“There are men who “battle” for a day and they are good. There are men who “battle” for a year and they are better. There are men who “battle” many years, and they are better still. But there are those who “battle” all their lives, these are the indispensable ones.” -Bertolt Brecht-

Abraham Stern


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Abraham Stern

Born in 1967. Admitted to the Costa Rican Bar Association, 1994.

University of Tulane, Law School, Master in Maritime Law, (1995); University of Costa Rica. (Law degree and Notary Public degree, Academic Honors, 1994).

Treasurer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Louisiana, (1997-1998); Louisiana Sate Bar Association, (1997), Attorney and adviser for the District Court of the United States of America, (1997); Lawyer and Adviser in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, (1997); Consul of Costa Rica in the State of Louisiana, U.S.A., (1994 -1996); Costa Rican Bar Association, (1994).

Partner at Sfera Legal, (2017-present); Partner at Pacheco Coto, (2013-2017); Founding Partner at SHHD, (2008-2013); Founding Partner at Lexincorp, (2000-2008); Professor of Maritime and Aviation Law at University of La Salle, San José, Costa Rica, (2000-2003); Professor of Private International Law, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, (1999-2000); Founding Partner at Stern & Asociados, (1998-2000); Associate at Chaffe-McCall New Orleans, Louisiana, (1996-1998); Associate at Rice & Fowler New Orleans, Louisiana (1992-1994); Paralegals Director at Grupo Jurídico Esp., (1992-1994); Paralegal at Facio & Cañas, (1990-1992).

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Robert C. van der Putten

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

Eric Scharf

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“The Devil is in the details” -Gustave Flaubert-

Rafael E. Cañas

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

José Pablo Arce

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"The future is unwritten” -Joe Strummer-.

José A. Schroeder

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

Ismene Arroyo

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"Las Grandes Mentes discuten las ideas; las mentes promedio discuten los acontecimientos; las mentes pequeñas discuten con las personas." -Eleanor Roosevelt-

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Regulatory Compliance

Specialized counseling in compliance and corporate governance: compliance verification, due diligence processes, anticorruption evaluation, corporate compliance planning and supervision, corporate risk prevention. We have vast experience in risk management and provide a specialized advisory focused on legal and regulatory compliance for regulated sectors, according to each applicable legislation.
Ethical investigations and installation of a proper system for Claim’s Management.
Counseling on the application and interpretation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Law.
Audits in compliance of administrative policies and Human Resources.
Preparation of ethical codes periodical revisions and support in the correct application by employees.
International norm counseling related to the FCPA Law and money laundering: constant updates and proper application.

• Registry of natural persons and/or corporations in compliance with Law 8204 and its bylaws.
• Elaboration of guidelines for legal compliance and manuals on compliance procedures for anti-money laundering.
• Due diligence preparation and elaboration of reports in order to comply with the resolution regarding the Registry of Transparency and Final Beneficiaries, to be made before the Central Bank.
• Corporate amendments to comply with the Corporate Governance Voluntary Code and other mandatory corporate governance guidelines; according to each specific entity and its business activity.
• Drafting of corporate governance codes.
• Elaboration of family protocols and all related matters to Family Planning and Family Offices.