The legal market is an environment full of traditions and formulas that hold the appearance of professionalism and seriousness. Sfera Legal is a law firm that thinks in an unordinary way and evolves what is established with courage and boldness. We do not follow the cliches of the industry; we work to RE THINK, RE INVENT and RE EVOLVE the practice of the profession
We work with an entrepreneurial spirit changing the legal business.
We are "Solution Builders", We offer more than legal solutions; our ideal is to generate opportunities to our clients.
We work with leadership and excellence because we know that full satisfaction of every one of our clients is profitable for us.
The confidence and capacity that we have, joined with our level to practice law allows us to go beyond, a new vision of legal practice.
Everything we do for our clients must generate respect to ourselves, and to our firm. As lawyers, we take care of every detail.
Our vision of thinking "out of the box", joined with the integration to handle each situation, places us in a privileged position
"Sfera Legal provides ‘excellent, quick and clear advice’ based on its ‘extensive knowledge’ and ‘understanding of the commercial aspects’ of the corporate sector. Excelling especially on cross-border transactions…".
"The firm’s client base also includes regional players… ‘Excellent negotiator’ Robert van der Putten and the ‘efficient’ Elijah Shadid are both recommended, Eric Scharf is another name to note."
"…‘first class firm’ Sfera Legal has a strong track record in representing clients in litigious matters related to contracts, labour and real estate. It fields a highly regarded team: founding partner Robert van der Putten, certified arbitrator Eric Scharf and the particularly visible Gonzalo Rojas Benavides are all noted for their ‘astute assessments, careful manner and diplomatic approach’".
"Led by founding partner Robert van der Putten, Sfera Legal’s real estate team focuses on project financing and acquisitions in the real estate market, but also demonstrates capability on construction and development issues…"
"Dynamic department offering a wide range of commercial and M&A services to an array of important clients. Focuses particularly on complex M&A work in the region."
"They provide a great all-round service and are very attentive to clients' needs."
“Sources agree that head of department Eric Scharf stands out for his corporate structuring work and "very open and client-focused professionalism."
“Strong in arbitration for both national and multinational companies. Also handles litigation and complex dispute resolution matters.”
"They offer expert knowledge in the sector, particularly in arbitration.
“Sources praise partner Robert van der Putten's arbitration work, and highlight his "ability to devise interesting and creative strategic solutions.".
“Provides the full spectrum of insurance services, from developing related financial products to international insurance operations.”
"They provide a good service and are very involved in the sector."
“Head of department Eric Scharf is regarded as one of the key insurance lawyers in the country, with sources highlighting his "exhaustive knowledge of the field" and stellar track record.”
“Handles a variety of labour-related matters including consultations on good labour practices, dispute prevention and the drafting of relevant documents.”
"Their attention to the client is 'class A'. They are very good at following up and they tell you exactly how the case is doing."
“Marcela Acosta leads the practice group and is recognised by clients as an "excellent litigator." She is also praised for her up-to-date knowledge of the country's labour laws.”
“Recognised for offering a wide variety of services to the client, ranging from development loans and planning to environmental issues. Represents project sponsors, infrastructure funders and equipment suppliers.”
"Their lawyers are very capable and the team does a good job."
“Involved in a number of high-value real estate sales and acquisitions with a global focus, including assisting a Korean company with Costa Rican real estate matters. Also handles real estate due diligence and has an increasing presence in the condominium market.”
"The firm is very good - the lawyers have an international outlook and are responsive, and the level of their knowledge is excellent."
“Clients describe Robert van der Putten as an "extremely good real estate lawyer who is very knowledgeable." They appreciate his quick response times.”
“Rafael Cañas is well known in the market for his knowledge of complex real estate transactions, with one client describing him as a "top Costa Rican attorney."
"El buen liderazgo es el que inspira a hacerse seguir, sin necesidad de hacerse sentir..." -Rafael E. Cañas-.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new" -Socrates-.
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" -Albert Einstein-.
"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." -Henry Ford-.
"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" -Thomas Jefferson-.
"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit" -Aristotle-.
"If someone ever tells you that you’re putting too much peanut butter on your bread, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life" -Anonymous-.
"La recompensa del trabajo bien hecho es la oportunidad de hacer más trabajo bien hecho" -Jonas Edward Salk-.