Alejandro Penados > Legalsa > Guatemala, Guatemala > Lawyer Profile
EUROPLAZA, TORRE II, 5o. NIVEL
5ª. AV. 5-55 ZONA 14
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His professional practice is emphasized on complex litigation in the civil, commercial, arbitration and constitutional areas. He has recently directed cases related to regulatory law in the areas of telecommunications and energy. He has worked on the protection of intellectual property rights, including the prosecution of piracy, counterfeiting and unfair competition. He participated as a litigation attorney in a national dispute between two multinational companies related to the distribution of different trademarks. Likewise, he has experience in inter-corporate and succession disputes. He has practiced litigation against different State institutions, in an adjudication deemed as one of the most important adjudications in the last decade, as well as litigation related to tourism licenses. In the criminal area, he has participated in defense strategies for white collar crimes, such as fraud.
He actively participates in trade union activities of different kinds, being part of the boards of directors of the Guatemalan Institute of Procedural Law, as well as of the Guatemalan Association of Professionals in Action, and is a member of the Association of Western Jurists.
He was appointed by the Guatemalan Bar Association as a Press Jury, with competence in the western part of the country
Guatemalan Bar Association
Member of the Board of Directors of the Guatemala Institute of Criminal Procedure
Treasurer of the Guatemalan Association of Professionals in Action.
Member of the Western Jurists Association
- JD, Universidad Rafael Landívar
- LLM in Business Law Consultancy, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (Spain)
- Postgraduate studies in Business and Tax Criminal Law, Universidad del Istmo
- PhD (tesis pending) in Tax and Commercial Law, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
A highly regarded domestic firm, Legalsa is well known for its strong litigation practice, with experience in administrative, civil, commercial, criminal and constitutional cases that range from procurement-related litigation to shareholders’ disputes and white-collar crime defence. The team is also active in national and international arbitration and has represented multinational companies in arbitration proceedings against Guatemalan government entities. Founding partner Henry Comte has vast experience in complex litigation and arbitration and is one of three practice heads, alongside Alejandro Penados, whose areas of specialism include shareholder, inheritance and concessions-related disputes, and Marisol Fión, an expert in administrative, civil and commercial litigation. The strong cohort of associates includes Julia González, who focuses on criminal litigation (including tax, environmental and white-collar crime cases), and corporate litigation specialist Andrés Dubón.
Benefitting from the firm’s highly regarded litigation department, Legalsa‘s IP practice is a strong choice for unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting disputes. The team is also skilled in non-contentious matters, particularly in the management of IP portfolios for regional clients and assisting with IP protection strategies in the financial services and IT sectors. Advising artists on copyright matters is a niche area of expertise for the practice, and the firm also has dedicated e-commerce and start-up programmes that assist with IP issues. Practice co-head Karina Calderón has extensive experience in the prosecution, enforcement and transfer of IP rights, as well as e-commerce and unfair competition matters. Co-heads Henry Comte and Alejandro Penados are noted for IP litigation.