Firm Profile > Consortium Legal > Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala

Consortium Legal

Banking and finance Tier 1

Consortium Legal 'is and always has been a leader in the banking industry, providing solid advice to clients', and is praised for its 'ample knowledge and skill'. The team mainly acts for international banks and multinationals, including Citibank and Bank of America, but also has a strong client base of local and regional financial institutions including Banco Azteca and Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex). The practice is led by Álvaro Castellanos with the support of Diego Alejos who was appointed partner in January 2020; both are 'outstanding' and 'understand the client and the client's needs'. In recent highlights, Castellanos and Alejos acted for investors including Wells Fargo Bank on the financing of Banco Industrial's $350m issuance under its diversified payment rights programme, and advised IDB Invest, as lender and agent, on a $75m subordinated loan facility to Banco G&T Continental. The firm is also noted for its expanding fintech practice.

Corporate/M&A Tier 1

Consortium Legal's 'well-formed and committed team is always willing to achieve the client's goals', advising on M&A transactions, the negotiation of joint ventures, and the sale of businesses. The practice acts for a number of clients in the financial services sector; it recently conducted a due diligence exercise for a financial entity on the possible acquisition of the optical fibre business of a company in Central America, and assisted another financial client with the due diligence for the acquisition of an energy company in Guatemala. In another highlight, Rafael Alvarado Riedel and Alfredo Rodríguez advised Energizer Holdings at the post-closing stage of its $2bn acquisition of Spectrum's operations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. Alvarado, Rodríguez and Álvaro Castellanos lead the team, which also includes senior associate Javier Santizo.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Consortium Legal represents clients in the full range of dispute resolution matters, including civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, such as contract disputes and shareholder disputes, and constitutional actions. In addition, the firm is noted for its strength in tax litigation, defending clients against claims by the tax authorities. The team counts a number of large regional companies from the financial, agro-industrial and food and drink sectors among its clients, including Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, Interbanco and the San Diego and Santa Ana sugar mills. The practice is jointly lead by Elías Arriaza and tax specialist David Erales.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Ninoshka Urrutia leads the team at Consortium Legal, which advises on trade mark registrations, patent applications, industrial designs and copyright matters, as well as handling litigation relating to infringement and counterfeit goods. Past highlights included advising Conzorcio Parmigiano Reggiano on the protection of its geographical indication, and assisting Titon with a patent application. The Central American integration system, Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana, is also a client.

Tax Tier 1

Consortium Legal's tax practice is made up of 'specialists in different areas of the law, allowing it to offer a full service'; the team 'inspires trust, as much through its abilities as through its discretion'. The firm is noted for its expertise in advising foreign investors and multinational corporations with operations in Guatemala on complex tax matters, particularly in the financial, charity, manufacturing and mining sectors. Alfredo Rodríguez, who stands out for his 'extensive experience', 'professionalism' and 'ability to offer practical solutions', heads the practice. In a recent highlight, Rodríguez and associate Alejandra Fuentes-Pieruccini advised Hapi, a company providing support to Guatemalan startups, on its tax structure. Olga Meléndez and tax litigation specialist David Erales are also key contacts.

Labour Tier 2

Lionel Aguilar leads the team at Consortium Legal, which 'stands out for its speed and good results'. The firm acts for employers in the public and private sectors, and is particularly active advising on collective bargaining and company agreements. The team also handles administrative labour proceedings before the labour and social security authorities, and advises on the employment aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions. Senior associate Federico Zelada specialises in collective bargaining matters.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Alvaro Castellanos
Labor Lionel Aguilar
Corporate Alfredo Rodríguez
Other fee-earners : 19
Total staff : 27
Partners : 8