Firm profile submitted by Norton Rose Fulbright
Managing Partner: Mauricio Zagarra-Cayón
Number of partners in Colombia: 7
Number of other lawyers in Colombia: 24
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The global practice has more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognised for its industry focus, global practice is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Wherever they are, they operate in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. They aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact. For more information about Norton Rose Fulbright, see nortonrosefulbright.com. Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc are separate legal entities and all of them are members of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein. Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps coordinate the activities of the members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. The Bogotá office opened in 2010 and is one of the first truly international firms providing integrated domestic and international services to clients in Colombia’s emerging, resource-rich market, and has been very active representing parties in many of the market’s marquee M&A transactions. Norton Rose Fulbright Colombia has experience in a broad range of industries and business sectors, with specialised expertise in energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure, transportation and banking and finance. The firm’s practice areas include, among others, antitrust and competition, corporate, corruption and ethics compliance, environment, employment and labour, M&A, real estate, technology and innovation, regulation and investigations, and tax.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Energy & Natural Resources: Norton Rose Fulbright Colombia has represented international investors in mergers and acquisitions and financings for some of the most important oil and gas and mining projects in Colombia over the past years. Its legal advice has included how to structure investments as well as divestments of Colombian assets in a tax efficient manner, while providing flexibility in the future to create joint ventures and spin-offs. The firm has advised clients concerning corporate equity and debt financing issues and assisted in participating in public and private bids. The firm’s office usually deals with regulatory, compliance and environmental issues.
Corporate/M&A: The firm’s Bogotá office has expanded into international aspects of major M&A transactions for its clients. Lawyers advise on acquisitions, financing and development of projects, and related regulatory matters on corporate structure, foreign investment and privatisations. In complex cross border business transactions, the Bogotá office can call upon the local law capabilities of the international offices.
Employment & Labour: The Labour Law Practice has extensive experience advising international and local clients on Colombian employment and immigration matters. Clients appreciate the firm’s ability to create efficient employment structures and the role as legal advisers to their human resources management on complex and routine workforce issues.
Tax: The firm’s Tax Group in Colombia focuses on developing tax efficient national and international corporate structures for both foreign investors coming to Colombia and investors investing outside the country. This includes structuring local and cross-border transactions, planning strategies to minimise the tax burden and advice on tax matters in general including wealth planning for high net-worth individuals and families.
Banking & Finance: Over the past years, the practice has built an impressive portfolio of clients, assisting them with raising financings and advising on private placements. In the capital markets area, the firm constantly advises on sophisticated financing instruments such as the use of unsecured subordinated debentures for offerings, both public and private, by companies across a wide range of sectors.
Infrastructure: Major national and multinational corporations, commercial banks, government bodies, ECAs, and multilaterals, rely on the firm’s Bogotá office infrastructure team for its wide range of experience, innovative approach and unprecedented capability. Its varied client base has enabled the firm to develop a deep insight into many of the country’s leading infrastructure projects and has allowed it to build a reputation for completing complex projects within challenging deadlines.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French.
CLIENTS American Air Liquide, Anglo American Colombia Exploration, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Bancolombia, Biologische Heilmittel Heel, Braserv Petroleó, Bridgestone Firestone, CorpBanca, CODAD, Ecopetrol, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, Forbes & Manhattan, Gran Colombia Gold, Gran Tierra Energy, Horizons, IAMGOLD, International Finance Corporation, Kentz Caribbean, Lewis Energy Colombia, Mastercard, Nivel 7, OHL, Pacific Rubiales, Petrogranada, Sipi Metals, Société Générale de Surveillance, SNC Lavalin, The Boston Consulting Group, TVS Motor Company.