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Latin-America Guide

Environment — Costa Rica


Batalla - Environment 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: Raúl Guevara and Alejandro Batalla
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding environment practice providing comprehensive coverage of the area. Maintains a solid reputation for its assistance with environmental litigation, permit acquisition and compliance mandates, as well as due diligence. Expertise includes protected zones, water, waste, real estate and air pollution. Team is regularly appointed by a list of notable domestic and international names from the mining, construction and biotechnology sectors on a range of high-end matters.

Strengths Impressed clients report: "These guys are stellar; they're very detailed and they're strategic thinkers."

"Their knowledge, their experience and how they keep up to date with the topics helps a lot," remarks one interviewee.

Work highlights Represented Urbanizadora La Laguna in a claim in which it was alleged that the client was damaging a protected zone with its urban development.

Assisted El Ángel with environmental advice concerning waste, water and air pollution issues, amongst other matters.

Significant clients Monsanto, Gerber Ingredients, Collin Street Bakery, CEMEX, Total Petróleo.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Raúl Guevara continues to impress clients with his deft handling of major instructions in the space and his "impeccable service." His recent work has led him to advise on an array of matters, from the environment side of M&A deals, to air, water and waste issues, via litigation following disputes concerning environmental matters. One source enthuses: "He knows environment law inside out," and that "his theoretical and practical knowledge of the area is truly astounding."

Raquel Salazar "has a lot of expertise and demonstrates ability in matters of mediation," report market commentators, who further state: "She is a serene and prudent adviser who is highly empathetic and knowledgeable about environment law." She has recently assisted clients from the energy and food manufacturing sectors with a variety of relevant matters.

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EY Law - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roberto Cordero
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier name with a leading practice in the environment field. Impressive client roster of multinational companies from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, consumer goods and energy sectors. Widespread capabilities encompassing a range of environmental matters, including compliance, auditing processes and health and safety regulations. Further expertise spans remediation proceedings, carbon impact advice and technical assistance.

Strengths Impressed clients report that the team's "advice and service is very good."

The department is recognised in the market as being "a good, strong practice."

Work highlights Assisted AGM Automotive with an environmental audit concerning Chicago Miniature Lighting's activity in Costa Rica.

Advised Baxter on environmental compliance, health and safety matters and auditing procedures.

Significant clients Boston Scientific, Abbott Vascular, Florida Ice & Farm, Proquinal Costa Rica, Grupo Comeca.

Notable practitioners

Roberto Cordero enjoys a glowing reputation in the field of environment law. "He is outstanding from a technical point of view, and a really excellent professional," enthuses one market commentator. He is further singled out for his lengthy experience in the area and his practice regularly involves assisting companies with compliance and auditing procedures. He is instructed across an array of sectors, such as energy, consumer goods and life sciences.

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Ecolegal Abogados - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Fully dedicated boutique boasting a high level of specialisation across the spectrum of environment mandates. Offers assistance with both contentious and non-contentious instructions, with typical mandates including environmental due diligence, administrative procedures, permit acquisition and advice on audits.

Strengths The team is regarded as "highly specialised in environment matters," with interviewees going on to note that the department is "very good in environmental audits."

Notable practitioners

Lyana Alvarado Villegas is regarded as "very active" and interviewees recognise her experience in the practice area. She is commended for her involvement in key organisations with a focus on environmental issues, and her experience includes advising on the development of new regulations in the area.

Javier Monge Rodríguez enters the rankings owing to recognition of his high level of specialism and involvement in the areas of environment compliance and regulation.

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GMA Consultores - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Adrián Vega
- approximately 1 qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Specialised boutique offering expertise in administrative proceedings, auditing processes, environment due diligence and compliance. Further advice includes preventive measures.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Adrián Vega has particular prowess in administrative and criminal proceedings. He has experience advising both private and public entities.

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Arias - Environment 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: Carlos Ubico
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with a compact environment practice. Equipped to handle a range of matters, with typical advice spanning disputes, environmental due diligence and cross-border mandates. Particular expertise in concessions issues, with a number of recent instructions showcasing the firm's strength in matters concerning water and ports.

Strengths Sources appreciate that "the team is really hands-on, always gets back to you on time, and you can tell they're putting in a lot of hard work."

