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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Costa Rica


Batalla - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Revered dispute resolution powerhouse renowned for its involvement in high-profile commercial disputes. Also boasts vast experience in white-collar criminal and administrative litigation, as well as arbitration at domestic and international levels. Routinely wins mandates from key clients emanating from the energy, financial and shipping industries, also remaining a popular choice among key manufacturers involved in product liability claims.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's service, commenting: "The service they provide is excellent; what we most value is the swift manner in which they resolve a problem because we were looking for a firm that had 24/7 availability. The quality of their advice and negotiations with other parties have also been excellent."

Impressed interviewees go on to note: "They have strong technical knowledge and experience. They always seek to protect their clients and give them the best representation possible."

Work highlights Represented Philip Morris International's local affiliates in an administrative claim brought against the Ministry of Health in respect of its decision to sanction the client's points of sale for displaying tobacco products.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed litigator Alejandro Batalla co-heads the firm's disputes team and is held in high regard by sources. They laud him as "clearly one of the best litigators in the country." They go on to add: "He has a lot of experience and recognition in the market. He has very broad expertise across many areas of law and a collaborative approach," also emphasising that "he is extremely able from a technical perspective." He is deeply experienced in representing clients in administrative disputes and offers additional capabilities in public law and corporate matters.

Department co-head Róger Guevara attracts strong praise from clients, with one enthusing that he is "wonderful to work with, co-operative, insightful, diligent and understands other cultures." Other sources add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is responsible, attentive and judicious," going on to note that "you feel like your business is in good hands with him; he is highly intelligent and eloquent and has no problem in rolling up his sleeves and delving into the work." His practice spans civil and criminal litigation, as well as international arbitration.

Associate-to-watch Abraham Balzer comes highly recommended by clients, who report: "He is a nimble practitioner who is always available for us. We have confidence in the work he does." Others add: "He is very experienced and provides frank and direct advice, adopting an aggressive style where necessary to obtain results."

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Dentons Muñoz - Dispute Resolution 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 disputes practice commanding a stellar reputation across an array of contentious mandates. Frequently handles civil and white-collar criminal matters before courts, offering additional prowess in the arbitration arena. Often called upon to represent clients from the oil and gas, telecommunications and electronics spaces, frequently for claims relating to distribution agreements and damages claims arising from delays in projects.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the firm, highlighting: "They have the necessary knowledge, experience and organisational structure to provide excellent and effective service. They also have strong technical abilities and stand out for the really complex cases they take on."

Another source adds: "They answer queries quickly and always maintain a collaborative and respectful attitude. The service provided makes the client feel that their case is a priority."

Notable practitioners

Distinguished partner Roy de Jesús Herrera co-heads the firm's disputes practice. He is lauded by one source as "someone who is supportive and gives me very direct answers; his proposals are very effective. He's assertive and coordinated, and takes the time to analyse things whilst still giving prompt answers." Another interviewee continues: "He provides excellent service despite clearly having many clients. His knowledge and experience help to keep my work at a high standard." He is adept at dealing with commercial litigation cases, as well as arbitration.

Respected partner Carolina Muñoz heads the firm's anti-corruption and criminal litigation practice. She is commended by clients, with one saying: "She's an excellent lawyer who is attentive and provides solid answers in a good timeframe." She demonstrates particular prowess in representing major multinational technology and manufacturing companies in white-collar crime matters.

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Facio & Cañas - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed firm at the forefront of the Costa Rican dispute resolution sphere. Boasts an impressive track record counselling top clients from the agricultural, financial services and pharmaceutical industries on complex criminal, administrative and civil litigation cases. Also counts among its team respected arbitrators who are particularly active in high-profile investor-state arbitration cases. Bolstered by a leading practice in public law.

Strengths The firm is endorsed by peers, who state: "They have very good litigators with many years of experience in the field."

Interviewees go on to note that "their answers are extremely accurate."

Work highlights Defended Chiquita Brands against a USD400 million lawsuit brought against several large companies by plantation workers for damages in respect of injuries caused by working on banana plantations.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Rodrigo Oreamuno is widely considered by peers to be an authority in the dispute resolution sphere. Peers emphasise that "he has a status that few others have managed to achieve" and regard him as "a standard bearer in Costa Rica." He is recognised for his significant activity as an arbitrator in high-profile international disputes.

