Members

La Paz

Fernando Aguirre B.

Attorney & Counselor at Law. Senior Partner
La Paz

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, November 24, 1943.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law, Political and Social Sciences and Lawyer, University of La Paz, Bolivia, 1968
  • Diploma in Law, University of Oxford, England, 1971.
  • Specialized courses in International Arbitration.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.
  • Civil Law.
  • Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation.
  • Labor Law.
  • TaxLaw.
  • Mining and HydrocarbonsLaw.
  • Banking and FinancingLaw.
  • Arbitration.

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

  • President -  Board of Directors of Embotelladoras BolivianasUnidas S.A. (EMBOL S.A.).
  • Vicepresident - Board of Directors of Inversora Los Andes S.A.
  • Síndico - Empresa Minera San Cristobal.
  • Registered arbitrator of the Centers for Conciliation and Arbitration of the National Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia, Arbitration of the National Chamber of Hydrocarbons (Bolivia) and of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center.
  • Ambassador of the Membership Program in Bolivia for the American Bar Association.

PAST ACTIVITIES

  • Registered arbitrator of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank.
  • Minister Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic.
  • Director of the Bolivian Central Bank.
  • President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia.
  • Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy and at the Catholic University of La Paz.
  • President of the International Catholic Action Movement (MIAMSI).
  • Representative in Bolivia of the International Bar Association

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish, English and French.

MEMBER

  • La Paz and Santa Cruz Bar Associations.
  • Honorary Member of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Legal Studies, Austria.

AUTHOR (MainPublications)

  • "TheAndean Sub-Regional Group in theprocess of EconomicIntegration in LatinAmerica”, Revista Latinoamericana de Administración Pública Nos. 5-6-, Mexico, 1977.
  • "Las Naciones Unidas y la Cooperación Internacional en Bolivia", UMSA, La Paz, 1965.
  • "The Legal System of Bolivia" in Modern Legal Systems Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, Redden, William S. Hein, N.Y. 1985.
  • "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Latin America: Bolivia”; CILS, Austria. 2005. Juris Publishing for 2010.
  • “Protection of Foreign Investments in Bolivia”. CILS, Austria. 2006.
  • “Contrapuntos a la Asamblea Constituyente” “Justicia Comunitaria”, Instituto Prisma, Plural Editores, 2006.

COAUTOR

  • “Business and Investment Report: Bolivia” Publicado en http://www.globalaw-group.com. Página Web de GLOBALAW, The International Law Group.
  • “Ley y Legislación en el Mercado de Valores e Inversiones en Bolivia”, International Investment and Securities Review 2006, Euromoney Yearbooks. Co-autor con el Dr. Ignacio Aguirre U.
  • Capítulo boliviano “El Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en América Latina”, Madrid, España, 2010.
  • “Getting the Deal Through” – Arbitration – Bolivia, 2008.

CONTRIBUTIONS (main)

