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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Colombia


Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for First-rate dispute resolution department with a strong offering in complex contentious mandates within the oil and gas and mining sectors. Highly sought after to represent prominent clients in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, and also well versed in civil litigation. Further expertise covers international human rights litigation and the team has noted experience representing both state entities and private clients.

Strengths

"The firms stands out; it is one of the best firms in the area."

New developments Comcel is amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Advised Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos on an arbitration worth in excess of USD200 million in connection with the interpretation of E&P contracts.

Notable practitioners

Sources hail co-head of department William Araque as "a magnificent lawyer," and state that he is "very good in international arbitration cases." He also focuses his practice on domestic litigation related to consumers' rights and contract liability matters.

Market onlookers are impressed with associate-to-watch David Araque's work in contentious mandates. He specialises in product distribution and consumer protection cases related to the energy, infrastructure and construction industries.

Since publication, Eduardo Zuleta and Rafael Rincón have left the practice.

Significant clients Falabella, General Motors Colmotores, Benetton Group, Ecopetrol, Bayer.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with an outstanding track record advising on civil, commercial and administrative litigation and international arbitration proceedings. Offers significant experience representing high-profile clients in disputes related to energy, TMT, mining, and infrastructure projects and PPP. Noted for its capabilities representing both international and domestic companies including insurers, banks and other financial institutions.

Strengths

"The firm is very well known in dispute resolution, it is one of the best firms in Colombia."

Work highlights Acted for Oiltanking on an international arbitration against Tricon Energy in connection with the alleged breach of a maritime terminal services agreement.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed department head Daniel Posse is widely recognised within the market and is endorsed by commentators as "a great lawyer" and "a strong litigator." He has long-standing experience advising on international arbitration matters and is also well equipped to handle bankruptcy disputes.

Interviewees describe Carolina Posada as "a very good and dedicated lawyer," and highlight her experience in international arbitration proceedings. She frequently advises both domestic and international clients in insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Since publication, Catalina Menjura has left the practice.

Significant clients Anglogold Ashanti, Abertis Infraestructuras, Bancolombia, Industria Nacional de Gaseosas, Cerro Matoso.

Department profile by Posse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz has one of Colombia’s strongest dispute resolution practices, with trained and experienced lawyers, offering its clients service in all types of civil, commercial and administrative litigation, before national and international courts. 

The team has the ability and flexibility to handle cases in practically all areas of law, including contractual liability and torts with respect to private and public entities, insurance, class actions, collective actions, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, related to energy and natural resources, finance, competition law, infrastructure, environment, consumer law, public services and constitutional actions, among others. 

The team is compossed of 18 attorneys, including 4 partners and associates with extraordinary experience, allowing us to handle complex cases.

The firm has successfully represented the interests of commercial banks, insurers, savings and loan institutions, investment banks, manufactures, utilities, distributors and service companies in a broad range of matters before national courts, as well as a large number of national and multinational companies in local and international arbitration. 
 
Lawyers have acted as local counsel and Colombian law experts in litigation before U.S. Courts involving Colombian interests or matters. 
 






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Our Dispute resolution practice area has relevant international experience in:

  • Representing international clients before national courts regarding complex factual disputes.
  • International arbitration and cross border disputes for international and local clients.

Brigard & Urrutia - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service firm covering the full range of litigious matters including those arising from administrative, insolvency, competition, civil and commercial disputes. Also frequently called upon to advise energy and utilities companies on disputes in connection with the construction of oil and gas pipelines and cases relating to tort claims and contractual matters.

Strengths

"Brigard & Urrutia has one of the biggest teams and is active in dispute resolution matters."

New developments Recently won clients include Concesionaria Tibitoc, Columbus Networks de Colombia and Mejia y Flores.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango is widely recognised by sources for his established presence in the market. He is regarded amongst interviewees as "a very good litigator," and frequently represents clients in civil, commercial and administrative litigation.

Significant clients Arcos Dorados Colombia, Proactiva Colombia, Colombia Móvil, Oleoducto Central, Uber Colombia.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm noted in the Colombian disputes arena for its considerable prowess in civil and administrative litigation. Further expertise spans complex domestic and international arbitration under ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Regularly instructed to represent clients in the infrastructure, telecommunications, oil and gas, automotive and construction industries.

Strengths

"Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is a magnificent firm in arbitration matters."

Work highlights Acted for Oleoducto del Caribe on a USD30 million lawsuit in connection with the construction of an oil pipeline.

