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Chairman: Rafael Quirós
Executive Director: Guadalupe Martinez Casas
Number of partners worldwide: 27
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 100+
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Firm Overview:
Central Law is a full service law firm advising local and multinational clients in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The firm offers the highest quality standards achieved by a team of lawyers whose experience goes beyond 30 years in regional and global markets.

Main Areas of Practice:

Advises local and foreign clients in corporate commercial and corporate M&A assisting them in their company’s daily operations and expansion in the region.

Energy & Environmental:
As a result of its extensive experience advising local and international clients in the region’s environmental laws and regulations, the firm has also served clients in the energy and mining sectors across the region.

Infrastructure & PPPs:
Advises local and international clients interested in participating in infrastructure projects supporting them during and after the bid process. The firm has advised on tender processes for the construction and improvement of current airports, roads and ports infrastructure, and for the construction of public buildings, power plants made out of natural resources, all projects structured under PPP agreements.

Tourism – Construction & Real Estate:
Provides full assistance in the development of major new projects in the region as well as giving advice for hospitality industry operators.

Arbitration & Litigation:
Assists and represents clients in civil, commercial, labour, tax dispute resolutions, including complex litigation, multijurisdictional conflicts and international arbitration. The firm was the first to initiate ICSID arbitration proceeding against one of the region’s governments, based on the DR-CAFTA.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Advises domestic and global insurance Companies in their daily business operations in the region.

Advises in the regulatory, corporate and labour issues related to telecoms with offices in the region. Intellectual Property: Advises clients in the registration of trademarks and patents. It has a strong team on IP litigation, health registrations and franchises.

International Work:
Advises international clients in the development of their business in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic within current laws and legal framework of free trade treaties, including DR-CAFTA. Collaborates with prominent international law firms. Provides comprehensive legal advice to investors.

Clients: Central Law advises domestic and international clients in all areas of law. Some clients are: Anfield Nickel Corp.; BT; Cemex; Ed. Santillana; EOLO; MABE; MAPFRE; Microsoft; PriceSmart; Procter and Gamble; Roche.