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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Colombia


Gómez-Pinzón - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Disputes powerhouse highly sought after by clients to handle high-profile disputes. Team specifically boasts an impressive track record overseeing local and international litigation cases, and is entrusted with representing leading local and international companies, particularly from the energy, technology and construction spheres. Also has noteworthy expertise dealing with sophisticated commercial arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. AJE Group and Huawei are new client wins.

Strengths A client endorses the firm's strength in handling disputes, noting: "The lawyers' excellent support, accountability and timely delivery, as well as their sense of urgency and confidence." The client goes on to say: "The service is the best I can find. It's been a great experience due to their teamwork and high technical standards. They provide outstanding advice and representation."

Another client declares: "The service is excellent and timely, as well as personalised according to our needs, and client-oriented. They do not issue standard opinions." The client adds: "I would highlight their wide expertise and knowledge."

Work highlight Advised Agrupación Guinovart Obras y Servicios Hispania on its approximately USD17 million claim against Empresa del Transporte Masivo del Valle de Aburra – Metro de Medellín, regarding the economic consequences of the extension in time and costs in the construction of the Ayacucho light rail.

Notable practitioners

Co-department head William Araque is praised by sources for his great skills in dealing with disputes. Clients declare: "He has ample litigation experience and in-depth knowledge, which make him capable of handling complex matters." They go on to highlight "his civil and commercial litigation expertise," as well as "his full commitment to his clients' interests."

Up-and-coming partner and co-head of department David Araque is described by clients as "an experienced and proactive lawyer." They go on to note: "He provides accurate legal opinions and tackles matters with a high degree of experience."

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

Our Dispute Resolution & Investment Protection team has deep-seated knowledge of the substantive legal regulations and a truly international experience in arbitrating in Latin America and other international jurisdictions. This provides high-quality legal services in arbitration and litigation issues. A Latin American pioneer in both international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration.

Our attorneys have ample experience in controversies in sectors such as infrastructure, oil & gas, construction, telecommunications, power, mining, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance and public utilities. As advisors, party attorneys and arbitrators they have led over 200 national and international commercial arbitrations, under a diverse set of rules, including CCI, CNUDMI, CIRD, CIAC and the rules of various arbitration centers in Colombia and the region.

Our members of the arbitration and litigation team have acted as arbitrators and advisors in investment disputes under the CIADI and CNUDMI. The amount of the commercial and investment arbitration where these attorneys have intervened exceeds the USD $4.5 billion.

In the litigation area, our attorneys have represented clients in complex cases before civil, commercial and administrative courts in matters related to distribution, commercial agency, civil liability, international commercial agreements, public biddings, state agreements, collective actions, protection to consumer and competition law.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-ranking practice that enjoys a sterling reputation in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Has superb capabilities advising on disputes arising from concession and EPC contracts, as well as from sophisticated agency and distribution agreements. Regularly acts for an array of well-known multinational companies from the construction, energy and banking sectors. Itaú CorpBanca Colombia, Riot Games and Fundación Social are new client wins.

Strengths A client commends the team's expertise and dedication, noting: "The disputes team has an extremely high degree of commitment with our cases. Lawyers have highly refined litigation capabilities and a great ability to understand the technical and financial features of the businesses underlying the disputes. Their performance as a team is of world-class effectiveness."

Another client declares: "The results obtained have been very satisfactory, and above all, aligned with our expectations, as the firm has always been very clear about our real chances, which has allowed us to make very effective decisions. They are also always willing to assist us, no matter the short notice of our requests." The client stresses: "We would not hire another law firm to handle our key cases."

Work highlight Represented Salini Impregilo in three claims against its former partners and their insurance companies, regarding an EPC agreement in connection with a road concession.

Notable practitioners

Pre-eminent department co-head Daniel Posse is acclaimed by clients, one of whom describes him as "a mastermind for complex litigation and arbitration and a super-talented and seasoned practitioner, very pleasant to work with." Another goes on to report: "He possesses outstanding expertise, designs unique strategies and provides excellent legal opinions. He is the lawyer for dispute resolution issues."

Department co-head Carolina Posada is held in high esteem by clients. One of them declares: "Her knowledge, as well as her ability to quickly understand a problem and the risks implied, are excellent. She is very skilled in negotiating and knows exactly how to sell her arguments in court."

