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Arias

AVENIDA ESCAZÚ, TORRE LEXUS, ESCAZÚ, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Tel:
Work +506 4036 2800
Fax:
Fax +506 4036 1268
Email:
Web:
www.ariaslaw.com

Costa Rica

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Arias

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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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Benefitting from its strong regional network, Arias’ ‘excellent’ corporate and M&A team regularly advises on cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, tax and antitrust matters. In 2017, the firm was particularly active on the purchase-side, as evidenced by various recent highlights, including advising Amvac on its $50m acquisition of Agricenter (and the associated merger-control process before the Costa Rican antitrust authority); acting as local counsel to Applus on its $89m acquisition of an 80% holding in Inversiones Finisterre; and assisting Cardinal Health with the local aspects of its $6.1bn global acquisition of Medtronic and Costa Rican subsidiary Covidien Manufacturing Solutions. Seller-side work includes advising Yara on the $6m sale of Cafesa to Duwest and assisting Sealed Air with the sale of its Diversey unit to Bain Capital. The practice is co-led by Andrey Dorado, who is highly recommended by clients, and Carolina Flores, who stands out for her ‘great knowledge in international transactions’. Vicente Lines and senior counsel Melania Dittel are also part of the core team.

Next generation lawyers

Andrey Dorado - Arias

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Arias

Led by senior counsel German Rojas, Arias’ dispute resolution department advises on labour and tax disputes, administrative and civil litigation, as well as arbitration. Carolina Flores handles corporate, commercial and tax-related contentious matters and recently represented a food and drink manufacturer in criminal procedures related to tax evasion. Administrative litigation is handled by Carlos Ubico, who recently advised Soresco (a private-public company created through an agreement between Costa Rica and China), in connection with a preliminary injunction filed by the Costa Rican party. Vicente Lines is another key figure in the department. The firm’s client roster also includes Pfizer, Unicomer and SCA.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Jointly led by Mariana Vargas and Andrey Dorado, the department at Arias has vast experience in both contentious and non-contentious IP-related matters, including patent and trade mark applications, enforcement, oppositions and prosecution. Practice co-head Vargas is particularly adept in cross-border IP matters, PCT applications, and patent drafting-and-filing in the technology, agrochemical and biotechnology sectors. The team also regularly advises domestic and international companies, such as Mondelez, on general IP strategy and portfolio management. The team’s client base also includes Sanofi, Lactalis and Walmart.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Arias

In November 2017, the labour and employment practice at Arias was strengthened with the rehire of senior counsel Graciela Soto from Batalla Abogados. Together with Carlos Ubico, Soto leads a practice that advises on the full spectrum of matters, including employment contracts, regulations, and labour due diligence and disputes. Notable recent work includes successfully settling a harassment and mobbing dispute for Unicomer; assisting Nature Sunshine with termination proceedings and the corporate and administrative aspects of the company closure; as well as day-to-day advice to 3M and Mondelez. The firm’s client base also includes BASF, Amvac and Sika.

Next generation lawyers

Graciela Soto - Arias

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Arias

Led by Carolina Flores, the five-strong tax department at Arias handles both contentious and non-contentious sector-related matters: it’s broad service offering includes advice on tax structuring, compliance, due diligence, and preventive and corrective measures concerning tax risks, as well as tax litigation. In recent work, the team assisted LifeMiles with a review of the tax aspects of its loan agreements, primarily concerning a regional syndicated loan obtained from Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and UBS. In another recent highlight, Flores advised Amvac on due diligence, tax and transfer pricing matters related to its acquisition of Agricenter. Another key figure in the department, Carlos Camacho is particularly experienced in matters related to the special tax regime in free trade zones. Other clients include Medplast, Applus and Cafesa.

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