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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/M&A — Guatemala


Arias - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jose Luis Arenales de la Roca
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Corporate powerhouse offering impressive expertise in high-value transactional mandates in this field. Regularly represents major domestic and multinational players on matters including M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate governance, as well as the establishment of operations overseas. Team's cross-border capabilities benefit from the firm's significant regional network across Central America.

Strengths Market sources hold the firm in high esteem, stating: "Arias has respectable clients and handles work of a very high level of complexity." Clients go on to commend the firm's distinctive expertise in insurance matters.

Work highlights Advised Autobytel on its acquisition of AutoWeb, a deal which represented the client's entrance into the Guatemalan market.

Significant clients Huawei, Bayer, APR Energy, SBA Communications, Visa.

Notable practitioners

Department head Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca commands a high level of respect from peers and clients alike for his wealth of experience in the corporate space. They deem him "a very diligent lawyer with vast knowledge of the corporate field." His impressive trajectory in this area has included frequent handling of major cross-border transactions involving the energy, pharmaceutical, finance and telecoms sectors.

Partner Luis Pedro Del Valle is widely praised by market sources for his prowess in the corporate arena. Peers call him "a very knowledgeable and well-qualified professional" and "a highly talented adviser," while clients state: "He provides an excellent service."

About the Team (content provided by Arias)

One of the largest and most respected law firms in Central America, Arias has 75 years of experience providing accurate and timely solutions based on clients’ goals, a great team of professionals, award-winning client service and unparalleled innovation to the region’s legal market.

Arias is a full-service law firm able to provide advice in over 30 practice areas; with a legal team of 32 Partners and more than 130 lawyers through their 7 offices across all Central American countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, Arias reaffirms its commitment to continue serving clients with a strategic vision, generating value that allows clients to reach and surpass their objectives. Helping them in a unique approach, by having all their regional legal matters tendered by a single contact. They are truly, integral partners who clients can trust.

The Firm has coordinated some of the largest multijurisdictional transactions crossing Latin America; it is the go-to firm for international corporations doing business in the region. The Firm has grown and achieved innovation over the years in order to offer personalized, preventive, and strategic legal services to the business and the needs of its clients, with reliable and accurate legal solutions.

Arias heritage, passion for law, and commitment to quality allows them to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country where they operate.

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Carrillo y Asociados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rodolfo Alegría Toruño
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar domestic heavyweight winning praise from the market for its eminent presence in the corporate sphere. Team lends its ample experience to a range of complex M&A deals and joint ventures within the retail, banking and telecoms sectors. Further areas of expertise include the structuring of investment funds and securitisations for large-scale real estate projects.

Strengths Clients are enthusiastic in their praise, stating: "This firm is outstanding. There has not been a single issue that its lawyers can't handle. They have specialists in every field, and their commitment to their clients goes the extra mile. They provide us with clear explanations and a strategic view which allows us to visualise the outcome."

Work highlights Advised Althelia Climate Fund on the generation and transfer of Verified Carbon Unit Certificates related to a major project in Guatemala.

Significant clients BDF de Centroamérica, Magno Dental, Duferco, Althelia Climate Fund.

Notable practitioners

Department head Rodolfo Alegría Toruño is a respected figure in the corporate market, with a high level of expertise in transactional mandates relating to the telecoms and energy sectors. His recent work includes acting as lead partner advising Althelia Climate Fund on the aforementioned matter.

Admired partner Rodrigo Callejas Aquino is highly regarded by market sources, with peers deeming him "a brilliant lawyer" and clients describing him as "passionate, knowledgeable and committed." His areas of focus include cross-border M&A deals and joint ventures.

Partner Francisco Chavez Bosque offers broad experience in advising an impressive range of multinational clients on corporate concerns. He also has an established practice in the disputes field, where he focuses on both litigation and arbitration.

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Alfonso Carrillo is highlighted by sources as "a very prominent lawyer." He boasts a wealth of experience in a wide range of areas, including tax, banking and securities law.

