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Brigard & Urrutia

CALLE 70A #4-41, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
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Work +57 1 346 2011
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www.bu.com.co
Bogota, Cali

Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s 45-strong practice, built around the areas of project finance, capital markets and private equity, and derivatives and structured products, has a ‘solid and large enough team to handle transactions in record time, without losing sight of quality’. Handling cross-border financial transactions, including syndicated and club deal loans to private and public Colombian entities, Carlos Fradique-Méndez led the team that advised on the financing of $1bn Hidroituango hydroelectric power station project, the largest in the country. Alongside Luis Gabriel Morcillo, he also participated in the structuring, formation and fund raising of a $1bn local private equity fund for Old Mutual Alternative Investments which will invest in infrastructure projects located in Colombia. Manuel Quinche, whose ‘experience, and ability to negotiate and conciliate’ is highlighted by clients, acted as counsel to Refinería de Cartagena, as former borrower, and Ecopetrol, as former sponsor and current borrower, in connection to the assumption by Ecopetrol of Refinería de Cartagena’s $2.66bn debt. Other clients include Itaú Unibanco, BBVA, Export Development Canada, IFC, BTG Pactual and Goldman Sachs. Sergio Michelsen is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carlos Fradique-Méndez - Brigard & Urrutia

Manuel Quinche - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

César Rodríguez - Brigard & Urrutia

Luis Gabriel Morcillo - Brigard & Urrutia

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia acted as local counsel to Dow Chemical in the merger control procedure before national competition authority the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) triggered by Dow’s $130bn merger with DuPont, successfully obtaining unconditional clearance. The team, led by Alejandro García, is also acting as counsel to Bayer in the merger control procedure concerning its acquisition of Monsanto. Other clients include heavyweights Maersk Line, LATAM Airlines, Kimberly Clark, IAG Group, CEMEX Latam Holdings and American Airlines.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is a leading force in the corporate and M&A areas, with a team of over 30 fully dedicated lawyers whose service is ‘excellent – the whole team is always available for a comprehensive and in many cases multinational solution of the issues’. The M&A team is one of the largest in the market and the main focus of leading lawyers Sergio Michelsen, Dario Laguado and Jaime Robledo, former co-head of the corporate team at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA). The three of them co-lead the practice alongside Álvaro Cala. Recent mandates saw the practice advise Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC) and Depósito Centralizado de Valores de Colombia (Deceval) in a $247m transaction with significant regulatory challenges by which BVC acquired a 100% stake-holding in Deceval through an integration between the two companies. Other clients include AIG Seguros Colombia, Telefonica, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste and Equinix. Partner Alejandro García de Brigard is also well regarded. The practice also fields a notably strong second line of senior associates featuring Tomás Holguín, Jeison Larrota, Johann Schomberger, Mónica Gutierrez and Christian Díaz Ordóñez.

Leading individuals

Carlos Umaña - Brigard & Urrutia

Jaime Robledo - Brigard & Urrutia

José Francisco Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

Sergio Michelsen - Brigard & Urrutia

Álvaro Cala - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Dario Laguado - Brigard & Urrutia

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

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia offers a ‘very good service, with high quality and important expertise on environmental matters’. With particular expertise and experience in the mining sector, the six-strong lawyer practice is led by managing partner Carlos Umaña and senior partner Carlos Urrutia. Senior associate Guillermo Tejeiro is also highly thought of. The team advised Lhoist Colombia regarding a change of local territorial planning and its impact on the company’s development activities, including the defence and representation of its mining titles and rights, and obtaining environmental permits before several administrative authorities. Highlights included advising Copperbelt Minerals in the search for mining projects and the acquisition of mining concessions in Colombia. Generarco, Armena Refinery USA and Orion Mine Finance are also on the client roster.

