Senior lawyers leave Ecuador's Bustamante & Bustamante

Two senior lawyers from prominent Ecuadorean outfit Bustamante & Bustamante have joined forces with several of the firm's former associates to establish their own outfit as local legal market competition heats up.

Project finance partner Mario Alejandro Flor, 47, and senior disputes lawyer Agustín Hurtado, 47, announced the launch of Flor & Hurtado Abogados in Quito last week. They are joined by former Bustamante & Bustamante associates Andrés Ycaza, 34, Juan Carlos Peñafiel, 42, and Misael Ruiz, 42, all of whom have made partner. These three lawyers left Bustamante & Bustamante over the past 18 months. A sixth partner, José Cisneros, joins after working for nearly nine years as an independent practitioner. Flor & Hurtado also has four associates to its name.

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