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BLP BUILDING, VÍA LINDORA BUSINESS CENTER, SANTA ANA, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
Email:
Web:
www.blplegal.com

Luis M Castro

Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
Email:
BLP

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Real Estate and Project Finance

Position

Partner - Head of Energy Energy & Real Estate Practices

Career

In 2003 Luis joined his peer David Gutiérrez to found the first BLP offices in Costa Rica, which to the date has eight offices across the region. Before this, Luis served as an associate and partner of KPMG for 11 years.

Languages

English & Spanish

Member

Luis currently serves as member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of YPO/WPO (Young Presidents Organizations) Costa Rican Chapter, member of the Board of Directors of the Yo Emprendedor association, and is also a member of the Energy Committee of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP). He is also a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI) and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Urban Land Institute.

Education

Luis graduated from Law School of Universidad de Costa Rica in 1994, and was a “J. William Fulbright” scholar at Georgetown University, where he obtained an LLM in 1997 as well as a Diploma on Foundations of American Law.


Costa Rica

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

BLP’s 10-partner corporate and M&A practice has a superlative reputation in the market and covers the full array of corporate and M&A-related work, including advice on matters related to private equity, venture capital, corporate restructuring and cross-border M&A deals. In one recent headline mandate, Luís M Castro and Eduardo Calderón led advice to Accenture on the acquisition of Virginia-based technology services company, Search Technologies. Vivian Liberman, who is also active in the banking and finance sphere, assisted One Equity Partners with the acquisition of leading BPO company One Link. Seller-side work saw Ronald Lachner advise Medtronic on the multimillion-dollar sale of its patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency business lines. Lachner also led advice to Swarovski regarding its operational start up in Costa Rica and the obtaining of free zone regime status. Another key strength of the practice is day-to-day advice, where its multinational client roster includes the likes of Cargill, KFC, Pfizer and American Airlines. David Gutiérrez, who now splits his time between San José and Madrid, and Uri Weinstok are other key figures in the department.

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Real estate

Within: Leading lawyers

Luís M Castro - BLP

Within: Real estate

BLP’s sizeable real estate practice is one of the first ports-of-call for domestic and international developers, construction companies, investors and landlords and advises on the full array of related matters, including land and property acquisition and sale, project development, real estate investment and financing, mixed-use and residential projects, condominiums and related due diligence. The five-partner practice is led by the highly-regarded Luís M Castro, who can also count on the involvement of Eduardo Calderón and Andrés López. Moreover, the firm further deepened its capabilities in the sector in June 2018 with the incorporation of four-strong boutique ANS Legal (which had niche specialization in the real estate and hospitality sector), most notably with new ‘special counsel’ Andrés Waisleder who has over 18 years’ experience in the sector. Recent highlights saw the team assist Edward Lifesciences with the establishment of a heart valve manufacturing facility in Costa Rica under the free trade zone regime. Other recent notable matters include advising Los Sueños Resort and Marina on the completion of its new Del Bosque, The Estates and Montecielo projects; and assisting longstanding client Desarrolladores 506 with the development of a $100m beach community, as well as related environmental issues. The client roster also includes Desarrollos Inmobiliaros Habitasul, Guanacaste Development and Amazon.

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Tax

Within: Tax

BLP’s tax practice covers the full array of contentious and non-contentious work, including tax litigation, tax compliance and day-to-day tax matters. The team is particularly adept at advising on tax aspects of transactions, corporate restructuring, and asset planning and protection, as well as tax issues related to Costa Rica’s free trade zone regime. The department is led by Luis Chacón, who is particularly active in litigious tax matters; while Luís M Castro and Eduardo Calderón primarily handle non-contentious work in the sector. The team’s client base includes domestic, regional and international companies from a variety of industries, such as hospitality, telecoms, finance and pharmaceuticals.

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