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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)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice possessing vast capabilities in the projects sphere. Highly regarded for its track record counselling a number of players involved in this field including lenders, sponsors, contractors and both domestic and international investors. Adept at advising on project finance, also acting for sponsors on ancillary contractual matters emanating from projects. Boasts involvement in high-value infrastructure projects relating to both the renewable and oil and gas industries.

Strengths Clients praise the team's expertise, noting: "They answer promptly and work with flexibility and a commercial spirit in order to achieve objectives. They have a profound knowledge of the Costa Rican legal market and the regulatory aspects of projects."

Another source emphasises: "BLP is a cutting-edge firm. They always try to provide a good service and give you access to the partners. They are very creative, proactive and have a good attitude."

Notable practitioners

Partner Luis Manuel Castro receives widespread acclaim from market onlookers for his capabilities in this field. One source enthuses: "He is efficient, responsive and thorough; he's simply one of the best lawyers I have worked with," going on to highlight his "business acumen when it comes to advising clients." He is also described by interviewees as "a very capable practitioner."

Luis Ortiz is hailed by market sources for his noted projects capabilities. One source details: "He is a great professional who knows the country well and has a good approach to solving the different problems arising from the applicable law and the local particularities." He offers additional expertise in public law.

Associate Julio Castellanos is "an excellent and very user-friendly lawyer" according to sources. Other interviewees praise that "he takes the time to understand the issues and provides consistently good client service." He is particularly noted for his focus on project finance.

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

The Projects practice at BLP has been involved in all of the largest infrastructure projects in Costa Rica. Our experience includes the representation of sponsors, lenders, commercial banks, multilateral and development banks, contractors, investors and operators in energy projects ( hydro, wind, geothermal and solar facilities and pipelines) transportation projects (airport, toll road and ports concessions) that used several project finance techniques.     

BLP experience in renewable energy projects is unmatchable in the region having advised the lenders in the biggest hydro facility in Central America and in the latest BOT and four wind farms awarded by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute. In addition BLP has advised the developer of the latest Costa Rican Electricity Institute BOO wind project in all stages of such project.

Regarding energy, our experience covers the full range of development and energy law issues, development site due diligence and acquisition, power purchase agreement negotiations, transmission line and right of way negotiations, environmental, community relations, taxation, financing, construction of and general regulatory aspects.

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Arias - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired regional firm recognised for its presence in the projects sphere. Regularly instructed by government entities, NGOs and local and international companies for advice on matters relating to infrastructure projects, particularly regarding public bids for public-private partnerships arising in the energy, water, transport, security and education spaces.

Strengths The team is commended by clients, with one source enthusing: "I would highlight their creative thinking, problem-solving and management of clients' interactions with the authorities. They are also good communicators."

Work highlight Advised Fideicomiso Acueducto Sardinal on the development of an aqueduct.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Carlos Ubico is well regarded by clients, who assert: "He is a very good lawyer who is both concise and responds quickly with accurate solutions to problems. He is highly intelligent and committed, and he understands what clients want."

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)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice displaying particular prowess in the financing of notable infrastructure projects. Adept at assisting with mandates involving mining, oil and gas and renewable energy projects. Offers additional capabilities handling concession agreements and regulatory concerns affecting project companies.

Strengths Market sources highlight the team's involvement in significant projects.

Notable practitioners

Peers hold partner Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas in high regard, deeming him "a very respected lawyer in this sphere." He is singled out for his previous experience in the public sector and continues to garner recognition for his work here.

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Dentons Muñoz - Projects Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid practice routinely advising banks, multilateral credit agencies and contractors on a range of projects mandates. Possesses particular strength in public bids and structured finance deals for projects. Deeply experienced at advising on large-scale projects arising in the energy and transport spaces.

Work highlight Advised AZVI on its joint participation in a public bid for the construction of the Naranjo-Paquera highway for USD27 million.

Notable practitioners

"Very able" partner Eduardo Zúñiga comes recommended by interviewees in the field. He is adept at handling project finance and public bids, with recent work including leading the team advising AZVI on the public bidding process to build a USD27 million highway.

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Caoba Legal - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm noted for its strong focus on projects mandates. Provides ample experience across a number of infrastructure projects such as airports, motorways and ports. Also frequently consulted for advice on energy projects in the hydroelectric and wind spaces.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's significant involvement and experience in energy projects.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Carlos Arrea is widely respected by peers within the projects arena, who particularly praise his extensive experience in this field. He remains highly active in project finance mandates.