Next generation lawyers

Guillermo Tejeiro - Brigard & Urrutia

Marianna Boza - Brigard & Urrutia

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

For many, ‘the top firm in regulatory insurance lawBrigard & Urrutia’s 10-strong practice is ‘a safe pair of hands’. Co-head Carlos Umaña is leading the team advising American Bankers Insurance Group on the expansion of its businesses in Colombia and on matters related to the implementation of several mobile insurance programs in association with a number of major insurers, including Seguros Bolivar, AXA Colpatria Seguros and BBVA Seguros Colombia, and mobile provider Apple. Carlos Urrutia, who also co-heads the practice, is leading advice to MetLife Colombia Seguros de Vida on several corporate and contractual matters, like massive insurance distribution agreements and contractual and regulatory issues regarding life insurance policies; and third practice lead Irma Rivera acted for AXA Group with regard to the structuring phase associated with a contemplated reorganization of the group’s reinsurance business entities operating across various jurisdictions including Colombia. ‘Capable practitioner’ Lucas Fajardo is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Irma Rivera - Brigard & Urrutia

Lucas Fajardo - Brigard & Urrutia

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia provides ‘excellent’ legal advice to multinational and domestic companies on matters concerned with customs law, special importation schemes, application of trade and investment treaties (BITs), customs valuation, rules of origin and tariff classification. The whole team, co-led by José Franciso Mafla, is praised as being ‘always available, for offering comprehensive solutions. They are comprehensive, astute and responsible, and the legal quality is impressive’. The team counselled Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of Argos’ shares in Compañía Puertos Asociados; the advice included a review on the entire operation of the target company, with the aim of identifying and assessing possible risks and areas for improvement. José Andrés Romero, Catalina Jaramillo, Johann Schomberger and Christian Díaz Ordóñez are also highlighted. Additional clients include H&M, Dufry America, Panel Rey, Equinix and Deutsche Post DHL.

Next generation lawyers

José Franciso Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s nine-strong team, under the guidance of Catalina Santos supported by key associate José Alejandro Sierra, is ‘exceptionally talented’ – and for some clients ‘perhaps the best with which we have ever worked’. The practice offers comprehensive labour and employment law advice to clients across the board and has a particularly strong participation – and reputation – in the collective bargaining segment, as well as in matters related to pension schemes and pension commutation processes, aspects which have been a key part in several negotiations within M&A transactions. The team also represents clients in labour litigations before judicial and administrative authorities. Highlights included acting for Credit Suisse in a labour procedure – significant due to the precedent established – in which the Supreme Court accepted the application of a foreign law to an employment relationship executed in Colombia. The team also assisted Grainger with a voluntary termination plan resulting from the closure of its Colombian operation and affecting a total of 327 employees located in 6 different cities. Dell, Cardinal Health, Philips Colombiana and the Embassies of the US, United Kingdom and Israel are among the practice’s clients.

Leading individuals

Catalina Santos - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

José Alejandro Sierra - Brigard & Urrutia

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is recognized for providing legal advice to both national and international banks and investors in the development of complex and breakthrough infrastructure projects. Carlos Umaña, Manuel Quinche, Carlos Urrutia and Carlos Fradique-Méndez co-lead the 25-strong practice, which acted as local counsel to the lenders on the Concesión Autopista Conexión Pacífico 2 toll-road project, comprising the development, design, construction, improvement, rehabilitation, operation, and maintenance of the toll-road and its ancillary facilities; the advice included the structuring of the local security interest package and the review, drafting and negotiation of the Colombian law documents. Other highlights in 2017 included advising the Departamento Nacional de Planeación with the structuring of a $266m public private partnership (PPP) for the construction and maintenance of educational infrastructure in the cities of Soacha and Ibagué. Itaú Corpbanca, Goldman Sachs, International Development Bank, Credit Suisse and BBVA are among the team’s clients. Infrastructure and public utilities group director Claudia Navarro and associate Guillermo Tejeiro are also highlighted.

