Firm Profile > Arias > Managua, Nicaragua


Corporate and finance Tier 1

Arias' corporate and finance department shines thanks to its 'deep working knowledge of the local Nicaraguan laws across all sectors'. Ana Teresa Rizo and key associate Maryeling Guevara, who 'makes sure her client has the necessary protection in every deal', successfully obtained concentration authorisation from the Nicaraguan Competition Authority for the acquisition of Monsanto by the firm's client Bayer. Associate Rodrigo Ibarra and Gustavo-Adolfo Vargas are further key figures in the exceptionally strong team. In another recent work highlight, Bertha Argüello, who 'gives sound advice, is always available, prompt with work and professional', assisted DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft with the structuring and packaging of its long-term debt. Roger Pérez is also a key contact. Edgard Torres and Mario Novoa left the department to join Dentons Muñoz in the second half of 2018.

Real estate Tier 1

The immensely experienced real estate team at Arias is headed by Roger Pérez, who 'understands the complexities of purchasing land and provides sound advice'. Along with key associate Uriel Balladares, the department head assisted Gran Pacífica Resort with the development of a property on the west coast of Nicaragua and its regulation under the condominium regime. In another current work highlight, the team is advising Farmacias Europeas on the review of all lease agreements for the client's drug stores throughout the country. The department is also leading in the niche sector of horizontal property regime matters, where it is currently representing Talanguera Townhomes in relation to the first merger of two properties under the condominium regime. Gustavo-Adolfo Vargas is also a key member of the team.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Associate María de los Angeles Marín heads the intellectual property and life sciences department at Arias' Managua office. Apart from day-to-day intellectual property rights matters and health registrations for products, the practice also assists clients with trade mark oppositions and trade mark portfolio management in cases involving mergers. In a recent work highlight, Marín and Ana Teresa Rizo acted for Rolex in filing an opposition against a trade mark application by Ralph Lauren. The practice has been able to secure a number of new clients recently, among them Schaeffler Technologies, NILIT and Philhobar Design Canada.

Arias is the leading global business law firm in Central America and the firm of choice in the region. The firm stands out for providing innovative and effective solutions that help clients achieve their business goals, while enjoying the benefits of working with an integrated firm, with presence in six countries through seven offices and 160 highly trained and experienced attorneys.

The firm: Since 1942, Arias has been setting the standards in the region by combining its global reach with local expertise, and providing a visionary outlook on the world’s business environment.

The firm’s most recent recognitions include: Central America Law Firm of the Year by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) (2016, 2015 and 2008); Client Service Awards by Chambers Latin America (2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011); Central America Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Latin America (2014 and 2009); Central America Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review (2016 and 2015) and Women in Business Law Awards for Central America and Panama by Euromoney (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012), Best Individual Award for Central America by Chambers Women in Law Awards (2018), among others that reconfirm the firm’s commitment to excellence.

Areas of practice: Arias is a full-service firm, providing advice in over 30 practice areas, with renowned specialists in each jurisdiction. Some of the firm’s main practice areas include: corporate, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, tax, arbitration and litigation, banking and finance, intellectual property, labor law, energy, oil and gas, real estate and immigration, among others.

International work: the firm advises on local and cross-border transactions, assisting some of the major international corporations doing business in the region, and also providing legal support to local clients going abroad.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Ana Teresa Rizo E:
Partners Bertha Argüello E:
Partners Róger Pérez E:
Partners Gustavo-Adolfo Vargas E:
Partners Edgard Torres E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Bertha Arguello  photo Ms Bertha Arguello
Mr Roger Pérez  photo Mr Roger Pérez
Ms Ana Teresa Rizo  photo Ms Ana Teresa Rizo
Mr Edgard Torres  photo Mr Edgard Torres
Mr Gustavo-Adolfo Vargas  photo Mr Gustavo-Adolfo Vargas
Other fee-earners : 130+
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