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

Fernando Aguirre

Tel:
Work +591 22776628
Email:
Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN)

Position

Attorney at Law. Senior Partner.
PRACTICE AREAS: General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law; Civil Law; Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation; Labor Law; Tax Law; Mining and Hydrocarbons Law; Banking and Financing Law; Arbitration.

Career

Continued practice as a lawyer for over forty years. He has also held other positions like external director of the Bolivian Central Bank. At present he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMBOL S.A., the Coca Cola bottling company for Bolivia and an External Comptroller (Sindico) for various mining companies. Also Past President and board member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia. Mr. Aguirre is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, PDAC (Canada), Latin America Arbitration Association and other professional international organizations, being an active participant at conferences, in some of which he has been a panelist on different subjects of international interest. He has contributed to various legal publications. In connection with his arbitration practice he has been appointed as member of the Latin America Arbitration Group of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Languages

Spanish and English

Member

  • La Paz Bar Association

  • Santa Cruz Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • International Bar Association

  • International Petroleum Negotiators

  • Latin America Arbitration

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

  • Prospectors and Developers Association Canada

  • ICC

  • Arbitrator National Chambers of Commerce and Hydrocarbons 

  • Arbitrator Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center.

Education

  • Licentiate Law, Political and Social Sciences/Lawyer, La Paz University, 1968;
  • Law Diploma Oxford University, 1971


Bolivia

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Banking and finance

Particularly active on the lender and investor side, and with strong experience in cross-border transactions, the team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. often advises clients on the financing of public entities. Group head Ignacio Aguirre acted as local counsel to Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and JP Morgan Securities, as initial purchasers, on a $1bn bond issuance by the Bolivian state. The team has also been advising Incofin on its working capital loans to small enterprises. Fernando Aguirre is also recommended. Other clients include Accion International.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Corporate and M&A

Clients have ‘nothing but praise’ for the team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., which is ‘responsive, understanding and excellent in all respects’. The ‘proactive, methodicalFernando Aguirre and Milenka Saavedra are ‘good communicators and negotiators’; together with practice head Ignacio Aguirre, Saavedra assisted the Bolivian branch of thyssenkrupp Raw Materials with its closure. Indeed, branch liquidations are a niche specialisation for Saavedra, who also assisted Apia XXI Ingenieros Y Arquitectos on the closure of its Bolivian branch, as well as advising various telecoms operators – including Intelsat International Systems and Telesat – on regulatory issues. Clients in the oil, gas and power space include Gazprom EP International, Hidroeléctrica Boliviana and Repsol YPF’s Bolivian group of companies; while Minera San Cristóbal and Empresa Minera Manquiri are among the team’s mining clients. Tetra Pak, Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas and Accion International are also on the client roster.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Noted for its strength in domestic and international arbitration, for which the key contact is Fernando Aguirre, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. also handles a range of litigation, with tax disputes and contentious administrative matters also being particular areas of expertise. Mining, power and financial services are notable sector strengths. Milenka Saavedra co-ordinates the litigation practice; Ignacio Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also active in the space.

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Energy and natural resources

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Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Energy and natural resources

The ‘very good’ team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is active in mining as well as oil, gas and electricity. Especially strong in advising energy-sector clients on corporate governance and regulatory matters, the practice also has experience in the contentious space, including arbitration. Recent matters saw group head Ignacio Aguirre represent a power company in its $10m claim against a European company regarding a supply agreement; and advise Minera San Cristóbal, Silex and Memisa on shareholder matters and capital increases. Fernando Aguirre continues to advise the National Association of Medium Miners on various regulatory matters touching on tax, investment and dispute resolution. Gazprom International is another client.

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Real estate

Within: Leading lawyers

Fernando Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Real estate

Fernando Aguirre leads the La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.; Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre are also key contacts. The US Embassy continued to instruct the practice on transactional real estate matters; other clients include Embol and Grupo Alcos.

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Tax

Within: Tax

Clients have ‘nothing but praise’ for the practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., which is ‘responsive, understanding and excellent in all respects’. The group is especially active in supporting the firm’s corporate department, but also advises clients on tax compliance and on appealing SIN tax-assessment rulings. Practice head Milenka Saavedra and Fernando Aguirre are ‘proactive, methodical’ and ‘good communicators and negotiators’. Embol, Fundación Construir and BSI Inspectorate are representative clients.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)

Rodrigo Rivera at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is ‘very knowledgeable on Bolivian arbitral and judicial practice’ and is capable of ‘presenting his ideas clearly and effectively’. Firm name partner Ramiro Guevara also has profile in arbitral work; his recent highlights include representing Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a major dispute with Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. At Criales & Urcullo, José Criales has notable experience in international arbitration, including representing the Bolivian state in a number of disputes. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s practice head Fernando Aguirre handles commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations. At Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, the ‘excellent and diligent’ Andrés Moreno is singled out for his solid track record handling international arbitration, including investor-state cases.

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