Corporate and M&A in Costa Rica

Aguilar Castillo Love

Led by legal industry veteran John Aguilar-Quesada, the corporate and M&A team at Aguilar Castillo Love is praised by clients for its 'personalised service' and for its combination of 'experienced' leads and 'tech-savvy' younger lawyers. The group takes a multidisciplinary approach to representing such multinationals as WarnerMedia, Johnson Controls International, AstraZeneca, and Coca-Cola, with a client portfolio that spreads across a variety of sectors, including telecoms, food, hospitality, and pharmaceuticals. The team's services extend to advising on antitrust matters, joint venture negotiations, and compliance and detection of criminal risks in high-value transactions. The regional firm is also known for its work with Magic Circle firms, among them Linklaters and Slaughter and May. The group is backed by regulatory expert Tatiana Rojas Hernández, restructuring specialist Marco Solano, the technology-focused Fabián Solis (who arrived from Deloitte Legal in July 2021), Esteban Agüero Guier, who has notable merger control expertise, and Andrea Sáenz, who is an authority on free trade zones. Key associate-level support is provided by Stephanie Howard Peña and Laura Rodríguez Amador.

Practice head(s):

John Aguilar-Quesada

Testimonials

‘All members of the team and the firm offer extensive knowledge of their specific area of law. They are always willing to do more to help, and they see the different options and ways to achieve the objectives we seek.’

‘There is always a personalised service. I really appreciate the attention of the senior partner and the fact that they are available at any time of the day to answer our questions.’

‘ACL’s corporate and M&A team stands out not only for the sophistication of its members and its geographic coverage throughout Central America, but also for its level of response and efficient service. They know the most important issues in the different jurisdictions, but above all, they anticipate the needs of their clients.’

‘The team at ACL stand out for various reasons. They have a mix of experienced lawyers and tech-savvy younger lawyers who understand the most important business issues and have the ability to find the best way to meet clients’ requirements in complex and cross-border matters.’

‘They provide thorough advice on all subjects, taking into account all the different perspectives involved.’

‘Well-rounded service and good ideas.’

‘The firm provides a personalised service. It is not just good on the technical legal side but also gives us practical advice that is aligned to our credo and ethical principles. I am extremely happy with the quality, speed and holistic nature of the firm’s services.’ 

‘Esteban Agüero’s availability, focus on our matters – including critical issues – and ability to not only provide a legal opinion but also practical advice, all to the highest ethical standards, is what makes the difference.’

Key clients

Terumo Corporation / MicroVention

TMF Group

WarnerMedia

DXC Technology Company

Swissport Group

Johnson Controls International

AstraZeneca

Assa Abbloy

Accenture

Stryker Corporation

Mercadona

Ferrero

Cemex

Janssen Cilag/Johnson & Johnson Services

Dell

Trafigura

Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE)

Marriott International

Citigroup

Sonoco Products Company

Work highlights

  • Acted alongside Norton Rose Fulbright as local counsel to Accenture on its acquisition of CreativeDrive, a global, tech-driven content production company.
  • Acted for Coca-Cola in the launch of its first alcoholic beverage worldwide, named Topo Chico.
  • Advised Stryker Corporation in relation to its acquisition of the Wright Medical Group, which has an important operation and facility in Costa Rica.

BLP

Praised by clients for its 'excellent availability' and 'great technical knowledge', the powerhouse team at regional firm BLP continues to lead in corporate and M&A matters. The group utilises advanced auto-diagnostic tools to assist national and multinational clients with assessing which issues are applicable to their matter, such as corporate compliance, real estate compliance, and restructuring. The team, led by founding partner David Gutiérrez (who divides his time between the San José and Madrid offices) and business law expert Adriana Castro, maintains an impressive client portfolio that includes household names such as Amazon, Pfizer, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate, and Uber, and spans a broad range of sectors, among them retail, telecoms, aviation, logistics, and real estate. The team is backed by free trade zone specialist Adelina VillalobosAndrea González, who advises on the real estate and hospitality sectors, founding partner Luis M Castro, compliance and anti-corruption authority Juan Carlos Tristán, and banking and finance partner Vivian Liberman.

Practice head(s):

David Gutiérrez; Adriana Castro

Testimonials

‘Excellent availability. Great technical knowledge, especially in matters relating to free trade zones and customs.’

‘The partners have experience in conceptualising and structuring deals and not just in the legal aspects. This is helpful in terms of their ability to recommend a strategy.’

