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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)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice offering a comprehensive service in sophisticated capital markets and banking and finance matters. Succeeds in giving legal assistance to local and international clients with syndicated, asset-backed financings, derivatives transactions as well as bond issuances, securitisations and fund formation. Also has notable prowess in asset finance deals in the aviation sector. Export Development Canada, Banco Sabadell and Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Económico e Social - BNDES are new client wins.

Strengths Clients assert that the firm provides "outstanding service," describing the team as "great - always available and very creative in their solutions." They add: "They go above and beyond in making things happen."

Other sources say: "This is one of Colombia’s top law firm and as such they provide a high-quality and business-oriented service that ends up delivering extra value for the client."

Work highlight Acted as local counsel to Bancolombia, as issuer, on the USD1.4 billion Tier II Bond exchange offering.

Notable practitioners

Clients enjoy working with department co-head Carlos Fradique Méndez, who is described by sources as "an expert" and "a lawyer who knows deeply about financings." They go on to recognise that Fradique Méndez "is one of the best lawyers" and possesses "a practical approach" as well as "excellent abilities" dealing with capital market and banking and finance deals, as well as great regulatory knowledge.

Acclaimed Manuel Quinche González co-heads the department and enjoys an excellent reputation within the market for his banking and finance skills. He is acknowledge by clients as "a superb negotiator," and "extremely creative and one of the best lawyers in financing." An interviewee goes on to note: "His broad expertise and constant availability marks him out as one of the best legal advisers."

Department co-head Luis Gabriel Morcillo returns to the rankings following solid recognition from market commentators for his work in capital markets, particularly in relation to fund formation. Clients recognise him as a "guru" in private equity issues.

Associate-to-watch César Rodríguez "does very good work," according to interviewees. He focuses his practice on banking transactions and has experience in advising on project financing.

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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International full-service firm with an outstanding practice group handling a wide variety of banking and finance work, particularly in relation to corporate and project finance. Team is highly regarded for its significant experience dealing with complex financial agreements, including trust structures and syndicated loans. Client portfolio includes major domestic and foreign financial institutions. Overseas Private Investment Corporation - OPIC, AGP Colombia and Corredores Davivienda are new client wins.

Strengths A client is quick to state: "We would like to highlight that the firm responds to the client's needs speedily and is fast in responding to its counterparts too. Their knowledge of banking and finance also makes for efficient negotiations."

Another client says: "They have always provided excellent services, fluent communication and timely responses to our enquiries and requests. They are excellent professionals."

Work highlight Advised the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, as administrative agent, on a USD450 million senior unsecured credit agreement with Almacenes Éxito for the refinancing of a credit facility.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, co-head of department Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez "is experienced in advising international clients on financings" and "clearly one of the best lawyers in banking and finance matters." Market onlookers say that he stands out for his work on corporate finance matters. Cárdenas Martínez led the team advising US-Exim Bank, Exportkreditnämnden, and SACE on Ecopetrol's assumption of a USD2.7 billlion debt linked to the expansion and upgrade of Refinería de Cartagena.

Clients hold co-head of department Eduardo Cárdenas in high esteem particularly because of "his direct involvement in matters, his deep experience in this arena and his great negotiation skills." Peers also recognise him as "a great lawyer dealing with corporate finance issues."

Up-and-coming partner Catalina Pinilla is described by clients as "a great lawyer for banking matters," "very knowledgeable" and "an intelligent and very efficient lawyer." She routinely assists the firm's clients with structured finance matters.

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Gómez-Pinzón - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious full-service firm with an acclaimed department, deeply experienced in complex capital markets and banking and finance mandates, including transactional and regulatory work. Assists clients with local and cross-border financings, including securitisations, bond issuances and syndicated loans. Also well equipped to handle matters related to private equity funds. Key clients range from multilateral financial institutions and leading local and international commercial banks to prestigious companies.

