One of two Bolivian firms in the GAR 100, Guevara & Gutiérrez is generally deemed to be the strongest for dispute resolution generally, but there’s also a consensus that in international arbitration it is a class apart.
- Who’s Who Name:
- Ramiro Guevara and Jorge Luis Inchauste
Latin Lawyer reports that senior partner Ramiro Guevara “has an unrivalled international reputation for arbitration, one of the few areas for which Bolivia is catching the interest of leading international firms.” He and his colleagues have acted as counsel to state-run oil company YFPB in numerous arbitration related matters. In the broader sphere of governmental relations and international projects, members of the firm advised on the original negotiations between Bolivia and Brazil that created an inter-state pipeline, and later on talks that led to Bolivia’s selling electricity to the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, among other things. More recently, the firm’s lawyers have had a hand in drafting Bolivia’s current hydrocarbons law and relevant regulations. As a result, oil, gas and electricity generation companies are a mainstay of the firm’s client books, Latin Lawyer 250 reports.
The firm also has experience of the ICSID system, continuing to serve as co-counsel to Chilean chemicals company Quiborax in its claim against Bolivia over a cancelled mining concession. Despite earlier, erroneous reports of a settlement, that dispute has become increasingly acrimonious – with Bolivia recently failing in its bid to have arbitrators Gabrielle Kaufmann Kohler, Marc Lalonde and Brigitte Stern disqualified from the case on grounds of bias.