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Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

CALLE 67 NO. 7-35, OF. 1204, BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
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Work +57 1 319 2900
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Fax +57 1 3121 0295
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www.gpzlegal.com
Bogota, Medellin

Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta’s 25-lawyer team stands out for its experience in derivatives, private equity and capital markets, including outstanding expertise in IPOs. In a recent mandate, Ricardo Fandiño and Germán Villamil led advice to Bank of America (as the arranger for the syndicate of lenders) on the Colombian aspects of Pacific Exploration and Production’s debt restructuring, with a global value of $5.2bn; and Fandiño, aided by senior associates Adriana Moreno and Cristian Cruz, acted for the underwriters of state-owned Ecopetrol’s $500m bond re-issuance. Daniel Londoño, José Luis Suárez and Andrés Hoyos are also recommended; but Jaime Robledo has moved to Brigard & Urrutia.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Londoño - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

José Luis Suárez - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Ricardo Fandiño - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Next generation lawyers

Adriana Moreno - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Cristian Cruz - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

A visible player in the competition arena’, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta is active in relation to antitrust investigations, leniency applications, unfair competition matters and restrictive trade practices, and is regularly involved in complex merger filings. It is advising the Colombian state on antitrust matters related to the sale of its participation in energy corporation ISAGEN and clearance proceedings for its ultimate sale to private investors; and is also representing Soluciones en Telecomunicaciones e Informática in unfair competition proceedings against the client, relating to its outsourcing of services to Claro in the country. Other significant clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Valorem, Avianca and Yanbal. The ‘experienced’ Mauricio Jaramillo heads the practice.

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Mauricio Jaramillo - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta’s corporate team provides ‘service of the highest quality; the partners and junior members are always responsive, and have proven to possess a very robust business acumen/industry knowledge’. The practice has outstanding expertise in public and private target acquisitions, including negotiated and hostile purchases and highly complex cross-border transactions; it advised Credit Suisse and Inverlink for example (who were acting on behalf of the Colombian state) on the $2.1bn sale of the state’s interest in ISAGEN to Brookfield Asset Management. The team also acted for CIFIN’s shareholders (comprising 17 banks) in negotiating the sale of a 71% interest to TransUnion Netherlands II ExxonMobil, Guirnaldas, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB), and Open Market are also clients. Andrés Hoyos, Pablo Rabelly, Paula Samper, Daniel Londoño, Patricia Arrázola and recently promoted partner Natalia García are all recommended. Former practice co-head Jaime Robledo has moved to Brigard & Urrutia.

Leading lawyers

Andrés Hoyos - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Patricia Arrázola - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Next generation lawyers

Natalia García - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

An excellent firm in all energy matters’, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta provides ‘appropriate advice for all type of energy projects in the infrastructure sector, and its lawyers are cordial and efficient’. It has an outstanding reputation for its work in oil and gas financing, tax and corporate matters, as well as on environmental and mining issues. It advised the investment banks acting for the Colombian state on Brookfield Asset Management’s $2bn acquisition of state-owned power generator ISAGEN, in what is considered the largest privatisation process in the country in the last ten years. The firm also acted as local counsel to the lenders (as part of the steering committee) on Pacific Exploration & Production’s $5.2bn debt restructuring in Canada, the US and Colombia. The mining practice is headed by Patricia Arrázola, the environment practice by Lina Uribe, and the natural resources practice by Germán Villamil.

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Germán Villamil - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has a 16-strong IP department led by the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Mauricio Jaramillo. It is assisting multinational coffee group Juan Valdez in relation to negotiations of its franchise name in several jurisdictions; and acts as local counsel to Inovia in relation to its Colombian PCT applications. Grupo Argos, Experian, Bancolombia and ThyssenKrupp are also clients. Senior associate Juanita Pérez is recognised for her expertise.

Leading lawyers

Mauricio Jaramillo - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Next generation lawyers

Juanita Pérez - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has earned ‘a solid reputation’ for its work on planning, free trade zones, customs, foreign exchange and related litigation, under the leadership of senior associate Nicolás Potdevin, who is recognised as ‘an expert in customs and foreign exchange’. The practice acts for TCBUEN in relation to free trade zone, customs, warehouses and port qualifications; and also assists Procter & Gamble on customs and international trade issues such as the treatment of import returns and rules of origin for preferential treatment granted by the FTA. Other significant clients include Yanbal de Colombia, PriceSmart, Sodimac, Centelsa and GlaxoSmithKline Colombia.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Highlights for Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta included representing Axioma Comunicaciones in relation to a judicial claim alleging the existence of a contractual relationship while providing services via an agency. It also assisted a well-known international air corporation in the negotiation of settlement terms for senior management personnel of a target company, prior to its purchase. Schaeffler Colombia, OHL and PriceSmart are among its clients. Senior associate Patricia Vergara leads the practice.

