It is a firm with high standards of quality and client service. Their main strength is their impeccable professionalism and the quality of their work. It is on a level with any other international law firm.
— Chambers Latin America 2016

We strive to transform our knowledge and experience into trustworthy and valued assets for our clients. Whether it’s a game-changing acquisition, a crucial joint venture, a critical commercial contract, a private equity investment or a liquidity event, an energy project or the establishment of a new business or minding essential corporate housekeeping, our lawyers work beside our clients to help them understand and manage the legal issues that impact their businesses.

Our corporate and commercial team has meaningful experience in cross border transactions, joint ventures, equity investments and financings and the expertise and resources to provide specialist IP and commercial law advice on ancillary agreements. Our industry expertise is broad, with our lawyers having worked on landmark significant transactions in sectors including transportation, agribusiness, information technology, fuel distribution, retail, consumer goods and many more.

Drawing from the talent and expertise of our dispute resolution practice, our corporate lawyers have been particularly effective in handling shareholder disputes. Since we fully understand and appreciate the implications of conflict in a competitive environment, we focus on avoiding such disputes by advising and providing input at the earliest possible opportunity. We are frequently instructed in relation to business planning and corporate formations and in so doing routinely provide advice in relation to shareholder agreements which can seek to address difficulties that may emerge over time. However, if a dispute arises, we are able to provide practical and grounded advice with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. 

Our corporate lawyers regularly advise corporate directors, the board as a whole and senior executives on corporate governance issues such as director’s duties and liability, board structure and composition, drafting of board and committee charters. We have also assisted local and international companies in corporate investigations, including for allegations of bribery and fraud, often in transactional and crisis situations. 

Professionals

It is a firm with high standards of quality and client service. Their main strength is their impeccable professionalism and the quality of their work. It is on a level with any other international law firm.
— Chambers Latin America 2016

We acted as local M&A counsel to Total Marketing and Services S.A., a division of French oil and gas company Total in the sale of its fuel distribution business in Costa Rica, comprised of 19 gas stations throughout the country, to Panama’s Petroleos Delta.

Batalla advises IGT, a leading gaming and lottery services company with presence in more than 60 countries, on the impdlementation and operation of the first-ever electronic online lottery in Costa Rica after a bidding process and award by the national entity controlling all lotteries (Junta de Protección Social).

Batalla acted as Central American M&A counsel to Colombia’s Grupo Mundial de Pinturas (now Grupo Orbis) in the acquisition of HB Fuller’s paint business in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama. 

Advised Koba International Group, S.A., the operator of the hard discount supermarket chain “D1” in Colombia (Antioquía and the Eje Cafetero) in a US$ 16MM round of equity financing from Colombian investment firm Valorem S.A. and IHAG Holdings, a Swiss private bank.

Represented Lafise Investment Management Ltd. in the formation and operation of CASEIF Corporation II Ltd. and CASEIF III L.P., its third generation private equity fund and its first fund structured as an Ontario limited partnership.

Advised fund manager Sustainable Energy Central America (SECA) in the formation of the Honduras – Renewable Energy Financing Facility L.P. and the Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund L.P., two private equity funds structured as Delaware limited partnerships that will co-invest in sustainable energy projects in the Caribbean Basin.

 

Batalla is certainly the primary destination for those seeking sophisticated venture capital advice, but in addition to its strong track record in transactional private equity matters and cross-border fund formation, the five-partner group is equally adept at assisting with multijurisdictional mid-market M&A transactions (particularly on the seller side), joint ventures, compliance and corporate day-to-day issues. (The Legal 500, 2017)