Regional Director: Terencio J García Montenegro
Managing Partners: Federico A Gurdián Sarcasa (Nicaragua), Eduardo A Cabrales Cuadra (Nicaragua), J Vanessa Oquelí de Riera (Honduras), Julio C Vargas Solano (El Salvador), Christian Díaz Barcia (Costa Rica)
Partners: Gladys C Bodán Cañas, Carlos E Téllez Páramo, Melvin A Estrada Canizales, Godofredo Siercke Núñez, Graciela S Cruz Raudales, Edwin Bogantes Jiménez, Carlos Gómez Fonseca, José P Masis Artavia, Ricardo A Duarte Jiménez, Oscar J Torres Cañas
Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 68
García & Bodán ensures uniformity and excellence in its legal services. It is a full-service law firm with eight offices in Central America, located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. García & Bodán has a team of highly qualified attorneys, graduated with honours from prestigious national and international universities; recognised for their expertise in complex transactions in a context of rapid change and a competitive business environment and well known for their pragmatic and business-minded approach to the legal issues brought forth by clients.
García & Bodán’s team not only serves and supports its clients in all legal activity required in accordance with their businesses; but also, guides foreign investors when entering a new country.
Its main policies are:
■ Fast response in a maximum of three hours during office hours and not more than 24 hours during non-office hours
■ Observance of conflict of interests at the regional level, not at an individual office
■ Answers always well founded in law, making reference to the applicable law or disposition
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Transactional:
García & Bodán has participated in complex transactions; including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and elaboration of due diligences in a variety of industrial sectors.
It is characterised by its active participation in the most important tourism related transactions, especially in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. It provides advice to real estate developers, hotel operators, condominium developers, among others.
This practice area is one of the supporting pillars to clients in their investments and businesses in Central America. García & Bodán elaborates and develops tax planning services to maximise clients’ profitability, all in accordance to the laws in force in each country.
This practice focuses on litigation of patents and actions against trademark infringement, handling of brands portfolio, brand monitoring, health records and legal advice on copyrights and other IP rights.
Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm’s expertise covers all areas and activities of the energy and natural resources sector.
García & Bodán provides labour law services in general, including preventive legal advice, ranging from individual to collective issues, and from administrative labour law to full-fledged litigation.
Litigation & Arbitration:
This practice group is in the capacity of solving disputes through the use of dispute resolution mechanisms or, if necessary, through litigation before courts of all the jurisdictions; including specialised courts.
Most of García & Bodán’s clients are multinational companies from the United States, Latin America and Europe, representing them in sophisticated works. The firm also provides services to a wide array of clients in the Central American region.