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Known for its global capabilities, Almeida Guzmán & Asociados handles a wide range of tax matters, including VAT issues, litigation and inspections. Practice head Diego Almeida Guzmán is experienced handling the tax aspects of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as international arbitration cases. The team also includes Juan Sebastián Loaiza, who has extensive expertise advising on inheritance legislation; and associate Elsa María Carrillo Andrade, who has experience advising on real estate and public contracting matters. Former of counsel Sebastián Saá Tamayo moved to Ferrere Ecuador.

Noted among clients for ‘always trying to come up with practical solutions’, Ferrere Ecuador’s 11-strong practice handles all aspects of tax law, including corporate matters and litigation. Group head Paola Gachet has been acting for MMR Group in various tax issues regarding the company’s contracts with the Ecuadorian government, including auditing matters involving the IRS. Javier Robalino Orellana, who is praised as having ‘very good knowledge’ of tax law, has been leading advice to ExxonMobil subsidiary Nucopsa regarding the tax aspects arising from the company’s acquisition of state-owned fuel facility Estación Amazonas. The team, which also includes well-regarded senior associate Bolívar Figueroa, was strengthened by the arrivals of Milton Vásconez (as of counsel) and CPA Pablo Velasco from Ernst & Young, Montserrat Sánchez (senior associate) from FidesBuro and tax litigation specialist Emilio José Aguayo (senior associate) from the IRS. Clients include ZTE Corporation, Cargolux and Schlumberger.

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce’s ‘strong’ and ‘very reliable’ department handles a wide range of matters, with particular strength in the automotive and oil industries. On the contentious side, ‘outstanding’ co-head Juan Gabriel Reyes and Carmen Simone-Lasso, who was recently promoted to co-director of the tax practice, have been representing General Motors in a number of cases before local tax courts regarding transfer pricing issues. Reyes and co-head María Rosa Guerra-Durán, along with senior associate Simone-Lasso and Guayaquil-based Nicolás Maldonado, have been representing LATAM Airlines in an administrative claim brought by the authorities arising from a $63m transfer pricing adjustment. Reyes, Simone-Lasso and Juan Francisco Carrasco, who was also promoted to co-director of the tax group, have also been advising BHP Billiton on tax review issues regarding an inbound investment. Other clients include Philip Morris, DP World and Pan-American Life.

Bustamante & Bustamante’s group has expertise handling both transactional and contentious tax matters, including compliance issues and litigation. The team is led by Juan Carlos Bustamante, who has considerable experience handling cross-border transactions, including the tax aspects, for both domestic and international clients. The team also features associate Pedro Gómez de la Torre, who often assists clients with restructuring and compliance-related matters, with a particular focus in the telecoms sector. Associate Edmundo Flores, who handles litigation, is another name to note.

Fabara & Compañía’s ‘highly recommended’ department advises on all areas of tax law and has particular expertise in contentious administrative procedures. Recent work has seen department co-head and senior associate Diego Pino Roditti, in conjunction with associate Yael Fierro, advise clients including Abbott Laboratories, Henkel Ecuatoriana and Supermercado de Computadoras Compubusiness on various procedures brought before the tax authorities, including tariff and recovery issues. Name partner Maria Rosa Fabara Vera also co-leads the practice.

Clients regard Gonzalez Peñaherrera & Asociados’s team as ‘very helpful’ and ‘knowledgeable’ across a broad range of tax matters, including tax-related disputes. Group head Paola Robalino has been acting for Sinohydro in a number of lawsuits brought against public authorities regarding tax assessments and contract terminations. Other recent matters saw Gonzalo Gonzalez Galarza represent Pampa Energía in international arbitration arising from tax charges. The team includes Christian Rosero and Juan Sebastian Vela, as well as associates Alberto Vivanco Aguirre and Jessica Dillon. Other clients include Synergy Group, DirecTV Ecuador and Baker Hughes.

Clients rate Guayaquil-based boutique TLA Tax & Legal Advisors for ‘always providing accurate advice’ on all aspects of tax law, including international taxation, wealth structuring, cross-border transactions and corporate governance. Grupo AB, Proyecta and Tractomaq are among the clients the team has been assisting with day-to-day tax and corporate matters. The ‘very detail-oriented’ Gustavo Ortega Illingworth, who heads the practice, often handles investment issues for both local and multinational clients, as well as structuring matters for high-net-worth private individuals. Associate Francisco Villegas Plaza specialises in corporate tax matters. Ricardo Flores Gallardo is also a name to note.

The 2016-incorporation of the 11-strong ‘Springarn’ boutique into what is now Tobar ZVS Spingarn, has proved a catalyst for the firm's growth bringing significant new clients - such as Banco Pichincha, Diner's and Claro. The practice itself has also experienced sustained growth since its arrival, both in terms of workload and the significance of the mandates. The six-strong team is co-led by Andrés Narvaez Pacheco and Diego Armas Medina who between them handle administrative claims, judicial challenges, tax consultancy and planning, tax efficiency, risk and contingency assessment and transfer pricing analysis. Recent work includes successful litigation against the Ecuadorian tax authority on behalf of the Teleamazonas Trust and regarding a $2.5m income tax assessment. The practice is also the main tax advisors to CONECEL for which it has designed tax efficient structures to avoid double taxation.

Coronel & Pérez’s practice has experience handling a diverse range of tax matters, including corporate transactions and estate planning. The team is led by Xiomara Castro Pazmiño, who acts for local and international clients on the tax aspects of investment matters. Associate Gabriela Lecaro Malnati is a key name.

Rated for its ‘good knowledge of the local environment’, Lexvalor Abogados’ department covers a broad range of tax matters, including assessments and judicial reviews. Primax, La Tablita Group and Etica Empresa Turistica Internacional are among the clients that tax department director Carlos Coronel has been advising on tax assessment issues. Coronel and co-head Pablo Arias also represented Industrias Ales in a judicial review regarding the company’s income. Mayra León is an additional name to note. Other clients include Banco Internacional, Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson.

With offices in Quito and Guayaquil, Moore Stephens Profile Consultores’ practice handles local tax matters as well as having considerable expertise in cross-border transactions as part of an international accounting and business network. The team is led by Jorge David Urbe, whose expertise covers corporate tax compliance, structuring, estate planning and remuneration issues. In Quito, Fernando Castellanos has experience handling financial audits for clients across a broad range of sectors, including financial services and oil. Mauricio Durango Pérez is a key name.

Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados’s team has notable experience representing domestic and international clients in contentious matters brought against the IRS and before local tax courts. Recent matters include advising Agritop on the return of excess taxes paid to the IRS and assisting Kimberly-Clark with the recovery of withholding and remittance taxes. Patricio Peña directs the practice group, which also includes Andres Cortez.

As part of Deloitte’s network, RP&C Abogados handles the full range of tax matters for high-profile domestic and international clients. Joseph Soto has been leading advice to Kellogg’s on tax declaration and compliance issues. Key names include Luis Ponce, Juan Yupa and Manuel Cartagena – who has experience acting for clients in the oil and gas, telecoms and industrial sectors.

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