María Isabel Machado Tovar

Head of Compliance Department

Tel: +593 2 256-1808 Ext. 1061

«You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today».

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María Isabel Machado Tovar is an associate lawyer and head of the Compliance Department at Falconi Puig Abogados. She has over 10 years of experience in the fields of corporate and commercial law, public procurement, labor, and compliance.

She advises national and foreign companies, as well as charitable organizations, from the incorporation process through to day-to-day business development matters. Using the consultancy, she has provided to foreign companies on implementing compliance policies and controls for their subsidiaries in Ecuador as a springboard, she is currently focusing on the structuring of compliance programs within organizations. These take the form of prevention models, aimed at establishing a culture of compliance and integrity within the company, alongside SDGs to ensure their sustainability, as our firm is a participant in the Global Compact, Ecuador network.

María Isabel also works with foreign companies on analyzing commercial contracts, especially distribution contracts, agreed with Ecuadorian companies – in particular in relation to applicable legislation and unilateral termination. She also advises clients during tender processes, negotiation of public contracts and audits by the Comptroller General of the State.

Her collaborations include participation in the process of compiling the Competition Compliance Guide by the Ecuadorian Superintendence for the Control of Market Power and on ‘Doing Business’ in the areas of “Starting Business” and “Labor”.

  • Compliance in the Mining/Energy Sector, Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Internal auditor ISO 37301:2021 (Compliance Management Systems), SGS Academy
  • Advanced Compliance Program (specialization), IE Law School. Madrid, Spain
  • Data Protection Program, IE Law School, Madrid, Spain
  • Compliance Culture Immersion Program, IE Law School, Madrid, Spain
  • Master’s degree in Law and Economics, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires. Argentina.
  • Executive Program on the Prevention of Money-Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism. Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Buenos Aires. Argentina.
  • Law degree, Universidad Internacional SEK, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Spanish Compliance Association (ASCOM) – member of Diversity Roundtable
  • Spanish Data Protection Association
  • Global Compact, Ecuador Chapter: Member of SDG 5 and SDG 16 Working Roundtable
  • Collaborator on the “Doing Business” study in the areas “Getting Credit – Legal Rights”, “Starting Business” and “Labor and Employment”, conducted by the World Bank – 2012 to present.
  • Honestidad Criolla: Anti-corruption campaign organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Quito and the International Chambers ff Commerce (ICC), Ecuador chapter.
  • Leaders League:
    Compliance – Recommended
  • Legal 500: expert in Corporate and M&A, within Falconi Puig Abogados, Band 4 – 2021
  • OneTrust Data Guidance: Expert in Data Protection (Ecuador) – July 2021
  • Leaders League Ranking 2021: Lawyer recommended in the area of compliance and fraud – February 2021
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