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Latin-America Guide

Real Estate — Colombia


Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regional acclaimed firm with a leading presence in the Colombian real estate market assisting major local and international companies. Team has wide experience structuring large-scale real estate projects, with a particular focus on the retail, hospitality and mining arenas. Additional capabilities include regulatory work and real estate financing, as well as contentious matters. Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia and Parque Arauco are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the "excellent service" the lawyers provide. They go on to highlight "their legal and strategic assistance in highly complex real estate negotiations," as well as "their compromise with their clients' interests."

Other clients state: "It is a top-notch service, the lawyers are empathetic and fully committed." They emphasise: "They are truly your partners, they become part of your business."

Work highlight Assisted Anglo Gold Ashanti Colombia with its rural real estate properties.

Notable practitioners

Clients are "impressed" by the outstanding performance and knowledge of leading practitioner and department head Juan Carlos Rocha. Interviewees are full of praise for his superb transactional skills, stating: "He has the perfect balance between pragmatism and empathy to deal with the parties involved in a matter," and "his presence is key for a successful closing."

Associate-to-watch Silvia Avendaño enters the ranking due to great recognition from market onlookers. They enjoy working with her and describe her as "a very good lawyer, highly organised" and "very technical and competent."

About the Team (content provided by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría)

The area provides advice in all legal aspects related to the structuring and development of real estate projects.

With a solid reputation in the real estate sector (national and international), Real Estate Law has intervened in the most relevant operations of the last years, both in the Colombian market and in the Chilean market, covering, among others, the following aspects:

  • Structuring of projects and real estate investments as well as their financing.
  • Advice on the development of project management (covering all matters related to the construction, promotion, financing and investment of residential assets, offices, business parks, logistics, hotels, resorts, shopping centers).
  • Legal advice to investors, financiers, investment funds (institutional and private), real estate companies and end users.

Practice of Urban Law.

The area of ​​Urban Law advises public and private entities in the areas of planning, land management, implementation of planning and land management tools and procedures. We work in continuous and close collaboration with the area of ​​Real Estate Law which also has a great autonomy of advice and specific clientele.

The advice is made from multidisciplinary teams formed by lawyers specializing in urban, real estate, tax and environmental law.

We have advised the urban development of large tourist and hotel projects, residential, commercial and office and mixed and industrial, among others, both in the Colombian market and in the Chilean market.

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Pinilla, González & Prieto - Real Estate Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stellar real estate powerhouse acclaimed for advising on contentious and non-contentious matters related to complex real estate projects and sophisticated urban issues such as partial plans, rural planning units and building permits. Impressive client portfolio includes leading domestic and international developers as well as major construction companies. Financiera Nacional de Desarrollo is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths Clients are quick to endorse the team for "their global vision of the matters, their comprehensive knowledge and their business-oriented approach." They go further to add: "They explain technical issues in an accessible manner and get involved with the business to provide the best possible advice."

Other clients state: "They are legally great, serious and solid," adding: "They are at the vanguard of current legal affairs."

Work highlight Represented Constructora Conconcreto in the administrative procedure to adopt the Partial Plan Malachí, in order to develop about 60 hectares of land located in Cundinamarca. The approximate value of this matter was USD285 million.

Notable practitioners

Prominent practitioner Juan Manuel González Garavito leads the department and focuses his practice on structuring large-scale real estate projects where clients consider him to be "the guru." They go on to note: "He is spectacular and the lawyer to go to for urban advice," adding: "His experience and knowledge provide the highest degree of credibility."

Interviewees describe up-and-coming partner Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo as "a great lawyer." They also underline that "she possesses solid knowledge of urban law," with particular expertise in urban plans and property titles.

About the Team (content provided by Pinilla, González & Prieto)

We are a team with the legal, technical and human capabilities needed to provide comprehensive advice on land management and habilitation processes, articulating the strategic vision of the real estate business and the strict compliance with urban planning law applicable to the specific case to successfully and efficiently achieve the development of urban planning and architectonic projects that significantly improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and that are environmentally sustainable.  

The systemic understanding of the process of urban growth and the regulations on urban planning and mitigation of impacts produced by construction works allow us to effectively contribute to the search for strategic solutions to the legal problems that arise for developers when executing their projects and in turn comply with the urban planning obligations provided in the current legal order.

Our team provides comprehensive accompaniment to the clients, comprising the analysis of legal provisions, advice on the adoption of regional development management instruments, monitoring of administrative actions before municipal, district and national entities, as well as the study required by each project from a technical point of view.  

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Gómez-Pinzón - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced practice that is widely recognised in this field. Well equipped to handle complex issues including the structuring of major real estate projects and urban planning. Represents leading clients on the construction and development of hotels and shopping centres and has additional expertise in real estate financing. New client wins for the firm include Titularizadora Colombiana, Fondo de Inversión Colectiva Inmobiliaria INMOVAL and Amarilo.

Strengths Interviewees observe: "The service provided by the firm was excellent, considering the response time, the quality of the concepts and recommendations, and the experience of their legal team." They also note: "The closing deals experience is the highlight."

