BLP promotes 3 new Partners

BLP promotes 3 new partners in the practice areas of Free Trade Zones, Real Estate, and Compliance & Anti-corruption.

As part of our regional growth strategy, BLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three associates to Partnership status: Adelina Villalobos, Free Zones; Andrea González, Real Estate & Hospitality; and Juan Carlos Tristán, Compliance & Anti-corruption, increasing the number of Partners throughout Central America to 33.

On the promotion, Senior Partner David Gutiérrez commented, “Promoting three new partners at BLP Costa Rica allows us to advise our clients in a greater variety of practice areas in the face of the growing demand and economic expansion that the country is experiencing. We are really proud of having such a skilled and capable team.”

Adelina Villalobos joined BLP in 2003 as a legal assistant, advancing to associate in 2005. She has a master’s degree in Business Legal Advice from the Carlos III University of Madrid. In addition to Free Zones, Adelina’s practice includes Business Law, where she has advised national and transnational enterprises on daily issues, as well as participated in complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.

It is in the Free Zones area where Adelina has excelled, advising a variety of companies in the establishment of their operations in Costa Rica under the Free Zones regime, defining with great expertise the benefits and obligations that this type of operation entails. Consequently, she has been named a coordinator of the Committee of Free Zones of the Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO). Adelina’s skill in resolving Free Zone issues adds substantial value to the existing practice.

Andrea González earned a master’s degree in International Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a member of the International Bar Association. In Real Estate & Hospitality, she has advised on the development, structuring, financing, and purchase and sale of real estate projects (residential, tourist, commercial and hotel centers) in the urban and coastal areas of Costa Rica. Her successful efforts have won her recognition as a Star Associate in Real Estate Law by the distinguished legal directory, Chambers & Partners. Andrea’s talent brings to the practice of Real Estate & Hospitality the dynamism, experience, and knowledge needed to oversee larger projects.

Juan Carlos Tristán holds a master’s degree in American Law – International Business from the Boston University School of Law. In 2012 he became an international associate at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office where he specialized in the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the implementation of anti-corruption programs in the region.  He has since become an expert in the supervision of anti-corruption control policies in Central America and Mexico.  Attesting to his stature in the field, Juan Carlos serves as President of the Anticorruption Commission – Costa Rica Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In addition, he is a member of the Ibero-American Group of Compliance Lawyers and a Costa Rican representative on the International Bar Association’s Anticorruption Commission (IBA). His expertise and stature in the field and his leadership roles within the ICC and IBA provide the firm with the opportunity to remain at the forefront of international developments in compliance with and enforcement of the FCPA.

On this occasion, we take the opportunity to observe that the promotion of Adelina and Andrea brings to 11 the number of female partners at BLP, and as a proportion of the partnership mirrors the 33% of Partners who are women. These statistics reflect the policies of gender equity and retention of talent that the firm has promoted over the years. In accordance with our Sustainability strategy, BLP leads the region in the advancement of gender equity and equality in the legal field.

With pride in our team’s unparalleled talent, we welcome our new partners.