Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Founding partner Héctor Torres, insurance expert Luis Domínguez and associate Rubén Rivas lead the dispute resolution practice at domestic firm Torres Legal, which handles complex litigation and arbitration.

Dispute resolution in El Salvador

Arias

Displaying ‘strength and proven experience’, the powerhouse dispute resolution team at regional firm Arias remains a market leader, assisting major multinationals (including household names such as Walmart, Citibank and Philip Morris) with out-of-court settlements, alternate dispute resolution and high-stakes litigation. Headed by senior partner and arbitration authority Eduardo Ángel, who brings over 23 years of experience to the practice, the team covers a comprehensive range of disputes, from commercial, civil, corporate and administrative litigation to cases involving labour, IP, anti-money laundering (AML) and environmental issues. Its broad client base spans such sectors as agriculture, retail, pharmaceuticals, banking, tobacco, real estate and energy. Jaime Rodríguez adds expertise in administrative procedures, contractual and extra-contractual disputes and construction matters. Fernando Montano, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, specialises in compliance matters including AML and competition cases. Key support is provided by associate Diego Meléndez  , who handles due diligence processes and debt collection matters.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Ángel

Testimonials

‘Their commitment to the client is very good. Regardless of the day or time, they are always available.’

‘Arias provides a complete and balanced vision of all the options, and has professionals with experience in litigation and conflict resolution issues, who have the ability to provide advice to determine the best way to resolve the conflict.’

‘First and foremost, they have the support of the entire firm, so in addition to litigation experience, they have specialists in all the specific issues related to the conflict.’

‘Eduardo Ángel is an experienced lawyer and that, together with his calm demeanour and balanced advice, transmits a sense of security and tranquility to clients.’

‘The entire team demonstrates strength and proven experience.’

Key clients

ABinBev

Davivienda

Citibank

Hanesbrands

Philip Morris

Walmart

Dizucar

CBX Global

Essity

Strike

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Operadora del Sur (a local subsidiary of Walmart) in a case involving a claim for damages brought by the company Office Depot El Salvador.
  • Successfully represented Dizucar, the country’s leading sugar distributor, in administrative litigation challenging a fine imposed by the board of directors of the Superintendency of Competition for alleged anti-competitive practices.

Sáenz & Asociados

The dispute resolution group at Sáenz & Asociados provides comprehensive arbitration and civil, commercial, labour, administrative and constitutional litigation services to local and international corporates in sectors including energy, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, tech and tourism. Mario Enrique Sáenz, a former deputy magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mario Enrique Sáenz

BLP

The team at BLP advises local and international companies on 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, environmental, intellectual property and real estate disputes. Director Luis Vega is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Luis Vega

CENTRAL LAW El Salvador

With offices in seven countries across Latin America, the dispute resolution department at Central Law El Salvador leverages its regional strength to advise local and international banks and corporates, including well-known brands such as Daewoo, involved in complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes. Spearheaded by founding partner Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez, the team’s full-service offering covers debt collection actions, white-collar criminal cases, and disputes relating to distribution relationships and antitrust issues, as well as civil, commercial and administrative litigation. The group’s active client portfolio spans the aviation, banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Piero Rusconi Gutiérrez

Key clients

Daewoo El Salvador

Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Nexsys de Centroamérica

Gano Itouch

C Imberton

Salvatore Ferragamo

Neumann Gruppe

Excelentes Servicios a los Transportistas

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 from a regional company.
  • Representing C Imberton in a dispute with El Salvador’s antitrust authority relating to horizontal agreements between distributors for alleged fix pricing and market distribution.

Consortium Legal

Standing out for its ‘commitment and agility in responding’, Consortium Legal employs deep regional bench strength (with offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua) to assist national, regional and multinational corporates and financial institutions involved in high-value, cross-border disputes. César Ramos leads the team, with 30 years’ experience spanning arbitration, alternative dispute resolution matters, and civil, commercial and labour litigation, including disputes in the financial, industrial and construction sectors. Key support at associate level is provided by constitutional law expert Diego Rivera.

Practice head(s):

César Ramos

Testimonials

‘Consortium Legal stands out for its commitment and agility in responding. The team understands how critical the dispute is for the client.’

‘Diego Rivera is an associate with a deep knowledge of the regulations, which allows him to offer a wide variety of alternatives in the event of a dispute.’

