Facio & Cañas
Member firm for Costa Rica

Firm Overview

With 33 lawyers and a total of 82 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 the firm’s members have complemented their legal training with post-graduate degrees from 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 and Mediation. The firm’s 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 on a global level, such as the International Centre for Settlement of Disputes and the American Arbitration Association.

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

Environmental. The firm assists in due diligences, energy and natural resources, environmental contracts, permits and licenses, and litigation.

General Corporate Representation. The firm has represented and still represents a large number of international companies in the process of establishing and maintaining a local operation or investment through the appropriate corporate vehicles.

Government and Procurement. The firm provides assistance in all matters related to constitutional and administrative law matters, regulated industries, government infrastructure and services concessions, government procurement, consumer rights, litigation, compliance, among others.

Immigration. Facio & Cañas offers counseling in immigration matters, relocation of expatriates and talent, as well as assistance in temporary and permanent residencies, work permits, entry visas and renewals, naturalizations, among others.

Insurance. Recently open to private competition after more than 75 years of being a governmental monopoly, the insurance industry presents itself as a major area of development in the years ahead. Facio & Cañas has prepared to assist international and local companies in their new venture in this country.

Intellectual Property. Assistance can be provided in the registration of trademarks, copyrights, patents, industrial models, among others, including the registration of sanitary permits and licenses to import food and medicines.

Labor. Permanent counseling is offered in labor law matters (such as hiring, dismissal, compensation), as well as assessments and planning of internal labor policies.
Litigation. For over 70 years, the firm’s litigation lawyers have successfully represented local and international companies in the most complex cases of civil and commercial litigation of Costa Rican history.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Cross-Border Transactions. Facio & Cañas has intervened in some of the largest and more complex capital transactions taking place in Costa Rica in the last few years. The firm regularly represents clients in cross-border transactions.

Real Estate. Facio & Cañas has been very active in the real estate practice area, developing new business opportunities and solutions to foreign and national clients. Its experts deal with residential, tourism, commercial and industrial projects and transactions.

Tax. We are leaders in the generation of knowledge in tax matters. We are known as the ideal firm for complex litigation and consulting because we have an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and accountants.

Telecommunications. The telecommunications industry has been considered one of the most attractive markets for foreign investment in the country for more than 20 years. After several intents, the approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement has allowed private participation in this industry, and Facio & Cañas has actively represented projects and transactions in this particular area. With the recent incorporation of three attorneys, Facio & Cañas is the first law firm to offer a completely specialized, dedicated practice group in Costa Rica.