Dispute resolution in Ecuador

Coronel & Pérez

The team at Coronel & Pérez is highly skilled, particularly in international arbitration, commercial litigation and disputes which see the government on the other side of the table. The group includes a number of partners with various sector expertise; IT-specialist Hernán Pérez Loose is representing Amdocs Ecuador in a public procurement dispute against Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones relating to the alleged breach of several contracts. Jorge Sicouret Lynch acts for Electroquil in an administrative judicial action against the Ecuadorian electricity regulator Arconel challenging the decision of the latter to terminate the client's operations in the electricity market. César Coronel Jones is another key team member.

Ferrere Ecuador

Ferrere Ecuador has 'solid experience in resolving complicated disputes' and the team is praised for 'employing creative solutions to achieve settlements that protect their clients' interests'. With the firm's presence in several jurisdictions in South America, the group is well placed to assist with cross-border matters; it represented Internexa Perú in a Construction Industry Arbitration Commission hearing against CNT EP concerning an alleged breach of contract under a network infrastructure lease agreement and a joint venture agreement. Practice head Javier Robalino-Orellana, who 'has the experience and creativity to deliver solutions', acted for CBL Insurance in several matters. Andrés Donoso is well versed in energy disputes, while Luis Carlos Fernández is the key contact for procedural matters. Senior associate Verónica Arroyo joined in 2018 from Cabezas & Wray Abogados and is 'dedicated and responsive'. Senior associates are María Teresa Borja and David Toscano are also noted. Daniel Robalino made partner in January 2019.

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.

Bustamante & Bustamante

Bustamante & Bustamante handles an impressive range of matters, ranging from commercial, civil and labour to bankruptcy, taxation and administrative disputes. José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa, who jointly leads the team with José Rafael Bustamante Crespo, is defending Diegeo Brands in litigation concerning alleged damages due to the unilateral termination of a distribution contract in Ecuador. In other work, Juan Felipe Bustamante is acting for Bacardi in a dispute valued at $20m arising from the unilateral termination of the distribution and co-packing agreement with Grupo Eljuri. Other key contacts are Francisco AlvearAlfredo Larrea and associate José Francisco Mejía.

Carmigniani Pérez Abogados

Led by Eduardo Carmigniani, the team at Carmigniani Pérez Abogados is known for its strong track record in international arbitration as well as for handling disputes in the commercial and banking space. The group represents an Ecuadorian oil company in an ICC arbitration arising from a contract for the delivery and installation of a re-refining oil plant. It is also acting for Holcim in several judicial procedures to request the annulment of issued credit instruments. Hugo García-Larriva, as well as senior associates Roberto Carmigniani and Daniel Dziouba are other names to note.

Consulegis Abogados

Consulegis Abogados has a broad dispute resolution practice, which covers arbitration and litigation proceedings, including constitutional and criminal law as well as freedom of press mandates. Xavier Castro Munoz has longstanding experience in the contentious space and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Carlos Martinez Viteri knows the insurance sector well and Roberto González Torre is particularly active in arbitrations. Heidi Laniado Hollihan is another key partner.

ECIJA GPA

Gonzalez Peñaherrera & Asociados' team has considerable expertise in civil and administrative proceedings. It also handles mediation and and arbitration cases and was recently strengthened by the arrival of practice head Blanca Gómez de la Torre, who joined the firm in 2018 from the Attorney General's office. She is representing Uruguayan company Full Play Group in pursuing a claim against the Ecuadorian Football Federation pertaining to the alleged violation of constitutional rights when negotiating and contracting the services of a third party. Juan Carlos Montenegro is well versed in national and international oil disputes. Associate Francisco Dávalos handles multiple cases for Banco Pichincha relating to portfolio recoveries and Juan Domingo Cárdenas is another name to note.

Paz Horowitz Abogados

Paz Horowitz Abogados handles civil, administrative and constitutional claims for national and international clients. The team is also instructed in consumer protection matters and arbitration proceedings. Practice co-head Jorge Paz Durini combines corporate and dispute resolution expertise; recent work saw him representing KLM Airlines in a $20m civil suit alleging undefined damages. Senior associate Ricardo Velasco joined the team in 2018 from his position as Interim Deputy General Attorney at the General Attorney's Office; he and Agustin Acosta Cárdenas are also co-heads of the group. The firm further strengthened its contentious capabilities with the August-2019 hires of David García Ruiz (a former National Director of Legal Advice at the Judiciary Council, he also spent four year at Attorney General's Office), and Leyre Suarez, who has extensive experience of international business regulation, litigation and arbitration. César Molina Novillo is a key contact for contentious IP matters.

