is a lawyer and notary, with professional practice since 1998, in the corporate area, mergers, acquisitions, contracts and financial structuring, being a recognized expert in movable real estate guarantees. She also has extensive experience in studies and land acquisitions.
María del Pilar specializes in corporate counseling, mergers, acquisitions, contracts and financial structuring, especially in the area of real estate guarantees and land studies.
In addition to practicing law and notary publics, she has been an international consultant on commercial law issues:
- Consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank, for the evaluation of the Bankruptcy Law Reform in Guatemala, study that she carried out together with Garrigues Law Firm in 2011.
- Consultant of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the Department of the Treasury of the United States of America, in El Salvador, for the revision of the Bill of Personal Guarantees (August 2012).
- Consultant of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in Dominican Republic, to evaluate the implementation of a Chattel Security Law (July 2013).
- Consultant of the Department of International Law of the Organization of American States, in the Project of Movable Guarantees to review and make recommendations of the Law of Movable Guarantees of El Salvador (2014).
- Consultant of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the Department of the Treasury of the United States of America, in collaboration with the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic for the elaboration of a Draft Bill on Secured Transactions (2014).
It has provided various advisory services, including the following:
- External advisor to the Vice-Ministry for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, as part of the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala (2006)
- Member of the Inter-institutional Commission that prepared the Guatemalan Bill of Guarantees (2006)
- Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, in the working group on security interests (2006) and in Working Group V on Insolvency (2012 and 2013)
- Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, in the working group on micro, small and medium enterprises (2014)
- Advisor to the Vice-Ministry for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the revision and monitoring of financial laws (2013), especially the draft Leasing Law, Factoring Law, Draft Insolvency Law and Mutual Guarantees Law;
- Collaborator with the World Bank’s Doing Business on the issue of access to credit (security interests).
She studied at the Law School of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, where she graduated in 1998 with a degree in Legal and Social Sciences, Lawyer and Notary Public, Magna Cum Laude.
In 2002 she completed her Master’s degree in Pluralist Law, public and private, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, passing the Master’s exam with honours. At the same university she completed her doctoral studies. In 2010 he studied a Postgraduate course in Constitutional Economics at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.
During his professional training he received the following distinctions from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín:
- Antonio Machado y Palomo Award, to the student with the best accumulated average during his undergraduate studies.
- José Vicente Rodríguez Award, to the student with the best cumulative average in Civil Law courses, during his undergraduate studies.
- Award from the Law Students Association to the student with the best cumulative average in all procedural courses.
In the teaching area, María del Pilar started as an assistant professor at the Francisco Marroquín University School of Law in 1999 and as a full professor in 2000. Since that year she has been a professor at that university in the subject Introduction to Notarial Law and since 2009 in the subjects Form of civil contracts and form of commercial contracts. She is director of the area of Commercial Law, Notarial Law and the Financial System at the Francisco Marroquín University.
- She has been a speaker at various national and international conferences, some of which are mentioned below:
- Speaker at the Louisiana State University School of Law
- Speaker on the subject of bankruptcy and security interests at the Conference on Legal Reform in Central America, organized by USAID
- Lecturer on the subject of Real Guarantees at the Symposium “Economic Development and Rule of Law in Latin America” organized by Lexis Nexis
- Speaker at the Regional Congress on Remittances and Microfinance, Banking School of the Guatemalan Banks Association
- Speaker at the Central American Conference on Registration of Real Estate Guarantees, Factoring, Electronic Commerce and other Reforms to Commercial Law (2008)
- Invited to the Colloquium of Experts on Security Interests organized by UNCITRAL, Vienna March 2010
- Invited as an expert to the Microfinance Colloquium organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (January 2013)
- Lecturer at the Guatemalan Institute of Notarial Law, training course in Notarial Law and Registry Law, since 2011, on topics of: Securities, Corporate Law and Registry Law.
Some of her publications are:
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency in Guatemalan Legislation. Report of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, December 2004.
- The Importance of a Regulation in the Area of Securities Guarantees. Report of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, February 2005.
- Introduction to the Guiding Principles of a Rule on Securities Guarantees, Chapter of the book: Securities Guarantees, DeCita, International Trade Law, number 7/8, 2007
- UNCITRAL’S GUIDE TO SECURED TRANSACTON- A CONTRACTUAL GUIDE, co-authored with Eric Franco, Madhukar Rangnath and Steven Weise, Uniform Law Review, Vol. XV, 2010-2, UNIDROIT
She is fluent in English and Spanish.