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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

CALLE 15 DE CALACOTO, TORRE KETAL, OF 402, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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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

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s team handles a broad range of banking and finance work but is especially strong in project finance, share purchase agreements and syndicated loan agreements; it has also been increasingly busy in the mining sector. The practice acts primarily on lender-side mandates, where clients include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), China Development Bank (CDB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Citibank. The Santa Cruz-based Enrique Barrios has been advising Simmons & Simmons on banking, securities and investment fund-related regulatory matters. In La Paz, practice head Ramiro Guevara counts banking law, project finance and capital markets among his key strengths.

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 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Widely recognised for its corporate experience and firepower, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s corporate group is led by Jorge Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara in La Paz; with Enrique Barrios the key contact in Santa Cruz. The practice’s clients are largely international investors, and accordingly, the team’s core strengths -aside from M&A- are establishing and handling complex business structures, including joint ventures. Barrios continued to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on day-to-day matters regarding three of its Bolivian investment vehicles. Guevara and José Bernal assisted FLSmidth with negotiating and executing a commercial agreement with Fábrica Nacional de Cemento regarding a large new cement plant. On the M&A side, Inchauste acted for Avantica Technologies on initiating its operations in Bolivia through the acquisition of a local company. The Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado was also busy in 2016, assisting Finilager with the execution of its largest commercial contract in Bolivia, and advising its board members on corporate governance issues, as well as acting for SK Rental and Makita on their local investments and day-to-day operations.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

Julio Landivar - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

While also strong in litigation, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s disputes practice is renowned for its capabilities in both local and international arbitration. Santa Cruz-based senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, a labour litigation specialist, co-leads the team with the La Paz-based Rodrigo Rivera, who handles litigation and arbitration and is especially active in competition disputes. Ramiro Guevara has extensive experience in international arbitration and in 2016, he and Rivera represented GCC of America in a high-profile $40m arbitration case regarding its ownership of shares in Soboce, as well as handling related constitutional litigation against Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. Jorge Inchauste is also active in disputes work: he acted for Quiborax in arbitration against the Bolivian government regarding the latter’s alleged expropriation of Quiborax’s mining concessions without fair compensation. Other clients include South American Silver, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Cinemark Holdings. Senior associate Zoya Galarza, who focuses on competition law disputes, is one to watch.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - 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

For many, ‘the energy firm “par excellence”’, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has ‘sophsiticated knowledge of hydrocarbons’ and an increasing role in the mining sector. The practice is co-led by Enrique Barrios and Ramiro Guevara from Santa Cruz and La Paz, respectively. Although it handles some electricity matters, oil and gas is the department’s key strength and Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado is also very busy in this area. Barrios has considerable experience in project finance, gas export arrangements and acting for investors on upstream and downstream contracts with state-owned gas company YPFB. The team’s mid-stream capabilities were enhanced by the arrival of senior associate Vania Busch from YPFB Transierra in February 2017; her fellow senior associate Julio Landivar is also noted. Practice clients include Repsol, Petrobras Bolivia, YPF and Serpetbol.

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’s La Paz-based practice is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste. The practice handles a full range of matters including filings, renewals, registrations and patent matters, but its key strength is trade mark litigation. Mercado acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía in 15 successful disputes against a key Bolivian competitor during 2016. Other litigation clients include Ajinomoto and Hotel La Quinta. The team also assumed management of a portfolio of over 30 patents on behalf of Colombian firm Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Jaime Lora and ‘star labour litigator’ Primitivo Gutiérrez, located in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively, co-lead the practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C which has particular expertise in the hiring and dismissal of high-ranking personnel and foreign employees. The team also handles compliance, and is increasingly busy with complex remuneration policies and work contracts. Clients include Trafigura Group and Great Slave Helicopters (in relation to transactional and regulatory labour matters); and on the contentious front, Lora represented Asea Brown Boveri in litigious matters.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Principally located in the firm’s Santa Cruz office, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s labour team is led by senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, although the La Paz-based Jaime Lora is also active in the sector. The team is particularly strong on the regularisation of property rights, the process whereby non-compliant land and asset-transfers are given a proper legal footing; the team also represents clients in associated litigation. Additionally, it regularly advises clients on property acquisitions and disposals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and occasionally acts for clients in construction-related dispute resolution. Ana Lora is a strong senior associate.

