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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados is highly recognized in Colombia for the structuring and restructuring of debt across multiple jurisdictions. Founding partner Diego Muñoz and Felipe Trías (who has over 30 years’ experience), led a team acting as local counsel to Global Quality Steel, as borrower, on a three tranche, $51m senior secured financing; and assisted insurer Talanx International with the acquisition of a 91.33% stake in Generali Colombia Seguros, for €30m. The 10-strong practice group also continued to work with Codere, after last year’s focus on restructuring its €1.2bn debt. Other clients include Grupo Financiero Banvivienda, Cobiscorp and Global Quality Steel (GQS).

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados is particular experienced in transactional work, notably the acquisition of Colombian companies by foreign acquirers and private equity funds on in-bound investment into the country. The 12-strong practice, led by Diego Muñoz and key practitioner Felipe Trías, was boosted with the additions of José Miguel Azpúrua Alfonzo and the return to the firm of Carlos Mantilla Gómez after six years in CCX Colombia as legal manager. The practice assisted Talanx International with its acquisition of a 91.33% stake in Generali Colombia Seguros Generales and a 23.71% stake in its subsidiary, Generali Colombia Vida Compañía de Seguros, from Assicurazioni Generali. Other clients include Sibelco, Cafesalud, Ribera Salud, Medimpact Holdings, Parmalat and Xerox Corporation.

Leading individuals

Diego Muñoz - Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

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

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados focuses on environmental and collective law, acting for clients from the mining, oil and gas, energy sectors on licensing of exploration concessions, as well as in litigation. The team, led by Juan Manuel Sabogal, is representing Doble A Ingeniería in a class action for the protection of collective rights supposedly threatened by the pollution of a wetland near Bogotá. The team also is assisting GeoPark in the analysis of oil easements, environmental responsibility, and compliance with the obligations, as well as with legal claims related to alleged social and environmental impacts on the local population in Casanare. Carlos Mantilla Gómez re-joined the firm and brings additional environmental expertise as well as his corporate know how. Other clients include Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Constructora Bolívar, Explotaciones Carboníferas Yerbabuena and Exsa.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 6

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados’s labour team handles labour aspects for clients from all the firm’s other departments, offering a ‘first quality’ service and ‘always aware of the particularities of the customers’. Joe Bonilla, ‘a real expert in labour matters’ with over 21 years’ experience in the sector, heads the eight-strong practice. The team has been advising Monster Energy on both day-to-day and extraordinary labour matters, notably the drafting and implementation of the company’s health and safety management system.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

With the knowledge and expertise derived from its experience in the highly regulated energy and telecommunications sectors, Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados works particularly on infrastructure for the health and aviation sectors. Recently the practice has been advising a provider of airport intelligent solutions in their bidding processes with the administrative authorities. Founding partner Diego Muñoz Tamayo and Felipe Trías are the key names.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados specialises in services to international companies entering Colombia’s TMT market. The practice, led by Felipe Trias in conjunction with senior associate Fernando Bermúdez has been advising Andean Tower Partners Colombia on its growth and development into a dominant name in the country’s telecoms sector; recent work included acting as local counsel on an acquisition-and-leaseback operation with Avantel involving 112 telecom towers and other assets. The firm has also been developing a focus on start-ups, providing services to companies such as digital payment platform Kushki on its roll out in Colombia and Latin America.

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