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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)

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice at the forefront of the Costa Rican environmental law sphere. Boasts impressive knowledge and coverage of the area, and is particularly well known for its strength in administrative litigation against the environmental authorities. Also handles permitting matters and environmental due diligence, as well as compliance work. Areas of involvement span waste management, protected zones, water and air pollution. Frequently called upon by major clients emanating from the tourism, energy and mining sectors.

Strengths Impressed interviewees enthuse: "In this area, knowledge of current regulations is crucial and Batalla demonstrate a perfect command of them. They also fully understand all relevant procedures to follow in this area and provide convincing advice."

Another source notes that "the advice that the firm provides is very professional; they have strong technical knowledge."

Work highlight Represented Grupo Roble in an administrative proceeding in which the Ministry of Environment sought to close two wells that would have provided water to its Plaza Roble development.

Notable practitioners

Department head Raúl Guevara stands out to sources for his superb command and management of the full spectrum of environmental law issues. Clients regard him as "an excellent lawyer who communicates information clearly in order to solve a problem," going on to note: "He's very good, easy to work with and flexible, he also takes a hands-on approach and has no problem working hard on difficult issues." Other sources highlight that "he is very knowledgeable of environmental law," also valuing that "he is a well-rounded lawyer with good communication skills and proactivity."

Senior associate Raquel Salazar is appreciated by clients, one of whom notes: "I like her client service and monitoring of matters." Others say: "She always has the documents before the estimated date and puts a lot of time and effort into analysing our cases." She advises prominent energy and construction clients on the full spectrum of environmental concerns.

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EY Law - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout environmental practice continuing to command a leading reputation in the field. Particularly recognised for its prowess in environmental health and safety regulations and auditing in Costa Rica. Also possesses notable expertise in mandates including environmental impact assessments, particularly in relation to carbon emissions. Regularly retained by a stellar client roster composed of local and multinational pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing and energy companies.

Strengths Clients endorse the practice, noting: "They are reliable, professional and respond quickly. We are satisfied with the depth of expertise with which they handle matters."

Peers also attest to the firm's prowess in environmental law matters.

Work highlight Advised the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad on environmental health and safety audits for 38 power generation plants.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Roberto Cordero is highlighted by sources for his front-running position in the environmental law arena and his extensive career in this field. He is regularly sought out by top names in the pharmaceutical, technology and energy sectors to assist them with environmental auditing and compliance matters. A client considers him to be "knowledgeable of the Costa Rican environmental law framework and a reliable lawyer," with other sources echoing such praise for his technical knowledge.

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Ecolegal Abogados - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Environmental law boutique highly regarded for its broad capabilities in a range of environmental matters and its high level of specialisation in this field. Provides substantial expertise handling contentious and non-contentious cases, as well as counselling clients on environmental due diligence, permitting issues and auditing.

Strengths Clients are satisfied with the firm's service and performance, noting that "their work is very focused and they deliver things quickly."

Notable practitioners

Lyana Alvarado Villegas is praised by market sources for her involvement and experience in environmental matters, with one considering her "excellent in environmental law" and others highlighting that she is "very active and knowledgeable." Her track record includes advising on the development of new environmental regulations.

Javier Monge Rodríguez continues to be recognised for his activity in the field, particularly in environmental regulation and compliance. He is well regarded by peers, who deem him "a very good lawyer" and single out his expertise in this field.

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Arias - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired full-service firm with a solid environmental department. Frequently instructed by significant domestic and foreign financial, manufacturing and chemical companies for environmental due diligence and administrative disputes against the relevant authorities.

Strengths Clients enthusiastically praise the firm's expertise and approach, saying: "They have great knowledge of environmental regulations and experience in advising on foreign investment. In terms of support, monitoring and advice they have been excellent; they are very practical and business-oriented."

Work highlight Assisted Applus with the environmental law aspects of its acquisition of an 80 per cent stake in Inversiones Finisterre.

Notable practitioners

Department head Carlos Ubico earns plaudits from satisfied clients, who note: "He is concise, knows what he's talking about and quickly provides you with a sound solution to your problem. He's very intelligent, committed and understands what clients want." He regularly advises key financial, chemical and manufacturing clients on complex environmental due diligence.

