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Firm Profile

Novales Abogados

Firm Profile

Guatemala

  • Profile
  • Avenida La Reforma 10-00 Zona 9
  • Condominio Reforma, Despacho 5B
  • Guatemala
  • Guatemala
  • Guatemala

Firm profile submitted by Novales Abogados

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:
Corporate/Commercial: Novales Abogados provides clients with comprehensive corporate, contract and transactional support, from start-up of new businesses to ongoing operations, including mergers and acquisitions.
Dispute Resolution: 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.
Energy: 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.
Infrastructure/Construction: 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.
Intellectual Property: 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.

LANGUAGES: English, French, Spanish

CLIENTS 24 7 In Touch Guatemala, American Airlines, Alca Trading Corp, Banco de Guatemala, Banco Industrial, Bolsa De Valores Nacional, Calzado Roy, Ingenio Santa Ana, Corporacion Donovan Werke Internacio-nal, Caterpillar Financial Services, Copa Airlines, Credomatic, Enel Green Power, Empresa Portuaria Nacional Santo Tomas de Castilla, Grupo de Energía de Bogotá / TRECSA, Grupo Orbis, Hill Phoe-nix, Hilera Textil, Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation, Municipalidad de Guatemala, Myapp Software, Maerks Line, TP Consulting Group, Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala, Yara Guetamala.

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