Central America: Environment, Energy & Natural Resources 2019

This year we identify 21 lawyers for their exceptional work handling regulatory, contentious, transactional, and compliance issues across the energy, mining and environmental sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Lorena Barrios Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios, Guatemala City 
2. Rafael Briz Mayora & Mayora, SC, Guatemala City 
3. Roy C Durling  Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, Panama City

Costa Rica

Jose Pablo Sánchez at Axioma Estudio Legal is an environmental law specialist who is distinguished by sources for his leading expertise when it comes to carbon neutrality and environmental compliance issues.

Zurcher Odio & Raven’s Claudio Donato Monge is “much focused on energy and project finance matters” say sources, areas in which he is recognised as a go-to name in the region.

Dominican Republic

At Pellerano Nadal, Luís Pellerano is a top name for mining law in the Dominican Republic. He is frequently engaged in advising foreign businesses on their operations in the country across the energy and mining industries.

Romina Santroni at Quiroz Santroni Abogados Consultores leads the firm’s environmental and sustainability practice. She demonstrates profound ability when it comes to permit applications, land use issues and compliance.

Guatemala

Lorena Barrios at Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios is “an excellent lawyer” who is recognised as one of the most prominent figures in the region for energy-related matters.

Mayora & Mayora’s Rafael Briz is a highly respected figure in the energy sector, where he enjoys a great reputation for his work on a wide array of corporate mandates. 

Nicaragua

Terencio García Montenegro at García & Bodan draws high praise from market sources who credit his “strong local law knowledge and diligence” as well as his “impressive strategic view and analysis”.

At Arias, Bertha Argüello stands out among peers as well versed in handling a range of corporate finance issues within the energy and mining sectors.
Gustavo Vargas impresses market commentators with his adept handling of complex transactions across the energy and mining sectors.

Panama

Roy Durling at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is one of the leading figures in the region for mining-related issues and excels when it comes to sophisticated transactions and financings.

At Pardini & Asociados, Juan Pardini is held in high regard for his first-class practice, which spans a wide range of areas including energy, mining and petroleum.

Galindo Arias y López’s Diego de la Guardia Porras is a well-established figure in the Panamanian market who impresses with his considerable experience handling energy generation and distribution matters. 

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