BLP > Tegugigalpa, Honduras > Firm Profile

Torre BLP, Colonia Matamoros, Calle Venecia

Honduras > Energy and projects Tier 1

As a regional firm, BLP is well equipped to advise a host of multinational and domestic clients – including an extensive roster of Honduran renewable energy generators – on transactional and regulatory matters in the energy and projects sphere. The team has wide-ranging expertise in financings in the energy sector, covering project finance, green bonds and sustainability-linked financings, and also handles the negotiation of PPAs. In addition, the thriving environmental practice routinely advises on obtaining the required licences and permits. At the senior level, José Miguel Álvarez, who has broad experience in project finance and development in the energy and infrastructure spaces, and Karla Aguilar, a renowned specialist in the full spectrum of project-related regulatory and environmental issues, are the names to note. Senior associate Rafael Chicas is also a key contact, with particular expertise in public-private partnership (PPP) contracts.

Honduras > Intellectual property Tier 1

BLP is highlighted by clients for its ‘ability to deal with matters in all of Central America‘, thanks to the firm’s extensive platform in the region, which is a clear asset when advising regional and global companies with operations in Honduras on the full spectrum of IP work. The team has a robust IP litigation practice, with a strong recent record of representing clients in opposition and cancellation actions, in addition to advising on the management of trade mark, patent and health registration portfolios. Its broad client base spans a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverages, and hospitality. ‘Trustworthy‘ practice head Fernando Godoy is equally skilled in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. He receives capable support from associates Ingrid Campos and José Armando Arriaga.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Godoy


Their scope of work is wide and can cover all different areas of the legal issues a company may have. Their communication capabilities and practices make the relationship smooth and transparent.

The most important characteristics we value are ethics and knowledge of the law and in these aspects they excel. Fernando Godoy has shown himself to be of solid character and trustworthy every single time we require his services.

It is a team that remains at the forefront of the area, they advise on the regulations and laws of the country very well and always keep my company’s best interests in mind.

We value the relationship they have created and maintained with us, which is based on transparency and trust.

The firm stands out for its ability to deal with matters in all of Central America, good knowledge of the subject and quick responses.

Key clients



Colgate-Palmolive Company


Pons Marcas y Patentes


Atlántica Agricola

Laboratorios Bussié

Kim Choi and Lim (KCL) Law

Work highlights

  • Defending Quala against a cancellation action for non-use which has been filed against its “Predator” trade mark.
  • Advising Colgate-Palmolive on the health registrations of its oral and personal hygiene and home cleaning products in Central America.
  • Acting for Cementos Argos in a lawsuit brought by Ultracem seeking to annul the registration of the client’s “Eco Multiproposito Argos y Diseño” trade mark on the grounds of bad faith.

Honduras > Tax Tier 1

BLP‘s ‘highly collaborative‘ tax team is commended by clients for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in the field‘, which takes in tax litigation, structuring and compliance. Representing taxpayers in disputes with the SAR forms a key pillar of the practice, and the team also advises an array of multinationals and financial institutions on the tax aspects of M&A and project financing, and tax exemptions and credits (particularly in the clean energy space). The practice is led by the experienced duo of Lilian López, who handles the full spectrum of international trade, customs and tax matters, and Jorge Brizuela, a high-profile name for tax issues in the energy sector. The talented group of associates includes Fernando Gómez (who stands out for his ‘clarity in explaining the most technical issues‘) and Norma Amador (who brings two decades’ in-house experience at the SAR).

Practice head(s):

Lilian López; Jorge Brizuela


The team stands out for its prompt service, detailed comments and resolution of the issues raised.

It is a highly collaborative group which has complementary specialisations in diverse subjects and provides effective services across the board.

The team is responsible, experienced, knowledgeable, loyal, comprehensive and effective. Fernando Gómez stands out for his commitment to providing a professional service.

The lawyers are always available, regardless of the hour, and always return our calls. They have extensive knowledge and experience in the field.

