Carrillo & Asociados is a national and regional leader in a wide range of international commercial transactions and cross-border litigation, managed directly from its office in Guatemala, often involving strategic law firm partners in neighboring countries. Since its founding in 1947 Carrillo y Asociados has innovated and grown to offer a comprehensive and sophisticated portfolio encompassing energy and natural resources; foreign investment, including project finance; international banking, insolvency, and restructuring; taxation and customs; fraud and asset recovery and strategic litigation.
Through its expansive and expert corporate, the firm advises some of the region’s top multinationals on the most complex and sophisticated matters, including taxes, as well as strategic capitalization, growth and investment. Counsel is given from a 360-degree perspective made possible by seamless teamwork across diverse practice groups and deep technical expertise and insight into the industry sectors in which clients operate. These unique capabilities derive from the firm’s cutting-edge representation across a wide spectrum of verticals, and its landmark work in Guatemala and regional jurisprudence and business regulation, with contacts and experience at the highest levels of industry and government.
Carrillo y Asociados is recognized for assembling and managing results-oriented teams to successfully handle complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation, and for its scalability in managing transactions of varying size and complexity. The firm heavily invests in the specialization of its talented professionals as well as in technology.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm has a large and successful corporate practice that includes sophisticated services in M&A and corporate structures, finance and taxes. The firm specializes in the incorporation, organization, and reorganization of entities, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Its dynamic team also has strong proficiency in structuring agency and distribution contracts, franchise agreements, and strategic vehicles for foreign investors. Its sophisticated corporate finance capabilities encompass investment funds, derivatives, structured finance, debt and equity capital markets, securitization and project finance. The firm is also leader in regional energy transactions, lately focusing in renewable energy projects.
Fraud & Asset Recovery:
The firm has become the chosen legal partner in Guatemala and more broadly, Latin America, for international trustees and liquidators in some of the world’s highest-profile, highest-value insolvencies involving fraud and corruption. For example, it recently played a key role on the international asset recovery team in the US$4 billion liquidation of Stanford International Bank, as the selected Guatemalan member of FraudNet.
The firm specializes in complex multi-jurisdictional actions involving major corporations, financial institutions and government. It offers a leading practice in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques, including arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. Carrillo’s expertise also encompasses representing individuals and corporations in insurance and reinsurance matters, criminal law, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, public corruption, tax fraud, money laundering, contraband and counterfeiting.
Taxation & Customs:
The firm’s tax practice is a leader in expert and innovative tax advice on a stand-alone basis, and as an integral part of the firm’s transactional representations. It also advises clients on a full spectrum of estate planning, asset protection, financing, and investment matters, as well as non-compete, compensation and benefit issues within the context of the most challenging M&A and other corporate deals.
The firm’s IP department covers the gamut of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, design patents, industrial designs, service trademarks and franchising and licensing agreements, both locally and internationally. As a growing trend, the firm has specialized in complex IP litigation matters involving cross-border interests.