Work highlights Assisted Gildan with opposition proceedings concerning an allegation by the National System of Conservation Areas that a property recently acquired by the client was within a wetland boundary.

Significant clients SAAM, Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, ANEXCO, Gildan.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Ubico advises on both contentious and non-contentious environmental issues. His areas of expertise include farming activity, water concessions and projects. He is regarded as "an excellent lawyer" by market sources.

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BLP - Environment 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: Mauricio Salas
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid environment practice with an active presence in the market. Acts for a number of local and international clients from the retail, technology and infrastructure spaces, offering assistance with matters relating to environmental assessments and permits, compliance and litigation.

Strengths Market interviewees commend the team as "very sensitive to environment issues."

Work highlights Advised Garnier & Garnier on water treatment maintenance contracts, in addition to further assistance with the procurement of water permits for the client's real estate developments.

Significant clients Globalvia, Grupo Vila, Intel, UniGroup Worldwide, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa.

Notable practitioners

Mauricio Salas is described by sources as "a very earnest and well-informed professional." His work includes assisting multinationals with their local environmental requirements, as well as representing his clients in administrative and other judicial proceedings.

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Facio & Cañas - Environment 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: Sergio Solera
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Compact practice active across an array of sectors, including renewable energy, health and leisure. Advice spans remediation procedures, water concessions and wildlife protection, as well as environmental compliance and assistance with appeals against decisions made by the local authorities.

Strengths "It is a great service and we are very satisfied with their representation and advice," enthuse clients.

Work highlights Assisted new client Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE) with a study on environmental standards in the renewable sector.

Significant clients Monte del Barco, Fundación Mar Viva, BCIE.

Notable practitioners

Sergio Solera is the key client contact.

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Costa Rica is an environment-friendly country and regulations are strictly enforced.  Members of our Environmental Law Department advise our clients on all related legal issues, considering their technical and science related aspects, as well as their interactions with other legal areas, such as tax law, corporate law, etc.

We have an active participation in various chambers within the country to support environmental and energy-related initiatives.  As such, we participate in the improvement of environmental regulations and enforcement processes.  We are an active part of environmental impact evaluation practices and the promotion of green business activities within the country.

The Facio & Cañas Foundation participates in the protection of wildlife and the environment in Costa Rica.

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Band 1

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Roberto Cordero enjoys a glowing reputation in the field of environment law. "He is outstanding from a technical point of view, and a really excellent professional," enthuses one market commentator. He is further singled out for his lengthy experience in the area and his practice regularly involves assisting companies with compliance and auditing procedures. He is instructed across an array of sectors, such as energy, consumer goods and life sciences.

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Band 1

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Raúl Guevara continues to impress clients with his deft handling of major instructions in the space and his "impeccable service." His recent work has led him to advise on an array of matters, from the environment side of M&A deals, to air, water and waste issues, via litigation following disputes concerning environmental matters. One source enthuses: "He knows environment law inside out," and that "his theoretical and practical knowledge of the area is truly astounding."

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Band 2

Lyana Alvarado Villegas

Ecolegal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Lyana Alvarado Villegas is regarded as "very active" and interviewees recognise her experience in the practice area. She is commended for her involvement in key organisations with a focus on environmental issues, and her experience includes advising on the development of new regulations in the area.

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Band 3

Javier Monge Rodríguez

Ecolegal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Javier Monge Rodríguez enters the rankings owing to recognition of his high level of specialism and involvement in the areas of environment compliance and regulation.

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mauricio Salas is described by sources as "a very earnest and well-informed professional." His work includes assisting multinationals with their local environmental requirements, as well as representing his clients in administrative and other judicial proceedings.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Ubico advises on both contentious and non-contentious environmental issues. His areas of expertise include farming activity, water concessions and projects. He is regarded as "an excellent lawyer" by market sources.

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Band 3

GMA Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Adrián Vega has particular prowess in administrative and criminal proceedings. He has experience advising both private and public entities.

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Associates to watch

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Raquel Salazar "has a lot of expertise and demonstrates ability in matters of mediation," report market commentators, who further state: "She is a serene and prudent adviser who is highly empathetic and knowledgeable about environment law." She has recently assisted clients from the energy and food manufacturing sectors with a variety of relevant matters.

^ See whole ranking table