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Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

CAPITAN RAVELO 2366, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Tel:
Work +591 2 244 1600
Fax:
Fax +591 2 244 1550
Web:
www.emba.com.bo

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Security re-purchase transactions, loan agreements and insurance and reinsurance matters are particular strengths of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ finance department. Ramiro Moreno leads the team with support from senior associate Miguel Angel Jemio, who is particularly strong on securities and financial instruments. Moreno acted for Credit Suisse on security re-purchase transactions with Banco Union and Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz. On the insurance side, Ramiro Moreno and AndrĂ©s Moreno advised a group of London market reinsurers on the Bolivian-insurance aspects of the LaMia Flight 2933 crash of November 2016. Lender clients include Banco do Brasil Sucursal Bolivia and Global Partnerships; Samsung C&T is a sponsor-side project finance client.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Angel Jemio - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

With offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Tarija, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has impressive firepower and international recognition; the vast majority of its clients are foreign entities. The department’s capabilities are wide-ranging: Luis Moreno continued to assist Samsung Engineering with all aspects of its construction of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba – one of the largest public projects in Bolivian history. Indeed, energy and natural resources are areas the practice is often seen in: Luis and Ramiro Moreno provide Exterran with ongoing corporate counsel, and advised STE Energy on all aspects of its 120MW hydroelectric plant project in Miscuni, Cochabamba. The firm is frequently active in the insurance sector: Ramiro and AndrĂ©s Moreno acted for AON on the closure of its operations in Bolivia, including liquidating assets worth around $10m. Large-scale, cross-border M&A is also a strength of the team, with Ramiro and AndrĂ©s Moreno advising Comcast on the Bolivian aspects of its subsidiary Fandango Media’s acquisition of Cinepapaya, one of South America’s largest online ticketing companies. Other clients include Siemens, Uber and Amaury Sport Organization. Also noted is the strong second line of senior associates including Daniel Arredondo, RenĂ© Claure, RenĂ© Cuellar and Teddy Mercado.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

AndrĂ©s Moreno is the key arbitration contact at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, while Delfor Zapata leads on litigious matters. Arbitration is a key strength of the firm, which frequently undertakes cases against the government. AndrĂ©s and Ramiro Moreno represented Air BP Bolivia in such a case, following the Bolivian government’s expropriation of BP’s assets and investments, (allegedly without fair compensation); the parties eventually agreed to seek settlement. Cross-border litigation is another strength of the firm: Zapata and AndrĂ©s Moreno acted for AON in a case against the former directors of its local subsidiary, AON Bolivia, regarding breaches of fiduciary duty. The practice is also active in local dispute resolution: AndrĂ©s Moreno represented Istmo Compañia de Reaseguros in arbitration against Credinform International, defending its denial of Credinform’s request for a reinsurance payment. Indeed, insurance is a particular focus of the department, as are the oil-and-gas and telecoms sectors. Other clients include La Boliviana de Seguros y Reaseguros, Samsung Engineering and Isolux Corsan.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Jointly led by Ramiro Moreno, AndrĂ©s Moreno and Luis Moreno, the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is active in mining, oil and gas and electricity. As well as acting for clients on M&A and establishing joint ventures, the team frequently handles EPC work, and assists upstream oil-and-gas companies with a variety of matters, including the organisation of their investment portfolios. All three practice heads continue to advise Samsung Engineering on all aspects of the development of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. Ramiro and Luis Moreno also advise Exterran Holdings on all aspects of its six-year compression services contract with Petrobras Bolivia, concerning Exterran’s $600m gas separation plant in Rio Grande. On the power side, Ramiro Moreno advised Eletrobras on its agreements with state-owned power company ENDE, regarding the $5bn development of three hydroelectric projects near the Bolivia-Brazil border. He also advised Isolux Corsan on all aspects of the development of the $398m Miguillas hydroelectric project. Other clients include Halliburton, Pan American Silver, Pan American Energy and Siemens. Senior associates RenĂ© Claure, RenĂ© Cuellar and Paul Aramayo are all noted.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Widely recognised for the significant volume of work it handles and for its impressive market share, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ IP arm is known as Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office. Led by Ramiro Moreno, the La Paz-based practice group handles trade mark registrations and renewals, and patent applications, for over 2,000 active IP clients, most of which are foreign companies. Senior associate Freddy Paredes is the key contact for IP litigation.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Freddy Paredes - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Delfor Zapata is the name to note at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which regularly assists high-profile clients with a range of employment matters, including hiring and dismissals, labour contracts, social security matters and immigration issues. Most of the department’s work is regulatory or transactional, although it also has strong contentious capabilities: senior associate Fernando Sanchez Peña recently defended AON in four lawsuits brought by the company’s former local management claiming $4m-worth of unpaid social benefits and other alleged debts. Other clients include PepsiCo, Siemens, Samsung Engineering and the US Embassy.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata head the practice at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, with support coming from senior associates René Cuellar and Paul Aramayo. It has particular expertise in transactional matters, developments and corporate real estate. Recent mandates saw Zapata and Cuellar act for Macallum Group on its acquisition of the Poopó mining plant, including mining title rights, from Empresa Minera Tiwanacu; while Moreno and Zapata assisted Samsung Engineering with six real estate purchases for the second phase of its $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. On the commercial real estate side, Zapata and Andrés Moreno advised BD Promotores on the development of the $250m World Trade Center in La Paz. Other clients include Red Nacional Bolivision, Constructora Ormachea and Banco do Brasil (Sucursal Bolivia).

