Arias

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Firm Overview

Arias was established in 1942 by Francisco Armando Arias (1915-2013), and today it continues to be the most recommended firm in Central America, with 79 years of experience in providing accurate and timely solutions based on its clients’ goals and backed by a great team of professionals, highly focused on client service.

The firm’s heritage, passion for law and commitment to quality, allows Arias to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country in which Arias operates: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

Managing Partners

Regional Managing Partner: Armando Arias,

Arias Costa Rica: Carolina Flores and Vicente Lines

Arias Guatemala: Liz Gordillo

Arias El Salvador: Lilian Arias and Roberta Gallardo

Arias Honduras: Evangelina Lardizábal

Arias Nicaragua: Ana Teresa Rizo

Arias Panamá: Siaska SSS Lorenzo

Number of partners: 42

Number of lawyers regionwide: 130

Main Areas of Practice: 

Arbitration & Litigation

Arias advises companies facing litigation of various types before administrative or judicial forums. This includes out-of-court settlements, alternative mechanisms for dispute resolutions and skillful litigation. The team also has vast experience in international and local arbitration.

Antitrust

Advises in concentrations, competition-related litigation, clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, compliance, counselling and training programs, antitrust disputes, commercial disputes and judicial reviews, among others.

Banking & Finance

Structuring finance projects with development and international commercial banks and counselling financial institutions and multinational companies in corporate and financial transactions.

Corporate & Commercial

Start-up projects, establishment of operations, corporate governance, due diligence, contracts, corporate immigration and day-to-day legal needs.

Intellectual Property

Trademark registration, patents, oppositions and all matters related to intellectual property protection.

Labour

Drafting and execution of labour contracts, internal labour regulations, registrations with employment authorities, changes in employment terms and conditions, terminations, labour controversies and negotiations of out-of-court settlements, labour dispute mediation, litigation of employment-related matters and corporate immigration.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Negotiations and closings in selling and acquiring companies, acquisition of minority and controlling interest, businesses due diligence process and identifying legal contingencies.

Tax Planning & Litigation

Tax structuring, tax planning, tax litigation, transfer pricing, free trade zones and fiscal grounds, municipal taxes, customs, among others related.

Regulatory

Through its extensive knowledge of local regulations, Arias provides regulatory advice in consumer protection, data protection and privacy, energy, environment, finance matters, telecommunications, media and technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, among others.

Energy

Arias provides advice on the successful development of energy generation projects, from the initial investment phase to the beginning of operations, as well as in the distribution sector and electricity market. Arias has vast experience in public tenders, regulatory compliance issues before different public entities, power purchase agreements, supply and other agreements necessary to enable the participation in the energy market.

Other Practice Areas

Administrative law, aviation, compliance, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption, franchising, government procurement, international trade, foreign investments, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, project and infrastructure finance, public private partnerships, real estate, among others.

DIVERSITY

Arias promotes equal opportunities for men and women within the firm, in which recruitment, appointments and professional growth are based on individual merits above any other reason. At Arias, over 50% of the lawyers in the region are women.

47% of our partners are women

48% of our associates are women

100% of our managing partners are women

57% of our administrative managers are women

Partners promote learning and growth opportunities for female attorneys, taking into consideration their personal life, family responsibilities, studies, etc., while encouraging them to thrive in their career. Our Regional Management Counsel is formed by 3 women, who are also Managing Partners of the three major offices: El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

PRO BONO

Our partners are involved in various activities, especially regarding, inclusion and education of children, the protection of families and vulnerable women across Central America.

At Arias, the pro bono work is promoted by partners and associates. Each member is free to decide which association or foundations will be supporting. As a firm operating in developing countries Arias has a profound commitment to protect, defend and support people in need. Being our countries places where violence and displacement are highly sensitive issues, and real issues, Arias Managing Team is constantly encouraging collaborators to act as part of the solutions our societies need among the problematic environments.

We are proud of the commitment every associate, partner or team member shows and strongly believe that this kind of selfless work can only make us become better humans, working to make our nations better.

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

Carolina Flores
carolina.flores@ariaslaw.com

Managing Partner

Vicente Lines
vicente.lines@ariaslaw.com

Firm Rankings

Administrative & Public Law
Band 2

8.0

Banking & Finance
Band 1

9.0

Competition/Antitrust
Band 3

6.0

Compliance
Band 1

Corporate/M&A
Band 2

8.8

Dispute Resolution
Band 2

8.0

Environment
Band 2

8.0

Infrastructure
Band 1

IP
Band 1

9.0

IP: Trademarks
Band 2

8.0

Labour & Employment
Band 3

7.0

Projects
Band 2

8.0

Real Estate
Band 3

6.0

Tax
Band 2

8.8

TMT
Band 2

8.0

Lawyer Rankings

Abraham Balzer

Notable

Dispute Resolution
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Andrey Dorado

Band Three

Competition/Antitrust
Corporate/M&A
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Carlos Camacho

Band Two

TMT
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Carlos Ubico

Band One

Infrastructure

Band Two

Administrative & Public Law

Band Three

Projects
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Carolina Flores

Band One

Tax
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Carolina Soto

Band Three

Labour & Employment
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German Rojas

Notable

Compliance
Dispute Resolution
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Ligia Alfaro

Notable

Tax
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Luis Castro

Band Four

IP
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María del Pilar López

Band One

IP
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Mariana Vargas

Notable

IP
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Melania Dittel

Band Five

Corporate/M&A
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Simon Valverde

Band One

IP
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Tracy Varela

Notable

Competition/Antitrust
Corporate/M&A
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Vicente Lines

Band Two

Corporate/M&A
TMT
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Víctor Garita

Band One

Dispute Resolution

Band Four

Corporate/M&A
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Vivian Gazel

Notable

TMT
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Articles

MANDATORY VACCINE AGAINST COVID-19 IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

Today, October 11, the President of the Republic and the Minister of Health signed Executive Decree number 43249-S which establishes the obligation for Public Sector workers to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and also empowers Private Sector employers to establish in their internal policies said vaccination as mandatory for their collaborators, in order to […]

13 Oct 2021
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13 Oct 2021

Press Releases

CENTRAL AMERICAN TAX FIRM OF THE YEAR AT ITR 2021 AWARDS

The INTERNATIONAL TAX REVIEW recently delivered the 2021 awards on tax and tax planning issues, in this award the notable achievements and developments by professionals specialized in international tax from the North American, Central American and South American region during a period of 12 months and We are pleased to announce that on this occasion […]

13 Oct 2021

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