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José Rafael Bustamante E.

Position: Partner - President
Phone: +593999497399
Categories: Banking & finance, Corporate, Energy & mining, Foreign investment, Insurances, Litigation and conflict resolution, Merger & acquisitions, Propiedad intelectual

Managing Partner, Senior Partner. M&A expert. Represented ARCA-EBC Bottling Company in the purchase of a bottling company and also provided legal advice in the sale of Panamericana, an insurance company. Acted as negotiator for the purchase of EDESA, JURIS, and other companies. Also an expert in intellectual property and corporate law, banking and insurance, oil & mining, and business in general. Broad experience as director and chairman of committees and boards of directors of companies formed by groups of local and foreign shareholders. Outstanding role as president of the American School Foundation of Quito and of the Quito Tennis Club of Ecuador. Also engages in pro bono work, helping low-income individuals from the farming sector. Free legal assistance to several foreign NGOs, supporting them in creating their related companies. Provides pro bono work to the Italian Embassy in Ecuador.

Private practice as Licentiate (Quito), 1974-1978. Internship with Chadbourne Parke, Whiteside and Wolff, New York, 1980; internship with Bomchil, Castro, Goodrich, Claro, Lavalle et Associes, Paris, 1980; Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 1983; IDLI, International Developmental Law Institute (Transfer of Technology), Rome, 1988. Attended: INTA Panel of Neutrals; Inter-American Bar Association, 1981; International Bar Association Conference, Business Law Section, 1979, 1986, 1988. Mediator, INTA.

Chambers & Partners Corporate & Commercial: Band 3

Sources praise José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa for his longstanding presence in the corporate arena, with one describing him as “a very knowledgeable, skilled and respected lawyer.” He continues to maintain a strong practice assisting clients with their M&A transactions.

Well-regarded partner José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa is “a highly knowledgeable senior partner,” according to an interviewee. Another observer points to his longstanding presence in the market, while also highlighting his extensive experience in the area. He boasts extensive expertise advising clients on their M&A transactions.

Chambers & Partners Intellectual Property: Band 3 

Co-head of department José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa continues to be well regarded by market commentators, with one saying: “He is a very good lawyer in the trade mark registration and opposition arena.” He is also well placed to assist clients with patent and industrial design applications and infringement actions.

José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa boasts a longstanding experience advising clients on a wide range of intellectual property mandates including patent and industrial design applications, cancellations and infringement actions. Highlighting his presence in the market, one interviewee reports: “He is behind some of the most important cases in this field.”

The Legal 500 Intellectual Property:

Leading Individual

The Legal 500 Real Estate:

Leading Individual


Trademark and Patent Star

American School of Quito (1971); Miami University Law School (1973); Catholic University of Ecuador (Licentiate, 1974; Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1978); Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, 1975 (Fulbright Scholarship); Institute for International and Foreign Trade Law, Washington, D.C., 1978; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (Master of Comparative Law, 1979); HIIV, Harvard (Macroeconomics, 80 hour course, 1999)

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