What makes BLP’s tax team unique is its high level of success in resolving clients’ queries, stemming from its experience, clear explanations and case preparation.

Fernando Gómez stands out due to his real ability to immediately attend to clients’ requests and clarity in explaining the most technical issues.

It is a collaborative team, which is fast, analytical and very knowledgeable about the issues we are dealing with.

Lilian López is enthusiastic, empathetic and has outstanding skills in the tax area. Norma Amador stands out for her knowledge and experience. She is friendly and passionate about her work.

Key clients

Dole Food Company

Helvetas Swiss

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

Grupo Terra

UBS Investment Bank


Pacific Solar Energy


Alimentos Maravilla




Work highlights

  • Advising five of Dole’s subsidiaries on Honduras on day-to-day tax matters and representing the clients in disputes with different municipalities over the imposition of fees for water use and the drilling of wells.
  • Advised Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Fundación Helvetas on the tax benefits available following their merger.
  • Advising CABEI on tax issues relating to its headquarters in Tegucigalpa.

Honduras > Banking and finance Tier 2

BLP‘s banking and finance practice draws on firm-wide expertise in the energy sector to advise on an array of financial transactions in this space, particularly with regard to project finance, including securing loans from multilateral development agencies for the construction and renovation of energy facilities. As a regional firm, it is also well placed to advise international development finance institutions on sustainability-linked loans to Honduran companies. José Miguel Álvarez coordinates the practice and has a notable background in the financing and development of energy and infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the renewable energy sector. The deep bench of junior lawyers includes senior associate Rafael Chicas and associates Ivis Alvarado and Alí Ordóñez.

Honduras > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

BLP‘s star continues to rise in Honduras, with its corporate practice rapidly establishing an impressive track record in advising Fortune 500 companies and handling high-profile, cross-border M&A, drawing on the firm’s region-wide network and two offices in the jurisdiction for support. Singled out as ‘the gold standard‘ for ‘the communication, ability of the team and understanding of the client’s business‘, the team is also experienced in joint ventures and corporate restructurings, and is highly active in the energy sector, reflecting the wider firm’s expertise in this space. José Miguel Álvarez, who is hailed as a ‘titan of corporate law‘, oversees the practice alongside Karla Aguilar, a renowned specialist in the energy and environmental spheres. The talented cohort of junior lawyers includes director Roy Zavala, who has a focus on antitrust matters; senior associate Rafael Chicas, an expert in the energy sector; and associate Ivis Alvarado. The firm has also introduced an Innovation Commission with the aim of implementing new technologies to support clients.

Practice head(s):

José Miguel Álvarez; Karla Aguilar


Excellent response times. The communication, ability of the team and understanding of the client’s business are the gold standard in Honduras.

José Miguel Álvarez is a titan of corporate law, with extensive experience and knowledge, and is always ready to deal with issues and resolve them with creative and successful solutions. The work that Roy Zavala does is impeccable and his negotiation skills are an invaluable asset to an operation in Honduras.

BLP in Honduras are very supportive at the management level. They handle corporate matters with efficiency, speed and quality, and are a strategic partner in the legal area.

José Miguel Álvarez and Ivis Alvarado are both lawyers whose level of follow-up and diligence make them stand out from the rest of the lawyers in Honduras with whom I have been able to work.

BLP stand out for the agility in the service they provide to us. They are always very quick to respond to our concerns and keep us very informed of the processes. Their charges are transparent and above all they have a multidisciplinary team that allows all issues that may arise in practice to be addressed in the best way.

‘José Miguel Álvarez is recognised for his professionalism, seriousness, and transparency in working and communicating information.

The firm has significant strengths. Their knowledge and specialisation in environmental issues give them an advantage over their competitors.

The firm’s lawyers, in addition to having vast knowledge, also provide a personalised service when we require it.