About the Team (content provided 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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Brigard Urrutia - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed disputes practice that has an excellent track record handling complex domestic and cross-border civil and commercial arbitration and litigation. Displays marked prowess handling conflicts related to corporate matters such as insolvency proceedings as well as distribution and agency agreements. Impressive client roster features many household names from the automotive, technology and finance spaces.

Strengths A pleased client states: "This is a very good firm. They provide high-quality and timely service, and above all, always with responsibility." The client adds: "They stand out for their long legal career, human resources and organisation."

Another client also lauds the firm's performance, stating: "The lawyers provide an excellent service, with a human touch. This is a top-tier firm. "

Notable practitioners

Noteworthy co-head of department Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango is deemed by market sources to be an "expert litigator and strategist," as well as an "incisive" and "effective, tireless litigator." An interviewee also notes: "I appreciate working with him." Barragán Arango has ample expertise handling complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration cases.

Solid department co-head Irma Rivera Ramírez is regarded as "an excellent litigator" by market observers, who also consider her to be "hard-working" and emphasise her long-standing presence in the field. She assists clients with their key cases before the courts and arbitration tribunals.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed department retaining a strong standing in civil and commercial litigation in Colombia. Team also has a singular talent for negotiating and reaching settlements and amicable agreements. Areas of expertise include disputes related to concessions and construction contracts. Frequently instructed by an array of local and international clients hailing from the energy and natural resources, mining and finance fields.

Strengths A client highly values the team's performance, stating: "The lawyers are highly professional and knowledgeable, as well as hard-working."

Work highlight Advised two mining companies on over 400 claims of land restitution involving mining and oil and gas concessions in different regions of Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Clients regard department co-head Héctor Hernández as "a very good negotiator" and point out his extensive experience in the disputes field. Peers also endorse him, declaring: "He leads the cases and does a good job." Hernández routinely advises key clients of the firm on civil litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Co-department head Julio César González is endorsed by clients who describe him as "a very good lawyer" within the disputes sphere. Peers also consider him a "judicious lawyer." González covers all types of dispute resolution mechanisms.

About the Team (content provided 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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Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic practice group offering coverage of a broad range of dispute resolution mandates, including both litigation and arbitration cases. Renowned for its dexterity handling complex civil claims in respect of breaches of contract and non-contractual liabilities for major clients hailing from a diverse range of sectors, with a particular focus on the finance, technology and construction sectors. Cemex Colombia is a new client win for the firm.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm, noting: "The team displays great legal knowledge and a real interest in solving their clients' problems. The lawyers' performance in meetings and hearings is profound. They inspire confidence."

Other sources also claim: "The service provided is really good. The lawyers have deep knowledge of legal issues and perfectly combine technical and academic knowledge with practical expertise."

Work highlight Advised Banco Caja Social on litigation proceedings filed against the company by its customers, related to alleged breaches of contracts in connection with current and saving accounts.

Notable practitioners

Co-department head Ricardo Vélez Ochoa is widely regarded as "a very good litigator" and "a solid lawyer," by clients and peers alike. Clients highlight that: "He is an excellent manager of client relations, always close and interested in providing a great service." Vélez Ochoa is often sought after to handle both litigation and arbitration cases in relation to civil liability matters.

"Solid" department co-head Armando Gutiérrez earns commendations from clients for his "extremely sound legal criteria." They also value his approach: "He delves deep into the business, provides alternative solutions and inspires confidence in his services."

About the Team (content provided 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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Baker McKenzie S.A.S. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International firm with a well-regarded team advising on a wide spectrum of contentious mandates. Team has noteworthy disputes expertise dealing with commercial agency and supply contracts as well as construction and operation agreements. Client roster is predominantly composed of top domestic and international telecommunications, engineering and energy companies.

Strengths A client states: "Their knowledge of the subject matter has allowed us to have a good legal defence, and their reaction to complex situations has generated confidence in us. The lawyers are very committed to the client, demonstrating their responsibility and especially their astuteness when defending our interests."

Work highlight Successfully represented Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica - Embraer in an approximately USD10 million lawsuit filed by a distributor with regards to the termination of an alleged agency agreement for the promotion and sale of Embraer aircraft and spare parts.

