Central America: Corporate 2018

In this chapter we highlight 103 leading corporate lawyers who have been recommended by peers and clients alike for their expertise spanning private M&A, public takeovers, joint ventures and corporate governance issues. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luis R Pellerano Pellerano & Herrera, Santo Domingo
2. Claudia Pereira Mayora & Mayora, Guatemala City
3. David Gutiérrez BLP, San José
4. Lorena Barrios Bonilla Montano, Toriello & Barrios, Guatemala City
5. Luis M Castro BLP, San José
6. Rolando Laclé Zúñiga Consortium Legal, San José

 

Costa Rica

Five lawyers from international law firm BLP are highlighted here.
David Gutiérrez is one of the most highly nominated practitioners in this year’s research. Peers say he is “in the top league” of corporate lawyers and highlight his “excellent” transactional advice.
Corporate law “shining star” Luis Castro is a top M&A lawyer in the region, who impresses peers with his vast expertise in energy and real estate transactions. Sources say he is “a very technical lawyer” and describe him as “a key player” in Costa Rica.
Eduardo Calderón is a trusted representative to major Costa Rican and international corporations. Peers say, “He is a very important player in the market” and is “outstanding” in complex M&A transactions.
Ronald Lachner stands out as “a responsive, practical and personable lawyer”. He enjoys a superb reputation for his M&A work, with sources saying: “His insights are always practical, professional and prompt.”
Neftalí Garro is a prominent figure in the San José market, who is well known for his expert handling of sophisticated merger and acquisition transactions.

Regional powerhouse CONSORTIUM LEGAL achieves five listings in Costa Rica.
Rolando Laclé Zúñiga is an esteemed M&A specialist with broad experience in cross-border transactions and commercial disputes. Peers refer to him as “an excellent lawyer and superb strategist".
Rolando Laclé Castro is a senior figure in the Costa Rican market. With decades of legal experience, he has vast knowledge across the full gamut of corporate and commercial law matters.
David Arturo Campos boasts a superb reputation for his commercial expertise and client-focused counsel. Peers speak highly of his M&A experience and he is a trusted adviser to major financial entities.

Prominent domestic firm FACIO & CAÑAS achieves five listings in this chapter.
Víctor Garita is highlighted as “an excellent corporate practitioner” with impressive expertise in M&A and commercial contracts. Peers say, “He is a very strong player with major clients.”
Sergio Solera stands out as an “excellent and professional” M&A lawyer. He advises foreign multinationals entering the Costa Rican market and provides hands-on support in their ongoing operations.

Costa Rican law firm ZURCHER ODIO & RAVEN achieves three listings here.
According to one peer, Alberto Raven-Ramírez is “the most outstanding lawyer there is” for the full range of corporate matters. Sources say, “He is a pleasure to work with.”
Market sources “have the greatest respect” for Ignacio Gallegos, a revered corporate lawyer who comes highly recommended for his impressive expertise in commercial arrangements. 
Harry Zurcher stands out as “a very senior partner” and knowledgeable reference point in the Costa Rican market. According to peers, he is an “excellent” corporate lawyer.

EY LAW achieves three listings in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Hernán Pacheco O is widely regarded as “one of the best” corporate lawyers in the market for his expertise in cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions.
Arturo Apéstegui Barzuna is a seasoned adviser on international transactions and is a go-to name among corporations and international banks. Peers note, “He is very technical and extremely analytical,” and describe him as “an all-round great attorney”. 
Fernando Vargas is widely endorsed as “an outstanding attorney” for sophisticated contractual and joint venture matters and M&A transactions.

Three lawyers from SFERA LEGAL are highlighted here.
Eric Scharf Taitelbaum “is definitely a top player” in San José, according to peers who add, “He is very professional and smart – a phenomenal lawyer.”
Robert van der Putten advises major clients on a broad range of corporate law issues. He is an expert in litigation strategy and conflict resolution, and peers speak highly of his abilities in high-stakes shareholder conflicts.
José María Pacheco “understands transactions from a business point of view” according to sources, who note, “He is definitely one to watch – he is absolutely brilliant, has a very good client manner, and is extremely knowledgeable.”

Peers say AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE’s John Aguilar-Quesada is “a very important player” in Costa Rica. He draws praise as “an excellent attorney” and is widely regarded as a go-to for corporate work.

