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Latin-America Guide

Banking & Finance — Costa Rica


Consortium Legal - Banking & Finance 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: Mario Quesada
- 3 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent banking and finance department with a stellar reputation in the market. Offers widespread coverage across the region with particular strength in structured and project finance. Expertise also extends to capital markets, compliance, corporate law and regulatory matters. Highly experienced team regularly acts for an impressive list of local and international clients made up of multinational financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers, and major construction, pharmaceuticals and real estate companies.

Strengths One interviewee attests: "Consortium Legal boasts capabilities and presence across the region, and is able to cover my specific needs in Central America. The lawyers are highly specialised, very capable and provide a first-class service, while the work is completed in line with our pre-agreed deadlines." They go on to commend the firm's availability.

Another client reports: "Their main strength is their extensive experience in the banking and regulatory arenas. Consortium Legal has some of the best talent around, and the fact that it is a regional firm is extremely helpful to multinational clients."

Work highlights Advised JPMorgan Securities and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as lead arrangers on the issuance of notes by Banco Nacional de Costa Rica worth USD500 million.

Notable practitioners

Clients highly praise leading partner David Arturo Campos for his outstanding reputation in the banking and finance market. Interviewees describe him as "a very experienced and strategic lawyer who has had an impressive career in the area." They go on to say: "David is fundamental to our business and a key piece of our puzzle. He is a great lawyer who provides very timely advice. He not only tries to get the best outcome for his clients but also helps see the transaction through; he is a triple-A closer and one of the best lawyers in Costa Rica."

Head of department Mario Quesada garners immense praise from market sources, who say: "He is a highly skilled lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the banking industry." They also appreciate that "he is always on top of all of the work," with another source describing him as "an excellent professional and a great negotiator," adding: "He provides creative solutions and his work is always impeccable." He recently advised Bladex and Wells Fargo as lenders and lead arrangers in the negotiation and review of an USD85 million syndicated loan facility.

Partner Randall Barquero is an accomplished practitioner in the banking and finance sphere. Sources say: "He is very experienced in the banking and regulatory fields, and has provided us with outstanding results."

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Some of our key banking clients are Scotiabank, Citi, Davivienda, Lafise, Banco General, BAC, and Banco de Costa Rica.   We also provide services to international banks such as First Citizens (Trinidad and Tobago), Bancolombia (Colombia) and its subsidiaries Banistmo (Panama) Banco Agrícola (El Salvador) and Banco Agromercantil (Guatemala), Banrural (Guatemala), Bladex (Panama) and Global Bank (Panama).  Additionally, we advise international entities such as the IADB group – the Interamerican Development Bank and the Interamerican Investment Corporation, IFC and OPIC, among others.  Other international clients are Credit Suisse, Nomura, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank.

Our main services are: (a) drafting, negotiation and execution of retail (residential) and commercial financing agreements and their collateral; (b) advise on the structuring, negotiation and execution of corporate financing agreements in economic sectors such as industrial, commercial, real estate, hospitality, government contracts and free trade regimes; (c) regulatory analysis, preparation and/or review of contracts for new or existing banking services; (d) regulatory advice; (e) legal opinions and responses to questionnaires and surveys regarding all aspects of banking activities; (f) capital markets: structuring of local and international bond issuances and their collateral and payments structures; (g) cross border financing; (h) M&A in the financial industry. 

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BLP - Banking & Finance 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: Vivian Liberman and Andrés López
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-reputed banking and finance team maintaining a strong practice in high-level financial transactions. Sought out by multilateral, investment and commercial banks, as well as a number of insurance and real estate companies, for its strength in handling loan agreements, bridge financings, structured finance and private equity. Team offers notable capabilities in cross-border transactions.

Strengths Clients say that "the lawyers are very responsive and always available," adding: "They have an in-depth understanding of the banking and finance market."

Work highlights Advised FMO as local counsel regarding a USD19.5 million senior loan facility for borrower Financiera Desyfin.

Significant clients Scotiabank, Instacredit, DEG, Banco BCT, Banco BAC San José.

Notable practitioners

Sources appreciate partner Andrés López's counsel and describe him as "a knowledgeable lawyer." He possesses over 16 years of experience in the field, where he focuses on advising local and international clients on an array of financing matters.

