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Arias

DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10, CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITAS TORRE II, OFICINA 402 B, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA C A, GUATEMALA
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Work +502 2382 7700
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Fax +502 2382 7743
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www.ariaslaw.com

Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Jorge Luis Arenales leads the team at Arias, which advises local and international clients on secured and unsecured lending, structured financing, project finance, and private equity financing, among other matters. The practice is particularly noted for its expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Highlights included acting for longstanding clients Bladex, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank as lenders on the completion of a $223m syndicated credit facility granted to Proamerica Financial Corporation to finance its acquisition of Banco Citibank de Guatemala. Luis Pedro Del Valle, who specialises in investment grade and acquisition finance, and senior associate Ligia Salazar, who has expertise in advising on financial transactions in the aviation sector, are also key contacts.

Rising stars

Ligia Salazar - Arias

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Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 1

Arias

The 'extremely friendly and diligent' team at Arias makes clients feel 'confident that they are in good hands'. The firm recently added major companies including Coca-Cola Femsa and McDonald's Guatemala to its impressive client base; it acts for a range of local and international businesses, including a number of leading pharmaceutical companies. Alongside the firm's El Salvador office, Luis Pedro Del Valle (who is 'highly skilled and motivated' and 'a fine lawyer') acted as local counsel to Telefónica Centroamérica Inversiones on the sale of its businesses in Central America and Panama. In another recent highlight, practice head Jorge Luis Arenales advised Brazilian multinational Eurofarma on the acquisition of products from Laboratorios Stein. The team also includes senior associates Vivian Morales, who specialises in corporate governance matters, and Jorge Luis Molina, who is 'great in negotiations and business orientated'.

Leading individuals

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias' 'excellent' dispute resolution practice stands out for its 'all-round support', 'practical approach' and 'efficiency in handling any matter'. The team acts for large local and multinational companies across a range of areas, including the oil, retail, automotive, technology and telecoms sectors, as well as representing financial institutions and government entities. The firm is also noted for its growing national and international arbitration practice. The 'highly esteemed' Mario René Archila heads the team, and is praised for his 'experience and negotiation skills'; he is supported by 'knowledgeable and thorough' associate Luis Fernando Zelada and special counsel Aurélie Huey, who is qualified in Guatemala, the US and France and specialises in international arbitration.

Leading individuals
Rising stars

Luis Fernando Zelada - Arias

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Arias counts numerous leading names from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, fashion and automotive sectors among its clients, including Proctor & Gamble, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Inditex and Crocs. The team handles trade mark and patent filings; geographical indication, domain name and copyright issues; software licensing; and civil and criminal litigation, such as anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy cases. Highlights included senior associate Ivón Hernández, who leads the practice, representing a fashion brand in an infringement case, and litigation partner Mario René Archila acting alongside Hernández for the US Dairy Export Council in a claim relating to the use of the term "parmesan".

Rising stars

Ivón Hernández - Arias

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Labour
Labour - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias' 'outstanding' team 'provides a personalised and efficient service and has highly capable lawyers with a broad mastery of labour law and business acumen'. In addition to handling employment-related litigation, the firm advises on contracts; terminations, particularly those involving senior management or large numbers of employees; the employment aspects of corporate transactions; and immigration matters. The practice is led by Liz Gordillo, an 'expert in labour law' who stands out for her 'commercial astuteness' and 'impressive ability to solve complex problems'. Among other significant matters, Gordillo and associate María Elena Barrientos advised Ricoh Latin America on the termination of several high-level company executives' employment with the client, and associate Rosa María Arenales assisted Telefónica Centroamérica Inversiones with the employment aspects of the sale of its operations in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Leading individuals

Liz Gordillo - Arias

Rising stars

Rosa María Arenales - Arias

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Arias has particular strength in advising foreign investors on the tax aspects of financing projects in Guatemala. The team also assists local and international clients with tax planning and compliance, tax advice relating to M&A and other corporate transactions, real estate tax and transfer pricing. Ximena Tercero leads the practice; she recently advised a large retail company on the mitigation of tax contingencies derived from cross-border inter-company operations, as well as advising a technology supplier on whether its digital services were subject to taxation in Guatemala. While it is better known for advising on non-contentious matters, the firm also handles tax litigation.

Next Generation Partners

Ximena Tercero - Arias

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