With 11 offices in seven countries in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic, legal firm CENTRAL LAW is well-positioned to advise international and regional clients on the finer points of law. CENTRAL LAW is the leading full service law firm in Central America with 11 regional offices in seven countries – Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula), Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Samaná, Puerto Plata).
The legal firm was established in 2003 and has a legal team of more than 100 lawyers which counts with more than 30 years of experience in the global markets.
CENTRAL LAW has a unique organizational identity in its offices with a culture focused in international business. Its partners actively participate in local and foreign chambers of commerce and are members of international lawyers’ associations and forums.
The current firm's Chairman is Rafael Quirós who is based in the Costa Rican office in San José. Executive Director Guadalupe Martinez Casas is an argentine lawyer based in Tegucigalpa that coordinates the firm’s regional administrative and legal affairs.
CENTRAL LAW focuses on the regional and international business community covering the following areas: arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and litigation, banking and finance, constitutional and administrative law, energy and natural resources, environmental law, foreign investment/free trade, franchising, general corporate, immigration, infrastructure and public private partnerships, intellectual property, insurances and reinsurances, labor and social security law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax and customs, telecommunications and tourism.
Central America offers many incentives for foreign investment, and the extensive knowledge of the law in the region that the firm's lawyers have is invaluable to clients.
The legal framework in place is supported by regional laws and free-trade treaties, such as DR-CAFTA and the Association Agreement recently signed between Central America and the European Union. Other agreements such as the TPP and Pacific Alliance are treaties between the US an other countries including Latin America countries of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile where Honduras, Guatemala and Panama have asked to be part of them.
El Salvador and Honduras have recently proved that the country's infrastructure can be development by schemes of public-private partnerships due to the enactment of a proper regulation on the matter. Some of the major performed projects in those countries are projects where CENTRAL LAW's lawyers have participated advising their clients, such as the tender processes of Puerto La Unión (El Salvador) and Puerto Cortés (Honduras); Airport in Río Amarillo and Airport of Toncontín and Palmerola (Honduras); LPG Plant in El Salvador, and Government's Civic Center in Honduras.
Guatemala, though it has one of the biggest financial centres in the region, has been at the loop in mining and natural resources projects where the firm's lawyers have been active in advising clients in the licensing for exploration and explotation of minerals and hydrocarbons.
Nicaragua has begun a new stage of economic growth due to an increment in tourism and in renewable energy projects allowing companies to contract directly with distributors.
Costa Rica has positioned as a leader on environmental issues and aims to be carbon-neutral by 2021. The country has raised its offer of hotels developing new luxury hotels.
Panama, a dollar-based economy, is home for many foreign companies that chose to have their headquarters there as they have much more tax incentives there than in their birth countries and for retired people from different parts of the world which chose to leave in a tropical weather and a mixed landscape of beaches and mountains.
With its focus on tourism, Dominican Republic has attracted many tourists in recent years and has recently incurred in the development of renewable energy projects.
If you visit Central America, do not hesitate to contact CENTRAL LAW. The firm and its talented team of lawyers will be your host and your legal advisor when doing business in the region. For more information, visit www.central-law.com
Guadalupe Martinez Casas