Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Located in Guayaquil, Apolo Abogados‘ team is particularly active in the shipping and maritime sectors and often represents large shipowners and insurance companies; the group is jointly led by Joaquin Zevallos, José Gabriel Apolo Santos and Andrés Cervantes.
International arbitration boutique TADIR Dispute Resolution was established in 2021 and is already carving out a space for itself in the market; the firm is run by founding partner David Toscano, a former foreign associate at Three Crowns LLP.

Dispute resolution in Ecuador

Bustamante Fabara

Bustamante Fabara's team excels in commercial litigation and arbitration. Of particular note is the firm’s expertise in insurance litigation, an area of specialism for group leader Mariana Villagomez Álvarez, who jointly heads the department alongside José Bustamante and managing partner María Rosa Fabara. The team continues to evolve since the merger between Bustamante & Bustamante and Fabara & Compañía in November 2021, with industries of interest for the team in 2022 including the power and infrastructure sectors. As a group, there is demonstrable expertise in representing clients before courts at all levels, from local civil courts to appellate courts. Other key practitioners include up-and-coming partner Hugo García Larriva, a June 2023 hire from Carmigniani Pérez Abogados); and associate Francisco Dávila Caicedo, who is frequently active in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Practice head(s):

José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa; María Rosa Fabara; Mariana Villagómez Álvarez


Testimonials

‘They are very specialised and recognised lawyers. Their litigation team against the State is excellent. They always give very effective and creative solutions to our problems.’

‘We are very happy with the service. The partner who leads the team is María Rosa Fabara. I consider that she is one of the best lawyers that Ecuador has. Her ability to handle complex cases is what made us choose her as our attorney.’

‘Francisco Dávila is an excellent young lawyer, very responsible and with very technical legal knowledge.’

Key clients

China International Water & Electric


China Railway No. 9 Engineering Group


DirecTV Ecuador


Aig-Metropolitana Cía. de Seguros y Reaseguros


Generali Ecuador Compañía de Seguros


Comidas y Servicios


Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Pedro Moncayo


Alltech Ecuador


Abbott Laboratorios del Ecuador


Work highlights


  • Represented China International Water & Electric Corp as plaintiff against CELEC EP in two lawsuits demanding payment of indirect costs and the termination of the civil works contract for $90m.
  • Represented Zurich Seguros Ecuador as claimant against the Superintendency of Companies, Securities and Insurance in a constitutional protection action.
  • Acted on behalf of two businesspeople in the legal process for the repossession of a real estate property that is part of an inheritance.

Carmigniani Pérez Abogados

Carmigniani Pérez Abogados, which offers clients assistance in civil, constitutional and commercial litigation, has further bolstered its arbitration department with the promotion of Daniel Dziouba to partner in 2022. He joins the partner-level team and practice leaders Eduardo Carmigniani and Roberto Carmigniani. Carla Cepeda, who was promoted to senior associate in February 2023, is extremely capable in arbitration, signifying the group’s wider ability to act for foreign and local clients in arbitration before the ICC and domestically. Carmigniani, who is the founder and managing partner, handles a diverse range of contentious work, including administrative disputes, complex litigation, national and international arbitration, and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Former practice co-head Hugo García Larriva moved to Bustamante Fabara in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carmigniani; Roberto Carmigniani


Key clients

Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones Conecel


Holcim Ecuador


Mapfre Atlas Compañía de Seguros


Banco Guayaquil


Proenergy Services


Luzar Trading


Stenn Assets International


Unilever Andina Ecuador


Guritbalsaflex Cía


ZTE Corporation


Work highlights


  • Advising Holcim Ecuador on an execution procedure before the Constitutional Court that arose from the enforcement of the Special Pension for Workers in the Cement Industry Act.
  • Advising the contractor of a major hydroelectric project in Ecuador on an ICC commercial arbitration procedure initiated by Ecuador because of an alleged breach of contract.
  • Representing América Móvil’s subsidiary before a constitutional recourse that will lead the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to deal with the applications of a decision of the Andean Court of Justice to an arbitration-related matter.

Coronel & Pérez

Regularly appearing in US and English courts and international arbitral tribunals, Coronel & Pérez continues to expand its international arbitration practice, notably in the oil sector, in addition to handling complex domestic litigation. Arbitration is indeed an area of interest for Cesar Coronel Jones, who leads the team alongside Hernán Pérez Loose and Jorge Sicouret Lynch. Also among the group’s diverse workload is domestic, administrative, constitutional and commercial litigation. César Coronel Ortega, who was named partner in 2022, has previously worked in the UK and the US and is therefore a key figure in the firm’s international mandates.

Practice head(s):

César Coronel Jones; Hernán Pérez Loose; Jorge Sicouret Lynch


Testimonials

‘C&P is a professional firm that provides a personalised and clear service.’

‘César Coronel Ortega has provided us with service beyond the call of duty.’

‘Wonderful collaborative group with a family feel.’

Key clients

Kamana Services


Codelco


Fidunegocios


Municipality of Guayaquil


Ecuador TLC


Amdocs


Ecuavisa (Corporación Ecuatoriana de Televisión)


AECON INC. & AECON


Servicios Integrados Pañatury


Dow Chemical


Inmourbanist


Electroquil (Inkia Energy)


Grupo Ferrer Internacional


Occidental Petroleum


Chevron Corporation


Kimberly Clark International


Work highlights


  • Assisted Fidunegocios with writing a lengthy expert report on the various legal issues surrounding a dispute.
  • Acting as co-counsel in two arbitrations together with US firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
  • Advised Fidunegocios on a breach of a banana sale and purchase agreement.

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Rodrigo Jijón-Letort, Juan Manuel Marchán and Edgar Ulloa Balladares lead Pérez Bustamante & Ponce's dispute resolution team, which is 'uniquely suited to represent US-based companies and other multinational corporations facing the most complex and significant disputes in Ecuador' and has 'decades of experience handling complex, cross-border litigation and international arbitration'. The group's expertise also include mediation and crisis management, while -bolstered by Marchán’s experience- it's capabilities in the energy and infrastructure sectors are particuarly noteworthy. Jijón-Letort too, is highlighted and can draw on over 40 years' experience in international and domestic litigation and arbitration. At associate level, public law specialist senior José David Ortiz is a key member of the group’s constitutional litigation practice; and fellow senior Maria Teresa Borja is also a noteworthy member of the team. Since publication, Ortiz and the litigation-focused Patricio Quevedo-Vergara have both been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Jijón-Letort; Juan Manuel Marchán; Edgar Ulloa


Testimonials

‘The team is uniquely suited to represent US-based companies and other multinational corporations facing the most complex and significant disputes in Ecuador. PBP’s disputes lawyers, ably led by senior litigation partner Rodrigo Jijón-Letort, have decades of experience handling complex, cross-border litigation and international arbitration. The depth and quality of their legal analyses are second to none, their legal writing (in English and Spanish) is clear and concise. Their diligence, responsiveness and timeliness are outstanding, and their judgment is impeccable.’

‘They are excellent strategists, creative thinkers, and practical problem-solvers who understand their clients’ businesses. My go-to firm for significant, actual or potential litigation in Ecuador.’

‘The group is incredibly responsive to a client’s needs, regardless of complexity of the issues or urgency of the matter. Rodrigo Jijón-Letort in particular is a stellar lawyer, always approaching each matter with critical and strategic thinking, creative and practical problem-solving, and excellent judgement. He has assembled an outstanding team, including Edgar Ulloa, who are well-trained, responsive, thoughtful, strong legal analysts and clear writers. They are able to communicate effectively in Spanish or English. I have worked with many other law firms and other lawyers in Ecuador, and none has measured up to the level of excellence consistently displayed by this firm’s dispute resolution team.’

