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Holland & Knight


Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s banking team represents banks and multilateral financial institutions on complex lending transactions, including those involving investment funds of various kinds. Enrique Gómez-Pinzón leads the eight-strong practice, and senior counsel Carlos Meza has recently relocated to Bogotá from the firm’s New York office. The group recently advised a major banking institution on a $250m credit facility to an international corporation.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s practice has developed on the back of the firm’s IP expertise, and covers restrictive commercial practices, unfair competition, merger control and consumer protection. The team was boosted by the arrival of Danilo Romero, former head of defunct boutique Romero Raad Abogados, and Julián Santos, previously in-house counsel at ExxonMobil. Clients include Molytec, ANNCO and Grupo SaludCoop.

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

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight maintains a well-respected practice, acting for local and international corporations on all aspects of their business operations, particularly on the transactional side; clients include Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, EXL and Kit Capital. Head of department Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is ‘a notable practitioner’, and works alongside ‘responsive and agile’ energy specialist José Vicente Zapata and Juan Carlos Valencia, who has significant international experience. The team acted for the shareholders of a well-known Colombian corporation on its acquisition by a major global brewing corporation. The team expanded its capabilities with the hire of Danilo Romero, former head of now defunct firm Romero Raad Abogados, and Julián Santos from ExxonMobil.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s ten-strong team acts for international corporations in civil, commercial and administrative proceedings as well as in arbitration disputes. Co-head of the practice José Vicente Zapata is acting for a construction company in a class action alleging damage to the environment and human health, in which the plaintiff is seeking to close the client’s manufacturing plants in Colombia. The very ‘experienced’ Enrique Gómez-Pinzón co-heads the practice, and Vicente Umaña is also a key team member. The group was boosted by the arrival of Danilo Romero Raad, previously of now defunct firm Romero Raad Abogados.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s team provides ‘excellent services in all respects, including response times, fit-for-purpose advice and value for money’. The team is led by José Vicente Zapata, who is ‘very knowledgeable in Colombian law, and very reliable’. It recently advised an oil-and-gas multinational on merger clearance proceedings before the national authorities in relation to its acquisition of a Colombian corporation. Clients include Isagen, Rayovac Varta and Cerro Matoso.

Leading lawyers

José Vicente Zapata - Holland & Knight

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has incorporated ‘respected IP specialist’ Danilo Romero Raad and his team (previously at Romero Raad Abogados) into its ranks. The practice benefits from the firm’s outstanding network, and covers industrial property, trade mark, patent and domain name matters, with a focus on the contentious side. The group is assisting Saraluz in relation to unfair competition matters and an opposition to registration filed by the owners of the Colombian trade mark MARIO HERNANDEZ. It also provides advisory services to Major League Baseball Properties in connection with its IP portfolio in Colombia.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s team, under the direction of Vicente Umaña, is notable for its work advising corporate clients in the oil and energy sectors. It has experience in collective negotiations, labour litigation, compensation matters, and employee benefits.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s eight-strong team is led by Juan Carlos Valencia and serves an array of major corporations in the mining, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and food and drink industries. It covers tax planning, day-to-day matters and litigation, and has been involved in some of the most significant claims against the Colombian tax authorities. Recent matters include advising the shareholders of Bogotá Beer Company on the tax implications of its acquisition by AmBev.

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