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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — El Salvador


Sáenz & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading dispute resolution practice with a top-tier team in this field. Retained by a stellar client roster, including major multinational corporations and government entities, for its capabilities in handling complex and high-level contentious cases. Maintains an outstanding level of expertise in international commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings relating to a broad range of industries, including construction, energy and telecommunications.

Strengths The firm earns ample recognition for its impressive practice in this space, with sources pointing to its high level of involvement and excellent track record in disputes. It also garners praise for its strength in representing government bodies.

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight department co-head Mario Enrique Sáenz as a key practitioner within the dispute resolution field. He offers profound expertise in representing major financial institutions, and is also highly practised in handling complex arbitration cases, as both party counsel and arbitrator. His additional areas of strength include civil litigation and competition law.

Leading name Humberto Sáenz Marinero is highly recognised by market sources as a key figure within the dispute resolution field. He is particularly adept at representing governmental entities and municipalities, as well as multinational corporations from the construction space. His areas of expertise extend to high-value commercial and investment arbitration cases.

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Arias - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned regional firm with a highly respected Salvadoran disputes practice. Regularly acts as counsel to a host of prominent multinational corporations, with a particular emphasis on representing pharmaceutical companies. Experienced in handling IP litigation, administrative cases and international arbitration proceedings.

Strengths One source describes the team as "knowledgeable, respectful and extremely responsive," while another comments: "The firm always meets its deadlines, its lawyers are very professional, and they show a high level of responsibility and knowledge of the matters at hand."

Work highlights Defended Walmart against a USD12.6 million civil liability claim filed by Hipermall Las Cascadas, seeking damages following a fire in the client's warehouses.

Notable practitioners

Department head Eduardo Ángel earns ample praise from interviewees, who highlight his "great performance, experience and dedication." Sources go on to state: "He provides a very good service. He knows our business and puts our needs first; he knows what we're looking for, and he is intelligent and strategic." He is widely experienced in handling a range of disputes, including administrative litigation and commercial arbitration cases.

Up-and-coming partner Jaime Rodríguez is a key figure in the firm's dispute resolution team, and plays an active role in the firm's caseload. He is commended by sources for his knowledge and professionalism in this area.

Associate Fernando Montano is highly dedicated to the dispute resolution field and comes recommended by sources for his efficiency. He is well versed in handling civil and commercial litigation cases, and also provides advice relating to antitrust issues.

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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CENTRAL LAW - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired Central American outfit with a strong presence in El Salvador. Team is experienced in handling commercial and administrative litigation as well as arbitration cases. Regularly retained by a diverse list of international corporations, deriving from industries such as energy, consumer products and luxury goods.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the team, with one stating: "The lawyers are very proactive, collaborative and supportive, and respond to our requests quickly. They are responsive and keep in touch with the client." They continue: "They have fantastic knowledge of the law, handle matters in an efficient manner, and provide great follow-up."

Work highlights Defended Generadora Eléctrica Central against a claim filed by EDESAL demanding compensation of USD300,000 due to an alleged breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez receives endorsements from impressed clients, who describe him as "flexible, responsive and available." They go on to say: "He listens to all our comments and thoughts; he doesn't just tell us what to do, but rather takes our opinions into consideration." He is highly experienced in handling a range of disputes, spanning civil, commercial and administrative cases.

Associate Jonathan Menjivar comes highly recommended by clients, who say: "He is accessible, attentive and client-oriented. He always speaks to us directly and gives us information and updates first hand." Other sources add: "He is a comprehensive lawyer in terms of his knowledge, and he is a very good litigator who provides prudent legal opinions."

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Type of work handled: 

Local and international corporations across a broad range of sectors in litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution matters; issues against public administration on complex, high-value cases.

Categories of clients: 

Small and large domestic and international companies; domestic and global law firms. 




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Consortium Legal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected regional player with a solid practice in El Salvador. Routinely handles both litigation and arbitration cases, with expertise spanning constitutional, civil, administrative and commercial matters. Team has notable activity representing clients in labour and product liability disputes.

