Firms To Watch: Medellín

Agathos Asesores S.A.S. was founded by Carolina Duque (‘an excellent professional, knowledgeable about the subjects on which she provides advice‘) in January 2023; formerly at both Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and Baker McKenzie S.A.S., Duque is an accomplished banking and finance practitioner with particular expertise in the structuring, drafting, negotiation of local and international financings (most notably in relation to projects), as well as contractual matters and sustainable finance.

Medellín in Colombia

As Colombia’s second-largest city, both by population (approximately 2.5m in 2018) and GDP (the region accounts for 14.5% of the country’s total economy), Medellín houses a business and legal market on a par with its national importance. Although heavily impacted by the downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw unemployment in Medellín’s metropolitan area rocket to over 15% in 2020, the local economy has bounced back well. In the main, this recovery can be largely attributed to tax incentives aimed at the city’s technology companies. Significantly, Medellín recently became the first Special District of Science, Technology and Innovation in Colombia — an official position which was signed into law in June 2021. The confirmation of the city’s new status was accompanied by announcements from Mayor Daniel Quintero Calle that foreign companies investing in Medellín would see tax incentives and exemption of up to 100% of industry and trade taxes, alongside other support measures to boost growth.

Alongside its booming tech environment, the region is also known for its activity in electricity generation, textiles, tourism and fashion design (notably, Medellín hosts Latin America’s biggest fashion show, Colombiamoda).

The city’s strategic importance to the country is reflected in its dynamic legal market, which is composed of a mix of niche and full-service firms. At the mid-size regional level, Contexto Legal AbogadosEstudio Siete Legal AbogadosSuma Legal, Serrano Martínez CMA and UH Abogados are all significant players — some of which are also represented in Colombia’s national practice rankings.

The market’s generous size and economic diversity ensures it can additionally support a strong band of sector-focused industry specialists such as insurance boutiques Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados and Londoño & Arango Abogados; dispute resolution firm Arrubla Devis Asociados; and public law outfit Ariza & Marin. Additionally, micro-boutique Alvarez Zuluaga Consultores Legales is recognised for the strong local profile of administrative and constitutional specialist Luis Fernando Alvarez Jaramillo. The city is also gaining traction among national heavyweights looking to build up their local platforms such as Gómez-Pinzón Abogados, OlarteMoure, and Posse Herrera Ruiz; the arrival of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas —which opened a Medellín office in October 2020 — served to reconfirm the importance of the city (and region) from a business perspective.

Alvarez Zuluaga Consultores Legales

Established in 1976, Medellín stalwart Alvarez Zuluaga Consultores Legales has been a feature of the local market for over four decades. The micro-boutique is oriented towards contentious work, including litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on administrative and public law. The group also possesses extensive experience in corporate transactions, international trade, intellectual property, and data protection law. Founding partner Luis Fernando Álvarez Jaramillo is a former president of the Consejo del Estado and enjoys a strong reputation locally for his record in representing companies and public sector entities on state contracts and contentious administrative matters.

Ariza & Marin

Ariza & Marinspecialises in matters concerning the city of Medellín’, according to sources; alongside its local focus, it also demonstrates increasing activity on behalf of national and international clients. Indeed, the firm’s single-site model has proved no barrier to growth, and it added clients across all of its key practice areas during 2022/23, including major names such as AkzoNobel, Grupo Argos, and Proing. The firm is arguably best known for its projects and public law teams, both of which are co-led by Carolina Ariza, who is recommended for her strong skill sets in negotiations and complex disputes, including arbitration; she is advising ICPB on the construction of a new government and administration centre in the municipality of Caldas. Camilo Marín co-heads the projects department, and additionally co-heads the dispute resolution group alongside Ariza; he is advising Consortium Redes Fonseca 2022 on a contract for the optimisation of the aqueduct system of the municipality of Fonseca. Other key contacts include senior associate Luis Felipe Estrada, who spearheads the insurance practice; and senior associate María Paz Restrepo, who joined in November 2022 from the Administrative Court of Antioquia to co-head the public law unit. Senior associate Nicolás López Ochoa left to study abroad in April 2023.


