Coronel & Pérez provides integral legal services to its clients. Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in the fields of litigation and complex arbitration, as well as in corporate matters. The firm has a vast experience in several areas of practice, such as Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions; Competition Law; Banking, Finance and Insurance; Concessions, Public-Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Projects; Oil, Energy and Mining; Tax Law and Estate Planning, among others.
Arbitration & Litigation
Our firm has an extensive experience in the management of complex arbitration and litigation and has been recognized as leader in the field, both in Ecuador and abroad.
The firm has successfully represented, both national and international clients in local, international and investment arbitration, before multiple arbitration centers around the world, such as the ICSID, International Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil, among others. Coronel & Pérez’ lawyers have also participated in complex litigation before Ecuadorian and foreign tribunals, international courts and supranational organizations.
Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions
Coronel & Pérez is one of the firms with the most experience in the corporate field in Ecuador. Our corporate advice includes answering legal queries regarding the ordinary course of business, as well as complex issues that affect specific industries, preventive advice, representation before the control authority, compliance, among others.
Our knowledge of other legal systems also facilitates the representation of foreign clients and multinational companies in complex processes of acquisition of ongoing businesses, business reorganizations, and incorporation of new businesses in Ecuador.
Banking, Finance and Insurance
Several of our lawyers have worked in domestic and foreign banks, so we have a deep knowledge of the way financial products and services work, as well as the legal framework applicable in Ecuador and other jurisdictions.
We have participated in important investment and financing projects, both public and private, representing important international organizations, such as the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) of the United States, among others. In the same way, we have represented foreign banks and investment funds that carry out business in Ecuador.
The firm has been a pioneer in providing advice on competition law issues in Ecuador. We have represented several companies during investigation processes before the national competition authority.
We have advised local and foreign companies on the scope of the provisions of local competition law and its impact on the administration and acquisition of ongoing businesses, as well as internal audit and compliance processes.
International Trade and Foreign Investment
Coronel & Pérez´s experience in the field of commercial transactions and foreign investments is extensive. The knowledge of the rules that regulate these areas allows us to effectively protect the rights of our clients. We have deep knowledge of the laws that regulate this type of transactions, including the investment protection treaties signed by Ecuador with other countries. In this area, stands out a recent project in which the European Commission selected our firm to carry out a legal analysis of the implementation of the European Commission - Ecuador Multi-Party Trade Agreement.
Concessions, Public-Private Associations and Infrastructure Projects
Coronel & Pérez has participated during the last decades, in important privatization and concession processes. Besides representing the current concessionaires of the Guayaquil International Airport and the water and sewerage services of Guayaquil, it has also advised several clients in the filing of public bids and tenders, as well as in concessions in the areas of natural resources, telecommunications, electricity, and road infrastructure. Recently, the firm has advised clients in the structuring of Public-Private Partnerships and on the benefits related from this special regime.
Oil, Energy and Mining
Coronel & Pérez has advised clients in the oil area for many years. This advice has included not only the aspects related to the industry and its particular regulatory framework, but also in other aspects that entail such an investment in Ecuador. The Firm has handled several issues related to the field of electric power, as well as in the mining sector, both in its exploration and exploitation phases. It has also counseled its clients in important regulatory matters and litigation, both in the public and private sector.
Civil, Administrative and Constitutional Law
We represent individuals, companies, and institutions, in diverse areas such as the estate law, private contracts, family law and damages.
In the areas of administrative and constitutional law, we advise our clients in all types of procedures, negotiation of public contracts, and filing recourses and actions before, both the administrative and judicial jurisdictions.
Tax Law and Estate Planning
The Firm provides advice in the tax field and in estate planning. When advising our clients in these matters, we pay special attention to the impact of Ecuadorian and foreign tax laws. An important objective of our tax advice is to prevent our clients from paying undue taxes and, if necessary, to file claims for undue payments. We represent several clients in estate planning processes to ensure the sustainability and growth of family owned businesses.
Labor Law and Social Security
Coronel & Pérez provides advice in the labor field to several of its clients. In addition to providing advice on all issues related to the hiring of personnel and independent contractors, the firm has collaborated in the management of labor relations and collective disputes.
Our most important objective is to allow our clients to carry out their business without issues in the labor or social security areas.
The administration and control of intellectual property rights for our national and foreign clients, is one of our regular practice areas. Our intellectual property expert team frequently handles conflicts before the intellectual property authority, as well as in court.
As part of the legal service provided to multinational companies, Coronel & Pérez advices on immigration matters related to its foreign personnel. Also, the firm has participated in administrative proceedings submitted before immigration authorities.