Firm Profile > Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C > La Paz, Bolivia

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C
CALLE 15 DE CALACOTO
TORRE KETAL, OF 402
LA PAZ
Bolivia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's practice handles the full range of finance work,  from loan agreements and securities, to credit facilities, capital markets matters and regulatory mandates. Project finance specialist Jorge Inchauste (particularly noted for his structured finance expertise) and Ramiro Guevara (a former head of the legal department at the Bolivian Central Bank and director of the National Stock Exchange) are the key names in the La Paz office. The pair share leadership of the practice with Santa Cruz-based Enrique Barrios, also a project finance expert, who has a strong energy and hydrocarbons aspect to his practice. Senior associate Alejandra Guevara (project finance, foreign investment) is also noted. The November 2019 departure of former senior José Bernal - who joined the new administration as chief-of-staff at the Ministry of Foreign Relations - was a loss, but the firm has responded rapidly, hiring José Manuel Canelas, previously a senior associate at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, in February 2020. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Key clients

HSBC

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Export-Import Bank of China

Alicorp

Simmons & Simmons

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Firm founding partner Ramiro Guevara and M&A-heavyweight Jorge Inchauste co-lead Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s 18-strong corporate practice group, which handles the full gamut of corporate matters, including M&A and associated due diligence, incorporations, joint venture contracts, international public and private tenders, restructuring and insolvencies. Moreover, in addition to successfully growing its domestic client roster, the firm has also added a number of key Asian clients recently, notably Kunming Liheng Investment and the Korean Resources Corporation (which includes LS Nikko, LG International Corp, Posco Daewoo Corp). Recent headline matters saw Inchauste lead advice to Alicorp on the $238.7m restructuring of its Bolivian subsidiaries via merger into a single entity. Other key partner-level contacts include Enrique Barrios, who handles corporate and commercial matters as part of a broader practice principally focused on energy, and oil and gas matters. Senior associate Alejandra Guevara is noted for corporate compliance matters, but José Bernal left the firm to join the interim Áñez administration in November 2019; the firm subsequently hired senior associate José Manuel Canelas, formerly at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, in February 2020. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Key clients

Trafigura

Explora

Ferrostaal

Itacamba

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Complex litigation and arbitration specialist Rodrigo Rivera, in La Paz, and Santa Cruz-based Primitivo Gutiérrez (labour disputes), co-lead Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s disputes practice, which has solid expertise in handling administrative, antitrust and constitutional litigation, notably for construction and industrial clients. A case in point is Cervecería Boliviana Nacional, which the team continues to defend in multiple Supreme Court competition proceedings. Arbitration is another core strength of the group: Ramiro Guevara is highly regarded for international commercial and investment arbitration; while Enrique Barrios, who has ICC, ICSID and IACAC experience, is noted for his expertise in negotiations, including between investor and state. Associate Zoya Galarza is active in competition law matters. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Key clients

Cervecería Boliviana Nacional

TriMetals Mining

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Operating primarily out of Santa Cruz, the team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is led by Enrique Barrios, Jorge Inchauste, along with La Paz-based Ramiro Guevara, and counts hydrocarbons work as its core focus, with upstream oil and gas mandates particularly prominent in the group's caseload. Cross-border transactions are another area of expertise, along with contentious energy-sector matters. Inchauste also handles mining-related project finance, while Barrios is well known for his experience in advising oil and gas companies on upstream energy and downstream contractual issues. Senior associate Julio Landivar and associate Jairo Guiteras are also names to note. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Key clients

China Three Gorges Corporation

Silvercorp

YPF Argentina

Vitol

TBEA

Trafigura

Labour and employment Tier 1

Primitivo Gutiérrez, who is highly regarded for his expertise in labour litigation, co-leads Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s six-strong team across labour practice in conjunction with Jaime Lora, also a labour disputes and negotiation specialist, who has niche expertise in immigration-related contentious issues. Restructuring mandates and renumeration matters have been especially prominent in the team's workload of late. The team is also adept at handling collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), hiring and dismissals and contractual employment matters for a solid client base of international entities. Associate Luis Gutiérrez focuses on labour disputes, due diligence, complex negotiations and compliance. In addition to contentious mandates the team's recent work includes advice on the preventive aspects of labour regulatory compliance, and labour policy review. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Key clients

Asea Brown Boveri

American Airlines

Imcruz Comercial

Laboratorios Bagó de Bolivia

Real estate Tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C handles the purchase and sale, mortgage and regularisation of real estate, as well as a full array of more specialist services for rural projects and commercial and residential urban development, including construction and lease agreements; surface property rights, easements and rights of way; real estate and equity investment funds; and the securitisation of real estate receivables. Litigation specialist Primitivo Gutiérrez leads the Santa Cruz-based team, which has particular profile for construction litigation and the regularisation of property rights and contested land holdings. High-value land purchases is an additional area of expertise for the group. Senior associate Ana Lora is adept in both urban and rural real estate transactional matters. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Tax Tier 3