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Consortium Legal - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alfredo Rodríguez, Álvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell and Rafael Alvarado Riedel
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading regional name with a front-running corporate practice in the Guatemalan market. Firm counsels a stellar roster of major financial institutions and multinational corporations from sectors spanning pharmaceuticals, energy and real estate. Held in high esteem for its frequent handing of high-value M&A deals, sales and purchases, and corporate restructuring on both a domestic and a regional level.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm's expertise in this arena, stating: "Consortium Legal has an extremely responsive and knowledgeable team."

Work highlights Advised Southern Cross Group on its M&A process with software company Intellego Caricum.

Significant clients AIG, Grupo Carvajal, Evertec, International Mineral Resources, Southern Cross Group.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Alfredo Rodríguez is an acclaimed figure in the corporate space, and regularly leads on the firm's major mandates in this area. He comes recommended by clients for his impressive level of knowledge and responsiveness, and is also widely endorsed by peers as a leader in this field. He offers distinctive experience in advising on free trade agreements.

Key partner Álvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell gains recognition from commentators for his expertise in transactional matters, on which he continues to advise significant multinational clients. In addition to his corporate practice, he is also considered a market-leading name in the banking and finance field.

Co-head of department Rafael Alvarado Riedel is a key player in the firm's practice, where he takes a leading role in many significant cases. He is highlighted by peers for his prominence in this field, and has recently acted as lead Guatemalan counsel to AIG regarding its regional acquisition by ASSA.

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Our Corporate Law department is best known for its team capacity, commitment, ethics, quickly response to clients and accuracy on the businesses handled.

We have solved several of corporate problems for the variety of our clients, which includes well-known financial institutions, pharmaceutical, real estate and energy sectors, national and international corporations, among others.

Our Corporate Department is focused on rendering exceptional services by providing a thorough analysis, applying the law to the specific cases, fitting our clients’ needs.

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Mayora & Mayora, S.C. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sandra Castillo
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious full-service firm representing an impressive roster of multinational clients from a variety of sectors, including energy and financial services. Team offers ample experience in handling complex cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Firm is also highly acclaimed for its leading practices in the tax and energy spheres.

Strengths The team is highlighted by clients, who say: "The Mayora & Mayora lawyers are highly knowledgeable and offer a very professional service."

Work highlights Advised Grupo A.P. de Ramírez on the merger between two steel companies.

Significant clients Santander Sugar, Isagen, Grupo Gran Solar, Bolsa de Valores Nacional de Guatemala, IFC.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Eduardo Mayora is held in the highest esteem for his profound expertise in the corporate sphere. He is widely acclaimed as a leading figure by sources, with peers commenting: "He is truly a star here." Clients go on to add: "He is one of the best lawyers in Guatemala. His knowledge of corporate and constitutional law is outstanding." In addition to his high-level expertise in corporate matters, he also has an esteemed presence in the banking and finance field, where he offers impressive knowledge of securities law.

According to interviewees, partner Rafael Briz is "a very sophisticated lawyer." In addition to his substantial experience handling a wide range of corporate mandates, he is considered an authority on matters relating to the energy and natural resources sector.

Partner Claudia Pereira is a key figure in the firm's practice, and regularly leads on major transactions within this space. She offers ample experience advising significant multinational clients, and also provides expertise in the banking and finance field.

About the Team (content provided by Mayora & Mayora, S.C.)

The firm deals with all aspects of general corporate law, including international contracts and transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Its lawyers coordinate and advise global companies on acquisitions and due diligence processes.

Our vision is that the client is the center of all we do and that is no different for our Corporate/M&A  practice group. 

Mainly, our firm specializes in:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate law
  • Corporate regulation
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Preparation of corporate documents and handling of corporate governance (Shareholders Meeting Minutes, Public Deeds to Increase Capital, Modification of By-laws)
  • Corporate contracts

Recently, the firm has handled the corporate legal advice and corporate governance of Productos Roche, a leading pharmaceutical company, as well as Payless ShoeSource. 

