Managing Partner: Juan Sebastián Soto
Partners: Manuel Arturo Soto, Rodolfo Sosa, Juan Sebastián Soto, Carlos Rafael Pellecer, José Javier Sosa, Einar Klanderud
Number of attorneys: 18
International Mailing Address: Section 011761, 7801 N.W. 37th. St. Doral, Fl. 33166 USA
A. D. Sosa & Soto is one of Guatemala’s leading law firms in the areas of litigation, corporate, tax compliance, tax planning and transactional law.
The firm, tracing its origins to the 19th century, was established in July 2004 after the merger of three of the country’s most prestigious law firms—Sosa & Sosa, Soto & Soto, and Alvarez, Daniels & Delgado.
A. D. Sosa & Soto provides tailor-made legal counsel and representation to foreign companies, many of which are listed on the NYSE and other international securities exchanges, and also to local corporate conglomerates. The firm is known for its commitment to providing excellent service, cost-effective expeditious results, and the experience and training of its attorneys. The firm’s goal is for clients, general counsels and in-house lawyers to receive creative, value-building solutions.
The legal expertise of the firm’s attorneys is matched by their understanding of the business and corporate worlds, allowing the firm to provide its local and international clients with the best legal advice for their business. The tax team, regularly works in conjunction with other practice areas to provide both preventive and compliance tax advise to its clients, delivering comprehensive solutions to the challenges faced in the current and shifting tax environment. The firm’s clients include local and foreign investors who invest either directly in Guatemala through joint ventures, participation agreements, or mergers and acquisitions. Clients’ needs to expand their business interests to other countries encouraged the firm to establish strategic alliances with other law firms throughout Central America.
The firm’s multilingual attorneys, educated and trained both locally and abroad, have extensive international legal experience and communication skills, and two of the firm’s partners, Carlos Pellecer and Einar Klanderud, are admitted to practice law in New York.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate, Foreign Investment & M&A: 20%
Tax Planning & Compliance: 20%
Civil & Criminal Litigation/IP Enforcement: 20%
Intellectual Property, Distribution, Franchising: 10%
Real Estate: 10%
Oil, Mining & Energy: 10%
Banking & Finance: 10%
Corporate, Foreign Investment & M&A:
A.D. Sosa & Soto handles investments by foreign investors (including publicly traded companies), and foreign investments by Guatemalan investors. It also advises on M&A, due diligence audits, planning and structuring of joint ventures, shareholder agreements, restructurings, and spin-offs.
Tax Planning & Compliance:
A.D. Sosa & Soto advises on the creation of tax efficient structures for domestic and international transactions, strategic tax planning and innovative tax driven products. The team provides bespoke solutions on arising new challenges facing its local and international clients on matters such as transfer pricing, tax residence, international treaties, where the team’s practical experience provides an unmatched advantage to our clients. The firm assists clients in handling international trade matters, including specialised customs regimes, interpretation and application of trade agreements as well as origin and import tariff matters. The team also provides support and representation in different tax procedures, including representing our clients in the defense of tax assessments as well as in tax related lawsuits.
Civil & Criminal Litigation/IP Enforcement:
A.D. Sosa & Soto has earned a national reputation for excellence in complex high-stakes, high-profile business disputes, including civil, commercial, criminal, labor, tax and bankruptcy cases involving major multinational clients. The firm’s practice also includes national and international arbitration cases. The firm is also well experienced in handling intellectual property enforcement and unfair competition cases, where criminal and civil procedures are filed against infringers.
Intellectual Property & Franchising:
The firm advises on the protection of trademarks, patents, utility models and copyrights, general trademark matters and worldwide trademark protection. The services that the firm provides are, amongst others, prosecution and litigation of trademarks, patents, utility models, designs, copyright and domain names, licensing, distributorship, agency and franchise agreements, infringements and unfair competition.
The firm has broad experience in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, portfolio sales and securitisation, tax efficiency structuring, real estate financing, sale and leasebacks, development, construction, leases and real estate management, and dispute resolution.
Oil, Mining & Energy:
The firm provides advice on matters relating to the exploration, production, transportation, distribution, trading and marketing of hydrocarbons. The firm advises local and international contracts, environmental and regulatory issues, as well as matters relating to the development and operation of power plants and other power projects, and government bids in such fields.
Mining, Natural Resources & Environment:
The firm advises clients in all natural resources areas and has been involved in all kinds of mining, water, hydropower, conventional and non-conventional renewable energy, conservation, industrial and forestry projects developed in the country, either as counsel to the project owners, sponsors or financiers.
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises on secured and unsecured credit facilities, trade finance, leasing transactions and financings, buyouts, bank and commercial debtor restructuring, real property financing, and bank regulatory matters. The firm has a long tradition of representing leading local and foreign banks in transactions of every kind. International Work: A.D. Sosa & Soto provides a complete service to international clients looking to do business in Guatemala with years of experience in international business issues and cross-border transactions.
English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish.
A.D. Sosa & Soto’s broad client base includes local and international companies from 4 continents, including Fortune 500 companies, multilateral agencies and non-profit organisations for which pro-bono work is provided.