Firm Profile > BKM | Berkemeyer > Asuncion, Paraguay

BKM | Berkemeyer
JACARANDA BUILDING, BENJAMIN CONSTANT 835
ASUNCION
Paraguay

Administrative law Tier 1

'Characterised by good teamwork', BKM | Berkemeyer fields an expert administrative law team, with particular experience in public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as infrastructure projects and public procurement. Alongside founding partner Hugo BerkemeyerMartin Carlevaro heads a practice that is instructed by key domestic and regional companies, including Rutas del Este, Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico and Acciona Agua. The team's recent highlights include advising Rutas del Este on the country's first PPP project. Senior associate and administrative law expert Sofía Suárez is another key practitioner, with vast experience in international public tenders and public contracts.

Testimonials

Berkemeyer is characterised by its constant dedication to the matters we entrust to the firm. In our experience, we can rely on them to provide appropriate and creative responses and solutions to the legal problems we bring to them, as well as a real commitment to the client.

In the area of public law, and particularly infrastructure matters, they have a solid team of lawyers who work together with their specialists in banking and finance matters, which, in my opinion, makes this the best firm of its kind in Paraguay.

The firm’s principal strength is that it has a very good team of professionals with broad knowledge and experience in the areas of infrastructure and public law. The team has a lot of experience in these matters both in the public and private sectors, which makes it a leader in the local market, as well as for companies interested in investing in Paraguay and for foreign law firms. The team we work with includes Martín Calevaro, the team leader, Milena Sljivich, Vivian Maldonado and Sofía Suarez.

The points of strength that are worth highlighting are the specialisms of the team members, the ease of access to the lawyers by various channels of communication, the speed with which they provide responses, and the coordination with the other specialist lawyers at Berkemeyer. These qualities are hard to find and differentiate them from the competition in any market, even more so in the Paraguayan market, if that is possible.

The two standout features that we most value and that are most useful to us are: firstly, the speed of their responses, which, is very helpful for us as a foreign company as the legal framework is new to us, and, secondly, their versatility, combined with team’s ability and readiness to adapt to the client’s needs. These things really set them apart from the competition.

Key clients

Rutas del Este

Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico

Itacamba Cemento

Somarco Paraguay

Sacyr Construcción Paraguay

Enpasa Paraguay

Consorcio Asi Paraguay

Acciona Agua Sucursal Paraguay

Consorcio Rutas

Stiler

Consordio DC Stiler

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer provides a 'very good and reliable service', assisting both domestic and international clients on corporate matters, M&A transactions, real estate, infrastructure, financing and other commercial issues. 'Responsible and proactive' managing partner Hugo Berkemeyer heads the department alongside the 'excellent' Carla Sosa, who coordinates the commercial aspects of transactions, and senior associate Manuel Arias, who joined in 2019 from Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown. PPP project expert Martin Carlevaro is another notable lawyer in the 13-strong team. Recent highlights include advising Uruguayan company Bearing Agro on its incorporation in Paraguay, and Casa Boller on a $100m joint venture. Since publication, Ms Sosa has been raised to the partnership - effective as of April 2021.

Testimonials

The corporate team always shows great teamwork, and always responds to our needs on time and in full.

The strong point that makes the lawyers at this firm stand out is their high level of commitment to and involvement in all of our matters. For my job, I have to work with lawyers in various firms in Latin America and Europe, and Berkemeyer is by far the one with the closest relationship with our company.

Berkemeyer is characterised by its constant dedication to the matters we entrust to the firm. In our experience, we can rely on them to provide appropriate and creative responses and solutions to the legal problems we bring to them, as well as a real commitment to the client, which, in my opinion, makes this the best firm of its kind in Paraguay.

The firm’s principal strength is that it has a very good team of professionals with broad knowledge and experience in the areas we need advice on, as well as strong leadership from those responsible for the team. Our principal contact at the firm is Martín Calevaro, but we also work with other lawyers in the areas relevant to us. The team is made up of Martín Calevaro, the team leader, Manuel Arias and Milena Sljivich, Vivian Maldonado and Sofí­a Suarez.

It is a good team which responds rapidly to queries and handles our matters well.

