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DIAGONAL 6, 10-01 ZONA 10, CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITAS, OFICINA 302 A, TORRE II, GUATEMALA 01010, GUATEMALA
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Work +502 2277 1111
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Fax +502 2327 4613
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www.qil4.com

Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s practice has handled a number of big-ticket project finance, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, recently. In one unusual matter, the team assisted Renace (Corporación Multi Inversiones’ energy division), and Bancolombia and Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala (BAM), with a $465m credit facility as part of a scheme to finance four hydroelectric power plants – the largest private power generation project being developed in Central America; key partners Alejandro Cofiño and José Quiñones led teams representing the borrower and the lenders, respectively, under a Chinese wall arrangement. Other work saw the team act as local counsel to Citigroup Global Markets and JP Morgan Securities, as underwriters and initial purchasers, on Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC)’s $500m note issue; and also advise Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Securities (USA) on an amended and restated corporate finance transaction for international mining company Tahoe Resources. Cofiño is the head of the banking and finance team, which also includes Andrés Lowenthal, who is experienced at advising on complex project finance deals, including the financing of hydroelectric and mining projects. Other key clients include Norfund, Banco General, Banistmo and CIFI.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Cofiño - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

José Quiñones - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Lowenthal - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s full-service offering allows it to advise on the corporate, tax, labour, administrative and environmental aspects of M&A transactions. Founding partners Marcos Ibargüen, who has been particularly active recently advising clients on compliance with the expected new competition law, and María Isabel Luján, who specialises in cross-border matters, co-head the growing team of highly experienced associates, many of whom have international qualifications. The team counts a number of local, regional and international investment banks among its clients, and has recently handled acquisitions in the telecoms, hydrochemical and electricity sectors. Highlights included advising Formularios Standard, a leading manufacturer of security documents, on the acquisition of a $5m majority holding in a group of companies operating in Central America and Panama. Andrés Lowenthal is also noted.

Leading lawyers

María Isabel Luján - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Marcos Ibargüen - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Lowenthal - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A. has been particularly active in the mining and energy sector, managing complex and high-profile litigation matters for various hydroelectric and mining projects; in a recent highlight, the team represented Minera San Rafael after environmental organisations brought a constitutional amparo action against it, seeking the revocation of its mining licence due to alleged breaches of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 169, which covers the rights of indigenous groups. The team has also handled complex commercial litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions. Other matters saw José Quiñones, who oversees the litigation committee, lead the team advising Daimler on a distribution-agreement dispute with a group of local companies, and Marcos Ibargüen, who has extensive corporate experience, lead advice to an international ink manufacturing company in litigation against a local distributor. The team is led by senior associate Alejandro Solares, who is an expert in international and domestic arbitration; the arbitration practice has been growing steadily and the team recently won an arbitral award for a major Guatemalan retailer, Vivendo, in a claim against a major software supplier over the wrongful implementation of software across the company’s stores.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

With ancillary expertise in banking and finance and litigation QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s ‘very involved’ energy practice advises on energy generation (the team has advised on the installation of more than 1200MW in Guatemala), assists clients with taking advantage of the regional market (including not only Central America but also Mexico), and also handles energy-related disputes. Practice clients include Enel Green Power, Generadora San Andres and Generadora San Mateo in the hydroelectric sub-sector, and Horus and Lufgua in relation to solar and wind projects, respectively. The team continues to advise Corporacion Multi Inversiones’ subsidiary Renace on the development and operation of RENACE IV, the fourth hydropower-plant to be built on the river Canlich in Alta Verapaz, in what is the largest hydroelectric complex in the country. Key contact Gabriela Roca, who has 17 years’ experience, is temporarily occupying an in-house role at her client Minera San Rafael, but remains a partner at the firm. The firm is representing the client, owner of the third largest silver mine in the world (and located in Guatemala), in a dispute resulting from a claim filed by an NGO against the government, alleging it didn’t lead a consultation process before issuing an exploitation license; the team is advising on the protection of the client’s $1bn assets, as well as permitting and compliance processes while operations remain suspended due to an injunction.

Leading lawyers

Gabriela Roca - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s growing IP practice works closely with the firm’s strong litigation department and handles matters that range from copyright and trade mark infringements and trade mark annulments, to unfair competition matters, trade mark prosecution and general IP strategy. The team also has expertise in trade secrets and data privacy, has handled copyright cases for well-known artists, and receives a healthy flow of instructions from firms such as Ladas & Parry regarding trade mark matters. Recent matters include advising new client Laboratorio Saval on trade mark annulment proceedings (due to lack of use), and the negotiation of two trade mark coexistence agreements. ‘Very good young lawyer’ Alejandro del Valle is frequently recommended and has more than ten years’ experience in IP matters. Other clients include Campbell’s and Asko Appliances.

