Firm Profile > Consortium Legal > San Jose, Costa Rica

Consortium Legal
DEL RESTAURANTE TONY ROMAS, 600M
AL OESTE, ESCAZÚ
SAN JOSE
Costa Rica

Banking and finance Tier 1

The stellar banking and finance team at regional heavyweight Consortium Legal provides a wide range of 'personalised' services, including hospitality financing, free trade regime advice and loan refinancing for hospitals and other medical institutions. The team's impressive client list includes numerous regional and international banks, which also require support with recent legal reforms in the country. A quartet comprising Mario Quesada-Bianchini, David Campos, Andrés Chamberlain and Randall Barquero spearheads the department. Barquero also leads the firm's growing fintech practice; Quesada-Bianchini shines in cross-border financing transactions; Campos specialises in securities and commercial law; and Chamberlain leads the practice's retail banking division.

Testimonials

‘They have specialised technical knowledge of the industry. Services are personalised to our needs.’

‘They offer quick response times that meet our business requirements, and provide innovative solutions in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. It is the best firm for banking and finance matters.’

‘The advantage of David Campos is his ability to react quickly to trends in the market and provide advice in an agile manner to respond to a new wave of regulations in the national banking system, within the changing regulatory environment of the banking sector. His experience of advising a large number of financial institutions over many years is very valuable when making decisions and taking action to mitigate risks.’

Key clients

Scotiabank

Citibank

Banco Davivienda

BAC Credomatic

Banco General

Banco Lafise

Bancolombia

First Citizens Bank

Inter-American Development Bank

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Regional heavyweight Consortium Legal provides a strong corporate and M&A offering to its national and international clients. The team's expertise further includes related issues such as antitrust and distribution law. Rolando Laclé Zúñiga and Juan Manuel Godoy jointly head the 'leading' team, with the former especially strong in foreign investment matters and the latter focused on M&A and the energy sector. David Reuben is frequently called upon to negotiate complex contracts or assist with acquisition and sale processes. The team also includes Monserrat Segura Muñoz and Marcela Alfaro, who were both promoted to senior associate in the second half of 2019. Segura specialises in due diligence and cross-border transactions, while Alfaro shines in matters at the intersection of corporate and real estate law.

Testimonials

‘Consortium has leading corporate and banking practices and they are our first choice for transactions in Central America.’

‘Rolando Laclé and Juan Manuel Godoy form an exceptional team, always offering innovative proposals and thinking about how to close deals.’

Key clients

Rappi

Teletica

Coca Cola Femsa

Volaris

Expedia

Grupo Progreso

World Gym

Corona

Cuestamoras

Ultrapark

Tax Tier 1

Tax powerhouse Consortium Legal continues to flourish thanks to its strengths in consulting, tax planning, transfer pricing and tax litigation. As part of a regional full-service firm, the team also offers assistance with international taxation and advice for corporate clients. Led by a quartet comprising Diego Salto, Rafael LunaCristina Sansonetti and Anayansi Mora, the department has a client roster including multinationals, infrastructure and construction companies, and regional enterprises. Salto focuses on tax analysis and business consulting; Luna shines in transfer pricing and related litigation; Sansonetti advises on tax issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions; and Mora has a strong track record in tax litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities.

Testimonials

‘Excellent level of knowledge in local tax matters and the main implications at the international level.’

‘Effectiveness in solving queries and immediate response to our requests.’

‘The best team of tax specialists in Costa Rica.’

‘They are experts in tax and legal matters and have an excellent attitude to helping their clients resolve situations ethically and effectively.’

‘Rafael Luna has been our adviser for several years and his contribution to our business projects is always the best.’

Key clients

Walmart

APM

Teletica

Uber

Ultrapark

Globalvía

Avianca

Consorcio Eólico Chiripa (Acciona)

Maersk

ANC

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Consortium Legal offers the full gamut of dispute resolution services, with niche expertise in extra-contractual civil liability, contractual liability, damages claims and rights in rem. Other areas of strength include arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as banking and public law litigation. The well-balanced group is spearheaded by a trio comprising Rolando Laclé Zúñiga, José Pablo Valverde and Andrés Martínez. Martínez, who joined the firm from Dentons Muñoz in January 2020, has enhanced the team's portfolio of services further thanks to his expertise in condominium and real estate law, as well as his experience in judicial collections and foreclosures.