Notable practitioners

Much-admired department head Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis comes highly recommended by clients due to her "ample knowledge," "ability to provide creative solutions and willingness to help," as well as for her "leadership" and "practical approach." Market sources go on to underline that she is highly skilled dealing with both litigation and arbitration claims.

Associate-to-watch Juan Guillermo Otero enters the rankings following solid endorsement from clients, one of whom describes him as "an excellent and accurate lawyer," while another underlines that "he has good knowledge of litigation matters."

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

For almost three decades our Dispute Resolution practice group has provided sophisticated legal advice to national and multinational clients in highly complex cases. Our firm has been highly recognized for having a strong Dispute Resolution practice among the main law firms across the country.

We provide our clients with in depth legal analysis and result-oriented strategies for the prompt and adequate solution of their disputes. This approach is enriched by the fact that our Dispute Resolution practice group works in conjunction with Baker McKenzie’s local and foreign practice groups specialized in diverse areas of law, depending on the specific needs of the case.

We currently advice some of the most important national and international companies doing business in Colombia.

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Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly admired boutique firm continuing to target high-value disputes from civil and commercial dealings. Routinely instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings to help clients with corporate, consumer protection and public contracts. Regularly represents companies from the energy, mining and health-care sectors. Pacific Stratus Energy is a new client win.

Strengths A pleased client declares: "The lawyers provide a comprehensive and timely service, which allows different alternatives to be considered, as well as to assess risks and estimate their value."

Work highlight Defended C.I. Prodeco in a lawsuit initiated by the public entity Ingeominas which is seeking the annulment of an amendment to a mining concession agreement and the payment of approximately USD99 million in damages.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Bernardo Salazar receives praise from clients for his abilities in dispute resolution matters. A client states: "He responds in record time, is strategic, sharp and has impressive instincts. He's my most trusted lawyer." Another client endorses Salazar for "his knowledge and experience."

Department co-head Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal is recognised by clients as a "very good" practitioner within the disputes arena. Botero Aristizábal assists some of the most relevant clients of the firm with arbitration matters.

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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Knowledgeable team with significant strength in high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Public and private contract law are among its areas of focus. Client roster includes public bodies as well as reputed companies from the construction, finance and energy sectors. Coviandina and Koba are new client wins.

Strengths A client reports: "The service could not be better, their advice and advocacy is top-notch. It's hard to pinpoint a particular area of excellence with so many areas to cite: from nationwide scope of action to sound and practical legal advice, as well as excellent results."

Work highlight Assisted Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia with the arbitral proceeding filed by Canacol Energy Colombia, in relation to an alleged breach of an oil transportation contract entered by them.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner and department co-head Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero remains an established figure in the field of dispute resolution, particularly in dealing with arbitration cases. He is lauded by market sources for his extensive involvement assisting clients with "emblematic cases" as well as for "his magnificent role as arbitrator." He is routinely sought out to deal with cases related to public infrastructure.

Co-head of department Felipe Piquero Villegas is regarded as "a great lawyer" and "a good litigator" by market commentators. He is also consistently recommended by clients, who describe him as "very knowledgeable" as well as "a clear and excellent practitioner."

About the Team (content provided 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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Palacios Lleras - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust practice demonstrating notable capabilities advising a variety of local and international clients on litigation and arbitration disputes pertaining to joint ventures, construction contracts and concession agreements. Team is also well versed in handling shareholder disputes, and conflicts within the energy and mining spheres.

Notable practitioners

Prestigious founder and department co-head Hugo Palacios Mejía is "highly recognised" among market sources for his extensive track record overseeing sophisticated litigation and arbitration cases. One interviewee considers him "a very well-rounded lawyer who provides comprehensive advice." Palacios Mejía leads some of the team's most relevant cases.

Clients acknowledge co-head of department Óscar Gutiérrez Herrán's activity in this area, routinely representing significant local and foreign clients in disputes arising from construction projects and joint venture agreements.

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Palacios Lleras is regarded as a leading firm in dispute & resolution. The firm has experience both in domestic and ICC arbitrations and in litigation in local courts. Members of Palacios Lleras have been involved in international arbitrations as counsel, arbitrators and expert witnesses. The firm has also successfully represented its clients in disputes related to contractual matters and actions seeking the annulment of administrative decisions.

