Andrés Ycaza Palacios graduated as a lawyer at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in 2007, and later studied in customs and foreign trade. He earned his Master's degree in Administrative Law at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2016, after defending a thesis related to the legal analysis of the characteristics of the mining title in legislation. He has devoted his professional work primarily in two areas, customs and mining.
Previously, Andrés was lawyer of the branch in Ecuador of a major multinational company, based in Switzerland, attending the legal administration and management of the contract that the company had with the Ecuadorian customs authority for the provision of services capacity and pre-shipment inspection of goods.
He has conducted his business sponsoring administrative claims determinations, refunds of taxes, penalties, uprisings abandonment and other customs task to many industry players, such as couriers, shipping companies and importers, as well as being a consultant for the "Facilitating Trade" project of USAID in 2011.
On the issue of mining, his exercise has focused on the regulatory side. He has worked in obtaining permits and other authorizations preliminaries of the Ecuadorian State. He has served as in-house counsel for a Canadian company that maintains a major gold project in Ecuador, and currently remains its chief legal advisor in the country.