Managing Partner: Eduardo A. Mayora
Partners: Rafael Briz, Claudia Pereira, Sandra Castillo, Odín Guillén Leiva, Juan Carlos Casellas, Manuel Telles, Paola Galich
Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is a leading law firm in Central America for international business transactions and finance. The firm has existed for more than 50 years, marking its anniversary with the opening of its first branch in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 2016, and one year later, a second in San Salvador, El Salvador. The firm has a client-centric approach and believes in assigning specialists to each case so that the client receives the best solution possible.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm boasts Claudia Pereira, Manuel Telles and Maria Fernanda Morales Pellecer on its roster, who have been recognised as some of the area’s most sought-after lawyers in banking and finance. The firm handles all areas of bank and finance law including loan financing (secured and syndicated), insurance and reinsurance, financial transactions and guaranties, structured finance, project finance, and financial regulation. It represents the largest financial institutions nationally and internationally such as, Banco Industrial, Citibank, and JP Morgan. For years, the firm and its lawyers have been awarded by LACCA, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, LEGAL 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.
The firm handles all types of cases dealing with contract law, torts, estates and trusts and real estate.
Commercial & Securities Law:
The firm deals with commercial contracts, unfair competition, and other commercial matters. Further, Mayora & Mayora advises clients on law pertaining to investment funds, securities and derivatives. It also assists investment firms to structure and license their operations, and has been outside counsel for the national securities exchange since its creation.
The firm is renowned as one of the best corporate firms in the region. It provides legal services for a variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and corporate restructurings. For years, the firm and its lawyers have been awarded by LACCA, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, LEGAL 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.
Energy & Telecommunications:
The firm has one of the most renowned lawyers in this area of practice on the team—Rafael Briz. He has been ranked as a leading lawyer by LEGAL 500, Chambers and Partners, and as an expert by Who’s Who Legal. The firm takes care of all the legal aspects in this area, including representing some of the region’s largest energy and telecommunications providers and servicers. For example, the firm was integral in the privatisation of the national telecommunications providers and electricity distributors in Guatemala.
Government Contracts & Administrative Law:
The firm is constantly handling national and international clients’ bids for government contracts, including some of the largest government jobs solicited. The firm also deals with many administrative cases in front of different ministries and their counterparts, such as permits for fuel storage, navigation of the importer and exporter codes, health licenses, and food and pharmaceutical product registrations.
This practice area is exclusively handled by its sister firm, Mayora IP, S.A. It specialises in the registration and protection of marks, patents, and other intellectual property rights. The firm is a member of the International Trademark Association. Additionally, it is complemented by Mayora Domains, which has focused its services on domain name registration, management, and recovery of the client’s domain name.
Labour & Immigration:
The firm practices frequently in labour related matters including but not limited to, drafting and reviewing labour contracts, applying for labour permits, filing documents with the labour authorities, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and preparing internal procedure manuals. The firm also provides immigration legal services such as filing temporary and permanent residency applications and applying for foreigner work permits. The firm also has Jenniffer Mejía, one of the few experts in the region for occupational safety.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm is responsible for some of the most important commercial suits and arbitrations in the region in this practice area led by partner Paola Galich. The team has experience litigating in national courts and arbitrating both locally and abroad. The lawyers can be seen in all levels of the national judiciary, defending clients in the Constitutional Supreme Court as well as in the lowerlevel trial and appellate courts.
Taxation & Trade:
Renowned for its tax work in planning, negotiating with the authorities, and representing clients in front of the tax authorities and courts. Many lawyers have specialised training in tax or worked for SAT (the national tax authority) in the past. In addition to the firm’s general experience in tax planning and litigation, Eduardo A. Mayora was a member of the Board of Directors of the Superintendence of the Tax Administration (1998- 2000). The firm and lawyers, Eduardo A. Mayora and Juan Carlos Casellas, have been top-ranked by LEGAL 500, Chambers and Partners, and IFLR1000 for years in this practice area. The firm also has much experience in trade regulation and international trade matters.
Banco Industrial; Citibank; JP Morgan; International Finance Corporation; First Cash Financial; Bolsa de Valores Nacional; Energuate; Gas Natural Fenosa; Chevron Guatemala, Inc.; Texaco; UFINET; Beiersdorf de Centroamérica, S.A.; GBM (an IBM alliance company); Santander Sugar; Hoffmann-La Roche; Dos Pinos; Monsanto Company; Marriott International, Inc.; CLARO; Cofiño Stahl; DIAGEO; the Kellogg Company; Kraft; Payless Shoe Source; Philip Morris, Inc.; Avianca; Interjet.
Associations & Memberships:
In addition to proudly being Guatemala’s exclusive Lex Mundi member, the firm belongs to other well-known associations such as the International Bar Association, Lataxnet-WTS, Euro Latam Lex and the International Fiscal Association.