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BKM | Berkemeyer

Paraguay > Legal market overview

Paraguay > Administrative law Tier 1

The administrative law team at BKM | Berkemeyer has extensive experience providing legal advice on infrastructure projects, primarily in the road, transportation, energy and sanitation sectors. The firm demonstrates expertise in public private partnerships, advising the private investor on the project finance aspect of the first PPP in Paraguay. The group is also made up of public procurement experts, with experience in government tenders, from medical supplies and management software to traditional public works tenders. The team is co-led by Hugo Berkemeyer, whose main focus is investments and the set-up of corporate structures. He leads the team alongside Martín Carlevaro, who has extensive experience advising on infrastructure projects, project finance, public contracts and regulatory issues. At the associate level, Adriana Ocampos has experience advising on PPP and turnkey projects, and Dahiana Acosta has a thorough knowledge of international public tenders and public contracts. Vivian Maldonado and Milena Sljivich are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Martín Carlevaro


The lawyers have vast experience in administrative law, having practiced in public institutions, which makes them familiar with how public institutions work. It is an interdisciplinary team that works well together advising on cases.

Adriana Ocampos has extensive doctrinal and jurisprudential knowledge in the application of local law and administrative procedures, and good precision when writing letters.

Dahiana Acosta is good at advising on public tenders and administrative procedures.

The Berkemeyer team, in addition to the quality of its legal advisory, is very accessible and is always very present in accompanying the client.

I would like to name Martín Carlevaro for his excellent ability to bring together the best quality of advisory with the follow-up of the strategy defined by the client. The experience in different markets of the region would be another factor that would stand out.

It has specific knowledge and previous experience in matters of interest to the client in the local and regional markets Availability, quality of service and adequate response time.

Key clients

Rutas del Este

Sacyr Concesiones

Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico

Itacamba Cemento

Somarco Paraguay

Sacyr Construcción Paraguay

Enpasa Paraguay

Consorcio Asi Paraguay

Acciona Agua Sucursal Paraguay

Consorcio Rutas 2 y 7


Consorcio DC Stiler

Información de Negocios y Procesos (INP)

Ocho A



Prourbe Medios

Queiroz Galvao

Mota Engil



Rieder & Cia.


Work highlights

  • Advising Rutas del Este on regulatory and administrative law matters during the concession term, including the negotiation of amendments to the PPP contract.
  • Assisted Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico and sponsors with negotiations with public sector officials and all regulatory and administrative law matters during the construction phase.
  • Advised Acciona Agua on the construction and operation of Bella Vista water treatment plant in Asunción.

Paraguay > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer has continued to build on its antitrust practice, led by Carla Sosa and Manuel Arias, taking on a number of new clients recently, including Banco Continental. The firm handles a wide range of matters for both national and international clients, including merger control filings, claims of anticompetitive conducts and consultations on antitrust issues. The firm has been involved in many cases that have been processed before Conacom. Along with Sosa and Arias, the team is led by figurehead Hugo Berkemeyer. At the associate level, Andres Nasser, Alvaro Rojas, Manfredo Ramirez and Leyla Apud are active members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Carla Sosa; Manuel Arias


BKM compares very favorably with the rest of the other firms. Very high level.

Experience and training are the elements that make them stand out.

BKM is singled out from its peers in Paraguay by mastering antitrust/competition legal framework in a jurisdiction where antitrust enforcement is still incipient.

Client service and availability are BKM’s main strength.

I value the transparency towards the constant client in terms of billing, quoting and control of the resources assigned to the entrusted projects.

Carla Sosa, Manuel Arias, Manfredo Ramirez, Andres Nasser have a very fine level of meticulousness in studying the assigned topics. The dedication to preparing opinions and suggestions in interdisciplinary teams in very short and urgent times is also noticeable, considering the difficulty that the need to induce knowledge of our industry (private security) can naturally generate. It is worth noting the soft skills when it comes to interacting with us and above all the frankness about the expected results. BKM is characterised by being very creative when legally it is not possible to proceed in one direction and that gives me, as a legal manager, a lot of peace of mind when it comes to resting and confiding in sensitive issues of the corporation.

