EY Law Guatemala is part of the EY global firm with offices in 150 countries around the world and more than 280,000 professionals. In the Central America region EY has more than 1,450 professionals, with more than 100 lawyers, around offices in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
EY Law Guatemala is acknowledged for its prominent trajectory, forward-thinking and innovation, based on the highest ethical and professional standards and represents important multinational and regional clients – including numerous Fortune 500 companies.
EY Law offers its clients an innovative and transformative approach by delivering legal services in a way that helps minimise the gap between business advisers and legal counsel.
Our lawyers work in an integrated manner with professionals from other lines of the EY business, including tax, advisory and investment banking to deliver integral, better informed and professional services.
Banking and finance: serving banks, financial institutions and local and transnational corporate clients concerning all aspects of banking and finance activities, complex credit structures at a local and international level, investment vehicles and private funds, project and equipment financing, mortgage banking and entitlement in local and international markets.
Competition and consumer protection: advising on antitrust proceedings before regulatory authorities, examining commercial agreements in terms of their compliance with competition law, advising in matters involving acts of unfair competition and all aspects associated to consumer protection laws and claims.
Digital: advising on all regulatory matters involving the development, use and implementation of technology, such as e-commerce data privacy and data protection, cybersecurity and compliance.
M&A and corporate: in-depth solutions in local and cross-border transactions M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, project finance, civil and commercial contracts, foreign direct investment, free-trade zone, antitrust and consumer law and insurance.
Energy: advice on power generation projects, especially clean energy, as well as transmission and distribution infrastructure, including due diligence processes, M&A, joint ventures, project finance, regulatory aspects and licences.
Environmental: counsel on environmental regulatory frameworks and preventive advice on compliance, law enforcement and sustainable use of natural resources.
Government procurement: regulated industries, public utilities and works, concessions, government procurement, urban development, municipal regulations, energy, telecommunications, administrative and judicial proceedings.
Infrastructure: structuring of infrastructure projects, including legal opinions, due diligence on key aspects to be considered for development of the project, legal advice on public bids; as well as negotiation of agreements and legal advice in the execution phase.
Intellectual property: industrial property filings, sanitary permits for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and agrochemicals, unfair competition cases, franchise and licence agreements.
International trade and customs: trade compliance, trade regulation, WTO law, export and import requirements, international investment law, FTAs and IIAs.
Labour and employment: advice regarding schedules, minimum wages, social security registration, and salary nature analysis for employee benefits, preparation of labour contracts and termination agreements. Labour due diligence in M&A procedures or voluntary audits.
Litigation and arbitration: dispute resolution and litigation, including complex civil, commercial, constitutional, administrative and labour cases. Commercial arbitration and other means of alternative dispute resolution.
Real estate and hospitality: acknowledged for handling the most complex and innovative real estate projects, tourist developments, advising on sophisticated condominium structures including tax planning and solid development and exit strategies.
Tax advisory: Advice on local and international tax matters, including tax compliance and regulatory advice, tax consulting, tax litigation, corporate restructuring, preventive tax audits and guidance.
Telecommunications: Advice on all regulatory aspects of this industry, including the procedure and obtaining of permits and licenses, use of frequencies, negotiation and drafting of contracts, content services, use and deployment of infrastructure and procurement procedures.