rivera are the key contacts at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C. They continue to act for GCC of America in a dispute arising from its sale of shares in Bolivian company Soboce. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s head of dispute resolution Fernando Aguirre is active in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having been an ICSID panel approved arbitrator prior to Bolivia denouncing the Washington Convention. The ‘very sharp lawyers’ at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados include Andrés Moreno, who has recently handled disputes heard under UNCITRAL and ICC rules. At Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C., Bernardo Wayar is ‘a safe bet for a Bolivia-related dispute’, according to a peer in an international law firm.

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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Advising private and state clients on private and public financings, the practice group at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Ignacio Aguirre, with strong support from Fernando Aguirre. Especially strong on the lender-side, it has a strong pedigree in cross-border financing transactions, and is also noted for its capital markets capabilities, where it assists clients with bond issuances and debt restructuring. Project finance and operational finance for project companies are particular strengths; the team recently acted for Incofin on around $4m-worth of development loans to several small agro-industrial companies. The department also advised Accion International, the majority shareholder of leading local microfinance bank, Banco Sol, on various shareholder compliance issues.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The full-service practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., which is spread across La Paz and Santa Cruz, is headed by Ignacio Aguirre. It is active in a wide variety of sectors, though it has been particularly busy in energy, natural resources and telecoms: Milenka Saavedra advised thyssenkrupp Raw Materials and thyssenkrupp Materials on two separate $106m contracts for the purchase of Vinto smelter’s tin production exports, and assisted telecoms operators such as Telesat Canada and Intelsat International Systems with regulatory matters and permit procurement. Other clients of the practice, which counts corporate governance as a key strength, include Minera San Cristóbal, Accion International, GM Commodities and Tetra Pak. Fernando Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also noted members of the practice group.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Mostly active in administrative disputes, the practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is co-led by Milenka Saavedra and highly regarded arbitration expert Fernando Aguirre. Energy, natural resources and intellectual property are particular areas of activity for the disputes team.

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

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The ‘excellent’ team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. provides ‘personalised attention, speedy response times and a high level of industry knowledge’. It is active in mining, electricity and oil and gas. Department head Ignacio Aguirre advised Minera San Cristóbal, Silex Minera and Minera Mimesa on corporate governance matters and on adapting to the mining and metallurgy law that came into effect in August 2016; in conjunction with Carolina Aguirre, he also assisted Gazprom’s Bolivian branch with various corporate compliance matters. Senior partner Fernando Aguirre, who is praised for his ‘vast experience and knowledge of Bolivian investment laws and oil and gas’, advised the National Association of Medium Miners on regulatory compliance. The team is also working with French development agency AFD in relation to solar projects. Other clients include Couer Mining, Esmical and Hidroeléctrica Boliviana. Milenka Saavedra is also active in the sector.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The ‘highly knowledgeablePerla Koziner heads Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s ‘very responsive, very professional’ department, with strong support from Carolina Aguirre, litigator Milenka Saavedra and the ‘extremely experienced’ Pilar Salazar. Senior associate Alessio Rosso is also noted. Based in La Paz since its founding, 2016 saw the firm open a branch in Santa Cruz which has already won a reputation for its strength in infringement actions. Koziner represented BVLGARI and Louis Vitton at the Supreme Court in a cancellation case against the trade marks office. Other clients include DUNA and Nintendo. Since the conclusion of research the firm has merged its IP department with that of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa to create new entity Meliora IP.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Milenka Saavedra is the key contact at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., with strong support from Carolina Aguirre. The practice focuses primarily on advising foreign clients regarding labour regulations and compliance in Bolivia, and handles considerable preventative / pre-emptive work to avoid litigation. It also assists clients with dismissal settlements, labour-contract review and social security contributions. Clients include Repsol E&P Bolivia, Grupo Alcos, Tetra Pak and Rainforest Alliance.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

The La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by senior partner Fernando Aguirre with support from Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre. The group acted for the US Embassy on various property sales and purchases, most notably the acquisition of property for the Ambassador’s residence in La Paz. It also advised Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas on the purchase of land for its new distribution centre, and assisted Grupo Alcos with various real estate matters. An additional strength of the department, overlapping with civil and tax law, is acting for high-net-worth individuals on property matters, especially relating to inheritance issues.

Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Largely acting as very capable support to the corporate practice, the tax team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Milenka Saavedra. It also acts for clients, including one very large mining company and various non-profit organisations, on appealing SIN tax assessment decisions. Fernando Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre are active in the practice, where clients include Minera San Cristóbal, Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas and Childfund International.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Criales & Urcullo’s founding partner José Criales has experience in international arbitration, including representing Bolivia in its disputes. The ‘excellentRamiro Guevara and Rodrigo Rivera are the key contacts at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C. They continue to act for GCC of America in a dispute arising from its sale of shares in Bolivian company Soboce. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s head of dispute resolution Fernando Aguirre is active in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having been an ICSID panel approved arbitrator prior to Bolivia denouncing the Washington Convention. The ‘very sharp lawyers’ at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados include Andrés Moreno, who has recently handled disputes heard under UNCITRAL and ICC rules. At Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C., Bernardo Wayar is ‘a safe bet for a Bolivia-related dispute’, according to a peer in an international law firm.

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