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Latin-America Guide

Competition/Antitrust — Costa Rica


BLP - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Front-running competition department boasting a leading reputation in the field. Firm remains well known for handling the full spectrum of competition concerns, covering investigations into cartel activity, obtaining clearance from the antitrust regulator for M&A deals and competition litigation. Also routinely sought out for its consulting services on internal reviews of compliance with antitrust law. Often seen representing top companies from the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and natural resources industries.

Strengths Clients are highly impressed with the firm's antitrust department, stating: "This is a very strong team in competition matters; it's difficult to think of another comparable team to this one."

Another source continues: "The team is extremely competent and has a high degree of knowledge of the subject. They have been able to overcome any obstacles that have come up; frankly, it has been an extraordinary experience working with them."

Work highlights Advised Bayer on obtaining antitrust clearance from the competition authority for its merger with Monsanto for a global total of USD66 billion.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Uri Weinstok is admired by clients and peers for his outstanding track record in competition matters. A source explains: "He is always available for his clients and displays an extremely high degree of commitment to getting the job done. I also value his commercial approach." Another source describes him as "a lawyer with a great deal of technical knowledge and many years of experience." He is adept at advising on a range of competition matters such as defending clients against abuse of dominant position claims, merger control and cartel investigations.

Associate-to-watch Ana Rodríguez is commended by clients, who note: "She is an extraordinary lawyer; she is extremely capable, possesses significant experience in public administration, provides timely information and has solid technical knowledge." Another source highlights her "excellent judgement."

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

The Competition/Antitrust practice at BLP handles the whole scope of services necessary to provide advice to companies doing business in Central America. These includes representation in litigation, mergers, and designing compliance programs and audits.

Over the years BLP has established a track record advising multinational companies across the whole scope of competition and antitrust matters. Sectors attended include Telecom, pharmaceutical and energy, among others. Ample experience in merger control, and cases involving cartels and abuse of dominance.

In addition, BLP has drafted Competition/Antitrust laws and regulations for other Central American and Caribbean countries, as well as conducted peer reviews and advised local and foreign competition agencies in their internal organization and the best practices for the implementation of competition policies.

The firm handles the most complex cases being currently litigated in this area. In addition, our team advises high-profile international merger filings, being the go to firm for global international transactions.

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Pragma Legal - Competition/Antitrust 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 firm offering services covering the full spectrum of competition matters. Represents an impressive list of clients hailing from the retail, manufacturing and food and beverage industries. Involvement in competition matters spans advising on merger control, antitrust litigation and significant investigations.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's approach, commenting: "They have been a good complement to our company with their nimble, innovative and fresh perspective on competition matters."

Notable practitioners

Admired figure Edgar Odio heads the firm's competition department. He is regarded by market sources as a leader in antitrust matters. They praise his "experience and grasp of competition matters," as well as his track record working at the Commission for Promoting Competition (COPROCOM). A client explains: "He is excellent; I value his advice, the immediacy of his responses and his organisational skills." He is a frequent adviser to notable domestic and multinational clients on merger control proceedings and antitrust litigation.

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished competition practice noted for its long-standing experience in the Costa Rican sphere. Regularly retained by noteworthy players in the hospitality, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries to handle merger filings involving national and multinational corporations. Also involved in bringing civil claims for predatory pricing and other anti-competitive behaviour, as well as consulting on antitrust compliance.

Strengths Clients endorse the practice, stating: "Our experience with the firm has been very positive. The lawyers are very professional and develop close relationships with clients."

Work highlights Advised Grupo Lala on obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition of FIFCO's milk production facilities and the two companies' subsequent association.

Notable practitioners

Department head Claudio Donato Monge commands a stellar reputation for his previous experience as the President of COPROCOM and his subsequent years advising clients on competition law. Clients consider him to be "one of the most specialised lawyers in competition matters who also offers an insider's perspective" and highlight that "he has a wealth of experience and knowledge of many years' worth of local competition cases." Peers go on to praise "his perfect understanding of this area."

Associate-to-watch Marco López Volio is commended for his antitrust expertise, with interviewees observing: "He is very dedicated, studious and receptive to our strategies." Another source goes on to add that "he is very good and extremely knowledgeable."

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

The Department is led by a former President of the Competition Commission (COPROCOM). The firm`s experience started in 1994, with the participation in the development of principles and regulations of Competition Law in Costa Rica.

The firm has extensive experience in the direction of legal procedures before COPROCOM and the sectoral competition authorities, both as defendant and claimant. Our firm served as legal counsel of the claimant in a process which lead to the highest fine ever imposed in Costa Rica.

Since the introduction of the mandatory authorization of concentrations regime we have successfully obtained the authorization for more than 30 concentrations of varied sectors and industries (energy, agriculture, hi-tech, pharmaceutical, services, tourism and real estate, among others). We work together with the M&A department of the firm and continuously provide advice as to whether the obligation to notify is triggered in a specific transaction or not.

We truly believe that, in this area of practice, prevention is the best defensive mechanism. We are actively engaged in the development of compliance programs, including the draft of internal guidelines and policies, training of personnel and audit of companies. ​​

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Arias - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with a robust antitrust practice noted for its substantial capabilities advising on complex merger control matters and anti-competitive behaviour investigations. Retained by a number of notable companies in the chemical, healthcare and transport sectors for its expertise in this field.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's activity in merger control matters.

