MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
International Asset Planning: This area of practice specialises in settling proprietary international trusts and other structures that reduce tax impact on global holdings, provide asset protection and ensure optimal transfer of succession wealth.
Tax Advisory: Comprehensive advice on local and international tax matters, including tax compliance and regulatory advice, tax consulting, tax litigation (administrative and judicial), corporate restructuring, preventive tax audits and guidance during tax audits.
Business & Corporate Law: In-depth solutions in local and cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, project finance, civil and commercial contracts, foreign direct investment, free-trade zone, antitrust and consumer law, international trade and insurance.
Real Estate: Handles the most complex and innovative real estate projects in Costa Rica, advising on sophisticated con- dominium structures including tax planning and solid development and exit strategies. In-depth understanding of real estate laws and markets enables spearheading changes in legislation and market trends.
Banking & Finance: All aspects of banking and finance, including complex structures, investment vehicles and private capital funds, regulatory framework, commercial loans, project and equipment financing, mortgage banking and entitlement.
International Trade & Customs: International trade and customs, including trade compliance, trade regulation, WTO law, export and import requirements, international investment law, FTAs and IIAs.
Intellectual Property: Industrial property filings, sanitary permits for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and agrochemicals, unfair competition cases, franchise and license agreements.
Litigation & Arbitration: Dispute resolution and litigation, including complex civil, commercial, constitutional, administrative, labour and criminal proceedings. Members of the Centre for International Conciliation and Arbitration.
Government Procurement: Government procurement practice, primarily representing suppliers or contractors before state entities. Areas of expertise comprise regulated industries, public utilities and works, concessions, government procurement, urban development, municipal regulations, energy, telecommunications, administrative and judicial proceedings.
Environmental: Foremost environmental law experts in Central America, who counsel local and international corporate clients and public institutions in Latin America on environmental and regulatory frameworks, technological services and preventive advice on environmental compliance, law enforcement and sustainable use of natural resources.
Admiralty & Aviation: Representing ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs and insurance companies. The division also handles claims for accidents, damages and loss of cargo, with extensive expertise in arresting procedures and personal injury cases.
Energy, Communications & Project Finance: This division’s specialists combine expertise in complex corporate, administrative and energy law and large-scale project finance.
Antitrust/Consumer Protection: Statutory merger notification, prevention of prohibited practices (horizontal, vertical, abuse of dominance), compliance training and audits in competition, consumer and advertising regulations. Advice and assistance in competition and consumer-related litigation.
INTERNATIONAL WORK:Chambers Global acknowledges Pacheco Coto’s “impressive and highly coveted global imprint”. Its network of international offices provides comprehensive legal solutions to multinational clients worldwide.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, Italian, French, Hebrew, Portuguese.
Pacheco Coto represents important multinational and transnational clients – including numerous Fortune 500 companies – who grant the firm ‘the gold standard for high-end transactional work’.