‘They understand the legal aspects of the matter, but also the business side. Their advice doesn’t just meet the legal criteria, but also covers commercial issues and the structuring of the deal. Luis Castro, Adriana Castro and Catalina Soto are the standouts.’

‘A dynamic, well-prepared and very responsible team.’

‘Andrea Gonzalez knows her field very well. She solves problems and proposes several solutions, not just one.’

‘Their attitude to client service, permanent availability, and level of responsiveness are remarkable. Likewise, their answers are always very practical and they search for an ideal business solution, with a high dose of creativity.’

‘The team’s pragmatism and knowledge of the industry and the client’s business is key. The fact that they work as a team and have so many different experts allows them to provide rapid, high-quality responses. They are always available to take calls and work whenever necessary. In particular, David Gutiérrez provides us with highly intelligent advice with the aim of making a deal. This is very valuable.’

‘The level of service at BLP is exceptional. They have extensive knowledge of the deal, our business and its requirements. Their sense of empathy and urgency means they react efficiently and effectively to all of our requests for assistance, no matter how complex the matter is. The firm’s ability to provide services in various countries in the region adds a lot of value to its local operation. It is a multi-disciplinary team with great communication and coordination. The interaction between the different members of the team is always fluid and efficient.’

Key clients

3Pillar Global

Aptean

Cornershop

Bekaert

Herman Miller

Accenture

Netafim

Uber

Airbnb

Siemens

Pfizer

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Advised 3Pillar Global on the acquisition of Costa Rica-based software development firm Isthmus Software and its foreign subsidiaries.
  • Advised Mobility ADO on the acquisition of the total capital stock of transportation company Tica Bus.
  • Advised Ufinet on the cross-border corporate restructuring of its maritime cable division.

Consortium Legal

'Able, knowledgeable in their field, responsible and dedicated', the corporate and M&A lawyers at leading Central American firm Consortium Legal regularly advise multinationals involved in high-value transactions, including M&A, asset purchases and bulk sale processes. The group's other services range from addressing regulatory, environmental and permitting matters to advising on concessions, capital restructuring, investment funds and free trade zones. Assisting a portfolio of high-profile clients including Google, Coca-Cola, Maersk and Walmart, the team’s work spans the pharmaceuticals, real estate, financial services, fintech and manufacturing sectors. The group is headed by M&A expert Rolando Laclé Zuñiga, free trade zone specialist David Reuben, restructuring authority Juan Manuel Cordero, and Juan Manuel Godoy, who brings 21 years of experience to the corporate arena.

Practice head(s):

Rolando Laclé Zúñiga; Juan Manuel Godoy; David Reuben; Juan Manuel Cordero

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. They are always available and attentive to the needs of our company. Their response times are usually very good and their advice is highly professional.’

‘The team members are highly qualified. They provide comprehensive advice and seek to understand the company’s line of business. The team are attentive to our requests.’

‘The team know how to combine their skills and knowledge very well. They have a complete grasp of the facts and this makes it easier to present and analyse solutions to complex problems. Each member of the team plays an integral part in the development of deals or the resolution of problems facing our business.’

‘Every member of the team is very able, knowledgeable in their field, responsible and dedicated. This is what sets them apart from other practices and what makes them so important to our company.’

‘In our long experience of working with them, we can say that the team is well-rounded, efficient and always available to clients. Consortium Legal is our principal adviser in the field of corporate and M&A law and they have always provided a high-quality service.’

‘Juan Manuel Cordero has been our right-hand man during negotiations and his skill is outstanding. He is the kind of lawyer who always has an answer to the concerns that we raise.’

‘They have a broad understanding of the market and an excellent reputation. We have been working with them for many years, so they know our business very well, which makes it easier for them to advise us.’

‘They keep things clear and straightforward when that’s what we need, but can provide more detailed and extensive explanations if necessary, and they are very knowledgeable about their areas of law. Juan Manuel Godoy has an excellent understanding of his subject.’

Key clients

FUTV

Café Volio

Camposol

Corona

Tempisque Marbel

Rappi

Walmart de México & Centro América

APM Terminals

Maersk

Ultrapark Development Group

Cuestamoras

Cemex

Grupo Barceló

Fyffes

Cefa

Stein

Work highlights

  • Advised FUTV on antitrust matters.
  • Advised Camposol on the launch of its operations in Costa Rica
  • Advised Tempisque Marbel on its inclusion in the free zone regime and on a capital structuring.

