Managing Partner: Pablo Carrasco
Senior Partners: Marcel Forgues, Arturo Mercado, Ricardo Aleman
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 10
Labour, Obligations & Contracts: Pablo Carrasco
Corporate, Commercial & Intellectual Property: Marcel Forgues, Arturo Mercado
Administrative, Regulatory, Civil & Environment: Ricardo Alemán, Reynaldo Carrasco
Civil Litigation: Pablo Carrasco, Ricardo Alemán, Reynaldo Carrasco
The law firm, was founded by Dr Raul Carrasco Riveros more than 40 years ago under the name of ‘Estudio Jurídico Carrasco & Carrasco Abogados Asociados’ and has been characterised by specialisation in labour law, the firm earned the trust of clients to whom the firm has provided solid support and advice both in administrative and contentious issues. The firm’s commitment has also earned the trust of its clients to serve them with legal advice in other areas of law such as civil-commercial, administrativeregulatory, civil litigation and others. This reputation led to the 2015 emergance of Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman, a larger firm made up of highly trained professionals in many areas.
Law firm members have taught at recognised educational institutions such as the Universidad Privada Boliviana, Universidad Catolica, Fundacion IDEA, and have also provided seminars and become board members in various companies.
The Director of the law firm, Dr Pablo Carrasco, is currently Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Confederation of Private Businessmen of Bolivia, also a institutional representative before the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as being head of the Commission Labour Affairs of the National Chamber of Industry. The firm is currently headquartered in the city of La Paz and in the city of Santa Cruz, a feature that allows a flexible service to clients. This has led to the firm being cataloged in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Chambers and Partners as the most important counselling lawyers in labour issues in Bolivia. The Director of the firm was also ranked as the first leader in legal labour counselling in the country. The law firm is also part of the select group of law firms in the The Legal 500 (The Clients’ Guide to the Legal Profession Latin America).
Main Areas of Practice:
Work includes legal advice and treatment of labour issues, human resources, social security, both in the direct path (administrative) as contentious. Relations between workers and companies are regulated in the country by the general labour law and other related statutes that regulate from registration and reporting of the legal person as an employer.
Other work includes recruitment, hiring methods, negotiation, organisation, wage setting, working hours, social security contributions to short and long term, termination of the employment contract, labour contracts, union negotiations, legal treatment of domestic and foreign staff and other legal aspects of human resources policies. In this context, the advice provided by the firm in the labour area is designed to prevent any conflicts or disputes that may arise and to establish and find alternative legal solutions and defences.
In response to client needs, specialised professionals in the area focus on: legal representation, incorporation of companies of different corporate types and activities; mergers and acquisitions; advice for foreign investment; preparation of civil, commercial and corporate contracts; preparation of due diligence; drafting of legal opinions; conciliation and arbitration process; administration and management of corporate governance.
The services of the intellectual property department comprise counselling, registration, protection and defence of intellectual property rights (trademarks, patents, copyrights, etc.) and generally includes:
■ Search brand each international class, record renewal, transfer, fusion, registry changes (address, name, etc.), registration license agreement, certified copy of patent titles or register, model and industrial design, opposition (action or defence), challenge - revocation (action or defence) challenge - hierarchical (action or defence), nullity (action or defence), administrative infringement
■ Transfer, fusion
■ Registry changes (address, name, etc.)
■ Registration License Agreement
■ Certified copy of patent titles or register
■ Model & Industrial Design
■ Opposition (action or defence)
■ Challenge - Revocation (action or defence)
■ Challenge - Hierarchical (action or defence)
■ Nullity (action or defence)
■ Administrative Infringement
Administrative Matters & Regulatory & Environment:
Legal services include counselling and defence in administrative disciplinary proceedings before all public authorities: Municipal Government, Departmental Government, Environment Authorities, Authority for the Regulation and Control of Telecommunications and Transport (ATT), Social, Control and Supervision of Enterprises Authority (AEMP), and others regulatory Authorities.
Services include legal advice and sponsorship Counsel in ordinaries, extra ordinaries and payment civil procedures, appeal resources and family procedures.