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Daniel Rodríguez

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CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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Daniel is Partner and head of the Public Procurement area, and co-leads the Compliance, Banking & Finance, and Real Estate & Construction practices for the Firm.




Daniel is Partner and head of the Public Procurement area, and co-leads the Compliance, Banking & Finance, and Real Estate & Construction practices for the Firm. Within the Banking & Finance practice he leads the structured, project and corporate finance areas and co-leads the restructuring and insolvency focus area. Within the Compliance practice he leads the risk management, prevention of money laundering, financing of terrorism, corruption and smuggling of goods focus areas.  His experience covers matters and clients from various sectors including Energy; Infrastructure & Projects; and Technology, Media & Communications. He is admitted to practice in Colombia and in the States of New York and California in the USA.

With more than 15 years of experience, Daniel has represented project sponsors, banks and other lenders, as well as infrastructure and construction companies, EPC contractors, investors, guarantee issuers and borrowers in a variety of infrastructure, project and corporate finance complex transactions. He has a significant expertise regarding the social, environmental and land acquisition complexities related to project finance deals and infrastructure projects. He has also been involved in some of the country´s most delicate, local and cross-border, white-collar related controversies and investigations. He frequently lectures, writes and gives national and international conferences on the subjects of his expertise.


English and Spanish


  • Member of the New York Bar Association
  • Member of the California Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Colombia Bar Association
  • Chair of the Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-
  • Member of the Colombian Chapter Commission on Commercial Practices of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-
  • Member of the Colombian Chapter Commission on Banking Practices of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-
  • Member of the “A” list of arbitrators of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá
  • President of the Security and Risk Management Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce -AMCHAM-
  • Member of the Commission summoned by the Colombian Government to Implement and Draft Regulation on Secured Transactions new law 1676 of 2013
  • Member of the Panel of Experts summoned by the Colombian Presidency to inform the Organization of American States commission about the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC)
  • Member of the "Colombian lawyers and academics perspective Panel" summoned by the Colombian Government to answer before the OECD evaluation committee to verify compliance with OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions


  • 2007 – LL.M., Master in Corporate and Business Law (Dean's Merit Grant), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2003 – Specialist on Commercial Law, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2001 – Lawyer, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia


Banking and finance

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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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s corporate and compliance department undertakes the full range of corporate transactional matters and has a particular focus on due diligence processes in relation to anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism, corruption and illegal activities, as well as designing and implementing prevention strategies. Renowned for his experience in financial, regulatory and administrative litigation, Juan Camilo Rodríguez co-heads the 12-strong department in conjunction with Daniel Rodríguez and Jacques Simhon. In a cross-border matter also involving Chile and the UK, the firm acted in tandem with CMS Carey & Allende to advise Charles Taylor on its acquisition of the FGR Group, with the team conducting due diligence on the target company’s Colombian vehicle. Clients include Fiduprevisora, Dover Corporation and Apax Partners.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

New entrant CMS Rodríguez-Azuero recently advised the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the comparative review of the contractual model for the allocation of offshore blocks; the input was taken by national regulator AHN for the amendment of the template contract for deep-sea concessions. The advice was provided by the firm in conjunction with CMS’ offices in Brazil, Mexico, Angola and the UK. The local team is also advising Grupo de Energía de Bogotá regarding the electricity and natural gas sectors’ regulatory and public law requirements. Daniel Rodríguez heads the four-strong practice. Other clients include South 32 Energy and Global Green Growth Institute.

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Within: Projects

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises public and private entities on the structuring, design and implementation of infrastructure projects. The practice advised the Inter-American Development Bank, and affiliate Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), regarding a credit facility granted by Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional for the purpose of financing - primarily - 4G road-infrastructure projects. The team continues to advise Conecta Caribe –as sponsor of a PPP project to build a new airport in Cartagena de Indias – on the design of the contracts regarding the feasibility stage of the PPP and the design of the required trust structures, and on other, associated projects to be developed around the airport, as well as the land acquisition process. Practice head Daniel Rodríguez is the name to note.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


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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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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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

CMS continues to underscore its outstanding credentials in power, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure. Having brought in three new associate members from the Andean region into the firm's network in 2017, Mexico City firm CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow became a full member in 2018. It has also attracted a series of lateral hires into its associate and full member network, which includes its original Latin America office in Rio de Janeiro. The firm has achieved particular prominence in engagements linked to Mexico's energy sector reforms (brought in by the previous administration) and changes to Colombia's offshore oil-and-gas regime. Recent mandates include advising both IDB and IDB Invest on a credit facility from Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) for the financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia; Bogota's CMS Rodríguez-Azuero partner Daniel Rodríguez led the team. In Mexico City, a team led by José Antonio Téllez  and Gabriel Salinas Ruiz advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and CKD Infraestructura México on their acquisition of an 80% stake in Enel Green Power's 1.75GW portfolio of eight renewable long-term auction winner projects, including three solar parks and five wind farms. Mexico City partner Enrique Lorente Ludlow also advised the Mexico City government on the concession for the development of the Taxqueña Transport Hub, which includes a subway, inter-city bus transportation, collective transportation, bus rapid transport (BRT), taxis, a 8,500m² shopping center, 13,770m² of office space, a 120-room hotel and a 608-space parking lot. Ted Rhodes is the managing partner of the Rio office and has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure projects. Mexico City's Derek Woodhouse and Santiago partner Jorge Allende Z are also highly rated.

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