Key clients

Banco Pichincha


Andes Petroleum


Hospital Metropolitano


Organon


Cargill


Exploraciones Novomining


EKN


Cardno


Telefónica


Tata Consultancy Services


Work highlights


  • Represented Otecel in six arbitration proceedings and annulment actions against Arcotel.
  • Advised Banco Pichincha on a variety of civil litigations including responding to civil damages claims.
  • Advising the Swedish Export Credit Agency (EKN) on a $1m dispute over a breach of contract by a local contractor pursuant to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

CorralRosales

Santiago Palacios leads the team at CorralRosales, with practitioners noted as ‘excellent lawyers who are technical, purposeful, agile, and who have great business sensitivity’. The department is equally proficient in litigation and arbitration, handling a range of cases. On the arbitration side, Xavier Rosales is the main figure, and Francisco Rosales is also an experienced arbitrator, often appearing as a consultant in the firm’s complex cases. At the associate level, Mateo Zavala is a strong litigator and is key for these mandates. In addition, the team regularly represents shareholders in relation to asset transfers and liquidation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Palacios


Testimonials

‘Direct access to the partners who are involved in the cases.’

‘The team stands out for its practical business sense.’

‘Excellent lawyers who are technical, purposeful, agile, and have great business sensitivity as well as empathy.’

Key clients

Banco Pichincha


Repsol


BMI Igualas Médicas


Nestlé


Grupo Familia


IBM del Ecuador


Indra Sistemas


Acciona Construcción


Fresenius Medical Care


Consorcio Linea 1 Metro de Quito


Fresenius Kabi


Pan American Life de Ecuador Seguros de Vida


Grünenthal


Kyndryl


Payless ShoeSource


COPA Airlines


Hannover


Securitas


Santillana


Yilport


Notary First of Quito


Dentons Paz Horowitz

The diverse workload handled by the dispute resolution team at Dentons Paz Horowitz includes public, administrative, constitutional, civil, labour, intellectual property, consumer protection and contract law cases. Senior associate Leyre Suarez and co-founder Jorge Paz Durini head the group, with the latter acting in international investment claims and private arbitration processes. The team sits within a firm which has a global reach, allowing it to leverage expertise in complex and high-profile judicial, commercial and regulatory disputes. The group is particularly active in the aviation, construction, energy, tourism, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and is also active in public procurement and administrative law matters.

Practice head(s):

Leyre Suarez; Jorge Paz Durini


Testimonials

‘Jorge Paz Durini is very experienced in local litigation and foreign investment projects.’

Key clients

Pink Roses


Mkplink Estudios


Quifatex


KLM


Titan Minerals


Green Valley Resources


Elipe


Golden Valley Planta


Nek Development


Empresa Durini Industria de Madera


China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group


Goodyear de Colombia


AVV Aviation Adjusters


Aecon Group


Aditmaq Aditivos y Maquinarias


Air France Sucursal en Ecuador


Applus Norcontrol Colombia


Beliatrading Ecuador


Natural Capital Mining


Atimasa


Work highlights


  • Defended Seguros Sucre in a tort case versus the Ministry of Defence, seeking an award due to an accident involving an army aircraft.
  • Advised Goodyear de Colombia on a claim seeking a pending payment of $4.5m.
  • Defended Titan Minerals, Green Valley Resources, Elipe, Golden Valley Planta and Nek Development against various claims regarding debts of approximately $8m.

ECIJA GPA

ECIJA GPA's disputes group, which has ‘excellent knowledge and experience in disputes and the applicable laws’, continues to build the arbitration and mediation arm of its practice, fielding experts in international commercial and investment arbitration. The team, which ‘generates confidence‘, works on cases which run the gamut of industries from construction and telecoms to oil and gas. Administrative litigation is a particular area of expertise, in which Blanca Gomez De La Torre is an influential team member; she leads the department alongside Juan Carlos Montenegro and Byron Sotomayor.

Practice head(s):

Blanca Gómez De La Torre; Juan Carlos Montenegro; Byron Sotomayor


Testimonials

‘ECIJA has a team that generates confidence.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience in disputes and the applicable law. Management is adaptable to the specific case that we are working on with them.’

‘The ECIJA team is always ready to assist us promptly in case of any emergency.’

