Ferrere Abogados Bolivia has boosted its corporate department with the addition of former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP associate Lindsay Sykes as a partner, part of a fast-track expansion strategy for Ferrere’s operations in both Bolivia and Paraguay.

Sykes explains that her decision to accept the offer was based on an opportunity to join the partnership, as well as the fact that a firm with a presence in more than one country offers more “hands on” work, with clients coming into the office on a regular, and often unexpected, basis. Ferrere, the largest firm in Uruguay, also has a presence in Paraguay.

Sykes says she will be helping to add a compliance practice to the Bolivian office, aimed at garnering more work conducting transactional due diligence and investigations into corporate misconduct. “We’ve already been retained by an agribusiness multinational,” she says. She adds that she will be playing an active role in the expansion of the firm’s Bolivian presence, helping to seek out hires.

Managing partner of the Uruguay firm Andrés Cerisola explains that the hire forms part of a ambitious strategy to take Ferrere’s Paraguay and Bolivia offices up to the same level as the Uruguay office within the next three years. “We want to become the leading firm in each jurisdiction,” he says.