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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.

Co-led by the ‘sophisticatedJaime Trujillo and Ricardo Trejos, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s practice is particularly active in acquisition finance, a segment where it is currently advising Brookfield Infrastructure Group on the financing of its acquisition of Gas Natural via a tender offer involving a $200m syndicated facility with both US dollar and Colombian Peso (COP) tranches. The team is also growing its experience and expertise in project finance with other mandates including counsel to a major Asian financial institution regarding the financing of a 4G toll road project. Other clients include JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of New York Mellon and Lloyds Bank. Daniel Botero is also a key team member.

Leading individuals

Jaime Trujillo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

A reference in the market, María Carolina Pardo leads Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s regional competition and antitrust area practice. Recent matters saw the team represent Unilever in the filing-approval procedures before several national antitrust agencies, regarding its acquisition of Quala’s personal and home care business lines in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and other Latin American jurisdictions. Other highlights include advising Abbott Laboratories on the acquisition and implications of sole control of Alere Colombia. Angélica Navarro and Rodrigo Millan are also key members of the local eight-strong team, which was boosted with the arrival of Miguel de Quinto, a former adviser to Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

Angélica Navarro - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Rodrigo Millan - 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.

The ‘excellent’ corporate practice at Baker McKenzie S.A.S.'s long-established Bogota office acts as a regional hub for the rest of the firm’s offices across Latin America. 21-strong, the group is led by Jaime Trujillo who has ‘extensive knowledge and expertise on different M&A transactions’, in conjunction with Juan Felipe Vera; supported by corporate director, Clare Montgomery. Trujillo and Vera teamed up to lead advice to Brookfield on its $560m acquisition of a 59% stake in Gas Natural, a transaction that combined the highly regulated fields of securities, public utilities, gas distribution regulations and antitrust. The firm also advised Unilever on its purchase of Quala’s Colombian home and personal care business. Dual qualified (Colombia/New York) senior associate Natalia Villalba, who has particular expertise in Private Equity, is also noted; however, the practice lost Juan Manuel De La Rosa to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán.

Leading individuals

Jaime Trujillo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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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. advises local and international companies on activities in the energy and oil and gas industries, including power generation, transmission, distribution and commercialization, exploration, production, transportation, trading and export. Recommended for his ‘extensive experience and problem-solving approachAlejandro Mesa heads the team in which Jaime Trujillo, Ciro Meza and Felipe Correa are all also noted figures. The team is advising Enbridge affiliate, Oleoducto al Pacífico, on the structuring of a $5bn oil pipeline project that will connect the producing fields in Los Llanos basin with an export facility on the Pacific Ocean. Other clients include Schlumberger, ONGC Videsh, (an affiliate of Valorem), Voltalia Investissement and Total E&P.

Leading individuals

Alejandro Mesa - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Next generation lawyers

Ciro Meza - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Felipe Correa - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. provides ‘good quality services with tailor-made and quick responses’ in all transactional matters related to intellectual property rights including licensing, technology transfer and purchasing arrangements. Juan Pablo Concha, who is ‘very responsive and client-oriented with a practical approach to each issue’, heads the 15-strong team with Álvaro Correa, Ricardo Metke and director of the Bogotá IP group Cristina Matiz as key members. The team represented Ferring in a controversy over the registration of ‘Bio-Tropin’ owned by Laboratorios Chalver de Colombia, which had obtained the registration with Ferring’s consent under the compromise of a subsequent assignment; despite initial difficulties, the team managed to recover the trade mark without entering into litigation. Other highlights include representing Deka Products before the Colombian Patent Office (CPO) in the process of obtaining patent protection for an invention related to a healthcare device.

Leading individuals

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

Ricardo Metke - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Álvaro Correa - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Next generation lawyers

Cristina Matiz - 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.’s level of service is ‘excellent. The team has great knowledge and experience; the lawyers are proactive, very clear in their opinions and advice, and practical’. Heading the 15-strong practice are two leading lawyers, Tatiana Garcés and Evelyn Romero. The group advised a company dedicated to aviation services and integrated security solutions on designing the strategy for extending and terminating 160 employment agreements according to the business needs. The team also supported Sanofi on designing the strategy for collective negotiation with an industry union and acted for Nalco (Ecolab) on a claim by a former employee who alleged protection against dismissal and sought reinstatement to his previous position. Senior associates María Cecilia Reyes, Veronica Pelaez and Sebastian Salazar are also noted.

