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Alta QIL+4 Abogados
DIAGONAL 6, 10-01 ZONA 10
CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITAS, OFICINA 302 A, TORRE II
GUATEMALA 01010
Guatemala

Banking and finance Tier 1

Full-service local practice QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. is 'one of the most highly regarded firms in Guatemala for its prestige and the quality of its lawyers'. The four-partner team has been particularly active in advising foreign investment and private equity funds, and in transactions in the mining and extractive industries. Its strengths include debt issuances, new financial tools such as crowdfunding, and multi-jurisdictional finance transactions, with experience acting on both the borrower and lender sides. The practice is led by the highly experienced trio of Alejandro Cofiño, Marcos Ibargüen and José Quiñones. Andrés Lowenthal, who specialises in project finance and international capital markets, and senior associate Santiago Granados, who has experience in cross-border financings, are also key members of the team.

Testimonials

‘It is one of the most highly regarded firms in Guatemala for its prestige and the quality of its lawyers. They have very good contacts in Guatemala and the Central American region. It is a multi-disciplinary team which can support us with the different legal aspects of each case. The lawyers stand out from those at other firms.’

‘What makes the lawyers at QIL stand out is their knowledge of Guatemalan legislation. They have good local connections and are an important source of information about the market. We have worked very closely with Marcos Ibargüen, Melissa Echeverría, Santiago Granados and José Quiñones. Their main qualities are their sense of responsibility, efficiency and assertiveness.’

‘The team is very responsive and delivers work on time.’

‘They stay in touch with clients, keeping them informed in a timely manner of each step in the different legal procedures, and are always available to offer advice and assistance.’

‘We work directly with the partners, and subsequently with their associates. Their response times are generally excellent.’

‘They have a great deal of knowledge about our business. They understand our interests and always seek to ensure we are protected from any risk.’

Key clients

Citibank

JP Morgan Chase

Bancolombia

The Royal Bank of Nova Scotia

Banco General

Banistmo

Norfund

Macquarie Bank

Transmisión de Electricidad

Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI)

Latin American Partners – LAP Fund

Capital Bank

Banco Panamá

Banco Industrial

BAM

Banco G&T Continental

Global Bank

Corporate/M&A Tier 1

Local powerhouse QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. advises a broad local, regional and international client base, including corporations and a number of investment banks, on M&A, joint ventures, corporate structuring and private equity transactions. The multi-disciplinary team also assists with the tax, labour, administrative and environmental aspects of corporate transactions. Its areas of expertise include the automotive, financial services, energy, pharmaceutical and telecoms industries, and it has also been notably active in the media sector. Highly experienced partners Marcos Ibargüen and María Isabel Luján lead the practice. Other noted members of the team include José Quiñones and Alejandro Cofiño, who specialise in tax and finance, respectively; Andrés Lowenthal, who advises clients from the US and across Latin America; and senior associate Melissa Echeverría, who specialises in cross-border M&A.

Key clients

Disagro De Guatemala

Nexeo Solutions

Central Agrícola

Buddi Limited

Tecnifibras

Cinépolis

RCMA Americas

WPP Group USA

Airbus Helicopters

Baker McKenzie

Dispute resolution Tier 1

'An experienced team, which can draw on the talents of other members of the firm', QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A.'s dispute resolution department has been particularly active in high-profile constitutional litigation relating to the suspension of mining and renewable energy projects in Guatemala. The firm also has a growing arbitration practice, acting on disputes in the energy sector as well as proceedings relating to distribution and software agreements and construction disputes. White-collar crime and debt collection actions are other areas of strength. Senior associate Alejandro Solares, who focuses on domestic and international arbitration and multi-party litigation, leads the practice, while experienced senior partners José Quiñones and Marcos Ibargüen head the firm's litigation committee. The team also includes Gabriela Roca, who specialises in energy and environmental litigation.

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Testimonials

‘They have a lot of experience in dispute resolution, and the combination of their expertise in this practice area and their expertise in energy generation projects is very effective.’

‘They stand out for their expertise in the energy sector and in ICC arbitrations.’

‘The dispute resolution team have experience in judicial proceedings and case law, despite their young age. They dedicate the necessary time to getting to know the case, the client and the relevant aspects of the industry in which the client does business.’

‘It is an experienced team which can draw on the talents of other members of the firm in order to properly handle the client’s requirements. They are always available.’

