Rodrigo Bermudez

Leaders in Law endorses Rodrigo Bermudez as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Bolivia. If you wish to get in touch with Rodrigo, please use the contact information provided above.

He studied in the French Bolivian College, nowadays called Lycee Alicde D’orbigny. He obtained the Bolivian Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities of Bolivia, as well as the French Bachelor´s Degree, in 1988. He obtained the indicated French Bachelor’s Degree, in the Section A-2 (Philosophy – Letters – Languages), with Mention of Excellence. Likewise, during the last three years of College, he studied the intensively French Courses named: Nancy I, Nancy II and Nancy III, being approved and obtained the three, also with Mention of Excellence. With the obtained Diplomas corresponding to the said 3 Courses, Rodrigo Bermúdez Durán-Burgos, he is authorized to be Teacher of French, in any country of the world.

Attorney at Law, titled in Universidad Católica Boliviana – San Pablo in 1996, after the defense of the Thesis of Degree entitled: The Technology Transfer Through License of Know-How. Juridical Analysis. Mr. Dr. Paulo Rodrigo Bermúdez Durán-Burgos, obtained a Master on Business Law, granted by the Universidad Andina “Simón Bolívar”, after the presentation of the qualified work: The Conciliation and the Arbitration in Cases of Opposition Inside Copyrights”.

Likewise, Mr. Dr. Paulo Rodrigo Bermúdez Durán-Burgos, realized diverse courses relative to the Commercial and Business Law, inside which it is necessary to emphasize the Course of Bank Contracts (Escuela De Negocios – Los Andes” – La Paz – Bolivia). Of equal form, he was present at many Seminars and Congresses relative to his principal specialty: The Industrial Property.

From 1990, he was employed at B., Bermúdez & Bermúdez, first as legal assistant as for Industrial Property procedures and, from 1996, associate and as Industrial Property Agent. He got out, entering also in the Public Area, as Legal Adviser in the Mercantile Registry of Bolivia (1995-1996) and in the International Trade Ministry of Bolivia (1998). He is a member of the Bolivian Industrial Property Association, of the Official Spanish Chamber of Trade and Industry in Bolivia and of the French – Bolivian Chamber of Trade. Also he is a member of
the Bar Association of La Paz.


  • Spanish
  • English
  • French

Firm Description:

B., BERMÚDEZ & BERMÚDEZ – SC – LAW OFFICES, our law firm, is a Law Firm founded in La Paz – Bolivia, in May 1968, by D. Germán Bermúdez y Tórrez. Our firm, which has a strong tradition and great prestige throughout Bolivia and the region, seeks to defend just positions through the application of universal legal principles and tools, on the basis of the provision of personalised and transparent services in which the depth of analysis, intellectual honesty, innovation and academic rigour are emphasised, in order to ensure an effective and sustainable protection of the interests of customers.

The firm B., BERMÚDEZ & BERMÚDEZ – SC – LAW OFFICES, provides comprehensive legal advice to natural and legal persons, both Bolivian and foreign, with a high degree of specialization in the two branches of Intellectual Property: In Industrial Property Law (Registration of Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Designs, Utility Models, Technology Transfer Contracts, Licensing Contracts, and others) as well as in Copyright.

Likewise, our firm works and has extensive experience in commercial, civil, tax, intellectual property, labor, private international law, international commercial arbitration and administrative law in the regulated sectors of telecommunications, transport, electricity, gas and oil, mining and financial services. B., BERMÚDEZ & BERMÚDEZ – SC – LAW OFFICES, is a reference in the representation and advice of clients, in terms of the structuring, implementation and protection of their investments in Bolivia, mergers and acquisitions of companies and in the protection of their interests and rights through conflict prevention strategies, negotiations and litigation in civil, commercial, administrative, tax and constitutional matters.

Thanks to his extensive international experience, he is part of several networks of professional lawyers around the world, which allows him to offer his clients, both national and foreign, the necessary legal and logistical support to develop their businesses and protect their interests in Bolivia, as well as abroad.

We are a firm of lawyers and counselors dedicated to Private Law, with special emphasis on Industrial Property (Patents and Trademarks). The firm was founded by our Chief Law Attorney, Dr. Germán Bermúdez Tórrez. For the last 40 years, we have offered serious and efficient legal service to our foreign and national clients, both enterprises and individuals. We offer a staff of lawyers, who speak English, French and Spanish fluently. For the last 40 years, our Law Firm has successfully provided serious and prompt service. Our modern office management techniques and computer systems enable us to advise our clients and correspondents abroad, efficiently
and effectively.

