Central America: Banking, Finance and Projects 2018

In this chapter we identify 84 leading practitioners in Central America who stand out for their exceptional expertise across the finance, banking and projects spaces.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Gutiérrez BLP, San José
2. Ricardo M Arango Arias, Fábrega y Fábrega, Panama City
3. Mario Gómez Pacheco Gómez y Galindo Abogados y Notarios – Latamlex, San José
4. Luís R Pellerano Pellerano & Herrera, Santo Domingo
5. David Arturo Campos Consortium Legal – Costa Rica, San José
6. José E Quiñones QIL + 4 Abogados, Guatemala City

Costa Rica

CONSORTIUM LEGAL sees four practitioners recognised in this chapter for their excellent work in the space.
David Arturo Campos is “a standout name” in the Costa Rican market and “an absolute must for inclusion” according to sources, who praise his first-class banking, finance and capital markets practice.
Randall Barquero León is highlighted as “a big player” in the field who is well versed in all aspects of banking and finance law, from commercial and corporate loans to regulatory issues.
Mario Quesada Bianchini is well known in the region for his excellent work handling a wide array of corporate finance matters including banking M&A, cross-border financings and capital markets transactions.
Rolando Laclé Zúñiga is “superb” in corporate and foreign investment matters, most notably when it comes to advising financial institutions on issues relating to the real estate sector.

BLP achieves three nominations in this chapter.
David Gutiérrez is widely respected by market sources who consider him “highly experienced in banking matters”. He stands out as the foremost finance lawyer in the region and boasts over 20 years’ experience in the field. 
Andrés López is a well-recognised figure in the Costa Rican market where he is regarded as a top name when it comes to advising financial institutions on financings and transactions.
Neftalí Garro focuses his practice on both commercial and corporate law matters and is recognised for his strong transactional understanding.

EY LAW also performs well, achieving three nominations this year.
Hernán Pacheco O leads the firm’s corporate and business law group and is “very well known” in the market for his expert handling of project finance, M&A and foreign investment matters.
Arturo Apéstegui Barzuna is “well known for his experience in banking and finance” according to respondents, an area in which he is considered a real specialist.
Humberto Pacheco enjoys a great reputation among peers as “one of the best-known and best-reputed lawyers in the country”, and wins praise for his impressive financial expertise.

At VECTOR LEGAL, founding partner Roberto León Gómez wins praise as “a top-tier lawyer” who boasts “a great reputation” in the market for his expertise in the finance arena, including banking law, capital markets and M&A.
Esteban Carranza is “a big name” when it comes to finance law, where he is recognised for his excellent work advising financial institutions and insurance companies on related matters.

Daniel Araya at DENTONS MUÑOZ is “a strong banking and finance attorney” who focuses his first-rate practice on handling sophisticated bank lending and financings across a range of sectors. One source notes, “Financing work is his forte.”
José Antonio Muñoz is a long-standing fixture in the Costa Rican market who gains recognition for his vast banking and finance experience as well as his deep knowledge of project finance deals.

Mario Gómez Pacheco of GÓMEZ Y GALINDO ABOGADOS Y NOTARIOS - LATAMLEX is a “go-to attorney for local banks”, according to interviewees, who note that he “knows the industry the best” in the market.

Dominican Republic

At HEADRICK RIZIK ALVAREZ & FERNANDEZ, founding partner Roberto Rizik is a widely recognised figure in the region who stands out for his leading banking, finance and corporate law expertise.
Jaime Senior Fernández is regarded by market sources as “a leading lawyer” in the finance space where he stands out in particular for his excellent work in the capital markets arena.

Luís Pellerano at PELLERANO & HERRERA is “a top player” in the Central American market who wins high praise for his first-class corporate finance practice as well as his 35 years’ experience handling projects, finance and banking matters.