Notable practitioners

Since publication, Andrés Fernández de Soto and Alberto Zuleta Londoño have left the practice.

The key client contact is Ximena Zuleta.

Significant clients Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá, Pacific Stratus Energy, Oleoducto del Caribe, Ford, Comunicación Celular.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Deeply respected regional firm noted for its significant activity in litigation relating to infrastructure projects, contractual claims and disputes arising from joint ventures. Offers further expertise advising clients hailing from the energy and natural resources, food and beverage, and IP sectors on both domestic and international commercial arbitration mandates.

Strengths

"The service is very personalised and specialised. The lawyers reply quickly and provide a very high-quality service. They understand the nature of the client's business and they offer strategic advice."

New developments The firm counts C.I. Tequendama amongst its new clients.

Work highlights Represented Husqvarna Colombia in litigation regarding damages claimed as a result of a traffic accident.

Notable practitioners

Respected department co-head Héctor Hernández comes highly recommended by sources, who describe him as "a very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated lawyer." Interviewees highlight his experience in arbitration, and he regularly handles commercial and labour litigation.

Sources view Julio César González as "a very knowledgeable lawyer both in legal and strategic matters," and further characterise him as "flexible, creative and dedicated to his clients." He focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration in disputes stemming from the energy and infrastructure industries.

Significant clients C.I. Colombian Natural Resources, Gecelca, Consorcio CICE, RCN Televisión, Nestlé.

Department profile by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Our Litigation and Arbitration area has a group of Lawyers specialized in the provision of comprehensive advice for the settlement of disputes in civil matters and with domestic and international companies operating within its clients both in the public and private spheres. The area is comprised of experts in civil, corporate, procedural, arbitration law and consumer protection which have extensive professional experience in conflicts related to the average right Environmental, regulatory, banking and financial, corporate, energy, natural resources and construction, among others.

The International Arbitration Area of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has lawyers with extensive experience in resolution of international disputes. Our team has developed a broad practice, which ranging from pre-trial disputes to the conduct of arbitral proceedings before the main arbitration institutions in the world. Specifically our practice has been mainly focused in the areas of engineering and construction, with extensive experience in evaluation and administration of claims in EPC and EPCM contracts; complex corporate disputes (MOUs SPAs and joint ventures); energy and mining; International Trade; public concessions; real estate disputes; international factoring and stock market and trading of commodities.

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The Dispute Resolution practice at Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría counts with lawyers that have a wide experience in international and domestic dispute resolution. The scope of our team’s work spans from preventive dispute advice to the conduction of international and national arbitration and judicial proceedings before National Courts and all the principal arbitration institutions in the world. Principally, our practice focuses on construction and engineering litigation, with a vast experience in administration and evaluation of contractor’s claims under EPC and EPCM contracts; corporate disputes (MOUs y joint ventures); energy and mining; international sale of goods; real state litigation; Intellectual Property litigation; international factoring and derivative litigation; and commodities sales.

The lawyers of our group have represented foreign companies from Latin America, Asia, EEUU and Europe in judicial and arbitration proceedings and in preventive pre-arbitration and other ADR mechanisms such as dispute boards y expertise determination.  The experience of the members of our group includes participation in all stages of international and domestic arbitration proceedings, and also in Colombian Judicial Proceedings, multi-contracts and multi-party arbitration, and non-signatory issues; amongst others. The law applicable to the proceedings in which we participated was Colombian, Chilean, Argentinean, law of the State of New York, Federal US Law, Spanish, Peruvian, Salvadorian, Bolivian, Brazilian and French law.


Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Firm with a strong global presence and a keen focus on litigation and international arbitration arising from M&A transactions, infrastructure projects and commercial agency agreements. Team principally represents international clients with operations in Colombia and is experienced handling disputes related to the construction, oil and gas, power and aviation industries.

Strengths

"The lawyers are very dedicated, detail-oriented and passionate."

Work highlights Acted for Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica on a lawsuit worth approximately USD10.5 million related to the termination of a commercial agency agreement for the sale of aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight head of the firm's dispute resolution practice Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis as "a great lawyer who is very dedicated and very intelligent." One interviewee adds: "She is very energetic and has an in-depth understanding and analysis of the different cases."

Significant clients Flowserve, Caracol Estéreo, Group SEB, Ferring International.

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DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Well-regarded international firm with a compact but experienced disputes practice frequently called upon to represent both foreign and domestic clients in disputes relating to tax, insurance and competition matters. Noted expertise in litigation and arbitration with significant experience advising clients in the infrastructure, TMT, financial and automotive industries.

