ABOUT US

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


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Reviews About Us

  • Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Latin America

    "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…".

  • Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Latin America

    "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."

  • Dispute Resolution - Legal 500 Latin America.

    "…‘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’".

  • Real Estate - Legal 500 Latin America.

    "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…"

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    "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."

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    "They provide a great all-round service and are very attentive to clients' needs."

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    “Sources agree that head of department Eric Scharf stands out for his corporate structuring work and "very open and client-focused professionalism."

  • Dispute Resolution – Chambers Latin America.

    “Strong in arbitration for both national and multinational companies. Also handles litigation and complex dispute resolution matters.”

  • Dispute Resolution – Chambers Latin America.

    "They offer expert knowledge in the sector, particularly in arbitration.

  • Dispute Resolution – Chambers Latin America.

    “Sources praise partner Robert van der Putten's arbitration work, and highlight his "ability to devise interesting and creative strategic solutions.".

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    “Provides the full spectrum of insurance services, from developing related financial products to international insurance operations.”

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    "They provide a good service and are very involved in the sector."

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    “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.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “Handles a variety of labour-related matters including consultations on good labour practices, dispute prevention and the drafting of relevant documents.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    "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."

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “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.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “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.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    "Their lawyers are very capable and the team does a good job."

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “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.”

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    "The firm is very good - the lawyers have an international outlook and are responsive, and the level of their knowledge is excellent."

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “Clients describe Robert van der Putten as an "extremely good real estate lawyer who is very knowledgeable." They appreciate his quick response times.”

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “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."

OUR TEAM

Rafael E. Cañas

Partner

"El buen liderazgo es el que inspira a hacerse seguir, sin necesidad de hacerse sentir..." -Rafael E. Cañas-.

Eric Scharf

Partner

"The Devil is in the details" -Gustave Flaubert-.

Robert van der Putten

Partner

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new" -Socrates-.

José Schroeder

Partner

"Whatever you are, be a good one" -Abraham Lincoln-.

Javier Escalante

Partner

"Great things never came from comfort zones" -Anonymous-.

Elías Shadid

Associates

"Knowledge is power" -Francis Bacon-.

Raquel Moya

Associates

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" -Albert Einstein-.

Jose María Pacheco

Associates

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." -Henry Ford-.

Susan Naranjo

Associates

"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" -Thomas Jefferson-.

Luis Diego Rodriguez

Associates

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious" -Albert Einstein-.

Edwin Rojas

Associates

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" -Walt Disney-.

Jose Pablo Arce

Associates

"The future is unwritten." -” Joe Strummer-.

María José Mora

Associates

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit" -Aristotle-.

Gonzalo Rojas

Associates

"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-.

Felipe Esquivel

Associates

"Don't find fault, find remedy" -Henry Ford-.

Daniel Espinoza

Associates

"If opportunity doesn't knock… build a door!" -Milton Berle-.

Marcela Acosta

Associates

"La recompensa del trabajo bien hecho es la oportunidad de hacer más trabajo bien hecho" -Jonas Edward Salk-.

Jorge F. Baldioceda

Associates

"Hacemos las cosas lo mejor posible y con un remate de amor" -Jorge F. Baldioceda-.

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