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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.

Top-notch’ firm, Mayora & Mayora, S.C., has longstanding experience advising on a wide range of banking and finance matters from syndicated loans and project finance to secured transactions and structured finance, both at a local and international level. Its client portfolio includes Banco Agromercantil, Banco Compartamos, Banco Azteca, Citibank and the IFC. In two cross-border matters with the US, the firm handled the receipt of a $100m loan for working capital on behalf of Banco Industrial, and structured the granting by Sucden America of multiple promissory notes (with a total value of $60m) to various sugar mills in Guatemala. The team also regularly advises on the borrowers’ side regarding financing transactions with local and international banks and has longstanding experience in assisting local clients with the issuance of bonds in the international markets. Amongst the practice’s ‘outstanding lawyers’ the widely recognised Claudia Pereira has expertise in loan agreements, secured transactions and project financing; and Sandra Castillo in structured securities issues, including advising on security trusts and local securities for foreign loans. Senior partner Eduardo A Mayora continues to advise the Guatemalan stock exchange. After opening an office in Honduras in April 2016, the firm also recently expanded into El Salvador with the integration of Telles & Asociados, a boutique firm with particular expertise in banking and finance.

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

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

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Excellent firmMayora & Mayora, S.C. delivers ‘very good work in the corporate arena’ both on M&A transactions and day-to-day corporate matters, predominantly for international clients with business in Guatemala, such as Santander Sugar, Isagen, Marriot International and the IFC. With its full service offering, the team, led by co-heads Claudia Pereira and Sandra Castillo, can also draw on the firm’s tax, administrative and regulatory practices, among others. Recent matters include advising Grupo AP de Ramirez on the merger of two steel companies; and Productos Roche and Coguma are among clients who receive ongoing corporate advice from the firm. Senior partner and ‘fine lawyerEduardo A Mayora also assists the national securities exchange Bolsa de Valores Nacional de Guatemala with corporate and securities matters on an ongoing basis. Other current work includes advice on a vehicle financing joint venture, corporate restructurings, telecoms contracts and aircraft acquisition.

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Lex Mundi member-firm Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is known primarily for its transactional expertise, but also regularly represents clients in disputes. Besides a broad practice covering civil and commercial, banking, labour, administrative, constitutional and criminal litigation, the firm also handles local and international arbitration, particularly in the commercial and energy sectors; Rafael Briz has arbitration and energy expertise. Ongoing work includes a white-collar crime case surrounding a multimillion-dollar fraud, civil suits -including the recovery of damages- in the electricity sector, and telecoms-related administrative actions. While the ‘very responsibleNorka Aragón is currently on temporary leave, Paola Galich returned to the firm in February 2017 after four years as legal counsel at Coca-Cola and takes over as practice head; she has expertise in commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation as well as arbitration. A diverse client portfolio includes Cobra Infraestructuras Hidraulicas and Telgua.

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

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

With a standing frequently considered ‘above other law firms in Guatemala’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C.’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘very involved in the renewable energy business’ and provides ‘good services overall’. Under the leadership of the ‘very responsibleRafael Briz (a ‘strong partner who has a lot of experience dealing with Guatemalan law’), the team advises on energy generation projects and energy transportation and distribution matters, often combining industry expertise with strength in banking and finance. Acting for energy companies and distributors alike, its client portfolio includes Grupo Gran Solar, Energuate’s energy distributor Deocsa-Deorsa, ISAGEN and IC Power. The team is currently handling all legal aspects of the construction of two hydroelectric generation plants for Grupo Cobra and Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) respectively. Clients are ‘satisfied on a personal and professional level’ and deem the firm’s service ‘better, because the partners are involved and the firm puts in all needed resources’.

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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.

Involved in the sector for more than half a century, the IP practice at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is one of the oldest in the country. Branded Mayora IP, it advises on trademarks, patents, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting and privacy, and data protection rights for clients such as Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Nike, Beiersdorf, Honda, Lenovo and Amazon. It also regularly works with well-known foreign law firms including Noerr, Morrison & Foerster LLP and Cavelier Abogados. In a recent highlight, the team handled the filing of the first PCT patent application (in 44 jurisdictions) by a local entrepreneur regarding an invention in the document validation industry. The team was also appointed by DLA Piper in a matter surrounding cross-border personal data transfers, metadata and privacy issues. The department endured the departure of longstanding practice head, senior associate Vanessa Castro to IP LAW GT at the beginning of 2017, but in April, hired Andrés Wyld as a partner; he arrives after a decade as in-house counsel specialising in IP and international franchises at a Central American multinational.

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Labour
Labour - ranked: tier 3

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.’s ‘very good’ labour practice has a ‘multidisciplinary approach and wide experience with international clients’. Advice ranges from employment contracts, working regulations and collective agreements, to the defence of clients in labour proceedings. The firm also has expertise in migration, including visa and work permit issues. The team’s recent caseload included drafting an internal labour policy for Banco Compartamos, the preparation and filing of multiple temporary residency applications and work permits for Spanish-national executives working on a project in Guatemala for longstanding client OHL, and regular ongoing advise to Payless Shoe Source on labour disputes, the review of labour regulations and the termination of employees. Other standing clients for day-to-day labour matters include IBM Alliance-company GBM, Pasmo Guatemala and Grupo Monsan. Clients are ‘very satisfied’ with the ‘excellent’ work of practice head Rafael Briz. Support comes from the highly knowledgeable senior associate Suzel Obiols.

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Suzel Obiols - Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Comparable to the best firms in New York or Europe’, Mayora & Mayora, S.C.’s ‘very capable team’ is ‘creative’, ‘always available’, ‘disciplined and very thorough’. It gives a broad range of tax advice, including on transfer pricing and tax litigation, which constitute particular areas of growth. The practice also handles tax assessments, planning and structuring, and representation in both administrative and judicial tax proceedings. Clients note the team’s ‘dedication and commitment in giving advice’ and highlight Eduardo A Mayora who, with his with his ‘wide legal knowledge’, delivers ‘very good results’. He co-leads the ‘excellent’ practice with Juan Carlos Casellas, who is also noted for his ‘broad tax expertise’. The firm is the local member of the regional tax network LATAXNET. Clients include Ingenio Palo Gordo, Avianca, Banco Industrial, Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala and Compañía de Autoservicios Cofal, among others.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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