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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/M&A — Colombia


Brigard Urrutia - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading full-service firm with a distinguished corporate practice. Department is highly specialised in the whole spectrum of corporate mandates, from day-to-day work to complex cross-border mergers, acquisitions and disposals of controlling and minority stakes. Well positioned to handle issues relating to corporate restructuring, due diligence processes and regulatory matters. Advises a roster of clients from the banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, infrastructure and energy industries. Jaime Robledo Vásquez has recently joined the practice as partner.

Strengths Clients are particularly impressed with the high-quality service they receive, enthusing: "It's excellent because they have a very solid team of lawyers for each area of law that we require. The lawyers they hire are very professional and committed to providing a very good service. They thoroughly examine both our business and the points we want to discuss with them, and they always try to foresee the implications of the decisions we make. All in all it's been a very good experience."

Another interviewee states: "They have been excellent. They are timely, responsive and, more importantly, give us very effective advice that generates added value."

Work highlights Advised Compañia de Petróleos de Chile on its USD747 million acquisition of ExxonMobil's operations in the Andean region.

Represented Catterton Partners in a minority equity participation in Bodytech worth approximately USD47 million.

Significant clients 3M Colombia, ACE Seguros, Booking.com, Alere, Alianza Fiduciaria.

Notable practitioners

Sergio Michelsen is highly respected among clients and peers alike for his expertise and experience in the corporate field. One source comments: "I've worked with him on many transactions and he's a pleasure to work with. He's very competent and has a widely recognised practice." Another interviewee identifies Michelsen as "a leader in the market."

One source describes Carlos Umaña Trujillo as someone who "is a good adviser to his clients. He is able to find a wide range of solutions to problems and I have great confidence in him." He offers particular expertise in corporate matters relating to the infrastructure sector.

Jaime Robledo Vásquez is well known to peers for his established practice in the sphere. They report: "He's very good, very business-minded. He understands how to structure a transaction and come to a conclusion perfectly. He recognises not only the needs of his client but of the counterparty too, so it's good to work with him."

Álvaro Cala comes recommended as "an excellent lawyer; he's very attentive and helpful to us." Market onlookers go on to add: "He's a great lawyer who is good to negotiate with," and note that he is "a very competent and efficient lawyer."

Partner Darío Laguado is praised by his peers and clients for his "practical, committed and efficient" working style. They go on to add: "He's a terrific and intellectual lawyer." He frequently advises on private equity-funded M&A transactions.

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Gómez-Pinzón - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Andrés Hoyos and Pablo Rabelly
- 8 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Corporate powerhouse offering a wealth of expertise in matters spanning complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Recognised in particular for representing strategic buyers, such as private equity funds. Team is well versed in mergers, spin-offs, incorporations and liquidations. Advice also covers day-to-day corporate matters, including related tax, antitrust and labour considerations. Represents companies from an array of industries, including hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals and aviation. Laboratorios Gerco and Lamosa are new client wins.

Strengths Clients praise the service offered at the firm, with one interviewee stating: "It's fantastic and I'm quite happy with them. Whenever a conflict arises I dread to change firms."

Another source states: "They have very dedicated lawyers that provide a great service and attend to the client's needs quickly."

Work highlights Advised Unión Temporal Credit Suisse and Inverlink on the USD2.16 billion sale of government-owned shares in Isagén to Brookfield Asset Management.

Represented Exxon Mobil on the Colombian aspects of the USD747 million acquisition of Empresas Copec's lubricants and fuel business.

Significant clients Irelandia Aviation, Cifin, Ashmore Management Company Colombia, Garmisch Pharmaceutical.

Notable practitioners

Andrés Hoyos is respected by market commentators for his knowledge of the corporate sector. One source singles him out for "offering the best, or one of the best services I have ever received," and goes on to add: "As a partner he is very hands-on with the client."

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is considered by market sources to be a "down-to-earth and practical" lawyer. She has notable experience in M&A and regularly advises clients in the energy and mining industries.

Paula Samper Salazar is singled out by interviewees as a "very good corporate lawyer" and a "great reference without a doubt. Her work on pro bono matters in particular stands out."

Lina Uribe García enters the rankings this year following consistent praise from peers who describe her as "a very capable lawyer." They further comment: "She's a really good lawyer." She has additional expertise in environmental matters.

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

Corporate

The Corporate Law practice group at Gómez-Pinzón is mainly engaged in advising clients in all aspects related with the planning of the best structure for the development of their operations in the country, the establishment and operation of partnerships, branches of foreign consortiums and non-profit entities, all of them from the various sectors of the economy. In the development of this type of advice, the Firm also participates in the design, preparation and negotiation of all sorts of agreements, from a corporate perspective and the development of its clients’ business.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Advice on Mergers & Acquisitions is an essential part of Gómez-Pinzón. Lawyers specialized in this area of practice understand the speed with which the business world advances and the specific needs of their clients, both local and foreign, in a wide range of economic sectors.