Star individual Víctor Garita elicits admiration from sources for his distinguished career and vast expertise in disputes, with clients enthusing that "his knowledge of dispute resolution is comprehensive." Peers observe: "Other practitioners may get to where he is in the future but he currently has much more experience than anyone." He was recently part of the team advising Chiquita Brands as co-defendant in a class action filed by plantation workers alleging that they had incurred injuries whilst working on the client's plantations. His expertise encompasses disputes and corporate law.

Roberto Leiva is respected by peers and other market sources for his work as an arbitrator, with one affirming: "He is extremely dedicated to his cases, no matter their value; he is reliable, decisive, proactive and pays attention to the details."

Department co-head Federico Torrealba is commended by peers, who consider him "an excellent litigator" and cite his decades of experience and academic contributions. He is highly skilled at handling complex criminal and administrative disputes.

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Dispute Resolution is one of our strongest practices. The department is best known for successfully litigating in complex cases related to the recovery of damages. It consists of a first class professional team, specialized in litigating criminal, civil, administrative, commercial and intellectual property law matters, both at a judicial and arbitration level.  

Specifically about arbitration, our team has represented clients in different types of arbitration (e.g., infrastructure companies, the operator of the San Jose International Airport, purchasers and sellers, insurers, lenders and trustees, inter alia), both under the local Arbitration Act and foreign arbitration rules.  A significant number of arbitration proceedings in our recorded history figure among the most important in terms of the amount of the dispute and the awards eventually granted to our clients.

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Artavia & Barrantes Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired boutique firm with an established position in the Costa Rican disputes arena. Frequently sought out by key clients for representation in a variety of cases involving criminal and civil litigation. Additionally possesses notable capabilities in arbitration proceedings.

Strengths Market commentators point out the firm's extensive track record in the field, as well as its "solid team."

Notable practitioners

Renowned figure Jaime Barrantes Gamboa is regarded as an expert in the sphere by fellow colleagues, who deem him "a good litigator and an extraordinary academic," going on to underline that "he is extremely renowned in the market and very skilled in commercial and civil disputes." He possesses strong expertise in litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. He has also made significant academic contributions to this field.

Sergio Artavia is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his experience in both litigation and arbitration cases, with one commenting that "he's a good litigator and he gives good advice." He is also commended for his academic contributions to the field.

Gino Cappella is described as "an excellent litigator" by peers for his ample capabilities in this sphere. His areas of expertise include civil and criminal litigation, as well as arbitration.

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BLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice maintaining a strong presence in this field. Regularly advises local subsidiaries of top multinational companies operating in the pharmaceutical, transport and technology industries, offering solid coverage of civil, criminal and administrative litigation cases, in addition to domestic and international arbitrations.

Strengths The practice is rated highly by clients, with one asserting: "I think they provide extremely sophisticated legal services, not only in technical depth but also in response times, experience in disputes and close monitoring of cases."

Work highlights Advised Uber on its civil and administrative litigation strategy to allow it to operate in Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Clients and peers are full of praise for department head Mauricio Salas, explaining: "He is a very studious person with experience in an array of topics. I think that gives him a very broad insight into how to solve disputes and complex cases." Another source goes on: "The strength of his work, as well as that of his team, makes him difficult to beat, even for the most aggressive lawyers on the other side."

Associate Thelma Petrucci is highly valued by clients and peers, enthusing: ''She's a brilliant lawyer." Others add that "she's a very intelligent and highly active lawyer," and believe that "she has a great career ahead of her."

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BLP has the largest litigation practice in Central America, both in terms of volume and scope. The firm handles more than 600 files in all areas of the law, with expert teams serving each area.  Active areas include not only commercial and arbitration, but criminal, environmental, IP, tax, labour, real estate, antitrust, trade remedies, customs, financial, retail collections, agrarian, human rights, among others.

With the most diverse practice in the region, both in terms of the number of cases, and the different specialties involved, BLP is well known by its clients and peers for its responsiveness, creativity and result oriented actions, as well as for its elite team, considered so both inside the firm and throughout the market. 

The firm represents renowned clients and landmark cases, such as the largest multi-party civil liability case ever brought in Costa Rica, with amounts in dispute for over 400 million US Dollars. The firm has also developed particular expertise in distribution claims.

Practice Head, Mauricio Salas, is a highly regarded practitioner in the country and the President of the Board of Directors of the arbitration centre of the American Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica.

