Arias was established in 1942 by Francisco Armando Arias (1915–2013), and today it continues to be is the most recommended firm in Central America, with 76 years of experience in providing accurate and timely solutions based on our clients’ goals and backed by a great team of professionals, highly focused on client service.
Our heritage, passion for law and commitment to quality allow us to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country in which we operate: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
We offer our clients the best legal talent in the region. The Arias team comprises 31 partners and over 141 specialised attorneys in more than 33 practice areas. Clients highly value our team’s ability to handle local and cross-border transactions and our unparalleled experience, which includes participating in many of the region’s most important deals and advising the world’s leading companies.
Arbitration and litigation: We advise companies facing litigation of various types before administrative or judicial forums. This includes out-of-court settlements, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and skilful litigation. Our team also has vast experience in international and local arbitration.
Antitrust: Advice on concentrations, competition-related litigation, clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, compliance, counselling and training programmes, antitrust disputes, commercial disputes and judicial reviews, among others.
Banking and finance: Structuring finance projects with development and international commercial banks and counselling financial institutions and multinational companies in corporate and financial transactions.
Corporate and commercial: Our corporate practice serves national and multinational corporations in different industries including aviation, hospitality, energy, banking, pharmaceutical and technology. We provide advice on corporate governance, start-up projects, due diligence, contracts, corporate law, commercial law, immigration and day-to-day legal needs.
Energy: We provide advice on the successful development of energy generation projects, from the initial investment phase to the beginning of operations, as well as in the distribution sector and electricity market. We have vast experience in public tenders, regulatory compliance issues before different public entities, power purchase agreements, and supply and other agreements necessary to enable participation in the energy market.
Intellectual property: Our intellectual property department is well known and respected among the leading IP specialised firms and companies in Latin America, US and Europe. Clients turn to Arias for representation and work in the region, especially in matters related to managing their trademark and patent portfolios, as well as providing assessment in matters related to copyrights, technology, data protection, life sciences, and health regulatory matters, and other related issues.
Labour law: Drafting and execution of labour contracts, internal labour regulations, registrations with employment authorities, changes in employment terms and conditions, terminations, labour controversies and negotiations of out- of-court settlements, labour dispute mediation, litigation of employment-related matters and corporate immigration.
Mergers and acquisitions: Negotiations and closings in selling and acquiring companies, acquisition of minority and controlling interest, business due diligence procedures and identifying legal contingencies.
Regulatory: Through our extensive knowledge of local regulations, we provide regulatory advice on consumer protection, data protection and privacy, energy, environment, finance, telecommunications, media and technology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, among other matters.
Tax planning and litigation: Tax structuring, tax planning, tax litigation, transfer pricing, free trade zones and fiscal grounds, municipal taxes, customs, among others.