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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)

What the team is known for Front-running practice group within a prestigious full-service firm. Deep bench of reputed practitioners are highly prepared to handle a full spectrum of corporate mandates. Frequently retained by a premier clientele to advise on day-to-day matters as well as on strategic issues, such as corporate acquisitions and reorganisations. Similarly sought after to assist with relevant regulatory mandates and multi-jurisdictional joint ventures. Counsels a broad range of clients, including international and domestic financial institutions, and energy and telecommunication companies.

Strengths A client is quick to highlight that "the service provided by Brigard Urrutia is of the highest international standards." They also say: "They are excellent and provide spot-on, reliable legal advice, combined with a pragmatic, business-oriented and client-focused mindset."

Another interviewee enthuses: "The service is excellent - the partners are directly involved in the deal and have a very pro-business style. They give creative solutions in difficult circumstances. I would also highlight that they boast well-trained and professional junior lawyers as well."

Work highlight Assisted Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC) and Depósito Centralizado de Valores de Colombia (Deceval) with the acquisition by BVC of a 100% stake-holding in Deceval.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed co-head of department Sergio Michelsen is revered by both clients and peers as a standout figure in this practice area, with sources noting that "he is without doubt a leading M&A lawyer" and "highly renowned." Other interviewees also enthuse that Michelsen is an "excellent" practitioner, commenting on the strong level of involvement he has on deals and underlining: "He is always present in key meetings."

Jaime Robledo Vásquez's work is well appreciated by clients, one of whom describes him as being "professional, dedicated and creative as well as committed." Market commentators also describe him as "an excellent lawyer" and laud him as "an important reference in the market." Robledo Vásquez is co-head of department at the firm.

Well-regarded partner Carlos Umaña Trujillo continues to enjoy a solid track record in Colombia's corporate sphere, with notable expertise working with relevant public and private clients of the firm.

According to a client, department co-head Darío Laguado "is a very good partner for when you have a serious problem. The assistance he has given us has been impressive." Another client concurs, adding that "Darío is very determined in tricky negotiations."

Álvaro Cala maintains a high profile in this arena. A peer notes that "Álvaro has a lot of experience and manages great relationships with clients, his clients love him. He is a very complete lawyer." Cala is also co-head of department at the firm.

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

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading transactional department with an exceptional regional presence. Highly experienced assisting with an extensive array of matters, from negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements to complex cross-border M&A and reorganisation proceedings, including major due diligence processes. Impressive bench of recognised individuals are particularly skilled assisting international investors and private equity funds acting in the domestic market with their daily corporate issues. New client wins this year include Gerdau Group, Osorio Capital and Pacífico y Hades E&P Holding.

Strengths A satisfied client praises "the rigour and depth of their legal analysis and opinions, as well as the emphatic professionalism of their lawyers. They are very good technically and are excellent at building a strong relationship with clients."

Another sources lauds that "the service provided by the law firm has been excellent on all levels," further highlighting "the quality and knowledge of the lawyers in charge, their commitment to the client, depth of work product and quality of analysis delivered."

Work highlight Assisted Odinsa with the indirect sale of a 51.22% stake of Genpac and certain accounts receivable.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Martín Acero is praised by interviewees who describe him as "a brilliant lawyer." Other sources also consider him "a natural leader" in this arena. Acero is highly recommended by clients for his corporate capabilities and experience, particularly in handling complex cross-border M&A matters in the region, and is similarly lauded for his established tax practice, which complements his expertise in this practice area.

Co-head of department Claudia Barrero enjoys a strong profile in this area, especially advising clients from the financial services on M&A matters. Peers describe her as "very accurate" as well as "very good, meticulous and confident." They also highlights her style of negotiating.

Felipe Cuberos is recommended by clients for corporate matters, with one interviewee highlighting that "Felipe clarifies and explains things well," before noting: "I am very satisfied with his work." Cuberos also co-heads the department and is recognised in the market for his transactional skills.

According to sources, co-head of department Hernando Padilla "is an active figure" in this arena. Padilla frequently represents key international and domestic clients of the firm in cross-border sales, purchases and spin-offs.

Co-head of department, Juan Carlos Rocha is appreciated by interviewees for his corporate knowledge and M&A expertise. A client states: "We receive direct attention from Juan Carlos and therefore have no complaints," also highlighting "his strategic negotiating abilities."

