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Prieto is a full-service business-oriented law firm with consolidated prestige in handling complex matters, and is well known by its relevant foreign and local client base. With its broadly experienced team of lawyers, the firm provides legal services across a wide range of practice areas.

Areas of practice

Administrative: Prieto counsels domestic and international companies on public and administrative law, whether during due diligence processes or at litigation phases.

Antitrust: Prieto is highly regarded in this area, having participated in numerous investigations conducted by the FNE and cases before the TDLC.

Banking, finance and capital markets: the firm's strong team of lawyers are involved in securities' offerings, IPOs and project finance transactions, usually representing both local investment banks and issuers.

Corporate and securities: much of the firm's work consists of corporate finance, corporate governance, takeover bids, joint ventures, reorganizations and partnerships, among others.

Customs and trade: Prieto covers several areas in these matters. Customs law and regulations: import, export, classification, custom value, rules of origin, custom due diligences, free trade zones, custom litigation, custom rulings, subsidies dumping and other WTO regulations.

Energy and natural resources: Prieto has an intense and active role in energy and natural resources matters. Prieto counsels national and international players involved in energy generation and transmission.

Mining: the mining department counsels national and international clients on constitution procedures for exploration and exploitation mining rights and their related easements.

Environment and permits: throughout the years, the environmental department at Prieto has evidenced the relevance of permit validity and integrity regarding the acquisition of a company.

Insolvency, bankruptcy and business reorganisation: Prieto is one of the leading firms in restructuring, reorganization and liquidation of companies.

Insurance and pension funds: the insurance department has a solid base of local and international insurance companies and brokers, with an experienced group of specialists that include a former head of the insurance department at the Chilean regulator.

Intellectual property: Prieto offers its clients registration of trademarks, designs, patents, internet, domain names, vegetable varieties and copyrights.

Labor: the firm advises clients in establishing incentive programs for executives and employees, in collective bargaining procedures and in the restructuring of companies.

Litigation and arbitration: Prieto regularly represents clients on relevant disputes related to energy, construction, real estate, retail, insurance, securities and transportation.

M&A: Prieto has a seasoned team with an extended experience in multinational, cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and due diligence work

Public utilities: Prieto has extensive experience in gas, power, water and telecommunication services. It has advised in matters related to the construction and financing of a gas works.

Real estate, construction and infrastructure: Prieto offers comprehensive advice on real estate, from due diligence, financing, purchases, leases and mortgages to planning, development and construction projects.

Tax: the tax department at Prieto advises clients in respect of all tax issues, particularly in the structuring of diverse and complex transactions.


  • Partners

  • 16

  • Other fee-earners: 46

Latin America


Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados continues to consolidate its leadership in the practice of urban and real estate law in the legal services market in Colombia but has also made important achievements in other areas such as environmental, corporate and M&A, tax, conflict resolution and litigation and public law, offering high-quality knowledge and services to important natural and legal persons of great importance in the business world inside the country and abroad. The excellent performance of the firm's legal and technical team in the last year has not only translated into high levels of satisfaction among its clients but has also allowed growth in the number of partners at the firm, going from six to ten, and also in the number of lawyers, going from 45 to 65. Recently Angela Caicedo and Martha Rico were named as new partners in the area of urban and real estate law. Also, Camilo Baracaldo was named in the area of conflict resolution and litigation, with Julian Rojas becoming partner in the area of corporate and M&A.

Areas of practice

Urban planning and real estate: the firm keeps and consolidates an undisputed leadership in this practice, headed by Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Angela Caicedo and Martha Rico, considered number one by Chambers & Partners in the legal services market in Colombia. A highly skilled team of professionals in different disciplines provides advice and accompaniment for the design and development of urban and real estate projects throughout the national territory.

Corporate, civil and commercial: it is one of the practices that has been gaining significant ground in the last year thanks to the arrival of new clients and its excellent results. The team, headed by Felipe Pinilla and Julian Rojas, specializes in the design and implementation of companies and investment vehicles.

Conflict resolution and litigation: under the leadership of two experienced lawyers, Felipe Pinilla and Camilo Baracaldo, the firm has been able to successfully defend the interests of important clients focusing on litigation prevention, but at the same time showing great knowledge that has allowed it to obtain favorable decisions from judicial courts. The team specializes in the accompaniment and representation of natural and legal persons in all kinds of processes and judicial and arbitral litigation.

Taxes, fees and contributions: the prestige and leadership of such a young and dynamic partner as Camilo Caycedo, together with the vast experience of Felipe Pinilla, positioned this practice with enormous success during the last year. This has been possible thanks to the top performance achieved by a team of experts in tax planning, with experience in all legal services related to taxes, fees and contributions.

Environmental and utilities: this is another top-performing area of the firm thanks to the broad experience of Natalia N??ez in corporate, environmental law and sustainability in business groups and law firms with presence in Colombia and Latin America. The team offers complete advisory in environmental law for the development of activities and projects in which natural resources must be protected.

State contracting: it is currently one of the most dynamic sectors in Colombia thanks to the construction of infrastructure through public-private partnerships. The team, headed by David Garzon, provides advice and accompaniment for businesses in state contracting processes.


  • Partners

  • 10

  • Other fee-earners: 55
  • Total staff: 95

Above material supplied by Prieto Abogados.

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