Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Experienced litigators Juan José Porras Castillo and director Mario Guadrón continue to expand the scope of their practice at GT Legal, which handles both civil and criminal litigation, including tax and anti-counterfeiting disputes.

Dispute resolution in Guatemala

Alta QIL+4 Abogados

Alta QIL+4 Abogados fields a comprehensive litigation and arbitration practice, with a strong track record in both domestic and cross-border proceedings, and attracts praise from clients for its ability to ‘understand the interests of international clients‘. The ‘excellent‘ team is a go-to choice for local and multinational companies involved in complex disputes in the energy sector, including high-profile constitutional litigation concerning mining and hydroelectric power projects. Civil, commercial and criminal disputes also feature in the firm’s caseload, along with a steady stream of asset recovery actions. Alejandro Solares Morales, a specialist in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration, heads the department. Other key figures on the deep bench include senior associates Luis Pedro Martínez, who is active in white-collar and financial criminal litigation, and Ignacio Grazioso, an expert in energy-related arbitration and the current president of Guatemalan arbitration centre Crecig, and associate Estuardo Marchena, who specialises in energy disputes. The team also leans on the senior experience of managing partner Marcos Ibargüen and José Quiñones.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Solares Morales


An excellent team – the best in the country in my opinion. It is a young, dynamic and sophisticated team.

They are modern and sophisticated. They understand the interests of international clients.

They are a competitive firm and are always available for their clients.

Luis Pedro Martínez is not only extremely diligent with the cases in his charge, but also has in-depth knowledge of the applicable legislation. He is always available and at all times looks for the solution that best suits his client.

The prevention of disputes is what generates value in a law firm. Alta has provided us with comprehensive advice, starting by predicting possible areas of conflict and anticipating the results, which has allowed us to avoid disputes or go directly to mediation.

Commercial perspective when identifying potential disputes. Ignacio Grazioso and Luis Pedro Martínez have provided us with vital support with our operations.

Key clients

Pan American Silver

Lácteos de Honduras (Lacthosa)

Aceros de Guatemala

British American Tobacco

Banco G&T Continental

Industrias Lácteas

Ingenio Magdalena


CMI Alimentos

Grupo Disagro

Energía Limpia de Guatemala (Grupo Terra)

UNO Guatemala (Grupo Terra)

Ternium Internacional Guatemala

Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala (Bancolombia)

Grupo Frito Lay (PepsiCo)

Colegio Americano de Guatemala

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

WPP Group

Desarrollo Iruña

Belluno (Taco Bell)

Créditos Centroamericanos Aktúa

Universidad Galileo

Calidad Inmobiliaria

Asociación de Generadores Renovables (AGER)

Grupo Secacao

Anacapri (Grupo Onyx)

Viento Blanco

Jaguar Energy Guatemala

Maquinas Exactas (Maxa)


Tenneco INC


Transactel (Grupo Telus)


Ronald A Chisholm

Grupo Rosul

Asociación Nacional de Generadores

Humbrall de Centroamerica

Phillip Morris International

Work highlights

  • Obtained a favourable award on behalf of Inkia Energy in an international arbitration case brought against an energy distribution company relating to the generation of energy in Guatemala.
  • Successfully obtained a favourable award on behalf of Horus (Grupo Onyx) in an ICC arbitration case brought against the largest energy distribution company in Guatemala.
  • Handling complex debt recovery cases on behalf of Banco Agromercantil, recovering over $35m in assets.


Highlighted for its willingness to ‘take the time to individually analyse each case‘, Arias houses a broad dispute resolution practice with signature strengths in civil, administrative and labour litigation and arbitration. The team represents major local companies and multinationals, and continues to expand the scope of its practice to act for individuals in sensitive family law and human rights cases. Other growing areas of focus include tax litigation and public procurement disputes. Mario René Archila, who also acts as an arbitrator, leads the team; between them, Archila and senior counsel Luis Fernando Zelada bring almost six decades of experience to the practice, handling a vast array of civil, commercial, constitutional and criminal cases. The strong cohort of junior lawyers includes senior associate Mónica Medrano (who focuses on anti-corruption, money laundering and white-collar criminal cases, drawing on her previous experience as a district attorney), and associates Alvaro Reyes (who mainly handles civil litigation) and Karla Gómez (a specialist in labour disputes). Since publication, Zelada has moved to BLP.

