María Elena Vásquez

EDUCATION
Diploma in Prevention Systems of LA and FT, Risk and Forensic Audit. (Guatemalan Banking School) and (Banking Association of Guatemala), (2017), Diploma in Tax Law Update and Fiscal Legislation, by the Bar Association and Notaries of Guatemala, (2017), Universidad Panamericana, Graduated in Law (2016)


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemala Bar, Superintendency of Tax Administration


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today); Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2017 -2018);

Evelyn Chavarría

EDUCATION
Universidad Rafael Landívar, with the support of the Universidad Pontífica Católica de Chile. First year – Master in Constitutional Law, (2010). Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Graduated in Law, 1996. Academia “The Optimum Professional”. Certified translator Spanish-English/Spanish English. Approval of the technical examination of the Ministry of Education.


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association (2007)


CAREER
Senior Associate at Sfera (2018- today), Senior Associate, Asensio Andrade Flores (2016-2018).

Marcelo Charnaud

EDUCATION
Universidad Rafael Landívar. Graduated in Law, 2005.


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemala Bar Association 2005.


CAREER
Senior Associate at Sfera (2018- today), Senior Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2001- 2018).

Alejandro Faillace

EDUCATION
Universidad Rafael Landivar. Legal Sciences, Attorney and Notary, 2011.


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today). Founder of PRO-LAW Legal Bureau. 2016-2018. Associate & Judicial Director – Administrative area at Vielmann & Hurtado. 2010-2012. Judicial Director – Administrative area at Vielmann & Hurtado. 2007-2010.

Claudia Pontaza

EDUCATION
Universidad Rafael Landivar. Legal Sciences, Attorney and Notary, 1998. Magister in Corporate Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (2012).


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today). Head of Legal Department of Charges, Visa Silver Credit Card (1998 a 2003).
Associate at Asencio, Andrade y Flores (2003 – 2008)
Inhouse Attorney at Tigo (2008 – 2017)

Carlos Gándara

EDUCATION
Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. Graduated in Law, (2013).


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association (2013)


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today), Associate at Asensio Andrade. Flores (1996 -2018)

José María Pacheco

EDUCATION
IE Business School (Master in Management Specialized in International Business, BGS Honors, 2014); Carlos III de Madrid University (LL.M. in Private Law, Honoured with Outstanding Achievement, 2014); University of Costa Rica (Specialist in Comercial Law, Academic Honors, 2012). University of Costa Rica (Juris Doctor, 2010).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association; Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2015-present); Associate Attorney at ANS Abogacía Negocios Servicios (2010-2012); Legal Assistant-Associate at Facio Abogados (2004-2009).

Raquel Moya Sánchez

EDUCATION
ADEN International Business School (Masters in Business Administration, expected 2020); University of Salamanca (Specialization in Contracts and Civil Liability, 2017); University of Costa Rica, (Honors Postgraduate Degree in Commercial Law, 2014); Universidad de Costa Rica, (Juris Doctor with emphasis in Tax Law, 2012).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association (2017). 


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal (2012-present); Commercial Law Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica (2014-present) Paralegal, FSV Abogados (2008-2012).

Melissa Morán

EDUCATION
Boston University School of Law. LLM in Banking and Finance (2010) Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Graduated with honors in Law (2005)

MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association 2005.


CAREER
Senior Associate at Sfera (2018 – today), Senior Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2010 – 2018). Legal advisor for the international division of Banco Industrial, S.A. (2007-2009) Manager of the Conflict Resolution Commission of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala – CRECIG- (2005-2007).

Melanie Avea

EDUCATION
Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Graduated in Law, (2011)


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association (2011). AMCHAM . INTA

CAREER
Associate -Intellectual Property Regional Director at Sfera (2018-today). Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2012- 2018). Substitute Compliance Officer – TIGO Guatemala- (2010).

Mayra Torres

EDUCATION
Universidad Tecnológica, Lawyer Degree. 2009. Notary Public authorized by the Supreme Court, 2014.

CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018-present), Associate at Ayala & Betancourt (2017-2018). Lawyer at PENTAGONO, S.A. de C.V. (2012-2017). Paralegal (2008-2011).