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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 Attorneys - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service heavyweight boasting a top-tier corporate M&A department. Strong bench of lawyers enjoy a stellar track record assisting key players across a number of industries, such as oil and gas, banking and finance and agribusiness, with complex corporate issues. Significant expertise advising on acquisitions and sales of majority and minority stakes, as well as spin-offs and joint ventures. Team is also acclaimed for its abilities negotiating and drafting sophisticated agency and distribution agreements. Urbaser is a new client win this year.

Strengths A client is quick to praise Posse Herrera Ruiz's performance, stating: "The best firm I have ever worked with. I have never seen such highly professional lawyers before."

Another interviewee adds: "The service is of the highest quality in all ways; serious, responsible, deep and transparent, as well as timely and effective. All the lawyers that I have had contacts with are excellent legal professionals, and above all, great people."

Work highlight Advised MBA Lazard on the valuation, reorganisation and disposal of Saludcoop's assets.

Notable practitioners

Outstanding practitioner Jaime Herrera is lauded by a client as "a lawyer I routinely recommend." Other clients enthuse that "Jaime is very present in strategic negotiations" as well as that "he manages contractual matters very well and works well with counterparties. I would also highlight his strategic capacity - he is very good." Herrera is also well recognised by market commentators for his key expertise handling complex and important M&A deals.

Jaime Cubillos Porto is complimented by a client as being "a solid M&A lawyer, by local and international standards. He is a clever negotiator and gives credibility to transactions with international counterparts." Another client also states: "He is very meticulous, quick and highly efficient."

José Alejandro Torres is recommended by clients in corporate matters because of "his client-focused disposition, his prestige in the sector and for his interpersonal qualities, which makes it easy for internal counsel to work alongside him." Torres is further endorsed by clients due to "his ability to anticipate possible contingencies."

Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos is a highly appreciated member of the team, with an interviewee noting that he is "extremely good" in this practice area.

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

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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    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 2

    第二等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Noteworthy practice group within an internationally recognised network noted for handling a number of complex corporate mandates, including purchases and disposals of corporate assets and commercial agreements between companies, as well as cross-border M&A deals. Client portfolio includes leading players from the financial and automotive markets. Firms counts Andean Tower Partners, Incofin Investment Management and Cusezar as new client wins this year.

    Strengths A client states: "We are very impressed with the level and quality of service provided together with the insight they offer into the business environment in Colombia." They also say: "The major highlight for us is that we know we have an extremely competent team in Dentons managing our business needs."

    Work highlight Advised both Compañía de Puertos Asociados - Compas and Southern Ports Holdings on Goldman Sachs's acquisition of a 50% stake in Compas, which was previously held by Grupo Argos.

    Notable practitioners

    Co-head of department Eduardo Cárdenas is praised by a market source who states: "He is a very good lawyer," underlining: "He is a wise figure in the market, experienced and skilled." Cárdenas enjoys a long-standing reputation and frequently assists multinational clients of the firm acting in Colombia's corporate sphere.

    Up-and-coming partner and co-head of department Mauricio Borrero is well appreciated by clients for his skill and knowledge in this arena. A client singles out Borrero's "negotiation abilities when it comes to contractual issues" in particular.

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    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Corporate/M&A Department

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    第二等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for International firm boasting a reputable corporate practice in Colombia. Frequently assists with the full spectrum of corporate mandates, including asset and equity acquisitions and transfers, corporate reorganisations and due diligence processes. Client roster comprises foreign and local companies from the healthcare and food and drink markets as well as private equity funds. Team is bolstered by the arrival of Felipe Quintero and Juan Manuel de la Rosa and counts Neumarket, Putney Capital Management and QBO Constructores as new client wins.

    Strengths One client lauds that "they render a high-quality service, providing excellent response times and highly experienced lawyers, with the partners really getting involved and being available at all times." They add: "I am very pleased with their service."

    Work highlight Assisted Chilean-based Elaboradora de Alimentos Frutale with the acquisition of the Kingsbury and Pan Pierre business lines, which were owned by BredenMaster, a Chilean subsidiary of Colombian-based Team Foods.

    Notable practitioners

    Co-head of department Felipe Quintero enjoys a flourishing practice in this area. Clients note that "he quickly understands the counterparty's proposals and the risks that his client assumes," and also that "his work is impeccable, he manages the matters well and has great emotional intelligence."