Leading individuals

Carlos Umaña - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Claudia Navarro - Brigard & Urrutia

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is experienced in the fields of real estate, urban regulation, hospitality and agribusiness, providing permanent legal advice to the leading national and international companies. The firm has been advising Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias on all its real estate acquisitions, including the structuring, drafting, review and negotiation of all the required agreements and urban regulation analysis of each real estate property. The team also assisted Dekel Group with the structuring of its hotel projects. Álvaro Cala leads the practice and is primarily focused on transactional matters for major clients such as Aldea, Hilton, IHS, Terranum Inversión; while senior associate Natalia Hernández, who coordinates the real estate practice as a whole, focuses on urban and zoning regulations and planning. Associate Juanita Bermúdez, who focuses on real estate, hospitality and agro-industry, is also noted.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s telecommunications team ‘is top notch and has tremendous expertise in this market’, providing ‘excellent value for the money’. The firm advises national and foreign telecommunications, satellite and television services providers in relation to their entrance into the Colombian market. Additionally, it also acts on cybersecurity matters, entertainment law and sports law. ‘Stand out’ practice head Sergio Michelsen (‘an excellent resource’), led advice to HBO Latin America Group on the deployment of HBO GO in Colombia, providing regulatory advice on personal data protection laws and regulations, and analysing the impact of said regulations upon data collection operations. The tam also assisted the client in connection with parental control mechanisms. Senior associates Andrea Bonnet ‘who has great experience in technology and telecommunications matters’ and Juan Nicolás Laverde are also noted. Other clients include Hughes Network Systems, Plural Comunicaciones, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Facebook.

Leading individuals

Sergio Michelsen - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Bonnet - Brigard & Urrutia

Juan Nicolás Laverde - Brigard & Urrutia

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Full-service firm Brigard & Urrutia provides a comprehensive service and the tax department is often involved in ground-breaking transactions with a cross-border component. Practice head José Andrés Romero is advising Producciones RTI-Telemundo in a dispute regarding the tax aspects of the export of services in the movie industry, where products are traded abroad and subsequently broadcast or transmitted in Colombia. The team is also advising the client in relation to the structuring of different alternatives for the shareholders regarding the development of new productions taking into account tax implications. Lucas Moreno and head of international trade José Francisco Mafla are also key members of the practice, which counts Dolphin Drilling Group, Bancolombia, High Power Exploration and Icetex among its clients.

Leading individuals

José Andrés Romero - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Lucas Moreno - Brigard & Urrutia

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s team acts for local and international clients. Luis Alfredo Barragán, with nearly 30 years’ experience, advises clients in domestic and international arbitration and co-heads the practice with Irma Rivera. Both are representing a foreign motor company in a dispute related to a commercial agency.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Powerhouse Brigard & Urrutia’s litigation team stands out for its size; with 21 lawyers, clients point to a response time that is not at odds with its ‘high quality’ counsel. ‘Each one of its partners and associates is consistently good in providing timely and suitable advice’. Co-heads Irma Rivera and Luis Alfredo Barragán successfully represented a social-media platform in two constitutional actions for the protection of fundamental rights in 2017. The team also achieved a landmark ruling for a mobile operator client, which filed a claim for unfair competition acts and violation of the general obligations established by the Communications Regulatory Commission. Covering a wide range of areas in private litigation, the practice is especially noted for its expertise in the insolvency field, offering a ‘cutting edge, holistic approach to its advice’; associate Susana Hidvegi is highly recommended in this area. Senior associate Felipe Mutis is also praised.

Leading individuals

Irma Rivera - Brigard & Urrutia

Luis Alfredo Barragán - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Carolina López - Brigard & Urrutia

Felipe Mutis - Brigard & Urrutia

Natalia Angel - Brigard & Urrutia

Susana Hidvegi - Brigard & Urrutia

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Established in 2017, litigation and arbitration boutique Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S is widely recognised as the ‘go-to’ firm for international dispute resolution. Name partner Eduardo Zuleta is ‘a leader in the international arbitration space’ and is supported by arbitral experts Rafael Bernal, Antonio Aljure, Gustavo Suárez and Rafael Rincón Ordóñez. Best known as a litigator, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Daniel Posse is increasingly active in the sector and is a member of the Colombian Arbitration Committee. Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango at Brigard & Urrutia is highly regarded by peers and clients. Suescún Abogados’ recent highlights saw Felipe Suescún de Roa successfully represent Carbones del Cerrejón, Anglo American and Glencore in an ICC arbitration against a Spanish-Colombian consortium relating to the construction of a marine project. Founding partner Jorge Suescún Melo is also noted for domestic and international arbitration, and regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator.

