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Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

The experienced corporate team at Forza advises multinational corporates and financial entities and start-ups across such sectors as financial services, B2B, software and medical devices on multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Corporate and M&A in Costa Rica

Aguilar Castillo Love

The corporate team at Aguilar Castillo Love leverages the bench strength of nine offices throughout the region to advise major multinationals such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Mondelez and AstraZeneca on high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. With a client base spanning sectors ranging from tech, financial services, manufacturing and healthcare to food and beverages, hospitality and consumer goods, the multidisciplinary team’s comprehensive service extends to complex negotiations, antitrust matters, labour matters, tax issues and the detection of criminal risks. Foreign investment authority and senior partner John Aguilar Quesada leads the team, bringing expertise to complex M&A. Other key figures include Esteban Agüero Guier, the former head of the Costa Rican government’s international investment and trade disputes department; Tatiana Rojas Hernández, who brings expertise to corporate compliance and investigations; Marco Solano Gómez, who has over 20 years’ experience managing major cross-border deals and day-to-day operations; free trade zone regime expert Andrea Sáenz; and senior associate Stephanie Howard Peña. Laura Rodríguez Amador was promoted to partner in September 2022. Since publication, the firm has appointed Mary Ann Drake -formerly the firm's regional manager- as both a partner and the firm's General Counsel - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Aguilar Quesada


Testimonials

The team understands the technical terms but is also sensitive about business issues and its ethical standards are aligned with ours.

We have more than 7 years of experience working with them. Our relationship began in Costa Rica and we currently have a relationship in different countries in Central America. I would like to emphasise that they are always focused on excellence and clear and effective communication.

The academic and professional preparation of its lawyers is first class and additionally the relationship with its clients is exceptional.

Key clients

Hapag-Lloyd


Bayer


Mondelez International


Stryker


Johnson Controls


DXC Technology


Johnson & Johnson


AstraZeneca


Work highlights


  • Advised Hapag-Lloyd on the acquisition of the terminal business of SM SAAM in Costa Rica and Honduras.
  • Assisted Bayer with the sale of its environmental science professional business to international private equity firm Cinven.
  • Advising Stryker in Costa Rica on various corporate issues linked to its internal reorganisation.

BLP

The powerhouse team at BLP remains a market leader, employing the full bench strength of offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste (with a new fourth location in Marina Flamingo which opened in January 2023), in addition to branches across Latin America and Europe, to provide day-to-day advice and assistance with complex, high-value, cross-border M&A to national and global corporates across sectors ranging from building materials, life sciences, software and aviation to pharmaceuticals, fintech, telecoms and hospitality. The practice is headed by David Gutiérrez, who divides his time between the San José and Madrid offices, and who brings expertise to corporate structuring and infrastructure financing. Other key figures include Eduardo Calderón and Adriana Castro, both of whom are specialist in telecoms and media industry matters; Adelina Villalobos, who advises on free trade zone matters; and directors Adriana Acuña, who manages files involving corporate governance, and Elia Naranjo, who brings experience to contractual negotiations. José María Pacheco, a newly appointed special counsel experienced in cross-border M&A, joined the team from Sfera Legal in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Gutiérrez


Testimonials

Excellent service. A broad team.

Adriana Castro is an excellent lawyer.

Excellent use of technology, very creative and innovative. Very good relationships and market intelligence for the benefit of their clients.

Teamwork and different specialties.

The BLP team is very efficient in all the areas in which we have worked with them. Specifically for the corporate and M&A area, they are by far the best in Costa Rica and Central America.

The M&A team stands out for Eduardo Calderón and David Gutiérrez. They are excellent lawyers. We would work with them again without hesitation.

Key clients

PaySafe


Agrosuper/Empresas Aquachile


Cementos Progreso


Joby Aviation


Aptean


Barentz International


Laboratorios Saval


Teledolar


Quarzo Tecnología


Orbit


Work highlights


  • Advised Paysafe on the acquisition of SafetyPay, a payments platform in Latin America that offers open banking and eCash solutions.
  • Advised Cementos Progreso Holdings on the $335m acquisition of Cemex’s assets in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
  • Advised Agrosuper and its subsidiary Empresas Aquachile on the sale of Grupo ACI, a Costa Rican company in the tilapia aquaculture industry, to Industrias Martec.

