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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan Carlos Rocha
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed practice representing both public and private clients from key industries such as retail and mining. Experienced in advising on a number of matters including the structuring of real estate projects such as building hotels, resorts and shopping centres. Additional expertise in urban planning and land acquisition, among other areas. H&M, Colvalor Propiedades Colombianas and Fondo Inmobiliario are new client wins.

Strengths "The firm is one of the best in Colombia and the lawyers are very hard-working," report clients.

Sources also highlight the firm's key skills: "They are very good in real estate matters and in the structuring of real estate projects."

Work highlights Advised H&M on an expansion plan for its retail stores in Colombia.

Acted for Colvalor Propiedades on the acquisition of properties for the development and operation of its real estate projects.

Significant clients Ospinas, Ripley Internacional, Drummond, Colvalor Propiedades Colombianas, AngloGold Ashanti.

Notable practitioners

Juan Carlos Rocha is described by clients as "very hard-working and one of the best lawyers in Colombia." Interviewees say that "he is one of the leaders in the market." He is a specialist in real estate transactions, regularly advising clients on the acquisition of retail property, including shopping centres. He acts for both foreign and local clients including private equity investors.

Felipe Cuberos is highlighted by clients who say that "he is very dedicated to our needs." He focuses on real estate transactions such as M&A, joint ventures and foreign investment. He also has experience in sector-related dispute resolution.

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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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Manuel González Garavito and Carlos Felipe Pinilla Acevedo
- 1 partner
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice best known for advising clients on urban matters such as partial plans, undeveloped land and zoning regulations. Handles a range of matters such as the structuring, development and financing of real estate projects. Advises a number of key local companies in the construction industry, as well as public entities and private landowners. Plaza de las Americas Shopping Mall is a new client win.

Strengths Clients value the team's outstanding service, noting: "The firm is excellent and the lawyers have very good knowledge of urban matters."

Market onlookers go on to add: "It is a very good firm, they are very well organised."

Work highlights Advised Entorno Urbano on the urban planning for the Partial Plan Rosa Blanca Estate in Villavicencio.

Counselled Plaza de las Americas Shopping Mall on obtaining a USD10 million extension licence in order to develop and expand its size.

Significant clients Triada, Constructora Bolívar, Amarilo, Conconcreto, Coca-Cola FEMSA.

Notable practitioners

Juan Manuel González Garavito is endorsed by clients, who say that "he knows the most about real estate matters in the country." They go on to say that "he has excellent knowledge of urban matters." He has advised clients on operations across Latin America including structuring real estate projects and urban development matters.

Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo is commended by clients, who say that "she has good experience in urban matters." She advises clients in the construction and development industries on a number of real estate projects.

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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Brigard Urrutia - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Natalia Hernández
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected practice advising clients in the real estate sector on a number of matters spanning urban planning, tourism and agribusiness. Noted expertise in assisting domestic and international investors with the structuring and development of real estate projects. Also represents major companies in the retail and hotel industries. Astellas Farma Colombia, Bank of America and Sappi are new client wins.

Strengths Clients are happy with the service the firm provides, saying: "We have a very comfortable relationship with the lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs on a USD31.5 million sale and leaseback transaction regarding the acquisition of rights to the hospital Instituto del Corazón Floridablanca.

Significant clients Hyatt Hotels, Transgas de Occidente, Goldman Sachs, Inversiones Colombianas Arauco, Hilton Worldwide.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Natalia Hernández Hidalgo.

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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)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Paula Samper
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with high visibility in the area. Active across a broad range of sector issues including the structuring of real estate projects and urban planning. Advises clients on the construction and development of hotels and shopping centres and has additional expertise in real estate due diligence and litigation. New client wins include Almacenes Éxito, Fox Telecolombia and Goldman Sachs.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its dedication to the client, noting: "They are very knowledgeable and are well integrated, both within the specialism and across the entire firm."

Work highlights Advised PriceSmart on the USD50 million acquisition, zoning and licensing for a membership warehouse real estate project.

Significant clients Unison Site, Honeywell, Alianza Fiduciaria, PriceSmart, Kiruna Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Paula Samper Salazar is highlighted by clients who say that "she is very dedicated and she works very closely with the client." They go on to say that "she is very knowledgeable and provides solid advice." She represents both foreign and local clients in the telecommunications and financial industries.

Associate-to-watch Wilson Camilo Cantor is endorsed by interviewees who recognise him for his significant work in urban real estate. He advises clients on investing in real estate projects and on related contracts.

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 - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Andrés Montoya and José Alejandro Torres
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant practice advising clients on both urban and rural real estate matters, such as developing shopping centres, housing and telecommunications projects. Experienced in advising clients on land acquisition for forestry and agriculture mandates. Advises key real estate funds, construction companies and landowners. Inverlink Real Estate Fund, Bacao and Fiduciaria Bogotá are new client wins.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm for its forward-looking approach: "The firm provides us with multi-disciplined, accurate and to-the-point advice. The lawyers have a proactive approach, a no-nonsense attitude and they are focused on the client's needs."

Work highlights Advised Inverlink Real Estate Fund on the USD100 million sale and partial lease of an office building to the General Comptroller's Office.

Significant clients Jamestown, Cencosud, BTG Real Estate Fund, Terpel, Phoenix Tower International.

Notable practitioners

Andrés Montoya is endorsed by clients, who say that "he is a service-minded professional with sharp analytical skills. He has a strong drive to find the best legal solutions for each project." His main areas of practice are real estate and urban planning. He regularly advises private equity funds.

José Alejandro Torres is valued by interviewees for his work in the area, in particular in corporate real estate matters. He advises clients in the industry on the structuring and development of shopping centres, hotels and housing projects.

