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EL SALVADOR - GROWING TOGETHER LAW FOR THE INTEGRAL PROTECTION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS


On June 22, 2022, the Legislative Assembly approved decree number 431, which contains the Growing Together Law for The Integral Protection of Early Childhood, Children and Adolescents, and was published in the Official Gazette number 117, volume 435, of June 22, 2022. The G...

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EL SALVADOR - ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE NEW INSTRUCTIONS OF THE FINANCIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE (FIU)


By the Agreement No. 380 of the Attorney General of the Republic, dated October 22, 2021, the Instructions for the Prevention, Detection and Control of Asset and Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction were issued...

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EL SALVADOR - DISSOLUTION OF FONAES AND TRANSITION TO THE SALVADORAN WATER AUTHORITY


On May 25, 2022, the Legislative Assembly approved decree 388 containing the Law for the Dissolution of the Environmental Fund of El Salvador or as known in Spanish Fondo Ambiental de El Salvador (FONAES), hereinafter the Law, which was published in the Official Gazette number 10...

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EL SALVADOR - RATIFICATION OF ILO CONVENTIONS 102, 148, 154, 183 AND 190


On May 16, 2022, the Congress ratified five Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO): Convention 102, referring to minimum social security standards; Convention 148 on the Environment at Work, Associated with Occupational Hazards from Air Pollution, Noise and Vi...

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EL SALVADOR - VISAS FOR SALVADORANS TRAVELING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM


The UK Government has announced that from 9:00 a.m. (El Salvador time) on 11 May 2022, all nationals of El Salvador who intend to visit the UK will be required to obtain a visa ("entry clearance") in advance of traveling. This measure is in addition to already establis...

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EL SALVADOR - LAW AMENDMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR DOCUMENTING CREDIT OBLIGATIONS


On April 26 of this year, the Legislative Decrees No. 293 containing amendments to the Law against usury (the "Law"); No. 294 containing amendments to the Civil Code and No. 295 containing amendments to the Commercial Code were published in the Official Gazette, all wit...

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THE FINTECH BOOM AND ITS DEVELOPMENT IN EL SALVADOR


The growing technological development has had an impact on the structure and the form the financial sector operates, accelerating its evolution towards a more automated and accessible ecosystem with immediate responses for its users. The term FinTech, an acronym for the words &ld...

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SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES IN EL SALVADOR


As a result of an increased number of homicides in the country, at the initiative of the President of the Republic in use of his constitutional faculties, on March 27, 2022, the Congress issued the Legislative Decree No. 333, which contains the Exception Regime through which exce...

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EL SALVADOR - TECHNICAL GUIDELINES FOR THE EVALUATION OF ACTIVITIES, WORKS OR PROJECTS THAT INCLUDE THE ALTERNATIVE OF REUSE OF TREADED WASTEWATER


The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador has approved the Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation of Activities, Works or Projects that Include the Alternative of Reuse of Treated Residual Water (hereinafter the "Guidelines") as stated in the...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW REGULATION FOR SANITARY REGISTRATION OF RISK A, B, C PRODUCTS AND SPECIAL IMPORT AUTHORIZATION FOR PREPACKAGED FOODS AND BEVERAGES


On March 8th of the current year, the Agreement Number 390, called: "REGULATION FOR THE SANITARY REGISTRATION OF RISK TYPE A, B, C PRODUCTS AND THE SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION FOR THE IMPORT OF PREPACKAGED FOOD AND BEVERAGES" was published. The new regulation allows the natio...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW MINSAL'S (MINISTRY OF HEALTH) TECHNICAL STANDARD FOR OPERATING PERMITS AND AUTHORIZATIONS


We inform you that on March 8th of the current year, the Agreement Number 390, called "MINSAL's Technical Standard for Operating Permits and Authorizations" was published in the Official Gazette number 47, Volume 434. The new regulation represents a modernization of...

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EL SALVADOR - PUBLICATION IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE LAW


On January 25 of this year, the Legislative Assembly approved the Special Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals, which was published in the Official Gazette number 33, volume 434 on February 16. The purpose of this law is to guarantee the welfare, protection and good care...

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5 ARIAS LAWYERS AMONG THE “45 of 45” BY DERECHO Y NEGOCIOS


Derecho y Negocios Magazine, recently announced the launch of an upcoming edition "Las 45 de 45" where they rate the impact and projection at a national level, taking into account their trajectory and efforts throughout their career, we are pleased to announce that 5 of...

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SUMMA MAGAZINE RECOGNIZED OUR HUMAN TALENT MANAGEMENT IN ITS RECENT EDITION


Summa Magazine included in its 333rd edition the study "Companies with the best practices in human capital in the region" and we are very pleased to be included among the best companies in human talent management in El Salvador. For us, our human talent is the most val...

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DATA PRIVACY WEEK - EL SALVADOR: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A “CONSENT”?


In the context of Data Privacy, consent is associated with the right of the content of informative self-determination, which gives special interest to the development of rules of security of processing, transparency and information of the person, so that said interest, according ...

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EL SALVADOR - PUBLICATION IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE GENERAL LAW FOR WATER RESOURCES


The General Law for Water Resources approved by the Congress on December 21, 2021 was published in the Official Gazette N°8 Book 434 of January 12, 2022. The law will become effective six months after its publication. Among the relevant aspects of this law is the recognition...

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EL SALVADOR - AUTHORIZATION OF NEW INSTRUCTIONS TO QUALIFY INSTITUTIONS DOMICILED ABROAD


In Session No. CD-39/2021 of December 2021, the Board of Directors of the Central Reserve Bank authorized the new “Instructions to Qualify Institutions Domiciled Abroad in the context of the Income Tax Law, the VAT Law, and the Tax Code”, which entered into force on J...

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EL SALVADOR - APPROVAL OF THE ELECTRONIC APOSTILLE APPLICATION LAW


In ordinary plenary session number 39, held on January 18th, 2022, the Legislative Assembly approved the Law for the Application of the Electronic Apostille, which has as its purpose the legalization of public documents generated, digitalized or reproduced in electronic support, ...

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WE CONGRATULATE TELEFONICA AND CMI FOR FINALIZING THE SALE OF THEIR OPERATIONS IN EL SALVADOR


On January 13, Telefónica, S.A. announced the sale of the entire share capital owned by Telefónica  Centroamérica Inversiones, S.L. in Telefónica Móviles  El Salvador, S.A. of C.V. (99.3%), to General International Telecom El Salvador,...

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EL SALVADOR - MINISTRY OF FINANCE ISSUES A GUIDE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE NIT BY THE DUI FOR NATURAL PERSONS


As a result of the reforms made to the Law on the Registration and Special Control of Taxpayers to the Treasury issued by Legislative Decree number 203 dated November 9, 2021 published in the Official Gazette number 235 Volume 433 dated December 9, 2021, the Ministry of Finance t...

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EL SALVADOR - DEADLINE TO ADEQUATE TO THE LAW OF INTEGRAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF RECYCLING


In accordance with Article 64 of the Law of Integral Waste Management and Promotion of Recycling, all persons, natural or legal, involved in the integral management of waste that were operating at the time the law came into force and that have an environmental permit, have a peri...

