Founded in 1939, Pacheco Coto is an international law firm acknowledged for its preeminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation based on the highest ethical and professional standards. The firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, as well as international offices in Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Pacheco Coto is the exclusive law firm representative of World Services Group in Costa Rica.
Consistent with its vision of growth and expertise, as of 1972 Pacheco Coto developed a structure of international offices through which the firm provides comprehensive legal solutions in foreign jurisdictions to an important roster of prestigious multinational clients —including numerous Fortune 500 companies— that grant it “the gold standard for high-end transactional work”.
The foremost law directories list the firm in the highest rankings throughout Central America. Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence designated Pacheco Coto as Law Firm of the year – Costa Rica in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and granted it the Client Service Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Also in 2013, Pacheco Coto’s Senior Partner, Humberto Pacheco A., MCL., was bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for an outstanding professional career. Pacheco Coto is also recognized by Latin Lawyer, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 as a preeminent firm throughout Central America.
Pacheco Coto is committed to providing superior representation to its clients, through legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation. The firm is also committed to sustainability and environmental awareness.
Excellence in client service
Pacheco Coto has a corporate-wide philosophy to strive for constant improvement by developing better products and services, maintaining uppermost customer satisfaction, upgrading operational efficiency and optimizing organizational productivity.
At Pacheco Coto, leaders continually raise the bar and steer their teams to produce work, services and processes of the highest quality.
Pacheco Coto firmly believes that a strong moral code is a key component towards earning trust in our firm, both internally and externally. We strive to ensure that all aspects of our organization, such as our people, ideals, work and results uphold the highest possible moral integrity and responsibility.
Mission & Vision
We are an international legal firm in constant innovation and sustainable development, generating added value to our clients through the transactions handled by our specialists with professional excellence and teamwork, within the highest ethical standards, as well as the use of frontline technology and a central monitoring system that ensures the celerity of our responses and the optimal quality of our services. That is why our clients consider us their strategic partners.
To be the best international legal firm in Central America, renowned for the excellence of its professional services, its prominent trajectory, the highest ethical standards, and an idiosyncrasy of innovation, celerity, optimal client service and sustainable development.
The International Trajectory
Founded in 1939, Pacheco Coto is an international law firm acknowledged for its preeminent trajectory, forward thinking and innovation, based on the highest ethical and professional standards. The firm has offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, as well as international offices in Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Pacheco Coto is the exclusive law firm representative of World Services Group in Costa Rica.
During its first 20 years, under the leadership of the Founding Partner, PACHECO COTO developed its profile as a prominent, highly ethical local firm. In the early sixties, when American transnational companies reoriented their investment policies in Latin America, developing a philosophy of mutual benefit to host country and investor, PACHECO COTO seized the moment to enter the international arena. It evolved into an internationally oriented firm, developing a client roster of foreign firms and individual clients, at that time mostly North American in origin.
A new and propitious era began in 1972, when PACHECO COTO established its first European office with a group of distinguished Zurich associates, and eight years later developed a second European representation in Vaduz, with Liechtenstein partners. At the beginning of the seventies the firm also initiated a solid association in Grand Cayman, consolidating its international presence.
During this period, the Firm also established important relationships with the top law firms of North, Central and South America, as well as Europe, expanding its network of correspondents to provide aggregate value and greater options and benefits to its clients. In 2006 the firm added an office in Auckland, New Zealand that replaced those in Vaduz and Georgetown, and in 2013 opened another one in Madrid, Spain. That same year Pacheco Coto also opened regional offices throughout Central America, in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In 2015, the firm extended its range of services in Europe. And following its dynamic organizational project, in 2016 PACHECO COTO gave an important step in Asia with the inauguration of its office in Hong Kong.
Throughout this process and to date, PACHECO COTO has consistently received the highest recognition and awards bestowed by Chambers and Partners of London and the top law firm qualifiers in the world.
Pacheco Coto is distinguished for offering its clients a value added approach:
-Extensive experience with foreign direct investment
-A highly-specialized and diverse work team
-Three generations of lawyers combining tradition and expertise with innovation and adaptability
-Entrepreneurial and business-oriented thinking
-Quality Control procedures overseen by a Central Control Department
-First Costa Rican Firm to implement a corporate internal organization
-A culture of ethics, efficiency, expediency and team work
-Ability to use resources from different countries to provide the most qualified professionals for specific client needs
-Flexible fee structure
-Long-term relationships with clients
-Headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica, with Central American offices in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and international offices in SSpain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Hong Kong
Letter from the Chairman
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