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Jose Luis Suárez

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Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Banking, Finance & Capital Markets


Managing Partner of the Firm, Co-leads the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice group, member of Corporate / M/&A group.


José Luis has worked as a foreign lawyer at Slaughter & May in London. He has been a university professor of undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Among his chairs are the introduction to law and specialized seminars on financing projects and international transactions.

In the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice, he is permanent advisor to several of the main national and international banks in matters including financial regulation, local and international issues, securitization process and complex financing structures.

He has also advised companies in the sectors of energy, finance, media, public services, telecommunications, technology, in matters that include mergers and acquisitions, structured financing and investment schemes, and local and international placements.

José Luis has led the legal teams in 95% of the processes of share democratization that have taken place in Colombia.



English, Spanish


IBA member.


Attorney from Universidad de Los Andes; Specialist in Financial Law from the same University and LL.M from Harvard University.


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

José Luis Suárez - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Within: Banking and finance

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’s 20-strong practice group handles sophisticated and innovative matters across the full range of banking, finance and capital markets transactions, including complex, cross-border deals. Ricardo Fandiño heads the department, which recently acted as Colombian counsel to a banking syndicate comprising Banco Nacional de México, Santander, Scotiabank Perú, Cofide and Bancapital on the financing granted to Grupo Auna for the acquisition of Grupo Las Américas and the refinancing of Peruvian healthcare institution Oncosalud. Managing partner José Luis Suárez advised Scotiabank and Mizuho Bank on granting a credit line of up to $665m to Ecopetrol for corporate financing. Daniel LondoñoAdriana Moreno (who has over 20 years’ experience in capital markets and heads the firm’s Medellín office) and senior associate Cristian Cruz are also key members of the team. Other clients include JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Sura Asset Management and Deutsche Bank.

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Within: Projects

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) is strongly recommended for its integral analysis of complex infrastructure projects, such as Bogota’s first metro line, in relation to which the team is advising Empresa Metro de Bogotá on day-to-day matters, in particular the revision of loan and concession agreements, licensing matters, procurement and operations. Jose Luis Suárez and senior associate Paola Larrahondo (director of projects), co-lead an 11-strong team, with senior associates Diana Bogotá and Juan Ucrós  also noted. Firm senior partners Ricardo Fandiño, Germán Villamil, Paula Samper and Patricia Arrázola all participate extensively in the sector, giving additional bench-depth. The practice was selected by the National Department of Planning, as part of a consortium with EY, to study the feasibility of a PPP project for the implementation of a 100% electric bus transportation system on the islands of San Andrés and Providencia in the Caribbean. Other clients include Ashmore Management, Covipacífico, Autopista Río Magdalena and Hydroglobal.

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