Managing Partner: Ignacio Andrade Aycinena
Senior Partners: Jorge Asensio Aguirre, Gabriel Pallares Cruz-Gomar and Estuardo Gamalero Cordero
Number of partners: 16
Number of other lawyers: 55
Banking & Finance: Melissa Morán
Litigation, Corporate & M&A, Compliance & Tax: Ignacio Andrade
Intellectual Property: Melanie Avea
Energy & Natural Resources: Jorge Asensio
Real Estate: Alejandro Solares
Labour: Luis Enrique Solares
Asensio Andrade Flores, was established in 1975. Ever since its beginning, the firm has striven to exceed its client’s expectations through the execution of high level and specialised legal services, performed by a team of qualified lawyers recognised for their experience and knowhow. The firm has over 40 years of experience providing quality legal services, included among others corporate and commercial law, transactional, compliance, finance, litigation, arbitration, real estate, tax, labour and intellectual property matters, with special focus on commerce, telecommunications, mining and banking to worldwide clients. The firm joined forces with Sfera Legal, Ayala & Betancourt and Andres Cuadra in 2018, the firm provides services regionally as Sfera by Asensio Andrade Flores, with presence in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Main Areas Of Practice:
Arbitration & Litigation:
The team provides defences in civil, commercial, labour, administrative, tax, intellectual property, constitutional law and alternative methods of conflict resolution specialised in distribution agreements, telecommunications and a variety of energy sectors, among others.
Banking & Finance:
Due diligence processes, local and international financing with or without guarantees, credit restructurings, syndicated credits, project finance, trusts, securitisations, 144A Insurances, mergers and acquisitions of entities supervised by the Superintendency of Financial Institutions and other regulated entities, advising on regulatory and administrative processes before the Superintendency of Banks and the Monetary Board.
Compliance vetting process, local counsel for FCPA self discolsures, planning and due diligence processes, anti-corruption assessment, corporate compliance planning and monitoring and prevention of corporate legal risks.
Corporate & Commercial:
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring of corporate structures, project financing, civil and mercantile contracts, typical and atypical and free trade zones.
Due diligence processes for mergers and acquisitions, project financing and development, construction and recruitment, regulatory compliance, alternative dispute resolution, tax advice. At the same time, the firm has carried out a number of cases related to ILO Convention 169.
Full-service practice in all IP matters, from oppositions to criminal actions, trademark registrations, infringement, counterfeiting and other administrative appeals.
Counselling related to the recruitment and termination of individual work relationships, prevention of individual or collective disputes, negotiation of collective agreements and all types of individual or collective labour litigation, in administrative or judicial proceedings and for local or foreign companies, internal labour regulations, labour audits, obtaining work permits, social security issues and immigration procedures for businessmen and foreign managers.
Due diligence processes for property acquisitions, the purchase and sale of real property, leases, rights transfers, donations, contributions, constitution of property administration structures and owners associations, regimes of co-property and parcelling, acquisition of buildings for specific industries, different types of construction contracts, that include homes, farms for the agricultural exploitation, warehouses, commercial premises, buildings and others.
Legal services in tax matters, as well as legal advice to carry out an adequate tax planning for individuals and legal persons and non-profit entities. Tax litigation.
Assistance in all areas, mobile, satellite and long distance operators, ISPs in all areas of telecommunications in Guatemala since the creation of the Superintendency of Telecommunications. It has provided advise and acted as attorneys in procedures for access to essential resources, obtained resources from the regulator, provided regulatory advice and litigation and assisted in the negotiation of all types of telecommunications contracts, including interconnection and carrier services agreements.
Other Practice Areas:
Immigration law, notary, family law, criminal law, administrative law, anti-money laundering and anticorruption, among others.
British American Tobacco Central América – BATCA, International Finance Corporation, Interamerican Investment Corporation, S.A., Cementos Progreso, Seguros de Occidente S.A., Unopetrol, Loreal, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Cisco Systems, AgroAmerica, TC Hartland, Cummins Inc., Goldcorp, Coprporacion interameicana de financiamiento de infrasestructura S.A. (CIFI), IC Power, Tigo Guatemala, G&T Contienental, Banco Industrial and Bancolombia