Anna Karina Jiménez is partner at Arias & Muñoz. Her main area of practice is Labor and Employment Law. She also does work on Corporate, Commercial, and Immigration Law.
As head of the Labor and Employment Law Practice of Arias & Muñoz Costa Rica, Ms. Jiménez's experience in Labor and Employment Law includes the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, internal work regulations, internal policies, and employee handbooks. Her expertise also includes providing advice to international, regional, and local clients from many sectors on the termination of contracts, employee rights and benefits, the employment aspects of mergers and takeovers, hiring, compensation, and layoffs. She has also carried out internal compliance audits in labor matters. Ms. Jiménez has also provided advice on employee benefits programs, structuring of bonus and extraordinary compensation programs, payroll taxes, collective employment contracts, and the general aspects of labor unions and employee cooperative (Asociaciones Solidaristas) laws. Arias & Muñoz's Labor and Employment Law Practice, headed by Ms. Jiménez, also advises and represents clients in all types of employment litigation, mediation, and dispute resolution. Some examples of transactions that are representative of the work undertaken by the Labor and Employment Law Practice of Arias & Muñoz Costa Rica are:
Due diligence review of employment relationships for purchasers of and lenders to major business interests throughout all Central America in diverse industries (consumer, retail, auto retail, textile and apparel manufacture, high-technology light assembly, telecommunications, energy);
Labor and employment relations counselors to a major sports goods and apparel manufacturer in Costa Rica for over a decade;
Labor and employment relations counselors to a major auto retailer and service provider with a work force of over 500 employees;
Legal opinion and structuring of documentation for an ESOP stock options program for a major US telecommunications company with employees in Costa Rica;
Drafting of employment contracts, internal labor regulations, and rendering of general legal advise for important companies in the food, tobacco, hotel, marketing, and courier industries, as well as for companies in the real estate sector; and
Calculation of severance to be paid by a leading telecommunications company.
Ms. Jiménez received a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with a focus on international trade, from Harvard University (2000). She also received a Masters Degree in international trade law (Ll.M.) from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1993). She was a Fulbright Scholar (1992). In 1996, she participated in the Workshop on Budgeting and Finance of Harvard University. She received her "Licenciatura en Derecho" (Juris Doctor) degree from the School of Law, Universidad de Costa Rica (1992), where she was awarded the "Fernando Coto Alban" recognition, for having obtained the best grade point average in the 5 years of her studies. Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German
Arias & Muñoz Central America is unique in the region: The first and only Central America law firm that is a single unit, with eight fully integrated offices spanning six countries of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).
It represents a wide range of companies, from large multinational corporations to small individual enterprises (among whom are Global 500 and Fortune 500 companies.) By coordinating closely with each client and identifying their particular needs, it provides them excellent service, expert advise and sound solutions.
The firm's goal is to provide the client with fast responses and practical solutions, served by expert professionals from within each area. Advantageously some of them are also licensed to practice in Europe and in the United States. Arias & Muñoz, therefore, distinguishes itself in the legal services' market by possessing an excellent combination of experience, knowledge and multi-jurisdictional capability.
In 2006 and 2009, Arias & Muñoz was elected "Central American Law Firm of the Year" by Chambers & Partners U.K., publishers of The World's Leading Lawyers for Business Directory, being the only law firm ever in Central America to win a Chambers Global Award.
Firm Practice Areas
AVIATION AND TRANSPORTATION
Aircraft leases, Aircraft acquisitions and registrations, Aircraft financing transactions, Transportation agreements, Corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.
BANKING AND FINANCE
Structuring and closing debt financing and loan security packages, Debt restructuring, Equity investment, Issuance of negotiable instruments, Project finance, Asset securitization, Structuring and implementation of investment funds and trusts, Chartering of and ongoing legal advice to banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies, Advice on financial and insurance regulatory matters.
CAPITAL MARKETS AND SECURITIES
Capital market transactions, Sovereign securities' issuances, including their legal structuring, Initial public offerings, Secondary offerings, Private placements, Public tender offers, Registration of securities, issuers and issuances, Regulation of brokerage and other related services, Securitizations.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL
Structuring and restructuring of businesses, including Drafting and filing of charter documents and bylaws for legal entities, Shareholders' agreements, Minority rights, Creditors' rights, Corporate governance, Labor and employment issues, Management agreements, Employment relationships, Fiscal and tax planning, Antitrust regulations, fair trade practices and consumer protection laws.
Environmental due diligence, Filing for licenses and permits, Supervision and review of environmental impact studies, Forest laws, Zoning and development restrictions, Land and maritime zone regulations.