As Colombia’s second-largest city by population (approximately 2.5m in 2018), and its second-greatest economic region, Medellín houses a dynamic business environment. Home to the first Colombian business cluster, the city is notable for being the top exporting region of the country; significantly, the companies comprising the “Medellín Cluster” account for 40% of total exports. The cluster’s sector sweet-spots demonstrate the diversity of the region’s economic climate as a whole and include electricity generation, textiles, tourism and fashion design (notably, the city hosts Latin America’s biggest fashion show, Colombiamoda).The city’s strategic importance to the country is reflected in its thriving legal market, which is composed of a mix of niche and full-service firms. At the mid-size regional level, Contexto Legal Abogados, Enfoque Legal S.A.S., Estudio Siete Legal Abogados, Suma Legal, Correa Merino Agudelo Abogados and UH Abogados are all significant players.The market is also mature enough to house several sector-focused industry specialists such as insurance boutiques Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados and Londoño & Arango Abogados, dispute resolution firm Arrubla Devis and public law outfit Ariza & Marin.Additionally, micro-boutique Alvarez Zuluaga Consultores Legales is notable for the strong reputation of administrative and constitutional specialist Luis Fernando Alvarez Jaramillo.Meanwhile, at the other end of the size spectrum, national heavyweights such as Gómez-Pinzón Abogados and Posse Herrera Ruiz benefit from significant platforms in the city; the arrival of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas -which opened a Medellín office in October 2020- only serves to reconfirm the importance of the city (and region) from a business perspective.
Medellín in Colombia
Micro-boutique Alvarez Zuluaga Consultores Legales leverages over four decades of specialist experience in contentious matters, with expertise in both judicial and arbitral proceedings. Arguably best known for its reputation in administrative and public law matters, the firm’s broad dispute resolution focus also spans international trade, corporate law and personal data protection. Founding partner Luis Fernando Álvarez Jaramillo is highly sought after for his public law prowess and routinely represents public and private sector companies on state contracting matters and administrative law disputes. Junior associate Alejandro Álvarez left in July 2021 to study at Cornell Tech.
The increasingly prominent Ariza & Marin stands out for its ‘extensive knowledge of administrative law'; other firm sweet spots include include projects and disputes — importantly, the firm is ranked nationally for all three areas. Additionally, the group was earmarked as a firm to watch in the insurance area for 2023, following the launch of a new insurance practice in February 2021, which is led by associate Luis Felipe Estrada. Key senior names in the ‘professional and expert group' include Carolina Ariza, who spearheads the public law department and recently represented Caja de Compensación Familiar (Comfama) in several legal claims brought by members of a community living in the Ancón Norte sector concerning geological failures caused by hydraulic and soil problems that destroyed their homes. Camilo Marín co-leads the dispute resolution and projects teams, together with Ariza, and is noted for his strong skill sets in infrastructure projects and arbitration. Among Marín’s recent matters, he is advising three of the four contractors responsible for the replacement of all aqueducts containing asbestos with a new material, under a complex government programme. Key support is provided by senior associate Nicolás López Ochoa, who specialises in infrastructure projects and conflict resolution.
‘An excellent work team, very attentive to the needs of the client and always willing to resolve the concerns and requests that arise during the consultancy. The quality of the work delivered stands out.’
‘Extensive knowledge of administrative law, and high experience in litigation with the state. Compared to other firms, it has an outstanding reputation.’
‘It is a team of lawyers that stands out for its high level of response, in terms of timeliness and depth. It also has excellent technology.‘
‘Lawyers are characterised by their excellent attention; they are always close and available.‘
‘The team genuinely cares about the needs and particularities that the client expresses about the issues under its management.‘
‘Everyone is very proactive and very knowledgeable in their areas of law.’
‘It is a professional and expert group. The firm serves various branches of law, which makes it stand out.‘
‘The firm’s best qualities are its dedication and focus on the source of the problem.’
