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CINDE notes that service providers & free zones included in this Directory have fulfilled the eligibility requirements established by CINDE. By listing these options to investors, CINDE does not establish a contractual agreement with the investor, nor with the service providers or free zones beyond that of its listing. CINDE's role is limited to facilitating a linkage between parties. Any further communication and contractual relation established between a client and any of the service providers within this Directory, is the responsibility of both parties and not CINDE's. Therefore, CINDE accepts no liability nor does it give any guarantee on the matter.

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Tel.: +506 4036-2800


Arias is a full-service legal firm founded in 1942. Arias is unique in Central America, as it operates as a single firm rather than an alliance or network; and currently has seven fully integrated offices in six countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. It has become not only a solid, but also an innovative legal firm that continues to spread its influence throughout the region. For clients, choosing the right legal partner is key. Arias and its dedicated lawyers, with their core experience over a broad range of practice areas and industries, unlock the regions intricacies and subtle differences in laws. The firm is truly a one-step, one-stop law firm offering clients the benefits and demonstrated advantages that come from having all their regional businesses served from one, fully integrated base.

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International Trade, Foreign Investments and Free Trade Zones: Arias advises local and global manufacturers, exporters and importers of several goods and services in legal and business topics related to international trade and commerce, in areas such as customs, contract drafting, formalization and performance agreements (including sales, supply, agency and distribution and joint venture agreements) and representation of commercial agents in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. We also provide legal assistance to local and international companies in the legal protection of their investments (introduction, registration, distribution, repatriation). Whenever applicable, our firm files for and obtains fiscal benefits and incentives for investors. Arias has extensive experience in counseling clients willing to operate or operating under a Free Trade Zone Regime.

Labour Law and Business Immigration: we offer legal counseling in labour law issues such as the preparation and formalization of individual labour contracts, drafting and filing of internal labour regulations, registrations with relevant employment authorities, changes in employment terms and conditions, termination of employment relationships and management and resolution of labour controversies between employers and their employees. Arias also has broad experience in providing advice to foreign entrepreneurs and investors regarding their compliance with and fulfillment of migratory requirements to enter, reside in and conducting businesses and providing services within the Central American countries.

Government Affairs and International Relations: our firm provides several tools and services for companies to have accurate information regarding to their business strategy decision making, and to address those specific situations that require complex political-legal strategies. Among our key services include effective communication with government entities, representation before local and international governments, executive, legislative, macroeconomic and local-international public policies reports and monitoring, international trade strategies, crisis management and Public-Private Partnerships.

Real Estate and Hospitality: Arias is well known in the Central American region for its considerable experience in hospitality matters. We advise over a wide spectrum of services; including land acquisitions, hotel operations, and management agreements. Our firm continues to benefit both individuals and corporations for commercial, residential, and tourism purposes in areas of: development, financing, land purchasing and selling, title, and insurance. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide clients this broad combination of regulatory and legal expertise; that also covers environmental issues, zoning, land use, and obtaining permits. We offer an accurate and comprehensive service in all types of real estate matters, including due diligence and title verifications and other forms of transfers, easements and usufructs, mortgages and other types of liens, leases, construction contracts, taxes, condominiums and title insurances.

Corporate and Commercial law: Arias offers legal advice in the structuring and restructuring of businesses, including, among others, drafting and filing of charter documents and bylaws for legal entities., shareholders' agreements, minority rights, creditors' rights, corporate governance, management agreements, employment relationships, fiscal and tax planning. Also, giving legal advice to multinational corporations in business sectors —such as hotels and resorts, and food and clothing— has conferred our law firm the acquisition of considerable expertise in technical aspects of franchise law. Arias has provided legal counseling in structuring franchising commercial relationships, and drafting, reviewing, revising and modifying franchising license agreements for both franchisors and franchisees.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Arias has vast experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We have acted as counsel in the planning, negotiation and execution of many of the largest and most complex M&A deals in the region, representing both buyers and sellers. Our firm has also advised in divestitures, strategic alliances, leveraged buyouts, tender and exchange offers, collaborations and joint ventures.


Alliances and International Recognition: World Law Group, International Bar Association IBA, International Trademark Association (INTA), International Fiscal Association (IFA), International Recognition: Chambers & Partners, IFLR, International TAX Review, WWL, Legal 500, Women in Business Law, Latin Lawyer - ProBono Leading Light, Women in the Profession.

Local Trade Associations and Chambers: Cámara Costarricense-Norteamericana de Comercio de Costa Rica (AmCham), Cámara de Comercio de Costa Rica (CCCR), Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (CICR), Cámara de Comercio Italo-Costarricense, Cámara de Comercio Británico-Costarricense (BritCham), CR BIOMED, Asociación de Empresas de Zonas Francas de Costa Rica (AZOFRAS), Consejo de Desarrollo Inmobiliario (CODI).

Address: Avenida Escazú, Torre Lexus, 4th floor. Escazú, San José, Costa Rica, C.A.