Firm Profile > Legalsa > Guatemala, Guatemala

Legalsa
EUROPLAZA, TORRE II, 5o. NIVEL
5ª. AV. 5-55 ZONA 14
GUATEMALA CITY
Guatemala

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Praised for its 'knowledge', 'dedication' and 'skill in handling disputes', Legalsa has expertise in litigation across a range of areas, including civil and administrative, credit recovery, IP, constitutional and criminal matters. The team's key strengths lie in high-profile, 'bet the company' litigation, shareholder disputes, litigation relating to government procurement, tenders and concessions, and white-collar crime. The practice is led by Alejandro Penados, who handles civil, commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation, IP enforcement and unfair competition disputes; Marisol Fión, who has particular expertise in shareholder disputes; and founding partner Henry Comte, who is not currently practising while he serves as an alternative magistrate in the Guatemalan Constitutional Court.

Testimonials

‘In the Legalsa team we have found knowledge, dedication, good delivery of work and strong ethics.’

‘They stand out for their skill in handling disputes and knowledge of matters on both a national and international level.’

Key clients

Industrias Licoreras Guatemaltecas

Multiproyectos

CBC-Cabcorp

Vivabanco

Valores Guatemaltecos

Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana

Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala

Desarrollos Los Manglares

Oceana Beach Resort

Hunter Warfield

América Móvil

Corporate/M&A Tier 2

Legalsa is noted for its expertise in corporate matters in the telecoms, agribusiness, financial and technology sectors, and for its experience advising national and foreign investors on cross-border transactions. The team handles M&A, joint ventures, the organisation and operation of new businesses in Guatemala, and corporate governance, and has growing practices in energy and infrastructure, estate planning and advising start-ups. Managing partner David Font, whose strengths include M&A, foreign direct investment and corporate structuring, heads the team with Johann Hartleben, who has a focus on international transactions, with a focus on the real estate and aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The most important things about the team are its availability, knowledge and strategic approach.’

‘They bring together expertise in different areas to reach a comprehensive solution.’

Key clients

America Móvil

Claro

Watermania

Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana

Hunter Warfield

Fridays Guatemala

Glovo App

Oceana Resort

Tedi Media

Rivoli Reinsurance

Intellectual property Tier 2

Local firm Legalsa has a strong focus on IP litigation, with particular experience in anti-counterfeiting claims. The team also handles trade mark and patent prosecution and copyright protection for works of art, and is experienced in managing clients' IP portfolios in Guatemala and across Central America. It is especially active in the IT and financial services sectors, though its client base includes international brands from a variety of industries. Key contacts include the highly experienced Karina Calderón; IP litigation specialists Henry Comte (who is currently serving as a magistrate in the Constitutional Court) and Alejandro Penados; and associate Jose Bassila, who specialises in advising start-ups on IP issues.

Key clients

Hob Entertainment

Paypal

Samsung Electronic Co

Amazon Technologies

Puma Energy International

Pilgrims Operaciones Laguna

Distribuidora Sabesa de la Laguna

Princesmart

Colombina

Amigo Paisano

Legalsa, has grown into one of the leading law firms in Guatemala, providing services as a one-stop firm and becoming real business advisors for big companies and for new entrepreneurs. The firm has been successful in dispute resolution, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, intellectual property and administrative law related to bids and concessions. Recently, the firm has grown its portfolio in real estate and has also lead the legal advising for startups and entrepreneurs area in the country.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Aviation:
In recent years, the firm has been recognised by the market as a firm with special expertise in the sale and acquisition of aircrafts in Guatemala. From 2017 to today the firm has formalised aircraft sales transactions, both locally and internationally.

Banking Law:
The firm provides a full range of legal services for international and national banks and financial institutions including syndicated loans and leasing contracts.

Corporate & M&A:
The firms acts as a regular outside counsel for new and established corporations in several business sectors which include: banks, food and beverage, manufacturing, call centres, shipping, power generation, shopping malls, agricultural industries an real estate development, among others. The firms has advised and represented national and foreign investors in cross-border transactions, including M&A and joint ventures, and doing comprehensive legal advice and assistance to direct foreign investors for organisation, set up, start-up and ongoing operation of new business ventures in Guatemala.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm provides specialised dispute resolution services which include civil and administrative litigation, arbitration, credit recovery, intellectual property litigation, constitutional law actions and criminal law proceedings. The firm is best known in Guatemala for its capabilities in: highly complex, ‘bet the company’ litigation; shareholder dispute resolution and prevention; Dispute resolution involving government procurement, concessions and public tenders; and white collar and business crimes.

Intellectual Property:
The firm has extensive experience in implementing intellectual property strategies for companies on the IT and financial services sector. This includes strategies for the protection and defense of intellectual property rights, agreements such as license, franchising, confidentiality (NDA), non-compete, technology transfer, distribution, and others. The firm provides advisory services to artists on copyright protection for works of art, auction management, and works of art resale rights.

Immigration:
The firm handles different clients in their matters in the immigration field, both national and internationally.

Real Estate:
The firm is best known for having upscale developers as clients that require special neighbour regulations to determine the correct use of the different amenities on their buildings. Structuring Horizontal Property regimes and the related contracts and documents to ensure projects success. Estate planning for family estates that have a large number or complex assets. Enforceability and execution of lease contracts in shopping centres and office complexes.

Startups Legalsa:
In 2017 the firm officially launched the project ‘Startups Legalsa’, which aims to serve as legal advisors for entrepreneurs and startups. The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Guatemala has been growing in recent years, and through this project, the firm has been known as the pioneer and leading firm by sharing knowledge and participating as legal mentors with different private entities as incubators and accelerators, as well as public sector entities like the Ministry of Economy.

Tax:
Comte & Font – Legalsa advises clients in the design and execution of tax planning for corporate businesses and transactions as well as tax litigation.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, German, French.

Clients
Premier Properties, Majadas, Tuenti, Chiquita, Glovo, Traeguate, BOTPRO, FRENZY, Avianca, Cotopaxi, Fiat, Del Monte, Watermania, Monterrey Logistics, Colombina, DIAEGO, SEARS Brands, Vivibanco.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior contacts Henry Comte henry.comte@legalsa.com
Senior contacts David Font david.font@legalsa.com
Administrative Law David Font david.font@legalsa.com
Corporate/M&A Johann Hartleben johann.hartleben@legalsa.com
Dispute Resolution Alejandro Penados alejandro.penados@legalsa.com
Dispute Resolution Marisol Fión marisol.fion@legalsa.com
Dispute Resolution Julia González julia.gonzalez@legalsa.com
Dispute Resolution Juan Carlos Alvizurez juancarlos.alvizurez@legalsa.com
Banking and finance David Font david.font@legalsa.com
Intellectual property Karina Calderón karina.calderon@legalsa.com
Direct foreign investment Johann Hartleben johann.hartleben@legalsa.com
Real Estate Mónica Linares monica.linares@legalsa.com
Tax/estate planning David Font david.font@legalsa.com
Constiutional Law Javier Comparini javier.comparini@legalsa.com
Startups Jose Bassila jose.bassila@legalsa.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Karina Calderón  photo Karina Calderón Partner
 Henry Comte photo Henry Comte Partner
 Marisol Fión  photo Marisol Fión Partner
 David Font photo David Font Partner
 Johann Hartleben  photo Johann Hartleben Partner
 Alejandro Penados  photo Alejandro Penados Partner
Other fee-earners : 9
Total staff : 45
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