    Department co-head Juan Manuel de la Rosa is praised by a client who states: "He is very insightful and provides sound and reasonable advice. He is very committed to client satisfaction, providing great results and a proactive approach to M&A transactions."

    Managing partner Néstor Camilo Martínez receives enthusiastic feedback from clients, one of whom notes that "he is very good in transactional as well as regulatory corporate matters."

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    Gómez-Pinzón - Corporate/M&A Department

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    第二等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Long-standing department with a strong track-record acting in this practice area. Well positioned to assist private equity funds and other financial backers with corporate and M&A mandates. Particular expertise includes the negotiation and drafting of joint venture agreements between local and international entities and setting up new companies, as well as day-to-day corporate advice. New client wins include General Electric, Gerdau and Skechers Colombia.

    Strengths One satisfied client enthuses: "All of their lawyers are incredibly intelligent, diligent, responsive, affable and practical. They are phenomenal. I know that when I hire them, each lawyer - including the partners - will be fully engaged."

    Work highlight Advised the Colombian subsidiary of HP on HP's global purchase of Samsung's printer business.

    Notable practitioners

    According to clients, department co-head Andrés Hoyos is "a good lawyer." They highly recommend him, with one stating: "I would recommend him because of his level of expertise and seniority in M&A deals." Hoyos leads some of the most relevant multi-jurisdiction M&A transactions entrusted to the team.

    Patricia Arrázola Bustillo focuses her practice on counselling energy and natural resources clients on corporate and M&A matters. She is identified by market commentators as a leading member of the corporate team.

    Paula Samper Salazar is praised by a client for being "a very good lawyer." Samper Salazar assists relevant clients of the firm with corporate matters and also heads the firm's real estate department.

    According to sources, Lina Uribe García "is a strong and knowledgeable negotiator. She can easily filter through all the information and focus on the material issues. She is an exceptional lawyer - intelligent, practical, experienced and incredibly responsive."

    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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    Lloreda Camacho & Co - Corporate/M&A Department

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    第二等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Experienced practice group covering an array of corporate and M&A issues. Expertise spans spin-offs, restructuring and M&A transactions, as well as day-to-day corporate matters. Also noted for its ability carrying out complex due diligence processes and negotiation of commercial agreements. Clientele includes domestic and international clients from the automotive, healthcare and food and drink industries. Compañía Nacional de Levaduras - Levapan is a new client win.

    Strengths One client notes that the firm is "excellent," adding: "They are very professional, deliver on time, think outside the box and are very knowledgeable. They have a team of lawyers committed to giving the best advice and are always easy to reach."

    Work highlight Assisted the Broom Group with the restructuring process of its Colombian and Panamanian entities.

    Notable practitioners

    Co-head of department Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is recommended by clients in this arena and is lauded by interviewees for being "great" and "a very good lawyer." They go on to note: "He is knowledgeable in both transactional and corporate matters." Gutiérrez Borda has extensive experience handling cross-border mandates for international clients of the team.

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango is recommended by clients for his corporate practice, with one of them stating: "He has been a key business partner and has been an important help handling delicate situations."

    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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    Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - 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 Strong practice group within a globally well-recognised firm. Well placed to assist with cross-border mandates, including multi-jurisdictional purchases and sales of entities as well as corporate reorganisations. Similarly skilled assisting with day-to-day matters and due diligence processes. Firm counts Grupo ADO, Armilla Capital and Mercantil Colpatria as new client wins this year.

    Strengths One client notes that "they are very involved in the transactions and one of their greatest strengths is that they are very organised and exhaustive in covering all the relevant issues and potential implications for the clients."

    Work highlight Counselled to Brookfield Infrastructure Group on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Gas Natural.

    Notable practitioners

    Department co-head Juan Felipe Vera Cardona joins the rankings following strong feedback from market sources. Clients describe him as "a good lawyer," endorsing him for "his preparation and professionalism."

    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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    Garrigues - Corporate/M&A Department

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    第三等

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    What the team is known for Solid corporate practice with a strong international presence. Well equipped to assist international and local corporations with cross-border M&A, corporate restructurings and setting up domestic subsidiaries. Clients also benefit from the firm's strong abilities to deal with complex due diligence processes. Bain Capital Private Equity, Altra Investments and Zurich Insurance Group are new client wins.

