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Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados

18 February 2011

New in 2011.

Pending cases as counsel:
4
Value of pending counsel work:
US$1.8 billion
Treaty cases:
3

This Bolivian firm is co-counsel to the claimants in two pending investment treaty cases against Bolivia. One, brought by Pan American Energy at ICSID over a natural gas expropriation, represents “possibly the largest monetary arbitral claim in Bolivia’s history”, according to a source close to the case. The other is an UNCITRAL proceeding recently initiated by Air BP over the nationalisation of a jet fuel supplier subsidiary. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is international counsel to the investors in both cases. The firms have also paired up to represent a couple of Bolivian telecoms companies in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Ecuador, thought to be the first time Bolivian nationals have initiated international arbitration proceedings against another state. They’ve also advised international companies in domestic arbitrations, including helping the metals division of Brazil’s Votorantim conglomerate in a dispute over mining rights at the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. Andres Moreno Gutierrez heads the practice, working with senior partner Ramiro Moreno and a team of seven associates in La Paz and Santa Cruz. The wider firm is probably one of the largest in the country, with offices in six cities.

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