2021 Latin Lawyer Elite Firm
Guatemala was BLP’s last stop on its regional expansion drive, storming into the country by hiring three partners and 10 associates from legacy firm Arenales & Skinner-Klée/LatamLex, including its co-founder, Alejandro Arenales.
The office has long had an excellent corporate and M&A offering, with an already established client base and contact network. It is active in important banking and finance deals – including mandates for regular client Promerica, the regional bank – as well as capital markets and arbitration work. Despite its small size, competitors keep an eye on this team and note that the firm is gaining a larger chunk of the local market. The office is also backed by BLP’s regional operation, which encompasses all five Central American countries, providing the full spectrum of legal services.
BLP is a 2021 Latin Lawyer Elite firm in Central America, which is supported by the firm’s rounded approach to law firm management and its presence in cross-border transactional work. Its horizontal structure and attractive working environment for lawyers have enabled it to expand rapidly and become a market leader.
The firm is also a popular choice among Latin America’s largest companies. According to in-house counsel research conducted by Latin Lawyer’s affiliate, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, BLP – across Central America – represents 14 of 100 of the biggest companies in Latin America. This makes it the most popular firm among these clients in Central America.
Costa Rican partner Luis Castro is the firm’s regional managing partner and sits on the regional managing committee alongside David Gutiérrez, Eduardo Calderón, Zygmunt Brett, Luis Ruiz, José Alvarez and Ernesto Rizo. Luis Ruiz is the local managing partner in Guatemala.
BLP’s Guatemalan office is in the country’s capital. Outside of the country, the firm has offices in El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as the Honduran cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The firm’s largest office is in San José, Costa Rica. There, it maintains one real estate outpost in Los Sueños and two newly opened offices in Guanacaste. The firm established a representative office in Madrid in 2017. Since 2019, a special counsel is based in Mexico City who focuses on business between Mexico and Central America.