Whether you have a local start-up, an international NGO or a global enterprise, Paz Horowitz (PH) delivers the legal power and understanding needed to fulfil our clients’ goals. For PH and its clients, this means “doing well by doing it right”.
Founded in 1991, PH delivers strategic, creative and profitable solutions based on clients’ needs, interests, plans and goals. We strive for clarity, frankness and fairness; and we appreciate clients who challenge us to further improve our services and the practice of law.
Paz Horowitz is the first law firm in Ecuador to sign the UN Women's Empowerment Principles and to join the UN Global Compact. In 2016, PH was recognised as a pro bono leading light by Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center.
Paz Horowitz consistently receives leadership recognition from Chambers, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250 and IFLR.
Anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance: PH provides compliance advice, due diligence, investigations, training and follow-up, and works with clients to create ethics, and compliance manuals that fit the client’s business and situation, as well as training courses that comply with the FCPA and local law requirements. Partner Bruce Horowitz is presently the only person recommended in Ecuador for anti-corruption compliance. Paz Horowitz is a founding sponsor of the Centre for the Study of Bribery, Extortion and Coercion Situations, under the auspices of the University San Francisco de Quito.
Arbitration/dispute resolution: PH takes a proactive approach to reduce and avoid unnecessary litigation, presenting alternative solutions to avoid conflict. The firm is praised for its arbitration experience under bilateral investment treaties before the ISCID and under UNCITRAL, ICC and ISCID rules and also represents clients in national arbitration and litigation proceedings.
Energy, oil and mining: PH participates in various renewable energy projects at the national and international level. The hydrocarbons practice area represents some of the largest investment ventures in Ecuador, leading up, mid and downstream, exploration, exploitation, mature fields, transportation and distribution matters. PH has participated in numerous mining exploration and exploitation contracts between international, regional and state companies under new legislation.
Intellectual property: The IP team produces creative and cutting-edge legal work, such as the world’s first texture mark registration, the first sound mark registration in South America, the world’s first Ecuadorian Denomination of Origin, and the use of new criminal law, antitrust, competition and enterprise secret laws to protect and increase the value of intellectual property in Ecuador.
Corporate: One of the most notable areas of the firm is its corporate department, with a prominent team that has extensive experience advising several national and international clients. The corporate area at Paz Horowitz Abogados specialises in advising for the creation of companies, and choosing of the suitable type of company for the client. Allowing to make use of the definition of a company as a legal vehicle for a particular business. The firm provides an excellent quality legal analysis, practical approach to the needs of the clients, political analysis and responsiveness.
Public procurement: PH counsels on compatibility and applicability of international rules to Ecuadorian law, bid terms and requests, qualification of suppliers and bidders and drafting and submission of offers, proposals and documents.
Tax/transfer pricing: PH advises in tax compliance, complex tax transactions and litigation before the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service and courts. Its specialised team includes a tax expert to provide accounting, audit and transactional support.
Other practice areas: antitrust; labour, employment, social security; aviation; banking and finance; real estate; corporate/commercial/M&A; telecommunications; environmental; wills, estate planning and powers of attorney; and franchising.Calle del Establo y Calle E.
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Cumbayá – Quito, EcuadorTel: +593 2 3982 900