Other clients state: "They have highly experienced personnel, so it feels like no matter what you bring to them, they have already seen it or something similar and have a good idea of how to proceed." They conclude: "Complex issues are solved in a timely and effective manner."

Work highlight Advised Fox Telecolombia on urban law, including topographic, zoning and land use analyses, as well as assisting them in obtaining construction licences, for the development of film studios in Bogotá.

Notable practitioners

Department head Paula Samper Salazar is highlighted by market commentators for being "a skilled real estate lawyer." Clients also praise her, saying: "She knows a lot about real estate matters and delivers high-quality work."

Associate-to-watch Wilson Camilo Cantor is recognised by clients as a relevant member of the real estate team. Interviewees consider him to be "very knowledgeable" in real estate matters.

Associate-to-watch Maria Camila Parra Cortés enters the rankings following solid market endorsement. Clients remark favourably on "her attention to detail and her ability to formulate the best approach to resolve development issues."

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

Gómez-Pinzón has a broad experience in real estate and urban development. The Firm has been a leader in the Colombian real estate market for more than 20 years, handling a range of matters from the acquisition and sale of properties, to due diligence, structuring of real estate projects, fund formation and real estate-related litigation.

Our Firm has placed a strong emphasis on growing the urban development area during 2016 and 2017, including advice on zoning, construction projects and licenses, and urban planning instruments, for hotels, retail projects and other commercial use properties, and is renowned for its niche expertise in the construction and development of malls.

We have a full-service real estate practice. For example, the firm’s services include the full range of assistance with zoning and urban planning regulations and construction licenses. Large corporate firms have not traditionally had strong expertise in these niche areas, with clients usually reverting to boutiques and sole practitioners. However, senior associate María Camila Parra has 11 years’ experience handling construction licenses and has strong relationships with construction companies and real estate developers from her previous positions. Currently, she advises one of the largest housing construction companies in the country on several of their projects.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced real estate team advising local and international clients on both urban and real estate matters. Also highly regarded for representing clients in real estate financing mandates. Routinely sought after to counsel clients on the development of shopping centres, housing and office projects. Terranum Corporativo, Promobiliaria and Pactia are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths Clients report: "The service provided by the team is excellent," noting: "They are close and very sensitive to their clients' needs. Therefore their legal recommendations adjust to the current business situation, which makes their recommendations feasible and effective."

Other clients also emphasise the team's "timely responsiveness and their ability not only to explain problems but also to boil down complex legal terms into more easily understandable language."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to BTG Pactual Real Estate Fund on the acquisition of two data centres in Bogotá’s Free Trade Zone.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Andrés Montoya "is a real estate specialist" and "a very dedicated and judicious lawyer," according to clients. They go further to add: "His work is remarkable and he dominates the technical real estate part, which makes him a complete lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys)

Posse Herrera Ruiz has a highly respected Real Estate department advising local and international companies in the development of rural and urban real estate projects, from their structuring phase to the sale or their initiation. 

Real estate projects include housing developments, shopping malls, hotels and commercial and business centers of different natures. In rural zones of different locations of Colombia, we structure and execute large forestry and agri-business projects.

Our team has experience in all types of contract negotiations and structuring related with the acquisition, sale, economic use of properties, tax planning and due diligence process.

Posse Herrera Ruiz works on the drafting of instruments of urban planning such as development and implementation plans, urban renovation projects, units of rural planning, legal defense in administrative proceedings of possible infractions or revocation of licenses, as well as all matters related with formalities of licensing before urban authorities and planning offices.

Our experience and knowledge in the structuring of personal and corporate trust vehicles is a fundamental component of our real estate practice. The team advises corporate clients as well as individuals in the structuring of financial agreements and corporate planning, as well as in optimizing strategies of wealth management.


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Arce Rojas Consultores & Cia S.A. - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Deeply respected boutique firm focused on real estate mandates. Fields a dedicated team with experience advising clients on the acquisition of land, titles and rights for energy, mining and agri-industrial projects. Acts for domestic and international developers, as well as for construction companies.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm saying: "They are a great team, good legal and technical experts." They underline: "They possess great expertise in land matters, specially dealing with cadastral maps."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner David Arce Rojas is described by clients as "a very good lawyer, very pragmatic, a lawyer who proposes very creative solutions." Interviewees also praise him for his relevant role in dealing with complex rural real estate matters.

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Brigard & Urrutia - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing full-service firm with a comprehensive real estate practice. Noted expertise in assisting domestic and international companies with the structuring and development of real estate projects. Represents major players from the banking and finance, retail and hospitality industries. New client wins for the firm include the Dekel Group, Dufry and DFASS, and Herdoíza Crespo Construcciones.

Strengths Clients underline the team's "personalised attention, their ability to understand their clients' goals and to interact with the counterpart, and their great available resources to develop the works."

Work highlight Represented Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias in the acquisition and lease agreement of a USD47 million building located in Bogotá, with a gross leasable area of 16,400 square metres.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Alvaro Cala.

