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Holland & Knight

CARRERA 7 #71-21, TORRE A, PISO 8, BOGOTÁ, DC, COLOMBIA
Tel:
Work +57 1 745 5720
Fax:
Fax +57 1 312 0501
Web:
www.hklaw.com

Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight acts for banks, multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in complex, high-end transactions, in particular transactions involving investment funds. It also advises on financial transactions secured by a variety of collateral including financial assets, inventory and equipment, account receivables and loan portfolios. The practice recently advised a well-known banking corporation on a $250m credit line to a major international transport corporation. Enrique Gómez-Pinzón leads the eight-strong team, which includes senior counsel Carlos Meza.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has strengthened its standing in the market with the hire of Alberto Zuleta, former head of the competition practice at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. A team led by Danilo Romero represented Simplexity, a software developer active in areas such as toll road projects, in an unfair competition claim against a former employee alleged to have set up a company offering similar services and used the client’s list of customers; the work included obtaining preliminary injunctions against the defendant. The team also assisted Ole Communications in pre-merger proceedings before the SIC.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight fields ‘an experienced and respected corporate group’ which works with local and international corporations on cross-border transactions, M&A, joint ventures, and venture capital and private equity investment. It advised exploration and production company PetroLatina on the $525m sale of its oil assets to Gran Tierra Energy; and is advising Corporación de Ferias y Exposiciones (Corferias) in connection with its $200m joint venture with Hilton Hotels for the financing, construction and operation of a hotel. The 18-strong group is led by Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, and notably includes energy specialist José Vicente Zapata, Juan Carlos Valencia, Danilo Romero and Julián Santos.

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

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s ‘professional and competent’ team ‘has a deep knowledge of the sector and provides pragmatic, fit-for-purpose advice’; it is active in oil, gas, energy and other natural resources matters. It recently advised a mining corporation on all environmental regulations applicable to its activities in the country. The ‘knowledgeable and reliable’ José Vicente Zapata leads the practice. Rayovac Varta, ISAGEN and Cerro Matoso are clients.

Leading lawyers

José Vicente Zapata - Holland & Knight

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Led by the ‘talented’ Danilo Romero, Holland & Knight acts for clients in relation to industrial property, trade mark, patent and domain name issues, with a focus on the contentious side. It is acting for Major League Baseball Properties in various matters concerning its IP portfolio in the country; and a team led by Romero is advising Organización Terpel on the IP aspects of three major projects to promote its gas station services and products. Plasticaucho Colombia, Linio Colombia and Terumo Corporation are among its other clients.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Vicente Umaña leads the eight-lawyer practice at Holland & Knight, which is active for clients in the oil and gas, and energy sectors. Its expertise spans collective negotiations, compensation issues, employment disputes and employee benefits.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has a wide-ranging tax practice, covering both preventative and remedial matters at all levels including tax planning, day-to-day advice and litigation. The eight-strong team, led by Juan Carlos Valencia, serves clients in the mining, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food and drink sectors. It advises Ventura Capital and associated companies on tax and foreign exchange issues regarding their day-to-day operations and other taxable activities; and also assisted Constructora NIO on tax matters relating to the construction of a hotel in the city of Neiva.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Renowned’ lawyer Alberto Zuleta has joined Holland & Knight as head of its litigation department, having previously worked at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. The practice is experienced in representing international corporations in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as in arbitration, and recently acted for an energy corporation in claims against the Colombian Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) concerning the applicability of environmental obligations. Energy expert José Vicente Zapata and Enrique Gómez-Pinzón are also active members of the team.

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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets
Next generation lawyers

Carlos Meza - Holland & Knight LLP

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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight acts for banks, multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in complex, high-end transactions, in particular transactions involving investment funds. It also advises on financial transactions secured by a variety of collateral including financial assets, inventory and equipment, account receivables and loan portfolios. The practice recently advised a well-known banking corporation on a $250m credit line to a major international transport corporation. Enrique Gómez-Pinzón leads the eight-strong team, which includes senior counsel Carlos Meza.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has strengthened its standing in the market with the hire of Alberto Zuleta, former head of the competition practice at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. A team led by Danilo Romero represented Simplexity, a software developer active in areas such as toll road projects, in an unfair competition claim against a former employee alleged to have set up a company offering similar services and used the client’s list of customers; the work included obtaining preliminary injunctions against the defendant. The team also assisted Ole Communications in pre-merger proceedings before the SIC.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight fields ‘an experienced and respected corporate group’ which works with local and international corporations on cross-border transactions, M&A, joint ventures, and venture capital and private equity investment. It advised exploration and production company PetroLatina on the $525m sale of its oil assets to Gran Tierra Energy; and is advising Corporación de Ferias y Exposiciones (Corferias) in connection with its $200m joint venture with Hilton Hotels for the financing, construction and operation of a hotel. The 18-strong group is led by Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, and notably includes energy specialist José Vicente Zapata, Juan Carlos Valencia, Danilo Romero and Julián Santos.

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

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s ‘professional and competent’ team ‘has a deep knowledge of the sector and provides pragmatic, fit-for-purpose advice’; it is active in oil, gas, energy and other natural resources matters. It recently advised a mining corporation on all environmental regulations applicable to its activities in the country. The ‘knowledgeable and reliable’ José Vicente Zapata leads the practice. Rayovac Varta, ISAGEN and Cerro Matoso are clients.

Leading lawyers

José Vicente Zapata - Holland & Knight

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Led by the ‘talented’ Danilo Romero, Holland & Knight acts for clients in relation to industrial property, trade mark, patent and domain name issues, with a focus on the contentious side. It is acting for Major League Baseball Properties in various matters concerning its IP portfolio in the country; and a team led by Romero is advising Organización Terpel on the IP aspects of three major projects to promote its gas station services and products. Plasticaucho Colombia, Linio Colombia and Terumo Corporation are among its other clients.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Vicente Umaña leads the eight-lawyer practice at Holland & Knight, which is active for clients in the oil and gas, and energy sectors. Its expertise spans collective negotiations, compensation issues, employment disputes and employee benefits.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has a wide-ranging tax practice, covering both preventative and remedial matters at all levels including tax planning, day-to-day advice and litigation. The eight-strong team, led by Juan Carlos Valencia, serves clients in the mining, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food and drink sectors. It advises Ventura Capital and associated companies on tax and foreign exchange issues regarding their day-to-day operations and other taxable activities; and also assisted Constructora NIO on tax matters relating to the construction of a hotel in the city of Neiva.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Renowned’ lawyer Alberto Zuleta has joined Holland & Knight as head of its litigation department, having previously worked at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. The practice is experienced in representing international corporations in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as in arbitration, and recently acted for an energy corporation in claims against the Colombian Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) concerning the applicability of environmental obligations. Energy expert José Vicente Zapata and Enrique Gómez-Pinzón are also active members of the team.

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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets
Next generation lawyers

Carlos Meza - Holland & Knight LLP

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