ABRAHAM BALZER

Associate

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Abraham has extensive experience in handling complex litigation both in judicial and arbitration jurisdictions. He has successfully counseled numerous national and international companies in the resolution of delicate disputes. He perfectly combines the practical experience he has achieved by participation in various and varied litigation and the high technical quality, that he has polished throughout his years as professor in the Law Faculty of the University of Costa Rica in the Civil Procedural Law, General Procedures Theory and Private Contracts courses.

 

Abraham is also member of several organizations in which he participates actively such as the Civil and Commercial Committees of the Bar Association, the Legal Affairs Committee of AmCham in which he is chair of the Competition Subcommittee, Costa Rican Institute of Procedural Law and Panamerican Institute of Procedural Law. 

Academic Background

Juris Doctor equivalent from the University of Costa Rica (2007) with honors.

Master of Procedural Law from the University of Salamanca (Spain) (2010) with honors.

Doctorate candidate of Procedural Law from the University of Salamanca (Spain).

ALEJANDRA ARGUEDAS

Senior Counsel

Ranking

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She has ample experience in a broad range of matters including tax planning and litigation as well as transfer pricing issues. As a tax attorney trained in tax field I take on the perspective not only of attorney, but also of accountant and auditor, to analyze potential tax liabilities.
— Chambers and Partners, 2016

Alejandra has more than twelve years of experience in the field of Tax Law, been specialized in the attention of local and regional tax consulting processes. She has led tax restructuring processes, as well as due diligences, merger and acquisition of different companies, both local and international and has also extensive experience in the field of tax litigation, at both administrative and judicial stages, as well as special processes carried out before different instances of the Ministry of Finance.

Alejandra has been instructor of the Specialization Program in Tax Law of the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica and been a member of the Legal Affairs Committee and the Taxation Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). She has participated in tax consultancy processes with public institutions, such as the Bank of Costa Rica, its subsidiaries (during the years 2011-2012) and the Institute of Municipal DevelopmentIFAM (during the years 2010-2011). 

Academic Background

Bachelor and Law Degree in Law (Summa Cum Laude and Defense of thesis approved with distinction) from the Universidad de Costa Rica (2005).

Specialization Degree in Notary and Registry Law from Universidad Interamericana (2015).

Currently studying Master’s Degree in International Tax Law from Universidad de la Rioja (Spain) (2017).

Rankings and awards

Recognized by Chambers & Partners del 2016 as “Associate to watch”. “Counsel Alejandra Arguedas focuses on a variety of tax issues including tax litigation and tax planning. Sources describe her as "a very promising lawyer." (https://www.chambersandpartners.com/Latin-America/person/1277641/alejandra-arguedas)

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Department co-head Alejandro Batalla is recognised as a leading practitioner in the dispute resolution sphere. Market interviewees describe him as ”a well-rounded and solid lawyer,” with peers particularly praising his prowess in handling administrative disputes. Clients endorse his experience and availability, while sources go on to commend ”his impressive presence and level of recognition in the market.” 
— Chambers Latin America 2017

Alejandro is a professional of wide and recognized trajectory. For more than 30 years he has participated as a lawyer in complex litigation and arbitration matters, advised important companies in matters related to administrative contracting, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, consumer issues, and many others. He also has participated as a member of several Board of Directors of many important companies. 

All this arduous professional work has been accompanied by an intense academic activity as professor in the Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica, where he has been professor of Administrative Law courses. He has also made several specialized publications and has participated as speaker in several conferences.

Alejandro has also had a strong cultural involvement as a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Theater and, because of his professional services for years to the French Embassy and to the French culture in general, he has been condecorated with the highest distinction granted to a civilian by the French Government as Knight of the Order of Merit and Knight of the Legion of Honor. 

Alejandro has also served the public function as he was an alternate magistrate of the Constitutional Chamber for 8 years.

Academic Background

Law degree from the Autonomous University of Central America (Universidad Autónoma de Centro América) (1983)

Masters and Doctorate from the University of Bordeaux in Public Law (Universidad de Burdeos) (1986)

Rankings and awards

Band 1 for Dispute Resolution and Public Law by Chambers and Partners.

Band 2 for Corporate/M&A by Chambers and Partners.   