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EL SALVADOR - APPROVAL OF THE GENERAL LAW FOR WATER RESOURCES


On December 21, 2021, the Salvadoran Congress approved the General Law of Water Resources, which creates a new general law on water, which is of public order. Said law consists of 9 titles and 179 articles. Among the relevant aspects is the recognition of the human right to wate...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW SANITARY TECHNICAL STANDARD FOR USE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF FREE SALE, SANITARY REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR RISK C PRODUCTS AND SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION FOR THE IMPORTATION OF PREPACKAGED FOOD AND BEVERAGES IS APPROVED


On November 12, the Executive Branch in the field of Health issued Sanitary Technical Standard for the Application of the Certificate of Free Sale, Sanitary Registration Procedure for Risk C Products and Special Authorization for the Importation of Prepackaged Food and Beverages,...

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EL SALVADOR - LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY APPROVES A TRANSITORY DECREE THAT EXEMPTS WORKERS’ END-OF-THE-YEAR BONUS FROM AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING US$1,100.00 FROM THE PAYMENT OF INCOME TAX AND THE APPLICATION OF WITHHOLDINGS


In the plenary session held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, a transitory decree was approved by the Legislative Assembly through which the workers’ end-of-the-year bonus was declared non-taxable income and as a consequence not subject to the withholding of Inco...

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ARIAS STANDS OUT ONCE AGAIN AT THE CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA AWARDS 2021


Every year, Chambers Latin America awards recognizes the preeminence of law firms in key jurisdictions in the region and reflect their achievements of the last 12 months by valuing outstanding work, strategic growth and excellence in client service; this year, Arias was recogni...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTENSION TO THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE NEW INSTRUCTIONS OF THE FINANCIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE (FIU)


By resolution of the sixteen hours of November 24th, 2021, the Attorney General approved a six-month extension to the entry into force of the new Instructions for the Prevention, Detection and Control of Money and Asset Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and the Financing of the ...

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EL SALVADOR - CHANGES TO THE ANTITRUST ACT


In Ordinary Plenary Session held on November 17th, 2021, the Legislative Assembly approved the changes to the Antitrust Act, in support of the initiative summited by the Minister of Economy on September 30, 2021, which have as their main objective adapt the procedures regulated b...

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EL SALVADOR - CREATION OF THE GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR ENERGY, HYDROCARBONS AND MINES


On October 26, 2021, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved the Legislative Decree No. 190, which contains the Law on the Creation of the General Directorate of Energy, Hydrocarbons and Mines; said decree was published in the Official Gazette number 212, volume 433, dat...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR ASSOCIATES PROMOTED TO SENIOR ASSOCIATES


At Arias we value our team and consider it key to offer our clients high quality services, that is why 7 of our associates in Arias El Salvador were promoted to Senior Associates thanks to their merits since their incorporation into the firm. René García He has ...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW INSTRUCTIONS OF THE FINANCIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT (FIU) FOR THE PREVENTION OF MONEY AND ASSET LAUNDERING


By means of Agreement No. 380, issued by the Attorney General on October 22nd, 2021, the new Instructions of the Financial Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Money and Asset Laundering were approved, which will enter into force on November 26th, 2021, thirty days after its ...

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EL SALVADOR - SPECIAL REGULATORY LAW OF THE OBLIGATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES OF PRIVATE LAW TO COMPLY WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF PUBLICITY


Through Legislative Decree No. 174, approved on October 5 of this year, published in the Official Gazette number 200, volume 433, dated October 20, 2021, the Special Regulatory Law of the Obligation of Individuals and Entities of Private Law to Comply with the Principle of Public...

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ARIAS PROMOTES TALENTED, COMMITTED, AND SKILLFUL ATTORNEYS


Founded in 1942, at Arias El Salvador we are the law firm of reference in the country for having talented lawyers, with high knowledge of the law, creative solutions and focused on serving our clients.   We have also been characterized by promoting our human talent based on...

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GENERALITIES ABOUT BITCOIN SERVICE PROVIDERS IN EL SALVADOR


On September 7, 2021, the Bitcoin Law (hereinafter the "Law") came into force in El Salvador, regulating bitcoin as an unrestricted legal tender with unlimited releasing power in any transaction. One of the main challenges when implementing a cryptocurrency as legal ten...

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ARIAS: FIRM OF THE YEAR AT THE DERECHO Y NEGOCIOS AWARDS 2021


  Today the twelfth gala of the Derecho y Negocios Awards were held and we are pleased to announce that our firm was recognized with the following awards:   Firm of the Year Corporate Law Firm of the year Banking and Financial Law Firm of the year Tax Law Firm...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW TENDER PROCESS FOR THE SUPPLY OF 115 MW OF POWER AND ITS ASSOCIATED ENERGY TO BE PROVIDED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2022


The electricity distributor company AES CLESA Y CIA., S. EN C. DE C.V., on its behalf and on behalf of the electricity distributor companies DELSUR, S.A. DE C.V., CAESS, S.A. DE C.V., EEO, S.A. DE C.V., DEUSEM, S.A. DE C.V., EDESAL, S.A. DE C.V., B & D SERVICIOS TÉCNIC...

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ARIAS ADVISES TELEFÓNICA IN THE SALE OF ITS OPERATIONS IN EL SALVADOR


Arias advised Telefónica, S.A., TLK Investments, C.V. and Telefónica Centroamérica Inversiones, S.L., as selling companies, in the signing of the share purchase agreement regarding the sale of 100% of its interest in the operations in El Salvador in favor of ...

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EL SALVADOR - ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE GENERAL ELECTRICITY LAW AMENDMENTS


According to the amendments to the LGE, the activities of generation, transmission, distribution and commercialization of electricity are recognized as public services, which will continue to be regulated under the LGE.   Regarding the concession for the exploitation of a ...

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EL SALVADOR - BITCOIN LAW AND REGULATIONS ENTER INTO FORCE IN EL SALVADOR


On June 8, 2021, the Congress of the Republic of El Salvador approved the Legislative Decree 57 that contains the Bitcoin Law, being its purpose to regulate Bitcoin as legal tender, unrestricted, with liberating power, and unlimited in any type of transaction that individuals or ...

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LILIAN ARIAS, WOMAN LEADER IN EL SALVADOR - By SUMMA Magazine, Special Women


  MJ, special edition of SUMMA magazine, published the selection made by the Research Unit of Summa Media Group, of 150 women leaders in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica, based on consultations with specialists and evaluations of professional trajectory, follow-up to...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR TIER 1 BY IFLR1000 - PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE


IFLR1000 in its thirty-first edition published on June 28 of this year, ranked us as TIER 1 in the PROJECT DEVELOPMENT and FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE practices, this rating is very significant and valuable to the firm because their investigation is based on ...

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EL SALVADOR - FIRST REVISION AND PUBLICATION OF THE SALVADORAN TECHNICAL REGULATION ON MEDICAL DEVICES, MEDICAL USE MASKS, TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND TESTING METHODS


Last Friday, July 16 of this year, the Salvadoran Technical Regulation (RTS): Medical Devices, Medical Use Masks, Technical Specifications and Testing Methods was published in the Official Gazette, No. 136, Volume 136, effective as of the date of its publication, which aims to es...

