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Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

AV REPÚBLICA DE EL SALVADOR N36-140, EDIFICIO MANSIÓN BLANCA, QUITO, ECUADOR
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Work +593 2 382 7640
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Fax +593 2 400 7883
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www.pbplaw.com
Guayaquil, Quito

Ecuador

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has experience in acting for private and multilateral development banks on loan structuring as well as advising financial institutions on regulatory matters, while anti-money laundering and assistance with combating the financing of terrorism are other areas of strength. Practice head Bruno Pineda, together with senior associate Natalia Almeida Oleas, acted as local counsel for the initial purchasers, comprising of Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, on a $3bn bond issuance concerning a government programme. Other highlights include advising DP World on the $500m financing of the deep water ports of Posorja.

Leading individuals

Bruno Pineda - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Natalia Almeida Oleas - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

The seven-lawyer strong team at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce is jointly led by Francisco Roldán and Diego Pérez-Ordoñez; it is regularly instructed in abuse of dominance, cartel, state aid and litigation cases, among others. The group saw significant work in the insurance sector. It handled the merger control filing for QBE Insurance, which was acquired by Zurich Insurance, as well as for AIG relating to its acquisition of reinsurer Validus. General Motors, Citibank and Halliburton are among its new clients. Senior associates Luis Marín-Tobar, who is a key contact for contentious matters, and Mario Navarrete, who advises companies on competition regulations, are also noted.

Rising stars

Luis Marín-Tobar - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce's corporate practice has an excellent reputation in the market. The firm's 30-strong team of lawyers is led by Diego Pérez-Ordoñez. He advised Royal Caribbean Cruises on the local law aspects of the $1bn acquisition of a majority equity stake in Silversea Cruises. He was also the lead partner in a team acting as local counsel for QBE Insurance on the  acquisition of its Latin American business by Zurich Insurance. Other names to note include Juan Manuel Marchán, who is well versed in project finance, and senior associate Andrés Brown-Pérez. The group is also able to draw on its tax expertise and Juan Gabriel Reyes and Carmen Simone-Lasso are the key names in this space.

Leading individuals

Diego Pérez-Ordoñez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce is highly regarded for its experience in disputes across a variety of sectors, particularly in energy, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and construction. The team also has a strong track record in constitutional law cases. Practice co-heads Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán successfully acted as local counsel for two claimants, Cayman International Exploration Company and Teikoku Oil, in an investment arbitration case against the Ecuadorian government. Other work saw the team representing ACS Group in several disputes against PetroEcuador regarding the unlawful termination of service agreements. Edgar Ulloa Balladares is experienced in procedure and civil disputes, while Edgar Acosta specialises in administrative law and public contracts. Other key team members include senior associates José David OrtizMaría Isabel Aillón and Patricio Quevedo.

Leading individuals

Rodrigo Jijón-Letort - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Edgar Ulloa Balladares - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

The highly regarded team at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce covers the full gamut of energy work spanning mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewables matters. The team stands out in particular for its tax and compliance expertise. Practice co-head Sebastián Pérez Arteta advises mining company Codelco on project structuring and negotiations with state-owned company Enami. Senior associate María Isabel Aillón-Vásconez assists the same client with mining law and regulations as well as handling commercial work. Francisco Roldán-Cobo, who jointly leads the group with Pérez Arteta, was part of a team advising Repsol and Andes Petroleum Ecuador on various tax amnesty matters. Jaime Zaldumbide is well versed in oil and mining questions while Rodrigo Jijón is experienced in energy disputes. Other key team members include Édgar Acosta Grijalva and associate Patricio Albuja, who joined in April 2018 from Bracewell LLP.

Leading individuals

Francisco Roldán-Cobo - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Jaime Zaldumbide - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Sebastián Pérez Arteta - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

