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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

CARRERA 9 74-08, OFFICE 105, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

First port of call for many corporations in banking matters’, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is praised for its ‘hands-on approach to transactions, excellent response times, and deep knowledge of the field’. It handles financial transactions and regulatory matters for financial institutions, as well as borrowers and sponsors. In a recent work highlight, a team led by Juan Fernando Gaviria and Jorge Di Terlizzi assisted Goldman Sachs and others in connection with the financing of the Pacífico 3 highway (a 4G concession project), the credit facility involving the multimillion issuance of series A and B notes (in US dollars and COP respectively) and a four-tranche COP multibillion loan. Claudia Barrero advised Brookfield Asset Management on BRE Colombia Investment’s acquisition of an additional 16% stake in ISAGEN, in accordance with current privatisation law. Other clients include Sumitomo Mitsui, JP Morgan, Bancolombia, and Banco de Bogotá. Gaviria and Barrero together with Hernando Padilla and Javier Valle lead the team. Senior associates Carolina Duque and María de Bedout are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Claudia Barrero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Juan Fernando Gaviria - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Duque - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

María de Bedout - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría serves local and international clients across competition litigation, regulatory proceedings, cartel investigations, pre-merger clearances and audits. Among its recent work highlights, it acted for CMPC/Drypers Andina in two cartel investigations initiated by the SIC concerning the baby diaper and soft tissue markets, including assisting with the successful leniency applications made by the client; and advised Pfizer on merger control proceedings in Colombia regarding its acquisition of parts of AstraZeneca’s antibiotics business. Other clients include RCN Radio, Stanley Black & Decker, Cementos Argos and Konecranes. The practice is led by Martín Carrizosa and Diego Cardona.

Leading lawyers

Martín Carrizosa - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Alejandro García - Brigard & Urrutia

Diego Cardona - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The 38-strong corporate team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is praised for its ‘technical skills, modern approach and “can-do” attitude to instructions’. The practice covers corporate structuring, commercial contracts, public offerings, the formation of equity funds, and national and international M&A. Juan Carlos Rocha led advice to Canadian company Brookfield on its $2.1bn acquisition of a 57.6% stake in recently privatised power corporation ISAGEN, followed by the $1bn purchase of an additional 26.2% stake. Claudia Barrero acted for Medellín-based Grupo Argos on its acquisition of an additional 43.8% interest in ODINSA, involving an exchange tender offer paid in cash and preferred shares. Felipe Cuberos advised Danone group on its sale to Alqueria of its stake in their Colombian joint venture Danone Alqueria, and also on licensing issues relating to the Activia and Nutriday brands. Tax specialist Martín Acero, Hernando Padilla and Nicolás Tirado are other active members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Claudia Barrero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Felipe Cuberos - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Nicolás Tirado - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has expertise across environmental, mining, industrial, energy, infrastructure and real estate projects, and is ‘a leading name in the energy sector and the first choice for many local and international corporations’. Co-head of the practice Sandra Manrique advised Macquarie Capital on legal and regulatory issues related to the development of three hydro facilities, including assisting in the structuring of financing and the drafting of PPAs. The firm also provided regulatory advice to Neoen EnR Mexico concerning the development of a photovoltaic project in La Guajira department; and advised Sumitomo Mitsui on environmental matters connected to the financing and closing of the Concesión Autopista Conexión Norte project. Associate María Margarita Lorduy co-heads the practice.

Leading lawyers

Sandra Manrique - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Diana Salazar - Posse Herrera Ruiz

María Margarita Lorduy - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

With strong local and regional coverage, across Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has wide-ranging expertise covering areas such as the drafting of IP manuals, prosecution, IP litigation, and unfair competition, in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, food and drink, consumer products, manufacturing, technology, and banking and finance. The team advised Fundación Carulla on trade mark and copyright matters and data protection policies connected to its educational learning platform AEOITU; and represented Sodimac, as claimant, in a claim for trade name infringement by Sodimac San Rafael, in which the defendant was ordered to modify its registered company name and pay damages. The key figures in the practice are Mauricio Patiño and the following associates: Camilo Suárez, who heads the IP and unfair competition practice; Gerardo Flórez, who leads the international trade mark prosecution, copyright and data protection team; and Zoraida Fonseca, who heads the local trade marks and patents department.