Key clients

Arcotel


Tecnovia Madeira-Sociedade De Empreitadas


Sinohydro Corporation


Bananevito


Ravcorp


Maquinarias y Vehiculos Mavesa


Petrobell


National Assembly of Ecuador


Quito Chamber of Commerce Oil Commission


DirecTv Ecuador


Ecuadorian cyclist Mario Pons Seeling


Mayra Benenaula


Driving School Facildrive Cia.


AHC Consortium


Luis Hurtado


Luciana Valdivieso


Work highlights


  • Acted for Sinohydro Corporation as counsel in arbitration proceedings against Sakoto Construcciones.
  • Advised Ravcorp on the collection of a promissory note drawn for the sum of $220,500.
  • Advised Petrobell on the defence of a protection action proposed by the Wuaorani Bataboro community.

Lexvalor Abogados

Juan Francisco Almeida and Daniela Irigoyen lead Lexvalor Abogados‘ team, which contains ‘young lawyers with a great professional reputation‘. Clients instructing the group mostly stem from the financial services and real estate sectors, turning to the group for assistance in a plethora of litigation, arbitration and mediation processes instigated by and against trusts. Many of the matters handled by the practice are of a commercial or civil nature, arising from contractual and commercial relations. Iván Plascencia at the associate level stands out for his handling of contractual and non-contractual liability cases. Former practice head César Sánchez departed from the firm in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Almeida; Daniela Irigoyen


Testimonials

They are young lawyers with a great professional reputation. They work as a team covering various disciplines.’

‘The Lexvalor team, with personalised attention, has been concerned with knowing the client’s requirements, and it has been evident that they have incorporated new technologies and experiences according to client requirements and satisfaction. I consider them a competitive team within the market and with timely attention.’

Key clients

Fideval


Banco Pichincha


Industrias Ales


Mutualista Pichincha


CR Constructora


Jabonería Wilson


Reserva Mashpi


Banco del Pacifico


Uribe y Schwarzkopf Ingenieros y Arquitectos


Corporación Favorita


Work highlights


  • Acted on behalf of Banco del Pacífico in the processing, filing and promotion of 40 insolvency proceedings against debtors who have not paid their debts to the bank.
  • Advised Corporación Favorita on its acquisition of a property located in Quito from the Cooperativa de Trabajadores del Ministerio de Salud.
  • Advising Vallejo Araujo e Imbauto on a judicial recovery of several credits in its favour, which are generated by the financing of vehicles.

Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados

Operating out of both Quito and Guayaquil, Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados‘ practitioners ‘have a lot of experience in dispute resolution‘ and often work on complex litigation. Its clients stem from the telecoms, oil and gas, energy and infrastructure sectors, among others, and include Banco Pichincha, the largest private bank in Ecuador. With over 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution, experienced civil litigator Gonzalo Noboa Baquerizo leads the team and is well supported by associate Margarita Vélez Casanova, who is valued by clients for her constitutional, administrative, civil and family law and arbitration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Noboa Baquerizo


Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals.’

‘They have a lot of experience in dispute resolution.’

‘Noboa Peña y Torres is a very complete law firm. They have lawyers very focused on litigation.’

‘The quality of services provided especially by the partners of the firm, Gonzalo Noboa, Marcelo Torres, Margativa Velez, Patricio Pena, all especially professional, talented lawyers with a lot of vision for the needs of their clients.’

Key clients

Otecel


Telconet


Lubrisa


Unión de Bananeros Ecuatorianos


DHL Express


Banco Pichincha


Banco Internacional


Minutocorp


Navipac


Nutec America Costa Rica


Soderal Sociedad de Destilación de Alcoholes


Mexichem Ecuador


ABL Pharma


Montachem International


Masteri-Gentrack


Adecco Ecuador


Work highlights


  • Represented ABL Pharma in a civil lawsuit for moral damages in which it had been sued.
  • Represented Banco Internacional in several cases for the recovery of outstanding amounts from companies and individuals in the city of Guayaquil.
  • Represented Otecel in a lawsuit for damages initiated by Alomil that has gone through multiple judicial instances.

