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General Business Law — Central America-wide


Arias - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout firm maintaining a dominant position across the Central American region. Outstanding team advises an extensive client portfolio composed of prestigious multinationals hailing from diverse industries. Commands widespread admiration for its regional presence and prowess handling high-level corporate, banking and finance, dispute resolution and energy mandates, in addition to its strength in the real estate, aviation and tax ambits. Continues to be a leading player in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's regional co-ordination, stating: "They are knowledgeable about regional matters and work swiftly. We like working with them because you can always count on them and you feel like a priority. They work very well at a regional level and communication between countries is effective."

Another says: "Arias is my go-to firm in the region. They have good geographical coverage and their quality is homogeneous across all countries."

Work highlight Assisted Grupo Promerica with co-ordinating the placement of a USD350 million bond in international markets.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed practitioner Armando Arias is the regional head, as well as the managing partner of the El Salvador office, while Lilian Arias is the corporate practice head and is commended by clients for her notable expertise. Partner Evangelina Lardizábal is the main client contact in the Honduran market, while Nicaraguan-based partners Ana Teresa Rizo and Bertha Argüello are praised for their excellence in their local market. Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca is the key client contact in Guatemala and impresses with his expertise in corporate mandates. In Costa Rica, well-regarded practitioners Carolina Flores and Vicente Lines are the managing partners.

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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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Consortium Legal - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regional heavyweight boasting impressive multi-jurisdictional strength. Offers remarkable expertise in the corporate and banking and finance fields, frequently counselling on high-value M&A transactions and cross-border financings. Can also claim extensive experience in aviation mandates. Its large team of talented practitioners remains highly sought after by a stellar list of clients. Maintains an extensive network of ten offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm's regional presence, reporting: "They can provide the services we need in different countries in an efficient and interconnected way, with a professional standard of service.''

Sources also consider that "they continue to be a top-tier firm in Central America. They have very good lawyers and handle matters well at a regional level."

Work highlight Advised Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior in granting a USD120 million syndicated loan to Grupo Monge.

Notable practitioners

In Honduras the key client contacts are esteemed managing partner José Ramón Paz and corporate head José Rafael Rivera, both of whom earn plaudits for their expertise. Diego Martín-Menjívar is a respected figure in the El Salvador space, while José Evenor Taboada is endorsed by market sources in Nicaragua. The Guatemalan office is headed by Alvaro Castellanos Howell, who is recognised for his impressive banking capabilities. In Costa Rica, the main points of contact are Rolando Laclé Zúñiga, who excels in the corporate sphere, and Mario Quesada, who earns recognition for his banking prowess.

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Consortium Legal. Your Law Firm for Business

We are the largest law firm in Central America with more than 200 attorneys and 10 offices strategically located in the 5 countries of the region and a multigenerational team that knows your needs. We provide regional coordination from a single point of contact for all your transactions.

Consortium is a Full-Service firm that has focused in the care of all types of companies that wants to do business in the region. We have specialized departments led by our partners in different areas of practice. Recognized as Central America Law Firm of the Year by the most valuable international legal directories, we are your strategic legal advisors.

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Aguilar Castillo Love - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed firm boasting a long-standing regional presence. Renowned for its regionally integrated structure, as well as its impressive expertise handling high-profile cross-border M&A, financings and antitrust matters arising in several jurisdictions. Sought after with regularity by a sizeable list of household names from a variety of sectors. Holds a robust position in the Costa Rican, Guatemalan and Honduran markets, as well as a key presence in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Strengths Clients offer strong praise for the team's regional offering. They say: "They think of our needs and provide a personalised service. Their subject matter experts really are experts and we have been able to accomplish things in less time because of them. They have demonstrated that they do everything with care. Their regional services are well co-ordinated."

Work highlight Assisted Corporación Castillo Hermanos with a number of key acquisitions in Central America.

Notable practitioners

Thelma Carrión manages the Nicaraguan practice and garners plaudits from clients for her activity in the sphere. Carlos Roberto Alfaro heads the corporate department in El Salvador, whilst Enrique Rodríguez Burchard is considered a leading practitioner in the Honduran corporate field. Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón and Francisco Castillo-Love are the main partners in Guatemala, and are both acclaimed for their proficiency in corporate matters. In Costa Rica, John Aguilar Quesada is the key contact and is widely reputed as an outstanding corporate lawyer.

