He has extensive and profound experience in local and multi-jurisdictional proceedings, fraud, corruption, white-collar crimes, Banking Law, Financial Law, insolvency, arbitration and Governmental issues.
During the past twenty-five years he has represented and counseled a great number of local and foreign banks in cases in jurisdictions such as Central America, Panama, Boston and New York. He has provided counseling in several banking bankruptcies, coordinating important local and foreign teams.
He was the private counselor of a Tax Administration Superintendent, as well as of Ministers of Economy and Finance, and he has counseled Government institutions such as Banco de Guatemala (Guatemala’s Central Bank) and the Bank Superintendence.
He was a member of several Government and non-Government commissions from 1984 until 2006, including commissions that reviewed several laws. He was appointed by the World Bank as Temporary Legal Counselor in the Modernization Program (1996 and 1997). He has been an arbitrator in the Industry Chamber of Guatemala.
From 2003 to 2004 he was the Insolvency/Bankruptcy Group Leader of Terra Lex, the main independent law firm worldwide network. In 2007, he was appointed as member of the ICC Commercial Crimes Services Fraudnet Network; institution created in 2004 with the purpose of being the leading network of law firms specialized in white-collar crimes.
He has provided counseling for the enforcement of foreign judgments in Guatemala in several occasions, having published papers on the subject, which have been published in Europe and in the United States of America.
During the past ten years he has actively participated in the effort for the restoration of the justice system of Guatemala, having filed multiple constitutional and court proceedings in order to preserve and promote the constitutional order of Guatemala and through which he achieved, among others, the removal of Justices; the Head of the Criminal Defense Institute was removed; and a Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office was removed because he did not meet the requirements provided by the law and the Constitution.
Attorney-At-Law and Notary, Rafael Landívar University (1982), award for the best thesis of the year
Francisco Marroquín University, Economy and Business Administration School, 1978-1979
INCAE Business School, Costa Rica 1981-1982; Program of Instruction for Lawyers, PIL, Harvard Law School, 1987,1988 and 1992; Euromoney Conference on Corporate Finance, 1993; Central American Seminar on Future and Options Market, 1993; Effective Negotiating, sponsored by KARRAS, Houston, Texas, 1995; Asset Securitization, Euromoney, Florida, 1995; First Ibero-American Encounter on Government Concessions, Chile, 1997; Leadership in Professional Service Firms LPSF, Harvard Business School, March, 1999, 2002. Program Redesign of Management and Governance Processes. Hammer and Company, Massachusetts, United States, 2006. Strategies for Developing Real Estate Projects, Access to Capital Markets and Regulatory Compliance, Harvard Business School, 2006. The Misuse Of Corporate Vehicles In Grand Corruption Cases, Miami Roundtable Meeting organized by the World Bank, May 5, 2010. Global Agents of Change, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011
Bar Association of Guatemala
Bankruptcies, Insolvencies, Asset Recovery, Fraud, international Litigation, Corporate Law, Agency and Distribution, Bank and Finance, Insurance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Asset Planning, Taxes, Arbitration
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