María Emilia


Our associate stands out for her profound knowledge in environmental law, evidenced by her advisory role in the formation of environmental regulations and her participation in the management of regulatory risks and litigation across multiple sectors. Her contribution to education and her practice in arbitration underscore her competence and professional versatility.
María Emilia Limongi Izaguirre has specialized in environmental law over the years, focusing her professional practice in this area. She has advised public institutions in the creation of environmental regulations and private companies, both national and foreign, in investment processes in Ecuador; preparing due diligence and environmental compliance reports, with the goal of preventing, identifying, and managing regulatory risks and infringements in sectors such as mining, tourism, agribusiness, manufacturing, and construction. Furthermore, her professional career encompasses participation in litigations and arbitrations on civil liability, as well as regulations in port activities, agriculture, and the pharmaceutical and food sector. In 2017, she contributed to the creation and presentation of a Practical Regulatory Guide for Small Entrepreneurs, an initiative by Tiendas Industriales Asociadas.


María Emilia's experience includes:

Represented important agribusiness companies, including those in the banana, shrimp, pork, and poultry sectors, defending environmental litigation and processes related to product control and monitoring.
Defended the interests of well-known sugar mills in environmental litigation and provided legal advice on regulatory processes related to their products.
Advised a prominent Spanish tuna group on the regularization of port activities, environmental issues, and municipal matters.
Implemented legal strategies for a chemical production and marketing company in the adoption of less polluting combustion inputs.
Acted in environmental litigation on behalf of a Mexican multinational specializing in the production and distribution of appliances.
Participated in renewable and unconventional renewable energy generation projects, advising companies in the sector.
Prepared environmental and forestry due diligence reports for a German forestry company, within the framework of a negotiation for the sale of a forest plantation and wood production.
Collaborated with various non-profit organizations in environmental protection and regulatory and control processes.
Contributed to the creation of the Practical Regulatory Guide for Small Entrepreneurs, working with a South American distribution multinational.



Member of:

Foro de Abogados del Ecuador (2017).

Academic Career

Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil; Coach of the team in the X International Investment Arbitration Competition (2023), organized by the Washington College of Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, and Cyrol.
AMCHAM Arbitration and Mediation Chamber; Arbitrator in the XII National Arbitration Competition (2023).
Universidad Tecnológica Empresarial de Guayaquil; Constitutional Law Professor, Faculty of Law (2022).
Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil; Coach of the team in the XI National Arbitration Competition (2022), organized by the AMCHAM Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.
Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo; Speaker in the Sustainable Development chair (2021).
Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil; Coach of the team in the X National Arbitration Competition (2021), organized by the AMCHAM Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral ESPOL; Speaker in the Environmental Impact Assessment chair (2018).



Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, Master in Procedural Law (2021).
Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo Faculty of Law, Politics and Development; Lawyer of the Courts and Tribunals of the Republic (2017).




“The Burlington and Perenco cases: A look at environmental discrepancies in aspects of responsibility determination and damage quantification” (co-authored with C. Sánchez), Ecuadorian Arbitration Review, No. 12, 2020.
“Three Fields of Responsibility in Environmental Law”, JUEES Review, Vol. No. 2, published by the Universidad de Especialidades “Espíritu Santo”.