Mr Juan Andrés Gortaire > Heka Law Firm > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile

Heka Law Firm
Edificio MOKAI
Paul Rivet N30-54
Piso 7

Work Department

• Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
• Competence
• Real estate




Juan Andres has more than 7 years’ experience in corporate law, competition and real estate. He heads up the southern Ecuador office. He advises national and international companies across different industries, such as construction, hotels, services, manufacturing, and retail.

In the corporate area, Juan Andres focuses his practice on the structuring of businesses, national and international transactions, M&A, due diligence processes, implementation of good corporate governance models, shareholder agreements, consumer law, trademarks, franchising, and e-commerce.

In the competition area, Juan Andres advises on compliance procedures as well as representing companies before the relevant control authority in matters relating to abuse of a dominant position, monopolies, unfair trading practices, and mergers.

In real estate, Juan Andres advises on the company, contractual, and regulatory structure of real estate projects of different types.

Prior to joining HEKA, Juan Andres worked at one of the most prestigious law firms in Ecuador, as well as in the public sector where he was National Director of Competition Promotion.


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Juan Andres graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador). He has a diploma in intellectual property from the American University – Washington College of Law (USA), and a diploma in finance from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). He is a specialization in competition law candidate at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

Heka Law Firm’s growing practice continues to provide advice to a range of local and international clients, with corporate restructurings and M&A transactions featuring as key areas of work for the firm. To facilitate these efforts, in May 2022 the firm announced its collaboration with Spanish legal-software company ElixTech to create ‘Heka Tech’, a management tool for data protection, compliance, digital transformation and the general facilitation of efficiency in legal processes. Juan Andrés Gortaire heads up both the corporate and competition practices and frequently undertaking business structuring, M&A and due diligence, along with general corporate matters and the implementation of corporate governance models; he primarily acts for clients in the insurance, logistics and real estate sectors. He is flanked by fellow partners Andrés Terán, who brings the firm’s corporate offering to the TMT sector (such as his ongoing advisory to Fintech company Paymovil); and Ramiro Jácome whose corporate practice includes specialisations in corporate governance, company structuring, and risk management. Associate Ana Victoria Cedeño left for Robalino Law in April 2022.

Ecuador > Real estate

With a ‘personalised service’, Heka Law Firm‘s real estate practice handles a variety of issues -particularly for large financial institutions and design and construction companies, such as Banco Pichincha and Rama Estudio- ranging from transactional matters to infrastructure projects. Santiago Albán acts primarily on financial issues relating to the sector, while fellow practice co-head Mauricio Subía is primarily focused on transactional issues. Also an integral member of the practice group, Juan Andrés Gortaire is well-regarded for his advice on the contractual and regulatory structuring of real estate projects.