Ryan John Wrobel

Leaders in Law endorses Ryan John Wrobel as our exclusively recommended Public and Company Law expert in Belize. If you wish to get in touch with Ryan, please use the contact information provided above.

Our Managing Partner Ryan John Wrobel was born in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. Spending his formative years in Western New York, Mr. Wrobel often travelled over the international border to nearby Ontario, Canada and took an early interest in International travel, culture and affairs.

After completing high school, he began the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). During his time in University, Mr. Wrobel was nominated for the 1999 Robert H. Stern Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Political Science relating to a research paper he wrote entitled “Human Rights Conditions in Jamaica.”

Upon graduation from University, Mr. Wrobel immediately entered the Law School at SUNY-Buffalo where he concentrated on international law. He enriched his law school experience by taking part in two international study abroad programs during the summers, first in Barbados with the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, and later at University College London in the United Kingdom.

While at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados, our Managing Partner was introduced to foreign investment and international financial services law in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The introduction to West Indian culture proved to have a lasting effect on Mr. Wrobel and from that point forward he became interested in the opportunity to someday live and practice in the region.

Rather than immediately entering the practice of law upon graduation from law school, Mr. Wrobel instead decided to continue his legal education at an institution that he had been introduced to earlier, University College London. The pursuit of a Master of Laws at UCL was an enriching experience for him. He not only was able to gain knowledge of the law from an English perspective at a distinguished institution with graduates such as Mahatma Gandhi, but he was also able to interact with colleagues from around the world. Spending over a year in educationally and culturally enhancing environment of cosmopolitan London, Mr. Wrobel was also availed the opportunity visit numerous countries in Continental Europe.

The time in London solidified Mr. Wrobel’s resolve to pursue a career outside of his birth nation and persevere to follow the path to achieve his global goals and interests. During his time at University College London, he was a recipient of the UCL Faculty’s Bentham Award for exceptionally well qualified overseas graduates, and also had an article on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute published in the American Bar Association’s International Law News journal.

After returning to the United States with a Master’s Degree in Law from UCL, Mr. Wrobel sat for and passed the New York State Bar Exam and was called to the New York State Bar in 2004. He started his career as a sole practitioner in Buffalo, New York. In order to serve his clients, Mr. Wrobel was called to the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, both for the Western District of New York State. Although the practice of law in New York proved to be a good experience, it did not satisfy Mr. Wrobel’s desire to work within the realm of international law, thus in 2005 he made the decision to migrate to Belize. Belize is a country that he had visited numerous times since 1999 and had a great interest and involvement in since 1996.

Upon moving to Belize, our Managing Partner enrolled in the Belize Tourism Board’s Tour Guide Training Course in order to learn more about his new home. Mr. Wrobel also began consulting for the Big Four professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche Belize in Belize City, where he began to manage Deloitte’s Corporate & Legal Department. Over the years Mr. Wrobel has gained a wealth of experience relating to the legal system in Belize, with a special focus on real estate transactions and company law. He has travelled throughout the nation and has developed a strong bond with its culture, people and way of life. Mr. Wrobel sits on the Board of Trustees of the Scouts Endowment Fund, a trust fund which raises money to support the Scout Association of Belize and was elected as the Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Belize (AMCHAM-Belize). He is also a member of the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize (AREBB), Belize International Financial Services Association (BISFA), and the Belize Museum of History. Mr. Wrobel is also a Welfare Committee Member of the Royal British Legion – Belize Branch. Recently Mr. Wrobel was also elected as Director and Committee Member of the Belize Rifle Club. He was appointed as a Notary Public in New York State in 2004, as well as being appointed by the Attorney General of Belize as a Justice of the Peace in 2008.

In order to further his dream to practice law and further his career in Belize, Mr. Wrobel entered Norman Manley Law School’s Six Month Programme in Kingston, Jamaica. The time spent at Norman Manley Law School was extremely beneficial to him, as he was not only able to learn more about the practise of law in the Commonwealth Caribbean, but also able to establish solid contacts with legal practitioners from across the region. Ryan J. Wrobel was called to the Belize Bar in September 2009 and opened the law firm of Wrobel & Co., as well as the corporate service firm of British Honduras Professionals Ltd. shortly thereafter. He was subsequently called to the Jamaican Bar in 2010 and admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in 2011.

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel. The firm continues to provide services to an international client base from the main office in Belize City, as well as from affiliate offices in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica.

Firm Description:

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law, began more than a decade ago as a boutique law firm focusing on real estate and business law in Belize.

During the past 12 years, as we’ve responded to additional clients’ needs, our competent, established team has branched out into other legal services, which include international financial services, retirement services, and intellectual property law, among others. Please visit our Legal Services page to explore everything we offer.

As we’ve grown from a small customer-focused firm to a larger customer-focused firm with an international reach, our focus has never wavered. We’ve always aimed to make Belize home for our clients and their investments.

Our office in Belize City (and in San Pedro) is part of the Belizean community. We are at home here, and we want to make you feel at home as well.

Wrobel & Co, Attorneys-at-Law, has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel. But don’t take it from us. Visit our Client Testimonials page.

Lastly, we invite you to read a Letter from the Managing Partner about what Belize might mean for you.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We’d love to learn more about you. Contact us today.


Julio A. Quijano B.

Leaders in Law endorses Julio A. Quijano B. as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Belize. If you wish to get in touch with Julio, please use the contact information provided above.

Main Practice Areas

  • International Structures Services
  • Immigration Law
  • Estate Planning


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Panama, Republic of Panama, November 9th, 1963.


  • 1994, Panama.


  • Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1982.
  • Colgate University, Bachelor Of Arts, 1986.
  • Tulane University, Juris Doctor, 1989.


  • Panama Bar Association

Professional Networks

  • Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • International Lawyers Network (ILN)
  • Geneva Group International (GGI)

Professional Trajectory

  • His enterprising character is one of the main causes of the firm’s international recognition as a provider of legal services.
  • With a native speaker knowledge of English and Spanish, one of the reasons of his success and that of the firm’s constant expansion, is Mr. Quijano’s firm belief that the lawyer always has to have in mind the client’s specific personal needs.
  • Under his management, Quijano & Associates has become a exclusive representative of the following professional networks: The International Lawyers Network, The Geneva Group International, The International Society of Primerus Law Firms and International Referral (IR Global).
  • In 2021, granted the Eduardo Morgan Award by the National Bar Association of the Republic of Panama in recognition of more than thirty (30) years of outstanding performance in the Area of Corporate Law.
  • Quijano & Associates has offices in Switzerland, British Virgin Islands, Belize and Seychelles, and two representation offices in Hong Kong and Liechtenstein, besides the central offices in the Republic of Panama.

Firm Description:

Since 1959, Quijano & Associates has provided services to an ever growing clientele, covering the creation of companies, corporations and trusts, as well as fiduciary services, the registration and representation of vessels under the Panamanian flag, and a wide range of advisory services for the establishment and maintenance of legal entities formed under a diversity of jurisdictions, including the Republic of Panama, the British Virgin Islands, Seychelles and Belize.

The firm has positioned itself as one of Panama’s most respected law firms by banks and international financial institutions, shipping lines, foreign investors and multinational companies, through its main offices in Panama, Switzerland, and subsidiaries in the British Virgin Islands, Belize and Seychelles. In addition, it has also expanded its field of activities through its own trust company: Quijano Trust Corporation. Multinational companies deciding to locate regional operations in Panama, international investment companies wishing to benefit from territorial taxation or establishing operations in the Panamanian market, and well-known shipping lines, have found in Quijano & Associates a top ranking efficiency, trustworthiness, personalised attention, promptness and confidentiality firm with more than 60 years of experience. One of the pillars of the firm is the integrity of its lawyers and staff. This principle is observed within the context of competence and a first class legal formation, allowing it to professionally and efficiently act, fulfilling the needs of its clientele. The firm ‘transforms challenges into opportunities.’


Emil Arguelles

Leaders in Law endorses Emil Arguelles as our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in Belize. If you wish to get in touch with Emil, please use the contact information provided above.

Managing Partner

With over 19 years of legal experience, Emil Arguelles is a veteran of hundreds of millions of United States dollars of real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings and other transactions, has structured and completed numerous transactions in virtually all areas of law and related disciplines, and is particularly known for representing Fortune 500 companies operating or having interests in Belize. Some of these are listed under our Client List. He has also qualified as an International Arbitrator and is recognized by the Belize Supreme Court on its Roster of Arbitrators specializing in Commercial Arbitration.

As Speaker of Parliament, Emil Arguelles presided over the Belize National Assembly when some major events in Belize’s history occurred:

  • The replacement of the UK’s Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final Appellate Court; Act #5/2010
  • Recall of Representatives Act which came into historic use for the first time in 2013


  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.
  • University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
  • Norman Manley School of Law, Kingston, Jamaica

Professional Memberships

  • The Belize Bar Association
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA)
  • UK Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Belize International Financial Services Association (BIFSA)
  • MARQUES – Association of European Trademark Owners
  • Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize (AREBB)
  • Belize Tourism & Industry Association (BTIA)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers Global / Chambers Latin America
  • Various directorships with fiduciary responsibility on many large and successful local companies with references upon request.

Past Posts

  • Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize 2008-2012
  • Vice President of the Belize Bar 2013-2014
  • 2012 – Founding Member and Executive of STEP Belize Chapter
  • Board Director of the Belize Tourism Board
  • Former Member of the Board of the Social Investment Fund
  • Member of The New York State Bar Association
  • Honorary Consul of Poland in Belize (2004 – 2019)
  • Member, Belize Trade Licensing Board
  • Member of the Qualified Retired Persons Incentives Program Committee of the Belize Tourism Board
  • Executive Member, Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Member, Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize
  • Crown Counsel, Office of Director of Public Prosecutions with a success/conviction rate of 100%
  • Belize Chess Champion

Firm Description:

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:

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.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin


Misael Flores

Mr. Misael Flores is the managing director and principal shareholder of AME Consulting, a consulting firm in Belize established since 1997 and principally engaged in consulting; international financial services; real estate; and hospitality services.

Prior to establishing his own consulting business, Misael was a shareholder of KPMG Corporate Services (Belize) Ltd., the international financial services division of the then KPMG Peat Marwick, in Belize.  He was the managing director and responsible for setting up the division.

Misael was a member of the financial team of BHI Corporation from 1994-1996.  During that time BHI operated and invested in selected growth industries in Central America and the Caribbean Region.  Its core business activities were banking and financial services, and construction and property development.  Part of his responsibilities at BHI was the management of the Belize IBC Registry operated by an affiliated company of BHI under a concession agreement with the Belize Government.

He has also held other positions in Belize at various levels including as Financial Controller at Ramada Royal Reef Resort & Marina and doing audit work with Deloitte & Touche, Price Waterhouse and Pannell Kerr Forster.

Currently Misael is the President and a founding member of the Belize National Association of REALTORS®, Treasurer of the Belize Offshore Practitioners Association, and Past President of the Belize Business Bureau.

He is a Justice of the Peace for the country of Belize since 2001 and is a former member of the Rotary Club of Belize.