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Carrillo & Asociados

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Managing Partners: Alfonso Carrillo M, Francisco Chávez B
Senior Partners: Rodrigo Callejas, Rodolfo Alegría, Luis Mazariegos
Number of lawyers: 29
Languages: English, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Carrillo & Asociados is a national and regional leader in a wide range of international commercial transactions and cross- border litigation, managed directly from its office in Guatemala,often involving strategic law firm partners in other countries. Since its founding in 1947 Carrillo & Asociados has innovated and grown to offer a comprehensive and sophisticated portfolio. This encompases strategic litigation, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, restructuring, energy and natural resources; foreign investment (including project finance), and international banking. The incorporation of the economic, financial, entrepreneurial, political and personal dimensions enables the firm to identify better strategies in each case and to offer integrated services to their clients.
Through its expansive and expert corporate practice, the firm advises some of the region’s top multinationals on the most complex and sophisticated matters, including taxes, as well as strategic capitalisation, growth and investment. Counsel is given from a 360 degree perspective made possible by seamless teamwork across diverse practice groups and deep technical expertise and insight into the industry sectors in which clients operate. These unique capabilities derive from the firm’s cutting-edge representation across a wide spectrum of industries, such as retail, transport, chemical, and pharmaceutical, financial services, energy and its landmark work in Guatemala and regional jurisprudence and business regulation, with and experience at the highest levels of industry. Carrillo & Asociados is recognised for assembling and managing result-oriented teams to successfully handle complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation, and for its scalability in managing transactions of varying size and complexity. The firm heavily invests in the specialisation of its talented professionals as well as in technology. In addition, the firm is the sole Guatemalan member of FraudNet, the world’s leading network of asset tracing and recovery lawyers operating under the aegis of the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as in other recognised networks such as Insol, Terralex, State Capital Group, ASIPI, among many others.

Main Areas of Practice:
Asset Recovery
Banking & Finance
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Constitutional Litigation
Corporate, M&A
Crisis Management
Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property
Maritime & Commercial
Public Contracts
Real Estate

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution:
The firm specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional actions involving major corporations, financial institutions and government. It offers a leading practice in alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) techniques, including arbitra- tion, mediation, and negotiation. Carrillo’s expertise also encompasses representing individuals and corporations in insurance and reinsurance matters, criminal law, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, public corruption, tax fraud, money laundering, contraband and counterfeiting.

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm has a large and successful corporate practice that includes sophisticated services in M&A and corporate structures, finance and taxes. The firm specialises in the incorporation, organisation, and reorganisation of entities, joint ventures and share-holder agreements. Its dynamic team also has strong proficiency in structuring agency and distribution contracts, franchise agreements, and strategic vehicles for foreign investors. Its sophisticated corporate finance capabilities encompass investment funds, derivatives, structured finance, debt and equity capital markets, securitisation and project finance. The firm is also a leader in regional energy transactions, focusing lately in renewable energy projects.

Fraud & Asset Recovery:
The firm has become the chosen legal partner in Guatemala and more broadly, Latin America, for international trustees and liquidators in some of the world’s highest-profile, highest-value insolvencies involving fraud and corruption. For example, it recently played a key role on the international asset recovery team in the liquidation of Stanford International Bank, as the selected Guatemalan member of FraudNet.

Taxation & Customs:
The firm’s tax practice is a leader in expert and innovative tax advice on a stand-alone basis, and as an integral part of the firm’s transactional representations. It also advises clients on a full spectrum of estate planning, asset protection, financing, and investment matters, as well as non-compete, compensation and benefit issues within the context of the most challenging M&A and other corporate deals.

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s IP department covers the gamut of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, design patents, industrial designs, service trademarks and franchising and licensing agreements, both locally and internationally. As a growing trend, the firm has specialised in complex IP litigation matters involving cross-border interests.

The profile of the firm’s clients is very varied, but they all require assistance in the solution of high-complexity cases. It currently collaborates with several family offices; with operators of fast food international franchises; with international financial entities; with multinational companies such as metallurgy, food products, mass consumption products, financial services, among many others.