  • Estudio sobre Quiebra - Bolivia. Banco Mundial. 2002/03.
  • World Bank. InsolvencyStudy. 2002/03.
  • “Limitations on Contractual Restrictions against exporting under the laws of Bolivia” (LRN, California 2002);
  • “Requirements for Becoming a Vendor of Prescription Drugs & Medical Devices, Supplies & Equipment to National Governments: Bolivia”(2003);
  • “Project Financing in Bolivia”, (CILS, Steamboat Springs Co. Seminar. Feb. 2003);
  • “CorporateFinance in Bolivia”  (IFLR 2003);
  • “Financial Regulation in Bolivia” (Richmond Law Tax. Directory of FinancialRegulators. 2004).
  • “Doing Business in 2005- 2011” Bolivia. Co-publication of the World Bank, IFC and  Oxford University Press; Washington DC.
  • Panel: Bilateral Investment Treaties as protection toolsfor natural resources projects. Bolivia;
  • International Bar Association Conference; Chicago (2006).
  • “China-Latin American Trade and Investment. Bolivia.” New York State Bar Association.
  • International Law and Practice Section meeting; 2006; Shanghai, China (2006).
  • Panel: “Current Trends in Mining Taxation – Bolivia”, RMMLF – Regional Conference, Lima, 2006.
  • Panel:“Nationalism, Legal Stability and Foreign Investment in the Andean Region of Latin America” – Bolivia, International Bar Association Conference, Singapore, October 2007.
  • “Year in Review” – Bolivia, American Bar Association. 2008, 2009 y 2010.
  • Panel:“Resource Nationalism” “Mining & Indigenous Communities in Bolivia”, Conferencia IBA/SEERIL, Copenhagen, April 2008.
  • Panel: “Nationalism, Legal Stability and Foreign Investment in the Andean Region of Latin America” – Bolivia, 54TH. RMMLF Institute, Snowmass, Colorado, July 2008.
  • Panel: “Political Risk in South America: Bolivia &Perú” – Canadian Mining Law & Financing, Canadian Executive Forums, Toronto, Vancouver, June 2009.
  • “LatinLawyer” References, Arbitration – Bolivia - Abril 2010.
  • “Bankruptcy and Securities Regulation” Bolivia. IFLR (2010).
  • “Special Report on Latin America, Bolivia”, China Business Law Journal, April 2010.
  • “La clausula Arbitral en los Contratos Petroleros Bolivianos”:Conference on Internacional Arbitration in America Latina, ICC, Miami, October 2010.
  • Bolivianchapter: “Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en America Latina”. Director Jorge Luis Collantes Gonzales, Palestra, Madrid, 2010.
  • “Global RenewableEnergyGuide2010” – Bolivia – En prensa. Cokmak Publishing, Turkey.
  • Bolivian chapter: “Latin American Investment Protections (Comparative Perspectives on Laws, Treaties and Disputes for Investors, States and Counsel)”. Jonathan C. Hamilton, Omar E. Garcia-Bolivia and Hernando Otero, Editors, MartinusNijhoff Publishers, 2012.
  • Article “Tendencias latinoamericanas en el arbitraje de controversias en material de inversiones extranjeras”. Libro Homenaje a Bernardo Cremades e IvesDerains. Coord. Carlos A. Soto C. y Delia Revoredo M. de Mur. Instituto Peruano de Arbirtraje, Lima, 2013.
  • Panel: “Relevancia de los Convenios Internacionales en Materia de Protección de Inversiones”.
  • Centro de Conciliación y Arbitraje, Camara Nacional de comercio, La Paz Seminar, Abril 2013.
  • Contribution: “Getting the Deal Through” – Mining – Bolivia. 2014.
  • Bolivian chapter: “Recognition and Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitral Awards in Latin America (Law, Practice and Leading Cases”. Editors Omar Garcia-Bolivar and Hernando Otero. Brill Nijhoff, 2015.On the occasion of local and international conferences on arbitration, he has participated in panels on the following subjects:
  • International Conferences -– Bolivia: “El contrato de arbitraje”  (2010);
  • “Diferencias entre el arbitraje comercial y el arbitraje bajo tratados de protección a las inversiones” (2011);
  • “Adaptación de los Centros de Arbitraje a los nuevos desafíos legales y constitucionales” (2012);
  • “Judicialización del Arbitraje?” (2013); “Arbitraje y Mineria en Bolivia” (2014) y “Nueva Ley boliviana de Conciliacion y Arbitraje – Materias excluidas del arbitraje” (2015).
  • Latin-American Conferences(CLA).“Bolivia y el Arbitraje de Inversiones” (Asunción 2011);
  • “Algunos efectos de las tendencias nacionalistas sobre el arbitraje internacional” (Medellín – 2012)
  • “Judicializacion del Arbitraje?” – (Buenos Aires, 2013);
  • “La Apelacion en Materia Arbitral” (Punta Cana 2014);
  • “El arbitraje en energía en el contexto de la regionalización del arbitraje” (Curitiba, 2015).
  • ICC Congress– ICC Mexico. “Solución de Disputas en el Sector Energético Internacional”, El caso boliviano. Mexico, Agosto 2015.

Ignacio M. Aguirre U.

perfil_ignacio_aguirreAttorney & Counselor at Law. Managing Partner
La Paz

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, June 30, 1972.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law and Lawyer, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, 1996.
  • LLM in Law and Development, The London School of Economics and Political Science – University of London, London, 1999.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.
  • Civil Law.
  • Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation.
  • Labor Law.
  • Mining and HydrocarbonsLaw.
  • Banking and Financing Law.
  • Environmental Law.

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

  • Member of Board of Directors of Credibolsa S.A.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Arbitration Center of the Bolivian Hydrocarbons and Energy Chamber, Santa Cruz.