Strengths

"The lawyers are very good, experienced and attentive to the needs of the client."

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Julián Solorza is commended by sources for his litigation skills and is regarded as "a very attentive, enthusiastic and diligent lawyer." He is specialised in unfair competition and consumer protection matters.

Since publication, Néstor Humberto Martínez Neira has left the practice.

Significant clients Incolbest, Casa Editorial El Tiempo, CEETTV, Fiduciaria Popular.

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Palacios Lleras - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected dispute resolution practice providing services in litigation and arbitration. Recognised for its work representing clients in the energy, mining, environment, TMT and infrastructure sectors. Frequently advises domestic companies and multinational corporations, and is also experienced in constitutional and administrative litigation.

Strengths

"The firm has long-standing experience in dispute resolution matters."

Notable practitioners

Distinguished practitioner Hugo Palacios Mejía is widely recognised by sources as a leading player in the market. One interviewee asserts: "He is a magnificent lawyer. He is one of the best in the country and is a reference in this area." Another adds: "He is very good in arbitration matters."

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Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Well-respected team which represents both foreign and local clients in litigation, with a strong focus on insurance-related matters. Team is experienced handling financial risk and civil liability cases as well as anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting mandates. Principally advises insurance companies and multinational corporations in the TMT industry.

Strengths

"The lawyers generate confidence, know the law very well and are very organised."

New developments The firm counts Chevron amongst its new client wins.

Work highlights Counsel to Microsoft in various anti-piracy disputes whose value totalled approximately USD10 million.

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Vélez Ochoa comes highly recommended by sources, who describe him as "very attentive to the needs of the client." Interviewees also comment that "he is a magnificent lawyer with a very good reputation in the market." He specialises in insurance litigation.

Armando Gutiérrez is highlighted by market observers as someone who "stands out in administrative litigation matters." He is also instructed by domestic and international clients to advise on insurance-related contentious mandates.

Significant clients Oleoducto Central, Kimberly-Clark, Equion Energy, Microsoft, Colombia Telecomunicaciones.

Department profile by Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

​​The Firm represents companies from the real and services sector in commercial matters related to contract and non-contractual liability. In particular, we litigate in the areas of telecommunications, hydrocarbons, financial law and commercial contracts such as supply, distribution, commercial agency, among others. 

The Firm attends litigation from administrative contracts, processes of nullity of administrative measures and restitution of rights, direct relief processes and tax liability. We represent our clients in proceedings conducted before the contentious-administrative jurisdiction related to insurance law and oil-related matters.

Also, the Firm has extensive experience in dealing with class and group actions, both before the contentious-administrative and ordinary courts.

The Firm has extensive experience in attending cases before arbitration tribunals in Colombia, Singapore, Shanghai and London, on behalf of domestic and foreign companies. We have participated in arbitrations mostly concerning insurance and reinsurance matters and other business issues in the areas of telecommunications and hydrocarbons, among others.

In addition, partners Ricardo Vélez Ochoa and Armando Gutiérrez Villalba have participated in several opportunities as arbitrators in national and international arbitration courts.

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Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Energy and projects boutique with an active presence in sector-related litigation. Routinely represents clients in disputes relating to infrastructure projects, toll road concessions, aviation and mining projects. Additionally recognised for long-standing experience counselling in investor-state arbitrations and disputes between sovereign states.

Strengths

"The partners and associates have very good strategic management of cases; I am very happy with them."

New developments Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico, Covipacifico and Sociedad Operadora de Aeropuertos de Centro Norte are amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Defended Cerrejón Zona Norte against a constitutional action seeking up to USD1 billion in damages in connection with the client's mining activities.

Notable practitioners

Alvaro Mantilla Padilla focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration relating to public and concession contracts, infrastructure projects and mining matters. One impressed source says: "He is very strategic in negotiations and in the way he approaches litigation."

Significant clients Comunicación Celular, Drummond, Fiduciaria Bancolombia, Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico, Autopistas del Sol.

Department profile by Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

The firm has ample experience in the assessment of proceedings in national courts as well as national and international arbitration tribunals and the ICJ, successfully representing the Colombia Nation and some of the main public and private companies and entities in Colombia. Generally the controversies giving rise to the proceedings entail issues related to commercial and administrative matters. In addition to the above, members of the firm currently act as arbitrators in arbitration tribunals in the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá.


