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Lexvalor Abogados

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Héctor Barahona Moncayo, Margoth Chiriboga López, Alfredo Peñaherrera Wright
Banking, Trust & Financial Services: Margoth Chiriboga López, Daniela Irigoyen Samaniego
Tax Division: Carlos Coronel
Competition & Antitrust: Luis Marin Tobar,
Ricardo Peñaherrera Peñaherrera
Intellectual Property: Luis Marin Tobar,
Hernán Ponce Aray
Real Estate: Karla Villacís Echeverría, Juan Francisco Almeida Granja, Daniela Irigoyen Samaniego
Mergers & Aquisitions: Héctor Barahona Moncayo
Dispute Resolution: Daniela Irigoyen Samaniego, Margoth Chiriboga López
Labour & Employment: Karla Villacís Echeverría, Alfredo Peñaherrera Wright

Firm Overview:
LEXVALOR Abogados is a consolidated full – service law firm which has built a reputation of excellence based on outstanding results in line with its clients’ expectations, delivering services from the offices in Quito and Guayaquil and through a wide network of correspondents throughout the world.

LEXVALOR Abogados is the result of the union of two leading Ecuadorian law firms: Peñaherrera & Ponce Abogados, and LEXVALOR Abogados. Since the areas of practice of the two law offices are complementary, the merger met the need of furnishing clients with a broader range of specialised services, giving rise to one of the major law firms in the country.

The firm has a team of 45 lawyers and a total of 80 other staff members to support legal and administrative matters. The team specialises in diverse areas of the law and possess in depth — knowledge of the economic sectors in which they perform. The professionals of the firm are trained in prestigious local and international universities.

The firm and its lawyers are members of the following legal networks: International Bar Association (IBA), International Fiscal Association (IFA), Instituto Ecuatoriano de Derecho Tributario, Alianza para el Emprendimiento e Innovación, International Trademark Association (INTA), Interamerican Intellectual Property Association (ASIPI), Ecuadorean Association of Intellectual Property (AEPI).

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:

The firm provides the full range of corporate and strategic counsel. The firm handles multiple corporate matters, especially related to mergers and acquisitions, establishment of foreign branches, incorporation of companies, capital increases among others.

Capital & Fiduciary Market:
The firm has participated in the structuring of capital market transactions, including corporate bond issues, commercial paper and securitisations, and other financial products for company financing. LEXVALOR Abogados is also known for its experience in the fiduciary sector; it structures investment trusts and fund management.

The team of professionals specialises in fiscal related matters, finance, and accounting. LEXVALOR Abogados services include tax–efficient structures for transactions and strategic tax planning. It also represents clients before the tax authorities and courts on tax and customs.

Competition & Antitrust:
The team provides a full scope of services in the antitrust/competition field, ranging from counsel on abuse of dominance, cartels, merger control, state aid, unfair competition, to litigation in administrative and judicial forums related to these matters.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm specialised in dispute prevention and resolution. The litigation team is specially focused on civil, commercial, administrative, labor and tax actions.

Intellectual Property:
The IP team handles prosecution and maintenance of IP portfolios locally and worldwide, including trademarks, trade names, designs, patents, copyright. The team is regularly entrusted with litigation in administrative and judicial forums for the defense of IP rights, including anti-counterfeiting actions.

Real Estate:
LEXVALOR Abogados provides legal advice throughout all stages of real estate projects, from the acquisition of the land and the obtainment of municipal permits, to the structuring of tax and contractual schemes for the project implementation. Labour: Advice to clients in matters related to labour contracts and prevention of labour conflicts that may arise from the relationship between workers and employer. The firm also provides assistance on social security matters and immigration issues.

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish.

LEXVALOR’s list of clients includes an important number of national and multinational leading firms in sectors such as pharmaceutical, real estate, food and beverages producers, retail, tourism, finance, insurance, sports, and petroleum services.