Work highlights Counselled Yara on the merger filing in respect of its sale of Compañía Costarricense del Café to Duwest.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Andrey Dorado is well regarded by peers within the antitrust arena, who highlight his particular skill in advising clients on merger control matters. His recent work includes advising Yara on obtaining antitrust approval for the sale of Compañía Costarricense del Café to Duwest.

Associate-to-watch Tracy Varela is commended by peers for her handling of competition concerns, with an interviewee noting that she has "a good track record in merger control cases."

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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Nassar Abogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid firm acting for an array of major companies working across the food and beverage, construction and aviation industries. Remains well known for assisting clients with obtaining antitrust authorisation for high-profile mergers. Also renders preventive advice in respect of compliance with antitrust law.

Strengths The firm is commended by clients, who enthuse: "They performed a profound and accurate analysis of the problems with which we presented them and then executed the strategies effectively. We value their experience, sound judgement, efficiency and legal knowledge."

Work highlights Advised Cuestamoras on obtaining the authorisation for its acquisition of a chain of pharmacies in Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Well-known partner Henry Rodríguez provides over 17 years of experience advising major transport and healthcare companies. He garners praise from clients for his competition law expertise, with one interviewee enthusing that he is "an extraordinary lawyer and an expert in competition law." He complements his antitrust practice with a solid presence in M&A matters.

Department co-head Alina Nassar regularly counsels a number of well-known airlines and healthcare corporations on compliance with competition law. Peers recognise her as "a highly skilled lawyer" and praise her "impeccable reputation" advising transport clients.

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Band 1

Claudio Donato Monge

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Claudio Donato Monge commands a stellar reputation for his previous experience as the President of COPROCOM and his subsequent years advising clients on competition law. Clients consider him to be "one of the most specialised lawyers in competition matters who also offers an insider's perspective" and highlight that "he has a wealth of experience and knowledge of many years' worth of local competition cases." Peers go on to praise "his perfect understanding of this area."

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Band 1

Pragma Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired figure Edgar Odio heads the firm's competition department. He is regarded by market sources as a leader in antitrust matters. They praise his "experience and grasp of competition matters," as well as his track record working at the Commission for Promoting Competition (COPROCOM). A client explains: "He is excellent; I value his advice, the immediacy of his responses and his organisational skills." He is a frequent adviser to notable domestic and multinational clients on merger control proceedings and antitrust litigation.

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Band 1

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Uri Weinstok is admired by clients and peers for his outstanding track record in competition matters. A source explains: "He is always available for his clients and displays an extremely high degree of commitment to getting the job done. I also value his commercial approach." Another source describes him as "a lawyer with a great deal of technical knowledge and many years of experience." He is adept at advising on a range of competition matters such as defending clients against abuse of dominant position claims, merger control and cartel investigations.

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Band 2

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Oreamuno of Facio & Cañas garners praise from interviewees for his activity in competition matters. Sources regard him as "extremely knowledgeable" and single out his expertise in merger control. His recent work includes advising Siemens on the pre-merger notification for the merger of its wind power business with Gamesa.

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Band 2

Nassar Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Well-known partner Henry Rodríguez provides over 17 years of experience advising major transport and healthcare companies. He garners praise from clients for his competition law expertise, with one interviewee enthusing that he is "an extraordinary lawyer and an expert in competition law." He complements his antitrust practice with a solid presence in M&A matters.

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Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Andrey Dorado is well regarded by peers within the antitrust arena, who highlight his particular skill in advising clients on merger control matters. His recent work includes advising Yara on obtaining antitrust approval for the sale of Compañía Costarricense del Café to Duwest. 

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Band 3

Nassar Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Alina Nassar regularly counsels a number of well-known airlines and healthcare corporations on compliance with competition law. Peers recognise her as "a highly skilled lawyer" and praise her "impeccable reputation" advising transport clients.

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Band 3

David Solano Ortiz

Solano, Bermúdez & Solano

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients single out partner David Solano Ortiz of Solano, Bermúdez & Solano for praise, enthusing: "He has great competition knowledge and experience due to the position he held at the COPROCOM. This gives him a very comprehensive insight." Another adds: "He understands complex technical issues and is able to link them with the regulatory framework and the current situation of the regulators."

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Associates to watch

Marco López Volio

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Marco López Volio is commended for his antitrust expertise, with interviewees observing: "He is very dedicated, studious and receptive to our strategies." Another source goes on to add that "he is very good and extremely knowledgeable."

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Ana Rodríguez is commended by clients, who note: "She is an extraordinary lawyer; she is extremely capable, possesses significant experience in public administration, provides timely information and has solid technical knowledge." Another source highlights her "excellent judgement."

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Associates to watch

Alexander Salazar

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Alexander Salazar of EY Law is recognised for his activity in the field, where he regularly advises clients on complex antitrust cases.

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Associates to watch

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources praise associate Marco Ureña of Batalla: "He knows about competition matters across the whole region, not just Costa Rica. He is an excellent, punctual and knowledgeable lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Tracy Varela is commended by peers for her handling of competition concerns, with an interviewee noting that she has "a good track record in merger control cases."

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