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Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ 14-strong litigation team, led by Claudia Benavides, is regularly involved in high-profile transnational litigation and multi-jurisdictional claims, acting for an outstanding client list. Among its work highlights, it is assisting Ferring International in a commercial dispute initiated by Biotefar relating to a commercial severance payment and equitable indemnity for the sum of $50m; and Benavides, with the support of senior associate Cristina Mejía, is acting for broadcasting corporation Caracol in a defamation case filed by Madis de Colombia. Senior associate Juan Guillermo Otero is also noted.

Brigard & Urrutia is ‘a leading name in the litigation arena’. Co-head of the practice Alfredo Barragán is leading advice to Compañía Agrícola Colombia and others (as the defendants) in a class action initiated by a cotton producer association seeking $2m compensation for alleged damages caused by the use of transgenic seeds. The practice is also representing Buenavista Home Entertainment (Disney) in a $1.6m dispute with Magnum Video, which claims the existence of an agency agreement between the parties, a severance payment, and compensation for alleged wrongful termination of the contract. Fellow practice head Irma Rivera is noted for her knowledge and expertise, and associates Natalia Angel, Carolina López, Susana Hidvegi and Felipe Mutis are very active members of the team.

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s litigation team ‘has the confidence of clients thanks to its capacity to resolve disputes and also its great success ratio’. It acts for local and international clients across the litigation spectrum, covering corporate disputes, construction arbitration, class actions, and administrative litigation. The practice is representing Bancolombia in more than 250 collection proceedings, with an aggregate value over $10m; and Carolina Posada is representing Sociedad Portuaria Rio Cordoba in two administrative disputes with the Colombian General Comptroller regarding contractual compensation to be paid under a port concession contract. Name partner Daniel Posse is highly recommended for his expertise, with the newly promoted María Lucía Posada and Pablo Enrique Sierra also noted.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltran’s litigation team represents local and international clients in complex proceedings, in areas such as business law, tax, insurance, tort, antitrust and administrative law. The practice is led by Camilo Martínez, with support from senior associates Julián Solorza and Juliana Nandar. Martínez recently acted for Mercadeo y Moda in court proceedings against Punto Fa, seeking the declaration of the existence of a commercial agency agreement between the parties and an award of £20m damages. Other clients include Tribeca Asset Management, Banco Popular, Incolbest and Avinsas.

Now under the direction of ‘renowned practitioner’ William Araque, following Eduardo Zuleta’s departure, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) has been involved in some of the country’s most notable litigation cases. Among its work highlights, the team acted for SERVIENTREGA and its major shareholder Luz Mary Guerrero in a dispute initiated by two plaintiffs claiming ownership of a 10% interest in the corporation and in all the companies belonging to the conglomerate since 1980. The firm is also representing Chevron in a $20m dispute before the Administrative Court of La Guajira relating to tariff components which gas producers can transfer to purchasers. Senior associate Daniel Araque is also a key member of the practice, but fellow senior Paula Vejarano joined Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas .

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s lawyers are ‘very well acquainted with international and domestic disputes’. The group is currently acting for two major corporations in over 100 claims for land restitution connected to mining concessions in several regions of the country; and co-head of the team Héctor Hernández is representing a gas and energy corporation in a judicial dispute with the Colombian Gas & Energy Agency in relation to an executive order modifying fees in the energy market. Fellow practice head Julio González is also recommended. Sacyr and Caterpillar are among the team’s other clients.

Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados’ lawyers show ‘great skill in devising solid legal arguments before the courts’, ‘they are not just experts in their respective areas but also gifted negotiators’. The firm is currently defending CI PRODECO in proceedings initiated by governmental body INGEOMINAS seeking the annulment of a contract amendment and damages of approximately $99m. Bernardo Salazar, Luis Felipe Botero and Andrés Tobón lead the practice.

A firm that offers personalised services’, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is also commended for its ‘appropriate, timely responses’. It is acting for mobile services corporation Colombia Telecomunicaciones in the negotiation of terms for the termination of concession agreements entered into with the Colombian state in 1994, including advising in relation to potential litigation; and is also representing Coca-Cola Company in a dispute with the EAAB (Aqueducts and Sewers Corporation of Bogotá). Juan Carlos Esguerra, Alfonso Miranda, Felipe Piquero and Andrés Jaramillo are the key names.

