María Rosa Fabara Vera

Position: Managing Partner
Phone: +593999721433
Email: mrfabara@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Competition, Corporate, Insurances, Litigation and conflict resolution, Merger & acquisitions, Project promotion & financing, Propiedad intelectual, Public procurement & concessions, Regulatory life science

María Rosa Fabara Vera is the partner of BUSTAMANTE FABARA. With more than 25 years of experience, she provides permanent legal advice to national and foreign clients, especially in matters related to mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, corporate matters, public procurement, public-private alliances, and in the areas of economic competition and intellectual property. Ms. Fabara has extensive experience in providing legal advice to the pharmaceutical, insurance and prepaid medicine sectors, construction, infrastructure, project finance, among others.

Has an outstanding and very recognized experience in the area of Intellectual property, especially in trademarks, patents, copyrights, plant varieties, new technologies, unfair competition, especially in the litigation area.

Maria Rosa is characterized by her holistic knowledge of Ecuadorian law, with a deep understanding in the areas of her professional practice, which allows her to provide comprehensive advice to the clients of BUSTAMANTE FABARA. She is widely known for providing creative solutions, and for the design and implementation of strategies in defense of the interests of the clients of BUSTAMANTE FABARA.

Is a member of several boards of directors of private corporate groups. She is the leading attorney in the area of Intellectual Property and Competition, so she has a broader perspective in the Corporate/Commercial practice. At Legal 500 she is praised for her “great negotiating skills”.

Dr. Fabara has chaired and been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian-Colombian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in several periods, and President of the Federation of Binational Chambers of Ecuador – FECABE also in several periods. She also chaired the Council of Chambers and Associations of Production of Ecuador.

  • 2003 – present: Founding Partner of BUSTAMANTE FABARA
  • 2013: Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Industrialization, Fisheries and Competitiveness and Executive Director of the Foreign Trade and Investment Council – COMEXI.
  • 1987 – 2003: Partner of Larreátegui & Fabara
  • 1984 – 1986: Director of the Administrative and Financial Department in the Vice-Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador.

Chambers & Partners  Corporate & Commercial: Band 3

Well-regarded partner María Rosa Fabara Vera is “a hard-working lawyer who is a great communicator and possesses the emotional intelligence to know how far to push in negotiations,” a client applauds. Another interviewee adds: “María Rosa Fabara Vera is a sage adviser who offers professional advice that is always focused on protecting our interests.”

Chambers & Partners Intellectual Property: Band 1

Outstanding partner María Rosa Fabara Vera benefits from a longstanding experience advising clients on trade mark cases and unfair competition mandates. “Her experience in the sector makes her a point of reference in the Ecuadorian intellectual property market,” a client attests. Another observer reports: “She is an excellent lawyer who is very ethically minded when providing advice.” María Rosa Fabara Vera is head of department.

Chambers & Partners Competition Antitrust: Band 2

Highly regarded partner María Rosa Fabara Vera is described by an interviewee as “an excellent litigator who has a wealth of experience and a strong track record in this field.” Another observer remarks: “She is extremely knowledgeable of the sector.” María Rosa Fabara Vera offers a dynamic practice advising clients on unfair competition investigations, as well as merger control procedures.

The Legal 500 Intellectual Property:

Leading Individual

The Legal 500 Dispute Resolution:

Maria Rosa Fabara provides a spectacular service. Her knowledge is the pillar of the practice, as well as her affable and effective communication style. These qualities give clients peace of mind when she is handling a case.

 

IFLR  Banking & Finance:

Highly Regarded

IP STARS:

Trademark and Patent Star

  • 1992: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador: Doctor in Jurisprudence.
  • 1991: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador: Attorney at Law.
  • 1989: Pontificia Universidad Católica: Bachelor in Law.
  • 1985: Universidad de México: Personnel Management.
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI)
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Licensing Executives Society Colombia/Ecuador/Peru (LES)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • The Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)
  • Spanish
  • English

María Rosa Fabara Vera

Managing Partner

José Rafael Bustamante E.

