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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/M&A — Colombia

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

Strengths

"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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for First-rate team providing a comprehensive range of services spanning complex multi-jurisdictional M&A and general corporate matters. Boasts notable experience advising clients on both negotiated and hostile acquisitions, day-to-day corporate mandates and foreign exchange-related issues, as well as corporate reorganisations. Possesses considerable strength acting for private equity funds and clients in the energy, tax and finance industries. 

Strengths

"The lawyers provide us with very detailed advice and offer a multidisciplinary service, enabling them to solve any issue that may arise."

"The lawyers are excellent in corporate transactions." 

New developments Recently won clients include ACON Plastic Packaging, Cornwall Capital Management and Puma Energy.

Work highlights Acted for Credit Suisse and Inverlink on the USD2.16 billion sale of the government's shares in ISAGEN to Brookfield Asset Management.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Andrés Hoyos is held in high esteem by market sources, who report that "he is a tremendous lawyer and is always available." He is appreciated by clients for his broad capabilities encompassing M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters, for which he is routinely retained by significant clients at a national and international level.

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is respected by market commentators for her established practice, and is further endorsed by interviewees who say "she is a very good lawyer." She has considerable experience advising on corporate matters and she often acts for clients in the energy and mining industries.

Paula Samper Salazar is well known to interviewees, who report that "she is a great lawyer, is very intelligent and does very good work." She is an experienced figure in the market and is regularly retained by domestic and international clients to advise on corporate and real estate matters.

Since publication, Jaime Robledo Vásquez has left the practice.

Significant clients IFC, Santo Domingo Group, Iridium, Linzor Capital, Ecopetrol.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar department at a pace-setting regional firm well placed to offer services on a range of sophisticated cross-border M&A and corporate matters. Boasts considerable strengths advising clients on restructurings, joint ventures and privatisation procedures, as well as contracts and agreements. Noted for its solid track record providing counsel to clients in the energy, mining and finance industries on both inbound and outbound investments.

Strengths

"The firm is very dedicated, has a lot of experience and communicates excellently. The team makes each client feel like they are the top priority."

"The lawyers are of the highest standard - they are very dedicated and well prepared." 

Work highlights Advised Fresenius Kabi on the acquisition of 100% of outstanding shares of Mix Supplier and Mix Supplier de Bogotá.

Notable practitioners  

Distinguished practitioner Martín Acero is well known to interviewees for his established practice in this sphere. They say: "He is very experienced and knowledgeable." He focuses his attention on M&A, joint ventures and tax matters. He is frequently retained by both foreign and domestic clients and has notable capabilities representing them before the relevant Colombian authorities.

Respected key partner Claudia Barrero comes highly recommended by market sources for the strength of her practice. One impressed interviewee comments: "Claudia is my go-to person - I trust her responses and she is able to answer any question in detail and in a timely manner." Barrero has considerable experience advising clients on M&A, debt issues and privatisation procedures.  

Felipe Cuberos is warmly praised by clients, who attest that "he is great - he is accessible, responsive and commercially minded. He is my first port of call if I have a query." He focuses on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures, amongst other matters.

Clients hold Hernando Padilla in high esteem for his established presence in the market. They say: "He is an excellent lawyer - very knowledgeable, efficient and a good negotiator." Padilla has substantial experience of M&A transactions and regularly advises private equity funds on their investments in Colombia.

Partner Juan Carlos Rocha stands out to clients, who say that "he is excellent and very knowledgeable." He has noteworthy experience handling M&A transactions for clients in the real estate industry, amongst others, and is often retained to advise on the corporate aspects of major projects.

Significant clients Mubadala, Brookfield Asset Management, Victoria Capital, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, Inversiones Dama Salud.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed full-service firm fielding an exceptional team with considerable experience advising clients on the full range of complex corporate and M&A matters. Recognised, in particular, for its established strength in high-value and cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Regularly retained by prominent international and domestic clients hailing from the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications industries, amongst others.

Strengths

"The lawyers at Posse Herrera Ruiz are very commercially minded; they have a lot of expertise and they provide us with very personalised advice."

