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Latin-America Guide

Real Estate — Costa Rica


BLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stellar practice enjoying a leading position in the Costa Rican real estate arena. Acts for a number of well-known international healthcare, tourism and retail companies on highly significant deals. Team is vastly experienced in counselling developers, landlords, tenants and lenders on the financing and development of large-scale commercial and mixed-use properties. Capabilities span leasing, sales and disposals of land and condominium regimes.

Strengths Clients register their satisfaction with the firm's service, enthusing: "They handle matters perfectly in terms of response times, quality of work and monitoring matters. We also value their know-how and that they work as though they were part of our staff. The work they do is exceptional and their answers are magnificent."

Another source goes on to describe the team as "excellent; they are attentive, detail-oriented and professional, as well as very hard-working."

Work highlight Advised Edwards Lifesciences Corporation on the lease agreement, options to purchase and final transfer deeds for its heart valve manufacturing facility.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Luis Manuel Castro is acknowledged by commentators as a leading figure in the real estate field. Clients regard him as "possibly the best real estate lawyer in Costa Rica." Others comment that "he is very professional, understands our business and focuses on the really important legal matters," valuing the personalised service he provides. His recent activities include counselling Los Sueños Resort and Marina on the closing of three real estate projects with a total value of USD15 million.

Clients and peers respect Eduardo Calderón for his handling of real estate mandates. A source notes: "I value his high professional standards and I trust his advice," while another goes on to characterise him as "a good and capable lawyer who is reliable and knows what he's doing."

Partner Anneth Jiménez is commended by both clients and peers, with one affirming that "she is very able and professional" and another source declaring that "she is a very good lawyer; it's a pleasure working with her."

Clients note that associate Andrea González "produces documents of exceptional quality; she is wonderful." Others emphasise: "She solves things very quickly and is efficient."

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

BLP represents national and international developers, construction companies, private and institutional investors, lenders, landlords, tenants and business users in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. The practice offers complete advice on traditional and non-traditional real estate, and a one – stop comprehensive counsel throughout the stages of the transactions and administration of projects.

Our firm is best known for our ability and experience dealing with the complexities of developing large-scale projects, for our multidisciplinary team approach and full service, and for our practical and business-oriented approach to finding solutions for our clients.

We are day to day advisors for key clients including some of the leading engineering and construction companies in Central America, as well as the largest real estate and hospitality developments in Costa Rica.

Our practice has a solid reputation in the market handling real estate transactions and day to day matters across the whole spectrum of real estate.

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EY Law - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished practice boasting exceptional prowess in real estate mandates. Involved in advising on high-end tourist and residential developments, with expertise in condominium regimes and the sale and acquisitions of both land and existing real properties. Regularly represents prominent local and international developers, as well as key names from the construction and hospitality spaces. Often benefits from the support of its tax and environmental law departments.

Strengths Clients single out the firm's service for high praise, reporting: "They are our allies and the team shows great dedication. Their client service is excellent and is something that makes them stand out from other firms. They get back to me at any time, even if they are travelling. They are also very knowledgeable and have shown themselves to be extremely able in all legal areas."

Work highlight Acted for SunVesta Holding Group on the development of a high-end tourist resort located in the Guanacaste province on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The transaction was worth USD250 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alejandro Antillón continues to attract ample admiration for his real estate expertise. One client highlights: "I appreciate his availability; it's easy to communicate with him and when there are important matters he provides immediate attention." Clients go on to note: "We have had a great experience and have complete confidence in him." His recent work includes leading the team advising SunVesta Holding Group on the development of a USD250 million tourist resort on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Associate-to-watch Alvaro Leiva Escalante is noted by clients for his knowledge of the area. They observe: "He is a real expert in the world of tourism and its regulation." Peers attest to his visibility and relevance in this sector.

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Consortium Legal - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed firm retained by a number of major clients hailing from the construction and retail sectors for advice on real estate issues. Noted expertise in assisting with high-value property sales and purchases. Provides additional experience in real estate finance, designing condominium regimes and drafting lease agreements. Also frequently retained by private individuals.

