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

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

Banking & Finance / Corporate M&A

Position

Senior Partner

Career

Ramiro Guevara is one of the Senior Partners at Guevara & Gutiérrez. He specializes in Banking & Finance, Corporate Law, International Arbitration, Oil & Gas, and Bankruptcy Law. Because of his extensive experience and exposure to some of the most important deals and cross border transactions in Bolivia, and because of his over 30 years of experience, he is widely regarded as one of the most experienced lawyers in the country.

Mr Guevara acted as head of the Legal Department of the Bolivian Central Bank, as legal counsel to the Commission of Negotiation of Bolivia’s Foreign Debt, and as Director of the Boards of YPFB, the Bolivian Central Bank, and the National Stock Exchange Commission.

Languages

He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Memberships

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Registered arbitrator at the Bolivian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center.

Education

  • St. John’s University, New York, Undergraduate Studies;
  • Université des Sciences Sociales, Tolouse, Certificat d’Aptitude a l’Administration des Enterprises, M.B.A.;
  • Institut d’Etudes Internationales et de Development, Tolouse, Studies in International Commerce;
  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Lawyer;
  • Instituto para el Desarrollo de Empresarios y Administradores, La Paz, Studies in Banking Law, Labor Law, Warrants;
  • Institut International de Droit du Dévelopment, Rome, Seminar on Investment Treaties, Investment Contracts and Joint Ventures.

Lawyer Rankings

Bolivia > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Ramiro GuevaraGuevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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.

Bolivia > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Ramiro GuevaraGuevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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.

Bolivia > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Ramiro GuevaraGuevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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.

Bolivia > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Ramiro GuevaraGuevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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.

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.