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Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Recognised firm with experience in a wide range of dispute resolution matters. Frequently advises on cases related to insurance, civil liability, consumer protection and unfair competition. Represents public entities and private companies in national and international arbitration in the pharmaceutical, mining and TMT sectors.

Strengths

"The firm is very active in the disputes field."

New developments Recently won clients include Claro, Alpina and Ace Insurance.

Work highlights Represented Dowea and Anglogold Ashanti Colombia in litigation regarding the restitution of land and the nullification of concessions and mining rights.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Bernardo Salazar is an experienced practitioner who frequently handles domestic and international litigation, arbitration and insurance cases. One market onlooker comments: "He is a very diligent lawyer; I respect him a lot."

Department co-head Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal is described by commentators as "a good lawyer in administrative litigation." He has experience handling matters for clients in consumer rights and civil cases, especially in relation to the oil and gas sector.

Significant clients Dell, Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, BAT, Glencore.

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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected team with significant specialisation in international arbitration matters, both as counsel and as arbitrators. Also advises clients on administrative and commercial litigation, offering sector-specific expertise in disputes relating to the banking and finance, oil and gas, insurance and mining industries.

Strengths

"The firm is very active in dispute resolution."

Work highlights Acted as counsel for Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura in arbitration proceedings worth approximately USD14 million in connection to the alleged commercial exploitation of the Terminal Puente Aéreo.

Notable practitioners

Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero is highlighted by sources who describe him as a "very good arbitrator and an excellent lawyer. He is very strong in this sector and has a lot of prestige." He has further expertise in constitutional and administrative law.

Felipe Piquero Villegas is an experienced practitioner in litigation related to public contracts, human rights and administrative matters. He is regarded as "a very well-known lawyer in the market," according to interviewees.

Significant clients Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil, Agencia Nacional de Infrastructura, Establecimiento Público Aeropuerto Olaya Herrera, Finagro.

Department profile by Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Juridicos has a vast experience in dispute resolution, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous cases before national courts, as well as national and international arbitral tribunals. Its experience includes litigation before the International Chamber of Commerce, Bogota Chamber of Commerce, and Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, as well as ordinary judges and tribunals in Colombia’s different jurisdictions.

The dispute resolution team’s history goes back to over thirty years, even before the four partners joined together in Esguerra. In the 90s, Mr. Esguerra and Mr. Piquero together successfully defended the Colombian State in the over 700 lawsuits that claimed its responsibility for the damages caused by the Armero earthquake. During that time, and before the merger with Mr Esguerra and Mr Piquero, Mr Miranda and Mr Jaramillo lead an unparalleled antitrust practice since which they have successfully represented the most important antitrust litigations in Colombia.

The firm has developed a special working method to gain maximum leverage of every partner’s area of expertise combined with a litigation strategy designed for every particular case. In order to prepare the litigation strategy, our team takes several aspects into consideration, including the economic sector and applicable regulation. Furthermore, we accomplish a thorough risk analysis of the particular dispute and set mitigation measures. 

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Gamboa & Acevedo - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Well-established practice which regularly advises clients in the oil and gas, ports, construction and sports industries. Equipped to handle civil, commercial and administrative litigation and international commercial arbitration for domestic and foreign companies.

Strengths

"The firm is very efficient and there is a good balance of lawyers with various levels of experience."

New developments The firm counts Noarco, Pyasa and Dow Chemical amongst its new clients.

Work highlights Advised Federación Colombiana de Fútbol on a claim against Claro in connection with alleged unfair marketing practices.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Ernesto Gamboa Morales as "a very intelligent, diligent and hard-working lawyer." They additionally comment: "He is very knowledgeable about complex business, investment and related litigation matters." He specialises in civil and sports law disputes.

Significant clients North Allied, Owen Londoño, Centro Nacional de Consultoría, División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano, Compas.

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Suescún Abogados SAS - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected boutique firm with a significant emphasis on national and international arbitration mandates. Advises clients in the banking, construction, mining, insurance, oil and gas and TMT sectors. Equipped to handle disputes under ICC and UNCITRAL rules.

Strengths

"Suescun is an important firm in arbitration proceedings."

Work highlights Represented Odebrecht, Alstom and Kvaemer in a USD70 million commercial arbitration under ICC rules in connection with the construction of a hydroelectric powerplant.

Notable practitioners

Jorge Suescún Melo is a highly sought-after arbitrator who is "renowned worldwide," according to peers. One source goes on to add: "He has a very detailed knowledge of the law, with a great deal of experience, and he knows the facts very well."