Our firm maintains an important portfolio of national and international clients, to whom it provides comprehensive counseling in all matters related to Private Law, specifically on Industrial Property: Trademarks, Patents, Utility Models, Industrial Designs and Copyrights. Our Law Firm counts on young counselors with some years of experience. Also, our Law Offices utilize consultants from different disciplines, to provide the client a comprehensive and appropriate service.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Industrial Property (Trade Marks, Patents, Industrial Designs, Utility Models, Unfair Competition, Trade Mark Agents)
  • Copyright Law
  • Banking Law
  • Mining and Petroleum Law
  • International Private Law
  • Technology Transfer Contracts
  • Franchise Licensing
  • Constitution of Mercantile Societies.

Around the world, we have a lot of clients. Also, we have professional relationships with Law Offices – Patent Attorneys – Trademark Agents around the world.


The mission of «B., BERMÚDEZ & BERMÚDEZ – SC – LAW OFFICES”, is to provide legal counseling in a timely, personalized and comprehensive manner in order to cover its clients’ needs and global requirements in the legal area, proposing strategies and legal solutions that provide security to their businesses and protect their interests.

The firm is focused in preemptive counseling in order to avoid contingencies, resulting in the reduction of costs and minimizing the possibility of arbitration or judicial solutions.

We provide services to companies, whether commercial or not, as well as individuals in general and non-profit organizations.


The firm’s vision is to remain as a benchmark firm in the rendering of legal services, both at the local and national level, recognized by its excellence and promptness in the work provided and fulfilling the highest ethical standards of the profession.

Our Offer

  • The possibility of assisting our clients in diverse areas of the law providing a comprehensive service.
  • A team of over 20 highly specialized lawyers, with broad experience y the Bolivian legal market.
  • Serious, responsible, time-effective and personalized advise.

Our Goals

  • To offer the optimum solution to our clients, exploring different scenarious while looking after their interests and always acting under the highest ethical standards.
  • To detect eventual contintengies and mitigate them; in other words, anticipate possible problems that may result in extensive in time and expensive.


Mauricio Becerra de la Roca Donoso

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Practice Areas

  • Banking law
  • Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Administrative and Regulatory Law
  • Oil and Gas, Electricity
  • Telecommunications
  • Mining
  • International Business Law
  • Litigation and arbitration


  • English
  • Basic Portuguese


  • LL.M. in International Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.
  • Master in Economic Law, Andean University, La Paz
  • Course on International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations, AIPN RMMLF, Houston TX.
  • Course on Public Utilities Regulation and Antitrust, UADE – CEER, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Lawyer, Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz
  • Foreign Trade Operator, IDEA, La Paz

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Fulbright scholar; La Paz Bar Association; Santa Cruz Bar Association; Bolivian National Bar Association; registered attorney in the Supreme Court of Bolivia; American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law and Practice, Section of Business Law; International Bar Association (IBA); member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); Member of the ICC Arbitration Committee Bolivian Chapter, Registered arbitrator in CAINCO (Santa Cruz) and Cámara Nacional de Comercio CNC (La Paz).


Managing Partner, BDA Abogados; Associate, Guevara & Gutierrez, SC; Legal Consultant, Narcotics Affairs Section U.S. Embassy, Santa Cruz – Bolivia.; Chief Counsel of YPFB (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos), La Paz-Bolivia; Senior Counsel of the General Superintendence of SIRESE; Legal Consultant of the Superintendence of Electricity, In-house Counsel of Banco Bisa S.A.; Legal Consultant to the Presidency of the Republic


Professor in International Commercial Contracts, Administrative Law and Regulation, and alternative dispute resolution in different graduate programs in Private University of Santa Cruz (UPSA), Catholic University and Andean University “Simón Bolívar¨).

Firm Description:

When our clients come to us they look for competent, accurate and in-depth advice provided in timely manner.  The dynamism in the world of business today, in which new legal institutes emerge to make them feasible, determine the necessity for updated legal counseling, in order to provide an environment of certitude in the undertakings carried out.

Becerra de la Roca Donoso & Asociados (BDA Abogados)  is a law firm with a solid, modern and up to date vision of the law, committed to provide excellence in legal services that satisfy the needs of its clients in an efficient, practical and personalized manner.

The members have qualified professional experience in corporate law, energy and hydrocarbons law, administrative law and regulatory practice, arbitration and litigation that allows the firm to render a full range of legal services in the principal areas of law in everyday operations as well as complex transactions that require specialized knowledge.

BDA Abogados has offices in Santa Cruz and La Paz and correspondent firms in the rest of Bolivia as well as abroad.


Mariana Pereira

Leaders in Law endorses Mariana Pereira as our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance Law expert in Bolivia. If you wish to get in touch with Mariana, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Energy
  • Banking and Finance


In Energy matters Mariana advises local and transnational companies on regulatory and contractual aspects in the industry including their relationship with Government Regulators.

