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Latin-America Guide

Life Sciences — Colombia


Lloreda Camacho & Co - Life Sciences Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ana María Castro and Enrique Álvares Posada
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice well positioned to assist clients with the whole range of patent and regulatory matters related to the field. Work includes patent prosecution and enforcement, health registrations, promotional practices and clinical trials. Client roster comprises major names from the healthcare, food and beverage, and biotechnology industries. Johnson & Johnson and Astellas are new client wins.

Strengths One interviewee enthuses: "I've had 25 years of experience as a lawyer myself, and I can attest that, without a doubt, this is the best service I've ever received. The lawyers are so knowledgeable of the subject matter that you feel completely at ease. Furthermore, we are always attended to by the most senior partners in the department."

Another client adds: "I feel very satisfied with the service. As a client you not only develop a close personal relationship with the lawyers, but also a professional relationship which is something we depend on a lot. I particularly value their experience, reliability and openness."

Work highlights Advised Productos Roche in devising the submission of health registrations before the Colombian Health Agency. This included new product development and renewals, data protection and changes in current portfolios.

Assisted Shire Pharmacêutica Brasil with regulatory matters such as orphan medicines, anti-corruption measures and data protection issues.

Significant clients Gilead Sciences, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Afidro, Grünenthal.

Notable practitioners

The "extraordinary" Ana María Castro garners widespread praise from peers and clients alike for her expertise and experience in the life sciences sector. They comment: "She's very knowledgeable, and she develops a very good relationship with the client, through which she provides us with sound legal and business advice."

Associate-to-watch Daniel Cardona is recommended by interviewees for his "availability and experience in the field. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory matters and is a lawyer who is very committed to the client."

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

We represent major R&D pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, beverage and cosmetics local and foreign companies in Colombia.  We counsel our clients on a full range of regulatory issues and patent matters at every stage of their products life cycle, including structuring strategies for Marketing Authorization (preparation and prosecution of applications for health registrations, renewals, modifications, certifications and authorizations with INVIMA that is the National Regulatory Agency in Colombia); Promotional Practices; and Post-Marketing Safety Plans and the prosecution and enforcement of their patents.

Our life sciences team is also specialized and well-known for its active patent practice in the biopharmaceutical sector in the Latin America Region, e.g. managing some of our clients’ patents portfolio in all Latin American countries and Caribbean.

One of the major focuses of our health department is to provide complete legal counsel in all matters such as data protection, registration procedures, clinical studies, compliance investigations, marketing activities, advertising, price regulation, investigations for alleged health regulation, labeling, among others.

We are also deeply involved in the different legal strategies for the implementation of biotechnological decree 1782.

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OlarteMoure - Life Sciences Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Front-running firm with an active and fully established life sciences department, advising local and international clients on drafting, prosecution, litigation and transactional matters related to the field. Also experienced handling compliance and competition issues, as well as marketing authorisations and plant breeders' rights. Regularly retained as counsel by clients from the antitrust, pharmaceutical, education, healthcare, and food and beverage sectors.

Work highlights Represented Novartis before the Ministry of Health following a compulsory licence request from several NGOs for the client's patented beta polymorph of imatinib mesylate. The Ministry of Health sided with Novartis and rejected the request.

Acted as counsel for Cannavida in obtaining a manufacturing licence for a foreign company for the production of medicinal cannabis in Colombia.

Significant clients Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, Cannavida, Gilead Sciences.

Notable practitioners

Partner Carlos Olarte is an esteemed practitioner in the Colombian life sciences sector and is described as a "strong competitor." He is particularly focused on the biopharmaceutical sector, including regulatory matters, patent prosecution and sector-related litigation.

The "very competent" associate-to-watch Alexander Agudelo regularly assists with the department's most significant life sciences cases, and is praised by market sources as "an important lawyer within the firm."

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Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - Life Sciences Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alvaro Correa Ordóñez and Juan Pablo Concha Delgado
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Globally recognised firm with an active life sciences department. Experienced in handling sanitary registrations before the local authorities, administrative litigation and compliance and consumer protection matters. Department offers further expertise in clinical trials, regulatory advice and patent protection. New client wins include Farma de Colombia, JGB and Boticario Colombia.

Strengths Clients are very satisfied with the service, as one source points out: "The lawyers are highly qualified and the advice is concise, clear and comprehensive. I would further highlight the constant availability of the whole team to answer any questions we have."

Work highlights Advised Farma de Colombia on the corporate restructuring of the company.

Significant clients Novamedis, Dole Packaged Foods, Isagenix Colombia, Organización Solarte, Ivoclar Vivadent Marketing.

Notable practitioners

Partner Alvaro Correa Ordóñez remains an active player in the market, with sources describing him as "a competent and prepared lawyer whose work is of the highest quality." He focuses his practice on patent infringement, regulatory issues and related litigation.

Since publication, Olga Prieto has moved in-house.

