Firm Profile > Arias > San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Tax Tier 1

Headed by the highly renowned Carlos Camacho and Carolina FloresArias' practice advises on the tax aspects of setting up new operations in Costa Rica or acquiring new business entities. The department also distinguishes itself through its prowess in matters involving the free trade zone regime. In a recent example, the team assisted Philips with its acquisition of US company Volcano under the free trade zone regime to guarantee tax exemptions for newly launched product lines. Furthermore, Flores and key associate Jimena Chinchilla represented Goldman Sachs in negotiations with Panacafé de Costa Rica, a national restaurant and coffee shop business currently operating all Starbucks franchises in the country, regarding a financial transaction which included reviewing the credit and guaranty agreement from a tax perspective and conducting a due diligence on Panacafé. Other notable clients are Mondelēz, Sony and Cardinal Health.

Banking and finance Tier 2

The two-partner team at Arias is led by Andrey Dorado and M&A specialist Vicente Lines, and advises on structured and corporate finance, financial regulatory issues and project finance, including for government projects. Among other recent highlights, associate and key account manager Diego Gallegos, who re-joined the firm after working abroad, supported Lines in a number of matters including the representation of Bank of America as administrative agent and lead arranger in a syndicated senior secured-term loan to Evertec Group. The department's client list also includes Citibank, Cargill and Dutch development bank FMO.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate, commercial and M&A practice at Arias is co-led by Andrey DoradoVicente LinesCarolina 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 Telefónica 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 Víctor Garita from Facio & Cañas in early September 2019, further deepning its corporate bench. Other longstanding clients include Mondelēz International, FedEx and LifeMiles.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Arias' three-partner litigation and dispute resolution practice, led by Vicente Lines and senior associate German Rojas, is experienced in handling white-collar crime cases, among other matters. Currently, Carlos Ubico and a number of associates are representing Mondelēz in an unprecedented class action labour lawsuit over whether a previous distribution relationship was an employment or commercial relationship. The team also acted for new clients Electrolux, Florida Ice and Farms Company, Unicomer and Coface. Carolina Flores handles tax litigation. The firm recently strengthened its team with the addition of associate Estefanía Batalla from Batalla Abogados.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The intellectual property department at Arias has undergone substantial growth with the incorporation of IP boutique firm Castro & Pal Abogados, with key figure Luis Diego Castro joining at the end of February 2019. Andrey Dorado and senior associate Mariana Vargas manage extensive trade mark portfolios, including assisting with oppositions, appeals, transfers and domicile changes, for clients such as Grupo Inditex, L'Oréal and Sanofi. In a recent work highlight, the team assisted Chempak International in appealing against a patent rejection and requesting the nullity of the registration of a competitor's products.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Senior counsel Graciela Soto is the driving force at Arias' labour and employment department. The practice has extensive experience advising national and foreign companies on compliance with local labour laws, the termination of employment relations, and the resolution of disputes between employers and employees, among other matters. Ongoing mandates include regularly assists Amvac with day-to-day matters such as drafting employment contracts and advising on internal policies, and the team also counts international market players including Mondelēz, Eurofarma and Korn Ferry among its clients. Since publication, however, Graciela Soto has moved to Deloitte (September 2019) and the firm has hired Caroline Soto (no relation), from Consortium Legal as new partner-in-charge of the practice, effective February 2020.

Real estate Tier 3

Arias' real estate team advises local and international clients as well as private individuals on the sale and acquisition of properties, real estate developments and concessions rights. In a recent work highlight, new department head Carlos Camacho and associate-to-watch Catalina Chaves drafted model lease agreements for Fábrica de Calzado San Bosco's footwear retail operations. Víctor Garita, who arrived from Facio & Cañas in September 2019, brings additional expertise in real estate matters. The firm's client roster includes software innovator Wind River, travel agency Grupo Colon and technology distributor Tech Data.

Arias is the leading global business law firm in Central America and the firm of choice in the region. The firm stands out for providing innovative and effective solutions that help clients achieve their business goals, while enjoying the benefits of working with an integrated firm, with presence in six countries through seven offices and 160 highly trained and experienced attorneys.

The firm: Since 1942, Arias has been setting the standards in the region by combining its global reach with local expertise, and providing a visionary outlook on the world’s business environment.

The firm’s most recent recognitions include: Central America Law Firm of the Year by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) (2016, 2015 and 2008); Client Service Awards by Chambers Latin America (2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011); Central America Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Latin America (2014 and 2009); Central America Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review (2016 and 2015) and Women in Business Law Awards for Central America and Panama by Euromoney (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012), Best Individual Award for Central America by Chambers Women in Law Awards (2018), among others that reconfirm the firm’s commitment to excellence.

Areas of practice: Arias is a full-service firm, providing advice in over 30 practice areas, with renowned specialists in each jurisdiction. Some of the firm’s main practice areas include: corporate, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, tax, arbitration and litigation, banking and finance, intellectual property, labor law, energy, oil and gas, real estate, immigration, and general counsel services, among others.

International work: the firm advises on local and cross-border transactions, assisting some of the major international corporations doing business in the region, and also providing legal support to local clients going abroad.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Mandarin.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Carolina Flores E:
Managing partner Vicente Lines E:
Partners Carlos Camacho E:
Partners Carlos Ubico E:
Partners Andrey Dorado E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Carlos Camacho  photo Mr Carlos Camacho
Mr Andrey Dorado  photo Mr Andrey Dorado
Ms Carolina Flores  photo Ms Carolina Flores
Mr Vicente Lines  photo Mr Vicente Lines
Mr Carlos Ubico  photo Mr Carlos Ubico
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