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Considered by many as the ‘best in class’ and the ‘most experienced’, Consortium Legal’s tax practice is said to ‘have insight and know-how that no other law firm or accounting firm has on the subject’. The firm gives ‘clear, concise and valuable advice’ that ‘is well balanced and provides solutions to clients who seek opinions on complex situations in a sensitive and largely regulated market’. This includes advice on tax matters related to national and foreign investments, corporations, contracts, deductions and other issues that affect tax planning for foreign investors in Guatemala. The team continues to be highly active in administrative and judicial proceedings regarding income tax, VAT, solidarity tax and stamp tax, and has taken cases to both the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. With over thirty years’ experience Alfredo Rodríguez is ‘by far the most expert on the subject both in the firm and the field’; he ‘goes far and beyond what one expects from external counsel’. Olga María Meléndez is another key figure. Recent clients include companies in the energy, telecoms, consumer products, food and beverage industries, as well as banks and financial institutions.

Comparable to the best firms in New York or Europe’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C.’s ‘very capable team’ is ‘creative’, ‘always available’, ‘disciplined and very thorough’. It gives a broad range of tax advice, including on transfer pricing and tax litigation, which constitute particular areas of growth. The practice also handles tax assessments, planning and structuring, and representation in both administrative and judicial tax proceedings. Clients note the team’s ‘dedication and commitment in giving advice’ and highlight Eduardo A Mayora who, with his with his ‘wide legal knowledge’, delivers ‘very good results’. He co-leads the ‘excellent’ practice with Juan Carlos Casellas, who is also noted for his ‘broad tax expertise’. The firm is the local member of the regional tax network LATAXNET. Clients include Ingenio Palo Gordo, Avianca, Banco Industrial, Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala and Compañía de Autoservicios Cofal, among others.

Originally founded in 1964, Archila & Asociados has been focusing its practice on tax litigation since 2009. The ‘very determined’ and ‘very active’ Mario Archila is widely recognised as a ‘highly reputable’ expert in administrative and judicial tax proceedings, and also occasionally assists with the review of tax structures and other non-contentious tax matters. Clients range from international corporations (ExxonMobil, new client PepsiCo) to key local and regional companies (Grupo Almo and Multi Inversiones divisions Grupo Molinos Modernos and Multi Proyectos) and family businesses, individuals and municipalities. The firm also recently represented Mapfre and several automobile companies in tax litigation regarding tax adjustments to the first license plate tax, and assisted with the defence of two criminal tax cases. Clients regarding tax compliance matters include real estate company Spectrum, software development company Grupo Tecun and a number sugar production companies. Also noteworthy is the firm’s filing of constitutional appeals against tax reforms on behalf of local industrial and commercial chambers such as the Cámara de Construcción and the Cámara de Industria.

Building on ‘considerable experience’ dating back many years, Arias, (formerly Arias & Muñoz before the spin-off of Muñoz Global in Costa Rica), has been strategically expanding its tax practice since 2014. Its ‘very professional’ team covers advice on tax planning and structuring for local and international clients (particularly groups operating throughout Central America), the tax aspects of M&A transactions, transfer pricing rules, tax compliance issues and also customs matters in connection with commercial trade agreements such as DR-CAFTA. Clients come from a wide range of industries –including the automotive, consumer product, financial services, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, telecoms, real estate and non-profit sectors– and note the practice group’s ‘high level of service’ and ‘swift resolution of clients’ problems’. Practice head Ximena Tercero is recommended for her ‘dedication and commitment to the work’.

Carrillo y Asociados is comprised of ‘professionals with knowledge in various areas of the law’, including tax, where the ‘efficient’ team also provides ‘good service’ and ‘maintains a wide network’. The practice group handles tax issues arising out of transactions, has been busy advising on sector-specific export and tax benefits, and is very active in trust and estate planning, and cross-border tax planning –where it works closely with attorneys in US. In addition to administrative proceedings, the firm’s criminal tax practice is also noteworthy. Clients include local and international and multinational companies, with recent clients drawn from the consumer products, food and beverage industries, shipping and non-profit sectors, among others. Rodolfo Alegría is the main contact since senior associate and key figure Marjorie Bouscayrol withdrew from practice.

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s multidisciplinary team often handles the tax aspects of international transactions as well as advising locally on tax restructuring and compliance matters. A particular practice-strength lies in integrating both local and cross-border tax considerations. Recent matters include advising on issues related to the tax structures and compliance aspects of Baxter’s spin-off of Baxalta. José Quiñones is the key contact; however, senior associate Ana Rosa Alfaro moved in-house at a local textile company. Clients include Enel Green Power, Henkel, Abbott Laboratories, TELUS International and Ambev, among others.

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