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EL SALVADOR - SIGNIFICANT REFORMS TO THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE ACT


On July 20, 2021, the Salvadoran Congress approved a broad package of reforms to the Electronic Signature Act ("ESA"), which are intended to correct certain deficiencies that were noticed in the practical application of said law, in force since April 23, 2016. Additiona...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE IN EL SALVADOR


On July 2, 2021, the National Minimum Wage Council agreed to increase by 20% to the minimum wage for the various productive sectors, effective as of August 1, 2021, according to the following list: The agreements to increase the minimum wages from different productive sectors ...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTENSION OF THE TRANSITORY PROVISIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LAW


Until December 31, 2021, the Transitory Provisions to the International Services Law will be in force, which are intended to allow Direct Users of Service Parks and Service Centers to carry out their activities outside the facilities authorized by the Ministry of Economy.  ...

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EL SALVADOR - TEMPORARY PROVISIONS FOR THE RENEWAL OF BUSINESS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION OF PREMISES FOR THE YEAR 2021


Given the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salvadorian Congress approved Decree No. 62 dated June 15, 2021, and published in the Official Gazette No. 117, volume 431, dated June 21, 2021, which will become effective from its date of publication and until on A...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF ASSEMBLIES AND GENERAL MEETINGS OF LEGAL PERSONS BY VIDEOCONFERENCES AND OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL MEANS


By Legislative Decree No. 61, dated June 15, 2021, published in the Official Gazette No. 117, volume 431, dated June 21, 2021, transitory provisions that enable the holding of shareholder assemblies and meetings of legal entities by video conference and other technological means ...

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EL SALVADOR - MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT PRESENTS DRAFT OF THE GENERAL LAW OF WATER RESOURCES


On June 18, 2021, the Minister of the Environment of El Salvador, Mr. Fernando López, presented a draft of the General Law of Water Resources to the Legislative Assembly which aims to become a general water law that had been expected with much anticipation since for many y...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR: LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR BY IFLR AMERICAS


On May 27th, IFLR AMERICAS announced, the winners of the awards throughout the Americas, in which we were recognized as "FIRM OF THE YEAR IN EL SALVADOR". To be on such a prestigious list of winning firms, International Financial Legal Review investigates...

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MODIFICATION OF PRICES REGARDING QUALIFICATION OF INSTITUTIONS DOMICILED ABROAD BY THE CENTRAL BANK OF EL SALVADOR


The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of El Salvador, in Session No. CD-17/2021, on May 27, 2021, agreed the approval of the modification to Annex 2 “Table of Prices for Provision of Qualification Service of Institutions domiciled Abroad, in the context of the Income T...

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EL SALVADOR - MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBMITS PROPOSAL OF REFORM OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW


On Friday, May 21, the Minister of the Environment of El Salvador, submitted a proposal of reform of the Environmental Law before the Legislative Assembly, which is supported by the president of El Salvador, pursuant to the information available on the website of the Ministry of ...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE EXTENSION OF THE TERMS ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE 22 OF THE FREE ZONES INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIALIZATION LAW


By Legislative Decree number 850 dated March 25, 2021 published in the Official Gazette number 87 Volume 431 dated May 7, 2021, Transitory Provisions Relating to the Extension of the Terms Established in Article 22 of the Free Zones Industrial and Commercialization Law were appro...

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EL SALVADOR - LILIAN ARIAS, RECOGNIZED AS AN EMBLEMATIC WOMAN 2021


Lilian Arias, Co-Managing Partner at Arias El Salvador, was awarded as “Emblematic Woman 2021” in the Business Leader Category by the company ConnectaB2B.   Lili has more than 30 years of experience working with some of the largest national and international co...

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EL SALVADOR - INCREASE IN OFFICIAL FEES OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH


Last February, the Ministry of Health of El Salvador informed the users of food and beverage sanitary registration procedures about the increase in the official fees for the provision of services of the Special Activities Fund of said entity, as well as the incorporation of other...

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EL SALVADOR - LOCAL SALES TO FREE ZONES IN VAT MATTERS


By Legislative Decree No. 791 dated December 10, 2020 published in Official Journal No. 20 Volume 430 of January 28, 2021, was reformed the first paragraph of Article 25 of the Law on Industrial and Marketing Free Zones, which establishes is applicable the zero per cent (0%)...

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EL SALVADOR - A LOAN AGREEMENT TO FINANCE THE ACQUISITION, MODIFICATION, COMMISSIONING, AND OPERATION OF A FLOATING LNG REGASIFICATION AND STORAGE UNIT TO BE LOCATED OFF THE COAST OF ACAJUTLA IN EL SALVADOR HAS BEEN EXECUTED


Arias provided advice to FSRU, Limitada de Capital Variable on the negotiation and execution of a syndicated loan and its local collaterals, granted by IDB and IDB Invest as creditors. The funds from the Loan Agreement will finance the acquisition, modification, commissioning, an...

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EL SALVADOR - ENFORCEMENT OF THE SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE


On January 23, 2020, the President of the Congress of El Salvador, based on his constitutional powers, published in “La Prensa Gráfica” newspaper, the Legislative Decree No. 757, which contains the "Special Transitory Law to Contain The Pandemic due to Cov...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR ADDS KEY TALENT FOR THE REGION


  At our firm we focus on promoting our human talent and even in moments of crisis we make growth and quality our priority to offer the best to our clients.   2020 has been a year full of challenges, but we continue to move forward by working hand in hand with our ...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISION THAT PROTECTS WORKERS WITH VULNERABLE MEDICAL CONDITIONS AGAINST COVID-19


On November 19, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved Legislative Decree No. 774, which contains the “Transitory Provision that protects workers with vulnerable medical conditions against COVID-19”, which was sanctioned by the President of the Republi...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISIONS FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE BUSINESS LICENSE AND OFFICE REGISTRATIONS, DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On November 20, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador approved the Legislative Decree No. 770 that contains the “Transitory provisions for the renewal of the business license and office registrations, due to covid-19 pandemic”, which establish that individual and social m...

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ARIAS RECOGNIZED ONCE AGAIN IN THE DERECHO Y NEGOCIOS AWARDS 2020


We are honored to announce that once again Arias excelled in the 2020 edition of the Derecho y Negocios Awards, by being recognized in the following categories:   Firm of the Year Firm in Litigation Law Firm in Banking and Financial Law   Derecho y Negocios, is...

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EL SALVADOR - SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE


On October 29, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador approved Legislative Decree No. 757, which contains the "SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE", in order to establish the provisions for the comprehensive care, management and control of ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 43


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   Following up on the migratory measures emitted by the Costa Rican...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR RECOGNIZED AS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR AT CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA AWARDS 2020


Today, Friday, October 30, 2020, the Chambers Latin America 2020 awards were held and ARIAS EL SALVADOR was awarded as LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR.  The awards recognize pre-eminence in key practice areas, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTENSION OF THE TAX AND CUSTOMS AMNESTY IN EL SALVADOR


The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador through the Decree number 734 dated Septiembre 24th 2020 extended until December 31th, 2020, the Special and Transitory Law that grant Facilities for the Voluntary Compliances of Tax and Customs Obligations.   The referred Legis...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS UNDER VULNERABLE MEDICAL CONDITION (COVID-19)


Through Legislative Decree Number 724 dated September 3, 2020, Congress of the Republic of El Salvador approved the "Transitory Provision to Protect Workers under Vulnerable Medical Condition due to COVID-19". Vulnerable workers from public and private sector are t...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LAW


On August 13, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador approved the Legislative Decree No. 705 that contains the “Transitory Provisions to the International Services Law”, in order to temporarily adapt the conditions of direct users of service parks and centers, to protect t...