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ANDREI CALDERÓN

Trade, Logistics and Customs Specialist

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Andrei focuses his practice in international business and customs, providing consulting and advisory services to domestic and international businesses in international business, market access, business development, technical topics for customs processes, and other areas.

He has worked with the National Program of Rural Youth (PRONAJUR) and with the National Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Programa Nacional de Pequeña y Mediana Empresa) (PRONAMYPE). He has also worked to develop different projects for affiliated, internal projects with impact in the country for the Chamber of Importers and Foreign Representation in Costa Rica (Cámara de Importadores y Representantes de Casas Extranjeras de Costa Rica) (CRECEX) and chairman of the AMCHAM Trade Committee and the Customs Regulatory Improvement Subcommittee of UCCAEP. Andrei currently teaches commerce, customs and international marketing at the University of Costa Rica.

Academic Background

Degree in Customs Administration and International Business from the University of Costa Rica (2008). 

ESTEFANÍA BATALLA

Associate

ebatalla@batalla.com

+506 4036-2000

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Consumer Goods

Free Zone

Transport and Logistics

Languages

English

Spanish

Estefanía Batalla provides legal advice to local and international clients on various aspects of the Civil Procedure Law, Commercial Law and customs.

She has developed her practice in private litigation liability and has been involved in the defense of important cases solving national and international conflicts. She also has extensive experience in lobbying the legislative and regulatory administrative law.

Academic Background

Law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho (2014).

Notary degree form Escuela Libre de Derecho (2016).

She is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Private Law from Carlos III de Madrid University (2017). She is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Civil Liability from Carlos III de Madrid University (2017). 

LUIS FELIPE RIVEROS

Associate

friveros@batalla.com

4036-2014

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

Industries

Consumer Goods

Financial Markets

Real Estate

Languages

English

Spanish

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Felipe joined Batalla in 2010 as a paralegal. In 2016, he became and associate. He is focused in the dispute resolution department, where he participated in complex judicial and arbitral procedures involving national and foreign clients and legal teams. He also has experience involving administrative and judicial departments of the United States. Felipe also advise clients in day to day queries. 

Academic Background

Law degree from Universidad de Costa Rica with emphasis in Banking and Securities Law (2016 

IGNACIO MONGE

Senior Counsel

imonge@batalla.com

+506 4036-2048

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Consumer Goods

Financial Markets

Languages

English

Spanish

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Dr. Ignacio Monge is an expert in the areas of corporate law as well as commercial contracts.

He holds a Doctorate degree in Commercial Law, member of the Civil and Commercial Commission and the Excellence Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association, who has an ample background and experience representing clients and
multinational companies in these law areas.

He is author of several law books, a recognized lecturer in national and international conferences and also a professor at the main private universities in Costa Rica where he teaches law courses – at Postgraduate and Master levels- of Corporate Law, International Transactions and Commercial Contracts for
lawyers, students, judges and Notary Publics.

Academic Background

Doctorate degree in Commercial Law, Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho, Costa Rica (distinction Summa Cum Laude Probatus).

Postgraduate degree in Notary and Registration Law, Laureate International Universities, Costa Rica (distinction Magna Cum Laude).

Postgraduate degree in Private International Law, Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands.

Postgraduate degree in Franchising, Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica and Inter-American Development Bank.

Law and Notary Public degree, La Salle University, Costa Rica.

Publications

  • Columnist of the Legal Section of El Financiero newspaper.
  • Author of several publications in national and international law magazines
  • Law of Digital Signatures, E-Documents and E-Certificates.
  • Leases Law.
  • Law for the Protection of Representatives and Distributors of Foreign Companies.
  • Commercial Law Course.

JOSÉ CARLOS QUESADA

Associate

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Jose Carlos is an excellent professional and person. He characterizes by it’s professionalism in the services that he provides safeguarding the interests of its client
— Diana Chavarría, GBM Corporation Legal Manager

José Carlos, specializes in providing with a business oriented manner, corporate and notary legal services to national or multinational companies, which consist of the general and specialized advice that clients require in their corporate matters, mostly for clients in the Real Estate and Technology industry, giving them the right advice they require in a practical and efficient way to fit the corporate needs that the most demanding clients require in their day to day or in particularly complex situations. He has also served as an "In House" lawyer in transnational and regional companies in the Pharmaceutical and Technology industry, giving support to Regional Legal Managers in the corporate matters they require within their companies. He speaks Spanish and English.

