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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is a highly specialist boutique which ‘stands out for its solid banking and finance expertise’ and is ‘well known for its work with major institutions particularly in the public sector, as well as for its project finance counsel’. The practice is led by Gabriel Taboada, who previously worked in-house at Banco de Bogotá and is a former Superintendent of the Colombian Stock Exchange. The team advised Ecopetrol on the structuring and implementation of a policy to transfer pension liabilities into a government fund; and senior partner Gustavo Osorio is leading advice to the Superintendence of Domiciliary Public Utilities on the restructuring of various public liabilities of state companies providing public services such as water supply, energy and sanitation.

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

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is a strong player in the energy and natural resources arena; it has a particular focus on hydrocarbon, power and mining projects, and is experienced in concession bids and related matters. The ‘very knowledgeable and experiencedGustavo Osorio heads the team, and managing partner Álvaro Durán and senior partner Gabriel Taboada are also notable members of the practice. The firm has been instructed by the National Planning Department to advise, as part of a team of experts, on the structuring of a PPP for the construction, operation and maintenance of the water supply and sewerage serving the city of Santa Marta. It is also advising Valrex on the structuring of a BOMT contract for the construction of a $10m wastewater plant.

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Projects - ranked: tier 1

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados has ‘a superb reputation’; it is valued for its ‘great advice and in-depth knowledge’, and is considered ‘a reference point on project matters’. The practice acts for local and foreign companies on development mandates. and is also ‘highly recognised’ for its advice to public bodies. It is part of a group of experts assisting the DNP (National Planning Department) in connection with the negotiation and structuring of a PPP project to build the water supply and sewerage system for the city of Santa Marta; and is advising Valrex on the drafting and negotiation of a BOMT contract for the construction of a £10m wastewater treatment plant inside the facilities of steelmaker Acerías Paz del Río. It is also assisting the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) with devising a public policy to be applied to the coal mining industry in the Bocayá, Santander and Cundinamarca regions, seeking to reduce the impact of commodity price fluctuations. Gustavo Osorio leads the team, and works alongside managing partner Álvaro Durán, senior partner Gabriel Taboada and Carlos Andrés Sánchez.

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Alvaro Durán - Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados has built a good reputation in the sector, advising on regulatory, licensing, compliance, data protection and e-commerce mandates, and is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of the area, excellent level of service and creative approach to transactional matters’. Junior partner Carlos Andrés Sánchez leads the practice, and combines ‘vast knowledge of the market with solid legal and commercial skills’. The firm has recently advised Level 3 Communications on matters ranging from regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering to licensing, the provision of services and data protection; and also acted for Heinsohn Business Technology on regulatory and public contracting matters relating to its software and e-platform business.

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