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BLP BUILDING, VÍA LINDORA BUSINESS CENTER, SANTA ANA, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
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Web:
www.blplegal.com

David Gutiérrez

Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
Email:
BLP

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Project Finance and Arbitration

Position

Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial Practice

Career

In 2003, David joined his peer Luis Castro to found the first BLP offices in Costa Rica, which to this date has eight offices across the region. Before this, David served as an associate and partner of KPMG for 5 years.

Languages

Spanish & English

Member

David serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors of the CRUSA Foundation, statutory auditor of the Business Association for Development (AED) – United Way Costa Rica, honorary founding member of the Omar Dengo Foundation, Vice-president of the Board of the Latin-American Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA), founding member of the Pro Bono Commission of the Bar Association and founding member and chairman of the Costa Rican International Law Association (ACODI). In addition, he is the founding member and current chairman of the BLP Foundation since 2008.

Education

David graduated with honors from Universidad de Costa Rica in 1994, and was a “J. William Fulbright” scholar at Georgetown University, where he obtained an LLM degree with honors.


Costa Rica

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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

Within: Leading lawyers

David Gutiérrez - BLP

Within: Corporate and M&A

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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