Bolivia 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Bolivia 2022

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Alexandra Blanco

General legal counsel | Pro Mujer

Non-profit / public sector

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Andrea Ruck-Uriburu

Legal advisory manager | Banco Fassil

Financials

Anne Paola McFarlane O.

Gerente de asesoría legal y gubernamental | Farmacorp

Healthcare

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Bernarda Florez

Asesora legal | Confederation of Private Entrepreneurs of Bolivia (CEPB)

Administrative bodies

Bernardo Eid Asbun

Gerente legal | Itacamba Cemento

Materials and mining

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Carlos Bastón

Gerente legal | FONPLATA Development Bank

Financials

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Carlos Montero

Gerente legal | Banco Fortaleza

Financials

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Carlos Eduardo Quiroga Plaza

Gerente legal | Bolsa Boliviana de Valores

Financials

Carlos Ugarte Johnson

Senior legal counsel | Phoenix Tower International

Telecommunication services

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Cecilia Miller

Senior legal counsel | PedidosYa

Information technology

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Claudia Andia Torres

Chief compliance officer | Koban

Financials

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Claudia Riveros

Legal counsel | Empresa Minera Inti Raymi (EMIRSA)

Materials and mining

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Claudia Uria

Asesora legal | Minera San Cristobal

Materials and mining

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Cynthia Valencia Canedo

Gerente de asuntos corporativos | Alicorp

Consumer products

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Daniel Pineda Calderón

Asesor legal nacional | Astara Bolivia, Ovando

Consumer products

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Diego Arduz

Asesor legal nacional | Seguros y Reaseguros Credinform International

Financials

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Dilma Paola Justiniano Fuentes

Gerente legal and legal compliance manager | Praxair

Industrials and real estate

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Georgios Garoufalias

Senior legal counsel LNG West and head of legal | Shell

Energy and utilities

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Hernán Ríos Serrano

Gerente de asuntos legales | YBFB Chaco

Energy and utilities

Hugo Andrés Hinojosa Peláez

Gerente de asuntos institucionales | FEXPOCRUZ

Consumer products

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Hugo S. Via

Legal chief | Zurich Insurance Bolivia

Financials

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Ibo Blazicevic

Director nacional asuntos corporativos y legales | Cervecería Boliviana Nacional

Consumer products

Inés Lara Rojas

Gerente legal y asuntos corporativos | Nestlé

Consumer products

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Jaime Sanabria

Gerente Legal | Compania de minerales Especializados Cominesa

Materials and mining

Javier Basta Ghetti

Gerente legal e Institucional | Pil Andina

Consumer products

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Jorge Orias Vargas

Vicepresidente asuntos jurídicos | Banco Nacional de Bolivia

Financials

Jorge Badani Veintemillas

Legal director | Huawei Technologies

Information technology

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Jose Carlos Burzuri Romero

Director legal | KPO Group

Energy and utilities

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José Gualberto Villarroel Román

Asesor legal | Compañía Boliviana de Energía Eléctrica (Cobee)

Energy and utilities

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José Luis Bejarano Frías

Gerente asuntos legales | Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas (EMBOL)

Consumer products

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Juan Carlos de la Via Pereira

Gerente legal | Banco Económico

Financials

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Juan Pablo Alvarez

Gerente legal | Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional (CBN)

Food

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Juan Pablo Bonifaz Echalar

Gerente nacional legal | Sinchi Wayra

Materials and mining

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Juan Pablo Sánchez Orsini

Legal manager | Telefónica Celular de Bolivia

Telecommunication services

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Karem Roca Coca

Gerente legal | Ferroviaria Oriental

Industrials and real estate

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Kelly Romina Torrico Merida

Sub gerente legal y de cumplimiento | Brinks Bolivia

Industrials and real estate

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Leonardo Leigue

Gerente legal | Petrobras

Energy and utilities

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Marcelo Alarcón Caba

Gerente area legal | Banco de Credito de Bolivia

Financials

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Marcelo Hassenteufel Loayza

Legal manager | Empresa de Telecomunicaciones Nuevatel PCS de Bolivia (VIVA)