Key clients


Banco Continental


Work highlights

  • Advised Raízen on the merger filing process before Conacom, following its acquisition of a 50% stake in Barcos & Rodados.
  • Advised Prosegur after the competition authority accused it of failing to comply with its obligations during a merger filing process.
  • Advised Çimsa on its merger filing process before Conacom following its acquisition of Cemex’s white cement business outside of Mexico and the US.

Paraguay > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer fields ‘an exceptional team’ in corporate and M&A that continues to operate at the highest level of the market. The firm has extensive experience in government tenders and has assisted with several projects in this area, including public-private partnerships and public works. The team advises large international companies on their distribution contracts with national players. The firm continues to expand its extensive list of international clients, with recent additions such as Varo Energy, and has also made similar strides as regards its domestic client base. Managing partner Hugo Berkemeyer leads advice to many of the group’s key clients. He co-leads the group with Carla Sosa and Manuel Arias, who oversees all matters in the corporate commercial department for both national and international companies. The team has a large pool of associates: Alexander Berkemeyer continues to focus on German and English-speaking clients, having completed his MBA and LLM in the USA. Mauro Mascareño takes a lead role on a number of matters. Milena Sljivich, Antonio Villa Berkemeyer and Stael Olmedo all come with high praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Carla Sosa; Manuel Arias


BKM has an exceptional team, with a great depth of knowledge in many areas of expertise. I consider them a “one stop solution” to most of our needs, and they successfully advise us on industries including banking, securities, real estate, ESG, and technology. Their advisory to us covers (among others) tax, labour, regulatory, social, and I partner with them in almost all of the cases when I need to be accompanied by experts to interact with local and foreign clients.

Milena Sljivich is notable for her exceptional knowledge of all items discussed. I have recommended her services to a number of local and foreign colleagues and expect to continue teaming up with her in the long term.’

‘The technical quality of the legal team is outstanding.

Preparation, ability to solve problems, direct communication, interpretation of needs, teamwork, diversity of the staff (professionals trained in specific areas), respond to current market needs, customer follow-up, customer relationship, technology. We recommend Antonio Villa, Alexander Berkemeyer, and Stael Olmedo.

The speed of their responses and the personal service they offer, I would like to highlight here Alexander Berkemeyer.

BKM has a very solid team with a close relationship with the client, with a lot of experience in dealing with transnational companies.

The outstanding team has a great variety of branches of law that they attend, with efficiency in response times and high-quality work.’

Highly supportive. Confident and thus giving clear advice.

Key clients

Acciona Aguas

Agar Cross Paraguaya

Dow Agrosciences Paraguay

American Tower Corporation

JC Decaux

Astarte Capital Partners

Azar Internacional


Bearing Agro


Casa Boller

ECB Group

Exxis Paraguay

FNV Capital

Hinode Group

Johnson & Johnson del Paraguay


Ludwig Pfeiffer

Monsanto/Bayer Paraguay

Ocho A

Pearson Education

Rutas del Este

Sacyr Construcción

Sacyr Concesiones


Telefónica Celular del Paraguay

Timac Agro Paraguay

Unilever Group


Centro Médico Jerovia


Dlocal Paraguay

Deriv Paraguay

Compañía de Petróleo y Asfalto

Ebanx Payment Solutions

Tetra Pak Paraguay

Grupo Zuccolillo Mosciaro

Inoks Capital

Master Card

Metro World Digital


Pfizer Louxemburg


Quiroga Medios

Reintjes España

Rizobacter del Paraguay

Savant Pharm Paraguay

Ubrique Desarrollos


Codas Vuyk

Ecom Agroindustrial


Grupo Quiñenco (Invexans/Enex Chile)

Fahs Family Group



Garrigues España

Casa Módiga

Farmina Pet Foods Brasil

Evonik Argentina

UHU & Co

Grupo Península

Emporium Productions

Elements Global Services

Prourbe Medio

Pacto Global



SilviCarbon / Varo Energy


Raízen Paraguay


Benítez Bittar Constructora

Corporación Habanos

Work highlights

  • Advising Raízen Paraguay on all its legal issues, including contractual, regulatory, corporate and civil matters.
  • Advised Monsanto on all strategic corporate matters in Paraguay and currently advising Bayer after the merger.
  • Advising the Fahs Family Group on all strategic corporate and IP matters in Paraguay.

