Firm profile submitted by BLP
Managing Partner: Luis Manuel Castro
Number of partners worldwide: 27
Number of lawyers worldwide: 145
Latin America Offices: Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua
BLP was founded in March of 2003 by a group of lawyers who shared the same view of the practice of law. They were convinced that legal advisors should become true business partners of their clients, especially by providing top legal advice with business sense. Hence the name: Business Law Partners. Since its opening, the firm has remained loyal to this vision and understood that clients are not only seeking the best legal advice, but also efficiency. BLP defines efficient service as one provided with world-class quality, in a timely and cost-conscious manner, while being open to alternative fee arrangements with clients. Consequently, leading multinationals have retained BLP’s services, either for one or more transactions, or for their day-to-day needs. BLP is consistently ranked as one of the top law firms in Central America by well-known legal and business rankings. They focus on the firm’s culture of client service, as well as the quality of its work. It is also one of the law firms referred by the Embassies of the world’s largest economies.
The firm’s international capabilities extend worldwide. BLP has developed a network of law firms around the world, not only through years of working with some of the leading lawyers in each country, but also through exclusive legal networks in which it actively participates: Meritas (www.meritas.com) the State Capital Law Firm Group (www.statecapitallaw.com) Interlaw (Interlaw.com), as well as Insuralex and ELA among other specialised networks.
Today, BLP is one of very few law firms in Central America working with a true business structure, where all its professionals and staff work together towards a common goal: to satisfy the demands of its clients. BLP’s professionals do not simply share costs or a logo; they also share values and principles, all for the benefit of its clients. BLP operates under a series of guiding criteria, which allow it to pursue the total satisfaction of its clients; these are: commitment to quality; commitment to service; ethics; team-work and cost-consciousness; commitment to leadership and development; talent; and pro bono work.
INDUSTRIES SERVED: Agriculture, aviation, banking, capital markets, construction, education, energy and clean technologies, entertainment and leisure, financial services, franchise and distribution, free trade zones, hospitality, human resources, industrial, infrastructure, insurance, manufacturing, media and advertisement, natural resources, real estate funds, retail and consumer products, securities, technology, telecommunications, venture capital, among others.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE: Administrative and regulated markets, advertising, marketing and consumer protection, agribusiness, aviation and maritime, banking and finance, business law, competition and antitrust, compliance and anti-corruption, constitutional, dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, environment, health and safety, immigration and nationality, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property and IT, international trade and free zones, human rights and business, labour and employment, notarial services, privacy, data security and information, private equity and venture capital, project finance, construction and infrastructure, public law, real estate and hospitality, sanitary registry of products, tax, telecommunications, media and technology.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: The main international practice of BLP is focused in coordinating legal services in Latin America for its clients. The law firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. BLP has formed a high quality network of firms in other countries around the world and in different areas of law for the benefit of its clients.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Hebrew.
CLIENTS: American International Group, Ace Group, Alltech, Amazon, American Airlines, Assa Insurance Company, Avon, Bac San José, BASF, Baxter, Bayer, BCD Travel, Bekaert, BID, BAT, Bticino, Bolsa de Valores de Nicaragua, Bosch, CAF, Cargill, Cemex, Cognizant, Colgate-Palmolive, Covidien, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DIAGEO, DIPO, Discovery Communications, Dow Chemical, Exclusive Resorts, First American Bank, Florida Ice & Farm, FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank, Garnier BBDO, GasNatural Fenosa, GDF Suez, Generali, Globalvía, Grupo Numar, Guardian, Hemco, Hitachi, ICA Fluor, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC), ISS Facility Services, John Deere, KFW DEG, Las Catalinas, Laureate International Universities, Los Sueños Resort & Marina, MAPFRE, MasterCard, Mattel, Microsoft, Major League Baseball, Harley Davidson Motor Company, Norfund, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Panasonic, RGIS Inventory Specialists, PepsiCo, Pellas Development Group, Pfizer, Plycem, Repretel, Scotiabank, Siemens, Sony, Swiss Re, Syniverse Technologies, Tabacón, Telefónica, Texas A&M, Tous, Tokio Marine, Uber, UPS, Walmart.