Firm profile submitted by Novales Abogados
Managing Partner: Alfonso Novales Aguirre
Partners: Cristián Novales Schlesinger, Javier Novales Schlesinger
Total number of lawyers: 20
Languages:English, French, Spanish
Novales Abogados is a full service law firm that provides comprehensive, proactive and personalised services to national and international investors with business interests in Guatemala. Novales has particular expertise in the sectors of infrastructure, energy, aviation, transportation and logistics, as well as with growing family businesses.
The team at Novales offers an ideal combination of young lawyers with excellent academic training and senior lawyers with outstanding track records, all of whom share a passion for client service.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Novales Abogados provides clients with comprehensive corporate, contract and transactional support, from start-up of new businesses to ongoing operations, including mergers and acquisitions.
Novales has a distinguished record of commercial, civil, administrative and constitutional litigation. Several of the firm’s cases have resulted in major precedents in Guatemalan jurisprudence: the first annulment of a governmental concession contract; the first execution of movable securities; and the first successful challenge to a Convention 169 demand for a popular vote on an infrastructure project, amongst others.
Novales Abogados provides specialised comprehensive legal services for power generation, transportation and distribution projects and companies, including: support in public bids for concessions; submission and clearance of feasibility studies; negotiation of PPAs; environmental, administrative and municipal permits and clearances; tax incentives for power generation; prevention and management of community conflicts for major projects and dispute resolution at all levels. Novales has advised projects which, together, amount to over one billion dollars in investment, 200 megawatts in generation capacity, and over 1000 kilometers of transmission lines.
Novales provides comprehensive specialised legal advice and support for major infrastructure projects, including: participation in public bids, pre-contract negotiations; tax incentives; regulatory clearances; post-delivery closing; and dispute resolution. The firm has ample experience in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for the design, construction, operation, supply, supervision and financing of infrastructure projects, and specialises in the ongoing legal management of such contracts, which can often determine the overall profitability and success of each project.
Aviation/Transportation & Logistics:
Novales Abogados has 39 years of experience advising international airlines with passenger, freight and charter operations. The firm’s services include assistance with all types of regulatory and operational clearances and permits, counsel on regulatory compliance, corporate and tax advice, prevention and management of labor and employment issues, and prevention and management of conflicts with passengers and other customers. Novales also represents sea and land freight operators and transportation logistics companies.
Novales helps clients to ensure that their intangible assets are properly protected. The firm provides comprehensive trademark, patent and copyright prosecution services, as well as administrative and judicial intellectual property litigation, including issues of unfair competition.
24 7 In Touch Guatemala, American Airlines, INC; Alca Trading Corp; Asesoría Técnica en Aduanas, S.A; Asteco, S.A; Banco de Guatemala; Banco Industrial; Bolsa De Valores Nacional; Coporación General de Tractores; Calzado Roy; Corporación Donovan Werke Internacional; Droguería Quinfica, S.A; Caterpillar Financial Services; Copa Airlines; Credomatic; Enel Green Power; Empresa Portuaria Nacional Santo Tomas de Castilla; Grupo de Energía de Bogotá / TRECSA; Financiera Summa, S.A; Grupo Orbis; Grupo JJC; Hillphoenix; Helados Sobrella; Hilera Textil; Ingenio Santa Ana; International Business Academy; Isertec, S.A; Kyani-Sun Guatemala, S.A; Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation; Municipalidad de Guatemala; Myapp Software, S.A; Maerks Line, S.A; Mota-Engil; Procolombia; Rgis Guatemala; Selina Organization One, S.A/Dekel Hostels Holding, S.A; TP Consulting Group; Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala; Tarjetazo, S.A; Televentur, S.A; Yara Guatemala.