Lexincorp > San Jose, Costa Rica > Firm Profile

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica > Intellectual property Tier 3

The experienced team at Lexincorp brings strength to advising regional and multinational corporates across the food, manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumer products and telecoms industries on the maintenance and administrative, criminal, civil and precautionary measures for protection of their international intellectual property portfolios. The firm’s comprehensive services include registrations and renewals, cancellations, oppositions and nullity actions. The team is co-led by associate and trade mark litigation specialist Ana Laura Cubero and Philip Andre, who assists with the protection, advice and monitoring of distinctive signs, trade mark registrations, and sanitary and patent records.

Practice head(s):

Ana Laura Cubero; Philip Andre


In comparison with other firms, Lexincorp stood out for the excellent quality of the legal service provided compared to the fees charged. Furthermore, its members were always available to help, which shows their engagement with the matter.

Key clients

Tilleke and Gibbings

Bajaj Auto






Insecticidas Internacionales de Costa Rica (INICA)

Jacqueline Auborg

Malin Haley DiMaggio & Bowen

Work highlights

  • Advising Cremrica on the trade mark protection of one of its newest products as a brand for the creation of a franchise.
  • Assisted Hollister with the successful registration of one of its brands that had received a denial.
  • Assisted Gador with cancellation requests, appeals and all necessary acts to protect trade mark rights and achieve new ones.

Central America > Corporate and finance Tier 2

Originally founded 20 years ago by partners in Guatemala and El Salvador, Lexincorp has built a strong presence in Central America, with further offices in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Counting a host of leading international and regional banks, financial institutions and corporations among its clients, the firm routinely advises on multi-jurisdictional M&A, syndicated loans and refinancings, with a growing offering in the fintech space. In El Salvador, Antonio Guirola, a specialist in international transactions; Adriana Portillo, who also handles related tax and competition issues; and Enrique Escobar, a standout name in the energy and financial fields, are the key figures. Roberto Rodríguez, who has a notable track record in advising international clients in the banking sector, takes the lead on corporate and finance matters in Nicaragua, while Julio Aparicio, who has a niche in advising restaurant clients on franchising agreements in Central America, is the go-to contact in Guatemala. Engels Zelaya, a specialist in the energy and public sectors, heads the corporate team in Honduras, where the firm has offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Work highlights

A leading Central American law firm with five offices located in the major cities throughout the region, Lexincorp specializes in providing legal advice to its domestic and international clientele. The firm’s regional practice has evolved to integrate processes, services, knowledge, business, values and solutions to provide the highest quality results, operating as a single, fully integrated Central American firm, rather than separate firms with international networking.

Although each of the firm’s five offices serves its jurisdiction, Lexincorp’s integration offers all of its clients, in any country, the ability to access all the resources of the regional offices and lawyers to the extent their matters require. The firm’s clients include domestic and multinational corporations and international financial institutions.

With over 50 lawyers spread across the Central American region, Lexincorp offers high levels of excellence and expertise in all of its practices and specialties, which has awarded the firm with rankings as a leading and recommended firm by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000 and Latin Lawyer.

Main areas of practice
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions: due diligence of all towers located in El Salvador purchased by Peppertree Capital Management Inc. Led the merger of Matallana SA and Laboramos SA, consolidating the operation in Guatemala of these subsidiaries of Colombia’s leading company in the paper industry, and was involved in Dispapeles SA’s assistance to SunEdison in the acquisition of two solar energy projects in Honduras – these projects were the first renewable solar energy plants in the country.

Financial and banking: counseled Balboa Bank and Trust on securing a loan for US$1.5m as working capital of the Entre Rios energy company in Guatemala. Legal counsel for Banco Industrial and Westrust Bank (International) Limited on the structuring of a loan for the construction of a mall in Costa Rica. Assistance for Banco General in Costa Rica on the structuring of a loan for the opening of a new department store of the Central American trademark SIMAN.

Intellectual property: negotiations between Millicom International Cellular SA and Telemovil El Salvador, for the registration of well-known trademark TIGO and its different variations in El Salvador. Legal managers of the trademark portfolio of Samsung Gear Blink and its official advisors in El Salvador. Samsung, according to Forbes, is in the top ten most famous trademarks in the world.

Real estate and property: legal counsel for Grupo Apolo on a real estate project of apartments in Guatemala. Assistance of a local client in Costa Rica on the purchase of 104 properties of plantations (teak trees) from another Costa Rican corporation. Lexincorp served as the firm in charge of performing the corresponding public deed to be submitted before the National Registry for the registration of the properties under the name of the client.

Tax: Lexincorp Honduras obtained a first instance court ruling in which the closure of duty free stores by the executive director of revenue was declared illegal. This statement allowed the client to claim damages in the order. It was the only contributor to get a favorable judgment.

Arbitration: Lexincorp El Salvador represented a client in an executive judgment derived from an assignment of receivables, in which the judge resolved in favor of the counterparty. This decision was appealed and the judge resolved in favor of the client. Representation of Intermoda El Salvador in an administrative litigation lawsuit against the National Registration Center for refusing the registration of the trademark Pepe Jeans P. Representation of L’oreal Guatemala in El Salvador, in an administrative litigation lawsuit against the General Directorate of Customs, which did not recognize certificates of origin in importing goods from the client and imposed fines of 300%.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partners Arnoldo André-Tinoco (Costa Rica)
Senior partners Enrique Rodolfo Escobar López (El Salvador)
Senior partners Gonzalo Menéndez Park (Guatemala)
Senior partners Fernando Midence-Mantilla (Nicaragua)
Senior partners Benito Zelaya (Honduras)
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Enrique Escobar López
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Arnoldo André-Tinoco
Tax Enrique Escobar López
Tax Gonzalo Menéndez Park
Real estate Arnoldo André-Tinoco
Real estate José Andrés Fuxet
Intellectual property Gonzalo Menéndez Gonzalez
Intellectual property Camila Escobar
Environmental Engels Zelaya
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Alonso Vargas
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Benito Zelaya
Administrative Claudia Vivas
Energy Leslie Henry
Transport and maritime Sylvia Nadesda Zelaya
Other fee-earners : 55
Partners : 11