Consortium Legal > Managua, Nicaragua > Firm Profile
Consortium Legal Offices
DEL ANTIGUO HOSPITAL MILITAR, 1C AL NORTE
10VRS ABAJO, EDIFICIO CONSORTIUM LEGAL
Consortium Legal > The Legal 500 Rankings
The team at Consortium Legal remains a leader in the corporate and finance practice areas, offering 'efficiency, immediate responses and a personalised service' to its national and multinational clients. The group provides advice on due diligence, the negotiation and preparation of commercial contracts, franchising, the incorporation of companies, M&A, global asset transfers and the structuring of corporate agreements. The team is headed by securities markets authority Rodrigo Taboada and financial and corporate restructuring expert Olga Barreto, and backed by microfinance specialist Carlos Taboada, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of Nicaragua Martha Lorena Icaza and senior associate Meyling Sampson. The group’s client roster features Suzlon Wind Energy, Nestlé de Nicaragua and Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, and covers the building materials, energy, food, beverages, mining, financial services, tech and infrastructure sectors.
Rodrigo Taboada; Olga Barreto
‘It is a complete practice, with many years of experience and an excellent team that enjoys a lot of national and international prestige, with qualified professionals.’
‘Their experience, knowledge and time in the market is what makes their service so high quality. The lawyers are available seven days a week. They are creative, studious and capable of working under pressure and providing solutions.’
‘We appreciate the constant follow-up and the attention paid, over the years, to our legal matters, which has resulted in a quick understanding of the issues raised, including support in properly approaching the problem and suitable possible solutions that are time and cost efficient.’
‘Olga Barreto and Martha Lorena Icaza stand out for their intellectual capabilities, legal knowledge, interest in our matters, and honesty and professional integrity.’
‘Efficiency, immediate responses and a personalised service.’
Banco de la Producción
Suzlon Wind Energy Portugal
Nestlé de Nicaragua
Industrial Comercial San Martín
Distribuidora Internacional Medwell
Canadian Bank Note Company
White Shark Media
GMG Servicios Nicaragua
Productive Business Solutions
- Assisted with the issuance and sale by the Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC) of an additional principal amount of 5.750% senior guaranteed notes due 2027 for an amount of $200m.
- Assisting Willis Towers Watson with the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Unity Groups for $65m.
- Advised Cerberus on the local law relating to the amendment of a financing agreement granted to Tegra (previously known as Lowell Acquisition), raising the amount of the loan from $90m to $100m.
The 'highly effective' dispute resolution team at Consortium Legal remains a market leader, representing its local and international clients in a comprehensive range of matters, including constitutional disputes, commercial and investment arbitration, and civil, commercial, contentious-administrative, and labour litigation. Headed by Gerardo Hernandez, who is described as 'an expert in conflict resolution', and supported by labour litigation specialist Bertha Xiomara Ortega and associate Sergio Escobar, who is experienced in civil, corporate and insurance disputes, the team represents international clients such as Walmart and Cemex, across the energy, telecoms, infrastructure, retail and construction sectors.
‘Consortium’s litigation and arbitration team is highly effective and has the ability to react quickly to highly complex cases that require multi-disciplinary teams. In our experience in Nicaragua, we have not known other firms with solid teams in the litigation and arbitration area that have the expertise that we appreciate in the Consortium team.’
‘The lawyers of the Consortium litigation and arbitration team are distinguished by their solid knowledge of the matter and the particularities of the market. The team are generally recognised for their experience and qualifications.’
‘Gerardo Hernandez is an expert in conflict resolution with a great ability to approach cases with a strategic vision and to define the scenarios in which processes are developed and anticipate the actions of the counterpart.’
‘Sergio Escobar impressed us with his ability to quickly organise the work in order to respond to the demands of the case.’
Industrial Comercial San Martin
The 'experienced' team at Consortium Legal offers key support to local and international clients in highly regulated sectors, with a full service that extends to advising on the financing, licensing, permitting and concessions for energy, mining, hydrocarbons, aquaculture and forestry projects. The team is headed by Martha Lorena Icaza, who is experienced in advising on high-impact projects, tax authority Carlos Taboada, and senior associate and energy sector specialist Silvio Arguello. The group’s client roster covers the energy, metals and mining, banking, agroindustrial and telecoms sectors.
Carlos Taboada; Silvio Arguello; Martha Lorena Icaza
‘In my experience, the Consortium team is one of the most experienced firms acting on behalf of creditors in the financing and development of projects.’
‘It is a team with a lot of experience and maturity. I have had the pleasure of working with Martha Lorena Icaza.’
- Advised Rio Tinto on a variety of local mining and environmental issues.
- Assisting Suzlon Wind Energy with the negotiation and representation of the company before all public and private entities necessary for its operations in Nicaragua.
- Assisting UNO Nicaragua with its operations in the country.
Nicaragua > Real estate Tier 2
The team at Consortium Legal handles a diverse spectrum of real estate matters for clients at the local and international levels, including regulatory compliance, mergers and investments with real estate components, joint venture agreements for free trade zone operations, and the due diligence, purchase and lease of properties. The team is headed by Carlos Taboada, who is experienced in advising on real estate projects, including tax and corporate structuring aspects, and supported by senior associate Brenda Martinez, an expert in high-value real estate transactions. The group’s client roster features companies across the agro-industrial, free trade zone, retail, tourism, banking and construction sectors.
