PBP offers a comprehensive portfolio of international services comprising:
With deep experience in investment protection and disputes in sectors such as energy, insurance and infrastructure, PBP leads the arbitration practice in Ecuador handling cases at the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), among others.
PBP advises private and multilateral banks, local and foreign companies and the Ecuadorian State in areas of negotiation, structuring, financial and banking operations. It is valued for its capacity to respond quickly and efficiently to legal requirements, as well as for its ability to interpret business and clients’ expectations. Recently the firm advised Citibank in a $2B Ecuadorian sovereign bond issuance. PBP also advises financial institutions on ML/CFT matters.
PBP has decades of experience in the energy sector. It has led the negotiation, signing and implementation of major projects in Ecuador’s oil, gas, mining, hydroelectric and alternative energy industries. Its performance is based on effective interaction with authorities, understanding the geopolitical aspects, analysing and specifying strategic and technical elements of energyrelated activities, and applying the most innovative legal standards in the industry.
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
Project financing has been one of the most active areas at PBP during the past years. The firm provides advice on all legal matters pertaining to the structuring, development and operation of Quito´s new international airport green field project. PBP advised in the country's largest infrastructure project of 2015 that involved the construction of a governmental social development platform in the area of Quitumbe.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
PBP is at the forefront of structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions. It actively participates in multinational teams, and work closely with international law firms. Recently the firm has led several very important transactions such as the merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, Hamburg Sud in its acquisition of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A., among several others.
PBP’s IP practice is best known for handling local and/ or foreign trademark portfolios; dispute resolution including: antipiracy, border measures, administrative and judicial disputes and IP due diligence process.
Technology & Telecommunications:
PBP has represented and assisted many of the most reputed international technology and telecommunications companies on all aspects of their activities: negotiation of concession contracts, relations with authorities and users, regulatory matters, obtaining frequencies and permits, relations with suppliers and third parties.
Labour & Immigration:
PBP advises clients on how to face and adapt to the growing demands of local regulation in this area, including employment, social security and immigration issues.
PBP’s tax unit includes attorneys and finance and accounting professionals who provide clients with comprehensive and practical solutions regarding authority investigations, due diligence, litigation, organisation and delivery of evidence, mergers and acquisitions, among others.
The Ecuador-Asia relationship has become stronger during the last decade, especially in strategic areas such as oil, gas and infrastructure. PBP has built a close working relationship with Asian and international law firms based in the region. Members of PBP´s team have been seconded to law firms in the area. This expertise allows the firm to jointly advise Asian clients who invest in Ecuador and local clients interested in investing or trading with Asian companies.
Compliance & Anti-Corruption:
The firm advises in all compliance matters, including design and implementation of compliance programs, pre-acquisition corruption risk assessments, compliance due diligence, internal investigations, remediation and litigation.