Sebastian Cortez Merlo is a partner at the firm and leads the oil and gas and energy practices. He has extensive experience in major oil and gas and energy projects, as well as in complex corporate structuring and project finance related to these projects. He has advised clients in Ecuador’s largest recent oil and gas tenders and projects, and possesses deep transactional and regulatory expertise. Sebastian is also actively involved in complex disputes and litigation involving a wide range of matters, including oil and gas matters. Sebastian is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito and has an LLM from American University in Washington, DC (Fulbright scholar).