Mauricio Sermeño

EDUCATION
Universidad Doctor Matías Delgado. Law Degree. 2005. Notary Public authorized by the Supreme Court in 2016.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018- present), Associate at Ayala & Betancourt (2014-2018). Lawyer at Scotiabank El Salvador (2016-present). Lawyer at On Time S.A. de C.V. (2001-2013). Lawyer at Integrales, S.A. de C.V. (1999-2001).

Marta Alonzo

EDUCATION
EAE Barcelona. Master in Human Resources Management and Business Administration, (2011) Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Graduated in Law, (2010).

MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association (2010).


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today), Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2016 – 2018).

Mario Ernesto Ayala

EDUCATION
Universidad Doctor Matías Delgado, Law Degree (2018).


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018-present). Associate at Firma Ayala & Betancourt (2012-2018).

Luis Enrique Solares

EDUCATION
Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Graduated in Law, 1996.

MEMBERSHIPS

Guatemalan Bar Association 1996


CAREER
Senior Associate, Sfera (2018- today), Senior Associate, Asensio Andrade Flores (2017-2018) Associate, Asensio Andrade Flores (1999 – 2016). Labor Relations Manager, Compañía Bananera Guatemalteca Independiente, S.A. (1996 – 1998) Advisor in the negotiation of Working Collective Agreements, Compañía Bananera Guatemalteca Independiente, S.A. (2000 – 2002).

Lester Meda

EDUCATION
Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Lawyer and Public Notary, Cum Laude 2013); Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala (Magister Artium in Commercial Law, 2017).


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate, Sfera (2016- to date), Constitutional and Legislation Comission Advisor, Congress of the Republic of Guatemala (2018), Attorney at Law (2013-2016).

Jean Carlo Díaz Chacón

EDUCATION
University of Costa Rica (Juris Doctor, 2012) University for International Cooperation (Masters in Business Law 2017).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2015-present); Associate Attorney at  PPPadvisors (2012-2015); Associate at KPMG (2011-2012); Legal Assistant at Foreign Trade Promoter of Costa Rica PROCOMER (2009-2011); Legal Assistant at KPMG (2006-2009).

Kimberly Vargas

EDUCATION
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (LLM in Labor Law, Expected: 2017); Universidad Rafael Landivar (Law Degree, 2015)


MEMBERSHIPS
Admitted to Guatemalan Bar Association


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2016 – today); Legal Advisor, Registro Nacional de las Personas (2015); Corporate Paralegal, Bufete Olivero, (2014-2015); Corporate Paralegal, Lexincorp, (2010-2011); Administrative Paralegal, Consortium, (2007-2009).

Kattya Vidal

EDUCATION
Universidad Doctor José Matías Delgado. Bachelor of Laws. 2018.

MEMBERSHIPS
Salvadorian Banking Association (ABANSA), Money and Asset Laundering Prevention Workshop, 2016. Financial Superintendency (SSF), Seminar on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention, 2017. National Registry (CNR), Specialized Course for the Execution of Movable Property Guarantees, 2017 and Legal Framework Of The Registry of Property and Mortgages, 2017.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018-present). Paralegal at G&T Continental Bank (2011-2017). Paralegal at Latin Alliance (2008-2011).

Jackelyn Marquez

EDUCATION
Universidad de Sonsonate, Law Degree (2009). Notary Public authorized by the Supreme Court, 2014.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018- present), Associate at Ayala & Betancourt (2016- 2018). Paralegal Despacho Morales Quintanilla (2016). Commercial Banking at Citibank El Salvador (2014-2015). Paralegal at Municipal de Sonzacate (2005). Special Electoral Fiscal 2014 and 2015.

Dinora Ceijas

EDUCATION
Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. Master in Commercial law and Competition (Currently). Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Graduated in Law (2007).


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association 2007


CAREER
Associate, Sfera (2018-today), Associate, Asensio Andrade Flores (2003 -2018)

Carla Valiente

EDUCATION
Universidad Doctor José Matías Delgado. Law Degree (2007). Notary Public authorized by the Supreme Court, 2014. Universidad Doctor José Matías Delgado,  Postgraduate Specialization in Prevention of Money and Assets Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (2017).


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal (2018-present). Associate Ayala & Betancourt (2012- 2018). Head of Legal Unit and Compliance Officer of PENTAGONO, S.A. de C.V. (2008- present). Paralegal at Despacho Romero & Pineda Asociados (2008-2012) and Paralegal at Bufete de Arias & Muñoz (2005-2006).

