General Manager: Sebastian Pérez-Arteta
Executive Partner: Diego Pérez-Ordóñez
Number of partners worldwide: 15
Total number of lawyers worldwide: 78
Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
PBP is the largest firm in Ecuador, constantly considered a leader in the legal market and a trusted and forward thinking advisor for national and international clients. It has offices in Quito and Guayaquil and outreach throughout Ecuador.
PBP endeavors to understand clients’ challenges and needs. Its multi-practice teams – integrating expertise in 17 practice areas - have an industry focus and an in-depth understanding of the specific challenges of each sector.
PBP’s team has both local and international cross border experience. Several members have attended renowned local and international universities and have worked at first-rate law firms around the world; and, a number of its attorneys have been admitted to practice in the State of New York, District of Columbia, Spain, Chile, Colombia and other jurisdictions.
PBP has consistently been honoured as Ecuadorian Firm of the Year by Chambers Latin America (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2009) and by Who’s Who Legal (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010).
Social responsibility is a part of its professional culture. Through the Fabián Ponce O. Foundation (FPO), founded in 1987, the firm encourages and optimises its social responsibility work. It represents fair causes with an emphasis on family law. PBP strives to be an increasingly inclusive firm and endeavors to promote the leadership and professional development of women.
Main Areas of Practice:
PBP offers a comprehensive portfolio of international services comprising: International Arbitration: The team has extensive experience in ICSID and ICC cases.
PBP’s tax unit is one of its core practice areas. With a multidisciplinary focus it provides private and corporate clients with tax advice, planning and representation in litigation and claims.
Banking, Finance & Insurance:
The firm assists foreign and local banks and multilaterals and insurers and reinsurers in their activities in Ecuador.
Energy & Natural Resources:
PBP has led the negotiation, signing and implementation of major projects in Ecuador’s oil, gas, mining, hydroelectric and alternative energy industries.
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
Infrastructure has been a very active area for PBP during the past years. The firm advised in the Posorja Port development, the first public private partnership project to be executed in Ecuador.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm is at the forefront of structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions. It actively participates in multinational teams and work closely with international law firms. Competition & Antitrust: The team specialise in merger control authorisations and in non-transactional work, including investigations, due diligence and litigation before the local antitrust authority.
Compliance & Anti-Corruption:
PBP is a pioneer in the region in this area. It advises local and foreign clients in all compliance matters, including design and implementation of compliance programs, pre-acquisition corruption risk assessments, compliance due diligence, internal investigations, remediation and litigation.
Labour & Immigration:
PBP advises clients on how to face and adapt to the growing demands of recently enacted regulations in this area, including employment, social security and immigration issues.
PBP’s IP practice combines a long track record with a dynamic and up-to-date team of experts. It is best known for handling local and/or foreign trademark portfolios, dispute resolution and IP due diligence processes.
PBP advises in environmental matters involving preventive compliance, elaboration of policies and environmental claims, within a very stringent local environmental legislation.