Ferrere

Chambers Latin American 2016, Ecuador

Corporate M&A

Regional firm with significant activity in the Ecuadorian corporate market. Routinely advises domestic and multinational companies on a wide range of corporate and financial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border loans and establishment of operations in Ecuador.

Strengths

"The firm has a client-oriented and innovative approach to rendering legal services and provides a high-quality and prompt service."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Javier Robalino-Orellana earns widespread recognition among market commentators for "his readiness to implement solutions that satisfiy the needs of our company, as well as his comprehensive approach towards carrying out tasks." He advises on cross-border M&A, serving predominantly international clients.

Clients praise partner Paola Gachet, saying: "She is a professional and has profound knowledge of commercial, corporate and tax law." Sources highlight their appreciation for "her readiness to work according to a non-standard schedule." She regularly advises clients on public procurement, offering special expertise in consulting contracts for public works.

Dispute Resolution

Solid regional player handling international arbitration and litigation, including administrative, competition and labour disputes. Represents a noteworthy client roster comprised of local and multinational companies from the oil and gas, mining and insurance sectors.

Strengths

"The lawyers are strategic thinkers, highly capable, prompt in their responses and efficient; they also have good interpersonal skills."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Javier Robalino-Orellana is highlighted by peers as "a very active lawyer, especially in energy-related disputes." Market commentators recognise his experience working with international counsel and describe him as "highly professional and reliable." He acts as both arbitration counsel and arbitrator in a range of international disputes.

Energy & Natural Resources

Full-service firm with a flourishing energy and natural resources practice. Acts for a variety of domestic and international clients from the energy, financial services and industrial engineering sectors. Covers the full spectrum of sector matters with solid industry knowledge relating to oil and gas, and mining.

Strengths

"The lawyers are professional and have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the client."

Notable practitioners

Partner Javier Robalino-Orellana comes highly recommended by market commentators who are impressed with his service and describe him as "an experienced oil and gas lawyer." They go on to characterise him as "capable and intelligent."

Clients value head of department Andrés Donoso for his in-depth knowledge of the area, and deem him"a highly experienced lawyer." His other areas of focus include environmental law and regulatory matters.

Labour

Prominent firm advising on complex labour and employment matters with solid international expertise. Its client roster includes local and international companies from a range of industries. In addition, the team also handles contentious labour matters.

Strengths

"The firm has experienced lawyers with deep knowledge of the legislation, who help us get excellent results and provide us with a quality service."

Notable practitioners

Paulina Regalado Yépez is the key client contact.

TAX

What the team is known for Regional firm advising domestic and international clients on a broad scope of matters within the tax ambit including tax consultancy and transfer pricing. Also represents clients in litigation and counsels on the fiscal implications of complex cross-border transactions and foreign investments.

Strengths

"The firm has the ability to take different approaches to finding solutions and is very familiar with legal regulations. We have felt supported by its lawyers, who are flexible and available to help us and adapt to what we need for our business."

Notable practitioners

Clients praise partner Javier Robalino-Orellana for his "ability to anticipate problems and provide alternative solutions." He advises on the tax implications of M&A transactions for large multinationals, tax litigation and customs matters. He works closely with the oil and gas sector.

Head of department Paola Gachet is endorsed by clients for her "knowledge of Ecuadorian regulations." She is also singled out by sources for the "clarity in her legal opinions and her ability to react in an emergency." She focuses in particular on transfer pricing matters.

Real Estate

Pre-eminent practice recognised for its work on urban real estate matters, particularly in Quito and Guayaquil. Acts as counsel on high-profile infrastructure and development matters and is regularly sought after to assist with construction contracts and land acquisition issues. Routinely instructed by notable international players in the manufacturing, retail and infrastructure sectors.

Strengths

"They are exceptional and provide all the services we need. They also have experts in all areas to provide full coverage for our matters."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Sandra Reed is strongly endorsed by clients, who say: "She is an exceptional and dedicated lawyer. She has energy, a positive attitude, experience and knowledge of the global and regional landscapes. She also shows an understanding of finance and projects." Peers add that "she is an excellent lawyer who is a leader in real estate matters." She continues to be involved with the development of Quito's new international airport.

Peers praise head of department Diego Pérez-Ordóñez, stating: "He is an excellent lawyer." He has considerable experience in the real estate sector and recently advised Arca Continental on the construction of its new bottling plant.

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