Position: Partner - President
Phone: +593999497399
Email: jrbustamante@bustamantefabara.com
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

IP STARS:

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)

  • Spanish
  • English

José Rafael Bustamante E.

Partner - President

Diego Ramírez Mesec

Position: Partner
Phone: +593998130164
Email: dramirez@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Banking & finance, Commercial & contractual, Competition, 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.

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  • Spanish
  • English

Diego Ramírez Mesec

Partner

Francisco Vacas Dávila

Position: Partner
Phone: +593998321391
Email: fvacas@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Labor and social security

Francisco Vacas Dávila has a wide and recognized experience in the labor field. He was Minister of Labor Relations of Ecuador; previously he was Vice-Minister of Labor and Employment in the Ministry of Labor Relations.

Advisor to the National Secretary and Undersecretary of Policies and Norms. SENRES

Legal Advisor and Special Representative for the company Group Stanford Casa de Valores S.A.

Legal Advisor and Special Representative for Stanford Trust Company and Trust Fund Management S.A.

  • 2003 – present: President of BUSTAMANTE FABARA
  • 2001 – 2003: Associate Lawyer. Larreategui & Fabara Lawyers
  • 1994 – 2001: Senior Lawyer. Banco GNB (Ecuador) S.A.
  • 1990 – 1994: Assistant Legal Department. Banco Popular Del Ecuador S.A.

Chambers & Partners Labour: Band 3 

Respected partner José Francisco Vacas Dávila garners praise from an interviewee for being “a practical lawyer who is very clear in his advice.” They go on to add: “He has been quick to act in the wake of the pandemic.” Another observer appreciates “his impeccable answers to our questions.”

  • 1999: Pontificia Universidad Católica: Doctor in Jurisprudence.
  • 1999: Pontificia Universidad Católica: Lawyer.
  • 1999: Pontificia Universidad Católica: Degree in Social Sciences.
  • Spanish
  • English

Francisco Vacas Dávila

Partner

María Clara Bustamante

Position: Partner
Phone: +593999903344
Email: mariaclarab@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Corporate

María Clara is a partner of the firm and has more than 37 years of experience in the administrative and intellectual property area. She has held the position of Administrative Manager and General Manager of the firm for more than 25 years. During this period, she has been in charge of the organization, direction, control and supervision of the firm, in operational, financial and commercial matters.

Thanks to her vast experience in trademark and intangible rights matters, María Clara leads the firm’s intellectual property practice, being in charge of the commercial management and client service in this area. María Clara is currently Director Partner of the Intellectual Property area and is in charge of a large team of professionals specialized in law, regulatory and technical matters that provide a first class service to national and international clients. As a result, the department is ranked as one of the leaders in the country and the region.

  • Director Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA IP                                2021 / Present
  • General Manager, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                  2016 / 2021
  • Administrative Manager, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE     1995 / 2016

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, Law School studies
  • Liberal Arts Certificate, Paris – France
  • Spanish
  • English

María Clara Bustamante

Partner

José María Bustamante

Position: Partner
Phone: +593995231025
Email: josemaria@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Civil, Commercial & contractual, Energy & mining, Litigation and conflict resolution, Merger & acquisitions, Project promotion & financing, Public procurement & concessions, Tax

Josemaría has more than 35 years of experience in providing legal advice to international and domestic clients in: Multilateral transactions; Cross Border transactions; M&A and Antitrust; Project Financing and Management; Public Procurement;; Commercial Law; Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation; Corporate and Fiduciary Law; International Trade;  Franchising, License and Distribution, in the following sectors: Insurance; Banking; Finance; Fiduciary; Commerce; Corporate; Agency; Civil Law; Administrative Law; Communications; Maritime; Energy; Agrochemical industry; Beverage Industry; Agribusiness; Food/Fishery Industry.

