Costa Rica

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Arias

Arias has offices throughout Central America, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The Costa Rican branch of the firm was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San José.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is known for its expertise in financial and corporate matters, as well as project development. The banking and finance team largely represents lenders in credit and loan guarantees towards refinancing, development financings, trade finance and other types of financings. 

 

Key clients

Key clients include Foreign Trade Bank for Latin America Bladex, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, and Swissport.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period the firm was active in banking, M&A, and project development.

In banking the firm advised lending clients in development financing transactions and worked with financial service clients on regulatory and transactional matters.

The firm advised on several M&A transactions, mostly representing the purchaser in acquisitions in a variety of industries.

The firm’s projects work was mostly focused on public procurement.

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Delivery Hero $272 million acquisition of Glovo’s Latin America operations

Banco Promerica de Costa Rica $45 million loan

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Restructuring

"Willingness to help and advise and help in the right way."

 

Diego Gallegos

"Responsive, knowledgeable, creative."

"Diego Gallegos is very responsible, knowledgeable and creative and a pleasure to work with."

 

Melania Dittel

"They are always willing to help."

Consortium Legal

Full service Central American firm Consortium Legal has offices in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Its Costa Rican branch is in San José.

 

Focusses / specialisms

 

The firm has standout financial and corporate practices especially in real estate.

In banking and finance, the firm largely advises lenders in loan facilities and credit facilities regarding refinancings and project financing.

The team also work on debt capital markets matters such as sovereign bonds.

In M&A, the firm advises strategic buyers and sellers in M&A related transactions.

 

Key clients

 

Key clients for the firm include Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC Securities, First Citizens Bank, Banco Davivienda, Scotiabank de Costa Rica, Grupo El Viajero and Bank of Nova Scotia. 

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

 

During the research period the firm advised on several financial restructuring matters, all of which are confidential. They also worked on several acquisitions involving multiple jurisdictions.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

 

Banking and finance

 

"Excellent know-how and advice."

 

"Consortium has provided legal services to us and our subsidiaries in Central America for more than 10 years, providing an impeccable service. They are a proactive, professional, competent and innovative team, that allows us to have the highest quality work on banking and finance issues."

 

"Always willing to fulfil our requirements with the highest level of professionalism."

 

"They are a very professional, proactive, competent and innovative team, which allows them to offer the highest quality service in banking and financial matters."

 

M&A

"Depth to the team, excellent legal advice and knowledge. The firm is a strategic partner in our M&A deals."

 

Restructuring: Corporate

"They have a very strong work ethic which makes them reliable and trustworthy for any kind of matter. They are not just our law firm, but our business partner. "

 

David Reuben

 

"Great lawyer, has the ability to adapt to the different industries of our investments and give us the best advice."

 

Juan Manuel Cordero

"Juan Manuel Cordero and Yoser Rodriguez. Both of them are very knowledgeable lawyers, with a lot of experience, sense of urgency, sense of service and work ethic. Their support gives us a lot of peace, because we know they have our back."

 

Mario Quesada Bianchini

 

"Great understanding of the business and its needs, excellent drive and innovation to solve issues."

 

Randall Barquero

 

"Randall is an exceptional professional whose experience, knowledge and professionalism make him an attorney of the highest quality. Consequently, having his advice has allowed us to incorporate new perspectives in our businesses."

 

"Randall is an exceptional professional whose experience, knowledge and professionalism make him a comprehensive attorney that we can turn to for a variety of issues, furnishing him with an extensive amount of resources that he provides to his clients. "

 

Yoser Rodriguez

"Juan Manuel Cordero and Yoser Rodriguez. Both of them are very knowledgeable lawyers, with a lot of experience, sense of urgency, sense of service and work ethic. Their support gives us a lot of peace, because we know they have our back."

EY Law

EY Law is a global law firm, with offices in 150 countries. The Costa Rican office in San José is led by managing partner Hernán Pacheco. The firm often works across borders with other Central American EY Law offices.

 

Focusses / specialisms

In addition to its M&A team, the firm also does work in banking and finance and project development. It represents mostly strategic buyers, but also sellers in acquisition, free trade zone and other corporate matters. 

 

Key clients

Key clients for EY Law include Grupo Comeca, Sandford Health, Kalicox Holding and Desarrollos Ecológicos El Canal.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period, the firm worked with clients in a wide variety of industries on acquisitions and other corporate matters.

Batalla

Batalla is a law firm in Costa Rica that works in collaboration with three other firms in Central America. It was established in 2001.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on corporate work, particularly project development in the energy and public infrastructure sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients include China Harbour Engineering Costa Rica, Enel Green Energy, International Development Bank and CEMEX.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

 

Investment funds: Private equity funds

"They are proactive and keep up-to-date on all topics important to an investor such as our private equity fund. In addition, they are easy to access and quite efficient at getting things done."

 

Project development

"Extremely passionate. Committed to the task. Effort on understanding the customers' industry."

 

PPP/PFI

"The Battala firm is very focused on instruction and definitions."

 

Project development: Energy

"In the project that we are working on, environmental risk assessment is very important - at Batalla they have specialists in environmental law."

BLP

BLP is a Costa Rican firm that was founded in 2003. It has a large regional footprint with offices in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Spain and Honduras. The firm is a member of Meritas and Interlaw networks of law firms. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

The banking and finance group advises on innovative transactions, advising local and international deals for private equity and commercial banks. The team advises borrowers and lenders on some of the largest and most complex deals in Costa Rica.

The M&A team advises buyers and sellers on complex deals for national and international clients. It is highly experienced at working on large-scale cross-border deals.

The project development team advised on large infrastructure project financing, project bonds and clean energy. The team works with international and local borrowers and lenders.

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include Airbnb, Sistema de Banca para Desarrollo, IADB, WeWork, Globalvia Inversiones, Panasonic and Millicom.

Facio & Cañas

Facio & Cañas is a Costa Rican firm founded in 1942. The firm employs 31 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on corporate structuring and project development among other corporate matters.

 

Project development

"Great delivery time, reachability, attention to detail."

Lexincorp

Lexincorp is a regional Central American firm with offices in Costa RIca, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance where it advises banks on regional international lending and in real estate where it represents domestic and international companies on acquisitions and development.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Banco Industrial, BAC Latam and Novelteak.

Oller Abogados

Oller Abogados was founded in 2000 and is based in San José. The firm employs five partners, five associates and 26 employees.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises clients in a variety of industries on corporate and M&A matters. In the project development area, it has expertise in technology, aviation, energy and pharmaceuticals.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Copa Airlines, Vitalis, CFS and WRB Serra Partners.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

 

M&A

"They are knowledgeable, well connected and thoughtful. Their input is timely and appropriate."

 

Project development: Infrastructure

"Good knowledge of subjects."

Sfera

Sfera legal was established in 2012. The firm has offices throughout Central America, with offices located in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The firm also has a US office located in New York.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The banking and finance group at the firm advises regional banks on several services including day-to-day legal services, advice on loans and banking agreements and guarantees. 

 

Key clients

Key clients include Grupo Data CC Holding Costa Rica and Laboratorio Químico Lambda.