Centro Comercial El Dorado 6° Piso
Boulevard Morazán
Tegucigalpa 11101


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Managing Partner: Evangelina Lardizábal
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Partner: Mario Agüero
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 14
Number of partners: 4
Network memberships: INTA, ASIPI, IBA
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese

Arias is the leading global business law firm in Central America and the firm of choice in the region. The firm stands out for providing innovative and effective solutions that help clients achieve their business goals, while enjoying the benefits of working with an integrated firm, with presence in six countries through seven offices, 41 partners, and 130 highly trained and experienced attorneys and offices in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Since 1942, Arias has been setting the standards in the region by combining its global reach with local expertise, and providing a visionary outlook on the world’s business environment.

Our team: Among our staff, we have attorneys with many years of experience in several practice areas combined with young lawyers. This means our firm is constantly innovating and adapting to the needs of today’s world, which ensures we are able to offer our clients the best legal talent in the region.

Areas of practice: Arias is a full-service firm, providing advice in over 35 practice areas, with renowned specialists in each jurisdiction. Some of the firm’s main practice areas include: corporate, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, tax, arbitration and litigation, compliance, banking and finance, intellectual property, labor law, energy, oil and gas, real estate, immigration, and general counsel services, among others.

Our focus: We make things happen. We provide creative and innovative legal solutions that add value to our clients, taking the time to know and understand their business goals, while always focused on providing reliable and accurate legal services, with their best interests in mind.

International reach: The firm advises on local and cross-border transactions, assisting some of the major international corporations doing business in the region, and also providing legal support to local clients going abroad.

Recognitions and awards: Consistently, we have been honored with important recognitions and awards such as “Firm of the Year in Central America”, “Firm of the year” in the countries we operate, “Client Service Award”, “Best Regional Firm for Women in Business Law”, “Deal of the Year”, among other relevant regional and local awards for the firm and our members.

Equal opportunities: We promote diversity within the firm, professional growth is based on each individual’s merit regardless of gender or ethnics.

47% of our partners are women
48% of our associates are women
57% of our management positions are held by women
100% of our managing partners are women

2,000 Pro-bono hours per year: Corporate social responsibility and Pro-bono work have always been an important part of our DNA. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to inspire and generate positive changes in our environment in order to achieve and ensure a better future for the next generations.

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  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Structured finance/securitisation
  • Securitisation
  • Trade finance

Banking and Finance:

Evangelina Lardizábal

Mario Agüero

Arias advised a non-local lender that provided a loan of up to $85 million through a syndicated term facility agreement to a borrower group with subsidiaries in multiple countries.

Arias assisted in the coordination and preparation of all necessary documentation for updating local security documents related to loans granted by OPIC (now DFC) to Honduran entities. The project encompassed four loans with four different entities: LAFISE, BAC HONDURAS, INTERMAC, and GEOPLATANARES. The update was prompted by OPIC's transition to DFC.

Arias advised and played an important role in a complex syndicated term loan facility for ENERGY INFRAESTRUCTURE HONDURAS, S.A. DE C.V. The USD 711.6 million loan, facilitated by ITG Sarl, aimed at acquiring Puma Energy's energy infrastructure and storage terminals. The transaction involved a diverse credit structure with simple loans and revolving credit facility commitments.

Arias advised to Banco Santander on a financing transaction to RANSA of USD 53,350,000.00 by assisting and reviewing the transaction documents from a local law perspective.

Arias advised an important foreign bank that provided a large unsecured loan (up to $10 million) to a group of multinational companies, including subsidiaries in Honduras. The loan involved various financial tools for the borrower, such as working capital support and trade finance instruments.

Mergers & Acquisitions:

Evangelina Lardizábal

Evangelina and her team advised in the acquisition of a group companies dedicated to specialized chemical products manufactured in Honduras. ARIAS provided the client with an analysis of the local legal landscape regarding corporate, environmental, and tax matters, and assisted in the preparation of transactional agreements from the perspective of local law. Additionally, the ARIAS Honduras team worked closely with environmental consultants to examine the regulatory and environmental aspects of the transaction.

Assisted the sellers of Financiera Finca Honduras “FINCA” in the sale process of their shareholding from a local law perspective, meticulously preparing all the necessary documentation for FINCA Honduras.

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Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. C. A.
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Colonia San Benito. San Salvador,
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