Alex Florián

EDUCATION
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Studying the Master in Criminal Law (Currently); Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Graduated in Law, (2014)


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association, 2014.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera (2018 – today), Associate at Asensio Andrade Flores (2014-2018), Paralegal, Asensio Andrade Flores (2005-2013) Accounting Assistant, Asensio Andrade Flores (1999-2004).

Alejandro Solares Solares

EDUCATION
2007 – Graduated in Law, Universidad Panamericana.


MEMBERSHIPS
Guatemalan Bar Association (2007); Vice President of the Guatemalan Medical Association Dr. Rafael Espada (AMEGESO), (2013-2017); Member of the Board of Directors of the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala (UNICAR), (2017-2019).(2017-2019).


CAREER
Senior Associate at Sfera (2018 – today). Senior Associate at
Asensio Andrade Flores (2003 – 2018). Head of the Legal Department, Créditos Agro mercantiles, S.A. (1998-2003) Assistant to the Legal Department, Banco de Occidente, S.A. (1994-1998) Assistant to the Legal Department, Banco Internacional, S.A. (1992-1994).

Mariana Castro Sotela

EDUCATION
King’s College London (LLM in Competition Law, 2015); Universidad de Costa Rica (Juris Doctor, Honor Thesis, 2011).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association; Trade Facilitation Committee and Competition Law Committee of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM); King’s College London Alumni Leader for Costa Rica. Director of Sfera Legal’s Equality Initiative; Founding member of the Costa Rican chapter of Women in the Profession Program (WIP) of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.


CAREER
Member of the Costa Rican Competition Authority (COPROCOM) (2017-today); Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2012-today); Associate Attorney at Feinzaig, Scharf & van der Putten (FSV),(2011-2012); Paralegal at Feinzaig, Scharf & van der Putten (FSV), (2006- 2011).

Roberto Castillo Pacheco

EDUCATION
Universidad de Costa Rica


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Sfera Legal, (2012-present); Facio Abogados (2010-2012).

María Laura Vargas

EDUCATION
Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg / Universidad de Chile – Heidelberg Center for Latin America (LLM in International Law, Investment, Trade and Arbitration – Honor Thesis and Graduation March 2011), Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica (Specialization in Notary and Registry Law, December 2009), Universidad de Costa Rica (Juris Doctor – Thesis and Graduation with Honors, December 2006).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2016-present); Advisor at Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2011-2016); Associate Attorney at Arias & Muñoz Law Firm (2006-2010); Paralegal at Facio & Cañas Law Firm (2003-2004).

Carolina Arguello Bogantes

EDUCATION
University of Costa Rica, law degree (1995). Master candidate in Management and International Negotiations, National Distance University (UNED, 2015)., Stock Market Training Program (FUNDEPOS, 1997).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal (2016-present); Associate Attorney at Nassar Lawyers (2008-2015); Coordinator of the Legal Division of the Superintendency of Pensions (2006-2008); Attorney at the Legal Department of National Council of Supervision of the Financial System, CONASSIF (2005-2006); (1997-2005); Attorney at the Legal Department of the Housing Mortgage Bank (1997-2005); Legal assistant and attorney at José Eugenio Acuña Lawyers (1994-1997).

Javier Montejo Calvo

EDUCATION
Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (Law Degree, 2015); Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (Specialist in Notary and Registry Law, 2017).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2018-present); Associate Attorney at Montejo Law, (2016-2018); Associate Attorney at Consortium Legal, (2016); Paralegal at Consortium Legal (2012-2016), Paralegal at BLP Abogados (2011-2012).

Luis Jeancarlo Angulo

EDUCATION
University of Costa Rica, Law Degree with emphasis on Environmental Law.


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal Tamarindo, (2018-present); Associate at Arroyo & Asociados, (2014 – 2017); Attorney at Customs Department of Peñas Blancas, (2012-2014); Paralegal at Acevedo Rivera, (2010 – 2011).

Marilyn Carvajal

EDUCATION
University of Costa Rica, Law Degree with emphasis on Environmental Law (2011); University of Costa Rica, Notary Public, graduated with honors, (2014).

MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association (2013).