Academic Background

Law Degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho, Universidad (2013).

Specialization Degree in Notary and Registry Law. Public Notary from Escuela Libre de Derecho, Universidad (2016).

Currently studying a Master's degree in Law and International Business, Universidad Europea de Atlantico and Universidad Iberoamericana Internacional - UNINI México (2017).

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José Luis is part of Batalla’s team since 2004 and he has vast experience working in with major cases in criminal law both locally and with legal teams from the United States. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in major White Collar Crime cases including allegedly bribe payments to public officials, six-figure sums frauds, environmental crimes, document forgery and medical mal praxis. He is also experienced in litigation of parallel civil claims in the criminal jurisdiction. 

He also focuses his professional practice in advising clients on relationships and conflicts within companies and employees by designing strategies and research for businesses in order to comply with legal regulations about social security, insurance and labor in Costa Rica.

Litigation in Employment Courts is a very important part of his practice. Clients often require José Luis to deal with matters such as fair dismissals, breach of employment agreements and dismissal of specially protected employees (i.e. pregnant women).

His professional practice also includes collective bargaining issues related with labor unions and other organized groups and successfully represented companies in economic and social collective conflicts in courts. 

In addition to his activities as a lawyer, from an academic point of view he has been a university professor for more than ten years and he is the author of many articles related to different legal matters published in books and magazines. 

Academic Background

Bachelors’s Degree (with honors) in Journalism from the University of San Judas Tadeo (1996)

Law degree (with honors) from La Salle University (2000)

Specialist in Criminology from the University of Salamanca (2001)

Candidate for Doctorate in Criminal Law from the University of Salamanca

Lucía González

Trade, Logistics and Customs Specialist

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Lucía is an expert in international business and customs. She has more than twelve years of experience in consulting and advising domestic and international businesses in terms of international business, market access, business developments and technical topics for customs processes and has more than seven years of teaching experience at the University of Costa Rica, the Universidad Estatal a Distancia and in various technical colleges.

She is a member of the Economic and Sciences Association and has worked with the National Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (PRONAMYPE) and in the development of various projects for affiliated businesses and internal projects with impact in the country for the Chamber of Importers and Foreign Representation in Costa Rica (CRECEX). She is actively involved in the AMCHAM Trade Commission, the UCCAEP Trade Subcommittee and AZOFRAS. 

Academic Background

Degree in Customs Administration and International Business from the University of Costa Rica (2008).

Master’s Degree in Leadership from the National University (2015).

MARCO UREÑA

murena@batalla.com

+506 4036-2012

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

Public

Industries

Real Estate

Telecommunications, Technology and Media

Languages

English

German

Spanish

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He is very responsive and has great English skills.” They also deem him “very available and knowledgeable.”
— Chambers Latin America 2018

Marco has more than fifteen years of professional experience. Marco advices local and international clients in complex matters related with Administrative Law, Regulatory Law, Competition Law, government procurement and Telecommunications.

Marco has vast experience dealing with public entities, both in administrative and judicial instances, before the administrative contentious courts. 

Academic Background

Attorney at Law, summa cum laude, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2002.

Master in Business Law, University for International Cooperation, 2008.

Specialist in Regulation of Telecommunications, University for International Cooperation, 2010.

Master of Business, Competition and Regulatory Law, Freie Universität Berlin, 2013. 

Rankings and awards

Attorney ranked as “Associate to watch” by Chambers & Partners  in the areas of Public Law, Competition Law and TMT: telecommunications, media and technology since 2012.

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MARIANO BATALLA

Partner

mbatalla@batalla.com

+506 4036-2006

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Construction

Consumer Goods

Free Zone

Real Estate

Languages

English

French

Portuguese

Spanish

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Mariano Batalla represents multinational companies in corporate and compliance matters, M&A transactions and oversees legal aspects of due diligence, financing and development of large-scale real estate projects.

Drawing on his business expertise and training, Mariano combines design thinking and strategy consulting methodologies to cross-border transactions and corporate affairs.

He is an Officer of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association, a Visiting Professor of Service Design and Entrepreneurship at INCAE Business School and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Costa Rica Business School.  Mariano is also a Founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers chapter in Costa Rica and a former instructor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard University.

