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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)

What the team is known for Acclaimed full-service firm particularly noted for its stellar reputation in the banking and finance space. Boasts an extremely strong lender-side practice advising top Costa Rican and international financial institutions on complex cross-border transactions. Involved in a range of relevant mandates including project and corporate financing through bilateral and syndicated loans. Additionally adept at handling capital markets transactions such as debt offerings, offering further expertise in regulatory matters affecting banks.

Strengths Clients are keen to praise the practice, stating: "The partners work meticulously and provide a very high-quality and personalised service. They are detail-oriented when handling transactions and their response times are great. The firm also has a lot of experience in many areas of law; this is crucial for clients."

Others go on to add: "They are our main provider due to the quality of their service and technical knowledge. They are specialised in many areas, are always available and the partners get directly involved in important transactions."

Work highlights Advised Citigroup Global Markets as global structuring agent and Banco CMB as local structuring agent on a USD300 million international notes offering and a USD50.75 million local bond issuance.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head David Arturo Campos is considered by peers to be "among the most experienced lawyers in financial matters in Costa Rica." Clients single out the quality of his client service for praise. He remains well regarded for his command of regulatory banking and capital markets mandates. His recent work includes advising Banco Davivienda on its USD250 million debt issuance.

Esteemed partner Mario Quesada commands widespread respect from peers for his wealth of experience in the banking and finance field. Clients are equally effusive about his practice, with one interviewee noting: "I value his knowledge of the subject and team management style. He is easy to get hold of, has good interpersonal skills and meets tight deadlines." Others describe him as "meticulous and extremely experienced." He displays particular prowess in corporate finance and recently advised BLADEX as administrative agent on grating a USD120 million cross-border syndicated loan to Grupo Monge.

Joint department head Randall Barquero impresses clients with his significant banking and finance capabilities. They note: "He is accessible, offers high-quality service and is always open to negotiating and thinking outside the box." Others highlight that "he is very knowledgeable and collaborative. He also worked as an in-house lawyer so he understands the internal and external needs of banks."

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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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly reputed firm with an experienced team of finance specialists. Routinely counsels prominent local and international financial institutions as lenders, also demonstrating expertise in representing notable borrowers from the construction and energy industries. Additional capabilities in capital markets mandates, regularly assisting with bond issuances, also winning mandates to advise on regulatory issues.

Strengths The firm garners plentiful praise from clients, who assert: "The service is fantastic. They are very accessible and answer within minutes, which makes our business faster and more fluid. They have ample knowledge of Costa Rican banking law, which gives us confidence in their advice."

Work highlights Advised Autopistas del Sol as issuer on its USD300 million international senior secured notes offering and on its USD50.75 million local bond issuance.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Andrés López garners praise from clients, one of whom observes: "He's a regulatory and financial institutions specialist. I value his punctuality, knowledge and dedication to providing a good service. He always goes the extra mile." Other sources emphasise his ample experience in the field.

Partner David Gutiérrez is well regarded by market interviewees for his activity in this sphere. One source considers that "he has a strong macro-level insight into business issues and is extremely practical," while another highlights: "He has a lot of experience and is particularly skilled in international financial matters."

Clients offer praise for department co-head Vivian Liberman, noting that "she is very conscientious, accessible and has excellent knowledge of the market. She manages to grasp our needs and satisfy them.'' Another source is equally impressed, stating: "She's highly knowledgeable, is available 24/7 and has a very good manner."

Up-and-coming Luis Fernando Hernández comes recommended by clients, who state that "he provides good service and is a problem solver," while peers highlight ''his substantial knowledge of financial matters" and experience in handling regulatory concerns.

Associate Julio Castellanos is appreciated by clients, who describe him as "an excellent lawyer with a lot of technical knowledge." Other sources believe that "he has the experience and background to do business with clients; they feel very comfortable with him."

About the Team (content provided by BLP)

The Banking and Finance Group represents a wide variety of clients around the region in cutting-edge financing transactions. Our solid capacity to innovate allows BLP to advise the world’s leading multilateral agencies, commercial banks, private equity sponsors and other financing sources. We provide our clients with sophisticated advice through a combination of experience, an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and a market-leading ability to navigate differences in local law that can have significant impacts on financial aspects of relevant transactions.

