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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Hector Hernandez

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Labor, Dispute Resloution




Héctor focuses his practice on labor and dispute resolution. He has ample experience in civil, labour and commercial dispute resolution, representing clients in front of courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. His expertise has contributed to the firm’s success in this area. He provides clients with litigation advice in the areas of civil, commercial and labour law. He focuses on the representation of clients in negotiations with unions and employees. He has advised foreign clients in relation to Colombian labour and social security law, and has coordinated labour due diligence for several companies. He also has experience in dispute resolution and commercial litigation in front of judicial courts and arbitration tribunals. His past counseling includes litigation related to competition, intellectual property, labor and administrative areas, utility, tax, media and entertainment law. He has more than 30 years of experience consulting in labour matters for companies in the hydrocarbons sector, amongst others. He has been a professor at the Universidad del Rosario, where he taught introductory courses to law. Chambers Latin America 2016 mentions: “Market commentators recognise the expertise of Héctor Hernández and describe his service as "excellent," adding that "he helped on everything." He is highly experienced in administrative, employment and intellectual property disputes.”


Spanish, English


Labor attorneys school, Colombia 2014 - 2015 Labor committee of the Amcham, Colombia 2011 - 2015 Labor committee of the Andi, Colombia 2010 - 2015


Universidad del Rosario Law Degree – 1988.


Labour and employment

Within: Leading lawyers

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Labour and employment

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.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

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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Within: Leading lawyers

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Litigation

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.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Uría Menéndez’s Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid partners regularly handle high-profile arbitrations, with recent cases including disputes heard in the ICC and LCIA. The hire of Gabriel Bottini in Madrid has enhanced the firm’s investment treaty arbitration expertise. The practice also has a very strong network of offices in the region, working closely with its regional partner firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. In Colombia, Héctor Hernandez is representing an overseas consortium in proceedings arising from alleged breaches of an EPC contract, while in Chile Cristián Conejero is acting in a mining-related arbitration. Miguel Virgós and Jesús Remón head the international arbitration and litigation practices, respectively, from Madrid. Counsel Valeria Galíndez is a key contact in São Paulo.

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