Senior Partners: Juan Carlos Bustamante, José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa,
Josemaria Bustamante, Roque Bernardo Bustamante
Partners: Patricia Ponce, Francisco Bustamante, Carmen Robayo, Mario Flor, Agustin Hurtado, Bayardo Poveda
For over 60 years, Bustamante & Bustamante has been a leader in serving international corporate clients doing business in Ecuador. By Andean Community standards, the firm is large and includes four senior partners, six partners, 35 associates and over 70 supporting staff members, all largely bilingual. The firm was recognised as Best Ecuadorian Law Firm in 2015 by Who’s Who Legal and in 2012 by Chambers Latin America and is consistently recommended by Latin Lawyer 250. Ranked as Leading Law Firm by IFLR.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Intellectual Property: The firm offers a broad variety of services including trademark, domain name and patent registration as well as prosecutions, with vast experience in licensing agreements, customs recordals and IP litigation. Bustamante & Bustamante is the leading intellectual property firm in Ecuador. The firm offers a broad variety of services, including trademark, domain name, and patent registrations, as well as prosecutions, with vast experience in licensing agreements, customs recordals, and IP litigation. Our team works towards achieving that every trademark, invention and creation have the necessary legal protection to ensure their integrity and market recognition.
Oil & Gas (natural resources): The firm offers multidisciplinary advice for carrying out petroleum, energy, and mining production projects. In the oil area, Bustamante & Bustamante has traditionally provided legal services to global petroleum companies in their investments in Ecuador for upstream, midstream and downstream activities. The firm has been involved in almost all major deals in Ecuador, negotiations with the government and arbitration.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Bustamante & Bustamante advises local and international clientele with respect to initial due diligence as well as the subsequent planning and structuring of transactions. The firm has broad experience representing acquirers and targets in a variety of transactions, including mergers, stock purchases, and recapitalisations for joint ventures, strategic alliances, spin-offs and cross-border deals. The firm represents companies from diverse industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, telecommunications, consumer products, and food and beverages. Bustamante & Bustamante ensures innovative solutions under criteria of ethics and transparency to guarantee a reasonable appraisal of the business and protection against risk levels.
Taxation (taxation and foreign trade): In view of the complexity of tax matters in Ecuador and the growing number of tax litigation cases the firm handles, Bustamante & Bustamante has resolved to reinforce its Tax Department to offer its clients specialised services to keep their competitive position at the market based on proper financial and tax planning. The firm provides a customised tax plan for each corporate strategy, thus achieving a competitive edge in mergers, acquisitions, or restructuring that is based on forward-looking and multidisciplinary planning in tax management. The Tax Department is headed by senior partner and prominent tax expert, Juan Carlos Bustamante.
Antitrust (competition): Bustamante & Bustamante has successfully represented various multinationals in Antitrust compliance procedures, assisting investors in the mandatory authorisation process required for economic concentration operations. The firm performs a prior analysis of the market effects of each project to find the mechanisms needed to give a green light to each deal.
The firm maintains a system of cooperation with law firms throughout the Andean Community, which is particularly important for handling foreign investment and intellectual property matters. Bustamante & Bustamante is a member of MULTILAW, an association of independent law firms in private practice throughout the world, whose purpose is to aid members in serving their international clients. The firm is also a member of the International Bar Association (as the representative of Ecuador); American Society of International Law; International Trademark Association (INTA); Inter-American Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ASIPI); International Bar Association (IBA); and World Services Group (WSG).
In addition, the firm fights for the protection and defense of human, labour, and environmental rights, by being part of the United Nations Global Compact.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and French.Head office
Avdas. Patria y Amazonas
Edificio COFIEC, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 16th floors
Quito, Ecuador Tel: +593 2 2562 680 Fax + 593 2 2564 069