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 systems that fit the client’s business and situation, as well as training courses that comply with the FCPA, ISO 37001 and local law requirements. Partner Bruce Horowitz is presently the only person recommended in Ecuador for anti-corruption compliance. Agustín Acosta Cárdenas has been certified as an auditor and implementer of ISO 37001. Paz Horowitz is a founding sponsor of the Center for the Study of Bribery, Extortion and Coercion Situations (CESSEC), under the auspices of the Universidad 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 related to BIT claims and also international commercial arbitration. Jorge Paz has participated as counsel in several commercial and investment claims, while Agustín Acosta Cárdenas has experience due to its experience as associate at Shearman and Sterling LLP arbitration team.
Aviation: The Aviation Law team handles all legal processes in which are involved different carriers and providers of different aviation services with Ecuador’s civil aviation authorities. Representative matters include: obtaining and renewing operation permits, coordination of the certification process for every type of aviation activity, and client advocacy before the Ecuadorian Civil Aviation Bureau (DGAC) and the National Aviation Council. We write and review contracts, represent clients in both civil and administrative disputes, and advise clients on corporate, tax and employment issues; we participate in the negotiation of bilateral agreements with third countries. We regularly participate in aviation law seminars and maintain professional relationships with aviation lawyer around the world. Our aviation law expert, Dr Juan Carlos Pérez, teaches aviation law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and has participated as speaker in different conferences, locally and abroad.
Corporate: The team provides advice in key IP areas such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, due diligence of IP; legal branding for creating strong brands; intellectual property prosecution, litigation and negotiation; protection of personal data, e-commerce, confidential information and trade secrets; structuring of franchises. The IP team is the first team in Ecuador prepared to provide services in technology transfer (TT) and freedom to operate (FTO) analysis. The team is leadered by Byron Robayo, who advised in the new IP Law and is also a WIPO consultant.
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. Jorge Paz is well recognised for its outstanding knowledge and experience in energy, oil and mining, as well as Juan Carlos Perez and Rocio Cordova.
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.
Tax/auditing/transfer pricing: PH advises in tax compliance, complex tax transactions and litigation before the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service and courts. Its specialised team includes tax, auditing and financial experts who provide accounting, auditing and transactional support.
Other recognised practice areas: antitrust; labour and employment, social security (led by Patricia Andrade), banking and finance; public procurement; real estate; telecommunications; estate planning.Calle del Establo y Calle E
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