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Latin-America Guide

General Business Law — Central America-wide


Arias - General Business Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 86 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for First-class firm with market-leading capabilities throughout the Central American region. Robust team attracts an impressive list of multinational clients deriving from a variety of different industries. Earns plaudits for its regional coverage and extensive industry experience spanning the corporate, banking and finance, energy and dispute resolution arenas, as well as offering profound expertise in the tax, real estate and aviation spheres. Firm also relaunched its Costa Rica office this year with a restructuring of its senior management, resulting in the promotion of several key lawyers to partner. Maintains a dominant presence in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Strengths The firm wins widespread praise from sources for its regional clout, with one commentator stating: "Arias is a top firm in Central America. Its teams are visible across the region on a regular basis, and are composed of highly capable lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Bladex, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank in the granting of a USD223 million five-year senior secured acquisition finance facility granted to regional financial player Promerica, in order to finance its acquisition of Citibank Guatemala.

Significant clients Walmart, Telefónica, Grupo EPM, Cargill, Hencorp.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed figure Armando Arias manages the firm's El Salvador office, while Lilian Arias heads the firm's corporate team and comes recommended by clients for her broad knowledge of the area. Honduras-based partner Evangelina Lardizábal is noted for her prominence in the market, while Ana Teresa Rizo and Bertha Argüello serve as the firm's key client contacts in Nicaragua. In Guatemala, Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca is the main point of contact and is recognised for his corporate expertise. The managing partners of the Costa Rica office are Carolina Flores and Vicente Lines.

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Consortium Legal - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 170 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional powerhouse highly sought after for its strong multi-jurisdictional capabilities and celebrated client roster. Attracts widespread recognition for its strength in high-profile financings and cross-border expertise, particularly concerning corporate law. The large and diverse team at this leading firm benefits from its impressive network of ten offices across Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and is bolstered by its presence in Panama.

Strengths One client attests: "I believe Consortium is one of the best firms in Central America," adding: "The lawyers have sound knowledge of the law and are very available."

Work highlights Counsel to Cerberus Business Finance in granting a USD90 million syndicated loan to finance its acquisition of several companies throughout Central America.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed partner Alvaro Castellanos Howell is the primary point of contact in Guatemala, while the respected José Rafael Rivera leads the corporate team in Honduras. In Nicaragua the celebrated José Evenor Taboada serves as a key client contact, while Diego Martín-Menjívar is noted for his commercial expertise in El Salvador. The Costa Rica office is headed by the renowned Rolando Laclé Zúñiga, who works alongside acclaimed partner Mario Quesada, recognised for his outstanding reputation in banking and finance.

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Aguilar Castillo Love - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with extensive geographical coverage of the region. Noted for its excellent client service and pre-eminent presence in the Costa Rican market. Fields a dedicated team of lawyers throughout Central America, where it maintains a strong foothold in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Highly endorsed for its multi-jurisdictional expertise in the corporate and M&A sphere.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The firm's Central American network is truly incredible. I feel very at ease letting the lawyers handle my work due to their impeccable regional coverage."

Work highlights Counsel to NTT DATA regarding the client's regional expansion projects following its acquisition of the assets of Dell.

Significant clients HP, General Electric, Dow Chemical, American Express, AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact in Costa Rica is John Aguilar Quesada, noted for his exceptional corporate expertise. In Guatemala, Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón and Francisco Castillo-Love co-head the corporate practice and act as the first point of contact for clients. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard leads the team in Honduras and focuses his practice on corporate law. In Nicaragua, the principal point of contact is the office's managing partner Thelma Carrión, while Carlos Roberto Alfaro is the El Salvador branch's key partner. Mary Ann Drake-Rodríguez is the practice contact for regional matters.

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BLP - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 103 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing regional name going from strength to strength in the Central American isthmus. Maintains a heavyweight presence in Costa Rica across a raft of practice areas, with particular clout in handling high-value transactional mandates. This year, the firm strengthened its Guatemalan offering substantially by welcoming an experienced and highly regarded team on board, as well as increasing its presence in Honduras. Maintains additional offices in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Strengths The firm comes recommended by sources for its capabilities in handling work across the region. Clients additionally state: "The service is exceptional. The lawyers are very attentive to details, particularly in their abilities to identify local risks."

Work highlights Counsel to Crédito Real in its acquisition of 70% of Instacredit for over USD120 million, representing the client's entrance into the Central American market.

