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Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial



Financial Markets

Real Estate




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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).

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