Alta Batalla

Following its May 2021 merger with firms in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to create a regional entity, Alta Batalla (previously Batalla Abogados) remains a recognised leader in matters related to private equity and venture capital transactions. An experienced team led by industry expert Rodrigo Zelaya provides a full service to finance funds and multinational clients, including advising on investments, buyouts, portfolio company transactions, the redesign of corporate governance rules and regulatory issues. The group’s client portfolio contains high-profile names such as Norfund and Philip Morris International, and spans a broad range of sectors including energy, telecoms, private equity, financial services and education. The team is backed by Alejandro Batalla and Mariano Batalla, who specialises in M&A transactions and real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Zelaya

Testimonials

‘They are efficient – their responses are immediate, whatever the time of day.’

‘Their work is of a very high standard.’

‘What makes the firm stand out is its teamwork, the quality of its lawyers and dedication to clients.’

Key clients

Enel Green Power

Oikocredit Global Equity

The Moringa Partnership

Lafise Investment Management

MGM Innova Cap Management

Deetken Asset Management

Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI)

Norfund

Bridgestone Industrial Products

Philip Morris International

Didi Mobility

Work highlights

  • Advised Lafise Investment Management on the formation and capitalisation of its fourth private equity fund, Caseif IV.
  • Assisted Enel Americas with the due diligence of Enel Green Power’s non-conventional renewable energy operations in Costa Rica prior to their merger.
  • Advised M & T Bank on restructuring a complex debt arrangement with a local operating company and its US parent company.

Arias

Singled out by clients for its 'extensive knowledge of the subject', the corporate team at Arias continues to advise local, regional and international companies engaged in high-value M&A transactions, including multi-jurisdictional matters. The group is led by acquisition specialist Vicente Lines, due diligence expert Andrey Dorado, corporate tax authority Carolina Flores, and notary law head Melania Dittel. The team’s client portfolio, which features high-profile entities such as Telefonica and GSK, covers a broad range of sectors, from telecoms and education to the transportation, logistics and automotive industries. The regional firm offers clients a wide spectrum of additional services, including advising on regulatory issues, arranging antitrust assessments, providing key support in labour matters, and conducting tax investigations. The team is backed by new partner Diego Gallegos and senior associate Tracy Valera.

Practice head(s):

Vicente Lines; Andrey Dorado; Carolina Flores; Melania Dittel

Testimonials

‘The team is technically very good and efficient. They delivered flawlessly in an operation involving many jurisdictions and with very demanding deadlines.’

‘Vicente Lines stands out for his technical abilities and speed of responses.’

‘The corporate team has extensive knowledge of the subject. They always provide timely advice, and are agile and quick in responding.’

‘They stand out for their dedication and readiness to provide our business with prompt and accurate advice.’

‘Vicente Lines is experienced, committed and prepared to add value for the client.’

‘The team are dedicated and give clients confidence – that is what makes them different. They are very agile in their responses and this is what deals need. They provide a personalised service.’

‘They have the experience and knowledge to deal with our company’s requirements.’

‘The team are friendly and available. They understand our business and its objectives.’

Key clients

Telefonica

Amvac

Swissport

Delivery Hero

Sterling Partners

Work highlights

  • Provided Telefónica with advice on the legal and regulatory aspects of the sale of its Costa Rican subsidiary, Telefonica de Costa Rica.
  • Advising Amvac on day-to-day commercial issues relating to its operations in Central America.
  • Advised Swissport on the purchase and sale of 49% of the shares of ground-handling company Interairport Services Swissport.

CENTRAL LAW Costa Rica

Clients praise the 'availability and confidence in resolving matters' of the corporate and M&A team at Central Law Costa Rica. Led by founding partner and industry expert Rafael Quirós Bustamante, international transactions authority Tomás Quirós Jiménez and seasoned partner Mauricio Quirós González, the group advises regional and multinational clients on matters related to high-value transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and business expansions. In addition, the team handles due diligence procedures, regulatory issues and labour matters. The team’s client base spans such sectors as aviation, tech, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and food, and includes international household names, among them Hoffman La Roche and BT Global. Associate Ricardo Rodríguez Valderrama provides support.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Quirós Bustamante; Tomás Quirós Jiménez; Mauricio Quirós González

Testimonials

‘They have experts in all areas of law, which allows them to respond to and deal with the different problems that arise in our company.’

‘The team members are always available to take calls or respond quickly to emails on urgent matters.’

‘What stands out is definitely their availability and confidence in resolving matters. The support they offer at a personal level is important – that is to say, they are not just professionals, but provide a personal touch when dealing with clients. It is a firm you can go to for any kind of advice, and they are very professional in their approach and responses.’

