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El Salvador

Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance team at BLP advises regional and international companies from the financial services and technology sectors, among others. Department head Ricardo Cevallos, who is dual-qualified in El Salvador and Texas, and key associate Luis Vega are currently assisting FMO on a loan of $90m to be granted to public development bank Fedecrédito. Cevallos also acted for WorldBusiness Capital in the first Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) credit facility to be handled in El Salvador, which required negotiating with the government on tax matters in co-operation with the firm's tax department. Since publication, and in a notable coup for the firm's Salvadoran operation, it hired leading individual Zygmunt Brett and rising star Mariana Nóchez, as partners, and Antonella Imbers as a senior associate, effective February 2020; all three were formerly at Arias.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The dispute resolution team at BLP experienced a significant boost with the arrival of noted litigator Harold Lantan in 2017; he now heads the practice formerly co-led by Ricardo Cevallos. With cases ranging from consumer protection and distribution matters to white-collar crime and arbitration, the team's client portfolio includes representatives from a wide variety of sectors. The firm's caseload currently includes handling two contract terminations of GBM, IBM's Central American representative, and acting as lead counsel in a distribution-related lawsuit filed against Champion Laboratories. Both matters saw associate Luis Vega assisting the aforementioned partners.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

BLP's corporate department, which is led by Ricardo Cevallos, regularly handles restructurings, as well as the full range of corporate services for clients entering the Salvadoran market, including advising on all regulatory requirements. For instance, the team provides ongoing advice to GBM, a distributor of IBM, on day-to-day corporate matters. The team is also active in cross-border deals. Marcella Romero left the firm mid-year and associate Fernando Farrar took her spot on the team.

BLP is a regional law firm built on the conviction that legal advisers must become true business law partners of their clients. Since the establishment of the firm in 2003, we have earned the trust of clients by using our expertise and capabilities to provide legal advice with sound business judgment.

In doing so, the firm adheres to the highest international standards of quality, reliability, and efficiency. The firm and its attorneys have consolidated leadership positions in the local and international legal and business marketplaces.

BLP has a total of eight law offices located in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, solidifying our presence in the Central America Region, providing services to our clients through a single contact network.

Seeking a broader presence in the international market, BLP has expanded its frontiers by opening a representative office in Madrid, Spain, creating a portal to European economies and generating business opportunities between Central America and Europe.

BLP’s roster of more than 150 lawyers in Central America and Spain includes honors graduates from the most prestigious universities in the world. Our combined expertise has allowed us to advise on the most complex transactions seen in Central America, contributing our business ideas and sustainability ideals to the economic and social development of the region.

BLP has been recognized as one of the best law firms in Central America, as demonstrated by the loyalty of our clients and the numerous citations of quality by the most prestigious international legal directories.


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Luis M. Castro
Partners : 33
Other fee-earners : 150+
Total staff : 500+
World Services Group (WSG)
Insuralex (Global Insurance Lawyers Group)
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)
State Capital Group