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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

In addition to loans and financings, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises local and international financial and banking entities regarding complex regulatory issues and the structuring and implementation of new products or the restructuring of existing ones. ‘Enormously experienced’ founding partner Sergio Rodríguez Azuero and Daniel Rodríguez co-head the nine-strong practice, which assisted Mitsui Auto Finance with establishing its vehicle-finance business in Colombia. The mandate required the design of a contractual structure capable of accommodating the credit and security agreements that will be used by the company’s vehicle financing structure, as well as relevant tax, insurance, financial and antitrust issues. Other clients include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC), Banco de Chile and Global Green Growth Institute.

Leading individuals

Sergio Rodríguez Azuero - CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero provides advice on corporate, commercial and civil law issues for clients with operations in Colombia, and advises on major, sophisticated transactions and cross-border M&A deals. Juan Camilo Rodríguez leads the practice, which advised Eforces on the review and drafting of the agreements required to conclude an integration process of three Latin American companies under the same brand, Xertica. Other clients include South 32 Energy, Interstate Batteries, Círculo de Viajes Universal and Elektra del Milenio. Daniel Rodríguez also receives praise.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises clients investing in infrastructure projects across Colombia. Experienced in risk analysis, the team advises public and private entities on the structuring, design and implementation of infrastructure projects, as well as on their participation in public and private tenders. Co-head of practice Daniel Rodríguez is advising Conecta Caribe – as sponsor of a PPP project to build a new airport in Cartagena de Indias – with the design of the contracts regarding the feasibility stage of the PPP, the design of the necessary trust structures and with other projects to be developed around the airport, as well as with the land acquisition process. Northrop Grumman, Promotora ACR and Inter-American Development Bank are also clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero provides advice to local and multinational companies on investment properties, office space, leisure, hotels, residential developments and retail property. The team advised ACR Group on the legal aspects of the construction of La Serrezuela, a luxury retail centre in Cartagena. Co-led by managing partner Juan Camilo Rodríguez, the practice also advised Savills on an integral study of property titles for office space that would be occupied by the European Union in Bogotá.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s four-strong tax department is led by Juan Camilo Rodríguez. The team advised the shareholders of Axcellnet on the sale of 100% of the equity to an international player in the same sector, Andean Tower Partners, including the structuring of the sale from a tax perspective and the completion of certain conditions present to closing related to tax and foreign exchange matters. Other clients include Círculo de Viajes Universal, Ciudad Lagos de Torca Landowners, Savills and Promotora ACR.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 5

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s lawyers are experienced as arbitrators acting in local arbitration disputes. Founding partner and co-leader of the dispute resolution team, Sergio Rodríguez Azuero served as arbitrator in the disputes between Tecnología y Desarrollo SAS and Bancoldex. While Daniel Rodríguez, who has significant expertise in matters related to project finance and infrastructure development, served as panel chair in the disputes between Fiduciaria Bogotá (Grupo Aval) and Indecon, and Olano Ingenieria – as members of ‘Union temporal Urbe’ – in connection with a major publicly funded construction project in Bogotá.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

Before becoming the Colombian member firm of the CMS international network in January 2017, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero had litigation, particularly financial, regulatory and administrative litigation at its core when still a boutique firm. Sergio Rodríguez Azuero and Carolina Arenas lead one of the few practices in Colombia that cover litigation matters in all areas including criminal issues. With its expertise in financial disputes, the firm acted for a group that fell victim to an illegal deposit-taking scheme in the widely reported Estrategias en Valores and Elite International Américas case. The firm has also advised a company on the interpretation and performance of an administrative purchase agreement entered into with the Colombian Ministry of Defence, as well as on additional disputes. Head of the white-collar practice Jacques Simhon is also recommended.

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