Santiago Atsuro Nishizawa T

Santiago Atsuro Nishizawa T

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About the Author

Senior partner at Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Soc Civ, and co-chair of the firm’s practices of corporate and commercial, energy and natural resources, and banking and finance. He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners – Latin America as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of corporate-commercial practice, energy and natural resources, and banking and finance, since 2011 to the present.

Graduated from the Faculty of Law of Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, Master of Laws (LLM), Columbia Law School, New York, NY, 2004, recognised as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar for his excellent academic performance. Master of Laws (LLM), Chuo University, Graduate School of Law, Tokyo, 1992. Programme of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School, 1996.   Programme of Orientation in the US Legal System, Georgetown University and International Law Institute, 1992.

Santiago has served as National Director of the Registry of Commerce and Corporations of Bolivia from 2003 to 2004, and as general counsel and director of the legal department of the Ministry of Capitalisation and Privatisation of State Owned Companies from 2004 to 2006. He practised as a foreign associate of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in its New York Office, where he worked mainly with the Latin American Practice Group and the Japanese Practice Group. Since 1998, Santiago has been a partner of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa, which merged with Bufete Aguirre as of 1 October 2018, and advises national and international companies as well as organisations in complex transactions of mergers and acquisitions, investments in sustainable projects of natural resources, structuring of loans and capital contributions to banks and other financial entities, as well as companies of different sectors. He is a member of boards of directors and síndico of many important companies. He is an arbitrator registered in the Centre of Arbitration and Conciliation of the National Chamber of Commerce, and of the Centre of Conciliation and Arbitration of the La Paz Bar Association, and regularly participates as a member of arbitral tribunals that deal with relevant cases in Bolivia. He also counsels clients and participates as international expert in Bolivian law in diverse international arbitrations. He has been a professor of commercial and economic law at the Bolivian Catholic University, and professor of foreign investments on a master’s programme at the Centre of Superior Studies of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba.

Currently, he is a lecturer in law master’s programmes at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and Universidad Privada Boliviana.