Firm Profile > Arias > San Salvador, El Salvador

El Salvador

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Arias fields a 'highly academically and technically skilled' corporate and M&A department, attracting particular praise for handling regional matters in Central America. Its focus lies on providing multi-disciplinary advice to global corporations from the aviation, hospitality, food and beverage, and banking and finance sectors. Practice heads Roberta Gallardo and Lilian Arias both have deep expertise in cross-border M&A, one of the main strong suits of this practice. Carolina Lazo is particularly active in the aeronautical, textiles and manufacturing sectors, in addition to her speciality in investment projects. Both Ana Mercedes López and Luisa Rivas are renowned experts in energy matters and often handle corporate matters in this area of law. At associate level, Adán Araujo provides advice on corporate transactions, especially to telecoms clients.

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‘What makes them unique is, firstly, their ability to handle matters involving various areas of the law, thanks to their specialist lawyers and their good relationships with others in the field, and, secondly, the high level of service and their availability to assist us with our needs.’

‘Their standout feature is their availability and 24/7 client service, in addition to the fact that the team is made up of professionals who are able to cover every facet of the law, depending on the requirements of our business. Furthermore, their partners are highly academically and technically skilled, so they can handle any request and have excellent relationships, both personally and professionally, with others in the public and private sector.’

‘Carolina Lazo and Luisa Rivas de Miguel meet our highest expectations. Lilian Arias is an excellent professional and coordinates her team perfectly, depending on the area of law or the type of matter that needs to be resolved, achieving the desired result.’

‘Arias’ experience makes a great difference, together with the business perspective that allows it to create legal solutions with a strategic vision.’

‘They stand out for their degree of expertise paired with a team that’s ready to support our business needs at all times.’

Key clients

Telefonica Centroamerica Inversiones, Telefónica and TLK Investments



Bank of Nova Scotia


La Constancia

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The dispute resolution practice at regional heavyweight Arias puts an emphasis on out-of-court settlements, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, all the while remaining well equipped to represent clients in litigation. Clients range from local to international companies from numerous sectors, such as consumer goods, energy, hospitality and pharmaceuticals. The multi-disciplinary team also handles administrative antitrust procedures, anti-money laundering issues and customs obligations. Eduardo Ángel spearheads the department, and has a particular focus on labour disputes, competition and data privacy matters, among others. Damages claims, commercial disputes and consumer protection matters are frequently handled by key practitioner Jaime Rodríguez. Senior associate Fernando Montano has expertise in administrative procedures, antitrust matters and judicial intellectual property proceedings related to unfair competition; since publication, he has been raised to the partnership, effective as of January 2021.

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‘A very well-prepared team. Excellent command of trials and procedural matters.’

‘Eduardo Ángel is a lawyer with excellent theoretical and practical knowledge, both in labour and procedural matters, which allows him to take strategic positions in litigation. He also has great ability in oral arguments, with very clear but strategic expositions.’

‘Eduardo Ángel has a character that allows him, based on his experience, to give clients confidence in the decisions made, as well as helping the client to always act rationally.’

Key clients

Operadora del Sur (Walmart)

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing

Novartis Pharma (Logistics)

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Philip Morris El Salvador

US Embassy in El Salvador

Bank of America

Green Energy



Carvajal Empaques

Energía del Pacifico (Invenergy)

Marlins COnsolidators

Foreign Commerce Bank (Corporación Multi Inversiones)

International Stores Corporation and ISHOP El Salvador (Grupo Motta International)

YKK El Salvador

Banco Davivienda

Fruit Shippers

Sisa, Vida, Seguros de Personas

Banco Citibank de El Salvador (currently Banco Cuscatlán)

Distribuidora de Azúcar y Derivados (Dizucar)

Banking and finance Tier 2

In a major move, former practice head Zygmunt Brett left Arias in December 2019 together with key team members Mariana Nochez and senior associate Antonella Imbers; all three joined BLP in February 2020. Regional managing partner Armando Arias and co-managing partners of the El Salvador office Lilian Arias and Roberta Gallardo now jointly head the banking and finance group. Advice on traditional loans, syndicated loans, capital markets and financial transactions remains the core focus of the practice, which is praised for its 'very professional and diligent manner'. Senior associate Mario Lozano regularly assists financial institutions with the sale and acquisition of assets, as well as with financing, derivatives and issuance of guarantees by means of securitisation; since publication, he has been raised to the partnership, effective as of January 2021.


‘Arias worked with us on all aspects of our case in a very professional and diligent manner. Throughout the process, Arias has been indispensable in helping us to understand the legal environment surrounding conducting business in El Salvador.’