Telecommunication services

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Marcelo Terceros Pereyra

Legal senior manager | Repsol

Energy and utilities

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Maria Eugenia Mosciaro

Business manager | Indatta (Grupo Sofía)

Commercial and professional services

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Milenka Saavedra Muñoz

Gerente nacional de asuntos legales | Banco Solidario

Financials

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Nataly Soliz Machuca

Jefe de asesoría legal | Bebidas Bolivianas BBO

Food

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Nicolas Gutierrez Miserendino

Gerente legal | Grupo Empresarial de Inversiones Nacional Vida

Financials

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Nicole Navia Ibárcena

Chief legal officer | Checkapp Bolivia

Information technology

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Nora Andreina Claros Soria

National Corporate Manager Legal Advice | Alianza Compania de Seguros y Reaseguros

Financials

Pablo Rodrigo Carrasco Arandia

Senior lawyer | Finning Bolivia

Food

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Pedro Antonio de Urioste Prieto

Gerente legal | Banco Ganadero

Financials

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Raúl Guillermo Almaraz Lobo

Legal manager | Nibol

Consumer products

Rene Armando Abrego Labe

Gerente legal | Kimberly-Clark Bolivia

Consumer products

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Sergio Soliz-Gómez

Sub gerente nacional legal | Sociedad Boliviana de Cemento (SOBOCE)

Materials and mining

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Sergio Torrico Gumucio

Gerente legal | Jalasoft

Information technology

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Sergio A. Rocha Méndez

Gerente legal | Banco Mercantil

Financials

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Sergio Javier Jimenez Terrazas

Gerente nacional legal | Toyosa

Consumer products

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Sergio Reyes Avaroma

Asesor legal | YPFB Andina

Energy and utilities

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Sonia Beatriz Soruco Ruiz

Legal manager | National Chamber of Industries (CNI)

Financials

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Vladimir Alvarez Roa

Gerente legal y regulatorio | AXS Bolivia

Telecommunication services

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Walter Guido Ocampo Crespo

Corporate lawyer | China Railway Construction Corporation International Sucursal Bolivia

Industrials and real estate

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Yalú Galarza

Asesora legal | Minera Alcira

Materials and mining

The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Bolivia 2022 was a delightful project to be a part of, particularly as it marks the first of its kind in Bolivia. This publication excellently captures the theme of innovation, resilience and adaptation among the leading legal counsel across all industries in Bolivia. These counsel gladly shared their organisational objectives, successes, and challenges over the past few years with us. Among the remarkable stories shared, there was a general sentiment on how greatly their teams and organisations had been impacted by sustained crises, specifically alluding to political and economic hardships.

Despite the unprecedented time of Covid-19 and the aftermath that each country globally is facing individually, the general outlook among all participants was one of keeping motivation through crises. Had there been a decided theme to this edition, it would be one which effectively encapsulates how tenacious leading legal professionals in Bolivia have been. They have remained steadfast providing legal advice and positively transforming the cultures of their team and organisations through noteworthy determination and remarkable leadership.

In-house counsel in the maiden edition of this publication describe the last few years to be riddled with ‘moments of great political and social turbulence and uncertainty occurring due to a civil strike and city lockdown that lasted 21 days’. Following this, there was no exception to political and economic implications as well. Regardless, many more counsel shared exciting projects they innovatively led their companies through, such as the launch of new products, expansion of business and smart management of legal resources. Counsel also shared how much their usual tasks had changed, referring to how their organisations had required them to widen their scope of work and be a contributing voice to business decisions. Several counsel note that this is a welcome change and one which has decisively expanded their day to day work. One counsel aptly describes this as, ‘no day being boring or the same as another, as supporting the challenges that a company faces in Bolivia makes us vigilant and on top of legal and political changes.’

Organisations in Bolivia can rest assured that in-house counsel are well prepared to face tasks head-on. Many stories were shared about how to revive and sustain the organisations they worked with against a transformative background such as what exists now. Succinctly put by another counsel, his plan for his team is that ‘all must maintain constant training in the laws and trends within their sector, and even with other sectors that today seem to be very distant but might become more relevant with technological advances.’

