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Falconi Puig Abogados

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Managing Partners: Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río
Senior Partners: Miguel Falconi, Cecilia Falconi, Sasha Mandakovic, Lucía Cordero, Armando Serrano
Number of partners: 6
Number of other lawyers: 10

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Intellectual Property:
60%
Corporate/M&A: 15%
Advertising: 5%
Arbitration: 10%
Litigation: 10%

THE FIRM:
FALCONI PUIG ABOGADOS, founded in 1972, offers its clients the best of both worlds: the expertise of an IP boutique and the flexibility and convenience of a full-service law firm. The firm gives priority to being highly responsive, and FPA's attorneys take the time to learn about its clients' industries and their businesses in order to tailor the advice to address the specific goals and circumstances. The firm is dedicated to fulfilling the legal needs of international and local companies of all sizes and areas of trade that are doing business in Ecuador and the Andean community. FPA's lawyers are corporate law generalists and subject matter specialists, and they have a long-established expertise in intellectual property, including anti-counterfeiting as well as advertising law and regulatory affairs.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Intellectual Property:

FPA provides a full service IP practice, which encompasses all types of IP rights including trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, plant varieties, geographical indications, etc. The firm has a strong prosecution practice and litigation capabilities including anti-counterfeiting. Furthermore, FPA provides its clients with complete trademark search and watch services in Ecuador and other Andean Community countries through their own databases and in-house renewal services. FPA frequently provides IP auditing services (due diligence for M&A transactions) and general portfolio management.

Advertising:
FPA advises on how advertising law may impact advertising strategies for products & services. With respect to authorisation and control of the promotion and advertising of processed food products, including alcoholic beverages, they advise on the procedures for obtaining authorisations from the health authority pertaining to publicity, commercials, and other promotional campaigns prior to their launching and promotion.

Arbitration:
FPA has experience in drafting arbitration agreements, in advising parties in mediation and, when no agreement can be reached, representing parties acting either as plaintiffs or as defendants in arbitration proceedings. Several partners are arbitrators at the local Chambers of Commerce and certified mediators, who are frequently involved in domestic and international conflict resolution.

Corporate/M&A:
FPA offers advice on identifying the right target companies, depending on whether the client is national or foreign. Services include: incorporation of companies, drafting of bylaws, shareholding structure, minutes of public deeds, registration in the Mercantile Registry, maintenance of corporate books, minutes of general shareholders’ meetings, fulfillment of obligations before the Superintendence of Companies, capital increases, reactivation or obtainment of the unique fiscal code number for taxpayers (RUC by its acronym in Spanish), obtainment of employer’s number before the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, etc.

Environmental:
FPA advises clients on matters that require resolution of complex environmental issues and provide comprehensive and proactive solutions in the field of environmental regulations. The Firm is a leader in this field thanks to its understanding of regulatory standards and the ever-changing landscape that influences all business activities in the country.

Labour & Employment:
FPA provides advice on topics, such as the relationship between employers and employees, as well as individual and collective negotiations. The firm guides the development of employment strategies according to the employer’s needs. FPA conducts processes of due diligence in labour matters and litigate in administrative and/or judicial instances.

Litigation:
FPA evaluates the legal situations of clients in all areas of practice to develop strategies that offer several options for conflict resolution, among them litigation before the courts and government agencies.

Regulatory Affairs:
FPA advises on securing compliance of several technical regulations and norms in relation to products for human consumption and use, in order to obtain health and sanitary authorisation/registration including homologation of those applicable products. FPA accompanies international companies mainly in their relationships with their importers/distributors and seeks that their rights and responsibilities are well determined, including reviewing their contracts.

Tax:
FPA optimises its clients’ resources in complying with tax obligations and maximises the fiscal benefits to stimulate production and investments in specific areas. FPA is experienced in international taxation issues; as well as special deductions, reductions and exemptions; in addition to matters pertaining to taxes created by sectional regimes.

INTERNATIONAL WORK:
The firm has a global presence through an extensive network of correspondents worldwide. In each of the areas in which the firm specialises, FPA provides outstanding legal advice to international clients who are doing business in Ecuador. The firm represents its Ecuadorian clients abroad through its international network ensuring a centralised management of client matters and a high standard of service; likewise, international companies trust FPA for handling their legal work in several LATAM jurisdictions, especially within the Andean Community countries.

LANGUAGES:

English, French, Italian, Spanish

CLIENTS:
The firm's portfolio of clients includes individuals, entrepreneurs, and large global companies from all over the world. A list of representative clients can be provided upon request.

CONTACTS
Intellectual Property:
Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río Cecilia Falconi, Sasha Mandakovic
Corporate/Commercial: Lucía Cordero, Miguel Falconi Puig
Advertising: Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río
Regulatory Affairs: Lucía Cordero
Arbitration: Sasha Mandakovic, Armando Serrano
Litigation: Sasha Mandakovic
Labour Employment: Lucía Cordero
Tax: Lucía Cordero
Environmental: Alegría Corral