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Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S. - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy boutique firm with an excellent reputation, particularly in dealing with complex international arbitration matters, including assisting clients with proceedings under ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as helping clients to enforce awards in Colombia. Team is also very well regarded advising on litigation claims. New client wins include Jan De Nul Group, AES Chivor and Autopista Rio Magdalena.

Strengths A client declares that "Zuleta Abogados is a well-known law firm in Colombia due to its high degree of seriousness, responsibility and efficiency," further noting: "My experience working with them has been a remarkable one. Their commitment and profound human quality have made them an excellent law firm."

Work highlight Represented Tampico Beverages before the Colombian Supreme Court in seeking the recognition and enforcement of an ICC award.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Eduardo Zuleta attracts widespread admiration from market commentators as one of Colombia's pre-eminent arbitrators. He is described by an interviewee as "the most active lawyer dealing with international arbitration cases in Colombia," while another declares: "He is a top international arbitrator." Meanwhile, clients consider Zuleta to be a distinguished lawyer with regard to his litigation skills, and reveal that "his advice is impeccable."

Up-and-coming partner Rafael Rincón is held in high esteem by market onlookers, who describe him as a "very good, dedicated and judicious" as well as a "very intelligent and knowledgeable" lawyer. A peer also considers that "he has got a great future in the arbitration sphere."

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Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid boutique firm with a good track record in arbitration and litigation disputes, particularly involving mining, oil and gas, and construction companies. Significant expertise in issues spanning concession as well as construction and operation agreements. Consorcio Express, Constructora de Infraestructura Vial and Concesionaria Vial Andina are new client wins.

Strengths Clients value the team's close assistance, stating: "The service is of excellent quality and professionalism. The main partners and associates provide permanent support. The advice is continuous and personalised, and any doubt is promptly resolved."

Work highlight Assisted Concesionaria Vial de los Andes - Coviandes with an arbitration proceeding against the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), where Coviandes is requesting the Arbitral Tribunal to interpret and clarify some of the contractual provisions of the Concesión Pacífico agreement.

Notable practitioners

"Highly respected" department co-head Alvaro Mantilla Padilla is endorsed by clients and peers alike for his work regarding dispute resolution issues. Clients particularly value "his very ample experience and expertise" in this area.

About the Team (content provided by Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados)

Arrieta, Mantilla & Asociados (AMYA) is a boutique law firm with a top-tier global reputation that has renowned experience in the litigation and dispute resolution area.

During the past years the firm has maintained a steady record of achievements in complex disputes in jurisdictional and arbitral proceedings both in private and public law.

As a leading boutique firm in dispute resolution in Colombia we focus on providing comprehensive legal assistance with a strategic perspective to protect our clients’ interest with a personal service emphasis, ensuring we serve its best interest, always on time.

Our team has a deep knowledge mainly in toll road concessions, ports, mass transport systems, infrastructure, oil and gas and energy industries and it is exceptionally capable of dealing with both litigation and mediation on commercial and administrative law matters.

Our goal is to assess our clients’ risk and deliver the best possible advice in order to provide a clever guide for them to decide whether to engage in negotiation or mediation process or to go through litigation in courts and arbitral tribunals with the necessary effectiveness to assure its business success.


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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

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What the team is known for Well-known practice within a reputable international firm. Team is very active representing clients in litigation proceedings, particularly those arising from distribution and agency agreements, and debt recovery issues. Client list comprises notable construction and oil and gas companies as well as financial institutions. Donaldson Company and AAL Group are new client wins.

Strengths A client says: "They are an excellent team, with ample knowledge of local legal matters. They have been a great support due to their knowledge of the market in a more than purely legal sense. There haven't been any matters where the results obtained differed from what we expected."

Notable practitioners

Ximena Zuleta is the key client contact.

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DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned international firm with a respected practice group in the Colombian disputes arena. Team enjoys a noteworthy track record assisting domestic and international clients with commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Regularly retained by an array of clients from the automotive, mining and finance sectors.

Strengths Market onlookers highlight the firm's "very strong dispute resolution team" as well as "its relevant cases and clients."

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Julián Solorza receives solid endorsement from market onlookers, one of whom is quick to identify him as a "very good associate" who possesses relevant experience in the Colombian litigation field.

