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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

CARRERA 9 74-08, OFFICE 105, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Tel:
Work +57 1 326 8600
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Web:
www.ppulegal.com

Martin Acero

Tel:
Work +5713268606
Email:
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Work Department

Corporate / M&A, Tax and International Trade

Position

Partner and the firm´s Co-Chair in Colombia

Career

Martín Acero is Co-Chair of the Firm in Colombia. He has advised multiple clients from diverse Colombian and International sectors in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and has participated as advisor and facilitator for local and foreign clients in joint ventures and other types of associations. He has also advised local and foreign clients on national and territorial tax issues, and thanks to his knowledge of international tax matters, he has participated as advisor in multi-jurisdictional projects. Martín has participated hand in hand with Colombian tax authorities in the drafting and preparation of legal provisions, both statutory and regulatory. His counseling of national and international clients has gained him renown throughout the country. He is currently a professor in the Department of Business Law in the Universidad del Rosario. Martín was chosen for two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2015, as a leading lawyer by the English publication Chambers & Partners. International Financial Law Review (IFLR) recognized him as a leading lawyer in 2014, and again in 2015. Both publications are globally renowned for their investigative work ranking the legal firms and lawyers in the world. Chambers Latin America 2016 mentions: "Clients are impressed by Martín Acero's knowledge and ability to quickly provide solutions to highly complex cases, considering him to be "a tax expert." They go on to note: "He is a supremely capable and intelligent lawyer who is also very creative and an effective negotiator."

Languages

Spanish, English

Education

Universidad de los Andes. Post-graduate degree in Financial Law – 1992. Universidad del Rosario. Law Degree - Highest Honors – 1990.


Colombia

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Corporate and M&A

Clients of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría appreciate the ‘agile, timely, deep and successful service’ with contributions that have been ‘decisive for the success of operations’. Claudia Barrero led the counsel to Odinsa in the indirect sale of a 51. 22% stake of Genpac and certain accounts receivable. Hernando Padilla advised Osorio Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Colombian microfinance company Crezcamos; the firm also advised on a loan obtained by Osorio for the acquisition of the holding. Martín Acero, Felipe Cuberos, Juan Carlos Rocha and recently appointed partner Nicolás Tirado also head the practice alongside Barrero and Padilla. Principal associate Luz María Mercado is also noted. Other clients include Gerdau Group, Grupo Argos, Scotiabank, Banco Colpatria, Old Mutual and Team Foods Colombia.

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International trade and customs

Within: International trade and customs

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's international trade area is led by Martin Acero and Carolina Rozo, who ‘not only has a great knowledge of the industry but also manages to understand and measure all the needs of her clients to provide absolutely top service’ .The four-strong team gave legal and regulatory advice to a consortium formed for the importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by Chilco Distribuidora de Gas y Energía, Inversiones GLP, Montagas, Compañía de Almacenamiento de Gas and Grupo INSA; the advice included drafting contracts, the structuring of customs alternatives and negotiations to import the LPG. Other clients include Abbott Laboratories, Productora de Confección, Zona Franca Las Americas and Vitol.

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Tax

Within: Leading individuals

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Tax

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s service is ‘excellent’ as the 15 lawyers who compose the team ‘have the ability to explain complex matters to clients using simple language’. Practice heads Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo are ‘well-known tax advisors’ with ‘a solid knowledge of the Colombian tax system’. Recent mandates include advising Fiduciaria de Occidente on the complex structuring of a private equity fund with investments in several Latin American countries. The practice also provided tax advice to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff regarding the corporate structure required for the construction of the world’s largest telescope (in the Chilean Andes) and which involved association with an American entity. Senior associate Diego Velandia is also noted – a ‘problem solver’, he has experience across tax planning, consultancy and litigation. Other clients include Cartones América, Schrader Camargo and Goldman Sachs.

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