Firm Profile > Carrillo & Asociados > Guatemala, Guatemala

Carrillo & Asociados
DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Local litigation powerhouse Carrillo & Asociados is noted for its strength in constitutional actions, handling civil rights and public interest litigation and proceedings against government entities. The team also handles administrative and civil litigation, where it is highly active in debt recovery proceedings and shareholders' disputes. Arbitration - especially relating to agency and distribution, energy, telecoms and construction - is another area of expertise. The practice is led by experienced senior partners Alfonso Carrillo, who specialises in rule of law cases; Francisco Chávez; Luis Mazariegos, who has extensive experience in constitutional and administrative litigation; and Rodrigo Callejas, who focuses on asset recovery matters. The strong cohort of associates includes Mynor García and Ricardo Recinos, who focus on civil and constitutional litigation.

Key clients

Importadora de Alimentos de Guatemala

Industria Forrajera de Mazatenango

Correo de Guatemala

Alta Tecnología en Envases

Tapametal de Guatemala

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Eco Young & Rubicam

Defense of Rule of Law

Fundación Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Carrillo & Asociados has extensive experience in the energy and mining sectors. The team advises on commercial and regulatory issues, including permits, contracts and the transfer of mining rights and licences, as well as the financing and development of energy projects. It also has expertise in handling disputes relating to mining and energy, including arbitration and high-profile constitutional litigation. Practice Rodolfo Alegría provides advice to multinational clients on complex project financing, as well as in arbitration. Senior associate Mélida Pineda, who has expertise in M&A, project finance and insurance matters in the energy sector, is also a key contact.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Well-renowned local firm Carrillo & Asociados has particular expertise in insolvency and asset recovery, acting on behalf of custodians and private investors, and also has a strong profile for advising international financial institutions on regulatory compliance. Other work for the team includes commercial lending, project and aviation finance, and loan restructuring. Rodrigo Callejas, who specialises in insolvency, banking regulation and international asset recovery cases, leads the practice with Alfonso Carrillo, who is highly regarded for bankruptcy matters and banking litigation, and project finance specialist Rodolfo Alegría. The team also includes senior associate Emanuel Callejas, who is recommended for his experience in insolvency and fraud cases.

Corporate/M&A Tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados advises domestic and international clients from a wide range of sectors, including energy, retail, agribusiness, telecoms and banking, on corporate matters. The team has experience assisting with due diligence, incorporations, reorganisations and joint ventures, as well as complex M&A transactions, and also advises foreign investors on distribution and franchise agreements. Rodolfo Alegría, who has notable expertise in the energy and telecoms sectors, and Rodrigo Callejas, who focuses on cross-border transactions and joint ventures, lead the team alongside highly regarded senior partners Alfonso Carrillo and Francisco Chávez. Senior associate Mélida Pineda is also noted for her strength in the energy sector.

Tax Tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados is noted for its strength in representing regional and international corporations in complex tax litigation. The team is also equipped to advise multinational companies with operations in Guatemala on tax planning, import and export tax issues, customs and free trade agreements, free trade zones and tax benefits. Local and foreign high-net-worth individuals also seek the team's advice on international tax and estate planning. The practice is led by highly experienced senior partners Alfonso Carrillo and Rodolfo Alegría, and includes key senior associate María de Lourdes Villanueva.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Carrillo & Asociados is known for its experience in litigation relating to the counterfeiting and smuggling of products. The team also advises on patent prosecutions, trade mark registrations, utility models and industrial designs. It acts for domestic and multinational companies from a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, clothing, food and beverage, and communications. The practice is led by seasoned IP litigator Rodrigo Callejas; dispute resolution specialist Luis Mazariegos and associates Alfaro López, who advises on the full range of trade mark matters, and Carlos Meza are also key members of the team.

