Central America: Competition 2019

This year we identify 22 individuals who excel in competition matters, supporting clients in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Uri Weinstok BLP, San José
2. Paul Handal Montoya Matamoros Batson & Asociados, Tegucigalpa
3. Pamela Sittenfeld BLP, San José
4. Edgar Odio Pragma Legal, San José

Costa Rica

BLP receives two nominations here.
Uri Weinstok is a celebrated lawyer who has considerable experience in competition matters, supporting clients in the antitrust elements of major corporate transactions.
Pamela Sittenfeld is one of the foremost competition lawyers in the region. She is held in high esteem for her leading work on merger notification and competition compliance.

Zurcher Odio & Raven also achieves two listings.
Claudio Donato Monge is a well-respected lawyer who possesses an expansive skillset in sophisticated competition matters relating to M&A transactions.
Ignacio Gallegos is a long-standing figure in the Costa Rican market where he is distinguished for his expert handling of competition and free trade matters.

Edgar Odio at Pragma Legal is a highly experienced practitioner who regularly advises clients in complex competition matters, often with a cross-border element.

Andrey Dorado of Arias is a standout lawyer who is recognised for his first-rate work on notification proceedings and commercial competition matters.

El Salvador

Arias sees three experts listed here.
Fernando Montano is highly sought after by clients thanks to his tremendous understanding of complex competition matters, often in the context of major M&A deals.
Mario Lozano is a well-established name in the competition market who enjoys an enviable reputation for his work on corporate competition work.
Eduardo Ángel is singled out for his impressive experience in antitrust disputes and possesses noteworthy expertise in contentious proceedings.

Antonio Mendez of Romero Pineda & Asociados has a significant presence at the competition bar, with sources highlighting him as someone who is “certainly active in the field”. 

Honduras

Matamoros Batson & Asociados has two practitioners recognised.
Paul Handal Montoya impresses market commentators who highlight his “excellent knowledge of competition matters” while asserting that “his experience in this field is remarkable”.
Founder of the firm Dennis Matamoros Batson is a prominent lawyer in the market with deep expertise in regulatory and corporate elements of competition matters.

Garcia & Bodan is home to two experts.
Ricardo Alfredo Duarte Jimenez is an expert in corporate antitrust proceedings, advising companies on the competition elements of major corporate transactions.
Jazna Vanessa Oqueli De Riera gains recognition for her work on sophisticated corporate antitrust issues. She has significant experience advising multinational companies in the field.

Juan José Alcerro-Milla at Aguilar Castillo Love wins praise from peers who affirm that “he really understands competition law in Honduras and how the regulator works”. They add that he has “a great knowledge of economics laws and principles”.

Panama

At Morgan & Morgan, María Eugenia Brenes continues to impress market commentators with her profound ability when it comes to anti-dumping proceedings and M&A approvals.
Carlos Ernesto González Ramírez is singled out by sources as a top name for M&A-related competition matters and regulation.

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