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Pino Elizalde Abogados

Work Department

Corporate, M&A.


Senior Partner


Founding partner of Pino Elizalde Abogados, member of the New York State Bar Association and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, which allows him to practice before the federal courts of the United States as well as the Courts of New York. His main practice area is to counsel our foreign clients in a wide variety of corporate matters, not only during their entry process in the Ecuadorian market, but also once the corporation has been established. Great part of his professional expertise is related to merger and acquisition processes of poorly regulated industries, as well as highly regulated ones, such as telecommunications and energy industries. He has been guest professor in Corporate Law and Arbitration Law in the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, as well as in International Law in the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo


Spanish and English


American Bar Association
New York State Bar


Master of Laws (LLM), Georgetown University

Especialista Superior en Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar

Abogado de las Cortes y Tribunales del Ecuador, Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Energy and natural resources

The energy and natural resources team at Guayaquil-based Pino Elizalde Abogados advises a variety of foreign entities and local companies, including oil traders and mineral processing companies, on regulatory issues relating to the expansion and financing of their local operations. The team is jointly led by dual-qualified (Ecuador/New York)name partner Daniel Pino (who focuses on transactional and financing matters in the sector); senior associate Jorge Cedeño (trading and exportation of natural resources, including trade finance; and dispute resolution) and associate Fernanda Guzmán (contractual and regulatory mattes) and is active in a range of financing and -genreally- downstream matters relating to the oil and mining industries. Recent mandates include acting for minerals and ore trading company Traxys Europe on it’s financings of local suppliers and processors, and its resource acquisitions. Associate Paulette Ocampo left in April 2022 to join the Presidencia de la República del Ecuador as a regulatory specialist.

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Daniel PinoPino Elizalde Abogados

The corporate practice at Pino Elizalde Abogados  undertakes M&A transactions, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and corporate restructurings, and has seen particular growth in terms of transactional mandates related to the real estate and agribusiness-exports sectors over the last couple of years. Clients highlight ‘great teamwork‘ and the firm prides itself on the corporate practice’s thorough integration with its other capabilities – particularly in tax, antitrust, IP, litigation, capital market and compliance. The team is led by name-partner Daniel Pino, who handles strategic corporate matters, corporate restructurings, international investment, financial and capital markets, commercial arbitration & bankruptcy proceedings, typically for clients in the oil, mining and natural resources, brewing & beverages, retail, pharmaceutical and agroindustrial sectors. At associte level, key support comes from dedicated corporate practitioner Fernanda Guzmán, with tax-specialist senior Montserrat Sánchez also leaning into the corporate areas as necessary. Associate Paulette Ocampo left the firm in April 2022 to join the Presidencia de la República del Ecuador as a regulatory specialist.

Ecuador > Real estate

The team at Pino Elizalde Abogados handles an array of real estate work that takes in regulatory, contractual, financial and tax-related matters. With further emphasis on structuring and construction projects, the firm also acts in disputes involving municipalities, with a focus on expropriation proceedings. The team is co-led by Daniel Pino, who focuses on contractual structuring; Jaime Arosemena, who has expertise in the leasing of commercial and industrial properties, and Jorge Cedeño, who is noted for his advice on complex real estate projects.