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
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Our dedicated team is comprised by recognized public law and regulatory experts who provide highly technical and sound advice relative to regulatory, constitutional, administrative, municipal and, in general, public law issues arising from business relationships between the Government and the private sector.

We advise clients from public and private sectors, from diverse regulated and non-regulated industries, in regulatory procedures and transactional matters (M&A, energy, telecommunication, biotechnology, banking and finance, mining, transport, among others). Our experience is recognized in contentious and non-contentious cases and counsel concerning the operation of regulatory issues within a diverse range of business sectors.

Our services encompass strategies to prevent law infringements, the implementation of compliance programs, monitoring advertisements of public and private competitive biddings of interest to our clients, preparing and filing offers with the relevant authorities and assisting the clients throughout all the applicable procedures thereof, and managing the contract and relation once it has been adjudicated. We are proud of our long-standing specialist knowledge in this area, which has been recognized by others working in the field as well as the leading directories.

The deep understanding of the business environment, international trade obligations, new international commitments and economy trends have permitted Batalla to advise different Government agencies in new regulatory procedures in different industries (telecommunications, energy, public services, tobacco, cement, GMO’s and others) to adapt the regulatory framework to new national objectives.

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
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Batalla has extensive experience in different regulated industries such as tobacco, biotechnology, insurance, telecommunications, energy, financial, fuel, mining, lottery, education, among others. Some of the most representative clients who are advised in matters of regulatory compliance and risk management are CEMEX, Monsanto, IGT, Total Petroleo Costa Rica, Prisma Corredora de Seguros, Sinergia Correduría de Seguros, among others.

We are advising a group of hydropower generators in a dispute with the Regulatory Agency about the methodologies to fix tariffs and the consequences it is creating in the power purchase agreement signed with ICE.

We advise different manufacturer companies from chemical, telecommunication, energy and consumer production sectors in administrative contracting processes with different state entities such as the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, state banks, among others, as well as in the administration of theirs contracts.

Batalla advises Euroestudios, the former company that supervised the concession contract for route 27, before the administrative procedures for breach of contract. We also advise CACISA on administrative procedures related to the execution of route 1856.

Recently the National Emergency Commission issued a zoning in the sector of Cinchona that affected several companies. Batalla filed an administrative annulment proceeding and subsequently a contentious administrative claim against the CNE. Finally, a conciliatory agreement was reached, in which Batalla led the execution of technical studies that allowed a draft regulation of the use of soils according to the hydrogeological conditions, seismic and volcanic threats among others. Finally, the CNE approved an amendment of the zonification based on the technical studies carried out.

The knowledge in urban planning is complemented by the in-depth knowledge of the financial management rules applicable to government agencies. Batalla represented a group composed of a mayor and some members of the Municipal Council in a process of disqualification followed by the Comptroller General of the Republic, which was ruled against.

 

Clients express high opinions of department co-head Alejandro Batalla, whom they highlight as a leading lawyer in the public law arena. Market interviewees describe him as "an excellent and very recognised lawyer who has dedicated his life to public law matters." . Client feedback for Chambers & Partners Latin America, 2017

Partner Raúl Guevara comes highly recommended by clients who commend his "excellent attitude," and praise his "great knowledge of the area." They add: "He is very experienced in public law and environmental matters." Client feedback for Chambers & Partners Latin America, 2017

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