October 28, 2022

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Our partner Alberto Fernández López was recently appointed by ICC Costa Rica as a member of the global ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. This commission is made up of approximately 1,000 members from more than 92 countries comprising lawyers, in-house counsel, arbitrators, mediators, law professors and experts in various dispute resolution fields.

October 3, 2022

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Last week on “Economy and Society,” a television program sponsored by the University of Costa Rica and hosted by economist Juan Rafael Vargas, our partner Alan Thompson spoke about past efforts to implement competition/antitrust laws in Costa Rica and the main challenges ahead, including the role of the competition authority (COPROCOM). Viviana Blanco, current president of the board of commissioners of COPROCOM, was also a guest in the program.

August 29, 2022

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Chambers Latin America 2023 recognizes our partner, Alan Thompson, as one of the top lawyers in the field of Competition/Antitrust in Costa Rica. According to the publication: “Alan Thompson is active within the Costa Rican competition and antitrust arena, and is well regarded by market commentators. A pleased client states: ’Alan Thompson is a professional with vast experience and commitment, with recognised and comprehensive expertise. We have always been very satisfied with his work.’”

August 29, 2022

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Chambers Latin America 2023 recognizes our partner, Alberto Fernández López, as one of the “Most in Demand Arbitrators” in Costa Rica. According to the publication: “Alberto Fernández López is highly recognised for his activity as an arbitrator in relevant Costa Rican and international proceedings. He is endorsed by an onlooker who affirms: Alberto Fernández Lopez is a leader in the arbitration field, and he is one of the most outstanding practitioners.’”

July 21, 2022

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“Towards public policies in favor of competition and consumer protection” was published by Academia de Centroamérica and Lead University in San José, Costa Rica. Our partner Alan Thompson edited the anthology and authored a chapter on competition law and consumer welfare. The publication is available here:

https://link.btalegal.com/cev

July 11, 2022

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The topic of dispute boards has gained great relevance in alternative dispute resolution and construction contracts. Our partner Alberto Fernández López will participate as one the main speakers in the forum “Implementation of dispute boards in Costa Rica in light of the new Public Procurement Law”, hosted by the Costa Rican Bar Association on July 14th .

June 20, 2022

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The effectiveness of government price controls in Costa Rica has been widely discussed in recent years. In 2020, ceilings were set on loan rates, regulations on rice prices are under review, and there is talk of regulating prices in the pharmaceutical market. Are government price controls appropriate? What does our competition law say? Our partner Alan Thompson discusses in this week’s edition of El Financiero. Available at the following links:

https://link.btalegal.com/njx

https://link.btalegal.com/7t4

June 3, 2022

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Our partner, Alberto Fernández López, is recognized in the 2022 edition of Who is Who Legal Central America for his experience in dispute resolution. According to the publication, Alberto is heralded by peers for being “an excellent practitioner” and “always being willing to serve and understand others, with great oral defence before court”.

May 13, 2022

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Our partner, Alan Thompson, was interviewed by think tank Reto Siglo 21 about the challenges Costa Rica faces in promoting competition in the marketplace, considering the country’s recent accession to the OECD.  Among others, Alan highlighted 3 important challenges: 1) review the role and performance of state-owned enterprises; 2) improve and simplify regulations that restrict competition and impose heavy administrative burdens on businesses, and 3) achieve more effectiveness and predictability in the enforcement of the recently enacted competition law. Watch the interview here:

https://link.btalegal.com/595

April 8, 2022

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BTA Legal is one of the sponsors of the XIII Congress of International Arbitration organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica (ICC Costa Rica). The congress will take place from April 27 to 29 and will cover current issues on investment arbitration, including state consent based on contracts and investment laws, the new ICSID rules for arbitration, and the frontiers of investment arbitration from an environmental, society and good governance approach. Information about the event here:

https://link.btalegal.com/p72

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