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Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

AVENUE 82 NO. 10-62, 7TH 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 group attracts praise for its ‘responsiveness, creative approach to instructions, and dedication to clients’. It acts for local and international corporations on regional and multi-jurisdictional mandates, and has particular expertise in acquisition and project finance, foreign exchange issues, fund formation and related regulatory matters. Work highlights included acting for Bank of Nova Scotia and Sumitomo Mitsui (as lead arrangers) in relation to a $175m credit line to finance the acquisition of ISAGEN shares by a consortium led by Brookfield Renewable Energy; and advising JP Morgan on a credit facility granted to certain SPVs of Terranum to acquire a stake in a private equity fund focused on real estate. The firm’s roster of clients also includes Wells Fargo, Banco Colpatria and Banco Centro Americano. Jaime Trujillo, Ricardo Trejos and Daniel Botero are the names to note.

Leading lawyers

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.

Led by the ‘knowledgeable and well-reputedCarolina Pardo, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ competition group acts for local and international clients across the spectrum of competition and antitrust matters, with its local expertise enhanced by the firm’s global standing. The practice was instructed by International Paper/Weyerhaeuser Company to advise on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s fluff pulp business in the country, and it is representing both corporations before the Colombian Competition Authority (SIC) in relation to merger control procedures. Working closely with the firm’s London office, the team also assisted Unilever in relation to pre-merger procedures in Colombia and negotiations for the $575m sale of the AdeS soy-based beverage business to Coca-Cola. Associates Rodrigo Millan and Angélica Navarro are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

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.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has a very wide-ranging corporate practice, and ‘understands business drivers and companies’ needs’. A team led by Juan Manuel de la Rosa advised Advent International Corporation on its acquisition of a 30% interest in Lifemiles, which owns and manages a high-profile airline loyalty programme in Latin America. Jaime Trujillo leads the practice, with associate director Juan Felipe Vera also recommended.

Leading lawyers

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. has a proven track record in complex, cross-border oil and gas and energy projects. Practice head and energy expert Alejandro Mesa led advice to Alfa on the Colombian aspects of its bid to purchase a controlling interest in Pacific Exploration & Production (formerly Pacific Rubiales) in Chapter 11 proceedings before a New York court. The firm also advised Graña & Montero in relation to its joint venture with Ashmore to participate in the bidding process for the right to build a power transmission line in La Guajira department: a project valued at more than $149m. The team’s list of significant clients also includes Oleoducto al Pacífico, Petrobras, Total E&P, and ONGC Videsh. Jaime Trujillo, Ciro Meza and Felipe Correa are all key members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

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.

The ‘results-oriented’ team at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has a well-earned reputation for its strategic IP advice to leading corporations across industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beauty care, consumer goods, media and entertainment. It successfully acted for Caterpillar in trade mark litigation against Punto Caterpillar, an infringer using the trade name for more than ten years; and also advised the BBC on copyrights matters related to its television show Top Gear in Colombia. Other significant clients include Ulthera, Puppy Yummy and Diageo Brands. The 14-lawyer team is led by Juan Pablo Concha and Álvaro Correa, with the ‘experienced’ Ricardo Metke making a notable contribution to the practice. Director of the Bogotá IP group Cristina Matiz is also noted.

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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.

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. is ‘a leading name in the employment law field’ and has one of the largest practices in the country, led by ‘experienced’ practitioner Tatiana Garcés and the ‘well-reputed’ Evelyn Romero. In a recent work highlight, the group advised an international corporation in relation to the alignment of local labour legislation and international maritime regulations. Garcés successfully represented a private corporation in a class action against the Special Payroll Contributions and Pension Special Unit (UGPP, in Spanish), seeking the annulment of a decision which curtailed the client’s right to a defence. The team also acted for a global corporation in connection with the transfer of all the employment contracts of a consumer unit of the company to a newly created entity, along with the transfer of all pension liabilities to the new corporation. Senior associate María Cecilia Reyes is noted.

Leading lawyers

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.

The integrated projects team at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. works from Perú and Colombia, and benefits from the firm’s global profile. It is fast establishing itself as a major player in the market, having been involved in notable projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors among others. Co-head of the team Alejandro Mesa led advice to Graña & Montero and its Colombian subsidiary Morelco on their successful bid to build a $100m transmission line in La Guajira province. Fellow practice head Claudia Benavides assisted global airport services operator AENA as a shareholder of Aeropuertos del Caribe (ACSA) in relation to proceedings between ACSA and the Colombian Civil Authority concerning the alleged breach of a contract concession.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is recognised for its transactional expertise in the real estate arena. After an initial focus on foreign private equity funds, the practice has expanded its capabilities to cover rural projects and real estate taxation. Practice head Alejandro Mesa led advice to Old Mutual Fondo de Inversiones on the structuring of a second-level scheme of condominium rules affecting investors in the Centro Empresarial Colpatria Project; and also advised the Public Sector Investment Board in relation to the structuring of internal agreements with Cimento for the $100m construction of the Fontanar shopping mall. Ciro Meza is noted for his tax expertise.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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.

Leading lawyers

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. has a ‘robust’ practice covering general tax issues, wealth management, litigation, compliance and transfer pricing. It assisted PSP Investments in tax due diligence matters connected to its $150m acquisition of real estate corporation Amarilo; and represented AngloGold Ashanti in tax litigation proceedings relating to its accounting methods concerning the taxation of income. Other clients include Pepsico, Terranum, Herbalife and Copa Airlines. The ‘client-oriented’ Ciro Meza leads the practice together with Gustavo Sánchez and Rodrigo Castillo.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is very active in international arbitration. It is currently acting for a high-profile corporation in complex proceedings against a Colombian company, with a claim value approaching $250m; and is also advising a major utility corporation on the preliminary steps and viability of a potential claim before the ICC against an international consortium. Claudia Benavides leads the practice.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ 14-strong litigation team, led by Claudia Benavides, is regularly involved in high-profile transnational litigation and multi-jurisdictional claims, acting for an outstanding client list. Among its work highlights, it is assisting Ferring International in a commercial dispute initiated by Biotefar relating to a commercial severance payment and equitable indemnity for the sum of $50m; and Benavides, with the support of senior associate Cristina Mejía, is acting for broadcasting corporation Caracol in a defamation case filed by Madis de Colombia. Senior associate Juan Guillermo Otero is also noted.

Leading lawyers

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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