As part of his active citizenship leadership within the firm, he serves as Director of the Board of Fundación Paniamor and was board member at the Asociación de Vecinos de Barrio Escalante, a pioneering public-private partnership that earned the firm The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and Latin Lawyer’s Leading Light recognition as a Pro Bono law firm leader in Costa Rica.

In 2016, Mariano was recognized by Costa Rica’s leading financial newspaper El Financiero, as one of 40 under 40 business leaders. He is a Fellow of StartingBloc and stars, and a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association.

Academic Background

He received his law degree, summa cum laude from the University of Costa Rica, where his graduation thesis Appraisal Rights: Its Limitations and Proposal for a New Business and Legal Model was approved with distinction and recommended for publication and undertook his graduate studies in business and professional service firms at Harvard University and Tufts Fletcher School.

Law degree with honors from the University of Costa Rica (2008).

Masters degree in International Business from Tufts Fletcher School in conjunction with Harvard University (2011).

MARIELA MARTÍNEZ

Associate

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Mariela Martínez advises local and international companies on various aspects of Civil Procedural Law, including vast experience in handling civil and commercial litigation, and arbitration, especially regarding breach of contracts and civil liability cases. In addition to provide legal advice in collection procedures to local private banks, she provides assistance to international recovery firms for debt recovery, creditors’ rights and related legal services in Costa Rica.

She graduated from the Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho, (2010), and obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Notarial and Registration Law from the same University (2012). She also obtained a specialization in Contracts and Damages from the Law Specialization Courses conducted by the Salamanca University (2014), and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) in International and Comparative Law from Tulane University (2017).  She is a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association. 

Academic Background

Law Degree from Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (2010)

Specialization in Notary and Registration from Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (2012)

Courses of Contracts and Damages from Universidad de Salamanca (2014)

LLM in International Law from University of Tulane (2017)

MARIELA SOLANO

Associate

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Mariela’s areas of expertise include corporate law, M&A, banking and financial law, project finance and development, energy, intellectual property, real state, infrastructure and housing and hospitality projects. Moreover, she has advice in several sophisticated matters related to family law disputes. Mariela’s practice and advice focuses not only on the goals of the client, but also in how to get the best result on behalf of its client considering their situation and business. Her commitment with the clients results in a deep knowledge for each case and a comprehensive resolution for the client’s matter. 

Academic Background

Law Degree in 2005 from the Universidad de Costa Rica where her graduation thesis was approved with distinction and recommended to be published.

Specialization in Notary and Registration Law in 2007 from the Universidad Interamericana.

Master in Intellectual Property in 2010 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. 

OSWALD BRUCE

Partner

obruce@batalla.com

4036-2013

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Consumer Goods

Construction

Real State

Languages

English

Spanish

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For over two decades, Oswald has advised local and foreign clients in diverse areas of Business law, such as: Telecommunications, Energy, Immigration, Consumer, Foreign Investment, Intelectual Property, Real Estate and Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Prior to becoming a member of Batalla, he was a partner in regional and international lawfirms where he advised American, European and Asian clients in establishing and operating their businesses in multiple jurisdictions.

As well as being an Attorney, he is an Arbitrator and a certified Mediator and has consulted for the United Nations, international non-government agencies and the Costa Rican Bar Association.

Oswald was a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association´s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, where he aided in the creation of the Arbitration and Mediation Center where he was a member of the Board of Directors for  four terms.

Academic Background

Bachelor and Law Degree in Law (with honors) from the Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (1997).

Master`s Degree in Business Law from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (2002).

Diplomma in Human Rights and Alternate Dispute Resolution from United Nations´ University for Peace (2013).

Certified Arbitrator in Domestic and Foreign Arbitration from the University of Valencia, Spain and the Costa Rican Bar Association (2013). 

Master`s Degree in Taxation from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (cand. 2018).

Rankings and awards

Listed by IFLR 1000 in association with Petroleum Economist Magazine as Leading Lawyer in Energy and Infrastructure (2013).

Listed by Legal 500 as Recommended Lawyer in Corporate Law (2013).

Listed by Legal 500 as Recommended Lawyer in Intellectual Property (2012).

Lecturer

“European Union and Central American Association Agreement”, at the Warwick Legal Network Autumn Conference in Rome, Italy, November 7th – 9th, 2013.

“Doing Business in Central America”, at ‘‘Investimentos na América Latina: Oportunidades e Ambiente Legal’’ organized by the Aliança de Advocacia Empresarial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 8th – 9th, 2012.

