Julio is partner Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa, specialized in corporate law, M&A, project finance and banking law, drafting of commeercial and civil agreements, as well as in administrative and regulatory matters. Also, Julio is a member of the Intellectual Property department of the Firm.
Julio started as associate at Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa. In 2011, he co-founded “Abogados Consultores Soc. Civ.” rejoining Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa as partner on 2015. He has also acted as director, comptroller and attorney-in-fact of different companies.
To complement his knowledge in the legal área, on 2015 Julio obtained an MBA with major in Finance.
In the academic sphere, since 2012 Julio is an invited lecturer of Commercial Law I (Company Law) and Commercial Law II (Commercial Contracts) at the Law School of Universidad Privada Boliviana, having also given graduate courses in such University, and is also lecturer at the Universidad Católica Boliviana, both at the Law School (Commercial Law I) and the Graduate School (Corporate Governance).
We provide advice on administrative and regulatory matters in general, in the obtainment of concessions, licenses and registrations, as well as in administrative procedures.
Also, we assist our clients in the defense and filing of appeals and administrative and judicial proceedings in general and regarding administrative acts of regulation.
We advise our clients on general aspects related to compliance with the Bolivian Environmental Legislation; including filing and obtaining environmental licenses and declarations.
We assist in the preparation and presentation of discharges in administrative sanctioning procedures and in appeals against administrative and judicial rulings.
Members of our firm have extensive experience in advising and sponsoring mediation, conciliation and arbitration, national or international; commercial or investment related; institutional or ad-hoc, as well as enforcing arbitral awards or opposing to them.
The firm has extensive experience in designing legal strategies of project finance, as well as banking, financing and loans advice to public and / or private entities, foreign exchange regime, imports and exports, guarantees, portfolio securitization and fiduciary activity, having actively intervened in complex transactions and financial contracts with clients, both national and foreign.
We also assist our clients by carrying out procedures before the regulatory authority (Autoridad de Supervisión del Sistema Financiero - ASFI).
Likewise, we advise on issues related to the securities market, both through capital or debt issues in the form of negotiable obligations, convertible bonds and certificates of participation through financial trusts, acting as advisers to issuers, insurers, subscribers or organizers of these activities and stock operations in general.
We advise on matters related to competition and antitrust, denounces, control and supervision of regulating authorities, administrative and judicial procedures on the matter.
Following the global trend on the matter of responsibility and corporate ethics, we offer assistance in incorporating transparency programs, audits, investigations and specialized training in order to have internal policies on anti-laundering and financing of terrorism, protection of personal data, anti-corruption and anti-fraud.
We assist our clients on the preparation and revision of different types of contracts, on corporate, civil and other specialized areas. Also, we render advise on matters related to State contracting and procurement.
In commercial contracting matters, the firm advises in the negotiation, design and formalization of all types of contracts or commercial and administrative agreements subject to national or foreign law, including:
The advice in the field of corporate law covers the entire life of a company, starting with the definition of the corporate structure that best suits the needs of the client and the incorporation of the chosen corporate type, up to the advice on general aspects of its operations, including the inclusion of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility policies as well as the winding up and closing of the company.
The objective of our advice is to optimize the corporate structure, so as to allow a more efficient management and the consequent cost savings. This is done from the internal perspective, like for instance through the analysis, design and execution of corporate restructuring aimed at obtaining tax benefits, as well as from the external perspective, through the analysis, design and formalization of acquisitions, mergers and corporate financing operations, joint venture agreements, etc.
The firm has accumulated a vast experience in advising on the acquisition and sale of companies, either through the sale of shares or through a merger, representing both domestic and foreign clients.
In commercial matters, we advise domestic and foreign clients to organize the appropriate legal structures for the administration of their business in the country, including the formation of subsidiaries or branches; representation or agency offices; operations under license; Joint Venture contracts; as well as in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for international commercial transactions and the eventual representation of clients.
The lawyers of the firm have participated in the structuring of various projects, advising on financing operations through leases and the representation of leasing operators, investors, lenders and insurers in the financing of electrical generation equipment, on matters related to hydrocarbons, telecommunications and mining.
