Central America: Corporate 2019

We recognise 109 lawyers in this section who stand out for their leading expertise in matters that include governance, corporate transactions, hostile bids and joint ventures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luis R Pellerano Pellerano Nadal, Santo Domingo
2. Lorena Barrios  Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios, Guatemala City
3. Luis M Castro  BLP, San José
4. Ricardo M Arango Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, Panama City
5. Hernán Pacheco O EY Law, San José
6. David Gutiérrez BLP, San José
7. Rolando Laclé Zúñiga  Consortium Legal, San José
8. John Aguilar-Quesada Aguilar Castillo Love, San José

Costa Rica

BLP sees five experts listed in the region.
Luis Castro ranks among the leading corporate specialists in the region. He is a distinguished lawyer who is lauded as “one of the best in the country” by impressed sources.
David Gutiérrez is regularly involved in some of the biggest transactions in the market and assists clients across a wide range of industries on complex international deals.
Eduardo Calderón stands out for his work in M&A and private equity matters, demonstrating impressive expertise in corporate issues across a spectrum of sectors.

Consortium Legal is home to five standout practitioners.
Rolando Laclé Zúñiga advises clients across the whole life cycle of corporate transactions, possessing in-depth knowledge of regulatory frameworks, M&A and cross-border investment.

Rolando Laclé Castro has extensive experience in the corporate market and is renowned for his strong expertise in managing complex corporate deals.
Juan Manuel Godoy Pérez is a well-respected corporate lawyer whose expertise spans international M&A and investment transactions.

Facio & Cañas also has five top individuals recognised.
Sergio Solera is a notable player in the Costa Rican market. He is applauded for his considerable experience when it comes to advising on cross-border transactions.
Víctor Garita supports clients in a diverse array of corporate and company financing matters and is also recognised for his strong expertise in contentious proceedings.
Carlos Oreamuno frequently acts for clients in major commercial transactions, and achieves recognition for his work on sophisticated M&A deals.

EY Law is home to three leading figures.
Hernán Pacheco O is one of the foremost corporate lawyers in the region whose standout cross-border practice sees him advising clients on a range of M&A, joint ventures and governance matters.
Arturo Apéstegui Barzuna garners respect from sources who describe him as “a great guy and an excellent attorney” when it comes to supporting clients in domestic and international M&A deals.
Fernando Vargas is a top name for local and multinational companies when it comes to complex restructurings, joint ventures and corporate transactions.

Sfera Legal achieves three listings here.
Eric Scharf Taitelbaum is a top-tier lawyer who is well known for his impressive expertise in high-level corporate transactions and organisations.
Robert van der Putten focuses his practice on expertly managing high-stakes corporate disputes and contentious proceedings at an executive level.
José María Pacheco excels in corporate restructuring and M&A matters and is well acquainted with representing multinational clients.

Zurcher Odio & Raven also sees three lawyers noted.
Ignacio Gallegos is described by market commentators as a “great and extremely competent” lawyer who excels in big-ticket M&A deals and corporate transactions.
Alberto Raven-Ramírez is a seasoned expert in the corporate space who brings his vast experience to bear in a wide array of sophisticated corporate deals.
Harry Zurcher also gains recognition here as a dedicated corporate lawyer and a long-standing figure in the market Costa Rican market.

John Aguilar-Quesada from Aguilar Castillo Love draws widespread praise from sources in the space who applaud his deep knowledge of M&A transactions and related antitrust and regulatory issues.
Marco Solano Gómez is a corporate finance specialist whose first-rate practice spans M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions.

At Lexincorp Central American Law Firm, Arnoldo André has broad and varied knowledge in a variety of complex corporate matters, including tax and banking and finance.

Dominican Republic

Pellerano Nadal’s Luis Pellerano is a prominent figure in the Central American corporate market, where he enjoys a great reputation for his work on transactions across regulated industries.

El Salvador

At Consortium Legal, Oscar Samour is a highly experienced practitioner in cross-border transactions and financings and is singled out for his expertise in complex corporate disputes.
Diego Martín-Menjívar assists major companies and international agencies in complex corporate transactions and M&A and possesses deep knowledge of taxation and corporate structuring.

Freddy Zometa at LatinAlliance is a much sought-after player in the Salvadoran market thanks to his impressive expertise in managing cross-border corporate investments.

BLP’s Ricardo Cevallos is an expert in corporate matters, helping companies to manage sophisticated restructurings, corporate disputes and large-scale transactions.

Guatemala

Four excellent lawyers from QIL+4 Abogados achieve recognition here.
Marcos Ibargüen Segovia is a dedicated corporate lawyer with extensive experience supporting purchasers and sellers in large-scale corporate transactions, joint ventures and compliance.
María Isabel Luján Zilbermann has impressive expertise that runs the gamut of corporate issues, including M&A, cross-border investment, shareholder negotiations and corporate governance.

