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Arias

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THE FIRM

Arias was established in 1942 by Francisco Armando Arias (1915-2013), and today it remains the most recommended firm in Central America, with 75 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. 

OUR TEAM

We offer our clients the best legal talent in the region. The Arias team is comprised of 32 partners and over 130 specialised attorneys in more than 30 practice areas. Clients highly value our team’s ability to handle local and cross-border transactions and our unparalleled experience, having participated in many of the region’s most important deals and advising the world’s leading companies. 

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate and commercial: Start-up projects, establishment of operations, corporate governance, due diligence, contracts, corporate immigration and day-to-day legal needs.

Banking and finance: Structuring finance projects with development and international commercial banks, and counselling financial institutions and multinational companies in corporate and financial transactions.

Arbitration and litigation: We advise companies facing litigation of various types before administrative or judicial forums. This includes out-of-court settlements, alternative mechanisms for dispute resolutions and skilful litigation. Our team also has vast experience in international and local arbitration.

Mergers and acquisitions: Negotiations and closings in selling and acquiring companies, acquisition of minority and controlling interest, due diligence, and identifying legal contingencies.

Tax planning and litigation: Tax structuring, tax planning, tax litigation, transfer pricing, free trade zones and fiscal grounds, municipal taxes, customs and other related issues.

Intellectual property: Trademark registration, patents, oppositions and all matters related to intellectual property protection.

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, supply and other agreements necessary to enable the participation in the energy market.

Antitrust: Advice in concentrations, competition-related litigation, clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, compliance, counselling and training programs, antitrust disputes, commercial disputes and judicial reviews, among others.

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.

Regulatory: Through our extensive knowledge of local regulations, we provide regulatory advice in consumer protection, data protection and privacy, energy, environment, finance matters, telecommunications, media and technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, among others.

Other practice areas: administrative law, aviation, compliance, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption, franchising, government procurement, international trade, foreign investments, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, project and infrastructure finance, public private partnerships, and real estate, among others.

GUATEMALA
(502) 2382 7700
contact.guatemala@ariaslaw.com
 
EL SALVADOR
(503) 2257 0900
contact.elsalvador@ariaslaw.com
 
HONDURAS
Tegucigalpa (504) 2221 4505
San Pedro Sula (504) 2550 2202
contact.honduras@ariaslaw.com
 
NICARAGUA
(505) 2298 1360
contact.nicaragua@ariaslaw.com
 
COSTA RICA
(506) 4036 2800
contact.costarica@ariaslaw.com
 
PANAMÁ
(507) 282 1400
​contact.panama@ariaslaw.com
 
www.ariaslaw.com

Awards

Who's Who Legal Awards 2019


Country and State Awards
Latin America - Nicaragua

San José, Costa Rica

Avenida Escazú Torre Lexus

San Salvador, El Salvador

Calle La Mascota #533 Colonia San Benito

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Diagonal 6, 10-01 zona 10 Centro Gerencial Las Margaritas, Torre II,

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Centro Comercial El Dorado 6° Piso Boulevard Morazán

Managua, Nicaragua

Edificio Escala Piso 3

Panama City, Panama

Torre Global, Piso 24 Oficina 2401, Calle 50
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Administrative Litigation

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

Nicaragua

Panama

Arbitration

Guatemala

Honduras

Aviation

Costa Rica

Banking

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Honduras

Nicaragua

Competition

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Construction

Nicaragua

Corporate Immigration

El Salvador

Guatemala

Corporate Tax

Costa Rica

Nicaragua

Data

Guatemala

Honduras

Panama

Energy

Nicaragua

Panama

Environment

Nicaragua

Panama

Franchise

Costa Rica

Labour Employment & Benefits

El Salvador

Guatemala

Litigation

Guatemala

Honduras

M&A and Governance

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

Nicaragua

Mediation

Guatemala

Honduras

Mining

Nicaragua

Panama

Patents

El Salvador

Project Finance

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Honduras

Nicaragua

Real Estate

Nicaragua

Trademarks

El Salvador

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