The Legal 500 is proud to present to you the latest edition of the GC Powerlist: Ecuador. This eagerly awaited publication is committed to acknowledging and commemorating the outstanding achievements of the foremost in-house lawyers in the country.
This publication shines a spotlight on the noteworthy contributions of in-house counsel to businesses in Ecuador, standing as a testament to their expertise, leadership, and unwavering commitment to excellence. This 2023 edition underscores exceptional achievements and innovative approaches taken by the selected individuals as they navigate the intricate landscape of Ecuadorian law. Addressing challenges such as the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI), relationships with business partners, diversity and inclusion initiatives, among others, these professionals have showcased resilience and adaptability in a dynamic legal environment.
Within this publication, you’ll discover in-depth profiles and exclusive interviews featuring the most influential and esteemed in-house lawyers spanning various industries in Ecuador. These individuals consistently showcase their prowess in steering legal strategy, adeptly managing risks, and offering strategic counsel to their respective organisations. Their achievements not only serve as inspiration to the legal community but also exemplify the profound impact in-house lawyers can wield on the business strategy and success of their organisations.
This research brings to light several key findings, including the continuous and fast-growing application of AI within legal departments. As voiced by many in-house lawyers, echoed by Pedro del Pozo, senior counsel at Cirion Technologies, “we have already implemented platforms to attend our internal client by using artificial intelligence, which have allowed us to have better response times and thus contribute to the closing of important businesses on a daily basis.” In-house lawyers are recognising the potential of AI to enhance various aspects of their roles. One key area is the automation of routine tasks, allowing legal professionals to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and allocate more time to strategic and high-value activities. Undoubtedly, AI stands out as a noteworthy subject for in-house lawyers to monitor closely.
Furthermore, our findings underscore a persistent need for enhancing the relationship between legal teams and business partners. Despite the demonstrated value of in-house counsel, particularly evident during the challenges of the pandemic, there remains an opportunity for further advancement in cultivating more robust collaboration and mutual understanding between the legal and business functions. As perfectly put by Ricardo Dávalos at Linde, “[t]he best way to create strong relationships with our business partners is to stablished the “game rules” from the beginning of the relationship and to align our values and principles permanently.” In all, as voiced by in-house lawyers in general, this ongoing commitment to strengthening collaboration is vital for maximising the collective impact of both legal and business expertise within any organisation.
Legal departments in Ecuador are also quickly increasing their efforts on diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives. As our research underscores, fostering an inclusive culture for all is a top priority for in-house lawyers, as they are dedicated to showcasing the best version of their employees, irrespective of any external factor that is not relevant to their work. As stated by Gabriela Jijón, general counsel at Holcim, “[p]romoting an inclusive culture for all is a priority and we strive to highlight the best version of our employees regardless of their age, nationality or gender.” As a key takeaway from the many interesting interviews within this publication is the broad understanding that embracing the richness of perspectives that diversity brings, cultivating a culture where each employee can reach their full potential, fostering innovation and collaboration, will only bring benefits to the development and growth of companies in the country.
Within this publication, you’ll find exclusive content on various pertinent topics and challenges for all things in-house legal. Delve into the GC Powerlist: Ecuador 2023 and uncover the remarkable stories of these exceptional individuals. Through their experiences and insights, our aim is to offer a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape in Ecuador, emphasising the indispensable role played by in-house legal teams.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all the featured in-house lawyers for their invaluable contributions and for generously sharing their professional journeys with us. It brings us great pleasure to present to you this distinguished list, showcasing Ecuador’s most outstanding, dedicated, and celebrated in-house lawyers.
Francisco Faria e Castro | Senior research analyst | GC Powerlist series
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.
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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.