Xavier Rosales > CorralRosales > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Banking and Finance, Competition, Corporate, Government Procurement, Intellectual Property, M&A




Xavier Rosales is a partner at CorralRosales. He has over 25 years’ experience representing local and international clients in banking and finance, competition, corporate, government procurement, intellectual property and mergers & acquisitions matters. Xavier leads the competition, corporate, and M&A areas. He advises clients across various industries, especially aviation, distribution and services, energy and natural resources, food and beverage, infrastructure and construction, insurance, pharma, and retail. 
In the corporate and M&A areas, Xavier advises national and international clients in relation to complex projects. His business-oriented legal advice along with his specific knowledge of the industry and economic understanding have been key to offering sophisticated and personalized solutions to his clients. Clients recognize his ability to develop strategies for complex cases. 
In the competition area, Xavier represents companies in merger authorization procedures. In addition, he defends clients against investigations into anti-competitive behavior, and advises on due diligence. Xavier has participated in many of the leading competition cases in Ecuador and clients appreciate the fact that he is highly respected by the relevant competition authority. Xavier also advises on competition issues at a regional level. 
In the area of ​​public procurement, Xavier advises national and international clients on the pre-contractual, negotiation and execution stages of public contracts, particularly in relation to special hiring processes, public-private partnerships, concessions and infrastructure projects. Additionally, he advises national and foreign clients on auditing processes and special examination by the Ecuadorian control bodies. 
Xavier actively participates in forums and conferences relating to his legal specialisms, and regularly produces publications for national and international media. 
Xavier has been recognized in legal publications such as: Chambers and Partners Global and Latin America, IFRL1000, LACCA, Latin Lawyer 250, Leaders League, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, among others. 


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Xavier is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Xavier RosalesCorralRosales

CorralRosales ‘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.

Ecuador > Dispute resolution

Santiago 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.

Ecuador > Competition and antitrust

CorralRosales 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.