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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

The four-lawyer practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is headed by Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo, and covers planning, structuring and consultancy, free trade zones, foreign exchange, import/export services, customs, anti-dumping and tax. Acero advises Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena on custom tax, corporate law and foreign exchange matters related to its port activities. The firm also assisted Schrader Camargo Ingenieros with the completion of its joint venture agreement with HUBER SE for the design, construction and six-month operation of the extension and upgrade of EPM’s wastewater treatment plant, including advising on structuring of the project in a customs- and tax-efficient manner. Polipropileno del Caribe, Hosa and Teleperformance Colombia are also clients.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s strengths include its ‘thorough knowledge of the local legal system, quality of service and availability of partners’; ‘its lawyers make clients feel confident about every step they take’. The ‘prestigiousHéctor Hernández co-heads the team, and recently led advice to Ripley International on the structuring, negotiation and implementation of a retirement plan for the company’s 1,300 employees in the context of its winding-up of operations in the country. The practice also assisted Mondelēz Colombia in preventative matters related to its 900-plus employees in Colombia, covering a review of employment contracts and compliance with social security obligations; and also representing the client before the Ministry of Labour in administrative proceedings across the country. Associate Carolina Porras, who co-heads the practice, is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

A very visible name in the projects field’, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises an outstanding list of local and international clients on port, airport, road, railway and PPP projects, from their inception and structuring to completion. It advised Inter-American Development Bank on the financing of a $300m PPP for the construction, rehabilitation, improvement, operation and maintenance of the Perimetral de Oriente toll road concession; and also acted for Goldman Sachs on the financing of the $650m Pacífico 3 toll road concession PPP. Another highlight saw the team advise Brookfield Asset Management on the acquisition (via its subsidiary BRE Colombia Hydro Investments) of power generator ISAGEN. CINTRA, Corpbanca, Corficolombiana, JP Morgan and Banco Santander are also clients. The practice is led by corporate and finance expert Jorge Di Terlizzi and Juan Fernando Gaviria on the banking and finance side; they are supported by associates including Carolina Duque, María de Bedout and Carlos Eduardo Padilla.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Di Terlizzi - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Juan Fernando Gaviria - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Duque - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a well-deserved reputation for its work on significant urban and rural projects, advising local and international clients on structuring issues, land acquisitions and other matters. It acted for Fondo Privado de Capital on the purchase of a 49% fiduciary interest in the Viva Malls real estate trust, with Juan Carlos Rocha leading the advice. It also advised Colvalor Propiedades Colombianas on the acquisition of several properties intended for commercial development. Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia (FIC), Ospinas & Cia, and Ripley International are also among its clients. Felipe Cuberos and associate Silvia Avendaño are other key members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Juan Carlos Rocha - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Silvia Avendaño - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

One of the best firms in the country for tax issues’, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s 12-strong team is led by the ‘knowledgeable and creativeMartín Acero and ‘leading practitionerCarolina Rozo. Recent work includes advising Schrader Camargo on general tax issues and the structuring of two infrastructure projects in Colombia and the Dominican Republic; and acting for Daabon Group in a complex tax structuring for the acquisition of Odinsa’s interest in Sociedad Portuaria de Santa María. Procafecol, Stanton Group, Terranum Corporativo and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff are also clients.

Leading lawyers

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría represents foreign and domestic clients in complex disputes before local and international arbitral courts, and covers all stages of arbitration proceedings and other ADR mechanisms. It is currently acting for an international consortium and two Colombian corporations in an international arbitration claim concerning alleged breach of a complex EPC contract relating to a $100m infrastructure project. Julio César González and Héctor Hernández are the key names.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s lawyers are ‘very well acquainted with international and domestic disputes’. The group is currently acting for two major corporations in over 100 claims for land restitution connected to mining concessions in several regions of the country; and co-head of the team Héctor Hernández is representing a gas and energy corporation in a judicial dispute with the Colombian Gas & Energy Agency in relation to an executive order modifying fees in the energy market. Fellow practice head Julio González is also recommended. Sacyr and Caterpillar are among the team’s other clients.

Leading lawyers

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Julio César González - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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