She also leads the firm’s largest M&A , restructurings and tax planning projects becoming a reliable advisor to clients with high capacity to analyze and solve complex problems, advising sophisticated structures and finding solutions customized to the clients’ necessities. In project financing, she advises clients on desing their most complex finance transactions, as she is considered an expert in the negotiation of financial contracts among private companies, intended both for participation in new projects refinancing, bond issuance and preparation of public and private loan contracts.

Professional Memberships

IBA, Ministry of Justice, MERITAS Law Firm Worldwide, The Vance Center Women in the Profession Program.


“The Individual Limited Liability Company.” (1998)


Mariana is graduated summa cum laude in Law and Social Sciences at Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Also she has attended specializing in Commercial Law at University of Salamanca and Universidad Católica Boliviana and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Firm Overview:

Indacochea & Asociados, Abogados, (IA) provides first-class legal services to international and national clients since 1991 and is one of the largest and most prominent Law Firms in Bolivia.

IA uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risks across emerging and developed markets around the world and foreign investors especially those operating mainly in the eastern part of the country.  The firm provides full corporate legal advice dealing successfully with the ongoing dynamic changes within Bolivia and Latin America.

The firm also provides its clients with creative, high-quality representation in domestic and international transactions. Being a member of Meritas Law Firm Worldwide, IA delivers local legal counsel while providing global support with a completed team that comprehend exactly what its clients need.

Undoubtedly, few firms can match IA´s extraordinary client service offered by its talented lawyers with solid academic backgrounds, and top-level advice, while offering a challenging work environment and equal opportunities for all employees. It must be said that the firm is constantly innovating in legal corporate practice embracing digital information, emerging technologies and cyber security.

Main Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Commercial

This is the core business practice of the firm. The team represents international and local companies in a broad range of transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate turnaround and restructuring, foreign investments, due diligence processes, incorporations and liquidations; as well as day to day legal matters.

The team also advice companies in the negotiation and drafting ordinary and complex commercial agreements, including distribution, franchise, license and sponsorship and other contracts related to the ordinary course of business.

  • International & Domestic Contracts

The team drafts and negotiates of contracts, both international and domestic, taking always in consideration the client’s needs regarding the business while applying experience in dispute resolution, tax, antitrust, labor and civil law. Our legal counsel is essential from the perspective of preventing legal contingencies, or successfully overcome them should they arise.

  • Energy & Natural Resources

The lawyers at the Firm have wide experience and specialized knowledge in oil and gas law and electricity law, allowing lawyers to counsel clients whose activities are along the production chain starting with exploration through marketing of production of hydrocarbons, including transportation, and from generation to distribution in the electricity sector.

Legal assistance to clients in the above-mentioned sectors for which purpose it negotiates and drafts agreements, including sale of energy resources, services agreements, gas transportation agreements, easement and right-of-way agreements, among others.

  • Real Estate

The Firm has become a preferred reference in real estate counseling due to local and foreign investments mainly regarding malls, hotels and (rural and urban land) acquisitions advises clients in every necessary aspect of real estate contracts and foreign investment law related thereto, in order for them to have a sound corporate structure and undergo profitable transactions in this area. Complex corporate and financing deals are smoothly handled by IA since the firm also focuses on obtaining all municipal licenses, territorial planning, investment projects, drafting of horizontal property contracts, urban map approval and all necessary requirements to convey ownership rights to interested party. Sell-purchase agreements, agrarian title analysis, corporate restructuring and financing, companies buy-offs and share-pledge agreements are day to day legal assistance as well.

  • Banking & Finance

Lawyers provide legal counsel to both local and foreign companies with the major financing institutions.. IA gives the utmost importance to the issue of conflict of interest, confidentiality and foreign corrupt practice regulations. Likewise, the Firm has counselled top notch local and international companies in debt reorganization, leasing and loan agreements, credit lines, bond placing and public offerings.

  • Labour & Immigration

With specialized and experienced lawyers, the Firm provides counsel to local and foreign corporations in the compliance of labor and social security regulations, being in charge of negotiating and drafting of labor agreements, collective bargaining contracts, law suits and in-house working regulations. When the client deals with expatriate personnel, IA provides full legal support on all immigration processes and regulatory matters.

  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

The Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Department is highly experienced in arbitration and alternative dispute regulations and has successfully structured the defense of important cases as well as drafted legal arguments in complex processes which have taken place abroad but subject to Bolivian Law. IA has also acted as counsel for plaintiffs in complex cases in areas such as insurance and civil law, amongst others. Furthermore, IA represents clients in executory proceedings for the recovery of Bad Debts Portfolio, with efficiency and discretion, offering comprehensive and effective legal counsel regarding the execution of debts and obligations not fulfilled by their respective debtors.

