Neftalí Garro

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Neftalí is a BLP Partner in the San José office. He specializes in Business Law, and Insurance & Reinsurance, a practice area he heads in Central America in coordination with other lawyers.

In his more than 25 years of experience, he has advised on mergers and acquisitions, asset acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and agency and distribution agreements in which he has represented national and transnational companies.

In the area of Insurance & Reinsurance has extensive knowledge in licensing and regulatory matters, reinsurance transactions, insurance contracts, and complex litigation on behalf of the main insurance companies in Central America and reinsurers with business interests in the region.

Neftalí is recognized as an expert, a master of insurance law, and is admired by clients and colleagues for his leadership as well as the extensive technical knowledge of insurance matters that he has acquired during his career. He is recognized as a point of reference and one of the most prominent lawyers in the insurance field in Central America.

He is a member of the board of Interlaw since 2018. He was president of the Board of Directors of Insuralex (2019-2020). President of the Costa Rican Association of Insurance Law and Suretyship (ACODES), AIDA Costa Rica Section, 2012-2020. In addition, he is the coordinator of the Legal Committee of the Association of Private Insurers of Costa Rica (AAP), the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican-Italian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a member of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee of the Costa Rican Bar Association. He is also a member of the Costa Rica Forever Association, Costa Rica’s environmental fund, and a member of the Costa Rican Corporate Governance Institute. In addition, he was president of the Costa Rican Association of International Law Philip C. Jessup (ACODI) and is an arbitrator on the list of Eligible Arbitrators for the Solution of Controversies in Financial Services, Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. In 2018, he was the first lawyer in Central America invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He is an arbitrator and has been a member of and presided various arbitration panels, both for the Conciliation and Arbitration Center (CCA) of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Center for International Conciliation and Arbitration (CICA) of the Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). He is an officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Women Lawyers’ Interest Group (WIG) since 2018.

He has been a speaker on several issues of insurance law and regulation in the Inter-American Federation of Insurance Companies (FIDES), Pan American Surety Association (PASA), Pan American Confederation of Insurance Producers (COPAPROSE), International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration and Chamber Costa Rican Trade Association (CICA – AmCham).

Since 2007 he is a professor at the University of Costa Rica, where he has taught course on “Civil Law”, “Principles of Contracts Law” and “Insurance Law” at the Faculty of Law and “Insurance Distribution” at the Faculty of Economic Sciences.

In 2003, he became one of the founders of BLP after two periods as an Associate at KPMG. He was named a Partner of BLP in 2005.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Business Law
  • Recognized in the practice of Insurance by Chambers & Partners
  • Registered as a Leading Lawyer by Who’s Who Legal
  • Recognized as LACCA Approved by the inhouse lawyers consulted by LACCA

Education

  • Master in Insurance Law, Fulbright Scholar, University of Connecticut, United States, 2000.
  • Diploma in Foundations of American Law, Georgetown University, 1999.
  • Law degree in Law with honors, University of Costa Rica, 1997.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Interlaw: Member of the Board of Directors
  • Insuralex: ExPresident and ExTreasurer of the Board of Directors
  • Costa Rican Association of Insurance Law and Finance (ACODES): President
  • DRCAFTA: Eligible arbitrator for the Solution of Controversies in Financial Services within the Free Trade Agreement, DRCAFTA
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Member
  • Association of Private Insurers of Costa Rica (AAP): Coordinator of the Legal Committee
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce ÍtaloCostarricense: Secretary of the Board of Directors
  • Costa Rica Bar Association: Member of the Civil and Commercial Law Commission
  • Costa Rica Forever Association: Member
  • Institute of Corporate Governance of Costa Rica: Member
  • Costa Rican International Law Association Phillip C. Jessup (ACODI): Former President