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Labour
Labour - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Acting solely for employers, the workload of QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’ labour practice is evenly distributed between preventative labour law matters, including labour law compliance, and labour litigation. A broad client base, from telecommunications and outsourcing to agroindustry and other sectors, includes clients such as Abbott, Abbvie, Henkel and BAT; the practice has also gained new clients Banco G&T Continental and Jaguar Energy. Recent mandates saw the practice train the entire human resources management team at Telus on labour compliance and the application of the disciplinary procedures; and design health and occupational security structures for Dolarcity’s 36 stores in Guatemala. Other recent work includes M&A-related labour law advice, the implementation of anti-bullying and diversity policies, severance payments due to the termination of an outsourcing services contract and preventive labour advice regarding a possible class action. ‘Very good’ practice head Evelyn Rebuli has 25 years’ experience and is supported by a three-strong team, including associate Javier Castellán.

Leading lawyers

Evelyn Rebuli - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A. regularly advises on tax structuring and tax due diligence and has a growing tax litigation practice which also undertakes the representation of clients in criminal tax proceedings. The team has local and cross-border tax expertise, regularly handling the tax aspects of international transactions while also advising locally on tax restructuring and compliance matters. Recent work includes assisting a technology start-up with tax analysis regarding the tax implications triggered by the operation of an app within Guatemalan territory; providing tax analysis for Energía Limpia Guatemala regarding the reimbursement of custom tariffs and taxes paid for the importation of materials and equipment; and advising ClikPak on tax matters in connection with the implementation of an e-commerce platform in Guatemala. José Quiñones leads the team (which has been bolstered with a new associate); with his experience in compliance matters he frequently assists with the design of tax strategy. Other prominent clients include Daimler, Henkel, Campbell Soup Company, Abbott Laboratories, TELUS International, Ambev and Credit Suisse among others.

Leading lawyers

José Quiñones - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s José Quiñones is an ICSID designee arbitrator. Alfredo Skinner-Klée at LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Asociados also has considerable arbitration experience. Juan Carlos Castillo at Aguilar Castillo Love acts as both arbitrator and counsel in international investment treaty arbitrations.

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Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s practice has handled a number of big-ticket project finance, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, recently. In one unusual matter, the team assisted Renace (Corporación Multi Inversiones’ energy division), and Bancolombia and Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala (BAM), with a $465m credit facility as part of a scheme to finance four hydroelectric power plants – the largest private power generation project being developed in Central America; key partners Alejandro Cofiño and José Quiñones led teams representing the borrower and the lenders, respectively, under a Chinese wall arrangement. Other work saw the team act as local counsel to Citigroup Global Markets and JP Morgan Securities, as underwriters and initial purchasers, on Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC)’s $500m note issue; and also advise Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Securities (USA) on an amended and restated corporate finance transaction for international mining company Tahoe Resources. Cofiño is the head of the banking and finance team, which also includes Andrés Lowenthal, who is experienced at advising on complex project finance deals, including the financing of hydroelectric and mining projects. Other key clients include Norfund, Banco General, Banistmo and CIFI.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Cofiño - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

José Quiñones - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Lowenthal - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s full-service offering allows it to advise on the corporate, tax, labour, administrative and environmental aspects of M&A transactions. Founding partners Marcos Ibargüen, who has been particularly active recently advising clients on compliance with the expected new competition law, and María Isabel Luján, who specialises in cross-border matters, co-head the growing team of highly experienced associates, many of whom have international qualifications. The team counts a number of local, regional and international investment banks among its clients, and has recently handled acquisitions in the telecoms, hydrochemical and electricity sectors. Highlights included advising Formularios Standard, a leading manufacturer of security documents, on the acquisition of a $5m majority holding in a group of companies operating in Central America and Panama. Andrés Lowenthal is also noted.

