Firm Profile > García & Bodán > San Salvador, El Salvador
García & Bodán Offices
FINAL 89 AVENIDA SUR, NO.403
SEGUNDO NIVEL, COLONIA ESCALÓN
García & Bodán > The Legal 500 Rankings
Intellectual property Tier 1
García & Bodán is best known for its regional management of IP portfolios and health registrations. Regional IP department head Julio Vargas assisted the Ministry of Education of El Salvador in its application for patents for a therapeutic chemical agent in Japan, Brazil and the US - the client's first-ever application for international patents. Senior associate Fermina Bolaños Meardi co-ordinates procurement, maintenance and renewal of health registrations for the firm's regional offices for clients from the food and beverage industry such as Grupo Lala, Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo's snack division.
Corporate and M&A Tier 2
The 'always helpful' corporate team of three at García & Bodán, led by Oscar Torres, is praised for its ability to 'assist clients within tight deadlines'. The practice is best known for its ample expertise in the aviation sector: it provides ongoing advice to Aeroméxico on a variety of matters such as obtaining and renewing operating licences and drafting contracts, as well as representing the airline before El Salvador's consumer protection agency. Associate to note David Claros Flores is currently assisting Panasonic Centroamericana with the corporate restructuring of its operations in El Salvador. Marcopolo, IBT Group and Stanley Black & Decker are also part of the firm's client roster.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Oscar Torres and senior associate Mauricio Orellana are the key figures of García & Bodán's El Salvador dispute resolution practice. Early 2019 saw managing partner Julio Vargas acting for footwear manufacturer Crocs in an antipiracy case, which included advising on the filing of criminal complaints before the Attorney General's Office in Sonsonate, the seizure and destruction of counterfeit merchandise, and the monitoring of ongoing imports. Mexican food restaurant Laca Laca, Sky International and Carnes Procesadas (Grupo Capsa) are part of the firm's client roster.
García & Bodán > Firm Profile
García & Bodán ensures uniformity and excellence in its legal services. It is a full-service law firm with eight offices in Central America, located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
García & Bodán has a team of highly qualified attorneys, who graduated with honours from prestigious national and international universities; recognized for their expertise in complex transactions in a context of rapid change and a competitive business environment and well known for their pragmatic and business-minded approach to the legal issues brought forth by clients.
García & Bodán’s team not only serves and supports its clients in all legal activity required in accordance with their businesses, but also guides foreign investors when entering a new country.
The firm’s main policies are:
- Fast response in a maximum of three hours during office hours and not more than 24 hours during non-office hours.
- Observance of conflicts of interests at regional level, not at an individual office.
- Answers always well founded in law, making reference to the applicable law or disposition.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Corporate and transactional: García & Bodán has participated in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and elaboration of due diligences in a variety of industrial sectors.
Real estate: it is characterized by its active participation in the most important tourism-related transactions, especially in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. It provides advice to real estate developers, hotel operators and condominium developers, among others.
Tax: this practice area is one of the supporting pillars to clients in their investments and businesses in Central America. García & Bodán elaborates and develops tax planning services to maximize clients’ profitability, all in accordance with the laws in force in each country.
Intellectual property: this practice focuses in litigation of patents and actions against trademark infringement, handling of brand portfolios, brand monitoring, health records and legal advice on copyrights and other IP rights.
Energy and natural resources: the firm’s expertise covers all areas and activities of the energy and natural resources sector, including oil and gas.
Labor: García & Bodán provides labor law services in general, including preventive legal advice, ranging from individual to collective issues, and from administrative labor law to full-fledged litigation.
Litigation and arbitration: this practice group is in the capacity of solving disputes through the use of dispute resolution mechanisms or, if necessary, through litigation before courts of all the jurisdictions, including specialized courts.