Firm Profile > Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados > La Paz, Bolivia

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados
CALLE SANCHEZ BUSTAMANTE NO. 977
TORRE PACIFICO, PISO 8
Bolivia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Market heavyweight Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has long-established capability in assisting prominent international financial institutions with insurance matters and large-scale loan agreements; the practice also handles a full range of syndicated credits, M&A-related financing transactions, project finance, the structuring of guarantees and capital markets matters. Regional development bank CAF is a key client and recent mandates saw senior partner Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno continue to assist the multilateral lender with a number of high-value transactions, most recently a $10m revolving loan agreement with Banco de Desarrollo Productivo and a $12m loan renegotiation with Banco FIE. The pair co-lead the practice in conjunction with insurance expert René Claure. Miguel Ángel Jemio and Luis Moreno are other active, partner-level contacts in the practice; senior associate Teddy Mercado (corporate, M&A and banking and finance) is also noted.

Key clients

CAF

Banco do Brasil Sucursal Bolivia

American Express

Credit Suisse

AON

Western Union

Banco Nacional de Bolivia

BUPA Insurance

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Operating from offices in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Tarija, as well as La Paz, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is noted for its strength in advising prominent clients on high-end M&A transactions, often with a multi-jurisdictional aspect. The 30-strong corporate practice group is co-led by Andrés Moreno (corporate and M&A, arbitration, mining, banking and insurance), Luis Moreno (corporate, financial and tax), and highly-respected senior partner Ramiro Moreno (corporate, M&A, arbitration, IP, and oil & gas). In one current M&A mandate, this trio is working with Daniel Arredondo to act as sole counsel to the seller, Bolivian food processing company Industrias Venado. Beyond M&A, the team handles associated due diligence operations, the constitution of subsidiaries and branch offices, corporate reorganisations, international transactions, spin-offs, corporate governance and dissolutions and liquidations. Other key contacts include René Claure, René Cuellar and Miguel Ángel Jemio who all have established expertise in corporate work. Senior associates Teddy Mercado and Oscar Olmos are also noted.

Testimonials

‘My experience with the services provided by Moreno Baldivieso was very satisfactory. We have received a comprehensive and professional service, with the agility that circumstances require. We have good access to their leading attorneys, which builds confidence in their criteria with attention to the highest level of their organisation.

Clearly, Andrés Moreno’s leadership is remarkable. In our case, it has ensured closeness to emergencies and priority issues, delegating what is necessary, but maintaining control of the quality and reliability of its services.

‘What we want from a law firm is accompaniment in the different legal areas by a multidisciplinary team that has been strategically put together. It is for this reason that we feel supported working with Moreno Baldivieso, since apart from providing a personalised and dedicated service, they intercede in any legal matter that arises, by which their services enhance and support the decisions that our company makes. We make use of the service of this law firm basically because they are the best on the market. In my more than 35 years of professional work in different companies and countries, I am broadly satisfied with the service – competitive in price and quality – that the team of lawyers provides us with.

Granted that they prepare us to ensure excellent legal protection in the different areas of relevance, the plus of this law firm is the personalised work they provide, especially their response times, which are always on time and in good shape. The lawyer who gives us constant support is Dr. Daniel Arredondo, as well as the entire great team of the firm.

Key clients

Google

Apple

Siemens

Amazon

Dispute resolution Tier 1

International arbitration forms a core pillar of the disputes practice at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, where the 14-strong team has extensive experience acting for investor-side clients in major arbitral proceedings such as Andrés Moreno and Daniel Arredondo’s representation of mining company Macallum Group in a multimillion-dollar arbitration against Guong Ho. The practice is equally at home handling commercial ICC arbitration (with two cases currently in process), and litigation, where 20-year veteran Delfor Zapata takes the lead, including on contentious tax and labour matters.  Zapata co-leads the department in conjunction with  Andrés and Ramiro Moreno, the firm's senior partner; he and René Claure are additional names to note for arbitration.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Active in M&A, multimillion-dollar investments and prominent contractual matters, the energy department at national heavyweight Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has proven ability representing mining, oil, renewables, power, and gas clients. Luis Moreno, Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno share leadership of the practice. Daniel Arredondo advises mining companies on M&A matters, as well as potential international investors in mining projects. René Cuellar and senior associates Teddy Mercado and Oscar Olmos are also names to note.

Key clients

Vestas

Acron

Traxys

Repsol Bolivia

Exterran

Halliburton Latin America

Intellectual property Tier 1

Based in La Paz, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ IP branch, Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office, is approaching its ninetieth anniversary and has an excellent reputation for its strength across a wide spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP work. Trade mark registrations and opposition cases have been prominent in the team's recent workload. Ramiro Moreno and associate director Rodrigo Moreno jointly head the practice; associate director Yamila Droguett, senior associate Freddy Paredes and associate Ronald Lazarte are also recommended.