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QIL+4 ABOGADOS - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcos Ibargüen and María Isabel Luján
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding corporate team enjoying a sterling reputation for its capabilities in a wide range of relevant matters. Maintains a strong practice in advising on corporate governance and shareholder relations, as well as demonstrating impressive involvement in major M&A transactions. Retained by a diverse roster of leading players, including financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and global energy names.

Strengths The team comes in for high praise from clients, who state: "The lawyers are always very quick to acknowledge our requests and get back to us immediately. They always keep us in the loop, and we are highly satisfied with the work they have done."

Significant clients TELUS International, Daimler, BAT, Bancolombia, Abbott Laboratories.

Notable practitioners

Admired partner Marcos Ibargüen has a strong track record in the corporate field, where he maintains a leading presence. He receives widespread praise from peers and clients alike, with sources calling him "a well-rounded lawyer who is highly focused on the needs of the client." Sources add: "He is a terrific professional; he is always open to receive our suggestions, and he really makes sure he understands what the job entails before going out there and getting it done."

José Quiñones co-heads the firm's corporate practice, and is an esteemed name in the Guatemalan market. He receives impressive praise from clients, who say: "He is a lawyer who can get answers for all of Central America. He is an academic who also offers great client service - he is incredibly practical, pragmatic and business-minded." In addition to his transactional experience, he also provides distinctive expertise in tax and litigation.

Co-department head María Isabel Luján maintains an impressive practice in the corporate ambit, with a wide range of capabilities in the area. Her fields of expertise include M&A deals, strategic alliances and joint ventures, in which she is experienced advising major names from the banking, retail and energy sectors.

Partner Gabriela Roca offers experience in an array of mandates within the corporate field. She is also distinguished for her high level of expertise in the energy and natural resources arena.

About the Team (content provided by QIL+4 ABOGADOS)

Mergers & Acquisitions:

QIL+4 Abogados´ attorneys are highly recognized on a widespread range of M&A matters, including regulated services and industries.

Our top-ranked M&A team supports clients locally and internationally implementing taylor-made legal structures for each client, and has wide experience in due diligences, risk assessments, mitigation and problem solving, pre and post closing commitments, potential liabilities, negotiation, sunset clauses, escrow and hold-out obligations

Corporate, Commercial & Transactional

The firm offers specialized advice on corporate and commercial law matters and international transactions. QIL+4 Abogados´ team is known for its practical approach, business understanding and overall know-how of complex business solutions applied to the legal domain.  Legal services are focused in minimizing contractual risk and seeking sustainable growth, in order to add value to the business and its shareholders.

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A.D. Sosa & Soto - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Pellecer, Einar Klanderud, Manuel Arturo Soto and Juan Sebastian Soto
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected department advising significant international clients on a wide array of corporate matters, including M&A transactions, lease agreements and corporate restructuring. Maintains a particular focus on advising clients hailing from the energy and natural resources sector.

Strengths The team comes recommended by sources, who say: "A.D. Sosa & Soto provides a great service; the lawyers are well established and very respected in the Guatemalan market."

Significant clients U.S. Geothermal Guatemala, Latin America Agriculture Development Bank, Procter & Gamble Interamericas de Guatemala, PeopleFund, Danone.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Juan Sebastian Soto is commended by sources, who call him "very responsive and organised," with another stating: "He is a businessman who is always seeking new opportunities for us; together with his team, he is able to fulfil the needs of any client he has."

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Aguilar Castillo Love - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón and Francisco Castillo-Love
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired regional firm with a well-regarded presence in the Guatemalan corporate market. Maintains an impressive client list composed of major multinationals from a wide range of sectors, encompassing technology, pharmaceuticals and energy. Areas of particular expertise include handling cross-border M&A deals spanning the Central American region.

Strengths The firm earns plentiful praise from clients, who say: "Aguilar Castillo Love provides a very good, responsive service, and the lawyers are able to explain the nuances of the Guatemalan regulatory system. They are problem solvers rather than mere arbiters of local law; they understand business issues and look for commercial solutions."

Work highlights Advised Bioworks on its multi-jurisdictional joint venture.