Our banking attorneys work seamlessly with our mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, corporate finance and structured finance practices to provide the highest quality advice to our clients in all types of financing transactions.

In addition to the expertise, market knowledge and sophistication of our experts in the field, BLP offers an across-the-board service including into each of our transactions different professionals specialized in relevant practice areas in order to provide a comprehensive outlook on our clients’ endeavors. For example, a transaction including the financing of a government owned infrastructure project will be handled by our banking & finance experts but will also have the seamless support from our public law experts. This seamlessness is what makes the difference to our clients which receive wide ranging advice which tackles every possible problem or outcome.

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LatamLex Abogados - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned banking and finance practice regularly retained to advise both borrowers and lenders, counselling a number of key local and international financial institutions acting as bilateral lenders or forming part of banking syndicates. Handles a notable volume of deals, mainly involving the granting of credit facilities and interbank lending. Other areas of strength include debt restructuring.

Strengths The practice earns plaudits from clients, who report: "They can handle a wide range of services which extend to advising on sophisticated international financial structures. They always do high-quality work with constant monitoring of matters until the desired result is achieved, and the partners are directly involved."

Work highlights Advised Banco BAC San José on a USD35 million loan granted by DEG.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco is endorsed by clients and peers in the banking arena, with one source lauding him as "a great lawyer whom I can call at any time and talk about any issue I may have." Sources also underline his knowledge of regulatory banking matters, as well as his expertise in contentious matters involving banks such as bankruptcy proceedings and subsequent litigation. His financial practice focuses on advising banks on their lending activities.

Department co-head José Antonio Hidalgo Marín is held in high regard by clients and peers, with the latter deeming him "an intelligent lawyer." Clients particularly value his "responsiveness, commitment to clients and technical knowledge." His recent work features loan agreements and debt restructuring matters.

Joint department head Adriana Ramos Chavez attracts praise from clients, who say: "She is extremely professional and effective and is always well prepared for meetings. She assimilates new information easily and meets all of our expectations in terms of deadlines and quality of work." She routinely advises noteworthy financial clients on credit facilities.

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 and The Legal 500.



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Vector Legal - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Flourishing banking and finance practice frequently acting for a number of domestic financial institutions as lenders, as well as prominent borrowers, on syndicated lending. Also involved in capital markets matters, frequently advising clients on the issuance of debt securities. Team offers additional expertise in consulting banks on regulatory compliance matters.

Strengths The firm is admired by clients, who state: "They really understand commercial issues, which makes it easy to do business with them and find solutions. The firm has an ample team and the partner is personally involved in many meetings. We value their extensive knowledge, particularly of capital markets matters."

Work highlights Advised Grupo Monge as borrower on a senior unsecured syndicated loan of USD120 million granted by Bladex.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Roberto León is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field due to his vast expertise and over 30 years of experience. Clients regard him as "one of the most knowledgeable people on regulatory banking matters in the country" and appreciate that "he's the kind of person who always takes a conciliatory approach; he wants to solve the problem rather than fight about it." He routinely counsels major banks and financial institutions on an array of regulatory and capital markets concerns.

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Arias - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected regional firm offering coverage of a range of banking and finance matters. Regularly sought out by retail and investment banks with local and international operations. Particularly experienced in handling complex transactions, such as cross-border syndicated loans in the context of corporate, project and asset finance deals.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the firm's performance, commenting: "They do a really superb job, including on difficult deals. They are knowledgeable and responsive."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel to Bladex on a USD100 million syndicated loan to three of Dos Pinos's subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Joint head of department Vicente Lines is well regarded in the banking arena by both peers and clients, with a source observing that "he consistently provides accurate advice and is highly diligent." Others further add that "he knows how to handle transactions and has a high level of technical knowledge."

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced banking and finance practice retained by an array of major international banks and multilateral credit agencies. Routinely assists clients with cross-border capital markets operations as well as secured and unsecured syndicated lending. Also adept at advising on regulatory compliance.