Consortium Legal

The corporate team at Consortium Legal remains a leader in the market, utilising the deep bench strength of offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to advise major multinationals (including Cemex, Walmart and APM Terminals) involved in high-value, cross-border transactions across sectors ranging from building materials, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare to shipping, hospitality, aviation, tech and food. The team’s comprehensive services cover real estate acquisitions and sales, M&A, asset purchases, bulk sale processes, specialised drafting and regulatory compliance. The team is led by Rolando Laclé Zuñiga, who draws on over 30 years of cross-border M&A and foreign investment experience; Juan Manuel Godoy, who brings expertise in the energy sector and green projects, David Reuben, who specialises in deals involving private equity and highly regulated sectors; and real estate development expert Juan Manuel Cordero.

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

The professionalism and commitment of the partners, associates and other lawyers is top-notch.

The team stand out for their technical legal knowledge and knowledge of their clients.

The commitment, the support and the timely response to what is required of them is the difference between Consortium and any other firm we have worked with previously. That’s the big difference.

I would like to mention Rolando Laclé Zuñiga and David Reuben. This team of first-class professionals makes our corporate management easier to develop.

Key clients

Stein Holding Group (Stein Corporation)


Cemex


Trans Union Global Capability Center


Walmart


Apm Terminals


Ultrapark Development Group


Grupo Barceló


Cuestamoras


CEFA


Fyfees


Rappi


Volaris


Quality Motors


Organización Corona


Work highlights


  • Advised Stein Holding Group (parent company of Stein Cares) in negotiating agreements with the International Finance Corporation for an equity investment in Stein’s pharmaceutical business.
  • Advised Cemex Colombia on the sale of its cement business in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
  • Advised Utitec Mecial on the sale of the Costa Rican subsidiary.

Alta Batalla

Following its 2021 merger with firms in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to create a regional entity, Alta Batalla continues out bring strength to advising financial institutions and major multinational corporates, such as Holcim and Enel Energy, involved in high-value M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions across the hospitality, financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, building materials and tech sectors. The firm provides a comprehensive offering on matters ranging from cross-border M&A and fund formations to regulatory issues and portfolio transactions. The team is led by Sergio Amador, who is also a seasoned litigator and negotiator. Rodrigo Zelaya brings expertise in joint ventures and corporate governance. Other key figures include Mariano Batalla, a specialist in public and governmental affairs, and Mariana Castro, the former president of Costa Rica’s competition authority COPROCOM, who joined in April 2022 as senior counsel.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Amador


Testimonials

It is a team with technical knowledge and experience, and also includes professionals from areas other than law in the tax and corporate practices, which gives a multidisciplinary vision of situations and cases. I think they have that advantage over firms that limit themselves to integrating the lawyers’ vision.

The lawyers have technical knowledge in their area, as well as prudence and restraint in giving advice. I would like to highlight the professionalism of Rodrigo Zelaya.

The team is well experienced in many aspects of the M&A practice and in the subtle but critical aspects of the handling of these processes towards reaching a desirable outcome for clients. I believe they use their many years of experience to support clients to reach a proper balance between upside creation and downside protection, whilst keeping the process moving forward.

Key clients

Chemo Centroamericana


SCP Hotels


Holcim


Blackstone Group


Lafise Investment Management


MGM Innova Capital


CIFI Asset Management


Enel Green Energy


Norfund


Work highlights


  • Advised Holcim (Costa Rica), the subsidiary of LafargeHolcim with listed shares on the local stock exchange, on the planning, approval and implementation of a share repurchase programme (including a reverse auction mechanism).
  • Advised Soul Community Planet (SCP) on its acquisition of the 189-acre Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, marking its first international expansion.
  • Advised Chemo Centroamericana, a Costa Rican pharmaceutical company, on a 50% stake acquisition by Laboratorios Rigar, a Panamanian pharmaceutical.