Strengths Clients consider the team "very good and responsive." They say: "The partners are always involved in the matters and are very knowledgeable in many areas. They provide a one-stop shop service."

Another client also notes: "The lawyers provide a very professional, accurate and high-quality service."

Work highlight Advised various banks, including Bank of America and Citigroup Global Markets, on a USD749 million loan granted to Grupo Energía Bogotá.

Notable practitioners

Much-admired practice head Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle possesses superb abilities handling capital markets and banking and finance matters, according to sources. Fandiño De la Calle is "an expert," according to interviewees, who go on to endorse him for his great work dealing with funds and banking matters. His recent work highlights include co-leading the team representing Banco Davivienda in a peso-denomincated global bond offering.

Renowned practitioner and managing partner José Luis Suárez Parra enjoys great recognition from the market for his extensive experience in this arena. Interviewees particularly highlight him for his transactional banking practice. He plays an active role within the team advising multilateral financial institutions and major local companies on significant project finance mandates.

Partner Daniel Londoño Pinzón "is a reputable and very good lawyer," according to market onlookers. They highlight his focus on capital markets and fund work, as well as his work in bank lending. He has recently led the team advising on sizeable international bond placements.

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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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regional powerhouse with an outstanding track record in banking and finance and capital markets transactions at a domestic and international level. Expertise includes working on sophisticated project and corporate finance mandates. Team also shows noteworthy talent in assisting clients with regulatory matters and the structuring of mutual investment funds and private equity funds. New client wins this year include Carlyle Equity Partners, Neuberger Berman Europe and Morgan Stanley.

Strengths An interviewee commends the team's skills, stating: "This is one of the most important law firm in Colombia so this is a firm to go to for very relevant financing."

Other clients also recognise that the team is "excellent" and acknowledge the lawyers' skills in project finance mandates.

Work highlight Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the USD300 million issuance of 6.50% notes due 2027 by GNB Sudameris.

Notable practitioners

Pre-eminent department co-head Claudia Barrero "is a leader" and "a reference in this market who boasts great experience in capital market issues," according to market commentators. Barrero focuses her practice on representing leading local and international corporations in equity issuances including IPOs and secondary offerings. She also handles debt placements as well as M&A for publicly listed companies.

Considered by sources to be "a leader in project finance," Juan Fernando Gaviria co-heads the department and is a distinguished practitioner in the banking and finance field. According to interviewees, he possesses great skills dealing with both transactional and regulatory work. They go on to recognise his relevant role in both project and corporate finance, where he is deemed "highly experienced." He routinely advises multinational investment banks.

Hernando Padilla is noted by market sources for his finance work. He heads the private equity group within the department and often advises foreign fund managers on fund formation as well as the purchase and disposal of equity interests in Colombian companies and funds.

Associate-to-watch Carolina Duque is endorsed by clients for "being a good and efficient lawyer" as well as "very capable and knowledgeable." Interviewees recognise her great performance in dealing with project financing.

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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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed department with extensive experience rendering advice to lenders and borrowers on several banking and finance mandates, as well as assisting major corporate issuers with equity and bond offerings. Team is particularly acclaimed for its expertise advising on project finance, regulatory banking matters and on the structuring of private equity funds. Client portfolio includes local and international investment banks, multilaterals and export credit agencies, and pension funds.

Strengths A pleased client states: "Despite it being a large firm with a high volume of work, we have felt accompanied and well advised. We consider that the professionals who we work with are very well qualified and always looking for solutions."

Another client also highlights that the firm "provides very good sound advice, particularly on the regulatory front."

Work highlight Advised Concesionaria Ruta al Mar on a USD480 million project financing. The financing comprised international bonds and local loans.

