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Latin-America Guide

International Trade/WTO — Colombia


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

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading international trade boutique offering distinguished expertise in sector-related mandates, including advising on free trade zones and special customs programmes. Also noted for representing clients before the National Tax and Customs Administration (DIAN) as well as before the courts. Clients typically hail from the agro-industry, textile and food and drink sectors.

Strengths A client is quick to endorse the team, stating: "It is an excellent service, the lawyers show total commitment to the clients. They have in-depth knowledge of international business." They continue: "It is one of the best firms for international trade."

Another source states: "No doubt, this is a firm of reference in international trade in Colombia."

Work highlight Assisted Sumicol - Ecocementos with obtaining special permanent free trade zone approval.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed figure Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo co-heads the department and receives outstanding praise from clients, who enthuse: "He is in the vanguard, he is a visionary, always positive and energetic." Interviewees go on to state: "He possesses superb abilities on free trade zone structuring matters."

"Highly experienced" department co-head Ricardo López comes widely endorsed by market commentators, who report: "He is an expert in customs, his knowledge is remarkable," and "he is extremely intelligent."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frontrunning boutique with a highly specialised international trade and customs department, particularly well regarded in matters related to anti-dumping and safeguards issues. Impressive client portfolio includes leading companies from the pharmaceutical, construction and mining industries. Manufacturas Metalúrgicas Rheem Chilena is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths A pleased client enthuses: "This is one of the most recognised firms in international trade in Colombia. The service provided has been unbeatable for its competent professionals, its promptness, and the precision in the legal positions," adding: "It is a firm to trust."

Another source reports: "They offer an expert, reliable and high-quality service. They are the best law firm in international trade."

Work highlight Assisted Alumina Group with a sunset review of the anti-dumping duties imposed against Chinese exports of extruded aluminium profiles.

Notable practitioners

Prestigious head of department Gabriel Ibarra Pardo is highly praised by sources for his vast experience in this arena, particularly in anti-dumping issues. They state: "He is the leader in anti-dumping matters without a doubt." Clients go on to highlight "his professionalism, competence and diligence."

About the Team (content provided 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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Brigard & Urrutia - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice advising major local and international companies on complex custom matters such as special importation schemes. Team is also well known for its significant experience dealing with free trade zones and free trade agreements as well as with anti-dumping investigations. Goldman Sachs, Equinix and Deutsche Post DHL are new client wins.

Strengths A client appreciates the team's service "for the quality, professionalism and promptness," noting: "The lawywers show knowledge of our business as well as expertise and clarity when delivering work."

Work highlight Advised Panel Rey on an anti-dumping investigation related to the standard gypsum boards industry before the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, to prevent the establishment of anti-dumping duties.

Notable practitioners

Partner and co-head of department José Francisco Mafla is held in high regard by market observers, who describe him as "a great lawyer." Clients also value "his technical knowledge and his committed service."

Associate-to-watch Camilo Castrillón enters the rankings after impressing market commentators with "his solid skills when dealing with customs matters." Sources go on to describe him as "a great lawyer."

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Gómez-Pinzón - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a notable international trade and customs practice providing counsel to domestic and multinational clients from various industries, including pharmaceutical, consumer products and construction. Team is active in matters relating to free trade zones and foreign exchange issues as well as customs planning and dispute mandates.

Strengths Clients are very satisfied with the work of the team, stating: "The service is excellent and gives us peace of mind." They add: "The lawyers are highly specialised and treat each topic with the same great importance."

Work highlight Assisted Procter & Gamble with cases related to customs and international trade, including customs planning and modifications of import returns.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch and head of department Nicolás Potdevin Stein "is an expert in the area and completely available to advise clients at any time," according to sources. They go on to emphasise: "He is business-oriented."

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

Our Customs and foreign exchange team provides consulting to both national and multinational companies conducting foreign trade operations, attending consults arising out of companies’ day-to-day operations, customs planning, legal advice on Free Trade Treaties, application of origin regulations and advice and implementation of free zones.

Our group has an outstanding reputation for customs planning work for national Colombian and international clients, including advice in matters relating to free trade zones, AEO submissions, customs warehouses and port submissions, as well as customs, international trade and foreign exchange advice.

The Firm is also well known for its expertise and experience in customs and foreign exchange disputes and litigation. The firm is currently involved in several disputes before the customs authorities and before the courts, including cases related to customs valuation, tariff classification, and seizure of goods, among other matters. With regard to foreign exchange disputes, the firm is involved in several processes relating to audits on currency channeling.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys - International Trade/WTO Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected full-service firm with an experienced department advising on the full array of international trade matters, including free trade zones, anti-dumping investigations and customs disputes. Regularly represents major companies from the oil and gas and technology industries. Amazon is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths Sources highlight that "the service is excellent," elaborating: "The recommendations put forward are clear, appropriate and legally robust. They also have an easy practical application, which is helpful for management level decision-making."

Work highlight Successfully assisted Petrobras with the establishment of an offshore free trade zone for its oil and gas operations in Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Juan David Barbosa is recommended by clients for his handling of free trade zones and anti-dumping matters. Sources identify "his prestige in the sector," and laud "his deep knowledge and his permanent availability."

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

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 Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm frequently advising major national and international clients on matters relating to the planning of international trade operations, free trade zones submissions and customs regulations compliance. New client wins for the firm include Reficar, Weatherford and Sagemcom Colombia.

Work highlight Advised Macquarie Capital on the structuring and submission of a request for two free trade zones relating to an energy generation project in Colombia.

