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Latin-America Guide

Public Law — Costa Rica


Batalla - Public Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly distinguished public law practice commanding a market-leading reputation in this sphere. Boasts a team of renowned experts in areas ranging from public procurement to free trade zone regulation. Enjoys a front-running position in handling administrative disputes arising in the energy and telecommunications sectors. Regularly instructed by a distinguished client roster featuring top local and foreign names from the construction, energy and natural resources and retail spaces, demonstrating additional popularity among clients from the technology and financial industries.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's expertise, enthusing: "The service is very good; they have great technical knowledge, are always available to answer questions and open to considering our point of view. They have very good knowledge of administrative law, including its jurisprudence, principles and doctrine."

Others add: ''They are an excellent firm due to the fact that they can engage quickly at short notice and because of the expertise they demonstrate."

Work highlight Advised Enel Green Power on all procedures before the energy regulator, ARESEP, including an administrative procedure challenging an energy tariff established by the regulator.

Notable practitioners

Renowned department co-head Alejandro Batalla remains a towering figure in the field, earning plaudits from peers and clients alike. Clients describe him as "very able in the technical sense, very studious of the law and a reliable professional," and further report: "He gives us peace of mind and provides solid legal opinions in a clear manner." Another source affirms: "No one can deny that he is one of the most recognised specialists." He is noted for his prowess in administrative litigation, as well as his transactional practice in the corporate sphere.

Department co-head Raúl Guevara is appreciated by clients for his approach, with one commenting: "He is extremely personable and very hands-on; nothing is too much trouble for him." Peers highlight his expertise in litigating against the environmental authorities.

Associate-to-watch Marco Ureña is singled out for praise by clients. They report: "He listens well in order to analyse the cases and offers solid recommendations. He's also very quick." He earns further recognition for his work in the competition law field.

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Arias - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive practice regularly retained by a number of government bodies and energy, technology and infrastructure companies for public law advice. Possesses notable expertise in handling high-profile contentious cases, as well as in providing advice on regulatory compliance. Also well equipped to assist private sector entities with their participation in competitive tendering.

Strengths Clients highlight the practice's expertise, noting: "We are very satisfied because we like their effective and easy-to-understand analyses of our legal queries. They know the different scenarios facing clients and show how they can be solved, demonstrating a strong command of the subject. They have been extraordinary."

Work highlight Advised SAAM on the public law aspects of two concession agreements for the acquisition of public infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Ubico earns widespread praise from clients, who appreciate his "diligent answers; when he presents an opinion he provides an added value to solve your problem," and his "considerable responsiveness and knowledge of administrative law." They also value his "effectiveness, availability and friendly service."

Clients say that Alonso Miranda "is excellent. He's a direct person, very able and very effective when advising. He doesn't wait more than a couple of hours to answer. He has a great ability to understand what the client needs and dedicates a lot of time to each client."

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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BLP - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice frequently retained to act as counsel to an array of public entities and prominent private companies hailing from the telecommunications, finance and energy industries. Vastly experienced in advising on constitutional and administrative disputes, notably those involving financial and transport issues. Additionally boasts great prowess in public procurement mandates.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "It's a highly reliable and committed firm. They perform a deep analysis of your case, keep the client updated on the situation, and are always available to answer calls or emails. They look for the real truth of the matter and go beyond the ordinary. They work to a high level of excellence."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Instituto de Fomento Cooperativo, an autonomous government entity, on the public law implications of its intervention by the Executive branch.

Notable practitioners

Clients offer great praise for Luis Ortiz, asserting that "he's immensely knowledgeable of administrative law, which gives real depth to his legal analyses." Sources value his "substantial experience," going on to laud him as "a brilliant and very studious lawyer" and "a dedicated and highly qualified professional." He is also renowned for advising on the public law elements of infrastructure projects, as well as specific issues affecting the TMT sector.

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

In a legal market where Public Law experts have been traditionally individual practitioners, BLP was the first law firm that invested in consolidating a truly specialized department with up to seven full time public law specialists.

Unlike other Public Law experts in the country, our lawyers are well known, not only in the academic community, but also in the business sector. This allows us to offer clients a very unusual blend of deep academic knowledge and experience in the sector, along with good business sense. 

The wide variety of sectors in which our clients operate exemplify the range of our specialized skills. These sectors include telecomm, public utilities, mobility platforms, regulatory agencies, banks and financial institutions, chambers and associations, governmental institutions, multilateral banks, automotive retailers, privately owned companies, real estate developments, pharmaceutical companies, among others.

