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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

CALLE 15 DE CALACOTO, TORRE KETAL, OF 402, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Tel:
Work +591 2 277 0808
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Fax +591 2 279 6462
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www.gg-lex.com
La Paz, Santa Cruz

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

The team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been increasingly active in large-scale restructuring activities in the banking and finance sector: Ramiro Guevara assisted Grupo Financiero Bisa with the $300m reorganisation of all its companies. As well as continuing to provide regulatory advice to global financial institutions – such as Standard Chartered and Citibank – which have interests in Bolivia but are not domiciled in the country, the team continues to act for locally active international lenders such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Project finance and structured finance are other areas of particular strength. Guevara co-heads the practice with Jorge Inchauste in La Paz; while Enrique Barrios is the key contact in Santa Cruz. La Paz-based associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara are frequently active on high-value matters.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

José Bernal - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been handling a high volume of M&A for high-profile domestic and international clients and, accordingly, it has also been increasingly active in competition work. Energy, mining, consumer goods and manufacturing are all sectors in which the practice has notable expertise: recent mandates saw team co-head Jorge Inchauste assist Alicorp with its $200m purchase of Industrias del Aceite (as well as with its purchase, alongside Inversiones Piuranas, of ADM SAO); while fellow co-head Ramiro Guevara advised Italian manufacturer Bottero on $4m-worth of commercial contracts relating to the construction of a glass-processing factory in Bolivia. Other clients include Verizon, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and PepsiCo. Inchauste, Guevara and senior associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara comprise the core team in La Paz, supported by competition expert Zoya Galarza; in Santa Cruz, energy is a key strength, with Enrique Barrios and Rodolfo Mercado assisted by senior associates Jairo Guiteras and Julio Landivar.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Barrios - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

José Bernal - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

The ‘highly capable’, ‘multi-disciplinary’ team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.Cworks very hard for its clients’ and is ‘very honest and professional in all senses’. The practice, which prides itself on its administrative and constitutional litigation capabilities, frequently represents Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera recently defended the beverages company in Supreme Court competition proceedings and against lawsuits brought by competitors such as Amazónica. Arbitration is another strong suit: Rivera acted for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a $40m international arbitration brought by Turkish cement group Çimsa. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based labour litigator Primitivo Gutiérrez, who also has arbitration experience. Ramiro Guevara is a renowned international arbitrator; associates José Bernal and Zoya Galarza, who is a competition expert, are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Rodrigo Rivera - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

Zoya Galarza - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Based primarily in Santa Cruz, the practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is led by regulatory and contracts expert Enrique Barrios, and counts Petrobras Brazil, Repsol and Occidental Petroleum among its clients. Oil and gas, particularly in the upstream space, is a core strength of the group, which also has experience in energy-sector international arbitration as well as in regulatory and cross-border transactional work. The team largely acts for private-sector clients in negotiations (and disputes) with state-owned entities. Barrios acted for YPF Argentina on a $60m oil and gas services agreement concerning the Charagua area, as well as assisting the client with procurement-related regulatory matters. Corporate work and capital-raising matters are often led by Rodolfo Mercado and Ramiro Guevara, who are based in Santa Cruz and La Paz respectively; while senior associate Julio Landivar frequently advises oil and gas companies on corporate and contractual matters. Renewable energy, especially in the wind sub-sector but also – increasingly – in the solar power segment, is a growing strength of the department.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Barrios - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is especially experienced in trade mark litigation and, as well as handling trade mark filings, renewals and registrations, it is increasingly active in patent work. Marcos Mercado, who co-leads the team with Jorge Inchauste, acted for clients including Empresa Hotelera La Quinta, Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and Ajinomoto in trade mark opposition litigation, as well as assisting Toyo Tire and Rubber with multi-jurisdictional trade mark proceedings. On the patents side, Mercado is handling two of Gilead Sciences’ patent portfolios. New clients of the department include BlackBerry, Tetra Pak and Teleticket; Healing Sports is a more longstanding client.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C counts the hiring and dismissal of high-ranking employees and foreign personnel as a key strength; moreover, as well as assisting international organisations with ensuring their termination packages are compatible with local law, the practice been increasingly active advising clients on complex remuneration policies and different types of work contracts, of late. Primitivo Gutiérrez is a renowned labour litigator and defended Prosalud against a claim brought by medical staff who sought recognition as general employees under the Bolivian labour code. Jaime Lora, who co-leads the practice in conjunction with Gutiérrez, assisted Trafigura Group with work contracts and obtaining work visas for foreign personnel and their families. Asea Brown Boveri is another client in the immigration space.

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Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

The practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is particularly involved in matters concerning contested land holdings and it is especially strong on the regularisation of property rights. Often involved in the contentious side of this process, Santa Cruz-based group head Primitivo Gutiérrez is a widely respected litigator; he is supported by Ana Lora and the La Paz-based Jaime Lora. The department also assists clients with high-value land purchases and has experience in construction litigation. Active clients include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

Ana Lora - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-based team frequently assists the firm’s other departments, particularly the corporate and energy practices, with the tax aspects of complex mandates; it also handles standalone tax matters, especially litigation. Tax planning and litigation expert Mauricio Dalman heads the group and recently advised Alicorp on the tax aspects of its $200m acquisition of Industrias de Aceite; he also represented Alta Estética in administrative tax litigation against tax authority SIN. Associates Belen Montes and Mauricio Viscarra are regularly seen on tax matters. Other clients include Repsol E&P Bolivia, American Airlines and Export-Import Bank of China.

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