Firm Profile > Arias > San Salvador, El Salvador

El Salvador

Banking and finance Tier 1

The eight-strong banking, finance and insurance team at Arias handles complex matters across the region, including traditional loans, syndicated loans, capital markets and local issues. Practice head Zygmunt Brett and highly-regarded associate Mariana Nóchez assisted private-investment promotion agency Proparco in two recent highlights, namely granting a $15m loan to Banco Promerica for SME financing, and assisting the same institution, as part of a senior lender syndicate which also included Dutch development bank FMO, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in a loan agreement to Capella Solar for a solar photovoltaic power plant. Post publication, in December 2019, Brett, Nóchez and associate Antonella Imbers departed the firm, subsequently joining BLP in mid-February 2020.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate and M&A team, which makes 'the most complex transactions look easy', is the largest department of the 'very reliable and trusted' Arias in El Salvador. Lilian Arias leads the practice, which has recently secured a number of new clients, such as Invenergy, Grupo Rudelman and Trina Solar. Key team members Luisa Rivas and associate Adán Araujo provided advice to Proyecto La Trinidad on the execution of a loan agreement with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), to be used to develop, construct and operate a solar power project. The firm also acted as local counsel to Telefónica in the regional sale of the firm's Central American operations. Furthermore, 2018 saw the arrival of Maximiliano Pimentel from Bufete A&A Lex and Javier Aguilar from an in-house role at IDB Invest. Co-managing partner of the El Salvador office Roberta Gallardo is also a key contact.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Arias' dispute resolution practice acts for companies from a number of sectors, such as banking, retail, energy and pharmaceuticals. Jaime Rodríguez and practice head Eduardo Ángel successfully represented multinational retailer Walmart before the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice in a civil liability complaint of over $12m related to the harmful effects of a fire which originated in one of the client's warehouses. Associate Fernando Montano is another name to note. The department's impressive client roster also includes Citibank, Banco Davivienda, Dell and FedEx.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The five-strong IP department at Arias, which is praised by clients for being 'engaged with the company', regularly acts for clients from the fashion industry: experienced practice head Morena Zavaleta recently advised Longchamp on the protection of its world-famous "Le Pliage" bag design. In another work highlight, she filed an opposition against a trade mark application infringing two trade marks of the firm's client Grupo Inditex. The team also handles trade mark applications; for instance, associate Marcela Canjura filed 38 trade mark applications for Rigo Trading (Haribo Group).

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 partners Roberta Gallardo E:
Partners Eduardo Angel E:
Partners Luis Barahona E:
Partners Ana Mercedes Lopez E: anamercedes.lopez@
Partners Morena Zavaleta E:
Partners Armando Arias E:
Partners Luisa Rivas E:
Partners Carolina Lazo E:
Partners Lilian Arias E:
Partners Zygmunt Brett E:
Partners Jaime Rodríguez E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Eduardo Ángel  photo Mr Eduardo Ángel
Ms Lilian Arias  photo Ms Lilian Arias
Dr Armando Arias  photo Dr Armando Arias
Mr Luis Barahona  photo Mr Luis Barahona
Ms Luz Bustamante  photo Ms Luz Bustamante
Ms Roberta Gallardo  photo Ms Roberta Gallardo
Ms Ana Mercedes López  photo Ms Ana Mercedes López
Ms Carolina Lazo  photo Ms Carolina Lazo
Ms Luisa Rivas  photo Ms Luisa Rivas
Mr Jaime Rodríguez  photo Mr Jaime Rodríguez
Ms Morena Zavaleta  photo Ms Morena Zavaleta
Other fee-earners : 130+
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