‘The client service definitely stands out. They are very attentive and provide a personalised service to clients, and their responses are very fast. Ricardo Rodríguez is always available to deal with our concerns and is someone who clients trust.’

‘They follow up promptly on matters relating to our business. They are proactive and respond quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

Planet Payment

Mabe

Kerry Ingredients

Grupo Multimedios

Caja de Ande

Wipro

Hoffman La Roche

Ecolab

BT Global

Roche Services Americas

Novex

Izuzu

Hotel Manatus

Sencinet

Work highlights

  • Assisting Novex with drafting agreements, corporate structuring and day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Providing Mabe with advice on its corporate strategies in Central America and corporate governance regulatory issues.
  • Assisting Operadora Central de Estacionamientos with drafting and reviewing contracts, such as service and labour agreements, and with compliance issues relating to the expansion of its operations in Costa Rica.

ECIJA

Client single out the corporate and M&A group at ECIJA for its 'availability and personalised client service'. Headed by Guillermo E Zúniga, who specialises in the design and structuring of corporate vehicles in Costa Rica and Central America, the team represents such multinationals as Pfizer, Maersk, and UPL, spread over a sweeping selection of industries including pharmaceuticals, tourism, real estate, energy, chemicals, and e-commerce. The international firm advises on a wide range of corporate matters, such as the incorporation of companies in free-trade zones, greenfield investments, restructurings, joint ventures, and related antitrust issues, as well as start-ups and seed capital structures. The team is backed by digital services expert Mercedes Sancho, energy and national resources specialist Mariela Hernández, and associate Monserrat Soto Roig, and was further strengthened with the arrival of partner Alvaro Quesada Loría, who joined the firm from Aguilar Castillo Love in October 2020, boosting the team's competition expertise.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo E. Zúñiga

Testimonials

‘ The ECIJA team stands out from other firms for its availability and personalised client service.’

‘They have a personal touch and are very available and transparent during the process.’

‘ECIJA’s follow-up of cases, sense of urgency and the quality of its legal work are impressive and unmatched. So far it has been the best law firm I have worked with, both in terms of legal output and client service.’

‘Their advice is assertive and accurate. They keep their promises regarding the delivery of work and are very transparent in their explanations. In addition, the regional reach of their services is very convenient for multinationals, and the approach of having a single point of contact is a great plus and gives peace of mind to in-house lawyers.’

‘The way they work as a team has been really helpful for us. We have an assigned lawyer, and we like that although we work hand in hand with the other partners depending on our needs, we always have a single point of contact who helps us follow up with all the different team members.’

‘The client service is excellent. Mercedes Sancho always makes sure we feel comfortable and gives us a sense of confidence and security as she is always available to respond to our concerns. They have all made us feel like friends, which makes it easier to discuss the issues affecting our company with them, but despite our close relationship they maintain an excellent level of professionalism.’

‘They are very knowledgeable about data protection regulation.’

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis

Pfizer

UPL – Arysta Lifescience – Bioquim

Maersk SeaLand

CMA CGM – APL

Ghella

Conelectricas

Coopelesca

Auto Mercado

Sparx Logistics

Techmarine and Logistics

Hunt Energy Horizons

American Food/Smithfield

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality

Tropical Foods

Fundes Internacional

Work highlights

  • Handling a spin-off of one of the divisions of a global pharmaceutical company that is being designed and will be implemented during 2021.
  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company on distribution and agency agreements.
  • Assisted Pfizer Zona Franca with a global project which entailed the spin-off of the Upjohn product division from the general structure of Pfizer.

EY Law Central America

Having played a key role in the $500m acquisition of the Costa Rican subsidiary of Telefónica by telecoms company Liberty Latin America, the corporate and M&A team at EY Law Central America, part of the global EY network, is growing fast. Led by respected industry authority Hernán Pacheco O and transaction division head Fernando Vargas Winiker, the team advises national and multinational clients on a wide range of matters, including M&A, restructurings, business transformations, corporate governance, regulatory matters, due diligence and antitrust procedures. The group maintains a portfolio of top-shelf clients, including Kimberly Clark and Bacardi, across a variety of sectors, from retail, telecoms and food to beverages, education, agri-business and construction. The team is supported by real estate co-head Alejandro Antillón, Arturo Apéstegui and senior manager Ana Sáenz.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Pacheco O; Fernando Vargas Winiker

Testimonials

‘There is a good combination of lawyers in the team. In particular, the senior members provide experience in negotiations and strategy in complex matters.’

