Founded in 1936, Zürcher Odio & Raven is one of the best full-service law firms in Costa Rica. The firm offers integrated solutions for the legal services required by a varied clients across all economic sectors. Our professional team has extensive experience in general commercial transactions and corporate governance as well as in large-scale complex projects and highly specialised regulatory issues.
Main areas of practice
Corporate law: The core daily practice is centered on commercial companies, corporate governance, project finance, and international financial transactions. All needs of local and international corporations are efficiently and effectively met.
Real estate and tourism: Real estate is a major focus of daily practice, not only in all property transfer and financing transactions but also in the provision of integrated services for large-scale residential, commercial and hospitality projects.
Banking, finance and securities: Zürcher Odio & Raven acts as legal adviser to most of the major banks and is intensely involved in financial contracts, banking and brokerage, leasing, commodity and financial derivatives for hedging, speculation and arbitration.
M&A and competition law: The firm has overseen some of the largest M&A transactions and regularly advises on share offers, acquisition finance and corporate and financial restructuring. The firm also has a particularly intensive practice in filing petition for approval of M&As before the National Competition Commission.
Regulation and public law: The firm has an exceptionally long record in government procurement, administrative law and constitutional law. This experience has grown into expert legal advice in specific aspects of public regulations such as private/public partnerships, public project finance and infrastructure development.
Litigation and arbitration: The firm’s high success rates in complex international cases in all areas of litigation (civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional) demonstrates the consistent quality of legal advice in dispute resolution. The firm’s experienced litigation team is strengthened by the expert advice of three former Supreme Court Justices.
Intellectual property: Zürcher IP offers a full range services in protection of trademark, patent and copyright law in Costa Rica and Central America. The firm offers skilled services in both transactions and litigation, covering regulatory approvals, business licences, import and export licences, manufacturing and distribution agreements, IP dispute resolution and legal action against infringement and counterfeiting.
Energy, telecoms and IT: The firm’s clients include key players in the local telecommunications market and our team has handled some of the most relevant cases before the Superintendency of Telecommunications. The firms’ expert advice is also present in some of the largest wind, hydroelectric and photovoltaic energy projects in the country.
Foreign investment and international trade: The firm is an authority in local regulation and international law of foreign direct investment and international trade. The firm has extensive experience in applications for investment incentives, free trade zone regime, trade safeguards, tariff and non-tariff barriers, anti-dumping and compensatory measures, tariff-rate quotas and export and import quotas.
International transport and cargo: Our team regularly advises clients in air travel, maritime and land transportation: operations approval and licences, line representation, cargo disputes, insurance claims, public services concessions and registration and arrest of vessels and aircraft.Los Balcones, Piso 4
Plaza Roble, Escazú
San José, Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2201 3800
Fax: +506 2201 7150