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Latin-America Guide

International Trade/WTO — Colombia


Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A. - International Trade/WTO

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International trade powerhouse with noteworthy expertise across a broad range of mandates pertaining to the field, including offering advice on dumping investigations, free trade agreements, free trade zones and special customs programmes. Department displays further prowess in matters relating to trade missions, business agendas and foreign strategic partnerships. Routinely advises clients in the infrastructure, energy and telecommunications industries.

Strengths Clients are delighted by the service they receive, enthusing: "They are technical experts in everything regarding regulations in different parts of the world. They offer a very specialised service because they fully understand how special economic zones work. It's a service that is tailor-made for the client; the lawyers are available all the time, which is excellent."

Another client adds: "They are a very strong firm in customs and free economic zones; they are leaders in this field."

Work highlights Advised Mexican bank Banobras on reviewing and reforming a law that created the special economic zones in the ten poorest states, increasing its competitiveness on an international scale.

Assisted Ecopetrol and Shell with two requests to obtain Offshore Free Trade Zone status for deep water exploration.

Significant clients Administración Portuaria Integral de Coatzacoalcos, National Bank of Public Works and Services Bank.

Notable practitioners

Market sources hold Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo in high esteem, as one interviewee says: "When he speaks, he enlightens everybody in the room because of his vast experience. Whenever he works with the client and potential investors, he always transmits his confidence and deep knowledge regarding the development zones. He's one of the most extraordinary professionals I've met in this field."

Co-department head Ricardo López has a highly respected practice and his broad legal expertise covers customs, foreign trade taxes and logistics matters. He has over 25 years of experience working in the sector.

Department profile by Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A.

We provide comprehensive advice regarding mechanisms of international commercial defense and company rescue by harnessing FTA´s to their greatest extent. We also advise businesses on free zones by conducting studies of market opportunities, especially with those countries that hold a free trade agreement with Colombia.

We are experts in international trade disciplines such as forbidden export subsidies, dumping investigations, safeguards, free trade agreements, free trade zones, special customs programs with custom duties benefits like Plan Vallejo.

The organization of commercial missions and achievement of strategic partners in the face of new globalization processes. We create and develop inclusive business strategies in regional foreign trade.

We use market intelligence tools to review international contracts and to develop trade missions, business agendas and strategic partnerships abroad.

We coordinate workshops and training for directive boards, on international business and trade opportunities, international trade mechanisms application, market intelligence instruments, techniques for innovation in business models and negotiation techniques.

We design regional plans to attract national and foreign investment bearing in mind exchange operations in the controlled and free markets.

We have been at the forefront in the strategic application of trade facilitation instruments and mechanisms so that companies maximize their tax benefits and optimize their logistical performance.


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Ibarra Abogados - International Trade/WTO

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gabriel Ibarra Pardo
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deeply respected boutique firm offering specialised capabilities in the full range of international trade matters. Has expertise in the negotiation and application of bilateral and multilateral agreements, macroeconomic and public policy arguments, and anti-dumping proceedings. Firm offers further advice in administrative proceedings related to origin inquiries and customs classification before the Colombian authorities.

Strengths Commenting on the efficiency of the service provided, a client attests: "It's an excellent service, they're a very serious firm who are well versed in foreign trade. The advice is very thorough and the success rate is really high. We have not lost a single case in front of government authorities." They go on to add: "Apart from being a good service, the advice that they offer is also very well researched; they always show us the best decision to make, it's always been a very integrated service."

Another source adds: "The service has been excellent. They not only have lawyers with expertise in this area but also with vast experience dealing with chambers of commerce and government entities."

Work highlights Represented Tenaris Tubocaribe in the sunset review of the anti-dumping duties imposed against Chinese imports of tubing and casing pipes.

Acted as counsel to Pfizer on five law suits against the Colombian Customs Authority regarding the validity of certificates of origin submitted by the client during the importation process of certain shipments. The matter falls under the free trade agreement between Colombia and the USA.

