Firm profile submitted by Pragma Legal
Partners: Fernando Alfaro, Carlos Hernández-Aguiar, Ivette Hoffman, Melissa Mora-Martin, Edgar Odio, Mario Pacheco, Federico Rucavado, Francisco Rucavado.
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 16
PRAGMA Legal is the result of the merger of Pacheco, Odio & Alfaro, Rucavado & Rucavado Abogados and a team from FH Legal, which were full service Costa Rican Law firms, established more than 10 years ago. PRAGMA Legal is a fully integrated corporate and business firm based in San Jose, Costa Rica, offering complete legal solutions as a ‘one stop shop’ for clients doing business in Costa Rica, Latin America and the Caribbean.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Administrative Law: This includes, government procurement, administrative proceedings, permits, licenses, authorisations, concessions and litigation against the Government.
Banking & Finance: The firm advises local and foreign lenders, and borrowers in drafting, and reviewing contracts, guarantees, trusts and syndicated loans.
Business, Corporate & Commercial Law: The firm advises major multinational and domestic firms. The firm provides, industry-focused counsel for client´s business and typically become their strategic partners in the execution of their projects.
Competition, Advertising & Consumer Protection: Advice includes merger control, and horizontal and vertical restraints. This area also includes unfair competition, advertising and consumer protection.
Foreign Investment: Foreign and multinational companies often have special needs for their business and their employees and the firm assists in making sure all these needs are taken care of promptly.
Free Zone & Similar Regimes: To promote exports. The firm offers advice in the application of the different mechanisms and instruments contemplated in the law as well as in the reporting obligations before the authorities. Immigration: The firm advises on the determination of the legal immigration status, the application of the corporate recognition, temporary residences, permanent residences, work permits, etc.
Intellectual Property: The firm provides services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in intellectual property matters such as: management, prosecution and monitoring of trademark portfolios; trademark enforcement; management and prosecution of patent portfolios; copyright and related rights; domain names; and technology transfer.
Labour & Employment: The firm assists clients aligning their corporate policies with the domestic law, drafting contracts, hiring and terminating employees, dealing with expatriate workers, and in unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and violation of confidentiality agreements claims.
Life Sciences / Pharmaceutical Regulations: IP rights, the diversity of products, the participation of social security, the technical language and the regulation, make this a very particular industry. The firm has vast experience in this industry working with local and multinational corporations in Costa Rica and in other countries of the Region.
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution: The firm is particularly active in commercial and civil litigation, and in in property-related cases involving title, construction, lease contracts, violation of property rights, possession and forfeiture actions.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Advice include the structuring of the deal, the letter of intent, the due diligence, the negotiation and drafting of the transaction documents and the follow up of the transaction.
Notarial Services: Every attorney in the office is also a Notary Public and has given expertise in different areas the firm can provide Notarial services in the country and abroad.
Project Finance: The firm assists sponsors, investors and financial institutions in the structuring and financing of renewable energy generation and infrastructure projects, including public and private ventures.
Real Estate & Condominiums: The firm represents local and international developer, and investors in the structuring and execution of share and asset-based transactions, including drafting of contractual instruments, property management and dispute resolution.
Tax & Customs: The firm counsels clients on, opinions and audits from the different tax authorities and also in litigation before the authorities. As tax laws are constantly changing, the firm advises on how to anticipate such changes to ensure effective compliance .
Telecommunications & Energy: The firm offers advice in a recently open but still highly regulated industry like telecommunication, where more and more players are entering different type of markets. The firm also counsel sclients in hydro and wind projects including dealing with local regulators, structuring the financing and establishing the local partner’s regulations.
Tourism & Hospitality: The firm counsels clients in hotel and leisure projects, maritime zone regulated schemes and urban development, to ensure clients can take full advantage of the benefits and incentives offered by the law .
INTERNATIONAL WORK: A strong network of leading Lawyers and Law Firms located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, allow clients to centralise within PRAGMA Legal all their legal needs in the region, allowing the firm to provide its clients the best possible option in each country depending on the expertise needed for the specific client or project.
LANGUAGES: English, French, Spanish