Mayora & Mayora SC (Guatemala) has strengthened its banking and finance practice by promoting a senior associate to partner.
María Fernanda Morales Pellecer’s promotion was announced on 23 October. The appointment takes the firm’s partnership in Guatemala to seven.
Four out of the office’s seven partners are women. This is higher than the average female partner count at Guatemalan Latin Lawyer 250 ¦rms . Latin Lawyer’s latest research shows that on average 30% of partner positions at Guatemalan firms are held by women.
Morales, 47, joined Mayora & Mayora in 2008 after more than four years at the country’s banking regulator. Besides her law practice she owns and directs language education company EASY, which provides English and Spanish classes in Guatemala.
The firm’s managing partner Eduardo Mayora says the banking practice has worked on several important transactions over the past year and needed additional partner level support. “María was critical to us during those transactions,” he says. Mayora says Morales’ experience in-house at Citibank and Lloyds International, as well as at the local banking regulator and in private practice, makes her a valuable asset to the firm.
The promotion comes only a month after Mayora & Mayora expanded its Honduran offering by launching an office in San Pedro Sula and hiring an independent
practitioner as senior associate to run it. The new office is supported by the Tegucigalpa contingent, where the firm has been present since 2016.
The Guatemalan firm also has an office in El Salvador. It opened there in 2017 following the merger with local outfit Telles & Asociados.
Mayora & Mayora is listed in the Guatemala and El Salvador chapters of the Latin Lawyer 250.