Their transnational experience of over 20 years and the specialized knowledge of the attorneys in Mergers & Acquisitions allow the handling of such diverse matters as acquisitions, mergings, leveraged purchases and spin-offs, asset selling, tax and corporate structuring, financing of transactions and the negotiation of the respective agreements, both in Colombia and abroad.

The Firm advice to its clients ranges from legal due dilligence processes and obtention of government permits, to the structuring, documenting, control of integrations and the closing of transactions.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional heavyweight with a front-running corporate practice in Colombia. Boasts considerable experience handling a range of corporate finance transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, for a host of domestic and international companies and private equity funds. Team is also recognised for its stellar track record handling corporate restructurings, incorporations of investment vehicles and the preparation and negotiation of various commercial agreements. New client wins include Sun International, Danone and Mesoamérica.

Strengths When commenting on expertise of the corporate team, sources remark: "They're a leading firm who are handling the biggest, most relevant transactions."

Another interviewee states: "They are stars in corporate matters."

Work highlights Represented Fondo Privado de Capital in the acquisition of a 49% fiduciary interest in the real estate trust Viva Malls, worth USD255.5 million.

Advised Brookfield Asset Management on the USD3.74 billion privatisation process of Isagén, where the Ministry of Finance sold its 57.61% stake in the company.

Significant clients Puerto Las Americas Holdings, Grupo Argos, Ripley, Inversiones en Recreación Deporte y Salud.

Notable practitioners

Partner Martín Acero is deeply respected by sources for his long-standing experience in the M&A field. They comment: "He's really good, he knows the market and he is a business partner. He always finds an answer." He frequently advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and is particularly well versed in joint ventures and regulatory issues.

Market onlookers consider Claudia Barrero to be a "very good lawyer who is assertive in her opinions. She's a very effective lawyer." She has notable experience in acquisitions of listed companies, capital markets and corporate governance mandates.

Felipe Cuberos is highlighted by interviewees as someone who "produces methodical work," adding: "He's a good lawyer." He is particularly focused on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures.

Hernando Padilla is held in high esteem by market commentators for his work in this sphere. He has acted as adviser for domestic and international companies and private equity funds on M&A deals in Colombia and in the USA.

Juan Carlos Rocha regularly participates in cross-border M&A transactions and privatisation matters. His peers enthuse: "He's a very good lawyer," before going on to recognise his expertise in the real estate sector.

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

Our practice area is highly specialized in Corporate and M&A matters. Its lawyers have been involved in complex transactions and are renowned for providing creative and efficient legal advice. In addition to delivering timely advice and practical solutions to clients facing a wide variety of legal and business challenges, PPU provides multinational companies with high quality services as a consequence of its extensive international practice. Our practice area provides corporate clients with all the tools needed to manage both the day-to-day matters and the strategic issues that may arise from each transaction, merger or acquisition. PPU offers its clients legal advice in different fields, such as:

       Corporate structuring and incorporation of investment vehicles

       Formation of private equity funds

       Preparation and negotiation of commercial contracts

       Permanent assistance in corporate matters

       Legal advice in connection to Corporate Governance

       Domestic and international transactions and due diligence processes

       Business reorganizations, integrations, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and control takeovers

       National and cross-border mergers and acquisitions

       Structuring and execution of public offerings

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jaime Herrera
- 7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm boasting capabilities across the entire spectrum of mandates. Department is experienced in negotiating deals for the acquisition or sale of listed companies, as well as joint ventures between local and international entities, including setting up SPVs. Client roster comprises major names from a wide range of sectors, including banking and finance, logistics, construction, engineering, oil and gas and mining. Fairfax is a new client win. Also active advising Spanish investors due to its link with Iberian powerhouse Cuatrecasas.

Strengths Clients and peers alike recognise Posse Herrera Ruiz as one of the leading firms in the Colombian corporate market, enthusing: "They are excellent. They are a group of hard-working, intelligent, responsive lawyers whose local legal expertise is invaluable. I would highly recommend them."

Clients respect the quality of work produced, highlighting "the in-depth knowledge of M&A processes, which makes it an excellent service. Furthermore, we feel very confident with them given that the team are highly available and flexible for us in the most urgent of times."

Work highlights Advised Fairfax Financial Holding on the transactional side and insurance regulations regarding the USD250 million acquisition of AIG Colombia.

Acted as counsel to FEMSA Logísitica in creating an investment vehicle to acquire an 80% stake in Operaciones Nacionales de Mercadeo.

Significant clients Femsa, Delta, Diageo, Grupo Sura, Coltabaco.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Jaime Herrera is deeply respected by market commentators as "one of the leading senior corporate practitioners in Latin America." They go on to further explain: "He has an in-depth knowledge of how to get transactions done in Latin America and is also a top-flight technical lawyer. He is extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with."

José Alejandro Torres comes recommended by sources as "a good lawyer with practical legal skills." They also comment: "He provides us with high-quality advice." He is experienced representing domestic and international clients, in particular on private equity funds.

