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Latin-America Guide

Banking & Finance — Colombia


Brigard Urrutia - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Urrutia, Carlos Fradique Méndez, Manuel Quinche and Luis Gabriel Morcillo
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service firm offering capabilities across the entire spectrum of banking and finance mandates. Frequently instructed to provide advice to financial institutions on matters relating to syndicated and asset-backed finance to private and public Colombian entities. Further strengths include assisting clients with banking and finance transactions related to the energy sector, as well as advising private and public borrowers on security interest structures and various other corporate finance matters.

Strengths Clients express their satisfaction with the service they receive at the firm, with one reporting: "I would highlight the accompaniment throughout the process, the way they answer any queries or problems we may have, and the presence of the lawyers, both in person and on the phone. The latter meaning that they are always available to the client."

Clients are particularly impressed with the lawyers' ability to find solutions quickly and efficiently, stating: "They've done a great job. They found a clear solution that satisfied all parties concerned, having assessed all the potential legal issues. Throughout the process they showed initiative and worked quickly."

Work highlights Advised Ecopetrol on obtaining a USD298 million loan from Bancolombia. This involved the preparation, negotiation and implementation of the loan agreement and other documents relevant to the deal.

Acted as local lenders' counsel to Citibank in relation to a USD135 million guarantee agreement involving Empresa de Energía de Bogotá.

Significant clients Itaú Unibanco, Credit Suisse, BBVA Colombia, US Ex-Im Bank, Citibank.

Notable practitioners

Manuel Quinche González receives praise from market sources as "an excellent professional with a lot of charisma who easily manages conflicts." One goes further, stating: "I think it's worth mentioning the amazing professional and technical work of Manuel Quinche. He is an expert who fully understands project finance."

Carlos Fradique Méndez comes highly recommended by sources for his expertise and experience in the Colombian banking sector. They state: "He is a lawyer with a very important knowledge of the market and unique experience in various matters related to the field." He has a notable track record in structuring and negotiating projects and corporate finance transactions.

Associate-to-watch César Rodríguez garners praise from sources for his "excellent and impeccable" working style. They also add: "He's a first-rate lawyer."

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Bernardo Cárdenas and Eduardo Cárdenas
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice known for its adept management of a range of banking and finance and capital markets matters, such as debt issuances of hybrid bonds, along with a number of other corporate finance transactions. Has further expertise assisting international energy companies, as well as financial institutions acting as lenders, with project finance deals involving cross-border syndicated loans. Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional and Computershare Trust Company of Canada are new client wins.

Strengths Clients appreciate that they go the extra mile when working on a transaction. One interviewee reports: "Without exaggerating I can say that this is the best law firm I have worked with up until now, and there have been quite a few. They even gave us advice and rendered support which clearly extended the normal scope of providing a legal opinion."

Another source adds: "In all the cases where we've needed guidance and advice the attention they have given us has been excellent; they've handled our matter with high efficiency."

Work highlights Acted as legal counsel to the noteholders of Pacific Exploration & Production and Computershare Trust of Canada, in the issuance of guaranteed debtor-in-possession notes worth USD500 million by Pacific Exploration & Production.

Represented Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional in the approximately USD64 million financing to Sociedad Concesionaria Operadora Aeroportuaria Internacional for the construction of the voluntary works in the Colombian international airport.

Significant clients Interamerican Investment Corporation, IFC, Banco de Bogotá, Avantel, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez is hailed by interviewees as "a very honest and thoughtful lawyer. He's very good in cross-border matters, he's fluent in English and he's adaptable." Another source notes: "He always responds rapidly and his advice has been of great value for our operations."

Eduardo Cárdenas endorsed by interviewees as "a well-respected, diligent and established member of the Colombian legal community." He brings over 30 years' experience to the field, specialising in multi-jurisdictional financial transactions.

Clients praise associate-to-watch Catalina Pinilla, stating: "We would recommend Catalina due to her impeccable work." A different source enthuses: "She's a pragmatic and approachable lawyer."

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Gómez-Pinzón - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Banking and finance heavyweight with an outstanding track record advising domestic and international clients on complex transactions, including multi-jurisdictional financings and insolvency restructurings. Department offers additional expertise in capital markets issuances and tender offers, such as assisting underwriters with bond issuances and representing private equity funds. Team is frequently instructed by multinational investment banks to act as local counsel on major project finance transactions.