    Strengths A client states: "The firm provides a very good service. They have always been available." The client goes on to underline "the agility in resolving the circumstances that have been appearing during the works, the interpretation of the Colombian legislation, customs and practices, as well as the defence of our interests."

    Work highlight Advised Valorem on the sale of its 100% interests in Suppla to DHL Supply Chain.

    Notable practitioners

    Ignacio Londoño and Andrés Ordóñez are the key client contacts.

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    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados - 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 Well-regarded team offering strong corporate capabilities in the Colombian market. Regularly retained to handle both day-to-day and strategic work, including transactional mandates such as international spin-offs and M&A. Also noted for its great abilities in negotiating commercial contracts. Ribera Salud, Medimpact Holdings and Oliver Wyman are new additions to the firm's client roster.

    Strengths A pleased client states: "The lawyers provide an excellent service. They get very involved in the matters. Everything is done on time, even when we need it very urgently. Their input helps us make the right decisions."

    Work highlight Assisted Talanx International with the acquisition of a 91.33% stake in Generali Colombia Seguros Generales, as well as a 23.71% stake held in its subsidiary, Generali Colombia Vida Compañía de Seguros.

    Notable practitioners

    Co-head of department Diego Muñoz Tamayo is lauded by a client for being a "strategist" who gets fully involved in the matters that are brought to him and further highlights him as the go-to lawyer for corporate matters. Another source also states that "he is a leading lawyer and in whatever aspect of M&A he is the one rolling up his sleeves, getting involved." Muñoz Tamayo leads some of the most relevant work highlights of the team.

    Associate-to-watch Fernando Bermúdez Durana is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his great corporate M&A practice. One client highlights him "for his legal knowledge, practicality and responsiveness."

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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)

    What the team is known for Noted department with particular experience advising a roster of international clients on corporate matters. Has particular strength assisting them with the negotiation of commercial agreements and setting up entities. The firm counts Plural Comunicaciones, Total Environmental Solutions and Federación Latinoamericana de la Industria Farmacéutica as new client wins.

    Strengths A client enthuses: "There is no doubt that the personalised service they provide is their main strength and we are truly delighted with the firm." They also say: "They take the necessary time to value all the alternatives with us, so we can take the best possible decision."

    Work highlight Assisted Frontera Energy Corporation with the classification and unification of its contractual models.

    Notable practitioners

    According to market commentators, department co-head Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena "is a very good lawyer who does a great job." They go on to recommend him for "his professionalism and client service." Barrios Cadena leads some of the most relevant work highlights of the team.

    About the Team (content provided by BBGS Barrios & Montenegro)

    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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    CMS Rodríguez-Azuero - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 4

    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for International firm with an active practice group frequently retained to handle day-to-day corporate and transactional mandates. Experienced advising on corporate reorganisations and due diligence processes. Client roster includes domestic and international companies from the energy and tourism spheres. South 32 Energy is a new client win this year.

    Strengths A client lauds that the firm is "very professional, knowledgeable and up-to-date on legal matters," and says: "They work in an orderly, serious, professional and very personalised manner."

    Work highlight Assisted Eforces with its merger process with two other Latin American companies.

    Notable practitioners

    Head of department Juan Camilo Rodríguez receives accolades from a client who remarks that "he is very good, helpful and knowledgeable, as well as highly involved in corporate matters."

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    Contexto Legal Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Band 4

    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Compact Medellín-based firm noted for assisting clients with a variety of corporate and M&A matters. Routinely advises on relevant commercial agreements as well as on due diligence processes for M&A deals. Viappiani de Colombia, Tann Colombiana and Compañía de Créditos Rápidos - Rapicredit are new client wins for the firm this year, among others.

    Strengths A client endorses the team, stating: "The team is reliable. The lawyers are very dynamic and willing to work with the client."

    Work highlight Assisted Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation with the acquisition of 80% of the outstanding equity of Tecnimicro Laboratorio de Análisis.

    Notable practitioners

    Solid partner Guillermo Villegas "sees the big picture and really takes the time to understand it well," clients remark. They go on to recommend him "for his track record, experience and knowledge as well as for his clear explanations." Villegas heads the firm's corporate M&A department.

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    Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez - Corporate/M&A Department

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    What the team is known for Dynamic department frequently retained by a range of clients to handle both day-to-day and transactional corporate mandates, including advice on contractual agreements, acquisitions and reorganisation procedures as well as due diligence processes. The firm counts Kenworth de la Montaña, Organización Suma and Decameron Cinco Herraduras as new client wins.

