Firm Profile > Apolo Abogados > Guayaqui, Ecuador

Apolo Abogados
Jurin 105 y Malecon Simon Bolivar
Edifico Apolo River Tower
6to piso

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Apolo Abogados assists clients with the setting up of new businesses as well as the closure of operations, the sale, purchase and merger of companies, and the financing of projects, among other areas. The team is also equipped to advise on related labour, tax and regulatory matters. It has a strong track record with clients from the aquaculture and fishing sector but also services companies from different industries. Andrés SuárezRafael Balda Santistevan and José Gabriel Apolo are the key contacts.


Apolo has a team of the highest level,  it is up-to-date in knowledge and relationships as well as efficient and creative to successfully solve the different situations.’

APOLO’s lawyers have extensive knowledge of the matter, are always ready to attend to any request, regardless of the time, and constantly monitor cases.

The Apolo Studio is distinguished by a personalized and agile service.

Rafael Balda is an executive and recursive problem solver.’

Andrés Suárez is very creative when analyzing scenarios and presenting alternatives to a case or controversy.’

José Gabriel Apolo has a strong sense of leadership when managing his team and his assertive attitude in the case management stands out.’

Key clients

Fajardo Group



Delivery Hero  – Inversiones Delivery Hero

Induauto Group – Induwagen


Lanec-Olsen Group – Greentrailcorp


SC Johnson – JohnsonWax del Ecuador

Burgos Group – Camaronera Escalante

Our corporate department team is known for having multidisciplinary professionals, which provides us with a global view of all matters related to starting a new business, closing a joint operation with a partner or ally, selling an ongoing business in part or in whole, merging companies, financing projects or signing a settlement agreement to solve a controversy between partners or allies. Thus, Apolo’s Corporate and M&A department analyses the social, financial-accounting, labour and tax implications, of regulatory compliance with national or local authorities, among several other organizations, even when the implementation of specific efforts in some of these fields is in charge of other departments of the firm, in which case Apolo has internal procedures that ensure proper coordination and quality of service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A, Real State, Aquaculture Jose Gabriel Apolo +593992309638
Corporate, M&A, Dispute Resolution, Fisheries law Javier Cardoso +593997455668
Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance Andres Suarez +593991232351
Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance Rafael Balda +5937354545
Photo Name Position Profile
 José Gabriel Apolo Santos  photo José Gabriel Apolo Santos Partner
 María José Arias  photo María José Arias Associate Lawyer
 Carlos Arosemena Ortega  photo Carlos Arosemena Ortega Senior Associate
 Adelina Barahona Gonzalez  photo Adelina Barahona Gonzalez Associate Lawyer
 Javier Cardoso Andrade  photo Javier Cardoso Andrade Partner
 Victor  Carrion Arosemena  photo Victor  Carrion Arosemena Partner
 Denisse Garcia  photo Denisse Garcia Senior Associate
 Rafael Balda Santistevan photo Rafael Balda Santistevan Partner
 Andrés Suarez Trujillo  photo Andrés Suarez Trujillo Partner
 Fiorella Zurita Parodi  photo Fiorella Zurita Parodi Senior Associate
Administrative staff : 16
Legal assistants : 5


Founded in 1948, Apolo Abogados is the firm with largest presence in the main cities of Ecuador. Our firm advice the highest exporters and multinational companies that want to invest in Ecuador. As our work focuses on project development, M&A and corporate, real estate, labour, tax, Energy & natural resources, aquaculture, fisheries, maritime and dispute resolutions on multi-jurisdictional matters we have collaboration with our international network, and can manage cross-border expertise to serve our clients with distinction and exceptional service.

Our law firm provides fully personalised attention to our clients and prompt response to requests. In all the cases, our clients know that they can expect direct attention from a senior associate that has several years of practice, expertise on the matter and good relationship with public and private sector bodies, entities and offices, linked to successful results. Furthermore, our firm includes attorneys with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, wealth consulting and structuring, corporate procedures, creation of highly complex fiduciary business structures, bank financing, capital markets, Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, advise to fishing enterprises, etc.

In all cases, Apolo ensures preferential attention, professionalism, high technical rigour and promptness on the procedures to be carried out, whether it is the issuance of a legal opinion, preparation of contracts, or carrying out procedures related to an internal or third party business operation before the relevant authorities. Our Law Firm is currently in the process of being certified with the ISO 37001 (Anti-Bribery Management Systems).

Today our more than 500 clients include large value-added exporters, importers, producers, industries, ports, foreign trade logistics operators, traders, educational groups, etc.  By obtaining, for example, tax exemptions or the authorized exit of goods in customs disputes, we have come into contact with the entire dynamics of the taxpayer’s operation, which has allowed us to create a circuit of permanent advice and support.

In accordance with our Firm’s culture in adding value to our corporate clients’ economic activities, the Tax and Customs Law Department’s main goal is to identify unnecessary tax burdens as well as benefits and incentives in order to present our clients with their best and most efficient options according to our legal system. The gains and savings that can obtain our clients from the correct application of tax law are our job and our passion, so that they can focus on what they do best: their business and their profits.

Our firm is the one that has promoted and negotiated most the signing of Investment Contracts with the State, to provide tax stability to such investments, protect the value of real estate and achieve other exemption benefits to our clients. One of the most dynamic development areas in which our firm is currently working is consultancy in the shrimp sector. This sector’s exponential growth has demanded an increase in the number of consultancies, especially with regard to internal taxes (income tax and VAT) and the controls carried out by the customs authority.

We also get to know the business of our clients and the sector in which they operate, in order to offer an effective service, tailored to their particular needs. This approach enables us to create solid, long-lasting client relationships.