Ecuador 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Ecuador 2022

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Alejandra Salazar Parada

Legal chief and corporate affairs | Quala

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Alfonso Eduardo Robles Alcivar

Legal director | Unicomer de Ecuador

Consumer products

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Alfredo González Garavito

Legal and corporate affairs director | Sumesa

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Alfredo Morla Béjar

Legal counsel | Comandato

Consumer products

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Ana Cristina Lapentty

Legal and government affairs manager | Productos Avon Ecuador

Consumer products

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Ana Maria Salas Arevalo

Legal director | Las Lomas Ciudad Industrial y Comercial

Industrials and real estate

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Andrea Peñarreta Gallego

Legal counsel and compliance officer | Nutreco

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Andrea Torres

Corporate counsel | SBA Communications Corporation - Ecuador

Telecommunication services

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Andrés Sánchez Pullas

Senior legal counsel | Banco Pichincha

Financials

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Arantzazu Torres Mendoza

Legal director | Grupo AJE

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Arody Perdomo Fernández

Head legal and compliance EC-PE | OLX

Consumer products

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Beatriz Tato

Compliance officer | Telefónica

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Camila Peña Arellano

Chief legal | Banco Internacional Ecuador

Financials

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Carla Hernandez

General Legal Counsel Venezuela and Ecuador | Unilever

Consumer products

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Carlos Alberto Cabezas Delgado

Legal manager | Duragas Abastible

Energy and utilities

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Carlos Briceño Martinez

Legal manager | Lundin Gold

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Carlos Crespo

Legal manager | Inproel

Energy and utilities

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Carolina Burgos

Corporate lawyer | Coheco

Energy and utilities

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Claudia Pernas Pavisic

Legal director | Chubb

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Cristian Troya Flores

Legal manager Candean region | Novartis

Healthcare

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Cristina Lazo

Legal and corporate affairs director | DP World

Transport and infrastructure

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Dana Benitez

Legal manager | Pronaca

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Denisse Cardenas

Head of legal advice | Banco de Machala

Financials

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Diego A. Calderón C.

Gerente legal and apoderado especial | Directv Ecuador

Telecommunication services

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Diego Martinez

Legal manager | Banco Guayaquil

Financials

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Diego Medina

Legal director | Cobiscorp

Information technology

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Fernando Donoso

Director legal ecuador and legal counselor | Huawei Technologies

Telecommunication services

Gabriel Solís Vinueza

Legal director | Grupo Sudinco

Industrials and real estate

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Gabriela Bajaña Rivadeneira

Legal manager | El universo

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Galo Fernando Chávez Pérez

Legal manager | Fresenius Medical Care

Healthcare

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Giancarlo D’Aniello

Director jurídico | Concentración Deportiva de Pichincha

Non-profit / public sector

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Guillermo Daniel Domínguez Cueva

General counsel | Seguros Unidos

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Hans Cremieux

Gerente legal and asuntos corporativos  | Tesalia CBC

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Héctor Almeida

Gerente legal | Bolsa de Valores de Quito

Financials

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Jean Carlos García Toro

Legal manager | Corporación Fernández

Consumer products

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Jenny Peñaherrera

Legal counsel Ecuador | Pluspetrol

Energy and utilities

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Jessica Medina

Jefe legal corporativo | Grupo Pichincha

Financials

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Jose Mena

Gerente legal  | ToniCorp

Food, beverages and tobacco

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José Antonio Paulson

Lawyer | Netlife

Information technology

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José Ignacio Mena

Legal manager | Tonicorp

Food, beverages and tobacco

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José Javier Rodríguez Acosta

Legal manager | Reybanpac

Food, beverages and tobacco

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José María Gordillo Morales

Legal manager - Ecuador | SBA Communications

Telecommunication services

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José Ortega Amoroso

Legal manager | Unión Cementera Nacional UCEM

Industrials and real estate

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Juan Dousdebes

Legal director | Teojama Comercial

Financials

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Juan Carlos Domínguez

Legal manager | Santos CMI

Industrials and real estate

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Juan Fernando Noboa

Legal vicepresident | Banco Guayaquil

Financials

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Juan Francisco Salvador

Corporate manager of management control and risks and legal | Corporación GPF - Grupo Fybeca

