Rosa María Arenales

Partner, Guatemala


  • Rosa María joined in November 2009, and since then she has built her career as a lawyer in Arias, promoted to Partner in 2021.
  • She has experience in different practice areas, so she can provide comprehensive and complete legal solutions. In recent years she has focused mainly on Labor Law, Immigration Law, Regulatory Law and Corporate Law.
  • The advice she provides to national and international clients focuses on all stages of the employment relationship, from the recruitment and hiring process, implementation of internal policies, benefits and compensation plans, internal investigations, disciplinary processes, individual and collective dismissals, as well as conducting labor and corporate audits to verify compliance with legal obligations, amongst others.
  • She is also part of the transactional team, providing advice on commercial transactions, including expansions, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and corporate restructurings.
  • She also oversees the immigration department of Arias Guatemala, which focuses on the regularization of immigration statuses and nationality process, work permits for hiring foreigners in Guatemala and their establishment in the country.
  • She has experience in regulatory matters, especially with regards to the licenses and sanitary permits required for the registration and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, and related products.


  • Law Degree as well as her Attorney and Notary Public degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín (2010)
  • Post-Graduate Degree in Corporate Law from the University of Alcalá School of Law in Spain (2013)
  • Law School Studies Certificate Program from the University of Miami (2006)

  • Listed in Chambers Latin America as Up and Coming for her labor law practice.
  • Listed as Recommended layer by The Legal 500.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Guatemalan Bar Association

Client's feedback

  • ‘The team stands out for the availability of the lawyers: you feel like you are the only client at the firm, as they respond rapidly and treat your matters as a priority. I would like to highlight the services of Rosa Maria Arenales and Liz Gordillo; we have worked closely with them for the last three years.’ - The Legal 500
  • Up-and-coming practitioner Rosa María Arenales de la Roca ascends in the rankings this year after being promoted to partner and eliciting significant praise from interviewees, with one reporting: "She is a labour expert who offers an excellent quality service." They go on to add: "She is a very knowledgeable employment lawyer.” – Chambers Latin America
  • "Rosa María Arenales de la Roca has solid technical knowledge and a good approach." - Chambers and Partners Latin America.
  • "She provides an exceptional legal service." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.

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