Founded in 1975, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa (QSN) is a law firm that specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, energy and natural resources, intellectual property, banking and finance and due diligence matters for foreign companies that want to do business in Bolivia.
QSN’s partners have more than a century of collective experience and have obtained their degrees from Harvard and other Ivy League law schools in the U.S., as well as prestigious law schools in Europe and Japan. Aside from working with the largest multinational companies in the country, QSN has also carried out consulting work for the government.
“Our collaboration with both public and private sectors has enabled us to act as a bridge. This has helped us establish trust from all parties,” said Partner Eduardo Quintanilla.
QSN has also built a reputation as the preferred firm by Japanese investors because one of its partners, Santiago Atsuro Nishizawa, is a well-regarded member of the Bolivian community with Japanese ancestry and is also the former president of the Japanese Society of La Paz, Bolivia. Nishizawa is a fluent speaker of Japanese and very familiar with the customs and conventions of Japanese businesspeople.
“We are looking at 2017 with much optimism because the government has taken great strides in clarifying the laws and rules pertaining to the extraction of the country’s hydrocarbon and mineral resources,” explained Nishizawa.
Aside from addressing investor hesitation, the new framework will help ensure that the gains from oil, gas and mineral exploration are distributed equitably among all parties, namely private investors and the Bolivian government, acting on behalf of the people.
In the last period, QSN’s intellectual property department led by Julio Quintanilla has grown sustainably and has been strengthened with specialized and experienced staff, providing high-quality service at competitive rates.
QSN is a band one law firm as classified by independent London-based Chambers & Partners, which ranks lawyers and law firms in more than 180 countries around the world.