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ECIJA GPA > The Legal 500 RankingsECIJA GPA has proven strength in the oil and gas sectors. The team, which acts out of Quito, is co-led by Gonzalo González, who has nearly 40 years’ experience handling upstream and downstream matters for public and private hydrocarbons entities; and Bayardo Poveda, who has expertise in corporate and financing arrangements in the sector. Involved in a variety of complex transactions, the team recently advised Baker Hughes on its corporate restructuring, involving the transformation and merger of two foreign and two local companies in the group. Also noted as a key contact, associate Gustavo Arrobo is highly regarded for his experience with alternative dispute resolution and corporate work. Key developments in the team include the arrival of Alvaro Ordóñez from Robalino Law in September 2021.
Gonzalo González; Bayardo Poveda
New Stratus Energy
- Advised Baker Hughes on a complex corporate restructuring involving four companies, two local, and two foreign branches.
- Negotiated an an amicable solution on behalf of Cosepetro aimed, at making the execution of a contract viable instead of pursuing litigation.
- Advised New Stratus Energy on a decision taken by the Enerrgy ministry, successfully overturning it and thereby helping the company unlock over $200m in investments.
Ecuador > Corporate and M&A Tier 2With the opening of its new office in Manta in February 2022, ECIJA GPA has further expanded its capabilities and coverage, with the firm’s corporate offering exhibiting a particular orientation towards high-profile European clients seeking advice on a range of cross-border M&A work. (Indeed this expansion comes on the back of the opening of a Guayaquil office last year and a considerable expansion of the team, which has jumped from around 25 lawyers to 60 in the last four years). A focus on the energy sector also means the firm acts for clients such as Nobilé Group and Hoerbiger Group, advising them on the incorporation of local subsidiaries and the restructuring of shareholder agreements, respectively, of late. Leading the team is Michael Veintimilla, who has over 15 years’ experience in M&A and competition matters, and the additional ability to advise clients in German. Also noted for his cross-border work and foreign language skills, Bayardo Poveda often advises French clients on M&A transactions an associated corporate matters. At associate level, Gustavo Arrobo and Karen Álava are both noted and bring particular expertise in commercial contracting matters.
‘We have been in contact with ECIJA for a year. The law firm with Michael Veintimilla was recommended to us by the German Chamber of Foreign Trade (AHK) in Quito. We entrusted it with analyses on a legal form for our foundation in Ecuador and finally appointed it as our authorised representative. The firm is characterised by its outstanding competence and quick response to concerns and requests; it provides targeted information and elaborations.’
‘Our main contact and representative for our foundation is Michael Veintimilla, who can act for our interests in three languages (Spanish, German and English). This is of immense advantage. He is competent and has expert solutions for all questions and concerns. The work results are excellent. The reactions are very fast.’
‘Among the strengths is the knowledge of the processes and the applicable regulations so that an adequate response can be requested from the relevant authorities, in addition to the follow-up of the processes.’
‘Multi-Language (German, English and Spanish in our case). Wide service range, from support in elaborating solutions to defense in court.’
‘Michael Veintimilla is a great contact for beginning-to-end support (intitial explanation/brainstorming, process of opening and closing branch, local support for activites (such as banks).’
‘ECIJA is a strategic ally for the management of the company. Its experience and agility are its strongest letter of introduction.’
‘Its treatment is very professional, direct and cordial.’
SMBC Aviation Capital
Hotel del Mar
Maquinarias y Vehiculos
- Advised Nobilé Group on finalizing an acquisition transaction, including all required registrations in the local jurisdiction in the province of Loja.
- Advised Geran company, WTZ, on simplifying and streamlining its operations in Ecuador.
- Advised Ferremundo on the execution of a contract with the Ecuadorian government (through the ministry of production) so as to obtain tax benefits for investments.
Ecuador > Dispute resolution Tier 2ECIJA GPA is noted for its international reach, acting for domestic and foreign clients in international arbitration, mediation and administrative litigation. Recent highlights saw the local team act for Consepetro in a mediation procedure with Petroecuador, concerning contractual failures and which could as yet result in international arbitration. Active on this matter (and also leading the Quito-based disputes practice) are Blanca Gómez , who has over 20 years’ experience in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, along with national and international arbitration; and Juan Carlos Montenegro a procedural specialist with over two decades’ experience and a particular focus on civil and labour matters. In Guayaquil, Byron Sotomayor heads the practice; his experience centres on civil, labour, commercial and administrative litigation. Other notable figures include Christel Gaibor, an arbitration specialist with particular knowledge of administrative and tax matters (as well as litigation); and Bayardo Poveda, whose deep knowledge of corporate, competition and oil-and-gas matters ensures he is frequently involved in both litigation and arbitration.