Strengths The team garners ample praise from commentators, with one stating: "The lawyers advise from a strategic point of view. They evaluate risks, and really endeavour to establish a harmonious relationship with their clients." Another adds: "The litigation team is fantastic - they are very intelligent and keen to understand our situation. Their performance during trial is amazing; I would recommend them with my eyes closed."

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Cesar Pompilio Ramos is endorsed by sources as "highly knowledgeable about the law, experienced in the field, and able to find strategic solutions." Sources go on to praise his quick turnaround time and add: "His legal knowledge, his strategy and his attention to detail are incredible. He is always on top of things." He is particularly experienced in handling labour disputes.

Associate Hilda Cristina Campos Ramírez has experience in administrative, commercial and constitutional cases. Sources praise her knowledge of Salvadoran civil law and add: "She is very experienced; she knows the cases inside out and demonstrates a lot of professionalism."

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LatamLex Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice offering coverage of a wide range of disputes cases. In addition to handling litigation matters, the firm is also experienced in advising on commercial arbitration cases. Frequently sought out by prominent domestic and international names.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's level of activity and visibility in the field.

Notable practitioners

Partner Oscar Mauricio Hurtado Saldaña is a recognised name in dispute resolution, with expertise encompassing both litigation and arbitration cases. He is also experienced in acting as an arbitrator, and offers additional knowledge of competition law and consumer protection.

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BLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team with a flourishing practice within the dispute resolution sphere. Offers comprehensive coverage of commercial and administrative litigation, as well as arbitration cases. Team also handles IP and labour disputes. Frequently acts as counsel to leading names from the construction, healthcare and technology industries.

Strengths Interviewees endorse the firm's service, stating: "We would highlight the team's responsiveness; the lawyers are always willing to help at short notice." They continue: "Their local knowledge is fantastic - they are extremely good at helping us understand the nuances of different jurisdictions and predict how situations will pan out."

Work highlights Counsel to Constructora Meco in an arbitration case against the Salvadoran government concerning liability for an excess cost of USD14 million incurred in the construction of a number of roads in El Salvador.

Notable practitioners

Department head Harold Lantan is a highly experienced name in dispute resolution and is commended by sources, who state: "He provides in-depth analysis and is very thorough." He offers impressive expertise in advising on arbitration cases, in which he has participated as both counsel and arbitrator, and is particularly skilled in handling disputes which span the Central American region.

According to sources, associate Luis Vega is "a hard-working professional," with others going on to call him "extremely helpful in our cases." He is highly involved in the firm's disputes caseload, and is particularly experienced in advising on consumer protection issues.

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BLP has the largest litigation practice in Central America, both in terms of volume and scope. The firm handles more than 600 files in all areas of the law, with expert teams serving each area.  Active areas include not only commercial and arbitration, but criminal, environmental, IP, tax, labour, real estate, antitrust, trade remedies, customs, financial, retail collections, agrarian, human rights, among others.

With the most diverse practice in the region, both in terms of the number of cases, and the different specialties involved, BLP is well known by its clients and peers for its responsiveness, creativity and result oriented actions, as well as for its elite team, considered so both inside the firm and throughout the market.

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Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced practice regularly retained by a variety of prominent international clients from industries spanning insurance, aviation and food and beverages, to advise on a diverse range of contentious cases. Team also offers prowess in handling IP litigation, such as trade mark disputes.

Strengths The team earns recognition from market commentators for its capabilities in this space.

Work highlights Represented Grapette in filing a trade mark nullity case against the client's former distributor in order to block the registration of the 'Grapette' trade mark.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Carlos Castillo offers substantial expertise in IP litigation, such as anti-counterfeiting and trade mark disputes. He is also experienced in advising significant clients from the insurance and transport sectors.

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Senior Statesperson

Carlos Ramos Contreras

Ramos y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Carlos Ramos Contreras of Ramos y Asociados is held in high esteem by sources for his expertise in litigation, with one interviewee stating: "He is a very respected professional with lots of experience and a good reputation."

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Band 1

Mario Enrique Sáenz

Sáenz & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight department co-head Mario Enrique Sáenz as a key practitioner within the dispute resolution field. He offers profound expertise in representing major financial institutions, and is also highly practised in handling complex arbitration cases, as both party counsel and arbitrator. His additional areas of strength include civil litigation and competition law.