Strengths A client praises the firm's full-service banking and finance department: "They provide an integrated service, with a solid team of experts in different legal areas required to complete a transaction. They are an experienced firm with a solid track record in financial transactions in Colombia."

Clients go on to say: "It is an important firm, which has terrific lawyers in all areas of law and are highly experienced and provide an excellent service."

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters on Colombian state-controlled energy company Ecopetrol’s reissuance of bonds worth USD500 million.

Advised the lenders as local counsel on Pacific Exploration & Production's total debt restructuring in Canada, the USA and Colombia. This matter is valued at USD5.2 billion.

Significant clients J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle is singled out by interviewees as a "lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience in large transactions." They go on to comment: "He stands out due to his conscientious attitude; he is a business-minded, methodical lawyer with an innovative perception of things. He always tries to provide the best service to his clients."

José Luis Suárez Parra is a distinguished practitioner in both banking and finance and capital markets transactions. His peers enthuse: "He's a very well-known lawyer." He is highly experienced in bond issuances, securitisations and structured finance transactions.

Daniel Londoño Pinzón receives solid praise from market commentators, who state: "He's done some very good work and is a good professional in finance matters. He is always looking to close the deal."

Interviewees explain that associate-to-watch Adriana Moreno is "very good" within the capital markets team. They also attest: "She does a lot of work in the field of banking and finance and she does it well."

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Pinzón)

Our Banking, Finance & Capital Markets Group is acknowledged by the market and the specialized international journals as the first one in Colombia and one of the most important in the region. The Firm remains faithful to its commitment to innovation, performing innovative transactions in the Colombian capital market or involving Colombian issuers.

Our clients are usually international banks with interests in Colombia, local and foreign issuers that have conducted public offerings in the Colombian market, the international markets and the local and foreign investment banking.

Our group is a leader in capital markets; in recent years, the Firm has advised on most of the important transactions involving Colombian companies in the international markets, in addition to practically all the issuances of Colombian companies in the international markets (Reg S 144A). Our Firm is also a leader in project finance (energy, mining, transportation, ports, and roads). Over the past year, GPA has been particularly active advising on toll road financings.

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Fernando Gaviria, Claudia Barrero, Hernando Padilla and Javier Valle
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Front-running banking and finance department with a strong track record handling regulatory and transactional mandates for major local and multinational corporate banks, as well as multilateral development banks. Team also has noted prominence advising sponsors and borrowers in acquisition and asset finance deals. Further expertise covers the structuring of mutual investment and private equity funds, as well as handling derivatives transactions. New client wins include J.P. Morgan, Santander and ING.

Strengths A client considers them to be a leading banking and finance firm, saying: "What they have that makes them the best law firm is that they have an amazing mixture between partners, senior associates and associates working from day one to the closing day, and you see the partners involved every single day. They mix the public procurement and technical experience with the transactional experience so you have a multidisciplinary team to help lenders through these deals."

Another interviewee adds: "The experience has been very positive. We always go back to use them. They're very qualified, from the partners to the associates, and another thing of great importance is their ample availability. We also like that they're a firm that searches for solutions, that seeks to present things in a clear way. It's always very clear how they explain to us how things will be done; this is really reassuring for us."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Goldman Sachs and the Colombian lenders in relation to the financing of the Pacífico Tres 4G road concession project.

Advised Grupo Argos in an exchange tender offer of approximately USD271.9 million to acquire an additional 43.8% stake in ODINSA.

Significant clients Inter-American Development Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Cintra, Bancolombia, Corpbanca.

Notable practitioners

Claudia Barrero receives widespread praise from sources for being "perhaps the person who knows the most about market regulation in the country. She's serious, 100% trustworthy, and she stays calm and collected in the most taxing and difficult situations. She simply doesn't have an equivalent that I've seen from another firm, she's one of the best negotiators."

Sources view Juan Fernando Gaviria as a "highly professional lawyer who is committed to providing the client with the best service possible. It's been an incredible experience working with him." Another source enthuses: "He's a great professional. He gives you fit-for-purpose and appropriate advice. He listens to the issue and solves it with ease."

Hernando Padilla has notable experience in the field, in particular in M&A and derivatives transactions. He comes recommended as an "experienced and considerate" lawyer.

Associate-to-watch Carolina Duque is praised by interviewees for her work in the Colombian banking sector. Her peers are particularly impressed, reporting: "She is a very capable, intelligent lawyer who has done a great job in banking and finance matters."