PAST ACTIVITIES

  • Legal Assistant for Environmental Matters at EmpresaMinera Inti Raymi S.A.
  • Participation in the Committee for the EIA Regulation to the Environmental Law.
  • Invited Lecturer Environmental Law, Catholic University, La Paz.
  • Member of Board of Directors of:
    Hidroelectrica Boliviana S.A.;
    Electricidad de La Paz S.A. – ELECTROPAZ;
    Compañía Administradora de Empresas Bolivia S.A. – CADEB;
    Iberdrola de Inversiones S.A.
    Empresa de Luz y Fuerza Eléctrica de Oruro S.A.- ELFEO;
    Empresa de Servicios – EDESER S.A., and
    Iberbolivia de Inversiones SA.

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish and English

MEMBER

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Environmental Law Practice Area Group of GLOBALAW, The International Law Group.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Evolution of the Bolivian Environmental Law”, Presentation Given at the Institute on “Mining and Oil & Gas Development in Latin America” sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and International Bar Association (Section on Energy & Natural Resources Law). Santiago, Chile Abril 2001.

CO-AUTHOR:

  • “Business and Investment Report: Bolivia” Publicado en http://www.globalaw-group.com. Página Web de GLOBALAW, The International Law Group.
  • “Ley y Legislación en el Mercado de valores e inversiones en Bolivia”, International Investment and Securities Review 2006, Euromoney Yearbooks. Co-autor con el Dr. Fernando Aguirre B.
  • “Getting the Deal Through” – Arbitration – Bolivia, 2008.

Perla Koziner U.

perfil_perla_kozinerAttorney & Counselor at Law. IP Partner
La Paz

 

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, April 19, 1974.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, 1998.
  • Summer Course: International Human Rights and Rights of Minorities and Indigenous People, Oxford University and George Washington University, Oxford, 1996.
  • LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, Center for Commercial Law Studies –CCLS – Queen Mary and Westfield College – University of London, London, 1999.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law.
  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law Master’s Program;
  • Andean University Simon Bolivar, La Paz.
  • President of the Social Responsibility Committee of ASIPI.

PAST ACTIVITIES

  • General Executive Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Coordinator and in charge of the Intellectual Property Chapter at the Bolivian Government Observation process for the US – Andean FTA.
  • Researcher at the Research Unity of the Law Faculty, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Community Law, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, Bolivian Private University, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law Master’s Program; ICALP -UDABOL, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law Master’s Program; UDABOL, La Paz.
  • Invited Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law, CEMLA, La Paz.
  • Secretary of the Women’s Committee of ASIPI
  • President of the Social Action Committee of ASIPI

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish, English and German.

MEMBER

  • Bolivian Bar Association.
  • La Paz Bar Association (ICALP).
  • Bolivian Industrial Property Association (ABPI).
  • Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).

CONTRIBUTIONS

  • “Intellectual Property Rights in Bolivia”, Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value;
  • An International Guide for the Boardroom. A Globe White Page, Morgan Stanley, PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Nasdaq Publication (2002 and 2004).
  • “La Propiedad Intelectual y su importancia para las Empresas“: newspaper of the Bolivian Institute of International Trade (2007).

Milenka Saavedra M.

perfil_milenka_saavedraAttorney & Counselor at Law. Partner
La Paz 

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, September 25, 1970.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law and Lawyer, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, 1997.
  • PostgraduateStudies in TaxLaw, Andina Simón Bolívar University, La Paz, 1997.
  • Master in Competition and Regulation, Andina Simon Bolivar University, 2003.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.
  • General Civil Law.
  • Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation.
  • Litigation.
  • Tax Law.
  • Labor Law.
  • Collections.

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Inversora Los Andes S.A.

PAST ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the Board of Directors of HidroeléctricaBoliviana S.A.
  • Legal Counsel Tax Issues at Internal Revenue Services
  • General Legal Counsel at La Paz Municipal Government
  • General In-House Legal Counsel of AES COMMUNICATIONS BOLIVIA S.A.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of AES COMMUNICATIONS BOLIVIA S.A.

MEMBER

  • La Paz Bar Association
  • Bolivian Institute of Tax Studies
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA)

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish, English and French.

CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • “Doing Business in 2005-2006” a Co-Publication of the World Bank, IFC and Oxford University Press; Washington DC.

Pilar Salazar G.

perfil_pilar_salazarAttorney & Counselor at Law. IP Associate
La Paz

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, April 19, 1974.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, 2006.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law.
  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish and English.

