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

El Salvador > Banking and finance Tier 3

Coordinating with its offices in Honduras and Guatemala, the team at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. brings regional expertise to its advice to financial institutions, government bodies, individual investors, funds and multinational corporates on day-to-day matters and financings related to major projects and the entry of companies into the Salvadoran market. Senior partner Manuel Telles heads the practice, bringing decades of experience of assisting clients with structuring individual and syndicated loans, in addition to securitisations, guarantees, leasing, factoring and due diligence processes. Senior associate Jennifer Rodríguez, who has a background in both corporate and banking law, provides support when advising on banking products, contracts and corporate governance. The team’s client base spans sectors including IT and energy, with a roster that includes French power producer Neoen.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Grupo Emasal

Lafise

Neoen

Exor

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund)

Banco Davivienda

Work highlights

  • Advised Neoen on the financing provided by IDB Invest for the  installation of batteries for its solar plants in El Salvador.
  • Assisted Norfund with a $10m loan to Banco Promerica.

El Salvador > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Supported by the bench strength of four regional offices in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the multidisciplinary team at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. advises local and multinational clients on a broad spectrum of corporate issues. Such matters range from cross-border M&A, restructurings and corporate governance to due diligence, share purchase agreements and foreign entity registration. Led by experienced senior partner Manuel Telles, the team’s client base spans such sectors as construction, energy, telecoms, pharma and finance. The group is supported by senior associates Jennifer Rodríguez, who brings a background in banking and finance, and Lorena Villacorta, a specialist in international trade.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Telles

Testimonials

‘The firm has a specialist team with all the abilities necessary to achieve an effective resolution to any situation.’

‘Manuel Telles, who has participated extensively in the specially regulated corporate sector, has an experience and knowledge that puts us at an advantage when carrying out corporate activities.’

‘The team that supports us is made up of professionals with great technical and human qualities.’

‘My closest relationship is with Manuel Telles. He is approachable and quickly understands our requirements.’

Key clients

Inmobiliaria las Cascadas

Neoen (Capella Solar/Providencia Solar)

El Salvador > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The team at Mayora & Mayora, S.C. coordinates with the firm's offices in Honduras and Guatemala to provide a comprehensive range of dispute resolution services to international companies and financial institutions. The team displays particular strength in cases in the energy and finance sectors. Headed by experienced senior partner Manuel Telles, the wide-ranging practice handles labour, competition, customs, administrative, constitutional, consumer protection and criminal litigation. Associate Rolando Suria is also a key contact, with expertise in tax and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Central America > Corporate and finance

Mayora & Mayora, S.C. first opened its doors in Guatemala, but has since expanded into the ‘Northern Triangle’ region of Central America with offices in Honduras and El Salvador. Sister firms Mayora IP, S.A. and Mayora Domains provide IP and domain name registration and management services in all three countries. With a client base that includes many major multinationals and financial institutions, the firm advises on cross-border M&A, restructurings and corporate governance issues, as well as syndicated loans and project finance. Manuel Telles heads the corporate and finance teams in El Salvador, and in Honduras Odín Guillén Leiva manages the San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa offices. Claudia Pereira, Sandra Castillo and the highly regarded Eduardo Mayora are the key names in the Guatemalan office, which is noted for its strength in the energy sector.

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. It specializes 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and Finance Manuel Telles Suvillagamtelles@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Banking and Finance Jennifer Rodríguezjrodriguez@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Corporate and M&A Manuel Telles Suvillagamtelles@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Corporate and M&A Lorena Villacortalvillacorta@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Energy and Telecommunications Eduardo Tellesetelles@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Labor and Immigration Jenniffer Mejíajmejia@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Litigation and Arbitration Nelson Lópeznlopez@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Taxation and Trade Nelson Lópeznlopez@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
Intellectual Property Edna López Toledoelopez@mayoraip.biz+503 2212-0100
Partners : 1
Associates : 7
Staff : 12
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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. It specializes 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Partner Manuel Tellesmtelles@mayora-mayora.com+503 2212-0100
CEO Kristin Volpicellakvolpicella@mayora-mayora.com+502 2223-6868
Partners : 1
Associates : 5
Management and Support Staff : 6
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