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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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uríahas made its mark in the market with its acknowledged capabilities in international corporate finance and structured finance’, and ‘its growing force draws heavily on the expertise of its network of lawyers in different jurisdictions’. Work highlights included advising Interamerican Development Bank IDB) on the financing of a PPP for the construction, rehabilitation, improvement, operation and maintenance of the Perimetral Oriental highway in Bogotá (a 4G concession project); advising Brookfield in relation to the financing of its acquisition of the Colombian state power generator Isagen; and acting for Goldman Sachs on the PPP financing of the Pacífico 3 road concession project (Autopista Conexión Pacífico Tres). ‘Experienced practitionerJuan Fernando Gaviria leads the practice. Hernando Padilla is also noted, together with associates Carolina Duque and María de Bedout.

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Juan Fernando Gaviria - 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 combines ‘local knowledge with cross-border experience’, and gives ‘up-to-date’ advice. It acts for local and international clients across the spectrum of antitrust matters, covering litigation, regulatory proceedings initiated by the authorities, cartel investigations, pre-merger clearances and audits. Highlights included acting for Cementos Argos (and a number of its executives) in a widely publicised antitrust investigation carried out by the SIC. It has also been instructed by Pfizer in merger proceedings in Colombia connected to its global acquisition of Allergan; and by Siemens in relation to several merger control proceedings in Colombia. The ‘excellent and experiencedMartín Carrizosa leads the team, which includes ‘active and knowledgeable’ senior associate Diego Cardona. Its roster of clients includes Visa and Ecolab.

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Martín Carrizosa - 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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría takes a ‘multi-disciplinary, modern approach to all instructions it receives’. The 34-strong group is ‘technically sharp and has a “can-do” attitude’. Juan Carlos Rocha, who focuses on transactional work, acted for the Colombian branch of Brookfield Asset Management on its $2bn acquisition of a 57.6% stake in Colombia’s largest hydropower plant, Isagen; Claudia Barrero led advice to Grupo Argos on its $168m hostile tender offer for shares in ODINSA; and Felipe Cuberos led advice to PalmElit on the execution of a joint venture for the development, production and commercialisation of palm seeds. Tax specialist Martín Acero and Hernando Padilla are also recommended. Other clients include Bank of America, Siemens, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

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Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is acknowledged for ‘its expertise in litigation and deep knowledge of business matters’. Led by ‘expert and pragmatic practitionerHéctor Hernández and the ‘outstandingJulio González, the team acts for clients such as Husqvarna Colombia, Constructora Rumie and Inverteco. It recently acted as counsel to a major mining company in a $75m class action; and also acted for Constructora Rumie in conciliation proceedings regarding the construction of a Pricesmart store in Medellín.

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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 is a major name for energy work, with the Colombian practice augmented by the firm’s broader regional resources. The ‘client-oriented’ team is praised for its ‘industry knowledge and experience on business matters’. In a notable instruction, it advised Macquarie Capital on legal and regulatory matters in connection with the development of four hydroelectric plants, including the structuring of a project finance scheme and the drafting and negotiation of a corresponding Power Purchase Agreement. The firm also provides advice on an ongoing basis to Terpel in relation to the purchase of natural gas required to operate the company’s service stations in the country. Other clients include Corporación Soluciones Energéticas Integrales, Agencia Nacional de Minería, and Ecopetrol. The team is led by Sandra Manrique, with senior associate Johanna Cajigas also recommended.

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Sandra Manrique - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Under the leadership of ‘experienced practitionerMauricio Patiño, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s IP group is known for its work in trade marks, including filings, and is praised for ‘its excellent knowledge of the relevant areas and its strategic approach’. The team acted for oil corporation Mansarovar Energy on the registration and protection of its EXPLORA programme, covering trade mark and copyright protection, privacy and data protection. The firm also acted for Discovery Communications in its dispute with Juan Carlos Restrepo over the registration of the ‘Discovery Channel’ name in the country; and advised Frank Sinatra Enterprises on its opposition to the application to register the ‘Sinatra’ name. Other clients have included Sodimac, Dupont Colombia and Europcar.

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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s practice is led by tax expert Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo, and covers planning, structuring and consultancy matters in areas such as free trade zones, foreign exchange, import/export services, customs, anti-dumping and tax. It recently acted for Brookfield on due diligence matters relating to its acquisition of Isagen; and was also instructed by Procafecol in a dispute relating to VAT and customs qualifications, including advising in relation to free trade zone tax regimes and foreign exchange and customs matters. Celsia, B Braun Medical and Terminal Fluvial de Andalucía 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 has a small team but a well-established practice, led by ‘prestigious litigatorHéctor Hernández. It advised CPC in connection with its acquisition by Vale’s local holdings; and also advised a leading Colombian multinational chain in relation to its positive discrimination recruitment policy. Clients have included Computec-Experian and Abbott Laboratories.

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Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a proven track record advising on port, airport, road, railway and PPP projects, from the initiation of development and structuring of finance to operability and handover. The practice is jointly led by Jorge Di Terlizzi, who is ‘expert in corporate, and financing matters’, and Juan Fernando Gaviria, who is ‘a recognised figure in the banking, finance and capital markets field’. Carolina Duque is also recommended. The group successfully advised Cintra Infraestructura and Concesia on its bid before the ANI (National Agency of Infrastructure), and its subsequent $1.1bn PPP contract, for the construction of the Bucaramanga-Barrancabermeja-Yondó highway (a 4G road project). It also advised Sociedad Portuaria de la Costa (SACSA) on a $350m PPP project for the expansion of Cartagena airport; and advised Goldman Sachs as the global lead arranger for the $750m financing of the Pacífico 3 Toll Road project, a major 4G concession. Other clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Concesionaria Alernativas Viales and Corporación Financiera de Colombia. Since research concluded, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Carlos Eduardo Pasdilla, formerly of Castro Leiva Rendón Criales Abogados SAS, as practice area coordinator.

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Jorge Di Terlizzi - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has exceptional knowledge of urban and rural issues, and covers areas ranging from mining projects to shopping malls and residential developments. Juan Carlos Rocha leads the four-strong practice, whose recent work includes advising a well-known Colombian property developer on the acquisition of properties and their subsequent development. Other clients have included Terranum and Colombian Natural Resources.

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Juan Carlos Rocha - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s tax team ‘exceeds clients’ expectations’; ‘it excels at every level and its advice is always pragmatic and solid’. The ‘reputable and very knowledgeableMartín Acero is in charge of the practice and advises on tax planning and corporate structuring matters in the oil-and-gas, mining, infrastructure and transport sectors. The firm is also noted for its work designing and implementing cross-border products and tax structures for private equity investors. A ‘great leading figure’, Carolina Rozo is vastly experienced in planning, structuring and transactional matters; and associate María Alejandra Buitrago is ‘diligent, professional and knowledgeable’. The practice advised Brookfield on the tax due diligence and tax litigation contingencies related to its COP6.4bn acquisition of Isagen; and also devised a tax structure for Mitsubishi and Daabon Group’s project to develop port facilities and operations on the Colombian coast. Goldman Sachs and Celsia are also clients.

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Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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