María Isabel Aillón-Vásconez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce handles the full spectrum of work in this area, including patents, copyright, industrial design, trade marks, trade names, anti-counterfeiting and customs training, among others. Francisco Pérez-Gangotena, together with senior associate Luis Marín-Tobar and associate Camila Mateus, represents Paramount International Export in the protection of its trade mark Fiji in Ecuador after an identical trade mark application was filed. The group also acted for Amazon Technologies in several trade mark registrations including that of the 'Alexa' trade mark . Other work includes handling a variety of IP matters for BASF, Citigroup and American Airlines. Senior associate Rafael González and associates Juan Manuel Baquero and Hugo López-Jijón are other names to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has a well respected labour, employment and immigration team, which is led by Diego Palacios and Javier Salvador; the latter is advising Lundin Gold on a variety of matters, including the design of employment agreements, internal HR policies and obtaining government approval for surface and underground special work shifts. Salvador also acts for Nokia in a labour dispute pertaining to the alleged wrongful dismissal of a former Latam senior executive. Other clients include Avianca, Philip Morris International and BHP Billiton. Senior associate Belén Jaramillo-Álvarez is well versed in conflict prevention and labour litigation. Edgar Acosta and associate Julián Contreras-Lebed are also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Javier Salvador - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Belén Jaramillo-Álvarez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce fields a team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in significant transactions, project finance, and public projects. Practice co-head Sandra Reed is particularly well versed in infrastructure matters; she is currently advising Corporación Quiport on its extension of airport facilities and other projects. Juan Manuel Marchán led a team handling the structuring and negotiation for DP World's $503m financing of the Deepwater ports of Posorja. Practice co-head Diego Pérez-Ordoñez and Juan Gabriel Reyes advised Arca Continental on the construction process of a new plant in Mejía County. Edgar Acosta, senior associate Nicolás Maldonado and associate Estefanía López are other key contacts.

Leading individuals

Sandra Reed - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Nicolás Maldonado - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez 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 Marchán 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. Marchán co-leads the team with María Rosa Guerra. Other key-figures include Juan Gabriel Reyes, director Juan Francisco Carrasco and senior associate Nicolás Maldonado. Moreover, in early September 2019, the firm welcomed back José Proaño after four years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers; largely responsible for the development of the PBP's tax department prioir to his departure, Proaño is a commercial engineer and chartered accountant as well as a lawyer, and also advises on financial matters.

Leading individuals

Juan Gabriel Reyes - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Carmen Simone-Lasso - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Coronel & Pérez's 'highly experiencedCésar Coronel Jones and Hernán Pérez Loose act as counsels and arbitrators. At FERRERE Ecuador, Javier Robalino Orellana is 'impressive in his ability to deliver advice and propose innovative and practical solutions to legal problems' and is 'particularly business-minded'. Orellana handles ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL proceedings as well as acting as an arbitrator. Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán are the key names to note in Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; both have notable expertise in investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Xavier Andrade at Andrade Veloz Abogados is also highly recommended, with particular expertise in the construction and mining sectors.

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Ecuador

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has experience in acting for private and multilateral development banks on loan structuring as well as advising financial institutions on regulatory matters, while anti-money laundering and assistance with combating the financing of terrorism are other areas of strength. Practice head Bruno Pineda, together with senior associate Natalia Almeida Oleas, acted as local counsel for the initial purchasers, comprising of Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, on a $3bn bond issuance concerning a government programme. Other highlights include advising DP World on the $500m financing of the deep water ports of Posorja.

Leading individuals

Bruno Pineda - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Natalia Almeida Oleas - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

The seven-lawyer strong team at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce is jointly led by Francisco Roldán and Diego Pérez-Ordoñez; it is regularly instructed in abuse of dominance, cartel, state aid and litigation cases, among others. The group saw significant work in the insurance sector. It handled the merger control filing for QBE Insurance, which was acquired by Zurich Insurance, as well as for AIG relating to its acquisition of reinsurer Validus. General Motors, Citibank and Halliburton are among its new clients. Senior associates Luis Marín-Tobar, who is a key contact for contentious matters, and Mario Navarrete, who advises companies on competition regulations, are also noted.

Rising stars

Luis Marín-Tobar - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce's corporate practice has an excellent reputation in the market. The firm's 30-strong team of lawyers is led by Diego Pérez-Ordoñez. He advised Royal Caribbean Cruises on the local law aspects of the $1bn acquisition of a majority equity stake in Silversea Cruises. He was also the lead partner in a team acting as local counsel for QBE Insurance on the  acquisition of its Latin American business by Zurich Insurance. Other names to note include Juan Manuel Marchán, who is well versed in project finance, and senior associate Andrés Brown-Pérez. The group is also able to draw on its tax expertise and Juan Gabriel Reyes and Carmen Simone-Lasso are the key names in this space.

