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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘very professional and innovative team’ has a wide-ranging practice covering acquisition finance, banking and finance, debt capital markets, derivatives, financial services, project finance, and securitisation. A team headed by Jorge Neher advised Red Kite Mine (as lenders) in connection with a $250m secured debt facility to Continental Gold for the development of the Buriticá gold project. It also provided assistance to Gran Tierra Energía on its acquisition of junior oil and gas corporation Petroamerica Oil Corp for approximately $70m. Puma Energy, CODAD, OHL and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional are also clients. Practice head Luis Carlos Neira, Leopoldo Olavarría, Hernán Rodríguez and Ana Cristina Jaramillo are all noted for their expertise.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate group is led by Ana Cristina Jaramillo, who has vast expertise in complex corporate restructuring and M&A deals. Jaramillo and the ‘experiencedLuis Carlos Neira recently advised Air Liquide on the purchase of a majority interest in medical industry corporation Oxymaster, while a team led by Hernán Rodríguez assisted IAMGOLD Corporation in the acquisition of several mining titles in the city of Antioquia. Jorge Neher and Leopoldo Olavarría are also key members of the practice.

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Ana Cristina Jaramillo - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘very competitive’ energy group at Norton Rose Fulbright attracts praise for its responsiveness, pragmatism and approachability, and counts among its clients substantial independent mining and oil and gas corporations. Venezuela-trained energy expert Jorge Neher acted for Touchstone Colombia in environmental licensing proceedings connected to several mining projects in the country. Head of mining Hernán Rodríguez led advice to Bluecrest on the sale of its mining interests in the country to a private investment fund. Leopoldo Olavarría, Luis Carlos Neira and senior associate Efraín Peña, who heads the environmental practice, are all key figures. Since publication Jorge Neher and Hernán Rodríguez have moved to Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas.

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Luis Carlos Neira - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers

Efraín Peña - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright delivers ‘pragmatic advice using plain language’. Isabella Gandini is the key name in the practice, which advises clients in the oil and gas, mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors.

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Projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for multinational corporations, banks, government bodies and multilateral institutions, and is particularly well-versed in 4G concession, infrastructure and energy projects. ‘Distinguished banking and finance expertLuis Carlos Neira leads the practice, with Jorge Neher, Leopoldo Olavarría and Hernán Rodríguez also recommended. The team advised Kentz Caribbean (SNC Lavalin) on the preliminary steps leading to the public bidding to repair the Cartagena and Barrancabermeja refineries; and is also assisting Air Liquide in relation to the establishment of an industrial facility in a free trade zone.

Leading lawyers

Luis Carlos Neira - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s tax team works for local and foreign clients on cross-border transactions, litigation, and the structuring and development of tax-efficient structures. It has advised clients such as Bridgestone, IAMGOLD and YPF.

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  • EU and Malta Securitisation Market

    Following the US subprime crisis that began in 2007, the notion of securitisation has suffered from bad press that tainted its reputation. However, securitisation is still considered as an essential component to continued economic recovery and for well-functioning financial markets.

  • DOJ Makes the Pilot Program Permanent and Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

    The US Department of Justice ("DOJ") had announced a pilot program [1] ("Pilot Program") on April 5, 2016, which created new mitigation opportunities for companies that (i) voluntarily self-disclosed, (ii) cooperated fully, and (iii) took timely and appropriate remedial actions in FCPA matters that fell within the Fraud Section's mandate. The Pilot Program was to remain in effect for 1 year, starting from the day of its announcement. On March 10, 2017, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kenneth A. Blanco, announced in a speech that the Pilot Program would continue in full force until the DOJ reached a final decision on whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, should be made to it. [2] The evaluation period of the Pilot Program ended on November 29, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new FCPA Enforcement Policy ("Policy"), which effectively makes the Pilot Program permanent with some revisions. According to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures during the time period that the Pilot Program was in force, as opposed to 18 voluntary disclosures that were received during the previous 18-month period. The Policy has been incorporated into the United States Attorneys' Manual in order to "be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors" as opposed to being promulgated in memorandum format. [3]
  • Effects of State of Emergency Law in Turkey On Prison Sentences Under Criminal Execution Laws

    With the Statutory Decree No.671 dated August 17, 2016, and the recent changes with Regulations No.29987 and No.29824 on Regulation Regarding an Amendment on Placement to Open Punishment Execution Facilities effecting execution of the Law No.5275 on Punishment Execution Law has introduced significant changes.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Supreme Court Affirms Lower Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign ...

    Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign Exchange Report on Incorporation of Offshore Subsidiary by an Offshore Company
  • Disputes on Health-Related Commercial Advertisements under Consumer Law

  • [SOUTH KOREA] New Administration’s Key Environmental Policies

    To step forward as an environment-friendly government, the Moon Jae-in Administration has announced its key environmental policies, including improving safety in chemical substances and household chemical products, and reinforcing implementation measures of the Paris Agreement.  Under the “sustainable development” paradigm, the new administration will continually promote new regulations to protect the environment and strengthen its enforcement of environmental regulations.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an ...

    Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an Ordinary Wage Case 
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Crowdfunding - The Path towards a regulatory Framework

      The importance and feasibility of crowdfunding platforms is increasing in stature and importance for current and future the entrepreneurs. Malta has recently acceded to the rising trend by creating its first crowdfunding platform, ZAAR, a reward-based crowdfunding platform who has recently been awarded with the first prize in its section at the National Enterprise Support Awards 2016 also as well as being one of the local projects that have represented Malta at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2016, held in Slovakia. Nonetheless start-ups based in Malta with global aspirations often rely on international platforms. An increase in interest has emerged amongst the art and culture community as well in social entrepreneurship projects. Crowdfunding in Malta is still at the early stages of development. Despite this, there are endless opportunities for local entrepreneurs and the local business community. Research has shown that through international crowdfunding platforms, monies have been raised for projects in the field of gaming consoles, apps and software as well as for artistic projects.  Testimony to this is a new game design studio in Malta, that launched its first game, Politicks, raised financing through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.