New developments Moduart, Vinci and Greeley & Hansen are amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Represented Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana in its purchase of USD267 million worth of shares in Sura Asset Management from J.P. Morgan Spain.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Jaime Herrera attracts particularly high praise from clients, who report that "he is very experienced in mergers and acquisitions and is one of the top lawyers in the country in this area." He focuses on corporate expansion, investment strategies and financings, amongst other matters. Herrera advises clients from a variety of sectors including energy, retail and infrastructure.

Francisco Urrutia is a recognised figure in the market with an established practice and an outstanding reputation. Urrutia has considerable experience in this field, most notably in M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well as general corporate matters.

José Alejandro Torres is highlighted by market sources who remark on his strengths in this field. He advises on the full range of corporate and M&A matters and has experience representing both domestic and international clients, such as private equity funds.

Jaime Cubillos Porto stands out to market commentators, who say: "He is very good in this area." He focuses principally on corporate mandates such as M&A and joint ventures. He is regularly retained by high-profile clients to assist with their investments in Colombia.

Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos enters the rankings this year on the back of solid market recognition. Clients remark: "He is very intelligent, personable and even-tempered. He understands what is being asked of him and he will deliver what is required."

Significant clients Citibank, Cencosud, Terpel, ENGIE, AXA.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International heavyweight with a strong corporate and M&A practice group and solid activity in the market. Has particular experience advising both domestic and foreign clients on sophisticated multi-jurisdictional transactions. Further strengths include assisting private equity funds with their investments in Colombia.

Strengths

"I have an excellent opinion of the firm. The partners are very good - they're hands-on, responsive and provide an integrated service." 

New developments Recently won clients include Continental Tire, Donaldson Company and Grupo Alfa.

Work highlights Advised Advent International on the purchase of 30% of the shares in LifeMiles from Avianca Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Jaime Trujillo Caicedo is highlighted by clients who assert that "he inspires a lot of confidence and has considerable experience" in this field. They add: "He is very creative and a very good mediator." He centres his practice around M&A transactions and often advises clients from sectors including energy, transport and telecommunications.

Department co-head Juan Manuel de la Rosa is praised by clients for his efficiency, knowledge and high-quality work. They say: "He provides us with very detailed responses and has a lot of experience in M&A processes." He is regularly retained by private equity funds.

Significant clients Pátria Investimentos, Strathspey Crown Holdings, Linzor Capital, Southern Cross Group, Brookfield Asset Management.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate team within an international full-service firm, noted for significant capabilities in spanning a variety of corporate and M&A matters. Boasts particular experience advising clients on joint ventures in connection with the real estate and construction sectors. Additional strengths include M&A involving the education, mining and finance industries, amongst others. 

Strengths

"The lawyers are very good at resolving issues and they provide us with a very personalised service."

New developments The firm counts Compañía de Puertos Asociados, Capital Bank and JPMorgan Chase amongst its new clients.

Work highlights Advised Colbún on the bidding process for the sale of the government's shares in ISAGEN, valued at USD2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Eduardo Cárdenas Caballero is widely respected by interviewees for his established practice in this field. They say: "He is very strategic; he can foresee situations and find solutions." He has extensive experience in the Colombian market and is often called upon by a variety of high-profile clients to advise on the full range of corporate and M&A mandates.

Up-and-coming partner Mauricio Borrero is highlighted by clients, who report: "He is very detailed and can find a solution that is agreeable to both parties." His primary area of focus concerns cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Significant clients Fiduciaria Fiducor, Gilinski Holdings, Pierson Capital, Ford, Microsoft.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected team with significant experience advising international and domestic clients on general corporate work and complex M&A transactions. Offers considerable knowledge of corporate restructurings and foreign debt strategies, amongst other matters. Additional strengths include comprehensive expertise in regulatory issues.

Strengths

"The lawyers provide excellent advice on day-to-day corporate matters. They are very empathetic with clients, reply very quickly and are very efficient."

New developments Exxis, British Columbia Investment Management and The Ford Foundation are amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Assisted Almacenes Éxito with the USD270 million acquisition of the majority share of Libertad, Ceibotel and Carnes Huinca.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is highlighted by market commentators, who say that "he has a lot of experience and he knows the law very well." They add: "He is a very good corporate lawyer." He has considerable expertise in this area and regularly advises clients on the full range of corporate matters and M&A transactions. 

