Eight professionals now constitute the firm’s service team, assisted by seven support staff. Partners Fernando, Ignacio, Carolina and Milenka deal with general corporate matters and commercial contracts and transactions apart from their coordination of specific areas. Partner Perla leads the IP practice in the new vehicle established as Meliora IP S.C. For a number of years now the firm’s services have expanded to litigation in association with the leading independent litigation firm of Peres & Mendoza.
Its arbitration practice is coordinated by senior partner Dr. Fernando Aguirre B. (Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Oxford University, 1971), a registered arbitrator at the arbitration centres of the National Chamber of Commerce, La Paz, the National Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy in Santa Cruz and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center and past arbitrator in the panel of arbitrators of ICSID and who has been professor of ADR and Arbitration at the 2009 Master’s Degree Program in International and Diplomatic Law at the Catholic University of La Paz. Fernando also coordinates the active mining law group of the firm and is a member of the ICC Latin America Arbitration Group. He is the honorary legal advisor to the British Ambassador in Bolivia, continuing a tradition which started with Dr. Carlos Aguirre R. Fernando is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coca Cola bottlers in Bolivia and Sindico at Minera San Cristobal S.A., and related Bolivian companies, Sumitomo Corp’s Bolivian subsidiaries. Fernando was a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia, of which he was President during the 70s. During 1993-96 Fernando was elected and served as outside Director of the Bolivian Central Bank.
Partner 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, at the Catholic University of La Paz. He is Managing Partner and coordinates the banking and energy law groups of the firm. Ignacio is member of the Board of Directors of Credibolsa S.A., the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia the Arbitration Centre of the National Chamber of Hydrocarbons, Santa Cruz, and Sindico at Banco Solidario S.A.
Partner Milenka Saavedra M. (Postgraduate Studies in Tax Law, Andina Simón Bolívar University, La Paz, 1997 and Master in Competition and Regulation, Andina Simon Bolivar University, 2003) coordinates the tax, litigation and regulatory groups of the firm. She is an university lecturer on Tax and Finance Law and worked as Legal Counsel for AES Communications Bolivia, among other activities.
Partner M. Carolina Aguirre U. (Master in Corporate and Fiscal law at the Managing and Administration School – EADA of Spain, 2013-2014, Diploma in Arbitration by the La Paz Bar Association, 2010, Diploma in Labor Law, UPSA, 2016) manages the firm´s office in Santa Cruz and coordinates the labour and social security laws’ practice of the firm. She is member of the IBA – International Bar Association, to which she is part of the Young Council of the Latin American Regional Forum and country representative of the Young Lawyers Committee.
The IP group (now conducted through MELIORA IP S.C.), is now made up of 4 specialized IP attorneys, led by partner Perla Koziner U. (LLM in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary College, London, 1999). She is also a member of the Unreal Campaign Committee of INTA, member of the board of ABPI and president of the Social Responsibility Committee of ASIPI.
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, foreign trade, investment holding, transport and communications and forestry, as well as various small and medium enterprises, in addition to various local and international NGOs. Case by case the firm also advices on specific transactions including services to international cooperation entities and their related local contractors. The firm assists the National Association of Medium Miners and the Bolivian Confederation of Private Entrepreneurs on a number of legal issues, particularly in respect of projects for new legislation affecting the private sector, having participated in negotiations with the government on legislation for investment, mining and arbitration.
As part of its corporate social responsibility the firm is member of the Fundación Pro Bono Bolivia and provides full or partial pro bono services to various NGOs and non for profit institutions and contributes to the sustainability of Burgos Marka, in El Alto, La Paz, a project of educational services for children and teenagers of low income, and regularly donates to various charities.
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 and coordination of Carolina.