Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Member firm for Ecuador

Firm Overview

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce (“PBP”) is a leading full service law firm in Ecuador with offices in Quito and Guayaquil and relationships throughout the world. Since 1916, it has provided quality legal advice to local and international clients and has participated in many of the country´s landmark legal matters.

PBP combines experience with dynamism. Many of its lawyers are reputable attorneys widely recognized in their specialized practice areas, university professors and well-known lecturers. The firm also has a large group of determined and efficient young lawyers who excel in their respective practice areas. This combination allows to effectively meet its clients’ needs and handle complex legal matters.

PBP has been appointed “Ecuadorian Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers Latin America in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and by Who’s Who Legal in years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

PBP offers a comprehensive portfolio of international services comprising the following:

International Arbitration The firm is the local leader in in international arbitration, including ICSID and ICC cases.

Tax PBP’s multidisciplinary team provides tax advice, planning andlitigation and is one of our core areas of practice.

Banking and Finance We assist foreign,local and multilateral banks operating in different areas in the Ecuadorian market, including Ecuador’s recent sovereign bond issuance.

Energy PBP advises clients in all matters concerning negotiation, set up and operation of their energy projects, including: oil and gas, electricity, mining and renewable energies.

Mergers and Acquisitions The firm has led several prominent mergers and acquisitions. It recently advised Nokia in its worldwide merger with Alcatel Lucent.

Project Finance and Infrastructure Project financing has been one of the most active areas at PBP, especially regarding financing, construction and development of Quito’s new airport.

Labor and Immigration The firm advises on individual and collective labor matters and regularly represents clients in high stake labor litigation with remarkable results.

Intellectual Property The firm´s IP area has consolidated its practice in management of trademark portfolios, complex litigation and antipiracy measures in Ecuador.

Compliance and Anti-Corruption Our highly specialized team combines deep understanding of foreign statutes that have extraterritorial reach (FCPA, UK Bribery Act, US Patriot Act, etc.) with our long-standing know-how of the Ecuadorian legislation and market. We provide advice in all matters related to corporate compliance, including preventive advice, internal investigations and structuring transactions and relationships to comply with anti-corruption laws.