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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s 45-strong practice, built around the areas of project finance, capital markets and private equity, and derivatives and structured products, has a ‘solid and large enough team to handle transactions in record time, without losing sight of quality’. Handling cross-border financial transactions, including syndicated and club deal loans to private and public Colombian entities, Carlos Fradique-Méndez led the team that advised on the financing of $1bn Hidroituango hydroelectric power station project, the largest in the country. Alongside Luis Gabriel Morcillo, he also participated in the structuring, formation and fund raising of a $1bn local private equity fund for Old Mutual Alternative Investments which will invest in infrastructure projects located in Colombia. Manuel Quinche, whose ‘experience, and ability to negotiate and conciliate’ is highlighted by clients, acted as counsel to Refinería de Cartagena, as former borrower, and Ecopetrol, as former sponsor and current borrower, in connection to the assumption by Ecopetrol of Refinería de Cartagena’s $2.66bn debt. Other clients include Itaú Unibanco, BBVA, Export Development Canada, IFC, BTG Pactual and Goldman Sachs. Sergio Michelsen is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carlos Fradique-Méndez - Brigard & Urrutia

Manuel Quinche - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

César Rodríguez - Brigard & Urrutia

Luis Gabriel Morcillo - Brigard & Urrutia

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia acted as local counsel to Dow Chemical in the merger control procedure before national competition authority the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) triggered by Dow’s $130bn merger with DuPont, successfully obtaining unconditional clearance. The team, led by Alejandro García, is also acting as counsel to Bayer in the merger control procedure concerning its acquisition of Monsanto. Other clients include heavyweights Maersk Line, LATAM Airlines, Kimberly Clark, IAG Group, CEMEX Latam Holdings and American Airlines.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is a leading force in the corporate and M&A areas, with a team of over 30 fully dedicated lawyers whose service is ‘excellent – the whole team is always available for a comprehensive and in many cases multinational solution of the issues’. The M&A team is one of the largest in the market and the main focus of leading lawyers Sergio Michelsen, Dario Laguado and Jaime Robledo, former co-head of the corporate team at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA). The three of them co-lead the practice alongside Álvaro Cala. Recent mandates saw the practice advise Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC) and Depósito Centralizado de Valores de Colombia (Deceval) in a $247m transaction with significant regulatory challenges by which BVC acquired a 100% stake-holding in Deceval through an integration between the two companies. Other clients include AIG Seguros Colombia, Telefonica, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste and Equinix. Partner Alejandro García de Brigard is also well regarded. The practice also fields a notably strong second line of senior associates featuring Tomás Holguín, Jeison Larrota, Johann Schomberger, Mónica Gutierrez and Christian Díaz Ordóñez.

Leading individuals

Carlos Umaña - Brigard & Urrutia

Jaime Robledo - Brigard & Urrutia

José Francisco Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

Sergio Michelsen - Brigard & Urrutia

Álvaro Cala - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Dario Laguado - Brigard & Urrutia

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

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia offers a ‘very good service, with high quality and important expertise on environmental matters’. With particular expertise and experience in the mining sector, the six-strong lawyer practice is led by managing partner Carlos Umaña and senior partner Carlos Urrutia. Senior associate Guillermo Tejeiro is also highly thought of. The team advised Lhoist Colombia regarding a change of local territorial planning and its impact on the company’s development activities, including the defence and representation of its mining titles and rights, and obtaining environmental permits before several administrative authorities. Highlights included advising Copperbelt Minerals in the search for mining projects and the acquisition of mining concessions in Colombia. Generarco, Armena Refinery USA and Orion Mine Finance are also on the client roster.