Strengths The firm comes recommended by clients, one of whom states: "When I have a problem I can call them and get answers immediately. They provide excellent advice and service."

Work highlight Advised Cuestamoras Urbanismo on the sale of a piece of land in Ciruelas worth approximately USD4.3 million.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Juan Manuel Cordero Esquivel is commended by clients for his service, with interviewees characterising him as "thorough, efficient and highly competent." Another source adds that his style is "nimble, professional and friendly." He recently led the team counselling Cuestamoras Urbanismo on the sale of a piece of land for USD4.3 million.

Market onlookers commend Rolando Laclé Zúñiga for his presence in the real estate arena. Sources describe him as a "a point of reference" and "a very respected lawyer with a good roster of clients." Another appreciates that he is "always available and attentive to whatever clients may need."

The "excellent" David Reuben is highlighted by market interviewees for his activity in the real estate sphere. They describe him as "an excellent professional who follows up on matters and always resolves problems."

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

The real estate law practice of Consortium Legal is recognized for providing advice on complex and sophisticated transactions. With an extraordinary specialty in purchases, sales and rentals, residential and corporate real estate developments, including financing structuring.

We have vast experience providing  services such as:

  • Analysis and formalization of agreements between partners
  • Registry and cadastral survey of real estate properties
  • Planning of the legal/fiscal sales strategy for the real estate project
  • Support in the mandatory administrative proceedings in order to obtain the licenses, permits and others required for the due operation and development of the real estate project
  • Formalization of agreements with project contractors
  • Legalization of bridging loans, escrows, surrounding the Real Estate project
  • Establishment of a horizontal property regime, as a condominium or any other required, and outlining their corresponding regulations.
  • Assistance in drafting Trust Agreements, as a means of planning, managing funds and real estate structures.

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Dentons Muñoz - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired practice featuring a skilled team with an extensive track record in the field. Primary areas of focus include assisting with the leasing and acquisition of real estate assets, and advising on urban regulations and permitting issues. Represents a notable roster of clients comprising domestic and foreign companies from the construction, retail and tourism sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's real estate practice, stating: "They are excellent; very professional, patient and conciliatory. They also have the necessary communication skills to convey comprehensibly concepts that are relatively complicated."

Work highlight Assisted Viridi International Resorts with the acquisition of a hotel for USD2.3 million.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Pedro Muñoz is seen by peers as "a highly recognised lawyer in the real estate sector." He is also valued by clients who highlight his soft skills and declare: "He is a good communicator, charismatic and an influential figure."

Head of department Eduardo Zúñiga is held in high regard by clients for his approach to real estate matters, with one saying: "I value his serenity and unhurried pace; at critical moments he remains a bastion of tranquillity and calm; yet despite this composure, he demonstrates a lot of passion for what he does."

Clients commend associate Daniela Murillo Segura's performance, commenting: "She's a very good practitioner who is highly tenacious and always looks for solutions to problems and monitoring matters."

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Sfera Legal - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust real estate practice offering comprehensive coverage of real estate issues. Displays ample experience in advising on the sale and purchase of real estate assets, as well as the financing of developments. Regularly counsels domestic and foreign developers, financiers, hotels and private individuals on their participation in transactions, also assisting with day-to-day matters.

Strengths The firm is rated highly by its clients, who enthuse: "The service is excellent, particularly in terms of communication. Everything is done in a very fast and smooth manner, and they keep us updated on any progress. Their knowledge in general is first-rate and always give you options."

Work highlight Advised a foreign investment group on its acquisition of the Giardino Tropicale Hotel in Guanacaste. The transaction was worth USD1.2 million.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Rafael Cañas is singled out for praise by clients, who value "his even-handed perspective and the fact that he is able to combine legal, business and practical expertise with his experience. He brings a fresh perspective." He is active advising international clients on the sale and acquisition of real estate assets.