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

Based in La Paz, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s department primarily assists foreign clients with the tax aspects of incorporating subsidiaries in Bolivia, and representing clients in administrative and judicial challenges to tax assessments. Practice head Mauricio Dalman assisted Minoil with the reduction of its tax liability in front of an administrative court, and also acted for Alta Estética, Petrobras Bolivia and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on similar matters. Dalman and Rodrigo Rivera (who also has experience in tax litigation), advise Repsol E&P Bolivia on all its tax issues. The team also handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

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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

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s team handles a broad range of banking and finance work but is especially strong in project finance, share purchase agreements and syndicated loan agreements; it has also been increasingly busy in the mining sector. The practice acts primarily on lender-side mandates, where clients include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), China Development Bank (CDB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Citibank. The Santa Cruz-based Enrique Barrios has been advising Simmons & Simmons on banking, securities and investment fund-related regulatory matters. In La Paz, practice head Ramiro Guevara counts banking law, project finance and capital markets among his key strengths.

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 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Widely recognised for its corporate experience and firepower, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s corporate group is led by Jorge Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara in La Paz; with Enrique Barrios the key contact in Santa Cruz. The practice’s clients are largely international investors, and accordingly, the team’s core strengths -aside from M&A- are establishing and handling complex business structures, including joint ventures. Barrios continued to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on day-to-day matters regarding three of its Bolivian investment vehicles. Guevara and José Bernal assisted FLSmidth with negotiating and executing a commercial agreement with Fábrica Nacional de Cemento regarding a large new cement plant. On the M&A side, Inchauste acted for Avantica Technologies on initiating its operations in Bolivia through the acquisition of a local company. The Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado was also busy in 2016, assisting Finilager with the execution of its largest commercial contract in Bolivia, and advising its board members on corporate governance issues, as well as acting for SK Rental and Makita on their local investments and day-to-day operations.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Next generation lawyers

Julio Landivar - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

While also strong in litigation, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s disputes practice is renowned for its capabilities in both local and international arbitration. Santa Cruz-based senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, a labour litigation specialist, co-leads the team with the La Paz-based Rodrigo Rivera, who handles litigation and arbitration and is especially active in competition disputes. Ramiro Guevara has extensive experience in international arbitration and in 2016, he and Rivera represented GCC of America in a high-profile $40m arbitration case regarding its ownership of shares in Soboce, as well as handling related constitutional litigation against Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. Jorge Inchauste is also active in disputes work: he acted for Quiborax in arbitration against the Bolivian government regarding the latter’s alleged expropriation of Quiborax’s mining concessions without fair compensation. Other clients include South American Silver, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Cinemark Holdings. Senior associate Zoya Galarza, who focuses on competition law disputes, is one to watch.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - 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

For many, ‘the energy firm “par excellence”’, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has ‘sophsiticated knowledge of hydrocarbons’ and an increasing role in the mining sector. The practice is co-led by Enrique Barrios and Ramiro Guevara from Santa Cruz and La Paz, respectively. Although it handles some electricity matters, oil and gas is the department’s key strength and Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado is also very busy in this area. Barrios has considerable experience in project finance, gas export arrangements and acting for investors on upstream and downstream contracts with state-owned gas company YPFB. The team’s mid-stream capabilities were enhanced by the arrival of senior associate Vania Busch from YPFB Transierra in February 2017; her fellow senior associate Julio Landivar is also noted. Practice clients include Repsol, Petrobras Bolivia, YPF and Serpetbol.

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’s La Paz-based practice is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste. The practice handles a full range of matters including filings, renewals, registrations and patent matters, but its key strength is trade mark litigation. Mercado acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía in 15 successful disputes against a key Bolivian competitor during 2016. Other litigation clients include Ajinomoto and Hotel La Quinta. The team also assumed management of a portfolio of over 30 patents on behalf of Colombian firm Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Jaime Lora and ‘star labour litigator’ Primitivo Gutiérrez, located in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively, co-lead the practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C which has particular expertise in the hiring and dismissal of high-ranking personnel and foreign employees. The team also handles compliance, and is increasingly busy with complex remuneration policies and work contracts. Clients include Trafigura Group and Great Slave Helicopters (in relation to transactional and regulatory labour matters); and on the contentious front, Lora represented Asea Brown Boveri in litigious matters.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Principally located in the firm’s Santa Cruz office, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s labour team is led by senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, although the La Paz-based Jaime Lora is also active in the sector. The team is particularly strong on the regularisation of property rights, the process whereby non-compliant land and asset-transfers are given a proper legal footing; the team also represents clients in associated litigation. Additionally, it regularly advises clients on property acquisitions and disposals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and occasionally acts for clients in construction-related dispute resolution. Ana Lora is a strong senior associate.

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

Based in La Paz, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s department primarily assists foreign clients with the tax aspects of incorporating subsidiaries in Bolivia, and representing clients in administrative and judicial challenges to tax assessments. Practice head Mauricio Dalman assisted Minoil with the reduction of its tax liability in front of an administrative court, and also acted for Alta Estética, Petrobras Bolivia and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on similar matters. Dalman and Rodrigo Rivera (who also has experience in tax litigation), advise Repsol E&P Bolivia on all its tax issues. The team also handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

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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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