Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote

Partner at CENTRAL LAW in Guatemala. Graduated Bachelor in Laws from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala and has a MSC. in Mercantile and Competiveness Law from USAC/CIG.

He has continued his legal studies and obtained different specializations: in Arbitration Law and Alternate Dispute Resolutions in Loyola University; Specialization in International Mergers & Acquisitions, College of Law of England & Wales; Executive Program in Legal Issues of International Business Law, Georgetown University Law Center/ INCAE; Specialization in Advanced Negotiation, Deal Design & Implementation, Harvard Law School.

He is the Head of the Foreign Investment Department of the firm. He has specialization in the areas of M&A’s, Natural Resources (Mining, Oil & Gas), Energy, International Arbitration and Corporate Law. He is ranked as a leader in his field by Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, IFLR Energy & Infrastructure and Legal 500. He has been recognized as leading expert in Foreign Investment advice by Corp Intl.

Current Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala (AMCHAM), Guatemalan Bar Association, Inter-American Bar Association, Energy & Infrastructure Analysis Center and the American Bar Association – ABA.

Professional highlights of Mr. Carrasco include the following:
Advised and lead the local strategy in investment and acquisition projects in multiple mining and energy projects which include Nickel, Silver, Gold, Antimony and Petroleum in Guatemala and Central America.

Advised as lead local counsel international arbitrations including the first ever DR-CAFTA Investor vs State dispute in Washington DC., which was ruled and executed on behalf of the investor.

Team leader in multiple strategic and large investments, M&A’s, real estate transactions, involving natural resources companies, foreign governments, and multinationals.

Team leader in multiple complex commercial transactions between multinationals and national entities and individuals.

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