‘Hernán Pacheco is an agile and strategic negotiator. Ana Sáenz is very efficient in handling corporate matters.’

‘What makes the practice unique is Fernando Vargas. Fernando is a top commercial lawyer and his grasp of Costa Rican law as well as other Central America jurisdictions provides us with great comfort in knowing he is handling the situation.’

Key clients

AR Retail

Kimberly Clark

Liberty Latin America

LeoLabs

Bacardi Servicios Corporativos

Evonik International Costa Rica

Distribuidora Isleña de Alimentos

Industrias Martec

Sur Química

Grupo Comeca

Work highlights

  • Advised Kimberly Clark on day-to-day matters and special projects for the regional operations of the company.
  • Advised AR Retail, a company operating fashion stores and franchises, on the successful acquisition of the fast-fashion chain Forever 21 in nine countries.
  • Advising Distribuidora Isleña de Alimentos, one of the largest distributors of food and beverage products in Costa Rica, on all matters relating to distribution agreements with major companies in the US and Europe.

BG&A Abogados Corporativos

The corporate and M&A team at BG&A Abogados Corporativos brings added value through innovation, utilising an advanced AI platform to provide customer service 24/7 and to track the status of clients' cases. Headed by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, the team’s portfolio contains a broad range of local and international clients, such as Office Depot and Telefónica, from a diverse variety of sectors, including education, real estate, energy, telecoms, and construction. The team advises on the full range of matters, assisting with M&A and business negotiations, due diligence, company formation, asset sales, and investment in new markets. Essential personnel include Nicole Damha, María Gabriela Monge and Eslava Hernández Jiménez.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Gutiérrez

Testimonials

‘The team is constantly developing and uses state-of-the-art technology.’

‘It is a group of specialists with diverse skills who manage to work together as a team, with the knowledge of each member adding to the strength of the service.’

‘The team are highly prepared, and always seeking to stay up to date with the relevant legal issues. In terms of their qualities, what stands out is their teamwork, solidarity, willingness to search for the best solution for their client and their friendly and attentive client service.’

‘A legal team needs to know the culture, operating dynamics and final objectives of the client’s business when advising on M&A. BG&A have the ability to quickly identify these qualities and characteristics, which allows them to manage the process to reach a successful outcome.’

‘They are skilled in negotiation and conciliation, they are knowledgeable, and cover many areas of law with a deep understanding of each one, and have the ability to analyse matters and bring them together. Benjamín Gutiérrez, Eslava Hernández and Gabriela Monge stand out.’

‘The lawyers have a high level of knowledge of the legal issues in different areas, they provide good support and are highly responsible. Benjamín Gutiérrez, Eslava Hernández, Nicole Damha and Gabriela Monge are all top performers.’

‘The innovative approach and availability of its partners and associates make the firm stand out.’

‘The team at BG&A is singled out by its knowledge in the field of corporate law, with strong international experience, as well as its advances in technological matters. What sets them apart from their competitors is their constant innovation.’

Key clients

Grupo Cobasa

Orconsa

La Coruña Zaragoza de Palmares

Sarah Catherine Gibson Sandi

ACNUR

Comité Cantonal de Deportes de Montes de Oro Puntarenas

Federación de Automovilismo

Asociación Automovil Club de Costa Rica

Asociación para el Desarrollo de Badminton

Federación Paravolleyball

Federación Unida de Triatlón de Costa Rica

Alfaquímica de Centroamérica

Office Depot

Universidad Internacional Sek de Ecuador

Universidad Internacional Sek de Chile

Colegio Internacional Sek – Costa Rica

Colegio Internacional Sek- Chile

Colegio Internacional Sek- Quito

Colegio Internacional Sek – Guayaquil

Colegio Internacional Sek – Los Valles

Colegio Internacional Sek – Pacífico (Viña del Mar)

Colegio Internacional Sek – Austral

Colegio Internacional Sek – Colombia

Colegio Internacional Sek – Guadalajara

Colegio Internacional Sek – Paraguay

Colegio Internacional Sek – Las Américas (República Dominicana)

