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Pacheco Coto

Pacheco Coto  

Legal Services | Costa Rica

tel: +506 2505 0900 | fax: +506 2505 0907
Pacheco Coto Building Forum 2, Lindora | San Jose | 10903 | Costa Rica

Main Contacts

Alejandro Antillon A.

Alejandro Antillon A.Managing Partner

Hernán Pacheco O.

Hernán Pacheco O.Senior Partner


San Jose, Costa Rica | Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand | Zurich, Switzerland

Pacheco Coto's Overview

Founded in 1939, Pacheco Coto is the dean of Costa Rica's law firms, recognized for its highest ethical tradition, distinctive international background, and uppermost professional standards.

Since its inauguration in 2009, Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence has designated PACHECO COTO as Best Law Firm of the Year - Costa Rica in 2009, 2010 and 2012, in recognition of outstanding professional performance. In 2011, the firm was bestowed the CLIENT SERVICE EXCELLENCE award. Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America 2014 again listed Pacheco Coto in Band #1 in three categories: Corporate/Commercial, M&A; Tax and Real Estate. Senior Partner Humberto Pacheco A. was again listed as STAR PERFORMER (Tax), and in Band 1(Corporate) together with Partners Hernán Pacheco O. (also Corporate) and Alejandro Antillón A. (Real Estate). Eleven of the firm’s lawyers are listed as ‘leaders in their field’. IFLR1000 lists Partners Humberto Pacheco A., Hernán Pacheco O. and Freddy Fachler G. as “Leading Lawyers”.

Pacheco Coto represents numerous multinational clients and transnational corporations -including more than 36 Fortune 500 companies - that acknowledge the firm’s outstanding expertise in diverse branches of the law, and as quoted by Chambers Latin America, grant it “the gold standard for high-end transactional work”.

PACHECO COTO's distinctive qualities.
•A 74-year trajectory of professional excellence based on a symmetry of tradition and innovation;
•A 41-year accredited international background and comprehensive legal expertise in foreign jurisdictions concerning matters distinct from Costa Rica.

Evaluators and clients define PACHECO COTO as a high-octane operation, which “enjoys an impressive and highly coveted global footprint that spans Costa Rica, Switzerland and New Zealand”. In 2013 the firm has expanded its international offices to include Madrid, Spain, and at the regional level, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in Central America. This capacity to provide comprehensive and innovative solutions to multinational clients worldwide establishes PACHECO COTO as a first class international law firm.

•An elite team of lawyers that upholds the Firm’s prestige through specialized knowledge, talent, and creative thinking. Many are renowned for spearheading the creation of innovative legislation in several areas of the law. Most hold post-graduate degrees from prestigious universities in the USA and Europe, and speak two or more languages.

•A corporate structure with client-oriented policies based on evaluation of the client’s expectations and the immediate and appropriate response to their evolving requirements, monitored by the Partners and the Executive Director through a Central Control division, to ensure fluent and effective lawyer/client communication and the premium quality of the services provided.

PACHECO COTO has, amongst others, affiliations with: American Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Costa Rican Bar Association, International Bar Association, Inter–American Fiscal Association, International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (CICA), International Trademark Association, The New York State Bar Association.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1939
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 7
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 53

Languages: Spanish, English, Hebrew, French and Italian


Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law and Government Procurement
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Environmental and Energy Division
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Asset Planning
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure Development
  • Real Estate & Hospitality Law
  • Telecommunications


Senior Associates

Ignacio Alonso V.

Ignacio Alonso V.Junior Associate

Pamela Alvarado M.

Pamela Alvarado M.Junior Associate

Carlos Ayon L.

Carlos Ayon L.Senior Associate

Martin Barillas Aragon

Martin Barillas AragonSenior Associate

Ginny Castillo T.

Ginny Castillo T.Junior Associate

Nadia Chaves Z.

Nadia Chaves Z.Junior Associate

Alonso Dobles N.

Alonso Dobles N.Junior Associate

Miriam Espinoza B.

Miriam Espinoza B.Junior Associate

Enma Hernández M.

Enma Hernández M.Senior Associate

Allan Hernandez V.

Allan Hernandez V.Senior Associate

Dan Hidalgo H.

Dan Hidalgo H.Senior Associate

Andres Lacayo R.

Andres Lacayo R.Senior Associate

Alvaro Leiva E.

Alvaro Leiva E.Senior Associate

Nadya Leon R.

Nadya Leon R.Associate

Ignacio Monge D.

Ignacio Monge D.Senior Associate

Jürgen Nanne K.

Jürgen Nanne K.Senior Associate

Carlos Ordenana S.

Carlos Ordenana S.Junior Associate

Carolina Palma V.

Carolina Palma V.Senior Associate

Eduardo Palomo V.

Eduardo Palomo V.Senior Associate

Rodrigo Pérez G.

Rodrigo Pérez G.Junior Associate

Jessica Rosas O.

Jessica Rosas O.Senior Associate

Lindsay Ryan V.

Lindsay Ryan V.Senior Associate

Ana Saenz G.

Ana Saenz G.Associate

Alexander Salazar S.

Alexander Salazar S.Senior Associate

Felipe Sanchez S.

Felipe Sanchez S.Senior Associate

Elmer Vargas E.

Elmer Vargas E.Senior Associate

Diogenes Velasquez V.

Diogenes Velasquez V.Junior Associate


Junior Associates

Maritza Pacheco A.

Maritza Pacheco A.Executive Director

Humberto Pacheco A.

Humberto Pacheco A.Chairman of the Board


Pacheco Coto Announces the Incorporation of Three New Partners as an Instrumental Part of Solidifying Firm Activities in Central America
Pacheco Coto, January 2017

Pacheco Coto is very pleased to announce the incorporation as Partners, as an instrumental part of its plans to solidify the Firm’s activities in the Central American area, i) In Costa Rica, Oswald A. Bruce has been promoted to partner of PACHECO COTO Costa Rica. Mr. Bruce, previously a Senior Associate in the firm’s Corporate Law team, has extensive experience in the areas of Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Energy, Immigration, Consumer Law, Foreign Investment, Real Estate and Alternative Dispute Resolution...

Pacheco Coto's Digital Platform Legaloop Will Facilitate Legal Services For Young Entrepreneurs
Pacheco Coto, October 2016

The law firm Pacheco Coto proudly announces its new and innovative platform “Legaloop”, aimed at start-ups, SMEs, young entrepreneurs, and other informed consumers. The goal of the platform is to facilitate the acquisition of legal services, in a secure, quick, and easy way. The website www.legaloopcr.com will be a link between the public and specialized lawyers, which will allow consumers interested in the legal products offered to make immediate purchases, request quotations for certain services, and initiate short-term processes, all online on a computer or mobile phone...

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