2013, Latin Lawyer Bolivia

Ambitious venture for Uruguay’s largest firm

Established: 2006

Partners: 3

Total lawyers: 12

The local arm of Uruguayan firm Ferrere Abogados is going from strength to strength. The firm added two new partners during 2012 (including a US-qualified lawyer relocating from a top New York firm) as part of an aggressive drive to increase the firm’s footprint in the Bolivian legal market. Further expansion is projected for the future as the firm takes steps to reinforce its presence here, attracting talent by offering a clear career path for associates. 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 provides 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.


The firm is headed by Cristian Bustos, who handles corporate and tax work from Santa Cruz. He is praised by one corporate and litigation client as “an excellent attorney who provides his help and knowledge without hesitation in a timely manner.” Newly promoted Carlos Pinto handles the banking & finance side of corporate work, spearheading a department which recently helped the Export-Import Bank of China provide a US$ 65 million credit facility to the Bolivian government. Bustos and Pinto lead the firm’s efforts in corporate governance. Ferrere is also active in telecoms, regulation, natural resources work, administrative law, insurance, tax, litigation and labour. The firm scored highly this year with the hiring of former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP corporate associate, and Pinto’s wife, Lindsay Sykes as partner. In her new role Sykes heads up the litigation area as well as helming the new regulatory compliance practice. Since launching its practice group in 2011, IP has been a new area of focus, with senior associate Isabel Ferrufino leading the department. Recent work includes advising foreign clients on local trademark infringement cases.


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


The firm’s new 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 Paraguay since 2002.


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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