Key clients

Minera San Rafael

Contact Center Distribution Service

Abbott

British American Tobacco

Cresta Resources

Kaefer Aislamientos

Radiovisión

Empresa De Ingenieros Guatemaltecos (EIG)

Renace

Servicios Administrativos Zona Pradera

Grupo Disagro

Energía Limpia De Guatemala

Uno Guatemala

Ternium Internacional Guatemala

Banco Agromercantil De Guatemala

Grupo Frito Lay

Pan-American Silver

Universidad Del Valle De Guatemala

Young & Rubcam And Wunderman Latam

Arquitectos Asesores

Belluno

Daimler

Cadejo Brewing Co

Créditos Centroamericanos Aktúa

Denimatrix

IDC Asesores Financieros

Calidad Inmobiliaria

Asociación De Generadores Renovables

Grupo Secacao

Anacapri

Viento Blanco

Grupo Suca

Jaguar Energy Guatemala

Maquinas Exactas

Petrolatin

Naturaceites

Procesadora Unitab

Servicios Industriales Y Agrícolas

Transactel

Cadefarma

Ajemaya

Grupo Rosul

Asociación Nacional De Generadores

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. stands out for its knowledge of electricity-sector regulation both in Guatemala and across Central America. The team also advises on public bidding and contracting, the financing of energy projects, including wind and solar power plants, and the development of energy infrastructure. Another area of strength is high-profile constitutional litigation relating to energy and mining projects. The highly regarded Gabriela Roca leads the practice, which includes a number of experienced associates; Ignacio Gracioso, who focuses on public contracts, and Estuardo Marchena, who is experienced in regulatory matters, are key names.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Gabriela Roca has a lot of expertise in the industry. She has an excellent network, in-depth knowledge, a lot of experience and is an excellent lawyer.’

‘Despite his young age, Estuardo Marchena has a great capacity for analysis and understands matters quickly. He is a very good lawyer.’

Key clients

Enel Green Power

MultiEnergía-Corporación Multi-Inversiones

Generadora San Andres y Generadora San Mateo

Horus-Anacapri

Minera San Rafael

Asociación de Generadores con Energía Renovable (AGER)

Asociación Nacional de Generadores

Viento Blanco

Labour Tier 1

QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. has extensive experience in labour law matters, ranging from advising on terminations (including those involving senior management) to employment litigation and collective bargaining negotiations. The team also advises on compliance with labour regulations, risk prevention and employment-related due diligence in corporate transactions. Clients include multinationals and local companies from the pharmaceutical, business process outsourcing, energy, food and beverage, and telecoms sectors. 'Exceptional' practice head Evelyn Rebuli and senior associate Javier Castellán are praised for their 'broad knowledge of labour law'. Associate Ingrid Fuentes, whose experience includes advising on immigration and social security issues, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We are aware of the prestige that QIL+4 Abogados’ labour practice has accumulated over the years. It has highly qualified lawyers with exceptional skills. One of the greatest benefits for clients is that when advising on labour matters QIL+4 has the ability to draw on the complementary skills of its other practices and provide comprehensive advice.’

‘Evelyn Rebuli and Javier Castellán are exceptional lawyers with a broad knowledge of labour law and of the principles that are applicable in this area. Their personalised client service undoubtedly sets them apart.’

‘All of the lawyers in the team have legal knowledge and trial experience.’

‘Ingrid Fuentes, Javier Castellán and Evelyn Rebuli worked with us in a very professional manner. All the members of the team are able to provide the right advice.’

Key clients

Telus

Abbott

Abbvie

Henkel

Dollarcity

Enel

Pantaleón

Banco G&T Continental

Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala

Walmart

Wartsila

BATCA

Jaguar Energy

Centro Médico

Transactel

Ferrreterias EPA

Real estate Tier 1

QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. has established a strong practice in residential real estate projects, particularly at the high end of the market, and has also recently assisted with industrial and commercial developments. Its advice spans the acquisition of real estate, the structuring of projects, and the drafting of agreements between developers and suppliers. The team can also draw on the full-service firm's other practices to assist real estate clients with tax and commercial issues. Practice head Eva Cacacho advises on project development and the sale and lease of properties. She is supported by experienced senior associate Maria Fernanda Ovalle.

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Key clients

Calidad Inmobiliaria, S.A.

Grupo Onyx, S.A.

C Top, S.A.

PriceSmart, S.A.

Belluno, S.A.

