BLP doubles down in Central America: a new team joins El Salvador
Strengthening its local presence and its regional practice areas of M&A, Banking & Finance and Business Law, BLP incorporates Zygmunt Brett and Mariana Nochez as Partners, and Antonella Imbers as Senior Associate in El Salvador.
On December 2019, Zygmunt Brett and his close team left Arias Law and formed the Brett Law Practice group. Brett had been head of the banking and finance department and a senior partner at Arias for over two decades, and with his team, have kept a long-standing and widely recognized expertise in M&A, banking and finance, antitrust and general corporate and commercial matters.
Just a few weeks after Brett’s departure from Arias, top tier Central American firm BLP, began discussions with Brett and his team, and both firms have decided to join forces to swiftly combine their practices and grow their client base in El Salvador and the Central American region. Brett will become an equity partner in BLP and will be actively involved in the firms’ management affairs. He will be based in El Salvador but will have a fully regional role advising companies across Central America.
Mariana and Antonella are both well-seasoned lawyers in the corporate arena. Mariana has over 14 years of experience in the legal profession advising local and international clients in the structuring, negotiation and execution of mergers, acquisitions and project financing. Antonella has over 9 years of experience assisting national and international companies on commercial and contractual affairs.
Brett and his team are joining the already successful BLP Salvadoran lineup. Partner Ricardo Cevallos will be splitting his time between El Salvador and Dallas, where he will be attracting new business into Central America, continuing with BLP’s efforts and strategy to attract global investments and being close to the firm’s clients, as BLP has also been doing in Mexico.
BLP is the law firm for conducting business in Central America, recognized by the world's foremost legal directories for its regional leadership, with over 170 lawyers providing service in 27 practice areas at 11 offices strategically distributed in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and a representation office in Spain. BLP has also been a front-runner in its sustainability efforts and work friendly environment, being the only Central American law firm to be recognized as a Great Place to Work.
About the incorporation to BLP, Brett comments: our team is very excited with the new organization. We want to retain and combine with the best legal talent in the market. We recognize that to attract and retain talent, organizations need to offer creative employment arrangements, genuine empathy and above all, flexibility. We are convinced that nowadays, flexible working environments are decisive on productivity, and -quoting Microsoft’s founder- organizations that give the extra flexibility to their workforce, will have an edge. Of course, all this needs to be coupled with providing team members the appropriate tools, trust and empowerment so that they can deliver to their audience quickly and seamlessly. Our audience and business purpose after all, is our clients, and we want to excel in delivering cutting-edge services to them.
Our excitement doubles now that a partnership with BLP has come along in such a short period of time. We have known our colleagues at BLP for years and have always admired them for their professionalism, camaraderie and practical business approach. Of course, we both fully coincide with the vision on talent retention, business outreach and client fulfilment. We are confident that our combination will be a success, and that our clients and staff will be very pleased.
BLP’s Partner David Gutiérrez comments from BLP’s Madrid office: This move by Zygmunt and his team is a tipping point for BLP´s Central American strategy. Zygmunt is a AAA partner who left a traditional law firm to bet on BLP´s progressive regional platform.