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Latin-America Guide

Projects — Costa Rica


BLP - Projects Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Gutiérrez, Luis Manuel Castro and Luis Ortiz
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team offering profound expertise in the projects arena. Highly experienced advising a range of project participants, including sponsors, lenders, contractors and investors hailing from both the local and foreign markets. Well equipped to handle matters relating to due diligence, power purchase agreements and project financing. Adept at providing advice on major infrastructure projects in both the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

Strengths "This is an incredibly high-service firm with first-rate lawyers," according to one market source. They add that BLP is "very commercial and deal-oriented," as well as "one of the best firms I have ever worked with."

Work highlights Acted as Costa Rican counsel to Goldman Sachs on the structuring and lending credit package granted to a consortium for the construction of a 146 km motorway in Colombia. The project is valued at USD1.3 billion.

Significant clients Inter-American Development Bank, IFC, Hunt Renewable Energy, US Ex-Im Bank, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Luis Manuel Castro receives praise from market sources for his prowess in this space. He is experienced handling project finance and purchase agreements, and also maintains a leading presence in the real estate field. He recently advised Hunt Renewable Energy on the development of a 20 MW wind power facility, valued at USD40 million.

Luis Ortiz is lauded by peers as "a very good lawyer." He has particular experience in sector-related public law matters, particularly telecoms issues. He recently handled a matter for Globalvía regarding negotiating a road concession.

Market commentators report that Julio Castellanos is "very impressive," adding: "He has a very solid knowledge of complex Costa Rican legal issues. He is also very personable and responsive and a pleasure to work with." They go on to report: "His main strength is his ability to work as part of an international team and to respond promptly and be available."

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Arias - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Ubico and Vicente Lines
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional firm held in high esteem for its strength in projects work. Experienced advising domestic and international clients on infrastructure matters, encompassing due diligence, public bids, acquisitions and public-private partnerships. Regularly advises on sector-related regulation and negotiations with government entities.

Strengths One client states that the firm provides "excellent delivery, in terms of both quality and timing," going on to praise the lawyers' "attention to detail in due diligence, great availability and knowledge of cross-border transactions."

Work highlights Advised Ingenieros Civiles Asociados on its public bid regarding the expansion of a petroleum port, valued at USD1 billion.

Significant clients RS&H, SAAM, GEDI, Ineco, BCIE.

Notable practitioners

Department head Carlos Ubico is highlighted by sources for his knowledge of public and private investment. He has recently advised SAAM on the USD48.5 million acquisition of two concessions at Puerto Caldera.

About the Team (content provided by Arias)

One of the largest and most respected law firms in Central America, Arias has 75 years of experience providing accurate and timely solutions based on clients’ goals, a great team of professionals, award-winning client service and unparalleled innovation to the region’s legal market.

Arias is a full-service law firm able to provide advice in over 30 practice areas; with a legal team of 32 Partners and more than 130 lawyers through their 7 offices across all Central American countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, Arias reaffirms its commitment to continue serving clients with a strategic vision, generating value that allows clients to reach and surpass their objectives. Helping them in a unique approach, by having all their regional legal matters tendered by a single contact. They are truly, integral partners who clients can trust.

The Firm has coordinated some of the largest multijurisdictional transactions crossing Latin America; it is the go-to firm for international corporations doing business in the region. The Firm has grown and achieved innovation over the years in order to offer personalized, preventive, and strategic legal services to the business and the needs of its clients, with reliable and accurate legal solutions.

Arias heritage, passion for law, and commitment to quality allows them to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country where they operate.

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Consortium Legal - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with particular experience advising on the financing side of infrastructure projects. Experienced handling matters related to projects in the renewable energy, mining and oil and gas sectors. Advises on project financing, concessions and regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators laud partner Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas for his expertise in projects matters, with peers commending him as "an excellent and active lawyer with a great career in this field." Sources go on to endorse his ample experience in the public sector.

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Dentons Muñoz - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Antonio Muñoz and Eduardo Zúñiga
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable practice handling a range of infrastructure matters, spanning due diligence, public bids and structured finance. Also provides project-related litigation services. Particularly experienced working with clients from the banking and finance sector.

Work highlights Provided counsel to Bankia and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) on a public bid related to motorway construction, valued at USD3 billion.

Significant clients FMO, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Eduardo Zúñiga is praised as "a very good lawyer" by peers, who go on to endorse his expertise in energy projects. He is experienced advising international and domestic clients on project finance matters, with particular skill in PPP.

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Caoba Legal - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic practice making its debut in the rankings this year. Highlighted for its experience in a range of infrastructure projects, including ports, motorways and airports. Also adept at handling energy mandates, spanning wind and hydroelectric projects, including the related due diligence.

Strengths One market source highlights the firm as "a very strong boutique with a lot of highly knowledgeable people for this type of work."

Notable practitioners

Key partner Carlos Arrea wins plaudits from market sources, who deem him "an excellent lawyer." He is also highlighted by peers for his high level of expertise in government procurement.

Market commentators highlight Julio Zelaya as "an experienced projects lawyer." He advises clients on a range of related matters, including government procurement and project finance.

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EY Law - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm with notable regional reach, advising clients on matters spanning project design and construction, due diligence and credit and lease negotiations. Regularly advises clients from the renewable energy sector, as well as retail, engineering and TMT.