Arias

The experienced corporate team at regional firm Arias brings strength to advising major multinationals (including Telefónica and Mondelez) across such sectors as telecoms, pharmaceuticals, sports, food and beverages, professional services, chemicals and energy on day-to-day matters and complex, cross-border transactions. The team is headed by due diligence and contract negotiation specialist Andrey Dorado; energy sector expert Melania Dittel; Vicente Lines, who assists telecoms infrastructure and service providers with establishment in the Costa Rican market; Víctor Manuel Garita, who brings expertise to multi-jurisdictional M&A; and international trade authority (and former consul for the Costa Rican Consulate General in New York) Carlos Camacho. Diego Gallegos employs a project and asset finance skill set and provides support with political risk mitigation. Senior counsel Tracy Valera advises on shareholders’, stock purchase and asset purchase agreements and senior associate Sebastián Solano also provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Dorado; Melania Dittel; Vicente Lines; Víctor Manuel Garita; Carlos Camacho


Testimonials

They have very good communication.

Personalised attention makes the difference.

The Arias team always shows interest and passion. They adapt very well to the company’s processes, providing a quality service.

Melania Dittel and Sebastián Solano are professionals who are very committed to excellence in the legal service they offer.

The Arias team has established itself as one of our main external advisers in Latin America, due to the fact that they are a very high-performance team.

Melania Dittel offers a service that, in addition to being friendly and precise, allows us to have the peace of mind of knowing that at all times she is ready to assist us with a first-class service.


Key clients

Natural Partners and ReFeel


Telefónica


Stendhal


Mondelez


Rajasa


Eurofarma.


Pintuco/Grupo Orbis


IMCD Group/Andes Chemical


Work highlights


  • Advised the seller, Pintuco, on a transaction by providing the necessary documentation for the due diligence process and negotiating and revising the transaction agreements.
  • Advised Rather Outdoors on the $3m share purchase of Productos Deportivos KS from a local perspective throughout the due diligence stage, closing and post-closing processes.

CENTRAL LAW

Backed by deep regional bench strength, with eight offices in seven countries, the corporate team at CENTRAL LAW advises major multinationals across the hospitality, retail, tech and food sectors, among others, on day-to-day matters, corporate structures and multi-jurisdictional M&A. Founding partner Rafael Quiros Bustamante, who brings over 30 years of experience in the practice area, transactional specialist Tomás Quirós Jiménez and real estate expert Mauricio Quirós González are the key contacts.

ECIJA

Leveraging the bench strength of offices in 17 countries spanning Central America, Europe and Asia, and working relationships with Magic Circle firms such as Clifford Chance LLP, and bolstered by the firm’s March 2023 alliance with Taylor Wessing, the corporate and M&A team at ECIJA advises major multinationals (including Sanofi) on day-to-day matters and high-value, cross-border transactions. The practice’s services cover matters ranging from M&A, due diligence and corporate governance to commercial contracts and foreign investments. The group’s active client base spans the pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services, consumer goods, e-commerce, tourism, automotive and agrochemicals industries. The team is headed by corporate structure expert Guillermo Zúñiga, who has led the practice for over 20 years, and who brings strength to managing complex distribution schemes and matters involving the real estate and energy sectors. Other key figures include real estate specialist Mercedes Sancho, who brings expertise to advising NGOs and foundations seeking to establish a presence in Costa Rica, and experienced associate Monserrat Soto Roig.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Zúñiga


Testimonials

A very high level of commitment and service, 100% availability and, above all, a very high service capacity.

Guillermo Zuñiga’s attitude is always professional and friendly.

“Impeccable” is the word to describe the ECIJA team. What distinguishes them is the 360-degree ​​approach with which they address each of the queries that are made to them.

Precise, clear approach and excellent response times for day-to-day queries and more complex issues. Its answers are easy to understand and digest both for lawyers and for the members of the company in the commercial area that are usually involved in the processes. In addition to this, all the firm’s lawyers have an enviable disposition. They really are an outstanding firm.