Well-known practitioner David Gutiérrez is held in high esteem by his clients, who consider him "extremely perceptive in terms of his analysis." They go on to say: "He is very business-oriented, which makes him a highly effective lawyer."

Department co-head Vivian Liberman routinely advises multinational banks and financial institutions on a range of mandates, including credit facilities, corporate finance and cross-border matters. She also offers vast expertise in handling M&A deals.

Up-and-coming partner Luis Fernando Hernández earns recognition from the market and is characterised as "a very capable lawyer" by interviewees. Clients also appreciate his "practical approach and good response times."

Associate Julio Castellanos is labelled "a professional, practical and responsive lawyer" by clients. His legal expertise encompasses an array of matters, such as project and structured finance.

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LatamLex Abogados - Banking & Finance 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: Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco, Adriana Ramos Chaves and Jose Antonio Hidalgo Marín
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established banking and finance department providing counsel to major local and international banks and financial institutions. Advises clients on an array of matters including syndicated lending, bond issuances, project finance and credit agreements. Additional areas of focus include trust administration, securitisations and bankruptcy law. Routinely advises government entities on day-to-day financial work.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's client service: "The lawyers are very fast and the quality of their responses is very high. They are very accessible and always available to attend to us."

Work highlights Advised Bancolombia on a USD10 million credit agreement for Constructora Meco.

Significant clients Credomatic de Costa Rica, BICSA, Inter–American Development Bank, Banco Aliado, Multibank.

Notable practitioners

The "knowledgeable" Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco remains a recognised name in the banking and finance arena. Interviewees describe him as "very experienced and well known in the field." He is experienced in advising clients on a variety of matters, including project finance, restructurings and syndicated loans.

José Antonio Hidalgo Marín co-heads the firm's banking and finance department, where he advises clients on debt restructuring matters and corporate finance. He also offers expertise spanning the fields of antitrust, arbitration and litigation.

Partner Adriana Ramos Chavez receives endorsements from market interviewees, who state: "She is a very professional and efficient lawyer with significant expertise in banking." Her main areas of focus span corporate finance, structured finance and M&A deals.

About the Team (content provided by LatamLex Abogados)

LatamLex | Gómez & Galindo Abogados located in the city of San José, Costa Rica, the law firm was founded in 1993 with the purpose of providing specialized legal services to national and international companies and financial institutions. Gómez & Galindo Abogados’ main objective is to optimize and maximize business opportunities for our clients.  Consequently, the relationship with our clients is markedly proactive, personalized and professional.


Our clients include prestigious national and international companies such as banks, financial institutions, multinational corporations and family offices. The excellence of Gómez & Galindo Abogados and its members has been recognized by independent legal publications such as 

Chambers and Partners

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The Legal 500

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Arias - Banking & Finance 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: Vicente Lines and Andrey Dorado
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional player with diverse capabilities in the banking and finance arena. Handles a broad range of matters across the field, including project finance, asset finance, factoring, securities, compliance and regulatory work. Client roster includes a range of local and international names, including investment and commercial banks and construction companies.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's "high quality of service and professionals," as well as its "quick response times."

Work highlights Advised Cargill Finance on several matters relating to the closing of finance deals across Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Significant clients CABEI, Engine Lease Finance, Cargill Finance, Hencorp Becstone.

Notable practitioners

Sources express their appreciation for partner Vicente Lines, and deem him "a knowledgeable banking lawyer." They also commend his ability to "provide a high quality of service without sacrificing response times."

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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Dentons Muñoz - Banking & Finance 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: Daniel Araya
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice with a notable reputation in the banking and finance sphere. Handles cross-border and asset finance mandates for local and international clients working across the transportation, pharmaceutical, insurance and real estate sectors. Also offers services in leasing matters, factoring, compliance and securities.

Strengths One client says: "The lawyers are very proactive and committed, and provide a very personalised service. They are adept at clarifying and explaining complex and very specific matters relating to Costa Rican law. I also value their ability to work as a team."

Work highlights Advised DEG on a range of legal issues relating to a debt financing for the expansion of a sugar mill in Guanacaste.

Significant clients Bladex, Evertec, IFC, IIC, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Araya heads the department and is described by sources as "a very knowledgeable and respected lawyer." They go on to say: "His seniority was very helpful when negotiating with our counterparts."

