Dispute resolution in Honduras

Arias

The 'solid' and 'meticulous' dispute resolution team at Arias is skilled in both litigation and arbitration, handling a range of civil, commercial, labour and contentious-administrative disputes. Its client base is predominantly made up of international companies with operations in Honduras, although the team also acts for local businesses. Fanny Rodríguez leads the practice and also coordinates the firm's pro bono programme with TECHO, a Latin American NGO, assisting communities in rural Honduras, and the Familias Unidas initiative, providing pro bono assistance to Central American migrants in coordination with the Vance Centre in New York. Other key team members are associates Erick Lezama, who is experienced in civil, labour and administrative matters, and Mario Raveneau, who is based in the San Pedro Sula office, where he is able to assist clients headquartered in the north of Honduras with labour disputes, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Fanny Rodríguez

Testimonials

‘It is a solid team. The lawyers work well together and understand their clients’ requirements very well.’

‘The lawyers are young, meticulous and know the law very well, and they enjoy sharing this knowledge with their clients.’

Key clients

Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (Central American Port Operator)

Punto Fa (Mango)

Essity – SCA Group (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)

Pan American Life Insurance Group (PALIG)

Decameron

TNT USA

ADOC

3M Company

Chevron Caribbean

Work highlights

  • Defending clothing distributor Punto Fa (Mango) against a claim by its former franchisee in Honduras, Eurocomer, for the payment of over $6m in damages for the termination of the contract between them.
  • Representing Pan American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) in a group of five civil lawsuits filed by beneficiaries of collective insurance contracts signed with Credomatic (now BAC – Credit Card Division), seeking damages for the termination of the contracts.
  • Represented Essity – SCA Group (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) in an administrative-contentious proceeding to nullify a distribution licence granted in favour of its former distributor.

Consortium Legal

Able to 'combine their knowledge to resolve cases', the lawyers in Consortium Legal's sizeable team are skilled in a variety of areas of dispute resolution. Practice head Ulises Mejía is noted for his strength in national and international arbitration proceedings (including regularly acting as an arbitrator), while Gustavo Leon-Gómez is skilled in litigation and commercial arbitration, in particular, and Daniela Villafranca in civil and administrative disputes. The team acts for major domestic and international clients, including household names in the automotive, food and beverages, and transportation sectors. The firm's Central American offices are also part of the Familias Unidas initiative launched by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice, which represents separated migrant families in the US.

Practice head(s):

Ulises Mejía

Testimonials

‘They are very organised and know their subjects very well.’

‘What stands out about this firm is that the lawyers have their own specialities and experience in different areas, and combine this knowledge to resolve cases. Daniela Villafranca, Ulises Mejía and Gustavo León-Gómez are very good.’

Key clients

Volvo do Brasil Veículos

Volvo Construction Equipment

Work highlights

  • Defending Volvo do Brasil Veículos and Volvo Construction Equipment against a claim for over $25m filed by a former distributor in Honduras over the termination of the distribution contract.
  • Acting for Nestlé Hondureña in a $3m claim relating to alleged non-compliance with a transportation contract.
  • Defending APL Honduras against a claim for damages filed against it by Pescadería Brayan in a dispute over a bill of lading.

Aguilar Castillo Love

Aguilar Castillo Love has expertise in a wide range of disputes, including commercial and IP litigation, but is particularly noted for its strength in commercial arbitration; the team has acted in several energy and construction arbitration proceedings and has recently seen an increase in distribution arbitration work. The team is also active in tax disputes, regularly handling judicial and administrative proceedings against the Honduras Tax Agency (SAR) relating to tax audits and the denial of tax credits. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla, who is noted for his experience in IP and tax litigation, lead the practice. Senior associate Víctor Alejandro Martínez is also a standout in tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Key clients

TIGO (Millicom)

Banco Lafise

GE Medical Systems

EY Law

Vestimoda Industrial

Argos Honduras

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volvo Construction Equipment in seeking the enforcement of an international arbitration award issued in Brazil in favour of the client against a local dealer.
  • Acting for Minosa, a subsidiary of Canadian mining corporation Aura Minerals, in an appeal against a decision by the National Public Investment System (SNIPH) to deny a tax credit of $2.7m.
  • Acting for Honduran clothing company Vestimoda Industrial in an IP dispute over the rights to its Mango and Bongo trade marks.