The team specialises in matters concerning the city of Medellín, and in the contracting of one of the largest municipal companies in the country, Empresas Públicas de Medellín. This specialism was what led us to hire the firm, and its performance has been very positive.

Lawyers are very willing to listen to the client. There is a pyramid structure where the most important documents are not sent without the respective review of the most expert lawyers. In the same way, the firm has lawyers specialised in different topics, which means it provides specialist advice.

The Ariza & Marin team demonstrated commitment to the objectives of the legal advice requested beyond the specific reports requested and had enough flexibility to adjust to the new requirements of the advice in times and forms, guaranteeing efficient and effective legal support.

The office has a large interdisciplinary group, which guarantees comprehensive advice regarding the needs of each user, as well as providing ongoing support and monitoring to obtain the expected results.

Each of its members and partners have great human qualities and assertive communication, among which Carolina Ariza stands out.

The team is distinguished by its seriousness, order and commitment to client requirements. It is a group of professional people, educated, and well presented.

Excellent customer service, very proactive and maintains excellent communication with the client.

Lawyers are very studious and skilled in hearings, they understand the complexity of the cases.

Arrubla Devis Asociados

Arrubla Devis Asociados’ key partners are split between its Medellín and Bogotá offices, ensuring that it remains a key player in the former market despite its growing profile. The firm’s sharp focus on dispute resolution —it is ranked nationally for arbitration and litigation— is underpinned by solid offerings in contracts, corporate and M&A, labour and employment, and public law, among others. Acting for a mix of corporate and public sector entities, the group recently added new clients Boston Medical Group and Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria to its books, demonstrating its diverse industry focus. Medellín-based founding partner Jaime Alberto Arrubla Paucar is ‘knowledgeable like few others’; a former President of the Supreme Court of Justice, he possesses more than 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Arrubla continues to represent the National State Agency for Judicial Defence (ANDJE) in a major arbitration against the Colombian State, regarding the alleged breach of a concession contract by the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI). Other key names in Medellín include litigation head Gustavo Amaya Yepes and associate director Sebastián Montoya, who handles dispute resolution and corporate work. In Bogotá Jaime Esteban Arrubla Devis and Rafael McCausland are noted for their activity in both transactional and contentious matters, while associate director Carolina Boada specialises in public law.


It is a responsible and committed firm. Its managing partner has all the necessary experience to take on highly complex litigation.

We highlight Jaime Arrubla for his personalised attention.

The team fields the precise people or professionals who will attend to the person or firm that requires their services, a factor that makes the office-client relationship easier, compared to other offices that become somewhat impersonal, cold and unpleasant.

B&O Abogados

The ‘very committed and agile’ team at B&O Abogados attracts strong reviews from sources for the ‘creativity and practicality of the solutions it proposes’. Distinguished by its focus on corporate and tax law, the Medellín-based boutique handles a range of corporate and commercial matters, intellectual property (including media and entertainment), foreign exchange issues, and tax planning and structuring work. Firm co-founder Maria Mercedes Bermúdez spearheads the tax and entertainment practices and ‘balances creativity with rigour’. Fellow firm co-founder Juan David Ocampo leads the commercial, real estate, and corporate areas and is highlighted for his ‘understanding of business and negotiating capacity’. The nine-lawyer strong group also includes senior associate Juan David Lalinde, who joined in May 2022 from Echavarría Abogados — he has a focus on corporate, commercial, and tax law. In September 2022, junior partner Andrés Isaza Olarte left to study abroad.


‘It is a firm that provides very personalised support, it is attentive to detail and maintains a very client-focused approach. I feel that lawyers always put themselves in the client’s shoes.’

‘The team is very committed and agile, there is always a partner waiting to supervise the quality of the work. Of the different legal firms I work with, B & O is the one that gives me the most satisfaction.’

