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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

Rodrigo Rivera

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

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Rodrigo Rivera is a partner at Guevara & Gutiérrez, specialised in the fields of Antitrust Law, Litigation and Tax. He has worked extensively in international arbitration cases, complex administrative claims and antitrust cases, representing some of the largest corporations in Bolivia.

His prior experience includes working at the firm Hunton and Williams in London and as legal counsel for the Ministry of Justice of Bolivia.

Languages

He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Member

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice
  • Founding Member of the Bolivian Academy of Criminal, Economic and Corporate Law
  • Member of the Bolivian Institute of Tax Studies (IBET)
  • Arbitrator of the Commission of Arbitration and Mediation of the Bolivian Chamber of Commerce

Education

  • Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Law Degree - (Honors);
  • University of Warwick, United Kingdom, LLM in International Economic Law (Honors);
  • Universidad Católica de Chile, Centro de Libre Competencia UC, Intensive Postgraduate Course in Competition Law;
  • Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires - Argentina, Intensive Postgraduate Course in International Taxation.


Bolivia

Dispute resolution

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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Tax

Within: Tax

Based in La Paz, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s department primarily assists foreign clients with the tax aspects of incorporating subsidiaries in Bolivia, and representing clients in administrative and judicial challenges to tax assessments. Practice head Mauricio Dalman assisted Minoil with the reduction of its tax liability in front of an administrative court, and also acted for Alta Estética, Petrobras Bolivia and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on similar matters. Dalman and Rodrigo Rivera (who also has experience in tax litigation), advise Repsol E&P Bolivia on all its tax issues. The team also handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

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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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