CORPORATE & BUSINESS LAW

The services our business and corporate attorneys offer are customized to the needs of the individual businesses, and range from transactional work to complex litigation matters. We take a pragmatic approach to solving problems and helping our clients plan ahead. Our lawyers hold strong experience in creating business entities, structuring financing through private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, liquidations, work-outs, and the structuring of shareholder/member agreements.

Our corporate counsel is experienced in addressing the duties, obligations and rights of officers, directors, and shareholders. For start-up companies, we offer advice and representation with respect to structuring the business organization, planning for growth, protecting the valuable assets created, drafting employment and financing agreements.  

BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
We represent lenders in a range of transactions, from simple commercial term loans and refinancing, to complex commercial projects and asset-based financing. We assist our clients in commitment preparation and negotiation, development and verification of funding compliance requirements, loan structuring and availability of credit lines within the country, preparation and negotiation of participation documents and avoidance of lender liability pitfalls.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
We help our clients determine the best forms of intellectual property protection to employ, if any, to meet their business needs. We assist clients in registering their trademarks, patents and copyrights at Ecuador’s Intellectual Property Office, the Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property. We also counsel clients on infringement and enforce their rights through cease and desist letters, oppositions and in some instances criminal procedures. In addition, we ensure that our clients are well-stocked with complete sets of important agreements to protect their IP portfolios, including nondisclosure agreements, licensing and franchising agreements, joint venture agreements or agreements for purposes of acquiring intellectual property from third parties, including necessary due diligence and IP portfolio valuation.

COLLECTIONS & REMEDIES
A common misconception is that collections are all the same and that all debt is created equal. We recognize this could not be further from the truth, and that every client and every debt and debt portfolio has its own specific needs. Keeping this in mind we analyze the best collection approach to each case, whether it is done via pre-judgment remedies, post judgment remedies or through financial instruments such as letters of credit, promissory notes, bills of exchange, collateral etc.

EMPLOYMENT LAW
We represent employers in a broad range of matters while working with them to implement preventative strategies designed to minimize risk and exposure to liability. We counsel clients so they may make informed decisions and remain compliant with Ecuadorian obligations.  We provide clients with the tools to develop and manage an effective employer/employee program and to promote a healthy workplace environment. Our attorneys hold strong experience in disputes and negotiations with labor unions, collective bargaining, internal regulations, employment-based claims, etc.

WHITE-COLLAR CRIMES
We provide proficient legal advice to our clients’ officers, directors and employees in order to prevent them from committing acts considered crimes or violations under Ecuadorian laws. Our firm also handles all aspects of white-collar defense and is available to intervene from the moment a client suspects she or he is under investigation.

IMMIGRATION LAW
Our firm provides full immigration services to companies, non-profits and individuals. We usually take care of all visas and work permits for our foreign-investment client's expatriate personnel. Our services include processing and obtaining temporary and permanent residence, work permits for foreigners, investor visas, and nationalization of both individuals and companies. We work hard in making sure that organizations and individuals comply with Ecuadorian immigration, tax and labor laws. 

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Our firm consistently provides legal advice on transaction structures and business ventures with the goal of avoiding any future conflict that will end up in litigation and could lead our clients to serious legal liability, undesirable costs and damages. However, should litigation arise, our attorneys are well experienced and ready to represent our clients in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, courts and tribunals.  We develop a litigation plan that focuses constantly upon the client's financial interests. With the plan in place, we aggressively pursue our clients' rights while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.