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Band 1

Humberto Sáenz Marinero

Sáenz & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading name Humberto Sáenz Marinero is highly recognised by market sources as a key figure within the dispute resolution field. He is particularly adept at representing governmental entities and municipalities, as well as multinational corporations from the construction space. His areas of expertise extend to high-value commercial and investment arbitration cases.

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Band 2

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Eduardo Ángel earns ample praise from interviewees, who highlight his "great performance, experience and dedication." Sources go on to state: "He provides a very good service. He knows our business and puts our needs first; he knows what we're looking for, and he is intelligent and strategic." He is widely experienced in handling a range of disputes, including administrative litigation and commercial arbitration cases.

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Band 2

Piero A Rusconi Gutiérrez

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez receives endorsements from impressed clients, who describe him as "flexible, responsive and available." They go on to say: "He listens to all our comments and thoughts; he doesn't just tell us what to do, but rather takes our opinions into consideration." He is highly experienced in handling a range of disputes, spanning civil, commercial and administrative cases.

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Band 3

Salvador Enrique Anaya Barraza

ANAYA-SJE

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key practitioner Salvador Enrique Anaya Barraza of ANAYA-SJE wins widespread praise from sources for his impressive level of expertise in constitutional disputes. He is also recognised for his involvement in arbitration cases.

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Band 3

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Carlos Castillo offers substantial expertise in IP litigation, such as anti-counterfeiting and trade mark disputes. He is also experienced in advising significant clients from the insurance and transport sectors.

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Band 3

Oscar Mauricio Hurtado Saldaña

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Oscar Mauricio Hurtado Saldaña is a recognised name in dispute resolution, with expertise encompassing both litigation and arbitration cases. He is also experienced in acting as an arbitrator, and offers additional knowledge of competition law and consumer protection.

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Harold Lantan is a highly experienced name in dispute resolution and is commended by sources, who state: "He provides in-depth analysis and is very thorough." He offers impressive expertise in advising on arbitration cases, in which he has participated as both counsel and arbitrator, and is particularly skilled in handling disputes which span the Central American region.

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Band 3

Parada & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight Guillermo Parada of Parada & Asociados for his academic contributions to the field. His areas of expertise within the disputes field include civil, commercial and constitutional cases.

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Band 3

Cesar Pompilio Ramos

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Cesar Pompilio Ramos is endorsed by sources as "highly knowledgeable about the law, experienced in the field, and able to find strategic solutions." Sources go on to praise his quick turnaround time and add: "His legal knowledge, his strategy and his attention to detail are incredible. He is always on top of things." He is particularly experienced in handling labour disputes.

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Up and Coming

IusPublik

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming practitioner Henry Orellana of IusPublik is commended by sources as "a very professional lawyer." His practice covers administrative and constitutional law, with particular experience handling consumer protection cases. He also acts as party counsel in arbitration proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Jaime Rodríguez is a key figure in the firm's dispute resolution team, and plays an active role in the firm's caseload. He is commended by sources for his knowledge and professionalism in this area.

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Associates to watch

Cristina Campos Ramírez

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Hilda Cristina Campos Ramírez has experience in administrative, commercial and constitutional cases. Sources praise her knowledge of Salvadoran civil law and add: "She is very experienced; she knows the cases inside out and demonstrates a lot of professionalism."

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Associates to watch

Jonathan Menjivar

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Jonathan Menjivar comes highly recommended by clients, who say: "He is accessible, attentive and client-oriented. He always speaks to us directly and gives us information and updates first hand." Other sources add: "He is a comprehensive lawyer in terms of his knowledge, and he is a very good litigator who provides prudent legal opinions."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Fernando Montano is highly dedicated to the dispute resolution field and comes recommended by sources for his efficiency. He is well versed in handling civil and commercial litigation cases, and also provides advice relating to antitrust issues.

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, associate Luis Vega is "a hard-working professional," with others going on to call him "extremely helpful in our cases." He is highly involved in the firm's disputes caseload, and is particularly experienced in advising on consumer protection issues.

^ See whole ranking table