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

The Banking, Finance and Capital Markets area provides advice in financial transaction and in regulatory issues to financial entities, as well as to sponsors and borrowers, in each case local and foreign.

In relation to its participation in financial transactions, the firm has broad experience in banking, capital market and structured finance transactions. Among such transactions, we can mention the following, for which there are specialized lawyers in each of the jurisdictions:

       Project financing;

       Corporate financing, including acquisition financing;

       Asset financing, including aircraft financing;

       Debt and equity issuances in both local and international markets;

       Structuring Collateral

       Financial due diligence in respect of both banking and non banking entities;

       Structuring of mutual investment funds and private equity funds;

       Securitizations and creation of structured instruments;

       Derivative transactions

As to regulatory issues, the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets area provides advice in a wide range of processes before the regulatory authorities, including, among others, the structuring of products, the incorporation of financial entities and the authorization for the acquisition, merger and/or division of such entities. It also represents local and foreign financial entities in all kind of administrative proceeding before the supervising authorities.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mariana Posse
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding banking and finance practice fielding a strong bench of lawyers with expertise in representing local and international financial institutions. Frequently instructed to advise major banking names in the country on both corporate and project finance mandates. Instructions include day-to-day bank lending and syndicated loans, as well as equity and bond offerings. Team boasts notable experience in handling financial transactions under both US and UK law. Inversiones en Recreación y Deporte is a new client win.

Strengths A client describes their positive experience working with Posse Herrera Ruiz, enthusing: "I think the service is in accordance with the size of the transaction we are working on with them. We receive permanent assistance; we always count on them when we need any advice, physical meetings or calls. It's a full-service firm and we feel very satisfied, and we like working with them a lot."

Work highlights Advised Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana on a bond issuance of USD540 million with Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan acting as initial purchasers.

Acted as counsel to Ecopetrol in the structuring of the USD320 million sale of its shares in Empresa de Energía de Bogotá.

Significant clients Concesión la Pintada, Corporación Andina de Fomento, IFC, Scotiabank, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

According to interviewees, Mariana Posse is "a lawyer with ample knowledge of finance matters who is very responsible with her advice and committed to her clients." She is also highly specialised in capital markets matters, where she participates in several public stock and bond offerings, as well as debt restructurings.

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Posse Herrera Ruiz has a renowned financial practice area, regularly representing local and international financial institutions, borrowers, arrangers, lenders and participants, in their establishment in Colombia, in the largest syndicated loans granted by national and international financial institutions to the private sector. Our clients include local and international commercial banks, multilateral and export credit agencies, investment banks, financial corporations and pension funds.

The Firm has significant experience structuring, documenting and closing lending transactions governed by U.S. and U.K. law, and has experience in the design of complex multi-tier security packages under Colombian law. 

We design and structure public and private Capital Market transactions for clients in  local and international markets, including bond issues, security listings, tender offers, securitizations and other financial products including derivatives. We regularly structure and document private placements and products, such as private equity and venture capital funds. 

The firm has played a key role structuring and closing the most innovative project finance transactions in Colombia, representing commercial banks, international financial institutions, project sponsors, infrastructure funds and other equity investors, financial advisors, underwriters and contractors in the development, financing, construction, operation and acquisition of a wide range of capital intensive projects.



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Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luis Humberto Ustáriz and José Federico Ustáriz
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice group well positioned to handle a wide range of matters pertaining to the banking and finance and capital markets sectors, such as legal compliance, securities issuances and derivatives transactions. Regularly retained as counsel by local and international banks, as well as other institutional investors. New client wins include Old Mutual Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías, Bancoldex and Corredores Davivienda.

Strengths Clients highlight the participation of the partners at every stage of the legal process. They also enthuse: "What stands out is their precision in their execution. They have a highly efficient working style. It's their intention to do the job well. Also their punctuality and responsiveness stands out."

Value for money Clients report: "The value for money aspect compared with other firms has always been favourable for both parties."

Work highlights Represented Terra Global Investment Management in the structuring of a private equity fund to invest approximately USD40 million in rural parts of Colombia in order to reduce carbon emissions.

Significant clients Adcap Colombia, Fondo de Pensiones Porvenir, Seguros Bolívar, Banco Davivienda, Banco Agrario de Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Luis Humberto Ustáriz as "a great professional who is very competent. When he gives you a legal opinion you don't question it for a second." Another source reports: "He offers a very practical, direct service to the client."