Clients state that Jaime Cubillos Porto is a "thoughtful, proactive, effective and accessible" lawyer. He is particularly focused on corporate mandates such as joint ventures and M&A.

Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos stands out to market commentators, who say that he has "great expertise and knowledge of the Latin American market, and is also very responsive."

Since publication, Francisco Urrutia has sadly passed away.

About the Team (content provided by Posse Herrera Ruiz)

Posse Herrera Ruiz has earned a region–wide reputation in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of integration transactions, and has participated in many of the largest acquisitions and privatizations in Colombia as part of other multi-jurisdictional transactions. 

The M&A practice  has broad experience in carve-outs, spin-offs, stock purchase and sales, asset sales and acquisitions, providing capabilities on each specific transaction, and providing legal advice in all stages of the transaction:

  • Due Diligence
  • Structuring
  • Negotiation and preparation of documents
  • Closing and transaction transition
  • Post transaction support

    Our transactional skills are supported with expertise from Labor, Litigation, Corporates, Anti-trust, Environmental and Intellectual Property as well as  Real Estate practice groups, providing high end legal advice in all relevant matters.

    In Corporate Law the firm advises clients  on a wide range of corporate, secretarial, contract structuring, negotiation and execution, foreign investment, exchange controls, tax and labor matters, as well as dispute resolution and litigation. 

    Our team of experts are highly experienced and focused in industry sectores enhancing legal support with indepth business knowledge to local and international corporations. Over the past 3 years the firm has participated in over 60 transactions  representing over USD $6 billion transaction worth.



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    Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - Corporate/M&A 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: Jaime Trujillo Caicedo
    - 1 partner
    - 22 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Global firm with an active Colombian corporate practice. Department is particularly experienced handling multi-jurisdictional transactions for both domestic and multinational clients. Further recognised for its work advising private equity funds and blue-chip companies on their investments in Colombia, as well as assisting with corporate restructurings. New client wins include Celsia and Riopaila Castilla.

    Strengths A client comments on an acquisition the firm handled for them: "It was very difficult to resolve but they handled it excellently. I would firstly highlight their complete responsiveness, from the most senior partner down to the junior members. They are completely available at any moment you need them. Secondly, they are very good business negotiators, especially against difficult counterparties."

    Work highlights Assisted Southern Cross Group with the acquisition of a majority shareholding interest in one of the largest retailers in Central America.

    Significant clients Advent International, Teka Capital, Altra Investments, Donaldson Company, Terranum.

    Notable practitioners

    The "magnificent" Jaime Trujillo Caicedo regularly leads the department's most significant M&A transactions. He has over 20 years' experience in this sector, and market sources respect his knowledge of the corporate field, enthusing: "He knows our company in depth, which is an added value and allows us to mitigate risks properly."

    Since publication, Juan Manuel de la Rosa has left the practice.

    About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie S.A.S.)

    In Baker McKenzie, we help you stay agile as you capture new opportunities. We deliver solutions that meet your legal and business needs so you can confidently manage risk and meet project time frames. We provide integrated advice on corporate law, companies, financing, tax, merger control, employment management and other deal aspects so you can address challenges without the high cost of working with multiple law firms.

    We provide a solutions-led approach based on a client's global objectives, project management by a close-knit team with the right expertise and experience, and collaboration with in-house teams to ensure we address all issues while minimizing disruption of day-to-day operations.

    - Corporate reorganizations
    - Due diligence
    - Legal Advice on Shareholder's and Joint Venture Agreements
    - Shareholders dispute settlement
    - Loans and Foreign Exchange
    - Post-aqcuisition process

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    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Corporate/M&A 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: Eduardo Cárdenas
    - 4 partners
    - 20 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with experience in a broad range of corporate mandates. Advises companies, investment banks and private equity firms on M&A and minority share purchases, as well as corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Recent activity spans industries such as education, real estate and energy and natural resources. Delta Plus Group, Luxottica Group and Vice Holding are new client wins.

    Strengths Clients express their satisfaction with the variety of expertise offered at the firm: "It's a very good service, they have lawyers for every area you could want - they cover all areas of law. It's a very integrated service in that sense. They're flexible, quick in their responses, accurate and very effective."

    Work highlights Acted as counsel to BBDO Worldwide on a due diligence process and acquisition of shares of Proximity, Sancho and its affiliates.

    Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Ford, Microsoft, S&P Global, IFC.

    Notable practitioners

    Clients and peers alike commend Eduardo Cárdenas for being "a very experienced counsel. He's very knowledgeable about local laws and he brings ideas and solutions to the table. He remains calm in the face of adversity and that is an asset." His peers note: "He's a pleasure to have as a counterparty."

    Market onlookers recognise up-and-coming partner Mauricio Borrero for "bringing a lot of ideas and perspective to the deal. He has the ability to lead it from a transactional point of view."