Paraguay > Environment Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer‘s environment team is led by Yolanda Pereira, a recognised expert in environmental law, offering advice on environment, energy and natural resources projects. The team advises clients from a range of sectors, including agribusiness and energy, wherein the firm often assists clients with sustainable initiatives, from the production of biofuels and hydrogen to electric car incentives. The firm also handles litigation related to environment matters, at both the administrative and criminal levels. Pereira’s practice also covers environmental liability, regulatory matters, permits and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Yolanda Pereira


The company has specialist lawyers who work together as a team.

The individual lawyers we work with give our international group a complete service and understand our objectives.

Very professional, they respond quickly and clearly.

Attention and professionalism.

Key clients

ECB Group



Dow AgroSciences Paraguay

Azar Internacional

TFG 616 Land

Dentons | Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena

SOE Rutas del Este

Syngenta Paraguay

Puma Energy Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Advising ECB on the environmental law elements of its investment in Paraguay, aimed at installing an industrial plant for the production of biodiesel.
  • Advising Coca-Cola on environmental matters and issues related to the impact of its activities on local communities, and on regulatory matters and natural resources regulation.
  • Assisting Puma Energy Paraguay with environment, health and safety, and product quality matters, related to the expansion of its downstream business in Paraguay.

Paraguay > Intellectual property Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer is a leading firm in the IP practice area. The team handles the full range of matters, from the registration of trade marks, domain names, patents and designs, copyrights and copyright procurement, to life science and agriculture regulatory, licensing, franchising, technology and biotechnology agreements. The firm also handles contentious matters, including enforcement and litigation at administrative, civil and criminal levels. The practice continues to grow, present at the firm's recently opened offices in Ciudad del Este, and advising major national and international clients, such as Nestec and Grupo Bimbo. Marta Berkemeyer heads the team, with support from Hugo Berkemeyer, who takes a lead role in many of the firm’s cases. Bárbara Dollstadt leads the litigation department and Cristobal Gonzalez, who oversees the patent department. Jaqueline Querciola and Irene Angulo jointly lead the trade mark department, and Valeria Carron heads the international department, receiving considerable praise from clients. At the associate level, Jazmin Hamuy, Viviana Rolon and Lilian Lopez are active members of the IP team.

Practice head(s):

Marta Berkemeyer; Irene Angulo; Bárbara Dollstadt; Cristobal Gonzalez; Jaqueline Querciola; Valeria Carron


What sets the BKM team apart from other firms is its organisation, capacity for work and response. It is worth acknowledging that all matters are up to date and under control, and they are always available to answer any questions and/or comments.

The speed, response, capacity and attention of Valeria Carron from BKM | Berkemeyer is a plus for the firm, since in dealing with her in daily work, she denotes being a lawyer committed not only to her work, but also to her firm.

We have worked with BKM for a long time now, and always feel our matters are being duly dealt with in Paraguay. The team is great and responsive, and the intellectual practice includes both patents and trade marks.

Individuals at the firm both in the trade mark and patent field are always reachable and ready to assist in whatever issues may arise. Barbara Dollstadt is our contact for trade mark matters and Cristobal Gonzalez, for patent cases. Both are very competent and efficient in providing useful advice for the handling of our IP matters in Paraguay.

We have worked with Berkemeyer for more than 18 years and it has been a pleasure for us. From them, we have learnt good practices, handling of important information, complete reporting and received unprecedented attention. Berkemeyer is a hub for any client looking for top service in countries with difficult jurisdictions.

We have worked hand in hand with Valeria Carron who constantly sends us work for the Central American area and it is a delight to work with her. We have seen how Valeria has emerged as an increasingly outstanding professional.

The most important part of the excellent experience I have with Berkemeyer is the people. My main point of contact, Valeria Carron, exceeds all expectations across all possible measurements. She is the most responsive, diligent, and accurate attorney with whom I have ever worked. She is also an absolute pleasure to work with. The rest of the team follows Valeria’s lead and her outstanding supervision. I simply cannot say enough to praise her and her team.

Berkemeyer has a fantastic network of professionals in the Latam region. They have a staff that is capable of servicing large needs at a very high-end level of service.

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

The Coca-Cola Company


Grupo Bimbo

Hugo Boss




Mc Donalds

S.C Johnson & Son



Work highlights

  • Assisting The Walt Disney Company with ongoing legal advice on all IP related issues.
  • Providing The Coca-Cola Company with ongoing legal advice on all IP related issues.
  • Advising Philip Morris Brands on ongoing legal advice on all IP related issues.

Paraguay > Tax Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer‘s ‘outstanding‘ tax team is made up of experienced litigators who regularly represent clients in significant tax disputes before government entities, from municipalities to the Supreme Court. The group offers advice to foreign investors on Paraguay’s fiscal incentives schemes, and on import and export matters. The team assists clients with tax audits, and has extensive knowledge of tax regulations. Recent additions to its already extensive client base have included both local and international clients, such as AGT Networks and Delivery Hero. The team is co-led by Mauro Mascareño, who has experience in both local and international tax advice, as well as tax planning, tax litigation and tax refunds. Mascareño also leads the firm’s transfer pricing department. Co-head Federico Valinotti is a tax expert with extensive experience in the field, focusing on international investments and cross-border transactions. Carlos Vargas has extensive experience in local and international tax planning, litigation and credits. At the associate level, Rodrigo Gómez Sánchez advises public and private entities, corporations, guilds and non-profit entities, both local and foreign, on national and international tax law.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Mascareño; Federico Valinotti


‘BKM has a highly prepared work team, which has the necessary technological tools to perform in the best way. It has affordable and very competitive rates.

The outstanding team is made up of Mauro Mascareño, Carlos Vargas and Rodrigo Gómez Sánchez. The plus of this team is that they are very capable, efficient, provide alternative solutions and have a very good response time.

Key clients

Cámara Nacional de Comercio y Servicios del Paraguay.

Cámara Paraguaya de Farmacias (Cafapar)

Sacyr Concesiones

Rutas del Este

Perfecta Automotores

API Movilidad

SIF América

Exxis Paraguay

Scimitar Oryx Partners

Ubrique Desarrollos


Vía Brasil

Nativa Agrícola

Recsa (Amethyst)


American Tower Corporation (Blue Transfer)

Acciona Aguas

Tetra Pak

Amauri Getulio BIanchi

Incade – Universidad Americana

Agro Santa Fe

Consocio Energético Punta Cana Macao

FNV Capital

Agroganadera El Dorado


Codas Vuyk

Ñandutí Representaciones

Grupo Bazzi


Fortaleza SA de Inmuebles

Compañía de Petróleo y Asfalto (Compasa)

Addiuva Group

Fernando Talavera

Almacenes Generales Columbia

Astarte Capital Partners


Deriv Paraguay

Metro World Digital

Santex Group

Cargill Agropecuaria

South American River Company


Consorcio ASI Paraguay

Dlocal Paraguay

ECB Group

Fernando Leri Frizza

Johnson & Johnson del Paraguay

Cabral Comunicación Visual


Talavera & Ortellado Construcciones (Tocsa)

Unilever de Paraguay

Jeunesse Paraguay

Comercial Santo Tomás

AGT Networks


TCL Organic

Delivery Hero (Pedidos Ya)

Voith Hydro

Asociación Menonita de Ayuda Evangélica

Granos y Aceites

Telefónica Celular del Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Advised around 30 companies on filing an unconstitutionality class action against the last paragraph of section 15 of the tax reform act.
  • Assisted Raízen Paraguay with filing an action of unconstitutionality against certain rules regulating the international supply of fuel.
  • Advising Sacyr – Rutas del Este on day-to-day queries and consultations.

Paraguay > Banking and finance Tier 2

BKM | Berkemeyer‘s banking and finance team offers advice on the full spectrum of Paraguay’s financial market. The team has experience in both domestic and international transactions, in which the group represents all sides, from lenders to borrowers to structuring entities. The firm is actively involved in capital markets transactions and acts as the attorney to the Paraguayan stock exchange. The leasing and sales of aircrafts is another area of expertise. The team is led by Hugo Berkemeyer, the firm's figurehead; Manuel Arias, who leads the firm’s banking and capital markets practice, with extensive experience advising high-profile local and international banks; and Martín Carlevaro, who takes charge of the dedicated infrastructure and project finance practice which, alongside Arias’ banking team, has been involved in the financing of some of Paraguay’s key public infrastructure project finance deals in recent years. At the associate level, Milena Sljivich‘s experience at the attorney general’s office brings a public sector insight to finance matters. Senior associate Andres Nasser has experience and proficiency in banking regulation, and at associate level, Adriana Ocampos and Alvaro Rojas come with client recommendation. Gastón Segovia joined the team as an associate from the National Securities Commission in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Manuel Arias; Martín Carlevaro


It has extensive experience in project finance, with an interdisciplinary team, in national and international transactions.

Martín Carlevaro has extensive experience in project finance, including international experience. He is not only involved in projects in Paraguay, but also in other countries, which means that he contributes international practices in financing structuring. Adriana Ocampos has extensive experience in administrative procedures, with precise knowledge of applicable local law. Alvaro Rojas stands out in the drafting of international financing contracts, having knowledge of practices in other countries.

A team of lawyers always up-to-date on the various legislations, giving a global vision.

We recommend Martín Carlevaro and Milena Sljivich.

Key clients


Banco Continental

Banco Itaú Paraguay

NeoGreen Hydrogen

FCE Bank

ING Capital


Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico

Rutas del Este

GLT Funding

Prosegur Paraguay


Wilmington Trust

Puente Casa de Bolsa

Gletir Casa de Bolsa

Cadiem Casa de Bolsa

Investor Casa de Bolsa

Bolsa de Valores de Asunción

Firstlink Network

Telefonica Celular del Paraguay

Mango Payment

Avalon Casa de Bolsa

Work highlights

  • Advised BSBIOS on the development of the Omega Green Project.
  • Advised Rutas del Este in a new bank loan for $29m with local bank Sudameris, under Paraguayan law, used for financing for the Variante the Itacurubi of the PY 02 Road Project in Paraguay.
  • Acting for Centro Médico Jerovia, a hospital complex, in association with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, on seeking accreditation by the Joint Commission International.

Paraguay > Dispute resolution Tier 2

BKM | Berkemeyer‘s large dispute resolution team has extensive experience in the core areas of litigation. The firm handles commercial disputes, judicial and administrative litigation, and arbitration. The team is also involved in contentious matters arising from competition and antitrust legislation. The firm has worked to expand the practice, especially in the areas of economic criminal law and compliance, and the group collaborates with other practice areas within the firm to cater to clients in a range of sectors, including labour, tax, environment and IP. The team is led by Hugo Berkemeyer, Carla Sosa and Natalia Oddone. At the associate level, Martin Romero, Natalia Alarcón and Federico Huttemann are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Natalia Oddone; Carla Sosa


BKM has a procedural team with sufficient political presence in the courts that every multinational client needs in a country with extreme legal insecurity.

We recommend Carla Sosa.

The firm’s lawyers have experience and know very well the actions that they have to carry out.

The experience in the cases, the knowledge of multinational companies, which in our case is important.

I work with the BKM / Berkemeyer team in the dispute resolution area, which is made up of Natalia Oddone and Hugo Berkemeyer. The department stands out for managing our expectations within our reality. They efficiently manage the times and costs that other studies initially did not know how to handle. They have an excellent team with vast experience and they follow up on all the issues we discuss, providing us with periodic reports on the situation.

Natalia Oddone stands out for her extensive knowledge in civil law, the result of years of experience, as well as being highly creative when proposing new legal figures as a solution to disputes.

This legal study is successful and arouses a lot of confidence for any litigation or conflict that comes our way. In all orders and disciplines. They defend me always and well.

‘We are very satisfied with the professional capacity of the lawyers from the Berkemeyer law firm, Carla Sosa and the rest of the collaborators.

Key clients

Unilever de Paraguay

Desarrollo Austro Paraguayo

Pharma Internacional

Cadiem Casa de Bolsa

Telefónica Celular del Paraguay

Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation

Itacamba Cementro

Johnson & Johnson de Paraguay

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Azar Internacional and Casinos Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Represented Unilever in a trial against a defendant that breached the sale of goods agreement.
  • Acting for Desarrollo Austro Paraguayo in a case in which a third party is claiming part of the property owned by the client.
  • Acted for Pharma Internacional in a lawsuit against a debtor.

