Ignacio Andrade


English and Spanish.

Ignacio Andrade

Born in 1964. Admitted to the Guatemalan Bar Association, 1986. Notary Public, 1986.

Universidad Rafael Landívar. Studies in the Master’s Degree of Constitutional Law, (2015 2016) Universidad de Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Master in Business Administration (1988) Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Graduated in Law with Honors “Cum Laude”, (1986)

Guatemalan Bar Association, 1986. International Trademark Association (INTA). Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). International Bar Association (IBA).

Managing Partner at Sfera (2018 – today), Managing Partner at Asensio Andrade Flores (1990 – 2018); Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (2017); Advisor for PRONACOM, for the analysis and dissemination of initiatives and bills: Construction Licenses (December 2017); President of Asociación Amigos del País, (2009 – 2017); Managing Partner of Garcia & Bodán Guatemala, (2015 – 2016); Board Secretary of Fundación Ramiro Castillo Love, (until 2009); Board Secretary of Asociación Amigos del País, (1994 – 2008); External Consultant ad honorem of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, (2004 – 2005); Arbitrator appointed by the Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala (CENAC) and Conflict Resolution Commission of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CRECIG); Counsel in Arbitration by the International Chamber of Commerce (CCI) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA); Counsel for appeals, arbitrations and executions of foreign and national arbitration matters; Litigation Attorney in Corporative and Tax Law with experience in labor matters; Alternate Delegate of the General Assembly of the United Nations, (1987)

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María Elena Vásquez

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If I made a commitment, I stood by that commitment - and try to make it real. Because when you become leaders, the most important thing you have is your word, your trust. – Michelle Obama

Evelyn Chavarría

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – Colin Powell

Alejandro Faillace

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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi 

Claudia Pontaza

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“Somos lo que hacemos día a día. De modo que la excelencia no es sólo un acto sino un hábito.” Aristóteles.

Carlos Gándara

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Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

Melanie Avea

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"Never give up on a dream. Just try to see the signs that take you to him" - Paulo Coelho

Marta Alonzo

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"When you lose, don't lose the lesson" - Dalai Lama.

Luis Enrique Solares

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"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" - Jimmy Hendrix

Lester Meda

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“Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has never been thought before and expressing it somehow” –Neil deGrasse Tyson-

Kimberly Vargas

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“Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work” - Albert Einstein-

Dinora Ceijas

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"The mind is like a parachute… It only works if we keep it open. …" -Albert Einstein

Alex Florián

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"Being good is easy, the difficult thing is to be fair."-Victor Hugo

Alejandro Solares Solares

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"Being honest may not give you many friends, but it will give you the right friends." Jonh Lennon

Gabriel Pallarés

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

Jorge Asensio

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“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential” -Winston Churchill-

Estuardo Gamalero

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" Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm". Abraham Lincoln

Melissa Morán

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"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work " -Aristoteles-

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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.


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

• Counseling.
• Prosecution of new trademarks or renewal of existing trademarks.
• Licensing.
• Opposition actions.
• Searches and investigations.
• Cancellation and nullification actions.
• Prosecution.
• PCT filings.
• Technology transfer agreements and licenses.
• Opposition and cancellation actions.
• Counseling.

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