Luis Manuel Castro
(The following information was supplied by the firm)
Country: Costa Rica
Direct dial: +506 2205 3902
Mobile: +506 8990 7645
Luis is a Founding Partner of BLP and directs the firm’s daily activities from the San José office. His specialties include the practice areas of Business Law, Energy & Infrastructure, and Real Estate & Hospitality.
In his more than 20 years of experience in the legal profession, he has advised on the day-to-day affairs of a significant number of national and transnational companies. He has led multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, directing teams of lawyers at all five of BLP’s Central American offices, in coordination with major law firms and legal groups from around the world.
In Real Estate & Hospitality, he has taken the lead participation in the development of the largest real estate projects in the coastal and urban areas of Costa Rica. Clients recognize him as a first-rate lawyer in the practice area and qualify him as an authority in the sector.
In the area of Energy & Infrastructure, he has experience in legal consultations in the regulated sector, financing of projects and infrastructure, international and national bidding processes, energy contracts, legal consultancy, and permitting before corresponding governmental entities. Clients recognize Luis’ excellent business understanding and great negotiating skills, noting his superior knowledge of energy projects.
For multiple consecutive years, he has been highly recognized as a prominent lawyer in his practice areas by renowned legal publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal, and IFLR 1000. He is highly qualified by Chambers & Partners in Business Law and Real Estate Law, recognized as one of the best lawyers in the country. Also, he is highlighted by IFLR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer in energy and infrastructure issues and financing of projects.
He is a member and former President of the Board of Directors of the Young Presidents/World President Organizations Section of Costa Rica, a Board Director of the I Entrepreneur Association, and a member of the Energy Committee of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP). In addition, he is a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI), a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Urban Land Institute.
Together with his colleague David Gutiérrez, he founded BLP, opening the firm’s first office in 2003 in San José, Costa Rica. Previously, he had been an associate and partner at KPMG for 11 years.
-Real Estate & Hospitality
-Energy & Infrastructure
-Recognized in the practice areas of Real Estate, Corporate/M & A and Projects by Chambers & Partners
-Listed as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500
-Acknowledged as a Highly Regarded Lawyer by IFLR 1000
-Recommended as a Leading Lawyer by Who’s Who Legal
-Recognized as LACCA Approved by the in-house lawyers consulted by the Latin America Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).
-Diploma in Principles of Right of United States, Georgetown University, 1997
-LL.M. (Fulbright Scholar), Georgetown University, 1997
-Law degree, University of Costa Rica, 1994
Associations and Affiliations
-Young Presidents/World Presidents Organization (YOP/WPO) – Costa Rica Section: Member and former President
–Asociación Yo Emprendedor: Board of Directors
-Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP): Member of the Energy Committee
-Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI): Founding member
-International Bar Association (IBA)
-Urban Land Institute