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Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados advises on commercial lending, foreign loans, project finance and loan restructuring; the team has particular expertise in financial transactions in the aviation sector, counting Cessna Finance Corporation among its clients. The firm is also noted for its advice on regulatory compliance and its extensive insolvency practice; recent highlights include Rodrigo Callejas and senior associate Emanuel Callejas advising PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a custodian of Bancafe International Bank, on the recovery of $100m-worth of assets. Rodolfo Alegría, who jointly heads the team with Rodrigo Callejas, has experience of commercial lending and project finance, and senior associate Mélida Pineda advises on secured transactions.

Leading individuals

Rodrigo Callejas - Carrillo & Asociados

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

Carrillo & Asociados

Rodolfo Alegría leads the practice at Carrillo & Asociados, which advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, and the incorporation, amendment and reorganisation of entitites. The team is particularly active in the energy, retail, agro-industrial, telecoms and banking sectors. Highlights included advising a company on the downsizing of its corporate structure and assisting another client with the dismantling of its holding company, the sale of its interest in local subsidiaries to local partners, and the creation of a franchising structure. Rodrigo Callejas, who focuses on handling international M&A transactions, and senior associate Mélida Pineda, who has experience in corporate governance matters, are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Rodolfo Alegría - Carrillo & Asociados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados has a strong reputation for constitutional and public sector litigation; in a recent highlight, Luis Mazariegos and founding partner Alfonso Carrillo successfully defended Fundación de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala against a constitutional action brought by the Indigenous Municipality of Sololá relating to the ownership of land. The firm is also noted for its white-collar criminal defence practice, with a particular focus on recovering assets locally and abroad. Rodrigo Callejas and senior associate Emanuel Callejas represented the directors of Italia Motors in a criminal complaint against the former general manager relating to alleged theft, fraud and forgery. Other clients include Maersk, Aldo Group and Hidroeléctrica Santa Rita.

Leading individuals

Luis Mazariegos - Carrillo & Asociados

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados is particularly active in energy sector litigation and arbitration; past highlights included challenging an agreement between Guatemala and a foreign government over a drilling moratorium in border areas. The team also advises on project financing and regulatory compliance, and has assisted energy companies with corporate matters. Major clients include I Squared Capital, which the firm advised on the $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy's electricity generation assets in Latin America. Practice head Rodolfo Alegría specialises in energy-related arbitration and project finance.

Leading individuals

Rodolfo Alegría - Carrillo & Asociados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados specialises in trade mark and patent prosecutions and smuggling and anti-counterfeiting cases, but also advises on the registration of trade marks and patents and the management and protection of IP portfolios, particularly in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, clothing, food and beverages, and communications sectors. Following the departure of former practice head Analucía Carrillo in December 2018, the team is led by Luis Mazariegos and Rodrigo Callejas, who specialise in IP litigation, as well as experienced associates Alfaro López and Carlos Meza. Key clients include Novartis, Industria de Alimentos Dos en Uno and Walmart de México y Centroamérica.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados is known for its strength in advising multinational companies on tax matters, including tax planning for their Guatemalan operations, import and export tax issues, and litigation proceedings against the tax authority. The firm is also active assisting high-net-worth individuals with international tax and estate planning. The practice is led by founding partner Alfonso Carrillo, who has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, and Rodolfo Alegría, who is noted for his advice on tax issues relating to restructurings and M&A transactions. Senior associate María de Lourdes Villanueva specialises in tax and customs matters.

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