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We are the No. 1 law firm in Ecuador for Administrative Litigation, as certified by international rankings. The firm, LÓPEZ RIBADENEIRA MORA, is fundamentally a strong and solid team of legal professionals specialized in judicial dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation, as well as in corporate advisory services. Our team includes lawyers with over 18 years of experience in Ecuador. Through our legal guidance, representation, and support, we safeguard your interests, add value and profitability to your company and projects, and ensure compliance with Ecuadorian business regulations. We offer personalized, direct treatment, maintaining close client relationships while adhering to the law. 

  • Our firm has been consistently ranked No. 1 by LEADERS LEAGUE as the best Administrative Litigation firm in Ecuador for the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. We have also received the distinction as Highly Recommended Firm in Ecuador for Commercial Litigation during the same years. Our firm is especially recognized for our expertise and successes in litigations against public entities in Ecuador. The rankings for 2023 are forthcoming.
  • The renowned English publication LEGAL500 has consistently ranked our firm as a top Dispute Resolution firm in Ecuador, emphasizing our involvement and experience in representing domestic corporations in litigation for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  • Our firm is ranked in Chambers Latin America 2024. Our partner Daniel López S. has also been recognized by Chambers and Partners as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution and Public Law in Ecuador for the years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

As a recent highlight, our firm successfully participated in a public bid and secured the representation of the National Superintendency of Banks in a high-profile trial. We were selected as one of the premier litigation firms in Ecuador to defend the National Superintendency of Banks in a case against the Isaias brothers, former owners of the largest bank in Ecuador (Filanbanco), who filed a 2 billion USD punitive damages lawsuit against Ecuador. This trial marked the highest monetary value case involving a public entity in Ecuador's history. Our firm's selection for this bid was a result of Daniel López Suárez's and Sebastián Mora's extensive experience and specialization in administrative litigation. The quantity and quality of administrative litigation cases handled by these two partners also played a crucial role in our firm's selection. Winning this bid reaffirmed our firm's exceptional position as a leading administrative litigation firm in Ecuador.

Our Dispute Resolution department manages administrative law disputes and arbitration in various sectors including Public Procurement, Construction, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Consultancy, Public Services, Punitive Damages, Oil, Agriculture, Telecommunications, and the Commercial Sector. We provide administrative and judicial support to local and foreign companies, with a focus on representing clients in trials against public sector entities. We occasionally have represented public entities in administrative litigation and dispute resolution processes. Our expertise also extends to Arbitration and Mediation (civil, commercial, contentious-administrative).

Our team has been hired by foreign companies, organizations and international law firms to issue opinions on Ecuadorian legislation and specific cases, as an example our porffesionals were hired by one of the largest worldwide law firms to give legal opinion on concession contracts and public-private partnerships in Ecuador.

Our team has also been selected as a local practitioners and ally by international law firms to sponsor Ecuadorian public companies in international arbitration processes, as well as for public private partnerships bids. 

Our firm proudly represents the Latin American Privacy Association (ALAP - Data Protection) in Ecuador. Our partners are active members of prestigious legal guilds and professional associations both nationally and internationally. They are part of the Latin American Arbitration Association, the Ibero-American Network of Public Procurement, the Ecuadorian Institute of Administrative Law, the Ecuadorian Institute of Arbitration, the National Forum of Lawyers, the Bar Association of Pichincha, and collaborate with the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI) in Ecuador.

Our partners María de Lourdes Maldonado, Sebastián Mora, and Daniel López serve as arbitrators in the Arbitration and Mediation Centers of Fedexpor and the Chamber of Commerce in Quito. Daniel López S. serves as the director of the Fedexpor Arbitration and Mediation Center and is included in its list of arbitrators. He is also listed as an arbitrator for the Arbitration and Mediation Center of UEES-Guayaquil and CENAMACO Quito.

Our partner Felipe Ribadeneira served as the President of the Ecuadorian Business Committee and President of the Board of the National Federation of Exporters. Since 2015, he has been recognized by notable specialized media as one of the most influential businessmen with the strongest corporate reputation. He has received recognition from América Economía Ecuador, Revista Vistazo, and other sources, with his specialization in Foreign Trade.