Gustavo Tamayo Arango is held in high esteem by interviewees for the strength of his corporate practice, with market sources commenting: "He is excellent." He benefits from significant experience in this field and is often retained by a distinguished client roster to advise on their operations in Colombia.

Significant clients Grupo Almo, Sealed Air, Grupo Phoenix, Toyota, Productos Naturales de la Sabana (Alquería).

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected department with a solid corporate offering and offices in both Bogotá and Medellín. Recognised for considerable knowledge of the acquisition and sale of companies, as well as corporate restructurings. Regularly retained by clients hailing from a range of industries including the energy, maritime transportation and technology sectors.

Strengths

"The lawyers are efficient, they manage the processes very well and they are very well organised."

New developments Bonsol Hotels Gestión Colombia and EDEMCO are amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Advised Promotora A.C. on the corporate elements of a reconstruction and restoration project in Cartagena valued at approximately USD103 million.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Guillermo Villegas Ortega is a well-known player in the Colombian corporate market. Clients assert: "He has a great legal knowledge and a lot of experience." Sources add: "He is a point of reference in this field in Medellín." His practice is dedicated to corporate, labour and immigration matters.

Department co-head Juan Camilo Rodríguez is highlighted by interviewees who say: "He is very studious, has a good understanding of family companies and is always available." He has noted strength in M&A transactions and tax matters.

Significant clients Grupo TCC, Promotora A.C., EDEMCO, Serfinco, Empresas Públicas de Medellín.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Recognised corporate team within a respected international firm, with particular experience advising clients on foreign exchange and tax-related corporate matters. Additionally recognised for notable strengths acting on behalf of both international and domestic clients on the sale of assets and due diligence procedures, well placed to draw on the firm's broad network of offices to assist with cross-border mandates.

Strengths

"We are very happy with the service provided by the firm - the lawyers are always available and they have a very good understanding of our business."

Notable practitioners  

Department head Néstor Camilo Martínez comes in for warm praise from clients, who say: "He is able to find solutions and he knows the law very well." He has considerable experience handling M&A transactions for an impressive roster of foreign and Colombian clients.

Significant clients Pizano, VAS Colombia, Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Financiera Pagos Internacionales, RMB Resources.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for International firm with a solid regional and Iberian presence, offering services on a range of M&A and corporate matters spanning company formation, drafting of corporate bylaws and corporate reorganisations. Has particular experience advising foreign private equity funds on investments in Colombia.

Strengths

"The lawyers are excellent and they provide very in-depth advice."

New developments Recently won clients include McAfee, Avianca and Prosegur.

Work highlights Represented Cementos Molins in a USD370 million joint venture with Corona for the production and sale of cement.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Felipe Quintero is well known to interviewees who endorse him for his established practice in this market. Quintero's practice spans the full range of corporate, commercial and M&A matters, as well as project financings mandates.

Significant clients Alsea, Alcatel-Lucent, Bunge, Kellogg, Eiffage Travaux Publics.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team within an international firm, recognised for its strength in the full range of corporate and M&A matters, including international licensing, private equity investments and joint ventures. Offers additional expertise in regulatory matters, as well as advising foreign clients on the establishment of operations in the Colombian market.

Strengths

"I would highlight the team at Holland & Knight for its professionalism and responsiveness." 

New developments The firm counts Tribeca Asset Management amongst its new client wins.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is well known to interviewees for his practice in this field. They consider him to be "a very good and reputable lawyer." He focuses principally on cross-border M&A and has significant experience handling transactions related to the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors, amongst others. 

Associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López is highly regarded by clients, who report that "he has done excellent work for us." He has noteworthy experience advising on complex transactions including international M&A.

Significant clients Corferias, Risaralda Energía, Finesa Management, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, EXL.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice group with particular experience advising foreign investors and private equity funds on the acquisition of companies in Colombia. Has additional strengths spanning a broad range of corporate matters including assisting international companies with spin-offs, natural resources projects and the establishment of operations in the country. 

