CorralRosales > Quito, Ecuador > Firm Profile
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CorralRosales > The Legal 500 RankingsCorralRosales fields a team of ‘highly trained, efficient lawyers’. The department’s expertise can be divided into unfair competition work, antitrust investigations and merger-control cases, including matters such as restrictive practices, abuse-of-dominant-position issues, unfair practices and the formation of economic cartels. With Xavier Rosales accompanied at the helm by senior associate Ana Samudio, the firm also has strong capabilities in administrative and judicial proceedings, drawing on the combined 40 years' relevant experience of the practice co-heads. Founding partner Francisco Rosales bolsters this offering through strong ties with multinational companies operating in the region.
Xavier Rosales; Ana Samudio
‘It is a team of highly trained, efficient lawyers who are always attentive to the needs of clients. They quickly identify risks and draw up action plans to ensure business continuity. They are supremely efficient at transmitting information, accommodating company billing systems, and having access to the latest data.’
‘They identify risks quickly and find answers that fit the needs of the business. They are a very good business partner. The unfair competition partner is Ana Samudio. She is always available to answer questions and works in an interdisciplinary way with the other members of the firm to provide comprehensive advice. Ana is brilliant at finding risks and mitigating them on time.’
‘CorralRosales has been of great support on important issues for our company in the territory of Ecuador. They are very clear in their concepts, methodical, and attend to our requests as a priority.’
‘Ana Samudio is our point of contact. She is always responsive, confirms receipt of emails, is available for urgent last-minute calls, and is clear and specific in her recommendations and arguments. She is very good at identifying risks and managing them. She also knows the local regulations very well.’
The Walt Disney Company
- Advised Grupo Familia on a competition investigation by the Ecuadorian Competition Authority.
- Advised The Walt Disney Company before the Ecuadorian Competition Authority as to the authorisation of the Ecuadorian leg of its operations.
- Advised Unilever on the Ecuador components of the relevant antitrust clearance proceeding by the Ecuadorian Competition Authority.
Maria Cecilia Romoleroux; Francisco Gallegos; Gabriel Kuri
‘Speedy responses. Good legal analysis of the issues. Excellent bilingual communication. Logic and good presentation (orderly and wise) of the reports. Availability 24/7.’
‘Maria Cecilia Romoleroux is one of the most prestigious lawyers in Ecuador when it comes to intellectual property. What sets her apart is her extensive knowledge of various aspects of intellectual property, and the fact that she is bilingual, which facilitates communications with non-Spanish-speaking foreign clients.’
‘Eduardo Ríos has great knowledge. Miguel Maigualmena is organised and personally appears in work.’
‘They are a very solid, committed and innovative team, with a great capacity for client service, with an excellent level of response.’
‘Francisco Gallegos and María Cecilia Romoleroux; I think they are clearly the best option in intellectual property in Ecuador and are our first and practically only option. Felipe Samaniego is the firm’s partner of the future, a great professional and expert in regulatory issues.’
Société Des Produits Nestlé
Merck Sharp and Dohme
- Representing Crocs in a case involving the first customs border measure seizure on the basis of a 3D mark.
- Represented Faber-Castell in litigation, obtaining constitutional protection to suspend the effects of a preliminary injunction.
- Representing Nestlé in judicial litigation relating to a copyright dispute with regional competitor Quala.
Ecuador > Corporate and M&A Tier 2CorralRosales ‘stands out for its practicality and great legal knowledge’ as well as its ‘leadership and effectiveness’. Its work often centres around advising international companies on day-to-day corporate issues and complex corporate transactions. Practice head Xavier Rosales counts Bayer and General Electric as key clients and leads the team out of Quito, and founding partner Francisco Rosales is a key point of contract for many multinational companies. Elsewhere, Milton Carrera is a name to note, with over 20 years of experience assisting clients in corporate issues and major deals. Since publication, the firm has promoted senior associate Rafael Serrano (compliance/FCPA, data privacy, and energy & natural resources) to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.
‘CorralRosales stands out for its practicality and great legal knowledge, as well as an adequate price/quality ratio.’
‘Leadership and effectiveness.’
‘You can count on efficiency, interest and consideration in meeting client needs.’
‘The team has proven to be quite competent in resolving issues related to our sector. Execution and provision of services quickly and with good client service. They show concern in kindly reminding the client of the procedures and deadlines for the advancement of the processes.’
Fresenius Medical Care
- Advised Innovex Downhole Solutions on its incorporation and landing in Ecuador.
- Advised Tecnandina on a new manufacturing facility, obtaining regulatory permits and drafting commercial documents, among other matters.
- Advised Kyndryl Ecuador on its day-to-day corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.
