Coronel & Pérez is an important player in Ecuador’s legal market and has roots in the business capital Guayaquil and a growing office in Quito. Complex and international litigation and arbitration are the firm’s strong points, and it is arguably the go-to name for Ecuador’s most complex cases.
Coronel & Pérez’s corporate practice group is well regarded, alongside its banking and finance expertise, with the firm being turned to for complex cases in this area. Clients flock to the firm on energy-related matters, with a notable increase in foreign investors calling here over the past year. Clients are also attracted to the firm’s growing antitrust offering. This team draws on the firm’s deep disputes expertise to help clients in competition-related litigation and antitrust investigations. Meanwhile, Coronel & Pérez’s administrative law practice has also been busier with an influx of clients from the energy and mining sectors. Looking to the year ahead, the firm intends to expand its energy and environmental practice groups in light of the increased client demand.
The firm’s ability to offer sophisticated analysis, including thorough partner involvement across all practice areas, as well as its lawyers’ international profile sets Coronel & Pérez apart and allows the team to attract global clients. Coronel & Pérez is now, however, increasingly seeking to expand its catalogue of national clients. The firm’s recently added wealth management and tax planning group helps to achieve this by catering to high-net-worth clients and family businesses.
The firm’s management committee, led by César Coronel Jones, recognises that a generational shift is needed, and as such, it has been taking steps to finetune the career path, making this more transparent. Coronel & Pérez prides itself on its bottom-up strategic planning policies, ensuring it maximises associate involvement in the decision-making process. The firm also encourages its younger lawyers to pursue master’s programmes abroad or spend a year at an international law firm.
The firm is strongly committed to maintaining high ethical standards, both clients and competitors hold Coronel & Pérez in high regard and consider it a sound choice for complex cases and when conflicts of interest arise. Client feedback lauds Coronel & Pérez for being efficient yet knowledgeable, boasting a wide range of in-depth expertise as well as being dependable and prompt with responses.
Guayaquil is home to the firm’s main office while the Quito outpost has gradually expanded over the past few years.
Alliances and networks
The firm is a member of the Nextlaw Global Referral Network.