Diego Villarroel

Diego Villarroel is a partner at Ferrere and manages its operation in Bolivia. He also leads the Litigation & Arbitration, Banking and Antitrust teams.

In the arbitration area, he actively concentrates on analysis and planning of strategies and on conducting domestic and international arbitration (commercial and investment), advising local and international companies. In this context, he has experience in the application of the arbitration rules of the ICC, CAINCO and the National Chamber of Commerce of Bolivia. He is included on the list of arbitrators of the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of CAINCO.

In the judicial sector, he has broad experience in civil (ordinary and executive) and labor (benefit settlements, reinstatements) procedures. He also regularly represents clients in constitutional processes, such as amparos and unconstitutionality claims, deriving from different types of proceedings (civil, commercial and labor, inter alia).

In the antitrust field, he has advised local and foreign companies in the context of administrative procedures conducted by the regulator (AEMP) for alleged anticompetitive conducts by domestic and international clients. Likewise, he conducts training and provides preventive advice to companies in various fields to avoid the possible commission of anticompetitive conduct.

In the banking area, as Assistant Legal Manager he provided comprehensive legal advice to a major bank in Bolivia, its controlling company and related enterprises (securities broker and SAFI investment company) in multiple areas, particularly on regulatory aspects related to the financial system oversight authority (ASFI), corporate and contract matters, diverse types of financing transactions, securities markets, etc. Currently, he advises various international banks on a diverse range of financing transactions. Likewise, he advises local and foreign banks on various regulatory and corporate matters of their operations in Bolivia.

Since 2018 he has been recognized and ranked by the British magazine The Legal 500. Currently, for the 2021 edition, he is recognized as a Rising Star in the area of dispute resolution. Likewise, in 2021 the IFLR1000 magazine recognized him as a Rising Star Partner.

Diego is very active in academia. He is the author of the book Arbitraje, Control Judicial y Orden Público (2017) and of specialized articles on arbitration, antitrust and economic analysis of law. Likewise, he is a regular guest at conferences on arbitration and law & economics. He is also a professor of the subjects of Arbitration and ADR at Universidad Privada Franz Tamayo (UNIFRAZ).

He graduated first in his class in law from Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz (UPSA).

  • Attorney - Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) - Bolivia

IP STARS recognizes FERRERE in its three jurisdictions

The firm and its practitioners received recognitions for their Intellectual Property practice


FERRERE Arbitration team recognized in GAR 100 2024

Our firm and its practitioners have once again been recognized by the prestigious guide.


Ten measures underway: Central Bank issues BCB Dollar Bond

The Central Bank of Bolivia, in coordination with the Bolivian Association of Banks, announced the structuring of the BCB Dollar Bond.


FERRERE recognized in Chambers Global 2024

The publication recognized four practice areas and thirteen practitioners in the three jurisdictions where FERRERE is present.


Ten measures underway: regulation of bank commissions

The ASFI approved changes to the Regulations on Interest Rates, Commissions and Fees and the Reporting Regulations.


Shortage of dollars in Bolivia: package of 10 measures agreed to by Government and business organizations

Early today, the National Government and a group of business organizations representing diverse industries reached an agreement on measures seeking to counteract, or at least mitigate, Bolivia’s current exchange difficulties.


FERRERE is recognized once again in the Legal 500 Green Guide

Only 38 firms in Latin America make this select list, thanks to their leadership and work in ESG.


FERRERE is recognized for its pro bono work in the region

Based on research conducted by Latin Lawyer and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.


FERRERE once again recognized by Legal 500

The firm was recommended in 23 practice areas and 68 of its practitioners were recognized in its three jurisdictions.


FERRERE advised Fini on its arrival in Bolivia

The company is currently in the process of expanding in LATAM.


FERRERE advised EnvíoPet on its corporate restructuring

Epet Hold LLC acquired 99% of the capital shares of the Bolivian company.


FERRERE was awarded at the ITR Americas Awards 2023

The firm was recognized as Firm of the Year both in Paraguay and Uruguay.


FERRERE receives three nominations for the Chambers Latin America Awards 2023

Ferrere has been nominated twice for Firm of the Year, and once for its work in Diversity and Inclusion at regional level. 


Chambers recognizes FERRERE in its Latin America guide

With a total of 12 practice areas and over 30 recognized practitioners, FERRERE continues to strengthen its leadership position in the jurisdictions where it is present.


FERRERE receives 6 nominations for ITR Americas Awards 2023

Most notably: nominations for “Tax Firm of the Year” in Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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