Blanca Gómez de la Torre; Juan Carlos Montenegro; Byron Sotomayor
‘Its composition by a multidisciplinary team of lawyers favors synergies both between the firm’s own lawyers and the company’s internal team, obtaining a global and comprehensive vision of the matters they deal with.’
‘Excellent knowledge of the regulatory framework in the country for conflict resolution. The firm has supported us and provided timely advice with a team of professionals with high professionalism and values, which is the main thing that our company seeks.’
‘Knowledge and professionalism, added to their human quality, mean that we have the support of an advisory team for conflict resolution in the projects where ECIJA supports us. Bayardo Poveda, Blanca Gomez and Christel Gaibor have stood out in our relationship.’
‘ECIJA GPA is a firm that has given us a lot of confidence in technical-legal defense, with professionals with solid knowledge in matters, especially in arbitration.’
‘ECIJA GPA is different from other law firms since they provide a direct, personalized, confidential service, based on ethical and moral principles, which generates trust with the client. The company is very satisfied with the service provided.’
‘The lawyers are very open to listening and understanding the details of the case.’
‘The people at ECIJA GPA are very close and empathic.’
Constructora Villacreces Andrade
Groupe Momentané d’Entreprises
Central National Gottesman Europe
Banco del Pacífico
Condor Servicios Petroleros
Joshue Daniel Manobanda Muñoz
- Advised Ecuador TLC in an arbitration claim in the chamber of commerce of Quito against Petroecuador in relation to a contractual breach.
- Advised PFC Controls in filling an access to information action to prove illegitimacy in contracting processes.
- Advised the President of the Republic of Ecuador on the partition of an inheritance.
Ecuador > Tax Tier 2ECIJA GPA houses a tax department co-led by Paola Robalino (tax advisory, tax planning, legal sponsorship and international business) and Édgar Méndez (tax consulting and tax controversies), both of whom have expertise in local and international tax law matters. The practice group also regularly undertakes tax litigation, and advises a range of clients (particularly from the oil, mining, telecoms, construction and digital-services sectors) on tax adjustments, tax planning and M&A transactions. At associate level, Jessica Dillon has over 10 years’ experience of -primarily- tax advisory, tax planning and international tax law; however, former fellow associate Alberto Vivanco left in May 2022 to found VAC Abogados & Consultores.
Paola Robalino; Édgar Méndez
‘It is a team that directly helps the client so that it can resolve legal situations that arise.’
‘Our company has been working proactively and permanently for no less than 8 years. During this period, the team of lawyers headed by Paola Robalino, have carried out their tasks in an efficient and pertinent manner.’
‘Gonzalo Gonzalez is an expert in arbitration, mediation and negotiation issues. Paola Robalino is an expert in taxes and communication relations with the tax administration.’
China Sinopharm International Corporation
China Railway No.9 Engineering Group
- Advised Sinohydro on two lawsuits against the SRI.
- Advised China Hidroelectricidad Ingeniería Consultorio Grupo on a lawsuit against the SRI regarding an outflow-tax assessment for 2012 and 2016.
- Advised DirecTV on initiating 19 lawsuits against several municipalities regarding municipal asset taxes on the use of public airspace.
Michael Veintimilla; Bayardo Poveda
‘In relation to competition regulations and the analyzes that are carried out, the ECIJA team takes its time in the investigation to later issue criteria that resolves the cases of clients.’
‘ECIJA is involved not only in the event or case consulted, but also in the entire environment and management of the client.’
‘Michael Veintimilla oversees a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who contribute to the resolution of the case effectively and efficiently.’
Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch und Tiefbau
- Advised Coheco on whether its sales and discount policies were consistent with domestic competition law.
- Advised Comdecsa in the issuance of a recommendation from the national competition authority in favour of the client.
- Advised Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch und Tiefbau on compliance with competition law principles.
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