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Latin-America Guide

Public Law — Colombia


Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados - Public Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Front-running boutique boasting an exceptional team of distinguished practitioners. Widely recognised public law practice advising on both constitutional and administrative mandates. Particularly well regarded for assisting clients with competitive tendering and public procurement processes. Highly skilled counselling a range of key players, including public entities and domestic and international private companies. I Communicate, Fonade and Profit Banca de Inversión are new client wins this year.

Strengths A client enthuses that "the service is excellent - the level of professionalism shown by the lawyers is very high. I would highlight their strengths as being firstly, the quality of service, secondly, their closeness to the client, as well as their knowledge of the business and analytical abilities."

Another client also praises the firm's "excellent knowledge in public law, not only local but international law, as well as their impeccable and very detailed service," adding: "They always go deep into the matters."

Work highlight Advised Proe on a judicial review proceeding with regards to the annulment of the administrative act that declared Porvenir II as a public utility and social interest project for the generation of electricity.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation in Colombia's public law market, with one interviewee enthusing that "Carlos is very experienced and knowledgeable, which in this case is priceless because he is able to provide a practical approach alongside the theoretical." Other sources further highlight him for being "fantastic in administrative law and public procurement," and "an institution in public law and dealing with judicial reviews."

Alvaro Mantilla Padilla receives accolades from market onlookers who note his "excellent" practice in contentious administrative disputes before the judiciary. He is also a highly regarded projects lawyer in Colombia.

Adriana Espinosa is praised by clients who state: "Adriana is excellent. She is great at dealing with the authorities." Market commentators also endorse her skills assisting with bidding processes.

Department co-head Yady Villaquirán is singled out by clients for her "strong knowledge of the matters which she handles and the relationship she builds with her clients." She is also endorsed "for her deep experience" in this field.

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

ARRIETA MANTILLA & ASOCIADOS (hereinafter, “the Firm”) is a boutique law firm with a top-tier global reputation that has renowned experience in Public Law. The Firm has counselled leading national and foreign companies in all aspects concerning their relationship with the Colombian administration, among others: International Public Law, Constitutional, Administrative, Regulatory, Public Contracts, Procurement matters and National and International Arbitration. The firm is considered one of the leading firms in Public Law in Colombia, and it is renowned for its analytical yet practical approach to difficult legal issues.

Acting as adviser to government entities, Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados provides general legal assistance in the structuring and execution of infrastructure and telecommunication projects. Likewise, it acts as legal counsel for privately owned companies in the participation of public bids and other selection procedures governed by state entities. The firm assists its clients in the definition, preparation and implementation of leveraging, guarantee and financial closings schemes, in the acquisition of the necessary administrative titles for the development of projects, and in general, in the totality of the required activities for the execution of the contract until liquidation. In addition to the above, the firm has actively assisted in tariff, regulatory, market and dispute resolution matters before authorities in charge of the regulation of public services.

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Brigard & Urrutia - Public Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team offering significant experience handling a variety of relevant administrative law mandates, particularly assisting clients with the regulatory aspects of the structuring of projects and public procurement procedures. Clientele comprises leading private companies as well as public organisations. New client wins include Inter-American Development Bank, American Airlines and A Todo Tren.

Work highlight Advised Manzanillo International Terminal Panamá on the applicable public law framework and procedures to undertake a port expansion in Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Carlos Umaña Trujillo is described by sources as "a very experienced lawyer" in public law. They highlight his significant track record particularly assisting clients with public procurement matters.

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Castro Leiva Rendón - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice group boasting a dynamic public law practice. Frequently retained by key transportation and construction companies to counsel on interactions with public entities. Well known for assisting clients with complex public procurement mandates and bidding processes, as well as representing them in contentious proceedings. Concesión Santa Marta Paraguachón is a new client win this year.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The lawyers at Castro Leiva Rendón stand out due to their strong knowledge of public law, their assertiveness in giving recommendations and the objective and impartial way in which they manage matters."

Work highlight Advised Acciona on the structuring and execution of a plan regarding aqueducts, treatment plants and sewers with the objective of improving the level of provision of water services throughout the Guajira jurisdiction.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head José Ignacio Leiva receives strong praise from clients, with one stating: "He enjoys incredible regulatory expertise and ability to frame problems. He puts himself in the client's shoes and doesn't over-complicate matters."

