ABOUT US

The legal market is an environment full of traditions and formulas that hold the appearance of professionalism and seriousness. Sfera Legal is a law firm that thinks in an unordinary way and evolves what is established with courage and boldness. We do not follow the cliches of the industry; we work to RE THINK, RE INVENT and RE EVOLVE the practice of the profession



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Reviews About Us

  • -Corporate and M&A- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “They have very talented partners who work a lot with the associates and are there 24/7. They're developing their teamwork."

  • -Corporate and M&A- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “They are professional, efficient and effective. They provide excellent client service in the sense that that I feel well treated and they fulfill my needs.”

  • -Corporate and M&A- Chambers Latin America 2016

    Eric Scharf a top corporate lawyer. He is a very dynamic lawyer who is always doing lots of things simultaneously, punctually and perfectly.”

  • -Dispute Resolution- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “Founding partner Robert van der Putten is described by sources as a very good and experienced litigator."

  • -Insurance- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “It is a professional firm focused on providing good client service. They are able to complete work accurately in the shortest amount of time."

  • -Real Estate- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “They have a very high level of client service and commercial awareness. They are easy to contact, always available, have a fast understanding of issues and provide opportunities and alternatives.”

  • -Real Estate- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “They do a lot of work in this field. They have a strong practice with good lawyers.”

  • -Real Estate- Chambers Latin America 2016

    “The "amazing" Robert van der Putten has "great real estate expertise”"

  • -Real Estate- Chambers Latin America 2016

    Rafael Cañas is described as very capable, experienced and well known. "He's a strong attorney with a lot of real estate expertise."

  • Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Latin America

    "Sfera Legal provides ‘excellent, quick and clear advice’ based on its ‘extensive knowledge’ and ‘understanding of the commercial aspects’ of the corporate sector. Excelling especially on cross-border transactions…".

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    “Head of department Eric Scharf is regarded as one of the key insurance lawyers in the country, with sources highlighting his "exhaustive knowledge of the field" and stellar track record.”

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    "They provide a good service and are very involved in the sector."

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    “Sources agree that head of department Eric Scharf stands out for his corporate structuring work and "very open and client-focused professionalism."

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    "Their lawyers are very capable and the team does a good job."

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “Handles a variety of labour-related matters including consultations on good labour practices, dispute prevention and the drafting of relevant documents.”

  • Insurance – Chambers Latin America.

    “Provides the full spectrum of insurance services, from developing related financial products to international insurance operations.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “Recognised for offering a wide variety of services to the client, ranging from development loans and planning to environmental issues. Represents project sponsors, infrastructure funders and equipment suppliers.”

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    "Dynamic department offering a wide range of commercial and M&A services to an array of important clients. Focuses particularly on complex M&A work in the region."

  • Corporate and M&A - Chambers Latin America.

    "They provide a great all-round service and are very attentive to clients' needs."

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “Involved in a number of high-value real estate sales and acquisitions with a global focus, including assisting a Korean company with Costa Rican real estate matters. Also handles real estate due diligence and has an increasing presence in the condominium market.”

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    "Their attention to the client is 'class A'. They are very good at following up and they tell you exactly how the case is doing."

  • Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Latin America

    "The firm’s client base also includes regional players… ‘Excellent negotiator’ Robert van der Putten and the ‘efficient’ Elijah Shadid are both recommended, Eric Scharf is another name to note."

  • Dispute Resolution - Legal 500 Latin America.

    "…‘first class firm’ Sfera Legal has a strong track record in representing clients in litigious matters related to contracts, labour and real estate. It fields a highly regarded team: founding partner Robert van der Putten, certified arbitrator Eric Scharf and the particularly visible Gonzalo Rojas Benavides are all noted for their ‘astute assessments, careful manner and diplomatic approach’".

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “Clients describe Robert van der Putten as an "extremely good real estate lawyer who is very knowledgeable." They appreciate his quick response times.”

  • Dispute Resolution – Chambers Latin America.

    “Strong in arbitration for both national and multinational companies. Also handles litigation and complex dispute resolution matters.”

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    "The firm is very good - the lawyers have an international outlook and are responsive, and the level of their knowledge is excellent."

  • Dispute Resolution – Chambers Latin America.

    “Sources praise partner Robert van der Putten's arbitration work, and highlight his "ability to devise interesting and creative strategic solutions.".

  • Real Estate - Legal 500 Latin America.

    "Led by founding partner Robert van der Putten, Sfera Legal’s real estate team focuses on project financing and acquisitions in the real estate market, but also demonstrates capability on construction and development issues…"

  • Real Estate – Chambers Latin America.

    “Rafael Cañas is well known in the market for his knowledge of complex real estate transactions, with one client describing him as a "top Costa Rican attorney."

  • Labour and Employment – Chambers Latin America.

    “Marcela Acosta leads the practice group and is recognised by clients as an "excellent litigator." She is also praised for her up-to-date knowledge of the country's labour laws.”

OUR TEAM

Rafael E. Cañas

Partner

"El buen liderazgo es el que inspira a hacerse seguir, sin necesidad de hacerse sentir..." -Rafael E. Cañas-.

Eric Scharf Taitelbaum

Partner

"The Devil is in the details" -Gustave Flaubert-.

Robert van der Putten

Partner

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new" -Socrates-.

José Schroeder

Partner

"Whatever you are, be a good one" -Abraham Lincoln-.

Javier Escalante

Partner

"Great things never came from comfort zones" -Anonymous-.

Jose Pablo Arce

Partner

"The future is unwritten.” -Joe Strummer-.

Felipe Esquivel

Associate

"Don't find fault, find remedy" -Henry Ford-.

Daniel Espinoza

Associate

"If opportunity doesn't knock… build a door!" -Milton Berle-.

Alejandra Salazar

Associate

“Impossible means that you haven´t found the solution yet” -Henry Ford-.

Sonia Aragón

Associate

"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality” -Nikos Kazantzakis-.

José María Pacheco

Associate

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses" -Henry Ford-.

Raquel Moya

Associate

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" -Albert Einstein-.

Edwin Rojas

Associate

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" -Walt Disney-.

Luis Diego Rodríguez

Associate

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious" -Albert Einstein-.

Maureen Rodríguez

Associate

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi-.

Mariana Castro

Associate

"IWhen your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt" -Henry J. Kaiser-.

Roberto Castillo

Associate

"Focus on consequences, not on probability" -Nassim Nicholas Taleb-.

Lucía Valverde

Associate

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it" -Amelia Earhart-.

María Laura Vargas

Associate

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” -Winston Churchill -.

Jean Carlo Díaz

Associate

"The greater the difficulty the greater the glory “ -Cicerón /Cicero-.

Carolina Argüello

Associate

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles R. Swindoll-.

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