Ranked nationally for litigation and arbitration, Arrubla Devis scores highly for its ‘analytical capacity in the controversies that are presented for its consideration‘. The sizeable boutique now counts 17 lawyers among its ranks, including four partners and four associate directors, following the January-2022 arrival of new Bogotá-based senior associate Carolina Boada, who was previously an independent legal consultant for public entities. Senior figure and founding partner Jaime Alberto Arrubla Paucar is based in Medellín and enjoys a strong profile in Colombia as the former President of the Supreme Court of Justice; notably, he is representing the National State Agency for Judicial Defence (ANDJE) in one of the biggest arbitrations against the Colombian State, regarding the alleged breach of a concession contract by the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI). Experienced litigation director Gustavo Amaya Yepes, based in Medellín, is also highly regarded for his 30-year record in commercial and civil litigation. Other key names include Bogotá-based partner Rafael McCausland and Medellín-based associate director Sebastián Montoya, who both focus on litigation, arbitration and corporate work, and partner Jaime Esteban Arrubla Devis, who operates from Bogotá and handles contractual and litigation matters.
‘Arrubla Devis is a team with high qualities in the provision of legal services, providing in-depth and timely advice on the matters consulted.‘
‘Very good knowledge and promptness to solve problems. Lawyers have always been able to provide a satisfactory solution to our concerns, and they also keep us very up-to-date on the regulatory changes that may affect us in order to make changes preventively.’
‘The team has the advantage of advising in different areas of law and not only in the contractual area, which allows the advice to be comprehensive, including a very robust pre-litigation advice. The fact that the firm is a boutique also allows the attention to be personalised.‘
‘The firm fields lawyers with high professional and personal qualities, who stand out for their responsibility and compliance.‘
‘We consider that the competitive advantage that this firm presents is the analytical capacity in the controversies that are presented for its consideration.’
‘They are highly trained academic and professional lawyers, with national and international studies, and relevant experience.‘
‘We highlight lawyers’ warmth and professionalism. They are always willing to find a solution and no matter what time they respond to you, they do it with pleasure.’
Medellín-based boutique B&O Abogados is distinguished by its focus on corporate and tax matters, including M&A, general business advice, tax advisory and international trade. Alongside its core offerings, the nine-lawyer strong firm also has experience in IP and entertainment law. Key names to note include firm co-founder Maria Mercedes Bermúdez, who specialises in tax with an emphasis on international taxation, tax planning and corporate reorganisation. Fellow firm co-founder Juan David Ocampo leads the corporate and commercial practices and handles a mix of transactional, contractual and arbitral matters. The group also draws upon junior partner Andrés Isaza Olarte, who advises on both tax and corporate work.
- Advised Vibras Lab on the contracting of different artists and on the negotiation of several important concerts and musical events in Colombia such as J Balvin – Festival Esteréo Picnic.
- Advised a pharmaceutical company on its acquisition by an international investment fund.
- Advised on the structuring of the WAKE project, involving legal planning through a fiduciary scheme, as well as advice on contractual and regulation matters; WAKE is a project in Medellín for living and commerce, developed by leading companies in real estate projects (such as: Drim, AV Group, Inquietudes Inmobiliarias).
‘Very personable, detailed and patient‘, CMC Abogados strikes the right note with sources for its responsive service; one satisfied client opines, ‘I cannot sing its praises enough‘. Split between its platforms in Medellín and Bogotá, the 12-strong business law boutique is recognised for its strengths in aviation, technology, financial services, tax, labour and real estate law. It also recently launched a litigation division, which was boosted by the February-2022 arrival of senior associate Daniela Acosta Baena, who joined from Suma Legal — she brings experience in civil liability, personal data protection and consumer rights. Among the firm’s senior names in Medellín, Marcela Palacio Botero directs the corporate and tax groups and is noted for her emphasis on transactional and tax advisory work, while Mónica Arango Espinal directs the foreign exchange law and the consumer rights areas. Alfonso Plana Boden leads the Bogotá office and is recommended for his specialist focus on financial and aviation law, where he routinely represents airlines and financial entities in financial, insurance and regulatory transactions. Other key contacts include managing partner Camilo Trujillo Millán, who handles labour, migration and aviation law, and senior associate Jairo Fierro Garzón, who advises on aeronautical, corporate and contractual matters; they are based in Medellín and Bogotá respectively.
