Chairman: Dr José Antonio Alvarado
Managing Partner: Gloria Maria Alvarado
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 15
THE FIRM: Alvarado y Asociados, founded in 1990, has been a law firm with ample national and international prestige, characterised by its professionalism and integrity while providing legal services and business solutions to its clients. It has been noted for its individualised service and the emphasis given to professional ethics, client confidentiality and conflict of interest rules. The firm is committed to look after its clients’ interests and well-being, and meet their requirements for high quality professional legal advice in a complete, effective and competitive manner. The attorneys at Alvarado y Asociados are all professionals with ample national and international knowledge and practical experience, as it is needed to meet the needs of their clients. The firm is the exclusive member firm in Nicaragua for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide, connecting their attorneys with more than a hundred firms across the globe and allowing them to provide clients with regional and global professional assistance.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
General Corporate/Business: The firm’s lawyers have broad experience in cross-borders transactions, and are highly specialised in commercial and corporate law in assisting its clients to determine the best corporate strategy to achieve their goals. Some of the services provided in this area are incorporation, dissolution, liquidation, complex corporate transactions, corporate and financing restructuring processes, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, negotiation and drafting of commercial and corporate agreements, including agency, franchises, concessions, international transactions of goods and services and joint ventures.
Antitrust: The firm provides advice in antitrust cases, representing clients from a variety of industry segments, and has experience in obtaining antitrust clearances for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The firm centres its advice in anticipating antitrust investigations and threats of private litigation and the possibility to challenge other companies’ anticompetitive practices.
Real Estate: The firm’s services include the issuance of legal opinions on the legal status of the properties involved, due diligence on the title of ownership, land registries, cadaster offices, municipal and tax authorities, as well as prepares all closing, and further registration procedures.
Foreign Investments: The firm advises foreign investors in all related areas, participating in the starting up of many multinational clients in Nicaragua, and continues to manage its legal portfolio in different sectors, such as aviation, finance, free trade zones, services and goods providers.
Telecommunications: The firm has provided legal services for important transactions concerning the telecommunications field, including privatisation deals, acquisition of local telecommunication companies and issuance of license and permits for telecommunication services.
Intellectual Property: The firm has ample experience in intellectual property and related matters, including registration of trademarks, trade names, logos, copyrights, patents, administrative procedures and litigation relating to intellectual property rights. The firm currently manages entire IP portfolios for some of the most well-known multinational corporations in food, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceutical industries.
Banking & Finance: The firm renders high-level legal services in all banking and financial matters; from incorporating a national bank and opening a branch of an international bank in Nicaragua, to rendering assistance in structuring and restructuring complex financing deals for national and international financial institutions.
Labour: The firm’s legal advice on labour related matters aims to comply with labour and social security regulations, including contracts, draft and approval of company’s internal regulations, fulfillment of hygiene and security requirements, resignation and dismissal cases, administrative procedures, claims and litigation.
Environmental Law: The firm’s attorneys are specialised in environmental laws, regulations, technical and administrative provisions governing different environmental topics. Advice on contracts, permits, due diligences aimed to measure the level of compliance with national and international environmental standards to obtain international accreditation.
Commercial & Civil Litigation: Clients entrust the firm with their civil, administration commercial and labour litigation cases, relying on the expert Litigation Team, which always puts into practice the knowledge and skills gained through their large experience in the Nicaraguan legal forum. Furthermore, the team is well versed in arbitration and other alternative methods to solve commercial disputes.
Mining/Energy Law: The firm provides its clients with legal advice to develop projects on energy and mining areas, including the legal and corporate platform of operations, obtaining concessions and required permits and compliance with environmental regulations.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: The firm has participated in major cross border transactions, involving financial institutions, and multinational corporations, as well as privatisations processes in the telecommunication, energy and mining sector, and in international environmental certification processes. It has advised major multinational corporations and leading international law firms on corporate and tax planning, as well as participated in major corporate mergers and acquisitions of foreign based corporations, and corporate restructuring and complex due diligences of local companies.
CLIENTS The firm represents a wide variety of national and international clients, including major national and international corporations, mining companies, financial and banking institutions, aviation company, non-profit associations, startup businesses, partnerships, service providers and private investors. Based on confidentiality and discretion, the firm has a policy of not disclosing its clients’ names and/or their transactions.