More than 75 years in the market characterise this La Paz-based full-service specialised business law firm, now with offices also in Santa Cruz. The firm was founded in 1940 by Dr Carlos Aguirre R, who was also elected as Justice of the Bolivian Supreme Court. The firm was reorganised as a civil corporation in 1998.
The firm also renders litigation services in association with leading independent litigation firm Peres & Mendoza.
The arbitration practice is coordinated by senior partner Dr Fernando Aguirre B (postgraduate diploma in law, Oxford University), an arbitrator at the National Chamber of Commerce, La Paz, the Kuala Lumpur International Centre for Dispute Resolution and past arbitrator in the panel of arbitrators of ICSID. He has been professor of ADR and arbitration at the master’s degree programme in international and diplomatic law at the Catholic University of La Paz and has contributed to various arbitration publications. Fernando has been a panelist presenting papers on arbitration issues at several international conferences. He is a member of the ICC Latin America Arbitration Group and of the Latin America Arbitration Association. He is the honorary legal adviser to the British Ambassador in Bolivia, and has been ranked among the leading mining and arbitration lawyers in the world.
Partner Ignacio M Aguirre U (LLM in law and development at the London School of Economics) has been professor of environmental law, one of his specialties, at the Catholic University of La Paz. He coordinates the firm’s oil and gas and banking and securities groups.
The IP group, headed by partner Perla Koziner (LLM in intellectual property, Queen Mary College, London), with more than 16 years of intensive practice, has placed the firm among the five leading IP firms of Bolivia. Alessio Rosso recently joined the IP group as an associate.
Carolina Aguirre U, who completed an advanced course on commercial arbitration, deals also with labour regulations and manages the firm’s office in Santa Cruz. She is the Bolivian member of the Latin American Regional Forum – Young Council and Country Representative of the Young Lawyers Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), and is also in charge of editing Orientacion Legal, a bi-monthly publication of the firm.
The firm’s portfolio of regular clients includes both national and international corporations with permanent activity in Bolivia in several areas of activity, in addition to various local and international NGOs. The firm continuously advises the Association of Medium Miners, which gathers the main private mining investments.
With memberships to the IBA, ABA, INTA, ABPI, ASIPI, AIPN, PDAC, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and other professional and commercial organisations, its members are active participants at national and international conferences, some of whom have been panel participants contributing to various papers on Bolivian legal issues of international interest.
Its partners accept board positions or administrative representation for selected clients on a regular basis. Among others, Fernando is chairman of the board of directors of the Coca-Cola bottlers in Bolivia and Sindico at Minera San Cristobal SA, a Sumitomo Bolivian subsidiary. Ignacio is member of the board of directors of Credibolsa SA, a local brokerage company and member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce – AMCHAM in Bolivia.
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