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Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero

Tel:
Work +57 1 321 8910
Email:
Web:
cms.law
CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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Sergio is Founding Partner and head of the Banking & Finance practice and co-leader of the Dispute Resolution area for the Firm.

Position

Founding Partner

Career

Sergio is Founding Partner and head of the Banking & Finance practice and co-leader of the Dispute Resolution area for the Firm. In the Banking & Finance practice he focuses in the regulation and bank contracts, securities and capital markets, insurance, and fiduciary law and trusts products. In the Dispute Resolution practice he works in the litigation and arbitration and alternative dispute resolution focus areas.

He is Honorary and Emeritus Professor of Commercial Law and Director of the Finance Law Post Graduate Program at the Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. He is an arbitrator of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and was member of its Court of Arbitration. He is Member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Member of the Group of Experts of the Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance and he is also a Member of the Colombian Jurisprudence Academy. Thus, he is “Chevalier of the Legion of Honor” of the French Government, former President of the Colombian Trust Association and former Director of the Colombia´s Banking Association.

Furthermore, Sergio is the author of the books “The responsibility of the trustee” (Dike, 1977), “Banking Contracts – Its significance in Latin America” (Legis, 6th Ed. 2009) and “Trust Agreements – Its significance in Latin America” (Legis, 1st Ed. 2017) and he is frequently speaker in national and international conferences.

Languages

Spanish, French and English

Member

  • Arbitrator of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce
  • He was Member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Succesal and Trust Law –TIAETL-
  • Member of the Reform Commission of the Financial Sector created by the Government in 1982
  • He was President of the Rosarista Club
  • He was Coordinator of the Study Committee of the “Financial Sector” in the campaign of President Gaviria
  • He was President of the Colombo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • He was President of the “Metropolitan Club”
  • He was Judge in numerous Arbitration Courts
  • He was Member of the G-3 Convention (Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela)
  • He was President of the European Circle of Bogotá
  • Corresponding Member of the Colombian Academy of Jurisprudence and Member of its Legal Analysis
  • He has been Counselor for the Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario during two periods
  • He was Co-judge of the Constitutional Court
  • He was Advisor of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in the current Financial Reform
  • Member of the Colegio de Abogados Comercialistas
  • Member of the Colombian Association of Insurance Law –ACOLDESE-
  • Member of the Colegio de Abogados Rosaristas
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Banco de Colombia (1984-1985)

Education

  • Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, 1966, Lawyer, Bogotá, Colombia


Colombia

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero - CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

Within: Banking and finance

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises national and international entities such as credit institutions, financial service companies, insurance companies and other market players (notably, multilateral finance institutions) in connection with complex financing and regulatory issues. With an ‘extraordinary knowledge of financial services’, Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero and Daniel Rodríguez jointly lead the nine-strong practice group, which recently acted as counsel to Banco Santander on the structuring, negotiation and drafting of an $87m-per-month finance facility granted to Emgesa. Other mandates included advising the IDB on the structuring of the initial financing and a trust scheme in connection with the loan the client extended to payroll-pledged loans business Bayport. Other clients include Banco de Chile, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) and the IIC.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises a mixed domestic and international client roster on, primarily, the structuring of complex private development projects. Co-led by managing partner Juan Camilo Rodríguez and Jacques Simhon, the team is recommended for tailoring its advice and ‘accompanying clients throughout all stages of the project’. The team continued to advise ACR Group on the drafting and negotiation of all retailer-lease contracts associated with its La Serrezuela luxury retail centre in Cartagena, as well as with the acquisition of additional land for the expansion of the project. The practice is also advising Círculo de Viajes Universal on its investment in several major real estate projects, including the acquisition of a 51% stake in a spa in Bogotá. Senior office partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero is also active in the practice. Other clients include Ciudad Lagos de Torca Landowners, Colegio Colombo Hebreo and Aldea Proyectos.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration

Within: Arbitration

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s lawyers have ‘strong experience’ in local arbitration disputes. Founding partner - and co-leader of the practice - Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero served as chair of the arbitration panel summoned to decide disputes between Unión Temporal Muelle et al and Barranquilla International Terminal Company and Barranquilla Container Terminal. Meanwhile Daniel Rodríguez, who leads the compliance and public procurement areas, served as panel chair in the disputes between two private parties regarding a purchase agreement.

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Litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero - CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

Within: Litigation

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has had dispute resolution at its core since its original founding as a boutique in 1980, particularly in financial regulatory and administrative litigation. The practice group also houses white-collar crime capability. The 13-strong team is co-led by senior partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero and Carolina Arenas, who has particular expertise representing groups defrauded by Ponzi schemes. Daniel Rodríguez, who leads the compliance and public procurement practices, and Jacques Simhon, who leads the corporate criminal law practice, are also active in the sector. The team is currently advising Banco Internacional de Costa Rica (Bicsa) on the defence of its financial creditor rights in Estraval’s insolvency and liquidation proceeding. Other key active clients include Avantel, Fiduprevisora and Interprint.

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