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Facio & Cañas

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President: Adrián Torrealba
Managing Partner: Sergio Solera
Number of partners: 13
Number of associates and of counsel: 28

Managing Partners: Adrián Torrealba /Sergio Solera

Firm Overview:
FACIO & CAÑAS was founded in 1942 and since then has provided services with excellence to the local and international community. It is one of the largest and most reputable law firms in Costa Rica. The firm is the exclusive representative of the following organisations in the country:
■ Lex Mundi: The world’s leading association of independent law firms (over 21,000 attorneys, 160 law firms and 100+ countries)
■ Club de Abogados: An association of 21 prime independent law firms from Ibero-America

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration & Mediation:

The firm’s attorneys apply the latest trends in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution.

General Corporate Representation:
The firm represents a large number of international companies in the process of establishing and keeping a local operation.

FACIO & CAÑAS’ expertise in regulatory and insurance matters is a valuable asset for those companies with an interest in participating in this industry.

The firm’s litigators are renowned for handling the most complex cases in civil and commercial litigation for local and international companies.

Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business & Financial Transactions:
With a vast experience in cross border transactions, the firm has played an active part in some of the largest capital transactions taking place in Costa Rica.

Real Estate:
FACIO & CAÑAS has assisted in the development of new business opportunities and solutions for foreign and national clients in residential, tourism, industrial and commercial projects and transactions.

Specialised Practice Groups:
Specialised practices in strategic areas of business law:
■ FAYCA MARK: Intellectual Property
■ FAYCA TAX: Tax Planning and Litigation
■ FAYCA LABORAL: Employment issues with a business oriented focus
■ FAYCA MIGRACIÓN: Immigration law and expatriate personnel relocation
■ FAYCA GOBIERNO: Administrative law and government affairs (constitutional and regulatory matters, government litigation, government contracts and public concessions)
■ FAYCA TMT: Telecommunications, media and technology issues (regulatory matters, personal information protection, technology-related contracts and compliance with national and international regulation)

International Work:
FACIO & CAÑAS has traditionally represented clients in the most significant local and cross border transactions. Some of the most relevant transactions are:
■ Represented CIEE Inc. in the acquisition of the University of Georgia Foundation’s student experience campus in Monteverde, Costa Rica. April, 2020
■ Corporate reorganization in Central America and Mexico for Freeway Consulting Group
■ Legal advise in the negotiation for the termination of Distribution Agreement for Elanco Animal Health in Guatemala
■ Support for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for starting operations in Mexico and Nicaragua
■ Support for Precisoft (Apptividad) for starting operations in Mexico
■ CooperVision: health registration of its products in Central America
■ Latam Energy Solutions: negotiation of Letter of Intent for acquisition of energy plant in Panama
■ Conducting a regional scale study on all environmental regulations related to renewable energy affecting Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic for the Central American Development Bank (CABEI)
■ Representing Smurfit Kappa in the acquisition of two local operations
■ Represented Termo Aire Costa Rica, S.A. in the sale to Tyco International Holding S.A.R.L. and the merger control filing before the competition authority

Representative Clients:

AT&T, Access Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, American Standard, BAT, BNDES, Bridgestone, Caterpillar, CISCO, Corporación Multiinversiones, Dell, Dole, Fujitsu, Femsa, General Electric, Intertec, JP Morgan Chase, Kellogg, KfW, Lanco Paints, McDonald’s, Monte Freshfruit, Oracle, Otis, Pfizer, Samsung, SmileDirectClub, Smurfit Kappa, Matra, Eli Lilly & Company,Walmart, NORFUND, Diageo, Hill Phoenix, Ingram Micro, PROLUSA, TERUMO, Ingenio Taboga, Credomatic, Banco Davivienda, Ecolab, Prival Bank, Aluma Systems, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Grupo CMA, PROLIM, Laboratorios Raven, Elanco Animal Health, Freeway Consulting Group.