Dentons Becomes First Global Firm With an Office in Bolivia
The legal giant’s combination with Gueveara & Gutiérrez marks it as the first Big Law firm to gain a foothold in the country.
Global law firm Dentons has announced its combination with leading Bolivian law firm Guevara & Gutiérrez, becoming the only global law firm with a presence in the Andean nation.
The merger follows days after Dentons announced another combination with Ecuador’s Paz Horowitz Abogados, accelerating its expansion in Latin America.
Guevara & Gutiérrez is led by Ramiro Guevara and Priimtivo Gutiérrez, who founded the firm in 1989. It has offices in Bolivia’s capital La Paz and in Santa Cruz, the largest city in the country.
The firm, which specialises in banking and finance, dispute resolution, corporate law and energy and natural resources, has a total of 25 lawyers on its staff, nine of whom are partners.
“Guevara & Gutierrez and Dentons share the vision of building the dominant global law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean, one that allows us to follow the clients we currently serve into every corner of the region and world,” Guevara said in a statement. “Dentons’ commitment to excellence and unparalleled service are well matched with our own.”
Dentons’ global CEO, Elliott Portnoy, also hailed the merger. “The combination with Guevara & Gutiérrez will position Dentons as the only global law firm in Bolivia and will continue Dentons’ momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean allowing us to better meet our clients’ needs,” he said.
Dentons is one of the largest law firms in the world, with a staff of more than 10,000 lawyers across 79 countries. It accounted for 85% of all cross-border law firm mergers in 2020, and has become the fastest-growing law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean since entering the region in 2016.
Dentons now has more than 400 practicing lawyers across Latin America.