Maria Mercedes Bermúdez is very focused on the client, she cares about getting to know them well, both personally and professionally. Juan David Ocampo has a great ability to develop strategies that allow great risk mitigation.

Work highlights

  • Advised Vibras Lab on the contracting of different artists and on the negotiation of several important concerts and musical events in Colombia.
  • Advised the sellers on the sale of an pharmaceutical company, including tax planning matters.

CMC Abogados

Among CMC Abogados’s key attributes, sources value its ‘quick responses and great attention’. In particular, the team’s personalised service is a recurring theme and one client attests that it ‘provides the highest level of service regardless of how big or small your business’. From its two platforms in Medellín and Bogotá, the firm handles a wide scope of practice areas, including corporate and commercial, labour, tax, real estate, and immigration law, among other practice areas. Traditionally weighted towards advising domestic companies, the group has recorded significant growth in representing multinationals and added several new international names to its roster during 2022/23, including Delta Airlines, Fusion BPO, and Neostella. Key contacts in Medellín include Marcela Palacio Botero, who directs the corporate and tax departments; Mónica Arango Espinal, who directs the foreign exchange law and the consumer rights areas; and Camilo Trujillo Millán, who heads the labour and migration teams. Director of the Bogotá office Alfonso Plana Boden is also recommended for his aviation finance practice. Senior associates Jairo Fierro Garzón (aviation, and corporate and commercial law) and Daniela Acosta Baena (litigation) are also noted.


We value the firm for its quick responses and great attention. Marcela Palacio Botero is a great connoisseur of the rules and provides personalised service.

The level of personal service and customer care is unmatched. If you are looking for legal representation that is always available to you and provides the highest level of service regardless of how big or small your business is, then this is the firm for you.

The firm’s people, its knowledge and its service sets it apart from any other firm we have worked with in Colombia.

Key clients


Viva Air

Atlas Air

Delta Airlines

Genius Sports Services



Tecnologías Arista



Química Orión

Reciclados Industriales

Jala Group

Sura Asset Management

Fusion BPO


ABX Airways

Plus Ultra Airlines

Fundación Viva Air


Alliance Aviation

Blue Power Solutions

Tree BPO



Third Way Health

Boston Digital




Aqua y Terra

Work highlights

  • Advised Genius Sports Services on labour, corporate, tax, migration and foreign exchange issues.
  • Advised Tecnologías Arista on labour, corporate, tax, migration, and foreign exchange issues.
  • Advised Landing AI on labour, corporate, tax, migration, and foreign exchange issues.

Contexto Legal S.A.

A monolith in its local market, full-service, single-site Contexto Legal S.A. counts over thirty lawyers based in its Medellín office. The firm acts for a diverse roster of local, national, and multinational companies, including new client wins for 2022/2023 such as Agua Bendita, Evonik Colombia, and Premex. Guillermo Villegas Ortega spearheads the corporate, labour, and immigration departments and brings to bear significant in-house expertise gained during internal roles at several corporations, including Banco de Colombia and Grupo Corona. Other key names at partner level include Melissa Echeverri, who specialises in labour and social security matters; Andrés Márquez, who leads the IP and competition practices; Federico Escobar, who handles tax, estate planning, and international trade; and Juan Luis Escobar, who heads the restructuring and insolvency group. The firm also draws on the experience of consultant partner Gustavo Cruz, whose broad focus spans corporate, compliance, and litigation. A strong second line of associate directors include Felipe Restrepo, who leads the litigation and real estate units; Marcela García, who handles tax, international trade and foreign investment; and Maria Carolina Vieira, who has a focus on IP and competition litigation.


Lawyers are good professionals, who are objective in their work, and accompany us as a company in the different legal needs that arise. They are polite, friendly and generate trust.

We definitely feel that the firm is our ally. It recognises our corporate spirit and aligns with it. We receive high standards of confidentiality and security in consulting.

The team demonstrates clear knowledge of legal regulations, which it applies in an honest, equitable, and responsible manner. Strong skills in communication and conflict resolution. If I compare it with other offices, for me it is the best.

