Firm Profile > Aguilar Castillo Love > Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Aguilar Castillo Love
EDIFICIO ROFISA II, COLONIA LOMAS DEL GUIJARRO SUR
CALLE BARCELONA, BLOQUE C LOTE 15
TEGUCIGALPA
Honduras

Honduras > Banking and finance Tier 1

Project finance is a key area of expertise for the experienced banking and finance team at regional firm Aguilar Castillo Love, which has advised financial institutions and developers on the funding of significant recent projects in the renewable energy sector. In addition to assisting regional and international banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers with corporate finance and commercial investments, the team has also developed its practice in the growing systems payment and e-money sectors. Managing partner Enrique Rodríguez Burchard leads the team with Juan José Alcerro Milla, who is noted for his expertise in the financing of energy, infrastructure and real estate projects; Carolina Aguirre Larios also specialises in project finance. Another notable team member is associate Ondina María Santos, who is particularly experienced in fintech matters.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Testimonials

‘Juan José Alcerro Milla is a person of integrity, with an admirable work ethic. His colleagues follow his example.’

Key clients

The Provident Bank

Grupo Financiero Ficohsa

Aura Minerals

Inversiones de Generación Eléctricas (INGELSA)

Astra Honduras

Honduras > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The market-leading corporate and M&A team at Aguilar Castillo Love has a broad practice, spanning M&A, corporate finance, shareholders' agreements, commercial issues and day-to-day corporate matters. The team acts for major domestic and international clients, with the e-money, healthcare, renewable energy, construction and logistics sectors just some of the areas where it has seen a recent increase in work. The Central American firm is also well placed to assist clients in their regional expansion. Managing partner Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla lead the team; Alcerro Milla brings particular strength in M&A, commercial investments and antitrust issues to the practice. Carolina Aguirre Larios is another key member of the team at partner level, while the strong cohort of associates includes Víctor Alejandro MartínezOndina María Santos and Leonel Contreras.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Testimonials

‘What makes Aguilar Castillo Love unique is their attention to their client’s needs in all areas of the law. The firm is multi-faceted and able to assist corporate clients in all areas, equipping them to achieve their objectives. Our organisation has been working with ACL for several years, and they have proved to be an essential partner for our mission.’

‘They have a talented team of attorneys, all of whom conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.’

‘We have been working with Victor Alejandro Martínez, Leonel Contreras and Juan José Alcerra. Whenever we need support, their response time is exceptional, and they always take the time to understand how the work relates to the bigger mission of our organisation. We consider all three to be an integral part of our team in Honduras.’

Key clients

Aura Minerals

Cargill

The Provident Bank

Grupo Financiero Ficohsa

Corporación Flores

Cementos Argos Honduras

Grupo Intur

Productos Roche

Energía Solar Centroamericana

GE Medical Systems

Honduras > Energy and projects Tier 1

Experienced partners Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla are key members of the multi-disciplinary team at Aguilar Castillo Love, which draws upon the full-service firm's banking and finance, corporate and capital markets expertise to advise on transactions in the energy sector. The team has particular strength in project finance, assisting with the development of significant renewable energy, mining, infrastructure and real estate projects in Honduras; as a regional firm, it is also well placed to handle cross-border matters. Clients include energy and natural resources companies, banks and financial institutions. Carolina Aguirre Larios is another notable member of the team; she specialises in public-private partnerships (PPPs), in addition to advising on project finance and other matters in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Testimonials

‘They are very professional, with a lot of expertise and knowledge in the field of renewable energy.’

Key clients

Aura Minerals

Inversiones de Generación Eléctricas (INGELSA)

Energía Solar Centroamericana, subsidiary of Gestamp Renewables

Honduras > Tax Tier 1

Aguilar Castillo Love's wide-ranging tax practice covers the tax implications of M&A and project finance transactions, tax planning for local and international companies, advice on tax benefits and exemptions offered under Honduran law, and tax litigation relating to audits by the Honduras Tax Authority (SAR), where the team has recently been increasingly active. It acts for local, regional and international clients, with particular expertise in the mining, energy, telecoms and construction sectors. Practice heads Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla are both highly skilled in tax disputes, with Alcerro Milla also advising on tax issues relating to commercial investments, M&A and projects. Senior associate Víctor Alejandro Martínez plays a key part in tax litigation, and is also developing a practice advising on tax returns and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Key clients

Cementos Argos

INFARMA

Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy

International Corpthor (Seajoy)

Queiroz Galvao

Honduras > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Aguilar Castillo Love has expertise in a wide range of disputes, including commercial and IP litigation, but is particularly noted for its strength in commercial arbitration; the team has acted in several energy and construction arbitration proceedings and has recently seen an increase in distribution arbitration work. The team is also active in tax disputes, regularly handling judicial and administrative proceedings against the Honduras Tax Agency (SAR) relating to tax audits and the denial of tax credits. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla, who is noted for his experience in IP and tax litigation, lead the practice. Senior associate Víctor Alejandro Martínez is also a standout in tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Rodríguez Burchard; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Key clients

