Managing Partner: José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa
Founding Partners: Diego Bustamante, Roque Bustamante
Senior Partners: Juan Carlos Bustamante, José Rafael Bustamante Espinosa, Roque Bernardo Bustamante, Josemaria Bustamante
Partners: Patricia Ponce, Francisco Bustamante, Carmen Robayo, Jose Rafael Bustamante Crespo
Number of lawyers worldwide: 50
Bustamante & Bustamante has been a leader in serving international corporate clients doing business in Ecuador for over 60 years. The firm has a team of attorneys committed to the interests of their clients. Bustamante & Bustamante provides legal advice from a comprehensive approach, offering a clear picture of the local legal arena. From a legal, political and economic perspective, the firm offers quick and effective solutions for every need or project to be undertaken. Bustamante & Bustamante enables the client to achieve important agreements and the best outcome.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm works towards achieving that every trademark, invention and creation have the necessary legal protection to ensure their integrity and market recognition. Bustamante & Bustamante is the major intellectual property firm in Ecuador. Since 1956, the firm’s IP department has been providing full legal services for the registration of trademarks, licenses and patents. The team’s in-depth, specialised knowledge includes legal experience in the areas of technology, communications, digital means, data protection, licenses and intellectual property. The firm understands that, now more than ever, clients need to protect the ‘uniqueness’ of their creations.
Given that Ecuador’s economy is heavily dependant on its natural resources, their correct management is of great importance. The firm offers multidisciplinary advice for carrying out petroleum, energy and mining production projects to global companies in their investments in Ecuador. The firm begins with a legal and financial analysis of each project, anticipating potential risks during execution. Bustamante & Bustamante finds the best investment opportunities to maintain a stable and reliable projection for each project. The firm has been involved in almost all major deals in Ecuador and its legal assistance includes: representation and negotiations with state authorities; transactions; financial and tax planning and regulations, as well as operating permits.
Over the years, the firm’s legal advice has permitted its clientele to maintain a competitive position at the market. Its team of experts analyses every opportunity for investment for maximising return while reducing tax exposure. The great majority of the firm’s experts count with both legal and financial backgrounds, which provides them with a more thorough understanding of the client’s needs. The firm’s legal assistance includes: tax and financial planning; judicial and administrative processes; and litigation. Bustamante & Bustamante provides full assistance from start to finish.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Bustamante & Bustamante advises local and international clientele with respect to initial due diligence as well as the subsequent planning and structuring of transactions. The firm has broad experience representing acquirers and targets in a variety of transactions, including mergers, stock purchases, recapitalisations for joint ventures, strategic alliances, spin-offs and cross-border deals. The firm represents companies from diverse industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, telecommunications, consumer products, and food and beverages. Just last year, Bustamante & Bustamante was part of what might have been the biggest M&A transaction in the history of Ecuador.
The firm is committed to assisting clients in their compliance with Ecuadorian law throughout their operations in the country. Bustamante & Bustamante is regarded as the partner for doing business in Ecuador. Corporate services include, but are not limited to company incorporation, compliance, accounting and tax services, and in general legal advisory services for client operations.
Bustamante & Bustamante has successfully represented various multinationals in antitrust compliance procedures, assisting investors in the mandatory authorisation process required for economic concentration operations. The firm aims to make sure fair competition exists in an open-market economy.
The firm maintains a system of cooperation with law firms throughout the Andean Community sub region, which is particularly important for handling foreign investment and intellectual property matters. Bustamante & Bustamante is a member of MULTILAW, an association of independent law firms in private practice throughout the world, the purpose of which is to aid members in serving their international clients; the International Bar Association (as the representative of Ecuador); American Society of International Law; International Trademark Association (INTA); Inter-American Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ASIPI); International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI); AIJA; LAWASIA; Asia Pacific Bar Association; Global Anti-Counterfeiting (IACC); World Services Group and The United Nations Global Compact, a private initiative which promotes the protection of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption values.
Languages:Spanish, English, French.
The firm provides legal assistance in all corporate law areas, to local and multinational corporations. Please contact the firm for a list of clients it is currently assisting in your industry.