Liz is a Partner at Arias & Muñoz since June 2007. Her practice is devoted to labor law, administrative law, immigration, intellectual property, industrial property, corporate law, agency and distribution, tort law, Product liability and consumer Law.
Liz has a Law Degree from the Rafael Landívar University, Attorney at Law and Notary Public,1990, and attended Central American Business Institute, INCAE, Legal Issues on International Business, 1999; Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, PIL, 2000; Harvard Leading Professional Service Firms (2003); University of Salamanca, Spain, "Tort Law", 2003.
She is authorized as a Practicing Attorney and Notary Public by the Supreme Court of Justice of Guatemala and is a member of Colegio de Abogados y Notarios de Guatemala.
She has been member and advisor of the following institutions and commissions: Law of Competition, and the Consumer Law, Users and Providers Review and Drafting Commissions, 1997; Legal Advisor to the United Nations in the Guatemalan Modernization Program, 1997; Advisor for the Guatemalan Tourism Institute in the Modernization Program, 1997; Consultant to the Revision of the Civil Services Bill, 1996-1997;Legal Advisor to the Minister and Vice Minister of Economy, 1996-1997; Legal Advisor to the Immigration Bill, 1998; Legal Advisor of the Seminar CAFTA Trade and Commercial Law Assessment Activity Overview, 2004; Leader of the Guatemalan Team on the Seminar of the simulation of the regional conference of the USAID over the evaluation of the Trade and Commercial Law of CAFTA 2005.
She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Arias & Muñoz Central America is unique in the region: The first and only Central America law firm that is a single unit, with eight fully integrated offices spanning six countries of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).
It represents a wide range of companies, from large multinational corporations to small individual enterprises (among whom are Global 500 and Fortune 500 companies.) By coordinating closely with each client and identifying their particular needs, it provides them excellent service, expert advise and sound solutions.
The firm's goal is to provide the client with fast responses and practical solutions, served by expert professionals from within each area. Advantageously some of them are also licensed to practice in Europe and in the United States. Arias & Muñoz, therefore, distinguishes itself in the legal services' market by possessing an excellent combination of experience, knowledge and multi-jurisdictional capability.
In 2006 and 2009, Arias & Muñoz was elected "Central American Law Firm of the Year" by Chambers & Partners U.K., publishers of The World's Leading Lawyers for Business Directory, being the only law firm ever in Central America to win a Chambers Global Award.
Firm Practice Areas
AVIATION AND TRANSPORTATION
Aircraft leases, Aircraft acquisitions and registrations, Aircraft financing transactions, Transportation agreements, Corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.
BANKING AND FINANCE
Structuring and closing debt financing and loan security packages, Debt restructuring, Equity investment, Issuance of negotiable instruments, Project finance, Asset securitization, Structuring and implementation of investment funds and trusts, Chartering of and ongoing legal advice to banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies, Advice on financial and insurance regulatory matters.
CAPITAL MARKETS AND SECURITIES
Capital market transactions, Sovereign securities' issuances, including their legal structuring, Initial public offerings, Secondary offerings, Private placements, Public tender offers, Registration of securities, issuers and issuances, Regulation of brokerage and other related services, Securitizations.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL
Structuring and restructuring of businesses, including Drafting and filing of charter documents and bylaws for legal entities, Shareholders' agreements, Minority rights, Creditors' rights, Corporate governance, Labor and employment issues, Management agreements, Employment relationships, Fiscal and tax planning, Antitrust regulations, fair trade practices and consumer protection laws.
Environmental due diligence, Filing for licenses and permits, Supervision and review of environmental impact studies, Forest laws, Zoning and development restrictions, Land and maritime zone regulations.