- Advised San Jose in the acquisition of 1,000 hectares for agroindustrial use.
- Advised BC Logistics on a long-term lease of 7,200 sq m of free zone warehouse space to expand its local logistics capacities.
- Advised GF Industries on an M&A transaction involving its free zone company assets in Carazo.
The intellectual property group at Consortium Legal assists local and international clients with such issues as registration processes, opposition actions, licensing agreements, sanitary registrations and trade mark and copyright surveillance. The team is headed by IP and competition law authority Darliss Gordon. The group acts for clients from the pharmaceuticals, digital marketing, agro-industrial, restaurants and cosmetics sectors.
‘Regarding the registration and investigation of trade marks, they are very precise and fast with their procedures. They make a difference by proposing the additional categories where the brand should be registered.’
‘The firm stands out for its attitude and sense of urgency towards the requests we make.’
‘Competitive prices. Knowledge of the subject. Skilled in the process.’
‘Darliss Gordon provides excellent knowledge and client service.’
Laboratorios Químico Farmaceutico Lancasco
Productos Alimenticios Diana
Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI)
- Assisted Canadian Bank Note with the registration of its trade mark portfolio, and protected its intellectual property rights with respect to over 50 trade marks concerning its electronic lottery activity and games.
- Assisted White Shark Media with the registration of its trade mark portfolio, and the protection of its intellectual property rights.
- Advised on the management of Arabela’s trade mark portfolio.
The largest firm in Central America, Consortium Legal has offices in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and frequently advises on complex, region-wide corporate and financial transactions, including M&A, corporate restructurings and bond issuances, acting for an impressive roster of regional and international banks and financial institutions and multinational companies. It also has expertise in project finance, particularly in the energy and mining sectors, foreign investment and fintech. Among the key contacts in the Costa Rican office are Mario Quesada-Bianchini, an expert in cross-border finance; and Randall Barquero, who leads the fintech practice, along with the experienced Juan Manuel Godoy and M&A expert Rolando Laclé Zuñiga. In Guatemala, Alfredo Rodríguez and Rafael Alvarado Riedel are the standouts for corporate work, while firm president Álvaro Castellanos specialises in banking and finance matters. Rodrigo Taboada and Olga Barreto, an expert in financial and corporate restructurings, are the key contacts in Nicaragua, while the experienced trio of Gustavo León-Gómez, José Ramón Paz Padilla and José Rafael Rivera are names to note in Honduras. In El Salvador, Óscar Samour leads the banking and finance practice, as well as heading the corporate team alongside Diego Martín and Maria Alejandra Tulipano.
Consortium Legal > Firm Profile
We are the largest law firm in Central America with more than 200 attorneys and seven strategically located in the five countries of the region and a multigenerational team that knows your needs. We provide regional coordination from a single point of contact for all your transactions.
Consortium is a full-service firm that has focused in the care of all types of companies that wants to do business in the region. We have specialist departments led by our partners in different areas of practice. Recognised as Central America Law Firm of the Year by the most valuable international legal directories, we are your strategic legal advisers.
Banking and finance: Having 15 years of regional experience, with both leading local and international banks, our clients’ excellent references prove we are undeniable leaders in banking and finance. Our long history of financial transactions has resulted in a deep practical knowledge of the regulatory landscape, making us the firm of choice for premium advice in the financial industry. Advising investment projects, our multi-disciplinary team flexibly covers all phases of your projects across a spectrum of legal areas (labor, corporate, criminal, and tax). Our M&A, corporate, and regulatory teams advise our clients together, saving them weeks in the negotiation of M&A transactions by addressing the legal issues concurrently.
Corporate law: We advise on the most important and complex corporate transactions in the region, covering all your legal needs with one of the largest teams of over 40 corporate lawyers. Our corporate specialists can quickly develop optimal structures for your investment projects, with flexibility, efficiency and transparency to meet your needs in the region. We combine our reach, with team members having previous in-house industry experience, allowing us to practically overcome your business challenges.
Intellectual property: Our regional IP team is led by women with more than 15 years of experience in the field and that today leverages technology to offer the best standard of service in Central America. We show our clients how to add value to their intellectual property assets, managing an innovative advisory, both in the identification of protectable intangible assets (know-how, technology, domains, trade dress), as well as in the structuring of franchises and licenses of the same. We avoid costly and time-consuming disputes over priority rights, through a strong and timely protection of your intangible assets.
Tax law: We specialize in local and international tax advice, and we have defended significant cases that have even established judicial criteria and precedents. We have unique experts specializing in tax matters (customs, municipal, litigation, auditing, and accounting) distinguishing us in Central America to provide comprehensive advice in client legal defense cases. We have generated major client savings through tax efficiencies, and through a high success rate in tax litigation, our advice is always within the legal framework, guaranteeing client legal security before the state.
Labor: The labor law team in all our offices has more than 15 years of experience and preparation in the development of processes and products aimed at preventive and proactive advice on labor legal matters. We provide labor advice to many industries with differing compliance requirements yet always with an eye toward growing the company and making it more competitive.
Firmwide managing contact: Valeria Di Palma (email@example.com)
Number of partners worldwide: 54
Number of other lawyers worldwide: +200
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