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Latin America Guide
Firm Profile

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C. Servicios Legales

Firm Profile

La Paz

  • Calle 15 No. 7715
  • esquina Calle Sánchez Bustamante
  • Torre Ketal, Piso 4 Oficina No.2
  • La Paz
  • La Paz
  • Bolivia

Firm profile submitted by Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C. Servicios Legales

The Firm: 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 specializes 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 law 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.


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 professional expertise in relevant issues. Recently assisted in the following important transactions:
■ Acquisition of all of an international drilling companies’ assets in Bolivia;
■ Acquisition of a Hydroelectrical Power Plant by a European client as a result of a limited due diligence procedure;
■ Negotiation and structuring of a Shared Risk Contract between an Asian client and the Bolivian State Mining company for the exploration and possible exploitation of large quantities of copper.
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 qualified 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.
Intellectual Property: 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 member of INTA, ASIPI, GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance) and ABPI (Bolivian Association of IP).

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese.