In a remarkably brief time, ROBALINO has proven itself a strong competitor against more established firms in Ecuador. Its multidisciplinary prowess is underpinned by well-known names who, under the leadership of Javier Robalino, have fleshed out the firm’s offerings with knowledge and expertise.
Against a backdrop of political, economic and social instability in Ecuador, ROBALINO reports steady growth with significant activity in its tax, litigation, M&A and natural resources departments, and a notable uptake in international arbitration cases. The firm continues to develop its white-collar crime practice, and anti-corruption and compliance mandates also fall within the team’s remit. ROBALINO has also seen a flurry of activity in data privacy and protection work as local companies prepare to stay up to speed with Ecuador’s new data protection laws.
The firm 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 continues to show a concerted drive for expansion: within the past year, it appointed several new directors and an of counsel to strengthen its finance, trade, tax and disputes offerings. Although most of the lawyers continue to be based in Quito, the firm now boasts a large 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 ISO 27001 certificate which indicates that it complies with internationally recognised standards of data protection. Recently, it invested in compliance check software to detect, prevent and mitigate fraud within its caseload. The added value to clients here is significant, considering a business climate where data security is a high priority.
The firm has also taken steps to solidify its diverse culture into policy and increase female representation, and it recently to obtained a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certification, granted by WeEqual DEI Impact IndexTM .
Meanwhile, clients are keen to praise the lawyers here for their resourcefulness, in-depth knowledge of local law and practical approach to solving disputes. According to “Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest 100 Companies”, research conducted by LACCA (the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association), which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, ROBALINO represents 13 of the region’s largest companies.
ROBALINO has a presence in Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Machala and Cuenca.