ROBALINO is staffed with well-known names who bring strength in arbitration, energy, corporate and finance work.
The firm, which moved away from a regional outfit in 2020, reports significant revenue growth despite the challenging market conditions of the past few years. ROBALINO credits the loyalty and hard work of its partners and associates who have built a sense of belonging and unity as defining characteristics of this firm.
ROBALINO remains ambitious and focused on growth: it has made several partner promotions and launched new offices since 2020, showing a concerted drive for expansion. Although the majority of the lawyers continue to be based in Quito, the firm now boasts a respectable headcount in Guayaquil, where it competes with well-established local rivals. As well as this, its presence in the port city of Manta puts ROBALINO in good stead to cater to clients in Ecuador’s important fishing industry. The team in Machala is set to work with local agribusiness and mining clients, while in Cuenca, the country’s third-largest city, the team focuses on corporate and M&A work, natural resources and dispute resolution.
ROBALINO has more outposts in Ecuador than any other local firm listed in the Latin Lawyer 250 and it has also invested resources to become the only firm to complete a 27001 ISO Accreditation in data protection. The added value to clients here is significant, in light of a business climate where data security is a high priority. Meanwhile, innovation remains a key priority and the firm has launched a laboratory for compliance, testing software tools that allow more efficiency in compliance investigations.
Looking over the horizon, the firm intends to both grow and diversify its partnership. Under the leadership of Javier Robalino, it plans to solidify its diverse culture into policy and increase female representation and is also working towards becoming a greener firm. As such, it has already reduced 80% of its printing and is encouraging employees to travel during off-peak hours.
ROBALINO has a presence in Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Machala and Cuenca.