John Aguilar-Quesada earns extensive endorsements for his expansive knowledge spanning the full range of competition issues.
Co-managing partner of the firm and managing partner of the Costa Rica office, John Aguilar Quesada is acknowledged as one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in Costa Rica and the wider region. John received his law degree from the Autonomous University of Central America and earned his LLM from Harvard University, Law School.
John oversees coordination across Aguilar Castillo Love’s presence in eight jurisdictions, with a focus on cross-border matters including big-ticket M&As for global multinationals. He leads the firm’s regional corporate and M&A practice, providing strategic advice to clients on cross-border and domestic acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and private equity transactions. John’s standout reputation in corporate and M&A is complemented by deep expertise across corporate finance, foreign direct investment, antitrust, tax, administrative law as well as litigation. He is a trusted advisor to clients across a diverse spectrum of sectors, including banking and financial services; pharmaceutical & healthcare; retail and consumer; general industries; technology & software, among others.
In addition, John is an active supporter of the in-house legal community in Latin America. He has been central to the facilitation of the region’s first in-house legal network, Asociación de Abogados de Empresa para Centroamérica (AAEC).
John is recognised as a LACCA Approved lawyer across banking & finance, corporate & M&A, litigation, tax and administrative law. In addition, he has been recognised as a LACCA Thought Leader for the past three consecutive years.
John is a member of the Costa Rica Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He speaks English and Spanish.
John Aguilar Osborne is one of the founding partners of Aguilar Castillo Love. He has shaped the firm’s culture, one which is centred in entrepreneurship and designed to support businesses, transnational matters and the growth and transformation of its clients.
John brings more than 40 years of corporate and litigation experience, and is a recognised authority in both. He has acted on a number of Costa Rica’s most significant cases, contributing to the development of the firm as well as of the country’s legal landscape. As a trusted advisor, John acts for some of today’s leading global corporations on their transactions, negotiations and litigation in the country and region.
In recent years, John has led advice to a key client of the firm in one of the most symbolic financial criminal law and investigations in Costa Rica. As a result of his advice, no investigations against the client were initiated in the country. He was also involved in one of the most significant environmental damage cases in Costa Rica.
John received his Licientiate in Law from the University of Costa Rica. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Costa Rican Lawyers Union. During his career, John has written numerous articles and contributed to many international legal publications. Articles include, “Costa Rica, Foreign Investment Law.”
John is a member of the Costa Rica Bar Association, the Inter-American Bar Association, and the Inter-American Association of Industrial Property. He speaks English and Spanish.