Co-head of department Marcela Castro Pineda is recognised by market onlookers for her skills in public law issues. She leads on some of the most relevant work highlights instructed to the firm.

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Duran & Osorio, Abogados Asociados - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing public law department with a strong track record advising on contentious and non-contentious mandates. Particularly experienced counselling on public procurement and public contracting issues as well as on public audit and control matters. Frequently retained by key public and private companies acting in the transportation, sewage and sanitation spheres, as well as representing government bodies.

Strengths A satisfied client enthuses about the service received from the firm, highlighting "firstly, the preparation, experience and prestige of their partners and associates, which also speaks to their interpersonal skills, which is the greatest asset of any law firm. Secondly, I would single out the success that their advice has brought to the company."

Work highlight Advised the Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público on a project to strengthen the administrative capacity of state-owned companies.

Notable practitioners

Top-tier public law practitioner and department co-head Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal is described by market commentators as "an authority in public law." Clients are also full of praise for his prowess in administrative law, stating that "he is always available and his presence is fundamental in resolving our issues." Another interviewee enthuses that "he gets deeply involved in the issues and executes solutions. He is always by our side."

Co-head of department Gustavo Osorio is recommended by clients for his work in this sphere. A market insider describes Osorio as "very knowledgeable" and notes his experience representing state entities in transportation matters.

Department co-head Gabriel Taboada is highly appreciated by peers and clients alike for his knowledge of public budgetary matters. Taboada is described by interviewees as "a very good lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Duran & Osorio, Abogados Asociados)

Durán & Osorio is regarded as a trusted advisor in almost every field in Public Law, providing counsel in many sectors of the economy, including transportation, energy and mining, housing, oil and gas, telecommunications, science and technology, water and public services.

The firm has a sound knowledge advising Public entities such as the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), the National Planning Department (DNP), the National Development Finance (FDN), the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy and Mining, the Ministry of Housing and City and Territory, in all matters of their applicable legal framework, including public contracting, tenders and auctions, PPPs, internal regulations, audit and control.

The Firm also provides specialized legal services to private companies that are involved in public contracting or are intended to participate in tendering processes, such as McBains Coopers, British Telecom, Iridium, BBVA, Heinsohn Business Technologies.

The Firm also provides consultancy in matters related to the responsibility of the State derived from the actions or omissions that may have caused a moral or economic damage; in matters derived from the legality of administrative acts issued by different State entities and the economic consequences of these, and in general, related to contractual and extra-contractual relations with publics entities. Relevant clients are Level 3, Nexus Banca de Inversión, Tranzit, Airplan, RUNT Concession.

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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy boutique with a strong bench of reputable practitioners. Experienced counselling on a number of administrative and constitutional issues. Complex litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities continues to be an area of notable strength. Frequently retained by key players active in engineering and public sector services, as well as government entities. Empresa de Energía de Bogotá is a new client win.

Strengths One client enthuses that "the service is excellent and the firm boasts very knowledgeable lawyers. I would highlight that the partners attend clients directly, providing timely advice and giving us peace of mind."

Work highlight Represented Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar - Colsubsidio in a dispute before the highest Contentious Administrative Court (Consejo de Estado) regarding the suspension of an executive order issued by the Colombian government.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed partner and department co-head Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero is regarded by sources as one of the leading individuals in both administrative and constitutional law. Peers describe him as "one of the most reputable and best public law lawyers." Clients also acknowledge that "Juan Carlos is a very prominent figure in Colombia and is highly experienced."

Practice co-head Felipe Piquero Villegas is noted by market commentators for his active role litigating before the administrative authorities. Piquero Villegas leads on some of the firm's most relevant cases, defending clients before the highest administrative courts.

About the Team (content provided by Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos)

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has a preeminent public law practice. The public law team is well known in both administrative and constitutional law cases for public entities, private corporations (domestic and multinational) and international organizations. It successfully handles a full range of public law cases, including constitutional remedies, contentious administrative proceedings, government contracts and state responsibility.

