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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 2770808 591 798 09 779
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La Paz, Santa Cruz

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Historically strong in the project finance space, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s practice is led by Ramiro Guevara, with close support from Jorge Inchauste and Enrique Barrios. Guevara recently advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) on a $15m unsecured financing for a Bolivian bank. The team also expanded the remit of its advice to longstanding referrer client Simmons & Simmons, assisting the firm with regulatory matters regarding banking, lending and securities. The department’s other clients include IDB, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), China Development Bank (CDB) and Ford Finance. With experience on loan restructurings and cross-border regulatory matters, associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara are recommended,

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-located team is led by Jorge Luis Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara, with key support coming from Enrique Barrios. With a client base comprised primarily of international investors, the practice specialises in complex business structures and investment vehicles, and has handled several complex M&A deals. Barrios continues to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on the operation of three Bolivia-based investment vehicles. Other clients in the energy and natural resources sector include Repsol YPF E&P Bolivia, Consorcio Minero Bolivia and Minera CoroCobre. The practice is also active in the technology sector and was instructed by the Bolivian branch of Hewlett-Packard Caribe & Andina. Associates Alejandra Guevara, José Bernal and Julio Landivar are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s practice is co-led by Rodrigo Rivera and Enrique Barrios, based in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively, with support from senior partners Ramiro Guevara and Primitivo Gutiérrez. The team regularly handles claims against the Bolivian government, and Barrios successfully represented Red Electrica Internacional in an arbitration case precipitated by the government’s nationalisation of the company’s shares in Transportadora de Electricidad. The dispute was settled amicably for $65m. Guevara acted in a similar case, advising Rurelec after the government nationalised its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi; ultimately, the government was obliged to pay the company $29m plus compound interest, culminating in a $31.7m settlement. The department is also known for its experience in the anti-trust area, a nascent practice in Bolivia. It is also one of the few teams in the country that handles international arbitration, of which Ramiro Guevara is the key practitioner. Many of the practice’s instructions come from the sustainable energy sector (Praxair Bolivia, Repsol and Petrobras), transport and logistics (American Airlines and Imcruz Comercial), and finance (Citibank). Other clients include Cinemark Holdings, GCC of America and Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s department is led out of Santa Cruz by Enrique Barrios, who, along with Rodolfo Mercado, is primarily dedicated to energy and natural resource matters. They are supported by Ramiro Guevara and associate Julio Landivar. The firm has a healthy, 15-year trajectory in the sector and is best known for advising private investors on their negotiations with state-owned entities. It frequently handles cross-border gas supply agreements, and advised Petrobras Brasil (as buyer), on a 10-year gas supply dispute with Bolivia’s state O&G company YPFB that was finally resolved with a $434m settlement. The team continues to advise the client on the issue following several investigations by the Bolivian government. A strong client base includes Grupo Cuñado and Red Eléctrica Internacional, Trimetals Mining, Rurelec and Petrobras Bolivia.

Leading lawyers

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 department is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste, both based in La Paz. It specialises in trade mark litigation and recently successfully defended Nova Industrial Tools against a claim brought by a Brazilian company that sought to obtain several trade marks. In other matters, Mercado and associate Diego Benavides acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía on various intellectual property disputes against a key local competitor. Clients include Corporación Imcruz, Pharmavital and American Airlines.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s labour practice is led by Primitivo Gutiérrez and Jaime Lora, based in Santa Cruz and La Paz respectively. Lora advised Asea Brown Boveri on negotiations with terminated employees, and also assisted Trafigura Group’s Bolivian subsidiaries with the drafting of various types of labour contract. The team also acted for Impala Bolivia on the dismissal of several key employees, and advised Cormin on obtaining work visas for foreign personnel and their families. Other clients include Beiersdorf, Ferroviaria Oriental, Praxair Bolivia and Pfizer Bolivia.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Legal market overview

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

The team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is led by the Santa Cruz-based Primitivo Gutiérrez, with support from Jaime Lora and Ana Lora. It assists clients with purchasing and registering real estate in rural areas, which often entails more regulatory considerations and titling issues than in urban areas – although the practice handles both. It also acts for clients on the disposal of sizeable buildings and tracts of land. The team advises the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on the acquisition and registration of properties across Bolivia; other clients include Yuchán Agropecuaria, Imcruz Comercial, Praxair Bolivia and IDB.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Mauricio Dalman leads Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-based team, with support from Rodrigo Rivera. The practice has particular expertise in handling the tax aspect of large, frequently cross-border transactions, and is well-integrated with the other departments of what is a full-service firm. Recent matters include advising Alta Estética on the annulment of a $1.4m tax debt assessment, and assisting the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints with renewing the tax exemption applicable to its real estate holdings. Ferroviaria Oriental, Trafigura, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Praxair Bolivia are all active clients.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

At Criales, Urcullo & Antezana, founding partner José Criales regularly handles arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution matters, working alongside international law firms on complex cases. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s Fernando Aguirre is recommended for international arbitration, acting in both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s Ramiro Guevara was involved as local counsel in a number of expropriation-related disputes, including representing Rurelec following the nationalisation of its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi. Acting alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ Andrés Moreno acted for Spanish multinational Iberdrola Energia in its UNCITRAL claim against the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, alleging expropriation of shares in four of the country’s main electricity companies.