Colegio Internacional Sek – Budapest

Colegio Internacional Eiris

Colegio Internacional de Levante

Hotel Planas

International Education Systems

Boca Ratón Preparatory School

Panamá Preparatory School

Tiempo Libre Tilisa

Uniformes Designs

Unión Española

Grupo Creativo Diseño y Construcción

SEPER

Iunit

Concretera Nacional

RGIS Servicios Costa Rica

BSDEV Internacional

PVI Costa Rican Optics

Corporación Siete

Productos de Concreto

Sherwin Williams

Transacciones Ferreteras de Costa Rica

Colegio Nuestra Señora de Sion

Metalco

Mexichem

Grupo Sur

Multillantas Panamá

Datatecnología DTCR

Telefónica (Movistar)

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica

Proyectos de Acceso Proa

Constructora Volio y Trejos

Consultora, Constructora y Desarrolladora Ecoaire

Plycem

Saint Clare

AASA Automatización Avanzada

Municipalidad de San José

Junta Administrativa del Hospicio de Huérfanos de Cartago y COVAO

Paradise Medical Services

Colegio Santa María

Almacén Mozel

Autosasa

Tecnología Express

Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social

Mafisa

German – Tec

Asesores Contables Duarte Duarte

Grupo Lázaro

Inmobiliaria Madreselva

Civitar

Nexsys Centroamérica

Dylana Mena Camacho

Plasma Innova

Possehl Mexico

Sharon Torres Zamora

Hanna Total Collections

Cooperativa de Empleados de Proyectos Hidroelectricos

Alquiler De Equipo Para La Construccion (Alco)

Representaciones Agropecuarias Técnicas de Centroamérica

Asociación Cultural Monterrey

Asociación Escuela Futuro Verde

Servicentro San Román de Turrialba

Alberysam (Sistema Educativo Montealto)

Econs Structor

Profesionales en Cómputo Procom

Work highlights

  • Advised Universidad Sek de Chile on the process of the accreditation of the university before the Chilean National Council of Education.
  • Advised Alquiler de Equipos para la Construcción (Alco) on a breach of contract issue relating to its contacts with Eprem Ingeniería and Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social for a project to install power plants for a public hospital.
  • Advised Universidad Internacional Sek de Ecuador on the legal audit of its contracting procedures, mainly for purchases relating to the Department of Institutional Technology.

Colbs Estudio Legal

The corporate and M&A team at Colbs Estudio Legal is recognised by clients for its 'commitment to client service and outstanding professionalism'. Standing out for its multi-disciplinary approach, pairing clients with specialist lawyers, the firm’s team is led by national and international trade expert Javier Escalante and commercial and business transaction strategist Sebastián Jiménez. The group represents a portfolio of regional and multinational clients such as LafargeHolcim, and covers an extensive array of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, hospitality, fintech, construction and retail. In addition to the incorporation of companies and corporate contracts, the team displays expertise in complex matters such as the design of corporate structures, joint venture agreements and the free trade zone regime. The group is bolstered by its experienced associates, including start-up authority Javier SaumaAndrés Herrera Jaramillo, who is a key contact for day-to-day corporate advice; and new arrival Alejandra Arguedas, who joined from BLP in June 2020, bringing addition expertise in corporate, tax and customs matters to the team.

Practice head(s):

Javier Escalante; Sebastián Jiménez

Testimonials

‘The Colbs team is available 24/7 with a commitment to client service and outstanding professionalism.’

‘They have an excellent balance between the client service, the quality of their work and cost.’

‘They provided key support in the establishment of our business in Costa Rica and our entry into the market.’

‘Javier Escalante and his team shine because of their professional excellence, humanity and diligence.’

‘Colbs’ strength as a legal team is that it has lawyers with multi-disciplinary expertise. Their service is trustworthy, reliable, efficient and effective.’

‘Their honesty and transparency when advising clients stands out, as well as their communication, client service and good practice.’

Key clients

Lafarge Holcim

Redwood International Capital

E3 Capital

dLocal

Swisscore Latam

Hotel y Club Punta Leona

Healthy Living Group (GNC franchisee in Costa Rica)

Rubicon Water

Grupo Euromobilia

AMROP

Work highlights

  • Advised E3 Capital on the $4m acquisition of 70% of the shares of HA Logix, an international freight and logistics company.
  • Assisted Redwood International Capital with designing and establishing its corporate structure and representing the client before governmental authorities.
  • Advised Swisscore Latam on the process of its establishment in Costa Rica and on structuring the legal platform for its e-commerce business model.

Dentons Muñoz

With wide-ranging experience across a variety of sectors, including aviation, consumer goods, telecoms and pharmaceuticals, the team at global firm Dentons Muñoz advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including corporate governance and shareholders' agreements. José Antonio Muñoz heads the department. The firm recently bolstered its corporate offering with the August 2021 addition of new partners Jorge Dengo and Tatiana Reuben, who previously held in-house roles at Philip Morris and Walmart, respectively, and the promotion of Jennifer González to the partnership.

