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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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Full Service, one-stop, world-class legal services:

BLP is a one-stop-shop for all legal services in Costa Rica, providing a wide range of practice areas, with personalized attention from Partners.  As the largest law firm in Costa Rica, we provide the timeliest, and most cost-efficient results.  Having experts in every field allows us to provide fully multidisciplinary integrated services, creating synergies among our different practice groups for the benefit of our clients.  

Specialized advice for Free Trade Zone companies:

Our FREE TRADE ZONE (FTZ) practice is the most reputable and influential in Costa Rica. Comprised of highly specialized attorneys, our FREE TRADE ZONE team is exclusively dedicated to advising FTZ companies in every industry.  This working group provides expert advice to international companies investing in sectors such as Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Shared Services, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Aerospace, Food Industry, and Light Manufacturing, among others.   In conjunction with the firm’s many areas of expertise, we provide comprehensive legal services for our FREE TRADE ZONE clients in all areas of law, including corporate and commercial, real estate, labor, immigration, customs, local and international tax, product registrations, mergers and acquisitions, trade, import-export, intellectual property, public procurement, compliance, regulatory, technology, privacy and data protection.  Through affiliates of the BLP Group, we offer support with FTZ accounting and payroll management, as well as technical environmental services for construction permitting process, environmental viability for the operation, environmental agent services and on-going consulting services.  

Legal Advice for FREE TRADE ZONE Projects (Turn-Key Basis):

Through project management tools BLP provides complete support and advice in all regulatory aspects required to establish and operate a Free Trade Zone project in Costa Rica.  We base our service delivery on a turn-key approach, where we take care of the company´s needs from the moment they decide to invest in our country until the date they are fully authorized to carry-out their activity, handing over the full package of legal, permitting and registration requirements to operate.  Our turn-key solutions includes, among others: i) incorporation of legal entity; ii) advice and strategy to apply for the FREE TRADE ZONE grant and preparation of application filings, iii) real estate matters, such as purchases, construction, leases, and conditioning of premises, iv) environmental advice and viability for the project, v) labor and employment advice, vi) immigration services for expats and trainees, vii) operating permits, registrations, and business licensing processes, viii) other requirements such as health product registration, precursor use permits or authorizations for dangerous goods.  Once operational, BLP provides ongoing support and legal advice for all the company´s needs, day to day business, consultations, and compliance with the FREE TRADE ZONE regulations.

Extensive knowledge and experience in the FREE TRADE ZONE sector:

Our FREE TRADE ZONE team leaders are active committee and board members of the most relevant FREE TRADE ZONE chambers, such as the Costa Rican Free Trade Zone Association (AZOFRAS), the Free Trade Zone Association for the Americas (AZFA), the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO), and the North American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), which provides them with first-hand knowledge on the FREE TRADE ZONE sector opportunities and challenges, as well as collective platforms to address FTZ client´s shared needs, solve usual issues and improve the overall investment climate for the FREE TRADE ZONE industry.  BLP has a constant working relationship with PROCOMER and the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX), and is a partner of The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE).  Members of the FREE TRADE ZONE team contributed to the creation of the current FTZ legal framework and regularly write articles on issues and developments in the Free Trade Zone sector.

Real Estate, Tourism & Hospitality:

BLP’s dynamic Real Estate & Hospitality team represents developers, investors, and financial entities in the acquisition, development, structuring, financing, sale, and leasing of real estate assets, providing comprehensive advice and personalized service to our clients in every stage of their real estate investments.  With offices in San José, Los Sueños in the Central Pacific area, and the Northern Pacific Coastal region of Guanacaste, the firm covers all the most important tourist destinations.  BLP is definitively the market leader in RE&H as evidenced by the firm’s impressive portfolio of completed real estate transactions, both local and off-shore.  BLP’s practitioners combine their business know-how with expertise in project financing, administrative procedures, environmental impact, hospitality, notary deeds, condominium law, and related subjects.

International Awards:

BLP has earned numerous regional awards including five-time winner of Chambers and Partners “Law Firm of the Year” (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019); International Financial Law Review and Law IFLR “Law Firm of the Year” (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019); “Elite Firm” by Latin Lawyer and “highly ranked” by the Legal 500.

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  • Tax Consulting, Structuring and Litigation

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