A very good and reliable service.

Hugo Berkemeyer is responsible, proactive, quick to reply and an excellent professional.

Carla Sosa is excellent.

Key clients

Agar Cross Paraguay

API Movilidad

ARIPESA Paraguay

Astarte Capital Partners LLP

American Tower Corporation

Baxter

Bearing Agro

Benítez Bittar Constructora

Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico

Casa Boller

Consorcio DC Ingenieria – Stiler

Dow Agrosciences Paraguay

ESE SRL

Exxis Paraguay

FNV Capital

Itacamba Cemento

Monsanto/Bayer Paraguay

Ocho A

Líneas Panchita G

Pearson Education

Rutas del Este

Somarco Paraguay

CASATUA

Telefónica Celular del Paraguay

Timac Agro Paraguay

Environment Tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer's expert environmental law team works on the most sensitive and strategic environmental matters involving companies operating in Paraguay. The firm has a specialism in the agribusiness sector (a key industry in Paraguay) but is also instructed by a prestigious client list across a variety of industries. Standout work this year included advising on contentious matters for the international investment group Polygon and Dow AgroSciences Paraguay as well as providing day-to-day assistance on environmental matters to Coca-Cola. Practice head Yolanda Pereira is a key contact in this area, alongside the well-regarded Jorge FigueredoCarla Sosa handles the department's contentious caseload.

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Key clients

Coca-Cola

Polygon

Dow AgroSciences Paraguay

Azar Internacional

TFG

Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena

Timac Agro Paraguay

SOE Rutas del Este

Syngenta Paraguay

Intellectual property Tier 1

The elite intellectual property team at BKM | Berkemeyer provides 'personalised and diligent advice' on the full range of IP matters, such as trade mark registration, domain names, patents, designs, copyrights and copyright procurement. Life science and agriculture regulation and franchising are other areas of strength. The team also covers contentious work, including enforcement and litigation before the administrative, civil and criminal courts. The firm has over 65 years' experience in the practice area and is regularly instructed by a client base that includes heavyweight multinational companies. Practice head Marta Berkemeyer is the main contact and is currently advising Planet Fitness on its trade mark portfolio in the region. Other key practitioners include Barbara Dollstadt, who leads on contentious matters, and Hugo Berkemeyer.

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Testimonials

The guidance they have given us and expertise with our trademarks, has proved invaluable to expanding our large trademark portfolio.

Valeria Carron is professional and diligent in managing our portfolio.

Good experience in the area. Personalised and diligent advice.

Key clients

Mastercard

Planet Fitness

Nestle

The Coca-Cola Company

Grupo Bimbo

General Electric

Inditex

The Walt Disney Company

Bayer

Philip Morris

Tax Tier 1

The tax team at BKM | Berkemeyer is led by specialists Mauro Mascareño and Federico Valinotti. It offers a comprehensive tax law service, often advising on tax incentives, litigation and import/export matters. The department works with a variety of domestic and international clients, covering a breadth of sectors, including infrastructure, manufacturing and travel. Government bodies also seek the firm's expertise to assist in drafting tax legislation; a recent highlight was its advice to the Paraguayan Chamber of Commerce and Services on drafting a regulatory decree on personal income tax and a bill amending current regulations. In other recent work, Mascareño and Valinotti assisted travel agent 5MTravel in the analysis, preparation and presentation of a binding consultation before the tax administration regarding the fiscal impact of structuring the business.

