In late 2020, the entire partnership of Ferrere (Ecuador) – led by local managing partner Javier Robalino announced its amicable departure from the regional firm to form a new outfit, ROBALINO Donoso Gachet Beltrán Pallares Valdivieso Weisson. The partnership, now operating as ROBALINO, is staffed with some well-known names who bring strength in arbitration, energy, corporate and finance work.
The firm is certainly ambitious and focused on growth: it has promoted two associates to partner and has opened new offices since launch, showing a concerted drive for expansion.
A large disputes team has experience advising on high-stakes conflicts, while international arbitration is another strong offering. Good labour and tax offerings are also on offer, as is a strong antitrust practice. To complement its legal advice, the firm has an accounting division, allowing it to give clients broader business advice if needed, while political and commercial risk analysis services are also on offer.
The majority of this firm’s lawyers are based in Quito, but the firm also has a sizeable headcount in Guayaquil, where it competes with the most established local rivals. The firm’s presence in the port city of Manta helps to cater to clients in Ecuador’s important fishing industry while a small team in the newly launched office in Machala (in El Oro province) is set to work with the local agribusiness and mining companies.
ROBALINO has a presence in Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Machala and Cuenca.