Consortium Legal has two lawyers highlighted.
Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell is a well-known lawyer in the Guatemalan market who is held in high esteem for his expert understanding of high-stakes dispute resolution in the corporate space.
Alfredo Rodriguez Mahuad stands out as a go-to source for clients thanks to his deep and varied knowledge of complex M&A, private equity and corporate financings.

Lorena Barrios from Bonilla, Montano, Toriello & Barrios draws praise from sources who describe her as a “great corporate lawyer” who excels in major M&A deals.

Jorge Luis Arenales de la Roca leads the corporate team at Arias and is well versed in managing corporate M&A transactions with a focus on regulated industries that includes the energy and TMT sectors.
Luis Pedro del Valle draws high praise from market sources who commend his “in-depth approach” to sophisticated corporate transactions.

Emanuel Callejas A of Carrillo & Asociados is regularly involved on high-value transactions and has impressive experience of advising multinational companies on cross-border deals.
Alfonso Carrillo M is “well known in the corporate arena” according to sources who consider him to rank among the best in the region.

Mayora & Mayora’s Rafael Briz is widely respected for his profound knowledge of corporate matters as well as dispute resolution arising out of major transactions.

Honduras

Consortium Legal has three notable lawyers listed.
José Ramón Paz is an impressive lawyer who is known for his top-drawer work on complex corporate matters as well as his “solution-focused” approach.
José Rafael Rivera Ferrari possesses deep experience in international corporate investment and works with clients including banks and financial institutions on sophisticated transactions.
Gustavo León-Gómez is “a great lawyer with vast knowledge” of corporate law effuse sources who endorse his “very proactive and flexible approach”.

At Matamoros Batson & Asociados, Dennis Matamoros Batson is “a leading attorney in the field” for corporate and M&A matters and is lauded as “a go-to specialist for complex transactions”.

Juan Jose Alcerro-Milla at Aguilar Castillo Love gains respect from peers who commend him as “a key player in major corporate deals” as a result of his standout work in high-profile transactions.
Enrique Rodríguez-Burchard wins recognition in this chapter for his top-notch corporate practice as well as his “high-level expertise and sophistication”.

Nicaragua

Consortium Legal is also prominent in the Nicaraguan market, with three practitioners noted.
José Evenor Taboada has decades of experience in corporate matters and regularly acts for global companies, multinational agencies and financial institutions in major international deals.
Olga María Barreto Gutiérrez has a diverse practice dedicated to offering clients support in complex corporate matters including structuring, financing and governance.
Martha Lorena Icaza Ochoa is a specialist in banking and corporate law who demonstrates impressive expertise when advising corporate clients on large-scale financing matters.

At Arias, Ana Teresa Rizo is a major player in the Nicaraguan market who provides institutional clients with profound expertise in managing corporate transactions and satisfying regulatory requirements.
Bertha Argüello is a well-recognised corporate lawyer who is commended by sources for her extensive experience handling financial transactions.

From Munguia Vidaurre Zuniga, Juan Álvaro Munguía Álvarez is a highly experienced practitioner who is recognised for his top-tier work on corporate proceedings and M&A deals.

Panama

Morgan & Morgan has a strong team in the market with five experts identified.
Francisco Arias is highlighted by peers as “a superb lawyer who is very thorough and smart” as one affirms that he “has nothing but good words to say about him”.
Carlos Ernesto González Ramírez draws widespread acclaim for his first-rate work assisting clients on M&A, joint ventures, compliance and transactional proceedings.
Inocencio Galindo excels in advising clients on local and international transactions and has vast experience in regulated industries including the mining sector.

Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee also sees five leading lawyers listed here.
Eloy Alfaro B is a well-respected name in the Panamanian market who provides clients with deep insight into complex M&A and corporate financings.
Alejandro Ferrer is praised as “great to deal with” by peers familiar with his profound knowledge and understanding of corporate matters.
Anibal Galindo is held in high regard thanks to his “excellent” work in M&A and other complex corporate transactions across the region.

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega has four corporate specialists listed.
Ricardo Arango is an outstanding lawyer who possesses extensive experience advising a variety of clients in complex mergers, tender offers and IPOs across an array of industries.
Andrés Rubinoff devotes his practice to assisting clients in sophisticated corporate transactions and high-stakes sales and acquisitions, most notably in the TMT sector.

Alfaro Ferrer & Ramirez has two individuals highlighted.
Luis López Alfaro heads the firm’s M&A team and has a prominent presence in the Panamanian market thanks to his expertise in complex corporate issues.
Alfredo Ramírez Jr is a seasoned corporate lawyer who focuses his top-notch practice on corporate disputes and financings across regulated industries.  

Lovill’s Elizabeth Heurtematte Kochman is a first-rate corporate lawyer who regularly assists clients in major cross-border deals and big-ticket transactions.

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