Roberta Gallardo

Partner, El Salvador


  • Roberta Gallardo has been a partner at Arias since 2007. She joined the firm in 1999, becoming an Associate in 2003, with emphasis on corporate, commercial, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and competition.
  • Her experience is initially developed in the corporate area, providing advice to national and international companies with a presence in the Central American region, as well as to companies with their operation in El Salvador attending to their daily legal needs. She has also assisted multinational companies in the establishment of their businesses or start of operations in the country, accompanying them through the corporate and regulatory processes related to the business. As part of her corporate practice, Roberta has experience providing legal advice in corporate law to companies subject to special regimes such as the International Services Law, as well as in the legal formalization of contracts of various kinds for these companies.
  • Other areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions and project finance, having been involved in large-scale transactions over the past 20 years. Her practice also includes financing and complex structuring issues.
  • She has coordinated and advised numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions, analyzed competition aspects related to concentrations, participated in financing, assisted companies in the establishment of their local businesses, as well as in restructurings and shareholder relations.
  • She has also advised regulatory authorization processes of transactions in different sectors, successfully.


  • Law Degree from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado with honors, june 2003.
  • Authorized as a Practicing Attorney (2005) and Notary Public (2014) by the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador. 
  • Program of Negotiation for Lawyers (PIL) at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, june 2004.
  • Leading Organizations and Change course taught by MIT Sloan School of Management and Emeritus, June 2020.
  • Candidate for the Executive MBA-UC International Guatemala Program for the period 2022/2024.

  • Recognized by the magazine Derecho y Negocios with the Professional Projection Award 2014 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • Recognized as one of the Women Leaders by IFLR1000.
  • In 2019, she was recognized as one of the Leading Lights in Latin America by Latin Lawyer and Vance Center for her Pro-Bono work.
  • Ranked as Market Leader by IFLR1000.
  • Listed in Band 1 by the legal directories Chambers and Partners Latin America y Chambers and Partners Global for her Corporate/Commercial practice.
  • Listed as Leading Individual by The Legal 500.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Client's feedback

  • The "extremely dedicated" corporate department co-head Roberta Gallardo ascends to the top band for the first time. She elicits praises from market sources, with one stating: "She has an excellent attitude and is always conscious of the client's needs," before hailing her as "an expert" who "inspires confidence." Gallardo receives further acclaim from peers, one of whom acknowledges her as "very knowledgeable of corporate matters and open to negotiating and finding solutions." – Chambers and Partners Global
  • Esteemed co-head of department Roberta Gallardo continues to be a highly recognised and respected name within the Salvadorean commercial sphere. A market commentator describes her as "a very good lawyer." A different interviewee highlights her capabilities acting for clients in mergers and acquisitions, while another endorses his "professionalism, academic excellence, and labour expertise." – Chambers and Partners Latin America
  • With over 20 years of experience, Roberta Gallardo stands out for her knowledge of corporate law and expertise advising local and international companies in El Salvador. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Roberta Gallardo is a leading lawyer with a broad practice encompassing project financing, foreign investment and banking transactions. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Roberta Gallardo and Ana Mercedes Lopez get involved, with a deep understanding of each transaction, which enables them to give practical solutions in complex matters.’ – The Legal 500
  • Roberta Gallardo is recommended by peers as “a well organised practitioner who keeps an eye on costs and excels in complex transactions. - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • "Roberta Gallardo is an excellent attorney with good business sensibility and commercial vision." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.
  • "She does a good job and meets the deadlines. She knows what she is doing, and is quick to act." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.

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