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Consortium Legal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active firm frequently advising major domestic and foreign companies, predominantly from the banking, real estate and retail sectors, on a variety of civil and administrative disputes. Possesses notable strength handling banking and real estate disputes, drawing on its leading practices in these areas.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm, stating: "The service is timely and of excellent quality. The lawyers have a high level of technical knowledge and take a very personalised approach."

Work highlights Represented Walmart in an administrative claim against the National Institute of Urban Housing to challenge several supermarket construction regulations due to the additional costs of USD1 million they imposed on the client.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Rolando Laclé Zúñiga is seen by clients as "thorough, efficient and highly competent" and "very accessible and highly knowledgeable about litigation matters." He is particularly adept at handling financial and real estate-related litigation, garnering further praise from peers for his standing in arbitration.

Associate José Pablo Valverde Marín is commended by clients, who laud him as "incredibly efficient." Peers also concur that he is "an intelligent lawyer" and "a good litigator."

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Local Judicial Practice is the most relevant practice area, well known in commercial and civil litigation practice, extra-contractual civil liability, contractual liability, damages claims, in rem rights, among others.

In addition, arbitration is a relevant practice area in which the Litigation Department is known. In Costa Rica the Alternative Resolution of Disputes is continuously growing as the local idiosyncrasy constitutes an ideal environment to local and international arbitration.

The head of litigation and arbitration department is the key partner Rolando Lacle Zúñiga, well known in national and international level as Arbitration expert. He has over 10 years of experience in the litigation and arbitration areas.

Also, José Pablo Valverde Marín since 2014 until 2017, was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center of Conciliation and Arbitration of Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce (CICA).

Besides, the Arbitration and Litigation practice area is known in local and international level in judicial litigation related to representation of foreign companies in the Costa Rican market.

In Costa Rica, the international business is regulated by protectionist law in national’s favour. This local regulatory and the continuous practice over the years in this area made the Litigation and Arbitration Department well known in the foreign companies’ level.

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed practice offering broad coverage of dispute resolution matters. Key strengths include administrative and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration. Advises a number of domestic construction, energy and financial players in disputes arising from the development of real estate and energy projects.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm is composed of lawyers with ample experience and their recommendations have always been good, in relation to avoiding or winning lawsuits. The lawyers stand out for their knowledge and experience."

Notable practitioners

Department head Jonatán Picado is commended by sources for his "hard-to-beat grasp of the law and strategy." Others add: "He is extremely lucid, intelligent and experienced. He easily understands your case and suggests a clear action plan, focusing on what can be won." Sources continue: "I like his precision and dedication; his advice is absolutely accurate," also pointing out that "you need good emotional intelligence to litigate and he has the capacity to read a situation correctly."

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Aguilar Castillo Love - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted firm representing top multinationals from the consumer goods, technology and chemical industries. Frequently handles criminal, commercial and administrative litigation cases, as well as investment arbitrations.

Strengths The firm elicits praise from clients, who say: "They know how to attack problems intelligently, tackling various facets of the issue with solid arguments. We consider them a strategic ally."

Work highlights Represented Whirlpool Corporation in a civil litigation claim.

Notable practitioners

John Aguilar Osborne, Esteban Agüero Guier and John Aguilar Quesada are the key client contacts.

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EY Law - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key practice active in the Costa Rican disputes sphere. Acts for prominent players in the telecommunications, real estate and manufacturing industries, handling administrative and commercial litigation and arbitration on behalf of local and foreign clients.

Strengths A client commends the team, reporting: "Their strength is customer service. I feel supported and they are in constant communication about the progress of the case."

Work highlights Defended Verizon Communications against a breach of contract claim brought against it by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad seeking damages of USD24 million.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Allan Hernández co-heads the firm's disputes department and is respected by fellow practitioners in the disputes arena, with one pointing to his "solid handling of cases." He advises top telecommunications clients and distributors in litigation and arbitration proceedings regarding contractual breaches.

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Hulbert Volio Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised practice adept at advising private individuals on civil disputes. Also has a solid reputation for representing companies from industries such as food and beverages and real estate and tourism, advising on both civil and criminal litigation cases.

Strengths The firm earns plaudits from clients: "They are very diligent and knowledgeable in their research and very thorough in the discovery process. They are excellent in their attention to detail and in their focus on the quality of the services they provide to clients."

Notable practitioners

Andrea Hulbert garners strong praise from clients. One interviewee notes: "She makes your life easier. I value her intelligence, her thoroughness, her ability to understand and study and her calmness." Another explains: "She reads between the lines very well, so you don't have to over-explain the situation to her. She is confident and diplomatic as well."