Partner Robert van der Putten receives praise from market commentators for his capabilities in the real estate arena. One client opines: "He's great and very knowledgeable," whilst others highlight his soft skills in dealing with clients.

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice maintaining a significant presence in the real estate space. Possesses notable prowess in the structuring of deals for the financing and development of real estate assets. Also noted for its handling of urban planning and condominium mandates. Client roster features developers, lenders and notable names from the hotel industry.

Strengths The practice is commended by clients, who say: "The service is excellent; we have always been well supported by the firm. They are strong in real estate matters and always resolve our problems."

Notable practitioners

Alberto Raven Odio elicits praise from clients for his abilities. They explain that "when there are delicate cases, he provides real expertise," going on to highlight "his availability to assist with any matter and his friendly manner." He continues to be sought out by commercial developers for counsel on their operations in Costa Rica.

Associate Rosa María Jiménez is commended by clients for her "personalised service," with another source reporting: "I have great respect for her." She remains active advising clients on residential and commercial real estate matters.

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Aguilar Castillo Love - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant practice providing regional coverage of the real estate ambit. Regularly retained by top multinationals on the sale and acquisition of real estate assets. Client portfolio encompasses key construction, utilities and technology companies.

Notable practitioners

They key client contacts are John Aguilar Quesada, John Aguilar Osborne and Marco Solano Gómez.

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ECIJA - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known name maintaining a solid reputation in the real estate sphere and leveraging a strong network throughout the Central American region. Active across a range of mandates including the development of residential and commercial real estate projects. Offers experience in the acquisition of land and real estate finance.

Strengths One source enthuses: "They provide great support and advice on real estate matters; I can't think of anything that the firm ought to do to improve."

Work highlight Assisted Centurion Project & Development with the acquisition of over 60 real properties in Costa Rica, worth approximately USD10 million.

Notable practitioners

Guillermo Zúñiga is the key client contact.

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Facio & Cañas - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key practice regularly instructed by developers and construction clients, as well as food and beverage companies and private individuals, on commercial and residential development mandates. Capabilities extend to the sale and acquisition of properties, as well as related tax and environmental issues.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's service, noting: "The experience with them has been really great. They take you through the whole process and make sure you are aware of the risks you are facing and how to mitigate them."

Work highlight Assisted Aldesa - Desarrollos Zona Franca Coyol with the incorporation of the Terra Industrial condominium.

Notable practitioners

Partner Sergio Solera comes into the rankings after receiving strong endorsements from clients. One says: "He's got a great grasp of the law and he's extremely responsive. Any time I have a problem, I very quickly get an answer from him detailing my options."

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Nassar Abogados - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact practice routinely retained by prominent telecommunications, technology and construction companies for advice on such real estate concerns as the financing of commercial and residential developments, as well as in land acquisitions and sales.

Strengths Clients consider the practice "excellent" and particularly value the lawyers' "responsiveness, even during the holidays."

Work highlight Counselled Brillio on the lease agreement for its Costa Rican premises.

Notable practitioners

The key client contacts are Tomás Nassar Pérez and Tomás Nassar Jorge.

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eminent practitioner Pedro Muñoz is seen by peers as "a highly recognised lawyer in the real estate sector." He is also valued by clients who highlight his soft skills and declare: "He is a good communicator, charismatic and an influential figure."

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Band 1

Alejandro Antillón

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alejandro Antillón continues to attract ample admiration for his real estate expertise. One client highlights: "I appreciate his availability; it's easy to communicate with him and when there are important matters he provides immediate attention." Clients go on to note: "We have had a great experience and have complete confidence in him." His recent work includes leading the team advising SunVesta Holding Group on the development of a USD250 million tourist resort on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Luis Manuel Castro

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent"Luis Manuel Castro is acknowledged by commentators as a leading figure in the real estate field. Clients regard him as "possibly the best real estate lawyer in Costa Rica." Others comment that "he is very professional, understands our business and focuses on the really important legal matters," valuing the personalised service he provides. His recent activities include counselling Los Sueños Resort and Marina on the closing of three real estate projects with a total value of USD15 million.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Eduardo Calderón

