June 3, 2022


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


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:

April 8, 2022


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:

March 2, 2022


We share an article published in last week’s edition of El Financiero by our partner, Alan Thompson, in which he analyzes the new regulations issued by the Executive Branch implementing the Costa Rican competition law (Law # 9736) and some of the main challenges for authorities and companies. These regulations include rules on merger control, leniency program, dawn raids, and voluntary compliance programs, among others. The article is available on the following links:

February 18, 2022


Chambers and Partners, a top legal directory, recognizes BTA Legal in its recently published Global 2022 edition. In Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators in Costa Rica, our partner Alberto Fernández-López ranks band 1. According to Chambers: “Alberto Fernández Lopez of BTA Legal plays an active role as an arbitrator on high-profile cases, with one interviewee asserting: ‘His work has been excellent. He is without doubt an expert arbitrator who is extremely accessible and effective in his work.'”


February 1, 2022


After publication of the general regulations of the new competition law (Law 9736), the Competition Commission and the Telecom Superintendence have started submitting guidelines for public consultation. The purpose of these guidelines is to promote transparency and legal certainty on the interpretation and application of the law. Comments on guidelines on the leniency program for detection of cartels may be submitted until February 22. Comments on guidelines on merger control in the telecom sector may be submitted until February 28. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Full text of proposed guidelines on leniency can be found here:

Full text of proposed guidelines on telecom mergers can be found here:


January 10, 2022


New anti-money laundering and compliance regulations entered into force in Costa Rica on January 1st of this year. Regulation SUGEF 12-21 applies to banks, financial institutions and local financial conglomerates, and some provisions also apply to firms or individuals that qualify as “designated non-financial businesses and professions” (DNFBPs). Feel free to contact us for more information. Full text of the regulation here:

December 3, 2021


The Regulations of the Law on the Strengthening of Costa Rican Competition Authorities (Law 9736) were published today in the official bulletin “La Gaceta” (Executive Decree 43305-MEIC). These Regulations cover important topics contained in the new law, including changes in the organization and powers of local competition authorities (COPROCOM and SUTEL), competition advocacy tools, special administrative procedures for the investigation and sanction of monopolistic practices, a leniency program to deter and detect cartels, new merger review procedures and a new framework for fines and other penalties. Additional guidelines issued by local competition authorities are expected soon. Read the full text of the Regulations here:

October 6, 2021


Costa Rica recently adopted important amendments to competition/antitrust laws. However, major challenges remain in terms of modernizing the regulatory framework and re-evaluating public monopolies and state-owned enterprises, in line with OECD recommendations. We invite you to read the article “The paradox of competition in Costa Rica”, by our partner Alan Thompson, published in this week. Read here:

September 2, 2021


Our partner, Alan Thompson, participated today as a speaker in the forum “Challenges for the effective application of competition law in Costa Rica”, organized by Lead University. Participants discussed regulatory reform, institutional reform, competition law exemptions, and competition in public procurement proceedings.

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