Jorge Paz-Durini > Dentons Paz Horowitz > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Paz Horowitz
Calle del establo y calle E.
Site Center, Torre 1, oficina 301.
Cumbaya, Quito

Work Department

Corporate/Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources, Arbitration/Litigation, Aviation, Real Estate, Tax, Tourism.


Co-Founder Partner


Jorge has a Juris Doctor and more than 30 years of experience on M&A, corporate, tax, arbitration, public procurement, aviation, mining and oil law. He is well-known for his work in mining, energy, and international contracts, and he has a wide legal experience advising multinational clients on corporate matters and in the international sector.

He has led important M&A for multinational companies as well as successfully implemented corporate restructures for the most important Galápagos cruise operations and the largest car distributors in Ecuador.

Jorge led and managed a litigious process that became one of the first three cases to be solved by the National Court, under the new procedural system in Ecuador.

Also, he has been recognized over the years by Chambers and Partners, LACCA, Latin Lawyer, Legal 500, among others for the quality of his work.


Spanish, English, Italian


  • Mining Chamber of Ecuador
  • American-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce
  • Ecuadorian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


  • Master of Laws, Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, United States, 1991.
  • Juris Doctor, Universidad Católica de Quito, Ecuador, 1986.

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Dispute resolution

Dentons Paz Horowitz, the Ecuadorian branch of global firm Dentons, which was formed through its merger with local practice Paz Horowitz Abogados in July 2021, is well placed to handle cross-border matters, and has seen a recent uptick in arbitration and mediation work, including several international cases. The team represents clients from a wide range of industries, with notable recent instructions in the fields of aviation, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and mining. Procurement and administrative law specialist Agustín Acosta Cárdenas leads the team alongside Patricia Andrade, who handles labour disputes, and associate Leyre Suarez, who is active across the full spectrum of contentious work. Founding partner Jorge Paz-Durini is another key figure within the team, particularly for arbitration matters.

Ecuador > Real estate

Dentons Paz Horowitz provides a full service in the real estate field, with a substantial regulatory practice that handles permits and registrations, the structuring of subdivisions, title issues and horizontal property declarations. On the transactional front, the firm is highly experienced in sale and purchase agreements, leasing deals and real estate transfers in an M&A context. Jorge Paz-Durini co-leads the team, and advises developers on the full life cycle of their projects from planning to post-sale, while senior associate and fellow co-head Verónica Mieles is frequently instructed by financial institutions with interests in the real estate space.

Ecuador > Banking and finance

Ecuadorian firm Paz Horowitz Abogados greatly expanded its capacity for international work through its merger with global powerhouse Dentons to form Dentons Paz Horowitz in July 2021. The ‘hugely knowledgeable‘ Rocio Córdova leads the banking and finance team and focuses her practice on advising foreign lenders in relation to both secured and unsecured loans in Ecuador, as well as local regulations. Jorge Paz-Durini is another key figure in the team, with a long track record of advising international financial institutions.

Ecuador > Corporate and M&A

Local practice Paz Horowitz Abogados significantly expanded its capacity for cross-border corporate work with its July 2021 merger with global firm Dentons, forming Dentons Paz Horowitz. The firm is particularly active in the M&A field, having recently advised international clients, as well as domestic players, on their acquisitions. Jorge Paz-Durini is known for his energy expertise, and leads the practice alongside Agustín Acosta Cárdenas and Rocio Córdova. Senior associate Maria del Mar Heredia provides support with M&A and corporate restructurings.

Ecuador > Energy and natural resources

With significantly expanded cross-border capabilities, the new Ecuadorian arm of global firm Dentons, Dentons Paz Horowitz, is highly active in the mining sector, offering regulatory, corporate and transactional advice to both domestic and international clients. The team also advises clients in the oil sector, particularly in dealings with government bodies, such as obtaining authorisations. The practice is led by Jorge Paz-Durini and Juan Carlos Pérez, both of whom are highly experienced in the mining sector, while senior associates Gabriel Santelices and Maria del Mar Heredia provide key support, with the former focusing on mining law and environmental compliance, while the latter handles corporate work.