Firm Profile > Arias > San Jose, Costa Rica

Arias
AVENIDA ESCAZÚ
TORRE LEXUS
ESCAZÚ, SAN JOSÉ
Costa Rica

Banking and finance Tier 1

Fielding a strong team of dedicated practitioners with deep international experience, Arias focuses its banking and finance department on assisting foreign investors and institutions with their business operations in the country. As such, the team offers the full spectrum of banking and finance services, covering regulatory and compliance issues, leasing, asset financing, performance bonds and guarantees. Vicente Lines, an expert in project finance, heads the well-balanced department. He receives key support from associate Diego Gallegos, especially in asset finance and project finance transactions. Rosa Jiménez particularly stands out for real estate financing matters, including in the field of development vehicles.

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Key clients

Hencorp

JP Morgan

Brickell Bank

OPIC

IDB

Compliance Tier 1

The compliance team at Arias is focused on working with existing clients to review and update compliance programmes or put new systems in place. Thanks to its multi-disciplinary approach, the team is able to undertake compliance matters in numerous areas of law such as tax, labour, environment, free trade zones, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Regulatory expert Vicente Lines spearheads the team together with associate German Rojas, who has a strong track record in criminal law, particularly in the field of white-collar crime. Although the group covers a wide range of sectors, it is particularly active in the food and medical devices industries.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Government procurement, infrastructure concessions and public project financing are the pillars of Arias' projects practice, which is also familiar with administrative proceedings and related lawsuits against the government. Carlos Ubico demonstrates particular expertise in the creation of PPPs, public works concessions and project financing. He co-chairs the department together with Vicente Lines, who regularly acts as regulatory counsel to telecoms infrastructure developers and assists them with market entry in Central America as well as with joint ventures. The telecoms sector is a key focus of the department as a whole, as are energy projects. Associate Alonso Miranda often handles public procurement and administrative proceedings in addition to regulatory and environmental matters.

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Testimonials

‘It is essential to have knowledge of every area that our company works in, as well as having a specialism in each of these areas. This makes the team particularly strong in specific areas, which adds a lot of value to the service they provide to our company.’

‘The main thing is their quick response times, as this is essential for my business and makes a big difference, in my opinion.’

‘The most important thing is that they know the client’s requirements and that the whole team keeps up to date.’

‘Alonso Miranda stands out for his communication skills and ability to fulfil our objectives.

‘Arias’ lawyers are young, but that does not mean they are not experienced. They are very proactive and dynamic. Their work style is in line with European practices and they are very flexible in adapting their work to local teams or to headquarters.’

‘I would particularly highlight the proactivity of the entire Arias team as well as their expertise, practical vision and knowledge of the institutions.’

‘The relationship with the client is transparent and fluid, for both the local and parent teams.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Ineco

NMBE

McKinsey

Asada Pinilla

Tax Tier 1

In addition to standard tax consulting and tax compliance services, the standout practice at Arias also covers novel issues such as taxation in the digital economy and criminal tax cases that have become more prominent recently. Furthermore, the department led by Carolina Flores and Carlos Camacho collaborates with the firm's corporate and litigation teams to handle overlapping matters and also provides advice on compliance with the 2019 tax reform in Costa Rica. Flores has a strong suit in assisting foreign clients with the establishment of compliant tax structures, particularly for corporations with unique business structures. Associate Ligia Alfaro is of particular note for her tax planning and due diligence capabilities. Associate Jimena Chinchilla left the firm in March 2019 to take up a post as ministry consultant.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive to clients’ requests, and very skilled in Costa Rican tax issues and in the international framework for taxing the digital economy. They are also very skilled in negotiations with the government and have facilitated multiple meetings with the tax authorities and Ministry of Finance in Costa Rica.’

‘Carolina Flores and Ligia Alfaro are very responsive and skilled in negotiations with the government.’

