The Costa Rican legal market, like those of many of the country's
neighbours, remains reasonably small and populated with a mixture of
local firms and branches of Central American regional firm networks.
Costa Rica itself enjoys a greater degree of foreign investment than
some of its neighbours though because of the perennially strong economy,
the comparatively high education level and a population with a more
established middle class than some Central American nations....
CONTEXT AND TRENDS
Costa Rica has maintained its expansion of industries like insurance, power generation and telecommunications this year after the breakup of government monopolies in those sectors mandated by Costa Rica's participation in CAFTA-DR (Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement). Attorneys report that, in almost every industry that was previously a government monopoly, the government company remains the primary provider as private companies slowly make inroads into the newly opened markets....