Significant clients Verizon, Walmart de Centroamérica, Vestas, Gestamp Solar, Abengoa.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Fernando Vargas is praised by peers for his skill in handling projects mandates. He is experienced advising clients on infrastructure-related contract drafting and negotiation, and is also adept at advising on issues relating specifically to TMT.

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Nassar Abogados - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tomás Nassar Pérez
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team handling a variety of projects-related mandates within sectors including telecommunications, mining and real estate. Experienced in providing counsel on PPP, acquisitions and permits, including for related environmental matters. Counts a number of major airlines among its clients.

Strengths A client comments that the lawyers are "very good," adding: "They have a lot of experience."

Work highlights Advised Phoenix Tower International on the acquisition of third party-built telecommunications towers, part of an acquisition for the FONATEL project which was valued at USD10 million.

Significant clients American Airlines, British Airways, Philips, Texel Finance, Iberia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Tomás Nassar Pérez is a key client contact.

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Zürcher, Odio & Raven - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Claudio Donato Monge
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted team providing particular expertise in the public law aspects of major projects. Advises clients on public procurement, private initiative projects and negotiations with state entities. Clients are drawn from sectors including energy, transport and engineering.

Strengths The firm receives praise from clients, who say: "The lawyers are very good and responsive; they know a lot, they get involved in the matters, and they meet deadlines."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Amega Holdings on the construction of a USD1 billion port in Moín, Costa Rica.

Significant clients Telefónica, INECO, Acciona Energía, Holcim, Millicom.

Notable practitioners

Department head and leading practitioner Claudio Donato Monge is lauded as "an excellent lawyer" by sources, who also describe him as "exceptional." He is highlighted for his profound knowledge of public law, as well as his experience advising telecoms clients. He is also considered an expert in antitrust law.

About the Team (content provided by Zürcher, Odio & Raven)

Private companies are the State´s greatest ally when it comes to developing large infrastructure projects. Over the last 25 years, the firm´s partners working on this area have served as legal advisors in both sides of the equation, advising the Public Administration and the private investors or developers.

We understand how the system works, so that when one of our clients has an idea that may benefit the public interest, we can actively seek to discuss it with the corresponding public entities; observing the most rigorous transparency standards. Also, our experience gives us a better understanding of most of the obstacles that large projects face, and the possible schemes to overcome them.

Our firm currently serves as the legal advisor to the Execution Unit in charge of executing the largest public infrastructure program. This is an innovative figure which has proved to be very efficient and is expected to be replicated for future projects.

Our presence is not limited to major public projects. We also have some large real estate developers among our clients and have assisted in the structuring, permitting phase and operation of those projects.

We also combine the interdisciplinary expertise of our firm´s banking area to provide adequate solutions in the structuring of project finance schemes and allocation of risks.



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Band 1

Claudio Donato Monge

Zürcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head and leading practitioner Claudio Donato Monge is lauded as "an excellent lawyer" by sources, who also describe him as "exceptional." He is highlighted for his profound knowledge of public law, as well as his experience advising telecoms clients. He is also considered an expert in antitrust law.

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Band 2

Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators laud partner Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas for his expertise in projects matters, with peers commending him as "an excellent and active lawyer with a great career in this field." Sources go on to endorse his ample experience in the public sector.

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Band 2

Caoba Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Carlos Arrea wins plaudits from market sources, who deem him "an excellent lawyer." He is also highlighted by peers for his high level of expertise in government procurement.

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Band 2

Luis Manuel Castro

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Luis Manuel Castro receives praise from market sources for his prowess in this space. He is experienced handling project finance and purchase agreements, and also maintains a leading presence in the real estate field. He recently advised Hunt Renewable Energy on the development of a 20 MW wind power facility, valued at USD40 million.

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Band 2

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Carlos Ubico is highlighted by sources for his knowledge of public and private investment. He has recently advised SAAM on the USD48.5 million acquisition of two concessions at Puerto Caldera.

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Ortiz is lauded by peers as "a very good lawyer." He has particular experience in sector-related public law matters, particularly telecoms issues. He recently handled a matter for Globalvía regarding negotiating a road concession.

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Band 3

PPP Advisors

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Laura Rivera of PPP Advisors receives praise from peers, who say: "She has a lot of experience here and is very active." She is noted for her capabilities in matters relating to government procurement and the construction sector.

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Band 3

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Fernando Vargas is praised by peers for his skill in handling projects mandates. He is experienced advising clients on infrastructure-related contract drafting and negotiation, and is also adept at advising on issues relating specifically to TMT.

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Band 3

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Eduardo Zúñiga is praised as "a very good lawyer" by peers, who go on to endorse his expertise in energy projects. He is experienced advising international and domestic clients on project finance matters, with particular skill in PPP.

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Up and Coming

Caoba Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators highlight Julio Zelaya as "an experienced projects lawyer."  He advises clients on a range of related matters, including government procurement and project finance.

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Associates to watch

Julio Castellanos

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators report that Julio Castellanos is "very impressive," adding: "He has a very solid knowledge of complex Costa Rican legal issues. He is also very personable and responsive and a pleasure to work with." They go on to report: "His main strength is his ability to work as part of an international team and to respond promptly and be available."

^ See whole ranking table