QIL+4 Abogados is a top-tier full-service law firm, providing and coordinating legal services in the Central American region. We are one of the largest firms in Guatemala.
The firm’s experienced and committed legal team provides top legal services across a wide range of practice areas, applying the highest standards. Our multi-disciplinary, diverse legal team is one of our greatest assets.
Our clients, who range from governments, state-owned entities, banks and financial institutions to local and international companies, value our legal expertise and advice.
Banking and finance: The firm participates in project and corporate finance transactions and capital-market deals, representing national and international financial institutions, development banks, institutional investors, multilateral agencies, corporate borrowers, sovereign and other public issuers, trustees and trust companies, underwriters and arrangers.
Corporate, commercial and transactional: The firm offers specialised advice on corporate and commercial law matters and international transactional work. Legal services are focused on minimising contractual risk and seeking sustainable growth, adding value to the shareholders business.
Competition law and antitrust: Guatemala is in the process of approving legislation on unfair competition and antitrust practices. The firm has been following this process and preparing clients to adapt to this changing legal environment.
Dispute resolution: The team is renowned for its solid litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice, including international commercial and investment arbitration. The firm handles complex litigation and arbitration cases in the areas of civil, commercial, criminal, IP, banking, tax, administrative and constitutional law for our corporate and individual clients.
Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: participation in negotiation of statutes, amendments to legislation and decisions related to the Guatemalan and Central American energy sector, as well as hold an active chair in the electricity market coordination body. The team has been involved in most of the high-level electricity and infrastructure transactions and tender processes in the past few years and are recognised as top leaders in their field.
Environmental: due diligence assessments, public and private transactions relating to the carbon market, debt-for-nature-swaps, certified emissions reduction deals in the institutional and voluntary markets and environmental services, implementing the required structures or vehicles for their proper development and performance.
Labour and employment: highly experienced in representing multinational and corporate clients in conflict prevention (including its own proprietary compliance methodology), compliance, negotiation, crisis management, negotiation and litigation.
Insurance and reinsurance: highly experienced team advises insurance companies in daily operations, registrations, insurance and reinsurance claims. We have participated in mergers and divestitures involving complete companies or separate divisions.
Intellectual property: The firm’s strong IP practice advises multinational companies on issues such as IP rights, due diligence, litigation, trade secrets and trademarks, trademark and patent infringement actions, unfair competition, copyright infringement actions and copyright registration.
Mergers and acquisitions: The top-ranked team, supports clients in the different stages involved, such as due diligence, risk assessment, mitigation and problem solving, pre and post-closing commitments, potential liabilities, negotiation, sunset clauses, escrow and hold-out obligations and implementation of the optimum legal and tax structure to accomplish the deal.
Real estate: effective and efficient advice to commercial developments, apartment buildings, housing projects, resorts and individual transactions, as well as private equity transactions involving large areas of land intended for forestry or agricultural products.
Tax: It provides legal support on complex tax planning and compliance aspects of day to day matters, corporate reorganisations, M&A, financings and restructurings issues and non-profit organisations, integrating both local and foreign tax considerations.
In the past few years the firm has been actively involved in effective compliance and governance programmes, planning and due diligence, actively advising in anticorruption matters. QIL+4 Abogados remains leader as advisers in sensitive crisis management and risk mitigation cases.