Strengths The firm is commended by clients, who say: "Their main positive attribute is that they are a firm with a lot of experience and technical capabilities."

Work highlights Advised the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and Bankia on the refinancing of the Ruta 27 toll road.

Notable practitioners

Department head Daniel Araya is described by peers as "an excellent lawyer." Clients compound such praise, noting that "he is accessible and easy to talk to." He offers notable experience in banking and finance matters, with his recent work including leading the team advising Central American Bank for Economic Integration and Bankia on the refinancing of a toll road.

Associate-to-watch Donato Rivas Garro is recognised for his substantial involvement in this area. He regularly provides advice for top international financial institutions on matters such as debt capital markets operations and syndicated lending.

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EY Law - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted practice remaining active in a range of banking and finance mandates. Frequently acts as counsel to international banks as lenders and borrowers hailing from the energy, tourism and food and beverage sectors. Possesses robust capabilities handling syndicated loans and advising on regulatory compliance.

Strengths Clients recommend the practice, enthusing: "They have always shown that they go further and have our interests as a first priority. They have commercial acumen that not all firms have and are always looking for a smooth closing and for a way to resolve situations without putting the client's interests in danger."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Arturo Apéstegui is held in high regard for his extensive experience in the financial arena, with one peer reporting: "I respect him; he has been extremely involved and is a very good lawyer for banking matters." Sources also point to his significant capabilities in corporate mandates.

Associate-to-watch Carlos Ayon provides over 15 years of experience in the field. He has recently advised notable borrowers on obtaining credit facilities.

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Zurcher, Odio & Raven - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice acting for a number of leading domestic and international banks. Possesses notable capabilities advising lenders on project and corporate finance, typically through syndicated loans. Also particularly active advising banks on financing real estate developments.

Strengths Clients express satisfaction with the firm, highlighting: "The lawyers have ample knowledge of the subject and provide immediate answers."

Notable practitioners

Douglas Soto Campos heads the firm's banking and finance practice. A client offers ample praise for him, observing: "He is an able negotiator who is always open-minded during negotiations. He is creative in his solutions; when you have a problem he gives you many alternatives so I trust his judgement." Another source appreciates his problem-solving approach.

Associate Miguel Elizondo elicits praise from clients, with one source lauding him as "a reliable and effective lawyer who is eager to assist clients," and others underlining ''his availability and sense of perspective; he puts himself in our shoes and mitigates our risks."

About the Team (content provided by Zurcher, 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 is considered by one peer to be "the signature lawyer of the Costa Rican financial system." He is a towering figure in the banking and finance arena, with sources describing him as "an institution."

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David Arturo Campos

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head David Arturo Campos is considered by peers to be "among the most experienced lawyers in financial matters in Costa Rica." Clients single out the quality of his client service for praise. He remains well regarded for his command of regulatory banking and capital markets mandates. His recent work includes advising Banco Davivienda on its USD250 million debt issuance.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Vector Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Roberto León is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field due to his vast expertise and over 30 years of experience. Clients regard him as "one of the most knowledgeable people on regulatory banking matters in the country" and appreciate that "he's the kind of person who always takes a conciliatory approach; he wants to solve the problem rather than fight about it." He routinely counsels major banks and financial institutions on an array of regulatory and capital markets concerns.

^ See whole ranking table

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Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed partner Mario Quesada commands widespread respect from peers for his wealth of experience in the banking and finance field. Clients are equally effusive about his practice, with one interviewee noting: "I value his knowledge of the subject and team management style. He is easy to get hold of, has good interpersonal skills and meets tight deadlines." Others describe him as "meticulous and extremely experienced." He displays particular prowess in corporate finance and recently advised BLADEX as administrative agent on grating a USD120 million cross-border syndicated loan to Grupo Monge.

