For a number of years the firm’s services have expanded to litigation in association with the leading independent litigation firm of Peres & Mendoza. Eight professionals now constitute the firm’s service team, assisted by nine support staff.
The mining and arbitration practices of the firm are coordinated by senior partner Dr. Fernando Aguirre B. (Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Oxford University, 1971), an arbitrator at the National Chamber of Commerce -La Paz, the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center (Malasia), he is member of the Latin-American arbitration group of the International Chamber of Commerce. Fernando is past arbitrator in the panel of arbitrators of ICSID, and past professor of ADR and Arbitration. He has contributed to various publications in arbitration and other subjects (themes).
Partner Dr. Ignacio M. Aguirre U. (LLM in Law and Development at the London School of Economics, 1999) has been professor of Environmental Law, one of his specialties, and is Managing Director at the firm and coordinates the financing and banking, energy and environmental practices of the firm. He is member of the Executive Committee of the Arbitration Center of the Bolivian Hydrocarbons and Energy Chamber, Santa Cruz.
In 2017 the IP group of the firm, headed by partner Dra. Perla Koziner (LLM in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary College, London, 1999), celebrates 18 years of intensive practice, which has placed the firm amongst the five leading IP firms in Bolivia. Perla has been an invited lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at various Bolivian universities and programs. She is president of a committee at ASIPI and has been General Executive Director of the Bolivian Intellectual Property Office and Coordinator and in charge of Intellectual Property in the observation process of the Bolivian Government to the Free Trade Agreement with the USA. The Intellectual Property Group is active in ASIPI, INTA and ABPI.
Partner Dra. Milenka Saavedra M. (Post Graduate in Tax Law, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, 1997 and Master in Regulation and Antitrust, 2005) coordinates the areas of tax, litigation, antitrust, competition and regulation and she currently teaches Tax and Financial Law. She acted as In-house Counsel at AES Communications Bolivia, among other activities.
Partner Dra. M. Carolina Aguirre U. (Specialized Master in Corporate and Fiscal law at the Managing and Administration School – EADA of Spain, 2013-2014) is in charge of the firm’s offices in Santa Cruz and also coordinates the labor and social security practice of the firm. She is member of IBA – International Bar Association – where she is a member of the Young Council of the Latin America Regional Forum and Country Representative at the Young Lawyers Committee. Also, she is past secretary, vice-president and president of the Anglo Bolivian Committee.
Dra. Pilar Salazar graduated as lawyer at Universidad Católica Boliviana (2006). She worked as an intern in the firm, being promoted to associate later on. After a brief absence to Santa Cruz she returned to the firm in 2011 as IP associate.
The firm’s portfolio of regular clients includes both national and international corporations with permanent activity in Bolivia in mining, oil and gas, industry and commerce, energy, banking and financing, pension funds, services, consulting, investment holding, transport and communications and forestry, as well as various small and medium enterprises, in addition to various local and international NGOs. The firm also advices on specific transactions including services to international cooperation entities and their related local contractors. Partner Fernando Aguirre is the honorary legal advisor to the British Ambassador in Bolivia, continuing a tradition which started with Dr. Carlos Aguirre R.
Specialized publications on legal research include Bufete Aguirre amongst the leading firms in several areas of law in Bolivia, including corporate and financial law, labour, tax, energy and natural resources, intellectual property and others. Fernando Aguirre has been qualified as a one of the leading lawyers in mining law, the best lawyer in arbitration in Bolivia and has received the recognition of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association as one of the best lawyers on corporate, mergers & acquisitions and labor matters in Latin America. Ignacio Aguirre has been also recognized by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association as one of the best lawyers on banking and finance law in Latin America.
As part of its corporate social responsibility the firm provides full or partial pro bono services to various NGOs and non-profit institutions and contributes to the sustainability of Burgos Marka in the city of El Alto and La Paz, a project of educational services for children and teenagers in situation of poverty. The firm is member of the Pro Bono Foundation Bolivia, to which Carolina Aguirer is Secretary/Treasurer fo the Board. It also supports a Volley Ball club, with various teams which carry the firm’s name, who participate at official championships in the city of Cochabamba and regularly donates to various charities.
Membership at ICC, WIBL, IBA, ABA, INTA, ABPI, ASIPI, AIPN, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Canadian Law and Financing and other professional and commercial organizations, allows its members to be active participants at national and international conferences. Members have been panelists at a number of them, contributing with various papers on international law, ADR and Bolivian legal issues of international interest. Contributions to specialized publications have included the Year in Review of the ABA of which partner Fernando Aguirre is Membership Country Representative.
On an extraordinary basis the partners also accept board positions or legal representation for some regular clients. Amongst others, Fernando is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coca Cola bottlers in Bolivia and Sindico at Minera San Cristobal S.A., a Sumitomo Bolivian subsidiary, the largest foreign investment in mining in Bolivia. He has been various times member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia, of which he is past President. Between 1993 and 1996 he was external Director of the Bolivian Central Bank. Ignacio is member of the Board of Directors of Credibolsa S.A. since 2010 and is currently also General Manager of Inversora Los Andes S.A. (INANSA).
The firm publishes a bimonthly newsletter with a summary of important legal developments relating to business law and occasional special legal analysis, under the edition of Carolina Aguirre and Marta U. de Aguirre who also renders translation services (English-Spanish-English).