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F. A. Arias & Muñoz Honduras, S. A.

CENTRO COMERCIAL, EL DORADO, 6° PISO, BOULEVARD MORAZAN, TEGUCIGALPA, M D C, HONDURAS
Tel:
Work +504 2221 4505
Fax:
Fax +504 2221 4522
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Web:
www.ariaslaw.com

Honduras

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias is widely respected for corporate work (frequently cross-border), including M&A; and the firm’s corporate services include tax, labour and administrative law assistance. The department is co-led by managing partner Evangelina LardizĂĄbal, who regularly advises local and international companies, banks and insurance companies, and Mario AgĂŒero, who is recommended for corporate law and procedural administrative matters. Recent work highlights saw the team assist Grupo Unicomer with the coordination of a bond placement on the international markets; a matter that also involved the firm’s offices in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Other key mandates include advising ING Bank, via a global law firm’s Amsterdam office, on the financing for the design and implementation of irrigation systems on behalf of the Honduran government; acting in collaboration with a US-based law firm to advise Unity Group Holdings on the stock purchase of a minority equity-investment in Honduran brokerage firm, Interbroker; and advising Global Partnerships Social Investment Fund 5.0 on the due diligence, review and execution of an amended and restated micro-finance loan agreement to IDH, a Honduran non-profit institution that finances micro-entrepreneurs. Claudia Midence and Antonio Montes are experienced associates.

Leading lawyers

Evangelina LardizĂĄbal - Arias

Next generation lawyers

Mario AgĂŒero - Arias

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias’ dispute resolution practice is well known for its assistance with civil and commercial law issues, administrative law proceedings, and labour law matters. Other areas of strength include tax, real estate, IP, and transportation disputes. The firm also has a significant international arbitration practice. Highlight work includes acting as legal counsel for Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, in a judicial claim filed against Chiquita Honduras for compensatory damages. Fanny Rodríguez coordinates the firm’s litigation and arbitration department and has also represented financial institutions in contentious administrative law matters. Erick Lezama, Mario Raveneau, Valerya Theodoracopoulos and Arcesio Echeverri are all key associates.

Leading lawyers

Fanny RodrĂ­guez - Arias

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Arias

Arias’ representative experience includes assisting Procter & Gamble with its portfolio on a daily basis; such advice includes filing new applications, handling renewals, maintaining its IP rights, annulment, opposition and cancellation actions against third parties, and trade mark infringements. Other key clients include Sanofi and Bayer. Associates Sonia Urbina, who heads the team, and Gissel Zalavarria are experienced advisers.

Next generation lawyers

Sonia Urbina - Arias

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Arias regularly advises corporate clients and individual investors throughout Central America on complex tax planning and structuring issues. The local Honduran practice group is also widely respected for its assistance with matters concerning free trade zone operations and customs issues, and also fields advisers with specific expertise in the energy and agribusiness sectors. The team advised Honduran renewables company, EnergĂ­a Cinco Estrellas, on obtaining a sales tax exemption for the local purchase of materials required for the construction of a renewable energy plant. It also regularly assists US-headquartered automotive-systems manufacturer Lear Corporation on its tax matters in Honduras, including tax compliance issues. Honduras-office managing partner Evangelina LardizĂĄbal is the name to note.

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