Practice head(s):

Mario René Archila


What stands out to us is the commitment that the Arias team have to us and their ability to find solutions and alternatives to the different cases that we deal with. Unlike other law firms, they take the time to individually analyse each case, and undertake to provide solutions for the benefit of the company. We have worked with them since the launch of the company and we have no reason not to recommend them as they are very responsible and diligent.

Karla Gómez and Luis Fernando Zelada are very competitive, which I consider to be an excellent quality in this area of law.

Carrillo & Asociados

Carrillo & Asociados is widely recognised for its experience in local and international litigation and arbitration, and, thanks to its longstanding strength in constitutional cases, is often the first port of call for individuals involved in complex rule of law disputes. The six-partner team is also well versed in criminal, civil and commercial litigation, as well as having niche expertise in insolvency and asset recovery actions. Ricardo Recinos takes the lead on arbitration; along with Luis Mazariegos (who has notable expertise in labour and intellectual property disputes), he also focuses on civil, constitutional and commercial litigation. Fernando Mendizábal specialises in criminal, including white-collar crime, litigation, where he is supported by experienced senior associate Leopoldo Zeissig and associate Jennifer Bravo. Rodrigo Callejas leads the strategic litigation practice group and is highly active in cross-border insolvency, bankruptcy and asset recovery proceedings; Emanuel Callejas is another prominent figure in these fields. Founding partner Alfonso Carrillo also remains a high-profile name in the practice.


Praised by clients for ‘maximising the strengths of each lawyer‘, the team at dispute resolution powerhouse Legalsa combines the skills of practice heads Henry Comte (whose extensive experience includes previously serving as an alternate magistrate of the Constitutional Court), Alejandro Penados and Marisol Fión to handle a wide range of civil, administrative, commercial, criminal and constitutional litigation and arbitration. In particular, the practice is highly regarded for its prowess in cross-border cases and complex shareholder litigation, routinely representing clients in high-profile disputes involving Guatemala’s largest corporate groups. The team is also active in white-collar crime cases, including fraud investigations and asset recovery, and also counts tax and IP disputes, bet-the-company litigation and disputes involving government procurement, concessions and public tenders among its areas of expertise. The team fields a strong cohort of associates, including Andrés Dubón, who handles corporate, commercial and financial disputes, Marcela Argueta, Juan Carlos Alvizúrez and Julia González, who focus on criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Henry Comte; Alejandro Penados; Marisol Fión


They work very well as a team, maximising the strengths of each lawyer.

The office has a wide range of services and they work very well as a team, so they cover the client’s needs very well. Henry Comte stands out.

Very efficient and knowledgeable about the law.

Experience and availability.

Key clients

CBC (formerly Cabcorp)


Constructora del Sur

Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana

Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala (Claro Guatemala)

Desarrollos los Manglares/Oceana Beach Resort

Hunter Warfield

América Móvil


Administrador del Mercado Mayorista


Work highlights

  • Successfully defended CBC against a claim that its Aqua Eco brand infringed on a competitor’s trademark.
  • Represented majority and minority shareholders of several of Guatemala’s largest privately held companies in complex shareholder disputes.

Aguilar Castillo Love

Arbitration is the cornerstone of the dispute resolution practice at Aguilar Castillo Love, which is particularly prominent in the energy sector, drawing on the wider firm’s strength in the industry to represent major companies, including all three Guatemalan electricity distributors, in high-profile proceedings. The firm also has an active litigation practice, with a track record that includes acting for a growing base of domestic and international clients in commercial, administrative, criminal and constitutional cases. Practice head René Vicente Rodríguez handles a mix of litigation and arbitration, bringing expertise in disputes in the automotive, construction and consumer products sectors to the table. Guatemala managing partner Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón, who is widely considered a leader in energy disputes, is a mainstay on the firm’s arbitration cases. Natalia Callejas Aquino also lends support to the team.

Practice head(s):

René Vicente Rodríguez

Key clients

Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala (EEGSA)

Energuate (Distribuidora de Electricidad de Oriente (Deorsa) and Distribuidora de Electricidad de Occidente (Deocsa))

Jaguar Energy


Work highlights

  • Advised Energuate on filing legal actions in relation to regulations issued by the municipalities of Asunción Mita (in the Jutiapa department) and Río Hondo (in the Zacapa department) that could have a severe negative impact on the client’s distribution and supply operations.


