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Carrillo y Asociados

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Managing Partners: Alfonso Carrillo M, Francisco Chávez B
Senior Partners: Analucía Carrillo, Rodolfo Alegría, Rodrigo Callejas, Luis Mazariegos
Number of partners: 35

Firm Overview:
With 35 attorneys, 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, and especially after its combination with another leading Guatemalan law firm, Beltranena, De la Cerda, Chávez in 2009, Carrillo & Asociados has innovated and grown to offer a comprehensive and sophisticated portfolio. This encompasses strategic litigation, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, restructuring, energy and natural resources; foreign investments (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 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 insight into the industry sector(s) in which clients operate.

These unique capabilities derive from the firm’s cutting-edge representations across a wide spectrum of industries, such as retail, transport, chemical and pharmaceutical, financial services, energy, and its landmark work in Guatemalan and regional jurisprudence and business regulation, with experience at the highest levels of each industry.

Carrillo & Asociados is recognised for assembling and managing results–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 technology as well as in the specialisation of its talented professionals.

Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy, Insolvency, 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, the firm recently played a key role on the international asset recovery team in the liquidation of Stanford International Bank. The firm is a member of the highly-select FraudNet attorney network of the International Chamber of Commerce, and offers multi-jurisdictional technical fraud investigations and forensic and asset recovery services supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms.

Criminal Litigation, Arbitration/ADR, Civil Litigation & Insurance:
The firm’s litigators specialise in managing complex and collective actions involving multi-jurisdictional claims by diverse parties or classes on behalf of major corporations, financial institutions and government. It offers a leading practice in ADR techniques, including arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. Carrillo & Asociados’ expertise also encompasses representing individuals and corporations in insurance and reinsurance matters, criminal law, whitecollar criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, public corruption, tax fraud, and money laundering.

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 benefits issues within the context of the most challenging M&A and other corporate deals.

Corporate, M&A, Banking & Finance, Restructuring, Crisis Management & Maritime, Energy:
The firm has a large and successful corporate practice that includes services in M&A and corporate structures, finance and taxes. The firm specialises in the incorporation, organisation, and reorganisation of entities, joint ventures and shareholders’ 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 also has a regulatory practice, and is a leader in regional energy transactions.

Intellectual Property, Real Estate & Immigration:
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. Additionally, the firm serves a broad base of international clients in immigration and complex commercial real estate matters.

Corporate & Commercial: Alfonso Carillo M, Rodolfo Alegría, Mélida Pineda
Employment & Employee Benefits: Rodrigo Callejas, Sara Santacruz
Fraud & Asset Recovery: Alfonso Carillo M, Rodrigo Callejas, Emanuel Callejas
Intellectual Property: Analucia Carrillo
Dispute Resolution: Alfonso Carillo M, Luis Mazariegos, Rodrigo Callejas, Fernando Méndizabal, Ricardo Recinos
Real Estate: Analucia Carrillo
Regulatory: Rodolfo Alegría
Tax: Alfonso Carrillo M, María de Lourdes Villanueva