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DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

CARRERA 7 NO 71-21, TORRE B OF 602, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
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Work +57 1 317 4720
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Fax +57 1 317 3032
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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s practice attracts praise for the ‘depth of its consultancies’, ‘excellent response times’ and the fact that ‘the partners attend the issues and their costs are in line with the quality of the service’. The firm works across the spectrum of banking and financial transactions and regulation. Led by Camilo Martínez, ‘a lawyer with a lot of knowledge and judgment, and with great experience in financial and banking matters’, the team advised Coviandina on the execution of a bridge loan agreement for the Chirajará-Fundadores PPP road project. The practice group has also been enriched by the broad experience of Juan Manuel de la Rosa, who joined from Baker McKenzie S.A.S. in January 2018 as co-head of the corporate M&A practice group. Sebastián Celis is also a key name.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s multidisciplinary team, which includes economists and lawyers with prior experience in the competition authorities, is led by María Claudia Martínez Beltrán; office manging partner Camilo Martínez is also a key member. The practice has experience in the agroindustry, TMT, automotive, oil and gas, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, among others, and notable recent mandates include advising Postobon on an investigation into alleged antitrust practices related to factoring. Other clients include Magnofarma, EPK Smart Kids, Electricas de Medellin Ingenieria y Servicios.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

Clients of DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán applaud ‘the knowledge of the partners, the response times, the quality of the work, the accompaniment throughout the process responding to the needs on different fronts and the quality / price ratio’. The now 11-strong practice is led by ‘client favourite’ Camilo Martínez and made the headlines with the hiring of leading corporate practitioners Juan Manuel De La Rosa and Felipe Quintero (from Baker McKenzie S.A.S. and Garrigues, respectively), as well as José Miguel Mendoza a former head of the Colombian public utilities supervisor, Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos. The move substantially strengthened the office’s bench at partner level. Recent mandates include advising Accel-KKR on its acquisition of a majority stake in Colombia-based Siigo from Invtecinf. Additional matters included advising Keyran and Saturde Investment International on their $48m sale of thermal and solar operator GENPAC. Senior associates Andres Afanador and Sebastian Celis are also noted. Other clients include Highbridge LLC, QBO Constructores, Putney Capital Management and Concesionaria Vial Andina – Coviandina.

Leading individuals

Felipe Quintero - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

Juan Manuel De La Rosa - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán represents clients in judicial, arbitral, and corporate issues of the insurance and reinsurance sectors, both at the local and international level. The practice, led by Sergio Rojas, has been busy representing insurance companies in litigation cases derived from the issue of fiscal liability arising from actions by Colombia’s fiscal oversight body, the Contraloría General de la República.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

Created in 2016, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s core labour practice is experienced in personnel restructuring and advice regarding transfer of personnel in M&A transactions, as well as advice on collective labour law, litigation, social security, immigration and administrative proceedings before authorities. The team acted for Grupo IGA in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with Sintraimagra, one of the biggest unions in the food industry in Colombia. Senior associate Andrés Felipe Paz is the primary contact.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s practice group has notable experience in local projects, advising authorities, national and international lenders and sponsors, including some participants in both 3G and 4G road projects. Managing partner Camilo Martínez heads the practice, with Felipe Quintero, who joined the firm from Garrigues in early 2018, also a key name due to his extensive experience in leading on important infrastructure projects. The practice is currently acting as legal counsel to Sociedad Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar – Corficolombiana on the financial closing of the 4G Chirajará-Loboguerrero highway.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is experienced in industry regulation, litigation and TMT proceedings before the public authorities and the practice group is leading legal counsel to radio stations Canal RCN and Canal Caracol. Senior associates Maria Claudia Martínez and Julián Solorza are key names in the team, for which recent mandates included advising SITA on Telecommunication Register matters so as to ensure compliance with the telecom regime.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

Led by Felipe Ospina, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s tax department works closely with the firm's other practice areas, in particular with regard to M&A transactions. On the transactional front, the team continues to advise on the tax aspects of the purchase of the La República newspaper; it is also representing Proyectos de Infraestructura in an administrative claim against the tax authority, DIAN.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s team has experience representing clients in both national and international commercial arbitration before well-known domestic arbitral institutions. Led by Camilo Martínez, with Julián Solorza in support, the practice is representing Best Luck in a $50m arbitration against Alianza Fiduciaria concerning the execution of a trust agreement, whose objective was the construction of building projects on the Caribbean coast.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán undertakes litigation and arbitration processes, both in national and international courts, for local and international clients in disputes arising from all areas of business law. Clients include Incolbest, Asocaña, Banco Comercial Av Villas, Bolsa De Valores De Colombia Avinsas, Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Fondo Nacional De Gestion Del Riesgo De Desastres QBE Seguros, Chevron Corporation and Mercadeo Y Moda (Mango Colombia). The firm is representing the Colombian Sugarcane Growers’ Association in a constitutional action brought by a plaintiff group against the whole Colombian sugar industry for alleged damages amounting to $4.9 bn. The team’s counsel also saw EPK Kids Smarts obtain a favourable ruling in a commercial dispute brought for an alleged usurpation of brand and in which the claimant was requesting the closure of the company’s 60 shops. Camilo Martínez leads the nine-strong team, which has grown with the addition of José Miguel Mendoza, former head of the Colombian public utilities supervisor, as partner. Senior associate Julián Solorza is also a key member of the group.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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