Consortium Legal has retained its standing as one of the top firms in the local legal market, with a particularly strong banking and finance practice, which is on par with the other offices across the region. The firm’s other transactional capabilities are equally impressive, such as capital markets and M&A groups to name a few, but the offering does not stop there. The dispute resolution, tax, IP and compliance departments are likewise well-reputed and have been quite busy in 2022. The firm’s labour department is a force to be reckoned with, while it is now seeing an increase in regulatory mandates.
Client satisfaction lies at the core of the firm’s philosophy, meaning that Consortium Legal continues to pour resources into technology and training. Lawyers at the firm are encouraged not only to expand upon their legal skills, but also to deepen their broader industry knowledge and business development capabilities.
A specific training programme aimed at enhancing the lawyers’ soft skills is underway at the firm, with an emphasis on fostering interpersonal relationships with clients. Meanwhile, the firm has deployed a new tool for finance clients to be able to review their legal matters with ease.
One of the original leading Central American law firms, Consortium Legal continually strives to keep its offices in step. The regional managing director works hard to improve corporate governance and coordination of deals, and to strengthen the commercial and cultural links of its various offices. There are also a regional management committee, an innovation committee and an executive committee, to ensure that the regional strategy is successfully implemented.
Companies in the region are well-aware of the firm’s capabilities, as shown by a study, 'Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest Companies', published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer. Consortium Legal – as a regional law firm – represents 14 of the 100 largest companies in Latin America, which makes it one of the three most popular firms among clients in Central America.
Regional managing director Valeria Di Palma coordinates the offices and works on office integration between the five Central American jurisdictions. She reports to the board and the executive committee, which is represented by several partners from each country. Oscar Samour and César Ramos share the managing partner role in El Salvador. Guatemala-based partner Álvaro Castellanos acts as the firm’s regional president.
Consortium has six offices across Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, one in each capital city and an additional outpost in the Honduran industrial city of San Pedro Sula.
Alliances & networks
The firm is a member of global law network World Services Group and World Compliance Association.