ARIAS Vicente Lines occupies a prominent position as “a key player in the market, who has proven his excellence in complex deals”.

Dominican Republic

Luís R Pellerano of PELLERANO & HERRERA is at the forefront of the market in the Dominican Republic. With extensive expertise in cross-border matters, he is a go-to for M&A and joint venture transactions.

El Salvador

Oscar Samour is a standout name at CONSORTIUM LEGAL, known for his broad international expertise in cross-border transactions. He is regularly involved in major acquisitions in the banking sector, and is “excellent for both corporate and financial matters”.
Diego Martin Menjivar is a go-to lawyer to domestic and international clients alike, who seek his sophisticated counsel in M&A transactions.

Freddy Zometa leads the regional corporate team at LATINALLIANCE. With extensive experience advising both domestic and multinational clients, he is a highly regarded expert in the M&A space.

At BLP, Ricardo Cevallos is praised as “a very strong name” in corporate law. Peers say “he is very well positioned” to provide top-quality commercial advice to major corporations and financial institutions.

Guatemala

Two highly regarded lawyers from CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s Guatemalan offering are listed here.
Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell is the founding partner of the firm’s practice in Guatemala. Peers say he is "well known in the corporate area” and commend his M&A experience across a broad range of industries.
Fellow founding partner Alfredo Rodriguez Mahuad heads the corporate practice and commands a lot of respect" for his broad commercial knowledge. He stands out for his experience representing major financial and commercial clients.

BONILLA, MONTANO, TORIELLO & BARRIOSLorena Barrios is a leading name in Guatemala. She draws praise as “an outstanding corporate attorney” with extensive experience in complex M&A transactions. 

QIL+4 ABOGADOS is home to Marcos Ibargüen Segovia, a standout practitioner who enjoys an excellent reputation for his strategic approach to M&A and corporate restructuring.

At ARIAS Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca leads the M&A and corporate law team in Guatemala. “He is certainly a standout name for corporate work”, say peers, who praise his expertise in the regulated sectors.

Claudia Pereira at MAYORA & MAYORA is among the best-known corporate and M&A lawyers in Guatemala, lauded for her outstanding work for regional and international clients.

Honduras

CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s managing partner José Ramón Paz is a go-to lawyer for major cross-border transactions. He is a trusted adviser to large multinational corporations, banks and borrowers, and enjoys a superb reputation among peers.
José Rafael Rivera Ferrari is a widely endorsed M&A expert with vast experience handling complex transactions in the Central American region.

MATAMOROS BATSON & ASOCIADOS’ founding partner Dennis Matamoros Batson is a top name in Honduras who impresses peers with his expertise in regulatory and contractual matters.

Nicaragua

Juan Álvaro Munguía Álvarez at MUNGUIA VIDAURRE ZUNIGA is highlighted as “a very well-known attorney” who is recognised for his extensive experience handling sophisticated M&A transactions.  

At CONSORTIUM LEGAL, José Evenor Taboada is an eminent figure in the M&A space. With nearly 50 years’ experience, he is a go-to lawyer for major corporations and financial institutions.
Martha Lorena Icaza Ochoa comes highly recommended for her impressive experience handling corporate finance matters.

At ARIAS, Ana Teresa Rizo is a prominent figure in the regional market. Peers speak highly of her expert handling of complex transactions as well as her experience across a broad range of industries.

Panama

Luis López Alfaro heads the corporate practice at ALFARO FERRER & RAMÍREZ. He has vast corporate experience and is highlighted as “a strong practitioner” for complex M&A transactions.

At full-service firm FÁBREGA MOLINO, Juan Pablo Fabrega is a “very focused” corporate lawyer who boasts a strong M&A practice and is a trusted adviser to numerous major clients.
Managing partner Ricardo M Arango leads the M&A and banking practices at ARIAS, FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA. Peers say “he is brilliant” in financial transactions and describe him as “one of the top lawyers in Panama” for stock and asset purchase agreements.

At ALEMÁN CORDERO GALINDO & LEE, Jaime Alemán is widely regarded as an excellent M&A lawyer whose broad international experience earns him an excellent reputation in the regional market.
Eloy Alfaro B impresses peers with his expertise in complex M&A transactions. They say, "He is extremely professional and great to work with."

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