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Aguilar Castillo Love

The product of a prestigious merger between John Aguilar & Asociados and Bufete Castillo Love in 2006, Aguilar Castillo Love has become one of the premier firms Central America. The firm has a strong standing in business law and corporate law, boasting seven fully integrated offices in Central America, with a presence in the region’s major business hubs, including Panama City, Guatemala City and San José.


Its engagements include acting as counsel for Cable & Wireless Communications in its acquisition of Columbus International, and helping Gas Natural Fenosa in the multi-jurisdictional sale of its telecommunications arm to top European private equity firm Cinven, which involved five of the firm’s offices.

John Aguilar-Quesada, co-managing partner of the firm in Costa Rica, is “a leading light in corporate law”. He is possesses “an impressive depth of expertise” in his main focus areas, which include foreign investments and taxation. He is also championed for his administrative and public law practice. Also in Costa Rica, Marco Solano Gómez specialises in international M&A transactions, where he is considered to be “technically excellent and a strong negotiator”. Juan José Alcerro-Milla in Honduras completes the trio of listings in the corporate practice. He is described as having a “commercial approach” and “a sharp mind”.

The firm also performs highly in dispute resolution, where John Aguilar-Osborne in Costa Rica, founder of John Aguilar & Asociados, is “a thought leader”. He has a “vast experience” in business and financial matters. Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón in Guatemala is “thoughtful” and “always gives detailed advice”. He boasts an impressive body of work, which has included handling disputes for domestic and international clients in industries ranging from construction to energy, banking and real estate.

 The firm achieves five listings in our administrative and public law chapter. In Costa Rica, Esteban Agüero Guier is an “astute legal mind” who is respected for his negotiations with government bodies on cross-border trade agreements. Ruben Zamora Castro is also noted for his public law expertise.

With a strong set of skilled practitioners across eight practice areas, Aguilar Castillo Love shows that it is a leading firm in Central America, with a presence that stretches across the region. 

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