In terms of commercial contracting, the firm advises a large number of companies in the negotiation, design and formalization of all types of contracts or commercial agreements.
On energy related matters, we have extensive experience in advising companies in the generation, transport and distribution of electricity, including the drafting and negotiation of contracts, advice on the acquisition or construction and operation of power plants, public services tenders, contracts for the expansion of transmission lines, on international projects related to the export of energy, etc., as well as the financing of projects related to these areas; assistance on regulatory aspects and resources.
We have extensive experience in the organization, registration and operations of foundations, associations and NGOs, either national and international, as well as in the processing of legal personality before the Departmental Governments or the Vice Ministry of Autonomy, as the case may be, and the tax treatment with respect to obtaining a tax exemption.
In order to safeguard the rights and interests of our clients, we thoroughly review the title of the real estate object of the operation (including certificates of registration, cadaster, tax payments, etc.) and assist them with their updated or regularization if necessary.
We prepare transfer, lease, guarantee and privilege contracts, and process their registration in the Real State Office and other corresponding entities.
We advise on the preparation of labor contracts and agreements, as well as in the drafting and adjustments of Internal Labor Regulations. With a deep knowledge of the Bolivian labor regulations, we provide assistance in labor conflicts in order to look for convenient solutions for the client. We also advise on conflict prevention, consensual labor terminations, and on disputes that may arise with the Ministry of Labor, both with respect to coactive social processes such as disputes arising with workers, including advice on judicial matters and in negotiating labor issues with the workers / employers.
We offer our clients advice on the requirements of foreign staff to work in the country, assisting them in obtaining visas (for tourism, of a fixed purpose, work visas) and permanence (temporary or permanent). We also have extensive experience in matters of migratory registry, regularization and naturalization.
As part of one of the most traditional áreas of profesional services of the Firm, assisting some of the most important mining projects in the country, the Firm advises mining companies in all aspects related to its activities, from the corporate structuring in order to undertake mining activities, the request of rights for exploration and exploitation (including surface rights and easements) and obtaining mining rights, on the processes of adequation por pre-existing rights to the Mining Law, obtaining authorisations and licenses, to the negotiation and subscription of administrative mining contracts with the mining authorities, as well as association and services agreements and others with other mining operators or holders of mining rights, as well as to undertake any administrative proceedings before the Mining Authority (AJAM).
Through its Intellectual Property Department, lawyers and assistants highly qualified provide specialized services on general intellectual property matters and those related to trademarks, patents and copyrights, going from advice and strategy development to the sponsorship of litigation and actions to protect the rights of our clients, including their registration, control and surveillance.
We also carry out IP legal audits on intellectual property, and our extensive network of correspondents provide registration and protection of intellectual property rights abroad.
Our practice includes advice on telecommunications services in general, satellite systems and value-added services.
We have an active participation in the interpretation and development of the new regulatory framework, as well as in the definition of strategies to obtain an adequate legal structure applicable to this market. We assist our clients in obtaining licenses and concessions from the Telecommunications Authority, as well as in the negotiation of shareholder agreements, project financing and permanent advice.
The firm has extensive experience in tax advice on the following topics, in order to ensure that the client supports the lowest possible tax burden:
We also have extensive experience on administrative, hierarchical and judicial challenges, as well as on contentious-administrative and contentious-fiscal proceedings.
The firm advises companies that operate in the hydrocarbons sector in all aspects related to their specific activity. Counselling includes previous negotiations with the government in order to enter into agreements for oil and gas activities. Also advises, among other matters, the execution of operating agreements, oil and gas services agreements and joint operating agreements between oil and gas blocks partners. The firm also advises downstream companies and oilfield services companies.
The Firm has specialized attorneys on constitutional matters, specifically on the advisory and representation in Defense Actions, such as Constitutional Protection, Protection of Privacy and Fulfillment; preparation of Unconstitutionality Actions and Conflicts of Competence, as well as presentation of Challenges against Taxes and Direct Nullity Actions.