Practice Areas

Pignataro Abogados is a Costa Rican law firm offering a full-service corporate practice with regional capabilities to companies, family offices and individual investors.

Corporate Law

Our legal services proposal is based on the commitment of accompanying our clients in all the legal, regulatory and structuring facets of their undertakings. We take special interest in understanding our clients’ business model, industry and needs, aiming to generate pertinent solutions for specific matters as well as to develop comprehensive, long-term legal strategies for them.

We advise several transnational companies in the medical devices, aerospace and financial services industries operating under the Costa Rican Free Trade Zone Regime in all corporate, operative and compliance matters and serve as main legal counsel to transnational companies that operate in several jurisdictions from Costa Rica. We work closely with investment bankers to structure private investment vehicles and plan private equity operations. Through our Private Clients Department, we provide personalized legal advice to individual investors and families pertaining trust, succession and estate planning.

Although we look forward to developing long-term, comprehensive relationships with our clients, we are able to handle specific transactions and operations as well as to furnish companies with competent in-house attorneys based on their specific needs.

We provide legal counsel to private companies in all statutory and general commercial and corporate matters, including preparing and conducting their Shareholders’ meetings, devising and implementing adequate corporate governance mechanisms and advising the Board of Directors and management. Furthermore, we represent controlling blocks and minority shareholders in Shareholders’ Assemblies, as well as shareholders and Directors in cases of breach of fiduciary duties by company’s Officers and Directors.

M&A / Private Equity

We assist business owners in the process of selling their companies, business units, equity or assets, including the execution of preparatory due-diligence proceedings and necessary pre-sale operations. We handle the pre- and post-closing aspects of the transaction, assisting our clients with its structuring, the negotiation of its business terms as well as drafting the necessary legal documents. Business owners often seek our assistance to “groom” their companies prior to a sale process.

As legal counsel to acquirers, we are fully capable of deploying all the necessary resources to execute a thorough due diligence study of the target company or asset, paying special attention to potential legal or operative risks and how to mitigate and manage them, always having in mind the business and financial aspects of the transaction.

Pignataro Abogados has a strong project and corporate finance practice, assisting public and private entities in the devising of legal and financial structures for the development, construction and operation of infrastructure works, as well as in the financing of facilities and operation expansion in capital-intensive industries. Particularly, our team has relevant experience in the energy generation sector, including the development of public-private partnerships and the devising of corporate structures that comply with Law #7200.

Asset Tracing & Recovery

For two consecutive years, Alejandro Pignataro and Carlos Valenciano have been recognized by the British publication Who’s Who Legal as the only Costa Rican legal experts in this practice area.

Our Asset Tracing and Recovery team works closely with foreign judicial and administrative authorities and frequently serves as local counsel to foreign receiverships in fraud cases, directing the domestic legal proceedings, interfacing with the involved enforcement agencies as well as attending to the administration of the Receivership Estate.

Many of the cases handled by the firm imply Ponzi schemes and investment and insurance frauds in several jurisdictions.

Litigation & ADR

Drawing on the experience of a highly technical, strategy-oriented attorneys, we offer our clients comprehensive legal advice in general corporate and commercial litigation.

A Labor Law Unit within the Department advises companies on labor-related matters both at a preventive level and throughout all administrative and judicial legal proceedings.

Our knowledgeable team handles complex civil and contentious administrative cases as well as real estate property and agrarian disputes, benefiting from our members’ profound professional and academic experience and wholesome understanding of civil procedures.

Furthermore, our experience litigating at a Superior District Court and Supreme Court of Justice level allow us to counsel and assist our clients in all instances of their legal proceedings.

Amongst other recognitions, Alejandro Pignataro has been recognized for three consecutive years as Leading Expert in Commercial Litigation and Asset Tracing and Recovery by Who’s Who Legal.

Commercial Law

Our Contract Law specialists have vast experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex contracts, including Joint Ventures and other association agreements, construction and operation contracts in different modalities (turn-key, BOT, BOOT), and financing contracts both with private entities and multilateral agencies.

 

Our firm also customarily assists our clients in their commercial undertakings, including the negotiation, drafting and execution of sale, distribution and franchising contracts.

Real Estate

Pignataro Abogados advices private and institutional investors in share or asset-based real estate transactions, including the structuring of real estate investment portfolios and funds.

A multi-disciplinary team accompanies clients through all the development stages of their commercial and residential projects, from their legal structuring and planning to the execution of due diligence studies, the purchase of relevant real estate assets and the clearance of possible title encumbrances. We also assist our clients in securing appropriate financing and structuring investment vehicles in the most efficient manner. Our advice encompasses all legal aspects of real estate development, including the drafting of partnership, investment and financing agreements, construction and professional services contracts, assistance in the fulfillment of construction and environmental requirements and permits as well as the handling of the closing and administering possible post-closing concerns.

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