Central America: Real Estate & Construction 2019

In this chapter we highlight 26 lawyers who are considered leading figures in the region when it comes to dealing with financings, transactions, regulatory issues and disputes across the construction and real estate sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luis M Castro BLP, San José
2. Alejandro A Antillon EY Law, San José
3. Alberto Raven-Ramírez  Zurcher Odio & Raven, San José

Belize

Emil Arguelles at Arguelles & Company is “a standout lawyer” who draws acclaim from market sources for his expert handling of complex real estate financings and transactions. 

Costa Rica

BLP’s Luis Castro ranks as one of the most prominent real estate experts in the country. He is described as “a great attorney in the real estate sector” by sources who consider him a go-to name in the market.
Andrés López is “a much-respected attorney” among market sources, and is well acquainted with representing lenders and borrowers on a range of real estate transactions.  
Eduardo Calderón is recognised as “a very good lawyer” with “a strong practice”. His expertise runs the gamut of real estate matters from regulation to M&A transactions.

Alejandro Antillon at EY Law is held in high esteem by market commentators who consider him “one of the most active lawyers in real estate transactions in Costa Rica”.

At Zurcher Odio & Raven, founding partner Alberto Raven-Ramírez is a long-standing figure in the Costa Rican market who commands great respect from peers for his invaluable experience in the corporate sphere.

Arnoldo André at Lexincorp Central American Law Firm is “a great all-round practitioner” say sources, whose practice spans a range of real estate and corporate finance matters. 

Nicaragua

Garcia & Bodan’s Dania Navarrete is highly sought after by clients who applaud her “knowledge and honesty” as well as her “detailed explanations of every issue”.
Federico Gurdián continues to impress respondents with his first-rate practice, which includes sophisticated corporate transactions across the real estate sector.

Róger Pérez at Arias is “a great lawyer” who receives plaudits for his top-notch work on corporate and commercial real estate transactions, including complex financings. 

Panama

At Galindo Arias y López, Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras is a highly visible figure on real estate deals say peers, an area in which he frequently represents domestic and international clients.

José Agustín Preciado Miro at Fábrega Molino is “definitely active in deals” according to sources, and is well known in the market for his leading expertise when it comes to planning and transactional matters.

Morgan & Morgan’s Francisco Arias is a corporate finance specialist who is well thought of among market commentators for his vast experience handling sales and purchases in the real estate sector as well as significant project developments.

At Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, María Carolina Arroyo heads the firm’s commercial and real estate group. She stands out among peers for her deep understanding of corporate finance and transactional matters across the sector.

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