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Consortium Legal - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust full-service firm providing coverage of a range of public law mandates. Highly adept at advising companies and government agencies on public procurement, as well as concession agreements for the development of public works won through public bidding processes. Also involved in administrative litigation.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's performance, stating: "The service provided has always been of the highest quality and accompanied by the expected results. The experts not only give their perspective in terms of public law but also perform a comprehensive analysis of the impacts that several situations could have on us. They have a multidisciplinary team of excellent practitioners."

Notable practitioners

"Excellent " department head Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas garners endorsements from both clients and peers. Sources emphasise his "vast experience in administrative law matters" and observe: "His style is conciliatory; he always provides recommendations taking into account all possible angles that could affect the company. We like the way he analyses issues due to his ample knowledge of the subject."

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Experts in administrative contracting, advisors in projects of public-private participation, project finance, advisers in telecommunications, Aeronautical Law, litigation, alternative resolution of conflicts, constitucional law.

In the area of ​​private public participation projects, we are the advisors in the main concession project of the country, valued at almost $ 1000 MM. It has also participated in transactions related to the concession of roads, ports and airports. Currently, there is participation in different projects that are being financed through the use of investment trusts. Advises participating companies or entities in charge of promoting contracting procedures.

We are advisors to companies related to the energy sector, which have been given advice on public contracting and tariff matters. The consultancy covers areas related to the granting of permits, analysis of regulations, regulatory matters and charges.

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Facio & Cañas - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active practice in the public law ambit providing counsel to companies from sectors such as telecommunications, construction and technology. Offers substantial capabilities in government procurement processes and concession contracts, also regularly representing clients in administrative disputes. Additionally experienced in counselling clients on free trade zone regulation.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's service, as one source enthuses: "I like their availability and the fact that if they aren't able to take my call straight away, they always let me know they've seen my message and get back to me quickly. Their answers to legal queries are thorough and well founded; their advice covers legal aspects but is also practical and actionable."

Notable practitioners

Department head Alfonso Liao earns plaudits from clients, who regard him as "a very able and knowledgeable lawyer" and go on to say: "He is very efficient, committed and provides good client service. He has a strong grasp of matters of public procurement and has great people skills."

About the Team (content provided by Facio & Cañas)

The department specializes in government procurement processes, litigation before government agencies, legal advice to register as a free trade zone company, and notice about market concentration issues (antitrust.)

Public Procurement processes relate to the award of goods and services contracts, the supervision of construction and operation concession contracts, power purchase agreements, and project finance matters, among others. We are also known for the analysis and preparation of bids and RFP´s, appeals, and public contracts, among others.

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active public law practice often called upon to advise both public entities and companies from the food and beverage, telecommunications and energy industries. Expertise centres on public law considerations in the infrastructure space, including public procurement, concession agreements, free trade zone regulation and administrative disputes.

Strengths The practice is endorsed by clients, who state: ''They have strong capabilities in administrative law, they are easy to get hold of, and they're a recognised firm with a good reputation. The service is excellent."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to the Executing Unit of the Programa Infraestructura de Transporte on all public law issues arising from the project including drafting the rules of the bidding process, advising on the granting of the concession agreements and handling any appeals to the award. The programme has a budget of USD420 million.

Notable practitioners

Department head Claudio Donato Monge elicits praise from sources for his expertise in public law mandates. Clients deem him to be "great in public procurement matters; he is one of the country's foremost experts in that area," and admire that "he is not afraid of challenging the authorities when we are in the right." Others go on to underline his "poise, availability and eagerness to provide support."

Sources opine that partner Ignacio Gallegos "has a strong strategic mind and is forward-thinking. He has a good understanding of administrative law and of how arguments are received by the authorities. He has the ability to formulate opinions in simple language for everyone to understand."

Associate Marco López Volio enters the rankings as clients praise his activity in this field. A source states: "He is very realistic and proactive; when you request something, his assistance is prompt," while others value his "ample experience in public procurement."

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Senior Statesperson

Oller Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ruben Hernández of Oller Abogados is immensely respected by peers within this sphere, who highlight his theoretical understanding of public law and his reputation. They also single out his "academic career" and contributions to this field.

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Senior Statesperson

Enrique Rojas Franco

Rojas Franco & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Enrique Rojas Franco of Rojas Franco & Asociados commands respect from interviewees for his decades-long track record in this field. One source also deems him "an amply recognised litigator in Costa Rica," and points to his important academic contributions.

