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Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

15 CALLE, 1-04 ZONA 10, 3RD FLOOR, OFFICE 301, GUATEMALA CITY, CA 01010, GUATEMALA
Tel:
Work +502 222 368 68
Fax:
Fax +502 236 625 40
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Web:
www.mayora-mayora.com

Guatemala

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Lex Mundi’s Guatemalan member firm, Mayora & Mayora, S.C. counts some of the biggest names in the financial sector among its clients, including Banco Industrial, Citibank, Banco Azteca and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Recent highlights for the team include organising stock option plans for employees of multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and consulting, technology and outsourcing company Capgemini, and assisting Energuate, one of the largest energy distributors in Guatemala, with multiple bids to purchase energy, including issuing $330m-worth of bonds through an offshore trust. The team is jointly led by Claudia Pereira, who specialises in loan agreements, secured transactions and project financing, and Sandra Castillo, who is known for her expertise in security trusts and local securities for foreign loans. With support from senior associate Maria Fernanda Pellecer, Pereira also advised Sucden Americas on the grant of multiple promissory notes worth $15m to an alcohol plant in Guatemala. Founding partner Eduardo A Mayora, who continues to act as legal counsel to the Guatemala Stock Exchange, and Rafael Briz, who specialises in energy-related matters, are also key figures.

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Claudia Pereira - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Eduardo A Mayora - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. advises on complex domestic and international corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as business entity formation and day-to-day operations. The Guatemalan stock exchange, Bolsa de Valores Nacional de Guatemala, is a key client; founding partner Eduardo A Mayora continues to assist it with corporate and securities matters. The team also provides ongoing advice to such clients as GBM (an IBM Alliance company), Productos Roche, construction company Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) and call centre 24/7 Guatemala on corporate governance, shareholder meetings, powers of attorney and contracts, among other matters. The practice is led jointly by Claudia Pereira, who acted as counsel to Unión Fenosa in the privatisation process of Guatemalan energy distribution companies DEOCSA and DEORSA, and Sandra Castillo.

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Claudia Pereira - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Eduardo A Mayora - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. specialises in representing corporate clients in commercial disputes, administrative actions – where disputes in the energy sector are a particular focus – employment cases and tax litigation. The firm’s arbitration practice is also growing; it is involved in an ongoing arbitration case between two major distribution companies. The team is led by Paola Galich, who was formerly in-house counsel for the Coca-Cola Company; senior partner Rafael Briz is also a key figure in the practice. Highlights included assisting an energy company with collecting accrued debts of $1m from municipalities in Guatemala for the provision of electricity services; representing two major Guatemalan companies in a criminal complaint against two of their former executives; and acting for a telecoms company in litigation relating to a breach of contract obligations. Senior associates Luis Fernando Juárez, José Ramos and Byron Deulofeu focus on labour and energy, consumer and IP matters, respectively.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.’s ‘excellent’ energy practice provides a ‘personalised service that is prompt and efficient’; the team combines ‘good response times’ with an ‘excellent knowledge of the electricity industry’ and handles a wide variety of energy-related matters and associated administrative regulatory issues. Expertise ranges from energy purchasing and the development of energy plants infrastructure, to bidding processes, energy regulation, and contentious administrative actions and litigation, as well as transactional advice and project finance for energy companies. The practice is particularly known for advising Guatemala’s largest electricity distribution company, IC Power subsidiary ENERGUATE, which it recently represented in multiple energy purchase bids, as well as in arbitration concerning a lost investment in infrastructure for energy transportation and distribution in the 1970s. Other work includes assisting Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) and Grupo Cobra with the construction of two hydroelectric generation plants; the practice also counts Grupo Ortiz and Grupo Gran Solar among its clients. The ‘competent’ team has ‘precise knowledge in a diversity of legal matters’ concerning the energy industry: recommended by clients and peers alike, key contact Rafael Briz is regarded as ‘very professional, capable and fully dedicated to reaching the set objectives with clear strategies and quality advice’; and senior associate Rafael Pinto has particular experience in renewable energy and oil and gas. The firm is the Guatemalan member of the global Lex Mundi network.

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Rafael Briz - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Regarded as ‘first choice’ by many and demonstrating ‘a high level of specialism in IP matters’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C.has delivered good work for years and across generations, during which time they have created a culture of good practices in order to provide a good service’. Characterised by ‘managerial finesse and relevant advice’, the practice group’s ‘serious and professional service’ includes trade marks, patents and copyright, as well as data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and international trade-related IP matters. Recent matters include developing a privacy and data protection policy for Amcham Guatemala and advising arms importer El Bisonte on the authorisation of the use of its image for the purpose of promoting the trade mark. Another client is Diageo, which the team is assisting in opposition proceedings brought by Cervecería Centro Americana regarding the registration of a well-known trade mark originating from France; the case is being decided in the Supreme Court. Noted for its ‘rapid response times’, the team has an ‘open attitude towards resolving clients’ problems while maintaining competitive prices’; it is co-led by managing partner Eduardo A Mayora (who is noted for his ‘professional astuteness’ and ‘great enthusiasm’), and Santiago Mayora. Hugo Rivas leads the patent department and Andrés Wyld is also ‘highly recommended’ for his ‘vast experience and knowledge and proactive seeking of solutions’.

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Labour
Labour - ranked: tier 2

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Valued for its good response times, advice and knowledge’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C.delivers trusted advice’ with ‘great expertise in labour law’. Its ‘excellent’ practice covers a broad spectrum of advice ranging from labour regulations, occupational safety, employment contracts and internal policies, to employee terminations and union matters, and also handles temporary and permanent residence and work permits. The team regularly advises Payless Shoe Source on labour matters, including its representation in labour disputes, the review of regulations with internal policies and the termination of employees; and for IBM Alliance company, GBM, it handles various day-to-day labour matters and labour disputes. In other work it drafted an internal labour policy for Banco Compartamos. Rafael Briz heads the practice; and ‘client-oriented, punctual and knowledgeable’ senior associate Suzel Obiols is ‘fully dedicated to reaching the objectives with clear strategies and quality advice’. The firm’s client roster also includes Monsanto, MERCK and Productos Roche.

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Suzel Obiols - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Comprised of some of ‘the best professionals in Guatemala’s legal sector’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C. provides a ‘high level of service’ and is ‘diligent in tax matters’ that range from import and export taxation, corporate taxation and foreign tax planning to tax regulation, administrative tax actions and tax litigation. The team also regularly provides opinions on the Guatemalan tax code and has seen the growing of its transfer pricing-related practice. Recent matters have seen it advise on tax considerations within the context of restructurings and assist with tax strategies related to bond issues, among many other highlights. Senior partner Eduardo Mayora heads the practice; junior partner and ‘go-to professionalJuan Carlos Casellas is a ‘very capable lawyer who provides immediate answers’ and leads the tax litigation department; and senior associate Juan Carlos Foncea has a focus on customs tax matters and international trade. The firm is part of the private law firm network LATAXNET and the global network WTS. Its labour client-base consists largely of companies involved in foreign investment and cross-border transactions, including Compania Autoservicios, Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala (Telgua), Ingenio Palo Gordo, Avianca, Cementos Progreso, Energuate and GBM.

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Eduardo A Mayora - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

Juan Carlos Casellas - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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