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Latin-America Guide

Tax — Costa Rica


Consortium Legal - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 4 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice with a stellar team positioned at the forefront of the Costa Rican tax ambit. Advises top-level local and multinational clients on the full raft of mandates, with particular expertise in tax consulting, litigation and transfer pricing. Services additionally extend to tax structuring, tax planning and restructuring processes. Client roster comprises major companies within a vast array of industries, spanning the retail, real estate, telecommunications, healthcare and energy sectors.

Strengths The firm comes recommended by clients, who describe the lawyers as "supportive and creative," and state: "Consortium Legal has always been very responsive, informative and proactive with our legal needs."

Notable practitioners

"Leading tax lawyer" and star individual Diego Salto is held in the highest esteem by interviewees, who say: "He is a very proactive, empathetic and knowledgeable adviser. He endeavours to understand his clients' goals, adapt to their needs and protect their interests. He also briefs his clients every step of the way and is a great negotiator." One client goes on to describe him as "excellent, professional and technically proficient," while others note his prestige, academic background and practical experience. He routinely acts as lead tax counsel to multinational giants such as Walmart in relation to their municipal tax, litigation and customs-related mandates.

The "excellent" Rafael Luna Rodríguez remains a widely revered figure in the Costa Rican tax market. Impressed interviewees describe him as "a technical lawyer," and value "the clear and concise manner in which he structures and presents his analysis." Another source commends his availability, adding: "He is a very up-to-date lawyer who always attends to our questions and provides solid advice." He offers comprehensive coverage of the sphere and regularly co-ordinates tax projects across Central America.

Interviewees appreciate Cristina Sansonetti, whom they label "a fantastic and available lawyer who provides fast and concise replies." They add: "She is very diligent and offers tax knowledge concerning the whole region. She covers all the ground and delivers in-depth analysis of matters."

Up-and-coming partner Anayansi Mora is considered "a rising star" by interviewees, who also praise her "vast knowledge and great availability." She frequently represents notable multinational companies in tax litigation cases.

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Our tax practice is formed by a team of 22 individuals, being one of the leading tax practices in the region. As part of a Consortium Legal – a full-service business firm- our tax practice deals with all areas of tax required by our clients, but mostly focused in M&A, Consulting, Litigation, Transfer Pricing, Tax Compliance and International Taxation.

The client base of our Firm is well balanced with local, regional and multinational enterprises. In this regard, we are tax counsels of two of the largest Central American entities: FIFCO (beer, food&beverages, real estate, retail and others) and Cuestamoras, (real estate, health, hospitality, energy and others).

Likewise, we are also tax counsels of some of the most relevant multinational enterprises doing business in the country, such as Walmart, 3M, Phillip Morris, GSK, Pfizer, Heinz, Chiquita Brands, Telefónica, Total, Cinépolis, Mabe and Claro (Telmex), among others. In addition, our expertise has been active in some of the most relevant infrastructure projects through Globalvía (managing the largest toll road concession in the country), Acciona and Globeleq (energy), Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (largest port in the Pacific) and Van Oord-BAM (largest port in the Caribbean). Other relevant clients are Grupo Roble (one of largest regional entities in the real estate and hospitality sector), Zollner (Electronic Manufacturing Services), Fragomen (multinational law firm) and AGE Holding (automotive sector).

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EY Law - Tax 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: Rafael Sayagués

What the team is known for Renowned tax practice with established expertise in asset and estate planning, trusts and offshore investment vehicles. Also handles tax planning, due diligence, litigation, regulatory matters and the tax implications of cross-border transactions. Provides comprehensive tax counsel to international clients due to its global network of offices. Team is bolstered by the incorporation of former Central American heavyweight Pacheco Coto.

Strengths Interviewees affirm: "The firm boasts an impressive team of very diligent, experienced and objective lawyers, and has the ability to view matters from a 360-degree perspective."

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Rafael Sayagués continues to be recognised for his long-standing expertise in the tax ambit. Sources note his prestige in the field and describe him as "an excellent lawyer." He offers ample expertise to local and international clients in an array of matters, with particular emphasis on tax planning and tax auditing.

