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SERVICES

  •   Acquisitions.
  •   Sales and Mergers.
  •   Divestitures.
  •   Leverage Buyout transactions.
  •   Spin‐offs.
  •   Recapitalization and other corporate restructurings.
  •   Issuer and third party exchange offers.
  •   Assessment to buyers, sellers, target companies, investment dealers, banks, and other financial intermediaries.
Merges & Acquisitions
  •   Structuring of Guaranty and Administration trusts.
  •   Estate planning.
  •   Preparation of wills and testamentary trusts.
Trust & Depositary
  •   Investment Agreements.
  •   Credit facilities.
  •   Project finance.
  •   Loan structuring during merger or acquisition processes.
  •   Public and private offerings.
  •   Debt structuring and restructuring.
  •   Debt Prosecution.
  •   Regulatory Compliance.
Banking Law
  •   Integral Advise on Labor Issues.
  •   Labor Settlements.
  •   Labor Dispute Prevention.
  •   Drafting and Preparation of Internal Company Policies.
  •   Labor Lawsuits.
  •   Workshops addressed to Corporate HR Departments.
  •   Consultation on Good Labor Practices.
  •   Labor Due Diligence.
Labor
  •   Development of insurance‐related financial products.
  •   Insurance and reinsurance policies.
  •   Values insurance.
  •   International insurance operations.
  •   Insurance‐related litigation.
Finance & Insurance
  •   Implementation of innovative transactions.
  •   Drafting and filing of charter documents and by laws for legal entities.
  •   Establishing, structuring, and restructuring of businesses, companies, and groups.
  •   Business planning.
  •   Stock option plans.
  •   Employment relationships.
  •   Consortia, partnerships, and joint ventures.
  •   Shareholder's agreements.
  •   Due diligence.
  •   Corporate governance.
  •   Corporate succession.
  •   Corporate records.
  •   Corporate litigation.
  •   Minority rights.
  •   Creditor's rights.
  •   Management agreements.
Corporate & Business
  •   Escrow Services.
  •   Annual corporate maintenance.
  •   Filing and payment of corporate tax.
  •   Filing and payment of income tax.
  •   Corporate Domicile and Registered Attorney services.
  •   Payment of basic utilities, HOA fees, insurance policies.
  •   Filing and payment of property taxes and luxury home tax.
Property Management

Trademarks, Trade Names & Appellations of Origin:

  • Prosecution
  • Licensing
  • Cancellation and nullification actions
  • Searches and Investigations

Patents & Industrial Designs:

  • Prosecution.
  • PCT filings.
  • Technology transfer agreements and licenses.
  • Opposition and Cancellation actions.

Copyrights and Neighboring Rights:

  • Counseling
  • Licensing.
  • Copyright Office proceedings

Litigation:

  • Civil and Criminal actions
  • Anti‐ counterfeit actions.
  • Customs Measures and proceedings
  • Investigations.
  • Anti‐trust and Competition Board proceedings.
  • Consumer Board proceedings.

Product Registration:

  • Health registrations (pharmaceuticals, food products, medical equipment, cosmetics, etc.)
  • Agrochemical and additives.
  • Food for animals.
Intellectual Property
  •   Development of Internet projects.
  •   Infrastructure shareholder’s agreements.
  •   Software lease and development agreements.
  •   Concessions, permits, and authorizations before regulatory agency.
  •   Purchase and maintenance of telecommunications and computer equipment and services.
  •   Added value telecommunication services.
  •   Land and mobile telephone services.
  •   Wire and wireless networks.
  •   Submarine Cable Negotiations.
  •   Internet service providers (ISP).
  •   Application service providers (ASP).
  •   Internet portals.
  •   E‐commerce.
  •   Virtual communities.
Energy, Technology
  •   Drafting, preparation, and negotiation of Entertainment Agreements including, but not limited to: Personal Management Agreements, Recording Agreements, Band Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Talent Agreements, Production Agreements, and Licensing Agreements.
  •   Copyright and Trademark advise in conjunction with our IP Department.
  •   Litigation.
  •   Structuring of financing and funding for potential growth opportunities.
  •   General corporate advise to Entertainment Entities.
Media & Entertainment
Project Financing
  •   Construction and development.
  •   Acquisitions and sales.
  •   Planning and environmental issues.
  •   Development loans.
  •   Expropriations.
  •   Land use permits and maritime zone issues.
  •   Purchase and Sale Agreements.
  •   Investigating and registering property before public registries, including property title reports.
  •   Representing leading project sponsors, lenders, equipment suppliers, infrastructure funds, insurers, public sector entities, and rating agencies.
  •   Public and private partnership structures.
  •   Secured lending.
  •   Multi‐sourced lending arrangements.
  •   Privatizations and related transactions.
  •   Private equity investments.
  •   Complex debt restructurings.
Real Estate Development
  •   Commercial Litigation.
  •   Agrarian Litigation.
  •   Trust agreements and other sources of funds.
  •   Labor Litigation.
  •   Unfair Competition and Trademark Counterfeiting Litigation.
  •   Government and Administrative Litigation.
  •   Collection Proceedings.
  •   Insurance and reinsurance policies.
  •   Expropriation Proceedings.
  •   Arbitration (national and international).
Litigation & arbitration
  •   Negotiation of public contracts.
  •   Litigation for breach of contract.
  •   Licenses, concessions, and permits.
  •   Government audits, claims, and penalties.
  •   Negotiation and review of contractual proposals, equitable adjustments, and termination settlements.
  •   Negociación y revisión de ofertas contractuales, ajustes equitativos y arreglos de terminación de contrato.
  •   Analysis of the terms reference.
  •   Preparation and presentation of public bids.
  •   Review and analysis of competing offers.
Procurement & Administrative

WHAT WE DO

Our Awesome Skills

Merges & Acquisitions 
100%
Intellectual Property
95%
Property Management 
85%
Energy, Technology & Telecommunications 
90%
Media & Entertainment Law 
90%
Procurement & Administrative Law 
90%
Projects & Real Estate Development 
90%
WE LOVE THEM

Our Reviews

  • 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."

WHAT WE DO

Our Awesome Skills

Corporate & Business Law 
100%
Litigation & Arbitration
95%
Banking Law 
85%
Labor
90%
Finance / Insurance 
90%
Trust & Depositary Services 
90%
Project Financing 
90%

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-.

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-.

Raquel Moya

Associates

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

María José Mora

Associates

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

Laura Villalobos

Associates

"Whenever you get opportunity to serve, serve with all your heart" -Lailah Gifty Akita-.

Marcela Acosta

Associates

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

Luis Diego Rodriguez

Associates

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

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-.

Jorge F. Baldioceda

Associates

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

Elías Shadid

Associates

"Knowledge is power" -Francis Bacon-.

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