Notable practitioners

Stellar head of department Mariana Posse is highly recommended by clients for her outstanding expertise in capital markets and banking and finance issues. They especially highlight "her assertiveness and experience." A client also declares: "We have worked with great lawyers but we know that for key financings, we need to work with the best, and for us, she is the best lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Posse Herrera Ruiz)

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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Garrigues - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic practice advising on regulatory banking and securities matters as well as on an array of finance deals. Team is particularly active in syndicated lending to finance projects, bond issuances and fund formation. Client roster includes major corporate borrowers, regional and international investment and development banks, as well as asset management firms. Bank of China, Bancolombia and BlackRock are new client wins.

Strengths A client endorses the team, stating: "The service provided by the team is very good." They also say: "They have a great attitude towards their work, they are dedicated and passionate. Moreover, they adapt to the needs of the client."

Work highlight Advised a syndicate of lenders, including Banco Davivienda and Credicorp Capital, on the approximately USD900 million financing of the toll road project Coviandina.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Roberto Borras enters the rankings following great endorsement from market sources. According to clients, "he is the lawyer to go to for regulatory matters." They also note that "his prior experience as superintendent gives him a special sensitivity that adds value."

According to clients, up-and-coming lawyer Camilo Gantiva "possesses deep experience and knowledge" in financial matters. They go on to underline that "he is always available and very skilled."

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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)

What the team is known for Established firm with a respected practice group marked for its significant abilities in regulatory banking and capital markets matters. Routinely assists its clients with sophisticated advisory on securities issuances and the legal risk of potential investments. Team also provides financial training related to compliance matters within the field. New client wins for the firm include Previsora Seguros, Banca Caja Social and Banco Falabella.

Strengths Clients say the team provided "very good service characterised by proven experience in the sector, swiftness of their responses and commitment of the senior team."

Work highlight Assisted Compass Comisionista de Bolsa with the correspondent agreement before the Financial Superintendence in Colombia to promote foreign funds in the Colombian capital markets.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Luis Humberto Ustáriz "boasts great experience in this field," according to market commentators. He is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer dealing with capital market issues, particulary with funds." Clients recommend him for "his professionalism, clarity and commitment."

Co-head of department José Federico Ustáriz is held in high esteem by sources due to his expertise dealing with regulatory banking and finance issues. Clients point out that "he is very knowledgeable and is always highly involved in the matters."

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DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy international firm with a strong team dealing with capital markets and banking and finance issues. Especially well regarded in the Colombian market for its abilities dealing with project finance and regulatory mandates. Client roster includes local and international banking institutions as well as major infrastructure companies.

Strengths A pleased client cites: "The firm has a very strong regulatory finance department. They have helped us a lot with important matters."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Sociedad Concesionaria Vial Andina on the USD600 million financial closing of its PPP, Chirajará-Fundadores.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Néstor Camilo Martínez is a well-regarded banking and finance and capital markets lawyer, according to clients. They go on to state: "He has great expertise dealing with financial transactions." Peers also note that "he is an active lawyer who performs very well."

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Band 1

Bernardo P Cárdenas Martínez

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, co-head of department Bernardo Cárdenas Martínez"is experienced in advising international clients on financings" and "clearly one of the best lawyers in banking and finance matters." Market onlookers say that he stands out for his work on corporate finance matters.Cárdenas Martínez led the team advising US-Exim Bank, Exportkreditnämnden, and SACE on Ecopetrol's assumption of a USD2.7 billlion debt linked to the expansion and upgrade of Refinería de Cartagena.

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Band 1

Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Much-admired practice head Ricardo Fandiño De la Calle possesses superb abilities handling capital markets and banking and finance matters, according to sources. Fandiño De la Calle is "an expert," according to interviewees, who go on to endorse him for his great work dealing with funds and banking matters. His recent work highlights include co-leading the team representing Banco Davivienda in a peso-denomincated global bond offering.

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Band 1

Carlos Fradique Méndez

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients enjoy working with department co-head Carlos Fradique Méndez, who is described by sources as "an expert" and "a lawyer who knows deeply about financings." They go on to recognise that Fradique Méndez "is one of the best lawyers" and possesses "a practical approach" as well as "excellent abilities" dealing with capital market and banking and finance deals, as well as great regulatory knowledge.