About the Team (content provided by Posse Herrera Ruiz)

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)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 48 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique real estate firm focused on mandates in the rural sector. Advises clients on the acquisition of land, titles and rights for energy projects. Particularly experienced representing both foreign and local clients in the energy, mining and construction industries.

Strengths Interviewees value the quality of the firm's work, pointing out: "The firm is very large and good at advising clients on land, oil and gas matters."

Notable practitioners

David Arce Rojas is praised by interviewees as "very active and a great player in the market." He has over 30 years of experience working in the real estate market and has significant expertise in matters related to land acquisition, oil and gas and mining mandates.

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Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alejandro Mesa-Neira and Jaime Trujillo Caicedo
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm advising on significant transactions in this area. Best known for assisting foreign and domestic private equity funds with the financing of real estate projects. Additional experience in advising clients on rural and forestry matters, including related tax aspects. Refocosta, Estée Lauder and Graña & Montero are among the new client wins.

Work highlights Advised the Public Sector Pension Investment Board on the USD70 million acquisition of a 30% share in Amarilo to set up a joint venture with the real estate developer.

Significant clients Graña & Montero, Vopak Colombia, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Old Mutual Fondo de Inversión Colectivo, Estée Lauder.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Alejandro Mesa-Neira.

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Ramírez & Cardona - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José Ramón Ramírez-Castaño
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected real estate boutique specialised in advising clients on planning regulation and permit applications. Experienced in the structuring of construction projects and land use matters. Represents key clients in the hotel, tourism and finance sectors. Nexus Capital Partners and Alianza Fiduciaria are new client wins.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's strengths as its "in-depth real estate knowledge combined with good business and strategic know-how."

Work highlights Advised Quala on a USD6 million land acquisition for the company's new offices in Tocancipa.

Significant clients Igeos, Summa Propiedades, AS Construcciones, Quala, Boston Andes Capital Colombia.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is José Ramón Ramírez-Castaño.

About the Team (content provided by Ramírez & Cardona)

Basic facts about the department 
- Head of department: José Ramón Ramírez-Castaño 
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected real estate boutique specialised in advising clients on planning regulation and permit applications. Experienced in the structuring of construction projects and land use matters. 

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's strengths as its "in-depth real estate knowledge combined with good business and strategic know-how."

Significant clients  Nexus (Private Equity Fund), TC Latin (Private Equity Fund), BAC (Private Equity Fund), Cemex Colombia, Quala Colombia, Arcos Dorados Colombia (Mc Donalds), Valorem S.A., AS Construcciones, Boston Andes Capital Colombia (Private Equity Fund), Decameron Hotels.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is José Ramón Ramírez-Castaño.

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Band 1

Juan Manuel González Garavito

Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Manuel González Garavito is endorsed by clients, who say that "he knows the most about real estate matters in the country." They go on to say that "he has excellent knowledge of urban matters." He has advised clients on operations across Latin America including structuring real estate projects and urban development matters.

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Band 1

Juan Carlos Rocha

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Carlos Rocha is described by clients as "very hard-working and one of the best lawyers in Colombia." Interviewees say that "he is one of the leaders in the market." He is a specialist in real estate transactions, regularly advising clients on the acquisition of retail property, including shopping centres. He acts for both foreign and local clients including private equity investors.

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Band 1

Fernando Trebilcock Barvo

Fernando Trebilcock Barvo - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Fernando Trebilcock Barvo is endorsed by interviewees who identify him for his "very strong presence and good reputation in the market." His practice covers urban planning and he frequently advises local public and private sector clients involved in the real estate market.

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Band 2

Felipe Arbouin Gomez

VAV Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight Felipe Arbouin Gomez of VAV Consultores, stating that "he has a great knowledge of the market." They go on to say that "he is a well-known professor who is very active in both academic and practical real estate matters." He has notable experience in urban planning.

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Band 2

Arce Rojas Consultores & Cia S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

David Arce Rojas is praised by interviewees as "very active and a great player in the market." He has over 30 years of experience working in the real estate market and has significant expertise in matters related to land acquisition, oil and gas and mining mandates.

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Band 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Montoya is endorsed by clients, who say that "he is a service-minded professional with sharp analytical skills. He has a strong drive to find the best legal solutions for each project." His main areas of practice are real estate and urban planning. He regularly advises private equity funds.

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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 valued by clients, who say that "he is a very prestigious lawyer." He focuses his practice on urban planning and land acquisition and regularly advises real estate funds and developers.

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Band 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Cuberos is highlighted by clients who say that "he is very dedicated to our needs." He focuses on real estate transactions such as M&A, joint ventures and foreign investment. He also has experience in sector-related dispute resolution.

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Band 3

Paula Samper Salazar

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Paula Samper Salazar is highlighted by clients who say that "she is very dedicated and she works very closely with the client." They go on to say that "she is very knowledgeable and provides solid advice." She represents both foreign and local clients in the telecommunications and financial industries.

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Band 3

José Alejandro Torres

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Alejandro Torres is valued by interviewees for his work in the area, in particular in corporate real estate matters. He advises clients in the industry on the structuring and development of shopping centres, hotels and housing projects.

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Up and Coming

Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo

Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Angela Maria Caicedo Rozo is commended by clients, who say that "she has good experience in urban matters." She advises clients in the construction and development industries on a number of real estate projects.

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Up and Coming

Urbano Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alexandra Castro of Urbano Legal regularly advises clients on real estate contracts and related tax aspects. Interviewees praise her for being "an excellent lawyer who is very active in real estate and urban planning." 

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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 endorsed by interviewees who recognise him for his significant work in urban real estate. He advises clients on investing in real estate projects and on related contracts.

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