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Asociación Costarricense de Agencias de Viajes (ACAV)

McKinsey

Wind River

Total

Ferrero (through Baker McKenzie Mexico)

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Regularly proving its strength in local and regional transactions, the 'very diligent and productive' corporate practice at Central American heavyweight Arias advises telecoms, financial services, automotive and logistics clients on M&A. The team is jointly led by its four partners: Andrey DoradoMelania DittelVicente Lines and Carolina Flores. Dorado brings additional antitrust expertise to the table, Dittel is recommended for her knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, and Lines specialises in energy and infrastructure matters, while Flores has a strong tax background.

Testimonials

‘Arias’ team in Costa Rica is excellent. They have very good knowledge of the regulations and the way things are done in this country. Likewise, they are very diligent and productive, they plan ahead and keep us informed. They compare favourably to teams at other firms thanks to their excellent service.’

‘The team are very responsive to all the needs of our Costa Rican subsidiary to ensure it can operate and remain in compliance with the regulations. Their best qualities are their depth of knowledge of the subject and their proactivity in dealing with the situations we bring to them.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Eurofarma

Indecom – Avantica

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Thanks to its up-to-date technology experience, the dispute resolution team at Arias is well equipped to handle contentious matters for IT companies and start-ups. Furthermore, the team led by Víctor Garita and associates German Rojas and Abraham Balzer assists with white-collar crime cases and the prevention of such issues. Commercial arbitrator Garita joined the firm from Facio & Cañas in September 2019 and class action expert Balzer moved from litigation powerhouse Batalla Abogados in August 2019, significantly improving the firm's contentious offering. Debt collection and arbitration proceedings are also part of the department's growing portfolio of services.

Key clients

L’Oréal

Mondelez

Hencorp

Bolivar Trading

Decameron

Essity

Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste

Environment Tier 2

The environment group at Arias regularly advises companies on environmental due diligence, environmental management systems, urban zoning and planning, as well as obtaining necessary permits and licences. Department head Carlos Ubico draws on his PPP, public and constitutional law expertise when assisting clients with environmental compliance and long-term planning. He also handles matters related to energy and natural resources, particularly clean energy. Senior associate Alonso Miranda, who is also part of the public and administrative law department, has experience in public procurement and regulatory environmental matters. The team also handles contentious issues, for instance litigation against the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy.

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Key clients

Enertiva

Amanda Tierra

Gildan

Green Generation Go

Ineco

La Asada Pinilla

Real Infraestructure Capitals

Intellectual property Tier 2

Trade mark and patent filing and registration, as well as IP litigation and enforcement, are the core areas of Arias' intellectual property practice. Furthermore, the department offers adjacent services in areas such as data privacy, IT and biotechnology law. Noted for their 'deep technical knowledge of intellectual property matters', Luis Diego Castro and Simón Valverde, who merged their firm Castro & Pal Abogados into the practice in 2019, have taken over the leadership of the team. Both add a wealth of IP experience to the practice, for instance in the fields of biotech patents, inventions and technology. Developing coherent intellectual property strategies for innovators and their enterprises is one of associate Mariana Vargas' strong suits.

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is that Arias, particularly Simón Valverde, has knowledge and experience of the public and academic institutions in Costa Rica, which makes our work with them much easier and guarantees that we receive the results we expect.’

‘In the case of Simón, what makes him stand out is his vast experience and ability to handle specific and complex client matters. I would like to highlight his enormous capacity to explain the context and overview of a matter in a way that each individual client will understand, and to assist us throughout the process and guide us to the right decisions. One of his best qualities is definitely his ability to always respond immediately to our queries and requirements, and his ability to suitably adapt to the needs of different clients.’

‘Luis Diego Castro is an excellent professional and we trust him to handle our patent matters in Costa Rica.’

‘Arias’ team in Costa Rica has shown without a doubt that it has established itself as a leader in the Central American market in patent matters. The merger with Castro & Pal has combined technical knowledge with the administrative and logistical support that a strong intellectual property practice needs.’

‘Arias benefits from the portfolio management skills that the partners of Castro & Pal have brought to the firm.’

‘Simón Valverde is a market leader for any intellectual property matter that requires an in-depth and strategic analysis to decide the actions to take (especially patent and trade mark matters).’

