Rocío Amador

Attorney

Email: ramador@dvbscr.com

Rocío is an Attorney and with more than 25 years of experience practicing law in Costa Rica and Central America. She has worked together with financial institutions, investment advisors, stock exchange brokers, insurance companies, multilateral organizations, service companies and companies registered with the Costa Rican Banking Regulator (SUGEF) for the purpose of preventing money laundering, among others.

 

Experience:

  • Attorney specialized in Banking, Financial and Capital Markets, Insurance, Corporate Law and Economic Criminal Law

  • Coordinator of the Legal Departments at SUGEF and the Costa Rican Securities and Stock Regulator (SUGEVAL)

  • Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Trade, regarding the administration of special trade regimes

  • Instructor of the Legal Module of the Stock Market Training Program at FUNDEPOS

  • Attorney Dentons Muñoz Costa Rica, formerly Arias & Muñoz (2006-2021)

 

Education:

  • Master of Laws – Duke University School of Laws, North Carolina. Fulbright Scholar (2005)

  • Law degree from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (1994)

Álvaro Restrepo

Attorney

Email: arestrepo@dvbscr.com

Álvaro is an Attorney and Notary Public with more than 17 years of experience in the practice of law in Costa Rica. Licensed by the Costa Rican Bar Association to practice as a Lawyer and Notary Public since 2004. He led and managed the Guanacaste office of Dentons Muñoz (formerly Arias & Muñoz) from January 2009 to April 2016. He focuses on assisting international clients seeking to invest, live, and carry out business throughout the country.  His clients rely on him to bridge cultural gaps and provide all the relevant information to make the most effective decisions. 

 

Experience:

  • Attorney and Notary Public

  • Corporate Law, Real Estate, and Notary Law

  • Independent Attorney and Notary Public (2004-2007)

  • Dentons Muñoz Costa Rica, formerly Arias & Muñoz (2007-2021)

 

Education:

  • Specialization on Notarial and Registral Law (2015)

  • Law Degree from the Universidad de San José (2003)

Viviana Monge

Legal Assistant

Email: vmonge@dvbscr.com

Viviana is an advanced Law student with more than 5-years’ experience on corporate and tax law. She has experience dealing with the regulatory process of starting and maintaining business activities in Costa Rica. She has advised local and foreign companies from different industries such as pharmaceuticals, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, energy, real estate, services and non for profit organizations.

 

Education:

  • Tax Advice Specialist - Universidad Fundepos (2019)

  • Law degree from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (currently)

Lucila Monge

Attorney

Email: lmonge@dvbscr.com

Lucila is an Attorney and Notary Public with more than 30-years’ experience practicing law in Costa Rica; until October 2018, she served as an officer at the Costa Rican Judicial Branch, in positions such as criminal and appeal Judge, Judge of Inspection at the Costa Rican Power of Justice, and lawyer at the Constitutional Chamber at the Costa Rican Supreme Court of Justice. In 2017, she was appointed magistrate substitute of the Constitutional Court, she held this position until December 2020. She has been a university professor at both the University of Costa Rica and Universidad Latina of Costa Rica. Also, she was a trainer for the Training Unit of the Public Ministry of Costa Rica, with the Project Corte-BID, on the field of fundamental rights and principles and guarantees within the criminal process. Since 2018, she has been an independent practitioner, she has experience as litigator in various cases, including criminal, constitutional, family and administrative law cases, among others in Costa Rica, especially in San José and Guanacaste.

 

Experience:

  • Attorney and Notary Public

  • Criminal, Constitutional, Administrative and Family Law

  • Criminal Judge at the Costa Rican Judicial Branch

  • Judge of the Disciplinary Court of Inspection

  • Trainer of the Training Unit of the Public Ministry

  • Lawyer and Deputy Magistrate of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica

 

Education:

  • Master’s degree in criminal science from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (2004)

  • Specialization in Criminal Science from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (1996)

  • Law degree from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (1991)

Esteban Paniagua

Attorney

Email: epaniagua@dvbscr.com

Esteban is an Attorney specialized in Public and Environmental Law with more than 8-years of experience advising local and multinational companies in Costa Rica.  He has been part of interdisciplinary teams in Costa Rica and Central America, participating in projects of infrastructure, Real Estate, Hospitality, energy, manufacturing, technology, forest plantations, administrators of communal water systems, among others. 

 

Experience:

  • Attorney

  • Public and Environmental Law

 

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Law - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España (2017)

  • Specialization in Administrative Litigation and Regulatory Law- University of Costa Rica (2013)

  • Law degree from the School of Laws - Universidad de Costa Rica (2012)

 

Memberships:

  • Member of the Environmental Law Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association (2020)

Alonso Benavides

Attorney

Email: abenavides@dvbscr.com

 

Alonso is an Attorney and Notary Public with more than 14-years’ experience advising clients as an independent practitioner, also as Notary Public for mortgage credits for Cooperatives, legal counsel, Real Estate and Condominiums, litigation attorney for civil and collections processes. Also, he has managed and completed a large amount of immigration processes for foreign clients from different parts of the world, with outstanding results.

 

Experience:

  • Attorney and Notary Public

  • Notary and Registration Law.

  • Immigration Law.

 

Education:

  • Law Degree Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (2006)

  • Notary Public Specialization, Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica (2008)

 

Memberships:

  • Comptroller at Asociación Centroamericana de Criadores de Caballos de Raza Iberoamericana. (2016-2020)

José Andrés Valerio 

Attorney

Email: jvalerio@dvbscr.com

 

José Andrés is an Attorney and Notary Public with extensive experience on Intellectual Property and Sanitary Permits registration. He has been part of top-tier legal firms in Costa Rica and has represented multinational brands on regulatory matters, both medical devices and food industries. Also, José Andrés is a professional musician and part of his experience has been related to Copyright Law. He is a professor at Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Hispanoamericana and is part of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica.

 

Experience:

  • Attorney and Notary Public

  • Intellectual Property

 

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Notary Public and Registration Law - Universidad Hispanoamericana (2018)

  • Law Degree - Universidad Hispanoamericana (2014)

Geovanny Villalobos

Certified Public Accountant

Email: gvillalobos@dvbscr.com

 

Geovanny has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of Accounting. He has served as head and manager of the Financial and Accounting departments in several companies. He has worked in several industries, complementing the technical elements of accounting practice with the development of key skills to manage and lead tax compliance. He has also served as a consultant in accounting, financial auditing and tax advisory matters.

 

Experience:

  • Certified Public Accountant and Private Accountant

  • Specialist in taxes, administrative and financial management

 

Education:

  • Master in Tax Consulting, Universidad Latinoamérica de Ciencia y Tecnología (2006)

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in Public Accounting. Universidad Estatal a Distancia (1999)

Andrea Piña

Accounting

Email: apina@dvbscr.com

 

Andrea is a specialist in Strategic and Administrative Planning. She has worked in different industries as an accounting assistant and has been constantly updated on accounting and financial issues.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Systems Engineering from the Universidad Nororiental Privada Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho (2016)

Karina Marín

Accounting

Email: kmarin@dvbscr.com

 

Karina is an advanced student of Business Administration, with more than 10 years of experience in administrative matters, assisting accounting and quality departments. She has worked supporting local clients in the accounting field of several industries such as: hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, real estate skinners, services, among others.

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration from the Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte

  • Graduate degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte (ongoing)