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Spanish firm enters Central America, the DR and Panama

Spanish firm enters Central America, the DR and Panama

17 July 2018

Spanish firm ECIJA has merged with four firms in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Panama, expanding its presence in Latin America. 

Spanish security company expands to Central America

Spanish security company expands to Central America

13 July 2018

Spain’s Prosegur has hired Garrigues (Colombia) in Bogotá and EY Law in Central America to acquire Grupo Almo’s security transport business.

Spanish company’s arbitration claim against Guatemala gets under way

19 June 2018

After failing to reverse a loss against Guatemala at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) over electricity tariffs, Spanish company Iberdrola has brought a new treaty claim against the Central American state before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, it has emerged.

Latin Lawyer Elite Survey 2018

Latin Lawyer Elite Survey 2018

24 May 2018

In a fast-changing world, the Latin Lawyer Elite firms of 2018 have shown themselves willing to take innovative steps to defend their leading positions.

Guatemala threatened with DR-CAFTA claim over mining project

24 May 2018

A US businessman and his company have threatened Guatemala with a DR-CAFTA claim for more than US$150 million over the suspension of operations at a gold and silver mining project that has been the subject of environmental protests by local communities.

Guatemalan power plant award upheld in Singapore

09 May 2018

A Singapore court has upheld a US$149 million award at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in a dispute over a power plant in Guatemala – rejecting arguments that the tribunal unfairly restricted one side’s access to evidence and failed in a duty to investigate corruption allegations.

Brazilian sugar producer gets IDB loan

30 April 2018

DLA Piper LLP in Washington, DC, and London has helped the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) grant a loan to Brazilian sugar and alcohol producer Vale do Paraná.

Latin Lawyer 250 country by country: Guatemala

Latin Lawyer 250 country by country: Guatemala

22 March 2018

This is the second largest Central American chapter of the Latin Lawyer 250, with eight firms. It is home to the largest number of single market firms in the region, although that number is dwindling as more local players embrace regionalisation. The latest venture of Mayora & Mayora (Guatemala) is now listed in the Salvadorian chapter of the guide. However, the two largest Guatemalan firms - QIL+4 Abogados and Carrillo & Asociados – do not have offices outside of the country and that is unlikely to change soon.

Guatemalan hydro dispute settles in Miami

Guatemalan hydro dispute settles in Miami

22 January 2018

A Spanish engineering group has abandoned its efforts to set aside a US$28 million award from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) after settling a dispute with an Italian subcontractor over the construction of a water tunnel for a hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala.

Guatemalan arbitrator faces trio of challenges from Venezuela

17 January 2018

Venezuela has challenged Guatemalan arbitrator Álvaro Castellanos Howell in three active annulment proceedings the state faces at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) because of his alleged criticism of the state’s judicial system.