MEMBER

  • Bolivian Bar Association.
  • La Paz Bar Association (ICALP).

Associated Firm

Estudio Jurídico
Gonzalo Peres Arenas – Evert Mendoza Suárez

MAIN PROFFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Legal advisory to banking entities, commercial enterprises and general individuals.  Firm specialized on sponsoring, directing and advising on civil, commercial, penal, administrative, labor, constitutional and arbitration procedures before first instance judges, district courts, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Judiciary Counsel and other tribunals.

CONTACT ATTORNEYS

FULL NAME: Carlos Gonzalo Peres Arenas
DATE OF BIRTH: April 21, 1949
NATIONALITY: Bolivian
EDUCATION: 1968-1973.- Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia.  Licenciate in Law, Political and Social Sciences.

FULL NAME: Evert Mendoza Suárez
DATE OF BIRTH: July 12, 1966
NATIONALITY: Bolivian
EDUCATION: 1984-1989.- Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia.  Licenciate in Law.

Both attorneys develop their activities as independent professionals at their study located at Av. Arce No. 2355, Cobija Building, 4th floor, office No. 402. Telephone numbers 5912) 2442620 – (5912) 2442169. Fax Number (5912) 2442128. e-mail addresses: g_peresar@yahoo.es - evertmendoza@gmail.com

Santa Cruz

M. Carolina Aguirre U.

perfil_carolina_aguirreAttorney & Counselor-at-Law. Partner
Santa Cruz

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, December 26, 1976.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Licentiate in Law, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, 2001.
  • Master in Corporate Legal Counseling and Fiscal Counseling, Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA), Barcelona – Spain, 2003-2004.
  • Diploma in Fiscal Management, PrivateBolivianUniversity, La Paz, 2004 – 2005.
  • Course on Arbitration, La Paz Bar Association, diploma granted by La Salle Univeristy, 2010.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law.
  • Civil Law.
  • Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation.
  • Labor Law.
  • Intellectual Property
  • Collections.
  • In charge of the editing of the newsletter Orientación Legal produced by the firm.

PAST ACTIVITIES

  • Legal Assistant at the Servicio Nacional de Registro de Comercio – SENAREC (CommercialRegistry)
  • ExternalAssistant of Confederación de Empresarios Privados de Bolivia – CEPB.
  • In-House Legal Counsel of AES COMMUNICATIONS BOLIVIA S.A.
  • Internship at Bufete Aguilar Canosa (Barcelona – España)
  • Secretary, vice-president and president of the Anglo Bolivian Committee

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish and English.

MEMBER

  • Bolivian Bar Association
  • La Paz Bar Association
  • IBA - Latin American Regional Forum Young Council and country representative of the Young Lawyers Committee
  • Spanish Arbitration Club

CO-AUTHOR:

  • BolivianChapter “El Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en América Latina”, Madrid, España 2010.
  • “Getting the Deal Through” – Arbitration – Bolivia, 2008

CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • The Employment Law Review Bolivian Chapter; publication of the Law Business Research Ltd; U.K.; 2014
  • “The Government Procurement Review” - Bolivian Chapter; publication of the Law Business Research Ltd; U.K.; 2013
  • “Bolivia: Advertising and Marketing Advertising Law”; World Trade Press,
    www.worldtradepress.com; (2013)
  • “Doing Business 2013 – Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises”; Co-publication of IFC and World Bank; Washington DC (2012).
  • “Doing Business 2012 – Doing business in a more transparent world”; Co-publication of IFC and World Bank; Washington DC (2011).
  • “Doing Business 2011 – Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs”; Co-publication of IFC and World Bank; Washington DC (2010).
  • “Doing Business 2010 – Reforming through difficult Times”; Co-publication of Palgrave Macmillan, IFC and World Bank, Washington DC (2009).
  • “Doing Business in 2009”; Co-publication of Palgrave Macmillan, IFC and World Bank, Washington DC (2008).
  • “Doing Business in 2008”; Co-publication of World Bank, IFC and Oxford University Press; Washington DC (2007).
  • “Doing Business in 2007”; Co-publication of World Bank, IFC and Oxford University Press; Washington DC (2006).
  • “Doing Business in 2006”; Co-publication of World Bank, IFC and Oxford University Press; Washington DC (2005).
  • “Doing Business in 2005”; Co-publication of World Bank, IFC and  Oxford University Press; Washington DC (2004).