Next generation lawyers

Guillermo Tejeiro - Brigard & Urrutia

Marianna Boza - Brigard & Urrutia

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

For many, ‘the top firm in regulatory insurance lawBrigard & Urrutia’s 10-strong practice is ‘a safe pair of hands’. Co-head Carlos Umaña is leading the team advising American Bankers Insurance Group on the expansion of its businesses in Colombia and on matters related to the implementation of several mobile insurance programs in association with a number of major insurers, including Seguros Bolivar, AXA Colpatria Seguros and BBVA Seguros Colombia, and mobile provider Apple. Carlos Urrutia, who also co-heads the practice, is leading advice to MetLife Colombia Seguros de Vida on several corporate and contractual matters, like massive insurance distribution agreements and contractual and regulatory issues regarding life insurance policies; and third practice lead Irma Rivera acted for AXA Group with regard to the structuring phase associated with a contemplated reorganization of the group’s reinsurance business entities operating across various jurisdictions including Colombia. ‘Capable practitioner’ Lucas Fajardo is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Irma Rivera - Brigard & Urrutia

Lucas Fajardo - Brigard & Urrutia

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia provides ‘excellent’ legal advice to multinational and domestic companies on matters concerned with customs law, special importation schemes, application of trade and investment treaties (BITs), customs valuation, rules of origin and tariff classification. The whole team, co-led by José Franciso Mafla, is praised as being ‘always available, for offering comprehensive solutions. They are comprehensive, astute and responsible, and the legal quality is impressive’. The team counselled Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of Argos’ shares in Compañía Puertos Asociados; the advice included a review on the entire operation of the target company, with the aim of identifying and assessing possible risks and areas for improvement. José Andrés Romero, Catalina Jaramillo, Johann Schomberger and Christian Díaz Ordóñez are also highlighted. Additional clients include H&M, Dufry America, Panel Rey, Equinix and Deutsche Post DHL.

Next generation lawyers

José Franciso Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s nine-strong team, under the guidance of Catalina Santos supported by key associate José Alejandro Sierra, is ‘exceptionally talented’ – and for some clients ‘perhaps the best with which we have ever worked’. The practice offers comprehensive labour and employment law advice to clients across the board and has a particularly strong participation – and reputation – in the collective bargaining segment, as well as in matters related to pension schemes and pension commutation processes, aspects which have been a key part in several negotiations within M&A transactions. The team also represents clients in labour litigations before judicial and administrative authorities. Highlights included acting for Credit Suisse in a labour procedure – significant due to the precedent established – in which the Supreme Court accepted the application of a foreign law to an employment relationship executed in Colombia. The team also assisted Grainger with a voluntary termination plan resulting from the closure of its Colombian operation and affecting a total of 327 employees located in 6 different cities. Dell, Cardinal Health, Philips Colombiana and the Embassies of the US, United Kingdom and Israel are among the practice’s clients.

Leading individuals

Catalina Santos - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

José Alejandro Sierra - Brigard & Urrutia

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is recognized for providing legal advice to both national and international banks and investors in the development of complex and breakthrough infrastructure projects. Carlos Umaña, Manuel Quinche, Carlos Urrutia and Carlos Fradique-Méndez co-lead the 25-strong practice, which acted as local counsel to the lenders on the Concesión Autopista Conexión Pacífico 2 toll-road project, comprising the development, design, construction, improvement, rehabilitation, operation, and maintenance of the toll-road and its ancillary facilities; the advice included the structuring of the local security interest package and the review, drafting and negotiation of the Colombian law documents. Other highlights in 2017 included advising the Departamento Nacional de Planeación with the structuring of a $266m public private partnership (PPP) for the construction and maintenance of educational infrastructure in the cities of Soacha and Ibagué. Itaú Corpbanca, Goldman Sachs, International Development Bank, Credit Suisse and BBVA are among the team’s clients. Infrastructure and public utilities group director Claudia Navarro and associate Guillermo Tejeiro are also highlighted.

Leading individuals

Carlos Umaña - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Claudia Navarro - Brigard & Urrutia

