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Leading lawyers

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    • Ramiro Araujo - Ramiro Araujo Segovia-Sole Practitioner
    • Andrés Forero - Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados
    • Gabriel Ibarra - Ibarra Abogados
    • Martín Gustavo Ibarra - Araujo Ibarra & Asociados S.A
    • Juan Guillermo Ruiz - Posse Herrera Ruiz
    • Marcel Tangarife - Tangarife Torres & Asociados

Next generation lawyers

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Araujo Ibarra & Asociados S.A is ‘a leading name in the international trade and customs arena’ in Colombia and fields the largest dedicated team in the country, with resources in Bogotá, Barranquilla and Medellín. It has an unrivalled reputation for its work on trade agreements, free zones, economic analysis, regulatory issues, and business incorporations, acting for local and internationals corporations as well as national governments. The practice is led by the ‘reputed and knowledgeable’ Martín Gustavo Ibarra. Clients have included Ecopetrol, Zona Franca de Colombia, Shell and Ocensa.

A very visible player in the market’, Ibarra Abogados is ‘well known for its trade knowledge, approach to instructions and strong team work’, and ‘its fees are very attractive without affecting quality of work’. It acted for Tenaris Tubocaribe in relation to the sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese imports of casing and tubing pipes, the investigation having been triggered by the client’s request to the Ministry of Trade to initiate it. The firm is also acting for Pfizer in a claim against the Customs Authority in connection with the validity of certificates of origin for medicines, submitted to gain preferential treatment granted by the FTA between Colombia and the US. Colgate-Palmolive, Alimentos Polar and GP Cars are also clients. The team is led by the ‘knowledgeable’ Gabriel Ibarra, with support from Daniel Rangel, Ana Lucia Parra and Carolina Vega.

Brigard & Urrutia’s international trade group, which is praised for its ‘great service and quick responses’, advises local and international clients on all aspects of customs law, including importation schemes, trade and investment treaties, customs valuation and tariff classification. It is advising H&M Hennes & Mauritz on its operations in the country, including matters of customs and international trade, labour law and corporate law. Another highlight saw the group act for Impala Colombia, a subsidiary of Trafigura, in its successful application to the Colombian authorities seeking the declaration of a river point in the city of Barrancabermeja as a free trade zone. José Francisco Mafla is the key name, with support from senior associate Mariana Gutiérrez.

Boutique firm Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados has strong geographic coverage and fields a team of specialists led by Andrés Forero, who is widely recognised for his expertise. The practice advises on international trade and taxation, administrative litigation, foreign exchange, leasing and free trade zones, among other areas.

A great choice for trade issues’, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s team shines for ‘its dedication to clients, knowledge of the sector and access to pertinent authorities’. It represented Adidas Colombia in an anti-dumping investigation petitioned by the Colombia Association of Industrial Shoemakers (ACICAM, in Spanish), with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism concluding that no anti-dumping duties were applicable. It also assisted Anadarko in a successful application concerning the declaration of an offshore free zone area for the production and commercialisation of hydrocarbons. Other notable clients include Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, Petrobras, Bioenergy and Diageo Colombia. The eight-lawyer team is headed by Juan David Barbosa, with Juan Guillermo Ruiz also an active member of the practice.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) has earned ‘a solid reputation’ for its work on planning, free trade zones, customs, foreign exchange and related litigation, under the leadership of senior associate Nicolás Potdevin, who is recognised as ‘an expert in customs and foreign exchange’. The practice acts for TCBUEN in relation to free trade zone, customs, warehouses and port qualifications; and also assists Procter & Gamble on customs and international trade issues such as the treatment of import returns and rules of origin for preferential treatment granted by the FTA. Other significant clients include Yanbal de Colombia, PriceSmart, Sodimac, Centelsa and GlaxoSmithKline Colombia.

The four-lawyer practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is headed by Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo, and covers planning, structuring and consultancy, free trade zones, foreign exchange, import/export services, customs, anti-dumping and tax. Acero advises Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena on custom tax, corporate law and foreign exchange matters related to its port activities. The firm also assisted Schrader Camargo Ingenieros with the completion of its joint venture agreement with HUBER SE for the design, construction and six-month operation of the extension and upgrade of EPM’s wastewater treatment plant, including advising on structuring of the project in a customs- and tax-efficient manner. Polipropileno del Caribe, Hosa and Teleperformance Colombia are also clients.

Work highlights for Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS included advice to the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure, in connection with new customs regulations applicable to the country’s international airports which affect airport concessionaires who are members of the chamber. ‘Experienced and pragmatic’ practice head Juan Pablo Godoy led due diligence work for two Panamanian corporations seeking to ascertain compliance with Colombian foreign exchange regulations.

Ingrid Díaz and Juan Manuel Camargo lead PricewaterhouseCoopers’ international trade practice, which acts for local and international clients on a wide variety of matters. Clients have included Apropesca, BASF and Sony.

Boutique firm Tangarife Torres & Asociados specialises in international trade and public investment contracts. The ‘highly respected’ Marcel Tangarife is well-versed in matters of international trade and customs, and is a past member of the General Secretariat of the Andean Communities. Free trade zones, planning, structuring, import/export services and free trade agreements are among the firm’s specialisms.

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