Firm Profile > Consortium Legal > Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala
Consortium Legal Offices
DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10 CENTRO GERENCIAL LAS MARGARITS TORRE II
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Banking and finance Tier 1Regional powerhouse Consortium Legal has a strong client base of domestic and foreign financial institutions and multinational companies. The two-partner team advises on loans and financial structures, the development of new products, and foreign investments, and also has a growing fintech practice. The team also has experience in the issuance of debt; among its recent highlights is its advice to Citigroup Global Markets on the issue of sovereign notes by the Republic of Guatemala on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The practice is led by Álvaro Castellanos and Diego Alejos, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2020; the duo are praised by clients for their 'knowledge, experience and passion for their work'.
‘They have knowledge of international banking and complex transactions, listen to and understand clients’ needs, and adapt easily to changes in the industry at the same pace as clients.’
‘Both Álvaro Castellanos and Diego Alejos have knowledge, experience and a passion for their work that sets them apart from other lawyers. They are always available to support clients and to work with them to find the best solution for their ever-changing needs.’
Bank of America Merril Lynch
JP Morgan Chase
IDB / IDB Invest
Banco de América Central
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior
Bupa Global and Bupa Guatemala
Corporate/M&A Tier 1
Regional firm Consortium Legal is active in cross-border M&A transactions across Central America, with a multi-disciplinary offering that includes advice on financial and tax structuring. The 'experienced' and 'reputable' team acts for leading domestic and international clients from a range of sectors, including telecoms, pharmaceuticals, mining, energy and financial services. The practice is led by tax specialist Alfredo Rodríguez, who has particular expertise in international investment law; Álvaro Castellanos, who specialises in regulated sectors such as energy and finance; and Rafael Alvarado Riedel, who frequently advises international clients, including on project bids. With particular expertise in mining-sector M&A, Sofía Escribá made partner in September 2020; both she, and senior associate Maria Fernanda Morales, are also key members of the team.
‘The team is specialised in different areas of law, and is experienced and reputable.’
‘Short response times, responsible advice and the experience to foresee contingencies.’
Sandwiches & Restaurantes
Distribuidora Me Llega
Telxius Cable Guatemala
Intellectual property Tier 1Consortium Legal's IP department stands out for its 'personalised and immediate service'. The team regularly advises international food, beverage and pharmaceutical clients on the management of their trade mark portfolios in Guatemala, and the co-ordination of their IP assets across Latin America and Europe. It also handles the registration of domain names, filing of geographical indications or appellations of origin, and marketing issues relating to the use of trade marks and slogans. Litigation, including infringement, cancellation and unfair competition proceedings, is also an area of strength. The team is led by the 'experienced, responsible and ethical' Ninoshka Urrutia, while associate Stephanie Arévalo, who specialises in patents and applications for trade marks abroad, is also a key contact.
‘The IP department at Consortium Legal in Guatemala has been operating for 25 years, which has allowed it to build up a strong portfolio of important clients and acquire experience and a good reputation in this area.’
‘Personalised and immediate service. They take action straight away.’
‘The cohesion of the process and the feedback to clients is strong and reliable.’
‘Ninoshka Urrutia, Maria Fernanda Morales and Sandra Ortiz provide a personalised service, excellent treatment of clients and friendly communication. They always have a smile, are quick to act and are professional.’
‘The greatest speed and efficiency.’
‘The team is led by Ninoshka Urrutia, who has more than 20 years’ experience in IP and has been at the firm for many years. She is very experienced, responsible and ethical in her work. She is always prepared to look for the best solutions and to work with us with a positive attitude.’
Asociación de Productores de Café
Laboratorios Quimico Farmaceutico
Productos Alimenticios Diana
Tax Tier 1
With a regional presence, Consortium Legal is able to assist clients with tax matters involving various Central American jurisdictions, and counts a number of international companies among its clients, with particular expertise in the financial and aviation sectors. The team, which is praised for its 'knowledge and experience', advises on wealth planning, corporate tax for multinational corporations, and assists foreign investors with tax issues. The firm also has a strong tax litigation practice, with experience defending clients in the country's highest courts. Alfredo Rodríguez, who is described by one client as 'the best tax lawyer in Guatemala', Olga Meléndez and David Erales, who specialises in tax litigation, lead the practice, while senior associate Alejandra Fuentes-Pieruccini is noted for her strength in international taxation.
‘They stand out for their knowledge, legal experience, strong understanding of legal principles, and proactivity.’
‘The firm’s knowledge and experience in tax matters is unequalled in the market. No other firm can match the experience, reputation and career of Alfredo Rodríguez.’
‘Alfredo Rodríguez is the best tax lawyer in Guatemala. He has extensive experience in this area and an unrivalled career.’
‘Consortium Legal’s strength lies in its knowledge of the law, as the foundations of the defence in a tax case have to be solid in order to obtain a favourable result.’