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    Lloreda Camacho & Co - Corporate/M&A 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: Santiago Gutiérrez and Andrés Hidalgo
    - 4 partners
    - 8 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Highly regarded team with a solid corporate offering. Advice covers day-to-day corporate work, financing operations and the capitalisation of companies, as well as the registration of foreign investments and strategies on foreign debt obligations. Department offers further expertise in regulatory compliance, spin-offs and privatisations. Grupo Bimbo and The Carlyle Group count among the firm's new client wins.

    Strengths Sources comment: "They are a firm who are highly trusted by their clients, with an international client portfolio."

    Work highlights Represented Grupo Bimbo in the purchase of 100% of the outstanding shares in Frescongelados Panettiere.

    Significant clients Goodyear Colombia, Amércia Móvil, Maersk Colombia, Toyota Motor Corporation, Dasa de Colombia.

    Notable practitioners

    Department head Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is experienced in advising clients on the full range of corporate matters and M&A deals. He is noted by one source as "a profound lawyer who is a very good adviser," while another describes him as "a very good lawyer."

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango is recognised by the market for his experience in the corporate sector, particularly handling cross-border M&A transactions within the telecommunications industry. Market sources enthuse: "He's a good reference."

    About the Team (content provided by Lloreda Camacho & Co)

    Lloreda Camacho & Co. has an experience of over 75 years practicing corporate law in Colombia. We focus on providing top quality services to our clients based on a deep understanding of our clients’ business operations, strategic goals and objectives. This area of practice offers a wealth of experience and knowledge on corporate issues.

    We provide:

    1. Counsel and assistance to national and foreign investors, helping them to determine the most effective way to set up their business in Colombia and identify the corporate structure that best suits their needs.
    2. Day-to-day advice in, among other areas:

    • Incorporation and management of corporations and branches of foreign companies;
    • Planning and preparation of meetings for shareholders and Boards of Directors;
    • Financing operations and capitalization of companies;
    • Registration of foreign investments;
    • Strategies on foreign debt obligations;
    • Stock market regulations;
    • Contracts, and
    • Liquidation and restructuring proceedings

    Our firm also has wide experience in structuring and providing counsel for M&A transactions, spin-offs and privatizations. Our involvement in these transactions includes:

    • Planning and structuring the deal from a tax, commercial and regulatory point of view;
    • The due diligence process;
    • Drafting and negotiation of the relevant contracts and legal documentation;
    • Obtaining regulatory permits;
    • Antitrust clearance proceedings, and
    • Post-closing consultation

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    CMS Rodríguez-Azuero - Corporate/M&A 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: Juan Camilo Rodríguez Bravo
    - 1 partners
    - 4 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Colombian firm with a reputable practice group. Regularly advises national and multinational clients hailing from a diverse range of industries, such as maritime, transportation, energy and technology on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, commercial contracts and agency agreements.

    Notable practitioners

    Department head Juan Camilo Rodríguez has considerable experience in M&A, including in connected tax matters. His practice also covers equity investments and estate planning for family offices.

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    Contexto Legal Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 3

    第三等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Medellín-based outfit highlighted for their expertise in the corporate sphere. Frequently instructed by clients from the transportation, energy and technology sectors to assist with M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and commercial contracts.

    Notable practitioners

    Guillermo Villegas has long-standing experience and remains an active player in the Colombian market. In addition to his corporate practice, he also advises clients on labour law, particularly immigration issues.

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    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Corporate/M&A 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: Néstor Camilo Martínez and Andrés Torres Rueda
    - 4 partners
    - 6 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Respected firm with a solid knowledge of structuring M&A and spin-offs for local and international clients. Experienced in handling mandates relating to the public and private sectors, including asset purchases and disposals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Also well placed to advise on tax planning and regulatory law. Highbridge, Axalta Coating Systems and Satena are new client wins.

    Strengths Praising the integrated service offered, a client comments: "They're a firm where the lawyers are responsible, have good judgement and study in depth each question put to them. They consider all the potential implications of something. They are flexible, quick, and work in a timely manner to make everything clear to you. My opinion is that the partners have both national and international legal experience and they help us a lot with the project."

    Work highlights Advised Organización Ardila Lulle on the USD3.42 million acquisition of the newspaper La República.

    Significant clients RMB Australia Holdings, Highbridge, Axalta Coating Systems, QBO Constructores, Satena.

    Notable practitioners

    Clients comment that department head Néstor Camilo Martínez "is a conciliator who possesses good judgement." They continue: "He is always attentive to our needs and what we value the most is that he always participates in any meetings we have."

    Felipe Quintero is respected among clients and peers alike, as one source points out: "He is an experienced M&A lawyer who is very competent. I would particularly highlight the great client service he provides - he goes in very deep into a transaction. As a client you feel like you are getting a high level of advice."

    Juan Manuel de la Rosa is singled out by one interviewee for his "exceptionally good" working style. They go on to add: "His commitment and the quality of his work stands out in comparison to other firms I've worked with."

