“If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside.” -Ronald Reagan-

Gabriel Pallarés

Languages

Spanish and English.

Gabriel Pallarés

EDUCATION
Universidad de San Carlos. Guatemala, Guatemala Estudios de: PHD in Law. 2012 – 2015 Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Guatemala, Guatemala Master’s Degree in Finance and Tax, LLM in Finance, Minor in Entrepreneurship – Joint program with Tulane University. Lawyer, Notary and Licentiate of Legal Sciences. Thesis: “Análisis legal de la autoinstalación de software no deseado en las computadoras personales”.


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association  (2001) • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) • Member of the International Property Law Association (IIPLA) • Member of Law School Magazine • Member of the Latin American Council of Scholars of International and Comparative Law (COLADIC).• Member of the “Pro Patria” League Association • Member of the Pro-Reforma Association • Member of the Official Spanish Chamber of Guatemalan Commerce • Member of the Association of Studies in Digital Social Networks (Asredes) • Postgraduate Professor at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala • Postgraduate Professor at Arthur Lok Jack, Trinidad y Tobago Business School.


EXPERIENCE
Partner, Sfera (2018-today). Managing Partner, Sfera Legal Guatemala (2016-2018). Partner Servilex (2014- 2016). Legal Advisor of the Economy Commission and Foreign Trade of the Republic’s Congress (2015). Associate, Paiz, Portillo y Asociados (2005 – 2014), Legal Advisor of the Public Telephone Operators Association, attached to the Chamber of Guatemalan Industry (2015). Legal Advisor of the Human Rights Attorney’s Office (2012). Partner, Inmobiliaria Pacruz, S.A. (2001- toda).

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Estuardo Gamalero

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Regulatory Compliance

Specialized counseling in compliance and corporate governance: compliance verification, due diligence processes, anticorruption evaluation, corporate compliance planning and supervision, corporate risk prevention. We have vast experience in risk management and provide a specialized advisory focused on legal and regulatory compliance for regulated sectors, according to each applicable legislation.
Ethical investigations and installation of a proper system for Claim’s Management.
Counseling on the application and interpretation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Law.
Audits in compliance of administrative policies and Human Resources.
Preparation of ethical codes periodical revisions and support in the correct application by employees.
International norm counseling related to the FCPA Law and money laundering: constant updates and proper application.

• Registry of natural persons and/or corporations in compliance with Law 8204 and its bylaws.
• Elaboration of guidelines for legal compliance and manuals on compliance procedures for anti-money laundering.
• Due diligence preparation and elaboration of reports in order to comply with the resolution regarding the Registry of Transparency and Final Beneficiaries, to be made before the Central Bank.
• Corporate amendments to comply with the Corporate Governance Voluntary Code and other mandatory corporate governance guidelines; according to each specific entity and its business activity.
• Drafting of corporate governance codes.
• Elaboration of family protocols and all related matters to Family Planning and Family Offices.

Immigration

Processing and renewal of temporary residences in all categories, including family reunification.
Processing and renewal of permanent residences.
Processing of citizenship application.
Processing and renewal of work permits in all categories.
Updating of immigration status.

• Company registrations before the Immigration Department.
• Processing of immigration status certifications.
• Cancellation of immigration status.
• General consulting in immigration and relocation matters.

Project finance

Shareholder/sponsor agreements.
Engineering, procurement and construction contracts.
Operation and maintenance contracts.
Take-off, long-term sales, supply, hedging and throughput agreements.
Non-recourse and limited recourse guarantee structures.

• Inter-creditor agreements and syndicated loan structures.
• Project asset and cashflow based loan and investment vehicles.
• Securitization, options, derivatives and insurance structures for risk mitigation.

Intellectual Property

TRADEMARKS, TRADE NAMES & APPELLATIONS OF ORIGIN:
• Counseling.
• Prosecution of new trademarks or renewal of existing trademarks.
• Licensing.
• Opposition actions.
• Searches and investigations.
• Cancellation and nullification actions.
PATENTS & INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS:
• Prosecution.
• PCT filings.
• Technology transfer agreements and licenses.
• Opposition and cancellation actions.
COPYRIGHTS AND NEIGHBORING RIGHTS
• Counseling.

• Licensing.
• Copyright Office proceedings.
LITIGATION:
• Civil and criminal actions.
• Anti‐ counterfeit actions.
• Customs measures and proceedings.
Investigations.
• Anti‐trust and Competition Board proceedings.
• Consumer board proceedings.
PRODUCT REGISTRATION:
• Health registrations (pharmaceuticals, food products, medical equipment, cosmetics,
etc.).
• Agrochemical and additives.
• Food for animals.