Firm Profile > EY Law Central America > San Jose , Costa Rica

EY Law Central America
Business Park Forum 2 Building A, 4th floor
Santa Ana, San José
Costa Rica

Real estate Tier 1

Alejandro Antillón and Arturo Apéstegui lead the real estate team at EY Law Central America, which focuses on advising on mixed-use and long-term developments. In a recent example, the team assisted Reserva Conchal with the development and registration of a condominium project including a new W Hotel and a golf course. Along with key associates Rudy Sorto and Monserrat Alvarado, Antillón is currently also assisting RC Inmobiliaria with a large residential and commercial-use vertical condominium project in San José. June 2018 saw the departure of Jorge González and Alberto Sáenz for the newly founded Invicta Legal. However, the firm strengthened its real estate team with the arrival of hotel development expert Andrea Sandoval from Dentons Muñoz in spring 2019.

Tax Tier 1

EY Law Central America's tax practice is led by the firm's Central American managing partner, Rafael Sayagués. The team offers a wide variety of non-contentious tax services, ranging from local and international tax planning, corporate restructuring and reorganisations to cross-border taxation in the region. On the contentious side, the firm handles tax disputes with the authorities. Juan Carlos Chavarría and Antonio Ruiz Rojas are also key contacts.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

EY Law Central America's corporate and M&A practice is led by Fernando Vargas and the eminent Hernán Pacheco O; the team focuses on transactional services such as pre- and post-closing matters and company restructurings. In a recent example, the team handled the due diligence, contracts, structuring, implementation and post-closing for Inchcape's acquisition of car dealership Grupo Rudelman. Furthermore, Vargas provides day-to-day corporate advice to restaurant chain Grupo La Fabbrica and to regional subsidiaries of Kimberly-Clark. In a significant hire that will broaden the team's offering, the firm hired transportation specualist Abraham Stern from Sfera Legal in August 2019.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Following the integration of Pacheco Coto in January 2018, EY Law Central America fields a two-partner team led by María del Mar Herrera and Allan Hernández. All lawyers from the previous firm stayed on, with the exception of Juvenal Sánchez, who left to found his own law firm in July 2018. Areas of strength include distribution disputes and competition and consumer matters. The department is regularly instructed by Verizon Communications; for instance, it recently defended the client against allegations of breach of contract related to the publication of telephone directories. Hernán Pacheco O and Alejandro Antillón are also key contacts.

Banking and finance Tier 3

EY Law Central America provides assistance to banks, financial institutions, and domestic and multinational corporate clients with syndicated loans, credit facilities, project finance, investment vehicles and regulatory issues. Arturo Apéstegui heads the two-partner team, which recently acted as local counsel to Liberty Global in the negotiation of its acquisition of 80% of Costa Rican cable company Cabletica. Other clients of the practice are Inchcape and Florida Ice and Farm Company, as well as Panamanian banks Multibank and Capital Bank.

Intellectual property Tier 3

EY Law Central America's IP practice in San José is led by Roxana Cordero Pereira. The firm mainly manages trade mark portfolios, but also advises on copyright and patent registration. The department advises Grupo Bimbo, Avon, Ingeniería Estrella and Omnilife on the management of their entire IP portfolios, ranging from assisting with trade mark and patent registrations and renewals to infringement procedures and unfair competition issues. Managing partner Hernán Pacheco O is also a key figure in the department.

EY Law is an international law firm, affiliated to the EY global firm with offices in 150 countries around the world and more than 250.000 professionals. In the Central America region the firm has more than 1.300 employees, with more than 100 lawyers rendering legal advisory services and offices in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

The firm is acknowledged for its pre-eminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation, based on the highest ethical and professional standard and represents important multinational and regional clients – including numerous Fortune 500 companies – which grant the firm the gold standard for high-end legal advice.

EY Law offers its clients an innovative and transformative approach by delivering legal services in a way that helps minimize the gap between business advisors and legal counsel.

Our lawyers work in an integrated manner with professionals from other lines of the EY business, including Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory, to deliver integral, better informed and professional services.

Our lawyers understand the increasingly complex framework of this global economy. With the experience and expertise of our Law teams, we can help clients assess and minimize the risk of their business decisions. We provide holistic guidance around strategic business decisions as well as offer support services that can increase efficiency and reduce the cost of some routine legal activities. Through our global reach, our multidisciplinary teams can provide assistance wherever the business of our clients requires it.

The Costa Rican team is regarded among the best in the country, with a high-profile client comprised of multinational and regional clients doing business in Central America and abroad. With strategic recruitments in different ranks and sectors of practice, the firm has reinforced its team and expanded its service offering, to cope with new demands and needs of its clients. Such is the case with transportation, data protection and data privacy, controversy, infrastructure and financial services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Hernán Pacheco + 506 2208 9800
Tax Rafael Sayagués + 506 2208 9800
Real Estate and Hospitality Alejandro Antillón + 506 2208 9800
Corporate/M&A/TMT Fernando Vargas + 506 2208 9800
Environment Law Roberto Cordero + 506 2208 9800
Banking &Finance Arturo Apéstegui + 506 2208 9800
Corporate Law Jürgen Nanne + 506 2208 9800
Maritime, Aviation and Multimodal Transportation Law Abraham Stern + 506 2208 9800
Tax Juan Carlos Chavarría + 506 2208 9800
Tax Guillermo Leandro + 506 2208 9800
Tax Antonio Ruiz + 506 2208 9800
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
INTA - International Trademark Association
New York State Bar Association