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Patricia Vergara - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

A leading firm without a doubt’, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has one of the largest practices in the country and advises major local and international clients on projects in a range of sectors, including oil and gas. It has been involved in most of the tendering processes for the 4G road projects, and is currently instructed in relation to ten major project financing deals. Among its recent work, it acted for OHL Construcciones on the pre-qualification steps relating to a PPP project to finance and build the offices of the Attorney General in the city of Cali, and also on several public bid applications connected to 4G projects, with a total value approaching $20m. The team supported the same client in the preliminary steps of 32 bidding processes before the Colombian National Roads Institute (INVIAS). Ricardo Fandiño, Germán Villamil, Miguel Ignacio Castro, Paula Samper, Patricia Arrázola and Andrés Hoyos are all key figures. However, Jaime Robledo has moved to Brigard & Urrutia.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive approach to clients’ requests, and its knowledge of fiscal requirements and strategies for foreign investors’. The practice has broadened to cover zoning and urban planning regulations and construction licences, and the team is well-versed in the construction and development of malls and retail stores. Practice head Paula Samper led advice to leading corporation PriceSmart on a new project in the municipality of Chía, for the construction of a $50m warehouse club. It is also appointed to advise Kiruna Capital Partners on its real estate operations in the Colombian health sector. Senior associates María Camila Parra and Camilo Cantor are also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Camilo Cantor - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

María Camila Parra - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Led by Mauricio Jaramillo, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta’s TMT group is noted for ‘its advice on data protection and information privacy regulatory issues and general compliance’. It continues to act for Google in several cases concerning its operations in Colombia, involving regulatory, habeas data and privacy protection issues; and also advises Coca-Cola in connection with its regional strategy, covering areas such as web operations, social media, internet advertising and promotions. Other clients include Cementos Argos, Bodytech, Televisa and Decathlon. José Luis Suárez is also a key member of the practice, and is recommended along with senior associate July Galindo.

Next generation lawyers

July Galindo - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has a ‘top-notch’ tax practice with ‘deep knowledge of the area and an outstanding capacity to combine academic tax knowledge with necessary pragmatism’. Tax and capital markets expert Mauricio Piñeros is the key figure, with assistance coming from tax litigation and estate planning specialist Álvaro Andrés Díaz and senior associate Ignacio Vélez. A team led by Díaz successfully acted for Avianca and affiliates in an administrative dispute with the Superintendence of Ports and Transportation, challenging the claim of a surveillance fee. Another highlight saw the team represent Emgesa in appeal proceedings before the Colombian Tax Office (DIAN), the authority having challenged a deduction for investments in the construction of a power energy plant and rejected the application of a tax stability contract between the client and the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy. Other clients include Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), Bavaria and LAN.

Leading lawyers

Mauricio Piñeros - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Next generation lawyers

Ignacio Vélez - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Work highlights for Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta included acting for Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) in an arbitration claim against Petrominerales-Colombia (owned by Pacific Exploration and Production) relating to the terms of E&P contracts, with an aggregate value of more than $200m. The practice is also acting for IGT Games in $16m arbitration proceedings against public body COLJUEGOS (which has the country’s gambling monopoly) over alleged breach of concession contract terms. William Araque leads the practice following Eduardo Zuleta’s departure to start his own practice.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Now under the direction of ‘renowned practitioner’ William Araque, following Eduardo Zuleta’s departure, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta has been involved in some of the country’s most notable litigation cases. Among its work highlights, the team acted for SERVIENTREGA and its major shareholder Luz Mary Guerrero in a dispute initiated by two plaintiffs claiming ownership of a 10% interest in the corporation and in all the companies belonging to the conglomerate since 1980. The firm is also representing Chevron in a $20m dispute before the Administrative Court of La Guajira relating to tariff components which gas producers can transfer to purchasers. Senior associate Daniel Araque is also a key member of the practice, but fellow senior Paula Vejarano joined Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas .

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Zuleta - Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S

William Araque - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Araque - Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta

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