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Of Counsel
Jorge SKINNER-KLEE (+)

(+) 1923-2008. Admitted to bar, 1951, Guatemala. Graduate of San Carlos University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala; Rafael Landívar University, Doctorate in Juridical and Social Sciences, Honoris Causa, Guatemala, 1981. Former Professor: Sociology, 1952, 1960-1962; Land Issues Law, 1953-1955, San Carlos University, Guatemala; Spaniard and Guatemalan History Law, Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala, 1962-1971; Diplomatic Law, School of Diplomacy, Guatemala, 1966. Dean of Law, 1960-1962 and Vice President, 1969-1979, Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala. Legal Consultant for the Presidency of the Republic of Guatemala, 1954-1956. Member of Congress, Guatemala, 1986-1994; Member Constitutional Assembly of Guatemala and Member of the commission that wrote the project of Guatemala's Constitution, 1955 and 1964. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala, 1956-1957. Member and Past President, Guatemalan Delegation to the United Nations (UN), 1964 and 1985.

MEMBER: Guatemalan Bar Association.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

Of Counsel
Alejandro ARENALES CATALAN

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1928; admitted to bar, 1953, Guatemala. Graduate of San Carlos University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala. Member, Guatemala City Counsel, 1956-1960. Member of Congress, Guatemala, 1960-1963. Former Delegate, Ministry of External Affairs of Guatemala to the United Nations (UN). Former Member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Development of Production of Guatemala. Former Chairman, Board of Directors of Guatemalan Maritime Enterprises (FLOMERCA). Registrar of the Property Registry of Guatemala, 1982. Registrar of the Mercantile Registry of Guatemala, 1983.

MEMBER: Guatemalan Bar Association.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

aysk@arenales.com.gt Of Counsel
Senior Partners
Member picture Alejandro ARENALES FARNER

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, Guatemala. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law,  Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala. Professor, Real Estate Law, Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala. Former Professor, Business Law, Francisco Marroquin University and Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala. 

ARBITRATOR: Commission for Resolution of Disputes and Arbitration of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala; Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala; Fundación CENAC, Arbitration and Conciliation Center.

MEMBER: Board of Directors, Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law; Board of Directors, Foundation for the Development of Guatemala -FUNDESA-; Guatemala and International Bar Associations; Interamerican Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI); Center for the Defense of the Constitution (CEDECON); German-American Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Board of Directors of several leading corporations.

Recognized in the following international independent publications: Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers & Partners (Global and Latin America), The Legal 500 and the International Financial Law Review 1000. 

PRACTICE AREAS: Banking Law; Financial Law; Tax Law; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Corporate Law; Insurance Law; Maritime Law; Real Estate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Civil Law; Industrial Property Law; Telecommunications Law; Electricity Law.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

alejandro@arenales.com.gt Senior Partners
Member picture Alfredo SKINNER-KLEE

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, Guatemala. Graduate of Rafael Landivar University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala; University of Miami School of Law (M.C.L, 1981), USA; Academy of the International Court of Justice, The Hague, (UN Fellow in International Law, 1982), The Netherlands.  Former Member, Conboy, Hewit, O'Brien & Boardman (now Hunton & Williams) New York City, USA, 1982. Former member Board of Directors of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala. Former Member, Central American Parliament, 1990-1995. Former Director (Guatemala) of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration -CABEI-. 

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association. Member of the Board of Directors of several leading corporations.

Recognized in the following international independent publications: Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers & Partners (Global and Latin America), The Legal 500, the International Financial Law Review 1000 and the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).  

PRACTICE AREAS: Financial Law; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; International Commerce Law; Distribution Law; Telecommunications Law; Banking Law; Corporate Law; Product Liability; Litigation. 

