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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s ‘forward-thinking’ practice is led by Santiago Gutiérrez (‘with excellent soft skills’) and senior associate Juan Sebastián Peredo (‘proposes unique solutions to complex problems’). Both lawyers are advising crypto-currency exchange Bitso on structuring different alternatives for the company’s operations in Colombia, given the stringent financial and foreign exchange regulations applicable to this type of asset. The practice group is also assisting crowdfunding platform Mesfix on structuring and implementing a new operational model in order to take advantage of recent regulatory developments applicable to factoring transactions. Other clients include Colombia Fintech, BTG Pactual, BBVA, American Express and Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. enjoys ‘recognition in the market’ for the team’s ‘specialisation in pharmaceuticals’. Enrique Álvarez and Andrés Hidalgo co-lead the six-strong team, which also handles international trade matters; recent mandates include advising Greif on an antidumping lawsuit against Rheem, and undertaking a local merger control filing for Ipsos after the company acquired certain parts of GfK SE’s research division, a matter referred by K&L Gates. Senior associates Darío Cadena and Maria Alejandra De Los Ríos are also key practice members. Clients include Allianz, Constructora Bolívar and Merck.

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

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is ‘experienced in M&A, competition and regulation’. Both ‘recognised in the market’, Santiago Gutiérrez and Andrés Hidalgo co-lead a practice that ‘provides attention 24/7’; it is currently acting for Grupo Almo on the negotiation of a deal with Prosegur for the sale of the company’s security transport business in Central America. With its strong IP practice, the firm has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, and a multi-disciplinary team (working as local counsel in conjunction with US firm Winston & Strawn LLP) advised Capital Management on its multi-jurisdictional purchase of Weatherford International’s laboratory business. Senior associate Raúl Vargas is another key member of the team, which also counts on the participation of Gustavo Tamayo for TMT-related transactions. Clients include América Móvil, Maersk, Goodyear, GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Leading individuals

Santiago Gutiérrez - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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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, assisting in the acquisition of companies and mining titles, processing environmental licenses, and acting in litigation involving local communities’ rights, among other matters. Ignacio Santamaría heads the four-strong team, with senior associate Angela María Salazar also noted; the team is currently participating in the preparation of a project to amend the mining code on behalf of the Colombian Mining Association, in connection with illegal decrees and resolutions issued by the mining authorities. In other mandates, the practice is advising Antioquia Gold in relation to environmental permits and prior consultation processes, and assisting Continental Gold with the restructuring of the Dojurá project, located in the department of Chocó. Other clients include 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.

Specialised in IP, Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s 16-strong practice is highly recommended, with clients talking of an ‘outstanding team of both attorneys and patent experts’ that is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’. Heading the team are Tatiana Carrillo, Alicia Lloreda and Ana María Castro (‘a leading practitioner in patents and life sciences’); all are highly regarded. The practice continues to handle over 900 patent applications - related to HIV, HCV, oncological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular pharmacological products - for Gilead across the entire Latin America region. The firm also obtained patent approval for a joint invention in the biotechnological field of Universidad De Los Andes and Corporación Corpogen; it is seeking similar approval in the US. Senior associates Natalia Franco and Lucía Tamayo are also noted. Other clients include Cortexyme, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Cell Design Lab and Team Foods.

Leading individuals

Alicia Lloreda - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Ana María Castro - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Tatiana Carrillo - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Rising stars

Natalia Franco - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Strongly recommended by clients, Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s four-strong international trade and customs team makes an entry in the rankings. Ignacio Santamaría leads a group that is ‘extremely accessible’, gives ‘prompt responses’ and is ‘up to date with regulatory changes’, thereby managing ‘to quickly assess and mitigate contingencies effectively’. The practice successfully advised Baxalta on the design of a legal strategy to prove the legality of the introduction of a cargo of critical medicines required for the treatment of complex diseases to the customs authorities. It also successfully acted for Greif Colombia, proving to the Minister of Industry and Commerce the existence of dumping practices, which led to the imposition of anti-dumping duties on metal drums (of a capacity equal to 208 litres) imported from Chile. Senior associate Diana Ramírez is noted. Alfa Laval, Roche Pharmaceutical, Goodyear and Boehringer Ingelheim are also clients.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

The well-regarded team at Lloreda Camacho & Co. is experienced in handling labour matters derived from M&A operations, as well as immigration issues and litigation, and has particular niche strength in the entertaining industry. ‘Capable attorney’ Enrique Álvarez leads the ‘quick and efficient’ three-strong team, which recently assisted Sealed Air and Diversey Colombia with a labour substitution process, handling all the deregistration and registration before Colombia’s immigration office, SIRE. Senior associate Marlen Quintero is also noted. Clients include Ocensa, Red Hat, Ixom and Levapan.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