CENTRAL LAW

Central Law's 'responsive' team is highlighted for its 'great advice'; it represents national and international clients, particularly in the financial services and construction sectors, in a range of IP, tax, competition and real estate litigation. The team is also active in proceedings for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards resulting from civil and commercial arbitration. Ricardo Padilla leads the arbitration and litigation department from the firm's offices in San Pedro Sula, where managing partner Jesús Humberto Medina-Alva - who is noted for his significant experience in civil and commercial litigation - is also based. Claribel Medina De León, who has particular strength in arbitration and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, leads the practice in Tegucigalpa.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Padilla; Claribel Medina De León

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Central Law on various matters, including in the dispute resolution area, for our clients with operations in Honduras. The team has always been responsive and provided great advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cementos del Norte (CENOSA), one of the main cement producers in Honduras, in an appeal against the decision by the Honduran Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Competition that the client participated in restrictive competition practices.
  • Representing electronic products company Aceyco in a tax dispute with the State of Honduras.
  • Acting for Parque Ecologico Infantil San Ignacio in a dispute with the State of Honduras over alleged unpaid taxes.

ECIJA

The disputes team at global firm ECIJA 'stands out for its experience, poise and, above all, its negotiation skills'. It has a strong client base of well-known domestic and multinational companies, which it represents in a range of proceedings, including contentious-administrative, labour and IP disputes and asset recovery actions. Co-practice head Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira is well versed in civil, commercial and constitutional litigation. Arbitration is also a key area of expertise for the department, including for practice co-head Roberto Williams, who has notable experience in arbitration, particularly relating to the contracting of public works, and regularly acts as an arbitrator, as well as handling real estate, IP and insurance litigation. The duo receives strong support from senior associate Jorge Reina.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Williams; Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira

Testimonials

‘The team’s reliability is unmatched in terms of their legal knowledge. Their opinions are respected both by clients and regulators.’

‘Their standout qualities are integrity, honesty and a good reputation. Their advice is clear and thorough, giving the necessary assistance to resolve our concerns. Rosalinda Cruz, Jorge Reina and Roberto Williams are our best advisers and have exceptional ethical and professional values.’

‘We have confidence in the experience of the team.’

‘They stand out for their experience, poise and, above all, their negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Banco Lafise

Cámara Hondureña de Aseguradores (CAHDA)

Quality Grains

Pinturas Sur Honduras

Guccio Gucci

Apple

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pinturas Sur Honduras in a dispute over the benefits of a private pension fund being claimed by a former employee.
  • Acting for Cámara Hondureña de Aseguradores (CAHDA) in contentious-administrative proceedings seeking the nullification of actions of the National Commission of Banks and Insurance.
  • Representing Banco Lafise in judicial actions for the recovery of debts owed to the bank.

Lexincorp

Construction disputes are a key area of expertise for Lexincorp, which has been highly active in representing its new client Secretaría de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos (Insep), which manages the operations of the Palmerola International Airport project, in related disputes. The team is led by Benito Zelaya, who is experienced in handling litigation and arbitration for banking, construction, mining, telecoms and pharmaceuticals clients, among others, in addition to acting as an arbitrator himself. San Pedro Sula office head Silvia Zelaya, who has expertise in civil, tenancy and labour disputes, and Engels Zelaya are also key partners, while senior associate Max Canelas is particularly skilled in civil and financial enforcement disputes and associate Fabian Villeda in international litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Benito Zelaya

Key clients

Secretaría de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos (Insep)

Constructora Serpic

Asica

Constructora Kosmox

Soinsa

Archivistica y Sistemas Informaticos de Centroamerica

Work highlights

  • Representing Asica in a $2m arbitration claim.
  • Advising Constructora Serpic in a claim against INVEST Honduras, seeking the adjustment of economic conditions and the extension of the contract term based on the force majeure clause, as a result of the pandemic.
  • Representing Secretaría de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos (INSEP) in a direct settlement claim filed by the Palmerola International Airport concessionaire, requesting the extension of the term for the construction of the airport and the modification of economic aspects of the agreement.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. offers dispute resolution services to clients across Honduras, with offices in both Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, as well as acting alongside the firm's offices in Guatemala and El Salvador in multi-jurisdictional disputes. The team is experienced in litigation and arbitration, handling civil, commercial, labour and tax disputes, with additional expertise in public international law. The growing practice has recently seen an increase in work from clients in the real estate, leisure, energy and construction sectors. Odín Guillén Leíva heads the team and attracts praise for his 'leadership, commitment and knowledge of Honduran and international legislation'.

