JUAN SEBASTIÁN SOTO
+502 2384.6600 (tel.)
+502 2384.6666 (fax.)
Intellectual property, electronic commerce, foreign investment, financing
- Universidad Francisco Marroquín Law School, Guatemala, 2000 magna cum laude
- Georgetown University Law Center (GULC), Washington, D.C. (LL.M., Master’s in International Law, 2002)
Professional & Community Involvement:
- Presiding Member of the Intellectual Property Committee of AmCham – 2010-2011
- Member of the Board of Trustees of Fundación del Valle (Del Valle Universtiy and American School of Guatemala), 2012 – Present
- Presiding Member of the Risk Committee of Fundación del Valle (Del Valle University and American School of Guatemala) – 2012 – Present
- Active Member of the Entrepreneurs´ Organization (EO) – Guatemala Chapter, 2012 – Present
- Certified Mediator of the International Center of Mediation (CIM), based in Guatemala
Other relevant experience:
- Foreign Legal Associate at Jones Day, Washington D.C., 2002-2003
- Assistant Professor of the International Business Transactions Course, Francisco Marroquín University, 2003
Awards & Recognitions:
- Recipient of the “Person of the Year” Award – AmCham – 2010
Juan Sebastián Soto has specialized experience in protecting brands, trade names, slogans, copyrights,
and patents within the legal framework of international agreements, including the World Trade Organization’s trade- related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS), and the intellectual property sections of the latest free trade agreements, such as the Free Trade Agreement between the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Central America (CAFTA).
The depth of his experience in the field of intellectual property law includes drawing up contracts related to the use and protection of intellectual property as well as providing counsel and taking action based on international principles, in both civil and criminal cases, to uphold the rights of international clients with the goal of allowing them to fully develop their business enterprises in the country.
Mr. Soto also has a broad range of experience structuring international businesses in which knowledge of intellectual property is critical, in particular distribution and supply agreements, franchise agreements, and international contracts of sale. Mr. Soto has coordinated the legal strategies of several multinational organizations with interests in Central America and other Latin American countries, thereby facilitating the development and growth of their business interests in the region. His experience also includes providing legal counsel to corporations dedicated to electronic commerce.
Mr. Soto has also advised clients on matters related to foreign investment and the protections guaranteed by the Law of Foreign Investment, and sections on investment outlined in the most recent free trade agreements, including CAFTA. In particular, his expertise has been required in cases involving alleged violations of these protections.
Finally, Mr. Soto has worked with clients in coordination with the firm’s corporate and real estate divisions to create the structures and legal vehicles required to develop infrastructure projects, including operations to generate electricity. This implies direct contact with the client’s administrative branch in order to precisely coordinate the legal structures needed for the project and to provide a link among different entities to prepare the necessary documentation for financing.
Mr. Soto also works pro bono to improve education in Guatemala. He has helped to create nonprofit organizations that work with government education officials to develop national training programs for local teachers that will improve their technological skills. Mr. Soto’s professional experience goes hand in hand with his active participation in nonprofit organizations, such as the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). This committee has generated debate and proposed legislation that would strengthen protections for intellectual property. He has also arranged seminars to instruct judges and magistrates on the subject.
Juan Sebastián Soto was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Guatemala© 2015 in the fields of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property