F. Armando Arias R.

Partner, El Salvador


  • Armando has experience in several practice areas in which he has led the Banking and Corporate Departments, specializing in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Commerce and Contracting, Banking Law, Fiscal Planning and Project Finance. His participation in leading numerous litigations and arbitrations which have been successfully concluded has been relevant.
  • He has also partaken in local and multinational transactions, such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and project finance, including some of the biggest and most complex transactions in the region in recent times.
  • He advised business groups in the negotiations of the free trade agreement (CAFTA) between the United States and Central America (2005) and the Association Agreement, a free trade agreement with the European Union (2008/2009).
  • His leadership and strategic vision have been fundamental in the firms growth. 
  • Among his contributions to the legal profession in El Salvador, it is worth mentioning his role as a professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law at Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado (1982-1993).


  • Doctorate degree in Law from Universidad de El Salvador .
  • Studied Economics at Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador.
  • Attended the Program of Instructions for Lawyers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
  • Finance Certificate Diploma from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

  • Chambers & Partners recognized him in 2018 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Latin Lawyer praises him as one of the most important lawyers in El Salvador and Central America.
  • Chambers Latin America commends him as “one of the most prestigious experts in the country”.
  • World Finance Magazine awarded him as the Best M&A Lawyer in Central America.
  • Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America have ranked him among the best Corporate and Banking lawyers in El Salvador for 14 consecutive years.
  • LACCA approved in the Banking and Finance practice.
  • Listed as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500. 
  • Latin Lawyer recognized him with the Lifetime Achievement Award (2021)
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 as a Highly Regarded lawyer
  • Chambers and Partners Global and Latin America ranked him as Eminent Practitioner by his Corporate and Banking practices.
  • Listed by Whos Who Legal in the practices: Banking, Finance and Projects and Corporate.
  • Among the TOP 50 executives with the best reputation and professional ethics from Guatemala to Panama and the Dominican Republic by Summa Magazine (2021 & 2022).


  • Admitted as Higher Member of the Interamerican Bar Association since 1995.
  • International Bar Association (IBA).
  • Past President of the American Chamber of Commerce of El Salvador (AmCham) and current member of the board.
  • President of the Salvadoran Banking Association (ABANSA) from 2008 to 2016.
  • Former board member of the Latin- American Banking Federation (FELABAN).

Client's feedback

  • Regional Managing Partner and Eminent Practitioner Armando Arias continues to be recognised as an important presence within El Salvador's corporate and commercial market. One interviewee describes Armando Arias as "excellent," while another source confirms that "he is very respected in this area." – Chambers and Partners Global 2021
  • “Regional Managing Partner and Eminent Practitioner Armando Arias remains an impressive figure in the area. "He is very well known and effective," according to a client, while a fellow peer praises "his professional ability, client roster and track record in Central America," confirming: "He is the most prominent lawyer in El Salvador." – Chambers and Partners Latin America 2021
  • “Armando Arias is a “specialist in corporate and banking law”, who consistently handles complex M&A, project finance and commerce matters with aplomb”. – Who’s Who Legal 2021
  • “Armando Arias is well versed at negotiating high-value project finance and banking transactions for an array of domestic and international clients.” – Who’s Who Legal 2021
  • "Armando Arias is a well-established figure in El Salvador for domestic and international banking and corporate law." - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • "Armando Arias is a trusted corporate practitioner with a wade-ranging practice encompassing banking, international commerce and project finance." - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • "He is very well respected in the legal industry and is a highly knowledgeable lawyer." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.

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