Facio & Cañas > San Jose, Costa Rica > Firm Profile

Facio & Cañas
PO BOX 5173-1000
Costa Rica

Costa Rica > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The experienced litigation team at Facio & Cañas represents regional and multinational corporations involved in high-value disputes. Led by veteran litigator Federico Torrealba, and supported by newly promoted partner Gianna Cersosimo and associates Adelita Olivares, who has expertise in contractual conflicts, and anti-piracy specialist Ana Guillén, the group represents clients including InterContinental Hotels, Smartcell and BICSA over a wide span of sectors, including telecoms, construction, banking, energy, tourism, transportation, education and technology. The team’s expertise extends to criminal and judicial administrative lawsuits, civil and commercial arbitration, insolvency proceedings and conciliation processes.

Practice head(s):

Federico Torrealba


‘We are happy with the service and support we receive from Gianna Cersocimo and Federico Torrealba.’

Key clients

InterContinental Hotels (Hotel Camino Real)


Improsa Bank

Fonotica (Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music)




United World College

Textron/Arctic Cat

Liquidating Board of ELCA Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for SmartCell in a $6m arbitration filed against mobile phone company Claro for damages following the breach of the distribution contract.
  • Acted for Grupo Saret in a claim against the national electricity company, CNF, for damages related to the construction and management of a biothermal plant.
  • Acted for BICSA in a claim brought against the state for the reimbursement of taxes that were allegedly illegally charged and paid.

Costa Rica > Intellectual property Tier 2

Faycamark, the intellectual property division of Facio & Cañas, is highlighted for its 'in-depth knowledge of IP matters', advising clients at the national and international levels on all needs related to copyright, patents, trade marks, trade secrets and regulatory law. Services include strategic portfolio development management, due diligence, complex litigation, and advising domestic and multinational companies on merchandising ventures and product licensing. The group’s client portfolio contains international companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Huawei Technologies, and covers sectors including telecoms, chemicals, manufacturing, automotive, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The team is led by 'excellent' IP authority and managing partner Milagro Chaves and associate Laura Valverde, who also specialises in life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Milagro Chaves; Laura Valverde


‘The Facio & Cañas team really stands out from other firms we have worked with in Costa Rica, because of its expertise; the team has in-depth knowledge of intellectual property matters and provides a personalised client service in the cases it handles. In addition, the firm offers agreeable rates.’

‘Laura Valverde and Milagro Chávez are excellent lawyers who give our matters VIP-level treatment, in addition to offering a friendly and professional service that really makes a difference when we work together.’

‘What makes the firm stand out is the organisation with which they handle our large trade mark portfolio, and the close lawyer-client relationships – we always receive fast responses, using all channels of communication.’

‘They explain the criteria of the authorities, rather than giving us a summary of the law. They are very responsive.’

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Huawei Technologies

Ecotanques de Costa Rica

The Trust Project

Lorenz Snack-World Holding

Lubrizol Advanced Materials

Work highlights

  • Aided Huawei Technologies with the seizure of counterfeited goods.
  • Advised Ecotanques de Costa Rica when it received a cease and desist letter on behalf of the owner of the trade mark ECOTANK.
  • Advised Lubrizol Advanced Materials when a patent application was rejected by the Costa Rican IPO for lacking the novelty requirement.

Costa Rica > Tax Tier 2

Faycatax, the tax department of Facio & Cañas, specialises in advising multinationals on the tax issues relating to high-value transactions, including the organisation and operation of partnerships and corporations, corporate restructurings and M&A. The team also advises on income tax deductions, tax planning services and the compliance requirements related to transfer pricing. The group is led by department founder Adrián Torrealba, who has 'vast knowledge and experience in tax matters', José María Oreamuno, associate Modesto Vargas and tax manager Erik Ramírez, with support from international tax consultant Cesar Dominguez. The team's client roster includes international clients such as Del Monte, Holcim and British American Tobacco, and spans the construction, banking, insurance, energy, sports and agriculture sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Torrealba; José María Oreamuno; Modesto Vargas; Erik Ramírez


‘What sets the team apart is its knowledge of tax matters, experience and quality of client service.’

