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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

With deep understanding of how the public sector works’, infrastructure-focused firm Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is experienced in advising public and private clients involved in major public-private partnerships, concessions and infrastructure projects in Colombia, such as the capital’s first metro-line project. Indeed, the firm is currently advising FDN and Empresa Metro de Bogotá on the negotiation and closing of various loan agreements with the IDB, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB); the final credit closure is expected to reach $1.68bn. Jorge Gabriel Taboada leads the practice, with key name Álvaro Gasca leading the assistance to FDN and Empresa Férrea Regional on the structuring of the financial closure of the second and third stages of the TransMilenio transportation project in Soacha, near Bogotá. Álvaro Durán is also noted.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Infrastructure firm Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados advises both public and private sector entities on M&A transactions in the telecoms and financial services areas. Recent mandates saw the team lead on the legal restructuring of Santiago de Cali’s mass transportation system (SITM-MIO) in order to ensure its future feasibility. Álvaro Durán is the key name.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados’ expertise in special regulations regarding energy generation and water resources is widely recognised due to the firm’s profound niche expertise in the construction and operation of public services utilities. Jorge Gabriel Taboada and Gustavo Osorio lead the team, with Álvaro Gasca a third key figure. The firm is structuring the PPP projects of Canoas wastewater treatment plant in the city of Soacha, as well as the water supply and sewage system of the city of Santa Marta. It is also advising the Superintendence of Public Utilities with regard to the entire procedure of intervening in Electricaribe, one of the most important energy suppliers in the Caribbean Region, which went into liquidation; the mandate includes the representation of the Colombian state in potential litigations related to the administration and liquidation process. Other mandates include advising Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB) on developing an analysis of all the projects under execution in the energy sector - specifically those involving energy transmission. The team also acts as a strategic business adviser to EEDAS, CEDELCA and DISPAC.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is particularly recommended for its handling of public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Álvaro Durán and Jorge Gabriel Taboada, both ‘always willing to collaborate’, head the team, with Álvaro Gasca (‘very specific in his concepts’) and Carlos Andrés Sánchez also key members. Since 2017, the practice has been part of a consortium advising the Government on the construction, operation and maintenance of Bogota’s first metro line, a flagship $4.3bn project, handling the drafting of the preliminary documentation for the transaction, as well as the international bidding process which attracted seven interested parties. In other work the team is advising Empresa Férrea Regional on the structuring of Regiotram, an $800m suburban train project in Cundinamarca. Other mandates included acting as legal advisers on the structuring of the Hospital Infrastructure Programme -involving the construction, provision and maintenance of six public hospitals in Bogotá - via a PPP mechanism.

Leading individuals

Álvaro Durán - Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Next Generation Partners

Carlos Andrés Sánchez - Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Álvaro Gasca - Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is a firm with ‘a very deep knowledge’ of regulatory issues in the telecoms sector and provides ‘business-oriented answers’. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘constant efforts to understand our business’, and that the team is ‘always reachable and available’ and gives ‘quick answers’. With close to 20 years’ sector experience, Carlos Andrés Sánchez (whose ‘practical vision helps in the process of finding a solution or a strategy for any given issue’) heads the seven-strong practice, with managing partner Álvaro Durán and Gustavo Osorio also key senior team members. The firm advises Level 3 Communications (now Century Link) on a regular basis; it advised the company on its merger with Century Link, including competition-authority clearance; its data protection policy and the drafting of a data-protection manual based on the accountability of all the staff members; and the calculation of regulatory fees payable to the Communications Ministry. Other work saw the team advise Runt on contract compliance and representation in litigation regarding the databases of the national registry of transportation, and assist Echostar Corporation with various TMT matters, including the registration of a satellite in the Andean satellite registry. Other clients include Microsoft and Arus.

Leading individuals

Carlos Andrés Sánchez - Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

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