Consumer products

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Juan Francisco González

Legal transformation and compliance manager | Banco Pichincha

Financials

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Juan Pablo Rojas

Head of legal | Ecuavisa

Information technology

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Julissa Vásquez Muñoz

Legal manager | Banco Amazonas

Financials

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Karina Aguirre

Head of legal | Difare

Healthcare

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Karina Alexandra Larrea Rodríguez

Legal counsel GM Ecuador legal department  | Fresenius Medical Care

Healthcare

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Karla Ortiz Mora

Senior counsel | Phoenix Tower International

Telecommunication services

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Leonardo Viteri

Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs | Reybanpac

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Lisa Abcarius Racines

Chief legal counsel | Banco Capital

Financials

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Lorena Montesdeoca

Chief legal counsel | Puntonet

Telecommunication services

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Lucía Negrete

Legal manager | KFC Ecuador

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Luis Eduardo Narváez Aguirre

Head of legal Latin America | Synlab

Healthcare

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Luis Vernaza

General Counsel | Dole Food Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

Marco Andrés Espinoza

Corporate legal counsel | Arca Continental Ecuador

Consumer products

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María Belén Freire Prado

Legal chief and corporate affairs | Corporación El Rosado

Consumer products

María de Lourdes Ortiz Tovar

Legal counsel | TMF Group

Commercial and professional services

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Maria del Carmen Burgos

Legal director | Claro

Information technology

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María Gabriela Jijón

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Holcim

Industrials and real estate

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María José Escarcellé

Abogada | Telefónica

Telecommunication services

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María Paula Grijalva

Chief legal counsel | Barka Capital

Financials

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Mariela Anchundia Mieles

Legal assistant manager | Latam Airlines Ecuador

Transport and infrastructure

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Martín  Espinosa

Legal and corporate affairs director | Cervecería Nacional

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Michael Alexander Medina Cevallos

Director jurídico | Grupo Empresarial Espinoza - GES

Energy and utilities

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Nicolas Castro

Legal director | Grupo Almar Ecuador

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Nicolás Emilio Ruiz Bravo

Legal counsel GM Ecuador legal department  | Motors del Ecuador

Consumer products

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Oscar Javier Niquinga Salazar

Legal manager | Andes Petroleum

Energy and utilities

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Pablo Andrade

Head of legal and compliance andean cluster (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) | Alcon

Healthcare

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Pablo Javier Del Pozo

Senior corporate counsel, LATAM | Lumen Technologies

Telecommunication services

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Patricia Villamarín Andrade

Gerente legal y relaciones publicas  | UNACEM Ecuador

Industrials and real estate

Patricio Viteri

General counsel and chief compliance officer  | DK Management Services

Commercial and professional services

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Paul Rolando Leon Altamirano

Legal manager | Grupo Consenso

Commercial and professional services

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Paulina Zambrano

Legal manager | Liberty Seguros Ecuador

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Rafael Garcia

Legal manager | Samsung

Information technology

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Rafael Serrano Barona

Chief legal officer | Location World

Information technology

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Ricardo Dávalos Cornejo

Gerente legal and compliance Ecuador, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Aruba and Curazao | Linde

Energy and utilities

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Roberto Dipinto-Cafiero

ECP senior legal counsel | Schlumberger

Energy and utilities

Roberto Moreno Arévalo

Legal manager | Cervecería Nacional

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Roberto Naranjo Merizalde

Corporate legal manager | Asesoría y control

Commercial and professional services

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Roberto Rada Salazar

Legal manager | LG Electronics Ecuador

Consumer products

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Roberto Vargas Romero

Corporate legal chief | Interoc Custer

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Santiago Armijos Valdivieso

Legal manager | Banco de Loja

Financials

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Shannyra Gordillo

Legal manager | Automotores y Anexos

Consumer products

Sofia Almeida

General counsel | Zurich Seguros Ecuador

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Teodoro Maldonado

General counsel | Conecel

Telecommunication services

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Vicente Egas

Counsel EC | Philip Morris International

Food, beverages and tobacco

Vivian Hernández Pico

Director of legal affairs | Mapfre Ecuador

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Xavier Granja Cisneros

Chief legal counsel | Yanbal

Consumer products

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Ximena Beatriz  Espinosa Barrera

