2021 Latin Lawyer Elite Firm
Aguilar Castillo Love's Honduran branch is one of this firm’s most prominent offices in the region. The Tegucigalpa office’s traditional strengths are in corporate and M&A work, but banking and finance, antitrust and energy are also strong points. The office can lean on the firm’s impressive geographical reach across Central America and Panama for cross-border work, helping it land impressive matters like the Disney/Fox US$71 billion global merger, a deal it helped obtain local antitrust approval for in several countries. The comparably large headcount by Honduran standards helps the team juggle multiple mandates.
Aguilar Castillo Love is a 2021 Latin Lawyer Elite firm in Central America, thanks to its emphasis on complex transactions and quality over quantity, which are fundamental to its service offer. Transactions and cases are chosen selectively. The firm stands out for its high partner-to-associate ratio, and many of its lawyers have experience from work and studies overseas. The firm also focuses heavily on allaying client concerns about white-collar crime and compliance, a practice that is led regionally from Costa Rica by a partner brought into the firm especially. Relying on its strong culture and deep local and regional knowledge, Aguilar Castillo Love works hard to obtain an unrivalled reputation for made-to-measure services and legitimacy. In a bold move, the firm added Paraguay to its Latin American presence in 2020, hiring an energy partner.
Aguilar Castillo Love is well aware of what it takes to keep up with, and indeed surpass, the competition. That’s why it constantly looks for ways to modernise itself and improve efficiency. Heavy investment in a talent programme, which includes scholarships for its young lawyers to undertake further studies, has been a key focus. Aguilar Castillo Love supports a group of senior Central American in-house counsel who launched a Central American association for in-house lawyers called Asociación de Abogados de Empresas para Centroamérica in 2018.
John Aguilar Quesada in San José and Juan Carlos Castillo in Guatemala City serve as the firm’s regional co-managing partners. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard leads the local operations in Honduras.
Aguilar Castillo Love has offices in the capital cities of each of the five Central American countries, as well as an office in Panama. The firm also has a presence in Quito through its joint venture with Ecuadorian firm Pólit & Pólit, and an outpost in Paraguay as of 2020.