Lawyers are timely, concise, clear and provide complete attention and excellent service. We also value their emotional maturity, ability to communicate, kindness and enthusiastic approach — they feel passion for their profession. They transmit security and are always willing to support.

The team stands at the forefront of new developments. It feels like part of our company and quickly identifies our needs.

Excellent quality, both in terms of technical aspects and in customer service. Lawyers adjust to the needs of the client.

We value the team’s closeness to the client, and quick and specific responses. It is easy to schedule urgent calls and meetings.

The team demonstrated understanding of the various topics to be analysed. It provided concrete and practical answers, with excellent technical quality.

Estudio Siete Legal Abogados

Founded in 2006, Estudio Siete Legal Abogados is recognised for its emphasis on labour and employment, corporate and commercial, and aviation law. Solely based in Medellín, the sizeable firm counts seven partners, four associates and a deep pool of junior lawyers among its ranks; while its client list is predominantly composed of local and national clients, including Banafrut, Grupo Bios, and Organización Corona. On the transactional side, Carlos Alejandro Duque Restrepo is noted for his deal-making experience in the technology, healthcare, real estate, and agribusiness spheres — he is also well versed in arbitral proceedings. Liliana Velásquez Escobar spearheads the aviation practice, where she is recognised for her expertise in regulatory, finance, and leasing matters, among others. On the labour and employment front, Hernán Montoya Montoya Echeverri and Luis Carlos Jaramillo are the key names, while Maria Clara Saldarriaga Bustamante has a focus on labour advisory, including transactional support matters. Other key contacts include insurance specialist Sergio Yepes Restrepo, and Juan Pablo Molina Álvarez, whose practice spans tax, corporate, and foreign exchange law.

Giraldo Angel Asociados

With a 15-year trajectory, Giraldo Angel Asociados has established itself as a key player servicing domestic and multinational companies, with Alpharma, Seguridad Integral Alarmar, and Tronex among its representative clients. The two-site firm is split between platforms in Medellín and Bogotá and offers experience across an increasing broad suite of practices, including transactional, regulatory, and contentious matters. Firm founder Maria Isabel Giraldo Ángel is recommended for corporate and commercial work, as well as dispute resolution, including arbitration. Juliana Montoya Santa specialises in tax, where the team notably enjoys an association with accountancy company Concepto Contable to provide interdisciplinary support to clients on tax-related issues. The group additionally includes Carolina Villa, who is a key contact for labour and employment matters, including litigation; Diana White, whose practice focus encompasses financial services, real estate, and commercial law; and Melissa Jaramillo-Lopera, who covers a range of IP, compliance, real estate, and general commercial matters.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados

Full-service powerhouse Gómez-Pinzón Abogados maintains a nimble operation in Medellín, which is staffed by one partner and nine additional lawyers. The team, which is highlighted as ‘proactive in finding solutions, and diligent’, is overseen by office head Adriana Moreno Márquez, who is a multidisciplinary transactional specialist with a broad service offering that encompasses the banking, finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, and infrastructure areas. Among Moreno Márquez’s recent highlights, she represented Isagen in the negotiation of a $150m credit agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. The local group also draws on a capable pool of associates, including senior Catalina Arango, who specialises in intellectual property work but also provides support on transactional matters. The Medellín office additionally benefits from its ability to draw on resources from across the wider firm for support in large-scale or cross-practice matters. In February 2023, intermediate associate Antonio Elcure left to join Tigo Colombia.


One of the qualities that has impressed me most, is the good attitude of the team and in general the good work culture that is felt among the members. Lawyers work long hours but they don’t feel frustrated or exhausted, quite the contrary, people feel very good in the team and reinforced to give their best.

Maintains good relationships with the client and other stakeholders; lawyers are professionals, proactive in finding solutions, and diligent. The team’s experience makes it stand out, as it allows it to quickly identify the risks and solutions to legal problems.