‘The people at CMC Abogados are what makes the practice unique. Lawyers are constant in contact with us to make sure that we are informed as to the latest legislation and changes in Colombian law and they are always available via email, text or phone call to answer questions and assist us in any way.’
‘The team makes us feel like we are its only client, to the point where I feel bad because I feel like we are taking up too much of its time! Our business could not operate without CMC Abogados. I cannot sing its praises enough.’
‘We recommend the firm for its personal touch.’
‘The individuals at CMC Abogados are very personable, detailed and patient. Their availability and professionalism sets them apart from any other firm we have worked with in Colombia. They are constantly going above and beyond to make sure or organisation is operating as it should — and they do not try to bill us for every minute.’
‘Marcela Palacio is the best lawyer for all my personal issues.’
Genius Sports Services
Sura Asset Management
Plus Ultra Airlines
Fundación Viva Air
- 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.
- Provided labour, corporate, tax, migration and foreign exchange advice to Landing AI.
Contexto Legal S.A.
A leading local player, Contexto Legal S.A. ranks among the largest single-site Medellín firms, fielding 33 lawyers as well as patent agents, paralegals and legal assistants. The full-service firm covers a comprehensive scope of services and industries, with particular strength in corporate, tax, IP, and labour and employment; it is ranked nationally for all four areas. Despite its sizeable bench and national reach, the firm is particularly noted for its responsiveness and agility, with lawyers praised as ‘very professional, attentive and 100% available‘. Senior names to note include Guillermo Villegas Ortega, who spearheads the labour, immigration and corporate law practices. Melissa Echeverri is recommended for labour and social security, while Andrés Márquez leads the IP and competition areas. Rounding out the partners are restructuring and insolvency head Juan Luis Escobar and tax and foreign trade specialist Federico Escobar. Other key contacts at the firm include consultant partner Gustavo Cruz, who handles compliance, dispute resolution and corporate matters, and associate director Felipe Restrepo, who co-leads the litigation and real estate teams. Associate directors Marcela García (international trade, tax and foreign investment), and Maria Carolina Vieira (competition, compliance and IP) are also recommended.
‘The agility of the team and its willingness to solve everything that arises is impressive. It is the first firm with which we have connected as a company, and that we feel works at the pace of the market.‘
‘Contexto Legal can be compared with other high-quality firms. It has several areas of work which makes it a firm that can cover all the areas needed.‘
‘This is a solid and robust office, but at the same time it remains flexible and close to the client. Its fees are adjusted to commercial practices and lawyers demonstrate high legal rigour.’
‘This is a synchronised team; if any of its professionals cannot attend to a requirement, another immediately picks it up and provides a resolution. Lawyers are very professional, attentive and 100% available.’
‘Provides excellent support in the technical aspects, as well as in the commercial aspects and those related to the client’s business.‘
‘The Contexto legal team gets involved with the company to achieve a better understanding of internal dynamics, and therefore manages to propose effective solutions, which translate into successful results. Additionally, lawyers respond promptly, and with interest, to the needs of our company.‘
‘This team is different due to its strong support, agile solutions and its lawyers’ warmth and closeness.’
‘This is a diverse team that brings together different points of view to provide a solution to the client.’
Correa Merino Agudelo Abogados is valued for its ‘focus on learning the client’s objective‘ and for its ‘comprehensive practice that is collaborative and highly resolute‘. Currently still committed to its one-site business model, the Medellín firm stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the largest teams in the local market with 22 lawyers, including four partners. Ranked nationally for corporate, real estate, and labour and employment, the firm also has increasingly solid offerings in dispute resolution and tax. Managing partner Camilo Merino steers the corporate, and capital markets and securities-regulation practices and routinely advises national and multinational clients on establishing and developing their businesses in Colombia; he represented the sellers of Ronelly in the transfer of all the company’s shares to a Colombian subsidiary of Patria Investments. Sebastián Correa Ruíz heads the tax and estate-planning teams; his recent mandates include advising major retailer Almacenes Exito on the development of a tax structure to lowering the tax burden generated by the sale of some of its real estate holdings. Also on the real estate front, department head Juan Esteban Agudelo advised Almacenes Éxito on the expansion of the Centro Comercial Puerta del Norte, a shopping mall located in Medellín. Other recommended senior names include labour and employment head Darío Ramírez Montoya, while senior associates Juan David Pérez and Dayana Parra are noted for dispute resolution and labour respectively.