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, GE, AstraZeneca, Jaguar Energy Guatemala, Google.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón co-heads the firm's corporate department and is widely endorsed by sources as a leading name in the market. He earns impressive praise from clients, who say: "He is thoughtful and generous with his time in patiently and thoroughly explaining the intricacies of complex matters." They add: "He is one of the brightest lawyers in Guatemala, with high attention to detail and profound knowledge. He is very methodical in his thinking and deeply understands our business."

Founding partner and senior statesman Francisco José Castillo-Love earns a great deal of respect for his prestige in the corporate field. Interviewees go on to commend his reputation in the IP and arbitration spheres.

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BLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: María Inés Arenales and Luis Ruiz
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic team with ample experience handling a wide array of corporate mandates. Frequently advises market-leading multinationals and financial institutions on major cross-border M&A transactions. Corporate department also benefits from the firm's expertise in other areas, including IP and banking and finance, as well as from the firm's flourishing network of offices around the region.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the team, stating: "BLP provides a wonderful service. The lawyers are very responsive and eager to come up with solutions." Other sources add: "They are fantastic; even though they are not part of our company, they often feel so."

Work highlights Advised Bekaert on the merging of its operations in Guatemala, resulting in two Costa Rican companies becoming the holding companies of the client's Guatemalan subsidiary.

Significant clients Samsung Electronics, Scotiabank, Huntsman Corporation, Aseguradora General, Uber.

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Alejandro Arenales Farner commands respect from market interviewees for his long-standing involvement in the corporate field. He is deeply experienced in handling an impressive caseload of major transactions, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Banco Promérica in relation to its USD609 million acquisition of Citibank's Guatemalan operations. He is also highly recognised for his prowess in the banking and finance and dispute resolution fields.

Key partner Luis Ruiz comes highly recommended by sources, who commend him as "fantastic to work with." Clients add: "He is very agile, responsive and diligent, with great technical capabilities." In addition to his corporate expertise, he is also considered a leading name for IP matters.

Partner María Inés Arenales co-heads the firm's corporate practice, and offers widespread capabilities in the area. Clients endorse her as "a very easy-going and knowledgeable adviser who is always eager to help." She is also praised for her expertise in banking and finance matters.

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CENTRAL LAW - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active practice in the corporate arena, regularly advising on a broad range of cases as well as rendering ongoing legal advice. Retained by a diverse roster of clients including both domestic and multinational companies from sectors spanning consumer goods and healthcare.

Significant clients Editorial Santillana, Baxter, Procter & Gamble, Mabe Guatemala, Concepto Móvil.

Notable practitioners

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote heads the firm's foreign investment and corporate department. He is also recognised for his expertise in handling contentious cases, and provides regular counsel to a wide array of multinationals.

About the Team (content provided by CENTRAL LAW)

Type of work handled: 

Corporate restructurings, M&A work and due diligence; 

Categories of clients: 

Wide range of clients at both a local and international level, from sectors such as financial services and mining.


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Comte & Font - Legalsa - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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Head of department: David Font
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with extensive experience advising domestic and international investors on a range of matters, including joint ventures, M&A deals and corporate governance. Provides particular expertise in public procurement and project finance mandates. Firm is also considered a market leader in the dispute resolution arena.

Strengths According to clients, "the team has the capacity to react quickly in urgent situations." They add: "The partners are accessible at all times. They make the utmost effort to deliver a client service of excellent quality."

Work highlights Advised Guatemalan digital media company Tedi Media on its acquisition of Ongoing.

Significant clients Scotia Leasing Guatemala, Uniespecies, Grupo Premiere Properties, Aglomerados Cotopaxi, Intertechne Consultores.

Notable practitioners

Head of department David Font continues to be an active player in the corporate market. He is commended by clients, who say: "He is an organised and experienced adviser who thinks outside the box when coming up with solutions." They go on to highlight him for "his technical knowledge, track record and client-oriented approach."

Associate Johann Hartleben is highly appreciated by clients, who describe him as "proactive and efficient" and go on to call him "a diligent professional who takes care of our every need."

