Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Compliance in Costa Rica

Aguilar Castillo Love

Aguilar Castillo Love remains 'at the forefront' in compliance matters, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding high-level clients from changing regulatory regimes. A team led by experienced criminal litigator Rodolfo Brenes Vargas and corporate compliance and free trade expert Tatiana Rojas Hernández advises a diverse client base that includes Synthes (part of Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer and Hewlett-Packard as well as newer clients such as Feilo Sylvania and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada. The group’s reach extends over a broad range of industries, from aviation, food and agrochemicals to telecoms and pharmaceuticals. The arrival of senior associate and white-collar crime specialist Sergio Herra Rodríguez has brought added value to an ever-growing team.

Practice head(s):

Rodolfo Brenes Vargas; Tatiana Rojas Hernández

Testimonials

‘The partners who advise us are at the forefront of issues, in addition to being highly ethical.’

‘Personalised service and detailed evaluations of each request.’

‘The firm has lawyers with a lot of experience and with a very practical sense of risk analysis that facilitates the exchange of information and validation of opinions, which has made them a strategic ally for our in-house lawyers.’

‘The team stands out for its focus on developing relationships based on trust. There is openness and accessibility on their part that makes it easier to engage in an open, transparent, objective and highly practical conversation. They have a high standard of integrity that makes them very reliable.’

Key clients

Synthes (Johnson & Johnson)

Cooperativa de Productores de Leche

DHL Aviation

DHL Costa Rica

Latin Trading

Quimicas Mundiales

Corteva Agriscience

Feilo Sylvania

CBRE

Oceanica

Televisora de Costa Rica (Teletica)

Hewlett Packard

Colegio Santa María

Conferencia Espiscopal Nacional Costa Rica

President Carlos Alvarada Quesada

Former President Oscar Arias Sánchez

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to Tribute Holdings (MIC Food) on a number of important matters, including the renegotiation of a joint venture agreement, a division’s spin-off, and a potential acquisition.

Arias

The 'experienced and renowned' compliance group at Arias continues to grow, providing ongoing advice on regulatory matters to clients from a diverse range of sectors, including medical devices, food, technology and financial services. New co-head (and lifelong diplomat) Carlos Camacho brings his free trade zone expertise to the team, joining compliance authority Vicente Lines and department director and white-collar crime expert German Rojas. The group is backed by senior associates Ignacio Flores, who specialises in risk management, and Vivian Gazel, who advises on data protection matters. The team has expertise in antitrust, anti-corruption, corporate governance and consumers’ rights matters.

Practice head(s):

Vicente Lines; German Rojas; Carlos Camacho

Testimonials

‘Experienced and renowned team.’

‘They assign lawyers to provide direct assistance to clients.’

BLP

BLP remains the go-to adviser for such high-profile multinationals as Microsoft and Pfizer, assisting with day-to-day compliance matters involving the establishment of antitrust programs and the implementation of global policies in accordance with domestic law.  An experienced team led by 'very responsive' anti-corruption expert Juan Carlos Tristán advises clients on detailed risk assessments, ethics due diligence and internal investigations in a wide range of sectors, including telecoms, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and real estate. The group is backed by consumer protection and antitrust authority Uri Weinstok, environmental health and safety specialist Mauricio Salas, and associates Ximena Martin, Maricruz Ortiz and Alejandro Rojas.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Tristán

Testimonials

‘The combination of knowledge and experience adds value for in-house attorneys. The team has extensive knowledge of compliance issues, highlighting anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and antitrust matters. This puts it above the rest of the offices.’

‘In terms of compliance, there are few teams that have such specialised and deep knowledge as BLP. This, together with their dedication to the good client service that has already become synonymous with the firm, makes them one of our main advisers on the subject.’

‘The team led by Juan Carlos Tristán is very professional and provides straight-to-the-point advice when dealing with applicable anti-corruption laws and other long-arm statutes in Costa Rica.’

‘Juan Carlos Tristán is very responsive and provides solid and concise advice.’

‘Juan Carlos Tristán from BLP is my first point of contact for Costa Rica anticorruption and investigation matters. He has a solid understanding of the corruption issues facing our clients and is a good partner for a practice like mine in Latin America. I would also add that when I have requested support in other countries in Central America, he has very quickly been able to recommend colleagues from the other offices.’

‘The team stand out for their experience and up-to-date knowledge on compliance issues. They differ from other firms in that their contribution goes beyond advice – they constantly communicate with me to comment on regulatory changes, trends, initiatives and so on. In this regard, Juan Carlos Tristán and Uri Weinstok are outstanding in supporting in-house lawyers and help create value in the compliance function.’

‘What makes the team unique is its knowledge regarding third party and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act issues.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Pfizer

Bosch

Aspen

Laticrete

Globalvia

Isthmus

Florida Ice & Farm

Cuestamoras

Siemens

Liga Agricola Industrial de la Caña (LAICA)

Colgate-Palmolive

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day advice on compliance matters to Microsoft’s local operations, mainly in connection with interactions with government officials.
  • Providing day-to-day advice on compliance matters to Pfizer, specifically in connection with institutional sales and the organisation of events involving government officials in the region.
  • Assisting Aspen with an annual compliance review in connection with its operations in Costa Rica and providing advice on compliance matters.

Dentons Muñoz

Following the departure of former practice co-head Carolina Muñoz in October 2020 to set up her own practice, the team at Dentons Muñoz is led by director Tatiana Reuben, who specialises in compliance matters, and backed by regional IP and technology director Monserrat Guitart, an expert in data privacy. The team assists clients by employing an innovative collaborative platform to track conduct programme maturity and risk assessments. Implementing information security policies, compliance training, communication plans and developing ethics platforms are some of the services offered by the firm, which assists multinational clients across a variety of sectors, including automotive, logistics, energy, real estate, telecoms and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Reuben

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its experience, knowledge of the subject and client service.’

‘Tatiana Reuben has a high level of experience and dedication to her clients. There is a real feeling that she cares about the client.’

Key clients

Telecable