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Diego Villarroel

Diego Villarroel leads the arbitration and litigation practice in Bolivia and participates actively in the firm’s antitrust and banking groups.

In the arbitration area, he actively concentrates on analysis and planning of strategies and on conducting domestic and international arbitration proceedings (civil and commercial), 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.

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.

In the banking area, as National 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.

In 2018 and 2019 The Legal 500 recognized him as Next Generation Lawyer in Dispute Resolution.

He authored the book “Arbitraje, Control Judicial y Orden Público” (Arbitration, Judicial Review, Public Policy, 2017) and specialized papers in arbitration, antitrust and economic analysis of law. He is also a professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at Universidad Privada Franz Tamayo (UNIFRANZ) (Bolivia).

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