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Mayora & Mayora, S.C.
Avenida Los Espliegos, No. 30
Colonia San Francisco
San Salvador
El Salvador

Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance practice of Mayora & Mayora, S.C. acts for individuals investing capital in the region as well as financing banks and businesses looking to secure support for their projects. Manuel Telles and Jennifer Rodríguez de Arteaga share the responsibility for the department, with knowledge of loans, securities, derivatives and trusts. The team is praised for the 'excellent quality of its lawyers' and often collaborates with the firm's Guatemalan office in addition to being retained by banks to assist with opening up operations in the region.

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on completing the deal and looking for solutions, not just problems.’

‘Manuel Telles is an excellent lawyer, who is always available to assist with a transaction.’

‘Jennifer Rodriguez is very focused on getting the deal through and not getting caught up in the problems but in finding solutions.’

‘The firm stands out for the excellent quality of its lawyers.’

‘Available and knowledgeable about the local market.’

Key clients

Aeroman

Banco General

DnB NOR ASA Bank

Grupo Emasal

Inmobiliaria las Cascadas

Laboratorios Vijosa

Lafise

Neoen

Nordea Bank

Telemovil El Salvador (Millicom Group)

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund)

Telus International

Viasat

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The practice at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. ranges from day-to-day corporate advice and obtaining operation permits to assisting with public-private partnerships, transactions and the setting up of business entities. A trio comprising senior associates Lorena Villacorta and Eduardo Telles and senior partner Manuel Telles jointly leads the department, with industry expertise in real estate, pharmaceuticals, financial institutions and telecoms. The group, which is praised for its 'rapid and clear responses', also excels in advising on energy projects.

Testimonials

‘In my experience, the personalised and prompt service is what makes this team unique.’

‘Manuel Telles shows very good client care, and is responsible, punctual and very knowledgeable about corporate and contractual matters.’

‘Our relationship with the partners and associates at the firm is exceptional. They always provide us with rapid and clear responses. Communication is very smooth and the costs of their services are quite reasonable.’

‘Excellent availability to respond to and resolve queries and legal issues of any kind.’

‘Manuel Telles is an excellent lawyer. He gives us fast, regular updates on our matters, and his preparation, work and advice are excellent.’

‘All of the attorneys I have had a working relationship with have been very competent and diligent.’

‘The lawyers are very accessible and respond promptly to calls and emails.’

Key clients

Aeroman

Banco General

Grupo Emasal

Inmobiliaria Las Cascadas

Laboratorios Vijosa

Lafise

Neoen

Nordea Bank

Telemovil El Salvador (Millicom Group)

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund)

Telus International

Viasat

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Offering a diverse array of litigation and arbitration support, Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is of particular note for contentious financial matters such as enforcing debt collection. Heading the practice are senior partner Manuel Telles and associate Nelson López, who has experience in civil and commercial procedural law as well as tax and customs administrative claims.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Laboratorios Vijosa

Grupo Publimovil

Credi Q

Banco Promerica

Optima Servicios Financieros

Bridge Intermodal Transport

Drogueria Santa Lucia

Distra

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is a leading law firm in Central America that has existed for more than five decades with offices in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  Most recently, in 2019, the firm opened an office in San Pedro Sula, its second in Honduras and fourth overall. With a team of over 35 lawyers to assist clients in a wide-spectrum of legal matters, the firm uses a client-centric approach, assigning specialists to each matter so that the client receives the best possible solution. Mayora & Mayora was founded in the 1960s in Guatemala by Eduardo Mayora Dawe as one of the first institutionalized law firms in the country. It is the exclusive member for Guatemala of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest network of private law firms.

Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: the firm boasts Claudia Pereira, Manuel Telles, María Fernanda Morales Pellecer and Jennifer Rodríguez on its roster, who have all been recognized as some of the area’s most sought-after lawyers in banking and finance. The firm handles all areas of banking and finance law including loan financing, insurance and reinsurance, financial transactions and guaranties, structured finance, project finance, and financial regulation.

Civil: the firm handles all types of cases dealing with contract law, torts, estates and trusts and real estate.