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients and peers respect Eduardo Calderón for his handling of real estate mandates. A source notes: "I value his high professional standards and I trust his advice," while another goes on to characterise him as "a good and capable lawyer who is reliable and knows what he's doing."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Sfera Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Rafael Cañas is singled out for praise by clients, who value "his even-handed perspective and the fact that he is able to combine legal, business and practical expertise with his experience. He brings a fresh perspective." He is active advising international clients on the sale and acquisition of real estate assets.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Alberto Raven Odio

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alberto Raven Odio elicits praise from clients for his abilities. They explain that "when there are delicate cases, he provides real expertise," going on to highlight "his availability to assist with any matter and his friendly manner." He continues to be sought out by commercial developers for counsel on their operations in Costa Rica.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Juan Manuel Cordero Esquivel

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Juan Manuel Cordero Esquivel is commended by clients for his service, with interviewees characterising him as "thorough, efficient and highly competent." Another source adds that his style is "nimble, professional and friendly." He recently led the team counselling Cuestamoras Urbanismo on the sale of a piece of land for USD4.3 million.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Andrea Hütt Fernandez

Land & Business Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrea Hütt Fernandez of Land & Business Attorneys receives praise from sources, with one deeming her "a first-rate practitioner who is supremely committed to her clients and able to empathise with their priorities." Others add that she is "responsive, gets things done promptly and has a lot of knowledge about the local market."

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Band 3

Rolando Laclé Zúñiga

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers commend Rolando Laclé Zúñiga for his presence in the real estate arena. Sources describe him as a "a point of reference" and "a very respected lawyer with a good roster of clients." Another appreciates that he is "always available and attentive to whatever clients may need."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Alberto Sáenz Roesch

INVICTA LEGAL

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Alberto Sáenz Roesch of INVICTA LEGAL joins the rankings this year. A client highlights his "knowledge and eagerness to work," whilst others state that "he's very knowledgeable about Costa Rican law; any time we've had a question he's come back with the answer very quickly. He understands what needs to be done to carry the deal from start to finish and stays on top of things."

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Band 3

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Sergio Solera comes into the rankings after receiving strong endorsements from clients. One says: "He's got a great grasp of the law and he's extremely responsive. Any time I have a problem, I very quickly get an answer from him detailing my options."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Robert C van der Putten

Sfera Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Robert van der Putten receives praise from market commentators for his capabilities in the real estate arena. One client opines: "He's great and very knowledgeable," whilst others highlight his soft skills in dealing with clients.

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Band 3

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Eduardo Zúñiga is held in high regard by clients for his approach to real estate matters, with one saying: "I value his serenity andunhurried pace; at critical moments he remains a bastion of tranquillity and calm; yet despite this composure, he demonstrates a lot of passion for what he does."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Anneth Jiménez is commended by both clients and peers, with one affirming that "she is very able and professional" and another source declaring that "she is a very good lawyer; it's a pleasure working with her."

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Up and Coming

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent"David Reuben is highlighted by market interviewees for his activity in the real estate sphere. They describe him as "an excellent professional who follows up on matters and always resolves problems."

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients note that associate Andrea González"produces documents of exceptional quality; she is wonderful." Others emphasise: "She solves things very quickly and is efficient."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Rosa María Jiménez

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Rosa María Jiménez is commended by clients for her "personalised service," with another source reporting: "I have great respect for her." She remains active advising clients on residential and commercial real estate matters.

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Associates to watch

Alvaro Leiva Escalante

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Alvaro Leiva Escalante is noted by clients for his knowledge of the area. They observe: "He is a real expert in the world of tourism and its regulation." Peers attest to his visibility and relevance in this sector.

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Associates to watch

Daniela Murillo Segura

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients commend associate Daniela Murillo Segura's performance, commenting: "She's a very good practitioner who is highly tenacious and always looks for solutions to problems and monitoring matters."

^ See whole ranking table