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Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

AVENUE 82 NO. 10-62, 6TH FLOOR, BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ banking and finance team provides ‘a very high level of service, with responsive lawyers working 24/7 and ready to adapt to incoming changes’, and is ‘well placed to deal with international investments, complex financial structures and related tax advice’. Among its work highlights, it advised Bank of Nova Scotia on Colombian matters related to the financing for Broookfield Asset Management’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Isagen, a transaction worth $750m; and acted for a banking corporation on setting up a real estate portfolio with a value well over $200m. Paypal and Tradition Securities Colombia are also clients. The team is led by Jaime Trujillo, who is ‘well reputed for his knowledge and experience in the sector’. Ricardo Trejos Robledo, Juan de la Rosa and Daniel Botero are also very involved in the practice.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Collaborating closely with the firm’s M&A group, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ competition team is noted for its ‘excellent work’ and covers the whole gamut of competition and antitrust areas. Under the leadership of the ‘impressive and deeply knowledgeableCarolina Pardo, the group benefits from the firm’s international standing as well as offering an ‘outstanding’ level of local expertise. Recent mandates include acting for a major global corporation in relation to the pre-merger aspects of its proposed acquisition of a power and grid business from an energy multinational, with a global transaction value of $13.5bn. The team also represented a well-known international corporation on unannounced antitrust investigations initiated by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC); and has been instructed by Advent International to provide an opinion in connection with its proposed acquisition of a 30% stake in Avianca loyalty programme Lifemiles, in Colombia and Latin America, which included analysis of potential antitrust implications in several jurisdictions as part of a $343.7m global transaction. The ‘reputed’ Juan Pablo Concha is also a key member of the nine-strong team. Other clients include BASF, Altra Investments and Total.

Leading lawyers

María Carolina Pardo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Excellent firmBaker McKenzie S.A.S. is valued for its ‘top-notch service’, ‘superior knowledge’, and ‘great responsiveness’. It advised Advent International on the acquisition of a 30% minority participation in Lifemiles, one of the largest coalition loyalty programme operators in the region, from Avianca Holdings; and practice head Jaime Trujillo led advice to Donaldson Company on its acquisition of filter manufacturer Industria Partmo. Trujillo and Juan Manuel de la Rosa are ‘probably two of the top M&A lawyers in the country’, with the latter also noted as ‘having leveraged his US experience very well – he is also very easy to deal with and cool under pressure’.

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Jaime Robledo - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Jaime Trujillo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Claudia Benavides leads the 14-lawyer group at Baker McKenzie S.A.S., which is praised for its ‘solid knowledge of the litigation field’; ‘its strong specialisation matches the appropriate advice it provides, and it has a place among the best in the market’. It successfully represented a major international state-owned corporation in a complex $45m arbitration; and is acting for Embraer as the defendant in a claim for alleged breach of an agency agreement valued at around $10.5m. Other clients include Groupe SEB and Caracol.

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

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ ‘top-notch practice’ is well positioned to deal with a very volatile market, thanks to its ‘vast expertise in the sector’ and its experience in handling challenging instructions. The eight-lawyer team is led by Alejandro Mesa, who is well respected for his knowledge in mining, upstream oil and gas, and power generation as well as project finance and regulatory issues. Oil and gas expert Ciro Meza and associate Felipe Correa are also key members of the team. Mesa and Jaime Trujillo led advice to Alfa on its $1.7m offer to acquire a majority stake in Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation; and the firm also acted as lead counsel to Enbridge on the negotiation and structuring of a development cost support agreement in connection with its $5bn midstream project, Oleoducto al Pacífico.

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Alejandro Mesa - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

In a progressively more regulated and competitive IP market, Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is ‘well placed to deliver an outstanding level of services, paired with excellent judgement and a results-oriented approach’. The practice is led by the ‘responsive and efficient’ Álvaro Correa and Juan Pablo Concha, who focuses on IP enforcement through administrative, civil and criminal litigation. They join forces with the ‘experienced’ Ricardo Metke, who is also a recognised arbitrator, and Cristina Matiz, who is noted for her general IP expertise. Among its recent highlights, the team acted for Inversiones Dama in an unfair competition claim with a bearing on the IP market, as the judgment clarified the statutory limitations for continuous acts of unfair competition; and successfully acted for Hoteles Royal in an annulment claim against a decision of the Trademark Office to grant registration of a mark affecting the client’s rights.

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Juan Pablo Concha - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Ricardo Metke - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Álvaro Correa - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is ‘a leading firm in the labour arena’ and provides ‘excellent general advice’ and ‘has a good understanding of clients’ needs paired with pragmatic solutions’. It fields one of the largest teams in the market, led by the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Tatiana Garces Carvajal and including the ‘highly professional’ Evelyn Romero. The group is acting for a multinational corporation in investigations initiated by the newly created and very active Special Payroll Contributions and Pension Special Unit, seeking to challenge rigorous penalties imposed on the client. It also successfully represented a well-known international corporation in complex proceedings initiated by a pregnant employee claiming to have been discriminated against.

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Evelyn Romero - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Tatiana Garces Carvajal - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has an integrated team working from Peru and Colombia and benefiting the firm’s broader international network. The eight-strong team is well regarded for its work in the oil-and-gas sector, with a focus on upstream and midstream infrastructure and pipeline projects. It recently advised a Colombia-based corporation on a $200m joint venture to manage and operate a port terminal in Cartagena city. Other clients include Graña y Montero, Enbridge and Queiroz Galvao Construction. Alejandro Mesa leads the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ practice is focused on real estate acquisitions and works closely with the firm’s corporate and M&A lawyers. Recent work includes assisting Four Seasons Hotels on its negotiations with Hoteles Charleston (Gilinski Group) regarding the operation of two significant hotels in the country’s capital; and acting for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) on the $15m acquisition of a plot in the Cundinamarca region to be developed as a vacation resort. Other clients include Old Mutual Fiduciaria, Mall Plaza and Terranum. Alejandro Mesa leads the group, which is praised for its ‘professionalism and personalised approach’. Associate Ciro Meza is recommended on the tax side.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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.

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Carolina Pardo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has an ‘efficient, friendly and committed’ team covering transactions and litigation, and has been particularly active in the oil-and-gas, and mining sectors. Work highlights include advising Advent International on the tax due diligence relating to its $350m acquisition of a minority stake in LifeMiles from Avianca; and assisted Coca ColaFEMSA in relation to its $250m free trade zone project in Colombia. The team is led by the ‘client-oriented’ Ciro Meza, who is ‘a great professional’; and Jaime Girón, who brings his litigation expertise to the practice. Chevron, Pacific Rubiales, AngloGold Ashanti and Drummond are also clients.

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