ECIJA INTEGRUM > Guatemala, Guatemala > Firm Profile

18 Calle 24-69 Zona 10
Empresarial Zona Pradera Torre III, Nivel 12, Oficina 1208
Guatemala 01010

Guatemala > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Formed by the merger of Ibero-American giant ECIJA with Guatemalan firm Integrum in November 2020, ECIJA Integrum stands out for its extensive experience in arbitration. Energy disputes are a key area of strength, but the firm also has growing expertise in disputes in the technology (including fintech) and pharmaceutical sectors. The 'excellent' team is led by senior partner Marcos Palma, who is skilled in energy and financial sector arbitration, the 'outstanding' Edson López, and director Rodrigo Castillo, a specialist in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Edson López; Marcos Palma; Rodrigo Castillo de la Cerda


‘The team is excellent. Edson López must be highlighted for his pragmatic and efficient approach to clients. He is always available and offers clear and practical advice in a timely manner.’

‘It is a strong and very experienced team. They offer clients an atmosphere of confidence, knowledge and experience, and this makes them a standout law firm in the field of arbitration.’

‘Edson López’s experience, character and personality undoubtedly make him an outstanding attorney in his area.’

‘Rodrigo Castillo is an excellent lawyer. He is very attentive and collaborative.’

‘The firm stands out for its analysis and study of cases by a very well-rounded and professional team. They have a thorough knowledge of the procedural rules and the legislation applicable to the cases.’

‘Edson López is a brilliant lawyer who always comes up with answers and practical solutions to our problems.’

‘All the ECIJA Integrum lawyers were aware of the important points of our lawsuit; in addition, they were completely up to date with everything that happened before the lawsuit and during the lawsuit process. They were better prepared than other offices, and they knew all the points to be discussed perfectly.’

‘The lawyers treated the case as if they were the plaintiffs; they put themselves in my shoes and in those of my team, which made the process more personal. Edson López has a lot of knowledge in international arbitration, he works very well and is very organised, and he is handling our case in a professional manner. Rodrigo Castillo is completely up to date with the case and constantly uses his experience to assist us. Marcos Palma has vast experience in international arbitration cases, as well as other types of lawsuits; his skills in financial matters are fundamental and he is direct, honest and accurate.’

The firm: ECIJA is a European law firm with headquarters in Spain and offices in Portugal, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador. ECIJA has a multidisciplinary team of over 800 professionals, with exceptional experience in their areas of specialization, enabled to work in different jurisdictions, with extensive knowledge of the different industries and international markets. ECIJA is a client-focused law firm with the agility and personal service of a high-end boutique firm and the multidisciplinary experience of a large firm. ECIJA is a full-service firm with significant experience and specialized in the practice areas required by international clients to invest and operate globally.

ECIJA’s international capacity is outstanding, the firm offers integrated cross-border advice. Since 2019, ECIJA has merged with 16 law firms and has become the largest Spanish law firm in Latin America. Nowadays, ECIJA has 29 own offices in 16 countries. Furthermore, in 2019 ECIJA signed the biggest strategic agreement between a Spanish and Chinese firm being a joint venture with the 4th largest firm in China (Grandall Law). The agreement brought together 3,500 lawyers and 54 offices in Iberia, Latin America and Asia. “To put that in perspective, that is comparable with CMS and Norton Rose Fulbright, some of the biggest firms in the world by headcount.”

Main areas of practice
Corporate: the firm provide corporate and M&A services for both local and international clients. The practice in M&A is multi-jurisdictional, focused on transactions with a regional component in Latin American markets. The team is trained in legal project management tools in order to control time and cost of any transaction.

Banking and finance: the team includes prestigious attorneys who have assisted important international and local banks with sophisticated transactions. The firm’s services involve many aspects of the complex regulatory financial world, including syndicated credit facilities, project finance and banking products such as leasing, factoring, confirming, mortgages, pledges and credit cards.