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Band 1

Alejandro Batalla

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned department co-head Alejandro Batalla remains a towering figure in the field, earning plaudits from peers and clients alike. Clients describe him as "very able in the technical sense, very studious of the law and a reliable professional," and further report: "He gives us peace of mind and provides solid legal opinions in a clear manner." Another source affirms: "No one can deny that he is one of the most recognised specialists." He is noted for his prowess in administrative litigation, as well as his transactional practice in the corporate sphere.

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Band 1

Manrique Jimenez Meza

Corporación JIME

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manrique Jimenez Meza of Corporación JIME is roundly acknowledged by peers as a towering figure in this space, with one stating that "he clearly stands out within the public law arena." Commentators confirm that he is "a very recognised practitioner" and emphasise his "extensive academic career."

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Band 1

Consultores en Derecho Público

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Aldo Milano of Consultores en Derecho Público remains an acclaimed and active figure in the public law arena. Peers laud him as a "highly renowned" and "extraordinary" lawyer, going on to regard him as a formidable counterpart and to note his visibility in contentious matters.

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Band 2

Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent" department head Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas garners endorsements from both clients and peers. Sources emphasise his "vast experience in administrative law matters" and observe: "His style is conciliatory; he always provides recommendations taking into account all possible angles that could affect the company. We like the way he analyses issues due to his ample knowledge of the subject."

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Band 2

Claudio Donato Monge

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Claudio Donato Monge elicits praise from sources for his expertise in public law mandates. Clients deem him to be "great in public procurement matters; he is one of the country's foremost experts in that area," and admire that "he is not afraid of challenging the authorities when we are in the right." Others go on to underline his "poise, availability and eagerness to provide support."

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Band 2

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients offer great praise for Luis Ortiz, asserting that "he's immensely knowledgeable of administrative law, which gives real depth to his legal analyses." Sources value his "substantial experience," going on to laud him as "a brilliant and very studious lawyer" and "a dedicated and highly qualified professional." He is also renowned for advising on the public law elements of infrastructure projects, as well as specific issues affecting the TMT sector.

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Band 3

Ana Lorena Brenes

Nassar Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ana Lorena Brenes of Nassar Abogados enters the rankings after earning plaudits from clients. They say: "She is an excellent professional with solid academic legal training and extraordinary vision and experience in public law and government affairs." Another source adds: "She works at any time on any day, and does the same amount of work as three people combined."

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Band 3

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources opine that partner Ignacio Gallegos"has a strong strategic mind and is forward-thinking. He has a good understanding of administrative law and of how arguments are received by the authorities. He has the ability to formulate opinions in simple language for everyone to understand."

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Band 3

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Raúl Guevara is appreciated by clients for his approach, with one commenting: "He is extremely personable and very hands-on; nothing is too much trouble for him." Peers highlight his expertise in litigating against the environmental authorities.

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Band 3

Arisol Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Antonio Solera of Arisol Consultores is a respected figure in the market, with peers noting that "he is a very well-known public procurement specialist." They also call him "a very skilled lawyer."

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Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Ubico earns widespread praise from clients, who appreciate his "diligent answers; when he presents an opinion he provides an added value to solve your problem," and his "considerable responsiveness and knowledge of administrative law." They also value his "effectiveness, availability and friendly service."

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Up and Coming

Caoba Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Esteban Alfaro of Caoba Legal remains an active practitioner in the public law arena, where he advises clients on a range of matters such as disputes and regulation of the telecommunications industry.

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Associates to watch

Facio & Cañas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Alfonso Liao earns plaudits from clients, who regard him as "a very able and knowledgeable lawyer" and go on to say: "He is very efficient, committed and provides good client service. He has a strong grasp of matters of public procurement and has great people skills."

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Associates to watch

Marco López Volio

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Marco López Volio enters the rankings as clients praise his activity in this field. A source states: "He is very realistic and proactive; when you request something, his assistance is prompt," while others value his "ample experience in public procurement."

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Associates to watch

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients say that Alonso Miranda"is excellent. He's a direct person, very able and very effective when advising. He doesn't wait more than a couple of hours to answer. He has a great ability to understand what the client needs and dedicates a lot of time to each client."

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Associates to watch

Batalla

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Marco Ureña is singled out for praise by clients. They report: "He listens well in order to analyse the cases and offers solid recommendations. He's also very quick." He earns further recognition for his work in the competition law field.

^ See whole ranking table