“Doing Business in Costa Rica”, at the Warwick Legal Network Autumn Conference in Paris, France, October 13th – 15th, 2011.

“Doing Business in Central America”, at the Legal Network International (LNI) Fall Conference in Paris, France, October, 2009.

“Practice of Law in Costa Rica”. Organized by the Bar Association of Orange County, California, USA. Quepos, Costa Rica. May 24, 2009.

“Legal aspects of Leasing in Costa Rica”. Organized by KPMG Peat Marwick. San José, Costa Rica. July 14th and 15th 1998.

PAMELA CASTRO

Associate

pcastro@batalla.com

+506 4036-2039

Practice Areas

Public

Industries

Consumer Goods

Real Estate

Telecommunications, Technology and Media

Languages

English

French

Spanish

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Pamela has been part of the practice of Public Law of the firm, in which she advises local and international clients in administrative contracting processes, as well as administrative proceedings and litigations. Pamela is a highly perfectionist so she makes sure that every detail of her work is of the best quality, in addition, she is constantly deepening her studies in order to provide the client with the best and most up to date service. She speaks Spanish, English and French. 

Academic Background

Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and graduated from the program with honors (2014).

Master degree in Public Law from the University of Costa Rica and the Universitiy of Toulouse I Capitole, in Toulouse, France, and graduated from the program with honors (2016).

Currently carrying out a Diploma in Public Contracts of the University of Castilla-La Mancha together with the Research Group of Global Public Law of the University da Coruña and the Ibero-American Network of Public Procurement. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

PAOLA VARGAS

Associate

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Paola focuses mainly in the area of tax law, participating in both in administrative and judicial tax litigation, as well as municipal procedures, exoneration processes with concessionaires and public projects. She has also participated in processes of corporate reorganization and fiscal structuring of national and regional companies. Within her experience highlights the daily attention of fiscal concerns that may rise in both national and multinational companies.

Paola’s focus on details has allowed clients to solve their daily problems with greater efficiency and offering diverse solutions suitable to each client.

Academic Background

Law Degree with emphasis in Tax Law (Summa Cum Laude and Defense of thesis approved with distinction) from Universidad de Costa Rica (2014).

Tax Specialization from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (2015). 

Currently studying Master in Business Law and Master in Tax Law from la Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional.

PRISCILLA ORTIZ

Special Counsel

Priscilla Ortiz focuses her practice on different aspects of corporate and commercial law. Her experience also includes advice on international trade and business law, customs, logistics, and maritime and transportation law. 

Priscilla offers advice to international and local companies in logistic operations, customs, international trade, implementation of free trade agreements and international agreements. She has also been involved in important projects with Doing Business IFC and the World Bank, on issues related to entrepreneurial activity and the creation and registration of new businesses worldwide, the Doing Business Report for 2016, and the analysis of Free Trade Agreements. Further, she was involved in the first boat arrest procedure performed in Costa Rica due to a maritime lien for necessaries under the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to the Arrest of Sea Going Ships, adopted in Brussels on May 10, 1952. She has also been involved in important customs administrative procedures regarding tariff classification, customs declarations, certificates of origin and free trade agreements implementation, as well as insurance and transportation fee calculations. 

She graduated in law from the University of Costa Rica (2010) and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the National University of Costa Rica (2008). She has a Masters in International Legal Studies with specialization in International Business Law from the Washington College of Law at American University (2012) and a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development of the School of Industrial Organization, Madrid, Spain (2010). She is a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association, and she was the Chairman of the Committee on Trade Facilitation in AMCHAM for 2013-2014.

Academic Background

Law degree from the University of Costa Rica (2010)

Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the National University of Costa Rica (2008)

Master in International Legal Studies with specialization in International Business Law from the Washington College of Law at American University (2012)

Master in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development of the School of Industrial Organization, Madrid, Spain (2010)

RAQUEL SALAZAR

Associate

rsalazar@batalla.com

+506 4036-2019

Practice Areas

Environmental

Public

Industries

Biotechnology

Construction

Consumer Goods

Energy

Real Estate

Languages

English

Spanish

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has a lot of expertise and demonstrates ability in matters of mediation,” report market commentators, who further state: ”She is a serene and prudent adviser who is highly empathetic and knowledgeable about environment law.”
— Chambers Latin America 2018

Raquel has an interdisciplinary background that allows her to maintain relevant experience in the main areas of Environmental Law and Sustainability. She has obtained that experience by advising companies, government agencies, multilateral organizations and ONGs in the area of administrative procedures related to the compliance and enforcement of the environmental legislation. Also by performing environmental audits for ISO 14001/OHSAS, and environmental due diligence and risk analysis for mergers and acquisitions. Moreover, by participating in the elaboration of norms and policies in the environmental and energy sector.

