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QIL+4 ABOGADOS

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Managing Partner: Marcos Ibargüen
Partners: José Eduardo Quiñones, Marcos Ibargüen, María Isabel Luján, Evelyn Rebuli, Gabriela Roca, Alejandro Cofiño, Jorge Martinez Sanche, Andrés Lowenthal, Eva Cacacho
Number of partners: 9
Number of other lawyers: 25

Firm Overview:
Top tier full service law firm, providing and coordinating legal services in the Central American region. It is one of the largest firms in Guatemala with over 72 people on staff, including over 30 attorneys.

The firm’s experienced and committed legal team provides top legal services across a wide range of practice areas, applying the highest standards. The firm’s multidisciplinary and diverse legal team is one of its greatest assets. The firm assists its clients in their diverse matters and it delivers comprehensive and thorough legal advice on crucial matters, prevailing over the most complex challenges.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:

Expert advice related to project, corporate finance transactions, capital markets deals, representing national/ international financial institutions, development banks, institutional investors, multilateral agencies, corporate borrowers, sovereign and other public issuers, trustees and trust companies and underwriters.

Such transactions require implementation of innovative legal structures that provide the flexibility necessary to combine Guatemalan laws and regulations with foreign legislations and agreements, working together to secure its client’s needs and objectives. Such structures are tailor-made to the particular terms of each deal. Recently, acted as local counsel in the latest sovereign bond issuance in Guatemala for the amount of US$ 1,200,000,000.

Competition Law & Antitrust:
Guatemala has committed to enact legislation on unfair competition and antitrust practice. The firm has actively participated in this process and preparing clients to adapt their process to this changing legal environment.

Compliance & Governance:
Actively engaged in compliance verification, planning and due diligence processes. It sets itself apart because of its anticorruption assessments and corporate compliance planning. Extensive experience in banking and financial services advising on all aspects of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, contentious issues involving the banking, capital markets and investment fund sectors. Participates in several technical committees, including international standards committees.

Corporate, Commercial & Transactional:
In-depth advice on corporate/commercial law matters and international transactional work, known for its practical approach, business understanding and overall know-how of complex business solutions applicable to the legal domain. Careful review of strategic details in transactions and a dynamic legal mind, resulting in less contractual risk as well as sustainable growth, adding value to shareholders and the business itself.

Crisis Management & Risk Mitigation:
Participates in high profile, extremely sensitive cases as crisis advisors, assisting and coordinating communication between agents and company executives involved in the matter.

Dispute Resolution:
Renowned for its solid litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice, including international, commercial and investment arbitration. The firm understands the challenges and risks of dispute management and has handled complex and technical litigation cases for its corporate and individual clients in the areas of civil, commercial, criminal, IP, banking, tax, administrative, and constitutional law.

Energy, Public Utilities & Infrastructure:
Involved in the energy sector since its privatization process in the late 1990s. Active participation in the discussion and negotiation of statutes, amendments to legislation and decisions that affect the energy sector in Guatemala and Central America.

Environmental:
Environmental due diligence assessments is one of our main areas of expertise. It has been involved in public and private transactions, relating to the carbon market, debt-for-nature-swaps, certified emission reduction deals in the institutional and voluntary markets and environmental services.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Attorneys are well versed on insurance laws/regulations and compliance, including obtaining authorization by public authorities to operate as an insurance company in Guatemala.

Intellectual Property:
Assists worldwide clients in protecting their IP in matters such as trademark protection, copyright, business sector and more general strategies for the protection of IP assets, sourcing, trade secrets, data privacy and litigation with any of the above mentioned. The firm works along with law firms such as Ladas & Parry and other international IP boutique law firms in trademark matters. Works with corporate, tax and dispute resolution departments in order to protect everything related to the client’s IP.

Labour & Employment:
Specialised in conflict prevention, compliance, negotiation, crisis management and litigation. Has advised on acquisitions and merger integration agreements, contracts and expatriate structures in conjunction with the tax team. The firm has designed a proprietary methodology for assessing compliance performance assessments, labor audits and designing human resources yearly compliance programs.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Supports its clients in the different stages involved in the processes of M&A, such as due diligence, risk assessment, mitigation/problem solving, pre and post closing covenants and obligations, potential liabilities, negotiation, sunset clauses, escrow and hold-out. Attorneys are highly knowledgeable on a local and international level in different sectors and regulated industries, working towards the implementation of optimum legal structure to accomplish the deal.

Mining:
Experienced in transactional work, regulatory, compliance assessment, sale and acquisition of entire projects and advice regarding exploration licenses, exploitation matters and operations.

Real Estate:
Provides advice regarding commercial developments, apartment buildings, housing projects, resorts, individual transactions, private equity transactions.

Tax:
Comprehensive expert legal advice on complex tax planning and day-to-day corporate compliance aspects, corporate reorganizations, M&A, financings, and restructuring issues. Team well versed on local laws and international tax treaties and chapters.

Clients:
Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, AEI Services LLC, AIG, ALDESA, ALORICA, AmBev, Banco de Crédito de Perú–BCP, Banco General–Panama, Bancolombia, British American Tobacco, Buddi Ltd., Caterpillar Credito, Campbell Soup, Capital Bank, CBC, Central American Energy Ventures, Ciena, CIFI LATAM, CMI, Credicorp Capital, Credit Suisse AG, Chrysler, Cinépolis–MEX-, Cisco Systems, Citibank, Comex, Compañía Panameña de Aviación, Copa Airlines, Daimler AG, DEG (KFW banking group), DYKEMA, Dollarcity Guatemala, DOS PINOS, R.L., Ebay, ENEL Green Power, EPM, Glencore, Global M&A Partners, Grupo FRITO LAY Y CIA, Grupo Terra, Henkel La Luz, Hill & Knowlton, IIC/IBD, Inmunotec, Jaguar Energy LLP, Jaguar Land Rover, J.P. Morgan, LAP FUND (Latin American Partners), Kansas State University, Mayer Brown LLP, Metrobank, Michelin, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé, Nexeo Solutions, Nitron Group Corporation, Norfund, OpenLink Financial LLC, Pay Pal, Pencils of Promise, Pepsico, Petrolatin/ Glencore, PPG Industries, Pricesmart, Rijk Zwaan, Rainforest Alliance, Sierra Capital, Southern Cross Group, Takeda, Tahoe Resources/Minera San Rafael, TECO Energy, Telus International, The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Bank of the Canton of Geneva, Toyota Motors, Unopetrol, Vitol Inc., Volcafe, Walmart Procurement, Wartsïlä, Wipro, WPP Group, Young & Rubicam.