Significant clients Pfizer, Acerías de Colombia, Alumina Group, Colgate-Palmolive, Alimentos Polar Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Gabriel Ibarra Pardo as "the most well-known practitioner in this field. He has a personalised attention when dealing with clients, he's a leader and a strategist with an in-depth knowledge of foreign trade matters. His working style has produced positive results for us, all our cases have gone well, so therefore he is an effective lawyer."

Department profile by Ibarra Abogados

The International Trade Practice is pioneer in trade remedies since the emergence of the antidumping and safeguards legislation in Colombia. Therefore, the firm possesses extensive and successful experience representing different industries, including metal mechanic, aluminum, OCTG, petrochemical, textile and footwear, agricultural, and agricultural tools industries, among others, within antidumping and safeguards investigations. Ibarra Abogados also provides counsel to both private and public sectors concerning the negotiation and application of regional and bilateral economic integration agreements, including the Andean Community, the Pacific Alliance, the Central American Common Market and several bilateral agreements.

Adittionally, the customs area has extensive expertise regarding proceedings before the Colombian Customs Authority (DIAN for its acronym in Spanish) and litigation on customs matters before Colombian courts. On this matter, Ibarra Abogados provides legal counsel regarding customs classification issues, origin recognition and certificates, customs valuation, among others.

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The firm is active on a regional level as it provides counsel to both the private and public sectors of different countries of Latin-America with regards to international trade matters. Recently, the International Trade Practice provided its services to the Costar Rican sugar industry within an antidumping investigation to Brazilian sugar imports and it also developed a Trade Remedies Handbook for Central American countries under the sponsorship of the European Union and the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat.



Brigard & Urrutia - International Trade/WTO

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Francisco Mafla and Carlos Fradique Méndez
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected practice providing advice to major domestic and foreign companies on customs valuation, tariff classification and investment treaties. Well positioned to handle matters pertaining to free trade zones, oil and gas projects and constitutional action proceedings. Regularly advises clients from the energy and technology industries. Panel Rey is a new client win.

Strengths Clients speak about the positive experience they've had working with the firm: "They've been great, they're extremely responsive and they answer all of our questions very promptly. Not all law firms get back to us quickly; we needed answers immediately and they were very good."

Work highlights Instructed by H&M to advise on customs and international trade issues in order for them to operate in Colombia, specifically regarding the import of goods.

Significant clients Pernod Ricard, Impala Terminals Colombia, Panel Rey, H&M.

Notable practitioners

José Francisco Mafla is recommended by sources as a "great lawyer who understands business and has a lot of knowledge of international trade matters." They go on to note: "He's a very professional, organised and efficient lawyer."

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Gómez-Pinzón - International Trade/WTO

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nicolás Potdevin Stein
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed practice providing customs planning advice to national and international clients from a wide range of industries. Team is active in matters relating to free trade zones, AEO submissions, customs warehouses and port submissions. Department offers further expertise in customs and foreign exchange disputes.

Strengths The ability to listen to the needs of the client is highlighted by one source: "They're very good, very diligent. Usually lawyers always think they're right and they don't listen, but at Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta, they're very reputable lawyers. That's what I value a lot."

Work highlights Advised Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura on matters relating to free trade zones, customs warehouses and port qualification requests.

Significant clients Yanbal Colombia, PriceSmart, Centelsa, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe associate-to-watch Nicolás Potdevin Stein as "a very valuable lawyer, because he combines business knowledge with good judgement, which is a very important combination. He's always up to date and he understands the customs market perfectly."

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - International Trade/WTO

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan David Barbosa
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service firm with capabilities spanning free trade zones, anti-dumping and port licensing. Team is well equipped to handle import tax, export matters and free trade agreements. Frequently called upon to represent international clients from the retail, drinks and consumer goods industries before the authorities and the WTO. Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, Petrobras and Repsol Exploración Colombia are new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees state: "The advice is optimal and based on the lawyers' in-depth knowledge of regulations and real-life experience." They go on to add: "The service is impeccable. They offer a personalised service which you don't often get with the big firms. We feel very satisfied."

Value for money Sources say: "We get great results from the firm, plus they are great value for money."

