Firm Profile > Facio & Cañas > San Jose, Costa Rica
Facio & Cañas Offices
SABANA BUSINESS CENTER, 11TH FLOOR, CALLE 68, BOULEVARD ROHRMOSER. LA SABANA
PO BOX 5173-1000
Facio & Cañas > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Facio & Cañas is well known for its strength in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings related to various branches of law. Moreover, the department puts an emphasis on representing economic crime and fraud victims in corporate, real estate and intellectual property cases. The department led by Federico Torrealba also represents its impressive client roster in arbitrations and frequently covers novel ground, for instance in a recent software piracy matter. While Torrealba has deep knowledge of tort law, key associate Gianna Cersosimo often handles the defence of intellectual property rights for international brands. Associate Adelita Olivares adds construction and property crime expertise to the litigation group. Former key practitioner Víctor Garita left to lead the litigation department at Arias in September 2019.
Intercontinental Hotel (Hotel Camino Real)
United World College
Cativo Beach Hotel
Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Facio & Cañas provides a wide range of corporate services beyond the core transactional practice, such as advising businesses on their corporate structures and investment activities in Costa Rica, as well as on adapting to local regulatory reforms and commercial practices. Antitrust specialist Carlos Oreamuno spearheads the team together with Sergio Solera, who adds expertise in foreign investment and cross-border transactions to the group. In February 2020, the firm boosted its numbers with the incorporation of Pragma Legal, with Federico Rucavado, Francisco Rucavado, Edgar Odio and Fernando Alfaro joining the corporate practice. On the other hand, Carlos Valverde and Tomás Guardia moved to Deloitte Legal in October 2019.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Faycamark is the dedicated intellectual property department of Lex Mundi member Facio & Cañas. The team led by Milagro Chaves specialises in patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and regulatory law, specifically with regard to packaging. Focused on non-contentious matters, Chaves handles the drafting of cease and desist letters and negotiations with infringing parties. However, the practice also has experience in representing franchisers, distributors and other clients in IP litigation. 'Superb' associate Laura Valverde oversees the group's new IP offerings, such as border measures and infringement monitoring. The firm's client roster includes companies from a diverse range of industries, such as food and beverages, consumer goods and technology.
‘Laura Valverde is a superb lawyer.’
‘Facio & Cañas provide exceptional service and prompt responses, but what stands out the most is their ability to work as a team so that the client is kept informed at all times and can make good decisions.’
‘Laura Valverde is exceptionally committed to resolving complex matters for clients, and ensures that our intellectual property rights are well protected, whether in a simple trade mark application or in a more complex case, such as litigation.’
New Era Cap Company
Jaguar Land Rover
Tax Tier 2
FaycaTax, the dedicated tax department of Facio & Cañas, provides clients with expert tax services in collaboration with the San José office of Deloitte. The department has long-term relationships with a number of international clients, providing them with ongoing tax advice and litigation services. A group of four comprising Adrián Torrealba, José María Oreamuno, associate Modesto Vargas and tax manager Erik Ramírez shares leadership of the department. Torrealba is regularly instructed by clients to handle lawsuits against the domestic tax authorities and additional tax collection matters, while Oreamuno is more active on the advisory side and Vargas supports both aspects of the practice.
Labour and employment Tier 3
Fayca Laboral, the labour and employment team at Facio & Cañas, is noted for its 'excellent level of client service'. The practice handles immigration issues, dismissals and M&A due diligence, in addition to its core focus on designing and restructuring tailored compensation packages. Led by Luis Sánchez, the department is well equipped to assist with litigation as well as with employment matters in the sports sector, which is one of Sánchez' areas of expertise.
‘Although it is a small team, they make a great effort to keep us well informed and up to date with the most recent developments in labour law. They do not simply respond to queries but always go above and beyond to ensure that the information is clear to us. In addition, they have a lot of resources and documents that are very helpful for our day-to-day activities in human resources.’
‘An excellent level of client service, quick and precise responses providing diverse solutions, highly effective in litigation.’
‘They are proactive, with excellent follow-up.’
‘They provide rapid responses, follow up on cases, have in-depth knowledge, offer clear and concise advice, and are always ready and willing to assist.’
Coca Cola Femsa
McDonald’s Costa Rica (Arcos Dorados de Centroamérica)
Asociación de Jugadores Profesionales de Fútbol (Asojupro)
APL Service Center de Costa Rica
Oracle de Centroamérica
Zimmer Biomet Centroamérica
World Vision Costa Rica
Aldeas Infantilies SOS
Kapital Asesores Patrimoniales
Aviareps de Centroamérica
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Real estate Tier 3
Acting both for developers and buyers of finished projects, Facio & Cañas assists individual as well as corporate clients with all stages of a property's lifecycle. The team, which is jointly led by Carlos Oreamuno and Sergio Solera, frequently advises on due diligence processes and real estate transactions. The department grew significantly in February 2020, when the firm absorbed Pragma Legal: Francisco Rucavado brings a strong client base as well as condominium regime know-how to the table.
‘We always feel like our issues are the top priority for the attorneys that help us.’
‘The attorneys at Facio & Cañas are very efficient. When we have an issue, they are usually able to address it quickly without billing excessive hours.’
Facio & Cañas > Firm Profile
Facio & Cañas was founded in 1942 and since then has provided services with the highest level of excellence to the local and international community. As of today, Facio & Cañas is one of the largest and most reputable law firms in Costa Rica.
The firm is the exclusive representative in Costa Rica of:
- Lex Mundi, the largest and most prestigious association of independent law firms (over 21,000 attorneys in 160 law firms and over 100 countries around the world).
- Club de Abogados, the most traditional association of law firms of Europe and Latin America.
Areas of practice
Arbitration and mediation: the firm’s attorneys follow the latest trends in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution. Close links are kept with ICSID and AAA.
General corporate representation: the firm represents a large roster of international companies in the process of establishing and keeping a local operation.
Insurance: Facio & Cañas’ expertise in regulatory and insurance matters is a valuable asset for those companies with an interest in participating in this industry.
Litigation: the firm’s litigators are renowned for handling the most complex cases in civil and commercial litigation for local and international companies.
Mergers and acquisitions, international business and financial transactions: with vast experience in cross-border transactions, the firm is an active participant in some of the largest capital transactions taking place in Costa Rica.
Real estate: Facio & Cañas has assisted in the development of new business opportunities and solutions for foreign and national clients in residential, tourism, industrial and commercial projects and transactions.
Specialized practice groups: the firm has set up specialized practices in strategic areas of business law: FAYCA MARK (intellectual property); FAYCA TAX (tax planning and litigation); FAYCA LABORAL (employment issues with a business-oriented focus); FAYCA MIGRACION (immigration law and expat relocation); FAYCA GOBIERNO (administrative law and government affairs (constitutional and regulatory matters, government litigation, government procurement and contracts, and public concessions) ; and FAYCA TMT (telecom, media and technology regulatory matters, personal information protection, technology-related contracts and compliance with national and international regulation).
Clients: Some of Facio & Cañas’ most representative clients are: AT&T, Access Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, Abbott, Amway Corporation, America Movil, American Standard, Bank of America, BAT, BNDES, Bridgestone, Critical Mass Holding, Caterpillar, CISCO, Coca-Cola, Corporacion Multiinversiones, Dell, Dole, Fujitsu, Femsa, General Electric, Intertec, JP Morgan Chase, Kellogg, KfW, Lanco Paints, Marriott International, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Monte Freshfruit, Oracle, Pfizer, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, St. Jude Medical, UBS, Nomura Bank, Walt Disney, Western Union.
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