Ferrere

2013, Legal 500 Bolivia

BANKING & FINANCE

FERRERE is a first tier firm

FERRERE has established a name for itself since its foundation in 2006 and particularly shines on cross-border banking and finance matters, attracting high-profile international clients on the back of its multi-jurisdictional capability and the firm’s longstanding reputation in Uruguay. Operating from both La Paz and Santa Cruz, the team is adept at structuring financial instruments and securing guarantees in Bolivia, and also provides regulatory advice to financial institutions such as US-based EFG Capital and GE Capital. Newly promoted to the partnership, Carlos Pinto leads on most deals and recently teamed up with managing partner Cristian Bustos to advise Deutsche Bank on a commercial agreement with the Bolivian Central Bank in relation to derivatives transactions. The pair also assisted Crédit Suisse with the securitization of Bolivian assets in foreign capital markets. Another highlight saw the team act for Altima and Capital International on the $300m recapitalization of major grain and meat producer, El Tejar, which operates across Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay. US-qualified compliance specialist Lindsay Sykes is also noted.


CORPORATE AND M&A

FERRERE is a second tier firm

With offices in both La Paz and Santa Cruz, FERRERE is noted for its ‘very good level of service and willingness to provide comprehensive support on both legal and operational matters’. Cristian Bustos heads up the ‘responsive and client-focused’ team, which advises leading local and international clients on a wide array of corporate matters, from due diligence, M&A and regulatory issues, through to day-to-day corporate support. Moreover, the firm’s unique regional footprint (it also has offices in Paraguay and Uruguay), gives it access to resources and expertise that are unrivalled (locally), and positions it strongly for participation in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Clients praise the firm as having ‘the correct business acumen’, which it uses to ‘prioritize its clients before any other interest’. The ‘reliable, pragmatic and client-oriented’ Bustos is counsel to multinational Onduline on various matters, including its incorporation of a Bolivian subsidiary and launch of local operations. Newly made-up partner Carlos Pinto recently assisted American toys and games company Hasbro with the termination of a distribution agreement and establishing commercial relationships with local distributors. The pair also advised telecoms group COTAS on its corporate transformation and on a license operating agreement with satellite service provider HBO. 2012 saw the incorporation of the US-trained Carlos Pinto from the Washington office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Sykes has strong international experience, including on complex corporate and commercial transactions.


INTELECTUAL PROPERTY

FERRERE is a third tier firm

At FERRERE’s full service offering in Bolivia includes a growing IP practice that assists the firm’s international client base with trade mark registrations and IP related infringements and disputes. Carlos Pinto is the partner in charge, and recently led a team advising Elementia on the registration of its trade marks in Bolivia and two related opposition proceedings. The team is also counsel to multinational pharmaceutical company Genomma in all IP matters. Other clients include Groupon, DirecTV and American Trailer Industries.


LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

FERRERE is a second tier firm

The ‘excellentFERRERE provides a ‘world-class, all-round service’ that ‘exceeds expectations’ and which is built upon ‘professionalism’, ‘subject matter knowledge’ and the ‘firmness of its positions’. The practice is led by the ‘reliable, responsible and very professionalCristian Bustos, who is ‘always available to take care of the needs of his clients’ and ‘demonstrates a wide knowledge of the labour field’. The firm advises its extensive international client portfolio on a wide range of labour matters, from due diligence, compliance and regulatory issues through to employment contracts and day-to-day labour matters. Bustos has been advising ADM on the implementation and modification of social security policies, and is also representing the company in a class action brought by former employees over settlement benefits. Other clients include Röhlig Logistics, AkzoNobel and Ericsson.


REAL ESTATE

FERRERE is a second tier firm

FERRERE’s Bolivian branch advises local and international clients operating in Bolivia on the full range of real estate matters, including transactions, real estate financing, due diligence processes involving real estate assets, regulatory approvals, and the negotiation of licences for industrial developments. Cristian Bustos and Carlos Pinto co-head the department, and recently advised Lazory Trading on its purchase of El Tejar’s Bolivian subsidiary, which required a spin-off operation and the transfer of a number of farms to the acquired entity. The pair also assisted Cargill with the review of a lease agreement with an international port administrator to manage Bolivia’s largest international waterway port.


TAX

FERRERE is a first tier firm

FERRERE’s clients praise the ‘support and trust’ the firm provides and highlight the ‘unparalleled quality and level of responsibility’ it demonstrates. The ‘excellent’ team is headed up by Cristian Bustos and supports the firm’s corporate local and international clients on all manner of tax issues, from general tax consultancy and transactional tax matters, to disputes with the tax regulator and the Bolivian state. The firm is regular counsel to TIGO, Ericsson, Dufry, Cargill and Skanska on tax matters in Bolivia.

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