Raquel has stood out for giving legal-technical advice as far as the environmental and energy are concerned. Due to her academic qualifications and work experience she has acquired a global vision of how the government operates, and she understands the rationale of industrial environmental management. In this way, she is able to identify interactions between the public and private sector, as well as how productive procedures and the environment are intertwined. Last but certainly not least, Raquel's experience in public procurement procedures and punitive administrative procedures heightens her experience and relevant views. All of this adds value to her legal analysis.

In the energy sector Raquel also has pertinent experience, either in national as well as international surroundings. She has worked on research for the Austrian Institute of Technology, International Energy Agency, British Embassy, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and national corporations. Topics range from distributed generation, demand side management, energy efficiency to public participation and tariff fixation procedures before the National Regulation Agency and concessions.

Academic Background

Law Degree, from the University of Costa Rica, with honors (2007).

Masters in Environmental Sciences, Politics, and Administration of the European Consortium of Universities: Lund (Sweden), Manchester (UK), Aegean (Greece) and Central European (Hungary), with merit (2011).

Rankings and awards

Since 2015, Raquel has been ranked by Chambers & Partners, and their last report mentions “receives strong endorsements from interviewees who describe her as "highly intelligent," and praise her "quick replies." They also highlight her technical competence and label her as "an analytical lawyer.” Chambers & Partners 2017. 

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RAÚL GUEVARA

Partner

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Raúl Guevara comes highly recommended by clients who commend his “excellent attitude” and praise his “great knowledge of the area”. They add: “He’s very experienced in public law and environmental matters.”
— Chambers Latin America 2017

Raúl is one of the most recognized corporate lawyers in the environmental and energy sector. He has been advising many companies in legal matters related to waste management, air emissions, soil pollution, urban planning, among others. His professional formation in natural resource management and speleology, allow him to understand technical and scientific data, which is clue to coordinate multidisciplinary teams during preventive legal advice as well during administrative or judicial procedures.

He has been leading and bringing support to many of the most complex cases such as an international investment arbitration initiate by American investor under CAFTA rules, where the core of the dispute is regarding the application of environmental laws.

Raúl has 19 years advising on economic instruments to achieve environmental objectives, in the first photovoltaic plant in Costa Rica developed under a JCM Agreement, in the development of MDL projects to generate CO2 Offset certificates, participating in procedures to fix tariffs in the energy sector (foil and renewables), as director of procedures to determine environmental damage and it assessment and calculation using instruments of environmental economy, as consultant for the Government and multilateral financial entities to analyse and develop legal-economic instruments to achieve environmental objectives (incentives for renewable energies, electric cars, etc).

He also has a lot experience in public and regulatory law giving advice to companies in complex public contracting procedures, advising both private entities and the State in administrative contracts and different modalities of Public-Private Partnerships as well asinotherlegal-administrative   contentious   and   non-contentiousmatters relatedtodifferentindustries:  energy,  utilities,  technology, food,  infrastructure,  amongothers.

He also has strong relation with chambers and government entities: he advice UCCAEP (Federation of Chambers of Private Enterprises) in environmental, biodiversity, air pollution regulatory matters. He is part of the National Commission of Biodiversity, the National Commission for Prevention of Soil Pollution of the Ministry of Health, and Joint Commission of National Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA), among others

Raul has been considered as leader environmental attorney in Costa Rica by Chambers & Partner, Choice Awards, Global Law Experts among others publications.

Academic Background

Law degree from the University of Costa Rica (1998)

Masters degree in Environmental Law from Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea (2005)

Candidate for Masters degree in Natural Resources front Universidad Estatal a Distancia.