Gerente legal  | Banco Solidario

Financials

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Ximena Espinosa Barrera

Legal manager | Banco Solidario

Financials

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Yoandy Vega

Legal director | Wayra Energy

Energy and utilities

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Yuri Velázquez

Legal counsel | Santa Priscila

Food, beverages and tobacco

Ecuador has a rich natural endowment which if combined with climate-friendly policies has the potential to be a source of the country’s sustainable economic development. With the government initiatives on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) such as the Green Bonus scheme, Ecuador’s in-house lawyers have been proactive in navigating their organisations by encouraging eco-friendly policies and socially responsible governance. Despite the challenges the country has faced through the unprecedented pandemic crisis, the legal teams serving the companies in Ecuador demonstrably helped businesses to drive success while mitigating risks and reducing potential legal issues.  

This year’s GC Powerlist: Ecuador highlights the role of in-house counsel playing a vital part in promoting global initiatives including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Taking the lead in implementing corporate agendas with social accountability, in-house counsel in Ecuador promoted diversity and inclusion as well as community engagement into their corporate governance   internal model. Recognised as business partner, the in-house legal role in Ecuador continues to evolve as strategic advisor, leading the latest opportunities and challenges.  

Remaining abreast of the latest legal technology, legal functions demonstrated their increasing efficiency and productivity over the pandemic. Technology will continue the push for in-house lawyers to work faster and smarter. Driving further efficiencies in processes, the counsel contained within these pages have utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.  

It was my pleasure to speak and extensively interview the most agile, innovative, and exceptional in-house lawyers in Ecuador spanning international and domestic business titans and organisations at the cutting edge of technology and the future of work, each with their own priorities and challenges. I would like to extend the sincerest gratitude to all the general counsel and in-house lawyers who participated in this edition of the GC Powerlist: Ecuador. This edition identifies the most impressive counsel who have tackled new challenges caused by the pandemic as well as the development of eco-friendly regulations and policies. 

GC Summit Ankara 2023

The Legal 500 granted the Ankara in-house community exclusive access to the groundbreaking GC Summit, an event dedicated solely to delving into the crucial legal challenges and opportunities faced by in-house legal specialists in the Turkish capital.

Setting the tone for the event, Murat Yazıcı, the founder of Yazıcı Attorney Partnership, delivered a compelling opening keynote address. He passionately explored the active role that general counsel can and should play in today’s dynamic world, addressing the imminent challenges on the horizon.

Throughout the day, we were privileged to glean insights from eminent private practice attorneys at Erciyas, Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, Gonen Law Office, and Tunca Attorney Partnership. Additionally, the perspectives and ideas of senior in-house attorneys from renowned companies such as LG Electronics, KİBAR Holding A.Ş., Hyundai Assan Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Rönesans Holding, Akfen Holding, Pragma, Gülermak Group, Kalyon Holding, Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş., COB Tüprag, and Limak Group of Companies, among others, enriched our understanding. The Istanbul Arbitration Centre also made valuable contributions.

The agenda encompassed a diverse range of topics, including navigating internal challenges with insights from leading in-house counsel; exploring current trends and sectorial insights in M&A transactions with a focus on key elements for a successful deal and legal challenges; mastering the art of crafting effective contracts by navigating drafting, negotiations, and key considerations; and delving into strategic investment dynamics in mining and energy, where discussions centered around navigating legal frameworks, building trust, and managing public perception for in-house success.

Bringing the event to a powerful conclusion, Başak Gürbüz, Visa’s principal regional counsel, delivered an inspiring presentation. She summarized the day’s key insights and explored the pivotal role of in-house counsel in today’s ever-evolving landscape, offering valuable insights on managing organizational expectations effectively.

We are grateful for the excellent response from sponsors, speakers and delegates.

Finally, we’d like to thank the moderators and panellists who helped construct a great program that ensured the summit’s success and enabled all of you to attend.

Until the next time, take care.