They have trained and expert people in our areas of activity. They provide support to meet the needs and queries of our parent company.

Guillermo Zúñiga stands out for his personalised and committed service.

Key clients

Opella Healthcare – Sanofi


Conelectricas


Sunshine Financial


Toro Energia


Operation Underground Railroad


Automercado


Triple-S Blue


PedidosYa


Work highlights


  • Assisted with the negotiation of a distribution scheme for a newly created company of Sanofi, involving the negotiation of over 20 distribution agreements in different jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Conelectricas in the negotiation and drafting of a $35m five-year contract to design, implement and install a new infrastructure project.
  • Advised Toro Energia on the negotiation, structuring and drafting of the contractual agreements to close the acquisition of its crypto-mining hosting business.

EY Law Central America

The multidisciplinary corporate and M&A group at regional firm EY Law Central America leverages the bench strength of eight offices in seven countries (including the March 2022 opening of a Pacific Coast office in the Guanacaste province) and coordinates with its real estate and finance teams to advise local and multinational corporates involved in complex, cross-border transactions. The team’s comprehensive service includes distribution and franchise agreements, joint ventures and restructuring. The practice is led by corporate law authority Hernán Pacheco, free trade zone specialist Fernando Vargas and senior manager Ana Sáenz, an experienced economist. Other key figures include real estate practice co-head Alejandro Antillón, who brings his expertise to assisting hospitality chains and developers.

Practice head(s):

Hernán Pacheco; Fernando Vargas; Ana Sáenz


Testimonials

Without a doubt, EY Law is a very high-level firm and stands out both on a human and professional level.

One of the great qualities of the lawyers at EY Law is their professionalism, ethics and the ability to understand the business and the problems that clients bring to them. Specifically, Fernando Vargas stands out.

They have an interdisciplinary team that provides timely and innovative solutions. It is characterised by collaborating with the client’s requirements immediately.

Hernán Pacheco has extensive experience and is a leader in his field.

Key clients

Comercializadora de Mani


Distillers United Group


The Raymond Corp


NaanDanJain


Distribuidora Isleña de Alimentos


KC


EVONIK Costa Rica


Work highlights


  • Advised Distillers United Grupo in its sale of the Ron Diplomático brand, production facilities and distribution to Browne Forman for the approximate sum of $730m.
  • Advising Kimberly Clark on corporate, commercial, data protection, consumer protection, competition and other matters relating to the day-to-day activity of its subsidiaries in the region.
  • Advising Distribuidora Isleña de Alimentos on a wide range of matters, including corporate reorganisation and general corporate issues, potential joint venture alternatives, and the review and negotiation of distribution contracts of international brands.

BG&A Abogados Corporativos

The multidisciplinary team at BG&A Abogados Corporativos brings strength to advising investors, creditors, multinationals (including Office Depot, Sherman Williams and Telefónica), directors and shareholders on company formation, complex negotiations, the purchase and sale of assets, due diligence, M&A, and entry into the Costa Rican market. The firm’s broad client base spans sectors ranging from retail, fitness, education and building materials to sports, mining, oil and gas, telecoms and hospitality. The team is led by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, who brings 20 years of expertise in corporate law and commercial litigation and arbitration. The practice is supported by senior associates Eslava Hernández Jiménez, who assists with commercial disputes, and María Gabriela Monge, who along with associate Nicole Damha, specialises in the education area.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Gutiérrez


Testimonials

Serious work with personalised attention at all times.

Key clients

Energym


Samelec


Office Depot


Universidad Internacional Sek


Unión Española


Seper


Iunit


Concretera Nacional


Sherwin Williams


Mexichem


Grupo Sur


Telefónica (Movistar)


Banco Nacional de Costa Rica


Municipalidad de San José


Nexsys


Asociación Automovil Club de Costa Rica


Work highlights


  • Assisted with corporate advisory and post-pandemic board change procedures for Asociación Sistema Educativo Saint Clare, between April 2022 and January 2023.
  • Assisted Kotska Profesores Reunidos del Ecuador with the change of supplier of school uniforms and a licensing agreement, among other matters.
  • Advised Asmcorp, a company which distributes gasoline and provides servicing for domestic flights within Costa Rica, on verification and processing before the Civil Aviation Authority.

