Central America: Banking, Finance & Projects 2019

In this chapter we highlight 76 lawyers for their outstanding abilities when it comes to banking transactions and regulation, securities, project financing and investment matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Mario Gómez Pacheco Gómez y Galindo Abogados y Notarios, Latamlex, San José
2. Roberto León Gómez Vector Legal, San José
3. David Arturo Campos Consortium Legal, Costa Rica, San José
4. Luís R Pellerano Pellerano Nadal, Santo Domingo
5. Eduardo A Mayora  Mayora & Mayora, Guatemala City 
6. Rene López Rodezno  Lopez Rodezno & Asociados, Tegucigalpa
7. Rolando Laclé Zúñiga  Consortium Legal, Costa Rica, San José
8. Vicente Lines Arias, San José

Costa Rica

Consortium Legal – Costa Rica performs well this year with four lawyers recognised here.
David Arturo Campos ranks prominently in our research this year. He draws widespread praise from across the region for his profound ability in the banking and capital markets arenas.
Rolando Laclé Zúñiga is a well-respected figure in the banking and finance sector, where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his work on transactional and regulatory mandates.
Mario Quesada Bianchini is a top name in the Costa Rican market who is renowned for providing first-rate counsel to a range of domestic and international financial institutions, including banks.
Randall Barquero León is well versed in counselling international banks and financial institutions on their operations in Costa Rica as well as across the region.

BLP achieves three nominations here.
Andrés López is “a very reliable and good attorney” who is held in high esteem by respondents for his extensive experience handling national and international corporate financings.
Founding partner David Gutiérrez continues to impress market commentators with his leading expertise when it comes to high-value corporate transactions and project financings across the region.
Neftalí Garro is a corporate finance specialist who stands out in the market for his adept handling of sophisticated transactions and regulatory issues.

At Gómez y Galindo Abogados y Notarios – Latamlex, Mario Gómez Pacheco is “a major player” in the market, extol peers, who note he is “very well known and respected” for his work on banking, finance and securities law.

Roberto León Gómez at Vector Legal is “a very well-known and well-respected attorney in the area” who considered “a top name” by market sources. One peer considers him “definitely one of the best and most recognised attorneys in the banking sector, without a doubt”.
Esteban Carranza also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive work advising banks on an array of corporate finance issues.

At Arias, Vicente Lines enjoys a strong profile in the domestic market where he is held in high esteem for his expertise in banking and project financing matters.

Daniel Araya at Dentons Muñoz leads the firm’s banking and finance group. He is well thought of for his adept handling of regulatory issues as well as cross-border financings.

At LLM Abogados, Franklin Matamoros Calderón is “an authority in banking and finance in Costa Rica” who, according to sources, “has always been stellar” in the practice area.

Ricardo Cordero Baltodano at Cordero & Cordero Abogados is a top-notch finance lawyer who is particularly endorsed for his excellent work across the real estate sector.

Víctor Garita at Facio & Cañas is regarded as a “shining light” in the market according to sources, who say he is “well known in the sector for disputes work”. 

Dominican Republic

Luís Pellerano at Pellerano Nadal is ranked as one of the most prominent banking and finance lawyers in the region this year. He is “a great lawyer” who is “very active” when it comes to foreign investment and project financings.

OMG’s Leonel Melo Guerrero is “a top player” in the Dominican Republic, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his expert handling of high-profile corporate financings.

Roberto Rizik at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez is well acquainted with advising clients on banking and finance matters, including projects and foreign investment.

El Salvador

At Arias, Zygmunt Brett possesses “major experience in corporate law” applaud sources, who add he “has the ability to quickly understand the needs of the client, which allows him to obtain favourable results”.
Roberta Gallardo is well thought of among peers for her first-rate work handling multi-jurisdictional transactions and major project financings.

Guatemala

Eduardo Mayora at Mayora & Mayora is a top choice for many clients, one of whom extols: “He has diverse and integral knowledge, not only of different areas of Guatemalan law but also of international rules.”
Claudia Pereira is a well-known adviser to banks operating in Costa Rica, who she frequently counsels on bond issuances, acquisitions and investments.

Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell at Consortium Legal is a long-standing figure in the Guatemalan market, where he is recognised for his extensive knowledge of foreign investment and banking regulation.
Rafael Alvarado Riedel is “very well known in banking and finance” and garners praise for his work across the corporate and project finance arenas.

At QIL+4 Abogados, Alejandro Cofiño is well respected in the Guatemalan market. He wins high praise from sources who say they “see him a lot in banking matters”.
Jose Quiñones stands out among peers for his considerable expertise advising clients on cross-border transactions, bond issuances and debt securities. 

Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón at Aguilar Castillo Love is “a superb attorney” who peers highly recommend for work relating to significant project financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Honduras

Rene López Rodezno of Lopez Rodezno & Asociados is “one of the most experienced banking lawyers in Honduras” say sources who note he is “working on a lot of the main transactions” in the market.

At Matamoros Batson & Asociados, Dennis Matamoros Batson elicits adulation as “a standout name” and “the reference when it comes to banking”. One respondent says, “He has the experience and one of the best banking teams in Honduras.”

Juan José Alcerro-Milla at Aguilar Castillo Love possesses “deep knowledge of Honduran banking law” admire peers, who add he is “very proactive and hands-on” with his work.

Nicaragua

Bertha Argüello at Arias is “very active” in the banking and finance market, where she has been “doing some very interesting deals”, according to sources.

Panama

Roy Durling at Arias Fábrega & Fábrega is a well-recognised name in Panama who stands out for his excellent work on asset-based financings and foreign investment matters into the country.

Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee’s Eloy Alfaro B has a top-notch corporate finance practice that spans a range of matters from capital markets to banking transactions.

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