Practice head(s):

Odín Guillén Leiva

Testimonials

‘Mayora & Mayora’s key strength is its teamwork. They have worked together to develop the practice and draw on the skills of each member of the team to deal with their cases. In addition, they avoid the word “but” and always try to find solutions to clients’ matters. It is a firm you can trust because they will do everything legally possible to resolve cases in their clients’ favour. The other thing that stands out about the team is their dedication to their clients. They treat clients’ disputes as if they were their own.’

‘Odín Guillén Leiva’s leadership, commitment and knowledge of Honduran and international legislation all contribute to the smooth running of his team. These abilities give him a clear perspective, which serves him well in identifying the best strategy for the client.’

Key clients

Applus Norcontrol

Larach & Cia

Grupo Terra (Uno Petrol Honduras)

Inversiones Ferrera

Publicidad Comercial

Latam Hotel Corporation

Futeca

Golan

Otis

Melt

Work highlights

  • Acting for Applus Nor-Control in a claim for breach of contract against Empresa Energía Honduras (EEH), the main energy provider in the country.
  • Representing Honduran hardware store Larach & Cia in a claim in the Italian courts against multinational construction company Astaldi for the payment of a civil debt.
  • Acting for Inversiones Ferrera in a claim seeking to retrieve payment relating to the expropriation of real estate in San Pedro Sula.

Galeano & Garcia

Dispute resolution boutique Galeano & Garcia is renowned for its experience in civil litigation, often handling cases for other local firms without dispute resolution practices. The 'excellent' and 'highly regarded' Luis Enrique Galeano Milla and Alberto García Fortín lead the practice, acting in civil, labour and contentious-administrative litigation, with additional arbitration expertise. The team acts for large domestic clients from the coffee, sugar, and construction and engineering sectors, among others, and also acts pro bono for two non-profit entities, Fundación Hondureña Para el Niño Quemado and Asociación de Carmelitas Descalzas de Honduras.

Practice head(s):

Luis Enrique Galeano Milla; Alberto García Fortín

Testimonials

‘In my experience working with this firm, what gives me confidence is the experience that the partners have in the area of law, which means they are able to spot any weak points in the case. They are also extremely quick in providing responses and legal opinions.’

‘Something I think is extremely important about Galeano & García is the combination of senior lawyers who have had long careers and a great deal of professional experience and younger lawyers who are very capable, studious and extremely diligent in their representation of their clients. They save clients time and money and achieve satisfactory results. Luis Galeano Milla and Alberto García Fortín are excellent.’

‘The team is very good and of a high quality. We are very satisfied with the team dealing with our case and their ability to handle matters.’

‘They stand out for their clear and specific focus on every possible situation. Alberto García showed a lot of quality and professionalism in his advice to us, both at the beginning of the case and when following up. The added value of this firm is their immediate attention to clients’ needs and their timely follow-up to requests or issues raised.’

‘It is a focused team which works well both in practice and when studying the theory of the case. The team always tells clients the positive and negative aspects of the matter.’

‘Luis Enrique Galeano and Alberto García are both highly regarded in Honduras for civil procedural law. They have acted in very important cases and emerged victorious.’

‘They are renowned for their experience and knowledge, with professional ethics which show their quality as lawyers. They offer proven and trustworthy advice, suggesting different scenarios based on the legal reality in this country. Their experience in court is extremely important and the quality of their analysis of cases gives clients a lot of confidence when making decisions.’

‘Galeano & García stands apart due to the professional abilities of its partners. The honesty and ethics of the lawyers is based on proven experience in civil, commercial, administrative and labour law matters. Luis Galeano’s deep knowledge together with his experience make him the ideal adviser. This knowledge and experience complements the intelligent and judicious suggestions contributed by Alberto García.’

Key clients

Compañía Azucarera Hondureña

Grupo Terra

Corporación Lady Lee

Asociación de Exportadores de Café de Honduras (ADECAFEH)

Crowe Honduras

Cooperativa Elga

Asociación de Consultores en Ingeniería (ACI)

Rainforest Alliance

Compañía Azucarera Tres Valles

Fir Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inmobiliaria Construccion y Finanzas, a part of Grupo Terra, in a tenancy dispute.
  • Acting for Asociación Consultores en Ingeniería in a claim over the breach of a contract entered into by the client and a Bolivian company which offers a new technology for construction design.
  • Representing Bienes y Raíces Arías in a construction damages claim relating to the collapse of the Ciudad del Ángel real estate project.