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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.

September 13, 2018

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Our partner, Alberto Fernández-López, was one of the invited speakers at the International Workshop «Valuation of Damages in Construction Disputes», which took place today in Panama City. The event was organized by CESCON, a dispute resolution center based in Panama.

August 24, 2018

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BTA Legal is co-sponsoring the forum «The voluntary and non-binding character of mediation clauses in Costa Rica,» to be held in San José on September 11. The event is organized by the ICC Young Arbitrators Group. Our partner, Alberto Fernández-López, is one of the invited speakers.

August 11, 2018

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The National Banking Congress organized by the National Banking Association took place in San José on August 8-10. Our partner, Alan Thompson, attended the event. Alan has been invited as professor and lecturer in numerous courses and seminars organized by the National Banking Association. Disruptive technologies, digital banking, financial inclusion, consumer protection, and challenges in transparency and anti-corruption were among the main topics discussed at this Congress.

May 29, 2018

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Our partner, Alberto Fernández-López, was appointed Vice President of the Arbitration Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce-Costa Rica.

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