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Arias

CALLE LA MASCOTA #533, COLONIA SAN BENITO, SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
Tel:
Work +503 2257 0900
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Fax +503 257 0901
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www.ariaslaw.com

El Salvador

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Highly knowledgeable and responsiveAriastailors its advice’ to clients’ requirements and ‘helps to structure deals efficiently’. The firm has a tremendous reputation for its banking and finance practice and is highly adept at counselling a predominantly international clientele on traditional loans, syndicated loans and capital markets issuances, frequently with a cross-border element. Recent mandates saw the team assist Grupo Unicomer with the placement of $350m bonds on the international markets; counsel Citibank on the granting of a $1.3bn loan to Digicel International Finance (and subsidiaries) for the refinancing of short-term debt; and advising International Finance Corporation (IFC) on a $25m loan to Scotiabank El Salvador. The stellar client roster also includes Bladex, Aje Group and Hencorp Becstone Capital (HBC). The practice group is co-led by the renowned Armando Arias and ‘stand-out figureZygmunt Brett; project finance specialist Ana Mercedes López and associate Mariana Nóchez, who specialises in the structuring of syndicated loans, are other key figures in the team. Real estate specialist Carolina Lazo has been made partner.

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Zygmunt Brett - Arias

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Mariana Nóchez - Arias

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

Arias

Arias’ ‘excellent’ corporate department is a first port-of-call for high-profile clients -both domestic and international– seeking advice on the full array of contentious and non-contentious corporate and M&A matters, including due diligence and antitrust proceedings as well as labour and tax matters. The nine-partner team ‘has always shown the highest level of quality and professionalism’ according to clients, which include the likes of ASSA Compañía de Seguros, Anheuser-Busch InBev and KDAC Aircraft. Among recent headline mandates, Zygmunt Brett acted on behalf of Logisgroup in the $4.4m sale of Urbano Express & Mailroom to United Logistics de El Salvador; while Ana Mercedes López advised borrower LifeMiles on a $370m credit agreement with lead arranger Deutsche Bank. The firm has an impressive presence in the energy sphere, where practice head Lilian Arias, who ‘shows great knowledge and skills’, assisted Invenergy with the $13m acquisition of an 85% equity share in Energía del Pacífico, a major power plant developer. Other key advisors include highly-regarded Armando Arias, Roberta Gallardo and Luisa Rivas.

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Armando Arias - Arias

Lilian Arias - Arias

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arias

One of the leading dispute resolution practices in El Salvador, the ‘excellentArias acts for domestic and international clients in litigious matters, contentious administrative proceedings and arbitrations. It excels in the work on the intersection between commercial issues and compliance, as well as antitrust and IP disputes. The practice covers a broad range of sectors, with the banking, retail, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors comprising the majority of instructions. A recent mandate saw the team defend Walmart against a damages claims brought by a customer after an in-store accident; ‘experienced’ practice head Eduardo Ángel, who has ‘great analytical skills’ and ‘understands clients’ needs’, led the case. A stellar client roster includes Bayer, KPMG, Novartis, Citibank and Philip Morris, among others.

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Eduardo Ángel - Arias

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Arias

Very good service’ and a ‘capable team’ are characteristic of Arias’ two-partner IP department, according to clients. Areas of expertise include trade mark, copyright and patent portfolio management, health regulatory matters and data protection, as well as contentious IP issues. Recent work saw department head Morena Zavaleta and Luz Bustamante file a trade mark opposition on behalf of Rocco Donna against a trade mark application for ‘Rocco Donna Professional’ made by Salvadoran company Aguirre Mendoza y Compañía, as well as opposing a trade mark application for ‘Plants and Device’ by Importadora Mi Fe on behalf of Procter & Gamble. Rigo Trading, Gruma and Haribo joined long-term clients Walmart, L´Oréal and Inditex on the client list.

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Morena Zavaleta - Arias

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