Rafael Briz > Mayora & Mayora, S.C. > Guatemala, Guatemala > Lawyer Profile

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.
15 CALLE, 1-04 ZONA 10, 3RD FLOOR
OFFICE 301
GUATEMALA CITY, CA 01010
Guatemala

Work Department

Administrative Law, Corporate Law, Government Procurement, Labor Law, Telecommunications and Energy Law, Arbitration, Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Rafael has been with the Firm since the beginning and is known for his unmatched knowledge of telecommunications and energy law. Over his career, in addition to energy and telecommunications ones, he has handled many corporate, labor and government contracts cases.  

Rafael is consistently recognized for his legal skills, having been selected by Chambers & Partners for the last ten years for his experience in Energy and Natural Resources, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate/Commercial law. For numerous years, he has been the number one ranked attorney in Guatemala by LACCA for Arbitration. IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 place him as a Leading Lawyer in Guatemala in the practice areas of Energy and Natural Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets. Who´s Who Legal has ranked him for numerous years as an expert in the area of Energy Law.

Languages

Spanish, English

Memberships

Guatemalan Bar Association, International Bar Association, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala (President)

Education

Rafael received his law degree, Master in Business (cum laude) and Roman Law Studies and Praxeology Degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, the highest ranked university in the country.

Lawyer Rankings

Guatemala > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Rafael BrizMayora & Mayora, S.C.

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. has longstanding experience in the energy sector, advising on government bids involving power, mining and hydrocarbon projects, as well as regulation and administrative proceedings. Recently, the team has been increasingly active advising on energy-related M&A, renewable energy matters and the new tariff rate for energy distributors. Clients include leading local and multinational energy distribution and generation companies. The practice is led by the highly experienced Rafael Briz, with the support of senior associates Juan Carlos Foncea  in energy matters and Carmen Escobar in relation to hydrocarbons.

Guatemala > Corporate/M&A

Having expanded its presence in Central America through the opening of offices in Honduras and El Salvador in 2016 and 2017, respectively, Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is highly experienced in cross-border M&A transactions in the region. The team also advises on corporate governance, particularly in relation to the rights of minority shareholders, the establishment of businesses and foreign entities, and corporate restructurings. The energy, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and technology sectors are among its areas of strength. Practice heads Claudia Pereira and Sandra Castillo are particularly experienced in advising multinational clients, many of which are based in the US, Mexico and Europe. The team also includes well-regarded senior partners Eduardo Mayora and Rafael Briz, and senior associate María de la Concepción Villeda, who specialises in corporate governance.

Guatemala > Labour

Praised for its ‘broad knowledge of labour law‘, Mayora & Mayora, S.C. advises on immigration issues, including work and residency permits, employment contracts, terminations, disputes and labour union matters. The team has also been increasingly active advising on occupational safety matters. The practice is led by Rafael Briz and counts national and international companies among its clients. Briz is supported by experienced senior associates Suzel Obiols, immigration expert Carmen Escobar and Luis Fernando Méndez, who specialises in labour litigation.

Guatemala > Dispute resolution

Expanding Central American firm Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is praised by clients for its ‘warm manner, close relationships with clients and high-quality service‘. The team has experience across the full spectrum of litigation, and is also noted for its expertise in arbitration, particularly in relation to energy, telecoms and foreign investment. Paola Galich, who is recommended for her ‘excellent advice and client service‘, leads the team alongside the highly regarded Rafael Briz, who specialises in arbitration and administrative and labour litigation. Experienced associates in the team include labour and white-collar crime specialist Luis Fernando MéndezJosé Ramos and Byron Deulofeu.