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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

CALLE 15 DE CALACOTO, TORRE KETAL, OF 402, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Tel:
Work +591 2 277 0808
Fax:
Fax +591 2 279 6462
Email:
Web:
www.gg-lex.com
La Paz, Santa Cruz

José Bernal

Tel:
Work 591 2 2770808
Email:
Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Work Department

Banking & Finance / Dispute Resolution

Position

Senior Associate

Career

He provides advice to companies on aspects related to compliance of corporate and financial obligations in Bolivia. He has experience in the negotiation and execution of complex commercial contracts, in M&A transactions, and in corporate governance. Within the arbitration department, he provided advice in arbitration proceedings at national and international levels, including complex investment arbitration cases involving the State of Bolivia.

During 2016, he worked as a foreign associate in the financial law department of the firm Uría Menéndez, in Madrid, Spain.

Languages

He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Intermediate in German and Portuguese

Member

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • Admitted to practice of law in the State of New York
  • New York State Bar Association - NYSBA

Education

  • Universidad Privada Boliviana, La Paz, Law Degree (Summa Cum Laude);
  • Harvard Law School, Massachusetts – United States, LL.M in Corporate Law and Governance;
  • Universidad Real de la Cámara Nacional de Comercio, La Paz, postgraduate studies in commercial and investment arbitration


Bolivia

Banking and finance

Within: Next generation lawyers

José Bernal - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Banking and finance

The team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been increasingly active in large-scale restructuring activities in the banking and finance sector: Ramiro Guevara assisted Grupo Financiero Bisa with the $300m reorganisation of all its companies. As well as continuing to provide regulatory advice to global financial institutions – such as Standard Chartered and Citibank – which have interests in Bolivia but are not domiciled in the country, the team continues to act for locally active international lenders such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Project finance and structured finance are other areas of particular strength. Guevara co-heads the practice with Jorge Inchauste in La Paz; while Enrique Barrios is the key contact in Santa Cruz. La Paz-based associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara are frequently active on high-value matters.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Next generation lawyers

José Bernal - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Corporate and M&A

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has been handling a high volume of M&A for high-profile domestic and international clients and, accordingly, it has also been increasingly active in competition work. Energy, mining, consumer goods and manufacturing are all sectors in which the practice has notable expertise: recent mandates saw team co-head Jorge Inchauste assist Alicorp with its $200m purchase of Industrias del Aceite (as well as with its purchase, alongside Inversiones Piuranas, of ADM SAO); while fellow co-head Ramiro Guevara advised Italian manufacturer Bottero on $4m-worth of commercial contracts relating to the construction of a glass-processing factory in Bolivia. Other clients include Verizon, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and PepsiCo. Inchauste, Guevara and senior associates José Bernal and Alejandra Guevara comprise the core team in La Paz, supported by competition expert Zoya Galarza; in Santa Cruz, energy is a key strength, with Enrique Barrios and Rodolfo Mercado assisted by senior associates Jairo Guiteras and Julio Landivar.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The ‘highly capable’, ‘multi-disciplinary’ team at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.Cworks very hard for its clients’ and is ‘very honest and professional in all senses’. The practice, which prides itself on its administrative and constitutional litigation capabilities, frequently represents Cervecería Boliviana Nacional in antitrust litigation: Rodrigo Rivera recently defended the beverages company in Supreme Court competition proceedings and against lawsuits brought by competitors such as Amazónica. Arbitration is another strong suit: Rivera acted for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a $40m international arbitration brought by Turkish cement group Çimsa. Rivera co-leads the practice with Santa Cruz-based labour litigator Primitivo Gutiérrez, who also has arbitration experience. Ramiro Guevara is a renowned international arbitrator; associates José Bernal and Zoya Galarza, who is a competition expert, are also recommended.

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