Key clients



Almacenes Éxito

Pricesmart Colombia

Asociación Escolar Helvetia


Fundacion The Columbus School

CRRC (Hong Kong) Co

Landers y Cia




Alianza Fiducaria Lote Avignon Medellín

Work highlights

  • Advised CRRC and Mota-Engil on their successful bid for the subway contract “Metro de la 80” in the city of Medellín.
  • Advised Agrícola Santamaría, as sponsor, on the financing for the development of the Puerto Antioquia project.
  • Advised Azimut on various matters, including on the structuring of several investment vehicles.

Londoño & Arango Abogados

Established in 2009, Medellín-based boutique Londoño & Arango Abogados is widely recognised for its insurance capability, where it specialises in advising on insurance policies and contract structuring. The team also houses a prominent contentious insurance offering, which is well versed in civil, commercial, and administrative litigation, as well as arbitral proceedings. Co-founding partner Daniel Arango enjoys a strong profile in the market for his insurance practice; he handles contentious and non-contentious work, including arbitration. Co-founding partner Maximiliano Londoño also focuses on liability and insurance law; as a dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) lawyer, he is additionally equipped to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Rounding out the partners is Agustín Londoño, who is an up-and-coming insurance specialist. The three partner team is supported by five-lawyer band of associates, which includes senior lawyers Cristina Aristizabal Johnson (civil liability, insurance, dispute resolution and legaltech); and Mauricio Moreno (civil liability, insurance and dispute resolution).

Medellín Legal Partners

With a strong orientation towards international clients, Medellín Legal Partners seeks to position itself as a gateway for foreign investment into Colombia and the wider Latin America region. Among its key skill sets, the firm advises on immigration (Colombian visas and cedulas), real estate investment, corporate law, tax matters, and private wealth-related issues; it also has significant experience in intellectual property. Founding partner Andrés Orlando Durango stands out for his business ties with Asia —including close links with Shanghai-based Joint-Win Partners— but he is also well placed to advise on cross-border investment matters involving a wide range of jurisdictions. Nubia Stella Ocampo specialises in tax law, with an emphasis on national and international tax planning. The group also draws on experienced legal director Dora Cristina Restrepo, who supports on foreign investment matters, including real estate-related work. In February 2022, associate Antonia Vélez left to join the in-house team at Servicios Nutresa.


OlarteMoure’s Medellín branch has been advising clients for over a decade and its local credentials are evidenced by its activity for some of the region’s leading business entities, including Grupo Nutresa, Grupo Familia and Cementos Argos. That being said, the firm also services its enviable roster of multinational clients from its Medellín base. The sizeable 18-lawyer practice group specialises in intellectual property —in line with the larger national firm’s signature strength— with robust offerings in patents, trade marks and anti-piracy, among other practice areas. The ‘always attentiveMaría Clara Múnera heads the Medellín office and handles a mix of trade mark, copyright, corporate affairs, consumer protection and patent-related work. Litigation head Juan Felipe Acosta splits his time between Medellín and Bogotá, which demonstrates the strategic importance of the branch to the wider firm. Additionally, the anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting team is led nationally from Medellín, with department head Camilo Bernal noted for his broad experience in contentious matters. The office also draws on a sizeable second line of associates, as well as various other IP professionals, including engineers.

Practice head(s):

María Clara Múnera-Vélez

Key clients

Universidad EAFIT

Universidad Nacional (Medellín site)

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Grupo Nutresa

Grupo Familia (Essity)

Sumicol (Grupo Corona)