Strengths

"Working with the firm is a very positive experience as the lawyers are very knowledgeable in this field."

Work highlights Provided advice to Sibelco Colombia on contract preparations and reviews and related corporate matters. 

Notable practitioners  

Department head Diego Muñoz Tamayo is held in high esteem by clients, who remark: "He has a lot of experience, he knows the law very well and he is very active in Colombia." Market sources confirm: "He is a prominent lawyer in this area." His expertise lies in the full range of corporate matters including multi-jurisdictional transactions, purchase agreements and corporate structurings.

Significant clients POCH, Soldaduras West Arco, Soldaduras Megriweld, Bayer, Monster Beverage.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 9 lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team advising clients on various corporate and M&A matters, including joint ventures. Offers established capabilities advising both domestic and international clientele from a comprehensive range of industries.

Strengths

"The lawyers at Ayerbe Abogados are very detail-oriented, knowledgeable, thorough and reliable."

Notable practitioners  

Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz is respected amongst market commentators for his significant experience in this field. Sources highlight his considerable network amongst key market players, and characterise him as "very well read and highly experienced." His well-established practice incorporates the full spectrum of corporate matters.  

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected department offering advice on the full range of corporate and M&A matters. Team is particularly experienced in handling corporate reorganisations, purchases and sales. Other notable strengths include advising key energy clients on corporate matters in connection with their operations in the oil industry.

Strengths

"We are very satisfied with the personalised service provided by the team - the lawyers are very dedicated to the work."

New developments The firm counts Ground Engineering Operations, Smith & Nephew and 4E de Colombia amongst its new clients.

Work highlights Acted for Blush-Bar on all the formation stages of the company's Colombian operations.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena is held in high esteem by clients, who say that "he is a master of corporate matters." They add: "He makes it very easy for us to understand the law and is very patient." He has considerable experience in this field and focuses on corporate structuring processes and M&A transactions.

Associate-to-watch Mónica Serrano is highlighted by clients, who express appreciation for her detailed approach, adding that "she is very diligent." She has a broad practice including business integration matters and the purchase and sale of companies.

Significant clients OTF, HMC Capital, Edupol, Dasal, AXN/Teleset.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm with noted activity in the Colombian corporate and M&A market. Has significant capabilities across corporate restructuring, debt and equity investments and joint ventures. Team is experienced advising clients from the energy and mining industries in particular.

Strengths

"The lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright are excellent - they provide the client with personalised attention."

Work highlights Represented Anglo American in its USD15.5 million purchase of mining titles in Antioquia – Mineros.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators single out Luis Carlos Neira Mejía for his intellect and dedication in this field. He has considerable experience handling M&A matters for both public and private clients and has additional strengths in projects and capital markets mandates.

Significant clients AngloGold Ashanti, Bridgestone Firestone, Compañía Minera Alacrán, IAMGOLD, Pacific Rubiales Energy.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected corporate team with considerable experience advising clients on a range of mandates such as distribution agreements and exchange regulations. Works in close collaboration with the firm's multidisciplinary departments to offer significant knowledge of corporate issues affecting the real estate, aviation and IP sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Augusto Figueroa Sierra is a recognised figure in the Colombian corporate market according to sources. He has experience handling a variety of corporate matters including M&A transactions, investments and contracts for both international and domestic clients.

Department head Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa enjoys a strong reputation amongst peers in the market. He centres his practice around acquisitions and has experience advising clients in the transport, infrastructure and retail sectors.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 9 lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised department handling a range of corporate and M&A matters. Team is noted for its sound management of corporate restructurings, foreign investment issues and general day-to-day corporate advice.

Notable practitioners  

Gabriela Mancero is singled out by interviewees as a well-known figure in this market. Sources consider her to be "a very good and capable lawyer." She is regularly retained by both international and domestic clientele to assist with their operations in Colombia.

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Band 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Martín Acero is well known to interviewees for his established practice in this sphere. They say: "He is very experienced and knowledgeable." He focuses his attention on M&A, joint ventures and tax matters. He is frequently retained by both foreign and domestic clients and has notable capabilities representing them before the relevant Colombian authorities.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Eduardo Cárdenas Caballero is widely respected by interviewees for his established practice in this field. They say: "He is very strategic; he can foresee situations and find solutions." He has extensive experience in the Colombian market and is often called upon by a variety of high-profile clients to advise on the full range of corporate and M&A mandates.

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Band 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Jaime Herrera attracts particularly high praise from clients, who report that "he is very experienced in mergers and acquisitions and is one of the top lawyers in the country in this area." He focuses on corporate expansion, investment strategies and financings, amongst other matters. Herrera advises clients from a variety of sectors including energy, retail and infrastructure.

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Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

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Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Diego Muñoz Tamayo is held in high esteem by clients, who remark: "He has a lot of experience, he knows the law very well and he is very active in Colombia." Market sources confirm: "He is a prominent lawyer in this area." His expertise lies in the full range of corporate matters including multi-jurisdictional transactions, purchase agreements and corporate structurings.

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Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Jaime Trujillo Caicedo is highlighted by clients who assert that "he inspires a lot of confidence and has considerable experience" in this field. They add: "He is very creative and a very good mediator." He centres his practice around M&A transactions and often advises clients from sectors including energy, transport and telecommunications.

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Band 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected key partner Claudia Barrero comes highly recommended by market sources for the strength of her practice. One impressed interviewee comments: "Claudia is my go-to person - I trust her responses and she is able to answer any question in detail and in a timely manner." Barrero has considerable experience advising clients on M&A, debt issues and privatisation procedures.  

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Band 2

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López is highly regarded by clients, who report that "he has done excellent work for us." He has noteworthy experience advising on complex transactions including international M&A.

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Band 2

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is highlighted by market commentators, who say that "he has a lot of experience and he knows the law very well." They add: "He is a very good corporate lawyer." He has considerable expertise in this area and regularly advises clients on the full range of corporate matters and M&A transactions. 

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Band 2

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

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Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

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Band 3

Barrios, Montenegro Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena is held in high esteem by clients, who say that "he is a master of corporate matters." They add: "He makes it very easy for us to understand the law and is very patient." He has considerable experience in this field and focuses on corporate structuring processes and M&A transactions.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Cuberos is warmly praised by clients, who attest that "he is great - he is accessible, responsive and commercially minded. He is my first port of call if I have a query." He focuses on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures, amongst other matters.

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Band 3

Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Augusto Figueroa Sierra is a recognised figure in the Colombian corporate market according to sources. He has experience handling a variety of corporate matters including M&A transactions, investments and contracts for both international and domestic clients.

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Band 3

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Andrés Hoyos is held in high esteem by market sources, who report that "he is a tremendous lawyer and is always available." He is appreciated by clients for his broad capabilities encompassing M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters, for which he is routinely retained by significant clients at a national and international level.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators single out Luis Carlos Neira Mejía for his intellect and dedication in this field. He has considerable experience handling M&A matters for both public and private clients and has additional strengths in projects and capital markets mandates.

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Band 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gustavo Tamayo Arango is held in high esteem by interviewees for the strength of his corporate practice, with market sources commenting: "He is excellent." He benefits from significant experience in this field and is often retained by a distinguished client roster to advise on their operations in Colombia.

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Band 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos enters the rankings this year on the back of solid market recognition. Clients remark: "He is very intelligent, personable and even-tempered. He understands what is being asked of him and he will deliver what is required."

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Band 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Urrutia is a recognised figure in the market with an established practice and an outstanding reputation. Urrutia has considerable experience in this field, most notably in M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well as general corporate matters.

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Band 3

CMS Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Guillermo Villegas Ortega is a well-known player in the Colombian corporate market. Clients assert: "He has a great legal knowledge and a lot of experience." Sources add: "He is a point of reference in this field in Medellín." His practice is dedicated to corporate, labour and immigration matters.

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Band 4

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo is respected by market commentators for her established practice, and is further endorsed by interviewees who say "she is a very good lawyer." She has considerable experience advising on corporate matters and she often acts for clients in the energy and mining industries.

