Firm Profile > Comte & Font – Legalsa > Guatemala, Guatemala

Comte & Font – Legalsa
5ª. AV. 5-55 ZONA 14

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Comte & Font – Legalsa is known for its strength in complex corporate litigation, including shareholder disputes; litigation relating to government procurement, public tenders and concessions; and white-collar criminal defence. Key clients include alcohol distillery Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, developer Multiproyectos, and the Central American Bottling Corporation. Alejandro Penados handles the full range of dispute resolution matters, including civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation, and Marisol Fión has particular expertise in shareholder disputes. Founding partner Henry Comte is currently serving as an alternative magistrate in the Guatemalan Constitutional Court.

Corporate/M&A Tier 2

At Comte & Font – Legalsa, 'what makes the firm unique is the level of engagement of each team member'. The team has strengths in a range of areas, including advising national and foreign investors on cross-border transactions and assisting with the establishment of new business ventures in Guatemala, and is particularly active in the energy and aviation sectors, advising a number of clients on the sale and acquisition of aircraft. David Font, who leads the team along with newly promoted partner Johann Hartleben, recently advised a sawmill company with operations across Latin America on a cross-border corporate restructure, and acted for Mexican telecoms corporation América Móvil on the $333m acquisition of Telefónica Móviles Guatemala. Other key clients include Glovo App, Fridays Guatemala and Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Comte & Font – Legalsa's strengths include advising companies in the technology and financial services sectors on the protection and defence of IP rights; advising artists and museums, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sport, on copyright protection for art works; and handling large volumes of trade mark and patent registrations and renewals. The team also represents clients in IP litigation; recently, practice head Karina Calderón (who is arguably 'one of the best IP lawyers in Guatemala') defended Tuenti Technologies against Comunicaciones Celulares' opposition to the registration of one of its designs. Other clients include Diageo, Uniespecies and Chiquita. María Isabel Saravia, formerly an associate with the firm, left to start her own practice.

Comte & Font – Legalsa is a team of young, experienced, driven and highly responsive business lawyers, fully committed to advancing and defending clients’ interests at the negotiating table, at government institutions and regulatory agencies, and in courts and arbitration forums, both local and international. The firm provides comprehensive legal services for all types of businesses.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: ongoing counsel for new and established corporations in several business sectors, including banks, food and beverage manufacturing, call centers, construction, shipping, power generation, agricultural industries and real estate development.

Dispute resolution: specialized dispute resolution services, including civil and administrative litigation, arbitration, credit recovery, constitutional law actions and criminal law proceedings. The firm has developed specialized practices in shareholder disputes, IP litigation, unfair competition claims and white-collar crime, and has strong experience in managing complex, high-profile litigation. Recent successes include: the defense of clients in shareholder disputes in some of Guatemala’s largest corporate groups; and the upholding of a client’s adjudication of a government concession against dozens of judicial challenges.

Administrative law/public procurement: assistance to contractors throughout government procurement processes, including preparation of bids, technical proposals and review and negotiation of contract terms; and assistance with related litigation, investigations, and civil and/or criminal prosecution. The firm has advised the winners of some of the country’s largest concessions.

Banking and finance: representation of lenders and borrowers in all types of credit facilities, including syndicated loans, leasing contracts, secured and unsecured lending; advice and assistance in dealing with regulatory agencies; debt collection; and drafts and registration of loan contracts.

Intellectual property: management of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP matters; registration and protection of trademarks, copyright and patents; sale, licensing or franchising; IP litigation; and enforcement against piracy and counterfeiting.

Mergers and acquisitions: assistance with negotiations, due diligence, documentation, regulatory approvals, and corporate and tax advice related to mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant transactions in all types of business sectors.

Real estate: advice and assistance to property owners and tenants, promoters and developers of commercial and residential projects, and providing all legal services for the purchase, sale, use and development of real estate, including negotiation, due diligence, documentation, registration and tax planning.

Tax/estate planning: design and execution of tax planning for corporate businesses and transactions. The firm specializes in estate planning, assisting clients with the planning, design and execution of efficient tax structures for the transmission of family wealth.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior contacts Henry Comte E:
Senior contacts David Font E:
Administrative law/public procurement David Font
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions David Font
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions Henry Comte
Dispute resolution Henry Comte
Dispute resolution Marisol Fión
White-collar/business crime Henry Comte
Banking/finance David Font
Intellectual property Karina Calderón
Direct foreign investment David Font
Direct foreign investment Henry Comte
Real estate David Font
Tax/estate planning David Font
Tax/estate planning Henry Comte
Photo Name Position Profile
 Johann Hartleben  photo Johann Hartleben
 Alejandro Penados  photo Alejandro Penados
Other fee-earners : 9
Total staff : 40
Partners : 6