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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

Ramiro Guevara

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

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.

Member

  • 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.


Bolivia

Banking and finance

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Banking and finance

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s team handles a broad range of banking and finance work but is especially strong in project finance, share purchase agreements and syndicated loan agreements; it has also been increasingly busy in the mining sector. The practice acts primarily on lender-side mandates, where clients include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), China Development Bank (CDB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Citibank. The Santa Cruz-based Enrique Barrios has been advising Simmons & Simmons on banking, securities and investment fund-related regulatory matters. In La Paz, practice head Ramiro Guevara counts banking law, project finance and capital markets among his key strengths.

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Corporate and M&A

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Corporate and M&A

Widely recognised for its corporate experience and firepower, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s corporate group is led by Jorge Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara in La Paz; with Enrique Barrios the key contact in Santa Cruz. The practice’s clients are largely international investors, and accordingly, the team’s core strengths -aside from M&A- are establishing and handling complex business structures, including joint ventures. Barrios continued to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on day-to-day matters regarding three of its Bolivian investment vehicles. Guevara and José Bernal assisted FLSmidth with negotiating and executing a commercial agreement with Fábrica Nacional de Cemento regarding a large new cement plant. On the M&A side, Inchauste acted for Avantica Technologies on initiating its operations in Bolivia through the acquisition of a local company. The Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado was also busy in 2016, assisting Finilager with the execution of its largest commercial contract in Bolivia, and advising its board members on corporate governance issues, as well as acting for SK Rental and Makita on their local investments and day-to-day operations.

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Dispute resolution

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Dispute resolution

While also strong in litigation, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s disputes practice is renowned for its capabilities in both local and international arbitration. Santa Cruz-based senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, a labour litigation specialist, co-leads the team with the La Paz-based Rodrigo Rivera, who handles litigation and arbitration and is especially active in competition disputes. Ramiro Guevara has extensive experience in international arbitration and in 2016, he and Rivera represented GCC of America in a high-profile $40m arbitration case regarding its ownership of shares in Soboce, as well as handling related constitutional litigation against Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. Jorge Inchauste is also active in disputes work: he acted for Quiborax in arbitration against the Bolivian government regarding the latter’s alleged expropriation of Quiborax’s mining concessions without fair compensation. Other clients include South American Silver, Cervecería Boliviana Nacional and Cinemark Holdings. Senior associate Zoya Galarza, who focuses on competition law disputes, is one to watch.

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Energy and natural resources

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Ramiro Guevara - Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

Within: Energy and natural resources

For many, ‘the energy firm “par excellence”’, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C has ‘sophsiticated knowledge of hydrocarbons’ and an increasing role in the mining sector. The practice is co-led by Enrique Barrios and Ramiro Guevara from Santa Cruz and La Paz, respectively. Although it handles some electricity matters, oil and gas is the department’s key strength and Santa Cruz-based Rodolfo Mercado is also very busy in this area. Barrios has considerable experience in project finance, gas export arrangements and acting for investors on upstream and downstream contracts with state-owned gas company YPFB. The team’s mid-stream capabilities were enhanced by the arrival of senior associate Vania Busch from YPFB Transierra in February 2017; her fellow senior associate Julio Landivar is also noted. Practice clients include Repsol, Petrobras Bolivia, YPF and Serpetbol.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)

Criales & Urcullo’s founding partner José Criales has experience in international arbitration, including representing Bolivia in its disputes. The ‘excellentRamiro Guevara and Rodrigo Rivera are the key contacts at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C. They continue to act for GCC of America in a dispute arising from its sale of shares in Bolivian company Soboce. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s head of dispute resolution Fernando Aguirre is active in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having been an ICSID panel approved arbitrator prior to Bolivia denouncing the Washington Convention. The ‘very sharp lawyers’ at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados include Andrés Moreno, who has recently handled disputes heard under UNCITRAL and ICC rules. At Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C., Bernardo Wayar is ‘a safe bet for a Bolivia-related dispute’, according to a peer in an international law firm.

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