Partner Julio Zelaya garners recognition from market observers for his substantial experience and visibility in the projects field, particularly in the transport space.

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EY Law - Projects Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned firm with a notable regional network. Frequently called upon by a diverse clientele to advise on the financing of projects across the renewable energy and telecommunications sectors. Also represents clients in bidding processes.

Notable practitioners

Partner Fernando Vargas garners praise from peers in the projects sphere, who concur that that he is "an excellent lawyer." He offers a wealth of experience in concession agreements, particularly those relating to projects in the TMT sector.

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Nassar Abogados - Projects 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 retained by multinational clients drawn from the telecommunications, real estate, mining and aviation spaces. Offers substantial capabilities representing clients in public bids, with further expertise in acquiring environmental permits to develop projects.

Strengths The team's dedication is commended by clients, who state: "The experience has been excellent. We like the speed at which they respond and the high-quality work they produce. They immerse themselves in your business."

Work highlight Represented JWT in a public bidding process.

Notable practitioners

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

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Projects 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 enjoying a solid reputation for its strength in the public law aspects of large projects, particularly concessions. Client roster features significant players from the energy, transport and food and beverage sectors, as well as public entities.

Strengths The team is endorsed by clients, who state: "They provide a very good service. They're very professional and strategic, and are able to provide more than just transactional counsel as they handle administrative law matters."

Work highlight Advised Amega Holdings on its participation in a public-private partnership to build a USD1 billion megaport in Moin.

Notable practitioners

Market sources highlight head of department Claudio Donato Monge as "excellent; an historic figure in this area" and "a point of reference here." Clients also appreciate his experience in the development of the legal framework governing this area. He is also widely revered as an authority in public law topics, as well as in TMT and competition law.

About the Team (content provided by Zurcher, 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

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources highlight head of department Claudio Donato Monge as "excellent; an historic figure in this area" and "a point of reference here." Clients also appreciate his experience in the development of the legal framework governing this area. He is also widely revered as an authority in public law topics, as well as in TMT and competition law.

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Band 2

Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers hold partner Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas in high regard, deeming him "a very respected lawyer in this sphere." He is singled out for his previous experience in the public sector and continues to garner recognition for his work here.

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Band 2

Caoba Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Carlos Arrea is widely respected by peers within the projects arena, who particularly praise his extensive experience in this field. He remains highly active in project finance mandates.

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Band 2

Luis Manuel Castro

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luis Manuel Castro receives widespread acclaim from market onlookers for his capabilities in this field. One source enthuses: "He is efficient, responsive and thorough; he's simply one of the best lawyers I have worked with," going on to highlight his "business acumen when it comes to advising clients." He is also described by interviewees as "a very capable practitioner."

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Band 2

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Carlos Ubico is well regarded by clients, who assert: "He is a very good lawyer who is both concise and responds quickly with accurate solutions to problems. He is highly intelligent and committed, and he understands what clients want."

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Ortiz is hailed by market sources for his noted projects capabilities. One source details: "He is a great professional who knows the country well and has a good approach to solving the different problems arising from the applicable law and the local particularities." He offers additional expertise in public law.

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Band 3

PPP Advisors

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Laura Rivera of PPP Advisors earns plaudits for her long-standing involvement in the projects space from market onlookers, who note her expertise in construction-related mandates.

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Band 3

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Fernando Vargas garners praise from peers in the projects sphere, who concur that that he is "an excellent lawyer." He offers a wealth of experience in concession agreements, particularly those relating to projects in the TMT sector.

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Band 3

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very able" partner Eduardo Zúñiga comes recommended by interviewees in the field. He is adept at handling project finance and public bids, with recent work including leading the team advising AZVI on the public bidding process to build a USD27 million highway.

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Up and Coming

Caoba Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Julio Zelaya garners recognition from market observers for his substantial experience and visibility in the projects field, particularly in the transport space.

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Associates to watch

Julio Castellanos

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Julio Castellanos is "an excellent and very user-friendly lawyer" according to sources. Other interviewees praise that "he takes the time to understand the issues and provides consistently good client service." He is particularly noted for his focus on project finance.

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