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Brigard Urrutia

Work +57 1 346 2011
Bogota, Cali

Irma Rivera Ramírez

Work +571 3462011 Ext. 8262
Brigard Urrutia

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency




Partner at Brigard Urrutia. Co-leader of the Litigation, Arbitration, and Insolvency team, as well as the Insurance and Reinsurance team. Additionally, she is in charge of the Shared Value Program of the firm.

Mrs. Rivera graduated from the Law School of Sergio Arboleda University and the postgraduate program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Business Strategy at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

With more than 20 years of experience, she has advised national and foreign clients in complex and recognized litigation before the ordinary jurisdiction and arbitration tribunals.

Currently, she is a national arbitrator in multiple arbitration tribunals before the Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and Cali and likewise serves as an arbitrator before the Center of Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru.

She is a teacher in postgraduate and undergraduate programs in various universities. Professor at the Law School of Sergio Arboleda University in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has been invited as a panelist at various conferences at both the national and international level.

She is a member and mentor at the Spanish Arbitration Club (Club Español de Arbitraje CE Mujeres), a member of the Colombian Committee on Arbitration, member of the Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB), member of Arbitral Women and member of the Advisory Board of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre (JAIAC), amongst other organizations.

She has been recognized by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Leaders League and The Legal 500.
She has written in various specialized publications.


Spanish and English


ALAB (Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje), Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje, Club Español de Arbitraje and Woman in law


Lawyer from Universidad Sergio Arboleda. She holds a postgraduate degree in Alternative Methods for Conflict Resolution, Arbitration and Conciliation from Universidad del Rosario.



Within: Next generation lawyers

Irma Rivera - Brigard Urrutia

Within: Insurance

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 practitionerLucas Fajardo is also recommended.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

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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Within: Leading individuals

Irma Rivera - Brigard Urrutia

Within: Litigation

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’. Senior associate Felipe Mutis is also praised.

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