Josemaría also handles Mediation and Arbitration processes and conflict resolution. His pro-bono work includes having obtained the first certificate of protection in Ecuador and the first patent conferred to a Luthier in Ecuador, which were granted to Luthier Hugo Chiliquinga; Fundación Zaldumbide-Rosales (promoting musicians worldwide); The Global Foodbanking Network, and several persons, domestic and alien, requiring litigious assistance in Ecuador.

  • Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                         2021 / Current
  • Senior Partner, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                             1996/2021
  • Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                     1990/1996
  • Paralegal, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                      1986/ 1990

Member of the Quito Bar Association; active in the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association; World Services Group; Global Leaders Forum. He has also been a Speaker of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the London Chamber of Commerce; the American and Washington State Bar Associations (2002), and the San Francisco Bar Association (2003).  He is the author of Competition Law in Ecuador and Civil Procedure in Ecuador, published by the editors Wolters Kluwer from the Netherlands, derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador, Quito:

  • Licentiate in Juridical Sciences degree: 1997.
  • Republican Courts Barrister degree: 2004.
  • Doctorate on Jurisprudence degree: 2004.
  • Spanish
  • English

José María Bustamante

Partner

José Rafael Bustamante C.

Position: Partner
Phone: +593999446592
Email: jrbc@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Corporate, Energy & mining, Merger & acquisitions, Project promotion & financing

José Rafael has more than 12 years of experience in the transactional field, currently leading Bustamante Fabara’s mergers and acquisitions, project finance and competition practice.

José Rafael has structured complex transactions that have set a precedent in the jurisdiction, advising buyers and sellers in the most important transactions in the market.

He has extensive experience in matters such as M&A, restructurings, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, financing agreements, project structuring, guarantee packages, due diligence processes and other complex corporate matters.

José Rafael provides comprehensive advice that combines his experience in law and business administration for which he has been widely recognized by clients and legal ranking agencies as a leading lawyer in transactional law in Ecuador.

  • Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                      2021 / Present
  • Partner, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                      2013 / 2021
  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                    2010 / 2013
  • Commercial Manager, EDESA                                                             2005 / 2010
  • Financial Analyst, Banco Centro Mundo                                          2003 / 2004
  • Chambers & Partners Corporate & Commercial: Band 2An interviewee praises José Rafael Bustamante Crespo for being “a very good lawyer who boasts a strong relationship with his clients.” Another observer says that “his main strength is his extraordinary ability to reach agreements.”

    Highly regarded partner José Rafael Bustamante Crespo is held in high regard by interviewees for his strong corporate and commercial practice. One interviewee appreciates that “he is able to interpret risk and suggest where we should focus our efforts,” while another observer enthuses: “José Rafael Bustamante Crespo is a very pro-deal lawyer who is business-savvy and can handle high-profile clients.”

    Chambers & Partners Competition Antitrust: Band 3

    José Rafael Bustamante Crespo”a very good lawyer who boasts a strong relationship with his clients.” Another observer says that “his main strength is his extraordinary ability to reach agreements.”

    The Legal 500 Corporate M&A:

    Leading Individual

    IFLR  Banking & Finance:

    Highly Regarded

  • Attorney: Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ecuador
  • Bachelor in Economics and Finance : University of Richmond, EEUU
  • Spanish
  • English

José Rafael Bustamante C.

Partner

Francisco Bustamante Luna

Position: Partner
Phone: +593995886495
Email: franciscobustamante@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Banking & finance, Corporate, Foreign investment

Francisco has provided legal advice in commercial, corporate, banking, and financial sectors. He has a broad experience in loan agreements, project finance, security documents, structuring  of security packages, administration and guarantee trusts, corporate matters, arbitration, and cross border commercial and financial transactions.

 

Prior to joining B&B he acted as Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel of Corporación  Financiera Nacional, a public sector financial entity.

 

He also acted as a member of the board of directors of some private financial institutions.

 

He has provided legal services to local and foreign financial institutions and multilateral entities in financing transactions with public and private sector entities.  Since 1993 he is an arbitrator of the arbitration tribunals of the Quito Chamber of Commerce. Author of several articles for specialized magazines, including on foreign loan transactions and national and international arbitration.

  • Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                      2021 / Present
  • Partner, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                      1996 / 2021
  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                    1992 / 1996
  • General Counsel,  Corporación Financiera Nacional                     1989 / 1992
  • Deputy General Counsel, Corporación Financiera Nacional       1979 / 1989

Pichincha Bar Association. Member of the Inter-American Federation of Attorneys.

Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito. Attorney. Doctor in Jurisprudence (1976).

  • Spanish
  • English

Francisco Bustamante Luna

Partner

Juan Carlos Bustamante

Position: Partner
Phone: +593999450999
Email: jcbustamante@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Corporate, Environmental, Tax

Juan Carlos has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the law; factors that have earned him international recognition for his high level of competence in different categories of the legal field related especially to the corporate, tax and energy sectors. Throughout his career, he has advised local and international clients in several cross-border transactions covering a wide range of complex legal issues. In addition to his professional practice, he was a professor of Private International Law for 30 years at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador, based in Quito, and has had a successful participation in the management of the firm for decades. Former arbitrator of the National Mediation and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Construction.

 

Juan Carlos has provided legal advice in different areas of the law to individuals and to national and international companies from both the public and private sectors. Juan Carlos has also practiced in the field of business development, and in public procurement; has advised in matters of energy, insurance, contracts with banks, purchase/sale of movable and immovable property, grant of security, foreign investment, contracts for setting up trusts. Advisor in project financing and in drafting contracts related thereto.

Partner, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                         2021 / Current

Senior Partner, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                             1968/2021

Quito Bar Association; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Inter-American Bar Association.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador, based in Quito:

  • Licentiate in Juridical Sciences degree: 1966
  • Doctor of Law: 1985
  • Spanish
  • English

Juan Carlos Bustamante

Partner

Juan Felipe Bustamante

Position: Partner
Phone: +593987000214
Email: juanfelipe@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Commercial & contractual, Corporate, Labor and social security, Project promotion & financing, Regulatory life science

Partner/Co-head of the Corporate department

Juan Felipe is an outstanding Ecuadorian lawyer, currently, partner at Bustamante Fabara.  Specialised in the Corporate and M&A areas, his work is characterised by its thorough and deep outlook applied to each and every case.

Juan Felipe is deeply knowledgeable in both financial and legal arenas, which allows him to view situations from different perspectives, providing integral solutions to his clients.  He Co-heads the Corporate department at Bustamante & Bustamante, where he advises some of the biggest clients doing business in Ecuador. Amongst his main areas of expertise are Hospitality, Project Finance, M&A, Aeronautical, and New Technologies, focused on Foreign Investment, where he has successfully introduced several new markets to Ecuador. He has experience guiding and assessing Entrepreneurships in complex legal matters and represents numerous companies in the country.

As an active member of the International Bar Association, he participates in multiple yearly Conferences Worldwide. He is also President of the Ecuadorian Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and represents Bustamante & Bustamante as a member of the Legal Alliance of the Americas, where he has had the opportunity to interact with the most influential representatives of the Legal arena.

IBA (International Bar Association), Legal Alliance of the Americas

Graduate of UDLA (Lawyer) and Franklin University in Switzerland (Management-Economics degree)

  • Spanish
  • English

Juan Felipe Bustamante

Partner

Mariana Villagómez Álvarez

Position: Partner
Phone: +593999705751
Email: mvillagomez@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Civil, Corporate, Insurances, Litigation and conflict resolution, Merger & acquisitions

Mariana has 28 years of experience in banking, trust and investment business. Her vast experience includes both domestic and international clients in fundraising and procurement transactions.

Due to her ability to propose and implement creative and alternative strategies and her effectiveness in providing excellent results, her clients continuously contract the services of Bustamante Fabara for the resolution of their legal matters in all areas of practice. Mariana builds a great trust with her clients and for this reason, they work with us for more than 15 years.

