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Legal market overview
As one of Central America’s dominant economies, Costa Rica is frequently a point of entry for multinationals that perceive of the region as precisely that – a single bloc. This undoubtedly strengthens the hand of those legal firms with a regional footprint: principally market front-runners Arias & Muñoz and Consortium – Laclé & Gutiérrez, but also Aguilar Castillo Love, Quirós Abogados Central Law, and Nassar Abogados, as well as ACZALAW, Abogados Centroamericanos Asociados and Lexincorp. In a surprise development, in July 2013 Pacheco Coto joined this group with its announcement of the development of a regional presence as a result of absorbing ACZALAW, Abogados Centroamericanos Asociados’ offices in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The results of this new development remains to be seen. Nevertheless, at least one of Costa Rica’s foremost firms remains a determinedly stand-alone organisation: BLP is a dynamic start-up that has already succeeded in raising the bar in the local market. Nor does the Costa Rican market lack depth: other significant players include market stalwart Facio & Cañas, developing full-service player Batalla Abogados and the innovative yet experienced relative newcomer Sfera Legal; along with Zürcher, Odio & Raven, Gómez & Galindo Abogados, LLM Abogados, Oller Abogados, Cordero & Cordero Abogados and Gómez & Galindo Abogados.