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

skinner-klee@arenales.com.gt Senior Partners
Partners
Member picture Jorge SKINNER-KLEE ARENALES

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1957; admitted to bar 1984. Graduate of Rafael Landivar University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala; Columbia University, School of Law (LL.M., 1985) USA; Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (UN-SAIS Diploma, 1988) USA. Former Professor, Private and Public International Law, Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala, 1988-1992; Former Professor of International Relations; Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala, 2003. FOREIGN SERVICE: Minister Counselor and Alternate Delegate of Guatemala to the Organization of American States, OAS 1985-1986; Minister Counselor, Embassy of Guatemala to the USA, 1987-1988; Guatemalan Delegate to the UN and OAS General Assemblies, 1985-1990. International Counsel and Alternate Delegate, National Coffee Association of Guatemala, 1990-1993. Ambassador of Guatemala: to Germany, 1993; to Canada, 1998; to Belize, 2002; to Honduras, 2003; Vice Minister of Foreing Relations of Guatemala, 2004. Former Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations, New York (USA). Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the Organization of American States, OAS.

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association. 

PRACTICE AREAS: International Law; International Commerce Law; Arbitration Law, Lobbying.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and German.

skinner-klee@arenales.com.gt Partners
Member picture Pablo ARENALES FARNER

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1965; admitted to bar 1994. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala. Representative and First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guatemala  in the United Nations (UN), New York City, USA (1994-1995).  Legal Counsel to UNESCO 2001, 2002, 2003. Former Consul of the Guatemalan Embassy in Paris, France and Rome, Italy.

MEMBER: Guatemalan Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: International Law; International Commerce Law; Real Estate Law; Corporate and Commercial Law; Business consultation.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and French.

aysk@arenales.com.gt Partners
Member picture Luis F. RUIZ

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, Guatemala. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law (Attorney at Law) Guatemala. Former Member, Academic Council of the Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Guatemala 1992.  Former Arbitration Law Professor, Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Guatemala.

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association (CANG); International Bar Association (IBA); International Trademark Association (INTA); Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Arbitrator, Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala (CENAC). Former member of the Board of Directors of the private concessionaire of the Guatemalan Postal Service and former member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Defense of the Constitution (CEDECON).

Recognized in the following international independent publications: Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers & Partners (Global and Latin America), The Legal 500, International Financial Law Review 1000, Who´s Who Legal and the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).

PRACTICE AREAS: Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, Anti-Counterfeiting) Corporate Law (Merges and Acquisitions, Corporations and Commercial Contracts) Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Foreign Investment Law.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

lruiz@arenales.com.gt Partners
Member picture Rodolfo E. SALAZAR

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1970; admitted to bar, 2000, Guatemala. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala. Georgetown University Law Center and the INCAE Business School, Executive Program "Legal Issues of International Business"; San Carlos University of Guatemala School of Law, Diploma on Indigenous Law and the aplication of the 169 Treaty of the International Labour Organization (2005). Former Administrative Law Professor, Del Istmo University, Guatemala and Former Administrative Law Professor, Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala. Legal advisor of Govermental entities and private companies related to Ports, Mines, Electricity, Free Zones and Competition. 

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association; Center for the Defense of the Constitution (CEDECON). Recognized in the following international independent publications: Latin Lawyer 250 and  International Financial Law Review 1000. 

PRACTICE AREAS: Telecommunications Law; Energy Law; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Corporate and Commercial Law; Trusts; Civil Law; Financial Law; Insurance Law, Mining law.

rsalazar@arenales.com.gt Partners
Member picture Verena KUHSIEK

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1981; admitted to bar, 2005, Guatemala. Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala 2005; Master of International Legal Practice, Instituto de Empresa (IE), Madrid Spain 2007; Master in Corporations Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Guatemala 2011. Commercial Law Professor and former Civil Law professor at Istmo University, Guatemala. Former Legal advisor to the Ministry of Interior of Guatemala in relation to administrative contracts.

MEMBER: Guatemalan Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Negotiation of Civil and Commercial Transactions, Arbitration, Administrative law, Administrative contracts; Civil Law.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

vkuhsiek@arenales.com.gt Partners
Member picture M. Inés ARENALES BRODTMANN

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1981; admitted to bar, 2010, Guatemala. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala 2010. LLM in Business Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2013.  

