Luis Manuel Castro

Luis Manuel Castro


BLP

Recognized since 2014

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Practice Areas

Communications Law

Corporate and M&A Law

Project Finance and Development Practice

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Real Estate Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018-2019 - Corporate and M&A Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Communications Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Real Estate Law
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Luis has over 20 years of experience in the legal profession. He specializes in Corporate & Commercial, Energy & Clean Technologies, Project Finance, Infrastructure, and Real Estate.

For many years in a row, he has been largely recognized as a leading lawyer in his practice areas by prominent legal publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal, and the IFLR 1000. He has been ranked in the top positions in Corporate Law and Real Estate by Chambers and Partners, aside from being ranked as a leading lawyer in energy and infrastructure issues and project finance by the IFLR 1000, and being consistently recommended as one of the best lawyers in the country by Who’s Who Legal.

When it comes to Real Estate, Luis has been highly involved in the development of Costa Rican coastal and urban areas. Regarding Corporate & Commercial, Luis has represented a significant number of national and multinational companies in different aspects of their day-to-day affairs, and he actively participates in mergers and acquisitions and private equity issues. As for the Energy & Clean Technologies practice, Luis has extensive experience in providing legal opinions regarding regulated industries, project finance, and infrastructure, international and national bidding processes, energy contracts, legal counseling, and permit procurement before the relevant governmental authorities.

In 2003 Luis joined his peer David Gutiérrez to found the first BLP offices in Costa Rica. Before this, Luis served as an associate and partner of KPMG for 11 years.

Luis graduated from Law School of Universidad de Costa Rica in 1994, and was a “J. William Fulbright” scholar at Georgetown University, where he obtained an LLM in 1997 as well as a Diploma on Foundations of American Law.

He currently serves as member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of YPO/WPO (Young Presidents Organizations) Costa Rican Chapter, member of the Board of Directors of the Yo Emprendedor association, and is also a member of the Energy Committee of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP). He is also a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI) and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Urban Land Institute.

Luis lives in San José, Costa Rica with his wife and three daughters.

Contact & Links

Location

  • BLP Building, 4th floor
    Via Lindora Business Center
    Radial Santa Ana - Belen, Km. 3
    Santa Ana
    Costa Rica

Bar Admissions

  • Costa Rica, Costa Rican Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Costa Rican Association of International Law - Founding Member
  • Energy Committee of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • Notary Public - Member
  • Urban Land Institute - Member
  • Yo Emprendedor association - Member of the Board of Directors
  • YPO/WPO (Young Presidents Organizations) Costa Rican Chapter - Chairman of the Board of Directors

BLP
Santa Ana, Costa Rica

16 The Best Lawyers in Costa Rica awards

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018-2019 - Corporate and M&A Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Communications Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Real Estate Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Real Estate Law, San José, Costa Rica (2020)
  • Corporate and M&A Law, San José, Costa Rica (2018-2019)
  • Communications Law, San José, Costa Rica (2017)
  • Real Estate Law, San José, Costa Rica (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Costa Rica 2020 for work in:

  • Communications Law
  • Corporate and M&A Law
  • Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Real Estate Law

Awards:

  • Listed as one of the top lawyers in Costa Rica by Chambers and Partners
  • “One of the best Individuals” in Corporate and Real Estate Law – Chambers Global
  • World Bank “Doing Business Report” – Local Partner recommended in the “Registering Property” chapter
  • Listed by Law Business Research’s “Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” as One of the top lawyers in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Listed by Law Business Research’s “Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” as One of the top lawyers in the field of Real Estate
  • Listed as leading lawyer in Real Estate by IFLR
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (participant, 1993; Judge of the International Semifinals, 1994, 1995, 1997)
  • Law Firm Leader of the Year by Latin Lawyer

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