‘Simón Valverde and Luis Diego Castro are characterised by their high degree of availability and deep technical knowledge of intellectual property matters in Costa Rica.’

Key clients

UNED

Productos de Concreto

Abbott

BioTD

Digevo

Eating Well

Philips Morris

Chemplast

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

Labour and employment Tier 3

After losing Graciela Soto to Deloitte Legal in September 2019, in a major coup Arias hired Carolina Soto, formerly labour and employment co-head at regional rival Consortium Legal, in February 2020. She now leads the department together with Carlos Ubico, who also chairs the public law, procurement and environmental law teams. The team provides day-to-day advice, in-house training and risk management services, as well as assistance with labour-related disputes. Clients come from sectors ranging from healthcare and agribusiness to hospitality and chemicals.

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Key clients

Mondelez

Sap

Eurofarma

Canatur

BIC

Amvac

Saam

Real estate Tier 3

Arias assists clients with property transactions from due diligence to negotiations and contract drafting. Additional services include advice on private and commercial property expansion plans, as well as support with obtaining land use permits. Property acquisition expert Carlos Camacho and Rosa Jiménez, who also has expertise in banking and finance law, co-chair the department. Senior associate Mario Rodríguez provides key support on expansion strategies and property sales.

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OUR FIRM

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, 35 partners,  and 130 highly trained and experienced attorneys.

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.

OUR TEAM

Among our staff, we have attorneys with long experience in several practice areas combined with young lawyers, that makes our firm to be constantly innovating and adapting to today’s world needs, ensuring to offer our clients the best legal talent in the region. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Arias is a full-service firm, providing advice in over 33 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, compliance, banking and finance, intellectual property, labor law, energy, oil and gas, real estate, immigration, and general counsel services, among others.

OUR FOCUS: WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

We provide creative and innovative legal solutions that add value to our clients, taking the time to know and understand their business goals, while always focused on providing reliable and accurate legal services, with their best interests in mind.

INTERNATIONAL REACH

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.

RECOGNITIONS

Consistently, we have been honored with important recognitions and awards such as “Firm of the Year in Central America”, “Firm of the year” in the countries we operate, “Client Service Award”, “Best Regional Firm for Women in Business  Law”, “Deal of the Year”, among other relevant regional and local awards for the firm and our members.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We promote diversity within the firm, professional growth is based on each individual’s merit regardless of the gender or ethnics.

49% of our partners are women

51% of our associates are women

65% of our management positions are held by women

2,000 PRO BONO HOURS PER YEAR

Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro-bono work have always been an important part of our DNA. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to inspire and generate positive changes in our environment in order to achieve and ensure a better future for the next generations.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Carolina Flores carolina.flores@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Managing partner Vicente Lines vincente.lines@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Carlos Camacho carlos.camacho@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Carlos Ubico carlos.ubico@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Andrey Dorado andrey.dorado@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Simon Valverde simon.valverde@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Victor MI Garita victor.garita@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Carolina Soto carolina.soto@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Luis Diego Castro luisdiego.castro@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Partner Melania Dittel melania.dittel@ariaslaw.com (506) 40362800
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Carlos Camacho  photo Mr Carlos Camacho Partner
 Luis Diego Castro photo Luis Diego Castro Partner
 Melania Dittel photo Melania Dittel Partner
Mr Andrey Dorado  photo Mr Andrey Dorado Partner
Ms Carolina Flores  photo Ms Carolina Flores Co-Managing Partner
 Víctor MI Garita  photo Víctor MI Garita Partner
Mr Vicente Lines  photo Mr Vicente Lines Partner
 Carolina Soto photo Carolina Soto Partner
Mr Carlos Ubico  photo Mr Carlos Ubico Partner
 Simón Valverde photo Simón Valverde Partner
Partners : 10
Senior Counsel : 6
Associates : 22
Government Affairs Coordinator : 1
Of Counsels : 2
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English
Portugese
German
French
INTA - International Trademark Association
ASIPI
World Law Group (WLG)
Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
NYSBA
LMA
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)