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EY Law - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ruby María Asturias Castillo and Monserrat Linares
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice rendering advice to a range of major multinationals and key domestic players, for which the firm frequently acts as ongoing corporate counsel. Transactional capabilities include joint ventures, M&A deals and project finance mandates.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "dynamic, timely and always available," adding: "The lawyers are excellent - they identify risks we hadn't thought of, and propose concrete solutions which are easy to implement. We would particularly highlight their very quick response times."

Work highlights Advised Central American Produce on day-to-day corporate matters, as well as on a merger within the Guatemalan market.

Significant clients Kimberly-Clark, Office Depot, Anixter, Infarma, Fitch Ratings.

Notable practitioners

Department head Ruby María Asturias Castillo is a key figure in the corporate field, and comes highly recommended by clients. They endorse the "personalised client service and impeccable knowledge" she provides, going on to say: "She is highly detailed and deeply dedicated to quality." She is also commended as "a proactive and engaged adviser."

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LatamLex Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alfredo Skinner-Klée
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team with capabilities advising significant local and multinational clients and financial entities on a range of corporate issues. Transactional track record includes handling large-scale M&A deals within the banking sector.

Notable practitioners

Department head Alfredo Skinner-Klée is highly regarded for his corporate practice within the Guatemalan market. He offers ample experience advising major foreign investors on a variety of cross-border transactions.

About the Team (content provided by LatamLex Abogados)

LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Partners  follows a long tradition of excellence in providing legal services in Guatemala.  Its clients include prestigious multinational companies in the trade, industry and services fields, including banks and financial institutions, power generation companies, consumer goods enterprises, and oil and mining ventures, among others.


Independent legal publications Chambers and Partners (Global and Latin America), Latin Lawyer 250, International Financial Law Review 1000, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal 100 and the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) have consistently recognized Arenales & Skinner-Klée and the members of its legal team among the best in the country. The firm was recently nominated for the “Chambers Latin America Awards, Best Law Firm in Guatemala”, and with this honor, it is recognized as one of the best 6 law firms of the Nation.  



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Palomo & Porras - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Federico Palomo, Juan José Porras and Héctor Palomo
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong player offering diverse coverage of corporate issues and transactional matters. Team is experienced in advising foreign investors on the establishment of operations in the Guatemalan market, with sector-specific expertise spanning the maritime, transport and media industries. Firm also offers distinctive prowess in advising on insurance matters.

Strengths The team comes highly recommended by sources, who comment: "The lawyers are very precise and hands-on; they don't simply provide legal answers, but also practical insights which work towards the aims of the client."

Work highlights Advised Mexican financial group Grupo Financiero Aserta on the Guatemalan aspects of the client's international expansion project, including the registration process for two entities to operate as reinsurance companies in Guatemala.

Significant clients CS&L, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc, Aseguradora General, Rudolph Foods, Grupo Nutresa.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Federico Palomo continues to be an active player in the corporate market, and offers particular prowess in advising on insurance issues. His recent work has included acting as lead Guatemalan counsel to Integro Insurance Brokers regarding its ongoing expansion.

Héctor Palomo is a recognised individual within the corporate space, and also offers expertise in IP matters. He is experienced advising clients from a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and technology.

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Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios Despacho de Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 7 partners
- approximately 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known name in the domestic market earning praise for its practice in the corporate field. Experienced in advising both local and international clients on a wide variety of matters, with additional areas of expertise including capital markets and competition law.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Jorge Rolando Barrios is a highly regarded practitioner among his peers in the market. In addition to his corporate practice, he is also highlighted by sources for his expertise in real estate law.

Key partner Lorena Barrios has notable experience in the Guatemalan market, with clients highlighting her for her advice in corporate concerns. She is admitted to practice in both Guatemala and New York.

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Bufete Olivero - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 7 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded domestic firm with a compact team advising on a range of corporate issues, including M&A transactions and joint ventures. Offers sector-specific expertise spanning telecoms, energy and financial services.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Raúl Andrés Olivero Arroyo continues to be an admired name in the market, with peers commenting: "He is a very well-recognised lawyer in Guatemala who does high-quality work."