  • Tax

The Firm’s specialized tax department advises international and local clients on possible tax contingencies in any specific operation, as well as on tax planning for companies to be incorporated, new firms or projects with long experience which plan further investment or economic deals besides the tax effects on mergers, acquisitions and international operations, tax impacts on financial products and other operations of similar scope.


  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • German


Carola C. Serrate Tarabillo

Leaders in Law endorses Carola C. Serrate Tarabillo as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Bolivia. If you wish to get in touch with Carola please use the contact information provided above.

Carola C. Serrate Tarabillo was born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. In 1996, she graduated as an attorney from the Bolivian University Gabriel Rene Moreno, in Santa Cruz.

In June, 2004, she obtained a Labor Law Degree from the Private University (UPSA) of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

In September, 2006, she finished a specialty in Penal Law Upgrade from the University Gabriel Rene Moreno in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and obtained the Superior Education Mayor Degree from Catolica Boliviana San Pablo University of Bolivia.

She has experience offering juridical advice in proper matters of Corporate, Association and Labor Rights. She has attended to numerous courses and seminars and upgrades in the referred areas.

Besides Spanish, she has good Basic English knowledge.

Serrate Paz & Asociados :

Serrate Paz & Asociados was founded in 1996, and at present is presided by Dr. Jose Mario Serrate Paz. It is a law firm of well–know trajectory and prestige in the Republic of Bolivia.

In the last three decades, it has acquired experience and acknowledgement in the solution of binominal judicial problems, in the Argentinean- Bolivian and Bolivian-Argentinean relations and commercial traffic.

From its headquarter in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, renders integral legal advice to its clients in different areas of law and commercial arbitration.

Serrate Paz & Asociados is formed by a solid staff of lawyers with acknowledged prestige, willing to advice, represent and back up clients in all kinds of transactions, granting this way priority to the satisfaction of their needs. It renders a service of excellence.

Miguel Mardoñez

We are a group of independent professionals that we find in the right and practices it artificial a mechanism of service to the society. We believe in the VOCATION of our work, through services of QUALITY, EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY that allows us to begin a relationship of LOYALTY AND TRUST with our clients to who we owe us.

Brian Haderspock

Leaders in Law endorses Brian Haderspock as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Bolivia. If you wish to get in touch with Brian please use the contact information provided above.

The law firm HADERSPOCK Law Group is a young company, led by Brian Haderspock. Our firm stands out for its extensive experience in integrated and specialized legal advice for national and international companies. At present, it has a main office in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia.

The practice areas of our firm cover various areas of law such as: Civil, Labor, Commercial, Corporate, Business, Intellectual Property, we can also advise your company on issues regarding Arbitration and ADR methods, or by traditional litigation.


Ramiro Guevara

RAMIRO GUEVARA, (Senior Partner) born La Paz, Bolivia, October 20, 1954; admitted to bar, 1985, Bolivia.

EDUCATION: St. John’s University, New York (Undergraduate Studies, 1971-1973); Université des Sciences Sociales, Tolouse (Certificat d’Aptitude a l’Administration des Enterprises, M.B.A., 1983); Institut d’Etudes Internationales et de Development, Tolouse (Studies in International Commerce, 1983); Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Lawyer, 1985); Instituto para el Desarrollo de Empresarios y Administradores (Studies in Banking Law, Labor Law, Warrants, 1987-1989); Institut International de Droit du Dévelopment, Rome (Seminar on Investment Treaties, Investment Contracts and Joint Ventures, 1989). PROFESSOR, International Commercial Law and Commercial Law, Universidad Católica Boliviana.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos, 1989; Banco Central de Bolivia, 1989; Nacional Financiera (Second Tier Banking Institution), 1996-1997; National Stock Exchange Commission, 1994-1996. General Counsel, Banco Central de Bolivia, 1987-1989. Legal Counsel, Commission of Negotiation of Bolivia’s Foreign Debt, 1987-1989. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Officer in Charge of Uruguay, Brazil and Western Europe, 1983-1986. Second Secretary, Bolivian Embassy, Israel. Member, Drafting Commissions: Central Bank Law; Arbitration and Mediation Law; Exports Promotion Law; Securities Law; Pension Fund Law; Hydrocarbons Law. Organized Workshops: Investment Methods Using Investment Bonds, International Arbitration, Financial NGO’s Law for Non-Lawyers.

MEMBER: Bolivian Bar Association; International Bar Association; American Bar Association; Bolivian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Commission.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate; Hydrocarbons; Electricity; Water; Mergers and Acquisitions; Banking; Capital Markets; Project Finance; Arbitration.