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Facio & Cañas

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President: Adrián Torrealba
Managing Partner: Sergio Solera
Number of partners: 12
Number of associates and of counsel: 20

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:
■ Representing Intel in the establishment of a large manufacturing plant in Costa Rica
■ Representing Marriott International in licensing, and operation of various hotels of the Marriott chain in Costa Rica
■ Representing McDonald’s Corporation in the purchase of the McDonald’s franchises in Latin America by Arcos Dorados, valued at US$700 million
■ Representing St. Jude Medical who was acquired globally by ABBOTT and all legal work to implement the transaction locally
■ The participation in an international team of attorneys dealing with a major litigation case in Nicaragua appraised approximately in US$17 billion (currently under way)
■ Representing McGraw-Hill in the restructuring of its employment practices and procedures in Central America and Peru
■ Representing a syndicate of banks, including EXIM Bank, IPEX, KfW and Natixis in an international credit operation for the renewal of TACA Airlines fleet renewal with Embraer airplanes, valued at US $897 million
■ 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

Representative Clients:
AT&T, Access Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, Abbott, Amway Corporation, American Standard, Bank of America, BAT, BNDES, Bridgestone, Critical Mass Holding, Caterpillar, CISCO, Coca-Cola, Corporación Multiinversiones, Dell, Dole, Fujitsu, Femsa, General Electric, Intertec, JP Morgan Chase, Kellogg, KfW, Lanco Paints, Marriott International, McDonald’s, Monte Freshfruit, Oracle, Otis, Pfizer, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, SmileDirectClub, Smurfit Kappa, St. Jude Medical, UBS, Nomura Bank, Walt Disney, Western Union.Airlines, St. Jude Medical, UBS, Nomura