Dentons

Utilising the bench strength of its regional network of seven offices in six countries, the corporate team at Dentons advises national and multinational corporates across industries ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy to e-commerce, telecoms, tech, media and real estate on day-to-day operations and complex, cross-border transactions. The practice’s comprehensive service includes assistance with tax matters, compliance, M&A, business unit spinoffs, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, strategic alliances and divestitures. The team is led by Eduardo Zúñiga, who specialises in the hospitality and real estate sectors, and Tatiana Reuben, who brings over 20 years of in-house experience to the practice, and whose focus lies on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Senior associate Montserrat Ortega joined in January 2022 from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Zúñiga; Tatiana Reuben


Testimonials

The Dentons team provides comprehensive legal services and valuable support in addressing issues in the Central American and Caribbean region. They have a network of correspondents and branches that ensure that their services are provided in a timely, efficient manner and are of the best quality.

Customer service is impeccable, and their responses are timely, complete, and provide effective solutions to the company’s needs.

We like the firm for the personal treatment and the support they provide.

I think they treat my company excellently – their service is of high quality and the results have always been satisfactory. We have worked with Tatiana Reuben and we are very satisfied with her work.

Key clients

10Pearls


Codosat


MSC


Work highlights


  • Advised 10Pearls, a digital development company, on the acquisition of Pixel 506 in Costa Rica, and the cross-border acquisition of Whiz and its operations in Peru, Mexico, and Colombia.
  • Advising cable television and entertainment company Codosat with daily legal services, including general management advice, contract drafting and review, employment matters, compliance and the updating of powers of attorney for directors and managers.
  • Providing MSC with daily legal services, including general management advice and assistance with contract drafting and review, employment and compliance matters.

Facio & Cañas

Bolstered by the March 2023 opening of two new offices in Puntarenas and Guanacaste, the corporate team at Facio & Cañas provides a one-stop shop to advise major multinational corporates, including Oracle and GSK, on day-to-day matters and complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. With a client portfolio spanning such sectors as tech, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, consumer goods, medical devices and retail, the team’s comprehensive service ranges from regulatory compliance, corporate governance, due diligence and the negotiation of local and regional M&A to company incorporation and franchising, agency and distribution matters. The practice is led by Federico Rucavado, who brings expertise in business structuring and free trade zone regime matters; seasoned litigator and arbitrator Carlos Oreamuno; Roberto Leiva, who brings over 30 years of experience and assists with contract negotiation, general corporate matters, financial operations, real estate deals and M&A; managing partner Sergio Solera; and foreign investment expert Edgar Odio, who specialises in the structuring of commercialisation arrangements for the avoidance of competition risks. Key support is provided by senior associate Mariela Solano, whose background includes work on corporate transactions in the energy and fintech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Federico Rucavado; Carlos Oreamuno; Roberto Leiva; Sergio Solera; Edgar Odio


Key clients

Ingram Micro


Pixel506


Volaris Group


Nitel


Tico Electronics


You Solutions (Arxada)


GSK


Terumo Corporation


Oracle de Centroamérica


Work highlights


  • Assisted Ingram Micro in the sale of its Commerce & Lifecycle Services (CLS) business to CEVA Logistic, with work including due diligence, contract preparation and review, and legal counselling in corporate, commercial, employment and tax matters.
  • Advising the seller in the sale of assemblies and electromechanical solutions manufacturer Tico Electronics to the G.W. Lisk Company.
  • Advised Nitel, a technology service provider, in the purchase of Hypercore Networks.