    Strengths One client enthuses: "The firm renders an excellent service. It has become our ally." They also say: "The lawyers are always available for consultation in a timely manner and are always enquiring to understand what is truly required, guiding us in the correct direction to comply with our needs."

    Work highlight Advised Abengoa on the liquidation process of its subsidiary and branch offices in Colombia.

    Notable practitioners

    Associate-to-watch Julia Velásquez enters the rankings due to solid endorsement from clients. A source enthuses that "Julia possesses great emotional intelligence and the ability to see the big picture. She is resourceful and creative."

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    Holland & Knight - Corporate/M&A Department

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    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for International firm visible in Colombia's corporate sphere. Regularly called upon by multinational clients to advise on sale and purchase agreements as well as joint ventures and supply agreements. Team is also well regarded dealing with corporate governance matters. Client portfolio includes companies coming from the construction, environment and energy spheres.

    Strengths A client praises that "we always receive a good service from the firm. They have the knowledge and dedication we look for."

    Work highlight Assisted Infrared Capital Partners with the purchase and sale agreement for 50% interest in Concesión Ruta al Mar.

    Notable practitioners

    Head of department Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is widely praised for his abilities in this arena. Peers recognise his important role leading transactions. Gómez-Pinzón assists the clients of the firm with merger and acquisition issues.

    According to sources, associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López "is very competent and a solid associate; it's a pleasure to work with him as he pushes the transaction towards closing."

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    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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    Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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    What the team is known for International firm with an established presence in Colombia's corporate M&A market. Actively assist international and domestic clients with M&A deals and day-to-day corporate work. Clients come from different sectors, including energy, automotive and financial services. Landmark Alantra Group, Finsocial and Newlink Group are new additions this year, among others.

    Strengths A client describes the service received by the firm as "hands-on, solid and commercially minded." The same client further enthuses about "the way they apply common business sense to transactions and the involvement of senior lawyers on the matters."

    Work highlight Counselled IC Inversiones on the sale of its 100% stake in Vehículos del Camino, Automotores de la Sierra and Consultores de Seguros Vanguardia, to Andes Motors Bogotá.

    Notable practitioners

    Partner Luis Carlos Neira Mejía is a well-regarded transactional lawyer recommended by clients due to "his broad experience." They go on: "His academic yet practical approach provides the perfect combination for M&A challenges."

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

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    What the team is known for Noted team of practitioners acting in Colombia's corporate sphere. Frequently called upon by foreign and local players to assist with transactional and day-to-day mandates, including joint ventures, distribution agreements and shareholder negotiations. Represents a varied portfolio of clients, including construction, energy and aviation companies.

    Strengths A client highlights that the firm provides "a quality of service and awareness of the client's needs." The same client adds: "The team is always available to hear our queries and the work is always delivered by the deadlines."

    Notable practitioners

    Co-head of department Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa is recognised by sources as "a well-known lawyer," and a leading member of the firm's corporate department. Rodríguez Ossa regularly advises clients of the team hailing from regulated industries, such as aviation and public transport companies.

    Partner Augusto Figueroa Sierra has over 35 years' experience assisting major clients of the firm with corporate law matters, particularly with relevant commercial agreements.

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    Band 1

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Department co-head Martín Acero is praised by interviewees who describe him as "a brilliant lawyer." Other sources also consider him "a natural leader" in this arena. Acero is highly recommended by clients for his corporate capabilities and experience, particularly in handling complex cross-border M&A matters in the region, and is similarly lauded for his established tax practice, which complements his expertise in this practice area.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Outstanding practitioner Jaime Herrera is lauded by a client as "a lawyer I routinely recommend." Other clients enthuse that "Jaime is very present in strategic negotiations" as well as that "he manages contractual matters very well and works well with counterparties. I would also highlight his strategic capacity - he is very good." Herrera is also well recognised by market commentators for his key expertise handling complex and important M&A deals.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Brigard & Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Acclaimed co-head of department Sergio Michelsen is revered by both clients and peers as a standout figure in this practice area, with sources noting that "he is without doubt a leading M&A lawyer" and "highly renowned." Other interviewees also enthuse that Michelsen is an "excellent" practitioner, commenting on the strong level of involvement he has on deals and underlining: "He is always present in key meetings."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Diego Muñoz Tamayo