Senior associate Donato Rivas Garro is commended by sources, who say: "He is a proactive lawyer with strong knowledge of the area. He maintains a high level of practicality while mitigating risks for his clients." They add: "He is very committed and capable, looks out for his clients, and adds value to transactions."

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EY Law - Banking & Finance 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: Arturo Apéstegui
- 1 partner
- 8 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired team regularly sought out by multinational companies, banks and financial institutions. Main areas of activity include syndicated lending, LBOs, investment vehicles and trusts. Diverse practice is also complemented by its strength in venture capital, regulatory matters and M&A. Regularly acts for corporate borrowers in complex cross-border financings.

Strengths Sources describe the firm's service as "professional, responsive, sophisticated and integrated."

Significant clients Inter-American Development Bank, Wells Fargo, Proparco, Direct Communication, Ami Trading.

Notable practitioners

Arturo Apéstegui is praised by sources, who state: "He is responsive, accurate, knowledgeable and is able to provide solutions in line with our business objectives. He is always on top of things and often works long hours and during the weekends for us. We appreciate his support."

Associate Carlos Ayon offers expertise in banking law, real estate and M&A. He is regarded by interviewees as "a professional lawyer who answers on time and accordingly."

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Vector Legal - Banking & Finance 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: Roberto León
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced banking and finance practice with expertise spanning a range of matters, including credit agreements, guarantee agreements and debt restructuring. Boasts particular strength in capital markets, and regularly co-ordinates with its securities and insurance teams. Client roster features a line-up of local and international banks, financial institutions and insurers.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The lawyers are not only our legal advisers but also our friends, and we have every confidence in them. They are very knowledgeable about Costa Rican regulatory and financial law, and understand our business objectives."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Prival Bank on a range of regulatory and finance matters related to the management of its investment fund.

Significant clients Grupo Financiero Improsa, Banco Promerica, Banco Davivienda Costa Rica, Improsa SAFI, Grupo Aldesa.

Notable practitioners

Revered market leader Roberto León is recognised for his important participation in the market. Sources appreciate his high level of specialisation in banking and finance, and deem him "very knowledgeable and experienced." They go on to assert: "He is an outstanding lawyer, particularly for capital markets work." He concentrates his practice on advising an array of local and regional banks and financial institutions on banking, insurance and capital markets matters.

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Zürcher, Odio & Raven - Banking & Finance 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: Douglas Soto Campos
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable player in the banking and finance market acting for local and international banks, brokers, factoring companies and financial institutions. Well equipped to handle a variety of matters, including the structuring of credit lines, mortgage guarantees and securities. Expertise extends to project and structured finance, regulatory work and acquisition finance.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as "recognised and dynamic," and go on to compliment its client service.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner Douglas Soto Campos is described as "an experienced banking lawyer," by market commentators. He frequently advises local and international banks on the structuring and negotiation of loans.

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

With a long-term experience in the industry, representing investment banks, commercial banks, private investment funds, and other lenders, investors and financing sources; Zürcher Odio & Raven is widely recognized in Costa Rica as the leading firm in banking and financial counsel, managing and executing the most complex transactions with a business – oriented approach.

In addition, the expertise in legislative and regulatory aspects that can have a significant impact on credit or financing transactions, allow us to offer clients a strength in the industry context of leveraged finance, bank and bond financings, bridge loans, cash flow loans, cross – border financings, debt restructurings, investment loans, secured loans, syndicated loans, among others.

Our clients trust in our experience and ability to deliver outstanding and well-prepared solutions, allowing them to achieve their objectives through counsel tailored to each of them´s needs. Our fully integrated team of banking lawyers, who are among the most accomplished and renowned in the country, have a high service quality and a sophisticated understanding of the market and the expectations of each client. We work together with other firm´s areas members, to develop and provide complete, innovative and integral answers for challenging financing transactions.

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Senior Statesperson

Franklin Matamoros

LLM Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Franklin Matamoros of LLM Abogados remains a widely respected lawyer in the banking arena. Sources deem him "an extraordinary lawyer" and note his long-standing expertise and reputation in the field.

