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Leading lawyers

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    • Camila de la Torre - DAC Beachroft Colombia
    • Carlos Ignacio Jaramillo - Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados
    • Gabriela Monroy - DAC Beachroft Colombia
    • Gabriel Pardo - Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados
    • Bernardo Salazar - Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados
    • Javier Tamayo Jaramillo - Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados
    • Ricardo Vélez - Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

Next generation lawyers

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Brigard & Urrutia ‘provides pragmatic solutions paired with appropriate legal advice’, and is noted for its ‘excellent level of services, responsiveness, expertise, and business acumen’. Senior associate Lucas Fajardo, who co-leads the practice, is commended for his ‘knowledge and accurate advice’. Carlos Umaña led a team advising Munich Re (as a shareholder of Suramericana) on its application for approval from the local authorities to acquire an 18.5% interest in Royal & Sun Alliance Seguros (Colombia). Irma Rivera advised Sony Latin America on matters related to the preparation and implementation of a contract with AIG Seguros governing the distribution and extended warranty for Sony’s electronic devices. The practice also acted for Protección Agropecuaria Compañía de Seguros in connection to its registration on the RAISAX, a registry for foreign agricultural insurers created by the Colombian finance authority. Luis Alfredo Barragán is also noted for his work.

DAC Beachroft Colombia fields ‘a skilful team with high knowledge of the industry’. The practice is headed by two leading names in the insurance field, Camila de la Torre and Gabriela Monroy, with the support of associates Angela Hernández and Juan Diego Arango. The firm recently acted for two international insurers in matters related to a D&O policy issued to a Colombian company and its subsidiaries valued at several million dollars; and is also instructed by an international insurer in relation to a D&O policy loss connected to fiscal liability proceedings filed against former employees of a public institution before the Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia.

Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados is noted for its expertise in complex insurance and reinsurance litigation, including international cases, and its responsiveness to clients’ needs, complemented by a high level of contact with the authorities. Covering areas such as D&O liability, professional indemnity, general liability and aviation, the practice works with an outstanding network of correspondent national firms and also with international firm Clyde & Co LLP. Practice heads Gabriel Pardo and Carlos Ignacio Jaramillo are recommended.

Boutique firm Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados works for insurers and reinsurers in areas such as property, errors and omissions, extra-contractual civil liability, transport, life and accidents, and is regularly instructed in high-end contentious matters. It also specialises in social security cases with insurance elements. Clients have included AIG, Allianz, Terpel and Mapfre. Ricardo Vélez is ‘a leading name of the insurance sector’.

Also a boutique, Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados attracts praise for its ‘personalised service’ and ability to ‘study every case with detailed attention, and offer pertinent advice’. Bernardo Salazar is highlighted for his extensive regulatory knowledge and business-oriented approach, and recently led advice to Chubb de Colombia in relation to $11.3m claims concerning a landslide affecting the Gibraltar-Bucaramanga pipeline. Salazar and senior associate Lina Moreno advised Seguros Generales Suramericana (SURA) on the nullity of certain insurance policies issued by Royal & Sun Alliance Latin America which allegedly involved a tax fraud scheme. Other significant clients include Terranum, Seguros del Estado, and Ace Seguros. Luis Botero is also a key member of the practice.

Londoño & Arango Abogados has made its mark in the insurance field as a boutique specialising in litigation, arbitration and insurance, and is distinctive in advising insurance companies and policyholders alike. Its practice covers D&O and E&O policies, product liability, fire claims, insurance-related constitutional actions, global banking policies, transportation insurance and bonds, with specialisms including project-related issues such as completion guarantees. Maximiliano Londoño and Daniel Arango lead the team.

With offices in Medellín and Bogotá, Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados handles wide-ranging insurance and reinsurance matters including liability matters, complaints and claims adjustments, financial and banking policies, and class action proceedings. Led by the ‘renowned and experienced’ Javier Tamayo Jaramillo, the firm acts for a host of outstanding local and international clients. It recently advised Chubb de Colombia in relation to a $1.4m claim brought by Compumax Computer against Bolsa Mercantil and the Secretary of District Education (SDE) relating to a sale of computers to the SDE. Laura Restrepo is also noted for her knowledge.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltran acts for local and foreign corporations in the insurance and reinsurance sectors across litigation, arbitration and corporate matters, and is regularly involved in notable cases. Camilo Martínez and senior associate Sergio Rojas lead the practice, which also advises on the structuring and analysis of insurance and reinsurance programmes, and on compliance issues.

Posse Herrera Ruiz fields a six-strong, multidisciplinary team active across corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Oscar Tutasaura has extensive experience in insurance M&A, and leads the practice. The firm is acting for investment corporation MBA Lazard on the valuation, reorganisation and sale of Salucoop’s health insurance companies Cafesalud and Cruz Blanca. Its roster of clients also includes Caixa Seguros, Liberty Mutual Insurance and AXA.

J. Correa Abogados advises corporate clients on an array of insurance-related matters including transport, cargo policies, P&I cover, third party liability, and professional indemnity. John Jairo Correa is the name to note.

Boutique firm Neira & Gómez Abogados is a longstanding presence in the Colombian insurance market. Founding partner José María Neira, Juan Camilo Neira and Juan David Gómez lead the team, which counts Segurexpo de Colombia, Seguros Comerciales Bolívar and Liberty Seguros among its clients.

Zurek Gomez Abogados is a specialist practice acting for local and international clients (both insurers and policy holders) in litigation proceedings and arbitration. Maria Isabel Zurek and Enrique Gómez Martínez are the key names.

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