Ecuador > Dispute resolution Tier 2Santiago Palacios leads the team at CorralRosales, with practitioners noted as ‘excellent lawyers who are technical, purposeful, agile, and who have great business sensitivity’. The department is equally proficient in litigation and arbitration, handling a range of cases. On the arbitration side, Xavier Rosales is the main figure, and Francisco Rosales is also an experienced arbitrator, often appearing as a consultant in the firm’s complex cases. At the associate level, Mateo Zavala is a strong litigator and is key for these mandates. In addition, the team regularly represents shareholders in relation to asset transfers and liquidation proceedings.
‘Direct access to the partners who are involved in the cases.’
‘The team stands out for its practical business sense.’
‘Excellent lawyers who are technical, purposeful, agile, and have great business sensitivity as well as empathy.’
BMI Igualas Médicas
IBM del Ecuador
Fresenius Medical Care
Consorcio Linea 1 Metro de Quito
Pan American Life de Ecuador Seguros de Vida
Notary First of Quito
‘It is necessary to point out the specialisation, experience and ethical standards of the law firm and the team that practices labour matters. It is an extraordinary law firm and a top-notch employment consultancy. Edmundo Ramos is a great lawyer, trustworthy and very experienced.’
‘The law firm maintains a solid relationship with us as clients and they are highly respected by their peers and authorities. It is an inclusive firm. I consider that the close relationship with clients and inclusive practices are elements that differentiate it from other law firms.’
‘It is distinguished by great knowledge, business vision, innovation, the ability to face challenges and the ability to adapt to the needs of the company without neglecting compliance with the law. They are top notch lawyers. When delegating a matter to CorralRosales, I am sure that it will be treated with seriousness, responsibility, trust and extraordinary professionalism. The knowledge and experience that the team has is extraordinary.’
‘Edmundo Ramos is a top-level lawyer, and Xavier Rosales is a heavyweight and one of the best lawyers in Ecuador and the region, stand out.’
RB Reckitt Benckiser
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Cirion Technologies Ecuador
Perez Romo Leroux y Asociados
DK Management Services
Entregas Especiales Espentregas
- Assisted Johnson & Johnson del Ecuador in the transfer of employees as part of the internal business reorganisation process that separated its consumer health business.
- Advised Likewize after it decided to close its operations in several Latin American countries including Ecuador.
- Represented Conecel in a claim involving an employee outsourced from a call centre who claimed it failed to recognise his labour rights.
Ecuador > Tax Tier 2The tax and customs team at CorralRosales advises both local and foreign clients in relation to tax assessment procedures, the analysis of tax components in cross-border transactions, due diligence processes and corporate restructurings. Led by Andrea Moya, highly regarded for her ability to devise tax efficient structures, the group showcases further capabilities in customs matters, with its recent advice to Ferrero del Ecuador regarding a customs safeguard payment over imports standing out in particular. Moya is supported by senior associate Ricardo Mancheno, who acts primarily in administrative and judicial proceedings, and reimbursement claims specialist María José Flores, another key practitioner from the associate ranks.
‘CorralRosales came strongly recommended and our experience working with them only reinforced that. The team not only delivered quality work product within our stated scope, but voluntarily called out other critical considerations we frankly did not think to ask. CorralRosales was an exceptional partner during the project and will likely remain a go-to advisor for us in Ecuador.’
‘Andrea Moya in particular was an excellent partner throughout the process. She constantly made herself available to us morning, noon, and night. Additionally, she demonstrated proficiency in distilling complex issues into a digestible manner that we could understand.’
‘Andrea Moya is extremely reachable, available on short notice, and knowledgeable. Maria Jose Flores gives clear advice, has great communication, and has great knowledge of the industry.’
‘CorralRosales is the firm which best understands our business. It stands out for its practical, business sense. This is present in all their lawyers, particularly Andrea Moya. They are all excellent lawyers, purposeful, agile, and have great business sensitivity and empathy.’
United Parcel Service Co.
Raúl Coka Barriga
- Advised UPS on the challenge of a tax assessment issued by the SRI in connection with corporate income tax paid in 2015.
- Advised Ferrero del Ecuador on a legal challenge regarding the payment of a customs safeguard on imports of raw materials from Colombia.
- Advised Hannover Rück on several refund claims before the SRI to recover income tax withheld.
CorralRosales > Firm Profile
CorralRosales is a prominent law firm in Ecuador. Since its incorporation, the firm has focused on providing legal services in the different areas demanded by local and multinational companies with operations and interests in Ecuador. CorralRosales’ current portfolio of clients, which includes international and multinational companies from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, who operate in the most diverse sectors and industries, denotes the high degree of trust in the analysis, legal advice and creative solutions CorralRosales provides.
CorralRosales 40+ years of experience in advising and representing corporate clients in key fields for business, especially corporate, employment, tax, competition, intellectual property, regulatory and litigation, endorse CorralRosales’ local and international standing. The well-doing of the team of specialized professionals that make up CorralRosales, has led the firm to be highlighted by the main international legal directories, including Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, Latin Lawyer, The Legal 500, Leaders League, WTR, among others.