Mr. Esguerra and Mr. Piquero together successfully defended the Colombian State in the over 700 lawsuits that claimed its responsibility for the deaths and damages caused by the Armero earthquake.

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has been counsel to both private corporations and public entities when dealing with matters related to Constitutional and Administrative law.

Concerning public enforcement, the team is constantly consulted on constitutional issues (validity of laws and regulations) and administrative issues (tort and public contractual law cases). Throughout the last 20 years it has acquired unparalleled experience representing clients in all sorts of industries in complex litigation.

We have provided legal advice for governmental entities with regard to administrative and public procurement issues. The firm also provides legal advice for private local and multinational corporations.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Public Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established public law practice advising on the full spectrum of issues, including bidding processes and public contracts. Representing key domestic players hailing from the sanitation and water utilities industry is a noted strength. Equally adept at handling sector-specific contentious disputes before the administrative and judicial authorities. Shikun & Binui, Terminal Link and CMA-CGM are new client wins this year.

Strengths A client remarks that the firm is "outstanding and very client-focused," adding: "They are a go-to firm for complex matters. They understand precisely how things are done in Colombia, and always with the ability to think outside the box and help the clients find solutions."

Work highlight Successfully represented WSP Colombia in an award hearing of a bidding process where the company had been wrongly evaluated. As a result of the firm's advice, the company was awarded the contract.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Jorge Di Terlizzi receives strong praise from market commentators, with one interviewee describing him as "excellent." Di Terlizzi boasts a considerable track record assisting major clients hailing from highly regulated industries.

About the Team (content provided by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría)

The Public Law practice area serves a wide range of clients both public and private sector, advising them and giving support in transactional and regulatory issues as in contentious and judicial matters related to Public Law and regulatory matters in general.

Our department advises clients directly and also supports other practice areas of the Firm, as might be required in addressing Public Law related aspects arising in connection with advice given from other specialty areas.

Thus, due to its vast experience, the fim´s Public Law area has been recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in its practice area, standing out in counseling in different areas, such as:

  • Constitutional Law (constitutional actions and control of constitutionality);
  • Administrative Law (special administrative proceeding and before the administrative jurisdiction);  
  • Public Procurement (pre contractual or during the bidding process and contractual);
  • Administrative Complaints  (administrative sanctions and fines);
  • Advice on preparation of Bills, regulatory frameworks and other policy instruments.

The area also provides regulatory support on various Public Law related issues, such as:

  • Customs Law
  • Water Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Concessions Law
  • Electricity Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Sanitary Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Public/Governmental Enterprises
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • Urbanism

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established international firm with a reputable public law practice group frequently called up by domestic and international construction and infrastructure companies acting in the water treatment, transportation and energy spheres. Well positioned to provide advice on bidding processes and public contracts, as well as contentious mandates.

Strengths One client says that the service provided by Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas "is excellent. The lawyers have a high level of experience, this is what differentiates the firm. The quality of work is perfect."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Ximena Zuleta is singled out by clients for her leading role handling their public law mandates, adding that "she is very good and very analytical. She has good experience in public procurement matters and strong organisational skills."

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Gómez-Pinzón - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong public law practice regularly retained to assist with bidding processes, public contracts and dispute resolution. Well known for supporting clients from the public transport, engineering and maritime arenas. New client wins include Aguas de Bogotá, Gas Natural Cundiboyacense and Sociedad Portuaria Siduport.

Strengths A client enthuses that "the experience of working with the firm is very positive, they always have a good disposition to attend to our queries or accompany us to meetings. Their answers are timely and show a high level of commitment to the matters at hand."

Work highlight Assisted IGT with diverse public law mandates, including bidding processes and administrative and judicial proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Paola Larrahondo is the key client contact.

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

GPA established a highly specialised, independent practice group dedicated exclusively to public law-related matters, 10 years ago. The practice group (which is divided into (i) Administrative & Constitutional and (ii) Infrastructure) specialises in constitutional and administrative matters, infrastructure projects, administrative proceedings, administrative and constitutional claims, administrative or state-related litigation, and all forms of public procurement, with a special emphasis on infrastructure projects.