Cementos Argos

Metro de Medellín

MVH Inversiones

Grupo de Empresas Auteco

Pascual Bravo

Coordinadora Mercantil


Neu Energy

Ultra Air

Línea Directa

Work highlights

  • Advising Nutresa Group on various matters, including on the global management of its trade mark and patent portfolios.
  • Advising Auteco Mobility on trade mark portfolio management, and also on entertainment and copyright issues, among other matters.
  • Advising Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag (as the owner of Productos Familia) on managing the patent portfolio of Productos Familia.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Comprising professionals who are ‘well trained and very experienced’, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Medellín platform has evolved into one of the firm’s key service centres. The 14-lawyer team houses strong capabilities in infrastructure, international trade, dispute resolution, tax, investment funds, and fintech, among other areas, which equips it to handle strategic matters for key locally-based clients such as UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones, Consorcio Hidroitunago, and Sura Asset Management — as well as national and international companies. Cristina Vásquez heads the office and specialises in projects, infrastructure and public law; she recently advised Odinsa on its negotiations with Macquarie Asset Management to create a platform for highway assets in Colombia and the region. At senior level, Vásquez is supported by high-profile dispute resolution expert Carolina Posada and international trade and tax partner Juan Camilo De Bedout — both split their time between Bogotá and Medellín. The group further benefits from the emerging expertise of customs and international trade director María Paula Sánchez; newly appointed (May 2023) director Julián Aguirre, who is now in charge of fintech and investment funds nationally; and dispute resolution-focused associate Natalia Tobón.


An excellent team. Well trained and very experienced.

We highlight the team’s experience, closeness, good communication, assertive positions, and comprehensive collaboration with other support lines to resolve conflicts with a 360-degree perspective (it is a one-stop-shop).

The firm stands out for its extensive experience and knowledge in the infrastructure sector.

We value lawyers for their extensive experience and knowledge in the infrastructure sector and for the good treatment of all those with whom we interact.

It compares very favourably with teams from other firms, due to the integrated and complementary way in which it develops teamwork.

The plus of these lawyers is that they make up a very good team, and that they work with great rigour and quality.

The team of experts are not only very knowledgeable but have always exceeded expectations. Lawyers have sometimes worked around the clock in order to meet very aggressive deadlines.

The relationship with the client is exceptional. Lawyers demonstrate knowledge and experience in the topics under consultation, particularly Cristina Vásquez.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

BTG Pactual


Visum Real Estate Fund




Coninsa Ramon H



Grupo Sura

Sura Asset Management


Work highlights

  • Represented CI Nutreo in an arbitration proceeding initiated by Industrias Horuz (in liquidation) before the Chamber of Commerce of Medellin.
  • Advised CCC Ituango on more than 90 judicial proceedings initiated by inhabitants living near the Cauca River seeking compensation for damages derived from the collapse of one of the tunnels of the Ituango Hydroelectric Project.
  • Advised Odinsa on its negotiations with Macquarie Asset Management to create a platform for highway assets in Colombia and the region.

Serrano Martínez CMA

Mid-October 2023 saw the Medellín-based Correa Merino Agudelo Abogados merge with the corporate-and-competition focused Serrano Martínez in Bogota; as a result, the new Serrano Martínez CMA boasts an office in the country's two leading markets, a strengthened corporate practice and a newly broadened service offering. The firm's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach scores highly with sources, with one opining ‘problems are analysed as a team and solutions are presented as a team’. Moreover, the now firm houses prominent national offerings in corporate and M&A, labour and employment, real estate and competition law, as well as handling dispute resolution —with an emphasis on real estate litigation— and tax. In Medellín, Camilo Merino is commended for his ability to ‘quickly and artfully adapt to complex situations’; he spearheads the corporate, M&A and venture capital practice and recently advised Grupo Patmos on the $10m sale of its shares in two chemical and feedstock companies. Real estate lead Juan Esteban Agudelo is lauded as a ‘great expert’ and is advising Almacenes Éxito on the expansion of the Centro Comercial Puerta del Norte shopping mall. Other key practice contacts include labour and employment head Darío Ramírez; tax head Sebastián Correa Ruíz; and senior associate Darío Ramírez Montoya, who co-heads the litigation practice alongside Agudelo. Senior associates Dayana Parra (labour and employment) and Sebastián Morales Agudelo (corporate, M&A and venture capital) are also noted.


