Fernando Aguirre B was born in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1943. He was educated at the State University of La Paz (licentiate in law, political and social sciences and law degree, 1968) and at Oxford University (diploma in law, 1971). He has been secretary general of the presidency of the Republic; director of the Bolivian Central Bank; president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia; and a professor of international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Bolivia. In 2009, he was professor of ADR and arbitration on a master’s degree programme in public international law at the Catholic University. He has been a representative in Bolivia of the International Bar Association and he is a registered arbitrator at the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia, at the Center of Arbitration of the National Chamber of Hydrocarbons and at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center and past panel arbitrator at ICSID in Washington, DC. He is a member of the La Paz, Santa Cruz and American International Bar Associations. He acts as country representative of the ABA.

His practice areas include general commercial, corporate and business law, general civil and administrative law, taxation and labour law, mining and hydrocarbons law, banking and financing law and arbitration. As part of his services he acts as chairman of the board of directors of the Bolivian Coca-Cola bottling company and holds similar posts at other companies served by the firm. He actively participates in international business law conferences, at a number of which he has been an active panelist, presenting various papers on Bolivian law issues. He has contributed to specialised legal publications. He speaks Spanish, English and French.

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