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David Gutiérrez

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Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Project Finance and Arbitration


Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial Practice


In 2003, David joined his peer Luis Castro to found the first BLP offices in Costa Rica, which to this date has eight offices across the region. Before this, David served as an associate and partner of KPMG for 5 years.


Spanish & English


David serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors of the CRUSA Foundation, statutory auditor of the Business Association for Development (AED) – United Way Costa Rica, honorary founding member of the Omar Dengo Foundation, Vice-president of the Board of the Latin-American Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA), founding member of the Pro Bono Commission of the Bar Association and founding member and chairman of the Costa Rican International Law Association (ACODI). In addition, he is the founding member and current chairman of the BLP Foundation since 2008.


David graduated with honors from Universidad de Costa Rica in 1994, and was a “J. William Fulbright” scholar at Georgetown University, where he obtained an LLM degree with honors.

Costa Rica

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

BLP represents a wide variety of clients in cutting-edge financing transactions. The practice headed by Vivian Liberman and Andrés López has extensive expertise in credit restructuring and bankruptcy as well as complex litigation, and has recently added anti-money laundering advice to its range of services. The team regularly handles complex transactions for Credit Suisse, for instance acting as local counsel to the client and Citigroup Global Markets, as initial purchasers, in an offering under Rule 144A/Regulation S by Investment Energy Resources. Liberman and associate Julio Castellanos also represented Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas in a $1bn loan agreement under New York law with the Costa Rican Central Bank. The department also assists Scotiabank, DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft and Millicom, among other international entities. Other key figures in the team are David Gutiérrez and Luis Hernández.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

David Gutiérrez - BLP

Within: Corporate and M&A

BLP is one of the clear market leaders for corporate matters in the country. The firm advises both buying and selling parties on M&A deals and assists with corporate restructurings and free trade zone mandates. In an example of the latter, the department advised Roche on the spin-off of a shared service operation and IT service centre carried out within the tightly regulated free trade zone. Department head David Gutiérrez, who is based in Spain and Costa Rica, and the highly regarded Adriana Castro were the lead advisers for East West Manufacturing in its acquisition of certain assets and liabilities from General Microcircuits, which included a due diligence process and the revision of the asset and stock purchase agreement, as well as drafting all corporate resolutions. Other key figures in the 14-partner team are founding partner Luis M CastroRonald LachnerEduardo Calderón and Vivian Liberman. The team also saw the promotions of Adelina VillalobosAndrea González and Juan Carlos Tristán to partner in 2018. The firm also hired Gabriela Jiménez as special counsel in September 2019; located in Mexico, she will augment the firm's international practice.

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