Professional Notice

Bustamante & Bustamante


Senior partners: Juan Carlos Bustamante, José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa,
Josemaria Bustamante, Roque Bernardo Bustamante
Partners: Patricia Ponce, Francisco Bustamante, Carmen Robayo, José Rafael Bustamante Crespo

For over 60 years, Bustamante & Bustamante has been a leader in serving international corporate clients doing business in Ecuador, it comprises over 50 highly specialised attorneys and 70 staff members committed to the interests of its clients. Bustamante & Bustamante provides legal advice from a comprehensive approach, offering a clear picture of the local legal arena, as well as quick and effective solutions for every need or project to be undertaken.

Main areas of practice

Corporate: Bustamante & Bustamante is best known for handling complex, cross-border transactions. The transactional record for the firm is remarkable, having participated in most of the major M&A and financing transactions in Ecuador. Attorneys are recognised for their thorough knowledge and experience in the commercial field and their ability to structure complex transactions and cross-border deals that have set a precedent in Ecuadorian jurisdiction.

Antitrust: This department is best known for its thorough understanding of antitrust regulation in Ecuador and its ability to efficiently negotiate and secure merger clearance processes as well as defending unfair competition, false advertising, market power abuse cases and various areas such as interaction with competitors, dominant market position, conduct with suppliers and clients as well as conduct in joint ventures and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Intellectual property: Bustamante & Bustamante is the leading intellectual property firm in Ecuador. The firm offers a broad variety of services, including trademark, domain name, and patent registrations, as well as prosecutions, with vast experience in licensing agreements, customs recordals and IP litigation. 

Oil and gas (natural resources): The firm is well known for this accurate advice when it comes to risk assessment related to oil and gas projects. In the oil area, Bustamante & Bustamante has traditionally provided legal services to global petroleum companies in their investments in Ecuador for upstream, midstream and downstream activities. The team advises major clients on all environmental, tax, financing and issues related to the energy industry.

Mergers & acquisitions: The firm has broad experience representing acquirers and targets in a variety of transactions, including mergers, stock purchases, and recapitalisations for joint ventures, strategic alliances, spin-offs and cross-border deals. 

Taxation (taxation and foreign trade): The firm provides a customised tax plan for each corporate strategy, thus achieving a competitive edge in mergers, acquisitions, or restructuring that is based on forward-looking and multidisciplinary planning in tax management. 

Dispute resolution: The firm is well regarded for complex cross-border commercial litigation, including high net worth franchising, distribution and M&A disputes. The firm has extensive litigation and arbitration experience and the team of attorneys has been involved in several important commercial civil, labour, bankruptcy, taxation and administrative disputes. Commercial litigation is the main focus of this department, currently handling high-value cases and highly sensitive disputes and arbitration proceedings involving major investors and corporations in the country.

Languages: Spanish, English and French.

Head office
Av. Patria E4-69 and Amazonas
Edificio COFIEC, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors
Quito 170526
Tel: +593 2 2562 680
Fax: +593 2 2564 069
Email: [email protected]

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