Central America: Transport 2017

We identify 37 leading lawyers who excel in aviation, shipping and rail law, and are known for their exceptional work handling financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alina Nassar Nassar Abogados, San José
2. Tomás Nassar Perez Nassar Abogados, San José
3. Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras Galindo Arias y Lopez, Panama City

Costa Rica

NASSAR ABOGADOS stands out in this jurisdiction achieving an impressive double listing.
Chair of the firm’s aviation practice Alina Nassar is the foremost transport lawyers in the Central American market. She frequently advises international airlines and corporations on matters relating to the transport sector, including aircraft financing transactions and regulatory filings.
Tomás Nassar Perez is known to be “a leader in the market”. He is highly regarded for his first-rate practice which encompasses counsel, litigation and negotiation.

Two impressive practitioners at BLP are highlighted in this chapter for their excellent work in the sector.
David Gutiérrez draws widespread praise from across the region for his high-level practice, acting as both counsel and arbitrator for clients across the transport sector. In particular he has experience representing both sponsors and lenders regarding domestic development projects.
Alongside him Ronald Lachner counts major domestic and international companies among his clientele and is considered a real specialist when it comes to aviation finance law.

At OLLER ABOGADOS, the “fantastic” Roberto Esquivel is widely nominated for his work in the transport sector. In particular he has experience handling large infrastructure projects for clients.   

Dominican Republic

Domestic firm PELLERANO & HERRERA stands out in the market with a double listing.
Luís Pellerano possesses 35 years of experience advising foreign companies and multinationals interested in entering the Dominican market, and has been engaged in some of the country’s most high profile transactions within the aviation industry.
Urania Paulino boasts invaluable experience supporting high-profile clients in the domestic aviation market, with a particular focus in her practice on regulatory matters.


Jazna Vanessa Oqueli De Riera at GARCIA & BODÁN is very active in the field. She enjoys a strong reputation for her work advising major international companies in relation to financings and transactions in the aeronautic industry.

At ARIAS, Mario Agüero impresses clients and peers alike with his top-tier work handling complex matters relating to the aviation sector. 


MORGAN & MORGAN stands out in the Panamanian market with five listings, demonstrating the breadth of talent available at the firm.
Head of the maritime litigation practice Juan David Morgan receives praise for his work from respondents across Central America, and boasts a stellar reputation for his expert handling of complex disputes for clients in the sector.   
Francisco Linares is widely recognised in our research for his expertise in matters of shipping and maritime law. In particular his practice focuses on maritime litigation, an area in which he is considered a true specialist.
Jazmina Rovi Sanchez is known in the market for her specialist knowledge of ship finance structures including ship mortgages and pledge of shares from shipowners, as well as all types of registration schemes. 

PATTON MORENO & ASVAT also performs well this year with four of its leading practitioners highlighted for their work in the sector.
Ebrahim Asvat is commended by sources for his outstanding transport practice which encompasses shipping and maritime law, and focuses particularly on ship financing issues.
Belisario Porras has a reputation across Central America for his expertise in relation to maritime law and ship finance and is highly sought after by clients in the sector.  

Three standout individuals are highlighted at GALINDO ARIAS Y LOPEZ.
Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras has a notable reputation in the jurisdiction for his work counselling and representing both large multinational and national corporations, particularly on matters relating to aviation financing.
Alfonso Arias Loredo is a well-established name in the Panamanian legal market and is highlighted for his strong expertise handling corporate and maritime law matters.
Cristina Lewis de la Guardia is also recognised this year for her excellent work in the field. 

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