Rankings and awards

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RÓGER GUEVARA

Partner

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an excellent strategist who is very good at identifying how things will play out on various fronts and in the long term,” and note his ability to ”play to strategy in US courts and emphasise the strengths of a case.” Sources also note his ”tremendous knowledge of Costa Rican law” and consider him ”an extremely resourceful, diligent and aggressive litigator.”
— Chambers Latin America 2018

Roger advises local and foreign clients in on air and maritime transport law, international trade, customs and logistics. He has extensive knowledge and certifications from the ICC on INCOTERMS and its application to international sale and transport transactions. On international trade matters, his experience includes international transport, logistics and customs, customs regimes (Tax Free Zones, inward and outward processing arrangements, temporary imports), use of customs-tax incentives given by Free Trade Agreement, customs valuation, tariff classification and rules of origin, among other areas in commerce. 

As co-director of the Dispute Resolution practice Roger represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, especially relating to civil liability matters due to breaches of contract, damage claim and product responsibility. He also has experience in white collar and financial crime cases, and insurance and reinsurance claims. In the past several years he has been part of relevant cases involving FCPA and RICO matters regarding white collar crime cases with cross-border implications. Roger has served as a Costa Rican law expert in several different courts in the United States (New York, Massachusetts, Florida), as well as Panama, Bolivia and China. He has participated in more than 35 arbitrations both in a local and international level, in Costa Rica, Miami, Panama, and Washington DC, representing interest of over 650 million dollars. He has broad experience working in cases that involve communication, cooperation, and leadership with firms from all over the world.

In the past two years Roger has coordinated the representation of Mr. Eduardo Li, ex-president of the Costa Rican Football Federation and Executive Director of CONCACAF and FIFA, in the FIFA-GATE case and representing the interest of a group of American investors before the ICSID,  against the Republic of Costa Rica in a investment arbitration process. He also represented the interests of a transnational company in an international arbitration against an autonomous entity of the Costa Rican State.

His broad knowledge has allowed him to provide counsel in international trade and customs matters to the Customs Administration of Costa Rica through the Legal Commission of Public Function Assistants as representative of the CANACO, mainly counseling in implementation of Central American legislation with the CAUCA III and RECAUCA (between 2002 and 2004)

For 10 years (from 2000 to 2009) he was counsel of logistics operator associations, such as the National Chamber of Freight Consolidators and Allied CANACO and the Costa Rican Association of International Freight and Logistics Agencies (ACACIA).

Roger has been a professor of the Law School of the University of Costa Rica, Interamerican University, and International Cooperation University. Currently he is professor in the Public Administration School of the University of Costa Rica in the Customs and International Trade degree, in the “Legal Aspects of International Trade” course (from 2010 to present).

He is a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association since 1999.

His experience and trajectory have been lauded for the past 8 years by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer, and Legal500.

Academic Background

Law degree (with honors) from the University of Costa Rica (1997)

Masters degree in Aerial Transportation Utrecht University, Holland (1998) 

Bachelor’s degree inCustoms Administration and International Business from the University of Costa Rica (2001)

Master in Business and Tax Law from la Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional (2002)

Rankings and awards

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RODRIGO ZELAYA

Partner

rzelaya@batalla.com

+506 4036-2005

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Energy

Financial Markets

Real Estate

Languages

English

Spanish

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He is lauded by clients, with one source commenting: ”I admire his analytical skills; he takes his time to think things through when making a decision.” Another adds: ”He is very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. He is also very thorough and fast at completing the task at hand,” while another deems him ”very down to earth, pragmatic and pro-business,” noting: ”I like his direct manner and his ability to protect his clients’ interests.”   
— Chambers Latin America 2018

Rodrigo’s corporate practice has a wide scope, from complex transactions and joint ventures to business planning and restructuring and corporate governance, and has taken part in transactions in all Central American countries as well as Colombia and Perú.  

As part of our market-leading private equity practice, he advises private funds, institutional investors and angel investors on early – stage financings, investments, buyouts, fund formations and portfolio company transactions.  Rodrigo’s recent experience includes acting for clients such as The Abraaj Group, Actis Capital, Altra Investments, CASEIF Corporation I and II and CASEIF III L.P., Norfund, Finnfund, Oikocredit Global Equity, Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility L.P., MGM Innova Capital, The Moringa Partnership and their portfolio companies, in acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings. Rodrigo has also worked with sponsors of alternative funds in fund formation and other aspects of their operation in Central America. 

