BLP

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Firm Overview:
BLP was founded in March of 2003 by a group of lawyers who shared the same view of the practice of law. They were convinced that legal advisors should become true business partners of their clients, especially by providing top legal advice with business sense. Hence the name: Business Law Partners.

The firm’s international capabilities extend world- wide. BLP has developed a network of law firms around the world, not only through years of working with some of the leading lawyers in each country, but also through exclusive legal networks in which it actively participates: World Services Group (www.worldservicesgroup. com), Meritas (www.meritas.com) the State Capital Law Firm Group (www. statecapitallaw.com) Interlaw (Interlaw.com), as well as Gala, Insuralex and ELA among other specialised networks. Today, BLP is one of very few law firms in Central America working with a true business structure, where all its professionals and staff work together towards a common goal: to satisfy the demands of its clients. BLP’s professionals share values and principles, all for the benefit of its clients. BLP operates under a series of guiding criteria, which allow it to pursue the total satisfaction of its clients; these are: commitment to quality; commitment to service; ethics; team-work and cost-consciousness; commitment to leadership and development; talent; and pro bono work.

Industries Served:
Agriculture, aviation, banking, capital markets, construction, education, energy and clean technologies, entertainment and leisure, financial services, franchise and distribution, free trade zones, hospitality, human resources, industrial, infrastructure, insurance, manufacturing, media and advertisement, natural resources, real estate funds, retail and consumer products, securities, technology, telecommunications, venture capital, among others.

Main Areas of Practice:
Agribusiness, environment, health and safety, aviation and maritime, banking and finance, private equity and venture capital, international trade, competition and antitrust, anti-money laundering, compliance, compliance and anti corruption, business law, public law, public procurement and regulation, human rights, business and development, energy and infrastructure, tax, real estate and hospitality, labour and employment, global mobility and relocation, predictabill, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, advertising, marketing and consumer protection, sanitary registration of products, dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, mining, media and technology, free trade zones.

International Work:
The main international practice of BLP is focused in coordinating legal services in Latin America for its clients. The law firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and a representation office in Spain. BLP has formed a high quality network of firms in other countries around the world and in different areas of law for the benefit of its clients.

Languages:

Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Hebrew.

Clients:
Aliaxis-Durman, American International Group, Ace Group, Alltech, Amazon, American Airlines, Assa Insurance Company, Aseguradora General, Avon, Bac San José, Banco Promérica, Bankinter, Banesco, BASF, Baxter, Bayer, BCD Travel, Bekaert, BID, BAT, Bticino, Bosch, CAF, Calibre Mining Corp.,Cargill, Cemex, Cognizant, Colgate-Palmolive, Covidien, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DIAGEO, DIPO, Discovery Communications, Dow Chemical, Exclusive Resorts, First American Bank, Florida Ice & Farm, FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank, Garnier BBDO, GasNatural Fenosa, GDF Suez, Globalvía, Grupo Numar, Guardian, Hitachi, ICA Fluor, INCOFIN, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC), ISS Facility Services, John Deere, KFW DEG, Las Catalinas, Laureate International Universities, Los Sueños Resort & Marina, MAPFRE, MasterCard, Mattel, Microsoft, Millicom, Major League Baseball, Harley Davidson Motor Company, Norfund, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Panasonic, RGIS Inventory Specialists, PepsiCo, Pellas Development Group, Pfizer, Plycem, PriceSmart, Repretel, Scotiabank, Siemens, Sony, Swiss Re, Syniverse Technologies, Tabacón, Telefónica, Tous, Tokio Marine, Uber, UPS, Walmart, Zoetis.

Key Contacts

Firm Rankings

Competition/Antitrust
Band 1

Compliance
Band 2

8.0

Corporate/M&A
Band 3

7.9

Dispute Resolution
Band 3

7.5

Environment
Band 2

8.0

Infrastructure
Band 2

8.0

Insurance
Band 1

9.0

IP
Band 2

8.4

IP: Trademarks
Band 1

9.3

Litigation
Band 1

Projects
Band 2

8.8

Real Estate
Band 1

9.3

Tax
Band 3

7.8

TMT
Band 2

8.0

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Press Releases

BLP advised IDB Invest on an important financing project in El Salvador that will contribute towards securing energy efficiency and cost savings

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