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia is experienced in the fields of real estate, urban regulation, hospitality and agribusiness, providing permanent legal advice to the leading national and international companies. The firm has been advising Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias on all its real estate acquisitions, including the structuring, drafting, review and negotiation of all the required agreements and urban regulation analysis of each real estate property. The team also assisted Dekel Group with the structuring of its hotel projects. Álvaro Cala leads the practice and is primarily focused on transactional matters for major clients such as Aldea, Hilton, IHS, Terranum Inversión; while senior associate Natalia Hernández, who coordinates the real estate practice as a whole, focuses on urban and zoning regulations and planning. Associate Juanita Bermúdez, who focuses on real estate, hospitality and agro-industry, is also noted.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s telecommunications team ‘is top notch and has tremendous expertise in this market’, providing ‘excellent value for the money’. The firm advises national and foreign telecommunications, satellite and television services providers in relation to their entrance into the Colombian market. Additionally, it also acts on cybersecurity matters, entertainment law and sports law. ‘Stand out’ practice head Sergio Michelsen (‘an excellent resource’), led advice to HBO Latin America Group on the deployment of HBO GO in Colombia, providing regulatory advice on personal data protection laws and regulations, and analysing the impact of said regulations upon data collection operations. The tam also assisted the client in connection with parental control mechanisms. Senior associates Andrea Bonnet ‘who has great experience in technology and telecommunications matters’ and Juan Nicolás Laverde are also noted. Other clients include Hughes Network Systems, Plural Comunicaciones, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Facebook.

Leading individuals

Sergio Michelsen - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Bonnet - Brigard & Urrutia

Juan Nicolás Laverde - Brigard & Urrutia

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Full-service firm Brigard & Urrutia provides a comprehensive service and the tax department is often involved in ground-breaking transactions with a cross-border component. Practice head José Andrés Romero is advising Producciones RTI-Telemundo in a dispute regarding the tax aspects of the export of services in the movie industry, where products are traded abroad and subsequently broadcast or transmitted in Colombia. The team is also advising the client in relation to the structuring of different alternatives for the shareholders regarding the development of new productions taking into account tax implications. Lucas Moreno and head of international trade José Francisco Mafla are also key members of the practice, which counts Dolphin Drilling Group, Bancolombia, High Power Exploration and Icetex among its clients.

Leading individuals

José Andrés Romero - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Lucas Moreno - Brigard & Urrutia

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Brigard & Urrutia

Brigard & Urrutia’s team acts for local and international clients. Luis Alfredo Barragán, with nearly 30 years’ experience, advises clients in domestic and international arbitration and co-heads the practice with Irma Rivera. Both are representing a foreign motor company in a dispute related to a commercial agency.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brigard & Urrutia

Powerhouse Brigard & Urrutia’s litigation team stands out for its size; with 21 lawyers, clients point to a response time that is not at odds with its ‘high quality’ counsel. ‘Each one of its partners and associates is consistently good in providing timely and suitable advice’. Co-heads Irma Rivera and Luis Alfredo Barragán successfully represented a social-media platform in two constitutional actions for the protection of fundamental rights in 2017. The team also achieved a landmark ruling for a mobile operator client, which filed a claim for unfair competition acts and violation of the general obligations established by the Communications Regulatory Commission. Covering a wide range of areas in private litigation, the practice is especially noted for its expertise in the insolvency field, offering a ‘cutting edge, holistic approach to its advice’; associate Susana Hidvegi is highly recommended in this area. Senior associate Felipe Mutis is also praised.

Leading individuals

Irma Rivera - Brigard & Urrutia

Luis Alfredo Barragán - Brigard & Urrutia

Next generation lawyers

Carolina López - Brigard & Urrutia

Felipe Mutis - Brigard & Urrutia

Natalia Angel - Brigard & Urrutia

Susana Hidvegi - Brigard & Urrutia

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Established in 2017, litigation and arbitration boutique Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S is widely recognised as the ‘go-to’ firm for international dispute resolution. Name partner Eduardo Zuleta is ‘a leader in the international arbitration space’ and is supported by arbitral experts Rafael Bernal, Antonio Aljure, Gustavo Suárez and Rafael Rincón Ordóñez. Best known as a litigator, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Daniel Posse is increasingly active in the sector and is a member of the Colombian Arbitration Committee. Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango at Brigard & Urrutia is highly regarded by peers and clients. Suescún Abogados’ recent highlights saw Felipe Suescún de Roa successfully represent Carbones del Cerrejón, Anglo American and Glencore in an ICC arbitration against a Spanish-Colombian consortium relating to the construction of a marine project. Founding partner Jorge Suescún Melo is also noted for domestic and international arbitration, and regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator.

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