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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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BLP - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust environmental practice acting for noteworthy tourism and retail clients on such matters as administrative litigation against the authorities, as well as criminal liability arising in this area. Additional expertise in the environmental aspects of large real estate developments and waste management.

Strengths Clients commend the team and its client service, stating: "The firm has a very high level of ability, with a highly qualified team well versed in different legal matters and a total commitment to the success of their clients' projects. They are always attentive to our matters and willing to go beyond what is asked of them."

Work highlight Represented Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia in a criminal case involving underground water pollution.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Mauricio Salas is praised by clients, who highlight that "he is a very good environmental litigator," going on to describe him as "professional, very knowledgeable of his practice area, very helpful and willing to do his best for his clients." He routinely counsels infrastructure, tourism and retail clients on environmental disputes and compliance.

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BLP is well known for its environmental litigation and consulting work for leading NGOs. 

The environmental department is very active in proposing and drafting new regulations, laws and initiatives in conservation and green finance. We represent defendants in both criminal and administrative courts. BLP is also active in the environmental planning issues related to tourism development, and has substantial experience in this area. 

The environmental department is characterized for being innovative and dynamic, handling complex situations and achieving ground breaking results that satisfy our clients’ needs, providing specialized advice in environmental law, expanding the service offering with carbon consulting, ISO certification, environmental impact assessment, forestry services, among others.

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Facio & Cañas - Environment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key environmental practice advising notable clients on environmental disputes against the authorities, as well as offering assistance with compliance and waste water issues. Also involved in matters concerning the regulation of protected areas and water pollution.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Sergio Solera.

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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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GMA Consultores - Environment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialised firm in this sphere providing strong capabilities in a variety of environmental mandates spanning auditing processes, administrative proceedings, environmental due diligence and preventive compliance advice.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Adrián Vega handles criminal and administrative environmental disputes, and has a noted track record counselling a number of public and private entities.

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Band 1

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Roberto Cordero is highlighted by sources for his front-running position in the environmental law arena and his extensive career in this field. He is regularly sought out by top names in the pharmaceutical, technology and energy sectors to assist them with environmental auditing and compliance matters. A client considers him to be "knowledgeable of the Costa Rican environmental law framework and a reliable lawyer," with other sources echoing such praise for his technical knowledge.

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Band 1

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Raúl Guevara stands out to sources for his superb command and management of the full spectrum of environmental law issues. Clients regard him as "an excellent lawyer who communicates information clearly in order to solve a problem," going on to note: "He's very good, easy to work with and flexible, he also takes a hands-on approach and has no problem working hard on difficult issues." Other sources highlight that "he is very knowledgeable of environmental law," also valuing that "he is a well-rounded lawyer with good communication skills and proactivity."

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Band 2

Lyana Alvarado Villegas

Ecolegal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Lyana Alvarado Villegas is praised by market sources for her involvement and experience in environmental matters, with one considering her "excellent in environmental law" and others highlighting that she is "very active and knowledgeable." Her track record includes advising on the development of new environmental regulations.

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Band 3

Javier Monge Rodríguez

Ecolegal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Javier Monge Rodríguez continues to be recognised for his activity in the field, particularly in environmental regulation and compliance. He is well regarded by peers, who deem him "a very good lawyer" and single out his expertise in this field.

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Mauricio Salas is praised by clients, who highlight that "he is a very good environmental litigator," going on to describe him as "professional, very knowledgeable of his practice area, very helpful and willing to do his best for his clients." He routinely counsels infrastructure, tourism and retail clients on environmental disputes and compliance.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Carlos Ubico earns plaudits from satisfied clients, who note: "He is concise, knows what he's talking about and quickly provides you with a sound solution to your problem. He's very intelligent, committed and understands what clients want." He regularly advises key financial, chemical and manufacturing clients on complex environmental due diligence.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

GMA Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Adrián Vega handles criminal and administrative environmental disputes, and has a noted track record counselling a number of public and private entities.

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Associates to watch

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Raquel Salazar is appreciated by clients, one of whom notes: "I like her client service and monitoring of matters." Others say: "She always has the documents before the estimated date and puts a lot of time and effort into analysing our cases." She advises prominent energy and construction clients on the full spectrum of environmental concerns.

^ See whole ranking table