Bustamante & Bustamante

Jose Rafael Bustamante Crespo

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Practice Areas

M&A, corporate, antitrust, commercial, foreign investment, energy, tax, insurance, labor, banking.


José Rafael is the head of the corporate and antitrust departments, with vast experience in M&A activity in the country. He has participated in the main M&A deals that have taken place in the last 8 years in Ecuador, earning recognition in this field nationally and globally for his outstanding customer service. José Rafael´s practice is focused on transactional M&A matters, negotiating significant contracts, as well as financings and merger clearance processes. He is widely recognized for his knowledge and experience in the commercial field and his ability to structure complex cases that have set a precedent in Ecuadorian jurisdiction. Having thorough experience in antitrust, he has successfully cleared highly elaborated transactions that have resulted in market concentrations of over 90%.

In addition, José Rafael regularly advises on corporate governance issues, regulatory compliance, competition law, employment matters, as well as outsourcing, franchising, licensing, distribution and restructuring projects.

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association; Multilaw; International Trademark Association, World Services Group.