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In 2015 Martinez Neira Abogados (MNA) signed a cooperation agreement with DLA Piper LLC (US), and became DLA Piper Martinez Beltran. This association meant a complete internationalization of the services offered by Martinez Neira, achieving an important goal in its growing strategy.

Founded in 1996, DLA Piper Martinez Beltran is a prominent and leading law firm in Colombia. The firm specializes in banking, corporate M&A, capital markets, administrative/regulatory law and dispute resolution. The professional careers and the extensive experience of its lawyers allow the firm to have a very well qualified team of renowned individuals capable of providing unique representation for its clients.

Areas of practice

Administrative law/regulated industries: the firm has a solid reputation in representing clients before governmental authorities regarding regulatory matters and governmental authorisations in regulated markets, including natural resources, financial industry, securities markets, energy, pharmaceuticals, water and waste.

Banking and finance: the firm has earned a reputation in this area as the firm to consult for local banks and financial institutions in complex banking and financial regulatory matters and transactions. All major local banks are clients of the firm on an ongoing basis. The firm is also permanently involved in advising foreign financial institutions on doing business in Colombia, as well as representing international clients before governmental authorities. The firm is very proud to be the firm consulting Colombia’s Central Bank on banking and financial regulatory matters.

Capital markets: the firm provides comprehensive advice on securities and is recognized as a leader in this area. The firm has extensive experience representing issuers of securities and many other matters involving capital markets, from the first democratisation in Colombia back in 1999. In 2011 through 2017, the firm was the leading firm in advising on public issuance of stock in Colombia by the amount and number of deals offered through the Colombian Stock Exchange.

Constitutional law: the firm has successfully represented local and international clients in challenging unconstitutional laws enacted by Congress and governmental regulations.

Corporate and commercial: the firm permanently advises local and international clients on virtually all areas of corporate and commercial transactions.

Government contracts: DLA Piper Martinez Beltran represents local and international clients in all the government contracting requirements in Colombia.

Labor: the team focuses on individual and collective labour law, litigation, social security law, administrative proceedings before authorities and immigration law. Clients range from start-ups to emerging multinationals, and some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world. The firm works with them locally and across borders to help them drive consistency, deliver cost savings and identify and manage their priorities and risk across multiple locations.

Litigation: the litigation and arbitration team has been recognized as one of the strongest in Colombia. It represents local and international clients in complex conflicts in all areas of business law, including in commercial, tax, civil, administrative and antitrust matters, both in arbitration tribunals and courts.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm has vast experience of leading and structuring mergers, spinoffs and acquisitions of all sizes. DLA Piper Martinez Beltran advised Porvenir on its acquisition of BBVA Horizonte, and also advised Banco de Bogotá S.A on the acquisition of two major banks.

Clients: the firm’s clients are the largest companies in Colombia as well as international enterprises doing business in Colombia. A list of representative local and international clients is provided upon request.

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish.

Above material supplied by DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán.

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