Roberta Gallardo

Arias - El Salvador

Managing Partner

San Salvador

(503) 22570900

Market leader


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El Salvador


El Salvador

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Co-Managing Partner of El Salvador office and member of the Regional Council. She leads the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and specializes in Corporate and Finance matters, as well as in merger control (antitrust filings). In the past 15 years she has taken part in major M&A’s and has led multi-jurisdictional cases, demonstrating excellent leadership and knowledge.

  • Acted as local counsel to Telefonica Centroamerica Inversiones, S.L. (TCI) in Guatemala and El Salvador in the sale of its business in both jurisdictions, advising in corporate, M&A, tax, and regulatory (telecommunications and competition) matters.  The amount of this transaction rises up to US$650 million approximately in Guatemala and El Salvador, US$1,650 million in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Roberta was the Leading Lawyer of this important transaction throughout our offices involved.
  • Arias assisted Baker & McKenzie in all of the Central American countries, in the sale of the battery business of Spectrum Brands, under the brand and corporate name “Rayovac”.  Robertca acted as Leading Lawyer in this transaction.
  • The legal advice provided by Arias included corporate and M&A matters, as well as labor advise related to the restructuring with respect to the separation of the non-battery business into a newly incorporated local entity, and the sale of the local entity owning the battery business as part of the global transaction. As part of the transaction, labor related matters were also addressed.
  • This deal entailed different aspects of local law which respect to the separation, which involved the coordination among several Central American jurisdictions in order to complete the phase prior to the sale to Energizer. The total amount of this transaction si $2B world wide.
  • Arias acted as legal counsel to Aeromantenimiento, S.A. in the process of negotiation and legal formalization of the construction agreements for this phase of the expansion master plan of the company. The firm also advised and accompanied Aeromantenimiento, S.A. in the relationship with the Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA), the government authority in charge of the administration and construction of the airport (where Aeroman is based) and its infrastructure, acting as legal counsel in the process of negotiation and approval of CEPA for the construction of the infrastructure.  The total amount of the investmet is $25 million approximately

  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project development

  • Banking
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Investment management

  • Law Degree from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado with honors.
  • Authorized as a Practicing Attorney and Notary Public by the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador. 
  • Program of Negotiation for Lawyers (PIL) at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.