Work highlights Advised Anadarko Colombia on obtaining the first resolution to create a USD271 million offshore free trade zone in Colombia regarding the production and commercialisation of hydrocarbons.

Significant clients Bioenergy, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Autopartes y Componentes, Fundación Luis Carlos Sarmiento.

Notable practitioners

Department head Juan David Barbosa garners praise from clients and peers alike for his "efficient and correct" working style. They also note that "his knowledge of legislation matches the complexity of the matters we handle." He is experienced handling anti-dumping and safeguarding investigations.

Associate-to-watch Karla Cure is viewed by market sources as a "promising young lawyer." They go on to highlight: "She's a good associate." She has experience in the development of import-export strategies and due diligence processes.

Department profile by Posse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz´  International Trade and Customs area is active in  analyzing international treaties regarding double taxation and free trade, the development and approval of free-trade zones and the structuring of investment and private equity funds, trade remedies, regulatory permits, and advisory in international trade and customs and custom litigation. 

The firm is  increasingly involved in a  number of international trade and import tax and export efficient strategies, including the application of a new Customs Decree, which will help big import/export companies make their Colombia operations more efficient.

The firm has implemented several high profile Free Trade Zones incluiding offshore trade zones on behalf of global Oil & Gas corporations. 



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Lewin & Wills - International Trade/WTO

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Santiago Wills
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact international trade practice group with capabilities spanning a wide variety of sector-related mandates. Regularly advises a roster of national and international clients on matters relating to the planning of international trade operations, free trade zones and trading companies. New client wins include CI UNIBAN and Macquarie Capital.

Strengths Sources commenting on the department highlight "the very personalised service, whereby the client maintains a close working relationship with the senior partner. Everyone on the team knows what's going on and is genuinely concerned about our business."

Work highlights Represented CI UNIBAN in its government relations and advised them on changes to trade regulations.

Significant clients Trafigura, Ecopetrol, Shell, BTG Pactual, Talisman Oil and Gas.

Notable practitioners

Partner Emilio Wills remains an active player in the Colombian international trade market. He focuses his practice on foreign exchange litigation for significant transactions and related regulatory advice.

Clients state that associate-to-watch Santiago Wills stands out for being "organised, complying with his commitments and demonstrating an excellent level of attention to the client."

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PricewaterhouseCoopers - International Trade/WTO

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ingrid Díaz
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice that is well positioned to handle a wide range of sector-related mandates, including foreign exchange and investment, anti-dumping and customs. Recent areas of growth include origin studies, contracts and international trade-related litigation.

Strengths Clients praise the level of service they receive, with one stating: "I have found the service, the support, the expertise and the alternatives offered to be of the highest quality. I would particularly highlight the timely information they give us on the proceedings and the excellent accompaniment the lawyers provide."

Work highlights Advised Ampacet Colombia on customs planning relating to tariff classification of products imported by the client and all aspects related to its free trade zones.

Significant clients Pfizer, Bavaria, Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Biotechnologia, Oracle Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Ingrid Díaz is singled out by interviewees as being "an expert who brings many years of experience to the table. She knows the nuances of the industry and we felt comfortable with her very quickly."

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Silvia Anzola de González

BG Consulting

From the Chambers Latin America guide

A market source comments that Silvia Anzola de González of BG Consulting is "a very capable lawyer for whom I have great respect and admiration." Another observer points out: "She's got so much experience and is very well known in the market."

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Ramiro Araújo Segovia

Ramiro Araújo Segovia- Sole practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe sole practitioner Ramiro Araújo Segovia as "the most knowledgeable customs lawyer" and "very efficient." They go on to enthuse: "He's definitely an important lawyer in the market."

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Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Forero of Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados is respected by interviewees as a "very attentive, accommodating lawyer who solves problems quickly." They further explain: "He is a serious and sincere practitioner whose advice is very effective."

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Gabriel Ibarra Pardo

Ibarra Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe Gabriel Ibarra Pardo as "the most well-known practitioner in this field. He has a personalised attention when dealing with clients, he's a leader and a strategist with an in-depth knowledge of foreign trade matters. His working style has produced positive results for us, all our cases have gone well, so therefore he is an effective lawyer."