Significant clients Colombian Natural Resources, China United Engineering, Carbones del Cerrejón.

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Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Firm with long-standing experience in the market and a particular focus on commercial, labour and administrative litigation. Well equipped to handle transport and insurance matters and offers further expertise in civil responsibility, product liability and environmental disputes.

Strengths

"The lawyers are very detail-oriented, they know the law very well and are very agile and practical."

New developments Promigas and La Francol are amongst the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Acted for the inhabitants of Space and Asensi residential complexes on two class action lawsuits worth approximately USD30 million in connection with faults in the construction of some of the buildings.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is hailed by interviewees as "a reference in the area," and "one of the most important lawyers in the litigation sphere." He principally focuses his practice on insurance disputes and collective responsibility matters.

Significant clients Fenoco, Electricaribe, Fabricato, Emgesa, Bancolombia.

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Tobar & Romero Abogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Respected team regularly instructed by clients to provide counsel on commercial and administrative litigation. Noted activity in arbitration proceedings arising out of the TMT, oil and gas, and food and beverage industries. Additionally experienced in handling competition and private law matters.

Strengths

"The firm is very organised and strong in the matters that it manages."

New developments Recently won clients include Sanofi and Par Telecom.

Work highlights Acted for Sanofi on an approximately USD2.5 million claim in relation to the alleged breach of an end-user SAP software licence and maintenance agreement.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Jaime Humberto Tobar Ordóñez is highly regarded by sources for his litigation and arbitration expertise. He specialises in competition disputes and one interviewee describes him as "a very well-known lawyer in litigation matters."

Department co-head Rafael Romero is recognised amongst market commentators for his expertise in telecommunications, energy and financial disputes. He is well versed in handling litigation before the Supreme Court.

Significant clients Valórem, Unifi, Telefónica, Comunicación Celular, Federación Nacional de Colombia.

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Senior Statesmen

Hernán Fabio López Blanco

Hernán Fabio López Blanco - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Hernán Fabio López Blanco draws significant praise from interviewees, who view him as "a reference in the area." They go on to say that "he is one of the most important lawyers in litigation matters," and he is also commended for his experience sitting as an arbitrator.

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Senior Statesmen

Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is hailed by interviewees as "a reference in the area," and "one of the most important lawyers in the litigation sphere." He principally focuses his practice on insurance disputes and collective responsibility matters.

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Star Individuals

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo Zuleta of Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S. wins enthusiastic praise from interviewees, who comment that "he is the best lawyer in the litigation field," and additionally assert that "he is very well known in international arbitration matters." Sources go on to say: "Zuleta stands out from other lawyers in the market." He is equally renowned for his work as an arbitrator as for his advice as counsel.

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Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán

Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán-Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán is hailed by interviewees for the significant work he does in litigation and arbitration proceedings. He earns particular market recognition as "a very strong and aggressive litigator."

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Hugo Palacios Mejía

Palacios Lleras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Hugo Palacios Mejía is widely recognised by sources as a leading player in the market. One interviewee asserts: "He is a magnificent lawyer. He is one of the best in the country and is a reference in this area." Another adds: "He is very good in arbitration matters." 

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Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed department head Daniel Posse is widely recognised within the market and is endorsed by commentators as "a great lawyer" and "a strong litigator." He has long-standing experience advising on international arbitration matters and is also well equipped to handle bankruptcy disputes.

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Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources hail co-head of department William Araque as "a magnificent lawyer," and state that he is "very good in international arbitration cases." He also focuses his practice on domestic litigation related to consumers' rights and contract liability matters.

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Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango is widely recognised by sources for his established presence in the market. He is regarded amongst interviewees as "a very good litigator," and frequently represents clients in civil, commercial and administrative litigation.

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Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero is highlighted by sources who describe him as a "very good arbitrator and an excellent lawyer. He is very strong in this sector and has a lot of prestige." He has further expertise in constitutional and administrative law.

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Andrés Fernández de Soto

Andrés Fernández de Soto - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers praise sole practitioner Andrés Fernández de Soto as "an amazing lawyer." He has a strong background in dispute resolution and frequently handles matters relating to infrastructure, transportation and TMT projects.

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Héctor Hernández

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected department co-head Héctor Hernández comes highly recommended by sources, who describe him as "a very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated lawyer." Interviewees highlight his experience in arbitration, and he regularly handles commercial and labour litigation.

