The Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the North, Panama to the Southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Caribbean Sea to the East. It also encompasses Cocos Island, located in the Pacific Ocean.
Costa Rica is 51,060 sqkm-wide (19,714 square miles), with a population of around 4.9 million people, and an $58,91 billion GDP, in 2017.
Costa Rica is the 79th largest export economy in the world. Its top trading partners are the United States, the Netherlands, Panama, Belgium and Nicaragua.
Costa Rica mainly exports medical instruments, bananas, tropical fruits, orthopedic appliances, and integrated circuits, and imports mostly refined petroleum, cars, packaged medicine, broadcasting equipment, and medical instruments.
French companies are well-represented in Costa Rica, with CAC40 actors having subsidiaries in the country leading French investments in the energy, oil and gas, infrastructure sectors.
France is Costa Rica’s 5th-largest European supplier behind Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
France and Costa Rica have traditionally enjoyed good relations, thanks to converging views on many multilateral issues, including environmental protection and climate change. Costa Rica is working on diversifying its energy sources (including geothermal and wind energy) and also leads major development projects (transport infrastructure, introduction of electric vehicles) which are a source of opportunities for French businesses.
In this context Simon Associés entered into a strategic alliance agreement with BLP LEGAL.
BLP was founded in March of 2003 by a group of lawyers who shared the same vision of law practice.
BLP unites lawyers specialized in all branches of law and integrates all areas of practice in interdisciplinary teams.
BLP is revolutionizing the Central American market with high standards offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. The firms in these 5 countries are composed of 27 partners and more than 120 attorneys, whose experience as a team provides optimum and comprehensive service to their clients in many areas such as Banking & Finance, Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution, Environment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Real Estate and Public Law.
BLP is consistently ranked as one of the top law firms in Central America by well-known legal and business rankings, and has received many praises and distinctions from Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), and Chambers and Partners, who listed BLP as one of the top law firms in Costa Rica.