Sources endorse partner Randall Madriz for his proficiency in tax-related matters. One interviewee says: "I would recommend him with my eyes closed. He is a very intelligent and positive lawyer who is adept at finding multiple solutions to problems."

Alejandro Antillón is noted for his involvement in the tax market. Commentators compliment his counsel and deem him "an extremely insightful adviser."

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Arias - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carolina Flores and Carlos Camacho
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed tax practice with established strength across the Central American region. Acts on an array of tax-related mandates, such as compliance, due diligence, litigation, tax planning and transfer pricing. Also advises foreign and domestic clients on customs law and free trade zone agreements. Clients hail from the telecommunications, construction, energy and real estate arenas.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's counsel and say: "The lawyers are very efficient, committed, innovative and client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised 3M on the tax structuring and free trade zone matters for the establishment of a service centre in Latin America.

Significant clients ScottsMiracle-Gro, Edenred, Mondelēz, doTerra, Fyffes-Frutas de Escocia.

Notable practitioners

Partner Carolina Flores is frequently sought out by clients for her expertise in tax planning, compliance, transfer pricing and tax litigation. Sources say: "Her English is fantastic and she boasts great knowledge of tax. She has a lot of personality and isn't afraid to get involved, which is what you want in the courtroom." They also commend "her strength in being constructive and taking the initiative."

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Facio & Cañas - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Adrián Torrealba and José María Oreamuno
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected tax department highlighted for its proficiency in the tax litigation sphere. Further areas of focus include tax planning, auditing, compliance and transfer pricing. Represents a number of local and international clients from the financial services, technology and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "Facio & Cañas is a well-regarded firm with highly business-oriented lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Corporación Megasuper in an administrative dispute relating to the adjustment of tax.

Significant clients Del Monte, Banco de Costa Rica, Popular Pensiones, Bticino, Numar.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner Adrián Torrealba climbs the rankings based on outstanding comments from clients and peers alike. Sources recognise him as "one of the most knowledgeable tax lawyers in Costa Rica," and go on to highlight him as "one of the first names that comes to mind for tax concerns." They also add: "He is very diligent and instils confidence in clients." He focuses his practice on providing ongoing counsel to clients such as Banco de Costa Rica and Banco Popular regarding the full spectrum of tax matters.

Commentators commend José María Oreamuno's "broad expertise in litigation, tax planning and compliance," and deem him "a well-recognised tax professional." He is active handling a range of matters relating to tax litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Facio & Cañas)

Faycatax, our Tax Department, is the leading tax expert in the country.  We provide support and advice to our clients during tax audits performed by the Tax Administration, defend them in court cases and advise them on fiscal matters related to the organization and operation of partnerships and corporations, corporate restructuring; mergers and acquisitions.

Our team of advisers consists of lawyers and accountants with a vast experience in their related field.  Our services include: (i) tax-planning service to profit and non-profit organizations; (ii) guidance for international clients doing business in Costa Rica, as well as national corporations involved in foreign investments; (iii) diagnostics for tax prevention; (iv) compliance monitoring and Tax return  processing; and (v) advice regarding compliance with obligations related to transfer pricing.

We are also responsible for the first tax community on line () with “Taxation ABC", available for all kind of queries. This site includes and identifies upcoming tax calendar deadlines to pay declarations and taxes. Is used like reference to companies, government and others law firms.

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Batalla - Tax 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: Alejandra Arguedas

What the team is known for Experienced team maintaining a strong practice advising both domestic and international companies on a range of tax issues. Capabilities include handling the fiscal aspects of major transactions, and complex tax litigation.

Strengths Sources praise the lawyers, stating: "They provide in-depth analysis and are always very available."

Counsel Alejandra Arguedas is well regarded among her clients, who commend her "fast comprehension of matters." Her areas of focus span tax litigation, administrative litigation and corporate law.

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BLP - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luis Manuel Castro and Luis Chacón
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned transactional player with capabilities in consultancy, tax planning, litigation and compliance. Client roster includes a variety of multinational companies operating in the retail, real estate, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.

Notable practitioners

Tax specialist Luis Chacón is noted by interviewees for his "fast and timely service." He focuses his practice on tax consultancy and litigation, and regularly counsels clients on auditing processes conducted by the tax authorities.