Significant clients Uber, Chubb, Laboratorios Arsal, World Bank, Netafim.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner David Gutiérrez serves as the key client contact in Costa Rica, alongside Eduardo Calderón and Luis Manuel Castro who are noted for their exceptional expertise in the corporate and real estate arenas. In Guatemala, the key partners are Luis Ruiz and María Inés Arenales, who offer vast experience in IP and corporate law. The key client contacts in Honduras are José Miguel Álvarez and Lilian López. Corporate expert Ricardo Cevallos is the key client contact in El Salvador, whilst Ernesto Rizo Pallais heads the Nicaraguan office.

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García & Bodán - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired regional player with a strong position in the Nicaraguan market. Highly acclaimed for its deep bench of lawyers and expertise in Honduras and El Salvador, with this year also marking the firm's debut in the Guatemala rankings. Well equipped to handle an array of matters across the region, such as corporate transactions, tax issues and regulatory work. Team comes highly recommended for its ability to advise on cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm, commending "its very good presence in Central America and its deep understanding of the region."

Work highlights Counsel to regional dairy giant Grupo Lala in its purchase of 100% of the shares of Nicaraguan company La Perfecta.

Significant clients Stanley Black and Decker, United Airlines, Aeroméxico, Kraft Heinz, América Móvil.

Notable practitioners

Federico Gurdián chairs the firm's regional corporate and transactional practice alongside regional managing partner Terencio García, both based in Nicaragua. Vanessa Oquelí de Riera is based in Honduras and is endorsed for her vast expertise and involvement in the corporate arena. Senior associate Oscar Torres leads the El Salvador office and is the key client contact for corporate affairs, while in Guatemala the principal contact is Marcelo Charnaud.

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Pacheco Coto - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Costa Rican heavyweight with established strength in El Salvador and Guatemala and an increasing presence in Nicaragua. Solid team draws on a wealth of experience in the corporate, tax, IP, real estate and labour arenas. Regularly retained by major financial institutions and multinational companies across the Central American region.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very professional, highly specialised and very diligent. They are also flexible and accommodating to our needs."

Work highlights Advised Corporación Multi Inversiones on all corporate and regulatory matters relating to its acquisition of eight energy projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras for approximately USD400 million.

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard Global Services, Corporación Multi Inversiones.

Notable practitioners

Minerva Bellorín is the key client contact in Nicaragua. Guatemala-based Ruby María Asturias Castillo heads the firm's corporate/M&A and labour and employment practices, and is noted for her long-standing expertise in the local market. Mónica Machuca leads the team in El Salvador, while stellar corporate practitioner Hernán Pacheco is well known for his wide-ranging expertise in the area and acts as the key client contact in Costa Rica.

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CENTRAL LAW - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Established regional player with offices in locations across Central America, including in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Offers in-depth regional coverage of corporate, labour, TMT, IP and energy matters. Firm's noted expertise and widespread coverage extends to both Panama and the Dominican Republic.

Strengths Sources describe the lawyers as "responsive and to the point," and commend their comprehensive coverage of the Central American region.

Work highlights Advised BT on its regulatory, labour and commercial work in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama.

Significant clients AirPlus International, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Mabe, Roche, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Executive director Guadalupe Martínez Casas oversees the firm's regional operations from the Honduras office, while Jesús Humberto Medina Alva leads the corporate and commercial team. In Costa Rica, corporate and insurance specialist Rafael Quirós is the primary contact for clients. Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote heads the corporate and dispute resolution departments in Guatemala, and Enrique De Marchena Kaluche is the key client contact in the Dominican Republic. Nicaragua-based Yalí Molina Palacios and El Salvador-based Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez are both noted for their prominence in the corporate sphere and head their respective offices.

Department profile by CENTRAL LAW

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CENTRAL LAW is a full service international Central American fim advising clients in the development of their business in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá and Dominican Republic through a legal team of more than 100 expert lawyers in all areas of law and in the sectors of Enery and Infrastructure, Telecoms,  Real Estate and Tourism. 

Type of work handled and recent work highlights: 

Analysis of  corporate and tax structure for companies landing and expanding in the region; review of franchise and distribution agreements; review of  sale and purchase agreements; corporate and tax due diligences; mergers and acquisitions; advice in labor law, banking, tax law and AML regulatory framework; advice in arbitration and litigation processes derived from conflicts of commercial agreements and /or international agreements involving a foreign company and a State; advice in the International legal framework regarding FTA and other commercial treaties; advice in the Telecoms industry regarding government permission to allow foreign companies to operate different services in a country; advice in public tender  regarding the most prominent energy and infrastructure projects in Central America; ports, airports, roads and power plants out of renewable energy. 