HPB Group

Minera San Rafael, S.A.

Desarrolladora Tetuan, S.A.

Arguelles, S.A.

Latin American Partners

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

DollarCity

Tax Tier 2

The 'dedicated and knowledgeable' team at QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. has particular strength in tax disputes, regularly defending clients in civil and administrative litigation brought by the tax authority. The team also advises on compliance and the tax structuring of project financing and M&A transactions, including cross-border matters, and assists clients in sectors such as renewable energy and aviation with tax exemptions and specific tax regimes. The practice is led by José Quiñones, who has significant expertise in complex tax investigations. Senior associate Otto Ardón, who is highly active in tax litigation, and associate Hellen Guerra, who focuses on administrative matters, are also key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘They have good relationships with the relevant institutions.’

‘The lawyers are dedicated and knowledgeable in their field.’

Key clients

Telus International

Daimler AG

Henkel La Luz

Abbott Laboratories

Pay Pal

Credit Suisse

Banque Cantonale de Geneve

Macquarie Bank

AmBev

Alimentos Quaker Oats y Compañía Limitada

Intellectual property Tier 3

QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. has expanded its IP practice from advising on patent, trade mark and copyright applications to also become increasingly active in IP prosecutions and litigation, including handling criminal actions involving counterfeited products. The multi-disciplinary team can draw on the wider firm's strength in areas including dispute resolution, tax and corporate law to handle contentious issues and advise on the IP aspects of transactions. The practice is led by managing partner Marcos Ibargüen, who is experienced in IP litigation, and senior associate Alejandro del Valle, who advises on trade mark filings, patent prosecution and contentious IP matters.

Key clients

Shiseido

PPG Industries USA

Campbell’s

Grupo Onyx

Alltech

ASKO Appliances

Sonora Dinamita

Cadejo Brewing Company

The firm provides top legal advice on complex matters for a wide range of practice areas. It is committed to the highest global standards through its extremely engaged and experienced team.

Main areas of practice

Banking and finance: its team is well regarded for its comprehensive knowledge of the market. The firm participates in project and corporate finance transactions and capital markets deals.

Corporate, commercial and transactional: the firm offers specialized advice on complex corporate and commercial law matters and international transactional work. The team is known for its practical approach, business understanding and overall know-how.

Dispute resolution: the team is renowned for its solid litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice, including international commercial and investment arbitration. They have efficiently managed and led complex litigation.

Mergers and acquisitions: the top-ranked team supports clients with due diligence, risk assessment, mitigation and problem solving. It is well known for efficiently close deals with swiftness and its in-depth business knowledge.

Tax: this top-ranked team advises on complex tax planning and compliance aspects of day-to-day matters, corporate reorganizations, M&A, financings and restructuring issues and non-profit matters.

Labor and employment: the firm represents multinational and corporate clients in conflict prevention (including its own proprietary compliance methodology), compliance, negotiation, crisis management, negotiation and litigation.

Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: the team participated in most of the recent high-level electricity and infrastructure transactions and tender processes and are recognized as top leaders in the field. It also holds an active chair in the electricity market coordination body.

Intellectual property: this department is prepared to assist worldwide clients in protecting their intellectual property throughout Central America in all matters of IP including registration, infringement and litigation.

Real estate: the team advises large commercial developments, major residential projects and the leisure industry, as well as on private equity transactions.

Insurance and reinsurance: this highly experienced team advises on a wide range of insurance and reinsurance company operations.

Mining: the firm’s experience involves extensive transactional work, regulatory and compliance assessment.

Environmental: its main areas of expertise include due diligence assessments, public and private transactions relating to the carbon market, debt-for-nature-swaps.

Competition law and antitrust: its team has been preparing clients to adapt their conduct and business activities to a changing legal environment under an upcoming law.

Crisis management and risk mitigation: advisors of high profile and sensitive cases, assisting in the prevention, reaction and control for communication agents and company executives.

Compliance: the firm is highly regarded in anticorruption assessments and corporate compliance planning. Attorneys actively participate in local and international technical committees.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing committee Marcos Ibargüen
Partners José Eduardo Quiñones
Partners Marcos Ibargüen
Partners María Isabel Luján
Partners Eva Cacacho
Partners Andrés Lowenthal
Partners Evelyn Rebuli
Partners Gabriela Roca
Partners Alejandro Cofiño
Partners Jorge Martinez Sanche
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