Our group attracts a steady stream of stand-alone work (which currently accounts for approximately 90% of its workload). It also provides invaluable support to the firm’s core practice areas, such as banking & finance, project finance, corporate, M&A and dispute resolution.

Our expertise in public law allows the firm to offer clients a truly one-stop-shop regarding major infrastructure projects and other large transactions; the firm can provide expert advice on all matters of public law, ranging from the financing itself all the way through to permitting and all administrative law issues. Additionally, GPA has developed market-leading experience in Public-Private Partnership projects (PPPs), culminating in an outstanding past few years in which the practice group cemented its reputation as one of the most important infrastructure teams in Colombia.

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Palacios Lleras - Public Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key practice group offering significant experience representing public bodies as well as local and domestic companies in a range of administrative and constitutional mandates, including contentious proceedings and judicial reviews. Also advises clients on bidding processes, negotiation with state bodies and contractual matters.

Strengths One client expresses their at delight working with the firm, commenting that "they are my go-to firm for regulatory matters and I recommend them to others working in the industry."

Work highlight Represented Gaseosas Lux and Gaseosas Colombianas in litigation cases regarding the interpretation of the law and regulations for the consumption and billing of the sewage service by large consumers.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Hugo Palacios Mejía remains an esteemed figure in Colombia's public law sphere, boasting an impressive track record handling administrative and constitutional dispute resolution mandates. One interviewee remarks: "He is very respected and admired." Other sources also note that "he is one of the most recognised practitioners" as well as "an excellent lawyer and an authority in the market."

About the Team (content provided by Palacios Lleras)

Some of the proposals that the firm made when the Constitution of 1991 was being drafted are now part of the constitutional text. The firm has advised multiple ministries, administrative departments and decentralized entities regarding intricate issues in the framework of high-impact public policies. It also represents private entities in constitutional actions.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys - Public Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid practice group well placed to assist clients with bidding processes and negotiations with state bodies. Also boasts a reputable administrative litigation practice representing major domestic and international companies. Sociedad Operadora de Aeropuertos Centro Nortea and Detecon International are new client wins.

Work highlight Advised Secretaría de Movilidad – Alcaldía de Bogotá on the contractual arrangements, legal implications and financing for the implementation of a traffic congestion charge in Bogotá.

Notable practitioners

Department head Alessia Abello is noted by market observers for her activity in the field. Abello has experience advising a range of clients in this arena, including financial institutions, contractors and state bodies.

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

Posse Herrera Ruiz  has an internationally admired Public Law practice area. The team has participated as legal advisor in the structuring of Public-Private Associations (PPPs), state contracting, public credit, state budgetary matters and public procurement.

Our legal advice consists of the following key areas:

  • Public procurement for all government agencies: extensive experience in liaising with Government agencies and drafting procurement proposals for several sectors.
  • Government tenders and biddings: in-depth knowledge of Government bidding requirements, rules and what different state agencies look for in terms of budgetary regulations and political and compliance concerns.
  • Concession agreements, Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and structuring infrastructure projects: full-cycle support in the implementation of large infrastructure projects with government participation, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), bidding processes, contracts between private and public entities and securing necessary decrees or laws.
  • Administrative litigation: represent clients in annulment and restoration rights and direct reparations of damages actions, as well as public actions, and class actions. 
  • Compliance: support clients in staying compliant with public law regulations when performing contracts with the government, particularly in the case of alleged non-performance, potential fines and interpretation of clauses.

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Band 1

Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation in Colombia's public law market, with one interviewee enthusing that "Carlos is very experienced and knowledgeable, which in this case is priceless because he is able to provide a practical approach alongside the theoretical." Other sources further highlight him for being "fantastic in administrative law and public procurement," and "an institution in public law and dealing with judicial reviews."

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Band 1

Manuel José Cepeda

Law Offices of Manuel José Cepeda

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Manuel José Cepeda continues to enjoy a superb reputation in Colombia's public law sphere. Cepeda is held in particularly high esteem for his prowess in constitutional law matters. Market observers enthuse that he is a "very good" lawyer, commenting on his role representing the Republic of Colombia before the International Court of Justice.

