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Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 3

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa advises clients on direct foreign investment, government procurement, shareholder disputes, structuring issues and general day-to-day operations, including anti-corruption procedures. Key clients include fruit-and-vegetable export company Unispice, commercial park Grupo Majadas, Fridays Guatemala (which the team advises on its operations in the country), and Bell Helicopters Guatemala (which the team advises on financial issues). The firm also acts for clients in the technology and fintech sectors; Glovo App, an on-demand food delivery service based in Spain, is a new client. Partner David Font leads the team, while associate Johann Hartleben is noted for his work on international transactions and the corporate and tax structuring of large real estate projects.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa is best known for its expertise in complex, ‘bet-the-company’ litigation; shareholder disputes; disputes involving government procurement, concessions and public tenders; and white-collar and business crime. The team is led by founding partner Henry Comte, who was appointed to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala as an alternative magistrate in 2016; Marisol Fión, who is an expert in shareholder disputes and arbitration; and Alejandro Penados, who focuses on complex dispute resolution, IP enforcement and unfair competition cases. The white-collar criminal defence team was strengthened by the arrival of associate Julia González, who was previously head of the criminal law practice at Aguilar & Aguilar, in 2017. Recent highlights include advising a multinational consumer products company on a dispute with a foreign bank relating to a debt/equity swap agreement. Longstanding clients include Industrias Licoreras Guatemaltecas, Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana, Vivibanco and Procesadora de Tarjetas de Crédito.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Besides handling IP prosecution, Comte & Font – Legalsa also assists technology companies, especially in the financial area, with the implementation of IP strategies and is active providing advice – particularly to start-ups – regarding the protection of their technology and on its exportation to other markets. Working in conjunction with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala the team also advises local inventors on international patents for inventions resulting from research-and-development activities. Another aspect of the practice is copyright, particularly in relation to works of art, a sub-sector where the team works with the estate of Efraín Recinos, as well as with Guatemalan museums and the Ministry of Culture & Sports. With over two decades’ experience Karina Calderón has ‘an amazing way of working’; peers ‘want to follow her example’. Associate María Isabel Saravia has more than 12 years’ experience and focuses on IP trade mark and patent portfolio management. Other prominent clients include Avianca, Colombina, Chiquita, Sears and Diageo.

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Karina Calderón - Comte & Font – Legalsa

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