Facio & Cañas

With 'technical legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the national business environment', the corporate and M&A group at Facio & Cañas advises regional and multinational clients on high-value and cross-border M&A and investments. The team also advises on corporate governance matters and due diligence processes, and restructuring in preparation for mergers, among other matters. The team represents multinational and regional clients such as Samsung and Diageo from sectors including food, energy, infrastructure, electronics, construction retail and business services. The group is led by antitrust expert Carlos Oreamuno, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuel Gonzalez Sanz and the experienced Federico Rucavado.

Practice head(s):

Federico Rucavado; Carlos Oreamuno; Manuel Gonzalez Sanz

Testimonials

‘The Facio & Cañas team have technical legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the national business environment, which gives them a comprehensive vision in corporate matters.’

‘Federico Rucavado has excellent technical legal knowledge, case management skills and communication with clients, and is always available.’

Key clients

BIA Brands

Freeway Consulting Group

KPO Alpha

Insol Comercial

Grupo Nutrimed

Aluma Systems

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation

Mr Bodeguitas Storage

CSC – Corporation Service Company

Diageo

Samsung Electronics

WMGS (Walmart)

Cima Hospital

Lanco & Harris Manufacturing Corporation

PNC Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Insol Comercial on the restructuring of all of its legal entities in the US, Mexico and Central America.
  • Advised Freeway Consulting on the investment made by SalesForce into the client’s operations in Latin America.
  • Advised KPO Alpha on the reorganisation of its structure in Central America, in preparation for a future merger.

Lang & Asociados

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' corporate and M&A team at Lang & Asociados advises on such matters as the corporate structure for multimillion-dollar investments, the expansion of operations under the free trade zone regime, insurance matters, corporate governance and control, share transfer agreements and regulatory issues. Led by foreign investment authority Henry Lang, the group represents a portfolio of high-profile regional and international clients, such as Microsoft and Mastercard, over a broad spectrum of sectors including software development, real estate, marketing, fitness, medical devices, energy, pharmaceuticals and food. The team is backed by free trade zone expert Milena Jaikel.

Practice head(s):

Henry Lang

Testimonials

‘The team, in general, is very attentive and has a lot of knowledge in all areas of the law. Queries are handled in good time and the solutions that they suggest to different problems facing our business are always very successful and with a very favourable economic impact.’

‘They are very responsive and knowledgeable, which gives us a lot of confidence in their advice on different issues, but most of all, as clients, we value the way they explain matters in such a way that it is easy to understand the legal terms and processes.’

‘Always available, professional and easy to deal with.’

‘They are very responsive, speak excellent English, and are always available and very efficient in getting the job done.’

‘The team at Lang & Asociados are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The entire team are prompt with their responses and are a pleasure to work with. I truly enjoy our working relationship, and I value and trust their opinions and guidance and appreciate all the support they provide.’

‘They have a unique mix of pragmatism and expertise. This makes it very pleasant to work with them.’

‘Henry Lang is pragmatic and gives us a good insight into the risks. This makes him a true business partner.’

‘It is a firm whose lawyers are very committed to their clients. The reason I first chose Henry Lang was because of the speed of his response to my introductory email, and that same speed has characterised the firm’s response every time we have had a problem. The team are very thorough and study each case with a magnifying glass, thinking about every possible scenario. In addition, their work is very detailed when it comes to answering any questions.’

Key clients

Bill Gosling Outsourcing

Microsoft Corporation

Eurofins Scientific

Little Caesars

Medtronic

Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies

Indian Industries

United Collection Bureau

Precision Coating Company

Hillphoenix

Westat

Widener University

SecureLink

MasterCard

Builder Homesite

Sensient Technologies Corporation

Smart Fit

Biomerics

Newfire Global Partners

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Synter Resource Group

The Warnath Group

Skim Group

TwinEngines

Verys

Energy Freelance

Costapharm

Avantica

Pacific Barcode Label Printing Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft Corporation on the continuing expansion, consolidation, day-to-day issues, and operation of its centre for services in Costa Rica.
  • Advised Smart Fit on the implementation of its plan to enter the Costa Rican market.
  • Advised Bill Gosling Outsourcing on the review and implementation, at the Costa Rican level, of security documentation for a large funding structure.

