June 8, 2021


In order to complete the OECD accession process, Costa Rica recently passed important reforms to banking and financial sector laws and regulations, including the creation of a deposit guarantee fund, broader powers to regulators on consolidated supervision and new bank resolution procedures. Our partner Alan Thompson writes about this in an article published in the latest edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Banking Law Committee e-Bulletin. Read here:


May 14, 2021


Our partner, Alberto Fernández López, is recognized in the 2021 edition of Who is Who Legal Central America for his experience in dispute resolution. According to the publication, Alberto is a very experienced arbitrator in a wide range of civil and commercial disputes.

April 6, 2021


Lead University is delivering a 4-month executive program on competition law and policy to a group of young professionals from several Latin American countries. Our partner Alan Thompson was invited as a professor along with several fellow lawyers and economists, including renowned international experts such as professor Frederic Jenny, chairman of the OECD Competition Committee.

March 15, 2021

Capture BTA Regs

In recent months, important new banking and financial regulations have been issued in Costa Rica, some of them related to legal reforms approved for the country’s accession to the OECD. These regulations include:

Regulation on venture capital investment funds

Exchange Derivatives Regulation (SUGEF 9-20)

Regulation on branches of foreign banks (SUGEF 29-20)

Regulation on concentrations in the financial sector (SUGEF 41-21)

Money Laundering Prevention Regulation (SUGEF 12-21)

Deposit guarantee fund regulation

Regulation on financial institution resolution mechanisms (SUGEF 40-21)

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

February 22, 2021


Today Arbitration Intelligence recognized our partner Alberto Fernández López as Arbitrator of the Year for 2020 in Costa Rica. The recognition is based on feedback from parties or counsel participating in arbitral disputes.  In his role as co-arbitrator, Alberto’s questions were characterized as demonstrating familiarity with the record and legal issues and helping to clarify factual or legal issues and the award was characterized as persuasively written and well-reasoned. For more information:


January 13, 2021


Are monopolies allowed in Costa Rica? Check out this article by our partner, Alan Thompson, on the constitutional and legal issues surrounding monopolies in Costa Rica, published today in the digital edition of El Observador. Read here:


December 9, 2020

Lanzamiento OCDE-01 FINAL

As Costa Rica completes its accession to the OECD, Lead University and the Costa Rican National Competitiveness Council have come together to establish an Observatory on OECD and Public Policy. The opening session will take place on December 16th and our partner Alan Thompson will moderate a panel on the OECD’s most recent assessment of competition law and policy in Costa Rica.

November 13, 2020


Our partner, Alberto Fernández López, is one of the panelists invited to the X Convention of Central America and the Caribbean Arbitration Centers, which will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of November 2020. The main topic will be the role of arbitration centers in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic: practical experiences, lessons learned and future challenges. For more information: [email protected]

September 24, 2020

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Proposed regulations of the new competition law in Costa Rica (Law No. 9736) are submitted for public consultation for 15 working days starting from today. This law introduces major changes in institutional issues and in rules and procedures on merger control, investigation of monopolistic practices and sanctions. Access to the proposed regulations here:


August 31, 2020


“Arbitration Day 2020,” an international event organized by Costa Rican Young Arbitrators, takes place today. Our associate, Guillermo Zúñiga Saborío, will moderate the virtual inaugural panel entitled “Soft Law: Concept, features and scope.”

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