s.e.e.d. is a law firm that understands how to blend business and purpose. We serve as a one stop shop to cover all legal needs of players across the whole spectrum of impact investing in Latin America: from NGOs, start ups and SMEs through investors and big corps. We provide our client with legal solutions to enhance their long-term impact.

Our mission to enhance and promote endeavors of entrepreneurs striving to build a better world. We believe that in this world, our clients’ ideas have the power to become instruments of social change.

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“The way business has operated in the last 50 years must be disrupted because we will not survive as a society or a planet if we do not tear down the walls that compartmentalize economic, social and environmental activity.”

Pamela Hartigan
Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Impact investing represents a wide variety of projects that goes from philanthropy through responsible and sustainable investment; articulated in a way that alongside financial returns, they are seeking to achieve positive social impact (by social, we also mean environmental). It has become a global trend and more players are coming on board, as there is increasing evidence that impact investing offers impactful solutions in social terms, but also very attractive returns to investors. Latin America is currently the second largest market in impact investing and has experienced a growth larger than 12x from 2008 to date. This offers tremendous opportunities to the region as a whole and to Costa Rica in particular, as a pole of sustainable development. s.e.e.d. understands this landscape.

This is a sample of our scope of services. Areas marked in bold require special considerations when counseling in impact investing. However, our end goal with clients goes beyond solving specific legal problems. We aim to become allies in securing and enhancing their impact in their daily operations.

ADVOCACY

COMERCIAL CONTRACTS

DEALING WITH PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

EMPLOYMENT

MIGRATION

FUNDRAISING

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

FUSIONS AND ACQUISITIONS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

INVESTMENT

LITIGATION

NOTARY SERVICES

REAL ESTATE

REGULATION

STRUCTURING

TAXATION

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Partner

José Miguel Alfaro Gómez


In 2009 he launched s.e.e.d. He coordinates legal affairs of outstanding ventures in various fields of the impact investing spectrum such as sustainability, clean tech, conservation, microfinance, fair trade, culture, education, volunteering, health, sports and development. He actively promotes socially responsible investments and the enhancement of the social business ecosystem in Costa Rica. Jose is also in charge of business development for s.e.e.d., scaling its model to other jurisdictions.

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Partner

Sebastián Morúa Hernández


Sebastian is Founding Partner at s.e.e.d. and coordinator of the consultancy and youth venture programs. He has participated in the development of community-based social businesses and worked as a sustainability consultant in places such as West Africa, India and Brazil. He focuses on helping our clients maximize their impact through their relationships with stakeholders.

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Legal Practice Coordinator

Andrés Vargas Rojas


Andrés was invited by s.e.e.d.’s Founders to join the firm in 2012, and currently chairs as Legal Practice Coordinator.

Previous experience in his career includes high level involvement in a broad array of practices at Arias & Muñoz, the largest Central American law firm, and intense engagement in international diplomacy at a brief internship at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations (New York Headquarters).

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Paralegal

Gabriel Arguedas Araya


As Paralegal at s.e.e.d., Gabriel collaborates on the outstanding spectrum of ventures seeking for legal advice and solutions. His work fields include sustainable tourism, culture, health, and development.

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(506) 2221‐3503

San José, Costa Rica, 11th Street, 2nd and 2nd bis, 255