QIL+4 Abogados, one of the largest law firms in Guatemala, is a top-tier full-service professional team, coordinating legal services and providing tailored made solutions across Central America.
The firm’s clients, who range from governments, state-owned entities, banks and financial institutions to local and international companies, value its legal expertise and advice.
QIL+4 Abogados' multi-disciplinary, diverse and experienced team assists its clients across a wide range of practice areas:
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 provides its clients with specialised corporate, transactional and commercial law advise 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 closely 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 its corporate and individual clients.
Energy, public utilities and infrastructure: the firm has been involved in the negotiation of statutes, amendments to legislation and decisions related to the Guatemalan and Central American energy sector, as well as holding an active chair in the electricity market coordination body. The team participated in most of the high-level electricity and infrastructure transactions and tender processes in the past few years and its members are recognised as top leaders in the field.
Environmental: The firm represents corporations seeking environmental certification under international regulations, legal environment compliance evaluations or requiring advice on the performance and fulfilment of Guatemalan statutory environmental requirements. The firm has been involved public and private transactions related 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 team representing multinational and corporate clients in conflict prevention (including its own proprietary compliance methodology), compliance, crisis management, negotiation and litigation.
Insurance and reinsurance: the firm counts with vast expertise in advising insurance companies on their daily operations, registrations and claims, being also involved in mergers and divestitures of companies or separate divisions of them.
Intellectual property: The firm’s strong IP practice advises multinational companies on IP rights, IP litigation, trade secrets and trademarks, trademark and patent infringement actions, unfair competition, copyright infringements and copyright registration.
Mergers and acquisitions: The top-ranked team supports clients in the different stages involved in a M&A process; from the due diligence, risk assessment, mitigation and problem solving, pre and post-closing commitments, evaluation of potential liabilities, negotiation, sunset clauses, escrow and hold-out obligations to implementation of the optimum legal and tax structure to accomplish the deal.
Real estate: the professional team provides effective and efficient advice to developers of commercial projects, 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: the firm provides its clients with 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.
Compliance: In the past few years, the firm has been involved in effective compliance and governance programmes, actively advising it clients on anticorruption matters. QIL+4 Abogados remains leader as advisers in sensitive crisis management and risk mitigation cases.