MEMBER: Guatemala and International Bar Associations.

PRACTICE AREAS: Banking Law, Financial Law, Insurance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Securities Law, International Business, Estate Planning. 

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

marenales@arenales.com.gt Partners
Associates
Member picture Luis GONZALEZ RAMILA

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1936; admitted to bar, 1973, Guatemala. Graduate of San Carlos de Guatemala University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public. Former Professor, Labor Law, San Carlos de Guatemala University.

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association; Guatemalan Association of Labor Law.

PRACTICE AREAS: Labor Law; Litigation.

aysk@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Jeimy ALDI

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1981; admitted to bar, 2010, Guatemala. Graduate of Mariano Galvez University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala 2010. San Carlos University of Guatemala and the Commercial Law Institute, Diploma on Contemporary Commercial Law (2010).

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Labor law, Corporate law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Civil Law, Intellectual Property.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

jaldi@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Alejandro ARRIOLA D.

Born in Navarra, Spain 1985; admitted to bar, 2010, Guatemala. Francisco Marroquin University School of law, Guatemala 2010 (Cum Laude). Master in Business Law, Alcalá de Henares University and CIFF International Financial Training Center, Madrid, Spain 2012 (graduated with honors). “Luis Beltratena Sinibaldi” award, Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Guatemala. Participant in the “Young Latin American Leaders” Congress, organized by the Carolina Foundation, Spain, 2010.

MEMBER: Guatemala bar Association, 2010.

PRACTICE AREAS:  Administrative Law, Energy Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Insurance  law.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and German. 

aarriola@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Astrid PEREZ PAZOS

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala 1985; admitted to Bar 2010. Graduate of Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Attorney at law (Magna Cum Laude). Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, 2008. Award “Luis Beltranena Sinibaldi” for Excellence on Administrative Law, Francisco  Marroquin University School of Law, 2008. Second Place “Law Student Award”, Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), 2009.  

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS: Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate Law, Immigration Law, General Practice.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

azperez@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture María CENTENO B.

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala 1981; admitted to bar, 2010, Guatemala. Graduate of Mariano Galvez University School of Law, Attorney at law and Notary Public, Guatemala 2010.

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Real Estate Law, Civil Law, Corporate Law, Notarial Services.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English. 

mcenteno@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Alexander PEREZ C.

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1983; admitted to bar, 2011, Guatemala. Graduate of Rafael Landivar University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Guatemala 2011. Recommended lawyer by The Legal 500 for Intellectual Property/Patents. 

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association (CANG), Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) 

PRACTICE AREAS: Intellectual Property, Industrial Property, Corporate Law. 

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

aperez@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Mariana MAZA R.

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala 1985; admitted to Bar 2011. Graduate of Rafael Landivar University School of Law, Attorney at Law and Notary Public (Cum Laude).

MEMBER: Guatemala Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS: Government contracts, Environmental Law, Corporate Law, Civil Law, General Practice. 

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

mmaza@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Ramiro MALDONADO Z.

Born in Guatemala City, 1984; admitted to bar, 2011, Guatemala. Francisco Marroquin University School of law, Guatemala 2011. Thesis "The criminalization of drug possession for consumption and its incompatibility with the right to privacy" winner of the Charles L. Stillman award, Francisco Marroquin University, 2012, and awarded with the Salvador Aguado-Andreut award, School of Law of the Francisco Marroquin University, 2012.

MEMBER: Guatemala bar Association, 2012. Listed Secretary, Dispute Resolution Committee of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CRECIG).

PRACTICE AREAS: Arbitration, Corporative Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real State Law, Banking and Financial Law.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

rmaldonado@arenales.com.gt Associates
Member picture Julio C. OLIVA (+)

Guatemala, 1945-2013 (+) 

PRACTICE AREAS: Immigration Law; Labor Law.

aysk@arenales.com.gt Associates