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Band 1

Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal

Duran & Osorio, Abogados Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Top-tier public law practitioner and department co-head Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal is described by market commentators as "an authority in public law." Clients are also full of praise for his prowess in administrative law, stating that "he is always available and his presence is fundamental in resolving our issues." Another interviewee enthuses that "he gets deeply involved in the issues and executes solutions. He is always by our side."

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Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed partner and department co-head Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero is regarded by sources as one of the leading individuals in both administrative and constitutional law. Peers describe him as "one of the most reputable and best public law lawyers." Clients also acknowledge that "Juan Carlos is a very prominent figure in Colombia and is highly experienced."

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Band 1

Ricardo Hoyos Duque

Law Offices of Ricardo Hoyos Duque

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pre-eminent sole practitioner Ricardo Hoyos Duque remains a standout figure in this practice area, particularly as a constitutional law expert and for his skills handling contentious administrative disputes before the Colombian judiciary. One market commentator praises him as a "reputable" lawyer.

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Band 1

Patricia Mier Barros

Patricia Mier Barros - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned sole practitioner Patricia Mier Barros ascends to the top tier of the rankings after receiving exceptional feedback for her public law practice. She is lauded by market insiders as being "excellent" and "a very well-recognised lawyer" for her prowess in public procurement mandates, as well as for sector-specific litigation.

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Hugo Palacios Mejía

Palacios Lleras

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Hugo Palacios Mejía remains an esteemed figure in Colombia's public law sphere, boasting an impressive track record handling administrative and constitutional dispute resolution mandates. One interviewee remarks: "He is very respected and admired." Other sources also note that "he is one of the most recognised practitioners" as well as "an excellent lawyer and an authority in the market."

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Weiner Ariza Moreno

Law Offices of Weiner Ariza Moreno

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators are full of praise for sole practitioner Weiner Ariza Moreno, with one source highlighting his "strategic" advice and another underlining the quality of his legal opinions. Ariza Moreno is particularly recognised for his skill in handling litigation cases related to public procurement.

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Peña Cediel Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Martha Cediel of Peña Cediel Abogados is highlighted by a client who notes: "She involves herself completely in the matters and provides a personalised and dedicated service, ensuring that the client is satisfied. Fundamentally, she is informed, precise and detail-oriented when it comes to the case at hand."

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Law Offices of Gabriel de Vega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Gabriel de Vega remains a highly reputed figure in this market, with commentators praising him for his relevant practice advising government entities on complex contentious cases. Interviewees praise his litigation skills and point to his success in this area.

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Felipe De Vivero Arciniegas

De Vivero & Asociados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Felipe De Vivero Arciniegas of De Vivero & Asociados is acknowledged by sources for his deep involvement in this arena. Market commentators describe him as "extremely intelligent with a calm manner." Interviewees also note his relevant experience representing government entities and dealing with public budgetary issues.

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Jorge Enrique Ibañez

Law Offices of Jorge Enrique Ibañez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers regard sole practitioner Jorge Enrique Ibañez as "a dedicated public law professional and academic," and "an active and excellent lawyer." Observers also note his deep knowledge of administrative matters, particularly in the public services arena.

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Band 2

Camilo Ospina Bernal

OPEBSA - Pinzón, Bernal, Ospina, Bejarano, Espinosa, Méndez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators consider Camilo Ospina Bernal of OPEBSA as "a very reputable lawyer." Clients endorse him, with one stating: "He is excellent, and possesses great knowledge," adding: "He is super recommendable for public law issues." 

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María Teresa Palacio

Palacio, Jouve & García

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Super active" practitioner María Teresa Palacio of Palacio, Jouve & García continues to be held in high regard by market sources, who comment on her noteworthy experience in public procurement and sector-specific arbitration proceedings.

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Band 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Alessia Abello is noted by market observers for her activity in the field. Abello has experience advising a range of clients in this arena, including financial institutions, contractors and state bodies.

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Band 3

Jorge Di Terlizzi

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Jorge Di Terlizzi receives strong praise from market commentators, with one interviewee describing him as "excellent." Di Terlizzi boasts a considerable track record assisting major clients hailing from highly regulated industries.

