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Nicaragua > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The litigation and dispute resolution practice at Dentons stands out for its strength in representing regional and multinational corporations and financial institutions across such sectors as food, energy, building materials, banking and telecoms in high-value contentious-administrative claims, debt collection actions and contractual disputes. Seasoned litigator and office managing partner Edgard Torres leads the team. Former labour and litigation department co-head Roberto Montes Doña departed the firm in September 2022, but the practice was bolstered significantly by the hire of Elvis Martínez, the former managing partner of Munguia Vidaurre Law, in June 2023, along with associate María José Mendoza, who is skilled in commercial and administrative tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Edgard Torres


The Dentons dispute resolution team is 100% focused on our case. At all times, they keep us informed about the circumstances and possible changes in the direction of the trial. We have a successful relationship with them and they give us extensive information on possible avenues or legal alternatives to follow. The team is dynamic, led by lawyers who know the dynamics of the public and private sector.

Nicaragua > Intellectual property Tier 3

Leveraging its network of offices throughout the region, as well as internationally, Dentons advises major multinationals from the retail, food and beverages, tech, cosmetics, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors – among others – on the registration, protection and enforcement of their trade marks, patents, designs, copyrights and trade secrets. The group is also active in IP litigation and complex administrative procedures, the IP aspects of cross-border transactions, and regulatory and licensing issues. Director Mayra Navarrete, an expert in brand protection, anti-counterfeiting actions, IP prosecutions and data privacy, leads the practice. The team is backed by associate Ana Ruth Rodriguez, who utilises a background in the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Mayra Navarrete


The team stands out for its attention to detail, follow-up and contact with clients, and for its immediate responses.

I believe that the firm’s intellectual property practice stands out due to the specialised knowledge of its main lawyer in this area, Mayra Navarrete. She stays abreast of changes in the industry and is highly adept at understanding the business and strategic needs of the company.

This practice has a solid team of lawyers in other countries, which allows us to receive a comprehensive service since our lawyer can directly contact other lawyers in the firm’s network to meet our needs outside of Nicaragua (which we have already done). Likewise, in terms of innovations, the access they give their clients to webinars on the Dentons Global platform is very worthwhile. Many topics of interest are discussed and the information is of a high level.

Compared to other law firms, I believe that this practice stands out because of the dedication of Mayra Navarrete. She is distinguished by her personalised approach and the close relationships she maintains with her clients. I appreciate her honesty in the legal assessments she makes; she provides me with a solid foundation to make informed decisions.

Key clients

Coca Cola Industrial

Walmart Centro América

Walmart México

Alimentos ProSalud

Super de Alimentos

Papelera Internacional


Papelera Latinoamericana de Nicaragua

Work highlights

  • Advising Coca-Cola Industrial regionally on sanitary regulations.
  • Advising Walmart Centro América on the preparation and filing of new trade mark applications, commercial surveillance regarding the unauthorised use of trade marks, control of renewals and assurance of protection regarding third parties.
  • Managing the health registrations of candy manufacturer Super de Alimentos, including appearing before the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health.

Nicaragua > Corporate and finance Tier 4

Drawing on the support of regional offices in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala (as well as a vast international network), the team at Dentons is well equipped to advise major multinational corporations involved in high-value, cross-border transactions across such sectors as energy, education, financial services and pharmaceuticals. The firm’s comprehensive expertise takes in project finance, market entry, M&A, debt restructuring and asset securitisation, due diligence, corporate governance, tax planning and shareholders’ agreements. The team is led by office managing partner, experienced litigator and deal structuring expert Edgard Torres and associate Mario Novoa, a specialist in real estate.

Practice head(s):

Edgard Torres; Mario Novoa


The team work in a very fast and orderly manner. I like that they are practical in their solutions and allow us to be agile.

Dentons is a firm that has proven its quality when handling matters. The team is always available, with quick response times.

The team is very helpful, responsive and business-oriented.

The availability of the corporate team is extraordinary. They are always attentive and provide quick responses to our queries and requirements. Compared to other law firms, I consider that the speed of their responses sets them apart.

Mario Novoa is a well-rounded lawyer in the corporate and real estate areas. He looks into matters closely in order to offer clients suitable advice to suit their needs. He is always on call to advise via telephone or email.

Mario Novoa is a lawyer with a lot of experience and provides very good advice on complex issues.

Key clients

Delivery Hero

Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society

Work highlights

  • Advised German company Delivery Hero on the cross-border acquisition of Hugo, a food delivery company with operations in other countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Assisted with the financing granted by Oikocredit, a cooperative and social investor based in the Netherlands, in favour of Nicaraguan coffee exporters for coffee advances and purchases from small farmers.

Central America > Corporate and finance

As the Central American branch of global firm Dentons, Dentons is one of the few firms in the region to have an international presence, making it well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. In Costa Rica (where the firm has two offices), real estate and hospitality specialist Eduardo Zúñiga leads the corporate team with Tatiana Reuben. Luis Abundio Maldonado, who also co-chairs the infrastructure practice for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the name to note in Guatemala, while in Honduras Arturo Zacapa heads the team. In Nicaragua, Edgard Torres handles corporate and finance matters, and Daniel Martinez, who has a strong track record in international deals, leads the El Salvador practice. The highly experienced Gisela Álvarez de Porras is the key contact in Panama.

Work highlights