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Labour Tier 3

Foreign companies with operations in Guatemala seek Carrillo & Asociados' assistance with recruitment strategies and labour disputes. The team also advises clients on audits, occupational safety investigations and compensation for high-level employees. Dispute resolution specialist Luis Mazariegos, who has extensive experience in contentious labour matters, leads the team. Mynor García and associate Gabriel Bran are also noted for labour litigation.

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Carrillo & Asociados is a distinguished regional leader in a wide range of international commercial transactions and litigation, which is managed directly from its office in Guatemala, with 35 attorneys, often involving strategic law firm partners in other countries. Its legal talent has shaped many of the largest and most complicated cross-border transactions in Central America and its landmark work in Guatemalan and regional jurisprudence and business regulation has resulted in contacts and experience at the highest levels of industry. The incorporation of economic, financial, entrepreneurial and personal dimensions enables the firm to identify better strategies in each case and to offer integrated services to their clients.

History: Founded in 1947, Carrillo & Asociados merged with another of Guatemala’s most prestigious firms, Beltranena, De la Cerda, Chavez in 2009. This has enabled it to offer a sophisticated, full-service portfolio that encompasses strategic litigation, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, restructuring, energy and natural resources, foreign investments (including project finance) and international banking.

In recent years, the firm has become the chosen Latin American legal partner for international trustees and liquidators in some of the world’s highest-profile, highest-value insolvencies involving fraud and corruption. In addition, the firm is the sole Guatemalan member of FraudNet, the world’s leading network of asset tracing and recovery lawyers operating under the aegis of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Practice areas: Carrillo & Asociados is organized into the following departments: criminal litigation, arbitration, civil litigation and insurance; bankruptcy, insolvency, fraud and asset recovery, taxation and customs; corporate, M&A, banking and finance, restructuring, crisis management, energy, intellectual property, real estate and immigration.

Through its expansive and expert corporate practice, the firm advises some of the region’s top multinationals on the most complex and sophisticated matters, as well as strategic litigation, regulatory, capitalization, taxes, growth and investment.

In every client matter, counsel is given from a 360-degree perspective made possible by seamless teamwork across diverse practice groups and deep technical insight into the industry sector(s) in which clients operate. These unique capabilities derive from the firm’s cutting-edge representations across a wide spectrum of industries, such as retail, transport, chemical and pharmaceutical, financial services, energy, communications, media, technology, among many others.

Carrillo & Asociados is recognized for its scalability in creating results-oriented teams that successfully handle multi-jurisdictional litigation and transactions of varying size and complexity. The firm heavily invests in technology, as well as in the specialization of its talented professionals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Alfonso Carrillo
Corporate and commercial Rodolfo Alegría
Corporate and commercial Mélida Pineda
Employment and employee benefits Rodolfo Alegría
Employment and employee benefits Rodrigo Callejas
Employment and employee benefits Sara Santacruz
Finance Alfonso Carrillo
Finance Rodrigo Callejas
Finance Francisco Chávez
Finance Mélida Pineda
Insolvency, fraud and asset revovery Alfonso Carrillo
Insolvency, fraud and asset revovery Rodrigo Callejas
Insolvency, fraud and asset revovery Emanuel Callejas
Litigation and dispute resolution Alfonso Carrillo
Litigation and dispute resolution Luis Mazariegos
Litigation and dispute resolution Rodrigo Callejas
Litigation and dispute resolution Fernando Mendizábal
Litigation and dispute resolution Ricardo Recinos
Litigation and dispute resolution Mynor García
Intellectual property Analucia Carrillo
Intellectual property Alfaro López
Real estate AnalucÍa Carrillo
Real estate Rodolfo Alegría
Real estate Juan Francisco Sandoval
Regulated sectors Rodolfo Alegría
Tax and customs Alfonso Carrillo
Tax and customs Rodolfo Alegría
Tax and customs Maria de Lourdes Villanueva
Criminal/counterfeit/contraband Alfonso Carrillo
Criminal/counterfeit/contraband Rodrigo Callejas
Energy and natural resources Rodolfo Alegría
Other fee-earners : 28
Total staff : 82
Partners : 6