Paraguay > Labour and employment Tier 4

BKM | Berkemeyer‘s labour and employment team handles a range of labour matters, including the drafting and coordinating of employment contracts and company regulations, assisting with human resources policies and coordinating international and temporary employment. The firm has successfully advised clients on the release of long-term employees, in most cases reaching extra judicial settlements. Sensitive labour matters, such as unfair dismissal disputes, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, are a further strength. The group also consists of emergency advisors, experienced negotiators and immigration experts, and has a specialised consultancy and litigation team. Associate Hugo Aponte, who has extensive experience in employment and local labour advice, including labour litigation, leads the team. Aponte also advises international companies on compliance with national labour laws. Associate Jorge Peralta regularly advises both local and international clients on sensitive employer transfers and has litigation experience, defending companies in cases of justified and unjustified dismissals. Mauricio Ozuna is an associate with extensive experience in the fields of labour law and social security, and specialises in judicial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Aponte


The work was outstanding.

We recommend Hugo Aponte and Mauricio Ozuna.

Very good people, billing is correct, with the appropriate technology and very good collaboration.

We appreciate the professionalism of the members of the team.

Key clients


Timac Agro

TCL Organic

Recsa Paraguay

Casinos Paraguayos / Azar Internacional


Fortaleza de Inmuebles



Pharma International

Omega Green (BSBIOS Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil)

Frigorífico Modelo Paraguay

Mango Payment

Almacenamiento y Distribución de Asfalto (Aldia)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bayer with day-to-day advice on labour issues and implementation of labour policies.
  • Advising BSBIOS on labor, social security and hygiene matters, including the transfer of foreign employees to a local project with more than 1,000 employees.
  • Advising TCL Organic on labour law matters, such as final salary settlements for justified and unjustified dismissals, application of the local social security system, among others.

Established in 1951, BKM | Berkemeyer has since provided expert legal services to local and foreign clients, gaining a global reputation for quality, expertise and professionalism. BKM | Berkemeyer offers legal advice in all areas of law, providing legal support for companies in multiple industries. The firm has a most notable record in international transactions and M&A, having counseled foreign clients in some of the largest deals in the country. Lawyers have experience in a broad range of business and industry sectors, including real estate, energy and natural resources, providing expert support in regulatory issues, as well as tax, environment, immigration and labor matters, among others.

The recent addition of experienced and internationally recognized partners who specialize in infrastructure, banking and tax has given the firm new and impressive representation in those sectors. BKM | Berkemeyer’s diverse expertise enables the firm to provide a one-stop practice for clients who need exceptional legal services in a broad range of areas. The firm’s expertise embraces intellectual property, insurance and also securities, banking and international banking transactions, to name a few. BKM | Berkemeyer prides itself on its lawyers’ abilities to meet clients’ needs, providing professional and practical advice through teamwork to offer high-quality service in a thorough yet timely manner. All lawyers are multilingual, and demonstrate efficient communication in the international standards of everyday business.

International work: BKM | Berkemeyer provides seamless legal support to clients doing business with local companies or establishing branches in the country. The corporate department provides clients with a wide range of services from M&A to due diligence through negotiation, and legal support in corporate, tax, labor, environment and immigration issues.

Berkemeyer was the only advisor on Paraguay’s first ever public-private partnership – a landmark project for the country and for the infrastructure sector. The firm also assisted in the structuring of the first livestock fund in Paraguay, a highly innovative deal which has created new opportunities for the local financial market. The banking and corporate department regularly advises on international banking matters, contracts and trusts. Berkemeyer acted as counsel on the issuance of notes by a major national bank in a historic transaction for a Paraguayan bank, and this is expected to open doors for future issuances in the international market. The firm also acted as counsel on the issuance of treasury bonds in the local exchange market, and to several banking and financial entities on loan facilities to local companies and banks.

Other work in international financial transactions include secured transactions for the purchase of aircraft, barges and agricultural machinery. The firm also recently provided ongoing advice to an international construction consortium in the financing of a road procured by the government as a financed lump sum public works (German system) that includes the issuance of an international bond (long-term) and the support from a multilateral for the working capital (short-term). The firm’s environment and natural resources department advises clients on mining and oil exploration projects, advising on concession issues and contractual matters. The firm also assists local and international clients in developing telecommunications and energy projects, and counsels clients on tender offers, PPP, concessions and joint ventures.

