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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Héctor Torres, Luis Domínguez and associate Rubén Rivas, who has extensive litigation and arbitration expertise, lead the dispute resolution practice at domestic firm Torres Legal.

Dispute resolution in El Salvador

Arias

With ‘extensive experience‘ in litigation and arbitration, the team at Arias remains a leader in the field, using advanced tech to implement real-time viewing of litigation procedures, in order to provide personalised solutions to national and multinational clients on a diverse spectrum of litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters. These include antitrust, tax, real estate, IP, labour, criminal, and commercial and corporate disputes. The team is headed by senior partner Eduardo Ángel, who is highlighted for his ‘deep knowledge‘, and backed by Jaime Rodríguez, a particular expert in civil litigation relating to damages and commercial disputes, and Fernando Montano, who was promoted to partner in January 2021. The group’s client roster features household names such as Citibank, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson and Philip Morris, across sectors ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and tobacco, to retail, energy, financial services and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Ángel

Testimonials

‘The team is highly qualified, with a lot of knowledge in legal matters and excellent experience.’

‘Eduardo Angel, in addition to being a lawyer with a deep knowledge of legal issues, has a personality that makes it easy to address problems with a cool head and thus make the right decisions. He has a mastery of public speaking that is necessary for trials.’

‘The team at Arias has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution, as well as an excellent understanding of procedure, jurisprudence and the application of the law as it relates to our company. Likewise, they have an excellent and respectful attitude to all the parties involved in conflicts that help to resolve them promptly and satisfactorily.’

‘They work in a very well-coordinated way and are always available to assist with any issue.’

Key clients

Operadora del Sur (a local subsidiary of Walmart)

Banco Davivienda

Citibank

Hanes Brands

AB InBev

Chevron

Novartis Pharma

Banco Cuscatlán

Johnson & Johnson

Grupo Motta

KPMG

YKK El Salvador

International Stores Corporation and iShop El Salvador (companies of Grupo Motta)

Distribuidora de Azúcar y Derivados (Dizucar)

Philip Morris

Fruit of the Loom

Work highlights

  • Represented Operadora del Sur (a subsidiary of Walmart) in a case involving a claim for damages by OD El Salvador (Office Depot).

Sáenz & Asociados

The group at Sáenz & Asociados remains a market leader in representing local and international clients in arbitration and litigation. The firm’s client roster spans such sectors as energy, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, tech and tourism. Mario Enrique Sáenz, a former deputy magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, and Ana Guadalupe Sáenz Padilla are the key contacts.

BLP

The team at BLP acts for local and international companies in a broad range of dispute resolution matters. These include corporate and commercial litigation, disputes relating to consumer protection, international distribution agreements, product liability and shareholder conflicts, and mediation and arbitration proceedings. The experienced group also handles antitrust, customs, tax, labour, environment, intellectual property and real estate disputes. Its portfolio spans such industries as fitness, energy, and tech. With the departure of former team head Harold Lantan, who now has his own practice, director Luis Vega is the key contact.

Romero Pineda

The litigation division at Romero Pineda acts for global and regional clients involved in high-value disputes in a wide range of fields, including administration litigation, labour disputes and debt collection actions. In addition, the team assists with alternative dispute resolution. The team is led by founding partner and firm chairman Roberto Romero, litigation practice director and intellectual property authority Carlos Castillo, and associates Feridee Alabi, who has particular expertise in administrative law, and IP coordinator Nadya León. The group’s client roster covers such industries as aviation, real estate, food, entertainment, construction and tech.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Romero; Carlos Castillo; Feridee Alabi; Nadya Leon

Key clients

Copa Airlines

Condominio Portofino

Bimbo El Salvador

ISP El Salvador

Nipro El Salvador

Gaspro El Salvador

Refractarios Nacionales

Dada & Dada Compañía

Belcorp El Salvador

Tecnocreto

ABC Aerolíneas

Work highlights

  • Advised Copa Airlines on a collective complaint filed with the Salvadoran consumer protection agency for breach of contract.
  • Advised ABC Aerolineas on a collective complaint filed with the Salvadoran consumer protection agency for breach of contract.
  • Advised Dada & Dada Compañía on the follow-up of a lawsuit for breach of contract relating to the distribution of products from Dragerwerk.

CENTRAL LAW El Salvador

The dispute resolution team at Central Law El Salvador provides support to national and multinational clients involved in high-value, cross-border disputes. The group’s expertise extends to debt collection actions, administrative and civil litigation, and white-collar crime cases. Spearheaded by founding partner Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez and supported by associate Marcelo Ortiz, the group acts for clients in the banking, hospitality and tech sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez

Key clients

Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Nexsys de Centroamerica

Congregación De las Hermanitas de Los Ancianos Desamparados

Ecaplicaciones

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco Internacional de Costa Rica (BICSA) in the collection of more than $2m plus interest of the commercial debt of four local companies.
  • Representing Nexsys de Centroamerica in the process of collecting a commercial debt of more than $100,000 plus interest from a regional company.
  • Acted for Congregación De Las Hermanitas De Los Ancianos Desamparados in seeking compensation for material damages caused by real estate construction on property adjacent to the client’s facilities.