Previous Work Experience: Before founding FABARA & COMPAÑIA ABOGADOS in 2003, Mariana worked as an associate at LARREATEGUI & FABARA ABOGADOS, was a senior attorney at BANCO GNB (ECUADOR) S.A. and assistant to the legal department of BANCO POPULAR DEL ECUADOR S.A.

  • 2003 – present: President of FABARA & COMPAÑIA ABOGADOS
  • 2001 – 2003: Associate Lawyer. Larreategui & Fabara Lawyers
  • 1994 – 2001: Senior Lawyer. Banco GNB (Ecuador) S.A.
  • 1990 – 1994: Assistant Legal Department. Banco Popular Del Ecuador S.A.

  • 1992: Universidad Central del Ecuador: Doctor in the Courts of Justice
  • 1992: Universidad Central del Ecuador: Degree in Jurisprudence, Political and Social Sciences.
  • Spanish
  • English

Mariana Villagómez Álvarez

Partner

María Patricia Ponce Arteta

Position: Partner
Phone: +593996200407
Email: mpponce@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Banking & finance, Corporate, Labor and social security

General counsel in corporate, labor law, securities, and insurance law. Her practice in labor law covers labor and collective bargaining lawsuits and restructuring of personnel systems. Patricia has expertise in corporate matters and has gained experience in public procurement and environmental matters concerning the construction of hydroelectric dams, photovoltaic projects, grey water management, river cleaning, and waste recycling plants. Her participation in the National Securities Council for over 10 years has made her an expert in the field of securities and insurance.

Chambers & Partners Labour: Band 3

A client commends Patricia Ponce for her “extensive experience,” as well as her “strong understanding of the complexities of Ecuador’s labour and employment market.” Another interviewee adds: “She oversees the most important matters at the firm.”

The Legal 500 Labour:

Leading Individual

Master’s Degree in Law Practice – Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Spain (2009)
Master’s Degree in Comprehensive Development of Tourist Destinations – Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Lawyer – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (1984)

María Patricia Ponce Arteta

Partner

Andrés Becdach Fierro

Position: Senior Associate
Phone: +593 99 803 5954
Email: abecdach@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Energy & mining, Foreign investment, Litigation and conflict resolution, Merger & acquisitions, Project promotion & financing, Public procurement & concessions, Regulatory life science

Andrés has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of public procurement, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial, regulatory (life sciences) and pharmaceutical. He currently leads the life sciences practice at BUSTAMANTE FABARA.

Andrés has represented sellers, buyers, majority and minority shareholders, the company for sale, public or private, and financiers in transactions of this nature, in the most diverse operations, such as mergers, divisions, associations, public and private offerings of shares, reorganizations or other forms of restructuring.

  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                    2021 / Present
  • Senior Associate, FABARA & COMPAÑÍA ABOGADOS            2013 / 2021
  • Senior Associate, FABARA & COMPAÑÍA ABOGADOS            2010 / 2013
  • Metropolitan Health and Environment Commissioner,
  • MUNICIPALITY OF QUITO                                                                 2009 / 2010
  • Legal Technical Specialist,
  • COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE STATE’S OFFICE                2008 / 2009
  • Associate, ESTUDIO JURÍDICO MORALES & ASOCIADOS       2007 / 2008

He received a scholarship from the Universidades de Excelencia program granted by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (Senescyt).

  • Bachelor of Laws: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
  • Minor in International Relations: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
  • LLM in International Business Law: King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian (basic)

Andrés Becdach Fierro

Senior Associate

Kirina González

Phone: +593979038103
Email: kirinag@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Competition, Corporate

Kirina has more than 7 years of experience in the transactional field, she is specialized in corporate and transactional law, with vast experience in M&A, Project Finance and Antitrust Law.  She advises key domestic and international clients on a wide variety of corporate matters, such as the acquisition of shares and assets, public tender offers, cross-border transactions and project finance operations with private and multilateral organizations. Kirina has participated in various of the largest M&A transactions in the country, advising clients in structuring deals, due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder´s agreements, among other corporate matters.  With a background in both law and finance, Kirina has a thorough understanding of the transactional arena and has gained recognition from clients and peers as a key associate in corporate law