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BLP - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust regional player continuing to cement its presence in Central America. Frequently acts for an array of prominent clients from different industries on highly publicised transactions, as well as competition and intellectual property mandates. Continues to prevail as a powerhouse in Costa Rica, whilst also claiming a significant position in Guatemala and Honduras and strengthening its offerings in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's wide-ranging capabilities: "The firm has a sufficiently large and varied structure that they can be the sole point of contact to handle all of our legal needs. It's one of the best firms in the region, not only because of its profound technical knowledge but due to its practical focus and interest in learning about our business in order to consider things from a broader perspective. The lawyers are also very accessible and have a sense of urgency that adapts to our needs."

Work highlight Advised One Equity Partners on the Central American legal issues arising from its acquisition of One Link in Central and Latin America for over USD100 million.

Notable practitioners

Lilian López and José Miguel Álvarez are the main contacts for the Honduran office, while Ricardo Cevallos is renowned for his corporate capabilities and serves as principal contact in El Salvador. In Nicaragua, Ernesto Rizo Pallais is a recognised corporate practitioner and remains the key client contact. David Gutiérrez is the Costa Rican managing partner, together with Luis Manuel Castro and Eduardo Calderón, both of whom maintain buoyant practices in the corporate and real estate ambits. The Guatemalan main contacts are Luis Ruiz and María Inés Arenales, who also offer vast IP and corporate expertise.

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

BLP is the one stop premium law firm for conducting business in Central America.

Pertaining to General Business Law, BLP handles every necessary aspect to ensure that our clients can develop their business across the Central American region, relying on highly experienced lawyers that deliver solutions and legal advice with a true business sense.

Our General Business practice covers Corporate M&A, Finance, Real Estate, IP, Insurance, Dispute Resolution, Labour, Environmental, TMT, International Trade, Compliance, Antitrust, Public Law, Tax, Immigration, Data Privacy, Advertising & Consumer Protection and Sustainability in order to offer a full accompaniment to each of our clients.

Recent work highlights cover complex acquisitions by transnational companies, for which we handle the whole process including, among others, the due diligence, merger filings before the competent authorities, necessary tax structures, labour advice and policies, etc.     

Other highlights include groundbreaking transactions comprising the emission of senior secured notes in international markets, authorization processes for companies to offer stocks publicly, financing of infrastructure deals and highly specialized cross border negotiations for our clients. 

Our 9 offices across the Central American region work together as a fully integrated law firm, offering the best talent in the region.


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EY Law - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned global firm expanding its presence throughout the Central American region. Recognised as a leader in Costa Rica and Guatemala and maintains a key foothold in El Salvador. Benefits from a large team of admired practitioners regularly advising a wide selection of noteworthy multinationals on corporate, financial, real estate, tax, labour and IP mandates. Regional network is enhanced by its recent acquisition of Pacheco Coto.

Strengths The firm's ample legal expertise is appreciated by clients, who note: "The service provided by the firm is very comprehensive. Any time we bring them a legal question they have the ability to view the problem from different angles as they have knowledge of all legal areas. They make us feel secure."

Work highlight Assisted Durman Esquivel with a region-wide anti-corruption and antitrust review.

Notable practitioners

Hernán Pacheco enjoys an exceptional reputation in corporate affairs and is the main client contact in the Costa Rica office, as well as head of the Central American region. In Guatemala, the key contact is corporate head Ruby María Asturias, who commands widespread acclaim from clients for her prowess in the field. El Salvador-based partner Mónica Machuca is the leader of the practice in that jurisdiction.

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CENTRAL LAW - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid firm with a regional network covering all jurisdictions in Central America, encompassing Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Routinely retained by an array of clients for counsel on matters spanning the corporate, TMT, energy, aviation, labour, IP and consumer law areas.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's extensive regional network, enthusing: "It's very difficult to find a firm with presence in all Central American countries; Central Law does and that's one of its main strengths. Additionally, the lawyers in each country have enough experience to provide the advice that we need.''

Work highlight Provided counsel to Microsoft regarding consumer law issues in all Central American jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Jesús Humberto Medina Alva heads the corporate department in Honduras, whilst noted practitioner Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote is the corporate and dispute resolution department head and key contact in Guatemala. Rafael Quirós brings his insurance and corporate expertise to bear as key contact in Costa Rica. The Nicaraguan office is headed by Yalí Molina Palacios, who is commended by clients. Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez is the main partner in El Salvador.

