Firm Profile > Carrillo & Asociados > Guatemala, Guatemala

Carrillo & Asociados
DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10

Corporate/M&A Tier 1

Rodolfo Alegría leads the practice at Carrillo & Asociados, which advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, and the incorporation, amendment and reorganisation of entitites. The team is particularly active in the energy, retail, agro-industrial, telecoms and banking sectors. Highlights included advising a company on the downsizing of its corporate structure and assisting another client with the dismantling of its holding company, the sale of its interest in local subsidiaries to local partners, and the creation of a franchising structure. Rodrigo Callejas, who focuses on handling international M&A transactions, and senior associate Mélida Pineda, who has experience in corporate governance matters, are also key contacts.

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Dispute resolution Tier 1

Carrillo & Asociados has a strong reputation for constitutional and public sector litigation; in a recent highlight, Luis Mazariegos and founding partner Alfonso Carrillo successfully defended Fundación de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala against a constitutional action brought by the Indigenous Municipality of Sololá relating to the ownership of land. The firm is also noted for its white-collar criminal defence practice, with a particular focus on recovering assets locally and abroad. Rodrigo Callejas and senior associate Emanuel Callejas represented the directors of Italia Motors in a criminal complaint against the former general manager relating to alleged theft, fraud and forgery. Other clients include Maersk, Aldo Group and Hidroeléctrica Santa Rita.

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Banking and finance Tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados advises on commercial lending, foreign loans, project finance and loan restructuring; the team has particular expertise in financial transactions in the aviation sector, counting Cessna Finance Corporation among its clients. The firm is also noted for its advice on regulatory compliance and its extensive insolvency practice; recent highlights include Rodrigo Callejas and senior associate Emanuel Callejas advising PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a custodian of Bancafe International Bank, on the recovery of $100m-worth of assets. Rodolfo Alegría, who jointly heads the team with Rodrigo Callejas, has experience of commercial lending and project finance, and senior associate Mélida Pineda advises on secured transactions.

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Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados is particularly active in energy sector litigation and arbitration; past highlights included challenging an agreement between Guatemala and a foreign government over a drilling moratorium in border areas. The team also advises on project financing and regulatory compliance, and has assisted energy companies with corporate matters. Major clients include I Squared Capital, which the firm advised on the $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy's electricity generation assets in Latin America. Practice head Rodolfo Alegría specialises in energy-related arbitration and project finance.

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Tax Tier 2

Carrillo & Asociados is known for its strength in advising multinational companies on tax matters, including tax planning for their Guatemalan operations, import and export tax issues, and litigation proceedings against the tax authority. The firm is also active assisting high-net-worth individuals with international tax and estate planning. The practice is led by founding partner Alfonso Carrillo, who has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, and Rodolfo Alegría, who is noted for his advice on tax issues relating to restructurings and M&A transactions. Senior associate María de Lourdes Villanueva specialises in tax and customs matters.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Carrillo & Asociados specialises in trade mark and patent prosecutions and smuggling and anti-counterfeiting cases, but also advises on the registration of trade marks and patents and the management and protection of IP portfolios, particularly in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, clothing, food and beverages, and communications sectors. Following the departure of former practice head Analucía Carrillo in December 2018, the team is led by Luis Mazariegos and Rodrigo Callejas, who specialise in IP litigation, as well as experienced associates Alfaro López and Carlos Meza. Key clients include Novartis, Industria de Alimentos Dos en Uno and Walmart de México y Centroamérica.


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