Consortium Legal

The litigation and arbitration team at Consortium Legal represents local and international companies involved in complex, high-value disputes. The group expertise covers tax, constitutional and intellectual property disputes, commercial and investment arbitration, and civil, commercial, administrative and labour litigation. The experienced team is headed by arbitration expert César Ramos and associates Carlos Sibrán, a commercial litigation specialist, and Diego Rivera, who brings expertise in constitutional law to the practice.

Practice head(s):

César Ramos

Testimonials

‘They are efficient in terms of their use of time, and they have a high level of commitment to and empathy with the businesses they represent, managing to understand the levels of urgency or needs of the client.’

Key clients

Mexichem El Salvador

Sociedad de Ahorro y Crédito Apoyo Integral

Nestlé El Salvador

Corporación de Compañías Agroindustriales

La Central de Seguros y Finanzas

Banco Promerica

Urbanisa

ADM El Salvador

DYCSA

ESE

Work highlights

  • Defended ESE against a claim for damages filed by a distributor.
  • Assisted DYCSA with initiating a conflict resolution procedure with the CEL, the hydropower commission for the state of Río Lempa, due to design and construction delays.
  • Assisted ECOSS, which provides public services for the disposal and collection of solid waste, in a case relating to unfulfilled payment obligations on the part of the capital city.

García & Bodán

The litigation and arbitration practice at García & Bodán acts for local and international clients in a comprehensive range of matters, including mediation, commercial arbitration, administrative litigation, conciliations, and civil, commercial, labour and criminal litigation. The team is headed by Oscar Torres, who leads the corporate and litigation departments, and Julio Vargas, who oversees the firm’s regional IP practice. It is backed by senior associate and tax expert Mauricio Orellana. The group’s client roster includes household names such as Sky International and Mattel.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Torres; Julio Vargas

Key clients

Crocs

Carnes Procesadas (Grupo Capsa)

Laca Laca/ANRA

Sky International (The DirecTV Group)

Banco Procredit

Mattel

Work highlights

  • Coordinated litigation strategies against infringers of Laca Laca’s brands in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the EU.
  • Acted for Sky International in administrative trade mark litigation in defence of its SKY trade mark.
  • Provided advice on anti-piracy measures to Mattel in order to enforce its IP rights against imported products from China that infringe copyrights over the Barbie doll and over the trade mark of the Uno game.

LatamLex | Guandique Segovia Quintanilla (GSQ)

The dispute resolution team at LatamLex | Guandique Segovia Quintanilla (GSQ) handles national and international arbitration and litigation. The group is experienced in tort law, administrative actions and litigation relating to trade rights, and also assists with mediation. Former Vice President of El Salvador Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt and Ana Patricia Portillo are the key contacts.

Lexincorp

The litigation group at Lexincorp acts for local and international clients involved in high-value disputes in the region. In addition to providing support in arbitration and mediation processes, the practice’s dispute resolution services cover administrative, labour, commercial, intellectual property and constitutional litigation. The team is led by Enrique Escobar and supported by associates Kevin Vargas, who has additional IP expertise, and Mauricio Guardado. The group’s client portfolio covers such sectors as food, agroindustry, financial services, tech, energy and banking.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Escobar

Testimonials

‘They are efficient in following up on our requests.’

‘What makes the team stand out is its professionalism, its broad and solid knowledge of the law, and good relationships with government institutions.’

Key clients

Fertilizantes Nordic

Hipotecaria San Miguel

PBS El Salvador (Productive Business Solutions)

Livsmart

Work highlights

  • Acting for Livsmart in a dispute with the tax authorities over $11m of unused tax credit.
  • Acting for Guatemalan company Fertalizantes Nordic in nine debt collection proceedings.
  • Acting for Hipotecaria San Miguel in a dispute over the tax deductibility of interest payments.

LatinAlliance El Salvador

The experienced team at LatinAlliance El Salvador handles a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters, assisting with commercial, corporate, labour, intellectual property, contractual and real estate disputes, including international arbitration. Practice head Herbert Guerrero is the key contact.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. maintains a strong regional presence, coordinating with its offices in Honduras and Guatemala to handle the full range of dispute resolution services. The team is experienced in labour, competition, customs, administrative, constitutional, consumer protection and criminal proceedings. Led by experienced senior partner Manuel Telles, and backed by associate Rolando Suria, the group represents a client roster that spans the food, financial services, microcredits, energy transportation, pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Telles

Key clients

Laboratorios Vijosa

Grupo Publimovil

Banco Promerica

Optima Servicios Financieros

Drogueria Santa Lucia

Distra

Banco Hipotecario

Enertiva

Neon

Capella Solar

Work highlights

  • Represented Enertiva in an arbitration based on a claim brought by Terrconsal relating to the movement of land and roadworks for a new photovoltaic energy project, alleging the plans provided were incorrect.
  • Represented Drogueria Santa Lucia – Farma Salud in a process for debt recovery from one of the main pharmacy chains in the country.
  • Managing a large portfolio of overdue debt recovery procedures for Banco Promerica.