Bayardo Poveda > ECIJA GPA > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate/M&A, Competition Law, Oil & Gas, Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration




ayardo has more than 20 years of experience in international business, foreign investment, cross-border merger and acquisition, financial projects, debt issuance, and multilateral and syndicated credit operations. He has practice in regulatory affairs, public procurement, public-private partnership; legal support and participation in projects related to the energy, hydrocarbon, mining and electrical sectors. He is also a consultant and advisor to multinational private entities. He was a consultant to the Ecuadorian State for the implementation of free competition legislation and regulation. He has experience in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Before joining ECIJA GPA, he has been a partner and associate in important law firms in Quito and Brussels.


Spanish, English and French.


Bayardo is a Lawyer and Doctor in Jurisprudence from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He has a postgraduate degree in Financial, Banking and Insurance Law at the Simón Bolívar Andean University of Quito, he also has an LLM in Law and Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He has completed postgraduate studies in International Commercial Arbitration, at the Academy of International Law in The Hague, and in Economic Aspects of Free Competition Law, at the Catholic University of Santiago, in Chile.

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Competition and antitrust

The antitrust team at ECIJA GPA focuses on cross-border competition matters, with further emphasis on multi-jurisdictional M&A activity. Led by Michael Veintemilla and Bayardo Poveda, with joint experience handling abuse of dominance claims and managing relations with the national competition authority, the practice is also regarded for its advisory role in connection with regulatory issues.

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

With 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.

Ecuador > Energy and natural resources

With a roster of high-profile clients -including the likes of Baker Hughes, Repsol, Schlumberger and Engie- ECIJA 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.

Ecuador > Dispute resolution

ECIJA 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.