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Humberto Pacheco A.

Humberto Pacheco A.

Chairman of the Board

Pacheco Coto
Costa Rica

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Humberto Pacheco is Chairman of the Board of Pacheco Coto, specializes in asset planning at international level. CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2013 considers Mr. Pacheco “renowned as a major-league expert on international corporate, tax and estate planning, he combines second to none technical expertise with superb client skills.” Since 2006, this foremost publication has consistently listed Mr. Pacheco in Band 1 and Star Performer Ranking, and profiled him as “a savvy superstar of a lawyer” who “clearly stands head and shoulders above the market with his signature tax planning expertise”. In turn CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA 2013 defines him as “one of the world’s elite international tax lawyers.” For over 30 years, Mr. Pacheco has advised individual and corporate multinational clients on tax-efficient structures that lower the impact of taxation whilst also providing effective asset protection. In 1987, Mr. Pacheco designed a trust structure (Briefcase Trust) that is, to date, recommended by several major international banks to their private clients. On September 9, 2013, Chambers & Partners granted don Humberto a “Lifetime Achievement Award”, the topmost honor bestowed by that prestigious organization, in recognition of his outstanding professional career. Mr. Pacheco is a Founding Member and three times Past-President of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce and a Founding Member of AED (Costa Rica United Way). He is the author of numerous publications and is widely recognized as a top authority in international tax, corporate and estate law.



Education

  • Harvard Law School, P.I.L., 1972 and 1976
  • University of Miami, M.C.L., 1971
  • Notre Dame University, England S.L.P. 1971
  • Universidad de Costa Rica, (Licentiate in Law (equivalent to JD), Notary Public, 1965)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Listed by Chambers & Partners’ Global Guide and Chambers Global Latin America 2005 to 2013 in the highest category (Band #1) Corporate/Commercial area of practice and as Star Performer in the Corporate /Commercial - Tax category and as “Leader in the field” in those same two categories.
Listed as “Leading Lawyer” by IFLR 1000 (2011 and 2012)
Nominated by the European Commission of the European Union to the Lorenzo Natali 2010 Award for Commitment to Human Rights, Democracy and Development.
Listed in ‘Marquis Who’s Who Legal- Corporate Tax’ 2010.
Recipient of the ‘Professional of the Year 2009’ award of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.
Chairman, Dispute Settlement Committee, 6th Business Forum of the Americas, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2001)
Chairman, Investment Committee, 5th Business Forum of the Americas, Toronto, Canada (1999)
Coordinator of the Private Sector for President Clinton’s Visit to Costa Rica (May 1997)
Chairman, Investment Committee, 3rd Business Forum of the Americas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1997)
Special Envoy before Vice-President George Bush: invitation to Costa Rica’s Presidential Inauguration (1986)

Columnist, La República newspaper, Costa Rica (2006-)
Founding Member of the HUMBERTO PACHECO COTO FOUNDATION (2009 -)
Biographically registered in Marquis' “Who’s Who in the World”.


Professional Associations

    ; New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)

Mr. Pacheco is a Founding Member and Past-President of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce and a Founding Member of AED (the Costa Rican's United Way, The Association of Businessmen for Development).

Boards of Directors

2009- The Humberto Pacheco Coto Foundation (founding member)
1999-2004 The New World Symphony of Miami (currently Trustee)
1997-2007 AED (United Way Costa Rica - founder)
1996-2000 Coalition for Development Initiatives (CINDE)
1995-2004 Union of Chambers of Costa Rica (UCCAEP)
1993-1997 National Center of Culture Foundation (President)
1992-2000 Pan American High School (President)
1986 Special Envoy to Invite Vice-President Bush to Costa Rica´s Presidential Inauguration.
1985- Coalition for the Promotion of Costa Rica (President)
1985-1986 National Chamber of Tourism
1984-1985 Lacsa Airlines, the Costarican flagcarrier
1972-1979 & 1982- American Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica
1968-1974 National Chamber of Finance, Investment and Credit (Vice-President)

Member

The Sovereign Society of Great Britain IOM
The Congress of Fellows of the Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzbourg, Austria (2008 -)
American Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica (Founder)
Young President's Organization (until 1990)
The President's Special Advisory Commission on Foreign Investment (1975-1976)


Seminars

Speaker at:

International Trust and Tax Planning Summit, Miami, 2008
UBS bank Zurich, presentation to select high net worth client tax advisors on "The Briefcase Trust", 2002.
Forbes Magazine and Council of the Americas Conference, The Latin American Market, New York, 1996
International Bar Association, 26th Biennial Conference, Berlin, 1996
Center for International Legal Studies, Environmental Regulation, Waidring, Austria, 1996
American Bar Association, International Estate Planning, Santa Barbara and Hilton Head, 1994
International Tax Planning Association Seminar, Palm Beach, 1989
Ninth Annual Tax Planning Conference on U.S. Investment Planning for Foreign Persons, Miami, Florida, 1989
Cayman Bankers Tax Conference, Georgetown, 1987
12th International Tax Planning Conference, Santa Fe, 1986
Foreign Law Association, Los Angeles, California, 1982 and 1984
Twin Cities Trade Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1983
Ubersee Bank Swiss Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, 1981
Kephart Communications Seminar, Costa Rica, 1979, 1980 and 1981
2nd International Tax Planning Conference, Nice, France, 1976
PLI Foreign Tax Planning, San Francisco, 1976
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Costa Rica Meeting, 1976
IV World Tax Havens Conference, London, 1975
PLI Foreign Tax Havens, New York, 1974
American Business Council, Costa Rica, 1972
University of Miami Annual Tax Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1971

Articles

  • "COSTA RICA'S SOAK-UP TAX PROVISION", Tax Notes International (co-author D. Salto Ph.D);2007.
  • "THE BRIEFCASE TRUST", private paper prepared for a presentation at UBS bank Zurich, 2002.
  • “Asset Protection” Private Paper, San José, 2000
  • “Investment Climate in Costa Rica” Forbes Magazine and Council of the Americas Conference, The Latin American Market, New York, 1996
  • “The Costa Rican Holding Company” International Bar Association Conference, Melbourne, 1994
  • “Costa Rica” American Bar Association International Estate Planning, 1994
  • “Costa Rica, Aspectos Legales de la Inversion Extranjera en America Latina” Bid-Berckholtz, 1990
  • “Costa Rica. The Regulatory Environment” Latinfinance, Latin America Trade Finance, 1990
  • “Costa Rica: At the End of the Rainbow” International Tax Planning Association Seminar, 1989
  • “Forced Heirship - The Effects of Trusts Made by Persons from Civil Law Countries” Cayman Bankers Conference, 1987
  • “Costa Rica, a Suitable Place for Investment and an Ideal Base of Operations” CENPRO, 1985
  • “Costa Rica, Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Latin America” Center for International Legal Studies, 1983
  • “How to Obtain Costa Rican Residence” Personal Finance, February, 1981
  • “Transference of the Social Seat of a Foreign Company to Costa Rica” Tax Planning International, September, 1980
  • “Costa Rican Stock Corporation” Tax Planning International, June, 1978
  • “The Costa Rican Retirement Law” Tax Planning International, June, 1977
  • “Foreign Investment in Costa Rica: The Legal Framework” Lawyer of the Americas, June 1971
  • “Costa Rica. Real Estate Purchases by Foreign Investors” Tax Management International Journal, 1971


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