London-based consultancy firm Rule Financial has opened its first office in Costa Rica to meet a growing demand from clients in North America for near shore delivery services.

Rule Financial expects to create over 300 new high-end technology jobs in the country over the two to three year time period.

With the new office launch, the firm will be able to offer the benefits of time-zone alignment when delivering large projects for clients based in the United States and Canada.

As a part of the move, Rule Financial will join an extensive network of more than 250 multinational companies operating in Costa Rica, further reinforcing it as a viable location from which to execute its complex IT projects.

The initial focus of the firm will be to find and attract the best technical talent, experienced in developing software using Microsoft Technologies, such as .Net, C#, WCF or WPF among others.

The new office will be headed by Alex Fernandez, who has joined Rule Financial from Microsoft and Oracle and brings with him more than 16 years’ experience in the technology industry.

The Costa Rica office will serve a very exclusive customer base, including top investment banks in the world.

Chris DeBrusk, co-head of Americas for Rule Financial, said: "Significant and continued growth in our North American business has led to the need for a greater pool of high quality IT resources to ensure we can continue to service our clients’ most strategic projects."