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The seven-partner corporate department, headed¬†by¬†John Aguilar-Osborne,¬†John Aguilar-Quesada¬†and¬†Marco Solano,¬†is the core practice of¬†Aguilar Castillo Love. Its extensive experience in assisting with start-ups and foreign investment and greenfield projects was demonstrated when the team assisted Stryker Corporation with all legal work relating to the setting-up of a new hub in Costa Rica. Furthermore, Quesada and¬†Andrea S√°enz¬†assisted TUI and Hotelbeds Group with the restructuring of their Costa Rican operations. Ing√©nico, BASF and American Tower Corporation are also part of the client roster.¬†√Ālvaro Quesada Lor√≠a¬†recently joined the team from his position as general counsel at Florida Ice and Farm Company.

BLP is one of the clear market leaders for corporate matters in the country. The firm advises both buying and selling parties on M&A deals and assists with corporate restructurings and free trade zone mandates. In an example of the latter, the department advised Roche on the spin-off of a shared service operation and IT service centre carried out within the tightly regulated free trade zone. Department head David Gutiérrez, who is based in Spain and Costa Rica, and the highly regarded Adriana Castro were the lead advisers for East West Manufacturing in its acquisition of certain assets and liabilities from General Microcircuits, which included a due diligence process and the revision of the asset and stock purchase agreement, as well as drafting all corporate resolutions. Other key figures in the 14-partner team are founding partner Luis M Castro, Ronald Lachner, Eduardo Calderón and Vivian Liberman. The team also saw the promotions of Adelina Villalobos, Andrea González and Juan Carlos Tristán to partner in 2018. The firm also hired Gabriela Jiménez as special counsel in September 2019; located in Mexico, she will augment the firm's international practice.

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 Lacl√© Z√ļ√Īiga,¬†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.

The corporate, commercial and M&A practice at¬†Arias¬†is co-led by¬†Andrey Dorado,¬†Vicente Lines,¬†Carolina Flores¬†and¬†Melania Dittel, who¬†was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2019. The team was involved in one of¬†the biggest corporate deals of the year: namely advising¬†Telef√≥nica on the sale of its operations to Millicom. The team also assisted new client, Amvac, with the due dilience process related to its acquisition of Agricenter and all its subsidiaries in the region. The firm announced the hire of well-known corporate figure V√≠ctor Garita from Facio & Ca√Īas in early September 2019, further deepning its corporate bench. Other longstanding clients include Mondelńďz International, FedEx and LifeMiles.

Rodrigo Zelaya¬†leads the¬†corporate and commercial team at Batalla Abogados, which provides assistance with joint ventures, M&A deals and corporate restructuring, as well as private equity and venture capital¬† investments, among other matters. The team also advises on the establishment of new businesses in Costa Rica. Internal growth has seen the firm reinforce its partner-level team with the internal promotion of Marco Ure√Īa (competition, regulatory, administrative and telecoms law), and Sergio Armador (corporate and commercial mattes, M&A and real estate) as of October 2019; dispute resolution co-head Alejandro Batalla¬†is also a key contact for corporate and commercial matters. Past clients have included¬†The Abraaj Group, Norfund and Banco de Costa Rica.

EY Law Central America's corporate and M&A practice is led by Fernando Vargas and the eminent Hernán Pacheco O; the team focuses on transactional services such as pre- and post-closing matters and company restructurings. In a recent example, the team handled the due diligence, contracts, structuring, implementation and post-closing for Inchcape's acquisition of car dealership Grupo Rudelman. Furthermore, Vargas provides day-to-day corporate advice to restaurant chain Grupo La Fabbrica and to regional subsidiaries of Kimberly-Clark. In a significant hire that will broaden the team's offering, the firm hired transportation specualist Abraham Stern from Sfera Legal in August 2019.

