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Consortium Legal Offices
EDIFICIO AVANTE LOCAL 313, URB. MADRE SELVA III.
CALLE LLAMA DEL BOSQUE PONIENTE
ANTIGUO CUSCATLAN, LA LIBERTAD
Consortium Legal > The Legal 500 Rankings
The banking and finance practice at Consortium Legal remains a market leader, with clients including international banks and financial institutions engaged in high-value cross-border transactions. The group provides a wide range of services, advising on due diligence processes, project finance, asset securitisation, derivatives, leasing, loan agreements and structured finance transactions. Spearheaded by experienced partner Óscar Samour, and supported by associate Felipe Aragón, who has expertise in structured finance, the team’s diverse roster includes such clients as the government of the Republic of El Salvador, spanning sectors including banking and financial services and consumer goods.
Corporación Grupo Terra
AB InBev International (La Constancia)
- Advised the Republic of El Salvador through the Ministry of Finance on a bond issuance of $1bn.
- Provided legal advice to Imperia Intercontinental and Inversiones Imperia El Salvador (Impes) on the purchase of Scotiabank El Salvador’s shares.
- Advised PDC Consumo and PDC Comercial on the purchase of 100% of Australian Dairy Goods’ assets in El Salvador and Guatemala and the Dizac inventory.
The powerhouse corporate and M&A practice at Consortium Legal continues to advise national and multinational clients involved on high-value cross-border transactions. The team handles a diverse spectrum of matters, including incorporations, mergers, divisions, due diligence processes, the structuring of corporate agreements and the drafting of contracts. The group is headed by M&A expert Óscar Samour, Diego Martín, who is an authority in corporate tax matters, and foreign investment specialist Maria Alejandra Tulipano, and backed by associates Felipe Aragón, who has expertise in M&A, and Gustavo Vega, who is experienced in investments. Senior Carlos Rodríguez provides complementary expertise in labour matters. The team’s client roster contains such household names as Credit Suisse, Walmart and Uber, and spans the telecoms, banking, energy, insurance, e-commerce, retail, aviation and tech sectors.
Óscar Samour; Diego Martin; María Alejandra Tulipano
Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch
Banco Agromercantil (Bancolombia)
AB InBev International (La Constancia)
Grupo Terra (Imperia Intercontinental)
Grupo CMI (Pollo Campero, Avícola)
Amcor Rigid Plastics
- Advised Imperia Intercontinental on the negotiation of the purchase agreement for the acquisition of the shares of Inversiones Financieras Scotiabank El Salvador, Scotiabank El Salvador, and Scotia Seguros and its subsidiaries.
- Advised Grupo PDC on the acquisition of all inventories, assets and intellectual property of Dizac.
- Advised on the merger of Inversiones Financieras Grupo Imperia Cuscatlán and Banco Cuscatlán.
El Salvador > Tax Tier 2
The tax practice at Consortium Legal continues to grow, offering a 'personalised service' and advising on a diverse spectrum of matters for local and international clients. These include assisting at the regional level with the tax aspects of M&A, tax defence, audits and inspections, tax review procedures and estate planning. Headed by Diego Martín-Menjívar, and backed by William Escobar, who focuses on tax defence, the team’s client roster covers such sectors as energy, telecoms, banking, retail, textiles and consumer goods.
‘They follow up constantly on our requirements, provide detailed advice on critical issues, and they want to collaborate with us to solve problems and provide quick responses.’
‘The team offers a personalised service, knowledge of the areas of law we wish to consult on and proven experience.’
The litigation and arbitration team at Consortium Legal represents local and international companies involved in complex, high-value disputes. The group expertise covers tax, constitutional and intellectual property disputes, commercial and investment arbitration, and civil, commercial, administrative and labour litigation. The experienced team is headed by arbitration expert César Ramos and associates Carlos Sibrán, a commercial litigation specialist, and Diego Rivera, who brings expertise in constitutional law to the practice.
‘They are efficient in terms of their use of time, and they have a high level of commitment to and empathy with the businesses they represent, managing to understand the levels of urgency or needs of the client.’
Mexichem El Salvador
Sociedad de Ahorro y Crédito Apoyo Integral
Nestlé El Salvador
Corporación de Compañías Agroindustriales
La Central de Seguros y Finanzas
ADM El Salvador
- Defended ESE against a claim for damages filed by a distributor.
- Assisted DYCSA with initiating a conflict resolution procedure with the CEL, the hydropower commission for the state of Río Lempa, due to design and construction delays.
- Assisted ECOSS, which provides public services for the disposal and collection of solid waste, in a case relating to unfulfilled payment obligations on the part of the capital city.
The intellectual property team at Consortium Legal assists its national and multinational clients with a diverse spectrum of IP matters, advising on copyright, patents and trade marks, sanitary and pharmaceutical registrations, administrative issues and IP litigation. Headed by international trade mark expert Suzanne Berrios De Tablas, and backed by associate Francisco Medrano, the team represents clients across the banking, energy, tech, hospitality, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and telecoms industries.
Suzanne Berrios de Tablas
‘Prompt responses and good advice on how to proceed.’
‘They resolve issues rapidly.’
Industrias Sintéticas de Centro América (INSINCA)
- Advised Grupo PDC on the acquisition of all the inventories, assets and intellectual property of Dizac.
- Managing and defending Digicel Caribbean/Digicel’s intellectual property rights against trade mark violations.
- Assisting Industrias Sintéticas de Centro América (INSINCA) with the protection of distinctive signs in the Central American region against companies that produce imitation products.
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