^ See whole ranking table

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Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Mario Rafael Gómez Pacheco is endorsed by clients and peers in the banking arena, with one source lauding him as "a great lawyer whom I can call at any time and talk about any issue I may have." Sources also underline his knowledge of regulatory banking matters, as well as his expertise in contentious matters involving banks such as bankruptcy proceedings and subsequent litigation. His financial practice focuses on advising banks on their lending activities.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Andrés López garners praise from clients, one of whom observes: "He's a regulatory and financial institutions specialist. I value his punctuality, knowledge and dedication to providing a good service. He always goes the extra mile." Other sources emphasise his ample experience in the field.

^ See whole ranking table

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Douglas Soto Campos

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Douglas Soto Campos heads the firm's banking and finance practice. A client offers ample praise for him, observing: "He is an able negotiator who is always open-minded during negotiations. He is creative in his solutions; when you have a problem he gives you many alternatives so I trust his judgement." Another source appreciates his problem-solving approach.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Arturo Apéstegui

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Arturo Apéstegui is held in high regard for his extensive experience in the financial arena, with one peer reporting: "I respect him; he has been extremely involved and is a very good lawyer for banking matters." Sources also point to his significant capabilities in corporate mandates.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Daniel Araya is described by peers as "an excellent lawyer." Clients compound such praise, noting that "he is accessible and easy to talk to." He offers notable experience in banking and finance matters, with his recent work including leading the team advising Central American Bank for Economic Integration and Bankia on the refinancing of a toll road.

^ See whole ranking table

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Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Joint department head Randall Barquero impresses clients with his significant banking and finance capabilities. They note: "He is accessible, offers high-quality service and is always open to negotiating and thinking outside the box." Others highlight that "he is very knowledgeable and collaborative. He also worked as an in-house lawyer so he understands the internal and external needs of banks."

^ See whole ranking table

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BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner David Gutiérrez is well regarded by market interviewees for his activity in this sphere. One source considers that "he has a strong macro-level insight into business issues and is extremely practical," while another highlights: "He has a lot of experience and is particularly skilled in international financial matters."

^ See whole ranking table

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José Antonio Hidalgo Marín

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head José Antonio Hidalgo Marín is held in high regard by clients and peers, with the latter deeming him "an intelligent lawyer." Clients particularly value his "responsiveness, commitment to clients and technical knowledge." His recent work features loan agreements and debt restructuring matters.

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BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients offer praise for department co-head Vivian Liberman, noting that "she is very conscientious, accessible and has excellent knowledge of the market. She manages to grasp our needs and satisfy them.'' Another source is equally impressed, stating: "She's highly knowledgeable, is available 24/7 and has a very good manner."

^ See whole ranking table

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Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Joint head of department Vicente Lines is well regarded in the banking arena by both peers and clients, with a source observing that "he consistently provides accurate advice and is highly diligent." Others further add that "he knows how to handle transactions and has a high level of technical knowledge."

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Band 3

Adriana Ramos Chaves

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Joint department head Adriana Ramos Chavez attracts praise from clients, who say: "She is extremely professional and effective and is always well prepared for meetings. She assimilates new information easily and meets all of our expectations in terms of deadlines and quality of work." She routinely advises noteworthy financial clients on credit facilities.

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Up and Coming

Luis Fernando Hernández

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming Luis Fernando Hernández comes recommended by clients, who state that "he provides good service and is a problem solver," while peers highlight ''his substantial knowledge of financial matters" and experience in handling regulatory concerns.

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Associates to watch

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carlos Ayon provides over 15 years of experience in the field. He has recently advised notable borrowers on obtaining credit facilities.

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Associates to watch

Julio Castellanos

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Julio Castellanos is appreciated by clients, who describe him as "an excellent lawyer with a lot of technical knowledge." Other sources believe that "he has the experience and background to do business with clients; they feel very comfortable with him."

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Associates to watch

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Miguel Elizondo elicits praise from clients, with one source lauding him as "a reliable and effective lawyer who is eager to assist clients," and others underlining ''his availability and sense of perspective; he puts himself in our shoes and mitigates our risks."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Donato Rivas Garro

Dentons Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Donato Rivas Garro is recognised for his substantial involvement in this area. He regularly provides advice for top international financial institutions on matters such as debt capital markets operations and syndicated lending.

^ See whole ranking table