Key clients

Cámara Nacional de Comercio y Servicios del Paraguay

Organizador Cámara Nacional de Comercio y Servicios

Monte Alegre

Incade

Universidad Americana

Grupo 3MG

Sacyr Concesiones

5M Travel Group

Perfecta Automotores

API Movilidad

Oleaginosa Raatz

Exxis Paraguay

Scimitar Oryx Partners

Distribuidora Ypacarai

Ubrique Desarrollos

Tarva

Banking and finance Tier 2

The 'solid team of lawyers' that makes up the banking and finance practice at BKM | Berkemeyer is led by practice director, Manuel Arias (who arrived from Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown), an increasingly seasoned senior associate whose past experience includes advising the likes of Goldman Sachs, as well as extensive experience advising a full range of foreign and local banking institutions. The practice advises a growing client base of predominantly domestic and Latin American financial institutions on syndicated loans, project finance and asset management, as well as on regulatory and compliance matters. The team is frequently instructed by the major Paraguayan banks BBVA Paraguay and Banco Continental, and recently advised the latter on a loan agreement with IFC for $100m. Key partner-level input comes from Martin Carlevaro who heads up the infrastructure and project finance area and has over 20 years' experience. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of Vivian Maldonado joined from the Paraguay Attorney General's office and has broad experience in counselling public and private entities.

Testimonials

Berkemeyer is characterised by its constant dedication to the matters we entrust to the firm. In our experience, we can rely on them to provide appropriate and creative responses and solutions to the legal problems we bring to them, as well as a real commitment to the client.

In banking and finance matters, they have a solid team of lawyers who work together with their specialists in infrastructure matters, which, in my opinion, makes this the best firm of its kind in Paraguay.

The firm’s principal strength is that it has a very good team of professionals with broad knowledge and experience in banking and finance matters and in the financial market of Paraguay, which makes it a leader in the local market. The team we work with is led by partner Manuel Arias.

Key clients

Banco Continental

ING Capital

BBVA Paraguay

Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceanico

Gletir Casa de Bolsa

Puente Casa de Bolsa

Valores Casa de Bolsa

Rutas del Este

Cadiem Casa de Bolsa

Firstlink Network

Dispute resolution Tier 2

BKM | Berkemeyer's nine-lawyer team is led by Hugo Berkemeyer and senior associate Natalia Oddone. The department covers core litigation areas including commercial disputes and tax issues and also has specialist knowledge in IP, competition law and environmental disputes. It is instructed by domestic and international companies and recently added Brazilian food company Pandurata Alimentos and imports company Blue Transfer to its client list. An expert in corporate and commercial disputes, Carla Sosa is another notable member of the team.

Key clients

Pandurata Alimentos

Rizobacter del Paraguay

Agro Ganadera e Industrial Don Luis

Gamax

Vidrio Car

Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation

ALK Paraguay

Nucleo

Blue Transfer

Labour and employment Tier 3

The 'excellent and professional team' of labour lawyers at BKM | Berkemeyer handles consultancy work as well as contentious and pre-contentious advice in contractual matters, compliance, dismissals and disputes, sexual harassment and discrimination. Executive expatriate relocation and immigration matters are a noted specialism of the team. The department is led by senior associates Hugo Aponte and Verónica Recalde, 'who knows the country's regulations and practices in depth' and joined in 2019 from Kemper - Dejesus & Pangrazio.

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Testimonials

BKM has an excellent and professional team that quickly resolves all of our issues. When advising us on labour matters, they have also attended to our issues in other areas of law.

The lawyers we have worked with have handled our matters with an excellent level of professionalism and a personal touch. Verónica Recalde assisted us rapidly and effectively.

Good experience in the area. Personalised and diligent advice.

The lawyer we work with is Verónica Recalde, who is an excellent labour lawyer.

The team stands out for the level of professionalism of the lawyers in the labour department.

What I consider to be the team’s strongest feature is that in Veronica Recalde they have a lawyer who knows the country’s regulations and practices in depth, which allows them to handle all of our needs very well.

The lawyers at BKM are characterised by their good teamwork, 24/7 availability to the client, and rapid and precise responses. They provide the client with good support.

We work with Verónica Recalde. She stands out for her accurate and realistic understanding of specific cases. She is available to provide assistance 24/7.

Key clients

Highway 2 and 7 Consortium

Bieber & CIA.

Distri Rep

Electrocenter

First Parag Company

Interasistencia

Sumidenso Paraguay

TCL Organic

Arzobispado de Asuncion

Casinos Paraguayos / Azar Internacional

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
Mr Barbara Dollstadt  photo Mr Barbara Dollstadt Administrative litigation, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition
Other fee-earners : 43
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IBA (International Bar Association)
International Trademarks Association (INTA)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
ABA (American Bar Association)
ASIPI
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
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