Labour and employment Tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ 12-strong the team advises a prominent client base on a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including outsourcing agreements, social security, immigration, employment contracts, and hiring and dismissals. René Claure and labour specialist counsel Natalio Zegarra continue to advise the US Embassy on social security plans; head of the firm's contentious practice, Delfor Zapata is highly regarded for his expertise in labour litigation. Claure and Zapata jointly lead the team with fully-fledged labour specialist Paul Aramayo, who is both national practice co-head, and head of labour at the firm's Santa Cruz office; and has demonstrable expertise in handling union conflicts. Senior associate Fernando Sanchez Peña Von Nagy is also a key figure, particularly for preventative advisory and conciliation matters.

Testimonials

‘Because of our issues, we also have a lot of contact with labour lawyer Paul [Aramayo], who provides us with an agile and well-supported service.’

Key clients

Bupa

The US Embassy

Siemens

CAF

AJE Group

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Jalasoft SRL

Industrias Venado

Cummins do Brazil

AON Corporation

Real estate Tier 1

Property finance and high-value corporate real estate mandates are core pillars of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ practice, beyond which it handles the full array of real estate matters. The six-strong team's recent work includes advising the US Embassy on the acquisition of a 5,000m² property to house the US Ambassador's official residence in Bolivia. Delfor Zapata (real estate and complex litigation including disputes related to land ownership, multi-party land disputes and possessory actions), Luis Moreno (real estate; particularly the retail sub-sector), and René Cuellar (transactional real estate matters) co-lead the practice. Daniel Arredondo has experience in cross-border real estate transactions, and counsel Carlos Merino is noted for his expertise in advising on disputes regarding real estate ownership.

Key clients

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Embassy of Canada

The Embassy of the United States of America

Phoenix Tower International

Caribbean Cinemas

BISA Financial Group

Bolivisión

Agricafe

Richline Group

Industrías Venado

Tax Tier 3

Noted for its particular experience in assisting the firm's corporate department with the tax-related aspects of sizeable mandates, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ department is very well versed in handling tax litigation. Other recent mandates have seen the firm undertake tax audit processes, structuring, represent clients in judicial and administrative claims and collection actions; and the analysis of the tax impact of various types of corporate acquisitions, divestitures and restructuring processes. Particularly active in the mining, agrobusiness, financial services and telecoms sectors, recently, the practice is co-led by Delfor Zapata, Luis Moreno and key figure, counsel Rodrigo Burgos: a former national manager at Bolivia's tax service who also spent some 15 years at KPMG. An accountant as well as a lawyer, Burgos has Master’s degrees in both tax law and public policy. Additional support comes from corporate senior associates Teddy Mercado and Daniel Virreira.

Key clients

Archer Daniel Midland (ADM)

Votorantim Cementos

ACI Systems Alemania

Industrias Venado

Banco do Brasil (Bolivia)

Fidelidade Companhia de Seguros

Pan American Silver

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company (Bolivia)

Bunge

CAF

Founded in 1931, Moreno Baldivieso developed into a leading full-fledged corporate and commercial law firm in Bolivia. With offices in four of the nine most important cities in the country, the firm caters to domestic and foreign clients in most areas of law.

With a highly specialized team of 44 lawyers throughout the country, the firm serves as local counsel to the most important multinational corporations and international organizations such as the World Bank, International Development Fund (IDB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), United States Embassy and others.

Moreno Baldivieso is an internationally orientated law firm. Some of the firm’s members are admitted to practice law in more than one jurisdiction (Spain and Argentina) and most have obtained post-graduate education from some of the most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard Law School (US), Oxford University (UK), New York University (US), Sloan School of Management MIT (US), Yale School of Management (US), Instituto de Empresa IE (Spain), Universidad de Comillas ICADE (Spain), Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) and Universite Pantheon – Assas Paris II (France), to name a few.

Almost 80% of the firm’s portfolio is made up of international clients, and members of the team are fluent in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Main areas of practice: Corporate/commercial; tax; oil and gas; telecommunications; arbitration (domestic and international); intellectual property; mining; antitrust; banking; finance; insurance; labor; real estate and administrative.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/commercial Ramiro Moreno B E: rmb@emba.com.bo
Corporate/commercial Andres Moreno G E: amorenog@emba.com.bo
Intellectual property Ramiro Moreno B E: rmb@emba.com.bo
Intellectual property Andres Moreno G E: amorenog@emba.com.bo
Natural resources (oil, gas and mining) Ramiro Moreno B E: rmb@emba.com.bo
Natural resources (oil, gas and mining) Luis F. Moreno G E: lmorenog@emba.com.bo
Labor Ramiro Moreno B E: rmb@emba.com.bo
Labor Luis F. Moreno G E: lmorenog@emba.com.bo
Arbitration (domestic and international) Ramiro Moreno B E: rmb@emba.com.bo
Arbitration (domestic and international) Andres Moreno G E: amorenog@emba.com.bo
Associates : 35
Partners : 9