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

Our healthcare lawyers support life sciences clients throughout the product lifecycle, from research and development to launch. Our lawyers have particular expertise advising medical device and pharmaceutical companies on marketing and promotion rules across the globe, particularly those related to social media. We also help life sciences clients with all aspects of intellectual property registration, protection and enforcement and represent clients in trademark and patent prosecution.

With more than 50 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical industry, we advise on mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and joint ventures, helping life sciences clients navigate the regulatory and compliance issues specific to the industry, particularly in emerging markets where the industry is undergoing double-digit growth.

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Brigard & Castro - Life Sciences Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: María Fernanda Castellanos and Juan Pablo Cadena
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Well-recognised practice handling a wide range of life sciences matters, including patent prosecutions, regulatory issues, clinical trials and technology transfers. Team additionally assists with M&A transactions for companies in the sector, regulatory issues and related litigation. Frequently advises clients in the healthcare, food and beverage, and biotechnology industries. Ferrero and Laboratorios Richmond are new client wins.

Strengths Clients say: "We always receive an excellent service from the firm. Two things that are of particular value are their attentiveness to the client's needs and how they keep us constantly informed of the progress of the case."

Work highlights Advised Syntellix on the prosecution of an invention patent for a medical implant.

Significant clients Manuelita, Henkel Consumer Goods, Smithfield Farmland, Nonin Medical, Laboratorios Dentaid.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Juan Pablo Cadena advises local and international clients on matters relating to trade marks, copyrights, patents and sanitary registrations. He led the department on the aforementioned Syntellix work highlight.

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Cavelier Abogados - Life Sciences Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrés Rincón
- 1 partner
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded department with particular expertise in pharmaceutical patents. Regularly acts for clients from sectors such as agro-science and electronics, and frequently works with universities. Lawyers collaborate with a team of in-house experts to provide additional advice on infringement analysis, biosimilarity and bioequivalency issues. Agrofresh, Plantador Colombia and Purdue University count among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths Sources highlight the positive aspects of dealing with the firm: "Working with Cavelier Abogados has been a very good experience. The lawyers are very knowledgeable, as in I'm very confident about their knowledge of the Colombian legal system and how to manage the case efficiently. They clearly have a lot of experience."

Work highlights Represented Dow AgroSciences in a plant varieties patent application where the firm managed to reverse the PTO's denial and get them to accept the inventive step in this claim.

Significant clients Colciencias, Boehringer Ingelheim, Allergan, BASF, Bayer Intellectual Property.

Notable practitioners

Andrés Rincón has strong capabilities in the life sciences sector, especially in patent prosecution, plant breeding rights and sector-related litigation. One source says: "He is doing a lot of patents work and I admire what he's doing with his practice."

Associate-to-watch Adriana Durán has solid expertise in regulatory matters and healthcare compliance. She is recommended by interviewees "for her outstanding knowledge and experience."

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Gómez-Pinzón - Life Sciences Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano and Diana Botero Durán
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a solid track record handling a wide range of life sciences matters. Work spans regulatory matters, sanitary legislation, distribution contracts, patent prosecutions and plant variety mandates. Regularly retained as counsel for M&A transactions in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors.

Work highlights Advised HB Human Bioscience on distribution agreements with laboratories, trade mark and patent applications and regulatory matters for the company's local and international portfolios.

Significant clients PriceSmart, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Decathlon, Covidien, Laboratorios Rimsa.

Notable practitioners

Partner Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano boasts over 20 years' experience in the market, where he advises clients on matters related to the food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

GPA is one of the few law firms in the country with a regulatory affairs practice group, focused on health, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical devices and food regulatory matters (relating to medicine, controlled substances, food, beverages, cosmetics, medical devices, vegetal varieties, hygiene and cleaning products, etc.). The practice group advises on regulatory procedures before the authorities, sanitary legislation, strategy for the management of medicine prices, distribution contracts for the pharmaceutical and food industries and filing and prosecution of patent applications.

We provide a wide range of IP services across all areas of innovation management, including patents, one of the key areas in the life sciences field. The firm advises on four innovation stages, identified by the firm as creation, administration, commercial use, and protection. The firm’s IP department is one of the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary IP departments in Colombia, comprising IP and competition lawyers, patent engineers, pharmaceutical chemists, industrial and process engineers, and private investigators for anti-counterfeiting cases.

Our Firm has wide experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for local and international clients from the life sciences industry. GPA provides counseling regarding local patent practice concerning inventions related to antibodies, recombinant DNA, recombinant proteins, and vaccines, among other biotechnology creations. 

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Aristizábal y Jiménez Abogados - Life Sciences Department

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Recognised boutique retained as counsel for a wide scope of life sciences matters. Advises a number of domestic and international clients on regulatory matters and sanitary registrations, and displays specific expertise in the food and beverage industry.

Strengths Sources describe them as "a very good boutique law firm."

Notable practitioners

Partner Rubby Aristizabal is highly regarded by sources for having an "historically dominant position from the regulatory side, she's a point of reference in the market." They go on to note: "She has been dedicated to this field her whole life."