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

René Cuellar - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Delfor Zapata and Luis Moreno lead the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which welcomed Marcelo Herrera from his previous role as general counsel at the SIN, Bolivia’s tax authority. The team is particularly active in assisting other departments with the tax aspects of large matters for high-profile clients: Zapata and Herrera recently advised Constructora Ormachea on the tax aspects of a $14m public-hospital project. Tax litigation is also a key area for the department and Herrera represented Brinks Bolivia in hearings regarding alleged tax liabilities. Other clients include Red Nacional Bolivision and Macallum Group.

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Marcelo Herrera - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Criales & Urcullo’s founding partner JosĂ© Criales has experience in international arbitration, including representing Bolivia in its disputes. The ‘excellent’ Ramiro Guevara and Rodrigo Rivera are the key contacts at Guevara & GutiĂ©rrez 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 AndrĂ©s 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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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Security re-purchase transactions, loan agreements and insurance and reinsurance matters are particular strengths of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ finance department. Ramiro Moreno leads the team with support from senior associate Miguel Angel Jemio, who is particularly strong on securities and financial instruments. Moreno acted for Credit Suisse on security re-purchase transactions with Banco Union and Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz. On the insurance side, Ramiro Moreno and AndrĂ©s Moreno advised a group of London market reinsurers on the Bolivian-insurance aspects of the LaMia Flight 2933 crash of November 2016. Lender clients include Banco do Brasil Sucursal Bolivia and Global Partnerships; Samsung C&T is a sponsor-side project finance client.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Miguel Angel Jemio - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

With offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Tarija, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has impressive firepower and international recognition; the vast majority of its clients are foreign entities. The department’s capabilities are wide-ranging: Luis Moreno continued to assist Samsung Engineering with all aspects of its construction of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba – one of the largest public projects in Bolivian history. Indeed, energy and natural resources are areas the practice is often seen in: Luis and Ramiro Moreno provide Exterran with ongoing corporate counsel, and advised STE Energy on all aspects of its 120MW hydroelectric plant project in Miscuni, Cochabamba. The firm is frequently active in the insurance sector: Ramiro and AndrĂ©s Moreno acted for AON on the closure of its operations in Bolivia, including liquidating assets worth around $10m. Large-scale, cross-border M&A is also a strength of the team, with Ramiro and AndrĂ©s Moreno advising Comcast on the Bolivian aspects of its subsidiary Fandango Media’s acquisition of Cinepapaya, one of South America’s largest online ticketing companies. Other clients include Siemens, Uber and Amaury Sport Organization. Also noted is the strong second line of senior associates including Daniel Arredondo, RenĂ© Claure, RenĂ© Cuellar and Teddy Mercado.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