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Deloitte - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 1 partner

What the team is known for Global auditing firm with a compact tax department. Renders international taxation advice to its multinational clientele. Offers specialised services in tax litigation and compliance.

Notable practitioners

Alan Saborío is described as "a great and very respected tax lawyer." Sources note his long-standing reputation in the field, as well as his expertise in tax litigation.

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Star Individuals

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Leading tax lawyer" and star individual Diego Salto is held in the highest esteem by interviewees, who say: "He is a very proactive, empathetic and knowledgeable adviser. He endeavours to understand his clients' goals, adapt to their needs and protect their interests. He also briefs his clients every step of the way and is a great negotiator." One client goes on to describe him as "excellent, professional and technically proficient," while others note his prestige, academic background and practical experience. He routinely acts as lead tax counsel to multinational giants such as Walmart in relation to their municipal tax, litigation and customs-related mandates.

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Band 1

Rafael Luna Rodríguez

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Rafael Luna Rodríguez remains a widely revered figure in the Costa Rican tax market. Impressed interviewees describe him as "a technical lawyer," and value "the clear and concise manner in which he structures and presents his analysis." Another source commends his availability, adding: "He is a very up-to-date lawyer who always attends to our questions and provides solid advice." He offers comprehensive coverage of the sphere and regularly co-ordinates tax projects across Central America.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Rafael Sayagués continues to be recognised for his long-standing expertise in the tax ambit. Sources note his prestige in the field and describe him as "an excellent lawyer." He offers ample expertise to local and international clients in an array of matters, with particular emphasis on tax planning and tax auditing.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Adrián Torrealba

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Adrián Torrealba climbs the rankings based on outstanding comments from clients and peers alike. Sources recognise him as "one of the most knowledgeable tax lawyers in Costa Rica," and go on to highlight him as "one of the first names that comes to mind for tax concerns." They also add: "He is very diligent and instils confidence in clients." He focuses his practice on providing ongoing counsel to clients such as Banco de Costa Rica and Banco Popular regarding the full spectrum of tax matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Carolina Flores is frequently sought out by clients for her expertise in tax planning, compliance, transfer pricing and tax litigation. Sources say: "Her English is fantastic and she boasts great knowledge of tax. She has a lot of personality and isn't afraid to get involved, which is what you want in the courtroom." They also commend "her strength in being constructive and taking the initiative."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Rafael González S

Grant Thornton Cotera & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rafael González of Grant Thornton Cotera & Asociados is widely respected by the market and focuses on advising clients on a variety of different tax matters. Interviewees label him "a very skilful lawyer."

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Band 2

José María Oreamuno

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators commend José María Oreamuno's "broad expertise in litigation, tax planning and compliance," and deem him "a well-recognised tax professional." He is active handling a range of matters relating to tax litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Alejandro Antillón

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alejandro Antillón is noted for his involvement in the tax market. Commentators compliment his counsel and deem him "an extremely insightful adviser."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Tax specialist Luis Chacón is noted by interviewees for his "fast and timely service." He focuses his practice on tax consultancy and litigation, and regularly counsels clients on auditing processes conducted by the tax authorities.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources endorse partner Randall Madriz for his proficiency in tax-related matters. One interviewee says: "I would recommend him with my eyes closed. He is a very intelligent and positive lawyer who is adept at finding multiple solutions to problems." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Deloitte

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alan Saborío is described as "a great and very respected tax lawyer." Sources note his long-standing reputation in the field, as well as his expertise in tax litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Cristina Sansonetti

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees appreciate Cristina Sansonetti, whom they label "a fantastic and available lawyer who provides fast and concise replies." They add: "She is very diligent and offers tax knowledge concerning the whole region. She covers all the ground and delivers in-depth analysis of matters."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Alejandra Arguedas

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Counsel Alejandra Arguedas is well regarded among her clients, who commend her "fast comprehension of matters." Her areas of focus span tax litigation, administrative litigation and corporate law.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Anayansi Mora is considered "a rising star" by interviewees, who also praise her "vast knowledge and great availability." She frequently represents notable multinational companies in tax litigation cases.

^ See whole ranking table