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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.

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. 

Categories of clients: 

Small and large domestic and multinational companies;  individual clients; financial institutions.

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García & Bodán - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established player with expertise spanning several Central American jurisdictions, with a particularly strong presence in Nicaragua. Additionally active in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Possesses a wealth of experience acting for remarkable multinational companies and government entities on high-level financings, tax, real estate, energy and regulatory mandates.

Strengths The firm's attentive service is praised by clients, who note: "We would highlight the importance they place on client service. They always ask us for feedback, they pay attention to how the client feels and how to improve. We feel that they really put themselves in our shoes and our problems become theirs. We trust them and feel they handle matters properly."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to the Republic of Honduras on its USD700 million international bond offering.

Notable practitioners

Renowned practitioner Terencio García is the regional managing partner and is based in Nicaragua, as is Federico Gurdián, leader of the regional corporate practice. In Honduras, Vanessa Oquelí is recommended by clients as an able corporate lawyer. The main partner and corporate head in El Salvador is senior associate Oscar Torres, while Marcelo Charnaud is the Guatemalan key client contact.

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LatamLex Abogados - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Flourishing regional firm offering strong capabilities on the isthmus, extending across Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Regularly instructed by a distinguished portfolio of financial institutions and local and foreign companies to handle high-end financing and M&A transactions, as well as for corporate and energy-related advice.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's well-rounded advice, stating: "They provide a high-quality service, analysing matters holistically. They don't just provide recommendations, but execute all aspects of the process to ensure a favourable outcome for clients. They represent our interests with great commitment."

Work highlight Provided advice to Arrend Leasing on corporate and financial matters relating to the development of its regional operations throughout Central America.

Notable practitioners

Adriana Ramos Chaves is the managing partner, working in Costa Rica alongside Mario Gómez Pacheco, who commands intense respect for his banking expertise. In Honduras, the key client contact is star corporate practitioner Dennis Matamoros. Álvaro Caldera is the main partner in Nicaragua, while El Salvador-based Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt is co-managing partner and impresses clients with his vast financial capabilities. Alfredo Skinner-Klée leads the way in Guatemala and is admired for his activities in the corporate field.

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Lexincorp - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant firm particularly noted for its foothold in the Costa Rican, Guatemalan and El Salvadoran jurisdictions. Proven track record counselling domestic and international clients on high-value corporate and financial transactions. Also adept at advising on intellectual property matters and handling litigation.

Strengths The firm is endorsed by clients, who enthuse: "They provide personalised service, as well as continuous follow-up and direct communication with the client. They give regular feedback regarding the status of proceedings and anticipate issues without the client having to consult them first. They give us immediate solutions and they are accessible."

Work highlight Assisted Blue Orchard Microfinance Fund with several loans to financial entities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, worth USD21.8 million in total.

Notable practitioners

Arnoldo André Tinoco is the managing partner and main contact at the Costa Rica office, and is a well-regarded figure in the space. In Guatemala, Ovidio David Parra Vela is the head of the intellectual property department, receiving praise for his performance from sources. Enrique Escobar is based in El Salvador, where he heads the corporate department and is respected for his expertise.

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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,telecommunications, 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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Nassar Abogados - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed regional player enjoying a solid reputation for its Costa Rican offering, as well as its growing activity in Nicaragua and Honduras. Regularly advises key multinationals and blue-chip companies on matters spanning competition, regulatory, real estate, IP, labour concerns and M&A transactions. Also renowned for its outstanding niche aviation expertise.

Strengths The firm's team elicits praise from sources, who say: "The lawyers understand the different jurisdictions and are fast and efficient. The quality of the work is good and the results have been favourable. They don't take on work for the sake of it; they take care to appoint lawyers that understand each matter."

Work highlight Provides counsel to Eaton Electrical regarding day-to-day corporate and commercial matters across the Central American region.

Notable practitioners

Founder Tomás Nassar Pérez is hailed as an excellent corporate and financial lawyer, and is the main client contact in Costa Rica, as well as partner Alina Nassar. Lucía Brockmann is the main partner in Nicaragua, and is highly regarded for her aptitude in the dispute resolution and corporate ambits. In Honduras, partner René Serrano is the key client contact.

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