Key clients

Motorola

Banco General

Banco Promerica

Coyatoc Mexican Filial Sucursal El Salvador

Gestionadora de Créditos

La Central de Seguros y Fianzas

Operadora del Sur (Walmart)

MIDES

UDP Fuentes Labtop

UDP Coyactoc Labtop

Work highlights

  • Acting for Banco General in a claim relating to the execution of a promissory note that guaranteed an unfulfilled obligation.
  • Representing Motorola in commercial foreclosure proceedings based on a demand promissory note that guaranteed an obligation that was not fulfilled by the counterparty.
  • Representing Coyatoc Mexican Filial Sucursal El Salvador in a dispute with Labtop over a breach of contract.

García & Bodán

With offices in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the litigation and arbitration department at García & Bodán leverages its regional strength and the experience of its team to advise major multinational banks and corporates on a diverse spectrum of contentious matters, with a specialisation in IP enforcement. The team is led by managing partner and IP practice head Julio Vargas, an expert in civil and criminal litigation related to unfair competition, anti-piracy, and cancellations for non-use and nullity, and Oscar Torres, who was promoted to regional director of the labour practice in April 2022 and has expertise in labour, contractual, banking and administrative law disputes. Senior associate and tax practice director Mauricio Orellana is also noted. The team’s client base includes well-known names such as Mattel and Sky, and spans the entertainment, media, food and beverages, construction, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Julio Vargas; Oscar Torres

Key clients

Crocs

Carnes Procesadas (Grupo Capsa)

Sky International (The DirecTV Group)

Banco Procredit

Mattel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mattel in various IP-related cases, including filing criminal claims before the Attorney General’s Office in Sonsonate to secure the seizure of counterfeit products and prosecute the infringers.
  • Representing Sky International in administrative litigation to protect the “Sky” trade mark.

Lexincorp

Utilising the bench strength of its offices in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Lexincorp‘s Salvadoran dispute resolution practice acts for national, regional and multinational corporates and financial institutions in complex mediation and arbitration proceedings and high-stakes litigation. The team is led by disputes expert Enrique Escobar, with support at associate level from Kevin Vargas (who brings expertise in civil, constitutional, administrative and labour cases to the team) and Mauricio Guardado (a specialist in disputes concerning tenders and labour contracts). Strong in the banking and retail spaces, the group is also active in disputes involving the agricultural, tech, and oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Escobar

Key clients

Fertilizantes Nordic

Hipotecaria San Miguel

PBS El Salvador (Productive Business Solutions)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Puma El Salvador in an administrative-contentious case arising from a resolution of the General Directorate of Internal Taxes, which claimed that it was due an amount of over $16m.
  • Acted for Grupo Monge in a contentious-administrative claim against the General Directorate of Internal Taxes and the Court of Appeals for Internal Revenue and Customs for an amount of over $5m.
  • Acted for PBS in seeking the annulment of the tender procedure for the installation of X-ray security equipment at El Salvador International Airport.

Romero Pineda

Highlighted for its ‘availability, client service, knowledge and professionalism’, the team at boutique firm Romero Pineda assists major national, regional and global corporates with negotiations and alternate dispute resolution strategies, in addition to providing representation in high-stakes litigation. The practice is headed by founding partner and firm chairman Roberto Romero, an authority in arbitration and cases concerning international treaties; litigation department director Carlos Castillo  , an expert in corporate and intellectual property cases; and associates Feridee Alabi, who specialises in contentious-administrative and consumer law matters, and Nadya León, who provides support in complex IP litigation. Acting for key market players such as Copa Airlines and Grupo Bimbo, the practice has a broad client base across such industries as food, aviation, retail, cosmetics, construction and entertainment.

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its availability, client service, knowledge and professionalism.’

Key clients

Copa Airlines

Bimbo El Salvador

ISP El Salvador

Pochteca de El Salvador

Gaspro El Salvador

Export Depot

Dada & Dada Compañía

Belcorp El Salvador

Comedica de RL

B Cremades & Asociados

LatamLex | Guandique Segovia Quintanilla (GSQ)

Supported by offices throughout the region, 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 is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

The team at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. coordinates with the firm's offices in Honduras and Guatemala to provide a comprehensive range of dispute resolution services to international companies and financial institutions. The team displays particular strength in cases in the energy and finance sectors. Headed by experienced senior partner Manuel Telles, the wide-ranging practice handles labour, competition, customs, administrative, constitutional, consumer protection and criminal litigation. Associate Rolando Suria is also a key contact, with expertise in tax and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Telles