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Arias

EDIFICIO PARK PLAZA LOCAL 19, BARRIO GUAMILITO, 5A Y 6A CALLE, 11 AV NO, SAN PEDRO SULA, CORTEZ, HONDURAS
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Honduras

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias' 'excellent, capable and reliable team'¬†is widely respected¬†for corporate law advice that is frequently cross-border, including M&A, and the practice's corporate services are complemented by tax, labour, antitrust and administrative law expertise. Notable clients include¬†Essilor Optica International Holding (EOIH),¬†EZCorp,¬†AS Solution North America,¬†Avent Holding and¬†Global Partnerships Social Investment Fund. The team acted for¬†EOIH in the acquisition of a majority stake in Optica Popular, which owns a¬† prescription lens laboratory and optical lens retail spots; it also advised¬†Ca√Īa de Az√ļcar Holding on¬†the acquisition of a sugar business in Honduras, which included sugar cane fields and a sugar mill operation.¬†In other matters, the team acted for AS Solution North America in the acquisition of shares in a security service provider.¬†Managing partner Evangelina Lardizabal's¬†key client list includes both local and international companies as well as banks and insurance companies, and Mario Ag√ľero¬†is highly rated for¬†structuring local business operations for international companies. In recent years,¬†Ag√ľero¬†has been¬†active in regulated sectors such as telecoms, oil, energy, mining and finance. Claudia Midence¬†and Antonio Montes¬†are notable associates.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners
Rising stars

Antonio Montes - Arias

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arias

Arias' Honduran dispute resolution practice is widely respected for both court and arbitral hearings, labour, civil and commercial law matters, and administrative law proceedings. Active key clients are Lear Automotive, Chevron Caribbean, Walmart and Decameron. The team acted for Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, which operates Puerto Cortes (an important seaport), in a claim against Chiquita Honduras Company that demanded compensatory damages and related rates charged to port users. In other matters, the practice defended Spain's clothing design and manufacturing company Punto Fa (trading as Mango) against a case by a former franchisee in Honduras, Eurocomer, which claimed contract termination damages. Another highlight was assisting Pan-American Life Insurance Group with five civil lawsuits that were filed by collective insurance beneficiaries to seek damages and judicial costs. Fanny Rodríguez heads the dispute resolution department which includes notable associate Erick Lezama.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Arias advises on both non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark, patent and sanitary registrations, as well as the enforceability of IP rights, including copyright infringement. The firm fields specialists in the food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, automotive, fashion and retail sectors. The team advises The Procter & Gamble on an ongoing basis on new applications, renewals, maintenance of IP rights, and actions against third parties. Other significant clients include Sanofi and Bayer. Associates Sonia Urbina and Gissel Zalavarria are team head and health registration group leader, respectively.

Rising stars

Gissel Zalavarría - Arias

Sonia Urbina - Arias

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Arias regularly provides tax law advice to clients based in Honduras' free trade zones as well as beneficiaries of other special tax regimes, including the manufacturers of export goods. The team also fields experts in the tax aspects of renewable energy deals. Operadora Portuaria Centroamérica, an International Container Terminal Services subsidiary, and Hanesbrands are active clients. The team assists American Pacific, a subsidiary of Ascendant Resources, with ongoing tax law advice in relation to its mining activities, including contentious issues; and advises medical technology company Halyard Health's local Honduran subsidiary, AVENT, on tax matters, including fiscal benefits and filings before the administrative tax authority. Honduras office managing partner Evangelina Lardizábal heads the department which includes notable associate Claudia Midence.

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