Lang & Asociados

The experienced corporate team at Lang & Asociados routinely advises major multinationals such as Microsoft and Smart Fit on expansion into the Costa Rican market under the free trade zone regime. With an active client base spanning industries ranging from medical devices, healthcare and real estate to software, tech, insurance and education, the group’s comprehensive service extends to cover corporate governance, regulatory compliance, assistance with share transfer agreements and insurance matters. The team is headed by Henry Lang, a foreign investment authority who brings over 30 years' experience in the practice area. Other key figures include Milena Jaikel, who acts as a consultant to free trade zone government entities on changes to the regime, and Juan Carlos Cersosimo, who brings expertise to restructuring procedures and M&A, as well as data privacy and protection.

Practice head(s):

Henry Lang


Testimonials

Lang & Associates are simply the very best communicators and always have the best interests of their clients at heart.

Henry Lang is a super effective communicator, honest and diligent in his work, super brilliant and always on top of things. Juan Carlos Cersosimo is compassionate, very smart and very easy to work with.

They have great knowledge about the regulations of corporate law in Costa Rica. They are fast and diligent.

Key clients

Bill Gosling Outsourcing


Microsoft Corporation


Eurofins Scientific


Medtronic


Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies


Indian Industries


United Collection Bureau


Precision Coating Company


Westat


Widener University


SecureLink


Builder Homesite


Sensient Technologies Corporation


Smart Fit


Skim Analytical


Newfire Global Partners


Beyondsoft


Eagan Immigration


Alegria Partners


Elements Global Services


Serverless Solutions


Bluewave Data Solutions


Critical River


Riverpoint Medical


Work highlights


  • Assisting with the complete set up of the new Costa Rican operation of a US-based health care provider, which has involved the evaluation of the planned services operation in the country and its suitability for the free trade zone, deciding on the structure, and implementing the free trade zone licence.
  • Provided continuous assistance for Microsoft Corporation on the expansion, consolidation, day-to-day issues and operation of its centre for services, back office support and technical support in Costa Rica.
  • Supported Riverpoint Medical with the complete set up, implementation and design of its manufacturing operations in Costa Rica.

Nassar Abogados

The corporate team at Nassar Abogados employs regional strength to advise such household-name multinationals as British Airways, Samsung and Visa across the financial services, aviation, telecoms, electronics, manufacturing, and building materials sectors on high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice’s full service extends to corporate governance, corporate finance and securities. The team is headed by multi-jurisdictional M&A and day-to-day corporate affairs expert Tomás Nassar J. and senior partner and maritime and aviation transport authority Tomás Nassar P. Other key figures include Alina Nassar, who specialises in corporate administrative procedure and litigation; Henry Rodríguez, who brings experience in the negotiation of commercial contracts and international lending operations; and senior associate Alejandro Vargas, who handles market entry and franchise and distribution issues.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Nassar J.; Tomás Nassar P.


Testimonials

Up-to-date legal knowledge on competition and business structures as well as availability and a positive attitude towards the work they do for their clients.

Henry Rodríguez demonstrates significant knowledge of competition law.

Nassar Abogados has a large team with knowledge and experience in all required areas.

Key clients

UFP Technologies


Grupo Orbia (Amanco Wavin)


Samsung


Holcim


Phoenix Tower International


Visa


Holcim


Jetblue


Iberia


DHL Aviation


British Airways


Spirit Airlines


Frontier Airlines


American Airlines


Delta


Alaska Airlines


Albaugh


Work highlights


  • Advising Bridgestone on the development and structuring of the $250m investment planned to perform improvements to its plant in Costa Rica, including commercial and corporate advice on the preparation of contracts and the necessary documents for the capitalisation of the Costa Rican entity.
  • Provided legal support and advice to UFP Technologies (UFP) on the acquisition of the Costa Rican operations of medical devices company Advant Medical.
  • Advised Samsung in the review and improvement of its contractual models and commercial policies used in the Costa Rican market.