Problems are analysed as a team and solutions are presented as a team. It offers a very powerful interdisciplinary capacity, which allows it to work with simple through to complex projects — with an ability to obtain amazing results. Lawyers are direct, practical and to the point. Billing is clear, concise and accurate.

A superb law firm. I was really impressed from the beginning and, after several years of working with the team, I’m quite happy having chosen them as our law firm and continue to be quite impressed by their work.

The team’s main strengths are a deep knowledge of the law within each specialty (corporate, labour, tax, etc), its unique and refined strategic approach, and its great commitment to clients and the work they do. They have walked the extra mile to solve every issue that we have confronted so far.

Camilo Merino’s depth of knowledge and experience is quite remarkable, but most importantly he is able to quickly and artfully adapt to complex situations which gives him an excellent strategic edge. Camilo has a strict commitment to the law, and nicely balances this with creative solutions.

Correa Merino Agudelo Abogados has been our law firm for real estate and urban matters since we started operations in Colombia. The practice is unique because of its deep expertise in subjects that are not easy to find in the market.

Juan Esteban Agudelo is a great expert in the practice area. He is very practical and strategically plans each real estate movement of the company. We also highlight the work of associate Alejandro Molina; he is highly knowledgeable in real estate and cadastral matters.

The firm has a multidisciplinary team, which allows for the solution of problems in a holistic way. The team provides fast and practical responses, assuming positions and recommendations.

Darío Ramírez keeps up to date on the regulations and trends applicable to our sector.

Suma Legal

Founded in 2006, Suma Legal is a mid-size Medellín firm with an emphasis on corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, insurance, and labour and employment work. Among the names to note, founding partner Mauricio Ortega Jaramillo is a multidisciplinary practitioner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial matters —including M&A— national and international investment projects, and tax law; he also has experience in judicial and arbitral proceedings. Carmela Rodriguez Jaramillo has a 17-year trajectory in contractual, corporate, M&A and tax matters; she co-heads the firm’s offerings in those areas alongside Ortega. Rounding out the partner group is Mateo Peláez García, who leads the dispute resolution, insurance and real estate teams. The practice also draws on a capable pool of associates, including Marcela Flórez Sierra (contractual, corporate and personal data protection law); José Daniel Porras (administrative, environmental and commercial law); and Alejandro Gómez Zapata (corporate and commercial law).

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados

One of the most expert liability firms in Colombia’,  Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados is considered by many to rank among the leading insurance boutiques nationally. Headquartered in Medellín — with an additional base in Bogotá — the firm is particularly weighted towards contentious insurance work, where it represents insurers, reinsurers and insured companies in judicial and arbitral proceedings; it demonstrates particularly notable expertise in environmental contamination, product liability, major accidents and medical malpractice cases. A former Supreme Court judge, founding partner Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is ‘an institution in Colombia on the subject of insurance law’; he recently teamed up with Carlos Andres Gonzales Galvís to represent Seguros de Vida Suramericana in complex pension fund insurance litigation initiated by Electrolima. Laura Castaño Echeverri stands out for her ‘professionalism, knowledge of the subject and expertise’ and specialises in insurance litigation, with an emphasis on medical liability; she is advising HDI Seguros in a sensitive dispute concerning the mistreatment of a minor in foster care. Other key contacts include civil and state liability partner Daniel Ossa Gómez; dispute resolution specialist Luis Miguel Gómez; and Margarita Rosa Jaramillo, who handles liability and insurance.


Tamayo Jaramillo’s team is a very competent team; their lawyers are very specialised, despite being very young, but they demonstrate their clear knowledge and security in the definitions, which makes the client feel clarity and support with the advice.

In terms of customer service, the capacity for personalised attention and the involvement and management of various professionals on specific issues is noted; there are no gaps in the management of the people who attend the meetings.

The team demonstrates specialisation in issues related to civil liability in all areas of law, with comprehensive attention in all substantial and procedural aspects of the issue until reaching the cassation. It differs from some firms in that it is prepared to defend until the appeal, a technique that not everyone masters.