    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Diego Muñoz Tamayo is lauded by a client for being a "strategist" who gets fully involved in the matters that are brought to him and further highlights him as the go-to lawyer for corporate matters. Another source also states that "he is a leading lawyer and in whatever aspect of M&A he is the one rolling up his sleeves, getting involved." Muñoz Tamayo leads some of the most relevant work highlights of the team.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Eduardo Cárdenas

    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Eduardo Cárdenas is praised by a market source who states: "He is a very good lawyer," underlining: "He is a wise figure in the market, experienced and skilled." Cárdenas enjoys a long-standing reputation and frequently assists multinational clients of the firm acting in Colombia's corporate sphere. 

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Santiago Gutiérrez Borda

    Lloreda Camacho & Co

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Santiago Gutiérrez Borda is recommended by clients in this arena and is lauded by interviewees for being "great" and "a very good lawyer." They go on to note: "He is knowledgeable in both transactional and corporate matters." Gutiérrez Borda has extensive experience handling cross-border mandates for international clients of the team.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Jaime Robledo Vásquez

    Brigard & Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Jaime Robledo Vásquez's work is well appreciated by clients, one of whom describes him as being "professional, dedicated and creative as well as committed." Market commentators also describe him as "an excellent lawyer" and laud him as "an important reference in the market." Robledo Vásquez is co-head of department at the firm.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Claudia Barrero enjoys a strong profile in this area, especially advising clients from the financial services on M&A matters. Peers describe her as "very accurate" as well as "very good, meticulous and confident." They also highlights her style of negotiating.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Felipe Cuberos is recommended by clients for corporate matters, with one interviewee highlighting that "Felipe clarifies and explains things well," before noting: "I am very satisfied with his work." Cuberos also co-heads the department and is recognised in the market for his transactional skills.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Jaime Cubillos Porto

    Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Jaime Cubillos Porto is complimented by a client as being "a solid M&A lawyer, by local and international standards. He is a clever negotiator and gives credibility to transactions with international counterparts." Another client also states: "He is very meticulous, quick and highly efficient."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Enrique Gómez-Pinzón

    Holland & Knight

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Head of department Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is widely praised for his abilities in this arena. Peers recognise his important role leading transactions. Gómez-Pinzón assists the clients of the firm with merger and acquisition issues.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to clients, department co-head Andrés Hoyos is "a good lawyer." They highly recommend him, with one stating: "I would recommend him because of his level of expertise and seniority in M&A deals." Hoyos leads some of the most relevant multi-jurisdiction M&A transactions entrusted to the team.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department Felipe Quintero enjoys a flourishing practice in this area. Clients note that "he quickly understands the counterparty's proposals and the risks that his client assumes," and also that "his work is impeccable, he manages the matters well and has great emotional intelligence."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    José Alejandro Torres

    Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    José Alejandro Torres is recommended by clients in corporate matters because of "his client-focused disposition, his prestige in the sector and for his interpersonal qualities, which makes it easy for internal counsel to work alongside him." Torres is further endorsed by clients due to "his ability to anticipate possible contingencies."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Carlos Umaña Trujillo

    Brigard & Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Well-regarded partner Carlos Umaña Trujillo continues to enjoy a solid track record in Colombia's corporate sphere, with notable expertise working with relevant public and private clients of the firm.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Guillermo Villegas

    Contexto Legal Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Solid partner Guillermo Villegas"sees the big picture and really takes the time to understand it well," clients remark. They go on to recommend him "for his track record, experience and knowledge as well as for his clear explanations." Villegas heads the firm's corporate M&A department.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Patricia Arrázola Bustillo focuses her practice on counselling energy and natural resources clients on corporate and M&A matters. She is identified by market commentators as a leading member of the corporate team.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena

    BBGS Barrios & Montenegro

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to market commentators, department co-head Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena"is a very good lawyer who does a great job." They go on to recommend him for "his professionalism and client service." Barrios Cadena leads some of the most relevant work highlights of the team.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Juan Manuel de la Rosa

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Department co-head Juan Manuel de la Rosa is praised by a client who states: "He is very insightful and provides sound and reasonable advice. He is very committed to client satisfaction, providing great results and a proactive approach to M&A transactions."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Brigard & Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to a client, department co-head Darío Laguado"is a very good partner for when you have a serious problem. The assistance he has given us has been impressive." Another client concurs, adding that "Darío is very determined in tricky negotiations."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Godoy & Hoyos Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Jaime Moya of Godoy & Hoyos Abogados remains well regarded for his activity in this arena, with market sources commenting on his technical skills and the important role he plays in M&A transactions.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Luis Carlos Neira Mejía

