Ferrere

2012, Latin Lawyer Bolivia

Ambitious venture for Uruguay’s largest firm

Established: 2006

Partners: 1

Total lawyers: 8

This is a new addition to the Bolivian chapter of this directory. Within its first five years the local arm of Uruguayan firm Ferrere Abogados has doubled the number of lawyers in Bolivia and added an IP practice, with further growth on the horizon. Being part of what is Uruguay’s largest firm (Ferrere is unique in this guide for having expanded across some of Latin America’s smaller economies), affords this office an international feel and the resources that come from a larger institution. As one recent client puts it, “all it takes is to pick up the phone and you know that you will get a proper legal opinion or accurate guidance on different topics.

PEOPLE & PRACTICES

The firm is headed by Cristian Bustos, who handles corporate and tax work from Santa Cruz. He recently worked alongside the Uruguay firm in a deal spanning eight Latin American jurisdictions on behalf of Tribe Mobile which entered a partnership deal with Virgin Mobile that will see US$300 million invested in the region over the next five years. He has also recently advised both Credit Suisse and Northstar Trade Finance on loans in Bolivia, and is praised by one corporate and litigation client as “an excellent attorney who provides his help and knowledge without hesitation in a timely manner.” The firm is also active in telecoms, regulation, natural resources work, litigation and labour, with recent success in the latter for Cooperativa de Telecomunicaciones Santa Cruz in an employment arbitration brought by the company’s union. IP is a new area of focus since the firm launched its practice group in 2011.

CLIENTS

The majority of Ferrere Abogados’ clients are international, and often shared with the firm’s other offices – Tribe Mobile being a good example.

OFFICES

The firm’s La Paz office is dedicated to administrative and regulatory work, while corporate, labour and tax are dealt with from Santa Cruz. This is Ferrere Abogados’ youngest office, alongside the presence it has had in Paraguayruz since 2002.

PRO BONO

Ferrere Abogados lawyers make a commitment to each do 30 pro bono hours annually. They advise human rights organisation Capacitación y Derechos Ciudadanos, promote the reform of judicial systems through the Due Process of Law Foundation, and advised The Nature Conservancy on setting up in Bolivia.

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