Firm Profile > ECIJA > Tegucigalpa , Honduras


Intellectual property Tier 1

Bufete Casco is the IP arm of the local Honduran office of what is now ECIJA, which was formed following the recent tie-up between Spanish firm ECIJA and Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. The team is highly rated for its expertise in patents, trade marks and copyright; representative work includes registering trade marks, brands, commercial names, and other distinct symbols. It also assists with trade mark renewals, defending IP rights, and annuity and non-exploitation payments. The client list includes Apple, Guccio Gucci, Quality Grains and Andersen Tax. Highlights included acting for Apple in a case that sought the annulment of Trademark Office resolutions, which deny trade mark registrations; the practice also advised Quality Grains on its negotiations with Beneficio de Café Montecristo, which involved an industrial property registration and a trade mark transfer agreement. The principal contacts are Leonardo Casco-Fortin, managing partner Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira, senior associate Roberto Williams, 'a lawyer who always returns phone calls as soon as he can', and associate Jorge Reina.

Corporate and finance Tier 2

ECIJA was formed following the tie-up between Spanish firm ECIJA and Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. The corporate group, which is 'very talented from top to bottom', is noted for its work for national and international companies and fields experts in banking, financial and insurance law as well as PPPs. Active clients include Banco Lafise, Assa Seguros, Pfizer and DHL Honduras. The team also regularly advises ceramics distributor Pisos y Mármoles on corporate matters, including its recent social capital increase. Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira is an insurance, finance and banking law specialist and Leonardo Casco-Fortin is an expert in corporate and civil law and banking matters.

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Dispute resolution Tier 2

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.

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The firm: ECIJA is a European law firm with headquarters in Spain and offices in Portugal, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador. ECIJA has a multidisciplinary team of over 300 professionals, with exceptional experience in their areas of specialization, enabled to work in different jurisdictions, with extensive knowledge of the different industries and international markets. ECIJA is a client-focused law firm with the agility and personal service of a high-end boutique firm and the multidisciplinary experience of a large firm. ECIJA is a full-service firm with significant experience and specialized in the practice areas required by international clients to invest and operate in Central America and the Caribbean.


Main areas of practice

Corporate: the firm provide corporate and M&A services for both local and international clients. The practice in M&A is multi-jurisdictional, focused on transactions with a regional component in Central America and Caribbean markets. The team is trained in Legal Project Management tools in order to control time and cost of any transaction.

Banking and finance: the team includes prestigious attorneys who have assisted important international and local banks with sophisticated transactions. Firm’s services involve many aspects of the complex regulatory financial world, including syndicated credit facilities, project finance and banking products such as leasing, factoring, confirming, mortgages, pledges and credit cards.

Dispute resolution: ECIJA has a strong practice for dispute resolution both in local courts and arbitration. The disputes include commercial, civil, investment and government. Regarding arbitration, the firms has a regional practice of several partners with strong experience and skills in international arbitration using the ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules, and also with local rules in each country.

Technology and data privacy: ECIJA in one of the leading firms in the LATAM for technology and data privacy practices. The team focused on technology industry for complex transactions, M&A and software developments.

Employment and human rights: the firm has a strong practice on Employment matters from the employer perspective. The services include litigation, technology issues related to the employment, company’s restructuration, immigration and compliance. ECIJA’s practice in Human Rights is focused on compliance with international standards in five areas: gender, age, functional diversity, social origin, and diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Administrative and infrastructure: the services provided by ECIJA in these range from managing regulatory aspects of the relationship from the regulatory point of view between the client and the government throughout the execution of agreements with public entities.

Energy: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy projects in the Central American region because of its vast experience in the field. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorizations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies. The relevant experience and knowledge of energy project developments also covers construction and financing agreements.

Trusts: the firm has advised regional and foreign clients in connection with the incorporation of trust companies, the opening of internal trust departments and the design of business transactions which employ trust structures, including philanthropic, administration, guaranty, and real estate development trusts. Likewise, ECIJA have advised local banks in connection with the implementation of trust operations that include financing structures.

Foreign investment: ECIJA has a regional legal team that is prepared to advise foreign investors on how to structure their investment in any country of the region, including aspects such as obtaining the benefits of various tax incentive regimes and dealing with customs issues that come up when importing or exporting goods and services.