The projects group at Lloreda Camacho & Co. is noted for assisting international and domestic clients with participating in bidding processes for public procurement matters and infrastructure projects. The team successfully advised joint venture Fanalca Transdev Chile in a bidding process held by the capital’s public system transport, Transmilenio, for the operation of a cable car system in the southern part of the capital. Other 2018 mandates included advising European Dredging Company on a bidding process held by the Instituto Nacional de Vías for the dredging and maintenance of the channel of access to the port of Tumaco. Andrés Hidalgo heads the group with senior associate Carlos Carvajal also a key figure.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.’s practice is noted for its experience advising on all sorts of legal business operations involving urban or rural real estate assets. Santiago Gutiérrez, who also leads the corporate and finance practice, and associate Carlos Carvajal, who focuses on real estate and government procurement, co-head the practice group. It recently advised Flores Ipanema on the structuring of the lease and sale of properties in order to expand its cultivation and fulfil applicable licence requirements. Other matters included assisting Implicito Carrillo with the structuring of a project consisting of the construction of co-ownership offices in Bogota; the mandate included the review of all titles and negotiation of all associated agreements – in particular, a guarantee trust agreement. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Andean Tower Parters and Cine Colombia.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Specialising in regulatory topics regarding telecoms, data protection, entertainment, media and copyright, as well as contractual issues, Lloreda Camacho & Co..’s long-established practice is recommended for ‘providing timely, high-quality and knowledgeable advice’. Practice head Gustavo Tamayo, who has over 30 years’ experience in the sector, is supported by key senior associate Juan Manuel Ojeda, who specialises in telecoms and new technologies’ regulation; senior associate Maria Alejandra De Los Ríos, who focuses on data protection and privacy issues, is also a key team member. The practice is the primary adviser to Colombian telecoms provider Claro (part of América Móvil), which has a major market share; most recently the team represented the client in administrative proceedings before the Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies regarding alleged infringements of Colombia’s telecom interconnection regime. Other work saw the team advise Teleset on the registration of its new satellite service offering before the Telecommunications Ministry, as well as advising the client – and Star One (Embratel) – in relation to the legal and regulatory duties of satellite capacity providers. Other clients include Ocesa, Andean Towers, Sonovista Publicidad, Herbalife and Ticket Colombia.

Leading individuals

Gustavo Tamayo - Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. advises clients from across the pharmaceutical, oil-and-gas, mining and retail sectors on financial processes and operations, including treasury, corporate finance, M&A, cross-border transactions, and project development. Ignacio Santamaría heads the six-strong team, which recently advised Roche’s Colombian affiliate on analysing the alternatives for the implementation of a new business unit. Formerly the in-house tax lawyer at national oil-and-gas entity Ecopetrol, David García is also a key practice figure, with sources talking of ‘an exceptional lawyer’, whose ‘knowledge stands out’. Other highlights included assisting GlaxoSmithKline with the distribution of equity accounts to its shareholders, and advising ESAB–West Arco with its corporate reorganisation, which required a reduction of its real estate property holdings. Clients include Goodyear, Boehringer Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Acting both in domestic and international arbitrations, Lloreda Camacho & Co. ‘assimilates the client’s goals and provides excellent recommendations’. A ‘very experienced litigator’, Gustavo Tamayo heads a highly regarded multi-disciplinary team. The practice is working alongside lead counsel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in a $2bn international investment arbitration concerning an alleged breach by the Republic of Colombia of the Colombia-Mexico free trade agreement (FTA); the team is representing claimants America Movil (AM) in a case arguing that Colombia’s intended reversion of certain wireless telecom assets operated by AM’s Colombian subsidiary, Comcel, breaches the FTA. The practice is also representing Gilat in domestic arbitration initiated by UGC-FUSA that alleges the breach of a technological infrastructure-project contract adjudicated by the Colombian Ministry of Telecommunications.

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Litigation
Litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Deeply knowledgeable and very engaged’, Lloreda Camacho & Co.'s litigation and insolvency department provides advice on domestic and cross-border commercial disputes and class actions. Led by ‘recognised figure’ Gustavo Tamayo, the entire the team is noted, in particular senior associates Christian Pérez and Camilo Valenzuela, who joined in 2018 from Moreno Servicios Legales. The practice, which has niche expertise in pharmaceutical liability and medical malpractice, continues to defend a global pharmaceutical company in a multimillion-dollar class action where the plaintiffs allege sickness due to a product commercialised globally by the company. Other mandates included representing Spirit Airlines before the regulator for industry and commerce in a consumer protection lawsuit seeking compensation for the alleged breach of consumer regulations. Clients include Baxalta, Grupo Ondina, Merck Sharp & Dohme.

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