Founded in 1939, Pacheco Coto is an international law firm acknowledged for its pre-eminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation, based on the highest ethical and professional standards. Regional Offices: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America and International Offices: Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Pacheco Coto is the exclusive law firm representative of World Services Group in Costa Rica.
Experts define Pacheco Coto as “a high-octane operation, with a superb team of lawyers, an enviable clientele, a first-class network of international offices and a historic reputation for excellence”.
Awards: Chambers Latin America Law Firm of the Year Award for Costa Rica in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and the Client Service Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Senior partner, Humberto Pacheco A, MCL, was bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for an outstanding professional career.
Clients: Pacheco Coto represents important multinational and transnational clients – including numerous Fortune 500 companies – which grant the firm "the gold standard for high-end transactional work".
International work: "Pacheco Coto has an impressive and highly coveted global imprint. Its network of international offices provides comprehensive legal solutions to multinational clients worldwide” (Chambers Latin America 2009).
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, French, Hebrew.
Main areas of practice
Admiralty and aviation law: Our experts have a recognised international practice, representing ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs and insurance companies. They also handle claims for accidents, damages and loss of cargo, with extensive expertise in arresting procedures and personal injury cases.
Business and corporate law: Renowned experts provide in-depth solutions in local and cross-border transactions (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, project finance, civil and commercial contracts, foreign direct investment, free-trade zone, antitrust and consumer law and insurance).
Energy and project financing: Our specialists combine expertise in complex corporate, administrative and energy law and large-scale project finance.
Environmental: Our environmental law experts – foremost in Central America – counsel local and international corporate clients and public institutions throughout Latin America on environmental regulatory frameworks, technological services and preventive advice on environmental compliance, law enforcement and sustainable use of natural resources.
Government procurement: Pacheco Coto is renowned for its government procurement practice, primarily representing suppliers or contractors before state entities. Areas of expertise comprise regulated industries, public utilities and works, concessions, government procurement, urban development, municipal regulations, energy, telecommunications, administrative and judicial proceedings.
Intellectual property: The division handles industrial property filings, sanitary permits for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and agrochemicals, unfair competition cases, franchise and licence agreements.
International asset planning: International corporate, tax and estate planning has been, for 44 years, one of Pacheco Coto’s premium strengths. Experts settle proprietary international trusts and other structures that reduce tax impact on global holdings, provide asset protection and ensure optimal transfer of succession wealth.
International trade and customs: Our specialists handle trade compliance, trade regulation, WTO law, export and import requirements, international investment law, FTAs and IIAs.
Litigation and arbitration: Dispute resolution and litigation, including complex civil, commercial, constitutional, administrative, labour and criminal proceedings. Member, Centre for International Conciliation and Arbitration.
Real estate: Pacheco Coto is acknowledged for handling the most complex and innovative real estate projects in Costa Rica, advising on sophisticated condominium structures including tax planning and solid development and exit strategies. Their in-depth understanding of real estate laws and markets enables spearheading changes in legislation and market trends.
Tax advisory: Regional specialists advice on local and international tax matters, including tax compliance and regulatory advice, tax consulting, tax litigation (administrative and judicial), corporate restructuring, preventive tax audits and guidance during tax audits.