Grupo Agrisal is a Salvadoran conglomerate with a primary focus on developing and operating hotels and commercial real estate projects in Central and South America. In El Salvador, Grupo Agrisal represents premium brands in the automotive sector. Currently operating out of El Salvador, the conglomerate’s legal team, led by Nidia Pérez, manages all legal matters pertaining to the Group’s Salvadorian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Costa Rican, and Panamanian companies. The legal team’s role revolves around giving legal advice, managing outside counsel where needed and supervising and following up on all current cases until their conclusion. Over the years one of the biggest changes implemented in the legal function is the transformation in the way the business areas of the group perceive the legal department. ‘The department is now viewed as a teammate that can understand the needs of the business areas and help them actively in achieving their goals. I also think that we have changed the outlook the members of the legal department have of themselves. Now they understand more the importance of their role in the company and how our proactive and timely work can help protect the company and promote the achievement of business and strategic goals’, Pérez states. As a result, the legal team are often asked to give their input on important strategic issues. The team works closely with the business from the very inception of transactions and is expected to share different points of view, and find better, safer, less costly ways to attend matters and prevent possible contingencies. With the regional and business-specific expansion that Grupo Agrisal is currently undertaking, Pérez and his team are tasked with providing high quality legal advice with restricted resources.