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 > Tax

Andrea Moya leads the tax practice at CorralRosales, which focuses on advising clients with respect to complex transactions, share and asset transfers, customs regulations, and corporate restructurings. The team also represents clients in contentious issues – a case in point being its recent representation of the Association of Airline Representatives in Ecuador (ARLAE) before the National Court of Justice. Additional figure of note include senior partner Xavier Rosales who is noted for his advice on tax issues in relation to corporate transactions; and senior associate Ricardo Mancheno, a tax advisory specialist who also has experience in administrative and judicial proceedings.

Ecuador > Competition and antitrust

The competition practice at CorralRosales offers a service that extends to both contentious and non-contentious work, advising clients on merger control, unfair competition, abuse of market power claims and administrative and judicial proceedings. The practice is co-led by experienced senior partner Xavier Rosales, who has a ‘holistic view’ of competition and antitrust issues; and senior associate Ana Samudio, who has a strong background in administrative and regulatory matters. Francisco Rosales is another integral member of the practice, particularly for preventative competition strategies related to international.

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

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CorralRosales often ‘exceeds expectations’ when it comes to instructing high-profile foreign businesses with regard to operations in Ecuador. With a full-service offering, the practice acts for the likes of Nestlé, Bayer and Marriot Hotels on a range of M&A, corporate restructurings, financing transactions and shareholder agreements. Recently, it acted for “Internet of Things” company Location World Holdings on a restructuring tailored towards the transfer of a holding company to a foreign market and the opening of several subsidiaries across Latin America. The matter was led by Leading this matter and heading the wider corporate practice is founding partner Xavier Rosales, who is highly-regarded for his work on complex cross-border transactions. Co-founding partner Francisco Rosales, along with Santiago Palacios  and Rafael Rosales, round out the practice’s four-partner team, further extending the firm’s expertise regarding entry into the Ecuadorian market: all three are senior figures who have amassed considerable experience across the corporate transactional spectrum. From the associate ranks, seniors Milton Carrera and Ricardo Mancheno are both highlighted for their broad practices that range across corporate day-to-day matters to transactional and immigration work.

Ecuador > Dispute resolution

CorralRosales is particularly active in the field of civil, commercial and administrative litigation. It is also active in arbitral matters and has experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. The team is led by Santiago Palacios, with a focus on the real estate, insurance, energy and finance sectors; he represents clients in a broad range of litigious and arbitral disputes and has a particular niche in procurement disputes. Additional partner level participation is provided by managing partner Xavier Rosales who is noted for arbitration cases and disputes relating to competition; while at associate level, senior Mateo Zavala, undertakes civil, administrative, constitutional and labour litigation (including procedural elements), along with administrative sanctioning proceedings.