PBP is the largest firm in Ecuador, considered a leader in the legal market and a trusted advisor for national and international clients for over 100 years. It has offices in Quito and Guayaquil and outreach throughout Ecuador.
Specialisation is one of the main values of PBP. The firm has an extensive group of specialists across 17 practice areas. Each practice works in coordination with other areas to provide high quality, comprehensive and effective legal advice.
PBP combines experience with dynamism. The team is comprised of several of the most reputable and experienced lawyers in Ecuador who work together with talented younger members who excel in their practice areas.
The team has both local and international experience. Many professionals at PBP have attended renowned local and international universities and have worked at first-rate law firms around the world. Furthermore, 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 honored as Ecuadorian Firm of the Year seven times by Chambers Latin America (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, and 2009) and eight times by Who’s Who Legal (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010).
The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, Interlaw and Club de Abogados. This allows the firm to provide seamless service to its clients wherever they need it.
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.
Main Areas of Practice:
PBP offers a comprehensive portfolio of international services:
The team has extensive experience in investment and commercial arbitration. It the only Ecuadorian firm included in GAR 100.
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, multilaterals, 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.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm is at the forefront of structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions. They actively participate in multinational teams and work closely with international law firms.
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
Being one of the most active sectors in the past years, PBP practice has participated and developed a particular expertise in public private partnership projects in the country.
Competition & Antitrust:
PBP advises and represents local and foreign clients in all areas of antitrust. The firm has particular experience in procedures against the antitrust authority and litigation.
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.
Arbitration & Litigation: Rodrigo Jijón, Juan Manuel Marchán
Energy: Sebastián Perez-Arteta, Francisco Roldán
Project Financing: Sandra Reed
Mergers & Acquisitions: Diego Pérez-Ordóñez
Banking & Finance: Sebastián Perez-Arteta, Bruno Pineda
Intellectual Property: Francisco Pérez- Gangotena
Competition: Diego Pérez-Ordóñez
Mining & Environmental: Jaime Zaldumbide