Oller Abogados

Clients single out the corporate team at Oller Abogados for 'providing great advice and adapting to clients' requirements'. Led by director Pedro Oller and litigation practice head Ricardo Vargas, the group specialises in advising on contracts, company restructurings, free trade zones, M&A, and investment in and deployment of entities in the country. The firm’s client portfolio covers sectors ranging from energy to finance. Vital support to the team is provided by associates Yaliam Jaime, a restructuring expert, and real estate authority Andrés Mercado.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Oller; Ricardo Vargas

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at the firm are highly efficient, providing great advice and adapting to clients’ requirements. There is a lot of transparency during the transaction, including in the billing process. Compared to other firms, they exceed expectations.’

‘They are truly high-class advisers. They provide immediate, friendly, efficient and reliable solutions.’

Key clients

WRB Serra Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised WRB Serra Partners on purchasing a solar company for $21.5m through a founding schemer.

Sfera Legal

Clients single out the corporate and M&A team at Sfera Legal for its 'personalised service and speed in resolving clients' issues'. Led by Eric Scharf, with the support of fellow founding partners Rafael Cañas and Robert van der Putten, the group advises a multinational and regional client base which includes Dell, Philip Morris International and Sony, from a broad spectrum of sectors such as hospitality, engineering, education, pharmaceuticals, tobacco and food. The team offers a full service, assisting clients with a wide range of matters not limited to the establishment of companies in the free trade zone regime, due diligence, and the preparation and review of contracts. The group also includes Jose Pablo Arce, Raquel Moya, and associates Mariana Castro, an expert in competition law matters, and new addition Camila Rodríguez, who joined from Vector Legal in August 2020, bringing added value with her knowledge of corporate structures.

Practice head(s):

Eric Scharf

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge, availability, approach to inquiries and personal touch means they are much superior to their competitors. They always have the best disposition and attitude, and the service is of a high quality.’

‘What stands out is the personalised service and speed in resolving clients’ issues. Their model means each client has an account manager who is aware of all their projects and coordinates with other specialist lawyers to resolve matters as quickly and as effectively as possible. For clients, this means less repetition and more security and confidence in the service provided.’

‘Sfera Legal’s Costa Rica team stands out for its strong business sense and focus on finding solutions.’

‘The lawyers have a great ability to analyse and understand the problems faced by the client and present alternatives that allow transactions to go ahead.’

‘The Sfera Legal team advised us on launching our company in Costa Rica in a professional, objective and clear way. It is a team of highly capable corporate lawyers.’

‘Mariana Castro is an experienced lawyer with a high degree of commitment in her work. She followed up on all our requirements in a punctual and precise manner.’

‘Excellent response times. Extensive know-how and extraordinary client service.’

‘Eric Scharf and his team are very efficient.’

Key clients

Dell

Philip Morris International/Tabacalera Costarricense

Abbott Laboratories

Mabe

Sony

Pan-American Life Insurance

Establishments Labs

AGP Corporation

BioMar Goup

Numar

SLB-PDC

Banco GyT Continental

Coopeleche

Fernández Aguilar

Kuiki Credit

Cheetah Digital

LatAm Logistic Properties

Ríos Tropicales Group

Eliseo Vargas Constructora

Natural Aloe

Laboratorios Raven

The Violin Group

Smart (Siemens)

Work highlights

  • Advised Rotamundos on its entry to the Costa Rican market.
  • Advised 730 clients with a Costa Rican corporation on filing with the final beneficiaries and transparency registry of the Costa Rican Central Bank, which involved approximately 1,500 corporations.
  • Advised Rapid Response on the establishment of the company in the Costa Rican free trade zone regime.

Zürcher, Odio & Raven

The corporate group at Zürcher, Odio & Raven specialises in M&A, venture capital transactions, contracts between shareholders, and company reorganisations. Alberto Raven Odio is the key contact.

Magnalex Abogados

Led by Marielena Mora Schlager, the corporate team at Magnalex Abogados advises entrepreneurs, investors and companies at every level. The group offers a comprehensive service, advising on company incorporation and structuring, the modification of articles, franchising, M&A and the free trade zone regime. The team’s client base spans such sectors as financial services, technology, software development, tourism, hospitality, logistics and health. The group is supported by Víctor José Mora Schlager, who brings a combined business and legal background to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marielena Mora Schlager

Nassar Abogados

The team at Nassar Abogados advises companies on such issues as regulatory compliance and relationships between partners and different corporate bodies. Founding partner Tomás Nassar is the key contact.