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Central America: Administrative & Public Law 2017

In this year’s chapter, we recognise 42 of the region’s leading practitioners specialising in administrative and public law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas Consortium Legal, San José
2. Luis Ortiz BLP, San José
3. Rolando Laclé Castro Consortium Legal, San José
4. Prisca Maria Porras Diaz Latamlex Nicaragua, Managua
5. Yalí Molina Central Law, Managua

Costa Rica

Regional player AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE emerges as the principal law firm in Costa Rica for public and administrative law expertise, with four lawyers listed in the following pages. The firm’s team regularly handles both constitutional and administrative matters, as well as contentious litigation before administrative courts and regulatory authorities.
Senior partner John Aguilar-Quesada is a well-known and respected figure in the Costa Rican market with an international profile. He regularly leads on cross-border matters involving the firm’s international client base.
The “impressive” Esteban Agüero Guier is recommended for his experience advising public sector clients and the government on contentious issues.

Fellow regional full service firm BLP boasts an impressive offering in San José.
Public law practice head Luis Ortiz comes highly recommended and is selected as one of the standout practitioners in this chapter. He is considered “a true public law specialist” by market sources.
The “superb” Jorge Brizuela is commended for his extensive experience representing clients before the country’s administrative courts, often in cases involving both public and private bids, as well as appeals.
Luis Chacon is also recognised for his competency in this area where he is highly experienced in administrative tax matters.

CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s pan-regional offering also comes well regarded in our research. In sum, the firm sees six practitioners listed, including two in Costa Rica.
Founding partner Rolando Laclé Castro is an eminent figure in the Costa Rican market with over four decades of experience in private practice.
The “superb” Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas emerges as the country’s premier public and administrative law specialist. His practice covers the full gamut of public, administrative and constitutional law but he is particularly experienced when advising on issues relating to government contracting and PPP.

ARIAS’ administrative and constitutional law practice comes highly regarded in the market thanks to the comprehensive, regional service it offers to both domestic and international clients. The firm boasts six listings in total, with two individuals singled out at the firm’s San José office.
Public law practice co-head Carlos Camacho is recognised for his significant experience liaising with the government and public bodies to assist international clients with the establishment and development of projects in Costa Rica.
Carlos Ubico heads the firm’s administrative law and administrative contracts practice and is considered “a very knowledgeable practitioner” by peers. He regularly advises clients in their dealings with administrative bodies, particularly those involving PPP projects.

ZURCHER ODIO & RAVEN’s Alberto Raven-Ramírez is a market-leading specialist well known for his proficiency in public procurement.

At FACIO & CAÑAS, Alfonso Liao heads the practice and is commended for his broad practice that sees him advise clients in both a contentious and non-contentious context.

BATALLA SALTO LUNA ABOGADOS’ founder Alejandro Batalla is a key player in the Costa Rican market who is well known for his public law skills.

El Salvador

ARIASEduardo Ángel heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in El Salvador. He is a skilled litigator with extensive experience representing clients in administrative proceedings.

At CONSORTIUM LEGAL, Jose Eduardo Tomasino is recognised as a key player in the administrative law space in El Salvador to his extensive experience dealing with public authorities.

Guatemala

QIL+4 ABOGADOS is home to two leading individuals.
Founding partner María Isabel Luján Zilbermann is noted for her broad practice that sees her advise a wide range of domestic and international clients in their dealings with government authorities.
Gabriela Roca draws praise for her impressive practice focusing on public and administrative law in relation to project development in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s Lionel Francisco Aguilar Salguero is a distinguished practitioner who is well versed in administrative labour law issues.

Honduras

ARIAS emerges as the top player in Honduras, with two individuals selected for inclusion.
Fanny Rodríguez Del Cid heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Tegucigalpa and boasts considerable experience representing clients in contentious matters.
Evangelina Lardizábal is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience advising clients on administrative and constitutional law issues.

At CONSORTIUM LEGAL, Armando Manzanares heads the firm’s tax and administrative law offerings in the country and counts a number of major corporates, domestic and international NGOs among his impressive client roster.

CENTRAL LAW’s Claribel Medina is a longstanding fixture in the Honduran market with over two decades of expertise in administrative law. She has advised clients on a wide range of administrative issues, including environmental, labour and banking law and is particularly adept at advising on all government licensing procedures.

Oscar Armando Melara Facussé at his own firm, MELARA & ASOCIADOS, is a prominent player in the Honduran market with a wealth of experience handling administrative matters.

Nicaragua

Regional player CENTRAL LAW boasts a strong presence in the Nicaraguan market, reflected by the firm’s four listings in this chapter.
The “eminent” Yalí Molina is one of the foremost specialists in the region. He is a distinguished practitioner with unmatched experience assisting domestic and international clients with a wide variety of administrative law issues, including litigation.
Litigation department head Soraya Montoya Herrera is an accomplished practitioner with a longstanding pedigree in the local market thanks to her experience in civil procedural law.
María Moreno stands out for her expertise in administrative and constitutional law. She advises public authorities, international corporates and the government on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters.
The “superb” Lucía Guevara is also commended for her expertise in the field of administrative law.

At LATAMLEX NICARAGUA, Prisca Maria Porras Diaz is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the Nicaraguan constitutional and administrative law space. She possesses extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on administrative and regulatory issues.

At ARIAS, the “fantastic” Ana Teresa Rizo is a visible presence in the market known for her experience assisting clients in their dealings with the Nicaraguan government, particularly in issues involving public procurement.

AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE’s Thelma Cecilia Carrión-Blandón is the managing partner of the Managua office and is warmly endorsed by peers. She regularly handles administrative dealings with regulatory bodies for international clients.

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