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Zurcher, Odio & Raven

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Number of partners: 9
Number of other lawyers: 43

The Firm:
Zürcher Odio & Raven is one of the largest organised law firms in the region with a full range portfolio of legal services and seeking to fulfill the demanding needs of their growing clientele. It is the product of the recent merger of Bufete Odio & Raven and Zürcher Montoya and Zürcher, founded in 1960 and 1936 respectively. The firm’s operations have been characterised by integrated teamwork and by long-term commitment with clients.The firm’s members (presently 43 lawyers led by seven partners) have achieved recognition for both their very high quality of legal advice and for their strict adherence to ethical and professional standards. More recently,Zürcher Odio & Raven has increased its presence in areas where it was already a major player, such as litigation, real estate development, banking,public procurement and infrastructure projects, and it has also been able to widen its scope to highly specialised fields, as in the case of intellectual property rights enforcement, international trade law, aerial and maritime transport, energy, telecommunications, software and digital trade.

Main Areas Of Practice:

Real Estate & Tourism Project Development:
Real estate development and tourism have become one of the most active areas; and our specialised team has been involved in a very large number of residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

Banking, Finance & Securities:
The firm has a large number of financial institutions amongst its permanent clients. Thus the firm has substantial experience in all forms of financial contracts, banking and brokerage, leasing, commodity and financial derivatives for hedging, speculation and arbitration, and benefits from a wealth of knowledge in the contractual and regulatory aspects of operations, and their impact in exchange, tax and financial law.

Regulation, Administrative & Constitutional Law:
The firm’s team is amongst the best in this area ad has participated in major recent projects related to project law. Long-standing experience in government procurement, administrative regulations and constitutional law has grown into expert legal advice in public work concessions, tourism concessions, private/public sector partnership and joint ventures, public project finance and infrastructure development.

Litigation in both judicial and arbitration venues has been an area of noticeable expansion of the firm. High rates of success in civil law, commercial law, constitutional law and complex international cases have attracted clients seeking the highest quality advice in very specialised and complex law suits.The firm clearly profits form the presence of three former Supreme Court Justices, an experienced litigation team and the teamwork of the highest specialised knowledge of its non-litigation members.

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s intellectual property department, known as Zürcher Law, is consistently recognised for its capabilities. It has extensive experience in the registration and protection of patents, trademarks, trade names and domain names, including: searches, opinions, administrative proceedings and appeals, transfers, licenses and enforcement of rights. Zürcher Law also has an active copyright practice. The IP department regularly advises and assists international clients in managing their IP properties in business transactions in Costa Rica and throughout Latin America. In co-operation with the corporate and litigation departments, the firm is fully prepared to secure, assert and defend all forms of intellectual property in any circumstance.

Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Law:
The firm has a very active practice in commercial and civil law; real estate transactions, intellectual property, corporate law and finance. It also provides legal support in complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, share offers and takeovers, project finance, and international financial transactions.

Foreign Investment & International Trade:
The firm is recognised as an authority in the area specialising in foreign direct investment and international trade, including WTO,CACM, and all FTAs in force. An experienced team offers advice on safeguards, antidumping and compensatory measures, export and import quotas and tariff-rate quotas, trade and customs proceedings, tariff and non-tariff barriers, investment incentives, free trade regime application, Zonas Francas, etc.

Energy, Telecom & IT:
The firm is fully prepared to advise in the newly liberated fields of energy and telecom and entering agreements with state agencies or obtaining concessions. IT is also an area of substantial involvement for the firm: e-commerce, IP and data protection, digital signature, on-line trading, software contracts etc.

Transport Law:
The firm has experience in international air and maritime transportation, port and airport development, ground handling, and others. The team has advised clients in maritime, air and land transportation matters, all kinds of contracts regarding transportation services, representation and insurance, registration and arrest of vessels and aircraft, and applications to obtain operation licenses and public services concessions. 

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