‘CMA fields a comprehensive practice that is collaborative and highly resolute. The team-oriented approach of its lawyers — at any level — is always evident. Regardless of the client’s needs, the person in charge helps the client to navigate through the different teams/practice areas to provide holistic care.’
‘It is a team with extensive knowledge and experience. Its greatest strengths are its orientation to results and the structuring of innovative proposals that allow it to meet the needs of its clients.‘
‘We value the firm’s understanding of the client, its focus on learning the client’s objectives and its ability to recognise, defend and support the client’s position.’
‘Lawyers are always available and able to adapt to the changing circumstances of the transaction.’
‘The follow-up and documentation of all the client’s requirements is neat and exact; the scheduling of meetings is opportune; billing is clear and detailed; the firm provides constant support.’
‘Always, and with a high level of empathy and decisiveness, the lawyers put themselves in the client’s shoes and strive to protect and support them at all costs.’
‘Lawyers demonstrate excellent flexibility and commitment, even supporting the client with urgent last-minute needs. Additionally, CMA is a very human office, focused on results, not on bureaucracy.’
Estudio Siete Legal Abogados
With a 16-year trajectory, Estudio Siete Legal Abogados is noted for its experience in labour and employment, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, insurance, tax and aviation law. Fielding seven partners, four associates and several supporting junior attorneys, the firm is perfectly placed to provide partner-led and responsive service to mainly local and national clients, including Banafrut, Organización Corona and Grupo Bios. High-profile figure Carlos Alejandro Duque Restrepo is noted for his experience in corporate transactions and conflict resolution, including arbitration, particularly within the technology, health, agriculture and real estate areas. Liliana Velásquez Escobar heads the aviation practice, where she advises Colombian and foreign airlines on finance, leasing and operational issues. Labour and employment specialist Hernán Montoya Montoya Echeverri is recognised for his record in advisory and collective bargaining matters. Additional senior names include tax and corporate partner Juan Pablo Molina Álvarez, insurance specialist Sergio Yepes Restrepo, labour and social security partner Luis Carlos Jaramillo and Maria Clara Saldarriaga Bustamante, whose practice takes in labour and corporate matters.
Giraldo Angel Asociados
Established in 2008, Giraldo Angel Asociados aims to provide staunch legal support to family businesses as well as to national and foreign companies, with Alpharma, Seguridad Integral Alarmar and Tronex among its representative clients. From its two platforms in Bogotá and Medellín, the firm handles a broad range of matters, with notable offerings in tax (where it benefits from an association with accountancy company, Concepto Contable), corporate and commercial, labour and social security, IP, and administrative law, among others. Firm founder Maria Isabel Giraldo Ángel brings over 25 years of experience to her role and handles an array of corporate, litigation and arbitral matters. Other key lawyers in the six-strong team include Juliana Montoya Santa, who advises on contentious and non-contentious tax matters, Diana White, who has a focus on commercial, civil and real estate law, Carolina Villa, who specialises in labour and social security, and litigator Enrique Botero, whose practice spans civil, commercial and tax matters.
‘An exceptional firm‘, national heavyweight Gómez-Pinzón Abogados is highlighted by sources for possessing ‘the experience and local and regional knowledge that is required‘. The firm’s capable Medellín offering is led by corporate finance partner Adriana Moreno Márquez , whose broad practice focus is the perfect fit for a lean eight-lawyer strong office; with experience in banking, finance and capital markets, corporate and M&A, and infrastructure, Moreno Márquez is equipped to advise on transactions across all key sectors throughout the region. The group is further supported by a sizeable band of Medellín-based associates, including experienced senior and IP specialist Catalina Arango and intermediate Antonio Elcure , who handles banking, finance and capital markets. Other active practice areas for the office include tax and customs, dispute resolution and project development. Additionally, the group is distinguished by its ability to lean on its Bogotá office for support on complex or large-scale matters. Associate María Clara Palacio left in December 2021 to become a senior manager at BDO Colombia.