‘The lawyers we have worked with at Arias have been very diligent. They have always shown themselves to be willing to work together and have a lot of knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Banco La Hipotecaria – Panamá y La Hipotecaria

Invenergy Clean Power El Salvador

MRO Holdings

Bank of Nova Scotia

PRB Fast Food



Goldman Sachs

Intellectual property Tier 2

Trade mark and patent portfolio management for international household names are the two main pillars of Arias' 'dedicated and cohesive' intellectual property practice. The team's portfolio of services further includes technology and data protection matters. Morena Zavaleta acts as department leader and has extensive knowledge of the life sciences sector. Associate Marcela Canjura frequently handles post-registration issues such as renewals, trade mark assignments, licence agreements and voluntary cancellations. Furthermore, the practice is active in corporate transactions involving brand and IP due diligence on a regular basis.

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‘It is a dedicated, cohesive team that is always available to fulfil the needs and objectives of clients. All lawyers are up to date with what is happening with each client and their matters.’

‘The lawyers at Arias are an extension of my company. They have an eye on any new legal situation in the country. Information is provided in a timely fashion and they are always available to represent the company in chambers or in meetings involving the relevant authorities.’

‘Quick and effective response.’

‘Very appropriate advice.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Clarke, Modet & Co. (España)


Mary Kay








AB InBev

La Constancia


Grupo Roble



Procter & Gamble


Rigo Tradings (Haribo Group)




H. Lundbeck

Tommy Hilfiger

Tax Tier 2

Tax advice, planning, due diligence, litigation and transfer pricing are the key features of Arias' tax practice, which is led by Luis Barahona. He has deep knowledge of precautionary legal audits, tax risk detection and tax administration, particularly in the private sector. Senior associate César López provides key support, especially in tax litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities. Combining tax know-how with corporate expertise, senior associate Marianella Guidos advises clients on customs regulations and due diligence processes.

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Key clients


Hanes Brands

Inmobiliaria Apopa



Del Sur

Banco Cuscatlán


Confecciones Jiboa

Ingenio Chaparrastique



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, 35 partners,  and 130 highly trained and experienced attorneys.

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.


Among our staff, we have attorneys with long experience in several practice areas combined with young lawyers, that makes our firm to be constantly innovating and adapting to today’s world needs, ensuring to offer our clients the best legal talent in the region. 


Arias is a full-service firm, providing advice in over 33 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, compliance, banking and finance, intellectual property, labor law, energy, oil and gas, real estate, immigration, and general counsel services, among others.


We provide creative and innovative legal solutions that add value to our clients, taking the time to know and understand their business goals, while always focused on providing reliable and accurate legal services, with their best interests in mind.


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.


Consistently, we have been honored with important recognitions and awards such as “Firm of the Year in Central America”, “Firm of the year” in the countries we operate, “Client Service Award”, “Best Regional Firm for Women in Business  Law”, “Deal of the Year”, among other relevant regional and local awards for the firm and our members.


We promote diversity within the firm, professional growth is based on each individual’s merit regardless of the gender or ethnics.

49% of our partners are women

51% of our associates are women

65% of our management positions are held by women


Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro-bono work have always been an important part of our DNA. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to inspire and generate positive changes in our environment in order to achieve and ensure a better future for the next generations.

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


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner, Head of Corporate and M&A Roberta Gallardo 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Compliance and Competition Eduardo Angel 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Taxes Luis Barahona 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Corporate and Banking Ana Mercedes Lopez 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Intellectual Property Morena Zavaleta 503 22570900
Partner, Regional Managing Partner Armando Arias 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Project Development and Energy Luisa Rivas 503 22570900
Partner, Head of Project Development and Environmental Carolina Lazo 503 22570900
Partner, Corporate and M&A Lilian Arias 503 22570900
Partner, Dispute Resolution Jaime Rodríguez 503 22570900
Photo Name Position Profile
 Eduardo Ángel  photo Eduardo Ángel Partner.Head of the Dispute Resolution department in El Salvador.
Ms Lilian Arias  photo Ms Lilian Arias Co-Managing Partner.
Dr Armando Arias  photo Dr Armando Arias Founder.Regional Managing Partner
Mr Luis Barahona  photo Mr Luis Barahona Partner
Ms Roberta Gallardo  photo Ms Roberta Gallardo Partner.
 Ana Mercedes López  photo Ana Mercedes López Partner.
Ms Carolina Lazo  photo Ms Carolina Lazo Partner
Ms Luisa Rivas  photo Ms Luisa Rivas Partner
 Jaime Rodríguez  photo Jaime Rodríguez Partner
Ms Morena Zavaleta  photo Ms Morena Zavaleta Partner
Partners : 10
Associates : 22
Administrative Staff : 31
INTA - International Trademark Association
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
World Law Group
Partners throughout the Central American Region : 35
Partners in El Salvador : 10