Central America: Competition 2017

We identify 17 leading practitioners in the region who are highlighted for their exceptional work handling an array of complex investigations, litigation and transactional matters in the area.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Claudio Donato Monge Zurcher Odio & Raven, San José
2. Paul Handal Montoya Matamoros Batson & Asociados, Tegucigalpa
3. Ricardo Alfredo Duarte Jimenez García & Bodán, Tegucigalpa

Costa Rica

At ZURCHER ODIO & RAVEN, two leading individuals are recognised in this chapter for their standout competition practices.
Claudio Donato Monge is “an experienced and client-oriented practitioner” and features prominently in our research this year. He is a firm favourite among clients who consider him “the best in this legal area”.
Founding partner Ignacio Gallegos enjoys a great reputation in the market, and is widely recognised across the region as a first-class practitioner.

Regional full-service powerhouse ARIAS also achieves two listings this year.
Andrey Dorado is a well-known figure in the market. He wins praise from peers for his fantastic competition practice that encompasses a wide array of related matters from commercial advisory work to antitrust filings.
Rolando García’s practice focuses on the intersection of competition issues with corporate and commercial law. He is also highlighted for his particular expertise in the regulatory sphere.

At BLP, two standout practitioners are recommended for their excellent work in the area.
The “brilliant” Uri Weinstok is well versed in advising both local and foreign entities on filing defence actions, anticompetitive compliance programmes and pre-merger approval processes.
Pamela Sittenfeld is known for her tremendous knowledge of both national and regional competition law and regularly advises clients on related compliance programmes and regulatory issues.

AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE’s John Aguilar-Quesada is a major player in the Costa Rican market. He runs a broad commercial practice, but is highlighted in this chapter for his exceptional expertise handling antitrust and competition matters.

At PRAGMA LEGAL, founding partner Edgar Odio frequently handles a wide array of competition law matters including licensing and distribution strategy and agreements.

At GÓMEZ Y GALINDO ABOGADOS Y NOTARIOS, the “terrific” Adriana Ramos Chaves wins praise for her fantastic practice that encompasses competition, transactional and corporate law issues.

El Salvador

ARIAS dominates the competition legal market in El Salvador as the country’s only firm listed in our chapter this year. Three impressive names are highlighted for their expertise in the area.
Mario Lozano continues to impress peers who praise him for his expert handling of the competition aspects of large and complex transactions.
Fernando Montano’s outstanding practice covers competition law, as well as civil and commercial law. He remains a firm favourite among clients who include major international and domestic corporations.
Dispute resolution specialist Eduardo Ángel gains recognition across the region for his strong expertise in competition law procedure.


Two leading practitioners at GARCÍA & BODÁN are nominated this year for their impressive work in the competition space.
Ricardo Alfredo Duarte Jimenez is highly sought after for competition counsel by clients, one of whom notes, “He has a deep knowledge of the country’s antitrust regulations.”
Jazna Vanessa Oquelí De Riera is also recognised for the effective and valuable counsel that she delivers to major domestic and international companies.

MATAMOROS BATSON & ASOCIADOS’ Paul Handal Montoya is one the most prominent competition lawyers in the region. His practice includes merger clearance and anti-competitive restrictive practices, and he possesses great experience handling matters before the Honduras Competition Authority.


MORGAN & MORGAN stands out as the only firm in Panama recognised for its antitrust expertise in this edition.
Head of the antitrust and consumer protection team Carlos Ernesto González Ramírez draws praise from sources who consider him a leading name in the market.
María Eugenia Brenes is recognised throughout the region for her excellent work in the space, particularly in relation to M&A transaction approvals before competition authorities.

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