Alan Thompson

Costa Rican. A law graduate from the University of Costa Rica (1985) with a Master’s degree in Law from Harvard University (1988).

Managing partner at law firm Thompson Abogados, Alan specializes in administrative, regulatory, commercial and international law, including banking, competition, trade and investment regulation, contracts and arbitration.

He created and led the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade (1994-97) and Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda (1987-90).

He has served as a consultant drafting important finance sector laws and regulations. Additionally, Alan has served as a trade and investment agreement implementation consultant, as well as advising on free zone legislation reforms. Internationally, he provides consulting services to the Inter-American Development Bank and other institutions and governments.     

He has sat on the board of directors of several different institutions, including Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda (as of 2010), the Committee for Promotion of Competition (acting member, 1995-2010) and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (1995-1998).

In the private sector, he has served on different committees and boards of directors, including the Costa Rican Association of Development Organizations (ACORDE),   Grupo Aldesa S.A., BAC Credomatic Group, among others.

Alan has been included in the list of arbitrators for several trade agreements and has authored several opinion articles and works on specialized topics.

He has been teaching at the University of Costa Rica since 1987; initially at the Faculty of Law and later with the Postgraduate Studies System.

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