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Cuestas.PPQ Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rodrigo Quevedo Castellanos
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active player in the corporate market rendering advice to an impressive roster of leading multinationals from an array of sectors, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages. Experienced in multiple areas of corporate law, including M&A deals, joint ventures and shareholders' agreements.

Strengths Clients comment: "This firm offers a very good service; the lawyers are highly accessible and we can get in touch with them at any hour of the day."

Work highlights Advised Hotel Marriott Guatemala on the financial structuring, regulatory framework and civil contracts for the establishment of a Marriott hotel. The total value of this deal was approximately USD25 million.

Significant clients PepsiCo, Hoffmann-La Roche, Aeroméxico, Sonepar, Seguros El Roble.

Notable practitioners

Department head Rodrigo Quevedo Castellanos is experienced in handling a range of transactional mandates. He is commended by market sources, with clients saying: "He is a reliable and empathetic adviser; in such a complex market, he is able to clearly explain legal matters."

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García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Javier Flores Sandoval
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired regional name with an experienced team in the Guatemalan market. Regularly advises on high-value transactions on behalf of local and multinational clients from sectors such as telecoms, banking, and energy and natural resources.

Strengths Interviewees praise "the fast, agile and high-quality service the lawyers provide," adding: "They are always on top of everything."

Work highlights Handled the due diligence process for IC Power Guatemala in relation to its USD554 million acquisition of Energuate.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Javier Flores Sandoval.

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Lexincorp - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Julio Roberto Aparicio Flores and José Andrés Fuxet Ciani
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Developing practice earning recognition for its coverage of corporate mandates. Team advises a roster of prominent multinationals on corporate restructuring, shareholders' agreements and expansions into the Guatemalan market. Benefits from the firm's prowess in banking and real estate matters.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's service, stating: "The lawyers always show a high level of knowledge in the matters they handle for us, and they provide us with practical solutions. We appreciate the direct attention we receive from the partners, and the service which is completely tailored to our needs."

Work highlights Advised IUSA Mexico on its expansion into the Guatemalan market, including all related regulatory aspects and import issues.

Significant clients Sony Interamerican, Pro Intel, Grupo Terrum, Agrícola el Caspirol, Palmas del Ixcan.

Notable practitioners

Julio Roberto Aparicio Flores and José Andrés Fuxet Ciani are the key client contacts.

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Our corporatede partment includes 4 partners and 5 associates that handle not only complex matters but also serve as standing council or several important corporations in Guatemala within the agro-industry sector,financial corporations and franchisees.
Our department has excelled in handling corporate matters that involve more than one country in Central America handling all due diligence, closing and post closing matters in a fully coordinated way in order to smooth transnational transactions in the region.

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Novales Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Cristián Novales Schlesinger
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid department offering specialised expertise relating to aviation law and energy mandates. Widely experienced across a range of corporate matters, including regional expansions, purchases and sales, and M&A deals, with a particularly strong track record handling major infrastructure and energy projects.

Strengths According to interviewees, "the lawyers are very proactive and give us great support in every aspect we entrust to them." Sources go on to call them "highly competent, reliable and respectable."

Work highlights Advised EEB Ingeniería y Servicios on the development of the electric transmission network known as the South Pacific Rings project. The total value of this project is estimated at USD70 million, and the firm's role has included management of the contracts and regulatory compliance issues.

Significant clients TRECSA, Enel Green Power Guatemala, Copa Airlines, Yara, Global Farma.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Cristián Novales Schlesinger.

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Senior Statesperson

Francisco José Castillo-Love

Aguilar Castillo Love

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner and senior statesman Francisco José Castillo-Love earns a great deal of respect for his prestige in the corporate field. Interviewees go on to commend his reputation in the IP and arbitration spheres.

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Eminent Practitioner

Alfonso Carrillo M

Carrillo y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Alfonso Carrillo is highlighted by sources as "a very prominent lawyer." He boasts a wealth of experience in a wide range of areas, including tax, banking and securities law.

