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BG&A Abogados Corporativos
El Prado
San José Province
Curridabat, San José
Costa Rica

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

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.

Costa Rica > Dispute resolution Tier 3

At 'a high level, both in terms of legal skills and human qualities', the team at BG&A Abogados Corporativos represents local and multinational companies involved in high-value disputes. It handles such matters as administrative, civil and labour litigation, as well as conciliation, negotiation and mediation. Led by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, the group represents a large client roster of multinational companies including Office Depot, Mexichem and Telefonica (Movistar), which spans a broad range of sectors, from construction, sports and tech to education, telecoms and tourism. The team is supported by experienced litigator and senior associate Christopher Rojas.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Gutierrez

Testimonials

‘BG&A’s litigation and arbitration team is at a high level, both in terms of legal skills and human qualities. They know the subject and have close and lasting relationships with clients.’

‘BG&A Abogados stands out as a firm that works together, making decisions in a collegial manner and recognising each other’s knowledge and strengths. They respond rapidly to our queries. We have never lost a case with them.’

‘The service provided by BG&A is of an international standard, with satisfactory results and impeccable treatment of clients. What makes them stand out the most is their transparency and professionalism.’

‘It is a highly competent group of lawyers who all work together. Cases are handled with the participation of several lawyers from the firm in order to strengthen the analysis and the legal strategy to be implemented. They keep us up to date as clients and provide clarity regarding the status of the processes, the goals to be achieved, and the time periods that each stage will take.’

‘They are very consistent in their communication and relationships with clients. Of course, they also have a high level of competence in terms of their legal knowledge and strategy.’

Key clients

Grupo Cobasa

Orconsa

La Coruña Zaragoza de Palmares

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

  • Represented Universidad Internacional Sek in a claim against Amazon for reputational damage caused to the client and its president, Jorge Segovia Bonet, by the series “El Presidente”.
  • Represented Unión Española SADP, the usufructuary of a piece of land in the municipality of Independencia, Chile, where Santa Laura Stadium is located, in a dispute with the municipality after it revoked a construction permit without valid grounds.
  • Representing Parque Recreativo los Manantiales in a contentious administrative lawsuit filed against the client and the National Insurance Institute for non-contractual liability and alleged damages and losses caused after an accident in one of the recreational centre’s swimming pools.

Costa Rica > Labour and employment Tier 3

BG&A Abogados Corporativos acts for regional and international clients, providing a broad range of employment advice to investors, multinationals and entrepreneurs. The team assists with the preparation and registration of internal labour regulations, preventative audits and training programmes on labour topics. Headed by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, and supported by associates María Gabriela Monge, who is an expert in advising on risk prevention policies, and Nicole Damha, who has expertise in internal procedures for processing complaints, the group’s client portfolio covers a diverse spectrum of sectors, including construction, agribusiness, sports, education, hospitality and retail.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Gutiérrez

Testimonials

‘They are highly professional and the customer service is excellent. They are very human and make it possible for you to have the confidence to consult them about any concern in the workplace and education.’

‘Quick response and availability when required.’

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

  • Advising RGIS on day-to-day labour issues, including preventative labour audits.
  • Advising Representaciones Agropecuarias de Centroamérica on a labour audit to ensure it is compliant with the applicable regulations.
  • Advising Erial (Office Depot) on the preparation and registration of its internal labour regulations.

BG&A CORPORATE ATTORNEYS is an interdisciplinary legal firm specialized in Corporate Law and Litigation that since 1997 advises national and foreign companies with a dynamic and technological approach that prevents legal disputes, as well as business continuity.

Focused on customer service, our expert lawyers combine law with high-tech to exceed our clients’ expectations, assuring permanent protection of their needs and interests.

Our alliances with great local and international lawyers and notaries allow us to provide high-quality legal support, to provide real and immediate solutions to every legal requirement.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
PARTNER DIRECTOR Benjamin Gutiérrezbengut@bgacorp.com
ATTORNEY Nicole Damhandamha@bgacorp.com
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Costa Rica

Deadline for submitting the Registry of Shareholders and Beneficial Owners

We remind our clients and the general public that before April 30, 2021, you must file your corporate information before the Registry of Shareholders and Beneficial Owners, which is mandatory for all legal entities domiciled in Costa Rica, i.e., all corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, Foreign Companies with a branch office in Costa Rica, Individual Limited Liability Companies, civil corporations, professional corporations, local and foreign trusts that carry out any type of activity in the country, as well as third party resource managers of non-profit organizations (includes associations and foundations).MAIA, our Artificial Intelligence assistant, will answer all your queries 24/7, in the link www.bgacorp.com/maia, as well as in Google Assistant just by saying: "Ok Google, quiero hablar con el asesor de registro de accionistas" (Spanish only at the moment).We remain at your service for everything you need through MAIA, at the email info@bgacorp.com or telephone 2280-0606.

Requirements for the entrance of tourists to Costa Rica

In accordance with the General Guidelines for the Entry of Passengers to Costa Rica N ° LS-VG-006, issued by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, dated September 18th 2020, in order for foreign tourists to enter the country, they must have the following requirements:a) Present a document proving that an RT-PCR test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 was performed, with a negative result. The test must be taken at least 72 hours prior to the trip to Costa Rica. This document must be submitted in Spanish or English.b) Have travel insurance that covers at least lodging and medical expenses generated by the COVID-19 disease, offered by any of the insurers authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance in Costa Rica and duly endorsed by this Authority.c)Fill out the Health Pass form, which is generated by the Ministry of Health and which can be obtained on the official website of the Ministry of Health.If you have any doubts or requests, you can contact BG&A Abogados Corporativos at bengut@bgacorp.com and ndamha@bgacorp.com

Non-mandatory pay holidays are modified

As a result of the reform to the Article 148 of the Costa Rican Labor Code made in December 2019 by the Legislative Assembly, starting in 2020 the holiday of October 12 (Day of the Cultures) will not be celebrated and therefore will no longer be a non-binding holiday. Instead, it was declared a holiday to commemorate the Day of the Abolition of the Army on December 1 of each year. This holiday is a non-binding one.