CAREER
Attorney at Sfera Legal Tamarindo (2018-present); Paralegal at Arroyo & Asociados (2015-2017); Paralegal at Umaña Soto & Asociados (2010-2014).

Alejandra Salazar Blanco

EDUCATION
Universidad Hispanoamericana de Costa Rica (Law Degree, 2015)

MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association. Supreme Electoral Court of Costa Rica – Official Delegate.

CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera Legal, (2016-present); Paralegal at Sfera Legal (2013-2016), Paralegal at Bufete Soley Soler. (2011-2013); Compliance Officer in Charge, Casa de Cambio Soluciones Monetarias, S.A. (2001-2009).

Sonia Aragón Muñoz

EDUCATION
Escuela Libre Derecho University, law degree (2015); Mediator / Conciliator / NegotiatorInternational Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Costa Rican – North American Chamber of Commerce (2018). Seminar: “Administrative Proceedings” (Officium Lex Abogados, 2014); Seminar: “ Costa Rica: Headquarters for International Arbitrations,” (III Convention of International Arbitration, 2012); Seminar: “English Writing for Lawyers” (Pro Write, 2010).

MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.

CAREER:  Associate at Sfera Legal (2012-present); Paralegal, BLP Abogados (2011).

Jaime Jiménez Umaña

EDUCATION
University of La Salle, (Notary Public degree, Academic Honors,) 2012; University Escuela Libre de Derecho. (Law degree) 2007.

MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association, 2007. Arbitrator from the Conflict Resolution center of the Board of Engineers And Architects.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal, (2018-present); Partner at Novo Legal Advisors, (2016-2018); Associate at Consulex Law, (2013-2016); Associate at Latin Alliance (2010-2013); Paralegal-Associate at Castro Garnier, (2002-2010).

Andrea Rojas

EDUCATION
2016: Escuela Libre de Derecho. Title: Notary Public Degree. 2012: Universidad Latina of Costa Rica. Title: Bachelor’s degree in Law. Graduated with honors. 2012; Long Island University; New York, United States; exchange student and participation in courses “The Role of Government in American Society” and “Constitution of the United States and its ammendments”. 

 

MEMBERSHIPS
Incorporation to the National Notary Direction (2016); Costa Rican Bar Association (2012).


CAREER
Associate, Sfera Legal (2018-today);  Lawyer and Notary Public; Interlex Bufete Echeverría (2014-2018); Prosecution Office of The First Judicial Circuit of the South Pacific, Pérez Zeledón; Supervised Professional Practice (honor student); University Community Service (2010);  Institute of Agricultural Development (2009).  

Nidia Zúñiga González

EDUCATION
ULACIT, (Notary Public degree, Magna Cum Laude,) 2016; Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo. (Law degree, Academic Honors) 2014.


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association, 2014.


CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal, (2018-present); Senior Closer and Senior Regional Underwriter at Secure Title Latin America, formerly Stewart Title Latin America (1999-2018).

Pablo González Montoya

EDUCATION
University of Costa Rica (Law degree Academic Honors, 2010). Technological Institute of Costa Rica (Tax Specialist, 2012). University of International Cooperation (Tax Advisory Master Degree, 2013). Harvard Business School (Finance and Accounting Certification, 2018). Business Administration Bachiller (Expected 2020).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association.


CAREER
Sfera Legal at Associate Tax Director (2019-present); Huawei Technologies Tax and IFRS Manager, (2017-2019); Philip Morris International Central America Tax Lead (2015-2017); Professor of Commercial and Tax Law, Universidad Fidélitas, San José, Costa Rica, (2015-2018); Professor of Tax Law, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, (2014); ICS Abogados Manager Tax (2014-2015); Senior Tax Deloitte 2010-2014; AFC Tax Advisory (2008-2010).

Andrea Martín Jiménez

EDUCATION
University of Cambridge, England (Master’s Degree in Corporate Law: MCL), 2018; ULACIT University, Costa Rica (Notary Public degree: Summa Cum Laude Probatus), 2017; University of Costa Rica (JD with an emphasis in Banking and Bursary Law. Dissertation with honour mention), 2014. Graduated from Fine Arts in photography, 2010.


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association, 2016.