Key clients


Hidroeléctrica El Volcán

BID Invest

Azucarera La Grecia

Grupo Orbis


DBS Bank

Zip San Jose

Barentz International

Oliva Cigars

Work highlights

  • Assisting Celsia with all corporate matters and with obtaining environmental licences and registering suppliers for the equipment and materials for electricity generation in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras.
  • Advised Grupo Orbis on the acquisition of the company and subsidiaries in various Latin American jurisdictions by AkzoNobel, as well as related regulatory approvals.
  • Advised Barentz International on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Distribuciones Industriales Variadas (Divsa) in eight jurisdictions in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Central America > Corporate and finance

BLP has continued to expand its presence in Central America, launching its fourth Costa Rica office, which focuses on real estate transactions, in Marina Flamingo in January 2023, as well as providing environmental and immigration advisory services through two innovative companies: Zone and Moval. The firm houses comprehensive corporate and finance practices in the region, with standout expertise in infrastructure and energy-related transactions, and is widely recognised for its representation of Fortune 500 companies. Its strength in international transactions is reinforced by its representative office in Madrid, where David Gutiérrez is the key name. Gutiérrez, an expert in M&A and infrastructure financing, also heads the corporate practice in Costa Rica (where the firm has additional branches in San José, Marina Los Sueños and Las Catalinas), while Vivian Liberman and Andrés López lead the banking team. In Guatemala, the firm strengthened its practice with the hire of former Arias senior partner Jorge Luis Arenales, who has a wealth of experience in corporate and finance transactions, in June 2023; he joins the well-regarded duo of Luis Ruiz, who is also a skilled IP lawyer, and María Inés Arenales. Zygmunt Brett, an authority in financing, capital markets and M&A matters, is the name to note in El Salvador, and Ernesto Rizo, an expert in the mining and agribusiness spheres, leads the corporate and finance team in Nicaragua. In Honduras - where the firm has branches in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula - José Miguel Álvarez and energy specialist Karla Aguilar are the key contacts.

Work highlights


BLP is consistently ranked as one of the top law firms in Central America by well-known legal and business rankings. They focus on the firm’s culture of client service, as well as the quality of its work. It is also one of the law firms that is referred to by the embassies of the world’s largest economies.

The firm’s international capabilities extend worldwide. BLP has developed a network of law firms around the world, not only through years of working with some of the leading lawyers in each country, but also through exclusive legal networks in which it actively participates: Meritas (, the State Capital Law Firm Group ( and Interlaw ( among other specialized networks. Today, BLP is one of the very few law firms in Central America that works with a true business structure, where all its professionals and staff work together towards a common goal: to satisfy the demands of its clients. BLP’s professionals do not simply share costs or a logo; they also share values and principles, all for the benefit of its clients. BLP operates under a series of guiding criteria, which allow it to pursue the total satisfaction of its clients. These are: commitment to quality; commitment to service; ethics; teamwork and cost-consciousness; commitment to leadership and development; talent; and pro bono work.

BLP was founded in March 2003 by a group of lawyers who shared the same view of the practice of law. They were convinced that legal advisors should become true business partners of their clients, especially by providing top legal advice with business sense. Hence the name: Business Law Partners.

Since its opening, the firm has remained loyal to this vision and understood that clients are not only seeking the best legal advice, but also efficiency and business-orientated advice. BLP defines efficient service as one provided with world-class quality, in a timely and cost-conscious manner, while being open to alternative fee arrangements with clients. Consequently, leading multinationals have retained BLP’s services, either for one or more transactions, or for their day-to-day needs.

The main international practice of BLP is focused on coordinating legal services in Latin America for its clients. The firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. BLP has formed a high-quality network of firms in other countries of the Latin American region and in different areas of law for the benefit of its clients.

Other offices

San Salvador – El Salvador; Managua and San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua; San José, Guanacaste, Bahía Herradura – Costa Rica; Cuidad de Guatemala – Guatemala.


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner José Miguel Álvarez
Other fee-earners : +150
Total staff : +400