Dispute resolution in Honduras
Arias' Honduran dispute resolution practice is widely respected for both court and arbitral hearings, labour, civil and commercial law matters, and administrative law proceedings. Active key clients are Lear Automotive, Chevron Caribbean, Walmart and Decameron. The team acted for Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, which operates Puerto Cortes (an important seaport), in a claim against Chiquita Honduras Company that demanded compensatory damages and related rates charged to port users. In other matters, the practice defended Spain's clothing design and manufacturing company Punto Fa (trading as Mango) against a case by a former franchisee in Honduras, Eurocomer, which claimed contract termination damages. Another highlight was assisting Pan-American Life Insurance Group with five civil lawsuits that were filed by collective insurance beneficiaries to seek damages and judicial costs. Fanny Rodríguez heads the dispute resolution department which includes notable associate Erick Lezama.
Consortium Legal fields experts in civil and commercial disputes as well as tax litigation, employment-related disputes, administrative law litigation and IP claims; the practice also has significant arbitration experience. Ulises Mejía is a specialist in litigation and arbitration in addition to civil, commercial and administrative law claims and is particularly focused on disputes involving construction investment agreements, PPP, insurance and telecoms. Gustavo León-Gómez is also highly rated and senior associate Daniela Villafranca has extensive experience in handling both civil proceedings and contentious administrative matters.
Aguilar Castillo Love stands out for its dispute resolution experience in sectors such as banking and finance, renewable energy, real estate, infrastructure, telecoms and mining; but the practice is also active in tax-related claims. Significant clients include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Volvo Construction Equipment and Inmobiliaria Villas San Juan. The team acted for American multinational conglomerate GE Healthcare in a potential dispute involving compensation for the termination of a distribution agreement with a local dealer. Other work included advising an international telecoms company on arbitration proceedings arisen from a contractual issue. In other areas, the team assisted Banco Lafise with its administrative litigation against the National Banking Commission, which involved bank-financed housing projects. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla are litigation and arbitration specialists.
ECIJA was formed following the recent merger between Spanish firm ECIJA and Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. Notable dispute resolution clients include MAPFRE Seguros, Banco Lafise, Synohydro, Apple and DHL Honduras. Managing partner Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira is well known for matters involving civil, commercial, constitutional and insurance law, and senior associate Roberto Williams is noted for insurance claims, civil lawsuits and IP disputes. Highlights include acting for four banks and nine insurance companies in a complex case involving a challenge of the insurance regulator's mandating of both banks to cancel credit lines and insurance companies to pay homeowners' claims where insurance policies did not cover landslide risks. Jorge Arturo Reina is the associate to note.
CENTRAL LAW's 'team is helpful and responsive'. The practice acts in disputes in relation to taxation, trade marks, patents, competition law and real estate, but is also well versed in arbitration. The client list includes Cementos del Norte, a high-profile concrete producer in Honduras, and Aceyco, known for manufacturing electronic products. For San Pedro Sula-based clients, Ricardo Padilla leads the litigation and dispute resolution department, while Claribel Medina De León is the key name to note for clients based in Tegucigalpa and international clients executing foreign arbitration awards.
Lexincorp regularly acts in complex litigation and arbitration, particularly regarding construction and infrastructure matters, including PPP-related matters. The client list includes Grupo Emco, Surpack and Agrinter. Consultores de la Construcción, an infrastructure project developer, instructed the group to advise on construction contract claims. Benito Zelaya is the principal contact. Yamir Reyes stands out for labour law-related disputes.
The Honduras office of Guatamala-headquartered firm Mayora & Mayora, S.C. was opened in 2016. Its 'lawyers are knowledgeable, quick to respond and not afraid to deal with situations head-on'. The practice focuses on litigation and arbitration arisen from civil and commercial law, labour law-related disputes, and private and public international law; with particular sector expertise in the financial institutions, construction, energy, telecoms, real estate and utilities sectors. The 'friendly and resourceful' Odín Guillén Leíva and senior associate Sergio Sanchez are the key advisers.