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Life Sciences Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 partners
- approximately 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted life sciences department acting as counsel for sanitary registrations, distribution agreements and data privacy matters. Frequently advises pharmaceutical companies and medical research institutions on clinical trials, regulatory advice before INVIMA and patent prosecutions.

Notable practitioners

Rolando Escobar is the key client contact.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - Life Sciences Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Helena Camargo Williamson and Mónica Bonnett
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known firm with expertise across the full range of life sciences matters. Department works closely with industry experts to offer advice on issues relating to patent and health registrations, as well as filings and sector-related litigation. Team additionally remains an active player in handling bio projects.

Strengths Clients say: "We are really satisfied with them so far. They have an in-depth knowledge of the matters at hand, and respond to us really quickly with comprehensive feedback."

Work highlights Assisted Alliance Vascular Devices with filing and prosecution services for a patent application in Brazil.

Significant clients Xango Colombia, Ayular, Solla, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Advance Scientific de Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Helena Camargo Williamson is respected by clients and peers alike for her activity in the life sciences sphere. They commend her "competent and attentive" style of work, while also noting: "She's a pretty remarkable lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Posse Herrera Ruiz)

Posse Herrera Ruiz´ Lifescience  practice specialises in patent and health registrations covering technical patents, industrial design and sanitary registration filings, searches, drafting and prosecution services

Our life sciences practices works closely with our intellectual property team to advise clients on how to protect and maximize the value of their inventions in this field.

The practice is well known by clients for its One-Stop Service for filings in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands and we have successfully provided services in difficult jurisdictions such us Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Guyana.   

In 2016 we have extended our services in Latin America to health registrations.

We have included litigation services to our practice, as well as health registration counseling.

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Raisbeck & Castro - Life Sciences Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 9 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected department handling a number of life sciences mandates, including regulatory issues, patent prosecutions and plant variety protection. Department offers further expertise in issues pertaining to health registrations and clinical studies and is well equipped to handle sector-related administrative and criminal litigation.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Castro focuses her practice on patent prosecutions, sanitary registrations and regulatory matters. She advises clients in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and is considered an important player in the market by peers.

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Band 1

Ana María Castro

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "extraordinary" Ana María Castro garners widespread praise from peers and clients alike for her expertise and experience in the life sciences sector. They comment: "She's very knowledgeable, and she develops a very good relationship with the client, through which she provides us with sound legal and business advice."

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Band 1

OlarteMoure

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Carlos Olarte is an esteemed practitioner in the Colombian life sciences sector and is described as a "strong competitor." He is particularly focused on the biopharmaceutical sector, including regulatory matters, patent prosecution and sector-related litigation.

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Band 2

Rubby Aristizabal

Aristizábal y Jiménez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rubby Aristizabal is highly regarded by sources for having an "historically dominant position from the regulatory side, she's a point of reference in the market." They go on to note: "She has been dedicated to this field her whole life."

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Band 3

Juan Pablo Cadena

Brigard & Castro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Juan Pablo Cadena advises local and international clients on matters relating to trade marks, copyrights, patents and sanitary registrations. He led the department on the aforementioned Syntellix work highlight.

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Band 3

Raisbeck & Castro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Natalia Castro focuses her practice on patent prosecutions, sanitary registrations and regulatory matters. She advises clients in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and is considered an important player in the market by peers.

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Band 4

Helena Camargo Williamson

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Helena Camargo Williamson is respected by clients and peers alike for her activity in the life sciences sphere. They commend her "competent and attentive" style of work, while also noting: "She's a pretty remarkable lawyer."

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Band 4

Libardo Cárdenas Giraldo

Químicos Farmacéuticos Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Libardo Cárdenas Giraldo of Químicos Farmacéuticos Abogados is seen by market commentators as a relevant player in the Colombian life sciences ambit. His work includes assisting clients with registering permits for the commercialisation of pharmaceutical and medical devices.

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Band 4

Alvaro Correa Ordóñez

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Alvaro Correa Ordóñez remains an active player in the market, with sources describing him as "a competent and prepared lawyer whose work is of the highest quality." He focuses his practice on patent infringement, regulatory issues and related litigation.

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Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano boasts over 20 years' experience in the market, where he advises clients on matters related to the food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

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Band 4

Cavelier Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Rincón has strong capabilities in the life sciences sector, especially in patent prosecution, plant breeding rights and sector-related litigation. One source says: "He is doing a lot of patents work and I admire what he's doing with his practice."

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Associates to watch

Alexander Agudelo

OlarteMoure

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "very competent" associate-to-watch Alexander Agudelo regularly assists with the department's most significant life sciences cases, and is praised by market sources as "an important lawyer within the firm."

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Associates to watch

Lloreda Camacho & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Daniel Cardona is recommended by interviewees for his "availability and experience in the field. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory matters and is a lawyer who is very committed to the client."

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Associates to watch

Cavelier Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Adriana Durán has solid expertise in regulatory matters and healthcare compliance. She is recommended by interviewees "for her outstanding knowledge and experience."

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