Jorge Mora Chacón

Jorge Mora Chacón is our exclusively recommended Corporate Services expert in Costa Rica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jorge directly using the contact details listed above.

Our mission is to become the strategic partners of our clients by helping them to achieve their business objectives through the security of financial information, through administrative efficiency, through risk management and through compliance with the legal regulations of the country

In ACESA, we offer quality and timely service, in accordance with the needs of our customers, thereby creating the added value that they require.

Some of the reasons that our customers prefer us:

  • We build and maintain long-term relationships and mutual benefits with our customers;
  • We are flexible and are adaptable to changing circumstances within the company;
  • We are members of Geneva Group International, a network of accountants, lawyers and consultants that is ranked among the top 10 global networks;
  • We provide legal certainty in the tax calculations that businesses are required to report;
  • We are attentive to all opportunities for tax savings by analysing changes in legislation and keeping an eye on adherence to tax regulations;
  • We keep our customers informed of changes in tax laws.

ACESA is a recognized consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience in Costa Rica and in Central America. We specialize in providing high quality administrative and financial solutions to demanding clients who need to ensure that their processes are efficient and rapid. We have been an exclusive partner of  Geneva Group International in Costa Rica since 2007. Our managing partner, Jorge Mora Chacon, has been a certified public accountant for more than 25 years, with a degree in Business Administration and Finance and a Masters in Tax Consulting. He has extensive local and international experience.

Following are some of our services:

  1. Initiating Operations
    1. Creation of corporations or limited liability companies
    2. Procedures with government authorities for the start of operation
    3. Support in opening bank accounts
  2. Labor Consulting for the proper hiring and management of your employees
  3. Tax advice to ensure proper compliance with your obligations and protection of your rights
  4. Immigration Services for foreigners who require processes for a temporary stay or for residency
  5. PEO Services: We hire the employees who are selected by foreign companies, and we make the employees available to these companies when they do not have legal representation in the country but need to hire personnel to expand their businesses
  6. Payroll Services: We manage your staff payroll in accordance with legal regulations
  7. Accounting Services & Tax Compliance: We fully, or partially, perform your accounting cycle and submit your tax returns
  8. Back Office: We can outsource any administrative or financial process that our clients need, such as billing, accounts receivable, purchases, human resources, etc.

Jorge Alers

Jorge Alers is our exclusively recommended Emerging Markets expert in Costa Rica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jorge directly using the contact details listed above.

Jorge is Dentons’ Chief Executive Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, helping to position Dentons for presence, client service and growth in the region.

Jorge previously served as the general counsel and general manager of the Legal Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and, on a separate occasion, as general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the IDB Group’s private sector financing agency.

Jorge also was a partner and head of the Latin America Practice Group at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, as well as a partner and head of the Latin American Practice Group for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC. In these roles, he focused on providing legal support to international clients making investments in emerging markets, with a particular focus on the Latin American region.

A dual citizen of Costa Rica and the United States, Jorge has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, Wharton and American University, and at numerous conferences on private equity and project finance, among other areas of international finance. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

Pamela Castro

Pamela Castro is our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in Costa Rica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Pamela directly using the contact details above.

Pamela has been part of the practice of Public Law of the firm, in which she advises local and international clients in administrative contracting processes, as well as administrative proceedings and litigations. Pamela is a highly perfectionist so she makes sure that every detail of her work is of the best quality, in addition, she is constantly deepening her studies in order to provide the client with the best and most up to date service. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Academic Background:

Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and graduated from the program with honors (2014).

Master degree in Public Law from the University of Costa Rica and the Universitiy of Toulouse I Capitole, in Toulouse, France, and graduated from the program with honors (2016).

Currently carrying out a Diploma in Public Contracts of the University of Castilla-La Mancha together with the Research Group of Global Public Law of the University da Coruña and the Ibero-American Network of Public Procurement. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Henry Lang

Lang & Asociados specializes in providing services to multinational companies and foreign individuals doing business in Costa Rica with a direct monitoring and follow-up of our clients’ business under the highest standards of service and skill.

We have created an agile and modern law firm. All members of our team have strongly committed to a set of values that includes loyalty, efficiency, promptness, cost-efficiency and building a long-term relationship with the client. Our service is multilingual, including attorneys fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

The scope of our activities ranges from areas as varied as structuring the corporate machinery and hiring personnel, banking support, securing real estate facilities, structuring and advising in government contracting activities, managing labor relationships with employees, protecting industrial and intellectual property, and obtaining residency for foreign staff. For many of these services we have identified and successfully tested a selected group of real estate, banking, and accounting professionals, who help us transcend the mere legal support and provide the client with the possibility of a much more comprehensive assistance on its needs in the country.

The firm maintains a strong and close relationship with Costa Rican government entities and has directly advised them in negotiations and policy-making towards transnational companies and their projects.

The fact that many of our members have legal studies in prestigious United States Law Schools, such as Harvard Law School and Georgetown, and our constant participation in international legal forums are additional elements that contribute to the international vision of our firm.

We provide legal counsel in a large scope of fields. Our practice is concentrated on Foreign Investment; Corporate Law; Distribution Law; Contracts; Administrative Contracting Law; Real Estate; Copyright; Intellectual Property; Securities; Mining, Hydrocarbon and Natural Resources Law; International Business Transactions; Acquisitions; Litigation; Labor Law; Antitrust; Competition Law and Immigration Law.

Most of our practice is with foreign clients; among them, many individuals that have come to Costa Rica to move their businesses and/or just to relocate their lives, as well as multiple transnational companies.

Jose Carter

Jose Carter is our exclusively recommended Residency Law expert in Costa Rica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jose directly using the contact details listed above.

Jose is the managing partner of Bufete Carter, a graduate of the prestigious University of Costa Rica, and considered by most people to be the best law school in the country. Mr. Carter speaks English and of course Spanish, and has server as legal advisor the Association of residents of Costa Rica, an association of mostly expatriates living in Costa Rica. He is enormously well respected in both the Costa Rican and the expatriate community.

The Carter law firm has been a fixture in San José, Costa Rica for over thirty years. The firm was started by Jose’s father, now semi-retired.

Jose is not only an attorney, he is also a notary and this is a very important distinction. Notaries in many countries, exert little of no real power or authority. That is not the case in Costa Rica where a Notary has enormous power, and thus enormous responsibility, under the law.

Notaries here can do everything from transfer property, enter records and documents directly to the national registrars, establish corporations, perform marriages and many other services. Their signatures on legal documents are seldom questioned. Attorneys who are not notaries have little or no real power in Costa Rica.

All attorney in Costa Rica must be members in good standing with Colegio de Abogados. If the attorney is also a Notary, he must be registered at the Dirección Nacional de Notariado, which is actually administered by the court system. Jose Cater is a member in good standing of both organisations.

There are several other associates and attorneys in the firm to handle the numerous daily transactions and work load of our clients.