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Guevara & Gutiérrez

06 March 2012

Guevara & Gutiérrez is one of the first ports of call for those upset by Bolivia’s government

Who’s Who name:
Ramiro Guevara

One of two Bolivian firms in the GAR 100, Guevara & Gutiérrez enjoys one of the stronger reputations for dispute resolution – and in the field of international arbitration, more than that. Some have described it as a class apart. Senior partner Ramiro Guevara’s reputation “extends beyond Bolivia”, according to the Latin Lawyer 250. Guevara, who teaches international commercial law at the Catholic University of Bolivia, has acted as counsel to state-run oil company YFPB regularly on major cases. Meanwhile, Georgetown-educated Jorge Luis Inchauste is a former general secretary of the Mediation and Arbitration Center of the Bolivian National Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the firm advised on the negotiations between Bolivia and Brazil that created an inter-state pipeline, and on Bolivia’s agreement to sell electricity to the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. They also had a hand in drafting Bolivia’s current hydrocarbons law and regulations.

As such, oil, gas and electricity generation companies are a mainstay of the firm’s client books. The firm has also become a starting point for investors seeking to bring claims against the government.

The firm also served as co-counsel to Chilean chemicals company Quiborax in its claim against Bolivia over a cancelled mining concession at ICSID. The case will be one of the first to explore the implications of Bolivia’s withdrawal from the ICSID Convention – though the state has publicly warned it will not comply with the outcome because it regards the arbitrators as biased (it has tried unsuccessfully to remove all three).

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