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Almeida Guzmán & Asociados is a boutique law firm with strong expertise in the tax aspects of transactions and transfer pricing issues. A popular choice for national and international clients, it also handles tax audits and defends clients in disputes with the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) Ecuador. Diego Almeida-Guzmán has longstanding experience in the area and is the key contact. Juan Sebastián Loaiza and associate Elsa María Carrillo are also noted.

FERRERE Ecuador's practice has strengths in in tax, customs and investment consultancy. The team is led by Paola Gachet, who has noteworthy expertise in tax matters relating to acquisitions, reorganisations, infrastructure projects, state planning and negotiations with the government. Together with senior associate Bolívar Figueroa, she assisted Holding Iberopesca with a tax audit concerning a transfer pricing issue and involving IRS Ecuador. Other clients include MMR Group, Cargolux and Amerisur Resources. Javier Robalino-Orellana is another key practitioner. The team works closely with the firm's consultancy company CPA FERRERE.

P√©rez Bustamante & Ponce's highly-regarded tax team has been particularly active recently advising on tax amnesty and tax matters concerning mergers and acquisitions. Practice co-head Juan Manuel March√°n¬†and director Carmen Simone-Lasso¬†advised DP World Posorja on the¬†immediate and long-term tax implications of the financing structure for the $377m development of the Posorja port. Other work includes acting for Arca in filing a¬†claim against the IRS relating to a special consumption tax audit. March√°n co-leads the team with¬†Mar√≠a Rosa Guerra.¬†Other key-figures include Juan Gabriel Reyes, director¬†Juan Francisco Carrasco¬†and senior associate¬†Nicol√°s Maldonado. Moreover, in early September 2019, the firm welcomed back¬†Jos√© Proa√Īo after four years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers; largely responsible for the development of the PBP's tax department prioir to his departure, Proa√Īo is a commercial engineer and chartered accountant as well as a lawyer, and also advises on financial matters.

Bustamante & Bustamante has a good track record in tax litigation and structuring. Other areas of expertise include advising clients, in particular companies from the energy and services sectors, on double taxation treaties, transactions and compliance. Juan Carlos Bustamante heads the group; he combines experience in the corporate, energy and tax areas. Senior associate María Fernanda Saá-Jaramillo is a key name for customs, wealth management, tax disputes and transfer pricing. Associate Lorena Ortiz joined in 2018 from IRS Ecuador.

Fabara & Compa√Ī√≠a¬†is experienced in advising on internal taxation, tax planning and tax improvement studies. Senior associate¬†Diego Pino Roditti¬†acts for clients in the public and private sectors; his recent highlights include filing an extraordinary protection action to the Constitutional Court for Abbott Laboratorios del Ecuador, following the application of wrongful classification criteria by the Customs Authority. The client roster also includes¬†Intertek, Pfizer and¬†Construmercado.¬†Mar√≠a Rosa Fabara Vera¬†heads the practice. Associate¬†Sof√≠a Gordillo P√©rez¬†is also noted.

Gonzalez Pe√Īaherrera & Asociados' tax group is active within the firm's core areas of oil, telecoms and construction. Practice co-head¬†Paola Robalino¬†is well versed in advising clients on complying with tax obligations and handling litigation; she represented¬†Sinohydro in two tax lawsuits initiated against the internal tax service (SRI) regarding its tax assessment. Other highlights include providing Synergy Group with¬†tax advice, which resulted in a reform to the tax legislation establishing¬†that only income which is not carried forward is taxable. Practice co-head¬†Christian Rosero¬†and¬†associates¬†Alberto Vivanco Aguirre¬†and¬†Jessica Dillon¬†are other key contacts.¬†Juan Sebasti√°n Vela Mari√Īo left to establish VMA Abogados.

Lexvalor Abogados is experienced in advising clients, in particular from the pharmaceutical, tourism and financial sectors, on tax compliance reviews, disputes and general tax support. Practice co-heads Carlos Coronel Endara in Quito and María Gabriela Uquillas Iturralde in Guayaquil specialise in tax law and customs taxation law respectively. Recent work saw the team representing Industrias Ales in an administrative proceeding before the IRS, in which it obtained the return of a tax credit for $5m. Mutualista Pichincha, Flopec and Oriente Seguros are among its other clients. Other key practitioners include Pablo Arias Aizaga, Mayra Alejandra León Loján and associate Víctor Chiriboga Granja.

Tobar ZVS Spingarn fields a team of multidisciplinary lawyers who handle a variety of tax matters for clients from the banking, finance and mining sectors in particular. Recent work includes advising Banco Pichincha on a financial structure to avoid withholding taxes and the exit currency tax. Other clients include Seguros del Pichincha, Coca-Cola and Aekia. The group is led by Andrés Narváez Pacheco, who combines commercial, corporate and tax expertise. Diego Armas Medina is another key contact.

Coronel & Pérez's team assists clients with the tax aspects of transactions, as well as tax and estate planning. Practice head Hernán Pérez Loose, together with Boanerges Rodríguez Freire and associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez, advised Grupo Vilaseca on the corporate restructuring of the group, which was related to governance issues and tax efficiency objectives. Senior associate César Coronel Ortega and Jorge Sicouret Lynch advised a Dutch bank on the Ecuadorian taxation issues of a financing operation related to works at a major transportation and logistics infrastructure facility in Ecuador.

CorralRosales provides tax support on standalone matters as well as assisting with the tax aspects of transactions and financing deals handled by the firm. Co-led by Xavier Rosales and Andrea Moya Hidalgo -who was raised to the partnership in May 2019- the team is acting for Munich Re in filing a $1.1m reimbursement request before the Tax Authority concerning double taxation. Santiago Palacios represents Lutexsa in challenging a coercive proceeding initiated by the local government of Esmeraldas. Other clients include Payless Shoesource, General Motors and Nestlé.

Noboa, Pe√Īa & Torres, Abogados' team advises on a broad range of tax matters, including due diligence, tax planning, double taxation treaties and contentious matters.¬†Patricio Pe√Īa Romero¬†heads the practice, which acts for clients from the industrial, construction and commercial sectors, among others. Associates¬†Gabriela Rodr√≠guez Morej√≥n,¬†Andr√©s Cortez Carrera¬†and¬†Mar√≠a Elena Sanmart√≠n¬†are other names to note.

Part of the international Deloitte network, RP&C Abogados is well positioned to advise international clients from a variety of industries, including telecoms, manufacturing, consumer products and oil and gas, on tax matters. Practice heads Joseph Soto and Manuel Cartagena both have more than 20 years of experience. Juan Yupa is well versed in handling tax compliance assessments. Managers Sofía Oliva and Christian Baquerizo are also noted.

Guayaquil-based boutique law firm TLA Tax & Legal Advisors focuses on corporate and tax matters. Core strengths include international taxation, consulting and wealth structuring. Gustavo Ortega Illingworth has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Associate Francisco Villegas Plaza provides additional support. Ricardo Flores Gallardo left the firm.

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