Facio & Cañas
Member firm for Costa Rica

Firm Overview

With 33 lawyers and a total of 56 additional legal and non-legal support personnel, Facio & Cañas, founded in 1942, is one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Costa Rica.

Most of it’s lawyers have complemented their legal training with post-graduate degrees from universities and other prestigious higher education institutions in the United States and Europe.

Areas of Practice

Antitrust The firm assists foreign and local companies in compliance issues with local antitrust regulations as well as industry related administrative and judicial proceedings. Assistance also includes proceedings before the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (SUTEL), the Insurance Regulatory Agency (SUGESE) and the Competition Promotion Agency (COPROCOM).

Arbitration & Mediation Our lawyers efficiently apply the latest trends in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution and maintain close links with the main organizations offering these services at a global level, such as ICSID and AAA.

Banking and Finance Facio & Cañas provides sophisticated services in matters related to local banking, wealth management, asset protection and project finance, including all related regulatory matters.

Employment We are characterized for providing effective and agile legal solutions for all clients’ needs in matters of employment, with a business oriented focus.

Environmental The firm deals ordinarily with environmental law issues. Its envorinmental law division is formed by an interdisciplinary team of engineers, attorneys and other specialists who assist companies in fulfilling applicable environmental requirements and/or performing environmental due diligence processes.

General Corporate Representation We represent a large number of international companies in the process of establishing and keeping a local operation.

Government Affairs and Public Law The firm centers on administrative law and government legal issues. It is actively involved in a vast range of public related transactions and services, constitutional and regulatory matters, government litigation, government procurement contracts, and public concessions, among others.

Immigration Facio & Cañas provides full legal services in immigration law, aiming to facilitate to clients the relocation of expatriates within the country or abroad.

Insurance Costa Rican insurance and reinsurance business is becoming a more dynamic sector with the establishment of new private operators. Facio & Cañas’ expertise in regulatory and insurance matters is a valuable asset for those companies with an interest in participating in this industry.

Intellectual Property The firm specializes in all intellectual property legal issues, particularly in the protection of trademarks, copyrights and patents for domestic and foreign clients.

Litigation For over 70 years our litigation lawyers have successfully represented local and international companies in the most complex cases of civil,commercial, administrative and criminal law litigation.

Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business and Cross-Border Transactions Facio & Cañas has been an active part to some of the largest capital transactions that have taken place in Costa Rica in recent years. The firm regularly represents clients in cross-border transactions.

Real Estate Facio & Cañas engages regularly in the real estate area, assisting clients to develop new business opportunities and offering solutions in favor of foreign and national clients. Its experts deal with residential, tourism, industrial and commercial projects and transactions.

Taxation The firm’s tax division is headed by renowned specialists, some of whom have been appointed to the highest offices of the Costa Rican Tax Administration. Its practice includes all aspects of legal counseling, including tax planning and litigation.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Facio & Cañas’ TMT Department is the result of a strategic alliance between the firm and Ciber Regulacion Consultores, the first boutique firm specializing in TMT matters in Costa Rica following the adoption of CAFTA. This department focuses on TMT issues, regulatory matters, personal information protection, technology-related contracts, and compliance with national and international regulations.

Facio & Cañas has been ranked consistently over decades by Chamber’s, Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer, as well as other legal directories, as a leading firm in the Costa Rican legal market, for in-depth analyses of business issues, and the excellent quality of counseling and support by its lawyers.