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

Facio & Cañas
PO BOX 5173-1000
Costa Rica

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Handling a wide range of criminal, civil, administrative, commercial and intellectual property litigation, the dispute resolution department at Facio & Cañas is especially skilful in complex damages recovery cases. Federico Torrealba and Rodrigo Oreamuno, who is also an arbitrator and regularly participates in cross-border investment treaty arbitrations, lead the team.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Facio & Cañas advises local and foreign clients from a broad range of sectors -such as healthcare and telecoms- on the full scope of corporate matters. The department is particularly active in  transactional matters on both local and international level, with a strong focus on acting as local counsel in transactions taking place in Costa Rica; it also advises on market entry, free trade zone regulations, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, among other matters. The team is now led by Carlos Valverde following the September-2109 departure of 'veteran partner' Víctor Garita to Arias.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Facio & Cañas' specialised intellectual property department goes by the name of Faycamark and is dedicated to advising clients on patents, trade marks, copyrights, trade secrets and regulatory law. The team advises on preventive portfolio development and management, and on the contentious side it handles unfair competition and infringement actions. Practice co-heads Jorge Tristán and Milagro Chaves and associate Laura Valverde are the key contacts.

Tax Tier 2

The tax arm of Facio & Cañas, which also goes by the name of Fayca Tax, is led by Adrián Torrealba and José María Oreamuno. The team provides tax guidance for both national corporations involved in foreign investments and international clients doing business in Costa Rica. The department's services include support during government tax audits, tax planning and the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Facio & Cañas' team specialises in highly complex litigation, handling cases relating to unpaid overtime and the termination of employment relations, among others. The firm also covers day-to-day matters, such as advice on immigration issues, dismissals and compensation packages. Another strong suit of the team led by Luis Sánchez is assisting clients in the sports sector, including both executives and sports players, with labour and employment issues.

Real estate Tier 3

Facio & Cañas advises developers and buyers, as well as a number of private investors. The team assists with land acquisition and sales, due diligence, and obtaining permits and licences. Clients have included Ciudad-Hacienda Los Reyes and Urbanización La Laguna. The names to note are practice co-heads Sergio Solera and Carlos Valverde; however, fellow former co-lead Víctor Garita exited to join Arias.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Adrian Torrealba Navas E:
Managing partner Sergio A Solera E:
Photo Name Position Profile
 Georgette Barguil  photo Georgette Barguil
 Mauricio Bolaños  photo Mauricio Bolaños
 Roberto Carmona  photo Roberto Carmona
 Gianna Cersosimo  photo Gianna Cersosimo
 Milagro Chaves  photo Milagro Chaves
 Manuel González  photo Manuel González
 Ana Eugenia Guillen  photo Ana Eugenia Guillen
 Julio Kierszenson  photo Julio Kierszenson
 Roberto Leiva  photo Roberto Leiva
 Alfonso Liao  photo Alfonso Liao
 Mario Navarro  photo Mario Navarro
 Pamela Navarro  photo Pamela Navarro
 Adelita Olivares  photo Adelita Olivares
 José María Oreamuno  photo José María Oreamuno
 Carlos J. Oreamuno  photo Carlos J. Oreamuno
 Erick Rojas  photo Erick Rojas
 Luis Ángel Sánchez  photo Luis Ángel Sánchez
 Fabian Solís  photo Fabian Solís
 Sergio Solera  photo Sergio Solera
 Diego Soto  photo Diego Soto
 Federico Torrealba  photo Federico Torrealba
 Adrián Torrealba  photo Adrián Torrealba
 Laura Valverde  photo Laura Valverde
 Modesto Vargas  photo Modesto Vargas
Partners : 10
Total staff : 70
Partners : 10