Romero Arteta Ponce

Romero Arteta Ponce has a good track record in arbitration, litigation and mediation and notable strengths in areas including energy, labour, real estate and corporate. Highlights included acting for Suelopetrol in a dispute following two contract terminations. The group also receives a steady workflow from clients including Toyota and General Electric. Names to note include practice head Diego RomeroAmparo Romero and Gustavo Romero as well as associates Gabriela Villagómez and Patricia del Pozo.

CorralRosales

The team at CorralRosales covers the gamut of dispute resolution, which includes civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Santiago Palacios leads the team and has considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors; together with Xavier Rosales, he was retained by Indra Sistemas to challenge an assessment of the Judicial Supervising Board regarding alleged breach of contract. The duo also acted for Liberty Seguros in an arbitration claim brought by an insurance broker for alleged non-payment of brokerage fees. Other names to note are Francisco Rosales and senior associate Ramón Paz yMiño.

Fabara & Compañía

The team at Fabara & Compañía is experienced in representing national and international clients in significant disputes. Practice heads Mariana Villagómez Álvarez and Maria Rosa Fabara Vera have more than 20 years of experience in the field; the latter represents QBE in an  insurance dispute valued at $11m concerning an oil spill in Esmeraldas. Other clients include Pfizer, Pepsico and Grupo Latam. Senior associate Christian Fierro García is another key contact.

Falconi Puig & Asociados Abogados

Falconi Puig & Asociados Abogados routinely handles disputes in the telecoms, banking and construction sectors in particular. The team is led by Sasha Mandakovic, who is well versed in civil, commercial and IP disputes. He is defending Conecel against a civil claim for moral damages filed by a judicial officer in charge of the coordination of the main Judicial Unit of Quito. The client portfolio also includes Banco Guayaquil and Construcciones Y Servicios De Minera Consermin. Armando SerranoCarlos Alberto Arroyo de RíoLucía Cordero, as well as associates Jaime Mantilla and Diego Villamar, are other names to note.

López Ribadeneira Mora

LÓPEZ RIBADENEIRA, which was established in 2018, is experienced in handling disputes with public entities and also has a focus on administrative proceedings. Key contact and dispute resolution specialist Daniel López Suárez, who was previously with Lexvalor Abogados, co-founded the firm; he successfully represented Reybanpac in judicial and administrative proceedings relating the expropriation of land against the Ministry of Agriculture.

Lexvalor Abogados

Lexvalor Abogados has a strong practice representing clients in fiduciary, real estate and financial disputes. Daniela Irigoyen Samaniego, who leads the team, and associate Mariela Moreno Vaca act for the Portal de Granada trust, set up by Ecuadorian bank Biess, in a constitutional protection action regarding the validity of the unilateral termination of a construction contract. Juan Francisco Almeida Granja is a key name for procedural law disputes. Daniel López Suárez left the firm in March 2018 to set up LÓPEZ RIBADENEIRA.

Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados

Clients from the public and private sectors regularly instruct the dispute resolution team at Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados, which is led by Gonzalo Noboa Baquerizo. He is defending Lubrisa in civil proceedings aimed at piercing the corporate veil and is also active in separate disputes for Ubesa, DHL Express and Banco Internacional. Sebastián Cortez Merlo represents Montecz in a dispute with Petroecuador relating to damages claims in the sum of $16m following the execution and termination of an EPC contract. Patricio Peña Romero has additional experience in banking, corporate and tax law.

Pino Elizalde Abogados

Pino Elizalde Abogados acts for clients in a range of disputes, including constitutional, administrative, civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. The team, which has core strengths in the food and beverage and mining sectors, is led by Daniel Pino and Marco A Elizalde. The latter successfully represented AB InBev in challenging a disinvestment process ordered by the Market and Power Control Authority concerning the client's beer brand 'Club'. Other clients include Holcim Ecuador and Cervecería Nacional. Senior associate Jorge Cedeño is also noted.

Quevedo & Ponce

Quevedo & Ponce covers the full gamut of disputes, ranging from civil, inheritance, tax and administrative litigation to human rights, constitutional, criminal and family cases as well as arbitration proceedings. Alejandro Ponce Martínez has core strengths in IP disputes. Other team members are Ernesto Guarderas IzquierdoJuan Esteban Ponce Villacís and María Daniela Román Aguinaga.

Sempértegui Ontaneda Abogados

At Sempértegui Ontaneda Abogados, the dispute resolution group handles judicial proceedings, constitutional actions and arbitration cases, among others. The team is led by Santiago Salazar, who is a specialist in procedural law. Marcelo Dávila is another key contact; he acts for Dimutza in a dispute regarding the unilateral termination of an contract executed by the National Directorate of Public Data Registration.  Leonardo Sempértegui left the firm for a general counsel role at Opec in 2018.