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Gamboa Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised department offering a particular focus on commercial and civil domestic litigation and arbitration proceedings. Team enjoys a solid reputation for representing local and international clients in sport-related disputes. Boasts a remarkable client portfolio made up of local and international sports, transport and energy entities.

Strengths A pleased client states: "The team is great and provides a personalised service," adding: "They are very responsive."

Work highlight Represented División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano - DIMAYOR in an arbitration case against Telmex.

Notable practitioners

Department head Ernesto Gamboa Morales comes recommended by clients "for his knowledge, experience and objectivity." Market commentators go on to describe him as "an expert" and "a well-known litigator."

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Garrigues - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed firm handling a wide variety of contentious cases, including litigation and arbitration disputes. Team is noted for its active role in taking on claims with regard to shareholders, agency and distribution agreements, as well as construction contracts. Client roster includes finance, oil and gas, as well as infrastructure companies. Old Mutual is a new client win.

Strengths A client declares: "We have received a service with a high degree of professionalism, responsibility and commitment." The same client adds: "They always meet our expectations, achieving positive results."

Work highlight Represented Frontera Energy in an arbitration proceeding filed by one of its former contractors, SDV Energía e Infraestructura.

Notable practitioners

Clients affirm that they would "strongly recommend" up-and-coming partner and co-head Alberto Acevedo Rehbein "as he is a professional with strong knowledge who is responsible, efficient and committed."

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Suescún Abogados SAS - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected boutique with a solid reputation for representing both plaintiffs and defendants in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Particularly well regarded due to its great expertise dealing with ICC rules. Boasts a wealth of experience assisting clients from the energy, mining and finance sectors. BBVA Colombia is a new client win.

Strengths A pleased client asserts: "The service is absolutely excellent in every sense, particularly due to the lawyers' extensive experience dealing with arbitration cases." This client goes on to note: "They give us peace of mind."

Work highlight Represented Colombian Natural Resources - CNR in a multi-party ICC arbitration, involving Fenoco, Glencore and Drummond, over the transport of coal through a railway network in Colombia.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, the "exceptional" Jorge Suescún Melo is an admired figure within the arbitration sphere. Interviewees state that "he is one of the top arbitrators and possesses a multidisciplinary background," and that "as an arbitrator he is a great reference in private law matters."

Up-and-coming partner and department co-head Felipe Suescún is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." Peers also note that he is very involved in relevant arbitration cases.

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Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Key Medellin-based firm with a well-respected practice group in domestic litigation disputes. Team is particularly noteworthy due to its solid abilities dealing with complex civil responsibility concerns. Clients represented by the firm are drawn from the energy, pharmaceutical and construction sectors. Consortium HHA is a new client win.

Strengths A client declares: "The lawyers' answers are concise and clear. The lawyers always take into account all the possible scenarios, assess all the risks involved and estimate very accurately the economic consequences."

Work highlight Assisted Arquitectura & Concreto with an approximately USD11 million lawsuit filed by Enterprise of Urban Development over an alleged breach of a construction contract.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner and head of department Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is described by peers as "an expert in civil responsibility matters and a great academic." Clients also identify him as "one of the leading counsels with respect to damages and torts," noting: "Although he is well known and considered one of the most important experts in this arena, he is always open to listen to different opinions."

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Tobar & Romero Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Active practice group assisting local and international clients with civil and commercial disputes. Often advises on issues relating to breach of contract and damages, particularly related to construction, distribution and franchise agreements. Frequently advises companies working within the healthcare, oil and gas, as well as power industries.

Strengths A client endorses the team, stating: "The firm has an experienced team in commercial litigation. The lawyers are very competent, knowledgeable and committed. They provide a personalised service."

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Jaime Humberto Tobar Ordóñez continues to be a well-recognised figure in the ambit, according to market onlookers. Peers consider him to be "a very good litigator" who is "very active dealing with judicial cases." Clients also explain that "he is a very attentive and diligent lawyer, who maintains constant interaction with the client."

Co-department head Rafael Romero garners positive feedback from market sources due to his litigation skills in this arena. An interviewee also states: "He is always concerned about the client's best interests."

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Senior Statesperson

Hernán Fabio López Blanco

Hernán Fabio López Blanco - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered sole practitioner Hernán Fabio López Blanco commands widespread admiration amongst his peers, who characterise him as "excellent, reputable and with an ample career behind him." Sources also single out his expertise in dealing with conflicts related to commercial law.

