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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: 21

Firm Overview:
The firm provides top legal advice in a wide range of practice areas working under the highest global standards through its extremely engaged and experienced team. It is committed to being the top choice for complex and comprehensive legal services in all of its practice areas.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
The firm participates in project and corporate finance transactions and capital markets deals, representing national and international financial institutions, development banks, institutional investors, multilateral agencies, corporate borrowers, sovereign and other public issuers, trustees and trust companies, underwriters and arrangers.

Corporate, Commercial & Transactional:
Advises on corporate and commercial law matters and international transactional work. The team is known for its practical approach, business understanding and overall know-how of complex business solutions. Services focus on minimising contractual risk and seeking sustainable growth, adding value to the shareholders and the business itself.

Energy, Public Utilities & Infrastructure:
Involved in the energy sector since its privatisation in the late 1990s, the firm is renowned in the market and continues to participate in negotiation of statutes, amendments to legislation and decisions related to the Guatemalan and Central American energy sector. Gabriela Roca holds an active chair in the electricity market coordination body. The firm has participated in most recent high-level energy and infrastructure transactions and tender processes and is recognised as a top leader in the field.

Environmental:
Advises on due diligence assessments, public and private transactions related to the carbon market, debt-for-nature swaps, certified emissions reduction deals in institutional and voluntary markets implementing the required structures or vehicles for their proper development and performance. The firm has advised government authorities, companies and international organisations on environmental matters.

Real Estate:
The firm provides advice to large commercial and residential project developers, the leisure industry, as well as private equity transactions involving large development areas, including tax advice, which is a critical element for reducing project costs.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm supports clients in M&A, including due diligence, risk assessment, mitigation and problem solving, pre and post closing commitments, potential liabilities, negotiation, sunset clauses, escrow and hold-out obligations, as well as, implementing effective legal structures. Attorneys are highly recognised on M&A matters on a local and international level in different sectors including regulated industries.

Dispute Resolution:
Renowned for its solid litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice, including international commercial and investment arbitration, it efficiently managed and led complex litigation cases in the civil, commercial, criminal, IP, banking, tax, administrative and constitutional law areas for corporate and individual clients.

Tax:
A top ranked firm to provide legal support on complex tax planning and compliance matters, corporate reorganisations, M&A, financings and restructuring issues, and advising nonprofit organisations, integrating local and foreign tax considerations.

Labour & Employment:
The firm advises multinational and corporate clients, including conflict prevention (it has its own proprietary compliance methodology), negotiation, crisis management, negotiation and litigation. Also, it has advised on acquisitions, divestures and merger integration agreements, immigration permits, expatriate structures together with the tax team, as well as labour and employment disputes.

Competition Law & Antitrust:
Guatemala has committed to enact legislation on unfair competition and antitrust practices and the firm has actively participated in this process advising clients on preparing to adapt their conduct and business activities to the changing legal environment.

Intellectual Property:
The firm assists worldwide clients in protecting their intellectual property throughout the Central American region including IP rights, IP due diligence, IP litigation, trade secrets, trademark and patent infringement actions, unfair competition, copyrights infringement actions and copyrights registration.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
The firm advises insurance and reinsurance company operations and registration. It also actively advises on mergers and divestitures involving companies or separate divisions. It is often retained in expert opinions on complex insurance and reinsurance issues.

Mining:
The firm’s extensive experience on the mining sector involves transactional work, project finance, regulatory and compliance assessment, as well as the sale and acquisition of entire projects and advises on licenses, exploration, exploitation and operations.

Crisis Management & Risk Mitigation:
The firm participates in high profile and sensitive cases as crisis advisors, assisting and coordinating prevention, reaction and control for communication agents and company executives.

Compliance & Governance:
Actively engaged in compliance verification, planning and due diligence, the firm is highly regarded in anticorruption assessments and corporate compliance planning, and has extensive experience in banking and financial services advising on all aspects of regulatory compliance. Attorneys actively participate in local and international technical committees.

Clients:
Abbott Laboratories, Abbie, AEI Services LLC, AIG, ALORICA, AmBev, Banco de Crédito de Perú–BCP, Banco General–Panama, Buddi Ltd., Bus Fleet Finance, Capital Bank, CBC, CMI, Credicorp Capital, Credit Suisse AG, ALDESA, Bancolombia, British American Tobacco, Caterpillar Credito, Campbell Soup, Chrysler, Cinépolis–MEX-, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Comex, Compañía Panameña de Aviación, Copa Airlines, Credit Suisse, Daimler AG, DEG (KFW banking group), Dollarcity Guatemala, Ebay, ENEL Green Power, EPM, Glencore, Global M&A Partners, Henkel La Luz, Hill & Knowlton, IIC/IBD, Jaguar Energy LLP, Jaguar Land Rover, J.P. Morgan, Kansas State University, 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, Tahoe Resources/Minera San Rafael, TECO Energy, Telus International, The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Bank of the Canton of Geneva, Vitol Inc., Waeli, Walmart Procurement, Wartsïlä, Wipro, WPP Group, Young & Rubicam.