Fernando Montano

Partner, El Salvador


  • Fernando has successfullly represented the interests of major national and international companies in diverse civil and commercial lawsuits and arbitration procedures, also participating in different settlement agreements reached and materialized amongst them.
  • Taking advantage of this formation and experience on litigation, Fernando currently leads the Compliance practice in El Salvador, focusing in different compliance matters such as competition and antitrust, anti-money laundering, anticorruption and data privacy, not only providing advice on the day to day business operations of his clients, but also on regulatory filings, claims and investigations, representing them in different administrative and judicial proceedings, coordinating and performing compliance internal investigations and due diligence procedures, trainings and other special projects related to regulatory compliance for different sectors and industries, including food and beverages, banking and finance, construction, healthcare, technology, telecomunications, among other.


  • Master´s Degree in International Legal Practice from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain.
  • Law Degree from the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador.
  • Authorized as a Practicing Attorney by the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador.
  • Certified by Harvard Law School on their Negotiation and Leadership program, dedicated to negotiation and conflict management.

  • Recognized as Future Star in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation.
  • Ranked in Chambers Latin America as Associate to Watch.
  • Ranked in Chambers Global as Associate to Watch.
  • Listed in Whos Who Central Legal in the Competition practice.
  • Recognized among the Leading Lights in Latin America by Latin Lawyer and Vance Center, for his Pro-bono work.
  • Listed as Rising Star by The Legal 500.
  • Winner of the Client Choice Award in 2019 and 2020. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Client's feedback

  • “Associate-to-watch Fernando Montano is recognised for his solid dispute resolution expertise. Speaking to his abilities, one commentator asserts: "He is very knowledgeable of administrative processes and quickly resolves any of his clients' issues." – Chambers and Partners Global 2021
  • “Up-and-coming partner Fernando Montano ascends in the rankings this year after receiving solid endorsements from market insiders. He continues to be praised for his dispute resolution abilities, with one impressed client stating: "We appreciate his persistence and excellent drafting skills." – Chambers and Partners Latin America 2021
  • “Fernando Montano is recognised for his top-notch work advising domestic and international clients on complex compliance issues”. – Who’s Who Legal 2021
  • "We completely trust Fernando Montano, who is an expert." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.
  • "I would recommend Fernando Montano, who has solid knowledge in dispute resolution matters." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.

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