Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Top-tier corporate department with an outstanding reputation for its capabilities in both general day-to-day work and sophisticated transactional mandates. Particularly experienced advising clients on corporate restructuring, distribution procedures and transport-related matters, with a notable focus on aviation. Considerable strength in multi-jurisdictional transactions, shares and contracts. Acts for both foreign and local clients hailing from a variety of industries.
"The lawyers at Brigard & Urrutia are very good and respond very quickly, paying attention to the requirements of the client."
"The lawyers are very knowledgeable, with a sound understanding of the market, and they provide very good advice."
New developments The firm counts CP Group, Henkel and Grupo Lala amongst its new clients.
Work highlights Represented Casino Guichard-Perrachón in a joint share purchase agreement with Almacenes Éxito regarding the acquisition of a 19% share of Grupo Pão de Açucar for approximately USD1.83 billion.
Department co-head Sergio Michelsen wins strong praise from interviewees, who characterise him as "a leading lawyer" and "a reference in this area in Colombia." He has over 25 years' experience and focuses on corporate matters, M&A and private equity funds. He advises both international and local clients on mandates related to telecommunications, media and technology.
Carlos Umaña Trujillo is a respected figure in the market with an established practice in this field. He is noted by market sources as "an excellent lawyer and a leader in the corporate area." He has considerable experience advising clients on M&A, with particular knowledge of the infrastructure sector.
Jaime Robledo Vásquez is praised by interviewees who characterise him as "very diligent and competent." He has nearly 20 years' experience in this field and focuses his practice on M&A and corporate transactions, acting for both foreign and local clients. He has particular expertise advising on matters relating to the USA.
Department co-head Álvaro Cala is considered by market commentators to be "a very knowledgeable practitioner." He has experience advising clients on corporate matters with a particular focus on the aviation industry. Cala has noteworthy experience advising both domestic and international clients on their operations in Colombia.
Practice co-head and up-and-coming partner Darío Laguado is held in high esteem by interviewees, who say that "he has very good knowledge of the law," and go on to add: "He is very good in transactional work." Laguado has significant experience handling M&A matters for a variety of prominent clients.
Significant clients Carvajal Internacional, Booking.com, Philips, ACE Seguros, Biomax Biocombustibles.