Kirina Gonzalez > Bustamante Fabara > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile

Bustamante Fabara

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Senior Associate



Senior Associate Kirina González has a broad legal practice which covers, corporate, finance and antitrust.

With degrees in both finance and law, she has rapidly won the trust of clients for her ability to handle complex corporate transactions. Her outstanding grasp of antitrust aspects also adds to her repertoire. She has gained experience in some of the largest M&A transactions in Ecuador as well as major project finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries.

Kirina advises clients on various areas such as interaction with competitors, dominant market position, conduct with suppliers and clients as well as antitrust implications of joint ventures and M&A filing processes. Kirina is also highly regarded for her work advising client on false advertising and compliance with competition laws.


Spanish, English




Bachelor in Finance – Dalhouse University, Canada (2013)
Attorney – Universidad de las Américas, Ecuador (2018)
LLM Masters in Law  – Northwestern University, USA (2020)

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Banking and finance

(Rising stars)

Kirina GonzálezBustamante Fabara

Bustamante Fabara is the result of the November-2021 merger of local heavyweight Bustamante & Bustamante and the smaller -but nevertheless top flight- corporate finance player Fabara & Compañía. The combined firm’s banking and finance practice handles a broad range of financing matters, complex collateral structures, debt securities’ issuances and liability management mandates, with cross-border work constituting a large proportion of the group’s caseload. The team is co-led by Juan Felipe Bustamante Crespo and Diego Ramirez, who both have extensive experience acting as counsel for major development finance institutions and foreign lenders; recent madnates include advisory to Goldman Sachs on the first sovereign social bond issued by Ecuador, and to Phoenix Tower International on a co-financing agreement with the International Development Bank (IDB). Other key team members include Juan Felipe Bustamante, who regularly acts on behalf of foreign investors on public procurement and major project finance mandates; and senior associate Kirina González, who has experience dealing with syndicated and asset-backed lending, securities offerings and liability management mandates. Since research concluded the firm has hired Jesús Beltrán, formerly head of the banking pracitce at Robalino, along with senior associate Patricio Santos – effective as of September 2022.

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

(Rising stars)

Kirina GonzálezBustamante Fabara

The November-2021 merger of Bustamante & Bustamante and Fabara & Compañía saw the establishment of Bustamante Fabara. The combined firm’s corporate practice provides an ‘impeccable’ offering to its roster of domestic and multinational clients, advising on due diligence, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and M&A, among other matters, with the latter representing a key area of work for the firm. José Rafael Bustamante Crespo has expertise in complex cross-border transactions and co-leads the practice alongside ‘very highly recommended‘ corporate practitioner María Rosa Fabara, who stands out for her experience advising foreign clients in connection with M&A and corporate reorganizations. Other key practitioners include senior figure Juan Carlos Bustamante , who has over 50 years’ experience and supports the team in cross-border matters; while Juan Felipe Bustamante focuses on corporate restructurings and foreign investment. At the senior associate level, Kirina González is noted for her work on a range of cross-border transactions; and Andrés Becdach for his handling of foreign direct investment, corporate restructuring, and incorporations.

Ecuador > Competition and antitrust

Born of the November 2021 merger between Bustamante & Bustamante and Fabara & Compañía, Bustamante Fabara fields an integrated and experienced team that handles the full range of competition matters, including abuse of dominance, merger control, investigations, unfair competition, and antitrust litigation. Recent mandates saw the team represent Chaide & Chaide in two claims against Lamitex -one for unlawful competition and one alleging abuse of market position- before the national antitrust authority. The practice is divided between co-led by senior partners José Rafael Bustamante Crespo  and José Rafael Bustamante Crespo, both of whom have lengthy experience of the competition sector, particularly on the merger-filings aspect. At associate level, senior Daniel Castelo regularly represents clients before the competition authorities as well as handling merger filings; while director Kirina González, who also handles merger-filing matters, also has particular knowledge of vertical and horizontal concentration issues. Competition-dedicated intermediate associate Esteban Dávila is also noted. Since research concluded, Castelo has been raised to practice director, effective as of October 2022.