AndrĂ©s Moreno is the key arbitration contact at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, while Delfor Zapata leads on litigious matters. Arbitration is a key strength of the firm, which frequently undertakes cases against the government. AndrĂ©s and Ramiro Moreno represented Air BP Bolivia in such a case, following the Bolivian government’s expropriation of BP’s assets and investments, (allegedly without fair compensation); the parties eventually agreed to seek settlement. Cross-border litigation is another strength of the firm: Zapata and AndrĂ©s Moreno acted for AON in a case against the former directors of its local subsidiary, AON Bolivia, regarding breaches of fiduciary duty. The practice is also active in local dispute resolution: AndrĂ©s Moreno represented Istmo Compañia de Reaseguros in arbitration against Credinform International, defending its denial of Credinform’s request for a reinsurance payment. Indeed, insurance is a particular focus of the department, as are the oil-and-gas and telecoms sectors. Other clients include La Boliviana de Seguros y Reaseguros, Samsung Engineering and Isolux Corsan.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Jointly led by Ramiro Moreno, AndrĂ©s Moreno and Luis Moreno, the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados is active in mining, oil and gas and electricity. As well as acting for clients on M&A and establishing joint ventures, the team frequently handles EPC work, and assists upstream oil-and-gas companies with a variety of matters, including the organisation of their investment portfolios. All three practice heads continue to advise Samsung Engineering on all aspects of the development of the $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. Ramiro and Luis Moreno also advise Exterran Holdings on all aspects of its six-year compression services contract with Petrobras Bolivia, concerning Exterran’s $600m gas separation plant in Rio Grande. On the power side, Ramiro Moreno advised Eletrobras on its agreements with state-owned power company ENDE, regarding the $5bn development of three hydroelectric projects near the Bolivia-Brazil border. He also advised Isolux Corsan on all aspects of the development of the $398m Miguillas hydroelectric project. Other clients include Halliburton, Pan American Silver, Pan American Energy and Siemens. Senior associates RenĂ© Claure, RenĂ© Cuellar and Paul Aramayo are all noted.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Widely recognised for the significant volume of work it handles and for its impressive market share, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ IP arm is known as Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office. Led by Ramiro Moreno, the La Paz-based practice group handles trade mark registrations and renewals, and patent applications, for over 2,000 active IP clients, most of which are foreign companies. Senior associate Freddy Paredes is the key contact for IP litigation.

Leading lawyers

Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Freddy Paredes - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Delfor Zapata is the name to note at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which regularly assists high-profile clients with a range of employment matters, including hiring and dismissals, labour contracts, social security matters and immigration issues. Most of the department’s work is regulatory or transactional, although it also has strong contentious capabilities: senior associate Fernando Sanchez Peña recently defended AON in four lawsuits brought by the company’s former local management claiming $4m-worth of unpaid social benefits and other alleged debts. Other clients include PepsiCo, Siemens, Samsung Engineering and the US Embassy.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata head the practice at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, with support coming from senior associates René Cuellar and Paul Aramayo. It has particular expertise in transactional matters, developments and corporate real estate. Recent mandates saw Zapata and Cuellar act for Macallum Group on its acquisition of the Poopó mining plant, including mining title rights, from Empresa Minera Tiwanacu; while Moreno and Zapata assisted Samsung Engineering with six real estate purchases for the second phase of its $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. On the commercial real estate side, Zapata and Andrés Moreno advised BD Promotores on the development of the $250m World Trade Center in La Paz. Other clients include Red Nacional Bolivision, Constructora Ormachea and Banco do Brasil (Sucursal Bolivia).

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

René Cuellar - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Delfor Zapata and Luis Moreno lead the team at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which welcomed Marcelo Herrera from his previous role as general counsel at the SIN, Bolivia’s tax authority. The team is particularly active in assisting other departments with the tax aspects of large matters for high-profile clients: Zapata and Herrera recently advised Constructora Ormachea on the tax aspects of a $14m public-hospital project. Tax litigation is also a key area for the department and Herrera represented Brinks Bolivia in hearings regarding alleged tax liabilities. Other clients include Red Nacional Bolivision and Macallum Group.

Leading lawyers

Delfor Zapata - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Marcelo Herrera - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Criales & Urcullo’s founding partner JosĂ© Criales has experience in international arbitration, including representing Bolivia in its disputes. The ‘excellent’ Ramiro Guevara and Rodrigo Rivera are the key contacts at Guevara & GutiĂ©rrez 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 AndrĂ©s 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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