José Federico Ustáriz is respected by interviewees for his "impeccable reputation and level of expertise that few lawyers have. When you don't understand something he makes it really clear for you. He's a great professional."

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CMS Rodríguez-Azuero - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sergio Rodríguez Azuero and Daniel Rodríguez
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised banking and finance team with experience advising both local and international financial entities on a wide range of sector-related issues. Bench of lawyers frequently handles regulatory banking matters, provides advice to securities issuers in mandates before the Superintendence of Finance in Colombia, and assists with collective investment funds.

Strengths Clients are satisfied with the knowledge the firm possesses, particularly in relation to public entities. One interviewee reports: "We are very content and grateful for the service we receive from the firm. They have helped us a lot throughout the process to understand how state-controlled establishments operate. They have assisted us with a great amount of dedication and guidance."

Work highlights Advised Oportunidad Colombia on the sale process of one of its investments.

Significant clients Celuplata, Fiduciaria La Previsora, BTG Pactual.

Notable practitioners

Clients value that department head Sergio Rodríguez Azuero is "a very active lawyer who always responds immediately to any questions we have." He regularly advises on regulatory issues in the banking and finance sector.

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DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Néstor Camilo Martínez and Andrés Torres
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted practice assisting both local and foreign financial institutions with a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters in the banking and finance sphere. Team's expertise spans capital markets, acquisition and structured financing, including securitisations, as well as debt restructuring and liability.

Strengths Clients consider the firm to be well equipped to handle various types of banking and finance transactions. They explain: "They are highly qualified to provide us with satisfactory advice for this kind of transaction. They always go in-depth into the matters and I really appreciate the permanent accompaniment and availability of the partners."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Banco de Bogotá in relation to its offering of USD600 million of subordinated notes with Citibank and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg acting as paying and transfer agents.

Significant clients Banco de Occidente, Banco AV Villas, Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar, Banco BBVA, Banco Colpatria.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Néstor Camilo Martínez is "a highly qualified lawyer with a lot of experience, who is always available to assist us." He led the team on the Banco de Bogotá work highlight mentioned above.

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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan Pablo González Mejía
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team assisting national and international clients in matters relating to incorporations, M&A, reorganisations and liquidations of financial entities. Department offers further expertise advising financial entities before the regulatory authorities in Colombia. AdCap Colombia is a new client win.

Strengths Clients value the availability of the lawyers at the firm, as one interviewee states: "I would highlight the contact we have with the partners, the rapid response times and the depth of the analysis they provide us with."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Suramericana in relation to an approximately USD340.7 million bond issuance.

Significant clients Seguros Generales Suramericana, Corredores Davivienda, Ultraserfinco, Bancolombia, Helm.

Notable practitioners

Juan Pablo González Mejía comes in for praise from sources for the "excellent service and vast knowledge of the market he has. We trust and respect him a lot." They go on to add: "He's a great professional with a good reputation."

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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has been constantly recognised as one of the most highly qualified Colombian firms in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Law. With regard to regulatory issues, the firm has extensive experience in advising national and international clients in respect of the legal framework applicable to the incorporation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganization and liquidation of financial entities. We also provide permanent consultancy services and support to comply with finance regulations before the regulatory authorities in Colombian, which include the Colombian Central Bank, the Financial Superintendency and the Auto-regulatory Authority of the Stock Market.

The firm also has an important and recognized expertise and record on national and international debt restructuring, corporate financing and project finance, including infrastructure project finance. As for Capital Markets, our Team is characterized by the its vast experience handling all kinds of operations. We have acted as legal counsel in several securities’ public offerings and provide permanent legal counselling to brokers in the structuring and implementation of intermediation activities. The firm also provides legal counsel with regard to derivative and structured debt instruments. We have also participated in the structuring, incorporation and operations of private investment and equity funds.

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Garrigues - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roberto Borras
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm with a solid regional and Iberian presence providing advice relating to the regulation of financial markets, securities and private equity funds. Experienced advising lenders and borrowers on the financing of infrastructure projects, corporate financings and the issuance of bonds. Alianza Fiduciaria and Alianza Valores count among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths Clients respect that the banking and finance team is knowledgeable of their business, stating: "The service is very good, it's been a very positive relationship. The partners are well versed on the internal aspects of the bank; all in all it's been a very fluid and efficient process."

Work highlights Advised COVIPACÍFICO in a credit disbursement totalling USD840 million to finance the construction of the Conexión Pacífico One 4G toll road project.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Grupo Corona, World Bank, Banco de Sabadell, Cirsa Group.