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Band 1

Juan Fernando Gaviria

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Considered by sources to be "a leader in project finance," Juan Fernando Gaviria co-heads the department and is a distinguished practitioner in the banking and finance field. According to interviewees, he possesses great skills dealing with both transactional and regulatory work. They go on to recognise his relevant role in both project and corporate finance, where he is deemed "highly experienced." He routinely advises multinational investment banks.

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Band 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Stellar head of department Mariana Posse is highly recommended by clients for her outstanding expertise in capital markets and banking and finance issues. They especially highlight "her assertiveness and experience." A client also declares: "We have worked with great lawyers but we know that for key financings, we need to work with the best, and for us, she is the best lawyer."

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Band 1

Manuel F Quinche González

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed Manuel Quinche González co-heads the department and enjoys an excellent reputation within the market for his banking and finance skills. He is acknowledge by clients as "a superb negotiator," and "extremely creative and one of the best lawyers in financing." An interviewee goes on to note: "His broad expertise and constant availability marks him out as one of the best legal advisers."

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Band 1

José Luis Suárez Parra

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned practitioner and managing partner José Luis Suárez Parra enjoys great recognition from the market for his extensive experience in this arena. Interviewees particularly highlight him for his transactional banking practice. He plays an active role within the team advising multilateral financial institutions and major local companies on significant project finance mandates.

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Band 2

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Sergio Rodríguez Azuero of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero is well regarded by market commentators for the relevant role he plays in regulatory matters. He is also singled out by clients for his "great experience and profound legal knowledge as well as his ability to relate to others and find solutions."

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Band 3

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Roberto Borras enters the rankings following great endorsement from market sources. According to clients, "he is the lawyer to go to for regulatory matters." They also note that "his prior experience as superintendent gives him a special sensitivity that adds value."

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Band 3

Eduardo Cárdenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients hold co-head of department Eduardo Cárdenas in high esteem particularly because of "his direct involvement in matters, his deep experience in this arena and his great negotiation skills." Peers also recognise him as "a great lawyer dealing with corporate finance issues."

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Band 3

Flórez & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrés Flórez of Flórez & Asociados enters the ranking following excellent endorsement from interviewees due to his relevant abilities in banking and finance matters. Clients note: "He is extremely responsive to all requests, pays great attention to detail and always ensures the full accuracy of his work."

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Band 3

Daniel Londoño Pinzón

Gómez-Pinzón

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Daniel Londoño Pinzón"is a reputable and very good lawyer," according to market onlookers. They highlight his focus on capital markets and fund work, as well as his work in bank lending. He has recently led the team advising on sizeable international bond placements.

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Band 3

Néstor Camilo Martínez

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Néstor Camilo Martínez is a well-regarded banking and finance and capital markets lawyer, according to clients. They go on to state: "He has great expertise dealing with financial transactions." Peers also note that "he is an active lawyer who performs very well."

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Band 3

José Federico Ustáriz

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department José Federico Ustáriz is held in high esteem by sources due to his expertise dealing with regulatory banking and finance issues. Clients point out that "he is very knowledgeable and is always highly involved in the matters."

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Up and Coming

Garrigues

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to clients, up-and-coming lawyer Camilo Gantiva"possesses deep experience and knowledge" in financial matters. They go on to underline that "he is always available and very skilled."

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Up and Coming

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Catalina Pinilla is described by clients as "a great lawyer for banking matters," "very knowledgeable" and "an intelligent and very efficient lawyer." She routinely assists the firm's clients with structured finance matters.

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Associates to watch

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Carolina Duque is endorsed by clients for "being a good and efficient lawyer" as well as "very capable and knowledgeable." Interviewees recognise her great performance in dealing with project financing.

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Associates to watch

César Rodríguez

Brigard Urrutia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch César Rodríguez"does very good work," according to interviewees. He focuses his practice on banking transactions and has experience in advising on project financing.

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