Clients say that Marcela Ortega "is excellent. She takes the time to explain things step by step to someone outside the legal profession, and then gives you her recommendation."

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Nassar Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid firm providing dispute resolution advice to a variety of national and multinational clients. Involvement spans civil and criminal litigation, handling matters on behalf of clients from the aviation, shipping and food and beverage industries.

Strengths The firm receives endorsements from clients, highlighting its flexibility, availability and client service.

Work highlights Defended King Ocean Services against a civil claim regarding alleged damages to machinery delivered by the client.

Notable practitioners

Partner Tomás Nassar Pérez enjoys a solid reputation in this sphere, with both peers and clients expressing admiration for his capabilities. Clients highlight that "he sees the big picture" and that "his opinions are very accurate," while peers regard him as "a prestigious lawyer."

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Sfera Legal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic regional practice with noteworthy expertise in both criminal and civil disputes, also boasting ample experience in international arbitration and mediation. Matters handled often involve the real estate and insurance sectors.

Strengths A client interviewee reports: "I have been very impressed by their legal knowledge, ability to form a strategy, response times and organisational skills."

Work highlights Acted for Sirenis Group on several real estate disputes of a total value of USD10 million.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Robert van der Putten is referred to by peers as "a litigator with great experience in the market." His areas of particular strength include both contentious and transactional matters arising in the real estate sector, as well as disputes resolved through arbitration.

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Senior Statesperson

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Rodrigo Oreamuno is widely considered by peers to be an authority in the dispute resolution sphere. Peers emphasise that "he has a status that few others have managed to achieve" and regard him as "a standard bearer in Costa Rica." He is recognised for his significant activity as an arbitrator in high-profile international disputes.

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Star Individuals

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Víctor Garita elicits admiration from sources for his distinguished career and vast expertise in disputes, with clients enthusing that "his knowledge of dispute resolution is comprehensive."Peers observe: "Other practitioners may get to where he is in the future but he currently has much more experience than anyone." He was recently part of the team advising Chiquita Brands as co-defendant in a class action filed by plantation workers alleging that they had incurred injuries whilst working on the client's plantations. His expertise encompasses disputes and corporate law.

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Jaime E Barrantes Gamboa

Artavia & Barrantes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned figure Jaime Barrantes Gamboa is regarded as an expert in the sphere by fellow colleagues, who deem him "a good litigator and an extraordinary academic," going on to underline that "he is extremely renowned in the market and very skilled in commercial and civil disputes." He possesses strong expertise in litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. He has also made significant academic contributions to this field.

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Alejandro Batalla

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed litigator Alejandro Batalla co-heads the firm's disputes team and is held in high regard by sources. They laud him as "clearly one of the best litigators in the country." They go on to add: "He has a lot of experience and recognition in the market. He has very broad expertise across many areas of law and a collaborative approach," also emphasising that "he is extremely able from a technical perspective." He is deeply experienced in representing clients in administrative disputes and offers additional capabilities in public law and corporate matters.

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Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Róger Guevara attracts strong praise from clients, with one enthusing that he is "wonderful to work with, co-operative, insightful, diligent and understands other cultures." Other sources add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is responsible, attentive and judicious," going on to note that "you feel like your business is in good hands with him; he is highly intelligent and eloquent and has no problem in rolling up his sleeves and delving into the work." His practice spans civil and criminal litigation, as well as international arbitration.

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Roy de Jesús Herrera

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished partner Roy de Jesús Herrera co-heads the firm's disputes practice. He is lauded by one source as "someone who is supportive and gives me very direct answers; his proposals are very effective. He's assertive and coordinated, and takes the time to analyse things whilst still giving prompt answers." Another interviewee continues: "He provides excellent service despite clearly having many clients. His knowledge and experience help to keep my work at a high standard." He is adept at dealing with commercial litigation cases, as well as arbitration.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Carolina Muñoz heads the firm's anti-corruption and criminal litigation practice. She is commended by clients, with one saying: "She's an excellent lawyer who is attentive and provides solid answers in a good timeframe." She demonstrates particular prowess in representing major multinational technology and manufacturing companies in white-collar crime matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Jonatán Picado is commended by sources for his "hard-to-beat grasp of the law and strategy." Others add: "He is extremely lucid, intelligent and experienced. He easily understands your case and suggests a clear action plan, focusing on what can be won." Sources continue: "I like his precision and dedication; his advice is absolutely accurate," also pointing out that "you need good emotional intelligence to litigate and he has the capacity to read a situation correctly."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients and peers are full of praise for department head Mauricio Salas, explaining: "He is a very studious person with experience in an array of topics. I think that gives him a very broad insight into how to solve disputes and complex cases." Another source goes on: "The strength of  his work, as well as that of his team, makes him difficult to beat, even for the most aggressive lawyers on the other side."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Artavia & Barrantes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sergio Artavia is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his experience in both litigation and arbitration cases, with one commenting that "he's a good litigator and he gives good advice." He is also commended for his academic contributions to the field.

