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Recommended for its ‘depth and responsiveness, excellent’ firm BLP’s sizeable banking and finance practice covers the full array of banking-related work, including advice on loan agreements, securities and the authorisation and structuring of bond and debt offerings. The team is equally adept in sector-related contentious matters and has also been particularly active in the energy and agricultural industries. In one recent highlight, Luis Ortiz and the highly-regarded Luís M Castro advised Globalvia subsidiary Autopistas del Sol on the issue of $300m senior secured notes on the international markets (and a further $50.75m locally). Other work includes representing BNP Paribas Securities on the $250m securitization of the diversified payment rights of Banco Davivienda Costa Rica. The department is co-led by Andrés López and Vivian Liberman; David Gutiérrez and Luis Hernández are other key figures. The firm’s client base includes high-profile financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Scotiabank.

With a stellar list of both local and multinational clients, Consortium Legal’s banking and finance team has a strong reputation across the full range of banking and finance-related work, including structured finance, public bond offerings and syndicated loans. In a key headline deal, the team acted for Citigroup Global Markets, as structuring agent and global coordinator, as well as Banco CMB as local structuring agent, on Autopistas del Sol’s $300m (international) and $50.75m (local) bond offerings. Other work includes assisting Banco Davivienda with a debt issuance secured by a portfolio of denominated diversified payment rights (DPR) and, separately, with two long-term loans granted to construction and real estate company Latam Logistics. The practice has a strong regional presence, as evidenced by its continued advice to Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex) regarding a $120m syndicated loan facility granted to Grupo Monge in jurisdictions including Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. The practice is jointly led by Mario Quesada-Bianchini, Randall Barquero and David Campos. Other representative clients include Scotiabank and Banco General.

Benefitting from the firm’s regional network, the banking and finance department at Latamlex / Gómez y Galindo Abogados, S.A works primarily on the lender side. Regularly receiving instructions from domestic and international financial institutions, it advises on a wide array of sector-related services, such as the issuance of bonds, regulatory matters, financial restructuring, loan agreements and structured finance. Deutsche Bank, Costa Rican Banking Association and Banco Nacional de Costa Rica are all part of the department’s high-profile client roster. The core team includes founding partner Mario Gómez Pacheco, Daniel Guillén, José Antonio Hidalgo and Adriana Ramos.

Demonstrating both lender and borrower-side capability, the banking and finance practice at Dentons Muñoz regularly advises local and multinational financial institutions and companies on a range of sector-related matters, such as debt financing, loan agreements and credit facilities with a cross-border component. Recent highlights include advising Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) and Bankia, as lenders, on the refinancing of the Ruta 27 Toll Road and the associated dual bond offering by Autopistas de Sol. Other work saw the team assist Madryn Health Partners with a $50m debt-and-equity financing granted to high-tech medical device and aesthetics company, Establishment Labs. Led by practice head Daniel Araya, the team also advised IFC on a $75m credit facility granted to Scotiabank Costa Rica. The team’s client roster also includes Banco Ficohsa and Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC).

The ‘excellent’ three-partner practice at Vector Legal assists insurers and banks with a range of banking and finance-related work, including credit agreements, equity investments and the obtaining of licenses and concessions; it is equally adept on the borrower side. In one recent highlight, practice co-head Jessica Salas represented GMG subsidiary Grupo Monge, as borrower, on the execution of a $120m syndicated loan granted by Bladex. Together with recommended department co-head Roberto León, Salas also led advice to Grupo Prival on the authorization and registration of its $150m real estate investment fund. The firm recently added Davivienda Seguros, and Assa Compañía de Seguros to its client roster, which also includes Banco Promerica, Banco Improsa and Mapfre Centro América.

Zürcher, Odio & Raven’s three-partner practice has vast experience handling loan facilities, structured finance and project finance, as well as contractual, regulatory and day-to-day banking and finance matters. The practice is primarily oriented towards assisting foreign and domestic banks with the structuring of term loans, frequently with a cross-border component. In one recent highlight, the team acted as Costa Rican counsel to a syndicate of banks from Canada and Panamá in relation to the structuring of a $170m syndicated loan to a telecommunication company for business growth and asset-acquisition purposes. Douglas Soto heads the practice; founding partner Edgar Zürcher is also a key member of the team.

Aguilar Castillo Love’s three-partner department handles structured finance, credit facilities, loan portfolios and project finance. Jointly led by the ‘savvy and proactive’ John Aguilar-Quesada alongside Marco Solano, who is particularly experienced in matters concerning derivatives, credit default swaps and structured finance, the team is primarily active on the lender side. The firm’s client base includes several high-profile international and regional financial institutions.

Arias’ ‘thorough and creative’ banking and finance practice is co-led by Andrey Dorado and project-finance expert Vicente Lines and is particularly recommended for its expertise in representing lenders in cross-border structured finance transactions. In one recent highlight, Lines acted as local counsel to Bladex as lender and lead arranger of a $100m syndicated loan to Dos Pinos subsidiaries Transnieve and Productos Nevada. Other work saw the team assist Proparco with a $20m loan facility extended to Promerica Bank. The firm’s client base also includes BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Cargill Finance.

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