El Salvador

At ARIAS, Armando Arias is a well-established name in the region who is renowned among peers for his outstanding banking and corporate law experience, which encompasses project financings, M&A and sector-related disputes.
Lilian Arias is highly respected for her banking and finance expertise which spans a range of areas including capital markets, taxation planning and M&A transactions.
Roberta Gallardo also receives recognition this year for her excellent work dealing with complex M&A and project financing matters.

Oscar Samour at CONSORTIUM LEGAL is “very good for both corporate and finance work” according to sources, areas in which he is considered by peers to be a specialist and go-to name.

At GUANDIQUE SEGOVIA QUINTANILLA – LATAMLEX, Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt is “well known in the banking sector”, particularly for his superb work handling banking M&A and securities law matters.

Guatemala

QIL + 4 ABOGADOS sees three practitioners recognised for their excellent work in this chapter.
José Quiñones is “a very well-known name” who is recognised as one of the most prominent banking and finance lawyers in the region. He stands out for his excellent understanding of corporate transactions, tax law and capital markets.
Alejandro Cofiño draws praise from market commentators for his well-respected corporate practice, which encompasses banking, capital markets and project financing matters.
Marcos Ibargüen Segovia is a highly regarded name in Guatemala and comes highly recommended for his work on project finance deals across the telecoms and energy sectors, as well as his impressive knowledge of complex financing structures.

CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell is widely recognised in the banking and finance space, where sources effuse, “He is definitely a standout name.” He is praised for his excellent work advising clients on their banking and transactional activities in the country.
Rafael Alvarado Riedel is recommended for his banking and finance expertise, most notably in relation to projects, M&A and foreign investment matters.

At MAYORA & MAYORA, Eduardo Mayora is recognised as “a senior statesman in the finance world” and is renowned for his leading expertise in the fields of banking and securities law.
Claudia Pereira is “very experienced and well known in the finance sector”, according to sources. She focuses her top-notch practice on corporate law, banking and M&A matters.

Honduras

CONSORTIUM LEGAL sees three practitioners from its Honduran office recognised this year.
José Ramón Paz is a highly respected lawyer in the region who continues to impress peers and clients alike with his market-leading expertise across the banking sector.
Gustavo León-Gómez is “very active in the field” of corporate finance law, where he is commended for his excellent work advising both domestic and international clients on banking transactions and operations in the country.
José Rafael Rivera Ferrari is highly recommended by market sources for his strong corporate practice as well as the first-rate counsel he delivers to financial institutions and corporate entities.

Rene López Rodezno at LOPEZ RODEZNO & ASOCIADOS is a firm favourite among clients who praise him highly and consider him “a very important lawyer in the finance sector”.

Nicaragua

At ARIAS, Bertha Argüello is widely respected for her excellent banking and finance practice as well as her work handling banking transactions and acquisitions in the country.
Ana Teresa Rizo impresses market sources with her first-rate financial expertise, and is praised for her notable work advising foreign entities on their investments in Nicaragua.    

Gloria Maria de Alvarado at ALVARADO Y ASOCIADOS is “very active” in the corporate sphere, according to respondents, and wins praise for her strong financial nous.

Panama

ARIAS, FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA achieves four nominations in this chapter.
Ricardo Arango is one of the most prominent banking and finance lawyers in the region. He stands out for his excellence handling sector-related finance and regulatory matters, as well as his projects work.
Estif Aparicio is a well-recognised name in the market who is widely respected for his top-tier handling of financings, banking matters and securities regulation.
Roy Durling stands out in the market as a finance specialist and wins particularly high praise for his strong expertise across the aviation sector.
Rodrigo Cardoze also achieves recognition in this chapter for his impressive corporate finance practice.

GALINDO ARIAS Y LOPEZ also sees four lawyers recognised for their work this year.
Roberto De Araujo focuses his first-class practice on a range of commercial and corporate law matters, including banking, capital markets and M&A.
Cristina Lewis de la Guardia is a commercial law and regulatory specialist who is highly respected for her impressive handling of securities and M&A matters across the aviation sector.

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