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Senior Statesperson

Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner and head of department Francisco Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is described by peers as "an expert in civil responsibility matters and a great academic." Clients also identify him as "one of the leading counsels with respect to damages and torts," noting: "Although he is well known and considered one of the most important experts in this arena, he is always open to listen to different opinions."

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Band 1

Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán

Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán-Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed sole practitioner Ramiro Bejarano Guzmán commands ample respect among market onlookers, who characterise him as "an undoubtedly great dispute lawyer" and acknowledge that he is "very active in arbitration cases."

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Band 1

Hugo Palacios Mejía

Palacios Lleras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prestigious founder and department co-head Hugo Palacios Mejía is "highly recognised"  among market sources for his extensive track record overseeing sophisticated litigation and arbitration cases. One interviewee considers him "a very well-rounded lawyer who provides comprehensive advice." Palacios Mejía leads some of the team's most relevant cases.

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Band 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pre-eminent department co-head Daniel Posse is acclaimed by clients, one of whom describes him as "a mastermind for complex litigation and arbitration and a super-talented and seasoned practitioner, very pleasant to work with." Another goes on to report: "He possesses outstanding expertise, designs unique strategies and provides excellent legal opinions. He is the lawyer for dispute resolution issues."

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Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Eduardo Zuleta attracts widespread admiration from market commentators as one of Colombia's pre-eminent arbitrators. He is described by an interviewee as "the most active lawyer dealing with international arbitration cases in Colombia," while another declares: "He is a top international arbitrator." Meanwhile, clients consider Zuleta to be a distinguished lawyer with regard to his litigation skills, and reveal that "his advice is impeccable." 

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Band 2

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head William Araque is praised by sources for his great skills in dealing with disputes. Clients declare: "He has ample litigation experience and in-depth knowledge, which make him capable of handling complex matters." They go on to highlight "his civil and commercial litigation expertise," as well as "his full commitment to his clients' interests."

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Band 2

Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Noteworthy co-head of department Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango is deemed by market sources to be an "expert litigator and strategist," as well as an "incisive" and "effective, tireless litigator." An interviewee also notes: "I appreciate working with him." Barragán Arango has ample expertise handling complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration cases.

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Band 2

Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Much-admired department head Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis comes highly recommended by clients due to her "ample knowledge," "ability to provide creative solutions and willingness to help," as well as for her "leadership" and "practical approach."  Market sources go on to underline that she is highly skilled dealing with both litigation and arbitration claims. 

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Band 2

Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner and department co-head Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero remains an established figure in the field of dispute resolution, particularly in dealing with arbitration cases. He is lauded by market sources for his extensive involvement assisting clients with "emblematic cases" as well as for "his magnificent role as arbitrator." He is routinely sought out to deal with cases related to public infrastructure.

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Band 2

Héctor Hernández

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients regard department co-head Héctor Hernández as "a very good negotiator" and point out his extensive experience in the disputes field. Peers also endorse him, declaring: "He leads the cases and does a good job." Hernández routinely advises key clients of the firm on civil litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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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 continues to be a well-recognised figure in the ambit, according to market onlookers. Peers consider him to be "a very good litigator" who is "very active dealing with judicial cases." Clients also explain that "he is a very attentive and diligent lawyer, who maintains constant interaction with the client."

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Band 2

Ricardo Vélez Ochoa

Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head Ricardo Vélez Ochoa is widely regarded as "a very good litigator" and "a solid lawyer," by clients and peers alike. Clients highlight that: "He is an excellent manager of client relations, always close and interested in providing a great service." Vélez Ochoa is often sought after to handle both litigation and arbitration cases in relation to civil liability matters.

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Alberto Zuleta Londoño

Holland & Knight

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alberto Zuleta Londoño of Holland & Knight LLP impresses market onlookers, who have "the best impression of him" and describe him as "a very good lawyer." Zuleta Londoño focuses his practice on assisting clients with litigation and arbitration claims.

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Andrés Fernández de Soto

Andrés Fernández de Soto - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Andrés Fernández de Soto is endorsed by clients within the disputes sphere, who are impressed with the "perfect quality" of his work, as well as the "excellent service that he provides."