Some in-house lawyers reported their concerns with the lack of legal framework on particular hot topics globally, such as ESG among others, and how they are prioritising navigating their organisations towards a sustainable future. One general counsel depicts the state of play as, ‘many regulations do not incorporate the necessary tools to achieve environmentally friendly objectives and to become a more sustainable institution, in Bolivia. For that reason, legislative initiatives must be generated to complement existing regulations or create new law….as in-house lawyers, we need to create legal structures that allow us to advance towards these objectives.’

We are glad to have such an esteemed list of leading legal professionals actively participate in this publication. It was such a pleasure to hear their highlights in their line of work and encapsulate their motivation in this publication. Tonight, they join hundreds of legal professionals globally located, in being recognized as top in-house counsel within their jurisdiction. Congratulations to all the brilliant, innovative leading in-house counsel of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Bolivia 2022!

Melissa Yebisi | Research analyst | GC Powerlist Series

PPO

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PPO is proud to sponsor and host the first GC Powerlist: Bolivia.

At PPO, we value leadership skills, collegiality and a strong commitment to quality and professionalism within the market, and, of course, in companies’ legal departments.

Therefore, with great pleasure we congratulate the GCs listed in the GC Powerlist: Bolivia, the world’s foremost legal directory for general counsel (GCs).

Bolivian companies require GCs with a strong combination of academic skills and business awareness. GCs that possess such skills make strong contributions that improve their employers’ competitiveness and profitability. Their advice mitigates contingencies, solves existing problems, and identifies opportunities put forward by a constantly developing world.

In the past two years, we have worked side-by-side with Bolivian GCs, who have had a remarkable role in overcoming a long list of difficulties posed by new legislation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and a political and social crisis. In this period, GCs have been required to make strategic decisions, showing a great degree of resilience, finding solutions, and paving the way for their companies to navigate through a challenging and uncertain business environment.

PPO works closely with GCs and legal departments based in Bolivia and abroad. Our clients’ challenges and opportunities motivate and urge us to constantly innovate and seek ways to improve our services.

Our team has a broad understanding of the marketplace, trends and business climate.  We quickly adapt to today’s increasingly changing environment, thanks to our in-depth understanding of laws and regulations.

We deliver innovative solutions to meet clients’ needs by leveraging our specialized teams across multiple practice areas. Our professionals provide the insight, innovation, resources and experience to meet the challenges of doing business in Bolivia.

GC Powerlist Luxembourg 2024

Our hotly-anticipated Luxembourg GC Powerlist launch, alongside Loyens & Loeff’s Luxembourg Office, undeniably struck a chord with attendees, who praised the event for bringing together an in-house legal community that has less opportunity to meet with one another than their contemporaries in other jurisdictions. Those in attendance made up of the full range of sectors which represent Luxembourg’s economy, a characteristic of our GC Powerlist publications which leads to excellent conversations and the opportunity for those in attendance to network with people who they would not meet under usual circumstances, building connections that may prove useful in the future.

After welcoming the 70 guests to the event at Loyens Loeff’s stylishly modern Kirchberg office and attendees were liberally provisioned with canapés and beverages, the keynote speeches began after an introduction from Powerlist editor Joe Boswell on behalf of The Legal 500 and lead researcher for the project Elena Lewis. The co-managing partner of Loyens’ Luxembourg Office, Frédéric Franckx, took the stage to give his perspective of the current lay of the land for the Luxembourg legal scene, and how in-house and private practice lawyers can work together to best navigate future challenges before introducing our in-house legal keynote speaker: Christian Dohmen of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. As well as charting a successful path through an in-house legal career, Dohmen spoke eloquently about ESG commitments and how general counsel can do more to ensure progressive policies are skilfully enacted in their organisations.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to every single general counsel who attended our first-ever Luxembourg GC Powerlist launch. Having such an excellent selection of top GCs attending the event made it a huge success, and stands the community in good stead to pursue greater collaboration in the future. Thank you also to our sponsors for the event, Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg, whose cooperative nature and in-depth knowledge of the in-house legal community throughout the project made researching it a pleasure.