Central America: Environment, Energy & Natural Resources 2018

Here we shine the spotlight on 20 lawyers who are considered standout names in the fields of energy and natural resources and environmental law, and are highlighted for their work advising clients on range of regulatory issues, transactions, compliance matters and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Lorena Barrios Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios, Guatemala City
2. Romina Santroni Quiroz Santroni Abogados Consultores, Santo Domingo


Costa Rica

At AXIOMA ESTUDIO LEGAL, the “extremely focused” Jose Pablo Sánchez draws praise for his strong compliance practice and encyclopaedic regulatory knowledge. As head of the firm’s energy and environment group, he is highly visible in the Costa Rican market.

Claudio Donato Monge is a top name at ZURCHER ODIO & RAVEN, who is “excellent on energy and project finance matters”, according to peers, who speak highly of his work in the space.

Dominican Republic

At QUIROZ SANTRONI ABOGADOS CONSULTORES, founding partner and revered environmental lawyer Romina Santroni impresses peers with her broad experience in real estate projects. She boasts vast regulatory knowledge and is praised for her expertise in sustainability strategy.

Julio Cesar Camejo Castillo heads the litigation practice at HEADRICK RIZIK ALVAREZ & FERNANDEZ. He comes highly recommended for his dispute resolution experience in complex environmental responsibility cases.

At SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS managing partner Alejandro Peña-Prieto enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market. Peers speak highly of his sophisticated counsel on M&A and finance transactions in the energy sector.

Luís Pellerano at PELLERANO & HERRERA is a widely respected practitioner who stands out for his exceptional work advising companies across the energy and mining sectors on a range of corporate finance matters.


At BONILLA, MONTANO, TORIELLO & BARRIOS, Lorena Barrios is regarded as an excellent energy lawyer and wins praise from peers who note, "She is very experienced in electricity generation matters.”

MAYORA & MAYORA’s Rafael Briz is widely regarded as a go-to at the firm. He “is very well-experienced in the sector” and comes highly recommended for his excellent energy practice.

At CARRILLO Y ASOCIADOS, Rodolfo Alegria T is widely endorsed for his excellent corporate and financial counsel to energy sector clients. He is regularly engaged by major multinationals and financial institutions.


Bertha Argüello of ARIAS is a go-to adviser to numerous Nicaraguan and international corporations. She is known for her outstanding regulatory expertise and strong compliance practice and is widely endorsed for her experience in financing and investment in the mining sector.


Mining expert Inocencio Galindo leads the practice group at MORGAN & MORGAN. He enjoys an outstanding reputation in the region and is a go-to lawyer for major projects in Panama.

At ARIAS, FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA, Roy Durling is a long-standing expert in the market who is known for his vast experience in financing matters in the mining, and oil and gas industries.

Diego de la Guardia Porras is a well-established name in the market and a standout name at GALINDO ARIAS Y LÓPEZ. He is a dispute resolution expert with deep expertise in energy generation and distribution matters.

Juan F Pardini at PARDINI & ASOCIADOS is a big name in Panama with vast expertise in the mining sector. Peers speak highly of his impressive depth of expertise in energy and petroleum projects.

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