Leading individuals

Evelyn Romero - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Tatiana Garcés - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Next generation lawyers

María Cecilia Reyes - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. attracts praise for having ‘a multidisciplinary team – which is a great advantage for the structuring of projects, since they are always complex operations in which it is useful and necessary to have the support of the whole team’. Co-head of practice Claudia Benavides represents clients in infrastructure dispute resolution matters, whilst fellow practice head Alejandro Mesa, ‘a great lawyer, with very good leadership and management skills’, led the team that advised Graña & Montero and its Colombian subsidiary, Morelco, on the preparation of its successful proposal to the Colombian power transmission network regulator (UPME) to build a $100m transmission line in the province of Guajira.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Frequently working in combination with the corporate and M&A departments, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s practice strength is primarily on the transactional side of real estate, although it has also been developing its capabilities in the urban law segment. Alvaro Mesa heads the practice, which is advising Fitness 24 Seven on developing its strategy to create an international gym chain presence in Colombia, including an aggressive schedule to secure the leases of its initial facilities. Other highlights for 2017 included assisting Mall Plaza with analysis of the real estate and urbanism aspects of a potential transaction for the acquisition of a shopping mall. Ciro Meza brings tax expertise to the structuring of real estate projects while associate Camila Jiménez, who has an environmental aspect to her practice, is also noted.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. brings ‘very good results, extensive knowledge and experience in the subject’. Practice head Carolina Pardo led the analysis of the current regulatory provisions and the position taken by enforcement agencies regarding online travel service providers (OTPs) and their registration obligations. The team also provided a major multinational involved in homeware products with a risk assessment and recommendations related to the launching of an innovative hardware and software project to operate a domestic software-based "internet-of-things" (IoT) technology in Colombia. Associate Sandra Castillo is recommended for her ‘extensive and deep knowledge of the subject of data protection not only in Colombia but internationally’. Fellow associate Rodrigo Millan is also a key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Carolina Pardo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Millan - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Sandra Castillo - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s service attracts praise as offering ‘excellent response times, and standardized and structured formal opinions’. The team’s experience and knowledge in the oil and gas sector is also noted. A ‘recommended figure’ Ciro Meza heads the practice, which recently advised Exxon Mobil on the tax implications of the sale of certain South America downstream affiliates to Copec. Rodrigo Castillo, who recently made partner, and senior associates Amanda Torres and Carlos Gómez are also noted. Clients include Andarko Petroleum Corporation, Brookfield Asset Management, Amazon and ESPN.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has been representing an Asian client before an international arbitration tribunal in a dispute related to the construction of a power plant; the tribunal denied 99% of the counterparty’s claims. The firm is also giving advice on several cases concerning major infrastructure projects where conflicts have resulted in the constitution of dispute boards. Claudia Benavides, who was recently appointed President of the ICC Arbitration & ADR Commission in Colombia, leads a team whose way of working receives considerable praise. Juan Guillermo Otero and Jorge Valencia are also key members of the practice.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s clients greatly appreciate not only the ‘great quality’ of the 12-strong team ‘from the legal technical point of view’ but also its ‘great knowledge of the industry and high strategic level’. The team primarily advises multinationals on multimillion-dollar transnational litigation disputes and multi-jurisdictional claims arising from M&A transactions and infrastructure controversies, acting for clients such as, Schrader Camargo Ingenieros Asociados, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Caracol and The Louis Berger Group, among others. Led by the highly regarded Claudia Benavides, ‘a lawyer who has proven to be able to lead the multidisciplinary work teams necessary to address several complex court cases’, the practice recently promoted Cristina Mejía, a former head of the litigation department in Coca-Cola Femsa, to partner. The pair represented China United Engineering Corporation in a civil proceeding against insurance company Axa Colpatria Seguros in a dispute derived from the construction of the civil works of a power plant in Colombia. Benavides also worked in tandem – this time with Juan Guillermo Otero, who is praised for his ‘solid knowledge and experience’ – in defending Finosca, owned by Total EyP Colombie in a widely covered $2bn class action dispute filed against several companies and seeking compensation for damages allegedly caused by an oil spill. The team also offers advice regarding disputes related to distribution, supply and commercial agency agreements for clients such as FedEx, Exxon Mobile, British American Tobacco, Embraer, Ferring International and Federal Mogul. Ricardo Rincon and Jorge Valencia are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Claudia Benavides - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Next generation lawyers

Cristina Mejía - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Juan Guillermo Otero - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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