Firm Profile > Aguilar Castillo Love > Guatemala, Guatemala

Aguilar Castillo Love
7A. AVENIDA 5-10, ZONA 4

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Aguilar Castillo Love counts two of Guatemala's three main electricity distribution companies among its clients, in addition to energy generators and market operators. The team is noted for its expertise in disputes in the energy sector, including arbitration, and also maintains an active project finance practice (particularly involving renewable energy projects). Regulatory matters also feature in the team's workload. The practice is led by Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón, who has extensive experience in the electricity sector, and Natalia Callejas Aquino. René Vicente Rodriguez is a key contact for energy-sector litigation.

Key clients

Jaguar Energy

Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala (EEGSA)


Administrador del Mercado Mayorista (AMM)


Banking and finance Tier 2

In addition to cross-border banking transactions and project finance, regional firm Aguilar Castillo Love has notable expertise in capital markets deals, including bond issuances. In a recent highlight, the team advised TMF Group as security agent on Promerica Financial Corporation's initial public offering of $200m-worth of senior covered bonds in the international market. Practice co-head Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón has particular strength in the financing of energy projects (especially in the electricity sector), as well as in securities and capital markets issues such as swaps and other derivative transactions. Co-head Natalia Callejas Aquino is recommended for her experience in project finance, fintech and regulatory matters.

Key clients

Banco Santander

Bank of America


Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

G-Coin LLC


TMF Group

White & Case LLP

Corporate/M&A Tier 2

A Central American firm with a presence in South America thanks to its office in Ecuador, Aguilar Castillo Love is well placed to advise on M&A transactions throughout Latin America. The team has a strong international client base, with expertise in a broad range of sectors, including disruptive industries. The practice is also experienced in advising on corporate governance; team co-head Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón is particularly active advising family-owned corporations on such matters, in addition to foreign companies with operations in Guatemala. Co-head Natalia Callejas Aquino is noted for her corporate compliance expertise.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

American Tower Corporation




Diebold Nixdorf




Jaguar Energy Guatemala

Dispute resolution Tier 2

'Highly regarded' Central American firm Aguilar Castillo Love has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in disputes in the energy sector. Its clients include major domestic power distribution and generation companies. The practice also handles high-profile civil, commercial, constitutional and labour litigation. The team has recently undergone a rapid expansion with the arrival of practice head René Vicente Rodriguez (who joined from Carrillo & Asociados in December 2018) and two new associates, including the arbitration-focused María Lilian Franco. Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón, who is renowned for his experience in arbitration and energy disputes, is also a key contact.

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‘The team is highly regarded in the local market.’

Key clients

Jaguar Energy

Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala (EEGSA)



Labour Tier 3

Aguilar Castillo Love is noted for its strength in labour litigation and in representing clients in direct negotiations with employees, capabilities which were bolstered by the arrival of litigation practice head René Vicente Rodriguez in December 2018. The team also assists with day-to-day labour matters and on compliance programmes and investigations. Its clients include a number of local subsidiaries of large international corporations. Associate Luis Manuel Contreras is also recommended for labour disputes.

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Key clients

Corporación Indyknit, Sociedad Anónima


Nokia Siemens Networks S.A.


Solenis LLC

The Dow Chemical Company

The Nature Conservancy

Ius Laboris

Through legitimacy, cross-border business insight and forward-thinking legal expertise, Aguilar Castillo Love provides security for their clients on highly complex matters throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. Aguilar Castillo Love places the quality of its practice, the nature of its work and the value of its relationships ahead of its size. They consider themselves to be instruments for business integrity through the law.

Heritage and philosophy

Aguilar Castillo Love is a product of business and legal traditions that reach back for centuries. It is a firm that holds fast to its unique history and the timeless values that have allowed it to best serve its clients from the beginning such as integrity, intelligence, and humility. Clients that work with Aguilar Castillo Love will reap the benefits of partnering with a firm that is willing to work harder than most to find solutions that are both beneficial and ethical. Aguilar Castillo Love prides itself on being a guarantor of the law, not a loophole finder. The firm acknowledges that at times the ethical path is more difficult, but understands that only through working this way can they truly provide their clients with the stability and security necessary to operate in a region that is currently addressing complicated issues in challenging times.

Regional focus

Part of Aguilar Castillo Love’s core mission is to help develop the immense potential of the Central American region. It is a firm that prides itself on its Central American roots and is acutely aware of the role they can play to help realize a future in which good legal practices create a stability that allows for prosperity to spread throughout the region and beyond.

In 1991, Aguilar Castillo Love became the first law firm to set up a pan-Central American practice, in anticipation of the homogenization of the region as a trading block. Their philosophy then, as now, has been to build a genuinely homogenous organization and not just a superficial network; they have strived to create an organization that provides the same values and standards no matter the jurisdiction. The firm’s pan-regional capacity and knowledge is now highly evolved. They have offices across Central America and work in Panama through collaboration for regulatory and compliance reasons. They also manage clients’ legal affairs with the same levels of legal excellence and service throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and South America through their structured affiliations with top-quality law firms in every major civil law and common law jurisdiction in these regions. Following 18 years of collaboration with local partners, the firm has also opened an office in Ecuador.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partners Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
Managing partners John Aguilar Quesada E:
Local partner Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
General business law Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
General business law John Aguilar Quesada E:
Mergers and acquisitions Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
Mergers and acquisitions John Aguilar Quesada E:
Litigation and dispute resolution Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
Litigation and dispute resolution John Aguilar Quesada E:
Energy Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón E:
Energy Enrique Rodríguez Burchard E:
Total staff : 60
Partners : 20