Firm profile submitted by EY Law
Managing Partner: Rafael Sayagués
Partners: Juvenal Sánchez (Legal), Jorge González (Legal), Alberto Saenz (Legal) and Enrique Möller (Legal), Juan Carlos Chavarría (International Tax Services - ITS), Antonio, Ruiz (Transaction Advisory Services & ITS), Luis Ocando (ITS, Transfer Pricing & Tax Policy), Lisa Gattulli (Business Tax Compliance, Human Capital & Tax Accounting), Ludovino Colón (Business Tax Services), Hector Mancia (Business Tax Services) and Manuel Ramírez (ITS)
Number of partners: 12
Professional Team: EY Law is a full service law firm that serves as the legal line of service of EY Central America (EYCA). EYCA has an integrated multidisciplinary team of which more than 100 are lawyers. The rest is comprised of CPAs, finance and economics professionals.
EYCA has taken the lead in aligning to the changing needs of its region by organising as the only fully integrated firm that covers all countries of Central America and Dominican Republic as a single market. The firm’s professionals blend local country technical knowledge with appropriate regional and global insight on the latest developments in policy, legislation and administration. The firm offers integrated services consistent with the expectations of multinational, regional and domestic businesses. The firm assigns resources to its projects not based on geographical limitations but on the specialisation and requirements of its clients. As of late 2014, EYCA now offers full legal services, under EY Law. With this, it provides its clients the opportunity to truly integrate all their needs in the region. EYCA is the only truly regional firm that operates as a single organisation and controlled structure. One of the main advantages is its centralised service delivery approach specifically designed for clients with regional operations or that are expanding. The firm provides clients with a single point of contact to coordinate, manage and centralise all of their service requirements. The firm’s people and global resources are able to help you develop and execute business strategies quickly and effectively, with strong accountability and governance. The insights and quality services help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and economies around the world. The firm develops outstanding leaders who team to deliver quality work to all of its stakeholders. In so doing, it plays a critical role in building a better working world for its people, clients and communities.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
International Tax Services: Transactions inter-company pricing, supply chains, structuring and funding are increasingly under the spotlight. More than ever, companies are looking to align their global tax position with their overall business strategy, to be competitive and provide value to shareholders. The firm assists inbound/outbound investments in all tax and business areas into the region and each of its countries, as well as outbound investors from within the region in both intra region and global projects.
Legal Services: EY Law delivers value-added legal services, through qualified multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural legal professionals. The firm understands that, as well as targeting its clients areas of specialism, the advice must align with the wider business objectives. Serving clients across borders, the sectorfocused, multidisciplinary approach means it offers integrated, practical and comprehensive pertinent legal advice clients can trust.
Legal Services Offered: M&A; corporate and commercial; distribution and franchising; real estate; insurance, banking, financial services and private lending; insolvency and restructuring; data privacy; innovation and technology, private equity, venture capital, impact investing, early stage startups, public concessions, energy, labour, controversy and litigation.
Transfer Pricing: EYCA was a pioneer in the area of transfer pricing in the region by establishing the first ever specialised practice with trained technical professionals in the area, even way before most countries had even started to adopt domestic rules. It has been supporting companies in all cycles related to transfer pricing and supply chain planning as well as advising Governments in related policies and legislation as well as technical training. The firm provides integrated transfer pricing services that include full compliance support with the preparation of domestic and international documentation and returns, planning and structuring as well as full specialised controversy and litigation support in transfer pricing related audits and cases.
Transaction Tax: Every transaction has tax and corporate implications, whether it’s an acquisition, disposal, carve outs, refinancing, restructuring or initial public offering. Understanding and planning for these implications can mitigate transaction risk, enhance opportunity and provide crucial negotiation insights. The firm provides integrated regional services for all phases of transactions (feasibility, due diligence, negotiation, structuring and implementation and post transaction integration). The transaction cycle is now complemented with full legal services.
Family Office / Groups: The firm has a fully specialised team dedicated to support family offices and organisations in most relevant areas including corporate structure and governance, succession planning, asset protection, back office support and outsourcing, technology, financial reporting, etc.
Business Tax Compliance Services / Human Capital: Designed to meet the business tax and individuals compliance and advisory needs, wherever the organisation or individual is located. The firm’s professionals draw on their diverse perspectives and skills to give a seamless regional tax compliance service.
Indirect Tax / Customs & International Trade: Indirect taxes, ranging from VAT and customs duties to environmental levies, affect the supply chain and the financial system. These often invisible taxes can have significant impacts – on cash flow, absolute costs and risk exposures.
Tax Policy & Controversy (Litigation): The firm provides integrated tax controversy and litigation services that combine all areas necessary to deal with complex local and multi-jurisdictional cases. The firm represents its clients both at the administrative and judicial levels. The firm’s goal is to provide preventive services, as well as representation during examinations, dispute resolution procedures and litigation, with the primary objective of solving disputes as early and efficiently as possible. EY’s regional and global tax policy network has extensive experience of helping develop and implement policy initiatives, both as external and internal advisers to governments and companies.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Hebrew, Mandarin.
CLIENTS The firm serves clients in various industries: consumer products, real estate, hospitality and tourism, retail, banking, finance and insurance, airlines, agribusiness, automotive, energy, mining, healthcare, technology and telecommunications, logistics, NGO’s and public sector.