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Star Individuals

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Eduardo Mayora is held in the highest esteem for his profound expertise in the corporate sphere. He is widely acclaimed as a leading figure by sources, with peers commenting: "He is truly a star here." Clients go on to add: "He is one of the best lawyers in Guatemala. His knowledge of corporate and constitutional law is outstanding." In addition to his high-level expertise in corporate matters, he also has an esteemed presence in the banking and finance field, where he offers impressive knowledge of securities law.

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Band 1

Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca commands a high level of respect from peers and clients alike for his wealth of experience in the corporate space. They deem him "a very diligent lawyer with vast knowledge of the corporate field." His impressive trajectory in this area has included frequent handling of major cross-border transactions involving the energy, pharmaceutical, finance and telecoms sectors.

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Band 1

Alejandro Arenales Farner

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior counsel Alejandro Arenales Farner commands respect from market interviewees for his long-standing involvement in the corporate field. He is deeply experienced in handling an impressive caseload of major transactions, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Banco Promérica in relation to its USD609 million acquisition of Citibank's Guatemalan operations. He is also highly recognised for his prowess in the banking and finance and dispute resolution fields.

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Band 1

Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón

Aguilar Castillo Love

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón co-heads the firm's corporate department and is widely endorsed by sources as a leading name in the market. He earns impressive praise from clients, who say: "He is thoughtful and generous with his time in patiently and thoroughly explaining the intricacies of complex matters." They add: "He is one of the brightest lawyers in Guatemala, with high attention to detail and profound knowledge. He is very methodical in his thinking and deeply understands our business."

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Band 1

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired partner Marcos Ibargüen has a strong track record in the corporate field, where he maintains a leading presence. He receives widespread praise from peers and clients alike, with sources calling him "a well-rounded lawyer who is highly focused on the needs of the client." Sources add: "He is a terrific professional; he is always open to receive our suggestions, and he really makes sure he understands what the job entails before going out there and getting it done."

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Band 1

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Quiñones co-heads the firm's corporate practice, and is an esteemed name in the Guatemalan market. He receives impressive praise from clients, who say: "He is a lawyer who can get answers for all of Central America. He is an academic who also offers great client service - he is incredibly practical, pragmatic and business-minded." In addition to his transactional experience, he also provides distinctive expertise in tax and litigation.

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Band 1

Alfredo Rodríguez

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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Band 2

Rodolfo Alegría Toruño

Carrillo y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Rodolfo Alegría Toruño is a respected figure in the corporate market, with a high level of expertise in transactional mandates relating to the telecoms and energy sectors. His recent work includes acting as lead partner advising Althelia Climate Fund on the aforementioned matter.

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Band 2

Ruby María Asturias Castillo

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Ruby María Asturias Castillo is a key figure in the corporate field, and comes highly recommended by clients. They endorse the "personalised client service and impeccable knowledge" she provides, going on to say: "She is highly detailed and deeply dedicated to quality." She is also commended as "a proactive and engaged adviser."

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Band 2

Jorge Rolando Barrios

Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios Despacho de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Jorge Rolando Barrios is a highly regarded practitioner among his peers in the market. In addition to his corporate practice, he is also highlighted by sources for his expertise in real estate law.

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Band 2

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to interviewees, partner Rafael Briz is "a very sophisticated lawyer." In addition to his substantial experience handling a wide range of corporate mandates, he is considered an authority on matters relating to the energy and natural resources sector.

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Band 2

Álvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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Band 2

Comte & Font - Legalsa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department David Font continues to be an active player in the corporate market. He is commended by clients, who say: "He is an organised and experienced adviser who thinks outside the box when coming up with solutions." They go on to highlight him for "his technical knowledge, track record and client-oriented approach." 

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Band 2

María Isabel Luján

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head María Isabel Luján maintains an impressive practice in the corporate ambit, with a wide range of capabilities in the area. Her fields of expertise include M&A deals, strategic alliances and joint ventures, in which she is experienced advising major names from the banking, retail and energy sectors.

