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Lexincorp

9 AVENIDA 14-78 ZONA 10, GUATEMALA CITY, 01010, GUATEMALA
Tel:
Work +502 2246 3000
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Web:
www.lexincorp.com

Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Lexincorp

The team at Lexincorp is led by Julio Aparicio, Edvin Montoya and Luis Pedro Fuxet, who is particularly known for acting as senior counsel to the board of Banco Industrial subsidiary Westrust Bank. In recent highlights, Aparicio led advice to brewer Grupo Modelo on a $7m loan restructuring; and Montoya advised Ingenio la Unión on an agreement with Citibank and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association regarding the trading of financial derivatives and commodities. In addition, Montoya is assisting Repimex with an ongoing matter relating to a syndicated credit agreement granted by BAM, Mercom Bank and Banco Reformador for the expansion of a port terminal in Puerto Quetzal. The team also acts for a number of clients in the energy and agricultural sectors; a team led by associate Leslie Henry advised Tuncaj, a special-purpose vehicle created to develop five solar farms in Guatemala, on a syndicated loan to assist with the operation of the energy parks. Another ongoing matter involves structuring loans and a warranties scheme relating to the Xolhuitz and Ixtal hydropower plants.

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Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 3

Lexincorp

Lexincorp’s corporate practice is led by Julio Aparicio, who handles clients including the Hard Rock Café and IHOP franchises and longstanding client Sony Interamerican, and also includes acquisitions expert Edvin Montoya and José Andrés Fuxet, who specialises in real estate-related matters. Many of the practice’s key clients are family-owned corporations, including companies from the sugar, palm oil and energy industries. In a recent highlight, the team advised Agricola El Caspirol (another long-term client) on its proposed acquisition of a $30m interest in Fersa, an energy distribution company which won the concession to build energy transmission lines in Guatemala. In conjunction with the firm’s Costa Rican office, the team also assisted Pro Intel Seguros with the drafting and signing of shareholders’ agreements for its corporations in Guatemala and Costa Rica.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Lexincorp

With a focus on the renewable energy industry, Lexincorp is considered ‘extremely knowledgeable in the sector’, and ‘efficient and supportive’. The firm advises on energy regulations and energy projects, including advice on project finance, other financing structures and the creation of trusts, as well as clients’ participation in tenders for PPAs and transmission rights. The team continues to advise subsidiaries of Mexico’s Grupo KIN: assisting Tuncaj with various matters, including disputes, related to the construction and operation of five small solar farms in Guatemala with a total output of around 6MW and which began operations in March 2017; and Xolhuitz in relation to the development of a hydroelectric plant – including structuring the loans and warranties scheme for the project. With ten years’ experience, the ‘very supportive’ Leslie Henry is considered the ‘foremost expert on microgrid law in Central America’; she has particular expertise in energy operations in El Salvador. The practice group’s client portfolio also includes Energia Mesoamericana Sustentable, Development Ventures, and the hydropower plant Ixtal.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Lexincorp

With a long track record in IP matters, Lexincorp continues to handle a considerable number of trade mark applications and also handles patent matters and industrial designs. Among other work, the team manages the IP portfolio of Laprin (one of the biggest laboratories in the region); oversees Turner Broadcasting System’s entire regional brand portfolio; and recently requested the cancellation of the trade mark Electrolit (due to lack of usage), on behalf of Laboratorios Pisa. The team is also advising new client and family company Dawn Foods in opposition proceedings against the registration of the brand "Rich Crème" by Mexican company Harinera La Espiga; and Lee Jeong Gab Auction System and Method regarding the registration of a patent (the company is currently in litigation concerning the patentability of the technology and processes). Head of IP litigation, Ovidio Parra, is also litigating to overturn the rejection of a patent filing by Les Laboratoires Servier regarding an Agomelatine anxiety medication. The practice is led by the well regarded Gonzalo Menendez Gonzalez; and Gonzalo Menendez Park, who has particular expertise advising regional companies – particularly those in the pharmaceutical and financial fields, is also highlighted. Other clients include Televisa and Thomson Reuters; due to strong ties with Asian firms, the practice also receives referrals from firm such as Chinese IP boutique CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office.

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Guatemala

Offices in Guatemala

Honduras

Offices in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa

Costa Rica

Offices in San Jose

Nicaragua

Offices in Managua

El Salvador

Offices in San Salvador

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