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Consortium Legal

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Distinguished regional firm with an excellent reputation in the Guatemalan banking and finance field. Consortium Legal is renowned for its expertise assisting international banks and multilateral groups granting senior secured and subordinated loans to local and regional banking institutions. Key team boasts significant know-how in the securities arena, including advising on sovereign debt issuances.

Strengths

An interviewee is impressed by Consortium Legal's team, stating: "They are straightforward in understanding what one wants, putting forward solutions."

Another respondent commends the "very good" commercial awareness of Consortium Legal, further extolling: "Their team of lawyers covers all major areas with very qualified professionals."

Work highlights

Consortium Legal counselled BofA Securities as global coordinator, sole bookrunner and social bond structuring agent on the Republic of Guatemala's sovereign bond issuance divided between a USD700 million tranche of 6.125% notes due 2050 and a USD500 million tranche of 5.375% notes due 2032.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department and founding partner Álvaro Castellanos continues to assist clients with a roster of relevant banking and finance mandates. Renowned for his wide-ranging capabilities within the Guatemalan sphere, Castellanos is recognised by market onlookers for his technical knowledge. His expertise includes a focus on representing foreign lenders in the granting of loans to local financial institutions.

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Overview

Having 15 years of regional experience, with both leading local and international banks, our clients’ excellent references prove we are undeniable leaders in banking and finance. Our long history of financial transactions has resulted in a deep practical knowledge of the regulatory landscape, making us the firm of choice for premium advice in the financial industry.

Advising investment projects, our multi-disciplinary team flexibly covers all phases of your projects across a spectrum of legal areas (labor, corporate, criminal, and tax). Our M&A, Corporate, and Regulatory teams advise our clients together, saving them weeks in the negotiation of M&A transactions by addressing the legal issues concurrently.

In Guatemala, our Banking and Finance practice is recognized as a department committed to providing the highest quality standards and the widest experience in legal advice and consulting for all types of financial institutions, multilaterals and corporate clients. Our department provides 24/7 service to clients located over various jurisdictions which require our team to be readily available to attend the client’s requests. Our department has a strong base and services, mostly, financial institutions and multilaterals in the structuring and execution of financial transactions as well as with the development and implementation of new products.

Recently the department has branched out to include advice to clients who are looking to capitalize on FinTech.

Members

Castellanos, Álvaro (Head of Department)

Clients

Banco Azteca

Banco Davivienda

Banco de America Central

Banco General (Panamá)

Bank of America

Bladex

Bupa Global

Citibank

Credit Suisse AG

Deutsche Bank

IDB Invest

JP Morgan & Chase

Scotiabank

Banking & Finance

Consortium Legal

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Location

Diagonal 6-10-01

Zona 10

Centro Gerencial Las Margaritas Torre II

Oficina 1101

Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemala

01010

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Guatemala

Banking & Finance


Álvaro Castellanos
Band 1