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Band 2

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Claudia Pereira is a key figure in the firm's practice, and regularly leads on major transactions within this space. She offers ample experience advising significant multinational clients, and also provides expertise in the banking and finance field.

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Band 2

Alfredo Skinner-Klée

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Alfredo Skinner-Klée is highly regarded for his corporate practice within the Guatemalan market. He offers ample experience advising major foreign investors on a variety of cross-border transactions.

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Band 3

Rafael Alvarado Riedel

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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Band 3

Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios Despacho de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Lorena Barrios has notable experience in the Guatemalan market, with clients highlighting her for her advice in corporate concerns. She is admitted to practice in both Guatemala and New York.

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Band 3

Rodrigo Callejas Aquino

Carrillo y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired partner Rodrigo Callejas Aquino is highly regarded by market sources, with peers deeming him "a brilliant lawyer" and clients describing him as "passionate, knowledgeable and committed." His areas of focus include cross-border M&A deals and joint ventures.

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Band 3

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote heads the firm's foreign investment and corporate department. He is also recognised for his expertise in handling contentious cases, and provides regular counsel to a wide array of multinationals.

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Band 3

Francisco Chavez Bosque

Carrillo y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Francisco Chavez Bosque offers broad experience in advising an impressive range of multinational clients on corporate concerns. He also has an established practice in the disputes field, where he focuses on both litigation and arbitration.

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Band 4

Luis Pedro Del Valle

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luis Pedro Del Valle is widely praised by market sources for his prowess in the corporate arena. Peers call him "a very knowledgeable and well-qualified professional" and "a highly talented adviser," while clients state: "He provides an excellent service."

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Band 4

Raúl Andrés Olivero Arroyo

Bufete Olivero

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Raúl Andrés Olivero Arroyo continues to be an admired name in the market, with peers commenting: "He is a very well-recognised lawyer in Guatemala who does high-quality work."

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Band 4

Palomo & Porras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Federico Palomo continues to be an active player in the corporate market, and offers particular prowess in advising on insurance issues. His recent work has included acting as lead Guatemalan counsel to Integro Insurance Brokers regarding its ongoing expansion.

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Band 4

Palomo & Porras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Héctor Palomo is a recognised individual within the corporate space, and also offers expertise in IP matters. He is experienced advising clients from a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and technology.

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Band 4

Rodrigo Quevedo Castellanos

Cuestas.PPQ Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Rodrigo Quevedo Castellanos is experienced in handling a range of transactional mandates. He is commended by market sources, with clients saying: "He is a reliable and empathetic adviser; in such a complex market, he is able to clearly explain legal matters."

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Band 4

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Gabriela Roca offers experience in an array of mandates within the corporate field. She is also distinguished for her high level of expertise in the energy and natural resources arena.

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Band 4

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Luis Ruiz comes highly recommended by sources, who commend him as "fantastic to work with." Clients add: "He is very agile, responsive and diligent, with great technical capabilities." In addition to his corporate expertise, he is also considered a leading name for IP matters.

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Band 4

Juan Sebastian Soto

A.D. Sosa & Soto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Juan Sebastian Soto is commended by sources, who call him "very responsive and organised," with another stating: "He is a businessman who is always seeking new opportunities for us; together with his team, he is able to fulfil the needs of any client he has."

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Up and Coming

María Inés Arenales

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner María Inés Arenales co-heads the firm's corporate practice, and offers widespread capabilities in the area. Clients endorse her as "a very easy-going and knowledgeable adviser who is always eager to help." She is also praised for her expertise in banking and finance matters.

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Up and Coming

Ana Verena Kuhsiek

Kuhsiek & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for Ana Verena Kuhsiek of Kuhsiek & Asociados, noting: "She is a very objective lawyer who always searches for the best alternatives in order to support the positions of her clients." She is highly experienced in advising local and international clients on a range of transactional mandates.

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Associates to watch

Comte & Font - Legalsa

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Johann Hartleben is highly appreciated by clients, who describe him as "proactive and efficient" and go on to call him "a diligent professional who takes care of our every need."

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