TIGO (Millicom)

Banco Lafise

GE Medical Systems

EY Law

Vestimoda Industrial

Argos Honduras

Honduras > Intellectual property Tier 2

Aguilar Castillo Love is experienced in the registration and renewal of trade marks in Honduras and across Central America, working closely with the firm's other regional offices, and is praised for offering 'a single client contact who has all the information about the case'. The team also stands out for its expertise in IP litigation and its advice on the IP aspects of commercial contracts, regularly combining these strengths to handle disputes over the protection of IP rights in distribution agreements. Carolina Aguirre Larios, who focuses on IP filings and registrations, and the coordination of regional portfolios, leads the team with Juan José Alcerro Milla, who is particularly active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Aguirre Larios; Juan José Alcerro Milla

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a good service.’

‘They have teams in all the countries in Central America, with a single client contact who has all the information about the case.’

Key clients

INFARMA (Industria Farmaceutica)

Astra Honduras (TENGO)

Audio Video

McBride Caribbean

Supermercados La Colonia

Méndez Compañía de Comercio

Ferrero Rocher

Subway

Global Brigades

Vestimoda Industrial

Central America > Corporate and finance

Aguilar Castillo Love has offices throughout Central America, as well as a presence in Ecuador and Paraguay. With major regional and international banks and multinational companies among its clients, the firm is well known for its advice on high-value financial and M&A transactions, including cross-border matters. Among the firm's areas of strength are project finance, bond issuances, acquisitions and corporate governance. In Costa Rica, Marco Solano and senior partner John Aguilar-Quesada lead the banking practice and are key contacts for corporate work, along with Andrea Sáenz, an expert in free trade zone matters. Senior partner Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón is the name to note for finance and corporate matters in Guatemala, and is particularly renowned for advising major players in the energy sector. In Honduras, Juan José Alcerro Milla and Enrique Rodríguez Burchard lead the corporate and finance practices, where project finance is a notable area of expertise. In Nicaragua, Thelma Carrión-Blandón and Violeta Núñez are the key contacts for corporate and finance matters, respectively, and Carlos Roberto Alfaro leads the firm's corporate and M&A practice in El Salvador.

Aguilar Castillo Love has always been at the forefront of legal change and landmark cases. We have consistently redefined what it means to be a leading law firm and continue to provide the highest level of customer service and quality legal advice to a prestigious client base. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to provide the top-level advice required on market-leading, cross-border transactions and cases, notably including at the intersection of corporate matters and the connected areas of antitrust and competition, finance – including technicalities of financial regulation, compliance, ABC, investigations and corporate crime, and dispute resolution.

Clients expect the best from us. We have built a reputation of providing the highest quality of legal advice as well as the highest level of personalized service. In addition, our reputation for transparency and business integrity through the law sets us apart and continues to attract top talent to the firm.

Our regional offering now comprises offices across Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. We regularly handle our clients’ most challenging legal issues requiring “one-country” expertise or comprehensive and unified regional, cross-border knowledge.

In addition to being a multidisciplinary team, the work on which we advise is varied – from regulatory matters, to complex transactional, global deals and key negotiations. Our expertise cuts across multiple industries, ranging from infrastructure, energy and natural resources, to financial industries, technology, telecommunications and media, among others.

We represent a broad range of clients with a particular focus on multinational companies seeking to do business in one or several of the jurisdictions in which we have a presence. We serve clients in all sectors in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, splits, spin-offs or any kind of business combination, arrangement or restructuring. True to our commitment to quality, our corporate practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial matters, providing highly personalized service, including partner involvement.

Our business model has proven itself flexible, allowing us to make a number of important moves over the past year, including strengthening our offering across the region with new partner hires, as well as entering the Paraguay market in June 2020. Particularly important areas of growth within the team – owing to a growth in these areas within the Honduran market – include in the system payments and e-wallets/e-money sectors, as well as in healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical, renewable energy, the construction industry and logistic services. Growth, particularly on system payments and e-wallets/e-money has come from development of Fintech and global trends, which increased substantially as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This growth during the challenging times brought by the global pandemic reflects the strength in our model and direction as a business. We are no longer a Central American law firm, only, but are the first, home-grown Latin American firm – with offices in Ecuador as well as Paraguay. In addition, we frequently coordinate matters including jurisdictions outside of Central America, including – for example – Mexico and the Caribbean.

Our culture is trust, mutual respect and integrity through the law.

Website: www.aguilarcastillolove.com
Address: Edificio Rofisa II, Colonia Lomas del Guijarro Sur, Calle Barcelona, Bloque C lote 15, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Phone: +504 2239-0501

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Office managing partner Enrique Rodríguez Burchard erb@aguilarcastillolove.com
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