BKM | Berkemeyer’s undisputed strength in IP practice is critical in assisting clients who need to protect IP rights, from registration of trademarks and domain names and obtaining patents or copyrights through to licensing, franchising, technology and biotechnology agreements, to enforcement and litigation before administrative, civil and criminal courts, and co-ordinating steps.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A Hugo Berkemeyer hugo.berkemeyer@berke.com.py +59521446706
IP: Trademarks and Administrative Litigation Marta Berkemeyer marta.berkemeyer@berke.com.py +59521446706
Corporate, M&A Carla Sosa carlo.sosa@berke.com.py +59521446706
Corporate, M&A Manuel Arias manuel.arias@berke.com.py +59521446706
Infrastructure Martin Carlevaro martin.carlevaro@berke.com.py +59521446706
Labor law, commercial Veronica Recalde veronica.recalde@berke.com.py +59521446706
Energy, Natural Resources, Environmental Maria Yolanda Pereira yolanda.pereira@berke.com.py +59521446706
Tax Federico Valinotti federico.valinotti@berke.com.py +59521446706
IP: Trademarks and Administrative Litigation Barbara Dollstadt barbara.dollstadt@berke.com.py +59521446706
Patents and Copyrights Cristóbal Gonzalez cristobal.gonzalez@berke.com.py +59521446706
Photo Name Position Profile
Barbara Dollstadt photo Mr Barbara Dollstadt Administrative litigation, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition
Other fee-earners : 43
All main business languages
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Trademarks Association (INTA)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
ABA (American Bar Association)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Partners : 12

Hugo T. Berkemeyer, Managing Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate BKM | Berkemeyer from your competitors?

BKM – Berkemeyer is a full service law firm with 70 years in the market that has grown in size and expertise.

It started as a family owned firm and in recent years it has gone through an institutionalization process to bring it up to international standards while maintaining the family core values of its founder Hugo Berkemeyer.

Over the years, the firm has stood for having mostly women and a strong commitment to gender equality. Berkemeyer has stived to keep a balanced gender ratio across all levels of seniority and providing women with equal career progression opportunities and a working environment that fosters professional and personal growth.

Today, with over 50 lawyers and three branches in the country we have a wide-ranging and in-depth experience to understand sectors, industries and markets. We possess collective expertise available on a firm-wide basis. The firm is built on a team of experts in every field, an expertise achieved through the professional dedication of lawyers, international exposure and strategic lateral growth. This combination proves invaluable to clients when they are setting up business in the country or developing infrastructure projects that need to meet not just local but to international standards in all aspects of law. The combination of uncompromising quality, advice that is quick, pragmatic and to the point has won Berkemeyer many great clients.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

BKM – Berkemeyer strengthened its practice in infrastructure which is set to become the busiest sector for the next few years making project finance expertise very valuable. The sector is a challenge as new untried (locally) regulations must be brought into the projects and sometimes demand creative solutions or advancing new legal instruments.

Furthermore, the firm is developing leading Compliance and Antitrust practices to help clients adapt to the new and increasing regulations.

We also see a trend in cryptocurrencies and blockchain driven by the low cost of energy and infrastructure in the country.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our goal has always been to provide the best quality service through the best talent and infrastructure.  Our main change to reinforce this goal, is to invest more in software and AI for document management, time billing and reporting to deliver the best quality services in the most efficient way for clients.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The pandemic has reinforced the importance of technology. As everyone else, we increased interaction with clients through virtual meetings. These meetings through the different platforms have opened an opportunity to deliver the services in new ways presenting the information right away with different parties around the world. Furthermore, we are reinforcing a hybrid workplace, letting clients and professionals interact in the most efficient and flexible way.

On the other hand, we are developing client portals in order to offer instant access to client’s documentation.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Over the years we have also tried to be a one-stop shop firm for our clients for legal and other related services. We have provided clients with the key connections in the country or business/economy insight of the country. We try to add value by helping them develop a business plan considering the legal perspective.

The incorporation and professional growth of talent will benefit our clients. We have identified key sectors and practice areas where specialized and experienced professionals are needed.  Consequently, we have hired leading experts in each field, or specialized our existing attorneys. The result is highly experienced and trained teams that meet and surpass the full spectrum of companies’ business requirements. –

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We believe that clients highly appreciate stability and strategic direction provided by their trusted law firm. It will therefore remain our goal to continuously focus on understanding our clients’ specific context and strategy in order to deliver innovative, practicable solutions and establish trust. Clients look for timely personalized services. This includes speaking the language of the boardroom and business, not just legalese.

Our three year plan therefore involves a steady grow of our firm trying to have the most specialized talent in the legal areas that develop on a national and international level.