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Consortium Legal

BARRIO GONZALEZ LAHMANN, CALLE 21 Y 25, AVENIDA 6, SANE JOSE, COSTA RICA

Costa Rica

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Consortium Legal

Mario Quesada-Bianchini, Randall Barquero, David Campos and Andrés Chamberlain are the four key figures jointly leading the banking and finance department at Consortium Legal. The team advises on credit facilities, syndicated loans, corporate bond issuances, regulatory and compliance matters, and mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector; in addition, the firm recently launched a fintech practice. The firm acts for international banks and investors, as well as regional financial institutions, and governmental and multilateral entities with a presence in Central America.

Leading individuals

Mario Quesada-Bianchini - Consortium Legal

Randall Barquero - Consortium Legal

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

Consortium Legal

Antitrust, M&A transactions and distribution law are among the strong suits of the team at Consortium Legal, which is jointly led by Juan Manuel Godoy, Rolando LaclĂ© ZĂșñiga, David Reuben and Juan Manuel Cordero. In a recent work highlight, the department acted as counsel for Walmart in the acquisition of Geesa's assets and retail business, which included conducting the due diligence, designing the purchase structure, and drafting and negotiating purchase agreements. The firm also demonstrated its excellence in antitrust matters while advising Televisora de Costa Rica (also known as Teletica) on the sale of its Cabletica operations to global cable company Liberty Latin America. Concesiones Rodoviarias, Grupo Progreso and Telecable are also part of the firm's client base.

Leading individuals

Juan Manuel Godoy - Consortium Legal

Rolando Laclé Zuñiga - Consortium Legal

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Consortium Legal

Consortium Legal's dispute resolution practice represents clients in civil, commercial, administrative and labour litigation, as well as commercial arbitration. The team, which is jointly headed by Rolando LaclĂ© ZĂșñiga and JosĂ© Pablo Valverde, also handles tax, constitutional and IP-related disputes, and assists clients in the growing area of alternative dispute resolution. The firm's client list includes banking and finance institutions and hospitality and healthcare companies.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Consortium Legal

Led by senior associate Fabiola Såenz, Consortium Legal's IP department is especially active providing IP services to clients of the firm's strong banking practice. The team also regularly advises clients in the cosmetics industry on the management of large portfolios. Other specialist areas of expertise are matters related to artificial intelligence, industrial automation and blockchains. In a recent work highlight, Såenz acted for an ophthalmologist in successfully applying for a patent for a device for cornea surgeries.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Consortium Legal

Carolina Soto Monge and Osvaldo Madriz head the labour and employment practice at Consortium Legal, which is regularly involved in matters related to M&A transactions. Major market players from the food and beverages, communications and transportation sectors are on the team's client list. The bread and butter of the department's work consists of day-to-day advice on disciplinary actions, compensation packages and working schedules.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Consortium Legal

Consortium Legal has extensive experience in real estate due diligence processes and provides assistance to clients from highly regulated business sectors such as pharmaceuticals, fruit farming and real estate private equity. Department heads Rolando LaclĂ© ZĂșñiga, David Reuben and Juan Manuel Cordero recently acted as counsel to Walmart in the acquisition of a supermarket chain owned by Grupo Empresarial de Supermercados, which was denied by the Costa Rican antitrust authority. The team also conducted a due diligence of commercial properties within a mall for BCR Fondos.

Leading individuals

Juan Manuel Cordero - Consortium Legal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Consortium Legal

The five-partner tax practice at Consortium Legal is especially respected for its role in advising on the effects of the recently enacted new tax laws in Costa Rica. The eminent Rafael Luna and Diego Salto lead the department, which is particularly skilful in tax audits and litigation. In a recent work highlight, the firm successfully assisted Investment Energy Resources in a sales tax dispute with the Ministry of Finance. Cristina Sansonetti oversees all tax-related matters for regional airline Avianca, including administrative and judicial tax processes and tax planning. Walmart, Globalvia and Televisora de Costa Rica (also known as Teletica) are also part of the firm's client base. Anayansi Mora is also noted.

Leading individuals

Diego Salto - Consortium Legal

Rafael Luna - Consortium Legal

Next Generation Partners

Cristina Sansonetti - Consortium Legal

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