Partner of the firm Hulbert Volio Montero.
He leads the practice of Public Law and Economic Regulation.
Experience & Trajectory: William Villalobos, is a lawyer with training in Administrative-Regulatory Law & Constitutional Law, with extensive knowledge in Regulated Sectors particularly Public Services, Infrastructure, Energy & TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications).
He has a vast experience in tasks such as: (i) legal structuring of complex regulatory transactions, (ii) structuring of BOT, BOO and PPA type Trusts and contracts, (iii) Regulatory improvement, (iv) Administrative Contracting, (v) Litigation Contentious, (vi) Attention of administrative procedures and claims before Regulatory and Competition Entities (Aresep, Sutel, Coprocom, Comptroller General of the Republic).
Likewise, he is a national and international speaker in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil on topics such as: Sectorial Regulation (TMT, Energy and Infrastructure), Digital Transformation, Public-Private Participation Models, Collaborative Economies, Public Services and Data Protection.
During the years 2013-2019 he highlighted as Head of Regulation & Competition in the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH) one of the main public companies in the country; leading the structuring of important projects such as: in the field of Telecommunications, Infocommunications, Energy Generation and Renewable Energies.
Recognitions: His career has been recognized in prestigious rankings: (i) In 2018 he was recognized among the best 100 In-house lawyers in the region in the GC Powerlist Central America index of the London Magazine “The Legal 500”; (ii) In 2019 he joined as a member of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).
Academic Training: Stands out in its academic training: (i) Master in International Constitutional Law & Human Development from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED-Madrid); (ii) Expert in Regulation & Competition from the Universidad de Valladolid (UVA-Madrid); (iii) Expert in Telecommunications Regulatory Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica (UACA), (iv) Degree in Laws from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT).
Incorporations: (i) Director and founding member of Red Iberoamericana de Derecho de la Energía (RIDE); (ii) Member of the Asociación Iberoamericana de Estudios de Regulación (ASIER); (iii) Member of the Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho de la Energía (ASIDE); (iv) International Collaborator of the Administrative Law Circle of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP); (v) International Collaborator of the Prometheo PUCP Legal Portal.
Publications: He is an article in the Legal Impact section of the newspaper La República, and he is also an international collaborator for the Administrative Law Magazine of the Prometheo Legal Portal of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).
Academic Articles in Specialized Magazines: (i) Distributed Generation for Self-consumption in Costa Rica: Regulatory Challenges. ASIDE- Mining Energy Department. ED. University of Externado Colombia. 2019; (ii) UBER Regulate it? At what price? The Costa Rican Case. Iberoamerican Journal of Administrative Law and Economic Regulation. Issue Number 22 – May 2019. Quote: IJ-DCCXL-103; (iii) Regulatory Treatment of Data Privacy against the Transboundary Effects of the GDPR: The Costa Rican Case. Prometheo Legal Portal. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, 04/02/2019; (iv) Telecommunications in CR: A current look 10 years after the opening. Prometheo Legal Portal. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, 10/09/2018.
Opinion articles in the national press: (i) Transboundary Effects of the European Union GDPR. La República newspaper, Legal Impact Section 06/09/2018; (ii) UBER: Regulate it? At what price? La República newspaper, Legal Impact Section, 07/16/2018; (iii) Hariou, The Bicentennial and the Constituent. La República newspaper, Legal Impact Section, 07/02/2018; (iv) Quo Vadis, Innocence? La Nación newspaper, Opinion Section, 10/28/2017; (v) Challenges of Costa Rican Constitutionalism. La Nación newspaper, Opinion Section, 02/21/2014.
Teaching Activity: (i) Since 2014 he is Professor of the Constitutional Law I and II courses, as well as Administrative Law I, II, III in the Law Program of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. In that same Faculty he serves as Coordinator of the Academic Excellence Merit Award: “Dr. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez” who annually awards the Chair of Constitutional Law; He is also a member of the examining thesis examining tribunal where he has directed 6 Thesis as Tutor and has been a reader in 8 Thesis. (ii) Since 2017, he is Professor of the Constitutional Law I and II courses at the Master’s level at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.