Armando Mérida

Armando Mérida is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Guatemala on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Armando directly using the contact details listed above.

Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, features the stately National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Antigua, west of the capital, contains preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Lake Atitlán, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is surrounded by coffee fields and villages.

As founder and partner of the Law Firm MÉRIDA Y ASOCIADOS in Guatemala City,  he has the experience of having worked at the Legal Department of prestigious international banks in Guatemala City, which enabled him to acquire knowledge and experience in national and international banking affairs. His Law Firm besides the important Intellectual Property field, works also in Commercial and Civil Law matters. Merida Y Asociados was founded in 1994, and since then has worked with many local and international companies in the above mentioned fields.

The law firm is conformed by a team of professional lawyers and assistants experienced in Intellectual Property, Civil and Commercial Law, and also Arbitration. .

The law firm is part of the international firm Justinian Lawyer, and is also an active member of AEA, INTA, ASIPI and CBBL.

Cristián Novales Schlesinger

Cristián Novales Schlesinger is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Guatemala on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cristián directly using the contact details listed above.

As part of his professional experience, Cristián has attended and represented international and local clients in their investment activities. He has advised on complex financial structures, including the review of financial schemes through capital markets. He has worked in the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts for infrastructure projects under schemes “turnkey”. He also participated in the creation of methodology for effective legal management of EPC (“Engineering, Procurement and Construction”), which has allowed projects to be developed in time, at the lowest possible cost, and in compliance levels performance offered by the contractors. He has worked in the leadership and direction of greater due diligence to project feasibility assessments. He has also provided advice for the prevention of conflicts, multimillion legal disputes related to the sector of infrastructure and logistics, and in the direction and coordination of a litigation team in driving several thousand lawsuits.

Cristián is Advocate and Notary graduated Magna Cum Laude from the  Francisco Marroquín University, and has three master’s degrees: one in Banking and Financial Regulation, Boston University (United States), another in Business Law and Management, Francisco Marroquín University and an additional in Finance from the School of Business at the  Francisco Marroquín University.

Firm Overview:

In Novales Abogados, we have legal and administrative coverage in 47 municipalities of the Guatemalan territory, allowing us to be present throughout the region to meet timely all the needs of our customers. In Central America we have presence in El Salvador.

Ana Gabriela Roca

Ana Gabriela Roca is our exclusively recommended Energy & Natural Resources Law expert in Guatemala on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ana directly using the contact details listed above.

Gabriela´s practice is focused in the development, financing, acquisition and operation of energy, fuel and infrastructure projects for foreign and local companies. She has advised an important number of companies interested in investing in green field projects, cross-border acquisitions of ongoing projects, mergers, sale and financing of equipment  through export credit agencies and other investments in relation with the energy business.

Gabriela´s experience and expertise in the negotiation of construction turnkey contracts is highly appreciated and valued well by developers and constructions companies.

Her experience in the energy sector includes the participation in bills of law proposal on energy market regulation since the creation of the Wholesale Electricity Market in the year 2000 until present and an active monitoring of legislative proposals with an impact in the energy market and infrastructure business.

Gabriela has been counsel to development groups using different technologies for power generation (thermo, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal power projects) and also to local and foreign banks in financing such type of projects. She also has experience in legal due diligence processes for financing and acquisition of companies.

In 2008, Gabriela was appointed by the National Association of Power Generators (ANG) as the energy generators´ representative with the Board of the Wholesale Electricity Market Administrator (AMM) in Guatemala. She hold such position during 2 consecutive periods.

During such tenure, she actively participated in amending and modifying local energy regulations and rules to comply with international treaties to which Guatemala is a member in relation with the integration of the Regional Electricity Market (MER) throughout Central America.

Gabriela has been panellist and speaker in international infrastructure and energy forums and seminars and has represented industry associations and entities.

Before QIL+4 Abogados, Ana Gabriela Roca was founding partner of 4Abogados and worked as an attorney in Bufete Olivero, S.A. from 1999 to 2010.