Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

Guatemala Office

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Managing Partner: Eduardo A. Mayora
Partners: Rafael Briz, Claudia Pereira, Sandra Castillo, Odín Guillén, Juan Carlos Casellas, María Fernanda Morales Pellecer, Manuel Telles, Paola Galich

Firm Overview:
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 and has four offices located in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. These offices work together seamlessly to provide the best possible service to the client. Mayora & Mayora believes in assigning specialists to each case so that the client is in the best hands imaginable. More than half of the attorneys and staff that are part of Mayora & Mayora´s dynamic team are women, including 4 partners and the CEO.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
The firm has Claudia Pereira, Manuel Telles, Sandra Castillo and María Fernanda Morales Pellecer on its roster, who have been recognised for decades as some of the area’s most soughtafter attorneys 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 given awards by LACCA, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.

Civil Law:
The firm handles all types of cases dealing with contract law, torts, estates and trusts and real estate. In this practice area, Sandra Castillo guides clients with her expertise.

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. Renowned experts, Eduardo A Mayora and Claudia Pereira, assist clients in this area of practice.

Corporate & M&A:
The firm is renowned as one of the best corporate firms in the region. The firm provides legal services for a variety of corporate matters, national and international commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and corporate restructurings. For years, the firm and its lawyers have been given awards by LACCA, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area. Partners, Claudia Pereira, Sandra Castillo and Odín Guillén are all experts in this practice group.

Energy & Telecommunications:
The firm represents national and international companies in the transportation, commercialisation, distribution and generation of energy with some of the most significant players in the energy industry, having one of the area’s foremost experts as partner, Rafael Briz. The firm is renowned in telecommunications law and has been for decades, having both Rafael and Eduardo A Mayora at the forefront of this practice area.

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.

Infrastructure & Transport:
The firm has handled many crucial cases in this area of the law including opening airline routes and the building of infrastructure.

Intellectual Property:
This practice area is exclusively handled by the firm’s sister firm, Mayora IP, S.A. Mayora IP, S.A. specialises in the registration and protection of marks, patents, and other intellectual property rights. The lawyers at Mayora IP negotiate licensing agreements and protect clients when those agreements are breached. 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 resident applications and applying for work permits for foreigners. The firm has expert, Rafael Briz, leading this practice group with star associate Suzel Obiols.

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 and expert, Paola Galich. The team has had experience litigating in courts, as well as arbitrating locally and abroad.

Taxation & Trade:
The firm is renowned for its tax work, in planning, negotiating with the authorities, and representing clients in front of the tax authorities and courts. Many of its lawyers had specialised training in tax or worked for SAT (the national tax authority) in the past. In addition to its general experience in tax planning and tax litigation, Eduardo A. Mayora was a member of the Board of Directors of the Superintendence of the Tax Administration (1998-2000). The firm and experts, Eduardo A Mayora and Juan Carlos Casellas, have been top-ranked by The 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.

Professional Development:
Mayora & Mayora, S.C. is aware that the continuous development of its members is crucial for the successful and effective provision of legal services. Therefore, it strongly supports the professional development of all of its attorneys by sending them to continuing education courses, seminars, and graduate programs. Many of the firm’s lawyers have earned their LLM degrees on the firm’s budget at renowned universities all over the world. Additionally, every month its attorneys attend events and courses at local chambers of commerce, government agencies, and global networks and institutions, like Lex Mundi and the International Bar Association, Lataxnet, Euro Latam Lex and International Fiscal Association.

International Work:
Since its creation, the firm has had a clear inclination toward international legal services, particularly cross-border transactions. The firm and its lawyers belong to a variety of international associations and networks such as the International Bar Association, Lataxnet, Lex Mundi and the International Trademark Association. Amongst its partners and associates are many different disciplines and expertise derived from specialised training and unique professional experience. Many have had experience in the public sector such as serving on the Monetary Board, Superintendent against the Laundering of Financial Assets, and Tax Administration. Additionally, many teach at the country’s highest ranked law schools and are invited speakers at conferences all over the world.

Clients:
Avianca; Banco Industrial; BICSA; Bolsa de Valores Nacional; Cementos Progreso; Chevron; Cofiño Stahl; Desarrollos MIR; Diageo; Energuate; Fresenius Medical Care; Gas Natural Fenosa; GBM (an IBM alliance company); Grupo Terra; Ingenio Palo Gordo; Interjet; Laboratorios Vijosa; Kimberly-Clark; Marriott International; Mega Pharma; Millicom International; Monsanto; Neon Energy; Obrascon Huarte Lain; Papa John’s Pizza, Payless ShoeSource; Philip Morris; Hoffmann-La Roche; Santander Sugar; Telus; Ufinet.