Facio & Ca√Īas¬†advises local and foreign clients from a broad range of sectors -such as healthcare and telecoms- on the full scope of corporate matters. The department is particularly active in¬† transactional matters on both local and international level, with a strong focus on acting as local counsel in transactions taking place in Costa Rica; it also advises on market entry, free trade zone regulations, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, among other matters. The team is now led by Carlos Valverde following the September-2109 departure of 'veteran partner' V√≠ctor Garita to Arias.

Z√ľrcher, Odio & Raven's corporate and commercial practice works with local and international companies to plan and execute their operations in Costa Rica. The team acts in acquisitions and mergers¬†for both buying and selling parties, and also advises on venture capital transactions, bond and security offerings, shareholder contracts and corporate finance transactions.

CENTRAL LAW's corporate and M&A practice is jointly headed by Rafael Quirós and Tomás Quirós Jiménez, who was recently promoted to partner. The team brings extensive experience in M&A, creation of investment vehicles, sales and distribution contracts, shareholder disputes, and antitrust issues, among other matters, to the table. The practice also advises on day-to-day corporate matters, for instance assisting BT LatAm Costa Rica and Hoffmann-La Roche with drafting contracts and corporate governance. The department has acquired a number of new clients in the past year, such as Guarda Documentos, Wipro, Planet Payment and Rutas Aéreas. Mauricio González is also a key contact.

Daniel Araya¬†and associate¬†Diana Smith Calvo¬†are the key contacts at¬†Dentons Mu√Īoz' corporate and M&A practice.¬†In a recent work highlight, the team advised Bayer on the sale of its glufosinate-ammonium and seeds business to BASF. The department is equally adept in assisting firms operating under Costa Rica's free trade zone regime, such as American semiconductor company Qorvo. Lateral hire¬†Gabriel Castro¬†joined the team from¬†Facio & Ca√Īas.

ECIJA, which¬†entered the Costa Rican market¬†through its merger with regional firm Expertis in summer 2018, provides corporate and M&A services under the leadership of¬†Guillermo E Z√ļniga. Benefiting from the firm's global reach, the team assisted Pfizer with the reorganisation of its operations into three businesses.¬†Mariela Hern√°ndez,¬†Mauricio Par√≠s¬†and associate¬†Ana Cristina Mora¬†are other key figures in the department.

Lang & Asociados is a boutique firm headed by the prominent Henry Lang. Other key figures in the team are Milena Jaikel, Roberto Araya and Juan Carlos Cersosimo; they have been active advising clients such as Eurofins, Alegria and EcoForests. High-profile client Microsoft has been keeping the team busy advising on its consolidation and expansion of a new service project in Costa Rica.

Under the leadership of Tomás Nassar, Nassar Abogados’ corporate and M&A team is recognised region-wide for its in-depth knowledge of the aviation sector, with its client portfolio including more than 60 international airlines. The firm provides advice on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and day-to-day corporate matters.

Sfera Legal's team, led by¬†Eric Scharf,¬†has recently expanded its range of services to include advice on merger control and antitrust issues. The firm is currently advising Kuiki Credit on all corporate matters, including contracts, consumer claims and financial structuring. Associates¬†Jos√© Mar√≠a Pacheco¬†and¬†Sonia Arag√≥n Mu√Īoz¬†advised¬†Azul Fertility Experts on the legal issues surrounding setting up Costa Rica's first in-vitro fertilisation clinic (a delicate task given the country's political and religious climate).¬†Sony, Philip Morris International and LatAm Logistic Properties are also part of the client portfolio.

Managing partner Adriana Ramos and partners Daniel Guillén, José Antonio Hidalgo and Mario Gómez Pacheco are the key figures in Latamlex / Gómez y Galindo Abogados, S.A’s corporate and M&A team. The practice advises on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring and commercial agreements.

Arnoldo André's team at Lexincorp frequently assists national and international clients, particularly from the agricultural and tourism sectors. Recently, the firm has also been active in the aviation sector, negotiating a handful of aircraft lease agreements for Global Jet Capital. Gabriela Miranda, Alonso Vargas and Eugenio Vargas Ramirez are other key contacts.

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