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Latin America Guide
Firm Profile

Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa

Firm Profile

La Paz

  • Profile
  • Torre Lucía, Piso 6
  • Av. Ballivián esq. Calle 13 de Calacoto
  • La Paz
  • La Paz
  • Bolivia

Firm profile submitted by Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa

Managing Partner: Eduardo Quintanilla
Senior Partners: Eduardo Quintanilla, Santiago Nishizawa, Mauricio Torrico
Number of partners: 7
Number of other lawyers: 6

Founded in 1975, QUINTANILLA, SORIA & NISHIZAWA is a law firm legally established in Bolivia with a vast career as corporate, mining and hydrocarbons’ lawyers. The firm’s international presence in the negotiation of contracts, created what today is one of the internationally most traditional and prestigious law firms in Bolivia.
The members of the firm, educated in some of the most prestigious universities around the world, frequently participate in national forums of a different nature and professionally assist complex international transactions.
Two equally important traditions have shaped these first 40 years of practice: the commitment with excellence in the practice of the legal profession and with the highest professional ethical standards, along with the dedication to pro bono work both with the State and with non-profit and charity organisations. QUINTANILLA, SORIA & NISHIZAWA has participated as consultant to the Bolivian State in the drafting of projects of several laws and regulations, many of them in force, such as the Stock Market Law and the Bolivian Central Bank Law.

CONTACTS
Banking & Finance................................................. Eduardo Quintanilla
Corporate/Commercial.......................................... Eduardo Quintanilla
Dispute Resolution................................................ Santiago Nishizawa
Energy & Natural Resources.................................. Santiago Nishizawa
Tax
...............................................................................Mauricio Torrico
Labour & Employment.................................................Mauricio Torrico
Intellectual Property..................................................... Julio Quintanilla
Real Estate................................................................... Julio Quintanilla
Immigration
......................................................................Sergio Antelo



Coportate & Commercial:
Assisting in defining corporate structure; tax and labour planning. Mergers and acquisitions, transformations, foreign investment, project finance, international investment structuring, due diligences, corporate governance, dissolution and liquidation proceedings. International contract review and opinion subject to national or foreign law, contract drafting and negotiation, public company contracting, public bids.
Recent work:
■ Review and risk analysis of current telecommunications licences/contracts in view of the migration process provided by the Constitution and the new telecommunications law
■ Recent incorporation in Bolivia of several branches of foreign companies
■ Head of legal assistance in the M&A restructuring of four companies

Mining, Energy, Natrual Resources & Telecommunications: Advising companies regarding sectorial regulation on mining, energy, natural resources and telecommunications; administrative and public contracting, permits, licences, concessions and granting of ancillary rights.
■ Advice on regulatory and legal issues regarding mining industry in Bolivia, such as permitted mining agreements, environmental requirements, required licenses and permits.
■ Administrative proceeding of appeal for revocation against resolution issued by Corporación Minera de Bolivia that affects mining rights held by a client
■ Due diligence and preparation of required licenses for the reactivation of a CIL plant in Bolivia

Banking & Finance: Loan agreements, collateral, guarantees, securities; exchange regime, imports and exports, portfolio securitisation and trusts activities; operations and financial contracts with national and foreign clients. Procedures before the Financial System Supervision Authority (ASFI). Stock market transactions, capital or debt issuance, financial trusts, convertible bonds and participation certificates.
Recent work:
■ Assistanced investors in the negotiation and drafting of loan agreements for an amount up to of USD17.5 Million
■ Structured project finance operations involving the issuance of preferred shares.

Tax: Tax planning and tax counselling; funding alternatives and commercialisation networks. Administrative proceedings and litigation.
Recent work:
■ Recently advised a client on tax matters regarding the restructuring of its branch in Bolivia

Civil Law: Associations, foundations, NGO’s and civil entities; due diligence and reorganisation; contracts, governance and representation. Inheritance law, asset management, real estate and special proceedings.

Immigration: Immigration, registration and residence proceedings; work permits; regularisation of migratory status; naturalisation.

Intellectual Property: Trademarks and patents; control and oversight of trademarks, commercial names, patents and copyrights; administrative proceedings such as oppositions, revocation and hierarchic recourses; drafting and registering of licence agreements.
Recent work:
■ Several administrative litigations to defend trademark registrations and products
■ Application of trademarks on behalf of a national client in several countries worldwide.
■ Takeover of trademarks portfolio, as well as administrative litigation regarding several requested trademarks from third parties.

Labour & Employment: Drafting of labour contracts, fixed term and indefinite agreements; negotiation of labour matters; drafting, adjustments and update of Internal Labour Regulation; administrative proceedings and litigation

Arbitration & Conciliation: National and international arbitrations. Members of the firm act as arbitrators and are members of several Arbitration Centres.

LANGUAGES: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.

CLIENTS
Both international and national leading companies and institutions in the banking, financial, mining, energy, telecoms industrial and agricultural sectors.

Branches

  • Torre Lucía, Piso 6,
  • Av. Ballivián esq. Calle 13 de Calacoto ,
  • La Paz,
  • Bolivia
  • Tel +591 2279 9090
  • Fax +591 2 211 3470
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website : www.qsn.bo
  • Edificio Centro Empresarial Equipetrol, Piso 3.,
  • Av. San Martin # 1700,
  • Santa Cruz,
  • Bolivia
  • Tel +591 3312 0996