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Band 4

Ayerbe Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz is respected amongst market commentators for his significant experience in this field. Sources highlight his considerable network amongst key market players, and characterise him as "very well read and highly experienced." His well-established practice incorporates the full spectrum of corporate matters.  

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Band 4

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

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Band 4

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos enters the rankings this year on the back of solid market recognition. Clients remark: "He is very intelligent, personable and even-tempered. He understands what is being asked of him and he will deliver what is required."

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Band 4

Peña Mancero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gabriela Mancero is singled out by interviewees as a well-known figure in this market. Sources consider her to be "a very good and capable lawyer." She is regularly retained by both international and domestic clientele to assist with their operations in Colombia.

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Band 4

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Jaime Moya of Godoy & Hoyos Abogados is enthusiastically endorsed by interviewees, who report that "he confidently manages matters and he interprets what we want him to do very well." He has considerable strength in M&A transactions and privatisations, amongst other corporate mandates.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients hold Hernando Padilla in high esteem for his established presence in the market. They say: "He is an excellent lawyer - very knowledgeable, efficient and a good negotiator." Padilla has substantial experience of M&A transactions and regularly advises private equity funds on their investments in Colombia.

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Band 4

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Felipe Quintero is well known to interviewees who endorse him for his established practice in this market. Quintero's practice spans the full range of corporate, commercial and M&A matters, as well as project financings mandates.

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Band 4

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Juan Carlos Rocha stands out to clients, who say that "he is excellent and very knowledgeable." He has noteworthy experience handling M&A transactions for clients in the real estate industry, amongst others, and is often retained to advise on the corporate aspects of major projects.

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Band 4

CMS Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Juan Camilo Rodríguez is highlighted by interviewees who say: "He is very studious, has a good understanding of family companies and is always available." He has noted strength in M&A transactions and tax matters.

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Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa enjoys a strong reputation amongst peers in the market. He centres his practice around acquisitions and has experience advising clients in the transport, infrastructure and retail sectors.

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Band 4

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Paula Samper Salazar is well known to interviewees, who report that "she is a great lawyer, is very intelligent and does very good work." She is an experienced figure in the market and is regularly retained by domestic and international clients to advise on corporate and real estate matters.

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Band 5

C&R Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Santiago Concha of C&R Law has noteworthy experience handling complex M&A, as well as an established track record representing clients in proceedings before the Superintendency of Industry & Commerce.

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Band 5

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Juan Manuel de la Rosa is praised by clients for his efficiency, knowledge and high-quality work. They say: "He provides us with very detailed responses and has a lot of experience in M&A processes." He is regularly retained by private equity funds.

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Band 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Néstor Camilo Martínez comes in for warm praise from clients, who say: "He is able to find solutions and he knows the law very well." He has considerable experience handling M&A transactions for an impressive roster of foreign and Colombian clients.

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Up and Coming

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mauricio Borrero is highlighted by clients, who report: "He is very detailed and can find a solution that is agreeable to both parties." His primary area of focus concerns cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures.

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Up and Coming

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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.

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Up and Coming

Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Alejandro Torres is highlighted by market sources who remark on his strengths in this field. He advises on the full range of corporate and M&A matters and has experience representing both domestic and international clients, such as private equity funds.

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Associates to watch

Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients highlight their appreciation for associate-to-watch Julián Felipe Rojas of Pinilla, González & Prieto, commenting that "he provides very good advice." They go on to add: "He is very calm, intelligent and observant, and resolves conflicts very well." Rojas has significant experience advising clients on corporate matters in relation to the real estate sector.

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Associates to watch

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is well known to interviewees for his practice in this field. They consider him to be "a very good and reputable lawyer." He focuses principally on cross-border M&A and has significant experience handling transactions related to the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors, amongst others. 

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Associates to watch

Barrios, Montenegro Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Mónica Serrano is highlighted by clients, who express appreciation for her detailed approach, adding that "she is very diligent." She has a broad practice including business integration matters and the purchase and sale of companies.

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Associates to watch

Lewin & Wills

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carolina Trejos of Lewin & Wills is widely respected by interviewees for her practice in this field. Market commentators assert: "She is very good, always available and she knows the law very well." Trejos has particular experience assisting clients with the structuring of their businesses in Colombia.

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