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    Garrigues - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 3

    第三等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - 1 partner
    - 10 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for International firm offering proven capabilities across a wide range of corporate matters. Routinely advises on local and cross-border M&A, often involving private equity. Team also assists local and international companies with corporate restructuring as well as related tax considerations. Corona, APM Terminals and Torres Unidas Infraestructura are new client wins.

    Strengths While explaining why they chose to work with Garrigues, a client states: "We needed a personalised service for our requirements and Garrigues has exactly that - they're very capable and we have complete confidence in their advice. What stands out is the combination of a high-quality service with attention from the partners. It's a very hands-on experience."

    Work highlights Represented Termo Mechero Morro in the sale of 82% of the client's outstanding shares to Ashmore Group.

    Significant clients Patria Investimientos, Cementos Molins, Kellogg, Grupo Prisa, Prosegur.

    Notable practitioners

    Ignacio Londoño is the key client contact.

    Since publication, Felipe Quintero has left the practice.

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    Holland & Knight - Corporate/M&A 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: Enrique Gómez-Pinzón and José Zapata
    - 5 partners
    - 25 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for International firm with an important corporate practice in Colombia. Routinely advises multinational clients on M&A, incorporations, corporate reorganisations and spin-offs. Team offers further expertise in corporate compliance issues and is particularly active in transactions involving private equity and venture capital funds. PUIG Colombia and Hemisphere are new client wins.

    Strengths Market onlookers highlight the firm for its activity in the corporate sphere.

    Work highlights Represented PetroLatina in the sale of its oil assets to Gran Tierra Energy for approximately USD525 million.

    Significant clients PUIG Colombia, Hemisphere, PetroLatina, Corferias.

    Notable practitioners

    Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is viewed by market sources as an active player in the corporate market. They report: "He is a magnificent lawyer who is a great reference." He has considerable experience advising buyers in cross-border M&A transactions, particularly in the transport sector.

    Associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López comes recommended by sources as "a lawyer with very good judgement who plays an important role in the department."

    About the Team (content provided by Holland & Knight)

    The team represents clients in a wide range of transactions, including M&A, formation of new companies, corporate reorganizations, spinoffs and capitalization structures, real estate and contracts. We have provided corporate counsel in complex international mergers of large commercial groups in Colombia, and have served as counsel, lead arranger and administrative agent on several multimillion dollar syndicated loans and multi-bank syndicates in Colombia.

    As part of our experience in Corporate matters we can highlight the following ones:

    »    representation of Tribeca Asset Management and other minority stakeholders of Bogota Beer Company (BBC) in the selling process of its assets to the multinational brewer Am-Bev.

    »    represented Empresa de Energia de Bogotá (EEB) on its US $880 million purchase of 31.92% of stock in Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI) from The Rohatyn Group (formerly Citi Venture Capital Investment).

    »    representation of ExxonMobil Exploration Colombia Limited in oil & gas regulatory matters, including contracts.

    »    representation of Grupo Lena from Portugal in the incorporation of a society in Colombia and in the advice of all the legal matters of the company in the country.

    »    represented Banco Pichincha in connection with its sale to and re-acquisition from AIG of AIG's consumer finance operations in Colombia.

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    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Diego Muñoz Tamayo and Felipe Trias
    - 2 partners
    - 8 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Respected practice group offering a broad range of capabilities within the corporate sphere, such as acquisitions of Colombian companies by multinational entities and private equity funds. Further expertise spans spin-offs, projects related to natural resources and the establishment of operations in the country. The Catalyst Group and Ubidots are new client wins.

    Strengths Clients highlight the efficiency of the corporate department, reporting: "They are very diligent, they respond quickly and they perform well in short amounts of time which makes them very efficient. The quality of the work is the standard that the counterparty expects, which has made the whole process run very smoothly."

    Work highlights Acted as local counsel to The Catalyst Group in investments in distressed and undervalued companies, which totalled USD5.1 billion and led to the restructuring of Pacific Exploration & Production.

    Significant clients Monster Energy Colombia, Sibelco Colombia, Poch Colombia, Ubidots.

    Notable practitioners

    Sources recommend Diego Muñoz Tamayo as "a very experienced, articulate, responsive and sharp lawyer. He is very respected in the market. He untangles problems and he is very easy to work with." Another interviewee states: "He is an excellent lawyer, very studious and provides very in-depth advice."

    Market onlookers comment that Fernando Bermúdez Durana "is very respected, which gives you confidence. He is a very capable lawyer with an excellent command of English."

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    Ayerbe Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - approximately 9 qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Noted practice group advising clients on various corporate mandates, including joint ventures and M&A transactions in the domestic market. Advice also covers day-to-day corporate matters and commercial agreements. Represents both domestic and foreign investors active in a number of industry sectors. Firm supports clients from its offices in Bogotá and Cali.

    Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz is respected by market onlookers, who consider him to be "an influential lawyer who is well known in the boardrooms. He is a trusted adviser to important clients." He is well equipped to advise on a host of corporate mandates.

