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Latin Lawyer 250 2017

Consortium Legal (El Salvador)

El Salvador

Influential arm of regional big-hitter

  • Established: 1991
  • Partners: 6
  • Total lawyers: 26

Consortium was an early mover in the regional game, which has helped it establish a market leading is presence in El Salvador. The San Salvador office can easily lean on the firm's regional presence for work, but is just as capable holding its own locally, raking in large amounts of transactional work. Unsurprisingly, corporate and M&A and banking and finance are the busiest practices, but several non-transactional areas also stand out. This is especially true of labour where the firm has one of the best teams in the country. Customer reviews are strong across the board. "They make us feel like an important client," says one in-house lawyer. The firm reports a good year in El Salvador, which is reflected by many of the deals they publicised, although two partners did leave to practise independently in 2016.

Consortium, which has a presence across Central America, has taken great strides toward effective regional integration, encouraging  its offices to cross-sell and build a truly full-service offering. Faced with growing competition, Consortium is fostering deeper practice area specialisation and developing new areas of service, such as antitrust. These efforts are complemented by improvements to client service: the firm regularly seeks customer feedback and sends lawyers to work in-house for clients. Associates' further education is heavily-supported.

Offices

Consortium is a regional network of firms with a total of 10 offices spread across Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Alliances & networks

The firm is a member of global law network World Services Group.

Clients

Citibank and Credit Suisse are big name clients in the banking and finance sector. Nestlé and the Coca-Cola Company also feature prominently.

Practice Areas

Corporate and M&A

Key partners: Diego Martín Menjivar, Maria Alejandra Tulipano and Oscar Samour.

Analysis: Consortium has a fantastic corporate and M&A department with strength across the economic spectrum. The team, which is one of the office’s biggest, has considerable experience in cross-border and local acquisitions. Consortium’s full-service offering and regional presence complement this perfectly. Recent clients include private equity investors, realtors, telecoms companies and insurance providers.

Top deals

Most recent deals

Banking & finance

Key partners: Oscar Samour features prominently.

Analysis: Very few of its local competitors can match Consortium’s client book when it comes to banking and finance work. An excellent 2016 underlines this state of affairs.

Clients include some of the world’s biggest banks, while its services cover everything from securitisations to cross-border finance and leasing agreements.

Top deals

Most recent deals

Labour

Key partners: José Eduardo Tomasino, who is recognised in LACCA Approved, in-house counsel research conducted by Latin Lawyer’s sister publication, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association He was El Salvador’s former labour minister.

Analysis: The firm’s labour practice is one of the best on the market. Its top lawyers’ depth of experience is hard to match, while in-house counsel and clients sing its praises. Ethical practice and professionalism are the qualities most frequently mentioned. Besides day-to-day contractual advice and liability studies, the department has experience interpreting international treaties and their impact on Central American countries’ workers.

Litigation

Key partners: Oscar Samour, who is recognised in LACCA Approved, and Cesar Ramos.

Analysis: Consortium fields a well-recognised litigation team that covers administrative, civil, commercial, criminal and labour disputes. It is an astute choice for disputes work.

Pro bono

Analysis: Consortium is listed by Latin Lawyer as a Leading Light for pro bono work. The firm recently joined The Business Foundation for Social Action, which it advises on a variety of legal matters.


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