Dispute resolution Tier 2Consortium Legal is noted for its 'deep knowledge of litigation proceedings' and 'attention to even the smallest details'. The team is highly active in tax litigation, and regularly represents leading national banks and financial institutions in proceedings brought by the tax authorities in the country's highest courts. The practice also covers civil and commercial litigation, including contractual and shareholder disputes, administrative litigation and constitutional actions, for clients including major regional and international corporations. The team is jointly led by tax litigation specialist David Erales and Elías Arriaza, who is praised for his 'dazzling mental clarity and the ability to communicate concepts simply and directly'.
‘The team at Consortium stand out for their constant availability and accessibility, as well as their deep knowledge of litigation proceedings, their clear and consistent explanation of legal strategies, and their attention to even the smallest details.’
‘What sets Elías Arriaza apart is his experience, knowledge and equanimity, which translates into the highest level of confidence and credibility, which is essential in order to stay calm during the most difficult moments of every proceeding. Elías has a dazzling mental clarity and the ability to communicate concepts simply and directly to clients. He is totally pragmatic and focused on taking action and getting results.’
‘The team is always available and looks for agile and rapid solutions. The associates follow up very well on matters and have a very good general knowledge of the applicable regulations. Consortium’s availability and case management is impeccable.’
‘They are clear and precise. The team is young but very well prepared, as is the case with associate Efrén Pérez. His assistance with our cases always gives us peace of mind and the certainty that we are in good hands.’
Industria Licorera De Guatemala
AT&T Servicios De Comunicaciones De Guatemala
Telxius Cable Guatemala
Colgate-Palmolive Central America
Labour Tier 2
The 'highly capable' labour law team at Consortium Legal has notable experience in advising multinational corporations on employment issues relating to M&A transactions, retirements and pension plans, contracts and immigration issues. It also represents employers in litigation and collective bargaining negotiations, and assists with labour law compliance and health and safety matters. The highly regarded Lionel Aguilar, whose expertise includes handling labour litigation and work permits for foreign employees, leads the practice, supported by 'excellent' senior associate Federico Zelada, who specialises in collective disputes and negotiations.
‘Their knowledge and experience of labour legislation is excellent. They do not just provide their opinions, but also propose solutions. They are specialist labour lawyers, which makes a big difference.’
‘It is a highly capable and academically qualified team, with good relationships with institutions and an excellent performance in corporate matters.’
‘Lionel Aguilar and Federico Zelada are dedicated to their clients and are available to deal with situations as they happen. The partners are always in close contact with us.’
‘Federico Zelada is an excellent lawyer and has good knowledge of labour and union matters.’
‘Lionel Aguilar and Federico Zelada stand out for their experience and in-depth knowledge of labour issues.’
Real estate Tier 2
Praised for its 'excellent client service', Consortium Legal has experience in residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate developments. The team assists with obtaining regulatory authorisations for real estate projects, the acquisition of land, agreements between developers and contractors, and corporate transactions related to real estate. The team is led by founding partner Alfredo Rodríguez, who specialises in project finance and tax matters, and 'outstanding' senior associate Sandra García de Zedan, who has extensive experience in real estate and infrastructure law.
‘The standout feature of the lawyers is the agility with which they resolve our problems. The real estate business is very dynamic and all kinds of different issues arise; they have expertise in all these areas.’
‘The team provide excellent client service. They are very responsible, and always advise us on the good and bad aspects of a case. They are also prepared to question us, which I think is a very important characteristic.’
‘I think what makes this practice unique is that the team have all the knowledge we as a business need for our real estate matters. They provide rapid answers to our questions and give us the best possible advice to allow us to take the necessary decisions. Their assistance in every matters has been appreciated and valued, as they have demonstrated that they are here to support us and look after our interests. In our experience, Consortium Legal has shown itself to be superior to other firms.’
‘The lawyers in charge of our project have been respectful and conscientious. There is good communication between the parties, and this is reflected in their willingness to resolve our problems, both internal and external. The team understand the urgency and orderliness with which we like to work and they meet all of our requirements, advising us rapidly and efficiently. Among the outstanding partners and associates are Sandra De Zedan and Jaminie Recinos.’
Consortium Legal > Firm Profile
Consortium Legal. Your Law Firm for Business.
We are the largest law firm in Central America with more than 200 attorneys and seven offices strategically located in the five countries of the region and a multi-generational 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 specialised 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.
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|Sofía Escribá||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Alejandra Fuentes-Pieruccini||Associate||View Profile|
|Sandra García de Zedan||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Olga Meléndez||Partner||View Profile|
|Rafael Alvarado Riedel||Partner||View Profile|
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|Ms Ninoshka Urrutia||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Federico Zelada||Senior Associate||View Profile|