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With the largest team in the market, Brigard & Urrutia has a pioneering TMT practice noted as ‘excellent at all levels, extremely responsive and very committed’; it is at the forefront of the telecoms sector, and also has a particular focus on entertainment matters. Practice head Sergio Michelsen is considered ‘the leading figure in the area in Colombia’, and is supported by associates Ana María Calero and Lina Vargas. The team advises a very high-profile international corporation on all legal and regulatory matters relating to its operations in the country; and in addition recently counselled Intelsat on its acquisition of landing rights for the operation of a worldwide satellite for the provision of television services. Fox Colombia, HBO Latin America, ESPN Colombia and UNE EPM Telecommunications are also clients.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ TMT team works closely with the firm’s IP and corporate specialists, and provides ‘up-to-date’ advice. Carolina Pardo heads the ten-lawyer team, which acts for international clients on transactional and regulatory mandates, covering areas including IT, privacy law, data protection and consumer protection. Recent highlights include advising FMC Technologies on regulatory matters relating to certain technology in devices used in the country. Other clients include Viacom, Federal Express and Virgin Mobile. Jaime Trujillo is recommended together with Cristina Matiz, who is the director of the firm’s IP practice group in Bogotá.

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados has built a good reputation in the sector, advising on regulatory, licensing, compliance, data protection and e-commerce mandates, and is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of the area, excellent level of service and creative approach to transactional matters’. Junior partner Carlos Andrés Sánchez leads the practice, and combines ‘vast knowledge of the market with solid legal and commercial skills’. The firm has recently advised Level 3 Communications on matters ranging from regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering to licensing, the provision of services and data protection; and also acted for Heinsohn Business Technology on regulatory and public contracting matters relating to its software and e-platform business.

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has a solid reputation for its expertise in data protection and information privacy, and advises a number of major corporations on regulatory issues and general compliance. It is currently advising Google on several matters connected to its operations in Colombia, including regulatory, habeas data and privacy protection matters; and also advised the Colombian Direct Selling Association (Acodevi) on the structuring of a proposed tender and the negotiation of agreements relating to software and the administration of databases. Clients include Yanbal de Colombia, Gtech, Coca-Cola and Bank of America. Mauricio Jaramillo leads the team, and July Galindo makes an ‘outstanding contribution’ to the practice.

The team at Lloreda Camacho & Co. is praised for ‘its high-quality service, knowledge of the sector, appropriate advice but above all, the personal attention provided by partners’. Practice head Gustavo Tamayo is ‘respected for his knowledge of the industry’, and associates Erick Castellanos and María Alejandra De Los Ríos are also noted. Recent work includes assisting Claro on all legal matters relating to the expiry of a mobile telecoms licence and the concession of a new one for a ten-year period, including negotiating with the ministry of industry and commerce (MinCIT); and advising Gilat Colombia on five separate investigations initiated by the MinCIT on grounds of alleged breach of telecoms regulations, involving total potential fines of around $2m.

Palacios Lleras has a ‘longstanding presence in the market’, with particular strength on the regulatory side, and advises a number of significant state entities and high-profile utility corporations. Its track record includes advising Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB) in a dispute with MinCIT, while other clients have included Telmar Network Technology and Telmex. Hugo Palacios Mejía is the key name.

Active in the market for more than two decades, specialist firm Tovar, Fajardo & Asociados Abogados is considered ‘a pioneer in the telecoms arena’ and is recommended for its expertise in administrative law and public service regimes. The team assists clients in relation to mobile services, satellite, television and broadcasting issues, and also covers IT and data protection work. It is led by Felipe Tovar and Alfredo Fajardo, who have an impressive track record in the sector and have held significant public sector posts.

Gamboa & Acevedo has a wide-ranging practice covering areas such as information law, technology transfers, software licensing, compliance, data protection, and digital and electronic signing. It successfully acted for the Colombian Football Federation in claims against Claro for breach of antitrust and advertising regulations during the 2014 World Cup; and also advised Win Sports on the negotiation and drafting of a broadcasting and channel distribution agreement with Telefónica, valued at $25m. The four-strong team is led by Ernesto Gamboa.

MBC/Márquez Barrera Castañeda fields a ten-strong team known for its specialist advice on technology, e-commerce, data privacy, and media/entertainment. In a recent highlight it assisted Mazda Colombia with aligning its corporate policies and operations to current data privacy legislation. The firm was retained to advise e-commerce platform MercadoLibre Colombia, and also acts for Patagonia Films and Resonant TV. Pablo Márquez, Julio César Castañeda and Natalia Barrera are the key names.

A highly capable firm in the TMT field’, Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados recently advised the Colombian subsidiary of a worldwide wireless communications operator on the due diligence and negotiations relating to contract rights over hundreds of telecoms sites located in different municipalities in the country; and is also acting for Unión Temporal Atom Ventures on the structuring of one the first venture capital funds in Colombia investing exclusively in innovative digital projects. The firm is also recognised for its work with technology start-ups. Diego Muñoz Tamayo and associate Fernando Bermúdez lead the team.

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