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EY Law

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Managing Partners: Hernán Pacheco y Rafael Sayagués
Senior Partners: Fernando Vargas, Alejandro Antillón, Ruby Asturias, Enrique Möller, Guillermo Leandro, Antonio Ruiz, Roberto Cordero, Juan Carlos Chavarría, Manuel Ramírez y Luis E. Ocando, Ludovino Colón
Number of partners (regional): 13
Number of other lawyers (regional): 160

Firm Overview:
EY Law is an international law firm, affiliated to EY global firm with offices in 150 countries and more than 200,000 professionals. In Central America the firm has more than 1300 employees, with 160 lawyers and offices throughout the region.

EY Law offers a different approach by delivering legal services that help minimise the gap between business advisors and legal counsel. Its lawyers work integrated with professionals from other parts of EY’s business, including assurance, tax, transactions and advisory, to deliver integral, better informed and professional services.

Main Areas of Practice:

EY Law digital team can help identifying digital risk areas and meet the legal challenges in: digital e-commerce law, digital data privacy and cybersecurity and digital regulatory law.

M&A & Corporate:
In-depth solutions in local and cross-border transactions (M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, project finance, civil and commercial contracts, foreign direct investment, free-trade zone, antitrust and consumer law and insurance).

Energy TMT & Project Finance:
Expertise in complex corporate, administrative, energy law and large-scale project finance.

Counsel local and international corporate clients and public institutions on environmental regulatory frameworks and preventive advice on compliance, law enforcement and sustainable use of natural resources.

Government Procurement:
Regulated industries, public utilities and works, concessions, government procurement, urban development, municipal regulations, energy, telecommunications, administrative and judicial proceedings.

Intellectual Property:
Industrial property filings, sanitary permits for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and agrochemicals, unfair competition cases, franchise and licence agreements.

Tax Advisory:
Advice on local and international tax matters, including tax compliance and regulatory advice, tax consulting, tax litigation, corporate restructuring, preventive tax audits and guidance.

International Trade & Customs:
Trade compliance, trade regulation, WTO law, export and import requirements, international investment law, FTAs and IIAs.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Dispute resolution and litigation, including complex civil, commercial, constitutional, administrative, labour and criminal proceedings.

Real Estate & Hospitality:
Acknowledged for handling the most complex and innovative real estate projects, advising on sophisticated condominium structures including tax planning and solid development and exit strategies.

Advisory for operations of big companies and also real estate ventures, regarding schedules, minimum wages, social security registration, and salary nature analysis for employee benefits, preparation of labour contracts and termination agreements.

Competition & Consumer Protection:
Advising on antitrust proceedings before regulatory authorities, examining commercial agreements in terms of their compliance with competition law, advising in matters involving acts of unfair competition.

Banking & Finance:
Counsel and assistance to banks, financial institutions and local and transnational corporate clients concerning all aspects of banking and finance activities, including credit facilities and complex structures at a local and international level, investment vehicles and private capital funds, regulatory framework, project and equipment financing, mortgage banking and entitlement in local and international markets. International Work: Through its global reach, EY Law multidisciplinary teams can provide assistance wherever the business off clients requires it around the world.

English, French, German, Spanish.

Represents important multinational and regional clients — including numerous Fortune 500 companies, and diverse industries: automotive and transportation, banking, capital markets and insurance, consumer products and retail, government and public sector, health and life sciences, oil and gas, power and utilities, private equity, real state and hospitality, technology, media and entertainment and telecom.

M&A & Corporate:
Hernán Pacheco
Energy TMT & Project Finance: Fernando Vargas
Environmental: Roberto Cordero
Government Procurement:
Ruby Asturias
Intellectual Property: Enrique Möller
Tax Advisory: Rafael Sayagués
International Trade & Customs: Carolina Palma
Litigation & Arbitration: Hernán Pacheco
Real Estate & Hospitality: Alejandro Antillón
Ruby Asturias y Fernando Vargas Digital: Fernando Vargas
Banking & Finance: Arturo Apestegui
Competiton & Consumer Protection: Alexander Salazar