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Julio César González

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head Julio César González is endorsed by clients who describe him as "a very good lawyer" within the disputes sphere. Peers also consider him a "judicious lawyer." González covers all types of dispute resolution mechanisms.

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Band 3

Armando Gutiérrez

Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Solid" department co-head Armando Gutiérrez earns commendations from clients for his "extremely sound legal criteria." They also value his approach: "He delves deep into the business, provides alternative solutions and inspires confidence in his services." 

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Band 3

Felipe Piquero Villegas

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Felipe Piquero Villegas is regarded as "a great lawyer" and "a good litigator" by market commentators. He is also consistently recommended by clients, who describe him as "very knowledgeable" as well as "a clear and excellent practitioner."

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Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Carolina Posada is held in high esteem by clients. One of them declares: "Her knowledge, as well as her ability to quickly understand a problem and the risks implied, are excellent. She is very skilled in negotiating and knows exactly how to sell her arguments in court."

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Band 3

Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Bernardo Salazar receives praise from clients for his abilities in dispute resolution matters. A client states: "He responds in record time, is strategic, sharp and has impressive instincts. He's my most trusted lawyer." Another client endorses Salazar for "his knowledge and experience."

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Band 4

Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal

Botero Salazar Tobón & Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Luis Felipe Botero Aristizábal is recognised by clients as a "very good" practitioner within the disputes arena. Botero Aristizábal assists some of the most relevant clients of the firm with arbitration matters.

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Band 4

Ernesto Gamboa Morales

Gamboa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Ernesto Gamboa Morales comes recommended by clients "for his knowledge, experience and objectivity." Market commentators go on to describe him as "an expert" and "a well-known litigator."

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Band 4

Óscar Gutiérrez Herrán

Palacios Lleras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients acknowledge co-head of department Óscar Gutiérrez Herrán's activity in this area, routinely representing significant local and foreign clients in disputes arising from construction projects and joint venture agreements.

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Band 4

Alvaro Mantilla Padilla

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Highly respected" department co-head Alvaro Mantilla Padilla is endorsed by clients and peers alike for his work regarding dispute resolution issues. Clients particularly value "his very ample experience and expertise" in this area.

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Band 4

Monroy Torres Abogados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected lawyer Marcela Monroy of Monroy Torres Abogados S.A. is endorsed by both clients and peers alike. A client states: "She has been excellent for many years and helped us with accurate consultancy." Sources go on to point out her abilities in public procurement matters.

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Band 4

Irma Rivera Ramírez

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Solid department co-head Irma Rivera Ramírez is regarded as "an excellent litigator" by market observers, who also consider her to be "hard-working" and emphasise her long-standing presence in the field. She assists clients with their key cases before the courts and arbitration tribunals.

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Band 4

Tobar & Romero Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-department head Rafael Romero garners positive feedback from market sources due to his litigation skills in this arena. An interviewee also states: "He is always concerned about the client's best interests."

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Band 4

José Roberto Sáchica Méndez

Sáchica & Sáchica Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Roberto Sáchica Méndez of Sáchica & Sáchica Abogados is an active figure in the disputes arena. He assists his clients with arbitration and litigation cases.

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Up and Coming

Alberto Acevedo Rehbein

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients affirm that they would "strongly recommend" up-and-coming partner and co-head Alberto Acevedo Rehbein"as he is a professional with strong knowledge who is responsible, efficient and committed."

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Up and Coming

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner and co-head of department David Araque is described by clients as "an experienced and proactive lawyer." They go on to note: "He provides accurate legal opinions and tackles matters with a high degree of experience."

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Up and Coming

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Rafael Rincón is held in high esteem by market onlookers, who describe him as a "very good, dedicated and judicious" as well as a "very intelligent and knowledgeable" lawyer. A peer also considers that "he has got a great future in the arbitration sphere."

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Up and Coming

Suescún Abogados SAS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner and department co-head Felipe Suescún is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." Peers also note that he is very involved in relevant arbitration cases.

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Associates to watch

Juan Guillermo Otero

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Juan Guillermo Otero enters the rankings following solid endorsement from clients, one of whom describes him as "an excellent and accurate lawyer," while another underlines that "he has good knowledge of litigation matters."

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Associates to watch

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Julián Solorza receives solid endorsement from market onlookers, one of whom is quick to identify him as a "very good associate" who possesses relevant experience in the Colombian litigation field.

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