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CALLE 72 NO 5 – 83, PISO 5, BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
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Work +571 326 4270
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Fax +57 (1) 326 42 70 - 606 97 00
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www.lloredacamacho.com

Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s practice brings ‘solidity and legal responsibility in arguments and global understanding of the business’ and is ‘timely according to our needs’. Led by Santiago Gutierrez and supported by Juan Sebastián Peredo (both noted for their ‘long-term vision’), the practice assisted Banco Popular (Grupo Aval) with the review, modification and renewal of its structures for carrying out project finance and secured finance transactions, facilitating the bank’s competitiveness in these market segments. In other work, Colombia Fintech retained the team as its legal advisor in the negotiation of crowdfunding regulations with the Colombian Ministry of Finance and the Superintendence of Finance.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s competition and antitrust practice is particularly active in merger control, anticompetitive practices and unfair competition proceedings. The team, which is especially noted for its expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, is led by Enrique Álvarez with strong support from noted senior associates Darío Cadena and Maria Alejandra De Los Rios. Recent mandates saw it successfully represent Eli Lilly before the antitrust authority (acting on the Ministry of Health's instructions) regarding an alleged breach of price control regulations with a potential liability of $4.5m. Other matters include successfully representing Greif in an unfair competition claim brought by Colvinsa.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Led by Santiago Gutiérrez and Andrés Hidalgo, Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s practice group is experienced in high-profile M&A transactions, especially cross-border deals, in a wide array of industries. The team is currently advising Glaxosmithkline Colombia on a capital reduction with effective reimbursements to the shareholders of its contributions; and also guided Unilever through the procedures required for the liquidation of two of its subsidiaries AC Cosméticos and Culver Colombia, completed in December 2017. On the M&A front, the team acted as local counsel to Harris International (on behalf of Reed Smith LLP in London) on the $425m sale of the CapRock’s commercial business, including assets and operations in Colombia, to SpeedCast International.

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

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s practice is specialised in the mining and environmental segments, offering an integrated service by assisting clients in negotiating and drafting joint ventures, acquisition of companies and mining titles, preparing due diligence, processing environmental licenses, and acting in litigation involving local communities’ rights. ‘BrilliantIgnacio Santamaría heads the area, with senior associate Angela María Salazar also noted. Highlights include handling the due diligence report and financing through a purchase agreement of a $28m acquisition on behalf of Continental Gold. Other clients include Antioquia Gold, Minera Cobre de Colombia, Minera Vetas and Red Eagle Mining.

Leading individuals

Ignacio Santamaría - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

A highly qualified and widely recognized IP law firmLloreda Camacho & Co. does ‘excellent work, with timely response on all trade mark matters, and high expertise and experience in trade mark practice’. Tatiana Carrillo and Alicia Lloreda, both highly regarded, co-head the team. The practice is handling more than 700 patent applications for Gilead in Central America, Caribbean and the Latin America region; and achieved the granting of 23 invention patents on behalf of F Hoffmann-La Roche. Senior associate Natalia Franco is also a key team member.

Leading individuals

Alicia Lloreda - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Tatiana Carrillo - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Next generation lawyers

Natalia Franco - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is experienced in handling labour topics derived from M&A operations, as well as immigration issues and litigation. The ‘very experienced' Enrique Álvarez leads the four-strong team which recently assisted Avianca regarding the method the company should employ for the calculation of labour pension provisions. Other clients include Boehringer Ingelheim and Global HITSS.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s team works closely with the banking and finance practice group, providing an integrated approach to government procurement and infrastructure. Answers are given in a ‘timely manner’ and demonstrate ‘knowledge of the discussed areas’. Andres Hidalgo leads the practice, with assistance from senior associate Carlos Carvajal, who is noted. The team is currently advising KMA Construcciones and Ortiz Construcciones on the structuring of a PPP toll road concession in the northern part of Colombia.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is experienced in advising on all types of legal business operations related to urban or rural real estate assets. Practice head Santiago Gutiérrez advised Alimentos e Inversiones de Colombia Alina on the sale of rural properties to develop tourist projects, mandates which involved the fiduciary project structuring and the development, management and review of purchase and sales agreements. Terrafranco, Flores Ipanema and Deeb Asociados are also clients.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. specialises in regulatory knowledge regarding telecommunications, data protection, entertainment, media and copyright as well as contractual issues. The practice is the primary advisor to Colombia’s major market-share telecoms provider, Claro, part of Carlos Slim’s América Móvil Group. The team has been representing the telecoms company in administrative proceedings before the Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies regarding alleged infringements to Colombia’s Telecom Interconnection Regime, successfully reversing the sanctions imposed. Practice head Gustavo Tamayo led the representation of Star One before the ICT Ministry during its Satellite Registry Procedure, in order to obtain the landing rights in Colombia for the satellite D1 operated by the company. Senior associate Juan Manuel Ojeda provides support on all mandates.

Leading individuals

Gustavo Tamayo - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. advises on clients’ financial processes and operations, including treasury, corporate finance, M&A, cross-border transactions, and project development. The team evaluated the best and optimal mechanism for Roche’s Colombian affiliate to develop a new line of pharmaceutical services (genomic profiling). David García is the key name.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Led by telecommunications expert Gustavo Tamayo, Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s team undertakes both domestic and international arbitrations. The team is representing Mexican mobile telecoms heavyweight, America Movil, in a $2m international investment arbitration case related to a breach by the Republic of Colombia of the Colombia-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

The litigation and insolvency department at Lloreda Camacho & Co. provides advice to multinational and local companies involved in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes and class actions and has niche expertise in pharmaceutical liability, medical malpractice, torts and products liability, among others. The 13-strong practice, led by Gustavo Tamayo, is defending a global pharmaceutical company in a multimillion-dollar class action where the plaintiffs allege sickness due to a globally commercialised product of the company. Other clients include Compañia Hotelera Cartagena de Indias (Hilton Cartagena) and Asociación de Laboratorios Farmacéuticos de Investigación y Desarrollo (AFIDRO).

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