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EL SALVADOR - REMINDER FOR OWNERS OF WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS


On November 2, 2019, the Salvadoran Technical Regulation: Wastewater, Wastewater Quality Parameters for Discharge and Waste Sludge Management (RTS 13.05.01: 18) came into effect. Subsequently, on November 6, 2019, the Special Regulation on Wastewater and Waste Sludge Management c...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTENSION TO THE ENTERY INTO FORCE OF THE “SPECIAL LAW FOR THE REGULATION AND INSTALLATION OF CARE ROOMS AND PLACES OF CUSTODY FOR THE CHILDREN OF EMPLOYEES”


The Legislative Assembly decreed the Special Law for the Regulation and Installation of Care Rooms and Places of Custody for the Children of Employees (the “Law”), published in the Official Gazette number 112, volume 419, of June 19, 2019, and which has the objective ...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTENSION PHASE 1 FOR THE GRADUAL REOPENING OF THE ECONOMY


On July 5, 2020, the Government of El Salvador announced an official statement in which, due to the accelerated increase on infections and deaths resulting from COVID-19 virus, the Phase I of the Economic Reactivation is extended for 15 days, postponing the start of the Phase II ...

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EL SALVADOR: VENCIMIENTO DE PRÓRROGA IMPUESTO SOBRE LA RENTA (Available only in Spanish)


Infórmate de todas las implicaciones legales ante la pandemia en la región en nuestro Whatsapp Regional haciendo clic aquí ...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On June 2, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No. 29 was issued, through which extraordinary prevention and containment measures are established to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The p...

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EL SALVADOR: DECREES ISSUED TO ATTEND THE EMERGENCY CAUSED DUE TO THE TROPICAL STORM AMANDA


Legislative Decree No. 649 On May 31, 2020 the Legislative Assembly issued legislative decree No. 649, to attend the current climate emergency caused by the Tropical Storm Amanda, which has caused several damages in the infrastructure of houses, offices, schools, roads, bridg...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF THE INCOME TAX STATEMENT AND THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX AND OTHER TAX OBLIGATIONS


On May 14, 2020, through the Legislative Decree No. 643 the Congress approved the Temporary Law to Facilitate Voluntary Compliance with Tax Obligations due to the National Emergency caused by the Pandemic by COVID-19. Such legislative decree was published in the Official Gazette ...

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EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 24 - PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE 8 OF THE LAW FOR THE REGULATION FOR THE ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19 IN El Salvador


On May 9, 2020, the Government of El Salvador, in the Health Branch issued and published Executive Decree No. 24, through which additional causes to those provided for in Article 8 of the Law for the Regulation for the Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and Vigilance due to Covid...

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EL SALVADOR: SPECIAL PERMIT TO OPERATE AS AN ESSENTIAL PRODUCT OR SERVICE DURING THE EMERGENCY


Due to the increase in the number of cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), El Salvador continues in a state of national emergency. Therefore, on May 7th, was approved the Legislative Decree number 639, named “Law for Regulation of Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and S...

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EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 22 - PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE 8 OF THE LAW FOR THE REGULATION FOR THE ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19


On May 6, 2020, the Executive Body in the Health Branch established with the issuance of Executive Decree No. 22, additional causes to those provided for in Article 8 of the Law for the Regulation for the Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and Vigilance due to Covid-19, as justif...

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EL SALVADOR: REGULATION LAW FOR ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION, AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19


On May 5th, 2020, the Legislative Assembly agreed on a Regulation Law for isolation, quarantine, observation, and vigilance for COVID-19 placed by an initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Health. Due to the epidemiologic situation of COVID-19 to dat...

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EL SALVADOR: APPROVAL TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL $1000 MILLION DOLLARS TO ATTEND THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY


On May 5th the Legislative Assembly authorized the Executive branch to manage and allocate credit securities for up to $1 billion, in addition to the $2 billion for the COVID-19 emergency. This new debt package will serve to finance and launch an economic plan to rescue micro, s...

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EL SALVADOR: SALVADORAN EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LAW


On May 5th the Legislative Assembly by the initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Economy decreed the Salvadoran Employment Protection Law aimed to establish measures to mitigate the economic impact and its effect on Salvadoran employees caused by the...

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EL SALVADOR: THE CONGRESS EXTENDS THE DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF THE INCOME TAX STATEMENT AND THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX


On April 30, 2020, though the Legislative Decree No. 635 the Congress approved the granting of an extension for the filing and payment of the income tax for the tax year of two thousand and nineteen, which term expired on April 30, 2020. By virtue of such extension, the term for...

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EL SALVADOR: TRANSITORY LEGISLATIVE DECREE N°635


This April 30, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress approved the transitory decree No. 635, by means of which, among other things, authorizes all legal entities to hold General Meetings and Assemblies by means of videoconference, for which, the regulations established in the second and ...

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EL SALVADOR: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19


The entire world is currently facing one of the worst pandemics in human history. The spread of the COVID-19 virus does not only have an impact on the health systems and economies of all nations, but also on the environment. There are some positive and negative environmental repe...

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EL SALVADOR: RENEWAL OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE HEALTH PERMITS


In relation to the emergency that we are experiencing worldwide due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health of El Salvador informed that for all those imported foods and beverages products, which health permits must be renewed but in their countries of origin the issuance of Free Sal...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 631 - EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On April 16, 2020, Congress approved Legislative Decree No. 631, with the purpose of extending for fifteen (15) more days the term of Legislative Decree No. 593 dated March 14, 2020, and its subsequent reforms. In Decree No. 593, the Congress declared State of National Emergency,...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE NO. 19 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL, IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On April 13, 2020, Executive Decree No. 19 in the Health Branch was issued, abolishing Executive Decrees No. 14 and 15, and aiming to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control and to reiterate household quarantine. Such Decree includes the following a...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 622 - EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY STATE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 


On April 12, 2020, Congress approved Legislative Decree No. 622, with the purpose of extending for four more days, from the publication of said decree, the term of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, and its subsequent reforms, and by which the Congress declared Sta...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 18 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO RESTRICT THE CIRCULATION OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN BEACHES, SEASIDE RESORTS AND TOURIST CENTERS


On April 3rd, 2020, Executive Decree No. 18 in the Health Branch was issued, which establishes as a containment measure that no individual is allowed to stay on beaches, rivers, lakes, seaside resorts or tourist centers throughout the national territory, for recreational purposes...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 17 - GUIDELINES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECTOR OF PASSENGERS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY BY COVID-19


On April 3rd, 2020, Executive Decree in the Branch of Health No. 17, was issued. Such decree aims to establish guidelines for all those who provide passenger public transportation services with the purpose of preventing or reducing the negative impact on the population's heal...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 16 - MEASURES TO CONTROL IMPORTATION AND USE OF DETECTION TESTS FOR COVID-19


On April 03, 2020, Executive Decree No. 16 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NUMBER 611- TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS OF SPECIFIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On March 29 in plenary session with 57 favorable votes, the Salvadoran Congress approved a new Temporary Restriction of Specific Constitutional Rights in Order to address COVID-19 Pandemic, through Legislative Decree number 611, published on the same date, in the Official Gazette...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE NO. 14 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL, IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On March 30, 2020, Executive Decree No. 14 in the Health Branch was issued, which abolishes Executive Decrees No. 12 and 13 and which aims to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control and to reiterate the household quarantine. Such Decree includes the...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH NO. 06 – PROVISIONS TO ORDER EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE CONTAGION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AND TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THEIR SALARIES


On March 16, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No.06 was issued, which aims to ensure that all public and private sector employees who are over sixty years of age, women in gestation, and people with certain diseases (Chronic Kidney Failure or Transplanted kidneys; ...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE N° 606 - REFORMS TO THE LEGISLATIVE DECREE N° 593 THAT DECLARED THE STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY OF THE PANDEMIC COVID-19


On March 23, 2020, Legislative Decree No. 606 was issued, through which Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, was amended, which declared the state of National Emergency of the Pandemic COVID-19. Through said reform, Legislative Decree No. 593, article 11-A is includ...

