EY Law

Costa Rica

Address:
Business Park Forum 2
Building A, 4th floor
Santa Ana, San Jose, 10903
Costa Rica

+ 506 2208 9800

+ 506 2208 9999


Quick facts:

Lawyers: 160
Network memberships: IBA, ABA, ITPA, IFA, INTA, ASIPI, NYSBA, GAHA, AECT, AMCHAM, UCCAEP
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German


EY Law is an international law firm, affiliated to the EY global firm with offices in 150 countries around the world and more than 200.000 professionals. In the Central America region the firm has more than 1.300 employees, with 160 lawyers and  offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panamá, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

The firm is acknowledged for its pre-eminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation, based on the highest ethical and professional standard and represents important multinational and regional clients – including numerous Fortune 500 companies – which grant the firm the gold standard for high-end transactional work.

EY Law offers its clients a different approach by delivering legal services in a way that helps minimize the gap between business advisors and legal counsel. Our lawyers work in an integrated manner with professionals from other lines of the EY business, including Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory, to deliver integral, better informed and professional services.

Our lawyers understand the increasingly complex tax, regulatory and commercial framework of this global economy. With the experience and expertise of our Law teams, we can help clients assess and minimize the cost of their business decisions. We provide holistic guidance around strategic business decisions as well as offer support services that can increase efficiency and reduce the cost of some routine legal activities. Through our global reach, our multidisciplinary teams can provide assistance wherever the business off our clients requires it.

Banking & Finance
Arturo Apéstegui: Arturo.Apestegui@cr.ey.com

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advising the asset management department of a regional bank in the process of selling certain assets. US$15 MM transaction;
  • Advising an energy company on the credit for $ 475,000,000 granted by several banks;
  • Loan granted to an important Hotel Group. by Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd. The firm advised the client throughout the process. UDS $30,000,000 transaction;
  • Syndicated loan granted to an important Consumer Products Company by Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, Banco BAC San José, Scotiabank Costa Rica, to convert a Costa Rican Colones debt into dollars. The firm advised the client throughout the process;
  • $250,000,000 Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement entered between a Costa Rican industrial and commercial group and its U.S. affiliate with a major U.S. institutional investor. The Firm advised the Costa Rican parties.

Competition & Antitrust
Alexander Salazar Solórzano: Alexander.Salazar.Solorzano@cr.ey.com

Recent transactional highlights:

  • EY Law served as advisor in the transaction between Bamberger Polymers Corp. (Seller) –Plastiche (Buyer) in the thermoplastic market.The firm advised on the reorganizing and restructuring of Companies in order to align their interests and allow Majority Shareholder to henceforth implement its global production and distribution models. Parties of the restructuring companies Mendiola y Compañía, S.A., a sociedad anónima organized under the laws of Costa Rica, Tabacalera Costarricense, S.A., a sociedad anónima organized under the laws of Costa Rica, and Philip Morris Brands Sàrl, a Switzerland société à responsabilité limitée;
  • EY Law advised on the agreement among LBT Acquisitions, S. A., and Televisora de Costa Rica, S.A.The Buyer purchased from Seller the business divisions operating under the trademark Cabletica. 

Corporate M&A
Hernán Pacheco: hernan.pacheco@cr.ey.com

Fernando Vargas Winiker: Fernando.Vargas.Winiker@cr.ey.com

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Legal advisors for the Sellers in the sale of a majority participation in a Pharmaceutical company;
  • Assisted in the purchase of the production operation of a Food Company, including properties, and premises;
  • Advised client on the Acquisition of a relevant national banana plantation;
  • Advised on the Acquisition of a Canadian private equity fund;
  • Advised a private equity fund based in New York in the sale of The Intrapac Group to ONCAP Capital; also acting as advisor for the Canadian Imperial Commerce Bank (as Bank syndication leader) in the implementation of actions and legal documents to include Costa Rican and Spanish collateral as part of the guaranty package;
  • Advised a leading global distribution and retail company in the premium and luxury automotive sectors, in the strategic purchase of another of the leading and most successful multi-brand automotive distributors in Central America, with a transaction value of USD $ 284 million. EY Law was a strategy advisor, participating during the stages of "due diligence", structuring and closing;
  • Advised Liberty Global in the acquisition of the operations of Cable Tica in Costa Rica;
  • Advised Inchcape PLC in the acquisition of vehicles dealerships in Costa Rica and Panama.

Real Estate
Alejandro Antillón Appel: Alejandro.Antillon.Appel@cr.ey.com

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Currently advising an European Development Group in all matters pertaining to the development and construction of a high end five star resort in the Costa Rican North Pacific. Over US$250 million;
  • Advising a local client in a hospitality project in the Joint Venture Development of a high-end tenant hotel adjacent to the Rincon de La Vieja Reserve and Volcano. Over US$25 million;
  • Advising the client on structuring and executing a JV for the development and construction of a upper middle class residential project -under a Master development structure- in the east side of San José. Over US$50 million;
  • Advised a client in the sale of the north section of the Peninsula Papagayo Project in a multimillion dollar transaction;
  • Currently advising a Joint Venture partnership in the development of a real estate mixed use high end project including hospitality, commercial,  entertainment, residential and theme park components in Liberia, Guanacaste. Over US$ 500 million; 
  • Currently advising a Costa Rican real estate developer in the construction and development of a 800 unit mixed-use residential and commercial project in the north side of the city.  Over US$ 80 million;
  • Currently advising a Client in the development of a second phase in a major commercial retail mall that includes a 120 room hotel.  Over US$ 100 million.

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  • Government and public policy
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  • Insurance
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Guatemala
Europlaza World Business Center, 5th avenue- 5-55 zone 14,
01014, Building I, Floor 7, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Office: (502) 2386-2400
Fax: (502) 2385-5951

El Salvador
Futura World Trade Center Building, 11-05 San Salvador, El Salvador
Office: (503) 2248-7000
Fax (503) 2248-7070

Honduras
Los Próceres Business Center, Building 1, Level 1, Office 1, La Paz avenue, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Office: (504) 2232 9100
Fax: (504) 2235-7488

Nicaragua
Corporate Center Invercasa, Tower 3, 5th floor ,module C, 1695 Managua, Nicaragua
Office: (505) 2253 8430
Fax: (505) 2253-8430 ext.1808

Panamá
Office One Building - Penthouse 50th St. and 58th St. - Obarrio P.O. Box 0832-1575 W.T.C. Panama, R. of Panama
Office: (507) 208-0100
Fax: (507) 214-4301

República Dominicana
Reyna Business Tower, II Suite 900, 9th floor, Pedro Henríquez Ureña No.138 Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.
Office: (809) 472-3973
Fax: (809) 381-4047