The ‘excellent‘ dispute resolution practice at Alegalis is equally adept at handling civil and criminal litigation, including commercial, constitutional, debt collection, property recovery and environmental damage cases. Notably, the team leverages firm-wide strength in the real estate sector to represent major developers in the region in an array of disputes. Criminal IP litigation is another strength and the practice frequently handles anti-counterfeiting actions on behalf of household-name international brands in the sports, fashion and consumer goods industries. Carlos Gustavo Palacios leads the civil litigation department (with expertise in commercial, banking, real estate and constitutional disputes), and director Cristian Rojas heads the criminal litigation side of the practice. Managing partner Juan Antonio Mazariegos, whose litigation experience spans civil, criminal and constitutional cases, is also a leading practitioner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Gustavo Palacios; Cristian Rojas


I have been using the legal services of Alegalis for years and they have always done an excellent job. I particularly recommend Cristian Rojas.

Key clients

Hospital Herrera Llerandi (Amedesgua)

Nike Innovate

Converse All Star

Levi Strauss

Fox Head

Grupo Enel


Multi Proyectos


BLP continues to grow its diverse dispute resolution practice, which handles a wide array of constitutional, criminal, civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. The team’s recent caseload reflects its strengths in representing both multinational clients (where highlights include assisting international brands with IP and distribution-related litigation) and major domestic companies (including acting for key players in the insurance sector in constitutional and other actions). Rodolfo Salazar draws on extensive experience in handling disputes in the public and private sectors, particularly in the energy and public procurement spaces, to lead the practice. He is supported by an impressive junior team, including senior associate Rubén Fuentes, who focuses on administrative litigation, and associates Javier Chacón, who has an active constitutional litigation practice, and Julio Luján, an expert in criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Salazar

Key clients

Terminal de Granos del Pacífico

BMI Compañía de Seguros de Guatemala



Empresa Agrícola El Hato

Los Parques


Petróleos del Sur



Banco Promerica

Servicios Portuarios

Guatemala Avocados/Mission South and Central America

Work highlights

  • Defended BMI against an amparo action (an appeal for constitutional protection) brought against the client for terminating a personal insurance policy.
  • Representing Terminal de Granos del Pacífico in various cases opposing the illegal collection of lease fees in Puerto Quetzal.
  • Defended TATA against a criminal claim brought by the Guatemalan tax authority over the alleged alteration of documents.

Consortium Legal

Consortium Legal‘s ‘extremely agile‘ dispute resolution team attracts praise for its ability to handle breach of contract claims against public entities; practice co-head Elías Arriaza is particularly prominent in litigation and arbitration (both ad hoc and institutional proceedings) in this space. Arriaza, who focuses on civil, commercial and constitutional disputes, also has a thriving debt recovery practice. On the criminal litigation front, the team represents clients in a wide range of environmental, tax fraud and IP cases. Lionel Aguilar, a founding partner of the Guatemala office, leads the criminal side of the practice, with an emphasis on tax disputes, alongside Astrid Domínguez, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2023. David Erales also has extensive experience in contentious tax matters, and recently promoted senior associate Erick Efrén Pérez provides capable support.

Practice head(s):

Elías Arriaza; Lionel Aguilar; Astrid Domínguez


A team of lawyers who are highly specialised in conflict resolution, especially in the analysis of disputes and in taking a disruptive approach in cases against public institutions for breach of contracts. Another positive point is that they are highly reliable when teaming up with other firms and other lawyers in very large cases that require different specialisations.

The analysis and solutions that Elías Arriaza explains very clearly make the complicated look very simple, and when we add David Erales’ experience in disputes against the tax administration, it makes for an excellent service.

The team are extremely agile and clear in their answers, and they are always available to provide support.

Key clients

Agro Insumos


Banco Agromercantil

Banco Internacional

Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Singled out by clients for its ‘excellent attention to detail‘, the dispute resolution team at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. handles the full range of contentious matters, with a strong track record in civil, commercial, constitutional and criminal litigation and arbitration. Among other areas, the practice has recently been active in administrative and employment disputes, especially cases involving high-level executives. Practice head Paola Galich has extensive experience, both in-house and in private practice, in employment, constitutional, administrative and corporate disputes. The talented line-up of junior lawyers includes senior associates José Ramos (a key contact for civil, commercial and criminal litigation) and Byron Deulofeu (who frequently handles IP litigation with sister firm Mayora IP), and associate Martin Chávez. Regional managing partner Eduardo Mayora is also a key figure at the senior level.