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EL SALVADOR - LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 608 - APPROVAL TO OBTAIN RESOURCES UP TO THE SUM OF US $ 2,000,000,000.00. DUE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.


On March 26, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress, at the initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Treasury, approved the Legislative Decree No. 608, which purpose is intended to authorize the obtention of resources up to the sum of TWO BILLION DOLLARS OF THE ...

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EL SALVADOR - MEASURES TAKEN BY THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGISTRY IN EL SALVADOR.


As the world faces a public health crisis due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in El Salvador it has been decreed a national State of Emergency. By Executive Decree number 12 of the Health Branch issued and published on March 21, 2020, the President ordered thirty days of home quar...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE HEALTH BRANCH NO. 11 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF SHOPPING CENTERS OR PUBLIC SQUARES REGARDLESS OF THEIR NAME, RELATED TO THE ATTENTION OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 19, 2020, Executive Decree No. 11 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 07 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 16, 2020, Executive Decree No. 07 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - ONLINE SERVICES OF THE PUBLIC REGISTRY


Due to the compulsory domiciliary quarantine decreed by the Government of El Salvador, the Public Registry (“Centro Nacional de Registros (CNR)”) will remain closed to the public in general during the term of the quarantine period, and it will only be receiving proced...

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EL SALVADOR - DECREE NO. 8 SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SECTOR RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY BY COVID-19.


On March 16, 2020, Executive Decree No. 08 in the Health Branch was approved, which includes the Specific Guidelines for the Public Passenger Transport Sector related to the attention of the pandemic by COVID-19. These guidelines are intended to protect the health of the populat...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 09 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF FOOD ACTIVITY IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SIMILARS RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 17, 2020, Executive Decree No. 12 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - CONTAINMENT MEASURE IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY ATTENDING THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19 AND ACTIVITIES EXCEPTED FROM THE NATIONAL QUARANTINE


Executive Decree No. 10 in the Health Branch, called "CONTAINMENT MEASURE IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY ATTENDING OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19", was published in the Official Gazette on March 18 of this year, at number 56 of volume 426, and is...

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EL SALVADOR - UPDATE OF LABOR MEASURES: MINISTRY OF LABOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENT


The Secretary of State in the Labor and Social Security Offices, in order to guarantee the maintenance of jobs and the productive sustainability of companies despite the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has communicated on March 26, 2020, the following: Authorizes empl...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.


On March 21, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No. 12 was issued, through which extraordinary prevention and containment measures are established to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, whi...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 09 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF FOOD ACTIVITY IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SIMILARS RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 17, 2020, Executive Decree No. 12 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR: DECREE NO. 601 - TRANSITORY LAW TO DIFFER THE PAYMENT OF BILLS FOR WATER, ELECTRIC ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES


As part of the measures considered in Legislative Decree No. 593, State of National Emergency of the Pandemic by COVID -19, the Congress enacted the Transitional Law to defer the Payment of Bills for Water, Electric Power and Telecommunications Services in order to mitigate the e...

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EL SALVADOR: EXEMPTION FROM THE PAYMENT OF THE SPECIAL TAX FOR THE PROMOTION OF TOURISM AND EXTENSION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX AND THE ADVANCE OF ACCOUNT OF SUCH TAX APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


Through Legislative Decree No. 598 dated March 20, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress issued the ¨Special and Transitory Law applicable to Small Taxpayers, Tourism, Electric Power, Television, Internet and Telephone Services and for the Special Tax for the Promotion of Tourism¨...

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DECREE NO. 605 – LAW OF FACILITATION OF ONLINE PURCHASING APPROVED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF EL SALVADOR


On March 20, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador, as per the initiative of the President of the Republic, through the Lady Minister of Economy, approved the Legislative Decree Number 605, which contains the LAW OF FACILITATION OF ONLINE PURCHASING. Such decree establishes that the...

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DECREE NO. 602 - REFORMS TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


On March 20, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador, approved the Legislative Decree No. 602, which contains certain reforms to the Consumer Protection Law. The foregoing, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of ...

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EL SALVADOR - MODIFICATION TO THE CENTRAL AMERICAN IMPORT TARIFF


On March 20, 2020 the Legislative Assembly issued decree 604 for the Modification of the Central American Import Tariff, within the framework of the state of emergency declared in El Salvador due to the pandemic by COVID-19. Through this decree, urgent and temporary measures are ...

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EL SALVADOR - REFORM TO THE LEGISLATIVE DECREE NUMBER 593 OF DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY STATE DUE TO THE PANDEMIC FOR COVID-19


On March 20, 2020, the Salvadoran Assembly issued the Favorable Resolution of the project of reform to the Legislative Decree 593 submitted by the President of the Republic. This reform is in respect to article 9 of the legislative decree 593 whereby the National Emergency State ...

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DECREE NO. 603 - TRANSITORY MEASURES ON TARIFF AND FISCAL PROVISIONS APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


In the framework of the Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Salvadoran Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic by COVID-29, last March 20, the Congress approved the Legisla...

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IMPORTANCE OF THE INSTITUTIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR WATER MANAGEMENT


Water is a precious and scarce resource, necessary for people's daily lives and for the operation of industries. For this reason, and for many other reasons, it is very important to have a legal and institutional framework, as well as governance to ensure its protection. As ...

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EL SALVADOR - APPROVAL OF THE TELEWORK REGULATION LAW


On March 20, 2020, the Congress approved the Legislative Decree Number 600, which contains the TELEWORK REGULATION LAW that will be applicable to the public sector and private companies. Telework is understood as the mean to carry out non-presential labor relationships, whether ...

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ALCOHOL GEL MANUFACTURING IN EL SALVADOR


Considering the lack of hygiene and cleaning products, the National Medicines Bureau (“DNM” for its initials in Spanish), held a meeting on March 19, 2020, whereby it established the necessary measures for all unauthorized establishments wishing to manufacture alcohol...

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EL SALVADOR: CLOSURE OF CALL CENTERS AND APPAREL FACILITIES (MAQUILAS)


The President of the Republic of El Salvador, through a press conference held on March 18, 2020, decreed the closure of call centers and apparel facilities (maquilas) for 15 days, term which can be extended. This measure is in addition to those previously taken in labor and heal...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW LAW ON INTEGRAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF RECYCLING


On February 24th, the President approved the Law on Integral Waste Management and Promotion of Recycling, published in the Official Journal No. 40, volume 426 on February 27th, 2020[1]. This law aims to promote the use of waste and ensure a sanitary and environmentally safe final...

