Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Member firm for Ecuador

Firm Overview

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce is the leading law firm of Ecuador. The firm has achieved that status based on adequate combination between our more experienced partners and our dynamic young lawyers.

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has been involved in the most important legal business ever taken place in Ecuador, such as negotiation of hydrocarbon contracts, mining concessions, telephone concessions, electric power generation projects, representation of foreign banks in the renegotiation of Ecuador’s foreign debt, crude oil sales contracts, concessions, airport construction concession contracts and major infrastructure projects, privatization processes, international arbitration, among others. The firm has handled the most complex international transactions and cross-border operations relating to mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance, utilities concessions, project financing and energy, among others.

Our firm has been recognized by Chambers Latin America, as “Ecuadorian Law Firm of the Year” for 2009 – 2011 and 2013, and by Who’s Who Legal, which designated Perez, Bustamante & Ponce “Firm of the Year” for
2010 – 2013.

The firm offers a comprehensive portfolio of international services comprising:

International Arbitration The firm has extensive experience in international arbitration including ICSID and ICC cases.

Banking For many years the firm has assisted foreign banks domiciled in Ecuador as well as local banks operating in different areas in the Ecuadorian market.

Energy Energy law comprising all of its phases has been one of Pérez Bustamante & Ponce’s best recognized areas of practice.

Project Finance Project financing has been one of the most active areas at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce during the past years. Pérez Bustamante & Ponce’s team has been working intensely in all aspects relating to the financing of the project of the new Quito Airport.

Mergers and Acquisitions In the past years, the firm has led several mergers and acquisitions of major importance locally such as the merger between Hewlett Packard and Compaq, the merger of Sab Miller with Bavaria Group of Colombia and acquisition of the local Bellsouth subsidiary by Telefónica, among others.

Intellectual Property The Intellectual Property Department at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce represents many important international clients mainly in connection with registration of trade names and slogans, trademarks of all kinds, industrial designs, utility models, patents, plant varieties, copyrights, and franchises and licenses.

Tax The Tax Unit is devoted to serving clients in tax advice, planning, litigation and compliance.

Telecommunications Pérez Bustamante & Ponce has been one of the leading law firms in telecommunications and related matters in Ecuador.

Antitrust In view of the implementation of new legislation we’ve created an antitrust unit to advise our clients in filing, litigation and unlawful competition issues

Languages Spanish, English and French.