Vicente Lines

Partner, Costa Rica


  • Vicente Lines’s practice spans 20 years of complex transactions, acquisitions, financing, and adversarial negotiations experience involving regulated industries, corporate law, minority shareholders’ rights, real estate, and other complex legal issues involving private enterprises, the Costa Rican Government and international multilateral financial institutions.
  • His experience in the energy and infrastructure has involved financing of fossil fuel power plants in Honduras, acting as regulatory counsel and part of the team involved in creating the regulatory analysis of the acquisition of clean energy assets in Central America, counsel to the acquirer of the second private utility-scale PV generation facility, an active member of the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association during the effort to lobby the Government to pass regulations to foster distributed generation, counselor to multiple transactions to acquire wind power facilities.
  • Vicente has also cultivated a unique regional experience as regulatory counsel to competitive carriers, value-added service and infrastructure developers in the telecommunications sector. He has also worked with telecommunications infrastructure, service and equipment providers in market-entry issues throughout Central America. Vicente has represented telecommunications service providers in various transactional settings, including structuring of joint ventures with private local partners and the Government-owned incumbent operators in Costa Rica. Mr. Lines has advised infrastructure and service providers in licensing before the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Telecommunications Regulators.
  • In his career as a transactional attorney Vicente has worked with regional, US and European investors in the private sector, in M&A in industries as diverse as auto retail, packaged foods, beverage, telecommunications, and real estate development.


  • Juris Doctor -equivalent law degree- from Law School, Universidad of Costa Rica. 
  • Vicente holds an LL.M. in Common Law Studies from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC. Fulbright Scholar. 
  • Authorized as a practicing Attorney in the State of New York, United States of America
  • Authorized as a practicing Attorney and Notary Public in Costa Rica. 

  • One of the 40 under 40 attorneys in Central America Latin Lawyer Magazine 2003.
  • Listed by Chambers and Partners Latin America by his practices in: Corporate/M&A and TMT (Telecoms, Media and Technology)
  • Included in the prestigious guide Who's Who Legal by his practices in: Banking, Finance and Projects, Corporate, Franchise and Distribution.
  • LACCA approved by his Corporate/M&A practice.
  • Listed by Chambers and Partners Global by his Corporate/M&A practice.
  • Ranked as Highly Regarded by IFLR1000.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Client's feedback

  • Highly regarded practitioner and department co-head Vicente Lines is commended by his peers, one of whom notes: "He manages transactions very well," in addition to describing him as "reputable, well qualified and reasonable to negotiate with." He is also well regarded for his experience in the telecommunications sector. – Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A
  • Well-known head of department Vicente Lines remains an esteemed practitioner in the Costa Rican space. One market observer confirms that "he did a very good job" in a recent case. Vicente Lines' extensive expertise encompasses his involvement acting for high-profile clients on acquisition mandates. – Chambers and Partners Latin America, Corporate/M&A
  • Well-known co-head of department Vicente Lines is recognised by Costa Rican market onlookers within the area. He has recently represented key clients such as Telefónica in significant TMT matters. – Chambers and Partners Latin America, TMT
  • Sources highly recommend Vicente Lines for his top-tier practice in M&A transactions and cross-border corporate issues. – Who’s Who Legal
  • With two decades of experience in the field, Vicente Lines is noted for his top-tier work on asset financing, regulatory matters and contract negotiations. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Vicente Lines is looked upon with enormous favour by sources as a first-rate practitioner with deep expertise in complex distribution agreements and acquisitions. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Vicente Lines stands out for his technical abilities and speed of responses.’ He is experienced, committed and prepared to add value for the client.’ – The Legal 500
  • Vicente Lines is renowned for his prolific franchise and distribution practice, where he acts on behalf of a wide range of corporate clients. - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • Vicente Lines has over 20 years’ experience in high-value transactions, financing and negotiations involving regulated industries and governmental bodies. - Who's Who Legal 2022.

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