Notable practitioners

Sources recognise associate-to-watch Camilo Gantiva as a "very good and proactive lawyer, we've had a very positive experience with him." Another interviewee comments: "He has good judgement and pays attention to detail."

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Band 1

Bernardo P Cárdenas Martínez

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez is hailed by interviewees as "a very honest and thoughtful lawyer. He's very good in cross-border matters, he's fluent in English and he's adaptable." Another source notes: "He always responds rapidly and his advice has been of great value for our operations."

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Band 1

Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle is singled out by interviewees as a "lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience in large transactions." They go on to comment: "He stands out due to his conscientious attitude; he is a business-minded, methodical lawyer with an innovative perception of things. He always tries to provide the best service to his clients."

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Band 1

Carlos Fradique Méndez

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Fradique Méndez comes highly recommended by sources for his expertise and experience in the Colombian banking sector. They state: "He is a lawyer with a very important knowledge of the market and unique experience in various matters related to the field." He has a notable track record in structuring and negotiating projects and corporate finance transactions.

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Band 1

Juan Fernando Gaviria

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources view Juan Fernando Gaviria as a "highly professional lawyer who is committed to providing the client with the best service possible. It's been an incredible experience working with him." Another source enthuses: "He's a great professional. He gives you fit-for-purpose and appropriate advice. He listens to the issue and solves it with ease." 

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Band 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to interviewees, Mariana Posse is "a lawyer with ample knowledge of finance matters who is very responsible with her advice and committed to her clients." She is also highly specialised in capital markets matters, where she participates in several public stock and bond offerings, as well as debt restructurings.

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Band 1

Manuel F Quinche González

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Quinche González receives praise from market sources as "an excellent professional with a lot of charisma who easily manages conflicts." One goes further, stating: "I think it's worth mentioning the amazing professional and technical work of Manuel Quinche. He is an expert who fully understands project finance."

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José Luis Suárez Parra

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Luis Suárez Parra is a distinguished practitioner in both banking and finance and capital markets transactions. His peers enthuse: "He's a very well-known lawyer." He is highly experienced in bond issuances, securitisations and structured finance transactions.

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Band 2

Sergio Rodríguez Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients value that department head Sergio Rodríguez Azuero is "a very active lawyer who always responds immediately to any questions we have." He regularly advises on regulatory issues in the banking and finance sector.

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Band 2

Jaime E Trujillo Caicedo

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources report that Jaime Trujillo Caicedo of Baker McKenzie S.A.S. "has led the department in an excellent way." His areas of expertise include advising leading multilaterals on a range of matters, with a particular focus on the financing for infrastructure projects.

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Band 3

Eduardo Cárdenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo Cárdenas endorsed by interviewees as "a well-respected, diligent and established member of the Colombian legal community." He brings over 30 years' experience to the field, specialising in multi-jurisdictional financial transactions.

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Band 3

Daniel Londoño Pinzón

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Daniel Londoño Pinzón receives solid praise from market commentators, who state: "He's done some very good work and is a good professional in finance matters. He is always looking to close the deal."

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Band 3

Néstor Camilo Martínez

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Néstor Camilo Martínez is "a highly qualified lawyer with a lot of experience, who is always available to assist us." He led the team on the Banco de Bogotá work highlight mentioned above.

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Band 3

Luis Carlos Neira Mejía

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees highlight Luis Carlos Neira Mejía of Norton Rose Fulbright as someone who "has been deeply involved in financing, particularly in the energy sector, where he is a well-known, savvy lawyer."

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José Federico Ustáriz

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Federico Ustáriz is respected by interviewees for his "impeccable reputation and level of expertise that few lawyers have. When you don't understand something he makes it really clear for you. He's a great professional."

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carolina Duque is praised by interviewees for her work in the Colombian banking sector. Her peers are particularly impressed, reporting: "She is a very capable, intelligent lawyer who has done a great job in banking and finance matters."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recognise associate-to-watch Camilo Gantiva as a "very good and proactive lawyer, we've had a very positive experience with him." Another interviewee comments: "He has good judgement and pays attention to detail."

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise associate-to-watch Catalina Pinilla, stating: "We would recommend Catalina due to her impeccable work." A different source enthuses: "She's a pragmatic and approachable lawyer."

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César Rodríguez

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch César Rodríguez garners praise from sources for his "excellent and impeccable" working style. They also add: "He's a first-rate lawyer."

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