The lawyers of Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados are of the highest professional profile, we highlight the team’s follow-up and its ability to maintain excellent relationships.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the most expert liability firms in Colombia. The team is up-to-date on the concepts, theories, and development of this topic. Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is an authority on aspects of responsibility, and his rigour is evident in the analyses that he and his team provide.

The lawyers at Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados have a deep knowledge of procedural rules and substantive law, in addition to being people who are constantly open to explore different legal options to undertake the processes and the incidents that arise within them.

The firm is widely recognised in the market for its knowledge and good management of insurance law and issues associated with civil liability. When you go to this firm, from the first moment, you can observe its deep knowledge and strong management, analysis and recommendations.

Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is an institution in Colombia on the subject of insurance law. Likewise, I must highlight Laura Castaño Echeverri for her professionalism, knowledge of the subject and expertise.

UH Abogados

Based in Medellín, UH Abogados’ alliance with national heavyweight Brigard Urrutia additionally provides the mid-sized firm with access to a leading Bogotá platform. The group is primarily recognised for its ‘extensive knowledge of real estate law’ as well as for its corporate practice (both departments are ranked nationally), while it also handles dispute resolution, corporate compliance, labour and employment, insurance and tax-related matters. Carolina Uribe and Carlos Henao jointly lead the real estate and the corporate teams; they recently paired up to advise Londoño Gómez and Arquitectura & Concreto on the structuring of a macro-project development intended for housing, commerce and services in the municipality of Bello in Antioquia. Rounding out the partner group is Juan Bernardo Tascón, who heads the litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice, and has more than 15 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Key associates include Maria Adelaida Zapata, who specialises in real estate; Daniela Vélez. who has an emphasis on corporate and commercial law; Óscar Fernando Jiménez, who supports on contentious work; and corporate-focused Maria Clara Palacio, who arrived in July 2022 from BDO Colombia.


The team has extensive knowledge of real estate law. Additionally, it is very good at maintaining business relationships with clients and counterparties. Lately the group has been expanding its knowledge at the tax level, which complements the business quite well.

We value lawyers for their excellent client relations. We highlight outstanding lawyers Carlos Fernando Henao and Maria Adelaida Zapata.

We value the team for its ability to understand the client as well as the personalisation of its advice and support. It is a close, practical team used to dealing with highly complex issues. Its support provides peace of mind and confidence.

Lawyers demonstrate extensive knowledge of the context and aspects that can influence the different processes. They remain close to the client, know the industry and the client, and provide clear and informed opinions.

We value the team for its ability to understand the client as well as the personalisation of its advice and support. It is a close, practical team used to dealing with highly complex issues. Its support provides peace of mind and confidence.

Lawyers demonstrate extensive knowledge of the context and aspects that can influence the different processes. They remain close to the client, know the industry and the client, and provide clear and informed opinions.

The UH team is of high legal strength, but its best hallmark is its quality of service. We particularly value its ability to understand business and join the client’s team to achieve results. It is a team that generates professional and personal confidence, speeding up negotiations and above all building alternatives.

We recommend Carlos Henao and associate Daniela Vélez for their strength in M&A negotiations and transactions; deep legal knowledge; high level of preparation for difficult negotiations; and clarity in the pursuit of objectives.

VM Legal

Established in 2012, Medellín-based boutique VM Legal is a key member of the local legal landscape. Arguably best known for its tax expertise, where it specialises in work connected to the real estate, construction, and road concessions sectors, the two-partner firm is also well versed in commercial, corporate, and foreign exchange law. Firm founders Adriana Melo and Beatriz Villegas are noted for their interdisciplinary expertise; both bring to bear over two decades of experience in handling tax, corporate, commercial and foreign exchange law-related issues. Support is provided by a sizeable band of six associates, including M&A head Laura Sanin, who advises on corporate and tax matters; Ana María Tobón, who has a focus on real estate and the reorganisation of business and family groups; and Sergio Duque, who is noted for tax litigation, as well as tax advisory, commercial and exchange law.