Zürcher, Odio & Raven, founded in 1936, is the merger of two of the oldest and most prestigious regional law firms, with a full-range portfolio of legal services for a growing demand. Its services feature integrated teamwork and long-term commitment. The firm has achieved recognition for its high-quality legal advice, commitment to client and its strict adherence to ethical and professional standards. The firm presently counts 45 lawyers led by 10 partners.
Areas of practice
Private law and corporate issues: very active practice in commercial and civil law, labour law, corporate law, providing legal support in complex transactions, mergers and acquisitions, share offers and takeovers and project finance.
Banking, finance and securities: high level of experience in complex subjects, having leading expertise in acquisition finance, syndicated loans, cross border loans, project finance, contractual and regulatory matters and structured finance. Our team provides services to local and international banks, brokerage firms, leasing and factoring companies, among others.
Real estate and tourism project development: ample experience and high level expertise assisting in all real estate related matters, including all pre-development activities, due diligence, construction contracts, financing, and day-to-day operations for different types of projects, such as commercial, business, residential, hospitality and mixed use ones.
Intellectual property: we have a full range of resources and experience to secure your intellectual property rights in Costa Rica and manage your intellectual property portfolio throughout Central America. We are equally skilled in transactions and litigation, with capabilities for the commercial development and enforcement of your IP.
Litigation and arbitration: a consolidated division with the knowledge and prestige of two former Supreme Court judges, promoting a proper understanding of conflicts, defining and implementing strategies in order to obtain the greatest possible satisfaction in the interest of our clients.
Regulation, administrative, and constitutional law: long-standing experience in government procurement, administrative regulations and constitutional law resulting in expert legal advice in public work concessions, tourism concessions, private and public sector partnership and joint ventures, public project finance and infrastructure development.
Foreign investment and international trade: recognised as an authority specialising in foreign direct investment and international trade, counselling on safeguards, anti-dumping and compensatory measures, export and import quotas and tariff-rate quotas, trade and customs proceedings, tariff and non-tariff barriers, investment incentives, free trade regime application, etc.
Energy, telecommunications and IT: ample experience in public-private partnerships, agreements with state agencies and concessions of public works and services. Substantially involved in IT: e-commerce, IP and data protection, digital signature, online trading, software contracts, etc.
Insurance: leading local and international insurance and reinsurance companies counselling in the new field of insurance regulation and supervision, for a varied and complex assortment of litigation cases.
Tax: our goal is to provide accurate and innovative tax planning to our clients in observance of the local tax system and other jurisdictions if is necessary. Consulting and litigation about the tax system, jurisprudence and legal criteria applicable in specific cases.
Maritime and aeronautic law: services in international air and maritime transportation, port and airport development, ground handling; all kinds of contracts for ship-owners, charters, carriers, agents, operators and insurers; registration and arrest of vessels and aircraft; and applications to obtain operation licences and public service concessions.
Criminal law: we offer services in criminal matters including economic, financial, tax, customs, and ecological, among others.
Representative clients: Abbott laboratories; Align Technology; Barclays; Banco BAC; Banco BBVA; CitiBank; Banco General; Bank of America; Banco Promérica; Royal Bank of Canada, Boston Scientific; Caribbean Property Group; Caribe Hospitality; Coopervision; CITCO Group of Companies (Ned); DHL; Freudenberg Medical; Frontier Airlines; Grupo Lala; Hanes; Holcim; Hospira; KFW Bank; Maritime Claims America; Moog; Molinos de CR; Pan-American Life Insurance de Costa Rica; Pastas Roma; Payless; Portafolio Inmobiliario PIMSA; PriceSmart; Sakata Seed Company (USA);SC Johnson; Shell Oil; Siemens; Starbucks; Telefónica (Movistar); The Rice Company TRC Group (USA); The Royal Mint (UK); Ticofrut; Tigo (Millicom).
Languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.Los Balcones, Piso 4
Plaza Roble, Escazú
San José, Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2201 3800
Fax: +506 2201 7150