Commercial and securities: the firm handles commercial contracts, unfair competition, and other commercial matters. It also advises clients on the law regarding investment funds, securities and derivatives. It assists investment firms to structure and license their operations, and has been outside counsel for the national securities exchange since its creation.

Corporate and M&A: the firm is renowned as one of the best corporate firms in the region. It provides legal services for a variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and corporate restructurings.

Energy and telecommunications: the firm has one of the most celebrated lawyers in this practice area: Rafael Briz. The firm represents some of the region’s largest energy and telecommunications companies. For example, the firm was integral in the privatization of the national telecommunications providers and electricity distributors in Guatemala.

Administrative: the firm is constantly handling bids for government contracts and also deals with many administrative cases in front of different ministries and their counterparts.

Intellectual property: this practice area is exclusively handled by its sister firm, Mayora IP, S.A. They specialize in the registration and protection of marks, patents, and other intellectual property rights. It is complemented by Mayora Domains, which has focused its services on domain name registration, management, and recovery of the client’s domain name.

Labor and immigration: the firm practices frequently in labor-related matters including but not limited to, labor contracts, labor permits, filing documents with the labor authorities, collective bargaining agreements, and preparing internal procedure manuals. The firm also provides immigration legal services such as filing temporary and permanent residency applications and applying for work permits. The firm also has Jenniffer Mejía, one of the few experts in the region for occupational safety.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm is responsible for some of the most important commercial suits and arbitrations in the region in this practice area led by partner Paola Galich. The team has experience litigating in national courts and arbitrating both locally and abroad.

Taxation and trade: the firm is renowned for its tax work in planning, negotiating with the authorities, and representing clients in front of the tax authorities and courts. Many of its lawyers have specialized training in tax or have worked for the national tax authority.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Manuel Telles Suvillaga mtelles@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Banking and Finance Jennifer Rodríguez jrodriguez@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Corporate and M&A Manuel Telles Suvillaga mtelles@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Corporate and M&A Lorena Villacorta lvillacorta@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Energy and Telecommunications Eduardo Telles etelles@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Labor and Immigration Jenniffer Mejía jmejia@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Litigation and Arbitration Nelson López nlopez@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Taxation and Trade Nelson López nlopez@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
Intellectual Property Edna López Toledo elopez@mayoraip.biz +503 2212-0100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jenniffer Mejía de Iraheta  photo Jenniffer Mejía de Iraheta Senior Associate
 Jennifer Rodríguez de Arteaga  photo Jennifer Rodríguez de Arteaga Senior Associate
 Manuel Telles  photo Manuel Telles Partner
 Eduardo Telles  photo Eduardo Telles Senior Associate
 Lorena Villacorta  photo Lorena Villacorta Senior Associate
Partners : 1
Associates : 7
Staff : 12
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AMCHAM
WTS Alliance

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is a leading law firm in Central America for international business transactions and finance. The firm has existed for more than 50 years and has four offices in every country in the Northern Triangle: Guatemala (Guatemala City), Honduras (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula) and El Salvador (San Salvador). These offices work together seamlessly to provide the best possible service to the client. The firm has a team of over 38 lawyers to assist clients in a wide spectrum of legal matters. Mayora & Mayora believes in a client-centric approach, assigning specialists to each case so that the client is in the best hands imaginable. More than half of the attorneys and staff that are part of Mayora & Mayora’s dynamic team are women, including four partners and the CEO. Mayora & Mayora offers to its clients a single, entirely integrated firm, with one of the longest trajectories in the region. It is one single point of contact across multiple jurisdictions, providing the client with seamless, efficient, and robust legal services.

The firm assists clients in the following main practice areas:

Banking and Finance: The firm handles all areas of bank and finance law including loan financing, insurance and reinsurance, financial transactions and guaranties, structured finance, project finance and regulation. The firm has experts Claudia Pereira, Manuel Telles, Sandra Castillo and María Fernanda Morales Pellecer on its roster. The firm represents some of the largest financial institutions such as, Banco Industrial, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase. For years, the Firm and its lawyers have been recognized by LACCA, Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.

