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Tobar ZVS

Work Department



Managing Partner


Bernardo is the founding and managing partner of Tobar ZVS. His 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney include four years as a former CEO of one of the largest private infrastructure companies in the resource industry in Ecuador, so in addition to providing strategic advice to complex infrastructure projects, he has successfully faced the challenge of leading them. Worth mentioning as recognition of his professional leadership in the early days of his career is the award granted by the United States Department of State for his contribution to the protection of intellectual property rights and for the IP Law passed in 1998, of which he was lead writer and promoter.

Bernardo usually advises investors and corporate clients in cross-border, multi-jurisdictional transactions, integrating legal and business perspectives in order to meet strategic goals. Key areas of practice involve M&A, private equity, financing, corporate structuring, investment protection and risk management. As Managing Partner, he focuses also on innovation and is constantly looking for ways to improve the client experience by leveraging technology in service delivery models. Bernardo believes that in the near future companies will have to be technology companies, or will not exist at all. Law firms are no exception.


English and Spanish

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

Tobar ZVS is among the most technologically advanced of firms – certainly in Ecuador – and even offers an online self-service facility (“ExponentiaLaw”) for certain matters. On the corporate front, the eight-strong practice group handles the full spectrum of corporate and transactional work, including corporate design, restructuring and governance, project financing and M&A, for a diverse client roster primarily drawn from the construction, infrastructure, mining, pharmaceuticals, media, food, beverage, and energy & natural resources sectors. Managing partner Bernardo Tobar (the driving force behind the firm’s technological advances) is the key figure and practice head for corporate matters – his practice encompasses M&A, private equity, financing, corporate structuring, investment protection and risk management; his recent mandates include advising Flower Investment Capital Fund on a number of acquisitions in the exports sector. Also at partner level, Alvaro Sevilla is head of the firm’s competition and antitrust practice but also undertakes the structuring of legal business vehicles, commercial contracting, M&A and project finance. Significant associate suport is provided by senior Hipatia Donoso, who assists with M&A, handles data protection and is director of the firm’s legaltech department; and associate Ana Mogollón, who divides her time between corporate matters and dispute resolution. Former senior associate Agustin Mora-Bowen left to join Greenberg Traurig LLP as a foreign associate in early 2022 and is currently pursuing his LLM at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law. In other significant developments, May 2022 saw the firm announce that it had entered into a strategic alliance with global-insurance firm Kennedys.