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    • Rosalinda Cruz de Williams - Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados
    • Carlos Fortín - Forlar Abogados, Bufete
    • Ulises Mejía - Consortium Legal
    • Fanny Rodríguez - Arias

Next generation lawyers

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    • Roberto Williams - Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados

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Arias & Muñoz rebranded in late 2016, becoming Arias when the firm’s former Costa Rica partners exited to form Muñoz Global. The firm’s local dispute resolution practice nevertheless remains highly rated for both court and arbitral hearings; labour, civil and commercial law matters; and administrative law proceedings. Recent work saw team head Fanny Rodríguez lead advice to Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana during a compensation damages case against Chiquita Honduras Company. Other highlights saw the team act for clothing distributor Punto Fa in a contract termination dispute; it also advised Pan American Life Insurance Company on a high-value civil lawsuit.

Widely praised for high-value Central America-related litigation, Consortium Legal has significant experience in civil and commercial disputes, taxation cases and contentious labour matters, in addition to administrative litigation and IP issues. The arbitration team regularly acts before institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and also has experience in ICSID (/ CIADE) cases. Department head Ulises Mejía is recommended for disputes involving construction contracts and PPPs, investment claims, and insurance, telecoms and distribution contracts. José Rivera is a notable arbitration specialist; and senior associate Daniela Villafranca is highlighted for general litigation, arbitration and administrative law.

Recommended both for litigation and arbitration, Meritas alliance-member Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados is highly rated for its experience in civil, commercial, insurance and administrative law disputes; the team also regularly acts in banking and tax disputes, as well as regulatory matters. Recent matters saw the practice group act for four banks and nine insurance companies in an administrative and judicial challenge of an insurance regulator resolution; such resolution had mandated banks to cancel credit lines and ordered insurance companies to pay homeowners’ claims where insurance policies did not cover landslides. Managing partner Lizzeth Villatoro is particularly focused on construction disputes but is also recommended for corporate litigation, insurance cases and contentious administrative matters. Founding partner Rosalinda Cruz de Williams is another highly rated contact; and key associates Roberto Williams and Mary Ela Martinez are also noted. Since research concluded, Villatoro has moved in house at Banco Lafise.

Highly experienced in complex cases’, Aguilar Castillo Love has a growing dispute resolution and arbitration practice. Highlights saw the team assist Volvo entities with the execution of an arbitration award in Honduras against a local distributor; and defend Minerales Entremares Honduras, Goldcorp’s Honduran subsidiary, against a mine concessions-related claim by the State of Honduras. Other active clients include Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Iberdrola and Cementos Argos. Senior partner Enrique Rodríguez Burchard is the country director for the firm and has served as a judge for the Civil Justice’s Fourth Court, and Juan José Alcerro Milla is also a key contact.

Lexincorp regularly acts for local corporations in their disputes, as well as clients from El Salvador and Guatemala that have interests in Honduras. The team acted for Construtora Kosmox in a breach of contract arbitration; and advised Agrinter in a series of debt recovery actions. The client list also includes Walmart and Mapfre Seguros. Benito Zelaya is a well-regarded litigator and arbitrator.

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