Mr Daniel Robalino > Robalino > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Antitrust, Arbitration, Corporate, Commercial, M&A, Foreign Investments




Daniel leads the competition practice and is co-head of the corporate practice in ROBALINO. He has unrivalled experience on antitrust and regulatory economic law matters including complex litigation in claims of abuse of dominant position, cartels and cross border cartels, unfair trade, gun jumping and type A and B leniency agreements before the Ecuadorian antitrust Agency as well as before local and Andean courts.

Daniel has more than ten years of experience advising and representing national and international clients in pre-merger control clearances with a unique track record of approval of complex transactions in multiple sided markets, pharma, ports, airline carriers, oil & gas, automotive, retail and several other industries. He also provides recurring advisory to large corporations in relation to antitrust compliance and tailoring of compliance programs, structuring of distribution systems, marketing strategy and contents.

In the corporate area, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments and other strategic cross-border transactions. He has utmost experience in planning and structuring of fintech and other technology based businesses, including multisided platforms.

Daniel is the founder and executive director of the Ecuadorian Institute of Competition Law (IEDC) and co-editor of the Ecuadorian Competition Law journal. He is secretary of the Arbitration Tribunals of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce and professor of competition law at Universidad Hemisferios.


English, Spanish


  • International Bar Association IBA (Latinamerican Regional Forum, Antitrust  Section).
  • American Bar Association ABA (International Associate – Antitrust Law).
  • Ecuadorian Competition Law Institute IEDC (Founder and Executive Director)
  • Ecuadorian Arbitration Institute IEA
  • Foro Latinoamericano de Competencia
  • Northwestern University, Alumni Association.
  • Institute de Empresa IE, Alumni  Association.
  • Cailaw, Alumni Association.
  • USFQ, Alumni Association.


Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Competition and antitrust

(Next Generation Partners)

Daniel RobalinoRobalino Law

Since its departure from the Ferrere network in January 2021, Robalino Law has consolidates its position as an independent firm at the forefront of the Ecuadorian market. In the competition segment it fields a team that has ‘deep technical knowledge’ in a range of litigation, pre-merger control and unfair competition matters. Leading the team is ‘strategic’ litigator Daniel Robalino, hwo has experience acting before the Ecuadorian Competition Authority and expertise in merger control and regulatory issues. He frequently works in conjunction with special counsel Fausto Alvarado (the first Competition Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce), who is noted for his work on an array of competition policy matters across Latin America. Counsel Sebastián Saa moved to Spingarn in June 2021.

Ecuador > Real estate

With it’s ever growing network of offices across the country serving to further facilitate the practice, Robalino Law‘s real estate team handles a range of high-profile work for clients across the agricultural, urban and industrial real estate segments. The team, which is led by Daniel Robalino in Quito, divides its time between contentious and non-contentious work, characterised by a range of construction disputes on the contentious front, and investment structuring, regulatory advisory, creditor negotiations and contractor management on the non-contentious side. The agricultural sector, in particular, is a key pillar of the team’s work, Weisson recently acted for the owners of Agrinag on its sale of the company to FlowerInvestment CF Holding. Martín Pallares is also noted for his transactional expertise in the sector; however, former practice co-head Ernesto Weisson departed for Deloitte in October 2022, taking much of the Guayaquil team with him.