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DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10, CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITAS, TORRES II, NIVEL 7, 01010 GUATEMALA
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Work +502 2421 5700
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Fax +502 2421 5724
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www.carrillolaw.com

Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados’ team regularly advises international financial institutions on regulatory compliance matters in Guatemala, as well as on commercial lending, project finance, loan restructuring and financing in specialised areas such as aviation and agriculture. In addition, the team has handled a number of high-profile cases related to the recovery of assets for international banking and financial institutions; for example, practice head Rodrigo Callejas and senior associate Emanuel Callejas continue to advise PricewaterhouseCoopers, as custodian of Bancafe International Bank, on the recovery of $100m-worth of assets; the matter involved jurisdictions in Central America, the Caribbean, the US and Europe. Rodrigo Callejas is known for his expertise in banking regulation and fraud and asset recovery (particularly in cases of cross-border insolvency and financial fraud), while Rodolfo Alegría, who is the head of the corporate department, assists with advising on major banking transactions and the implementation of collateral structures with onshore and offshore assets. Senior associate Mélida Pineda is also noted.

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Rodrigo Callejas - Carrillo & Asociados

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

Carrillo & Asociados

Advising local and multinational clients, the team at Carrillo & Asociados handles M&A transactions in the retail, agroindustry, telecoms and banking sectors, among others, as well as assisting with matters such as due diligence, incorporations, restructuring, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements. In a recent highlight, the team acted as local counsel to I Squared Capital on the Guatemalan aspects of its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s electricity generation assets in Latin America, including conducting due diligence, risk assessments and an analysis of the necessary regulatory approvals. It is also providing corporate and regulatory advice to a client in the media sector on its operations in Guatemala. The team is led by Rodolfo Alegría, who is experienced at advising on complex M&A matters, particularly in the energy and oil industries. Senior associate Mélida Pineda is also noted; she regularly assists with the drafting of share purchase and shareholders’ agreements and asset acquisitions.

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Rodolfo Alegría - Carrillo & Asociados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados is regarded as a local powerhouse in dispute resolution, with a practice spanning civil, constitutional, commercial and criminal matters. The team is currently representing a public sector client in constitutional and administrative actions regarding the denial of its state licence; founding partner Alfonso Carrillo has also been leading a series of pro bono cases defending the rule of law in Guatemala. The team, led by Luis Mazariegos, has also been active in the transport sector, representing a client in cross-border litigation over damages derived from a transportation contract. The civil litigation practice includes finance-sector creditor rights enforcement through loan collection proceedings and the team is providing ongoing advice to PricewaterhouseCoopers, as custodian of Bancafe International Bank, on the recovery of its $21m loan portfolio. Founding partner Francisco Chávez also remains a key figure.

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

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados’s strength lies in energy-related dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration. It has recently been involved in three arbitrations (under ICC rules) related to conflicts in the energy sector, ranging from the default of an EPC agreement to a dispute regarding the payment of Guatemalan energy market transmission charges under a power purchase agreement. The firm also assisted reinsurers with the analysis of major insurance claims related to the energy sector and – in a transactional highlight – recently advised I Square Capital on its acquisition of Duke Energy electricity generation assets in Guatemala and other countries in Latin America. Together with the constitutional litigation team, the practice assisted a client challenge an agreement between Guatemala and a foreign government for a drilling moratorium in border areas. The team also has in the past advised on the acquisition of land for energy projects and on compliance with regulatory requirements related to communities based in project sites. Rodolfo Alegría is recognised as ‘very experienced in this field’; he also has project finance expertise.

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Rodolfo Alegría - Carrillo & Asociados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados’ focus lies on IP prosecution, mainly the registration of trade marks but also trade mark infringement, opposition and cancellation proceedings. The firm also has a substantial patent practice and additionally covers utility models and industrial designs as well as occasionally handles anti-counterfeiting matters. With a client roster drawn from a wide range of industries – including the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, clothing, food-and-beverage and communication services sectors – the team advises on the management, maintenance and protection of patents, trade marks and gives general IP advice to prominent companies, such as Novartis, Abercrombie & Fitch, Wal-Mart de México and AT&T Services. It also recently acted for Distribuidora Marte in connection with the illegal and unauthorized distribution of Johnnie Walker products in Guatemala. Analucía Carrillo heads the practice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados handles a wide array of tax matters, from planning and tax structuring, to the prevention and settlement of tax disputes and the analysis of tax strategies for foreign companies with operations in Guatemala. The team has expertise in import and export tax matters for multinational companies, gives regulatory tax advice, and also has a substantial private client tax and estate planning practice. With a strong dispute resolution capability, the practice also defends tax claims and handles criminal tax cases in close collaboration with its criminal litigation department. Rodolfo Alegría is the key contact and Lourdes Villanueva, who was promoted to senior associate in February 2017, is also well regarded. Recent clients include companies in the coffee, franchise, real estate and software sectors, among others.

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