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SALVADORAN CONGRESS APPROVED THE EMERGENCY DECREE DUE TO COVID-19


The Salvadoran Congress approved the Legislative Decree number 593 on March 14, 2020, which is called NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGY OF THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19. This decree was submitted by the President of the Republic through the Minister of Governance and Territorial Developmen...

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EL SALVADOR: LABOUR IMPLICATIONS REGARDING THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF COVID-19


Regarding the possible impact of an epidemic such as COVID-19, the health of employees must be the primary objective of every employer, as well as the normal continuity of their business when the circumstances allow it.      This compels employers to act with pre...

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MIGRATORY POINT OF VIEW FOR QUARANTINE IN EL SALVADOR


Yesterday, following Executive Decree No. 13, a period of 21 days of quarantine was ordered due to COVID-19. From the migratory point of view, and with the aim of preventing any threat of massive contagion and violation of the health of the inhabitants, the following measures we...

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EL SALVADOR - ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CONTRACT AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION


The outbreak of disease by the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), first reported in the city of Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, has negatively impacted the world´s economy. Fundamentally, the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has interrupted the production, supply, distri...

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NEW INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INVITATION FOR THE ELABORATION OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF PROJECT 7241: “CONSTRUCTION OF PACIFIC AIRPORT, IN THE EASTERN AREA OF EL SALVADOR”


The Government of El Salvador, through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y de Transporte (“MOP”), Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (“CEPA”) and the Fondo Salvadoreño Para Estudios de Preinversión (“FOS...

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NAYIB BUKELE DECLARES IN QUARANTINE TO SALVADORAN TERRITORY


On march 11th, the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele in a press conference, quarantined the Salvadoran territory for 30 days to prevent possible infections of Coronavirus COVID-19. El Salvador, at the moment, does not present any confirmed cases of the disease, however, thi...

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NEW INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INVITATION FOR THE ELABORATION OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF PROJECT 7290: “MASS PASSENGER TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF SAN SALVADOR”


The Government of El Salvador, through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y de Transporte (“MOP”) and the Fondo Salvadoreño Para Estudios de Preinversión (“FOSEP”), published the invitation to consulting companies, national and internati...

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EL SALVADOR: RELIGIOUS WEDDINGS, TACUBA 2020 | SEVENTEENTH EDITION


On January 25th, the Arias team visited Ahuachapán to celebrate the traditional collective religious weddings at the municipality of Tacuba. With support of the local Parish Santa María Magdalena, the firm year after year shares a celebration which transmi...

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EL SALVADOR - MUNICIPAL SOLVENCY REQUIREMENT


According to legislative decree No. 542, dated January 9, 2020, published on the Official Gazette on January 29, 2020, which amended Article 100 of the Municipal Code, since February 7, 2020, it will be necessary to present solvency of municipal taxes, fees or special contributio...

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EL SALVADOR - INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC TENDER PROCESS FOR THE "PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP FOR ROAD ILLUMINATION AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE"


The Government of El Salvador, through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y de Transporte (MOP by its acronym in Spanish) and the Organismo Promotor de Exportaciones e Inversiones de El Salvador (PROESA by its acronym in  Spanish), published the invi...

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EL SALVADOR - THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY APPROVES A SPECIAL AND TRANSITORY LAW TO FACILITATE THE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE OF TAX AND CUSTOM OBLIGATIONS


On Friday, December 13th, 2019, the Salvadorian Congress approved a Special and Transitional "Law to facilitate the voluntary compliance of tax and customs obligations". Taxpayers have 8 months to pay to the Salvadorian Tax Authority all overdue original and supplementa...

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ANTICIPATED DECLARATION IN EL SALVADOR


El Salvador along with Guatemala will implement on January 23 of this year, the Anticipated Declaration of Goods. This is the first system of Anticipated declaration that is implemented in Central America and it is expected that in the short term it will be integrated with the ot...

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THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF EL SALVADOR APPROVES THE LAW ON INTEGRAL MANAGEMENT OF WASTE AND PROMOTION OF RECYCLING


On December 19th, the Legislative Assembly approved the Law on Integral Management of Waste and Promotion of Recycling, after the analysis carried out by the Committee on Environment and Climate Change. The decree has been sent to the President of the Republic for sanction. This...

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Available only in Spanish ...

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THE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE LAW IS APPROVED IN EL SALVADOR


On October 31st, 2019 the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly approved the Electronic Commerce Law, which establishes the legal framework of electronic commercial relations and the validity of contracts electronically executed. The approval of this law implies that in El Salvador, a...

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EL SALVADOR: NEW TENDER PROCESS FOR THE SUPPLY OF 189.3 MW OF POWER AND ITS ASSOCIATED ENERGY


New Tender Process for the supply of 189.3 MW of power and its associated energy to be provided as of January 1st, 2020 The electricity distributor company CAESS, S.A. DE C.V. DELSUR, S.A. DE C.V., on its behalf and on behalf of the electricity distributor companies DELSUR, S....

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EL SALVADOR - NEW INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC TENDER PROCESS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF EL SALVADOR "SAN ÓSCAR ARNULFO ROMERO Y GALDÁMEZ"


New international public tender process for the financing, design, expansion, construction, equipment, improvement of maintenance and operation of the cargo terminal of the International Airport of El Salvador "San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez" The G...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW TECHNICAL REGULATIONS ON WASTEWATER AND SLUDGE MANAGEMENT


On May 2nd, 2019, the “Reglamento Técnico Salvadoreño: Aguas Residuales. Parámetros de Calidad de Aguas Residuales para descarga y Manejo de Lodos Residuales” (Salvadoran Technical Regulations: Wastewater. Parameters of Residual Water Quali...

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EL SALVADOR - LA CONSTANCIA IS AUTHORIZED TO SELL ITS WATER TRADEMARKS "CRISTAL" AND "OASIS" TO THE COCA-COLA COMPANY


On July 3rd, 2019 the Board of Directors of the Superintendence of Competition issued a final resolution in the authorization process of economic concentration promoted by La Constancia, Ltda. de C.V. and The Coca-Cola Company, authorizing said economic agents to carry out the ...

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EL SALVADOR - LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY DECREES AN EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF SPECIAL TAX TO LARGE TAXPAYERS FOR BENEFICIARIES OF SPECIAL TAX REGIMES


Legislative Assembly (Congress in El Salvador) decrees an exemption of payment of special tax  to large taxpayers for beneficiaries  of special tax regimes   At plenary session on Thursday, May 16th, 2019, the Legislative Assembly approved the amendment to Art...

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EL SALVADOR - AN ACTION CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE LAW FOR THE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION BY LARGE TAXPAYERS FOR THE CITIZEN SAFETY PLAN (LAW) IS ADMITTED


The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, through resolution issued on January 11th, 2019 in the unconstitutionality process identified with reference 156-2015, admitted an action challenging the constitutionality of the following provisions: (i) Article 5 of ...

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FIRST INTERNAL CSR CONTEST IN ARIAS EL SALVADOR


The first internal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) contest developed in the offices of El Salvador was named Arias Gives Back. Every year CSR actively seeks to be present in corporate strategies with the aim of generating a positive impact and translate it into greater comp...