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Small and large domestic and multinational companies;  individual clients; financial institutions and NGO´s- pro bono service. 

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The work of the firm is product of the legal advice delivered to small and large domestic and multinational companies;  individual clients; financial institutions; NGO´s  -pro bono service, domestic and Global Law Firms. 

The type of work handled is comprised of the following but not limited: 


Analysis of  corporate and tax structure for companies landing and expanding in the region; review of franchise and distribution agreements; review of  sale and purchase agreements; corporate and tax due diligences; mergers and acquisitions; advice in labor law, banking, tax law and AML regulatory framework; advice in arbitration and litigation processes derived from conflicts of commercial agreements and /or international agreements involving a foreign company and a State; advice in the International legal framework regarding FTA and other commercial treaties; advice in the Telecoms industry regarding government permission to allow foreign companies to operate different services in a country; advice in public tender  regarding the most prominent energy and infrastructure projects in Central America; ports, airports, roads and power plants out of renewable energy


CENTRAL LAW delivers legal advice through a team of more than 100 expert lawyers formed with continued legal education either in national Universities and the leading world Schools of Law .  


Lexincorp - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong practice group operating on a regional level and earning recognition for its strength in Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. Provides counsel in high-end transactions on behalf of local and international clients throughout Central America, with particular expertise in corporate, offshore and banking and finance. Team is frequently retained by clients from the energy, real estate and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Market commentators endorse the firm's "quality work across the region."

Work highlights Advised Grupo Sur on commercial litigation cases, migratory processes and trade mark registration matters affecting the client's operations in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Significant clients Facey Group, Sony Interamerican, Banco General, Netgo Group, Millicom.

Notable practitioners

Enrique Escobar is head of the firm's corporate department and acts as primary point of contact for clients in El Salvador, while San José-based partner Arnoldo André-Tinoco is the key client contact for Costa Rica, noted for his experience in the market. Ovidio David Parra Vela leads the intellectual property practice in Guatemala, bringing many years of experience to the table.

Department profile by Lexincorp

If everyone focuses on what they are good at, they can be excellent. Focusing on improving our operations as a regional firm makes us the necessary ally for the integral development of your business. While ensuring legal certainty and preserving the interests of our clients, we allow that businesses focus on growth.

As a regional firm we streamlined our processes in order to ensure that clients receive the same level of service in each of our 5 locations. 

We regularly advise energy, teleccomunications, airlines and consumer products companies in all of their operations in the region acting as their legal consultants and with a hands-on approach in helping them in their daily operations, via managing their human resources and accounting or simply getting them in touch with a local contact they might need. 


We offer our clients the hands-on approach they would receive from a local partner, while offering them a singular point of contact to handle all of their matters in the region.  


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We manage financial operations with legislation from Bahamas, Jamaica, United States and Panamá on a regular basis, normally in the setting up of warranties in local jurisdictions and advising our clients on the repercussions of their transactions locally. 

In the countries in which we do not have a presence we operate through the network Multilaw (Ranked band 1 in Chambers global networks section) from which we are the exclusive partners for teh entire Central American region.



Nassar Abogados - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised firm noted for its accomplished team and cross-border capabilities throughout the region. Routinely acts for foreign and domestic clients across the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and energy sectors, with a strong focus on aviation matters. Team is also well equipped to handle antitrust mandates, IP issues and regulatory work. Firm maintains a strong foothold in the Costa Rican market across a range of areas, as well as earning recognition for its practice in Honduras and boasting a strengthening presence in Nicaragua.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "very good level of responsiveness across a number of jurisdictions," with others adding: "The lawyers have clear expertise in each of the countries in which they operate."

Work highlights Advised Phoenix Tower International on a number of acquisitions of telecommunications towers across five jurisdictions.

Significant clients Delta Airlines, Pernod Ricard, Novartis, IBM, General Motors.

Notable practitioners

Nicaragua-based partner Lucía Brockmann is well regarded for her proficiency in the corporate and dispute resolution arenas. Tomás Nassar Pérez is the key client contact in Costa Rica and is lauded for his exceptional expertise in finance matters. Honduras-based associate Jessy Aguilar assists multinational clients with tax matters.

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