Dentons > San Jose, Costa Rica > Firm Profile

SAN JOSE 12891-1000
Costa Rica

Costa Rica > Compliance Tier 2

The Costa Rican compliance team at Dentons co-ordinates with offices in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala to design risk assessment strategies and corporate governance programmes for multinationals operating in such sectors as logistics, pharmaceuticals, health, tourism and telecoms. The group’s full service includes assistance with internal investigations, due diligence, training, and anti-corruption and anti-money laundering strategies. The team is led by practice area expert Tatiana Reuben, who brings more than 20 years of experience and specialises in compliance with the US Corrupt Practices Abroad Act, the UK Bribery Act, antitrust laws, export control and trade and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions. Key support is provided by associate Josué Blen, who previously served as legal adviser to the Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The Costa Rican team at Dentons utilises the combined bench strength offices in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and its bespoke Dentons Direct cloud system (which streamlines case tracking), to represent multinational financial institutions and corporates including Bayer and Schneider Electric in a wide range of complex, cross-border disputes. With an active client base spanning sectors ranging from energy, pharmaceuticals and logistics to financial services, pharmaceuticals and construction, the practice’s comprehensive offering covers such matters as commercial litigation and arbitration, environmental law, insurance litigation, collection actions, and restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. The team is led by experienced litigator and arbitrator Roy Herrera, a member of the board of directors for the Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce. The group is supported by senior associate Aracelly López, who performs due diligences on litigation proceedings for companies involved in multi-jurisdictional M&A, and associate Johann Montero Brenes, who specialises in labour and employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Roy Herrera


Affordability and availability. Knowledge of the environment in which they operate.

Availability and technical knowledge.

Here in Costa Rica the team is very professional and accessible. Their availability to take the time to explain matters to the client is a strength compared to other firms.

They are an integrated office with several specialised areas that complement each other and work together. Roy Herrera follows up on all matters and is available.

The service received by the professionals at Dentons made me feel secure and confident, and I also know that they consulted professionals in the field of the dispute that we were resolving and that gave me peace of mind.

Courteousness, professionalism, availability.

Key clients



Belize Bank


Agroganadera Pinilla

Global Power Generation

Schneider Electric


Mediterranean Shipping Company

Latam Logistic

Costa Rica > Real estate Tier 2

Dentons utilises the bench strength of its regional network of seven offices in six countries to advise developers, private equity firms, real estate funds, and multinational corporates across such sectors as tech, logistics, energy, tech and banking on the sale and purchase of real estate and the financing and development of real estate projects. The practice’s comprehensive service extends to construction matters, regulatory compliance, and related tax issues and litigation. Managing partner Eduardo Zúñiga leads the team, bringing experience in project legal structures, environmental issues and the negotiation of hotel management agreements, and assists clients with urban developments, gated communities and beachfront resorts. Other key figures include senior associate Natiuska Traña, who advises private individuals on acquiring luxury homes, and associate Natiuska Traña, who brings expertise to handling lease contracts, and property development and administration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Zúñiga

Key clients


Western Union

LATAM Farmanova

Hacienda Pinilla

Latam Logistics Properties

Punta Vista Park


Work highlights

  • Advising Panduit, a company in the network infrastructure and electrical wiring business, on the sale of a property.
  • Advised Western Union on real estate issues relating to its global restructuring and the creation of a spinoff of certain services, including assisting with the revision of local lease agreements.
  • Represented logistics company Grupo Farmanova in the negotiation of the lease of a warehouse for the centralisation of its distribution centre in one location.

Costa Rica > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Utilising the bench strength of its regional network of seven offices in six countries, the corporate team at Dentons advises national and multinational corporates across industries ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy to e-commerce, telecoms, tech, media and real estate on day-to-day operations and complex, cross-border transactions. The practice’s comprehensive service includes assistance with tax matters, compliance, M&A, business unit spinoffs, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, strategic alliances and divestitures. The team is led by Eduardo Zúñiga, who specialises in the hospitality and real estate sectors, and Tatiana Reuben, who brings over 20 years of in-house experience to the practice, and whose focus lies on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Senior associate Montserrat Ortega joined in January 2022 from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Zúñiga; Tatiana Reuben


The Dentons team provides comprehensive legal services and valuable support in addressing issues in the Central American and Caribbean region. They have a network of correspondents and branches that ensure that their services are provided in a timely, efficient manner and are of the best quality.

Customer service is impeccable, and their responses are timely, complete, and provide effective solutions to the company’s needs.

We like the firm for the personal treatment and the support they provide.

I think they treat my company excellently – their service is of high quality and the results have always been satisfactory. We have worked with Tatiana Reuben and we are very satisfied with her work.

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Advised 10Pearls, a digital development company, on the acquisition of Pixel 506 in Costa Rica, and the cross-border acquisition of Whiz and its operations in Peru, Mexico, and Colombia.
  • Advising cable television and entertainment company Codosat with daily legal services, including general management advice, contract drafting and review, employment matters, compliance and the updating of powers of attorney for directors and managers.
  • Providing MSC with daily legal services, including general management advice and assistance with contract drafting and review, employment and compliance matters.