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EL SALVADOR - THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY MODIFIED THE ANNUAL REVENUE THRESHOLD REQUIRED TO BE FISCALLY AUDITED


On April 10th, 2019, the Legislative Assembly approved an amendment to Article 131 of the Tax Code, by which the annual revenue threshold that triggers a person's obligation to appoint a fiscal auditor to conduct a fiscal audit is increased. The new annual revenue threshold...

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EL SALVADOR - COMIECO POSTPONES THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN SINGLE DECLARATION ("DUCA")


On March 28th, 2019 the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration ("COMIECO") through resolution No. 410-2019 dated March 28th, 2019, agreed to postpone the entry into force of the Central American Single Declaration (DUCA) until May 7th, 2019. Pursuant to COMIECO&#...

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EL SALVADOR - THE CENTRAL AMERICAN SINGLE DECLARATION FORM (DUCA PER ITS ACRONYM IN SPANISH) WILL REPLACE THE FAUCAAND BE APPLICABLE FORALL CENTRAL AMERICA TRADE OPERATIONS STARTING ON APRIL 1ST, 2019


According to resolution No. 409-2018 of the Council of Ministers of the Economic Integration issued on December 7, 2018 (COMIECO-LXXXV) and published in the Official Gazette No. 238, Volume No. 421, on December 19, 2018: The Central American Single Declaration (DUCA) will re...

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EL SALVADOR - REFORMS TO THE LABOR CODE


Through Legislative Decree Number 244 dated February 14th, 2019, the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador amended the Labor Code in order to grant employment stability to people suffering from chronic disabling diseases that require frequent medical checks and re...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR, LEGAL COUNSEL IN THE SALE OF BANCO SCOTIABANK AND SCOTIA SEGUROS IN EL SALVADOR


Arias El Salvador successfully advised the bank of Canadian origin (Bank of Nova Scotia) in the sale of 100% of its operations in favor of the buyer Imperia Intercontinental, the main shareholder of Banco Cuscatlán, S.A. and Seguros e Inversiones, S.A. (SISA), reaching an ...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR STRENGTHENS ITS TAX TEAM WITH THE HIRING OF A TAX EXPERT


Arias strengthened its tax team in El Salvador with the recent hiring of Luis Emilio Rivera, a professional, with over 19 years of experience in this practice area. Luis Emilio is a specialist in tax advice and litigation, including planning, restructuring, administrative and ju...

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EL SALVADOR - APPROVAL OF NEW LAWS TO IMPROVE PROCEDURES


On December 12th, 2018, the Legislative Assembly approved the bills for the Elimination of Bureaucratic Barriers and for Regulatory Improvement. These laws are intended to complement the Law of Administrative Procedures aiming to expedite the procedures before the public admini...

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EL SALVADOR - BILL FOR THE INTEGRAL MANAGEMENT OF WASTE AND PROMOTION OF RECYCLING


Bill for the Integral Management of Waste and Promotion of Recycling The final disposition of solid waste has been a problem that affects all the country's municipalities. In order to solve this problem, on October 15th of the current year the Council of Mayors of the Metr...

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EL SALVADOR - CONGRESS REFORMS ARTICLE 119 OF THE TAX CODE AND ISSUES AN INTERPRETATION OF ARTICLE 30 OF THE INCOME TAX LAW


Congress reforms article 119 of The Tax code and issues an interpretation of article 30 of The Income Tax Law On November 28th, 2018, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved a reform to article 119 of the Tax Code which refers to the documentation supporting transacti...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW BILLS IN MATTERS OF MONEY LAUNDERING


New bills in matters of Money Laundering The Bill of the "SPECIAL LAW FOR THE PREVENTION, CONTROL AND SANCTION OF MONEY LAUNDERING", proposed by the Attorney General of the Republic, is currently being studied by the Public Security and Anti-Drug Trafficking Commissi...

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EL SALVADOR - CELEBRATING CHILDREN´S DAY WITH PATIENTS AT HOSPITAL BENJAMIN BLOOM


Every year, the firm and our staff carry out activities to collect different donations such as sweets, cookies, personal hygiene items and more to celebrate Children's Day with children undergoing treatment at Hospital Benjamin Bloom. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is ...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW TENDER PROCESS FOR THE SUPPLY OF 28 MW OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATION WITH PHOTOVOLTAIC TECHNOLOGY BIOGAS


The electricity distributor company DELSUR, S.A. DE C.V., on its behalf and on behalf of the electricity distributor companies CAESS, S.A. DE C.V., AES CLESA Y CIA., S. EN C. DE C.V., EEO, S.A. DE C.V., DEUSEM, S.A. DE C.V., EDESAL, S.A. DE C.V., B & D SERVICIOS TÉCN...

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EL SALVADOR - CREATING SPACES FOR EDUCATION OF THE CHILDREN


A few weeks ago, two young people knocked on the doors of Arias El Salvador to tell us about a project that seeks to change lives and impact society from early childhood, they are IMPCT Coffee, a project that consists of meeting women entrepreneurs of the educational area to inve...

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EL SALVADOR - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW


In session dated July 5th, 2018 of El Salvador Congress, amendments to the Consumer Protection Law were approved, with the objective of incorporating several matters disperse in other laws, such as those aimed to: a) Regulate abusive practices in collection services; b) Prohibi...

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EL SALVADOR - FINANCING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT-PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANT GRANTED TO REAL INFRASTRUCTURE CAPITAL PARTNERS


Arias successfully advised to Real Infrastructure Capital Partners during all stages of the financing and at the same time in all the topics related to it, giving way to being able to fulfill its objective as a company focusing on investing in commercial power generation from cos...

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EL SALVADOR - THE TAX LAW ON FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND OTHER REFORMS ARE DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL


The Tax Law on Financial Transactions and reforms to the  Tax Code and the Law on Income Tax  made in 2014 are declared unconstitutional The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, through sentence 96-2014 dated May 28th, 2018, declared unconsti...

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EL SALVADOR - REFORMS TO THE SPECIAL LAW ON CUSTOMS INFRACTIONS


On May 28, the Legislative Assembly approved a reform to the Special Law on Customs Infractions. Among the most important reforms are the following: The administrative infractions will be sanctioned with a fine equivalent to 0.25% on the accounting equity; currently said fin...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR WAS AWARDED THE MOST INNOVATIVE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR AT THE IFLR AMERICAS AWARDS 2018


At the 13th annual gala held on May 17th at Essex House in New York, the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) brought together the continent’s best legal talent to celebrate 2017’s most innovative cross-border American transactions, and the teams and firms that a...

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EL SALVADOR - MAKING SMILES IN WORLD KIDNEY DAY


Service, solidarity and awareness are values that our firm characterizes in all corporate social responsibility activities. On March 14th, our office in El Salvador joined the commemoration of World Kidney Day, doing "jeans days" every Friday during the month of March; ...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR ADVISED TRINA SOLAR LIMITED IN THE ACQUISITION OF NCLAVE RENEWABLE, S.L. CAPITAL SHARES


Legal advice provided Trina Solar (a Chinese company of renewable energies) in the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of the Spanish company Nclave Renewable, S.L., punctually in the execution of a limited due diligence on MFV El Salvador, S.A. de C.V., a company that is a ...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR ADVISED SUEZ INTERNATIONAL S.A.S. A FRENCH CORPORATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OFFER IN EL SALVADOR


Arias gave legal advice to Suez International, in the international public tender regarding the project “REHABILITACIÓN DE LAS OBRAS DE CAPTACIÓN, POTABILIZACIÓN Y ELECTROMECÁNICAS DE LA PLANTA POTABILIZADORA LAS PAVAS, MUNICIPIO DE SAN PABLO TAC...