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Jaime Humberto Tobar Ordóñez

Tobar & Romero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Jaime Humberto Tobar Ordóñez is highly regarded by sources for his litigation and arbitration expertise. He specialises in competition disputes and one interviewee describes him as "a very well-known lawyer in litigation matters."

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Ricardo Vélez Ochoa

Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Vélez Ochoa comes highly recommended by sources, who describe him as "very attentive to the needs of the client." Interviewees also comment that "he is a magnificent lawyer with a very good reputation in the market." He specialises in insurance litigation.

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Alberto Zuleta Londoño

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alberto Zuleta Londoño of Holland & Knight is widely recognised by interviewees as "one of the standout lawyers in arbitration matters." He is highly experienced in litigation and arbitration cases related to oil and gas, banking and finance and unfair trade practices.

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Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight head of the firm's dispute resolution practice Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis as "a great lawyer who is very dedicated and very intelligent." One interviewee adds: "She is very energetic and has an in-depth understanding and analysis of the different cases."

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Julio César González

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources view Julio César González as "a very knowledgeable lawyer both in legal and strategic matters," and further characterise him as "flexible, creative and dedicated to his clients." He focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration in disputes stemming from the energy and infrastructure industries.

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Armando Gutiérrez

Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Armando Gutiérrez is highlighted by market observers as someone who "stands out in administrative litigation matters." He is also instructed by domestic and international clients to advise on insurance-related contentious mandates.

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Felipe Piquero Villegas

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe Piquero Villegas is an experienced practitioner in litigation related to public contracts, human rights and administrative matters. He is regarded as "a very well-known lawyer in the market," according to interviewees.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe Carolina Posada as "a very good and dedicated lawyer," and highlight her experience in international arbitration proceedings. She frequently advises both domestic and international clients in insurance and reinsurance disputes.

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Tobar & Romero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Rafael Romero is recognised amongst market commentators for his expertise in telecommunications, energy and financial disputes. He is well versed in handling litigation before the Supreme Court.

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José Roberto Sáchica Méndez

Sáchica & Sáchica Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Roberto Sáchica Méndez of Sáchica & Sáchica Abogados earns praise from sources for his experience representing both public and private entities. He is well equipped to handle both arbitration proceedings and administrative litigation matters before the courts.

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Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Bernardo Salazar is an experienced practitioner who frequently handles domestic and international litigation, arbitration and insurance cases. One market onlooker comments: "He is a very diligent lawyer; I respect him a lot." 

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Pinilla, González & Prieto

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Camilo Baracaldo of Pinilla, González & Prieto is described as "a strong lawyer" by interviewees. He is experienced in handling disputes related to urban planning and also has expertise in both civil and criminal litigation matters.

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Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal

Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal is described by commentators as "a good lawyer in administrative litigation." He has experience handling matters for clients in consumer rights and civil cases, especially in relation to the oil and gas sector.

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Ernesto Gamboa Morales

Gamboa & Acevedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Ernesto Gamboa Morales as "a very intelligent, diligent and hard-working lawyer." They additionally comment: "He is very knowledgeable about complex business, investment and related litigation matters." He specialises in civil and sports law disputes.

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Alvaro Mantilla Padilla

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alvaro Mantilla Padilla focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration relating to public and concession contracts, infrastructure projects and mining matters. One impressed source says: "He is very strategic in negotiations and in the way he approaches litigation." 

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Monroy Torres Abogados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers commend Marcela Monroy of Monroy Torres Abogados S.A. for her experience handling disputes related to real estate, insurance, public contracts and administrative matters. Sources describe her as "a very good litigator." 

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Up and Coming

Alberto Acevedo Rehbein

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Alberto Acevedo Rehbein of Garrigues is widely recognised by sources for his increasing market presence. He is seen as "a very good lawyer," and has experience handling complex litigation for both foreign and domestic clients.

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Associates to watch

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers are impressed with associate-to-watch David Araque's work in contentious mandates. He specialises in product distribution and consumer protection cases related to the energy, infrastructure and construction industries.

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Associates to watch

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees recommend associate-to-watch Rafael Rincón of Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S. for his experience in international arbitration relating to energy and natural resources matters, and his further experience in human rights litigation. One source remarks: "He is a rising star - a magnificent and very intelligent lawyer."

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Associates to watch

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Julián Solorza is commended by sources for his litigation skills and is regarded as "a very attentive, enthusiastic and diligent lawyer." He is specialised in unfair competition and consumer protection matters.

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