Central Law

Central Law is a full service law firm advising local and multinational clients in: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The firm offers the highest quality standards achieved by a team of lawyers whose experience goes beyond 30 years in regional and global markets.


Arbitration & Litigation: Assists clients in civil, commercial, labor, tax dispute resolutions, including complex litigation, multijurisdictional conflicts and international arbitration. The firm was the first to initiate ICSID arbitration proceeding against one of the region’s governments, based on the DR-CAFTA.

Energy & Environmental: As a result of its extensive experience advising local and international clients in the region’s environmental laws and regulations, the firm has also served clients in the energy and mining sectors.

Free Trade: Provides regulatory legal advice to investors pursuing business opportunities in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic and deriving from the regional free trade treaties, including DR-CAFTA.

Corporate: Advises local and foreign investors in corporate commercial and corporate M&A assisting them in their company´s daily operations.

Infrastructure & PPPs: Advises local and international clients interested in participating in Infrastructure projects supporting them during and after the bid process. The firm has advised on tender processes for the construction and improvement of current airports, roads and ports infrastructure, and for the construction of public buildings, power plants made out of natural resources, all projects structured under PPP agreements.

Intellectual Property: Advises clients in the registration of trademarks and patents. It has a strong team on IP litigation, health registrations and franchises.

International Work: Advises international clients in investment laws, the required permits for different types of projects, and the necessary information for an optimal access and operation to the Central American, Panamanian and Dominican Republic markets. Collaborates with prominent international law firms.

Insurance & Reinsurance: Advises domestic and global insurance companies in their daily business operations.

Telecommunications: Advises in the regulatory, labour and corporate laws of Telecoms.

Tourism – Construction & Real Estate: Provides full assistance in the development of major new projects in the region as well as giving advice for hospitality industry operators.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

Our Services

Regional Guide for the Promotion of Tourist Development

Practical guide about tourism industry in the Central American region, Panama and Dominican Republic. It provides specific knowledge about the regulation on the recent updates in such evolving industry in the different countries where CENTRAL LAW has offices.

Representative Transactions / Clients

Anfield Nickel Corp.; BT; Cemex; Ed. Santillana; EOLO; MABE; MAPFRE; Microsoft; PriceSmart; Procter and Gamble; Roche.

Awards & Honors

Ranked as top tier firm in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000

Nominated as Best Central American Law firm, Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence 2017

Leaders League Silver Award , best law firm 2017

Distinguished by Best Lawyers 2017

Distinguished by Who´s Who Legal Central America 2016

Client Testimonials

"CENTRAL LAW provides an excellent service: the team has a practical approach, and gives us timely and accurate responses which consider our needs as a client."

"The firm provides a very good client service. The lawyers are very meticulous, timely and thorough, and take the time to understand the problem at hand. They provide in-depth analysis of problems, are very responsive and always go the extra mile."

"The firm provides comprehensive solutions to problems in a timely manner."

"CENTRAL LAW is a very strong firm in this area, and it is highly visible in the real estate market."

"The lawyers at CENTRAL LAW are very professional and provide quick replies."

"The team provides an excellent service, which is very quick and efficient. It always exceeds my expectations."

"The team at CENTRAL LAW always has great availability and meets all our deadlines. The lawyers are diligent, and are able to investigate complex issues and get back to us quickly with a satisfactory answer. They have experience and knowledge in all the areas which affect our projects."

"CENTRAL LAW is a big player in the Nicaraguan energy market."

Guide Chambers and Partners 2018

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Our Team

Rafael Quirós Chair of the Board, partner, Corporate M&A, insurance (Costa Rica)

Juan Pablo Carrasco partner, foreign investment department (Guatemala)

Piero Rusconi Gutierrez partner, banking and finance department, arbitration and litigation (El Salvador)

Sandra Cabezas partner, intellectual and industry property rights, franchise and health records (El Salvador)

Jesus Humberto Medina Alva partner, banking and finance department, corporate commercial (Honduras)

Yali Molina partner, corporate and dispute resolution (Nicaragua)

Alvaro Molina partner, energy and infrastructure regional department (Nicaragua)

Alida Benedetti partner, corporate commercial (Panama)


Av. 10 calle 37 "bis", Los Yoses, San José Costa Rica

Rafael Quirós (Chairman)

+506 2224 7800
Contact via CGA (Andrea)

Email: contactus@chinagoabroad.com