Firm Profile > García & Bodán > San Salvador, El Salvador

García & Bodán
83 Avenida Sur, No 403
segundo Nivel, Colonia Escalón
El Salvador

El Salvador > Intellectual property Tier 1

The 'well-rounded and committed' intellectual property group at García & Bodán continues to be a leader in the region, advising local and international clients on a wide range of matters with the support of its offices in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The team assists with anti-piracy issues, the procurement and maintenance of health registrations, administrative IP actions, trade mark litigation, copyright infringement cases and regulatory compliance. The team is led by the 'outstanding' Julio Vargas, who heads the firm's regional IP practice and is an expert in administrative and judicial proceedings, and backed by senior associate and regulatory specialist Fermina Bolaños Meardi. The group’s client roster includes household names such as PepsiCo, the Kellogg Company, Mattel and the Kraft Heinz Company, and covers sectors including food and beverages, telecoms, aviation, pharmaceuticals, retail, education and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Julio Vargas


‘The team has a lot of knowledge and excellent availability, particularly from the main partner. It is a well-rounded and committed team with good contacts.’

‘Julio Vargas is outstanding. He is knowledgeable about the subject, always available and creative in negotiations.’

Key clients


The Kraft Heinz Foods Company

Grupo Televisa de México

Grupo Lala de México

Ministry of Education of the Salvadoran Government



Productos Alimenticios Diana

Converse/All Star


The Kellogg Company

El Salvador > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The group at García & Bodán advises on cross-border high-value transactions and provides support for the day-to-day corporate needs of its local and international clients. The team assists with a wide range of matters, including due diligence, M&A, antitrust and consumer rights issues, tax planning and company incorporation. Headed by multinational transaction expert Oscar Torres, and backed by senior associates Mauricio Orellana, who provides expertise in related tax issues, and the 'outstandingDavid Claros Flores, the group acts for regional and international clients across such sectors as aviation, education, telecoms, food, retail and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Torres


‘In the El Salvador office, the team stands out for its attention to detail and response times. David Claros is outstanding.’

‘Garcia & Bodan’s team is highly focused on the client’s needs and is able to address them in an effective and timely manner.’

Key clients


Logística Comercial El Salvado (Herbalife Distributor)

First Cash Financial Services

Grupo Lala

Industrias La Constancia

Stanley, Black and Decker

Grupo Almo

El Salvador > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The litigation and arbitration practice at García & Bodán acts for local and international clients in a comprehensive range of matters, including mediation, commercial arbitration, administrative litigation, conciliations, and civil, commercial, labour and criminal litigation. The team is headed by Oscar Torres, who leads the corporate and litigation departments, and Julio Vargas, who oversees the firm’s regional IP practice. It is backed by senior associate and tax expert Mauricio Orellana. The group’s client roster includes household names such as Sky International and Mattel.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Torres; Julio Vargas

Key clients


Carnes Procesadas (Grupo Capsa)

Laca Laca/ANRA

Sky International (The DirecTV Group)

Banco Procredit


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.

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.

Banking and finance : the team provides advice on both unique and complex financial transactions, such as: syndicated bank financing, structured finance, sovereign bond issues, private bond issues, project finance, financing of acquisitions and derivatives, purchase and sale of debt portfolios, trusts, among others; as well as in the area of current regulation of financial markets.

Capital markets: our capital markets practice focuses on advising public and private companies seeking to raise capital, and assisting them in structuring alternative forms of financing, advising them on the best capital structures to meet their business objectives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Energy and natural resources: the firm’s expertise covers all areas and activities of the energy and natural resources sector, including oil and gas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Regional Managing Partner Terencio J. García Montenegro (505) 2264 7790
Managing Partner Julio C. Vargas Solano (503) 2264 0977
Partner Oscar J. Torres Cañas (503) 2264 0977
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rodrigo Benítez Nassar  photo Rodrigo Benítez Nassar Associate
 Fermina Bolaños Meardi  photo Fermina Bolaños Meardi Senior Associate
 David Claros Flores  photo David Claros Flores Senior Associate
 Mauricio Orellana Caballero  photo Mauricio Orellana Caballero Senior Associate
 Oscar J. Torres Cañas  photo Oscar J. Torres Cañas Partner
 Julio C. Vargas Solano  photo Julio C. Vargas Solano Managing Partner
Total staff : 6
INTA - International Trademark Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Partners : 2