Pino Elizalde Abogados

Pino Elizalde Abogados‘ team, which is based in the firm’s main office in Guayaquil, regularly appears before the Contentious Administrative Chamber of the National Court of Justice and the Constitutional Court of Ecuador. Marco (Valentín) Elizalde, who founded the firm in 2017, leads the team and focused his practice in particular on arbitration, labour litigation and civil litigation during 2022. At the associate level, Jorge Cedeño is especially active in insolvency proceedings. Fellow associate Paulette Ocampo left the firm in April 2022. In an important development, since publication the firm has opened a Quito office - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Marco (Valentin) Elizalde


Key clients

Cervecería Nacional


Holcim Agregados


Bluequest Resources


Universal Sweet Industries


Grupo Liris


Univisa


Traxys Europe


Bank of Moscow


Bluetrust


Ripconciv Construcciones Civiles


Expoguayaquil


Sociedad Promotora de Inversores Inversur


Biosuper


Educonsul


Grupo Fajardo


Asociacion de Exportadores de Banana del Ecuador


Work highlights


  • Advised Cervecería Nacional on trying to overturn a judgment ordering it to pay $90.9m to alleged former workers, in connection with workers’ profit sharing.
  • Represented Holcim in an administrative case against the Ecuadorian State, refuting the re-liquidation of a payment for mining royalties for the first and second semester of 2011.
  • Represented Biosuper of the Pigalle Group in criminal proceedings for allegedly damaging protected trees and mangroves.

Robalino

Robalino‘s practice is known for assisting local and multinational companies in domestic and cross-border litigation in large and complex arbitration cases. Managing partner Javier Robalino Orellana is a name to note and heads up the team alongside experienced practitioner Luis Carlos Fernández, who has a high success rate in litigation proceedings. The department's work ranges from high-value arbitrations to assisting clients with day-to-day, complex issues concerning operations in Ecuador, where it acts for household name companies in a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Javier Robalino Orellana; Luis Carlos Fernandez


Testimonials

‘The strength of Robalino is that they bring partners together with diverse practices to analyse not only the dispute but the underlying agreements. Robalino has individuals who have a background in the substantive transaction giving rise to the dispute, as well as experienced litigators. This allows the team to ask relevant questions related to the underlying transaction which better positions the strategy being employed in resolving the dispute.’

‘Javier Robalino leads the team and given his experience is uniquely positioned to understand the arc of the underlying transaction and the dispute. This enables Javier to map out a strategy to be employed, while still being cognisant of the client’s needs and limitations.’

‘Martín Pallares Sevilla brings an understanding of cross-border transactions to a litigation team which is invaluable in dissecting the underlying deal and understanding the various stress points in the transaction which contributed to the dispute. Martin is also invaluable at understanding the limitations associated with any resolution of the dispute.’

Key clients

CNH Industrial Brasil


CNHI International


Banco de Guayaquil


Carlson Wagonlit Travel


UBER Technologies


Worley International Services


Hyundai Engineering and Construction


Ufinet Ecuador


Generali Ecuador Compañía de Seguros


SK Engineering and Construction


Junefield Gold Investment


Schlumberger del Ecuador


Grupo Bolivar


Davivienda


Andean Tower Partners


Repsol


Perenco


Hancock Minerals


Work highlights


  • Defended CNH Industrial Brasil against ALES in a $155m damages claim.
  • Represented Worley International Services in all proceedings against the Ecuadorian Comptroller General of the State, which resulted in a deal value of $186m.
  • Represented Perenco International in the negotiation of a $471m enforcement and settlement agreement regarding an ICSID dispute.

Romero Arteta Ponce

Romero Arteta Ponce’s diverse offering includes a range of litigation and arbitration. Practice head Diego Romero is a noted arbitrator and has been the President of the Board of Directors of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce-AMCHAM for the last 20 years. On the mediation side, go-to team member Amparo Romero is a strong mediator, having appeared in the AMCHAM Center of Quito for over two decades.

Practice head(s):

Diego Romero


Testimonials

‘High-level professionals. Very timely advice.’