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Band 3

Andrés Fernández de Soto

Andrés Fernández de Soto - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Andrés Fernández de Soto is lauded by market sources for his expertise in this field. A client describes him as an "excellent and senior" lawyer who provides high-value service.

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Band 3

José Ignacio Leiva

Castro Leiva Rendón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head José Ignacio Leiva receives strong praise from clients, with one stating: "He enjoys incredible regulatory expertise and ability to frame problems. He puts himself in the client's shoes and doesn't over-complicate matters."

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Alvaro Mantilla Padilla

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alvaro Mantilla Padilla receives accolades from market onlookers who note his "excellent" practice in contentious administrative disputes before the judiciary. He is also a highly regarded projects lawyer in Colombia.

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Monroy Torres Abogados S.A.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees are full of praise for Marcela Monroy of Monroy Torres Abogados, describing her as being "very good, knowledgeable and well known in the public law sphere." Monroy is particularly endorsed for her sector-specific litigation skills.

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Duran & Osorio, Abogados Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Gustavo Osorio is recommended by clients for his work in this sphere. A market insider describes Osorio as "very knowledgeable" and notes his experience representing state entities in transportation matters.

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Ana María Ruan Perdomo

Ruan & Co Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources endorse the position of Ana María Ruan Perdomo of Ruan & Co Abogados in the market, commenting on her activity advising clients on public procurement and administrative litigation. Peers describe her as "a reputable lawyer."

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Carlos Umaña Trujillo

Brigard & Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Carlos Umaña Trujillo is described by sources as "a very experienced lawyer" in public law. They highlight his significant track record particularly assisting clients with public procurement matters.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Ximena Zuleta is singled out by clients for her leading role handling their public law mandates, adding that "she is very good and very analytical. She has good experience in public procurement matters and strong organisational skills."

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William Barrera Muñoz

Law Offices of William Barrera Muñoz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

An interviewee remarks that sole practitioner William Barrera Muñoz is "very good and knowledgeable dealing with public law consultancy, litigation and arbitration." Another source highlights his abilities in dealing with public procurement issues.

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Band 4

Marcela Castro Pineda

Castro Leiva Rendón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Marcela Castro Pineda is recognised by market onlookers for her skills in public law issues. She leads on some of the most relevant work highlights instructed to the firm.

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Band 4

Juan Manuel Charry

Charry Mosquera Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Manuel Charry of Charry Mosquera Abogados enjoys a good reputation in this practice area, with sources noting: "He is a great constitutional lawyer and an important opinion-maker in this field."

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Band 4

S.E. Consultores y Asociados LTDA

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Saturia Esguerra of S.E. Consultores y Asociados is singled out by sources for her solid track record dealing with public law issues.

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Band 4

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Adriana Espinosa is praised by clients who state: "Adriana is excellent. She is  great at dealing with the authorities." Market commentators also endorse her skills assisting with bidding processes.

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Band 4

Diego Muñoz Tamayo

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Diego Muñoz Tamayo of Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados has a lengthy track record working in this field, with particular experience assisting clients with privatisation issues as well as bidding processes.

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Band 4

William Namén Vargas

Law Offices of William Namen Vargas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner William Namén Vargas continues to be a recognised figure in the market with noteworthy experience in the public law sphere, particularly dealing with litigation cases for administrative disputes.

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Band 4

Felipe Piquero Villegas

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Felipe Piquero Villegas is noted by market commentators for his active role litigating before the administrative authorities. Piquero Villegas leads on some of the firm's most relevant cases, defending clients before the highest administrative courts.

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Band 4

Rodrigo Pombo Cajiao

M&P Abogados S.A.S

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Rodrigo Pombo Cajiao of M&P Abogados is well recognised in the market for representing clients in bidding processes. He is described by sources as "a well-regarded lawyer."

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Band 4

Duran & Osorio, Abogados Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Gabriel Taboada is highly appreciated by peers and clients alike for his knowledge of public budgetary matters. Taboada is described by interviewees as "a very good lawyer."

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Band 4

Yady Villaquirán

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Yady Villaquirán is singled out by clients for her "strong knowledge of the matters which she handles and the relationship she builds with her clients." She is also endorsed "for her deep experience" in this field.

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