Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Roberto Rodríguez leads the litigation and arbitration practice at regional firm Lexincorp, which expanded recently with the August 2020 arrival of associate Didier Alemán from an in-house role and is particularly experienced in debt recovery actions.

Dispute resolution in Nicaragua

Arias

The powerhouse dispute resolution group at Arias continues to be a leader in the market, assisting its regional and global clients with alternative dispute resolution, out-of-court settlements and litigation, across the constitutional, commercial, corporate, criminal, labour, real estate, tax and administrative areas. Spearheaded by Róger Pérez, who has recently handled various administrative and constitutional actions, and backed by associate Octavio Alarcón, who has experience in credit recovery, bankruptcy and administrative proceedings, the group’s client roster spans the energy, mining, retail, aviation, shipping and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Roger Pérez

Key clients

Polaris Energy Nicaragua

Farmacias Europeas

Banco de América Central (BAC)

Café Soluble

Banco Ficohsa de Nicaragua

Ficohsa Tarjetas de Nicaragua

Casa del Café

Cukra Industrial

Taca International

E Chamorro Industrial

Condor

La India

Work highlights

  • Represented Polaris Energy Nicaragua in a labour compensation lawsuit.
  • Assisted Farmacias Europeas with procedures before the Tax Authority and the Tax and Customs Administrative Court.
  • Acted for Condor, a mining concessionary, in a dispute over the ownership of the land acquired for a mining project.

Consortium Legal

The 'highly effective' dispute resolution team at Consortium Legal remains a market leader, representing its local and international clients in a comprehensive range of matters, including constitutional disputes, commercial and investment arbitration, and civil, commercial, contentious-administrative, and labour litigation. Headed by Gerardo Hernandez, who is described as 'an expert in conflict resolution', and supported by labour litigation specialist Bertha Xiomara Ortega and associate Sergio Escobar, who is experienced in civil, corporate and insurance disputes, the team represents international clients such as Walmart and Cemex, across the energy, telecoms, infrastructure, retail and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Hernandez

Testimonials

‘Consortium’s litigation and arbitration team is highly effective and has the ability to react quickly to highly complex cases that require multi-disciplinary teams. In our experience in Nicaragua, we have not known other firms with solid teams in the litigation and arbitration area that have the expertise that we appreciate in the Consortium team.’

‘The lawyers of the Consortium litigation and arbitration team are distinguished by their solid knowledge of the matter and the particularities of the market. The team are generally recognised for their experience and qualifications.’

‘Gerardo Hernandez is an expert in conflict resolution with a great ability to approach cases with a strategic vision and to define the scenarios in which processes are developed and anticipate the actions of the counterpart.’

‘Sergio Escobar impressed us with his ability to quickly organise the work in order to respond to the demands of the case.’

Key clients

Walmart

Industrial Comercial San Martin

BTD Group

Cemex

Galaxy

UNO

CENTRAL LAW Nicaragua

The litigation department at Central Law Nicaragua handles the full range of dispute matters. These include local and international arbitration, shareholder disputes, governmental tender disputes, cases relating to constitutional rights, and administrative, civil, commercial, labour and corporate litigation. Led by administrative law expert Soraya Montoya and managing partner Yalí Molina, the team represents clients in the construction, consumer services, investments and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Soraya Montoya; Yalí Molina

Dentons Muñoz

The experienced litigation and arbitration group at Dentons Muñoz represents local and international clients in cases including contentious-administrative claims, debt collection actions and contractual disputes. The team is led by office managing partner Edgard Torres and dispute resolution department director Gabriel Alvarado. Associate Sara Mayorga, who has expertise in commercial and construction arbitration, is also noted. The group’s roster of clients spans the energy, construction, telecoms, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

Edgard Torres; Gabriel Alvarado

García & Bodán

Praised by clients for its 'attention to detail' and 'strategic vision', the litigation and arbitration team at García & Bodán acts for national and multinational clients in high-value, cross-border disputes. The group’s full service includes mediation and commercial arbitration, representing clients in administrative processes before government entities, and civil, commercial and labour litigation. The team is led by 'standout' senior associate María Ofelia Medina, who is experienced in civil and administrative litigation, and backed by associate Gerardo Escorcia, who has expertise in criminal, labour and administrative proceedings. Its client portfolio spans the construction, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, manufacturing, transportation, food, nonprofit and infrastructure sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

María Ofelia Medina

Testimonials

‘The attention to detail makes the litigation practice unique.’

‘The lawyers are well prepared for cases. Ofelia Medina is a standout member of the team’

‘The team is committed to perfecting the training of its members, has a strategic vision of the matters that it must advise on and defend, and the ability to do this in the best way possible.’

Alvarado y Asociados

The experienced dispute resolution team at Alvarado y Asociados acts for local and international clients in complex litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. The group is headed by firm founder and managing partner Gloria María de Alvarado and civil and labour litigation expert Luz Marina Espinoza, with support from senior associate Cristopher Garcia. The team’s client roster covers includes companies from the healthcare, building materials, finance, and mining and metals industries.

Practice head(s):

Gloria Maria Alvarado; Luz Marina Espinoza