‘Adrian Torrealba has vast knowledge and experience in tax matters. His knowledge of transfer pricing, which is an important issue for the tax administration today, stands out.’

Key clients


Del Monte

Durman Esquivel

Improsa Financing Group


British American Tobacco


Banco de Costa Rica


Florida Ice and Farm


Junta de Protección Social

Federación Costarricense de Futbol

Banco Davivienda

ASSA Aseguradora

Work highlights

  • Representing Fhacasa in a tax case relating to the application of administrative procedure and transfer pricing issues.
  • Representing Sigma Alimentos in a case relating to the sales tax on the purchase of primary packaging necessary for the manufacture of food products.
  • Advising the Social Protection Board (JPS), Costa Rica’s gambling regulator, in relation to the application of VAT and the treatment of exemptions that cover the national lottery.

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

With 'technical legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the national business environment', the corporate and M&A group at Facio & Cañas advises regional and multinational clients on high-value and cross-border M&A and investments. The team also advises on corporate governance matters and due diligence processes, and restructuring in preparation for mergers, among other matters. The team represents multinational and regional clients such as Samsung and Diageo from sectors including food, energy, infrastructure, electronics, construction retail and business services. The group is led by antitrust expert Carlos Oreamuno, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuel Gonzalez Sanz and the experienced Federico Rucavado.

Practice head(s):

Federico Rucavado; Carlos Oreamuno; Manuel Gonzalez Sanz


‘The Facio & Cañas team have technical legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the national business environment, which gives them a comprehensive vision in corporate matters.’

‘Federico Rucavado has excellent technical legal knowledge, case management skills and communication with clients, and is always available.’

Key clients

BIA Brands

Freeway Consulting Group

KPO Alpha

Insol Comercial

Grupo Nutrimed

Aluma Systems

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation

Mr Bodeguitas Storage

CSC – Corporation Service Company


Samsung Electronics

WMGS (Walmart)

Cima Hospital

Lanco & Harris Manufacturing Corporation

PNC Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Insol Comercial on the restructuring of all of its legal entities in the US, Mexico and Central America.
  • Advised Freeway Consulting on the investment made by SalesForce into the client’s operations in Latin America.
  • Advised KPO Alpha on the reorganisation of its structure in Central America, in preparation for a future merger.

Costa Rica > Labour and employment Tier 3

The labour and immigration practice at Facio & Cañas advises national and multinational clients on matters including immigration, M&A-related labour issues, dismissals, and the design and restructuring of compensation packages. The team is headed by experienced labour litigator Luis Sánchez Montero and senior associate Nelson Loaiza. Other key contacts in the team include associates Roberto Carmona PérezMaría José Soto Gutiérrez, who has particular expertise in sports-related employment arbitration proceedings,  and Erick Rojas Solórzano, an immigration expert. The group’s client portfolio contains household names such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and IBM, and covers sectors including construction, agriculture, food and beverages, tech, automotive and sports.

Practice head(s):

Luis Sánchez Montero; Nelson Loaiza

Key clients

Apex-Bia Foods

Standard Fruit Company

Cisco Systems

Lafarge Holcim

Citrix Systems

Ingenio Taboga



Aluma Systems


Coca-Cola Femsa

Establishment Labs

McDonald’s Costa Rica (Arcos Dorados de Costa Rica)

Asociación de Jugadores Profesionales de Futbol (Asojupro)

APL Service Center Costa Rica

Oracle de Centroamérica

Agencia Datsun

Zimmer Biomet Centroamérica


Fujitsu Consulting Costa Rica



United World College Costa Rica

Autopistas del Sol – Globalvía

Epson Costa Rica

Work highlights

  • Assisted Telus International with labour issues relating to the acquisition of Lionbridge.
  • Defended Matra in two labour lawsuits, including a claim by an independent worker that was found to be unjustified.
  • Advised Apex-Bia Foods on labour-related due diligence for the purchase of a local company.