‘Proactive, knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Suelopetrol


Westcon & Comstor Americas


Toyota del Ecuador


Zaimella del Ecuador


Banco Pichincha


Siemens


Chiquita Brands


Mafre Seguros Spain


Suan Farma Group


CNHI Industrial


Work highlights


  • Acting for Chiquita Brands concerning the execution of an international arbitration award in Ecuador.
  • Acting for Suelopetrol in an international arbitration proceeding under Uncitral Rules.
  • Acting for Siemens-Germany in a case under Uncitral Rules.

Estudio Jurídico Morales & Asociados

Estudio Jurídico Morales & Asociados is highly regarded by its clients, noted for its 'very detailed' advice and its 'solid training'. Practice group head Marco Morales Tobar and the team, which includes Marco Morales Andrade, are noted for having ‘excellent people skills, which is reflected in the management of clients’. As a group, areas of strength include civil, commercial, administrative litigation and family law litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marco Morales Tobar


Testimonials

They are professionals, highly prepared and knowledgeable about Ecuadorian laws. The advice is very detailed, which makes it easy to understand.’

‘The firm provides us with updated technological tools, systems, controls, case monitoring, and process management.’

‘The personalised treatment by its members. They have excellent people skills, which is reflected in the management of their clients in the professional field.’

‘From my experience with the firm, I can say that it is a firm of excellent professionals. It has a team with solid training and professional specialisation, as well as serious, honest people with whom one can work with confidence and respect. It is a team that has people and professionals who are attentive to problems and provide continuous advice. The fees they bill are the usual ones in the market, taking into consideration the professional career of the firm and the professionals who deal with the case. They are collaborators and permanently follow up on the cases entrusted to their sponsorship.’

‘I believe that the firm’s experience in the public sector and in the judiciary gives confidence to those of us who have requested their professional services.’

‘Personalised attention by the lawyers with a lot of professionalism, knowledge and experience.’

‘Specialised knowledge of the issues and timely client service by Pablo Morales.’

Key clients

Electricas De Medellin Comercial (Edemco)


Dalmedsolutions Cia.


Etinar


Banco Internacional


Consorcio Big Dig


UNACH – Universidad Nacional De Chimborazo


Andipuerto


Grupo Degfer


Celec Ep


Urbanizadora Naciones Unidas


Vicombustible


Work highlights


  • Advised UNACH in multiple constitutional processes.
  • Advised Andipuerto Guayaquil on a claim for damages against the Port Authority (APG).
  • Advised Banco Internacional on a moral damage trial.

Cevallos Casals Balseca & Bilbao Abogados

Roberto Bilbao and Daniela Cevallos head Cevallos Casals Balseca & Bilbao Abogados‘ dispute resolution group, which ‘provides an excellent service’ and hosts a ‘well-trained and experienced team', noted for its 'personalised and effective care’. Its broad client roster includes international and multinational businesses with origins in a range of countries such as the US, China, Europe and other Latin American countries. Senior associate Valeria Naranjo is a key name for public procurement-related litigation, and Luis Anibal Garcés Paredes is a go-to practitioner for contractual disputes, a strength of the wider group.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Bilbao; Daniela Cevallos


Testimonials

‘Well-trained and experienced team which provides personalised and effective care.’

Provides an excellent service.’

Key clients

CNEEC


Finlink


Diego Fernando Estrella Bonilla


Protecompu


Filestorage


Global Trading Electric Globalelectric


AMDOCS


Work highlights


  • Acting on behalf of AMDOCS after the Contraloría General del Estado (Comptroller Office) decided to audit contracts between it and CNT.
  • Advising CNEEC in relation to a damages lawsuit against CELEC for $39.5m relating to a hydroelectric plant.
  • Advising CNEEC in relation to the unilateral termination of a contract by CELEC for the construction of hydroelectric plants Mazar and Dudas, including a damages lawsuit for $26.3m.

DLL Abogados

DLL Abogados' litigators ‘embody and represent the interests of their clients very well’. Heading up the group is Leopoldo González, who ‘always seeks to definitively solve a possible conflict so as not to have space for new disputes’. The team is equipped to handle a range of labour, civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as mediation, for which the team is praised by clients. Xavier Sisa is a key contact for administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Leopoldo González


Testimonials

‘Leopoldo Gonzalez is very diligent in the tasks entrusted to him. He deeply analyses the situations and provides the best solutions for the company. He always seeks to definitively solve a possible conflict so as not to have space for new disputes. He also provides us with accurate recommendations and suggestions to apply in cases of conflicts in process and has also managed to resolve disputes through mediation.’