CAREER
Associate at Sfera Legal, (2018-present); Associate and Paralegal at Vector Legal (2014-2017); Paralegal at Lara, López, Matamoros, Rodríguez y Tinoco (2013-2014); Paralegal at Instituto Centroamericano de Gobernabilidad (2011).

Arnoldo Acuña

EDUCATION
University of Florida, United States (LL.M. in Comparative Law, 2010); University of Costa Rica(Juris Doctor, Thesis with honour distinction and publication recommended, 2008); Universidad Latina (Notary Public degree).


MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Lawyers Board.


CAREER
Associate Attorney at Sfera (2019-present); Associate Attorney at Robles Oreamuno Law Firm (2008-2019); Legal Assistant at Robles Oreamuno Law Firm (2006-2008); Legal Assistant at Bufete Amador (2001-2005).

Erika Barrantes Ramírez

EDUCATION
Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (Bachelor in Journalism 2009); Universidad San Judas Tadeo (currently studying degree in Journalism); Universidad de Costa Rica (Law Degree with specialty on training judges, Thesis with honour distinction, 2016); Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (currently studying Master´s degree in Labor Law).

MEMBERSHIPS
Costa Rican Bar Association. 

EXPERIENCE
Associate Attorney Sfera (2019); Associate Attorney Nassar Abogados (2016-2019); Legal Department Colliers International (2015-2016) Paralegal Lexis Abogados (2014-2015).

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Regulatory Compliance

Specialized counseling in compliance and corporate governance: compliance verification, due diligence processes, anticorruption evaluation, corporate compliance planning and supervision, corporate risk prevention. We have vast experience in risk management and provide a specialized advisory focused on legal and regulatory compliance for regulated sectors, according to each applicable legislation.
Ethical investigations and installation of a proper system for Claim’s Management.
Counseling on the application and interpretation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Law.
Audits in compliance of administrative policies and Human Resources.
Preparation of ethical codes periodical revisions and support in the correct application by employees.
International norm counseling related to the FCPA Law and money laundering: constant updates and proper application.

• Registry of natural persons and/or corporations in compliance with Law 8204 and its bylaws.
• Elaboration of guidelines for legal compliance and manuals on compliance procedures for anti-money laundering.
• Due diligence preparation and elaboration of reports in order to comply with the resolution regarding the Registry of Transparency and Final Beneficiaries, to be made before the Central Bank.
• Corporate amendments to comply with the Corporate Governance Voluntary Code and other mandatory corporate governance guidelines; according to each specific entity and its business activity.
• Drafting of corporate governance codes.
• Elaboration of family protocols and all related matters to Family Planning and Family Offices.

Immigration

Processing and renewal of temporary residences in all categories, including family reunification.
Processing and renewal of permanent residences.
Processing of citizenship application.
Processing and renewal of work permits in all categories.
Updating of immigration status.

• Company registrations before the Immigration Department.
• Processing of immigration status certifications.
• Cancellation of immigration status.
• General consulting in immigration and relocation matters.

Project finance

Shareholder/sponsor agreements.
Engineering, procurement and construction contracts.
Operation and maintenance contracts.
Take-off, long-term sales, supply, hedging and throughput agreements.
Non-recourse and limited recourse guarantee structures.

• Inter-creditor agreements and syndicated loan structures.
• Project asset and cashflow based loan and investment vehicles.
• Securitization, options, derivatives and insurance structures for risk mitigation.

Intellectual Property

TRADEMARKS, TRADE NAMES & APPELLATIONS OF ORIGIN:
• Counseling.
• Prosecution of new trademarks or renewal of existing trademarks.
• Licensing.
• Opposition actions.
• Searches and investigations.
• Cancellation and nullification actions.
PATENTS & INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS:
• Prosecution.
• PCT filings.
• Technology transfer agreements and licenses.
• Opposition and cancellation actions.
COPYRIGHTS AND NEIGHBORING RIGHTS
• Counseling.

• Licensing.
• Copyright Office proceedings.
LITIGATION:
• Civil and criminal actions.
• Anti‐ counterfeit actions.
• Customs measures and proceedings.
Investigations.
• Anti‐trust and Competition Board proceedings.
• Consumer board proceedings.
PRODUCT REGISTRATION:
• Health registrations (pharmaceuticals, food products, medical equipment, cosmetics,
etc.).
• Agrochemical and additives.
• Food for animals.