Costa Rica > Real estate Tier 3

The real estate team at Facio & Cañas provides a full service to its roster of multinational clients. It advises on such matters as real estate contracts, local and regional projects, free trade zones regimes, due diligence, and the structuring and negotiation of local and regional real estate transactions. The group’s client base covers such sectors as real estate, energy, manufacturing and hospitality. The key contacts are Carlos Oreamuno, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuel González Sanz and Francisco Rucavado.

Desde 1942, Facio & Cañas lidera la trayectoria de la historia legal en Costa Rica, mediante el diseño de soluciones legales a la medida con un equipo multidisciplinario de abogados de todas las generaciones, liderado por 14 socios ampliamente reconocidos en la región.

Nuestra experiencia y ambición por innovar nos convierte en la firma de mayor trayectoria en Costa Rica.

Nuestro equipo de abogados, altamente calificados en distintas áreas de especialidad, garantizan el cumplimiento de los más altos estándares de calidad, eficiencia y servicio al cliente. Nuestra experiencia a través de las distintas áreas de práctica nos permite ofrecer servicios legales integrales bajo el esquema de “full-service”, y a la vez generando un alto valor agregado a los clientes, sus intereses y negocios.

Por muchas décadas, continuamos potenciando los principios y valores éticos que nos distinguen, buscando siempre la excelencia.

Somos una firma que ofrece servicios integrales con alcance global. Facio & Cañas es el representante exclusivo de las destacadas redes internacionales Lex Mundi la asociación más grande y prestigiosa de bufetes de abogados independientes (más de 21.000 abogados en 160 bufetes de abogados y más de 100 países de todo el mundo), Terra Lex, WTS Global. Club de Abogados, la asociación de despachos de abogados más tradicional de Europa y Latinoamérica. Además, contamos con la marca país

Áreas de práctica
Arbitraje y mediación: los abogados de la firma siguen las últimas tendencias en negociación, mediación, arbitraje y otros mecanismos de resolución alternativa de disputas. Se mantienen estrechos vínculos con el CIADI y la AAA.

Representación corporativa general: la firma representa una amplia lista de empresas internacionales en el proceso de establecer y mantener una operación local.

Seguros: La experiencia de Facio & Cañas en asuntos regulatorios y de seguros es un activo valioso para aquellas empresas interesadas en participar en esta industria.

Litigio: los litigantes de la firma son reconocidos por manejar los casos más complejos en litigios civiles y comerciales para empresas locales e internacionales.

Fusiones y adquisiciones, negocios internacionales y transacciones financieras: con una vasta experiencia en transacciones transfronterizas, la firma es un participante activo en algunas de las transacciones de capital más importantes que tienen lugar en Costa Rica.

Inmobiliaria: Facio & Cañas ha colaborado en el desarrollo de nuevas oportunidades de negocio y soluciones para clientes nacionales y extranjeros en proyectos y transacciones residenciales, turísticas, industriales y comerciales.

Grupos de práctica especializada: la firma cuenta con prácticas especializadas en áreas estratégicas del derecho empresarial: FAYCA MARK (propiedad intelectual); FAYCA TAX (planificación y litigio fiscal); FAYCA LABORAL (temas laborales con enfoque empresarial); FAYCA MIGRACION (ley de inmigración y reubicación de expatriados); FAYCA GOBIERNO (derecho administrativo y asuntos gubernamentales (asuntos constitucionales y regulatorios, litigios gubernamentales, adquisiciones y contratos gubernamentales y concesiones públicas); y FAYCA TMT (asuntos regulatorios de telecomunicaciones, medios y tecnología, protección de información personal, contratos relacionados con la tecnología y cumplimiento de normativa nacional e internacional).

Clientes: Algunos de los clientes más representativos de Facio &cañas son: 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, Corporación 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 Aerolíneas, St. Jude Medical, UBS, Nomura Bank, Walt Disney, Western Union.

Partner and CEO Adrian Torrealba Navas E: atorrealba@fayca.comatorrealba@fayca.com+506 2105-3609 / +506 2221-2333
Managing partner Sergio A Solera E: ssolera@fayca.comssolera@fayca.com+506 2105-3603 / +506 8844-1529
Partners : 14
Total staff : 100
Partners : 14