Practice head(s):

Paola Galich


Excellent attention to detail and personal availability of partners and associates.

Warmth, empathy and agility.

The different lawyers have a lot of specialisation and very good coordination of cases as well as communication between themselves to resolve matters. They act and proceed quickly within the constraints of following the law and making everything transparent. The good thing about this is that many government offices have respect for them.

All the lawyers are very professional and specialists in their field. They fully adhere to the law, looking for solutions but ensuring the proper implementation of the law and within it. They are responsible in their actions and recommendations. Highly recommended. I deal with and admire Eduardo Mayora and Paola Galich.

Mayora & Mayora has teams which work well together, with highly qualified and fair-minded people. They provide reliable advice which gives us the information we need to make decisions about resolving complex situations.

We can see how interested the partners are in our cases from the way they dive into the subject matter – not just the legal theory and general regulations, but also the specific situation, which is an ideal combination to provide advice based on experience and knowledge of the individual case.

Key clients



Kluane Guatemala

Pochteca de Guatemala



Work highlights

  • Continuing to defend Orion’s property rights against claims by third parties in a series of civil, constitutional and criminal matters.
  • Acting for Tedagua in several disputes regarding administrative contracts for the construction of infrastructure.
  • Reached a settlement agreement on behalf of Dynasol in a dispute over the termination of a distribution agreement for Central America.

A. D. Sosa & Soto

A. D. Sosa & Soto‘s practice spans the full range of civil, commercial, constitutional and criminal litigation, and the team is also experienced in national and international arbitration proceedings, particularly concerning distribution agreements. The bulk of the practice’s caseload is handled by an active team of associates, headed by legal director Daniel Marroquín, who has a strong recent record in arbitration. David Barrientos directs the criminal law practice, which represents clients in financial fraud and criminal IP litigation, and Luis Pedro Guerra returned to the firm from Alta QIL+4 Abogados in December 2022 to head the newly launched tax litigation practice. At partner level, Rodolfo Sosa, Juan Sebastián Soto and Carlos Rafael Pellecer lend senior expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marroquín; David Barrientos; Rodolfo Sosa; Carlos Rafael Pellecer; Juan Sebastián Soto


‘They have a multi-generational team that includes experienced lawyers and young lawyers.’

‘Daniel Marroquin is a young lawyer who stands out for the experience he has acquired working from an early age.’

Key clients

Comercializadora y Productora de Bebidas Los Volcanes

Cafcom Trading Company

Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa (Wendy’s and Little Caesars)

DeAlton (Finca Filadelfia Resort & Coffee Farm)

Grupo Asys (Aseguro, Agencia de Seguros Independiente)

Hoteles Decameron Guatemala

Grupo PDC (Compañia Distribuidora (Codisa)

Planta Indusrial de Guatemala (Pigsa))

Embotelladora Central

Grupo Disagro

Alorica (NCO Star Comunicaciones Guatemala)

Ecolab Guatemala

PriceSmart (Guatemala)

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo Asys in a dispute with two former employees concerning the use of confidential information.
  • Acting for Compañía Procesadora de Níquel de Izabal (Pronico) in a Crecig arbitration relating to the unilateral termination of a contract for port services by the service provider.
  • Acted for Cafcom Trading in the recovery of $4m in outstanding debt.

Estudio Chávez Bosque S.A.

Boutique firm Estudio Chávez Bosque S.A. draws on the stellar dispute resolution experience of former Carrillo & Asociados partners Francisco Chávez Bosque (who founded the firm in August 2020) and Rodolfo Alegría (who joined in March 2022) to handle a broad array of litigation and arbitration. Praised for its ‘efficiency‘ and ‘clear vision‘, the team focuses on corporate, constitutional, tax and energy-related disputes, with notable strengths in shareholder litigation and arbitration in the electricity sector, where it represents a growing number of clients. Chávez Bosque has a wide-ranging practice but is particularly renowned for his expertise in constitutional litigation. Alegría takes the lead in administrative litigation against the tax authorities and is also a specialist in energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Chávez; Rodolfo Alegría


Efficiency, clear vision of the problem and honesty.

