Mrs Melania Dittel > Arias > San Jose, Costa Rica > Lawyer Profile

Costa Rica

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial law

Civil and Notarial Law

Mergers and Acquisitions

Family Corporate Governance and Estate Planning




  • Melania has been working for Arias since 2006. She joined the firm as a legal assistant, in 2008 became an Associate and in 2019 a Partner. She is in charge of the Corporate and Notary Services Department in Costa Rica. Her professional practice entails giving advice to companies on Corporate and Commercial issues in general, including contract drafting, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, as well as preparation of legal opinions related to corporate law. She has experience in family office law, corporate governance. Likewise, Melania has ample experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in general management of legal counsel company matters including regulatory and health registration. Finally, Melania has characterized for being part of Probono and Corporate Social Responsibility proyects that the office support.





Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica
International Bar Association (IBA)


  • Law Degree from Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho
  • Specialist in Notary Law.
  • Master Degree in Administration and Corporate Law from the Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho.

Lawyer Rankings

Central America > Corporate and finance

Arias has maintained its strong regional presence following the split of leading Central American firm Arias & Muñoz in 2016, and retains offices in all six countries in the region. It is highly active in multi-jurisdictional transactions, including large-scale M&A and financings, acting for leading international clients from a wide range of sectors. On the corporate side, the firm also advises on group reorganisations and investments into the region by international companies. In addition, it is well versed in debt restructuring, project finance and financial regulation. In El Salvador, the standout names for corporate and finance work include Lilian Arias and Roberta Gallardo, who heads the M&A practice. In Guatemala, Jorge Luis Arenales is highly experienced in both corporate and finance matters, particularly in highly regulated sectors, while Evangelina Lardizabal, who has significant M&A and project finance expertise, is the key contact in Honduras. Vicente Lines leads the banking and finance practice in Costa Rica, where Melania Dittel is well regarded for corporate matters. Bertha Argüello and Ana Teresa Rizo, an expert in foreign investment matters, are the names to note in Nicaragua. In Panama, Yuri Moreno and Maria Cristina Fábrega are the key contacts for corporate and finance matters, respectively.

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Melania DittelArias

Singled out by clients for its ‘extensive knowledge of the subject‘, the corporate team at Arias continues to advise local, regional and international companies engaged in high-value M&A transactions, including multi-jurisdictional matters. The group is led by acquisition specialist Vicente Lines, due diligence expert Andrey Dorado, corporate tax authority Carolina Flores, and notary law head Melania Dittel. The team’s client portfolio, which features high-profile entities such as Telefonica and GSK, covers a broad range of sectors, from telecoms and education to the transportation, logistics and automotive industries. The regional firm offers clients a wide spectrum of additional services, including advising on regulatory issues, arranging antitrust assessments, providing key support in labour matters, and conducting tax investigations. The team is backed by new partner Diego Gallegos and senior associate Tracy Valera.