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Consortium Legal

Composed of five law firms that merged in 2005, Consortium Legal has expanded to over 160 professionals and 10 offices across Central America. The firm advises on some of the largest corporate and finance transactions in the region, and also boasts an impressive standing in disputes resolution, IP and corporate tax law. It is considered by a number of respondents to be the law firms of choice for a regionally integrated approach to corporate and commercial matters.


In Guatemala, Alfredo Rodríguez Mahuad is a “standout” figure in both our corporate and tax chapters. He recently advised Citigroup on the selling $865 million off of its Guatemalan consumer and commercial banking assets to Promerica; he has also advises clients on the creation and modification of tax laws in Guatemala. Olga María Barreto Gutiérrez in Nicaragua is highly regarded for her corporate and finance practices, and is said to have “a sophisticated knowledge of banking and finance law”.

President of Consortium Legal in Nicaragua, José Evenor Taboada is described as a “prolific and high-status practitioner”. He is active in cross-border corporate and finance transactions for domestic and international clients, providing legal services to such clients as the IMF, the World Bank and the Paris Club. He is also listed for his dispute resolution practice, where he “expertly handles high-value cases”.  Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell in Guatemala is recognised for his finance and disputes practices. He offers “a solutions-orientated approach” when it comes to arbitrations and he is said to have “a sharp, commercial mind” by clients.

Dispute resolution is a strong suit for the firm, generating six listings alone. Alfonso Gutiérrez Cerdas in Costa Rica is “an acclaimed advocate”, possessing “an ability to get to the heart of an issue”. Gerardo Hernandez leads the litigation and arbitration practice in Nicaragua, and is recommended as a “technically excellent” and “a great operator”. Ulises Mejía León Gómez is a more recent addition to the firm and has been successful growing out the disputes practice in Honduras, according to respondents.

Consortium Legal’s work in IP has earned it three listings, with recent major cases involving helping high-end clients in transactions relating to the energy, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication markets. Ninoshka Urrutia in Guatemala is head of the department and combines “comprehensive advice” with a “forensic approach”.

Lionel Francisco Aguilar Salguero in Guatemala is recognised for his labour and public law practices. He well-known for advising on labour-related and social welfare issues for local and multinational groups, including negotiating on collective agreements in the electricity, sugar, banana and industrial sectors. 

In sum, with a strong team of expert practitioners, a wide presence in the region and an international reputation, Consortium Legal has a leading share of the Central American legal market.

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