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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Historically strong in the project finance space, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s practice is led by Ramiro Guevara, with close support from Jorge Inchauste and Enrique Barrios. Guevara recently advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) on a $15m unsecured financing for a Bolivian bank. The team also expanded the remit of its advice to longstanding referrer client Simmons & Simmons, assisting the firm with regulatory matters regarding banking, lending and securities. The department’s other clients include IDB, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), China Development Bank (CDB) and Ford Finance. With experience on loan restructurings and cross-border regulatory matters, associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara are recommended,

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-located team is led by Jorge Luis Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara, with key support coming from Enrique Barrios. With a client base comprised primarily of international investors, the practice specialises in complex business structures and investment vehicles, and has handled several complex M&A deals. Barrios continues to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on the operation of three Bolivia-based investment vehicles. Other clients in the energy and natural resources sector include Repsol YPF E&P Bolivia, Consorcio Minero Bolivia and Minera CoroCobre. The practice is also active in the technology sector and was instructed by the Bolivian branch of Hewlett-Packard Caribe & Andina. Associates Alejandra Guevara, José Bernal and Julio Landivar are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s practice is co-led by Rodrigo Rivera and Enrique Barrios, based in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively, with support from senior partners Ramiro Guevara and Primitivo Gutiérrez. The team regularly handles claims against the Bolivian government, and Barrios successfully represented Red Electrica Internacional in an arbitration case precipitated by the government’s nationalisation of the company’s shares in Transportadora de Electricidad. The dispute was settled amicably for $65m. Guevara acted in a similar case, advising Rurelec after the government nationalised its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi; ultimately, the government was obliged to pay the company $29m plus compound interest, culminating in a $31.7m settlement. The department is also known for its experience in the anti-trust area, a nascent practice in Bolivia. It is also one of the few teams in the country that handles international arbitration, of which Ramiro Guevara is the key practitioner. Many of the practice’s instructions come from the sustainable energy sector (Praxair Bolivia, Repsol and Petrobras), transport and logistics (American Airlines and Imcruz Comercial), and finance (Citibank). Other clients include Cinemark Holdings, GCC of America and Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s department is led out of Santa Cruz by Enrique Barrios, who, along with Rodolfo Mercado, is primarily dedicated to energy and natural resource matters. They are supported by Ramiro Guevara and associate Julio Landivar. The firm has a healthy, 15-year trajectory in the sector and is best known for advising private investors on their negotiations with state-owned entities. It frequently handles cross-border gas supply agreements, and advised Petrobras Brasil (as buyer), on a 10-year gas supply dispute with Bolivia’s state O&G company YPFB that was finally resolved with a $434m settlement. The team continues to advise the client on the issue following several investigations by the Bolivian government. A strong client base includes Grupo Cuñado and Red Eléctrica Internacional, Trimetals Mining, Rurelec and Petrobras Bolivia.

Leading lawyers

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 department is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste, both based in La Paz. It specialises in trade mark litigation and recently successfully defended Nova Industrial Tools against a claim brought by a Brazilian company that sought to obtain several trade marks. In other matters, Mercado and associate Diego Benavides acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía on various intellectual property disputes against a key local competitor. Clients include Corporación Imcruz, Pharmavital and American Airlines.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s labour practice is led by Primitivo Gutiérrez and Jaime Lora, based in Santa Cruz and La Paz respectively. Lora advised Asea Brown Boveri on negotiations with terminated employees, and also assisted Trafigura Group’s Bolivian subsidiaries with the drafting of various types of labour contract. The team also acted for Impala Bolivia on the dismissal of several key employees, and advised Cormin on obtaining work visas for foreign personnel and their families. Other clients include Beiersdorf, Ferroviaria Oriental, Praxair Bolivia and Pfizer Bolivia.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Legal market overview

The country’s legal market is dominated by the larger full-service firms, namely Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C, Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Indacochea & Asociados and C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, although Ferrere’s profile continues to grow strongly, and a number of boutiques – including Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman in the labour space, and Tufiño y Villegas in tax – remain very relevant in their respective sectors. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is still the dominant intellectual property firm in the country, though small boutiques such as Bolet & Terrero and W. A. Mendez & Asociados S. R. L. have been gaining traction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

The team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is led by the Santa Cruz-based Primitivo Gutiérrez, with support from Jaime Lora and Ana Lora. It assists clients with purchasing and registering real estate in rural areas, which often entails more regulatory considerations and titling issues than in urban areas – although the practice handles both. It also acts for clients on the disposal of sizeable buildings and tracts of land. The team advises the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on the acquisition and registration of properties across Bolivia; other clients include Yuchán Agropecuaria, Imcruz Comercial, Praxair Bolivia and IDB.

Leading lawyers

Primitivo Gutiérrez - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Mauricio Dalman leads Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-based team, with support from Rodrigo Rivera. The practice has particular expertise in handling the tax aspect of large, frequently cross-border transactions, and is well-integrated with the other departments of what is a full-service firm. Recent matters include advising Alta Estética on the annulment of a $1.4m tax debt assessment, and assisting the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints with renewing the tax exemption applicable to its real estate holdings. Ferroviaria Oriental, Trafigura, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Praxair Bolivia are all active clients.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

At Criales, Urcullo & Antezana, founding partner José Criales regularly handles arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution matters, working alongside international law firms on complex cases. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s Fernando Aguirre is recommended for international arbitration, acting in both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s Ramiro Guevara was involved as local counsel in a number of expropriation-related disputes, including representing Rurelec following the nationalisation of its shares in Empresa Eléctrica Guaracachi. Acting alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ Andrés Moreno acted for Spanish multinational Iberdrola Energia in its UNCITRAL claim against the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, alleging expropriation of shares in four of the country’s main electricity companies.

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