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

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Banking and finance Tier 1

Large-scale restructuring mandates, project finance and credit facility matters have been prominent in the workload of Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's 'very experienced' team. Jorge Inchauste assisted Alicorp with a $400m credit facility agreement - entered into with a syndicate of foreign banks - for the acquisition of two companies in Bolivia. In the Santa Cruz office, Enrique Barrios is an expert in project finance in the energy and hydrocarbons sector; he assisted Danske Bank with the €103m financing of three wind farm projects in Bolivia. Regulatory work is another area of expertise for the group. Inchauste co-heads the practice with Ramiro Guevara out of the La Paz office, which houses noted associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara. Other clients include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Simmons & Simmons and the Export-Import Bank of China.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Active in M&A, restructuring and liquidations, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's department comprises practice co-heads Ramiro Guevara and Jorge Inchauste and senior associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara in La Paz, and Enrique Barrios, Rodolfo Mercado and senior associates Jairo Guiteras and Julio Landivar in Santa Cruz. Recent work includes Ramiro assisting New Pacific Metals with its $6m purchase of mining company Jisasjardan, while Inchauste advised telecoms company Verizon on the liquidation of its Bolivian subsidiary. Other clients include Alicorp, PepsiCo and Explora.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'very knowledgeable' team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C stands out for its strength in constitutional and administrative litigation, and counts arbitration as a core pillar of the practice. The group is well known for frequently acting for Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera continues to defend the company in Supreme Court competition proceedings, most recently in a coercive collection claim. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based Primitivo Gutiérrez, who is an expert in labour litigation. Ramiro Guevara is highly regarded for his international arbitration expertise. Associates José Bernal (who is active in arbitration) and competition law expert Zoya Galarza are names to note.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's primarily Santa Cruz-based practice continues to handle a high volume of hydrocarbons work, notably in the upstream oil and gas space, which forms a core pillar of the department. On the renewables side, the team assists clients with wind and solar power-related energy matters; hydropower is a growing area of instruction for the group. Cross-border transactions, energy-sector litigation and arbitration, and regulatory work are additional key strengths. Enrique Barrios, well known for his contractual and regulatory expertise, jointly heads the practice with La Paz-based Ramiro Guevara, an expert in project finance. Senior associate Julio Landivar assists oil and gas companies with the corporate-related aspects of energy mandates.

Labour and employment Tier 1

Praised for 'its high level of professionalism' and 'flexible and creative thinking', Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's department assists a client base of international organisations with remuneration policies, immigration matters, collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), and hiring and dismissal cases. Labour litigator Primitivo Gutiérrez co-leads the practice with 'creative thinkerJaime Lora, who handles labour disputes pertaining to immigration matters and CBAs. Clients include Asea Brown Boveri and Prosalud.

Real estate Tier 2

Contested land holdings and regularisation of property rights are core pillars of Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C's practice, which also handles construction litigation and high-value land purchases. Based in the Santa Cruz office, practice head Primitivo Gutiérrez is highly regarded for his litigation expertise; Jaime Lora (based in La Paz) and senior associate Ana Lora are also key contacts. Clients include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Praxair Bolivia and Inter-American Development Bank.

Tax Tier 2

Noted for assisting the firm's energy and corporate departments with the tax-related aspects of sizeable mandates, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s 'efficient' team is especially strong in tax litigation. Practice head Mauricio Dalman is well known for his expertise in litigation and tax planning; he recently represented Planta Recicladora Commetal in a successful tax annulment process before the SIN. Other clients include Explora, Petrobras Bolivia, Ferroviaria Oriental and Repsol E&P Bolivia. Associate Mauricio Viscarra is also recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has particular expertise in trade mark litigation, registrations, renewals and filings, and counts patent work - notably in the pharmaceutical sector - as a growing area of instruction. Marcos Mercado, noted for his 'excellent knowledge of trade mark law', and Jorge Inchauste jointly head the 'very responsive' department; the pair advised Alicorp on transferring a portfolio containing over 70 trade marks following its acquisition of a Bolivian company, as well as acting for Institut National de L'Origine et de la Qualité and Interprofession du Gruyére in trade mark opposition litigation. Other clients include Marriott International, Samsung and American Airlines; Gilead Sciences is a key client in the patents area. Diego Benavides is an expert in trade mark work.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Rodrigo Rivera and Ramiro Guevara at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C are highly recommended for international arbitration. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has a solid track record for handling international arbitration proceedings. A recent case saw Andrés Moreno acting for Macallum Group in a $15m arbitration against the seller Guong Ho regarding damages to a zinc and tin processing plant. Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.'s Bernardo Wayar Caballero and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo are also well-known international arbitration practitioners.

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
Other fee-earners : 10
Total staff : 32
Partners : 8