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    BBGS Barrios & Montenegro - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 4

    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena and Mónica Serrano
    - 2 partners
    - 2 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Experienced team regularly advising on incorporations, reorganisations and corporate governance issues, as well as on M&A and the purchase and disposal of minority stakes. Firm is particularly noted for servicing clients in the oil and gas and construction industries. Counts Europastry Colombia Miracol Producciones and Electrocom among its recent client wins.

    Strengths Clients are impressed with the quality of service at Barrios, Montenegro Abogados: "The service has been excellent. We've been able to close deals with the clients through contracts that are accessible and that protect the interests of both parties."

    Value for money Clients state: "The cost/quality ratio is great at Barrios, Montenegro."

    Work highlights Assisted Europastry Colombia with its purchase of shares of Productos Ramo and with setting up business in Colombia.

    Significant clients HBO LAG Servicios Internacionales, Mullen Lowe, DirtyKitchen, Teleset, Blush-Bar.

    Notable practitioners

    A source reports that Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena is "a magnificent lawyer and a very good adviser. I recommend him to clients when I can." They go on to highlight his experience in the telecommunications sector.

    Associate-to-watch Mónica Serrano is praised by sources for her "quick and helpful" working style. They go on to note: "She has vast legal knowledge."

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    The firm focuses on providing comprehensive legal support to companies in multiple sectors, with the purpose of protecting their business relationships as much as possible and reducing their risks. In particular our service comprises the following lines of services:

    1. Companies: The Firm provides advice in all matters concerning the creation, amendment and legal paperwork related with companies.
    2. Purchase and Sale of Businesses: The firm provides assessment to clients in the purchase and sale of companies, including the due diligence and negotiation process.
    3. Foreign Investment: We asses’ foreign investors in their decisions to invest in Colombia by providing them legal information required and help them through the steps to execute this foreign investment. We also provide legal advice to nationals that wish to invest abroad.
    4. Contracts and Contracting Processes: We provide clients advice on structuring private and public contracting processes. We conduct successful assessment and diagnosis of contracting processes, advising on the structuring of procedures and contractual documents, training on contracting procedures, performance and liquidation of contracts and contractual outsourcing. 
    5. Contracts for Oil-Related Services: The Firm is highly experienced on the contracting of oil-related services, including drilling and well services, land and sea seismic, construction, technical services and other services relevant for the oil industry. 

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    Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez - Corporate/M&A Department

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    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Gustavo Cuberos Gómez, Edwin Cortés Mejía and José Gutiérrez Mestre
    - 3 partners
    - 2 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Compact team with noteworthy activity in the public transportation sector. Regularly assists major public transport companies with financing and restructuring, as well as representing them in negotiations with local government. Also advises clients in the food and beverage industry on corporate reorganisations following M&A deals.

    Strengths Market sources express their praise for the well-rounded service they receive: "They have a pool of lawyers who are highly specialised. There's a specialist for any matter you could require. They've got a very good knowledge in each subject."

    Value for money Clients enthuse: "The value for money aspect is excellent."

    Work highlights Represented Masivo Capital in a reorganisation following negotiations with banks and suppliers, worth around USD220 million.

    Significant clients Ambev Colombia, Abengoa, Aerorepública, Bogotá Beer Company, Clariant.

    Notable practitioners

    Gustavo Cuberos Gómez is the key client contact.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Head of department: Ana Cristina Jaramillo
    - 4 partners
    - 7 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for International firm with a recognised practice group advising clients on matters spanning corporate restructuring, debt and equity investments and joint ventures. Team regularly advises clients hailing from the energy and mining industries. Additional strengths include handling asset financing, share acquisitions and disposals and LBOs.

    Work highlights Acted as counsel to Air Liquide on its acquisition of a majority participation in Oxymaster.

    Significant clients Nivel 7, Campari Peru, Anglogold Ashanti, Bridgestone Firestone, Anglo American Colombia Exploration.

    Notable practitioners

    Sources report that Luis Carlos Neira Mejía is an "in-depth, dynamic lawyer who always keeps his cool in taxing negotiations." He co-led the team on its work as counsel to Air Liquide. He has considerable experience representing financial institutions in M&A deals.

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    Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S. - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa and Álvaro Parra Gómez
    - 2 partners
    - 5 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Solid corporate practice focused on advising clients on a range of matters, including the acquisition and disposal of shares, distribution agreements and asset purchase agreements. Team regularly collaborates with the firm's real estate, aviation and IP departments to provide clients with a multidisciplinary service.

    Strengths Clients are impressed by the lawyers' timeliness: "They are very professional and they respond very quickly if you ever have any doubts. They're flexible, as in they accommodate themselves to your schedule to set up a meeting if needs be."

    Notable practitioners

    Augusto Figueroa Sierra is respected by market commentators for his experience in the Colombian corporate sphere. Sources remark: "He is both a great lawyer and a great reference for his clients." He has notable experience advising on a range of investments and commercial agreements.

    Co-head of department Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa comes recommended by sources as a "very proactive, professional and highly respectful lawyer who is always on top of his responsibilities."