Some of the clients that have trusted the firm thanks to its business-oriented approach include: AIG, Avon, Banco Pichincha, Conecel (Claro), IBM, Google, General Electric, Marriott Hotels, Mastercard, Nestlé, Novartis and Repsol.
Main areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: CorralRosales has a strong track record advising national and international clients in the incorporation of companies, day to day corporate legal advice, and complex corporate transactions and operations. The firm is highly renowned for its experience in M&A transactions, successfully dealing with share purchase agreements; asset purchase agreements; drafting, preparation and review of contracts and other documents; commercial trusts; international leases; and preparation of due diligence reports.
Intellectual property: the team is one of the most respected in the region, comprising lawyers, agents, and technical staff, who provide services in IP and counseling. It offers cutting edge services in every aspect of IP law, including patent, trademark, copyright, design, litigation, anti-counterfeiting, comprehensive portfolio management, prosecution, enforcement and more. It is one of the few firms with an Ecuadorian regulatory and litigation practice within its IP organization. The IP regulatory practice assists companies in highly regulated industries (including pharma, medical devices, agribusiness, food, and beverages) obtaining proper authorizations from government agencies.
Labour law and immigration: CorralRosales advises domestic and foreign companies in all areas related to the employer-employee relationship. This includes day-to-day issues as employment agreements tailored to specific needs, internal work regulations, consultations on hiring alternatives, employment of disabled employees, among others. The firm performs employment due diligence and work on tailoring the best alternatives to cope with existing risks or liabilities. The firm also has experience in handling litigation and administrative claims, as well as collective bargaining proceedings. It offers a wide range of corporate immigration services, including obtaining work permits, temporary visas, work visas and permanent resident visas to expatriates and foreign employees.
Dispute resolution: CorralRosales covers all Ecuadorian courts and venues — effectively representing local and foreign clients in a wide spectrum of disputes. Members have experience in civil, administrative and arbitral disputes as well as industry specific cases including aviation, automotive, banking, pharmaceutical, retail, food and beverage, and telecoms. The firm’s litigation strategy considers the characteristics of the client, their sector and the legal avenue applicable to the case. This provides clients with an exhaustive analysis of the risks associated with the dispute and establish mitigation and preventive mechanisms.
Banking and finance and capital markets: advising private banks, multilateral agencies, as well as domestic and multinational companies in the negotiation and structuring of financial transactions. Lawyers in the area rely on multi-disciplinary teams that include experts in finance, tax, and sector-specific regulation. Drafting, preparation, and review of agreements and other loan documents; financial structuring; project financing, secured transactions; as well as day to day general advice. Additionally, the firm is highly knowledgeable in capital markets law, including regulatory matters, public stock and bond offerings, as well as debt restructurings.
Competition/antitrust: the firm covers all areas of competition and antitrust, together with regulatory and consumer protection matters, including representation of clients in investigation proceedings and related litigation, as well as negotiation of leniency and similar agreements. The team participates in complex mergers, acquisitions, integrations, antitrust due diligence and development of good practices and policies.
Compliance: advising domestic and international clients on compliance issues. Investigations dealing with government procurement and private dealings. Development and enforcement of compliance policies and compliance due diligence. Specialized team in high-profile investigations, the review, and implementation of compliance programs and the due diligence of third parties in the context of M&A, distribution, and other transactions.
Energy and natural resources: the department is divided into three industries: mining, oil and gas, and electricity. It advises clients on numerous administrative procedures for obtaining permits, licenses, concessions, and authorizations within their respective fields. The firm has substantive knowledge of the different industries, so it can advise on all stages involving the client’s business. Environmental: The firm has experience in the different environmental fields, advising clients on obtaining permits, defense on sanctioning proceedings, environmental damage, preventive due diligence and advice on good environmental and social practices.
Public procurement: CorralRosales has an extensive background advising on all aspects of public procurement in Ecuador, including public-private partnerships. The firm advises clients on pre-contractual matters, negotiation, and execution of all type of agreements and resolution of related disputes, including consulting agreement, the supply of goods and rendering of services to government entities. Additionally, the team has broad experience advising clients on audit proceedings conducted by the government audit agencies.
Tax and customs: CorralRosales provides advising services and representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. The firm has successfully sponsored lawsuits against tax assessments made by the Internal Revenue Service and the National Customs Service of Ecuador to local and international clients. In addition, the department has participated in due diligence processes, the analysis of tax consequences derived from processes of acquisition or merger of businesses, the analysis of risks in complex transactions and the drafting of structures for tax planning.
TMT: the experienced team serves major clients across the TMT sector, including leading telecoms companies, digital business and IT. It is renowned for its work in contentious, regulatory and transactional matters.
Languages: Spanish, English
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|Banking and finance
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|Ramón Paz y Miño
|Energy and natural resources
|María Cecilia Romoleroux
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