Civil: The firm handles all types of cases dealing with contract law, torts, estates and trusts, as well as real estate. In this practice area, Sandra Castillo guides clients with her expertise.

Commercial and Securities: The firm deals with commercial contracts, unfair competition, and other commercial matters. Furthermore, it advises clients on law pertaining to investment funds, securities and derivatives. It also assists investment firms to structure and license their operations. Renowned experts, Eduardo Mayora A. and Claudia Pereira, assist clients in this area of practice.

Corporate and M&A: The firm is renowned as one of the best corporate firms in the region. It provides legal services for a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance and restructurings. Partners, Claudia Pereira, Sandra Castillo and Odín Guillén are all experts in this practice group. For years, the firm and its lawyers have been awarded by LACCA, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, LEGAL 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.

Energy and Telecommunications: The firm represents national and international companies in the transportation, commercialization, distribution and generation of energy with some of the most significant players in the energy industry, having one of the area’s foremost experts as partner, Rafael Briz. The firm is renowned in telecommunications law and has been for decades, having both Rafael and Eduardo Mayora A. at the forefront of this practice area. The Firm stands alone in the highest tier for this practice area in Chambers & Partners.

Intellectual Property: This practice area is exclusively handled by sister firm, Mayora IP, S.A. They specialize in the registration and protection of marks, patents and other intellectual property rights. Its counterpart, Mayora Domains, focuses on domain name registration, management and recovery of the client’s domain name.

Labour and Immigration: The Firm practices frequently in labor related matters including but not limited to, drafting and reviewing labor contracts, applying for labor permits, filing documents with the labor authorities, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and preparing internal procedure manuals. The firm also assists in filing temporary and permanent resident applications and applying for work permits for foreigners. The firm has expert, Rafael Briz, leading this practice group with star associates, Suzel Obiols and Jennifer Mejía, a certified specialist in occupational safety law.

Litigation and Arbitration: The firm is responsible for some of the most important commercial suits and arbitrations in the region in this practice area led by partner and expert, Paola Galich. The team has had experience litigating in courts, as well as arbitrating locally and abroad. The lawyers can be seen in all levels of the national judiciary, defending clients in the Constitutional Supreme Court as well as in the lower level trial and appellate courts. We are well-versed in the arbitral rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), among others.

Taxation and trade: The firm is renowned for its tax work in planning and negotiating with the authorities, as well as representing clients in front of the tax authorities and courts. Many of our lawyers have had specialist training in tax or have worked for the national tax authority in the past, including recognised experts Eduardo Mayora A. (who was a member of the Board of Directors of the national tax authority from 1998 until 2000) and Juan Carlos Casellas. The firm has much experience in trade regulation and international trade matters.

Representative Clients: Avianca; Banco Industrial; Beiersdorf de Centroamérica, S.A.; BICSA; Bolsa de Valores Nacional; Cementos Progreso; Chevron Guatemala, Inc.; Citibank; CLARO; Cofiño Stahl; Crowley; Desarrollos MIR; DIAGEO; Dos Pinos; Energuate; First Cash Financial; Fresenius Medical Care; Gas Natural Fenosa;GBM (an IBM alliance company); Grupo Terra; Hoffmann-La Roche; Ingenio Palo Gordo; Interjet; International Finance Corporation; JP Morgan; Kimberly-Clark; Kraft; Laboratorios Vijosa; Marriott International, Inc.; Mega Pharma; Millicom International; Monsanto Company; Neon Energy; Obrascon Huarte Lainn (OHL Group); Papa John’s Pizza, Pasmo de Guatemala; Payless Shoe Source; Philip Morris, Inc.; Productos Roche; Santander Sugar; Telus; Texaco; The Kellogg Company; UFINET.

Associations and Memberships: In addition to proudly being Guatemala’s exclusive Lex Mundi member, the firm belongs to other well-known associations such as the International Bar Association, Lataxnet, WTS, Euro Latam Lex and the International Fiscal Association.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Manuel Telles mtelles@mayora-mayora.com +503 2212-0100
CEO Kristin Volpicella kvolpicella@mayora-mayora.com +502 2223-6868
Partners : 1
Associates : 5
Management and Support Staff : 6
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