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Fielding the largest TMT team in the country, Brigard & Urrutia has a ‘pioneering’ practice praised for its ‘excellence, responsibility and commitment to clients’ needs’; it is ‘always resourceful, knowledgeable and good value for money’. It is advising UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones on all legal and regulatory matters related to network operations and corresponding licensing compliance, including contractual issues; and has been engaged by DirecTv Colombia to advise in relation to land rights for the operation of two satellites needed for the client’s operations in the country. ‘A leader in the TMT arena’, Sergio Michelsen heads the group, with support from associates including Juan Nicolás Laverde, Andrea Bonnet and Lina Vargas.

The eight-lawyer practice at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is headed by Carolina Pardo, and works closely with the firm’s IP and corporate experts, covering transactional and regulatory matters, privacy law, data protection, consumer protection and IT issues. It is assisting advertising corporation JC Decaux on all legal and regulatory matters relating to a pioneering project to provide advertising services using public furniture operated by the client in Colombia; and advised AP Wireless regarding telecoms regulations, zoning, environmental and aeronautic permits for the deployment of antennas as part of a new business model implemented in the country by the client. Other clients include Web.com, AMDOCS, Tech Mahindra, and FIS Systems de Colombia. Associates Sandra Castillo, Rodrigo Millan and Angélica Navarro are all noted.

The ‘practical and business-oriented’ team at Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados has ‘deep knowledge of the sector and always offers pertinent advice in a timely manner’, covering regulatory issues, licensing, compliance, data protection and e-commerce matters. The group continues to advise Level 3 Communications in areas including compliance and anti-money laundering, licensing, and data protection. It also assisted Swedish television service and platform provider Magine AB in relation to the regulatory framework applicable to internet-based TV distribution and possible structures to start operations in Colombia. London-based junior partner Carlos Andrés Sánchez leads the practice and attracts praise for his ‘commercial skills and knowledge of the market’.

Led by Mauricio Jaramillo, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’s TMT group is noted for ‘its advice on data protection and information privacy regulatory issues and general compliance’. It continues to act for Google in several cases concerning its operations in Colombia, involving regulatory, habeas data and privacy protection issues; and also advises Coca-Cola in connection with its regional strategy, covering areas such as web operations, social media, internet advertising and promotions. Other clients include Cementos Argos, Bodytech, Televisa and Decathlon. José Luis Suárez is also a key member of the practice, and is recommended along with senior associate July Galindo.

The ‘highly specialised’ TMT group at Lloreda Camacho & Co. covers regulatory and transactional work for telecoms and satellite corporations, copyright and contractual matters for media companies, and transactional, regulatory, privacy and data protection work for technology clients. Practice head Gustavo Tamayo assisted Star One in compliance and regulatory matters relating to its application before the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technologies (MinTIC) to operate as a satellite services provider. The firm is also advising an international corporation on the broadcasting rights related to documentaries based on well-known public figures worldwide. Senior associate María Alejandra De los Ríos is noted for her work.

‘A longstanding presence in the market’, Palacios Lleras is well known for its regulatory advice to major corporations. Its track record includes acting for Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB) in proceedings against the MinTIC, with Telmar Network Technology and Telmex among its other clients. Hugo Palacios Mejía is the main contact.

Specialist firm Tovar, Fajardo & Asociados Abogados is renowned as a pioneering practice in the telecoms field, and is notable for its expertise in administrative law matters and public service regimes. With more than 20 years’ experience in the market, it is active in the areas of mobile services, satellite, television and broadcasting, including IT and protection matters. Felipe Tovar and Alfredo Fajardo have ‘impressive expertise in the sector’.

Gamboa & Acevedo’s four-strong TMT practice covers a broad variety of areas, including information law, technology, software licensing, compliance, data protection, and digital and electronic signing, and has particular expertise in media, sports and entertainment. It successfully acted for the Colombian Football Federation in a claim against Claro over breach of antitrust and advertising regulations. Ernesto Gamboa leads the practice.

MBCR/Márquez Barrera Castañeda Ramírez has a ten-strong team covering technology, e-commerce, data privacy, and media/entertainment. Its recent work includes assisting Mazda Colombia in ensuring its corporate policies and operations are in line with the country’s privacy regulations. Other clients include Mercado Libre Colombia, Cámara Colombiana de Comercio Electrónico, CMO Producciones and Unilever. Pablo Márquez, Julio César Castañeda and Natalia Barrera are the key contacts.

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados’ TMT group has been advising wireless communication operator Andean Tower Partners on all matters connected to its telecoms operations in the country, as well as working closely with several start-ups in relation to venture capital funds. The practice is led by Felipe Trías, with support from senior associate Fernando Bermúdez, and counts Ubidots, Broota and Kushki among its other clients.

A new entry to the ranking, DLA Piper Martinez Beltran is noted for its capabilities in regulatory matters and administrative litigation, including bidding applications, licensing and the negotiation of agreements with public bodies. It is assisting Alternativa de TV with its tender application to operate state-owned television channel Canal Uno. Senior associates Maria Claudia Martínez and Julián Solorza are the key names.

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