In Costa Rica, competition authorities (Sutel in the telecom market and Coprocom in all other markets) may conduct unannounced inspections (dawn raids) on companies’ premises to gather evidence of possible monopolistic practices. These inspection powers were recently strengthened with the passing of law # 9736, one of the requirements for the country’s accession to the OECD. Our partner Alan Thompson participated in a panel on this topic organized by Sutel on October 31st. Alan joined the heads of the competition authorities and the Costa Rican attorney general in a discussion on the rules governing these inspections, how they are conducted in other jurisdictions and the rights and duties of companies subject to inspection. Guidelines for unannounced inspections recently issued by Sutel are available here: