Mayora & Mayora S.C. is a leading law firm in Central America for international business transactions and finance. The firm has existed for 50 years, marking its anniversary with the opening of its first branch in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and a second in San Salvador, El Salvador, in 2017. The Firm has a client-centric approach and believes in assigning specialists to each case so that the client receives the best solution possible. The Firm handles a wide spectrum of practice areas including:
Areas of Practice
Banking and Finance The Firm boasts Caludia Pereira and Maria Fernanda Morales on its roster, who have been recognized 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 given awards by LACCA, Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000, LEGAL500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.
Civil Law The Firm handles all types of cases dealing with contract law, torts, estates & trusts and real estate.
Commercial and 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.
Corporate The Firm is renowned as one of the best corporate firms in the region. It 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 & Partners, IFLR1000, LEGAL500 and Who’s Who Legal for this practice area.
Energy and Telecommunications The Firm has one of the most renowned lawyers in this area of practice on our team—Rafael Briz. He has been ranked as a leading lawyer by LEGAL500, Chambers & 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, our Firm was integral in the privatization of the national telecommunications providers and electricity distributors in Guatemala.
Government Contracts and 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 and 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 our sister firm, Mayora IP, S.A. They specialize 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.
Labor and Immigration The Firm practices frequently in labor related matters including but not limited to, drafting and reviewing labor contracts, applying for labor permits, filing documents with the labor 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.
Litigation and 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 had experience in either litigating in national courts, or arbitrating here or abroad. Our lawyers can be seen in all levels of the national judiciary, defending clients in the Constitutional Supreme Court as well as in the lower-level trial and appellate courts. We are well-versed in the arbitral rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and others. Partner, Rafael Briz, was the number one ranked lawyer for Guatemala in Arbitration by LACCA and Norka Aragón, Partner, was ranked by Chambers & Partners for Dispute Resolution and is an expert in Arbitration according to Who’s Who Legal.
Taxation and 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 our lawyers had specialized training in tax or worked for SAT (the national tax authority) in the past. In addition to our 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 lawyers, Eduardo A. Mayora, Juan Carlos Casellas, have been top-ranked by LEGAL500, Chambers & Partners, and IFLR1000 for years in this practice area. Also, the Firm has much experience in trade regulation and international trade matters.
Representative Clients 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 (Toyota, Chevrolet, Audi, Fiat); DIAGEO (Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray, Guinness); the Kellogg Company; Kraft; Marriot International Inc.; Payless Shoe Source; Philip Morris, Inc.; Avianca; Interjet.
Among our team, there are several lawyers capable of providing their services in more than one language including English, French, German and Spanish.
Associations and Memberships In addition to proudly being Guatemala’s Lex Mundi member, the Firm belongs to other well-known associations such as the International Bar Association, Lataxnet, Euro Latam Lex and the International Fiscal Association.
Mayora & Mayora, S.C.
15 Calle 1-04 Zone 10, Céntrica Plaza
3rd Floor, Office 301
Guatemala City, 1010