Enrique Barrios > Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C > Santa Cruz, Bolivia > Lawyer Profile

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C
AV. SAN MARTIN
CALLE LA PLATA, ESTE 19
SANTA CRUZ
Bolivia

Work Department

Energy and Natural Resources / Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Enrique Barrios is a partner at Guevara & Gutiérrez. He specializes in Oil & Gas Law, Financing, Corporate Law, M&A and International Arbitration. He has worked extensively in international commercial transactions, Oil & Gas complex operations and contracting, financing structures involving several jurisdictions, and complex negotiations with the Bolivian Government in cases involving the expropriation of clients’ rights.

Languages

He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Memberships

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Education

  • Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Law Degree;
  • University of Dundee, United Kingdom, Postgraduate studies in Oil and Gas Law;
  • Harvard Law School, Massachusetts – USA, Postgraduate studies in negotiation.

Lawyer Rankings

Bolivia > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Enrique BarriosGuevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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.

Bolivia > Banking and finance

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.

Bolivia > Corporate and M&A

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.

Bolivia > Dispute resolution

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.