How was Arias established?
Our firm was founded in 1942 by Dr. Francisco Armando Arias (1915-2013) under the name Bufete Dr. F. A. Arias. The professional reputation of Dr. Armando Arias earned him several important public roles, such as Magistrate President of the Supreme Court, Secretary of the Presidency, Minister of the Interior, Vice Minister of Justice, among others that gave him a greater recognition in El Salvador and abroad. When he returned to his private practice, his son Armando had already joined him with a new business vision and together, they made the firm grow. With the diversification of practice areas and the growing demand of companies for services in more than one country in the region, the initiative to expand services beyond Salvadorean borders began in the nineties. Due to the rapid acceptance and growth of the firm, more offices were opened in other countries in the region and Panama: Costa Rica in 1998, Nicaragua in 1996, Guatemala in 1998, Honduras in 2002 and Panama in 2011.
Currently Arias is the market leader in Central America, with a broad portfolio of clients from different sectors and with more than 160 lawyers throughout the region.
Where can I find offices of Arias?
Arias opened in Guatemala in 1998.
This was the first of 8 offices, founded in 1942.
Arias Honduras opened in 2002, with offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
Arias Nicaragua was established in 1996.
The office was established in 1998 at San Jose.
The office was established in 2011.
How many people work at Arias?
The firm is an important source of employment in the region.
As of 2017:
- 305 Employees
- 36 Partners
- 134 Associates
- 57 Paralegals
Arias is characterized by fostering long-term employee relations; the firm provides professional opportunities for growth based on personal achievements, representing an additional value for clients.
Who are the managing partners in each of the offices in the region?
Is Arias formed by a network or alliance of firms in Central America?
Arias is not a network or alliance, it is a single firm. Each office of Arias was founded as such, which makes it the only fully integrated firm in Central America. Our teams work under the same vision and the same quality standards; this means that our customers receive the same treatment and attention in any country where Arias operates. In addition, our clients benefit from having their business handled in multiple jurisdictions through a single contact.
What differentiates Arias?
Apart from being the only truly integrated firm in the region, Arias is different because of two main factors:
Our Approach. We treat our clients' projects with a comprehensive vision, taking the time to know and understand their business goals. This allows us to provide reliable and accurate legal solutions, taking into account the best interests of our clients. Our legal solutions are marked by ethics and transparency that sustain our unblemished reputation in the legal market.
Our people. Our team is our greatest asset. We make sure to offer our clients the best legal talent in the region. This is possible because we offer our attorneys growth opportunities within the firm, accompanying them with mentoring and guidance throughout their career.
What is the firm’s specialty?
We offer legal services in more than 30 practice areas developed by specialists with extensive capabilities to provide solutions in each country where we operate and beyond the region through our extensive network of alliances.
Over the years we have specialized in corporate, banking and finance, tax, litigation, intellectual property, labor law, energy, real estate, telecommunications, competition, consumer protection and others.
We invite you to visit the practice area section on our webpage to learn more.
Who are clients of Arias?
We advise several clients in many industries. Among them:
- Local companies of small, medium and large size.
- Multinational companies with interests in one or more countries of the region.
- Legal firms which seek strategic partners to enable them to satisfy their client’s demands in several countries through a single contact.
- Multilateral Funding Agencies.
- Investors interested in Central American markets.
- Local and international banks.
- Among others.