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

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Banking and finance Tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados' department is especially strong in handling high-value loan agreements and insurance matters for international financial institutions. Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno lead the practice; the pair continued to advise regional development bank CAF on several large transactions, including a $40m loan agreement with Banco Unión and a $25m loan renegotiation with Banco Mercantil. René Claure is well known for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance work; Miguel Ángel Jemio, Daniel Arredondo and Luis Moreno are also active in this sector. Other clients include BUPA Insurance, Sogaz Insurance Group and Credit Suisse.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados counts corporate work as a core strength, and the team is well known for assisting high-profile clients with multi-jurisdictional mandates. Andrés Moreno teamed up with René Claure to advise Google on the corporate aspects of its launch of YouTube and YouTube Premium in Bolivia; and with Luis Moreno to assist insurance company Fidelidade with its acquisition of a 24% stake in Alianza Seguros as part of an M&A deal involving the purchase of Peruvian insurance company La Positiva Seguros y Reaseguros; key senior associate Teddy Mercado also participated in this mandate. In other work, Andrés and Ramiro Moreno have been advising Amazon on an array of local matters - including regulatory issues. Daniel Arredondo and René Cuellar are also noted for their corporate expertise. The practice is co-led by Andrés, Luis and Ramiro Moreno.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has an excellent reputation for its arbitration capabilities, and in this arena, arbitration expert Andrés Moreno and Daniel Arredondo are acting for mining company Macallum Group in a $15m arbitration against Guong Ho regarding damages to a zinc and tin processing plant. In the area of domestic arbitration, litigator Delfor Zapata and René Claure are representing Spanish company SACYR in two administrative claims concerning the award of a public procurement construction contract to the client. Insurance litigation is another key area of expertise for the department. Andrés and Ramiro Moreno jointly head the practice.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is led by Luis Moreno, Ramiro Moreno and Andrés Moreno, and counts oil, power, gas and mining work as core pillars of the practice. The group has extensive experience in EPC contracts and M&A matters, and handles prominent contractual and investment mandates for mining, oil and gas clients. Together with Daniel Arredondo, Ramiro and Andrés Moreno assisted German company ACI Systems Alemania with all aspects of the public-private agreement the client entered into with Bolivian lithium deposits company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) for the extraction and industrialisation of lithium from Salar de Uyuni. Other mandates saw Luis and Ramiro Moreno advise Halliburton Latin America on entering into seven oil and gas services agreements with local operators, as well as two oil well intervention agreements with YPFB Chaco and YPFB Andina, with an aggregate value of $12m. Other clients include Samsung Engineering, Vestas, NucAdvisor and Pan American Silver.

Intellectual property Tier 1

With over 80 years' experience in IP, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados' La Paz-based IP branch, Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office, is very well known for its expertise in contentious and non-contentious patent work and trade mark renewals and registrations. Ramiro Moreno leads the practice; he recently teamed up with associate director Rodrigo Moreno to assist KFC with a trade mark infringement case. Senior associate Freddy Paredes and associate director Yamila Droguett are active on IP work.

Labour and employment Tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados handles a wide range of employment matters for a high-profile client base, counting employment contracts and outsourcing agreements, hiring and dismissals, social security, immigration and CBAs among its areas of expertise. René Claure continued to advise the US Embassy on negotiating wage increases and drawing up social security plans; he also teamed up with labour litigation expert Delfor Zapata to assist Richline Group with terminating 800 employee contracts following the liquidation of its subsidiary company in Bolivia. Other mandates saw René Cuellar and Paul Aramayo defend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints against a labour lawsuit filed by a former executive, who claimed unlawful contractual termination. Other clients include ACI Systems, Ipsos and Bolivision. Senior associate Fernando Sánchez Peña is also recommended.

Real estate Tier 1

Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata jointly lead Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados' practice, which counts property finance as a cornerstone area of expertise and is strong in high-value corporate real estate matters. Zapata, who is an expert in land site acquisitions, recently advised national network Bolivision on its purchase of a 4,000m² plot of land for the construction of a repeating station in Cochabamba and a 1,500m² plot for a large-scale antenna station in Santa Cruz. Zapata and Miguel Ángel Jemio have also been active advising a real estate developer in relation to a major project in La Paz. Other matters saw Moreno, a property finance specialist, teaming up with Paul Aramayo to assist Caribbean Cinemas with its $15m acquisition of Bolivian cinema chain Cine Center. Daniel Arredondo and René Cuellar are also key contacts. Other clients include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the US Embassy.

Tax Tier 3

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados counts litigation as a core pillar of its tax practice, which is well known for assisting the firm's other departments with complex mandates, particularly on the corporate side. The team was strengthened in September 2018 with the incorporation of tax-dedicated counsel Rodrigo Burgos, a former manager at KPMG; he co-leads the practice with Delfor Zapata. The pair represented mining company Compañia Minera Tiwanacu in litigation regarding the payment of capital gains tax after selling a 78% stake, worth $19m, in an affiliated company to another entity based in Canada. Regional development bank CAF instructed the team on a number of matters, including the extension of its tax-exempt status. Other clients include Pan American Silver, ADM and Pan American Energy.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Rodrigo Rivera and Ramiro Guevara at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C are highly recommended for international arbitration. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has a solid track record for handling international arbitration proceedings. A recent case saw Andrés Moreno acting for Macallum Group in a $15m arbitration against the seller Guong Ho regarding damages to a zinc and tin processing plant. Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.'s Bernardo Wayar Caballero and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo are also well-known international arbitration practitioners.

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:
Corporate/commercial Andres Moreno G E:
Intellectual property Ramiro Moreno B E:
Intellectual property Andres Moreno G E:
Natural resources (oil, gas and mining) Ramiro Moreno B E:
Natural resources (oil, gas and mining) Luis F. Moreno G E:
Labor Ramiro Moreno B E:
Labor Luis F. Moreno G E:
Arbitration (domestic and international) Ramiro Moreno B E:
Arbitration (domestic and international) Andres Moreno G E:
Associates : 35
Partners : 9