Tactic Estudio Legal

Tactic Estudio Legal, formed by former COLBS Estudio Legal partner Javier Escalante after he and Sebastián Jiménez split their practices in September 2021, advises major multinationals such as LafargeHolcim and Rubicon Water on a diverse range of corporate matters. With an active client base spanning industries ranging from construction materials, real estate and education to retail, food and beverages, tech and medical devices, the firm’s comprehensive services include the management of day-to-day matters, corporate governance, distribution and franchising agreements, cross-border M&A, the free trade zone regime and market entry. Escalante, an experienced trade negotiator who has served as both Consul General of Costa Rica in Singapore and Ambassador of Costa Rica in Qatar, heads the team and specialises in civil and contractual law, commercial dispute resolution and real estate. Key support is provided by the team of associates who followed Escalante to his new firm, including contractual development specialist Andrés Herrera and corporate governance and IP expert Karla Villalobos, as well as corporate law specialist Sylvia Clark-Escalante, who arrived in January 2022, bringing 15 years of experience as an in-house legal counsel.

Practice head(s):

Javier Escalante


Key clients

LafargeHolcim


Rubicon Water


Grupo Euromobilia


Juan Bansbach Instrumentos Musicales


Núcleo Industrial del Valle


Smart and Digital Logistics


IICA


Augustana University


Work With Nature Foundation


Farmagro


Work highlights


  • Advising LafargeHolcim on corporate governance.
  • Advising Rubicon Water on the structuring of its import-export division.
  • Acting for Juan Bansbach Instrumentos Musicales as primary legal counsel for all of its commercial and corporate needs, including advising on its corporate structure and corporate governance issues, representation before government institutions and preparation of legal opinions on the potential risks and legal implications of its operation.

COLBS Estudio Legal

The corporate practice at COLBS Estudio Legal employs the experience of its team to advise local and international corporates across sectors including pharmaceuticals, hospitality, fintech and construction on day-to-day operations and entry into the Costa Rican market. The team is led by Sebastián Jiménez, who brings expertise t0 such matters as company incorporation, joint venture agreements, the design of corporate structures and the free trade zone regime. Key figures include seasoned litigator Edwin Rojas, who specialises in breaches of commercial agreements, civil liability and real estate issues, and associate Francisco Villaseñor, who joined from Sfera Legal in October 2022, and who utilises a background in corporate, notarial and registration law.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Jiménez


Testimonials

Colbs provide the client with a personalised service, using all their professional skills and knowledge.

We trust Sebastián Jiménez to take care of all the procedures in Costa Rica.

Excellent professionals in different areas of law, who show knowledge of legal issues in Costa Rica and inspire great confidence.

Key clients

D Local


Hotel y Club Punta Leona


Swisscore Group


Contract Workplaces


Information Evolution Centroamerica


Rensa Refrigeración Costa Rica


Samauma Brands


Leona Vacaciones


Ingenya Consultores


Work highlights


  • Aided Contract Workplaces’ holding company and Liberman Arquitectos in Liberman Arquitectos’ investment and acquisition process, handling the drafting of a new shareholder’s agreement and necessary contracts and agreements.
  • Designed and executed a preferred share and regular share system that would allow for Leona Vacaciones to distribute the membership of its resort through shares.
  • Advised RENSA Refrigeración, a Mexican corporation, on establishing and structuring its operations in Costa Rica.

Oller Abogados

The experienced team at Oller Abogados advises national and multinational corporates throughout the region on contracts, market entry, company incorporation, free trade zones, restructurings and cross-border M&A. The group is led senior partner, corporate law director and experienced arbitrator Pedro Oller and Ricardo Vargas, who is also litigation practice head, with support from senior associate Yaliam Jaime, who brings a combined corporate and finance background, and associate Andrés Mercado, who handles public works concessions and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Oller; Ricardo Vargas


Sfera Legal

Leveraging the bench strength of offices in New York, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, the Costa Rican team at Sfera Legal assists national and multinational companies on high-value, cross-border transactions. The team is led by Eric Scharf, who advises on M&A, due diligence and the formation of public-private corporations. The group advises clients across a broad span of sectors, including hospitality, pharmaceutical, insurance, finance, tobacco and tech.

Practice head(s):

Eric Scharf