Leading individuals

Diego Pérez-Ordoñez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce is highly regarded for its experience in disputes across a variety of sectors, particularly in energy, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and construction. The team also has a strong track record in constitutional law cases. Practice co-heads Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán successfully acted as local counsel for two claimants, Cayman International Exploration Company and Teikoku Oil, in an investment arbitration case against the Ecuadorian government. Other work saw the team representing ACS Group in several disputes against PetroEcuador regarding the unlawful termination of service agreements. Edgar Ulloa Balladares is experienced in procedure and civil disputes, while Edgar Acosta specialises in administrative law and public contracts. Other key team members include senior associates José David OrtizMaría Isabel Aillón and Patricio Quevedo.

Leading individuals

Rodrigo Jijón-Letort - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Edgar Ulloa Balladares - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

The highly regarded team at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce covers the full gamut of energy work spanning mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewables matters. The team stands out in particular for its tax and compliance expertise. Practice co-head Sebastián Pérez Arteta advises mining company Codelco on project structuring and negotiations with state-owned company Enami. Senior associate María Isabel Aillón-Vásconez assists the same client with mining law and regulations as well as handling commercial work. Francisco Roldán-Cobo, who jointly leads the group with Pérez Arteta, was part of a team advising Repsol and Andes Petroleum Ecuador on various tax amnesty matters. Jaime Zaldumbide is well versed in oil and mining questions while Rodrigo Jijón is experienced in energy disputes. Other key team members include Édgar Acosta Grijalva and associate Patricio Albuja, who joined in April 2018 from Bracewell LLP.

Leading individuals

Francisco Roldán-Cobo - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Jaime Zaldumbide - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Sebastián Pérez Arteta - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

María Isabel Aillón-Vásconez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce handles the full spectrum of work in this area, including patents, copyright, industrial design, trade marks, trade names, anti-counterfeiting and customs training, among others. Francisco Pérez-Gangotena, together with senior associate Luis Marín-Tobar and associate Camila Mateus, represents Paramount International Export in the protection of its trade mark Fiji in Ecuador after an identical trade mark application was filed. The group also acted for Amazon Technologies in several trade mark registrations including that of the 'Alexa' trade mark . Other work includes handling a variety of IP matters for BASF, Citigroup and American Airlines. Senior associate Rafael González and associates Juan Manuel Baquero and Hugo López-Jijón are other names to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has a well respected labour, employment and immigration team, which is led by Diego Palacios and Javier Salvador; the latter is advising Lundin Gold on a variety of matters, including the design of employment agreements, internal HR policies and obtaining government approval for surface and underground special work shifts. Salvador also acts for Nokia in a labour dispute pertaining to the alleged wrongful dismissal of a former Latam senior executive. Other clients include Avianca, Philip Morris International and BHP Billiton. Senior associate Belén Jaramillo-Álvarez is well versed in conflict prevention and labour litigation. Edgar Acosta and associate Julián Contreras-Lebed are also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Javier Salvador - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Belén Jaramillo-Álvarez - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce fields a team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in significant transactions, project finance, and public projects. Practice co-head Sandra Reed is particularly well versed in infrastructure matters; she is currently advising Corporación Quiport on its extension of airport facilities and other projects. Juan Manuel Marchán led a team handling the structuring and negotiation for DP World's $503m financing of the Deepwater ports of Posorja. Practice co-head Diego Pérez-Ordoñez and Juan Gabriel Reyes advised Arca Continental on the construction process of a new plant in Mejía County. Edgar Acosta, senior associate Nicolás Maldonado and associate Estefanía López are other key contacts.

Leading individuals

Sandra Reed - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Nicolás Maldonado - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez 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 Marchán 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. Marchán co-leads the team with María Rosa Guerra. Other key-figures include Juan Gabriel Reyes, director Juan Francisco Carrasco and senior associate Nicolás Maldonado. Moreover, in early September 2019, the firm welcomed back José Proaño after four years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers; largely responsible for the development of the PBP's tax department prioir to his departure, Proaño is a commercial engineer and chartered accountant as well as a lawyer, and also advises on financial matters.

Leading individuals

Juan Gabriel Reyes - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rising stars

Carmen Simone-Lasso - Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Coronel & Pérez's 'highly experiencedCésar Coronel Jones and Hernán Pérez Loose act as counsels and arbitrators. At FERRERE Ecuador, Javier Robalino Orellana is 'impressive in his ability to deliver advice and propose innovative and practical solutions to legal problems' and is 'particularly business-minded'. Orellana handles ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL proceedings as well as acting as an arbitrator. Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán are the key names to note in Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; both have notable expertise in investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Xavier Andrade at Andrade Veloz Abogados is also highly recommended, with particular expertise in the construction and mining sectors.

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