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Arguelles & Company – Belize Lawyers that have developed high calibre and specialized staff and expertise in all aspects of structuring quality legal solutions for straightforward as well as complicated matters resulting in increased savings for the client coupled with savings in time. The firm places special professional emphasis on the importance of confidentiality between Attorney-Client relationships as well as within the structures themselves and absolutely in regard to third parties and other entities.

The firm specializes in select areas of Belize law and thus has the support staff and contacts to expedite and facilitate client transactions. As the working relationship is long term and mutual, the firm prides itself on securing a few good clients rather than to seek out bulk work requests which result in the loss of personal contact and efficiency. Please contact us for a rate quote depending on the type of work and complexity required as we are bound by certain Belize Bar fee schedule considerations depending on the matter and experience of the Belize Attorney involved.

Regulatory Regime

We highly regard and are bound by the Legal Profession Act, Chapter 320 of the Laws of Belize, 2000, various local and International Codes of Conduct resulting from strict admissions and enrollment in the following:

International Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
International Trademark Association
Intellectual Property Caribbean Association
Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
International Tax Planning Association
Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize
The Belize Bar Association
The Belize International Financial Services Association

Local Contacts

The firm has established and maintains continued productive working relationships with all departments of government dealing with select areas of expertise including the Department of Lands and Surveys, Belize Intellectual Property Office, The Registrar General, Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, The Companies Registry, The International Business Companies (IBC) Registry and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) together with various Governmental Ministries. The firm has previously been recognized by the Mayor and City of Belize for valuable contribution, support and legal advice to the City. Arguelles & Company has also from time to time, advised the Association of Professional Architects of Belize (APAB) and the Association of Professional Engineers of Belize (APEB). Arguelles & Company has also assisted in drafting of legislation in regard to foreign investment and has intimate knowledge of parliamentary process and committees.

International Experience – Immediate Results

Since its inception, the firm has constantly used technology and adapted to meet the specific requirements of large multinationals, differing time zones and high net worth individuals. Service has now become immediate. Color copies of documents/Certificates & Titles can now be delivered the same day of receipt via scanning and email in line with the demands of international expectations.

Enduring Partnership

Our Belize Attorneys create an enduring and personal relationship which we consider vital to understanding the client’s long term needs and protection. We have in the past worked together with numerous clients and professional intermediaries to create and identify a range of solutions second to none. We pride ourselves in delivery of prompt responses and results. On request, testimonials to the above are available from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and many U.S. accounting, banking and legal private client advisors. See Representative Client List.


  • Tax Law Firm of the Year
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year
  • Yearly Tax Compliant
  • Presidential Order Award (2009) – Presidential Medal presented by the President of Guatemala
  • Recognized by the World Bank as a valuable contributor to their publications.
  • Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU): First firm to meet registration requirements as mandated by law.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin

Client List

Recent Large (Public) Clients

(each in excess of $100 Million)

  • Santander Sugar/Green Tropics Ltd.
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines/Harvest Caye
  • Port of Belize Purchase Negotiation
  • SunEdison Honduras Energy Project

We have worked with the following banks in the past for large transactions involving syndicated loans/cross border transactions in Belize and abroad:

  • CIFI (Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura)
  • CABEI/BCIE (Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica)
  • OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development)
  • IFC (International Finance Corporation)
  • IDB
  • OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation)
  • Citibank N.A.
  • Banco Lafise (Honduras) Sociedad Anonima
  • Banco Financiera Comercial Hondureña, S.A. (BANCO FICOHSA)
  • Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala S.A.
  • Barclays Wealth (Isle of Man, Singapore, London, Monaco, Cyprus Switzerland)
  • UBS AG
  • Credit Suisse (UK)
  • Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
  • China Trust Commercial Bank, Ltd.

See full representative client list

We have also undertaken many legal opinions for most of the aforesaid.


“…congratulations …on your very skillful and judicious, perhaps even judicial, handling of the proceedings during debate…” referring to role as Speaker during House Debate March 2011.
Dean Barrow
Prime Minister
“I find that …Emil Arguelles, who even Mr. Welch Esq. in his written submission (for the other side) describes as a reputable person, and his testimony under cross examination…to be impressive and convincing….I found him a truthful and sincere witness…and am persuaded by the clarity of his witness statement and his answers under cross examination…”
Honourable Abdulai Conteh
Chief Justice
“Arguelles & Company has performed quality legal work in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost”
Gregory A. Hickman
Senior Corporate Counsel-Franchise-Finance Wendy’s International, Inc.
“…unruffled under pressure…”
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