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Partner Luis Carlos Neira Mejía is a well-regarded transactional lawyer recommended by clients due to "his broad experience." They go on: "His academic yet practical approach provides the perfect combination for M&A challenges."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to sources, co-head of department Hernando Padilla"is an active figure" in this arena. Padilla frequently represents key international and domestic clients of the firm in cross-border sales, purchases and spin-offs.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Juan Carlos Rocha

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Co-head of department, Juan Carlos Rocha is appreciated by interviewees for his corporate knowledge and M&A expertise. A client states: "We receive direct attention from Juan Carlos and therefore have no complaints," also highlighting "his strategic negotiating abilities."

    ^ 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 is recognised by sources as "a well-known lawyer," and a leading member of the firm's corporate department. Rodríguez Ossa regularly advises clients of the team hailing from regulated industries, such as aviation and public transport companies.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz

    Ayerbe Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Cali-based lawyer Felipe Ayerbe Muñoz of Ayerbe Abogados is considered by interviewees as "a good lawyer." He has an established career advising clients on acquisitions and shareholders' contracts.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Brigard & Urrutia

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Álvaro Cala maintains a high profile in this arena. A peer notes that "Álvaro has a lot of experience and manages great relationships with clients, his clients love him. He is a very complete lawyer." Cala is also co-head of department at the firm.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Augusto Figueroa Sierra

    Parra Rodríguez Abogados S.A.S.

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Partner Augusto Figueroa Sierra has over 35 years' experience assisting major clients of the firm with corporate law matters, particularly with relevant commercial agreements.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Peña Mancero Abogados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Founding partner Gabriela Mancero of Peña Mancero Abogados enjoys vast experience counselling clients on corporate mandates, with a particular focus on commercial agreements. 

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Néstor Camilo Martínez

    DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Managing partner Néstor Camilo Martínez receives enthusiastic feedback from clients, one of whom notes that "he is very good in transactional as well as regulatory corporate matters."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Juan Camilo Rodríguez

    CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Head of department Juan Camilo Rodríguez receives accolades from a client who remarks that "he is very good, helpful and knowledgeable, as well as highly involved in corporate matters."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Paula Samper Salazar

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Paula Samper Salazar is praised by a client for being "a very good lawyer." Samper Salazar assists relevant clients of the firm with corporate matters and also heads the firm's real estate department.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango

    Lloreda Camacho & Co

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Gustavo Tamayo Arango is recommended by clients for his corporate practice, with one of them stating: "He has been a key business partner and has been an important help handling delicate situations."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Lina Uribe García

    Gómez-Pinzón

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to sources, Lina Uribe García"is a strong and knowledgeable negotiator. She can easily filter through all the information and focus on the material issues. She is an exceptional lawyer - intelligent, practical, experienced and incredibly responsive."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 5

    Juan Felipe Vera Cardona

    Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Department co-head Juan Felipe Vera Cardona joins the rankings following strong feedback from market sources. Clients describe him as "a good lawyer," endorsing him for "his preparation and professionalism."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Up-and-coming partner and co-head of department Mauricio Borrero is well appreciated by clients for his skill and knowledge in this arena. A client singles out Borrero's "negotiation abilities when it comes to contractual issues" in particular. 

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos

    Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Up-and-coming partner Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos is a highly appreciated member of the team, with an interviewee noting that he is "extremely good" in this practice area.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Fernando Bermúdez Durana

    Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Associate-to-watch Fernando Bermúdez Durana is well regarded by clients and peers alike for his great corporate M&A practice. One client highlights him "for his legal knowledge, practicality and responsiveness."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Lucas Saffon López

    Holland & Knight

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    According to sources, associate-to-watch Lucas Saffon López"is very competent and a solid associate; it's a pleasure to work with him as he pushes the transaction towards closing."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez

    From the Chambers Latin America guide

    Associate-to-watch Julia Velásquez enters the rankings due to solid endorsement from clients. A source enthuses that "Julia possesses great emotional intelligence and the ability to see the big picture. She is resourceful and creative."

    ^ See whole ranking table