Problem solving and honesty.

The team stand out for their use of technology to stay in touch, proactivity when following up on cases and collaboration with us to achieve our goals.

Key clients

Avícola Las Margaritas

Helados Sarita

Hidro Xacbal


ECIJA INTEGRUM‘s ‘exceptional‘ team is sought after by both domestic and multinational clients for its expertise in arbitration; the practice covers commercial and investment arbitration, with standout strength in international proceedings. Litigation is also taken on by the department, which has an active presence in civil, commercial, family, administrative and constitutional disputes. Edson López, the firm’s director of arbitration for Central America, is highlighted for his ‘excellent capacity in complex arbitrations‘, and senior partner Marcos Palma is also a key name on that side of the practice. The growing associate team includes international arbitration specialist Emanuel Retana, who joined from Legalsa in April 2022; Andrea Miranda, an expert in tax disputes; and María del Pilar Penagos.

Practice head(s):

Edson López; Marcos Palma; Andrea Miranda; María del Pilar Penagos; Emanuel Retana


Great team in the country and in the region. Edson López stands out for his excellent capacity in complex arbitrations.

They are excellent lawyers with an international perspective and a good knowledge of different industries.

‘ECIJA INTEGRUM firm is distinguished from others in the area of dispute resolution by the following characteristics: a) the knowledge in the area of the senior partners, junior partners and associates; b) its efficiency in terms of the attention paid to the cases entrusted to it; c) its good position in the Central American area and very good contacts and references; and d) its focus on arbitration.

Edson López and Marcos Palma are highly successful lawyers with professional prestige in the field of arbitration and are people with whom you can talk and exchange opinions openly and easily. This flexibility in terms of contacting them and talking to them contrasts with the structure of other firms where reaching the partner costs more work and time. Both have magnificent training and professional experience.

It is an exceptional team with which I am pleased to work, because they are very disciplined, committed to their work and communication between teams flows very well.

Edson López is extremely committed to his work, has excellent case management skills and is an excellent team player. María del Pilar Penagos is disciplined, very organised and communicates very well with clients.

Very good at presenting strategies.

‘Commitment, dedication, availability.


The dispute resolution practice at Dentons handles the full spread of litigation, garnering praise for its ‘proactivity and clarity‘, with notable recent activity in commercial, constitutional, employment and IP cases. In particular, the team is well versed in representing national and international companies in the energy, mining, banking and healthcare sectors. ‘Top-level‘ director Paola Haase has a broad practice with standout experience in cases in the oil, energy and mining spaces, and office managing partner Luis Abundio Maldonado and IP director Gabriela Gándara are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Paola Haase


Communication with the team was always attentive and fast. It is evident that internally they also have good communication and logistics.

The openness with which Gaby Gándara approached a conflict between companies was an added value. Her availability, diligence and response times allowed the negotiation to be carried out in a fluid manner, always seeking results to the benefit of both parties.

Prompt responses, good follow-up, proactivity and clarity in the steps to follow and recommendations. They also provide a high-level service and strategic advice, and allow businesses to approach the relevant government authorities to solve problems. Both Paola Haase and Luis Maldonado are top-level legal advisers.

The team stand out for the detailed, careful, preventive, proactive service they provide in negotiations.

The Dentons Muñoz dispute resolution team differs from other law firms due to its attention to detail, the customisation in the provision of its services to each specific case, and the efficiency behind its prosecution of cases.

The firm’s lawyers stand out mainly for providing advisory services in a very personalised way that are tailored to the specific client.

Everything was very professional and the follow-up was excellent.

