Central America

Review

Dispute resolution
Arias

The Central American full-service firm Arias leaves an indisputable footprint in the landscape of the regional legal market. Though the firm consisted merely of its sole practitioner at its inception in 1942, today, the firm has grown to incredible heights and has time and time again proven itself to be among the most potent of contenders throughout the region with offices in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Practice areas include labor, corporate and commercial law, constitutional law, intellectual property, real estate, administrative law, among others. Members of the firm’s legal teams serve as counsel to some of the highest valued competitors in a wide array of major economic sectors.

Eduardo Ángel of the El Salvador branch spearheads the dispute resolution, litigation strategies, and negotiation practice, providing the firm with his crucial knowledge of administrative and judicial proceedings. This year, he was named Benchmark Latin America’s Central America Litigator of the Year at the 2021 awards. He is currently serving as lead counsel to an El Salvadorean subsidiary of Walmart, following an in-store fire that led to a claim of damages by company OD El Salvador, Limitada de Capital Variable. Though a final resolution is still pending, the Chamber of Appeals dismissed the claim in January of this year for a total of approximately $1.8 million in what was a favorable outcome for Walmart. Also crucial to the firm’s success is Fanny Rodriguez, who is based out of the Honduras office and directs the litigation and arbitration practice. She is highly regarded for her vast experience representing numerous financial institutions on credit structuring proceedings.

Lexincorp

With offices in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, the regional and international dispute resolution and arbitration firm LexinCorp is a potent contender in legal markets throughout Central America. The firm’s legal teams are highly regarded throughout the region for the efficiency with which they are able to resolve legal disputes and arbitration proceedings of the highest level of sophistication. The firm prides itself for its employment of risk prevention strategies which allow for its legal teams to resolve matters in manners alternative to court proceedings, such as through conciliation, mediation, or dispute boards. Despite the firm’s already strong presence in the Central American legal market, it experienced marked growth in all of its offices following the firm’s recent acquisition of Honduras’ Secretaria de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos as a client. The Secretaria oversees all operations of Honduras’ New Palmerola International Airport, which is currently under construction and is a project valued at over $163M USD. The firm has been named Central America’s Arbitration Firm of the Year at the 2021 Benchmark Latin America awards.

Benito Zelaya is crucial to both the firm’s Honduras-based legal team, where he serves as managing partner, as well as to the firm’s operations at large. He plays a vital role in representing various institutions in a wide array of sectors, such as in banking, construction, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and NGO’s to name but a few. Currently, he is serving as lead counsel in the firm’s representation of Honduras’ Secretaria de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos.

Mayora & Mayora

Among Central America’s leading firms, Mayora & Mayora services clients in international business transactions and finance. With four offices in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the firm’s various legal teams are able to collaborate seamlessly in order to guarantee the utmost quality of counsel to its many clients. The firm sees to disputes regarding civil, administrative, constitutional, commercial, corporate, and labor law, among others. Its legal teams regularly provide counsel on some of the most high-level commercial lawsuits and labor disputes in the world as made apparent by the firm’s defending of one of Central America’s largest energy distributors against government agencies, as well as their representation of one of the world’s most prolific telecommunications companies in administrative and contractual disputes. The many skilled members of the firm’s legal team possess critical industry sector-specific expertise in fields including but not limited to non-profit organizations, chemistry, construction and materials, consumer product manufacturing, energy, forestry, health care, media, mining, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and transportation. Partner Paola Galich provides the Guatemala legal team with her knowledge of arbitration proceedings and well-rounded experience in many varieties of litigatory matters.