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EL SALVADOR - TAX AMNESTY EXTENSION


The Legislative Assembly agreed yesterday, March 15th, 2018, to extend for 60 days the validity of the Transitory Law to Facilitate the Voluntary Compliance of Tax and Customs Obligations, known as Tax Amnesty, contained in the Legislative Decree number 804 of dated October 10t...

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EL SALVADOR - RELIGIOUS MARRIAGES IN TACUBA


On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, part of Arias team went to Ahuchapán to visit the municipality of Tacuba and celebrate traditional religious weddings. In alliance with the Church Santa María Magdalena, our firm year after year is full of joy to prepare a celebratio...

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IN ARIAS WE ARE PEACE


On Friday, January 26th, 2018, our firm joined “Somos Paz”, a citizen initiative to dress El Salvador in white. In Arias, we believe that peace is built daily, with the effort of being better human beings, is not only a favor or the absence of internal or internationa...

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EL SALVADOR - CHRISTMAS AT THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL OF CHILDREN BENJAMÍN BLOOM


Once again, part of our team from Arias El Salvador shared a smile full of hope to the children at the National Hospital of Children Benjamín Bloom located in the capital, to experience a different Christmas, full of joy, games, laughter and most important, love. For seve...

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EL SALVADOR - DECREE THAT EXEMPTS FROM WITHHOLDING AND PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX


Decree that exempts from withholding and payment of the income tax to the income received in concept of year-end bonus for 2017 The Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador by Decree N° 831 dated November 8th, 2017, exempted for the current year the withholding ...

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ARIAS RECOGNIZED AS EL SALVADOR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR AT CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICAN AWARDS 2017


During the ceremony held on November 17th in Miami Beach, Florida; Chambers and Partners awarded Arias as El Salvador Law Firm of the Year. For the seventh time, this award reflects the outstanding work, experience, high customer service focus and our regional legal team. Chambe...

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TACUBA: A TRADITION OVER THE YEARS


On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, Arias in partnership with Santa María Magdalena Church, celebrated the traditional weddings of the municipality of Tacuba in Ahuachapán. Each year, the firm's attorneys visit Tacuba to perform as notaries to civil marriages; our...

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ARIAS HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN IN DERECHO Y NEGOCIOS ANNUAL GALA


Arias once again highlighted in the recent edition of Derecho y Negocios, 8th Annual Gala, being recognized in the following categories: Firm of the Year Specialized Legal Firm Intellectual and Industrial Property Firm Derecho y Negocios, is the first magazine specialized ...

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EL SALVADOR - TAX AMNESTY CAME INTO EFFECT


On October 27th, 2017, day of effective circulation of the Official Journal, Legislative Decree number 804 dated October 10th, 2017, came into effect, which was formally published in the Official Journal number 196 volume number 417 corresponding to October 20th, 2017, containi...

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ARIAS EL SALVADOR ADVISED INSURANCE COMPANY ASSA IN THE INTEGRATION OF OPERATIONS WITH AIG IN EL SALVADOR


After the acquisition of the entities of AIG in El Salvador by ASSA in October 2016, a process was carried out to incorporate both operations in El Salvador through two mergers: the “ASSA Compañía de Seguros, SA” (absorbing company) with the company &ldq...

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EL SALVADOR - CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION IN BENJAMIN BLOOM HOSPITAL


“All grown-ups were once children, but only few of them remember it.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry On October 1st, Children’s Day is celebrated in El Salvador as in other countries, but the festivities go on throughout the month. Every year the staff of Ar...

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4 NEW PARTNERS INCORPORATE TO THE FIRM IN EL SALVADOR!


Arias announces the appointment of 4 new Partners to our El Salvador office; reaching a total of 36 Partners in the Firm. Luisa Rivas, Carolina Lazo, Luz Bustamante and Jaime Rodríguez have been promoted to Partners in recognition of their capacity, experience, effort a...

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EL SALVADOR - NEW REGULATION FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL CAFETERIAS AND STORES


On June 15, 2017, the Ministry of Education issued the regulation No. 15.0733 "Regulation for Healthy School Cafeterias and Stores". The objective of this regulation is to regulate and control the commercialization of foods with a high content of fat, sodium and sugar ...

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TAX AMNESTY IS APPROVED IN EL SALVADOR


On Thursday, June 2nd, 2017, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly approved the TRANSITORY ACT TO REGULARIZE THE TAX SITUATION OF TAXPAYERS AND FACILITATE THE PAYMENT OF TAX OBLIGATIONS IN FAVOR OF THE STATE, through which a tax amnesty is granted during the term of 90 days fr...

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TRANSITIONAL PROVISION FOR THE REGULARIZATION OF PETROLEUM ACTIVITIES IN EL SALVADOR


On April 25th of this year, the Legislative Assembly approved the Transitory Provision for the Regularization of Activities established in the first paragraph of Article 5 of the Regulatory Law of Deposit, Transport and Distribution of Petroleum Products carried out by natural ...

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EL SALVADOR - DEADLINE FOR ACCREDITATION BEFORE THE FINANCIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT


Following up on the accreditation process with the Financial Investigation Unit of the Attorney General's Office (UIF), we kindly remind you that this process, which among other obligations requires the existence of a Compliance Unit, as well as the appointment of a Complianc...

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EL SALVADOR - COLLECTIVE MARRIAGES CELEBRATION AT TACUBA


They say that there are more divorces than marriages and that only a few couples are willing to fight for a lifetime together, in the municipality of Tacuba, Ahuachapán demonstrated the opposite. Despite the time and difficulties, 22 couples married on Saturday, January 28...

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ARIAS LED COMPLEX AIRCRAFT REPOSSESSION IN EL SALVADOR


Arias, successfully advised AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and aviation finance, in the repossession of an aircraft that had been leased to “Vuelos Económicos Centroamericanos (VECA)” for the commercial transportation of passengers within Central A...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE IN EL SALVADOR


Through Executive Decree numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, dated on December 16, 2016, as proposed by the National Minimum Wage Council, a general increase in the minimum wage for workers who provide their services in any place of the Republic was approved, to be applied from January 1st to...

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ARIAS ADVISES ÓPTIMA ON THE EXPANSION OF ITS FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR SMES


Óptima Financial Services relied on Arias for legal assistance in the acquisition of operations of Finca El Salvador. Both companies are dedicated to providing micro-credit to micro, small and medium enterprises. With the consolidation of both companies, Óptima will...

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GRUPO UNICOMER EXPANDS WITH THE ACQUISITIONS IN THE CARIBBEAN


Grupo Unicomer has concluded the acquisition of assets of electronics store Omni; operating in the islands of Curacao, St. Maarten and Bonaire through 6 stores. The closing took place on April 11, 2016. This acquisition represents an important step in Unicomer’s expansion ...

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