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Chapman & Asociados

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Barranquilla, Bogotá

Mirna Wilches

Work (575) 3564351 - 3569528 – 3687948
Chapman & Asociados

Work Department

M&A, Tax, and Labour & Employment


Mirna Wilches is a Partner practicing in the areas of corporate / M&A, Tax, and Labour & Employment. She has extensive experience in legal counseling to national and international companies, especially in high complexity matters related to tax, commercial, administrative, and labour law.


Is an expert in handling the administrative procedure before the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which is a very rare feature especially for the complexity and technique that it requires. Her success is due to her extended knowledge and experience needed for the management of labour administrative processes, as well as for her ability to handle this kind of cases from a dual perspective, taking into account administrative law and labor law. This ability is not common, since in Colombia, lawyers dedicated to this matter just focus on labour legislation, and ignore the administrative component involved. The abovementioned can be reflected in the fact that she handled over 800 lawsuits from public entities on labour issues in the past year. Additionally, she is also recognized as an expert on tax aspects of employee payroll. In her professional experience, she has acted for numerous clients in dispute resolutions, has had the opportunity to manage internal and external lawyers and staff in general, has issued numerous legal opinions related to business law and reviewed contracts. Ms. Wilches has also occupied frontline positions in major companies in Colombia such as Prodeco S.A., and Carbones del Cerrejón LLC, reporting directly to the CEO of the company. Ms. Wilches was the Academic Coordinator of the Compendium Theory and Practice of Labour Law, Individual and Collective Party (Legis and the Colombian Bar Association, 2013), and coauthor of the chapter on trade union rights in collective part and has published several articles in local and international publications. Some of them are listed as follows: • Social Security - Selected Topics. Couthor of the chapter of Special Pensions for High Risk Activities. Posted by Ibanez and the Colombia Law Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados Colombianos). • The Right to Strike: A Comparative View. Coauthor of the chapter “The Right to Strike in Colombia”. KluwerLaw International. • Social Law Magazine No. 63 of the Colombia Labour Law Bar Association. Coauthor of the article "The labor law: A current discipline addressing the current economic situation in Latin America and the Caribbean".


Spanish - English


• Law degree. Universidad del Norte. Barranquilla, Colombia • Specialist in Tax Law. Universidad Externado de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia. • LLM. Universidad Externado de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia.


Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Barranquilla-based Chapman & Asociados’ client base is nevertheless nation-wide. The 45-strong team offers ‘quick responses, creative solutions, and an interdisciplinary’ approach, with expertise on issues such as outsourcing, health immunities and unions’ protection. Charles Chapman (‘a very detailed and creative attorney’) and Mirna Wilches (‘updated with the most recent jurisprudence’), who are both very well regarded, co-lead the department, which has been representing the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) in a multi-faceted judicial process to prove the inexistence of a labour relationship between the institution and the “Community Mothers”, achieving a favourable result in the Constitutional Court. The team also successfully acted for Bancolomia in a protection-of-rights case against two judicial opinions that forced the bank to reinstate an employee. Other 2018 mandates included creating a specific strategy to respond to protection-of-rights actions brought by Electricaribe’s employees. Director of labour proceedings Heimy Blanco is also a key practice member. Other clients include Prodeco, Sura, Grupo Nutresa and Ecopetrol.

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