Firm Profile > Arias > San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Corporate and finance Tier 1

Arias' 'excellent, capable and reliable team' is widely respected for corporate law advice that is frequently cross-border, including M&A, and the practice's corporate services are complemented by tax, labour, antitrust and administrative law expertise. Notable clients include Essilor Optica International Holding (EOIH), EZCorp, AS Solution North America, Avent Holding and Global Partnerships Social Investment Fund. The team acted for EOIH in the acquisition of a majority stake in Optica Popular, which owns a  prescription lens laboratory and optical lens retail spots; it also advised Caña de Azúcar Holding on the acquisition of a sugar business in Honduras, which included sugar cane fields and a sugar mill operation. In other matters, the team acted for AS Solution North America in the acquisition of shares in a security service provider. Managing partner Evangelina Lardizabal's key client list includes both local and international companies as well as banks and insurance companies, and Mario Agüero is highly rated for structuring local business operations for international companies. In recent years, Agüero has been active in regulated sectors such as telecoms, oil, energy, mining and finance. Claudia Midence and Antonio Montes are notable associates.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Arias' Honduran dispute resolution practice is widely respected for both court and arbitral hearings, labour, civil and commercial law matters, and administrative law proceedings. Active key clients are Lear Automotive, Chevron Caribbean, Walmart and Decameron. The team acted for Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, which operates Puerto Cortes (an important seaport), in a claim against Chiquita Honduras Company that demanded compensatory damages and related rates charged to port users. In other matters, the practice defended Spain's clothing design and manufacturing company Punto Fa (trading as Mango) against a case by a former franchisee in Honduras, Eurocomer, which claimed contract termination damages. Another highlight was assisting Pan-American Life Insurance Group with five civil lawsuits that were filed by collective insurance beneficiaries to seek damages and judicial costs. Fanny Rodríguez heads the dispute resolution department which includes notable associate Erick Lezama.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Arias advises on both non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark, patent and sanitary registrations, as well as the enforceability of IP rights, including copyright infringement. The firm fields specialists in the food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, automotive, fashion and retail sectors. The team advises The Procter & Gamble on an ongoing basis on new applications, renewals, maintenance of IP rights, and actions against third parties. Other significant clients include Sanofi and Bayer. Associates Sonia Urbina and Gissel Zalavarria are team head and health registration group leader, respectively.

Tax Tier 2

Arias regularly provides tax law advice to clients based in Honduras' free trade zones as well as beneficiaries of other special tax regimes, including the manufacturers of export goods. The team also fields experts in the tax aspects of renewable energy deals. Operadora Portuaria Centroamérica, an International Container Terminal Services subsidiary, and Hanesbrands are active clients. The team assists American Pacific, a subsidiary of Ascendant Resources, with ongoing tax law advice in relation to its mining activities, including contentious issues; and advises medical technology company Halyard Health's local Honduran subsidiary, AVENT, on tax matters, including fiscal benefits and filings before the administrative tax authority. Honduras office managing partner Evangelina Lardizábal heads the department which includes notable associate Claudia Midence.


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 Evangelina Lardizábal E: evangelina.lardizabal@
Partners Fanny Rodríguez E:
Partners Mario Agüero E:
Other fee-earners : 130+
Partners : 32