‘Leopoldo Gonzalez Gonzalez stands out for his analysis, seriousness, recommendations and diligence.’

‘They act at the right time that we require as clients.’

Key clients

Schlumberger del Ecuador


Halliburton


Automotores y Anexos (AYASA)


Banco Solidario


AC Bebidas Arcacontinental


Hotel Colón Internacional


Novaclinica


Plantaciones de Balsa Plantabal


Incremar


Pluspetrol Ecuador


Work highlights


  • Represented Shaya Ecuador in 11 legal proceedings filed by former employees of the company.
  • Represented Automotores y Anexos (AYASA) in a group of 37 legal proceedings initiated by former workers who claimed to have been dismissed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Distribuidora Importadora DIPOR in 21 administrative claim processes against the debt titles (glosas) issued by the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute.

Durini & Guerrero Abogados

Durini & Guerrero Abogados, with offices in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, fields ‘a young team full of highly trained professionals who provide comprehensive care in various branches of law‘ headed up by Juan Francisco Guerrero and associates Tomás Barrionuevo and Xavier Palacios. According to one client, the group is ‘an indispensable weapon in the face of any judicial or arbitration dispute‘. Guerrero is at the forefront of the group’s civil litigation, while the associates are regularly called upon by clients for assistance in matters of constitutional and administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Guerrero del Pozo; Tomás Barrionuevo Vaca; Xavier Palacios Abad


Testimonials

‘A young team full of highly trained professionals who provide comprehensive care in various branches of law. Excellent client service. The use of technological tools has allowed me as a client to always be in contact with the firm and I must emphasise that they always keep me informed regarding my case.’

‘The quality of the lawyers is exceptional. Juan Francisco Guerrero is a professional with extensive knowledge in administrative, constitutional and conflict resolution matters who generates a lot of trust and security for his clients. Xavier Palacios Abad is a young professional with a high capacity to handle complex issues in conflict resolution as well as in administrative and constitutional issues.’

‘The practice has a specialised and multidisciplinary team that is effective.’

Key clients

Concesionaria Integral-Intervias


Banco Central del Ecuador


Medicina Prepagada Cruz Blanca


Universidad de las Américas


Guayacan Gold Company CGC


DPM Ecuador


Banco Pichincha


Panavial


CNO


Hidrotambo


Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Cooprogreso


Banco Diners Club


Nipro Medical Corporation


Álvarez Larrea Equipos Médicos Alem


Austrobank


Federación Ecuatoriana de Notorios del Ecuador


Universidad Internacional del Ecuador


Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito 29 de Octubre


IN&T Servicios Empresariales


Cámara de Compañías de Seguros del Ecuador


Work highlights


  • Advised different mining companies, including Dundee Precious Metals, on protective actions seeking to revoke operating permits.
  • Advised Zaimella del Ecuador in an action of unconstitutionality against a norm that establishes a differentiated tax burden between national producers of hygiene products and companies that are dedicated to the importation of hygiene products.
  • Advised CNO in order to collect the outstanding amounts payable by the company RDP, for the construction of the Refinería del Pacífico (Pacific Refinery).

Flor Bustamante Pizarro Hurtado Abogados

Clients of Flor Bustamante Pizarro Hurtado Abogados benefit from the practitioners' vast experience in national and international arbitration, characterised by practice co-head Roque Bustamante, who is also proficient in constitutional, civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Practice co-head Mario Flor is especially active in the energy and natural resources sectors, areas of focus for the group more widely, including for associate Claudia Garcia Bustamante. Tax controversy disputes are a standout element of the department’s work, in which Juan Carlos Peñafiel excels. Elsewhere, the arrival of Alfonso Becerra in June 2022 has further strengthened the team’s litigation work, particularly in labour cases.

