Mercedes Sancho > ECIJA > San Jose, Costa Rica > Lawyer Profile

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Corporate, Real Estate, Foreign Investment, Notarial Law and Competition Law.




Mercedes Sancho is partner in the areas of Corporate, Real Estate, Foreign Investment, Notarial Law and Competition Law.

She has extensive experience in the field of advising national and foreign companies, as well as real estate projects, tourism developments and concessions in both the Maritime Terrestrial Zone and the Polo de Papagayo Tourism Area.

She was the in-house counsel for Península Papagayo Tourism Project -one of the most relevant developments in Costa Rica- for seven years and three years as an in-house counsel of a renowned transnational construction implements leader company.

Her great ability to coordinate, execute procedures and understating of the business roles in the different market trends during over 2 decades, is praised by her peers and allowed her to lead as Legal Project Manager (LPM) for different clients not only in Costa Rica, but abroad Central America.

She currently advises several clients in different areas, mainly in corporate real estate law, commercial law, the various contractual structures that link the start-up of companies and their businesses.

Advises Marketing Departments and product importing companies in the implementation of preventive legal processes and advice on the subject of Consumption, Sanitary Registers and prevention formulated by the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture. Implemented and directs the Corporate Social Responsibility program in ECIJA Costa Rica.


Spanish and English.


Member of the Women in Profession Association of the Vance Center, being one of the founders.


She obtained her university degree from the University of Costa Rica as a Lawyer and as a Public Notary. Member of the Bar Association of the Republic of Costa Rica. Currently she is studying to obtain an MBA degree from EUNCET Business School, Barcelona  with a specialization in Marketing, Technology and Innovation at ADEN International Business School (specialization granted by George Washington University).

Lawyer Rankings

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A

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.