Country Expert for Ecuador
He is a member of the Quito Bar Association and an active in the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Quito Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce, and Paris Chamber of Commerce, the Bomchil Group (an association of Latin American Law Firms), and World Services Group. He has also been a Speaker of the American and Washington State Bar Associations, the San Francisco Bar Association, the London Chamber of Commerce, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
Year of birth
Dr. Bustamante obtained in 1997 a Licentiate in Juridical Sciences degree and a Republican Courts Barrister degree, and a Juris Doctorate in 2004 from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.
Attorney (avvocato) - Admitted to the Pichincha Lawyers Association (Colegio de Abogados de Pichincha) and the National Bar (Foro de Abogados) in 2004.
Current professional position
Senior and Equity Partner, Bustamante & Bustamante Law Firm, 1997.
Parter, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm Senior Associate, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm Associate, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm Junior Associate, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm Legal Clerk, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm Messanger, Bustamante & Bustamante law Firm, 1986.
Josemaría Bustamante has assisted international clients in Distribution Law for the past 30 years with preparation, review, and negotiating Distribution Agreements, and successful litigation, for several multinational companies having interests in Ecuador, including Fortune 500. He has also assisted international clients in: Multilateral transactions; Cross Border transactions; M&A and Antitrust; Project Financing; Public Procurement; Tax Law. Commercial Law; Corporate Law; International Trade; Arbitration and Litigation in the following sectors: Insurance; Banking & Finance; Commerce; Communications and Telecommunications; Energy; Agrochemical industry; and Food industry. Dr. Bustamante is also avid in Mediation, Arbitration, and Civil litigation. Pro bono work includes having obtained the first certificate of protection in Ecuador and the first patent conferred to a Luthier in Ecuador, which were granted to Luthier Hugo Chiliquinga; Fundación Zaldumbide-Rosales (promoting musicians worldwide); The Global Foodbanking Network, and several individuals, domestic and alien, requiring litigious assistance in Ecuador.
Proficient in English, Spanish, and understands French, Portuguese, and Italian.
He is also a keen contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) with Monographs related to Competition Law and Civil Procedural Law; and has also contributed to International Distribution Institute (IDI) with its Franchising Ecuador Report.