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July 8, 2019

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Several legal reforms are pending approval in the Costa Rican Congress as part of the process of the country’s accession to the OECD, including amendments to competition laws aimed at strengthening competition authorities and improving investigation and merger review proceedings. Our partner Alan Thompson analyzed these issues in an interview today on the radio program Alto Voltaje in San José. Watch the full interview here: http://link.btalegal.com/f2x

May 30, 2019

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Our partner Alan Thompson attended the 5th Central America Finance & Investment Forum, organized by Latin Finance and sponsored by BAC Credomatic and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. The event took place today in San José. The minister of finance and the president of the Central Bank of Costa Rica were among the main speakers.

May 29, 2019

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Law # 9689 amending Costa Rica’s Free Zone Law was published today in the official bulletin “La Gaceta.” The purpose of this amendment is to adapt rules governing free zone services companies to the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Regulations spelling out new requirements for free zone services companies must be issued by the Executive Branch within 3 months following publication of this amendment.

May 2, 2019

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A presentation titled “The arbitral process under the new arbitration regulations of the Chamber of Commerce Conciliation and Arbitration Center” was held today at the Chamber of Commerce in San José. BTA Legal co sponsored the event and our partner Alberto Fernández-López participated as one of the main speakers.

February 25, 2019

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International arbitration in the last decade: lessons, tendencies and challenges. These topics will be addressed at the International Arbitration Congress organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Costa Rica, which is taking place in San José on 24-27 February. BTA Legal is one of the sponsors. Our partner Alberto Fernández-Lopez will participate as a speaker in a panel on non-signatory parties, multi-parties and the practical application of these concepts in Latin America.

February 22, 2019

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The Costa Rican Finance Ministry announced today it is delaying until September of this year the launching of a new central register of shareholders and beneficial owners, which was supposed to start functioning in March. This central register was created as part of a statute against tax fraud passed by the Costa Rican Congress in December of 2016 (Law # 9416) and will be administered by the Costa Rican Central Bank. According to authorities, this delay will allow them to complete necessary IT security requirements, as well as address and clarify various concerns about the implementation of the central register raised by the private sector.

February 13, 2019

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Our partner Alberto Fernández-López was today appointed to the roster of expert arbitrators of the Ibero-American Arbitration Center (CIAR), based in Madrid.

January 7, 2019

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Regulation SUGEF 11-18, approved by the National Council for the Supervision of the Financial System and effective as of January 1st of this year, sets new registration and reporting requirements for Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBP), including money transfer, fund management and other commercial and professional activities listed in the Costa Rican anti-money laundering law (Law # 7786). Under the new regulation, banks and other regulated financial institutions are required to monitor their clients, to make sure they comply with registration requirements when applicable.

December 11, 2018

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Our partner Alan Thompson was a panelist in a forum on reforms to the competition legislation that the Costa Rican Government is sponsoring. The event was held today in San Jose and was organized by think-tank Academia de Centroamérica, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Association of Professionals in Administrative Contracting. The event was attended by a large group of lawyers and other professionals from both the public and private sectors.

October 11, 2018

BTA Arb Day 2018

Arbitration Day 2018, organized by the Costa Rican Young Arbitrators group, was held today at the Bar Association in San José. BTA Legal was one of the sponsors.

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