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CARRERA 4 NO 74A-12, BOGOTÁ, DC, COLOMBIA
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Work +57 1 317 7011
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www.duranyosorio.com

Gabriel Taboada

Tel:
Work +57 1 3177011
Email:
Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Oil, Energy and Mining, Projects

Position

Specialist in Banking and Finance, Oil, Energy and Mining and Water and Sanitation and Infrastructure. Currently leads a legal team in charge of litigations arising form large infrastructure projects and advises public and private entities.

Career

Attorney at the Legal Area of the Banco Ganadero (1.983 - 1.984); Independent Attorney and Consultant of Colombian Banks and Multinational Corporations (1.988 - 1.991); General Manager of the Banks and Special Financial Institutions area of the Securities Supernitendence (1.992); General Manager of Economic Regulation of the Ministry of Economy (1.993 - 1.994); General Manager of the National social housing and urban reform Institute-INURBE (1.994); Partner and founder of the Firm Abogados Taboada Hoyos & Asociados (1.994 - 1999), Superintendent of the Securities Superintendence (February 1.999 - June 2002), Partner of Duran & Osorio Abogados Asociados (July 2002-today).

Languages

Spanish and English.

Member

Member of the Legal Services Chamber of the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI). Monthly columnist of Dinero Magazine.

Education

Lawyer from Los Andes University, (1983). Postgraduate studies in finance law and and Banking and LLB, Los Andes University (1988). Master in Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2006)


Colombia

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

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

Within: Projects

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.

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