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Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo

Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources hold Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo in high esteem, as one interviewee says: "When he speaks, he enlightens everybody in the room because of his vast experience. Whenever he works with the client and potential investors, he always transmits his confidence and deep knowledge regarding the development zones. He's one of the most extraordinary professionals I've met in this field."

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Perilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "renowned" Rogelio Perilla of Perilla & Asociados is recommended by sources as "someone with a lot of experience who participates a lot in this market." They go on to highlight his academic contributions to the field and his expertise in customs law.

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Band 2

Oscar Buitrago - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Oscar Buitrago is viewed by market onlookers as "very involved in the customs market. He is very active here." He is also equipped to handle sector-related litigation.

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Band 2

PricewaterhouseCoopers

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ingrid Díaz is singled out by interviewees as being "an expert who brings many years of experience to the table. She knows the nuances of the industry and we felt comfortable with her very quickly."

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Band 2

Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head Ricardo López has a highly respected practice and his broad legal expertise covers customs, foreign trade taxes and logistics matters. He has over 25 years of experience working in the sector.

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Band 2

Ángela María Orozco Gómez

Research & Opportunities

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ángela María Orozco Gómez of Research & Opportunities is particularly recognised for her work on anti-dumping matters. She is described by sources as "a great professional."

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Band 3

Caballero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Diana Caballero of Caballero Abogados is recognised for her expertise in anti-dumping matters. She is further highlighted for her experience in matters relating to foreign investments, particularly foreign exchange.

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Band 3

María Clara Lozano Ortiz de Zárate

Lozano Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

María Clara Lozano Ortiz de Zárate of Lozano Abogados is focused on international trade, customs, anti-dumping and international treaties and agreements. She is also respected for her advice on antitrust matters.

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Band 3

José Francisco Mafla

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Francisco Mafla is recommended by sources as a "great lawyer who understands business and has a lot of knowledge of international trade matters." They go on to note: "He's a very professional, organised and efficient lawyer."

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Band 3

Germán Pardo Carrero

Pardo Carrero Salcedo Younes GAPRYSY S.A.S

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Germán Pardo Carrero of Pardo Carrero Salcedo Younes GAPRYSY S.A.S is recognised by market sources for his advice on customs and they say: "He's active in these matters." He also assists with foreign exchange matters.

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Band 3

Marcel Tangarife Torres

Tangarife Torres & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcel Tangarife Torres of Tangarife Torres & Asociados specialises in free trade treaties and customs law. He is also active advising clients on issues involving both the Colombian state as well as foreign governments.

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Lewin & Wills

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Emilio Wills remains an active player in the Colombian international trade market. He focuses his practice on foreign exchange litigation for significant transactions and related regulatory advice.

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Up and Coming

Juan David Barbosa

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Juan David Barbosa garners praise from clients and peers alike for his "efficient and correct" working style. They also note that "his knowledge of legislation matches the complexity of the matters we handle." He is experienced handling anti-dumping and safeguarding investigations.

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Up and Coming

Silvia Paula González Anzola

González Anzola Abogados SAS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Silvia Paula González Anzola of González Anzola Abogados SAS is highly regarded by market sources. One source attests: "She's a great lawyer. She's doing an excellent job and I have the best opinion of her."

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients recommend Andrea Caicedo of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría for her "excellent working style and solid knowledge of the subject matter." Her peers state: "She's an excellent professional."

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Associates to watch

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Karla Cure is viewed by market sources as a "promising young lawyer." They go on to highlight: "She's a good associate." She has experience in the development of import-export strategies and due diligence processes.

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Associates to watch

Nicolás Potdevin Stein

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe associate-to-watch Nicolás Potdevin Stein as "a very valuable lawyer, because he combines business knowledge with good judgement, which is a very important combination. He's always up to date and he understands the customs market perfectly."

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Associates to watch

Lewin & Wills

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients state that associate-to-watch Santiago Wills stands out for being "organised, complying with his commitments and demonstrating an excellent level of attention to the client."

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