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Vicente Lines

Vicente Lines

Partner

Arias (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica

Biography

Vicente Lines’s practice spans 25 years of complex transactions, acquisitions, financing and adversarial negotiations experience involving regulated industries, corporate law, minority shareholders’ rights, real estate and other complex legal issues involving private enterprises, the Costa Rican government, and international multilateral financial institutions.

His experience in the energy and infrastructure has involved financing of fossil fuel power plants in Honduras, acting as regulatory counsel and part of the team involved in creating the regulatory analysis of the acquisition of clean energy assets in Central America, counsel to the acquirer of the second private utility-scale PV generation facility, an active member of the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association during the effort to lobby the government to pass regulations to foster distributed generation, counsellor to multiple transactions to acquire wind power facilities.

Vicente has also cultivated a unique regional experience as regulatory counsel to competitive carriers, value-added service, and infrastructure developers in the telecommunications sector. He has also worked with telecommunications infrastructure, service, and equipment providers in market-entry issues throughout Central America. Vicente has represented telecommunications service providers in various transactional settings, including structuring of joint ventures with private local partners and the government-owned incumbent operators in Costa Rica. Mr Lines has advised infrastructure and service providers in licensing before the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan telecommunications regulators.

In his career as a transactional attorney Vicente has worked with regional, US and European investors in the private sector, in M&A in industries as diverse as auto retail, packaged foods, beverage, telecommunications and real estate development.

He holds a Juris Doctor – equivalent law degree – from Law School, University of Costa Rica and an LLM in Common Law Studies from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC and was a Fulbright scholar. He is authorised as a practising attorney in the state of New York, United States of America as well as authorised as a practising attorney and notary public in Costa Rica.

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