He has advised buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. His business planning and restructuring practice has allowed him to gain considerable insight across several jurisdictions for the implementation of corporate structures for investment in Central America as well as restructurings and transfer of domicile and continuation arrangements. 

Rodrigo is considered as leading corporate lawyer in Costa Rica by Chambers & Partner, Legal 500 and International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000, among other publications.

Academic Background

Law degree from the University of Costa Rica (1998).

Masters of Arts, Indiana University (1996), Special Graduate Degree in Securities Markets (2000).

Rankings and awards

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SERGIO AMADOR

Associate

samador@batalla.com

+506 4036-2004

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Consumer Goods

Financial Markets

Real Estate

Languages

English

German

Spanish

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Sergio has been part of Batalla since 2009. He is characterized by his attention to detail, having an interest in getting to know our clients’ business and procuring a close relationship with them.

With a business-friendly vision, Sergio advises national and international clients in their matters related to Corporate, Business and Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate. In addition, he has had ample experience in Dispute Resolution, both in litigation and negotiation. He also currently serves as Professor of Law at the Universidad Latinoamericana de las Ciencias y Tecnología (ULACIT).

Academic Background

Law degree from Universidad de Costa Rica (2006) 

Master of Laws (LLM) specializing in Economic Law and Foreign Trade from Europa-Institut der Universität des Saarlandes - Germany (2008).

SERGIO GUIDO

Special Counsel

sguido@batalla.com

+506 4036-2000

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial

Industries

Financial Markets

Insurance

Real Estate

Languages

English

Italian

Spanish

Sergio Guido has extensive experience in insurance law regulation and insurance litigation. His practice includes insurance risk and claims management, resolution of complex coverage disputes and estate planning solutions.

He advises institutions such as insurance companies and brokerage firms in terms of processes, compliance and reinsurance. He has advised the private banking sector and in the management of demand and industry companies in risk management and mitigation.

He graduated in law from the University of Costa Rica (2003), has a Masters Degree with an emphasis on environmental insurance from the Complutense University, Madrid (2005), a specialist qualification in Insurance Law from the Center for Financial Studies (CEF), Madrid (2007) and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE). He is a member of the Costa Rican Bar Association.

Academic Background

Law degree from the University of Costa Rica (2003) 

Masters with an emphasis on environmental insurance from the Complutense University of Madrid (2005)

Specialist Insurance Law from the Center for Financial Studies (CEF) (2007)

Doctorate at the Pontifical University of Comillas (ICADE)(Candidate)

SHARON PARDO

Trade, Logistics and Customs Specialist

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Sharon advices clients based on national legislation regarding international trade and technical basis for the import and export of products in different industries. She has also experience in the follow-up in accordance with national legislation of such goods once nationalized, administrative claims against the non-use of International Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade, customs procedures before the General Directorate of Customs and Customs related to sanctioning processes, regularizations, payment of royalties and rectifications, through the presentation of technical-legal arguments and explanations of business models, accompaniment in customs exemption procedures for the reduction of business entry costs to the country, review and design of matrixes of national and foreign trade regulations allowing companies to be up dated with regulations, management of sanitary records for food products and chemical products for import and sale of goods in Costa Rica, preparation and development of work plans for compliance with the legal framework for companies and for improvement in logistics departments and customs formalities, allowing them to have low levels of risk before the General Customs Directorate, accompaniment in judicial processes related to international trade and review and analysis of Free Trade Agreements of Costa Rica and at international level. 

Academic Background

Bachelor’s Deegree in Customs and Foreign Trade from Universidad de Costa Rica (2014).

Currently studying Master of Commerce and International Markets at Lead University (2018) and Law student at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

SOPHIA VILLALTA

Associate

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Sophia advises local and international clients on litigation and arbitration in processes related to Contractual and non-contractual civil liability, damages, real estate projects, tourist developments and concessions, as well as those related to commercial law. In arbitration, she has accompanied and advised national and foreign companies in commercial and domestic arbitrations and provided advice to national companies in Corporate and Intellectual Property matters. Sophia has also experience in administrative contracting processes accompanying national and foreign companies in administrative contracting procedures with Costa Rican government entities.

Academic Background

Graduated with honors from Law Degree emphasis in Technology, E-Commerce and Telecommunications from Universidad de Costa Rica (2017).

Currently studying Collective Communication with emphasis in Public Relations in the Universidad de Costa Rica.