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    Peña Mancero Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    Basic facts about the department
    - Head of department: Gabriela Mañcero
    - 1 partner
    - 6 other qualified lawyers

    What the team is known for Notable practice group experienced in handling a variety of corporate work for clients in the mining, TMT and non-profit sectors. Team offers knowledge of corporate restructurings and foreign investment matters. Also provides general day-to-day corporate advice to its client portfolio.

    Strengths Sources comment on the positive aspects of the service provided, underlining "the high level of professionalism and outstanding communication. They have been extremely timely in their advice, which is clear and concise."

    Notable practitioners

    Gabriela Mancero is praised by interviewees for her "efficient, clear and assertive working style." They go on to highlight: "She is a very experienced practitioner who has solid legal knowledge."

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    Band 1

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Partner Martín Acero is deeply respected by sources for his long-standing experience in the M&A field. They comment: "He's really good, he knows the market and he is a business partner. He always finds an answer." He frequently advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and is particularly well versed in joint ventures and regulatory issues.

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    Band 1

    Eduardo Cárdenas

    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Clients and peers alike commend Eduardo Cárdenas for being "a very experienced counsel. He's very knowledgeable about local laws and he brings ideas and solutions to the table. He remains calm in the face of adversity and that is an asset." His peers note: "He's a pleasure to have as a counterparty."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Posse Herrera Ruiz

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Head of department Jaime Herrera is deeply respected by market commentators as "one of the leading senior corporate practitioners in Latin America." They go on to further explain: "He has an in-depth knowledge of how to get transactions done in Latin America and is also a top-flight technical lawyer. He is extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Brigard Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Sergio Michelsen is highly respected among clients and peers alike for his expertise and experience in the corporate field. One source comments: "I've worked with him on many transactions and he's a pleasure to work with. He's very competent and has a widely recognised practice." Another interviewee identifies Michelsen as "a leader in the market."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Diego Muñoz Tamayo

    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Sources recommend Diego Muñoz Tamayo as "a very experienced, articulate, responsive and sharp lawyer. He is very respected in the market. He untangles problems and he is very easy to work with." Another interviewee states: "He is an excellent lawyer, very studious and provides very in-depth advice."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Jaime E Trujillo Caicedo

    Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    The "magnificent" Jaime Trujillo Caicedo regularly leads the department's most significant M&A transactions. He has over 20 years' experience in this sector, and market sources respect his knowledge of the corporate field, enthusing: "He knows our company in depth, which is an added value and allows us to mitigate risks properly."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Market onlookers consider Claudia Barrero to be a "very good lawyer who is assertive in her opinions. She's a very effective lawyer." She has notable experience in acquisitions of listed companies, capital markets and corporate governance mandates.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Santiago Gutiérrez Borda

    Lloreda Camacho & Co

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Department head Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is experienced in advising clients on the full range of corporate matters and M&A deals. He is noted by one source as "a profound lawyer who is a very good adviser," while another describes him as "a very good lawyer."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Jaime Robledo Vásquez

    Brigard Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Jaime Robledo Vásquez is well known to peers for his established practice in the sphere. They report: "He's very good, very business-minded. He understands how to structure a transaction and come to a conclusion perfectly. He recognises not only the needs of his client but of the counterparty too, so it's good to work with him."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Carlos Umaña Trujillo

    Brigard Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    One source describes Carlos Umaña Trujillo as someone who "is a good adviser to his clients. He is able to find a wide range of solutions to problems and I have great confidence in him." He offers particular expertise in corporate matters relating to the infrastructure sector.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena

    BBGS Barrios & Montenegro

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    A source reports that Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena is "a magnificent lawyer and a very good adviser. I recommend him to clients when I can." They go on to highlight his experience in the telecommunications sector.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Felipe Cuberos is highlighted by interviewees as someone who "produces methodical work," adding: "He's a good lawyer." He is particularly focused on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Enrique Gómez-Pinzón

    Holland & Knight

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is viewed by market sources as an active player in the corporate market. They report: "He is a magnificent lawyer who is a great reference." He has considerable experience advising buyers in cross-border M&A transactions, particularly in the transport sector.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Andrés Hoyos is respected by market commentators for his knowledge of the corporate sector. One source singles him out for "offering the best, or one of the best services I have ever received," and goes on to add: "As a partner he is very hands-on with the client."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Felipe Quintero is respected among clients and peers alike, as one source points out: "He is an experienced M&A lawyer who is very competent. I would particularly highlight the great client service he provides - he goes in very deep into a transaction. As a client you feel like you are getting a high level of advice."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    José Alejandro Torres

    Posse Herrera Ruiz

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    José Alejandro Torres comes recommended by sources as "a good lawyer with practical legal skills." They also comment: "He provides us with high-quality advice." He is experienced representing domestic and international clients, in particular on private equity funds.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Guillermo Villegas

    Contexto Legal Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Guillermo Villegas has long-standing experience and remains an active player in the Colombian market. In addition to his corporate practice, he also advises clients on labour law, particularly immigration issues.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is considered by market sources to be a "down-to-earth and practical" lawyer. She has notable experience in M&A and regularly advises clients in the energy and mining industries.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz

    Ayerbe Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz is respected by market onlookers, who consider him to be "an influential lawyer who is well known in the boardrooms. He is a trusted adviser to important clients." He is well equipped to advise on a host of corporate mandates.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Brigard Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Álvaro Cala comes recommended as "an excellent lawyer; he's very attentive and helpful to us." Market onlookers go on to add: "He's a great lawyer who is good to negotiate with," and note that he is "a very competent and efficient lawyer."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Jaime Cubillos Porto

    Posse Herrera Ruiz

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Clients state that Jaime Cubillos Porto is a "thoughtful, proactive, effective and accessible" lawyer. He is particularly focused on corporate mandates such as joint ventures and M&A.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Juan Manuel de la Rosa

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Juan Manuel de la Rosa is singled out by one interviewee for his "exceptionally good" working style. They go on to add: "His commitment and the quality of his work stands out in comparison to other firms I've worked with."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Augusto Figueroa Sierra

    Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S.

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Augusto Figueroa Sierra is respected by market commentators for his experience in the Colombian corporate sphere. Sources remark: "He is both a great lawyer and a great reference for his clients." He has notable experience advising on a range of investments and commercial agreements.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Peña Mancero Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Gabriela Mancero is praised by interviewees for her "efficient, clear and assertive working style." They go on to highlight: "She is a very experienced practitioner who has solid legal knowledge."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Godoy & Hoyos Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Jaime Moya of Godoy & Hoyos Abogados comes recommended by peers as a "highly experienced M&A practitioner." They further enthuse: "He's an exceptionally good lawyer." He possesses a solid track record in privatisations.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Luis Carlos Neira Mejía

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Sources report that Luis Carlos Neira Mejía is an "in-depth, dynamic lawyer who always keeps his cool in taxing negotiations." He co-led the team on its work as counsel to Air Liquide. He has considerable experience representing financial institutions in M&A deals.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Hernando Padilla is held in high esteem by market commentators for his work in this sphere. He has acted as adviser for domestic and international companies and private equity funds on M&A deals in Colombia and in the USA.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Juan Carlos Rocha

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Juan Carlos Rocha regularly participates in cross-border M&A transactions and privatisation matters. His peers enthuse: "He's a very good lawyer," before going on to recognise his expertise in the real estate sector.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Juan Camilo Rodríguez

    CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Department head Juan Camilo Rodríguez has considerable experience in M&A, including in connected tax matters. His practice also covers equity investments and estate planning for family offices.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa

    Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S.

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa comes recommended by sources as a "very proactive, professional and highly respectful lawyer who is always on top of his responsibilities."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Paula Samper Salazar

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Paula Samper Salazar is singled out by interviewees as a "very good corporate lawyer" and a "great reference without a doubt. Her work on pro bono matters in particular stands out."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango

    Lloreda Camacho & Co

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango is recognised by the market for his experience in the corporate sector, particularly handling cross-border M&A transactions within the telecommunications industry. Market sources enthuse: "He's a good reference."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    C&R Law

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Santiago Concha of C&R Law is experienced handling M&A transactions, as well as having a solid track record representing clients in proceedings before the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Brigard Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Partner Darío Laguado is praised by his peers and clients for his "practical, committed and efficient" working style. They go on to add: "He's a terrific and intellectual lawyer." He frequently advises on private equity-funded M&A transactions.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Néstor Camilo Martínez

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Clients comment that department head Néstor Camilo Martínez "is a conciliator who possesses good judgement." They continue: "He is always attentive to our needs and what we value the most is that he always participates in any meetings we have."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Lina Uribe García

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Lina Uribe García enters the rankings this year following consistent praise from peers who describe her as "a very capable lawyer." They further comment: "She's a really good lawyer." She has additional expertise in environmental matters.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Market onlookers recognise up-and-coming partner Mauricio Borrero for "bringing a lot of ideas and perspective to the deal. He has the ability to lead it from a transactional point of view." 

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Julián Felipe Rojas

    Pinilla, González & Prieto

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Up-and-coming partner Julián Felipe Rojas of Pinilla, González & Prieto is highlighted by sources as "a highly professional lawyer who takes time to attend to his clients. He offers you various alternatives to solve a problem and he always follows up."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos

    Posse Herrera Ruiz

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos stands out to market commentators, who say that he has "great expertise and knowledge of the Latin American market, and is also very responsive."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Fernando Bermúdez Durana

    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Market onlookers comment that Fernando Bermúdez Durana "is very respected, which gives you confidence. He is a very capable lawyer with an excellent command of English."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Lucas Saffon López

    Holland & Knight

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López comes recommended by sources as "a lawyer with very good judgement who plays an important role in the department."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    BBGS Barrios & Montenegro

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Associate-to-watch Mónica Serrano is praised by sources for her "quick and helpful" working style. They go on to note: "She has vast legal knowledge." 

    ^ See whole ranking table