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Diego Ramírez Mesec

Position: Partner
Phone: +593998130164
Categories: Banking & finance, Commercial & contractual, Competition, Compliance, Foreign investment

Diego has a broad international perspective, forged from his academic background and extensive professional experience as a diplomat and lawyer. Obtained his law degree in Quito, he trained at the Diplomatic Academy and then pursued postgraduate studies in International Relations, (with a specialization in finance and commerce) in the United States.

Member of the Foreign Service for almost 20 years, he served in the Embassies in Washington and Bogotá and the Cabinet (Office) of the Chancellor, and also held positions of trust in the Ministry of Industries, Foreign Trade, Integration and Fisheries. He was involved in the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of ​​the Americas, and later the Free Trade Agreement with the United States of America. In private practice he has advised clients, both multinational and local companies, in countless international commercial and financial transactions.

  • 2021-Present: Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA
  • 2005-2021:Partner, Fabara Abogados
  • 2004-2005: Undersecretary, Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Integration, Fisheries and Competitiveness of Ecuador (MICIP)
  • 2002: Chief Cabinet (Office) of the Chancellor Heinz Moeller F
  • 1997-2001: Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, DC (in charge of economic issues)
  • 1986-1996: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chambers & Partners Banking & Finance: Band 2

Solid partner and head of department Diego Ramírez Mesec is lauded by a client as “a very responsive and knowledgeable lawyer.” The same interviewee also adds that “he provides advice on local law which is insightful and makes commercial sense.” Another client further describes him as “an expert in Ecuador’s financial arena.”

The Legal 500 Banking & Finance:

Leading Individual

The Legal 500 Real Estate:

Leading Individual

IFLR 1000:

Highly Regarded

  • Master in International Public Policy (trade, finance) at Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington.
  • Foreign Service and International Relations Program at the Antonio J. Quevedo Diplomatic Academy, Quito.
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence at the Pontifical Catholic University, Quito.


  • Spanish
  • English