Firm Profile > Arias > San Salvador, El Salvador
CALLE LA MASCOTA #533
COLONIA SAN BENITO
Arias > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
The banking and finance team at Arias acts for local and international banks and financial institutions, advising on high-value, multi-jurisdictional financial transactions. Described by clients as 'true strategic partners', team members offer assistance with the full range of matters, including debt restructuring, loan agreements, equity investments, asset securitisation, due diligence and project finance. The team is led by Roberta Gallardo, who also heads the M&A practice, structured financing expert Luisa Rivas, experienced negotiator Ana Mercedes López and investment project specialist Carolina Lazo. It is supported by new partner Mario Lozano and senior associates Adán Araujo and Rafael Burgos. The group’s client roster includes international names such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank of Nova Scotia and Citibank, and spans the banking and financial services, hospitality and energy sectors.
Ana Mercedes López; Roberta Gallardo; Luisa Rivas; Carolina Lazo
‘Arias is a team that stands out for its technical and professional capabilities. They are true strategic partners in their advice on the management of the client’s business.’
‘Arias has a team of lawyers who are always available and prepared to advise on any case.’
‘Roberta Gallardo and Ana Mercedes Lopez get involved, with a deep understanding of each transaction, which enables them to give practical solutions in complex matters.’
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
EMF Microfinance fund, AGmvK (Enabling Qapital)
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
With 'excellent experience', the team at Arias continues to be a leader in the corporate and M&A practice area, advising clients involved in high-value, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. It also offers support with such issues as franchise matters, corporate governance, tax planning, management agreements, shareholders’ agreements and creditors’ rights issues. The group is jointly led by M&A practice head Roberta Gallardo, negotiation expert Ana Mercedes López, corporate planning and project development specialist Luisa Rivas, investment adviser Carolina Lazo, and corporate practice head and office co-managing partner Lilian Arias. They are backed by regional managing partner Armando Arias, Eduardo Ángel, who handles related litigation, Mario Lozano, who provides complementary expertise in banking and finance matters, and senior associate Adán Araujo. The team represents a portfolio of international clients that includes Telefonica, the Bank of Nova Scotia and Unilever, across sectors ranging from telecoms, food, banking and energy, to construction, infrastructure and consumer goods.
Roberta Gallardo; Luisa Rivas; Carolina Lazo; Lilian Arias; Ana Mercedes López
‘Lilian Arias and Ana Mercedes López are lawyers who always understand the needs of their clients and provide added value, efficiency and practicality to all that is assigned to them.’
‘The team is very well qualified, with a lot of knowledge in legal matters and excellent experience.’
‘The firm has been very conscientious in collecting fees during the pandemic. But the biggest novelty is that they are always up to date and aware of the new laws, ready to give an opinion on new issues and also able to give clients practical and realistic advice.’
Telefonica Centroamerica Inversiones, Telefónica and TLK Investments
Dispute resolution Tier 1
With 'extensive experience' in litigation and arbitration, the team at Arias remains a leader in the field, using advanced tech to implement real-time viewing of litigation procedures, in order to provide personalised solutions to national and multinational clients on a diverse spectrum of litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters. These include antitrust, tax, real estate, IP, labour, criminal, and commercial and corporate disputes. The team is headed by senior partner Eduardo Ángel, who is highlighted for his 'deep knowledge', and backed by Jaime Rodríguez, a particular expert in civil litigation relating to damages and commercial disputes, and Fernando Montano, who was promoted to partner in January 2021. The group’s client roster features household names such as Citibank, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson and Philip Morris, across sectors ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and tobacco, to retail, energy, financial services and telecoms.
‘The team is highly qualified, with a lot of knowledge in legal matters and excellent experience.’
‘Eduardo Angel, in addition to being a lawyer with a deep knowledge of legal issues, has a personality that makes it easy to address problems with a cool head and thus make the right decisions. He has a mastery of public speaking that is necessary for trials.’
‘The team at Arias has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution, as well as an excellent understanding of procedure, jurisprudence and the application of the law as it relates to our company. Likewise, they have an excellent and respectful attitude to all the parties involved in conflicts that help to resolve them promptly and satisfactorily.’
‘They work in a very well-coordinated way and are always available to assist with any issue.’
Operadora del Sur (a local subsidiary of Walmart)
Johnson & Johnson
YKK El Salvador
International Stores Corporation and iShop El Salvador (companies of Grupo Motta)
Distribuidora de Azúcar y Derivados (Dizucar)
Fruit of the Loom
Intellectual property Tier 2
The intellectual property and life sciences team at Arias advises national and multinational clients on a wide range of matters, including the obtaining of health permits, infringement actions, advertisement-related matters, the new applications for and renewals of IP rights, and post-registration changes. Led by Morena Zavaleta, the team is supported by senior associates Marcela Canjura, an expert in trade marks, and Elisa Gonzalez, who focuses on health registrations and regulatory matters, particularly in the life sciences sector. The group’s client roster features high-profile corporations including Phillip Morris International, the Coca-Cola Company, Walmart and Procter & Gamble, across the pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, retail, automotive and manufacturing industries, among others.
Tax Tier 2
The tax group at Arias assists clients at the national and regional levels with such matters as due diligence processes, the tax implications of setting up companies, permit processing, litigation, transfer pricing, tax planning and compliance. Led by former Director of the Internal Revenue Service Luis Barahona, and supported by senior associate César López, who has expertise in contentious and non-contentious, and associate Marianella Guidos, a specialist in customs regulations, the team represents clients across the hospitality, energy and banking sectors.
Arias > Firm Profile
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, 42 partners, and 130 highly trained and experienced attorneys, with offices in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
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.
Areas of practice
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.
Our focus: We make things happen
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.
Recognitions and awards
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.
- 47% of our partners are women
- 48% of our associates are women
- 57% of our management positions are held by women
- 100% of our managing partners are women
2,000 Pro-bono hours per year
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.
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|Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Compliance and Competition||Eduardo Angelemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Partner, Head of Taxes||Luis Barahonafirstname.lastname@example.org||503 22570900|
|Partner, Head of Corporate and Banking||Ana Mercedes Lopezemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Partner, Head of Intellectual Property||Morena Zavaletafirstname.lastname@example.org||503 22570900|
|Partner, Regional Managing Partner||Armando Ariasemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Partner, Head of Project Development and Energy||Luisa Rivasfirstname.lastname@example.org||503 22570900|
|Partner, Head of Project Development and Environmental||Carolina Lazoemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Partner, Corporate and M&A||Lilian Ariasfirstname.lastname@example.org||503 22570900|
|Partner, Dispute Resolution||Jaime Rodríguezemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Partner, Compliance||Fernando Montanofirstname.lastname@example.org||503 22570900|
|Partner, Banking and Finance||Mario Lozanoemail@example.com||503 22570900|
|Eduardo Ángel||Partner.Head of the Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Labor departments in El Salvador.||View Profile|
|Adán Araujo||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Lilian Arias||Co-Managing Partner.||View Profile|
|Dr Armando Arias||Founder.Regional Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Luis Barahona||Partner||View Profile|
|Marcela Canjura||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Roberta Gallardo||Partner.||View Profile|
|Ana Mercedes López||Partner.||View Profile|
|César López||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Carolina Lazo||Partner||View Profile|
|Mario Lozano||Partner||View Profile|
|Fernando Montano||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Luisa Rivas||Partner||View Profile|
|Jaime Rodríguez||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Morena Zavaleta||Partner||View Profile|