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Rolando Laclé Zúñiga

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Rolando Laclé Zúñiga is seen by clients as "thorough, efficient and highly competent" and "very accessible and highly knowledgeable about litigation matters." He is particularly adept at handling financial and real estate-related litigation, garnering further praise from peers for his standing in arbitration.

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Robert C van der Putten

Sfera Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Robert van der Putten is referred to by peers as "a litigator with great experience in the market." His areas of particular strength include both contentious and transactional matters arising in the real estate sector, as well as disputes resolved through arbitration.

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LLM Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Roberto Yglesias of LLM Abogados is widely admired in the field, particularly for his expertise and experience in arbitration proceedings. Market commentators call him "a very prestigious arbitrator."

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Band 4

Artavia & Barrantes Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gino Cappella is described as "an excellent litigator" by peers for his ample capabilities in this sphere. His areas of expertise include civil and criminal litigation, as well as arbitration.

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Hulbert Volio Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrea Hulbert garners strong praise from clients. One interviewee notes: "She makes your life easier. I value her intelligence, her thoroughness, her ability to understand and study and her calmness." Another explains: "She reads between the lines very well, so you don't have to over-explain the situation to her. She is confident and diplomatic as well."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Roberto Leiva is respected by peers and other market sources for his work as an arbitrator, with one affirming: "He is extremely dedicated to his cases, no matter their value; he is reliable, decisive, proactive and pays attention to the details."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Tomás F Nassar Pérez

Nassar Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Tomás Nassar Pérez enjoys a solid reputation in this sphere, with both peers and clients expressing admiration for his capabilities. Clients highlight that "he sees the big picture" and that "his opinions are very accurate," while peers regard him as "a prestigious lawyer."

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Band 4

Mario Pacheco Flores

Pragma Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mario Pacheco Flores of Pragma Legal is respected for his long-standing experience as an arbitrator, with interviewees noting that "he stands out because he is very dedicated to his cases and very proactive, as well as being an excellent professional."

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Band 4

Federico Torrealba

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Federico Torrealba is commended by peers, who consider him "an excellent litigator" and cite his decades of experience and academic contributions. He is highly skilled at handling complex criminal and administrative disputes.

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Up and Coming

ECIJA

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for up-and-coming individual Mauricio Paris of ECIJA, with one saying: "I love that he answers within a matter of hours when I send a query and it's noteworthy that he also listens and puts himself in your shoes. He's a reasonable person with a lot of experience."

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Associates to watch

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Abraham Balzer comes highly recommended by clients, who report: "He is a nimble practitioner who is always available for us. We have confidence in the work he does." Others add: "He is very experienced and provides frank and direct advice, adopting an aggressive style where necessary to obtain results."

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Associates to watch

Allan Hernández V

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Allan Hernández co-heads the firm's disputes department and is respected by fellow practitioners in the disputes arena, with one pointing to his "solid handling of cases." He advises top telecommunications clients and distributors in litigation and arbitration proceedings regarding contractual breaches.

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Associates to watch

Hulbert Volio Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients say that Marcela Ortega"is excellent. She takes the time to explain things step by step to someone outside the legal profession, and then gives you her recommendation."

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Thelma Petrucci is highly valued by clients and peers, enthusing: ''She's a brilliant lawyer." Others add that "she's a very intelligent and highly active lawyer," and believe that "she has a great career ahead of her."

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Associates to watch

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

German Rojas of Arias impresses clients with his litigation expertise, with one stating: "He approaches a question systematically and from the client's perspective. His written product is concise and persuasive."

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Associates to watch

José Pablo Valverde Marín

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate José Pablo Valverde Marín is commended by clients, who laud him as "incredibly efficient." Peers also concur that he is "an intelligent lawyer" and "a good litigator."

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