Fabara & Compañía Abogados is an active M&A player. The firm has been active within a range of sectors but telecommunications has been particularly active. One public deal saw the firm advise AT&T with the Ecuadoran aspects of the merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The firm also saw a couple of confidential deals in the projects space. Siemens and Hitachi Kokusai are key clients of the firm.
Ferrere is the Ecuadoran leg of the South American regional firm which has offices in Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The firm continues to be a leading project development firm and strong financial and corporate player.
The firm has been active on key financings and acquisitions in the market. One deal example involves the firm’s advice to Inter-American Investment Corporation on a loan to LAAD Americas.
The firm’s project development team is active within the oil sector and has worked on development contracts and EPC agreements related to oil projects. The firm has also tapped into the PPP market. One project includes the firm’s advice to Schlumberger subsidiary on the implementation of the Specific Integrated Service Provision Contract with Petroamazonas EP.
Key financial and corporate clients include Uber and CAF Development Bank of Latin America. Respol and Orion Energy are prominent projects clients.
"I have a very high opinion of the firm. It pays full attention to each case, allocating appropriate time and resources, making you feel well attended. It does its best to understand the client's core needs and to propose creative (but sound) solutions to legal problems." - Litigation
"The firm has up-to-date legal knowledge of the hydrocarbons sector. It's also responsive and well versed in structuring requirements for foreign investment." - M&A
"The firm service is excellent, always on time, with a unique combination of deep technical understanding of the law and business-oriented solutions. Daniel Robalino is a strategic thinker and a skillful lawyer; whose ability to handle complex cross-border matters is praised by our management team. Daniel and his team provide very fast and sophisticated responses that actually has a tangible result and value for us." - M&A
"Ferrere is our preferred external law firm in Ecuador, with the highest level of expertise, quick and complete answers in multiple legal aspects, including without limitation as to regulatory, migratory, corporate, IP, JVs, acquisitions and dispositions. I do not hesitate to recommend it widely. As an opportunity for improvement, I would recommend improving response times in queries related to tax." - M&A
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce remains a leader in financial and corporate and project development matters and continues to work on some of the most significant deals in the market.
Energy and mining have been active sectors for the firm, though the firm is active across many sectors.
In one notable M&A deal, the firm advised Exxon Mobil Corporation in the sale of its Ecuadoran oil and fuel business to Copec.
In the projects space, the firm advised Lowell on a public bidding process for five new mining concessions.
The firm advises the likes of Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and QBE. Key projects clients include Codelco, BHP Billiton and Lundin Gold.
"I remain extremely happy with the services provided by PBP. I typically work on M&A transactions with it. The team is the most specialised in the country. It has the most significant experience in the sector and continues to be our main advisor, if we have the choice. It works diligently and the service is excellent. It is well versed with international standards for transactions and speaks the same language in cross border deals. It has a deep bench and has the right balance between senior partners' experience with the junior team's hard work. Another point to add is that it is truly a full service firm. The PBP standard is felt in all practice areas (tax, labour, corporate and litigation)." - M&A
Pino/Elizalde is active in M&A, financial services regulatory and project development.
In M&A, the firm advised beverage company Ab InBev in its merger with Sab Miller.
The financial services regulatory team represented Wells Fargo on its activities in Ecuador.
In project development, the firm is particularly active in the mining, energy and oil and gas sectors.
Key clients include Chubb Insurance, Holcim Ecuador, GEA Ecuador, Louis Dreyfuss, Traxys Europe and Ecoluxen.
“New and upcoming Guayaquil firm. It is comprised of a group of young and ambitious lawyers.” – M&A
"It is excellent, has a very professional group working together to cover all the clients' needs." - Project development
“Young and ambitious lawyer.”
“He is supremely smart, confident, but with good reason. His confidence inspires clients to proceed in challenging situations and those who trust his judgment are rewarded with excellent representation and outcomes.”
“He is excellent in all things.”
Profilegal Abogados is active in banking and project finance.
In project finance, the firm advised The Bus Station Foundation/Municipality of Guayaquil on a financing to fund the remodelling of the Central Bus Station of Guayaquil
Key clients include Cepsa, Otecel, Unibanco and Pacificard.