Practice head(s):

Roque Bustamante; Mario Flor


Key clients

Nokia Spain


Andes Petroleum Ecuador


Dundee Precious Metals


Anglo American


Auxin Norbenco


Work highlights


  • Advised Dundee Precious Metals by coordinating expert reports and declarations in a case involving indigenous communities.
  • Represented Andes Petroleum Ecuador in a constitutional case filed by a group of former workers who claimed to be entitled to an outstanding balance for profit sharing.

López Ribadeneira Mora

In the words of clients, López Ribadeneira Mora ‘has outstanding strength in terms of litigation, especially in administrative litigation’, and ‘knows the country’s legal environment well’. Firm co-founders and name partners Daniel Lopez and Sebastián Mora lead the group, with the former praised for his ‘knowledge of public, administrative and procedural law, which is deep and outstanding’. Mora is adept in administrative law, public procurement and related contentious matters. Among the group’s clients are public entities, which the team often represents in arbitral proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Lopéz; Sebastián Mora


Testimonials

‘Lopez Ribadeneira Mora has outstanding strength in terms of litigation, especially in administrative litigation. They are undoubtedly experts in this and stand out from the rest.’

‘Daniel López is the team leader and is undoubtedly an expert in the area of dispute resolution. His knowledge of public, administrative and procedural law is deep and outstanding.’

‘They are good strategists and are very good at teamwork. They know the country’s legal environment well and are very even-tempered.’

Key clients

Universidad Nacional de Educación de Ecuador


Montecz


Irigoyen & Asociados


Jofelu


Operaciones Rio Napo Cem


Irigoyen & Asociados


Work highlights


  • Represented a national public control entity in court in a $2bn damages lawsuit.
  • Represented an international private oil company in a $16m lawsuit against the National Oil Public Company.
  • Represented a group of Ecuadorian cheese and milk producers in a constitutional action before the Constitutional Court against several Ministries and public authorities relating to public health regulations.

Sempértegui Abogados

Quito-based firm Sempértegui Abogados, whose ‘objective is the success and well-being of the client it represents‘, often engages in matters in the energy and real estate sectors. ‘Excellent‘ managing partner Santiago Salazar is the practice head; he focuses on commercial contracts, civil law and alternative dispute resolution methods. More widely, the group’s broad offering includes litigation, arbitration and mediation, utilising non-traditional dispute resolution procedures when needed.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Salazar


Testimonials

‘Santiago Salazar is excellent.’

‘There is a very good synergy between the team which strengthens the team because everyone works to achieve a single objective. That objective is the success and well-being of the client they represent, both national and international.’

‘Its human quality and professionalism stand out and its ability to take care of the client.’

Key clients

Mendoza Peña Sociedad Civil


Minera De Metálicos Colibrimining


Exportadora Aurífera


Cámara de la Pequeña y Mediana Industria de Pichincha


Edificio Lafayette


Steelinc


Cámara de la Pequeña y Mediana Industria de Pichincha


MasterCorp


Weatherford South América


InnovaSystems


INNOVASYSTEMS


Work highlights


  • Advised Minera De Metálicos Colibrimining on an administrative sanctioning process in relation to the concession “Laletier 1”.
  • Advised a client on getting economic reparations from the Agriculture Ministry for the non-payment of the fair price of an estate.

Tobar ZVS

Led by Oscar Vela, Tobar ZVS‘ dispute resolution unit utilises mediation to resolve most of its clients’ disputes. Sector strengths for the group include mining, insurance, food and drink, plant breeding and construction, among others. A key addition to the group in 2022 was Marielena Zary, who is particularly known for her work in insurance disputes and supports René De Sola, who is also extremely active in insurance cases.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Vela


Key clients

Kennedys


Generali


Plantas Técnicas Plantec


Work highlights


  • Representing multinational insurer Generali in an appeal before the National Court.
  • Acted for a client in a medical negligence lawsuit against Conclina and two of its medical professionals.
  • Carried out an investigation to present eight legal processes against small plant breeders who are producing and commercialising protected plant varieties in the province of Cotopaxi.