Firm Profile > QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. > Guatemala, Guatemala
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. Offices
DIAGONAL 6, 10-01 ZONA 10
CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITAS, OFICINA 302 A, TORRE II
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. attracts praise for its 'strong knowledge of regulatory and finance laws' and the 'amazing quality' of its lawyers, who are 'always available for a quick call or email'. While the team is known for its project finance expertise, more recently it has been active in advising on corporate loans and debt issuances. The practice is jointly led by founding partners Marcos Ibargüen, Alejandro Cofiño and José Quiñones; recent highlights include Ibargüen advising construction equipment company Caterpillar Crédito on the financing of heavy machinery, and Cofiño acting for Banco de Crédito del Perú on the amendment and restatement of a guaranty agreement with CBC Peruana, the Peruvian subsidiary of the Central America Bottling Corporation. The 'outstanding' Andrés Lowenthal specialises in project finance. Other clients include local and foreign banks and multinationals such as Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Bancolombia.
Corporate/M&A Tier 1
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. regularly advises on restructurings, performs due diligence, and assists with joint ventures and M&A transactions, particularly with a multi-jurisdictional element. The team has longstanding experience acting for local and regional investment banks and is also noted for its strong client base in the energy, telecoms and agro-industry sectors. Recent highlights include José Quiñones and senior associate Santiago Granados assisting RCMA Americas with the sale of its Guatemalan interests in the coffee trade. The practice is led by Marcos Ibargüen, who has been particularly active advising corporate clients on compliance with expected new competition legislation, and María Isabel Luján, whose areas of expertise include negotiating shareholders' agreements for local and international investors. Andrés Lowenthal counts a number of US and Latin American investment funds and other companies among his clients.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
The 'prestigious' and 'dynamic' QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. handles cases with 'a lot of dedication and responsibility'; clients are 'in great hands'. The team has been particularly active in the mining and energy sector, acting in high-profile litigation relating to mining and hydroelectric projects, and also has a strong arbitration practice. Senior associate Alejandro Solares heads the dispute resolution team, and has extensive experience in complex, multi-party litigation. The firm's litigation committee is overseen by Marcos Ibargüen, who is noted for his experience in commercial litigation, and José Quiñones, who regularly handles tax matters and also represents clients in arbitration. Clients include large local and international companies, among them Minera San Rafael, Abbott Laboratories and British American Tobacco.
Energy and natural resources Tier 1
Praised for its 'industry knowledge, personal relationships, great customer service attitude and diverse expertise', QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. has particular strength in relation to energy project finance. The team is highly active in the electricity sector, advising electricity generation companies, and also handles a number of renewable energy matters; clients include Enel Green Power and the San Andrés and San Mateo hydroelectric projects. Practice head Gabriela Roca, who has returned to the firm full time after acting as in-house counsel to client Minera San Rafael, and associate Verónica Orantes have 'great industry networks and expertise' and 'an excellent work ethic', and are 'always willing to go the extra mile'. Recently, the two advised Renace (part of Corporación Multi Inversiones) on the development of two hydropower projects, while Roca is advising Minera San Rafael on the suspension of its mining licence.
Labour Tier 1
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. acts for local and foreign employers across a wide range of industries, including Telus, AbbVie and British American Tobacco. The team, which is praised for its 'vast experience', 'regional capability and resourcefulness' and 'total customer orientation', advises on contentious and non-contentious labour law, covering the termination of employment relationships; collective bargaining; the labour aspects of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions; and labour litigation. Practice head Evelyn Rebuli and senior associate Javier Castellán are 'outstanding'; they 'have considerable expertise in labour law' and are 'tenacious about turning possibilities into reality'. In a recent highlight, the pair advised three agricultural companies - Empresa Agrícola el Pacayal, Industria Guatemalteca de Macadamia and Monte de Oro - on labour law compliance, among other matters.
Tax Tier 2
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. advises local and international clients on a range of tax issues, including the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, tax restructuring and compliance. In a recent highlight, practice head José Quiñones advised an agro-industrial conglomerate on the tax aspects of the sale of a product division. The team also represents clients in litigation against the tax authority; significant matters included defending a leading agri-business conglomerate against a tax fraud complaint, and acting for a large multinational in a claim brought by the tax authority over errors made in relation to products consigned for re-export. Clients include Daimler, Henkel La Luz, Abbott Laboratories and AmBev.
Intellectual property Tier 3
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. advises local and international clients on patent and trade mark registrations, copyright matters, and due diligence of IP assets in corporate transactions, as well as complex issues concerning trade secrets and data privacy, among others. Alongside the firm's strong dispute resolution department, the team also acts for clients in IP litigation, including trade mark opposition and infringement actions. The team is led by Marcos Ibargüen and experienced senior associate Alejandro del Valle. New clients include Japanese personal care company Shiseido and US paint supplier PPG Industries.
Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. 's José Quiñones is an ICSID designee arbitrator. Alfredo Skinner-Klée at LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Asociados recently acted as an arbitrator in a number of multi-party construction arbitration cases. The 'highly experienced' Juan Carlos Castillo at Aguilar Castillo Love acts as both arbitrator and counsel in international investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. > Firm Profile
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.
|Managing committee||Marcos Ibargüen|
|Partners||José Eduardo Quiñones|
|Partners||María Isabel Luján|
|Partners||Jorge Martinez Sanche|