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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Led by recommended Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos’s ‘very supportive and knowledgeable’ practice is experienced in regulatory matters, incorporations, reorganizations, M&A and the liquidation of financial entities, as well as capital markets and project finance. The team advised AdCap Colombia on the liquidation of two investment funds valued at over $53m, due to a major fraud in the securities originator. Other clients include Cooperativa Epsifarma, Emssanar and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Highly recommended, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is a ‘top practice’ for competition and antitrust matters. Alfonso Miranda leads the team with Andrés Jaramillo a key member, both ‘are excellent attorneys and always available’. The seven-strong team acted as legal advisors of DuPont in the merger transaction between DuPont and Dow’s global businesses, which had effects in Colombia, obtaining full regulatory approval. The firm is also counselling Equión, Cerrejon and Deloitte in an investigation launched by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) regarding alleged competition violations as a result of restricting or obstructing the free circulation of invoices issued by its suppliers. Other clients include Chevron, Colombiana Kimberly Colpapel, Samsung, Grupo Aval and Quala.

Leading individuals

Alfonso Miranda - Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Andrés Jaramillo - Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Beltrán - Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos’s ‘specialised knowledge in health issues distinguishes it’. The firm has particular expertise in the health and financial industries, but ‘demonstrating commitment and opportunity’ its experience is far more extensive. The 12-strong practice is led by Juan Pablo González, whose ‘panoramic vision’ of the different areas of law ‘constitute a great strength against the different variables that arise in the business world’. The firm is acting as legal counsel to the Daimler Colombia in connection with the sale of its vehicle retail and maintenance operations, as well as the sale of its current high value premises.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos, also a new entry, is especially focused on the structuring and execution of transport infrastructure. Co-head of the practice, José Vicente Guzmán ‘is the person who knows the most about transport regulations’. The team is acting as legal advisor to ExxonMobil de Colombia on the structuring and execution of the port concessions and port concession contract for a lubricant shipment port with the National Infrastructure Agency.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 5

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

A new entry to the ranking, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos’ TMT practice is led by Juan Carlos Esguerra and Alfonso Miranda. It is acting as legal counsel to BT Latam Colombia regarding its business development, especially for carrier, connectivity and datacentre services. The team is also responsible for coordinating Axesat’s interaction with governmental agencies.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos acts for clients in national and international arbitration tribunals in matters relating to concessions and other public contracts. Founding partner and former Secretary of Justice Juan Carlos Esguerra coordinated the government’s expert commission on domestic arbitration responsible for presenting the bill on arbitration passed by Congress. The ‘excellent’ and ‘very responsive’ team is defending the interests of Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefonica) in a high-profile $100m arbitral proceeding against the Ministry of Technologies to obtain the return of wireless communication service assets. The firm has also recently incorporated maritime specialist José Vicente Guzmán, formerly at his own firm, Guzmán Escobar & Asociados.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Clients, which include Telefónica, Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura, Seguros Bolívar and Coca Cola, highlight that Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is a ‘mid-size firm but certainly, the team provides the same or better service’ than other more sizeable firms in the country. Headed by founding partner Juan Carlos Esguerra and Felipe Piquero, the 14-strong team is representing Coviandina against a lawsuit that seeks to obtain the annulment of an environmental license for the construction of the road expansion from Bogotá to Villavicencio. Andrés Jaramillo is also noted.

Leading individuals

Juan Carlos Esguerra - Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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