Notable practitioners

According to market sources, experienced partner Emilio Wills "is a great lawyer" and offers extensive expertise in topics related to foreign exchange regulations. They single him out as "an expert in this topic."

Associate-to-watch and head of department Santiago Wills is held in high esteem by clients, who state: "He is a diligent lawyer who possesses great expertise dealing with free trade zones."

About the Team (content provided by Lewin & Wills)

Compliance with regulations and undertaking of proceedings before customs authorities are only two of the aspects in which the firm provides counsel. The extensive knowledge of this area of law allows the practice to include activities such as structuring the best customs possibilities for specific projects.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers - International Trade/WTO Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced international trade practice with expertise in foreign exchange control and foreign investment as well as in free trade zone-related matters. Team is also well regarded for handling customs procedures and tariff classifications. New client wins include Insaltec, Daimler and Drug Store.

Strengths Clients value the tailored service, with one declaring: "The service has been designed according to our needs and the quality and accuracy are great."

Work highlight Assisted SK Bergé with its Authorised Economic Operator procedure before the DIAN.

Notable practitioners

"Reputable" head of department Ingrid Díaz is widely recognised by market commentators for her long-standing experience in this field. Interviewees report: "She is very active in customs matters and highly effective."

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Senior Statesperson

Silvia Anzola de González

BG Consulting

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior stateswoman Silvia Anzola de González of BG Consulting is held in high esteem by market commentators. One describes heras "technically solid," while another endorses "her great experience and reputation in the field."

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Ramiro Araújo Segovia

Ramiro Araújo Segovia- Sole practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Ramiro Araújo Segovia is lauded by market commentators for "shining in the customs practice." Other sources enthuse: "His knowledge is outstanding," also noting: "He is extremely good dealing with disputes."

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Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Andrés Forero of Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados is well regarded by sources for his long-standing practice in international trade. Sources consider him "a great lawyer" who possesses "noteworthy knowledge."

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Gabriel Ibarra Pardo

Ibarra Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prestigious head of department Gabriel Ibarra Pardo is highly praised by sources for his vast experience in this arena, particularly in anti-dumping issues. They state: "He is the leader in anti-dumping matters without a doubt." Clients go on to highlight "his professionalism, competence and  diligence."

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Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo

Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed figure Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo co-heads the department and receives outstanding praise from clients, who enthuse: "He is in the vanguard, he is a visionary, always positive and energetic." Interviewees go on to state: "He possesses superb abilities on free trade zone structuring matters."

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Oscar Buitrago - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Oscar Buitrago"has experience and is a really good litigator," according to market commentators.They continue: "He is very active dealing with disputes before the DIAN."

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PricewaterhouseCoopers

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Reputable" head of department Ingrid Díaz is widely recognised by market commentators for her long-standing experience in this field. Interviewees report: "She is very active in customs matters and highly effective." 

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Araújo Ibarra & Asociados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Highly experienced" department co-head Ricardo López comes widely endorsed by market commentators, who report: "He is an expert in customs, his knowledge is remarkable," and "he is extremely intelligent."

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Band 2

Perilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rogelio Perilla of Perilla & Asociados is noted by market commentators for his visibility in customs cases.They comment: "He is a very solid, intelligent lawyer who performs well."

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Juan David Barbosa

Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Juan David Barbosa is recommended by clients for his handling of free trade zones and anti-dumping matters. Sources identify "his prestige in the sector," and laud "his deep knowledge and his permanent availability."

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Caballero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Diana Caballero of Caballero Abogados is described as a "very good lawyer" and  recommended by sources for her experience in foreign exchange matters.

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Ernst & Young

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gustavo Lorenzo of Ernst & Young enters the ranking after receiving solid appraisals from market commentators. He is identified for his work on free trade zones and anti-dumping mandates.

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José Francisco Mafla

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner and co-head of department José Francisco Mafla is held in high regard by market observers, who describe him as "a great lawyer." Clients also value "his technical knowledge and his committed service."

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Ángela María Orozco Gómez

Research & Opportunities

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ángela María Orozco Gómez of Research & Opportunities is well regarded by market sources, who report: "She is very good in anti-dumping matters."

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Germán Pardo Carrero

Pardo Carrero Salcedo Younes GAPRYSY S.A.S

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators recognise Germán Pardo Carrero of Pardo Carrero Salcedo Younes GAPRYSY S.A.S as an important player in this field. They state: "He possesses significant knowledge of international trade matters."

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Lewin & Wills

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market sources, experienced partner Emilio Wills"is a great lawyer" and offers extensive expertise in topics related to foreign exchange regulations. They single him out as "an expert in this topic."

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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 singled out by market onlookers for being "a very good lawyer with a lot of drive."

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Up and Coming

Carlos Rodríguez

Osman & Rodríguez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Carlos Rodríguez of Osman & Rodríguez Abogados enters the ranking following great feedback from sources, who note: "He is technically great and customer-oriented."

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Andrea Caicedo of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is noted by sources for her involvement in this area. She is heavily involved in the international trade and customs cases instructed to the firm.

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Associates to watch

Camilo Castrillón

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Camilo Castrillón enters the rankings after impressing market commentators with "his solid skills when dealing with customs matters." Sources go on to describe him as "a great lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Nicolás Potdevin Stein

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch and head of department Nicolás Potdevin Stein"is an expert in the area and completely available to advise clients at any time," according to sources. They go on to emphasise: "He is business-oriented."

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Associates to watch

Lewin & Wills

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch and head of department Santiago Wills is held in high esteem by clients, who state: "He is a diligent lawyer who possesses great expertise dealing with free trade zones."

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