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Latin America 2023
Costa Rica Corporate/M&A
Band 2

4 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Arias

Arias has vast experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We have acted as counsel in the planning, negotiation and execution of many of the largest and most complex M&A deals in the region, representing both buyers and sellers.

Our firm has rendered advice in:

  • Mergers
  • Tender and exchange offers
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Strategic alliances
  • Collaborations and joint ventures
  • Acquisitions
  • Divestitures

The firm has coordinated some of the largest multijurisdictional transactions crossing Latin America; it is the go-to firm for international corporations doing business in the region.

Our Coporate and Commercial Department offers legal advice in the structuring and restructuring of businesses, including, among others, the following:

  • Drafting and filing of charter documents and bylaws for legal entities. Shareholders' agreements.
  • Minority rights
  • Creditors' rights
  • Corporate governance
  • Management agreements
  • Employment relationships
  • Fiscal and tax planning

Firm Overview:

One of the largest and most respected law firms in Central America, Arias has 79 years of experience providing accurate and timely solutions.

Arias is a full-service law firm, over 33 practice areas; with a legal team of 40 Partners and more than 130 lawyers through their 7 offices: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Corporate/M&A - Costa Rica
Band 2
What the team is known for

Arias houses a dynamic corporate department with a large team, which is highly regarded for assisting clients with transactional and advisory corporate and M&A matters in Costa Rica. The law firm is regularly instructed by clients in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, among others. Arias is adept at handling matters ranging from high-value cross-border M&A and joint venture incorporations to corporate governance and day-to-day advice.


"Arias has an excellent team, with the capability to handle from the simplest to the most complex issues with great confidence. The law firm offers an excellent service with high responsiveness."

Work highlights

Arias's corporate lawyers assisted ReFeel with the sale of Proyecto Valle Escondido in Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Noted corporate department co-head Vicente Lines is based in San José and is endorsed by a client, who declares: "I love to work with Vicente Lines. He is always very responsive and brings good and fresh ideas to the table." Another market commentator highlights: "We work with him and he is an excellent lawyer."

Co-head of department Andrey Dorado is a well-known name in the Costa Rican corporate sphere, and is recognised for his strong capabilities acting for clients on relevant M&A mandates. One interviewee states: "Andrey Dorado is a very hard-working and smart person who has gained significant experience."

Co-head of department Melania Dittel represents clients in corporate mandates within the Costa Rican market. Interviewees state: "Melania Dittel is an excellent and skilful lawyer. She is great at her job, she is very committed to our needs, and she instils confidence in us."

An endorsing interviewee rates associate-to-watch Tracy Varela and her presence in the Costa Rican corporate and M&A sphere, declaring: "Tracy Varela is a very serious, competent and committed lawyer."

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Vicente Lines
Band 2
Andrey Dorado
Band 3
Melania Dittel
Band 4
Tracy Varela
Associates to watch


Provided by Arias

Alberto Carrillo

Andrey Dorado

Head of Department

Diego Gallegos

Diego Hidalgo

Estefania Batalla

Ignacio Flores

Melania Dittel

Head of Department

Rolando Garcia

Sebastian Solano

Sylvia Salazar


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