Key clients

Cemex Costa Rica

Scotiabank de Costa Rica

Del Monte

Citibank Group

Mars

Banco Davivienda

Grupo Cuestamoras

Alfa Parf

Grupo Barceló

Real estate Tier 2

Often instructed to handle matters at the nexus of corporate and real estate law, the 'always efficient and accurate' real estate department at Consortium Legal is adept at advising clients on property transactions, asset purchases and bulk sale processes. Other core areas of the practice include contract drafting and regulatory and environmental advice. The leadership of the team is shared among three key practitioners: Rolando Laclé Zúñiga, Juan Manuel Cordero and David Reuben, all of whom are noted for their outstanding transactional real estate practice. Marcela Alfaro, who was promoted to senior associate in September 2019, plays an important role in real estate due diligence processes.

Testimonials

‘The service provided by Consortium has always been efficient and accurate, and they have been supporting our business for many years. In corporate and real estate matters, Consortium is one of the leading firms in the country.’

‘Juan Manuel Cordero has been our lawyer for many years for corporate and real estate matters, providing vital support in the workings of our business.’

‘The team always keeps up to date with the status of our cases and is available to deal with our queries. The team stands out for the quality of its work, service and client care.’

‘Juan Manuel Cordero, David Reuben and associates Marcela Alfaro were always available to us and always sought out the best solution to fit our requirements. Their response times are excellent and the quality of the work is very good.’

‘Juan Manuel Cordero is focused on ensuring his team provide a high-quality service, so we can always rely on him, not just to deal quickly with our matters and give them priority, but also in terms of his transparency and his exceptional knowledge and experience.’

‘Their client service is unique. It is completely personalised and of a very high quality, with very quick response times and competitive fees.’

Key clients

Walmart

Cuestamoras

APM Terminals

Fyffes

Grupo Barceló

Maersk

Four Seasons

Citibank

Cemex

Cefa

Ultrapark

Creganna Medical

Kareo

Mayca

El Silencio Hotel

Intellectual property Tier 3

As a major regional law firm, Consortium Legal offers the full range of traditional IP services. Areas of expertise include copyright matters and trade mark portfolios, especially in the cosmetics industry, as well as providing intellectual property advice to the banking sector. Fabiola Sáenz is the director of the firm's IP department, further providing assistance to entrepreneurs on novel IP matters relating to technology and making use of legal tech to facilitate intellectual property protection.

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Key clients

Cemex de Costa Rica

Cemex Research Group

Hardell Investments (Telecable)

Republic Technologies

Productos Alimenticios Centroamericanos

Rappi

Hello Administradora de Inmuebles

Servicios Inmobiliarios Vermell

Orange Gestion del Desarrollo

World BASC Organization

Labour and employment Tier 3

The 'technically very strong' Consortium Legal offers its corporate clients labour and employment services ranging from contract drafting and terminations to harassment and discrimination claims. Following the departure of former co-head Carolina Soto to join Arias in February 2020, Osvaldo Madriz acts as the sole team leader. His practice covers both individual and collective labour law. Associate Gerardo Delgado del Valle provides key support, particularly in compliance matters and administrative proceedings against Costa Rica's social security authority.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very strong technically, and has a great deal of expertise and knowledge. We have complete confidence in their advice. We think the quality of their work is excellent.’

‘Osvaldo Madriz is excellent and very passionate about his work, which results in excellent advice and assistance. He has provided training to our key members of staff, as well as advising us on day-to-day matters and, of course, the complex issues which often arise in our type of work. He has a great gift for communication, increasing the understanding of labour law and of the rights and benefits of employers and employees, at every level of our business, as well as coming up with creative ideas to resolve complex matters and providing us with the best advice.’

Key clients

Citibank de Costa Rica

Scotiabank de CR

Rada

Banco Lafise

Hotel Hampton Inn by Hilton

Quálitas

Cefa – Cuestamoras

Eurociencia

Hotel Bougnvillea

Pizza Hut

GAMA

Eleimsa

AGF Corp CR

Terranova

Dimeinsa

Hotel Barceló

Davivienda

Grupo Pampa

Cemex

ULACIT

Consortium Legal. Your Law Firm for Business.

We are the largest law firm in Central America with more than 200 attorneys and seven offices strategically located in the five countries of the region and a multi-generational team that knows your needs. We provide regional coordination from a single point of contact for all your transactions.

Consortium is a full-service firm that has focused in the care of all types of companies that wants to do business in the region. We have specialised departments led by our partners in different areas of practice. Recognised as Central America Law Firm of the Year by the most valuable international legal directories, we are your strategic legal advisers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Rolando Laclé Castro rlaclec@consortiumlegal.com
Banking and finance Mario Quesada Bianchini mquesada@consortiumlegal.com
Dispute resolution Rolando Laclé Zuñiga rlacle@consortiumlegal.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rafael Luna photo Mr Rafael Luna Partner
Other fee-earners : 67
Total staff : 89
Partners : 22