Key clients

Asociación Guatemalteca de Gestión de la Industria de Productores de Fonogramas y Afines

Asociación de Vecinos del Edificio Menorca

Sociedad de Artistas de la Música y Obras Audiovisuales

Puma Energy Bahamas

Tarjetas Cuscatlan

Sumitomo Corporation

Neogen Latinoamerica

Yara Guatemala

Grupo Portalis

Grupo Lala

Papelera Internacional


Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society

Pegamorteros de Guatemala (Grupo Cemix)

Fuego Estrella

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Promotora de Inversión de Capital Variable

Work highlights

  • Representing Asociacion de Vecinos Menorca, a group of owners of apartments in a building in Guatemala City, as third parties in a constitutional action brought by an alleged previous owner of the land where the building is located.
  • Defending Sociedad de Artistas de la Música y Obras Audiovisuales (Musicartes) in an action challenging the constitutionality of provisions of Guatemala’s copyright law.
  • Representing Asociación Guatemalteca de Gestión de la Industria de Productores de Fonogramas y Afines (Aginpro) in a criminal complaint against Servicios Innovadores de Comunicación for the infringement of copyright.

García-Merlos & Asociados

According to clients, boutique firm García-Merlos & Asociados ‘stands out for its strategic and results-oriented approach‘ to litigation. The practice is widely recognised for its strength in white-collar crime cases, representing high-level businesspeople and multinationals in claims relating to tax evasion, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, IP and environmental offences. It also has niche expertise in defending medical professionals and hospitals in criminal cases arising from allegations of medical negligence. Julio Roberto García-Merlos, who wins praise for his ‘good legal judgement and fantastic strategic advice‘, leads the team, supported by associates Andrea Cabrera and Vivian Díaz.

Practice head(s):

Julio Roberto García-Merlos


‘Julio García-Merlos is one of the best criminal lawyers in Guatemala. Good legal judgement and fantastic strategic advice.’

The conflict resolution practice of García-Merlos & Asociados stands out for its strategic and results-oriented approach. The team is made up of highly trained and experienced lawyers who are always looking to work closely with clients to understand their goals and design personalised strategies to achieve them. The team stands out for having extensive experience in conflict resolution at the national level. In addition, the firm is recognised for its excellent client service, its ability to work as a team with other legal advisers, and its commitment to professional ethics.

García-Merlos & Asociados stands out for its personalised approach and attention to detail, which guarantees a successful and efficient resolution of its clients’ conflicts.

Key clients

Seguros El Roble

Panamerican Silver Guatemala

Jaguar Energy Guatemala

Global Forest Partners

Grupo Sermesa/Hospitales La Paz

Puma Energy Guatemala

Asociación Española de Beneficencia


Productive Business Solutions

Grupo PDC

UNO/Grupo Terra

Grupo Pantaleón

Ingeniería Vertical

Lex Atlas

The ‘dynamic‘ dispute resolution team at Lex Atlas stands out for its expertise in the telecoms industry, drawing on the sector strength of practice head Ignacio Andrade Aycinena, who founded the firm in October 2022 following his departure from Sfera Legal. The team routinely represents major local telecoms and infrastructure companies in constitutional and criminal litigation, and is also active in tax disputes, and litigation and arbitration in the energy and mining spheres. Among the experienced lawyers who joined the firm with Andrade are senior associates Luis Enrique Solares (a specialist in tax litigation) and Evelyn Chavarria and associate Lester Meda.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Andrade Aycinena


Very professional team, good communication between them, and the legal strategy developed for the cases is always well supported by the law, facts and deep analysis of the situation.’

Ignacio Andrade has an outstanding understanding of the problems in the case and managed it in an exceptional way.

Lester Meda is always open to dealing with our questions and keeping us informed about the progress of different processes.

Key clients

Tigo – Telecomunicaciones Celulares

Inversiones Pasabien

Banco G&T Continental


SBA Torres Guatemala

Inversiones Anvi


Grupo Apolo

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inversiones Pasabien, the owner of a power plant in Río Hondo, in criminal proceedings against the leaders of community opposition to the project.
  • Represented SBA Torres Guatemala, which leases telecoms infrastructure to telecoms companies, in criminal complaints and injunctions against local communities.
  • Handling a number of actions opposing the imposition of municipal fees or charges for telecoms infrastructure on the grounds of unconstitutionality.

Novales Abogados

Drawing on its historic strengths in the infrastructure, energy and environmental sectors, boutique firm Novales Abogados handles a steady stream of litigation relating to the public procurement and construction of large-scale projects, including human rights disputes involving affected communities. Asset recovery is also a notable area of activity. Founding partner Alfonso Novales, whose past experience includes serving as the president of the Guatemalan Bar Council and as a judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, Cristián Novales, an expert in disputes in the infrastructure and logistics sector, and energy specialist Javier Novales are the names to note.