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BLP

MARINA VILLAGE, LOS SUEÑOS RESORT, BAHÍA HERRADURA, PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA
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Work +506 2637 7215
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Fax +506 2637 7216
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www.blplegal.com

Costa Rica

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

BLP

Recommended for its ‘depth and responsiveness, excellent’ firm BLP’s sizeable banking and finance practice covers the full array of banking-related work, including advice on loan agreements, securities and the authorisation and structuring of bond and debt offerings. The team is equally adept in sector-related contentious matters and has also been particularly active in the energy and agricultural industries. In one recent highlight, Luis Ortiz and the highly-regarded Luís M Castro advised Globalvia subsidiary Autopistas del Sol on the issue of $300m senior secured notes on the international markets (and a further $50.75m locally). Other work includes representing BNP Paribas Securities on the $250m securitization of the diversified payment rights of Banco Davivienda Costa Rica. The department is co-led by Andrés López and Vivian Liberman; David Gutiérrez and Luis Hernández are other key figures. The firm’s client base includes high-profile financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Scotiabank.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

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BLP’s 10-partner corporate and M&A practice has a superlative reputation in the market and covers the full array of corporate and M&A-related work, including advice on matters related to private equity, venture capital, corporate restructuring and cross-border M&A deals. In one recent headline mandate, Luís M Castro and Eduardo Calderón led advice to Accenture on the acquisition of Virginia-based technology services company, Search Technologies. Vivian Liberman, who is also active in the banking and finance sphere, assisted One Equity Partners with the acquisition of leading BPO company One Link. Seller-side work saw Ronald Lachner advise Medtronic on the multimillion-dollar sale of its patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency business lines. Lachner also led advice to Swarovski regarding its operational start up in Costa Rica and the obtaining of free zone regime status. Another key strength of the practice is day-to-day advice, where its multinational client roster includes the likes of Cargill, KFC, Pfizer and American Airlines. David Gutiérrez, who now splits his time between San José and Madrid, and Uri Weinstok are other key figures in the department.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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Singled out by peers and clients alike, BLP’s sizeable dispute resolution practice stands out for its ‘solid advice and fantastic representation in court’. Boasting a strong track record of successful representations on both the defence and claimant side, the team handles litigious and arbitral matters arising from a wide variety of areas, including civil, commercial, criminal, IP, tax, employment and antitrust law. The ‘thoroughMauricio Salas, who is also noted for his ‘analytical capacity and understanding of the law in various countries’, steers the practice and continues to lead advice to longstanding client Pfizer on disputes related to distribution and tort cases. In recent headline work, Eduardo Calderón assisted Uber with disputes fuelled by regulatory and political controversies surrounding its entry into the Costa Rican market, including regulatory proceedings, civil actions at the Supreme Court and the development of a litigation strategy after the country’s government declared the client’s operations illegal. Recent highlights in the international arbitration sphere include the successful settlement of a dispute between the firm’s client, Gaya, and its former Central American distributor Asics. Other clients include Amazon, UPS and Siemens.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

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Undertaking both contentious and non-contentious work, the intellectual property department at BLP fields a five-strong team of ‘qualified and experienced professionals with deep knowledge of Costa Rica’s IP regulations’. The practice is led by Giselle Reuben, who ‘excels at everything she does’, and handles the full array of related services, including the registration, defence and enforcement of patents, trade marks, copyrights and industrial designs, as well as litigious cases related to infringement, counterfeiting and unfair competition. Recent activity includes assisting Pandora Jewellery with confiscation actions against counterfeit products; advising BASF on the registration of its patent portfolio before the Costa Rican Patent Office; and assisting Grupo Agroindustrial Numar with trade mark matters and the registration of its products before the Ministry of Health. Uri Weinstok, who is noted for providing ‘assertive answers to all queries with prompt and effective attention’, recently advised British American Tobacco on the illegal importation of cigarettes that infringe its trade marks, along with labelling and advertising matters. The client roster, which also includes Unilever, Scotiabank and Microsoft, encompasses local, regional and international companies from a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, technology, and food and beverages.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

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Led by the recommended Randall González, the labour and employment practice at BLP is highly experienced in corporate labour-law matters, such as benefits, compensation and outsourcing, as well as regulatory matters and corporate labour litigation. The firm’s department also houses an immigration law team that advises on temporary residency permits and company certification.

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Randall González - BLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

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BLP’s sizeable real estate practice is one of the first ports-of-call for domestic and international developers, construction companies, investors and landlords and advises on the full array of related matters, including land and property acquisition and sale, project development, real estate investment and financing, mixed-use and residential projects, condominiums and related due diligence. The five-partner practice is led by the highly-regarded Luís M Castro, who can also count on the involvement of Eduardo Calderón and Andrés López. Moreover, the firm further deepened its capabilities in the sector in June 2018 with the incorporation of four-strong boutique ANS Legal (which had niche specialization in the real estate and hospitality sector), most notably with new ‘special counsel’ Andrés Waisleder who has over 18 years’ experience in the sector. Recent highlights saw the team assist Edward Lifesciences with the establishment of a heart valve manufacturing facility in Costa Rica under the free trade zone regime. Other recent notable matters include advising Los Sueños Resort and Marina on the completion of its new Del Bosque, The Estates and Montecielo projects; and assisting longstanding client Desarrolladores 506 with the development of a $100m beach community, as well as related environmental issues. The client roster also includes Desarrollos Inmobiliaros Habitasul, Guanacaste Development and Amazon.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

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BLP’s tax practice covers the full array of contentious and non-contentious work, including tax litigation, tax compliance and day-to-day tax matters. The team is particularly adept at advising on tax aspects of transactions, corporate restructuring, and asset planning and protection, as well as tax issues related to Costa Rica’s free trade zone regime. The department is led by Luis Chacón, who is particularly active in litigious tax matters; while Luís M Castro and Eduardo Calderón primarily handle non-contentious work in the sector. The team’s client base includes domestic, regional and international companies from a variety of industries, such as hospitality, telecoms, finance and pharmaceuticals.

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