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David Arturo Campos

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients highly praise leading partner David Arturo Campos for his outstanding reputation in the banking and finance market. Interviewees describe him as "a very experienced and strategic lawyer who has had an impressive career in the area." They go on to say: "David is fundamental to our business and a key piece of our puzzle. He is a great lawyer who provides very timely advice. He not only tries to get the best outcome for his clients but also helps see the transaction through; he is a triple-A closer and one of the best lawyers in Costa Rica."

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Band 1

Vector Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered market leader Roberto León is recognised for his important participation in the market. Sources appreciate his high level of specialisation in banking and finance, and deem him "very knowledgeable and experienced." They go on to assert: "He is an outstanding lawyer, particularly for capital markets work." He concentrates his practice on advising an array of local and regional banks and financial institutions on banking, insurance and capital markets matters.

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Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Mario Quesada garners immense praise from market sources, who say: "He is a highly skilled lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the banking industry." They also appreciate that "he is always on top of all of the work," with another source describing him as "an excellent professional and a great negotiator," adding: "He provides creative solutions and his work is always impeccable." He recently advised Bladex and Wells Fargo as lenders and lead arrangers in the negotiation and review of an USD85 million syndicated loan facility.

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Band 2

Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "knowledgeable" Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco remains a recognised name in the banking and finance arena. Interviewees describe him as "very experienced and well known in the field." He is experienced in advising clients on a variety of matters, including project finance, restructurings and syndicated loans.

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Band 2

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Well-known practitioner David Gutiérrez is held in high esteem by his clients, who consider him "extremely perceptive in terms of his analysis." They go on to say: "He is very business-oriented, which makes him a highly effective lawyer."

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Band 2

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources appreciate partner Andrés López's counsel and describe him as "a knowledgeable lawyer." He possesses over 16 years of experience in the field, where he focuses on advising local and international clients on an array of financing matters.

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Band 2

Douglas Soto Campos

Zürcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Douglas Soto Campos is described as "an experienced banking lawyer," by market commentators. He frequently advises local and international banks on the structuring and negotiation of loans.

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Band 3

Arturo Apéstegui

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Arturo Apéstegui is praised by sources, who state: "He is responsive, accurate, knowledgeable and is able to provide solutions in line with our business objectives. He is always on top of things and often works long hours and during the weekends for us. We appreciate his support."

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Band 3

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Daniel Araya heads the department and is described by sources as "a very knowledgeable and respected lawyer." They go on to say: "His seniority was very helpful when negotiating with our counterparts."

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Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Randall Barquero is an accomplished practitioner in the banking and finance sphere. Sources say: "He is very experienced in the banking and regulatory fields, and has provided us with outstanding results."

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Band 3

José Antonio Hidalgo Marín

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Antonio Hidalgo Marín co-heads the firm's banking and finance department, where he advises clients on debt restructuring matters and corporate finance. He also offers expertise spanning the fields of antitrust, arbitration and litigation.

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Band 3

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Vivian Liberman routinely advises multinational banks and financial institutions on a range of mandates, including credit facilities, corporate finance and cross-border matters. She also offers vast expertise in handling M&A deals.

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Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources express their appreciation for partner Vicente Lines, and deem him "a knowledgeable banking lawyer." They also commend his ability to "provide a high quality of service without sacrificing response times."

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Adriana Ramos Chavez

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Adriana Ramos Chavez receives endorsements from market interviewees, who state: "She is a very professional and efficient lawyer with significant expertise in banking." Her main areas of focus span corporate finance, structured finance and M&A deals.

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Up and Coming

Luis Fernando Hernández

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Luis Fernando Hernández earns recognition from the market and is characterised as "a very capable lawyer" by interviewees. Clients also appreciate his "practical approach and good response times."

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Associates to watch

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Carlos Ayon offers expertise in banking law, real estate and M&A. He is regarded by interviewees as "a professional lawyer who answers on time and accordingly."

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Associates to watch

Julio Castellanos

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Julio Castellanos is labelled "a professional, practical and responsive lawyer" by clients. His legal expertise encompasses an array of matters, such as project and structured finance.

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Associates to watch

Donato Rivas Garro

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Donato Rivas Garro is commended by sources, who say: "He is a proactive lawyer with strong knowledge of the area. He maintains a high level of practicality while mitigating risks for his clients." They add: "He is very committed and capable, looks out for his clients, and adds value to transactions."

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