Mr Carlos Camacho > Arias > San Jose, Costa Rica > Lawyer Profile

CLS Business Center
9no piso / 9th floor
Sabana, San José
Costa Rica

Work Department




Carlos joined Arias in 2008. He leads the practice areas of: International Trade & Foreign Investment, Government Affairs, Telecommunications and Real Estate.

He works with multinational companies in setting up their business, including those companies seeking to enter the free trade zone regime. He has advised investors in such industries as retailing, medical equipment manufacturing, telecommunications, infrastructure, real estate development and pharmaceuticals. He has extensive experience in customs matters and has advised local and foreign companies on exporting and importing. He has participated in resolving complex customs matters to the benefit of our clients. Moreover, he has advised clients on distribution contracts, foreign firm representation, commercial agreements and consumer issues.

Carlos has worked with companies with a global presence on passing the necessary laws for developing new business opportunities or addressing issues in laws or bills of law affecting certain industries. He has broad experience in the protection of foreign investment in Costa Rica under national law and international bilateral investment treaties, creating and executing action plans for defending investment and negotiating solutions with the government, also, he is well known for his knowledge in Public Private Partnerships for the development of infrastructure.

He has also worked in the administration and planning of real estate development projects and property acquisition processes. Together with his team, he has worked in obtaining permits for developments in both urban and coastal areas and in negotiations of leases in Industrial Parks.

He has been a career diplomat and was appointed consul for the Costa Rican Consulate General in New York (2005-2007), representing the country in that jurisdiction by both promoting Costa Rica and providing consular services. His experience also includes working as a legal assistant and Associate Attorney at KPMG Law (2000-2005), advising local and multinational firms on corporate law and real estate development.


  • Spanish 
  • English
  • Basic French


International BAr Association (IBA)


  • Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
  • Masters in Latin American and International Law (LL.M.) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, Texas.
  • Certificate in International Business and Corporate Finance from New York University (NYU).

Lawyer Rankings

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A

The experienced corporate team at regional firm Arias brings strength to advising major multinationals (including Telefónica and Mondelez) across such sectors as telecoms, pharmaceuticals, sports, food and beverages, professional services, chemicals and energy on day-to-day matters and complex, cross-border transactions. The team is headed by due diligence and contract negotiation specialist Andrey Dorado; energy sector expert Melania Dittel; Vicente Lines, who assists telecoms infrastructure and service providers with establishment in the Costa Rican market; Víctor Manuel Garita, who brings expertise to multi-jurisdictional M&A; and international trade authority (and former consul for the Costa Rican Consulate General in New York) Carlos Camacho. Diego Gallegos employs a project and asset finance skill set and provides support with political risk mitigation. Senior counsel Tracy Valera advises on shareholders’, stock purchase and asset purchase agreements and senior associate Sebastián Solano also provides key support.

Costa Rica > Insurance

Specialising in regulatory insurance matters, the multidisciplinary team at the San José office of regional firm Arias brings strength to advising major insurers and multinational corporates across such sectors as infrastructure, tourism and tech. The firm’s comprehensive service covers high-value transactions, agreement drafting and interactions with the General Superintendency of Insurance (SUGESE). The team is headed by former consul for the Costa Rican Consulate General in New York Carlos Camacho and Diego Gallegos. Key support is provided by senior counsel Rolando García, who brings strength to complex contractual negotiations.

Costa Rica > Projects and infrastructure

The team at Arias utilises its regional presence to advise investors, government agencies, NGOs and multinationals including Telefónica and McKinsey & Company on a diverse spectrum of matters, ranging from administrative procedures, lawsuits against the government and government procurement proceedings to public works, infrastructure concessions, public project financing, and claims before the Costa Rican Constitutional Court. The firm’s active client base spans such sectors as telecoms, construction, pharmaceuticals, tech, energy, and hospitality. The team is led by Carlos Ubico, who brings experience in administrative procedures, work concessions and project finance, along with Vicente Lines (an expert in energy and infrastructure), Carlos Camacho, Andrey Dorado and Diego Gallegos (who brings expertise to asset finance transactions). Other key figures include senior counsel Luis Diego Obando and associate Mónica Espinoza, both seasoned international litigators.

Costa Rica > Real estate

The real estate practice at regional firm Arias employs a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating with its tax and free trade zone teams to advise private investors, developers, and national and multinational corporates across the tech, government, retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, hospitality and pharmaceuticals sectors on high-value transactions involving the expansion of their facilities in Costa Rica. The practice’s comprehensive service extends to the negotiation and drafting of share purchases, construction contracts, lease and services agreements, concession rights, mortgages, and due diligence and title verification. The team is led by former consul for the Costa Rican Consulate General in New York Carlos Camacho, who brings expertise to developments and acquisition projects, along with experienced regulatory adviser Vicente Lines and Luis Diego Castro. The group is supported by senior counsel Vicente Lines.

Costa Rica > Tax

The experienced tax team at Arias brings strength to advising major multinationals such as Telefónica on a comprehensive range of tax matters. With an active client portfolio spanning sectors ranging from hospitality, aviation and food to manufacturing, energy, real estate and delivery services, the firm’s full service covers tax ​​compliance, planning, due diligence, litigation, transfer pricing and the tax implications of M&A transactions. The team is led by corporate tax compliance expert Carolina Flores and Carlos Camacho, who advises companies on the free trade zone regime and specialises in advising investors in the telecoms, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, and retail sectors. Senior counsel Ligia Alfaro provides support in day-to-day consulting and in complex tax litigation.