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EUROPLAZA, TORRE II, 5o. NIVEL, 5ª. AV. 5-55 ZONA 14, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
Tel:
Work +502 2380 2600
Web:
www.legalsa.com

Guatemala

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

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa’s ‘excellent’ corporate practice is comprised of a ‘very knowledgeable and experienced group of professionals with the necessary depth of team’. In addition to corporate law matters and transactions it also handles estate planning, government procurement, shareholder disputes, real estate and contractual matters, and advice to foreign investors regarding business ventures in Guatemala. One recent mandate involved assisting local digital and interactive advertising company Tedi Media regarding its merger with a former competitor. The team also advised Brazilian engineering company Intertechne with all aspects of the feasibility study for the construction of the 400MW, $800m Xalalá hydroelectric generation project. Other clients include Bell Helicopters, Repimex–Guatemar and new client Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC). Practice head David Font is highlighted for his ‘strength in dispute resolution and corporate matters’. Associate Johann Hartleben is also noted.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa continues to handle a high volume of disputes and in addition to corporate conflicts has seen an increased workload in white-collar crime and tax litigation, alongside advice on compliance and preventative measures. It is currently advising new client China Bird Centroamérica in a mediation regarding smartphone-related IP rights. Other cases include a shareholder dispute involving 320 different actions; administrative proceedings in the energy sector; representing the plaintiff in damage claims due to the termination of a credit line; and a legal battles in the drinks sector, among many others. Marisol Fión and Alejandro Penados, who was promoted to partner, are the key figures. Henry Comte has been less actively involved in the practice since serving as an alternate at the constitutional court and Harvey Pacay left the firm in August 2016. Clients include Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana and Scotia Leasing.

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

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa’s energy practice draws on the firm’s strengths in dispute resolution and its corporate and public procurement practices. The team is currently providing comprehensive legal advise to Impulso Inversionista de Guatemala regarding all the required authorizations, environmental licenses, regulatory registrations and operational permits for four separate hydroelectric generation projects. Other key work includes advising Grupo Repimex-Guatemar on the structuring and development of a dry bulk terminal (and associated 25-year usufruct agreement) for mineral supplies to Guatemala's largest electricity power generators. Practice head Ronny Aguilar joined the firm in 2016 and has 15 years’ experience advising regulators, operators, major consumers, distributors and transporters in the electricity sector. Clients include Administración del Mercado Mayorista (AMM), Multinergía Servicios Generales and the Asociación de Comercializadores de Energía Eléctrica (ASCEE).

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Comte & Font – Legalsa

Comte & Font – Legalsa provides an ‘excellent service’ including advice on comprehensive IP strategies, portfolio management, enforcement, transactional IP matters, and administrative and judicial, civil and criminal, IP litigation. Anti-piracy and copyright matters also constitute an important part of the practice, which acts for corporations but also high-profile individuals. The team has been busy assisting the estate of the painter and sculptor Efraín Recinos in efforts to recover a sculpture as part of Guatemalan cultural heritage and other actions in preservation of his work; represented new client China Bird Centroamérica in a mediation concerning smartphone-related IP rights; and advised Chiquita Brands in a trade mark matter concerning the coexistence of the Chiquita Brand and Productos Lácteos de Centro América’s “Chita” trade mark. Another new client is Colombina. The team is ‘highly qualified’, ‘committed’ and ‘unbeatable’: renowned practice head Karina Calderón has 20 years’ experience and ‘a deep understanding of IP law and trademark registration strategies’, while senior associate María Isabel Saravia is ‘also highly experienced’; both are ‘very agile in handling IP matters’. Newly promoted partner Alejandro Penados handles IP litigation.

Leading lawyers

Karina Calderón - Comte & Font – Legalsa

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Legal market overview

In the IP arena, a noteworthy development is the establishment of a new chamber of intellectual property CAMPI, which will focus on improving the rules on patenting and the protection of intellectual property in general; it is led by Karina Calderón from Comte & Font – Legalsa and includes other prominent IP lawyers in the country.

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