Focused on complex matters, particularly related to major projects and structuring, the tax practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C supported by the firm's broader service offering - particularly the administrative and corporate teams - seeks to offer a one-stop-shop service. The Bolivian member of the Latin American Tax & Legal Network (LATAXNET), it's mandates range from early-day advice on projects prior to their structuring, tax optimisation and general tax matters, to tax litigation - a key strength - in both administrative and judicial instances. The practice is also prominent on the tax aspects of major corporate and energy-sector instructions. Practice head Mauricio Dalman focuses on international planning, corporate and tax advice and the development of optimum tax structures for businesses operating in Bolivia. Dalman is also deeply experienced tax litigator before the administrative, judicial and constitutional courts, and can also call on contentious partner Rodrigo Rivera, who also has tax disputes experience. However, the team has endured departures, with former key senior associate Julio Landivar’s move in-house as head of legal at YPFC Chaco in February 2020, following on the heels of the June 2019 exits of associates Belén Montes (to EY) and Mauricio Viscarra (who subsequently joined PPO Abogados). Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Explora

Petrobras (Bolivia)

Trafigura

Repsol E&P (Bolivia)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

PepsiCo

Universidad Privada Franz Tamayo

Cervecería Boliviana Nacional

Construtora Queiroz Galvao

Intellectual property Tier 4

Trade mark work is the key pillar of Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s practice (although its patents' sub-sector caseload is also growing), which has been kept busy handling registrations and litigation for clients in the food and beverage, transport, manufacturing and media sectors. Experienced senior associate Marcos Mercado, who has 14 years at the firm, heads up the IP practice; partner level support comes from Jorge Inchauste (whose broad corporate practice takes in IP); associate Diego Benavides who focuses on trade mark matters is also noted. Since publication the firm has announced a tie-up with Dentons, effective as of mid-March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Asahi Glass Company

JT International

Nintendo (Japan and USA)

Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia

Bavaria

American Airlines

Ajinomoto

Victor Equipment Company

CMPC/Softys

Guevara & Gutierrez S.C. was established in 1989 to meet the need for a serious law firm that can respond efficiently to the increasing international market needs of our times, and has become one of the pre-eminent law firms in Bolivia. It is a law firm capable of providing a full range of legal services, specialized in advising foreign businesses interested in investing in Bolivia.

Over the years it has formed a highly efficient team that combines many years of professional experience – both at a local and international level – with top-of-the-line academic qualifications. The success of this combination is reflected in the constant growth the firm has experienced during its years of existence, as well as in its client portfolio. It prides itself in its ability to respond fast and efficiently to its clients’ requirements and is very proud of its record and reputation in that regard. The client portfolio of G&G includes companies such as Pepsico, Petrobras, American Airlines and Citibank.

G&G offers its services within Bolivia through its main offices located in La Paz and Santa Cruz and by means of its affiliates located throughout other cities in the country. Being one of the largest law firms in Bolivia allows the firm to carry out complex and demanding projects that require the conjunction of different specialties and the performance of simultaneous tasks.

Main areas of practice: The firm is considered a leader in Bolivia in the fields of corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and dispute resolution, natural resources and energy law, banking and finance law, labor and immigration law, tax law and intellectual property.

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and German.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Ramiro Guevara
Corporate/M&A Jorge Luís Inchauste
Dispute resolution and arbitration Enrique Barrios
Dispute resolution and arbitration Rodrigo Rivera
Dispute resolution and arbitration Primitivo Gutierrez
Tax Mauricio Dalman
Labor and immigration Jaime Lora
Labor and immigration Primitivo Gutierrez
Energy and natural resources Enrique Barrios
Energy and natural resources Rodolfo Mercado
Banking and finance Ramiro Guevara
Banking and finance Jorge Luís Inchauste
Real estate and property Jaime Lora
Real estate and property Primitivo Gutiérrez
Intellectual property Marcos Mercado
Intellectual property Jorge Luís Inchauste
Photo Name Position Profile
 José Bernal  photo José Bernal Senior Associate
 Mauricio Dalman  photo Mauricio Dalman Partner
 Zoya Galarza  photo Zoya Galarza Senior Associate
 Ramiro Guevara photo Ramiro Guevara Senior Partner
 Alejandra Guevara  photo Alejandra Guevara Senior Associate
 Luis Gutiérrez  photo Luis Gutiérrez Associate
Mr Jorge Inchauste photo Mr Jorge Inchauste Partner
 Jaime Lora  photo Jaime Lora Partner
 Marcos Mercado  photo Marcos Mercado Partner of G&G IP
 Belén Montes  photo Belén Montes Associate
 Rodrigo Rivera  photo Rodrigo Rivera Partner
 Mauricio Viscarra  photo Mauricio Viscarra Associate
Other fee-earners : 10
Total staff : 32
Partners : 8