  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                    2021 / Present
  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                    2019 / 2021
  • Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                  2013 / 2019
  • Financial Analyst, PepsiCo Beverages Canada, Toronto, ON      2011 / 2012
  • Financial Analyst, PepsiCo Beverages Canada, Halifax, NS        2010 / 2011

The Legal 500 Corporate M&A:

Rising Star

  • Master of Laws (LLM): Northwestern University, Chicago, EEUU
  • Attorney: Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ecuador
  • Bachelor in Finance : Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Spanish
  • English

Kirina González

Daniel Castelo Guerrero

Position: Senior Associate
Phone: +593 99 416 9146
Email: dcastelo@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Competition, Corporate

Daniel has 14 years of professional experience and currently is part of the competition, data protection and compliance areas of BUSTAMANTE FABARA.

Daniel has worked more than 10 years in competition law, advising in the subject and representing clients before the competition authority and courts of law.

He has extensive experience in merger control filings, abuse of dominant position, anticompetitive agreements and unfair competition investigation processes and due diligences. He has also contributed to the development of two new areas: data protection and compliance.

Daniel has benn widely recognized by clients and legal rankings agencies as a leading lawyer in competition law.

  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                    2021 / CurrentSenior Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                          2015 / 2021Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                                        2010 / 2015

    Analyst, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS                             2008 / 2009

  • Ecuadorian Institute of Arbitration, since 2017.
  • International Bar Association (IBA), since 2018.
  • Ecuadorian Institute of Procedural Law, since 2018.
  • Chambers & Partners Competition Antitrust:Associate to watch
  • Attorney: Universidad San Francisco, Quito, EcuadorAdministrative Law Specialization: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador.Master in International Economic Law : Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, España

    Economics for Competition Law Diploma: King´s College London, UK.

  • Spanish – Native
  • English – Fluent
  • French – Medium

Daniel Castelo Guerrero

Senior Associate

José Antonio Bustamante S.

Phone: +593983167761
Email: jabustamante@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Corporate, Labor and social security, Real estate division

José Antonio is part of Bustamante Fabara’s Corporate team, standing out mainly for his knowledge and experience in Telecommunications, Real Estate, and Transactional Law.

 

He constantly provides legal advice to national and international companies regarding obligations and regulatory compliance with the different control bodies, as well as the requirements and procedures for obtaining licenses and permits in general and obtaining qualifying titles in telecommunications matters. Additionally, he has collaborated and participated in important mergers and acquisitions, as well as in complex transactions between multinationals.

 

José Antonio is mainly characterized by always ensuring the rights and interests of his clients within a legal framework of transparency, speed, and efficiency.

  • Associate Attorney, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                2021 / Present
  • Associate Attorney, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                2018/ 2021
  • Law Clerk, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                               2014 / 2018

Attorney: Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ecuador

  • Spanish
  • English

José Antonio Bustamante S.

Esteban Dávila Caicedo

Position: Associate
Phone: +593 98 764 4594
Email: edavila@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Commercial & contractual, Competition, Corporate

Esteban has more than 6 years of experience in the field of competition law, he currently works in the competition law, personal data protection and compliance department of BUSTAMANTE FABARA.

Esteban concentrates his practice on matters related to competition or antitrust law, personal data protection and compliance. Among his activities are the defense of clients in complex administrative procedures before the local competition authority, due to: unfair practices, practices of abuse of market power, restrictive agreements and advice on important economic concentrations of national and international companies. He also advises clients in the process of implementing personal data protection regulations and, in general, compliance programs. Additionally, he has experience in corporate and regulatory law and in judicial proceedings before the Contentious-Administrative Court.

  • Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                  2021 / Actualidad
  • Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                                       2016 / 2021
  • Junior Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                          2014 / 2015
  • Deputy head of regulatory department, MEYTHALER Y
  • ZAMBRANO ABOGAD                                                                            2013 / 2013
  • Universidad de Alcalá: Beca de Estudios
  • Universidad de Alcalá: Mejor Egresado
  • Lawyer: Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Master: Business Law, University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain
  • Specialization (Ongoing): Digital Law, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
  • Spanish
  • English

Esteban Dávila Caicedo

Associate

Francisco Alvear Montalvo

Phone: +593 98 490 5899
Email: falvear@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Constitutional, Litigation and conflict resolution

Francisco is a specialist in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and has extensive experience in the banking sector. His thirty-five years of practice in the area include nine years of experience as a Judge in the Courts of Justice of Guayaquil and Quito and the representation of several clients before the Courts of Justice and Courts of Mediation and Arbitration. Additionally, Francisco has sponsored Constitutional Actions for violation of rights before the Constitutional Court. He was Legal Manager and Judicial Attorney of Banco del Pacífico S.A., where he provided his professional services from 1986 to 2002. In addition, he was a professor of Business Law at the Faculty of Economics of the Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil.

  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                   2021 / Present
  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                   2013 / 2021
  • Civil and Commercial Judge of the Court of Justice of Pichincha               2011 / 2013
  • Civil and Commercial Judge of the Court of Justice of Guayas                   2004 / 2011
  • Senior Associate, Law Firm ALVEAR & RIGAIL                                            2002 / 2004
  • Legal Manager and Judicial Attorney of Banco del PacíficoS.A.                1986 / 2002
  • Assistant, Law Firm AROSEMENA & ALVEAR                                             1979 / 1985

  • Higher Diploma in Constitutional Law – State University of Guayaquil, year 2005.
  • Lawyer graduated from the State University of Guayaquil, year 1986
  • Spanish

Francisco Alvear Montalvo

Pablo Fabara Vera

Position: Senior Associate
Phone: +593 99 545 1023
Email: pfabara@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Propiedad intelectual

Pablo Fabara Vera is a lawyer at BUSTAMANTE FABARA and his practice area is Intellectual Property. He has more than 17 years of experience in this area of ​​professional practice, both in the administrative and jurisdictional spheres, which allowed him to be the person who led the Litigation Department in the Intellectual Property area of ​​FABARA ABOGADOS for several years.

Pablo has successfully defended Intellectual Property cases.

  • Senior Associate, BUSTAMANTE FABARA                                                   2021 / Present
  • Senior Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                                         2010 / 2021
  • Junior Associate, FABARA ABOGADOS                                                         2004 / 2010
  • President, VIAL FABARA & ASOCIADOS C. LTDA.                                    1997 / 2004
  • Project Manager, VIAL FABARA & ASOCIADOS C. LTDA.                      1996 / 1997
  • Progect Manager Bulán-Paute, VIAL FABARA & ASOCIADOS C. LTDA.           1994 / 1996
  • 2005: Bustamante Fabara. Best worker in the Department of Intellectual Property.
  • 2013: Bustamante Fabara. Excellent Performance.
  • Lawyer: Private Technical University of Loja UTPL, Quito, Ecuador
  • Studies Business Administration: Catholic University of Ecuador, Ibarra Headquarters, Ecuador
  • Spanish
  • English

Pablo Fabara Vera

Senior Associate

Klever Chila

Phone: +593 98 350 4206
Email: kchila@bustamantefabara.com
Categories: Labor and social security, Litigation and conflict resolution, Regulatory life science

Klever Chila Manzaba has more than 12 years of experience in the labor field, currently working in corporate labor and immigration matters at BUSTAMANTE FABARA.

Klever Chila Manzaba, has participated in negotiations and signing of foreign investment contracts, advising investors in the signing of investment contracts with the state.

He has extensive experience in matters such as incorporation, reactivation and liquidation of companies, administrative issues such as approvals, labor transactions, employer’s retirement, immigration issues, obtaining visas, naturalization of foreign citizens.

  • Associate, BUSTAMANTE & BUSTAMANTE                                 2010 / Present
  • Production area, EDESA                                                                       2002 / 2010

Attorney: Universidad Nacional de Loja, Ecuador

  • Spanish

Klever Chila