Managing Partner: Ramiro Guevara
Senior Partner: Primitivo Gutierrez
Number of partners: 8 Number of other lawyers: 17
Established in 1989 to meet the need for a serious law firm that can respond efficiently to the increasing international market needs of the time, Guevara & Gutierrez S.C. Servicios Legales is a full-service law firm which specialises in advising foreign investors interested in investing in Bolivia.
The firm draws from the international background and experience of its partners to provide the highest quality of service in an efficient and expedient manner. Most of the firm’s partners and senior associates have earned a postgraduate degree, aside from their Bolivian law degree, in the United States or Europe.
Teamwork allows Guevara & Gutierrez S.C. to efficiently manage large projects that require the conjunction of different specialties.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate & Commercial:
Planning and advice on efficient and effective forms of doing business in Bolivia which include the incorporation and management of companies, joint ventures and other investment vehicles, tailored to meet the needs of each particular enterprise. Vast experience in advising in government contracting and bidding procedures involving regulated natural resources and services. Mergers and acquisitions of regulated and unregulated companies within Bolivia and outside of Bolivia. Detailed risk assessment in due diligence with highly trained with professional expertise in rthe elevant issues.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Precise and timely management of conflict resolution through direct negotiation, assisted mediation, domestic and international arbitration, litigation and administrative proceedings in commercial, regulatory, constitutional and civil proceedings:
■ Advice on several investment disputes against the Government of Bolivia addressed through international arbitration.
Natural Resources & Energy:
Seasoned advice and expertise in the exploration, exploitation, management and development of regulated natural resources, with expert advice in environmental matters. Leading advice in energy development including oil, gas, and electric power:
■ Negotiations and closing of new operation contracts; association contracts; structuring of public-private companies (SAM); amongst international private companies, the government of Bolivia and the Bolivian state oil and gas company. Tax: Specialised tax planning geared towards the greatest tax efficiency possible. Careful analysis of possible contingencies and management of tax litigation.
Banking & Finance:
Structuring and innovation in creating effective security structures which enable risk management in highly regulated sectors. Guevara & Gutierrez S.C. has been able to successfully assist in the financing of large multimillion dollar projects as well as in discrete small projects where cost-saving is of the essence. Experience and expertise in accessing local and international capital markets, for the issuance and purchase of securities, strategic investments.
Labour & Immigration:
Timely and expert response to clients’ problems and questions regarding Bolivian labour law as well as administrative regulations and legal provisions. Advice on the necessary compliance of labour benefits, social security, pensions and health and safety matters. Assistance in all stages of immigration, advice on requirements and compliance.
Full service in IP matters including counseling on procurement, management, maintenance and enforcement of our client’s IP rights.
The practice covers trademarks (and other distinctive signs), invention and utility model patents, trade secrets , industrial designs, geographical indications (including appellations of origin), copyright, domain names (including conflicts with trademarks) software protection, advertising law and due diligence in IP matters.
The firm is a member of INTA, ASIPI, GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance) and ABPI (Bolivian Association of IP).
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese.
Banking & Finance: Ramiro Guevara
Corporate & Commercial: Jorge Luis Inchauste
Energy / Natural Resources: Enrique Barrios
Intellectual Property: Marcos Mercado
Labour and Employment: Jaime Lora
Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Rodrigo Rivera
Real Estate: Primitivo Gutiérrez
Tax: Mauricio Dalman