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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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La Paz, Santa Cruz

Rodolfo Mercado

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Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C

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Energy and Natural Resources / Corporate M&A




Rodolfo Mercado is currently a partner at Guevara & Gutiérrez. He joined the firm in 2014, coming from YPFB Andina SA., where he was manager of the compliance department. He is a specialist in the field of gas and energy, and has worked in several complex national and international operations. His experience includes working as legal counsel for the Spanish company Repsol in Bolivia, and as legal counsel for the Financial Regulation Authority of Bolivia. 


He is fluent in Spanish and English.


  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Ministry of Justice


  • Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Law Degree;
  • Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile, Master in Business Administration - MBA
  • University of San Francisco, United States, Postgraduate studies in Management;
  • Procaf-Asoban, La Paz, Postgraduate studies in banking law.


Corporate and M&A

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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Energy and natural resources

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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