Consortium Legal announces new firm’s regional president

Consortium Legal has appointed a new CEO. Álvaro Castellanos Howell, who has more than 35 years of experience, has been appointed president and general director of Consortium Legal for Central America.


Castellanos will replace José Evenor Taboada Arana, who led the firm regionally for 15 years. Taboada leaves the firm with a legacy of excellence and client service.  Both evidenced by the many “Best Firm in Central America” awards the most prestigious legal directories in the world awarded the firm during Taboada’s tenure. 


Alvaro Castellanos is a founding partner of the Guatemala office, and since 2019 he has been Co-Chair of the Poverty and Social Development Committee of the International Bar Association. During his career, he has served as Chairman and member of several ad hoc committees in annulment proceedings under the ICSID Convention; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Commission of the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry; and participated as ad hoc Judge in the case of Tiu Tojín vs. State of Guatemala of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,  He was also a Guatemala Member before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – the International Court of Arbitration (2006-2018), and member of the Editorial Board of IURISTEC (Compilation of Publications of Annotated Judicial Decisions). He is a University Professor, Columnist, and former Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of Rafael Landívar University.


Castellanos assumes the presidency on July 1 of the present year. During his transfer of power speech in front of the Firm’s more than 400 collaborators, who met in a historic virtual assembly., Castellanos acknowledged José Evenor Taboada Arana’s great work, professionalism, and international career. With regard to the COVID 19 world crisis the Firm is living through, Castellano stated, “We are living through extraordinary times, marked by a pandemic that has something very good to teach us: the constructive interdependence between each one of us.  From this adversity, we are going to know how to summon the best from ourselves, recognizing that we all depend on each other to do so.”


Consortium Legal is the largest regional firm in Central America, with seven offices in the Central American region and more than 200 lawyers. A business law firm that is a bridge for the legal needs in Central America, offering regional coordination from a single point of contact.

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