Costa Rica > Labour and employment Tier 3

The Costa Rican labour and employment team at Dentons utilises the combined bench strength of offices in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, to provide a comprehensive service to global household names including Dole, Starbucks, Amazon and Merck across sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, tech, hospitality and software to real estate, manufacturing, telecoms, retail and energy. The team is led by Anna Karina Jiménez, who brings expertise to assisting with matters ranging from compliance audits, the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, collective bargaining matters and employee benefits programmes to labour litigation, contract terminations and the employment aspects of M&A. Other key figures include senior associate and preventative risk management specialist Silvia Hernández and associate Daniela López Salas, who advises on human resources matters and social security matters, and who arrived from BDS Asesores in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Anna Karina Jiménez


We are interested in a labour lawyer who knows the subject well, who knows how to explain it in writing and verbally in a practical, summarised way and additionally who can do it as well in English as in Spanish. In the case of Dentons, with the expert Anna Karina Jiménez we found these qualities.

Anna Karina Jiménez stands out for her mastery of the subject, her practicality and for expressing her ideas also in English.

The team in general is very helpful. We receive a prompt response.

Anna Karina Jiménez and Silvia Hernández are very helpful. They are always available to clarify doubts and queries, and their answers are very complete; it is clear that they have done an exhaustive analysis of the case before responding.

Qualified, serious, respectful professionals, who know the particularities of the company I work for and that makes communication and interactions very fluid. Quick responses, with quality.

Very prepared people, with clear, concise and complete communication. Clarification of the issues is rarely required.

Key clients





American Tower Corporation

Panduit Corp






Glatfelter (PH Glatfelter)

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)



LL Bean

Organon Pharma





Palo Alto Networks


Blake Mycoskie


Del Mar Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) on day-to-day employment and labour matters, including remote work, adjustment of work shifts, application of Covid-19 legislation and regulations to the company’s workforces and their return to the workplace.
  • Advising Panduit on day-to-day employment and labour matters.
  • Advising LL Bean on day-to-day employment and labour matters.

Costa Rica > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

The public law and environmental law department at Dentons advises clients across the construction, energy and civil engineering sectors involved in high-value, cross-border infrastructure projects, assisting with matters ranging from regulatory compliance and procurement processes to structuring PPPs, project finance and litigation. Managing partner Eduardo Zúñiga is a key contact.

Central America > Corporate and finance Tier 3

As the Central American branch of global firm Dentons, Dentons is one of the few firms in the region to have an international presence, making it well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. In Costa Rica (where the firm has two offices), real estate and hospitality specialist Eduardo Zúñiga leads the corporate team with Tatiana Reuben. Luis Abundio Maldonado, who also co-chairs the infrastructure practice for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the name to note in Guatemala, while in Honduras Arturo Zacapa heads the team. In Nicaragua, Edgard Torres handles corporate and finance matters, and Daniel Martinez, who has a strong track record in international deals, leads the El Salvador practice. The highly experienced Gisela Álvarez de Porras is the key contact in Panama.

Work highlights

With offices in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador, Dentons Mu?oz offers rule of law-based access to world-class expertise, capital, technology, best practices and decision makers.

Dentons Mu?oz is committed to improving the world for all by activating the rule of law in the pursuit of better institutions, equality, freedom and economic progress.

Dentons Mu?oz’ lawyers work in close cooperation within Central America and with Dentons’ lawyers from all over the world.

Dentons Mu?oz handles the most sophisticated and complex transactions in Central America.

The Firm

On February 27th, 2017, Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, announced the completion of its combination with Costa Rica-based Mu?oz Global, making it the first global law firm to have a footprint across Central America. The combined firm is known as Dentons Mu?oz.

Areas of practice

Dispute resolution: the firm provides rule of law-based results in dispute resolution.

Banking and finance: debt financing and loan security packages, debt restructuring, issuance of negotiable instruments, asset securitization, investment funds and trusts.

M&A: the firm has a solid track record of success advising local and foreign clients on mergers, business unit spinoffs, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures.

Real estate: the firm provides ongoing sophisticated advice to residential, commercial or mixed-use developments.

Corporate: the firm provides corporate legal counsel on a permanent basis, corporate governance advice and corporate advice to foreign direct investors arriving or expanding their presence. Provides compliance services, including internal investigations and remediation programs.

Tax: the firm provides tax advice and it feels confident in defending the interests of its clients in court.

Public law: the firm provides rule of law-based government procurement advice. It represents the Inter-American Development Bank in designing the Alliance for Prosperity Fund, the largest mixed-capital fund in the history of Central America to develop strategic infrastructure in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Employment: through ongoing preventive advice, it balances employer and employee interests, advances the rule of law principle, deals with employee protectionism in Central America, and understands and deals with the particularities of labor law in each Central American jurisdiction.

Intellectual property and technology: the firm links start-ups with investors and potential clients, provides interactive real time technological solutions to its clients to manage their intellectual property, fight piracy and counterfeiting, and provides sensible IT law and privacy advice.

Other central American offices

Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption Carolina Muñoz
Anti-corruption Roy Herrera
Banking and Finance Daniel Araya
Compliance Daniel Araya
Compliance Carolina Muñoz
Compliance José Antonio Muñoz
Corporate José Antonio Muñoz
Corporate Daniel Araya
Employment and Labor, immigration Anna Karina Jiménez
Environment and Natural Resources Eduardo Zúñiga
Environment and Natural Resources Esteban Paniagua
Intellectual property and technology Monserrat Guitart
Intellectual property and technology Roy Herrera
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Roy Herrera
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Carolina Muñoz
Mergers and Acquisitions Daniel Araya
Real Estate Eduardo Zúñiga
Tax Daniel Araya
Trade, WTO and Customs Daniel Araya
Trade, WTO and Customs Anna Karina Jiménez
Other fee-earners : 30+
Total staff : 80+
Partners : 6