Dispute resolution: ECIJA has a strong practice for dispute resolution both in local courts and arbitration. The disputes include commercial, civil, investment and government. Regarding arbitration, the firms has a regional practice of several partners with strong experience and skills in international arbitration using the ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules, and also with local rules in each country.

Technology and data privacy: ECIJA in one of the leading firms in LatAm for technology and data privacy practices. The team focused on technology industry for complex transactions, M&A and software developments.

Employment and human rights: the firm has a strong practice on employment matters from the employer perspective. The services include litigation, technology issues related to the employment, company’s restructuration, immigration and compliance. ECIJA’s practice in human rights is focused on compliance with international standards in five areas: gender, age, functional diversity, social origin, and diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Administrative and infrastructure: the services provided by ECIJA range from managing regulatory aspects of the relationship from the regulatory point of view between the client and the government throughout the execution of agreements with public entities.

Energy: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy projects in the Central American region because of its vast experience in the field. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorizations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies. The relevant experience and knowledge of energy project developments also covers construction and financing agreements.

Trusts: the firm has advised regional and foreign clients in connection with the incorporation of trust companies, the opening of internal trust departments and the design of business transactions which employ trust structures, including philanthropic, administration, guaranty, and real estate development trusts. Likewise, ECIJA have advised local banks in connection with the implementation of trust operations that include financing structures.

Competition/merger control: ECIJA advises large US, European and Latin American corporations in antitrust and merger control investigations at national and cross-border level. Clients come from several sectors, having strong expertise in regulated industries such as telecom and ICTs.

Foreign investment: ECIJA has a regional legal team that is prepared to advise foreign investors on how to structure their investment in any country of the region, including aspects such as obtaining the benefits of various tax incentive regimes and dealing with customs issues that come up when importing or exporting goods and services.

Real estate: ECIJA is a well-known player in the real estate market in Latin America.  The team has developed special capacities in the development of multi-purpose projects, including housing, commercial, offices and leisure spaces.  ECIJA provides its services to developers of projects up to individual investors willing to have a second home or retirement place.  ECIJA advises the developers since the acquisition of the land through the permit process until a final product is delivery to the customers, acting as a business partner of its clients with the tools of legal project management.  The practice is fulfilled with the experience of the partners in the construction industry.

Tax: ECIJA is a team of strongly committed professionals reputed to thoroughly address their clients’ needs involving taxation.  ECIJA provides insightful advice on local and international tax issues pertaining to businesses endeavors and personal concerns.  In addition, they are effective litigators and have obtained significant awards on tax claims and suits, on behalf of their clients.

ECIJA’s tax law practice focuses in two main areas: legal advice and litigation, for both national and municipal taxes.  ECIJA’s legal advice ​provides specialized advisory services, tax contingencies analysis and tax planning.  The litigation area ​handles tax claims in the administrative venue and judiciary processes.  International taxation queries ​are also prevalent.  The current international investment surge has triggered an array of tax advisory services in connection with international tax issues.

Energy/oil and gas: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy and oil and gas projects in the Central American, Caribbean and in Ecuador. ECIJA has participated in the development and execution of the main projects in the energy and oil and gas sector in the region: Coca Codo Sinclair 1500 MW of electricity generation with the company Sinohydro. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorisations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies.

Managing Partner | Corporate, Tax, EU & Antitrust, Oil & Gas Marcos 2259-1200
Partner | Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration, Education Law and Sports and Entertainment Edson Ló 2259-1200
Partner | Corporate / M&A, Real Estate, Infraestructure, EU & Antitrust, Intellectual Property Luis Pablo 2259-1200
Pablo Cobar  photo Pablo Cobar Partner in Corporate / M&A, Real Estate, Infraestructure, EU & Antitrust, Intellectual…
Edson Lopez  photo Edson Lopez Partner in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration, Education Law and Sports and…
Marcos Palma  photo Marcos Palma Managing Partner at ECIJA Guatemala
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