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Uribe Henao Abogados - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputable Medellín-based firm enters the rankings following impressive market endorsement of its expertise dealing with complex real estate contentious and non-contentious mandates. Team advises both local and international developers and construction companies as well as relevant investor players. Mensula and Nu Sierra Colombia are new client wins for the firm.

Strengths Clients recognise the team's highly specialised real estate knowledge, stating: "Their service is really good, they provide comprehensive advice." They add: "Working with them gives you peace of mind."

Work highlight Assisted Conceptum Inmobiliaria with the structuring of a USD20 million project for the development of a shopping centre in Valle del Cauca.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Carolina Uribe.

About the Team (content provided by Uribe Henao Abogados)

Many relevant promoters and developers of real estate in Medellin have entrusted the firm with the design and implementation of the legal aspects of their projects. The firm´s services range from coordinating due diligence over assets, drafting and negotiating the required agreements for the purchase of land, its development and the exploitation of the resulting units. The firm also helps clients negotiate their partnering agreements as well as implement the resulting structures.

Clients in this practice area include developers, real estate funds, promoters and agribusiness companies, such as Insignia, Ménsula, TCC, Flamingo, Grupo Cartama, Arquitectura & Concreto, Londoño Gómez, Fondo Inmobiliario de Bancolombia, Constructora Colpatria, Umbral, Acierto Consultores.

The firm's real estate team is led by two partners, Maria Carolina Uribe and Carlos Fernando Henao.

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Band 1

Juan Manuel González Garavito

Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prominent practitioner Juan Manuel González Garavito leads the department and focuses his practice on structuring large-scale real estate projects where clients consider him to be "the guru." They go on to note: "He is spectacular and the lawyer to go to for urban advice," adding: "His experience and knowledge provide the highest degree of credibility."

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Band 1

Juan Carlos Rocha

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are "impressed" by the outstanding performance and knowledge of leading practitioner and department head Juan Carlos Rocha. Interviewees are full of praise for his superb transactional skills, stating: "He has the perfect balance between pragmatism and empathy to deal with the parties involved in a matter," and "his presence is key for a successful closing."

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Band 1

Fernando Trebilcock Barvo

Fernando Trebilcock Barvo - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market commentators, prestigious sole practitioner Fernando Trebilcock Barvo is "an expert on urban matters with a particular focus on complex and sophisticated licensing issues." They go on to highlight "his great negotiation skills."

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Band 2

Felipe Arbouin Gomez

VAV Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, Felipe Arbouin Gomez of VAV Consultores "is a skilled real estate lawyer, very technical and well versed in urban matters." Peers go further to note: "It is a pleasure to deal with him, he is a sensible and extremely intelligent lawyer."

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Band 2

Arce Rojas Consultores & Cia S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner David Arce Rojas is described by clients as "a very good lawyer, very pragmatic, a lawyer who proposes very creative solutions." Interviewees also praise him for his relevant role in dealing with complex rural real estate matters.

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Band 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Andrés Montoya  "is a real estate specialist" and "a very dedicated and judicious lawyer," according to clients. They go further to add: "His work is remarkable and he dominates the technical real estate part, which makes him a complete lawyer."

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Band 2

Juan Pablo Rosas Apráez

Llorente & Rosas Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Pablo Rosas Apráez of Llorente & Rosas Abogados is "an excellent lawyer, with solid knowledge of lands and condominiums as well as expertise dealing with lease agreements," according to clients. Interviewees go further to state: "He is a very judicious and talented lawyer."

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Band 3

Acosta Irreño & Asociados SAS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Oscar Acosta of Acosta Irreño & Asociados SAS enters the rankings due to strong recognition from market commentators in real estate matters. Pleased clients state: "He enjoys great knowledge of urban developments and condominiums, and he is really effective."

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Band 3

Paula Samper Salazar

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Paula Samper Salazar is highlighted by market commentators for being "a skilled real estate lawyer." Clients also praise her, saying: "She knows a lot about real estate matters and delivers high-quality work."

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Band 3

Consultores Urbanos SAS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ana Isabel Zea of Consultores Urbanos SAS enters the rankings after impressive feedback from interviewees. They consider her to be an experienced lawyer "noteworthy for her excellent urban expertise."

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Up and Coming

Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo

Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe up-and-coming partner Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo as "a great lawyer." They also underline that "she possesses solid knowledge of urban law," with particular expertise in urban plans and property titles.

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Up and Coming

Urbano Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources recognise that up-and-coming partner Alexandra Castro of Urbano Legal "plays a relevant role within the real estate sector." They add: "She possesses good knowledge of urban matters."

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Silvia Avendaño enters the ranking due to great recognition from market onlookers. They enjoy working with her and describe her as "a very good lawyer, highly organised" and "very technical and competent."

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Associates to watch

Wilson Camilo Cantor

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Wilson Camilo Cantor is recognised by clients as a relevant member of the real estate team. Interviewees consider him to be "very knowledgeable" in real estate matters.

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Associates to watch

Maria Camila Parra Cortés

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Maria Camila Parra Cortés enters the rankings following solid market endorsement. Clients remark favourably on "her attention to detail and her ability to formulate the best approach to resolve development issues."

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