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Pacheco Coto

PACHECO COTO BUILDING, FORUM 2, SANTA ANA, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
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Costa Rica

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Pacheco Coto

In a year of change, Pacheco Coto saw the departure of two of its banking and finance experts: Freddy Fachler joined Integra Legal and former managing partner Humberto A Pacheco O left the firm for a management position at Uber; however, the practice also welcomed corporate and financing expert Arturo Apéstegui, a former founding partner of Vector Legal, who brings considerable expertise in the real estate sector to the table. Despite the upheaval in 2015, the practice remains ‘very capable’ and continued to attract a steady stream of instructions mainly on the borrower side. New managing partner Alejandro Antillón advised Lindora Project Mil Ochocientos on a $31m loan agreement by the Costa Rican National Bank and Banco Davivienda for the construction of the shopping centre “Terrazas”, and Hernán Pacheco O assisted VLM Foods with the restructuring of a credit agreement with a local bank. The practice group is also well versed in advising on financial regulatory matters, investments and private capital funds.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Pacheco Coto

Led by the highly regarded Hernán Pacheco O, full-service firm Pacheco Coto maintains an impressive presence in the Costa Rican corporate arena, where it handles diverse matters for a portfolio of high-profile regional clients and multinationals. With continuing clout in the energy, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors, the practice group’s recent caseload was dominated by several cross-border acquisitions and corporate restructurings, but also demonstrated deep expertise in joint ventures, corporate day-to-day matters and compliance issues. In a recent development, the five-partner strong group, including the particularly visible Fernando Vargas, followed its clients’ growing demand for foreign trade advice by launching an international trade and customs division, thereby enhancing the group’s advisory offering significantly.

Leading lawyers

Hernán Pacheco O - Pacheco Coto

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Pacheco Coto

Pacheco Coto specialises in commercial litigation and contentious administrative matters, but packs a particular punch in representing multinational clients in contract-related and environmental cases. The team’s 2015 workload included numerous litigations stemming from breaches of distribution agreements (for both local distributors and foreign companies), as well as high-profile arbitrations. The eight-strong group also has particular strength in representing private corporations against state entities. Marvin Céspedes heads the practice and Roberto Cordero is the key contact for environmental disputes.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pacheco Coto

Pacheco Coto’s IP practice is led by Hernán Pacheco O and has real capability assisting multinational clients with the registration of trade marks and patents, but also in their representation during infringement disputes and trade mark enforcement actions, areas where the team has substantial experience. With additional expertise in the advertising sector, the group regularly advises on comparative advertising matters and is also highly active in sanitary registrations, licensing issues and IP-related franchise work.

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Labour and employment
Leading lawyers

Randall Gónzalez - BLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Pacheco Coto

Real estate is among the core practices at Pacheco Coto, where four partners advise on the full spread of environmental, regulatory and transactional aspects of real estate development projects. Led by the renowned Alejandro Antillón, the team has enormous experience in large-scale projects and in 2015 advised Corporación Lady Lee on the $300m construction, development and lease of City Mall in Costa Rica, the largest shopping mall in Central America. Other impressive recent work highlights include advising RC Immobiliaria on the legal structuring, construction and sale of a $30m mixed-use development, as well as assisting Desarrollos HBQ with the development process of a $20m residential-and-commercial project in San José, including environmental matters.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Antillón - Pacheco Coto

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pacheco Coto

Active for prominent domestic and international clients alike, Pacheco Coto’s prestigious international asset planning and taxation division tackles tax matters from all angles: the six-strong group’s expertise spans the tax structuring of trusts and offshore investment vehicles, cross-border tax issues, tax planning, regulatory advice, audits and the tax aspects of M&A, among other matters. 2015 saw the team advise on numerous restructurings, the tax planning and structuring of mergers, and asset reorganisation, as well as tax compliance. Practice head Humberto Pacheco A is highly regarded, as is Alejandro Antillón, who is the key contact for local taxation and Randall Madriz has expert knowledge of Costa Rican and international corporate taxation. Humberto A Pacheco O left the firm for a management position at Uber.

Leading lawyers

Humberto Pacheco A - Pacheco Coto

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