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

Mario Archila

Tel:
Work +502 2382 7700
Email:
Arias

Work Department

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property and Health Approval
  • Real Estate

Position

Partner.
Head of the Dispute Resolution department in Guatemala.

Career

Mario Archila has been a partner at Arias since August 2014, and has practiced law for 27 years. His practice is devoted to dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration. He is recognized for his mediation and negotiation skills. He is also an expert and has vast experience on intellectual property, health approval and real estate.

Mario was treasurer of the Bar Association of Guatemala (1996-1999). He was also a substitute magistrate of the Court of Appeals (1999-2004) and a member of the academic council of the Faculty of Law and Justice at Universidad San Pablo de Guatemala, and was appointed as arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Lausanne, Switzerland (2009).

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Member

  • Guatemalan Bar Association
  • Guatemalan Institute of Notarial Law
  • International Bar Association

Education

  • Lawyer and Notary. 
  • Master's degree in Commercial and Economic Law from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. 
  • Postgraduate degree in Civil Appeals from Universidad San Pablo in Guatemala. 
  • Diploma in Fiscal and Tax Aspects from the Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala. 
  • Diploma on Legal Aspects of International Legal Acts from INCAE Business School Nicaragua.


Guatemala

Dispute resolution

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Mario René Archila - Arias

Within: Dispute resolution

Arias’ dispute resolution clients include multinational companies, government entities and financial institutions, and it regularly advises on disputes in the real estate, telecoms and IP sectors, among others. The practice group, led by Mario René Archila and senior associate Luis Fernando Zelada, also houses a growing domestic and international arbitration practice, and since Aurélie Huet joined the firm as special counsel in April 2017, has also begun to focus on compliance, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption cases. Recent highlights include advising IT company KIO Networks on the recovery of telecoms equipment worth $2m from Construcción y Telecomunicaciones; and the recovery of loan portfolios valued at $60,000 and $900,000, respectively, from Mudanzas Express and B&R Ingeniería de Sistemas. The team is also representing technology distribution company Exprescom Guatemala in complex tax litigation.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Noted for its ‘prompt responses and very good quality of work’, and considered by some as ‘better than other firms in Guatemala and other Central American countries’, Arias provides IP advice that stretches across the pharmaceuticals, automotive, cosmetics, media, consumer products and manufacturing sectors, and which includes the registration of trade marks, geographical indications, patents and domain names, copyright protection, IP due diligence and IP litigation. The practice group recently successfully defended Burberry in opposition proceedings against a third-party that was trying to register a trade mark that included Burberry’s famous check design; as well as representing Sanofi-Aventis in opposition proceedings against a third-party trying to register a trade mark named "Alegria" which reproduced the client’s trade mark Allegra. The team also assesses marketing campaigns for Visa Guatemala, including the review of consumer protection and unfair competition matters, and acts in criminal IP matters – such as advising Crocs on several counterfeiting cases. An ‘excellent lawyer with a passion for IP’, senior associate and practice head Ivón Hernández is considered ‘very capable’ and ‘very active, talented and academic’. Mario René Archila assists with IP litigation. A new client is motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki.

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