Leading lawyers

María Isabel Luján - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Marcos Ibargüen - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Lowenthal - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A. has been particularly active in the mining and energy sector, managing complex and high-profile litigation matters for various hydroelectric and mining projects; in a recent highlight, the team represented Minera San Rafael after environmental organisations brought a constitutional amparo action against it, seeking the revocation of its mining licence due to alleged breaches of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 169, which covers the rights of indigenous groups. The team has also handled complex commercial litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions. Other matters saw José Quiñones, who oversees the litigation committee, lead the team advising Daimler on a distribution-agreement dispute with a group of local companies, and Marcos Ibargüen, who has extensive corporate experience, lead advice to an international ink manufacturing company in litigation against a local distributor. The team is led by senior associate Alejandro Solares, who is an expert in international and domestic arbitration; the arbitration practice has been growing steadily and the team recently won an arbitral award for a major Guatemalan retailer, Vivendo, in a claim against a major software supplier over the wrongful implementation of software across the company’s stores.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

With ancillary expertise in banking and finance and litigation QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s ‘very involved’ energy practice advises on energy generation (the team has advised on the installation of more than 1200MW in Guatemala), assists clients with taking advantage of the regional market (including not only Central America but also Mexico), and also handles energy-related disputes. Practice clients include Enel Green Power, Generadora San Andres and Generadora San Mateo in the hydroelectric sub-sector, and Horus and Lufgua in relation to solar and wind projects, respectively. The team continues to advise Corporacion Multi Inversiones’ subsidiary Renace on the development and operation of RENACE IV, the fourth hydropower-plant to be built on the river Canlich in Alta Verapaz, in what is the largest hydroelectric complex in the country. Key contact Gabriela Roca, who has 17 years’ experience, is temporarily occupying an in-house role at her client Minera San Rafael, but remains a partner at the firm. The firm is representing the client, owner of the third largest silver mine in the world (and located in Guatemala), in a dispute resulting from a claim filed by an NGO against the government, alleging it didn’t lead a consultation process before issuing an exploitation license; the team is advising on the protection of the client’s $1bn assets, as well as permitting and compliance processes while operations remain suspended due to an injunction.

Leading lawyers

Gabriela Roca - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s growing IP practice works closely with the firm’s strong litigation department and handles matters that range from copyright and trade mark infringements and trade mark annulments, to unfair competition matters, trade mark prosecution and general IP strategy. The team also has expertise in trade secrets and data privacy, has handled copyright cases for well-known artists, and receives a healthy flow of instructions from firms such as Ladas & Parry regarding trade mark matters. Recent matters include advising new client Laboratorio Saval on trade mark annulment proceedings (due to lack of use), and the negotiation of two trade mark coexistence agreements. ‘Very good young lawyer’ Alejandro del Valle is frequently recommended and has more than ten years’ experience in IP matters. Other clients include Campbell’s and Asko Appliances.

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Labour
Labour - ranked: tier 1

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

Acting solely for employers, the workload of QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’ labour practice is evenly distributed between preventative labour law matters, including labour law compliance, and labour litigation. A broad client base, from telecommunications and outsourcing to agroindustry and other sectors, includes clients such as Abbott, Abbvie, Henkel and BAT; the practice has also gained new clients Banco G&T Continental and Jaguar Energy. Recent mandates saw the practice train the entire human resources management team at Telus on labour compliance and the application of the disciplinary procedures; and design health and occupational security structures for Dolarcity’s 36 stores in Guatemala. Other recent work includes M&A-related labour law advice, the implementation of anti-bullying and diversity policies, severance payments due to the termination of an outsourcing services contract and preventive labour advice regarding a possible class action. ‘Very good’ practice head Evelyn Rebuli has 25 years’ experience and is supported by a three-strong team, including associate Javier Castellán.

Leading lawyers

Evelyn Rebuli - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A. regularly advises on tax structuring and tax due diligence and has a growing tax litigation practice which also undertakes the representation of clients in criminal tax proceedings. The team has local and cross-border tax expertise, regularly handling the tax aspects of international transactions while also advising locally on tax restructuring and compliance matters. Recent work includes assisting a technology start-up with tax analysis regarding the tax implications triggered by the operation of an app within Guatemalan territory; providing tax analysis for Energía Limpia Guatemala regarding the reimbursement of custom tariffs and taxes paid for the importation of materials and equipment; and advising ClikPak on tax matters in connection with the implementation of an e-commerce platform in Guatemala. José Quiñones leads the team (which has been bolstered with a new associate); with his experience in compliance matters he frequently assists with the design of tax strategy. Other prominent clients include Daimler, Henkel, Campbell Soup Company, Abbott Laboratories, TELUS International, Ambev and Credit Suisse among others.

Leading lawyers

José Quiñones - QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s José Quiñones is an ICSID designee arbitrator. Alfredo Skinner-Klée at LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Asociados also has considerable arbitration experience. Juan Carlos Castillo at Aguilar Castillo Love acts as both arbitrator and counsel in international investment treaty arbitrations.

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