Garrigues’ litigation group is praised for ‘its deep knowledge of the sector and rapid responses to clients’ queries’. The practice is co-led by José Miguel de la Calle and Alberto Acevedo, and covers traditional litigation, bankruptcy, and unlawful competition. A highlight saw the team acting for Punto FA (Mango) in a high-profile dispute initiated by Mercado & Moda (M&M) on grounds of alleged unlawful competition related to the termination of a franchise agreement. The firm also acted for Pacific Exploration and Production (formerly Pacific Rubiales) and its Colombian subsidiaries in bankruptcy proceedings with a total value approaching $5.2bn. Other clients include Alianza Fiduciaria, Prosegur, Multibank and Credivalores.

Renowned’ lawyer Alberto Zuleta has joined Holland & Knight as head of its litigation department, having previously worked at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. The practice is experienced in representing international corporations in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as in arbitration, and recently acted for an energy corporation in claims against the Colombian Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) concerning the applicability of environmental obligations. Energy expert José Vicente Zapata and Enrique Gómez-Pinzón are also active members of the team.

Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados is a boutique known for its expertise in litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on the insurance sector. The ‘knowledgeable’ Ricardo Vélez heads the practice, and is highly regarded for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance. The firm counts BBVA Seguros, ExxonMobile and Microsoft among its clients.

DAC Beachroft Colombia has vast expertise in insurance litigation and arbitration, with the ‘agile and knowledgeable’ group led by Camila de la Torre and Gabriela Monroy. The practice works closely with the firm’s other offices in Latin America.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ experience includes administrative litigation, and distribution, construction and engineering disputes, with previous clients including Oleoducto del Caribe, Ford Motor-Colombia, Comcel and Pacific Stratus Energy. Following the departure of Alberto Zuleta to Holland & Knight and Andrés Fernández de Soto to establish his own practice, the team is led by Ximena Zuleta and recently recruited senior associate Paula Vejarano who arrived from Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA).

A longstanding presence in Colombia’s litigation market, Gamboa & Acevedo’s practice is led by Ernesto Gamboa and Fernando Acevedo. Gamboa has represented the Colombian Football Federation in litigation against Claro over the alleged unauthorised use of the Colombian football team’s image during the 2014 World Cup in advertising campaigns. Other clients include Compas, North Allied, Inversiones Mecatel, and Noarco.

Pinilla, González & Prieto Abogadoshas expertise in real estate, pharmaceutical and construction disputes. It successfully acted for well-known entrepreneur Carlos Solarte in several disputes (including individual liability actions) initiated against him by shareholders of CSS Constructores, with an aggregate value of COP26m. Prodesa, Akila, Corporación Monteverde and Universidad de la Sabana are among its other clients. Founding partner Felipe Pinilla and Camilo Baracaldo are key members of the practice.

Rodríguez Azuero Abogados is well-versed in corporate, financial and telecoms-related disputes. The team is acting for a group of Interbolsa Financial Group’s investors (in possession of Repo investments valued at around $20m) in bankruptcy proceedings before the Colombian judiciary; and also assisted over 150 investors in claims totalling $2.5m relating to the collapse of Premium Capital Appreciation Fund. Sergio Rodríguez Azuero is the key figures. Since publication the firm's tie-up with the Medellín-based Contexto Legal has been dissolved.

Parra Rodríguez Abogados acts for local and international clients in complex judicial claims, with particular expertise in the areas of construction, energy, oil and gas, finance, contractual liability and consumer protection. Bernardo Rodríguez and Álvaro Parra are the key names.

Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A. is a popular choice for energy-related disputes, and is noted for its personalised service. José Gabriel Fernández and Diana Sanclemente are the key contact names.

The ‘experienced and knowledgeableJavier Tamayo Jaramillo leads the litigation group at Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados, assisted by senior associate Laura Restrepo. The practice covers product liability, medical malpractice, environmental contamination, accidents, and construction litigation.

Tobar & Romero Abogados acts in proceedings before ordinary, administrative and constitutional courts. Jaime Humberto Tobar is the main contact.

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