‘Lawyers are extremely specialised. Clients seek this type of specialisation, especially when they are global companies that operate in different territories, and Gómez-Pinzón Abogados has the experience and local and regional knowledge that is required.’
‘An extraordinary team: professional, dedicated and close. Exceptional skills, supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms.’
‘Gómez-Pinzón is an interdisciplinary team, with legal excellence in multiple fields and excellent customer service. The firm is ready to deeply understand the client’s needs and seeks the best recommendation to safeguard its interests.‘
‘It is an exceptional firm, the results are excellent, its lawyers are of the highest level and it has specialised knowledge of each subject that we have required.‘
‘The firm’s response times are great! Regardless of the nature of the matter, or the simplicity of the query, lawyers are always willing to resolve doubts in the shortest possible time and give a timely response to doubts or advice.’
‘The service we received from GPA was prompt, practical, and accurate. The secret of its success is undoubtedly the brilliant human talent that joins its ranks, and the fact that M&A transactions receive the direct attention of partners and senior lawyers, which, unfortunately, is not as common as one would like in the national market.’
‘The firm’s team is of the highest professional and personal qualities. It is always available to address customer concerns and propose creative and disruptive solutions. It stands out from other firms due to the high quality and knowledge of its team members.’
‘The team in general is very professional, organised, well-led and fulfils the commitments acquired during the consulting or advisory relationship.’
Art Mode – Maaji Mas
Fondo de Capital Privado Inmobiliario / Grupo Pegasus Colombia Fondo I
- Acted for Vitol on the negotiation of the transaction documents and on the granting of a Colombian pesos credit facility to the successful bidders in a tendering process held by Trasmilenio.
- Advised Isagen on an indexed loan with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
- Advised Inverfam on the matters required by Fondo Nacional de Garantías (FNG) for the granting a partial guarantee for a bonds issuance on the Colombian Second Market pursuant to the governmental programme, ‘Unidos por Colombia’.
Londoño & Arango Abogados
Since its establishment in 2009, boutique firm Londoño & Arango Abogados has risen to be one of the most prominent insurance practices in the country. Highly ranked nationally, the group is noted for its expertise in all key areas of insurance law and frequently advises on regulatory, commercial, transactional and contentious matters. Alongside its core insurance offering, the firm also has capability in bankruptcy, administrative law and state contracting. Key names in the seven-lawyer group include co-founding partner Daniel Arango, who specialises in liability and insurance, including arbitral matters. Co-founding partner Maximiliano Londoño also specialises in liability and insurance, as does key partner Agustín Londoño. The group is supported by insurance-focused associate Mauricio Moreno.
Medellín Legal Partners
Positioning itself as a key partner for foreign investors, the internationally oriented Medellín Legal Partners also acts for regional and national companies, with Thermal Technologies, Serena Realty and Seva Holidays all representative names on its roster. The firm aims to support foreign clients on the full range of relevant legal services, from visa and immigration issues through to corporate and real estate transactions — it also handles IP and tax matters. Founding partner Andrés Orlando Durango has significant experience in international work, particularly China and Singapore-related matters due to close links with Shanghai-based Joint-Win Partners and an early career stint in Singapore; his broad practice spans corporate, infrastructure, tax, and international trade law. Nubia Stella Ocampo is also a senior name and specialises in tax, with a focus on tax planning. The team additionally includes legal director Dora Cristina Restrepo, who is noted for her emphasis on foreign investment matters. However, associate Antonia Vélez moved in house at Servicios Nutresa in February 2022.
Housing ‘a strong interdisciplinary team, with experts in complementary issues', Posse Herrera Ruiz's Medellín offering is not merely a satellite office, but a significant player in the local market. The full-service heavyweight continues to invest in its platform the city, most recently promoting infrastructure and public law specialist Cristina Vásquez to partner in January 2022 — she is fully based in Medellín. Among Vásquez’s recent mandates, she notably led the firm’s advice to Akuo Energy on the financing of its Planeta Rica renewable energy project. The group also benefits from the senior experience of dispute resolution heavy-hitter Carolina Posada and international trade and tax specialist Juan Camilo De Bedout — both split their time between Bogotá and Medellín. The office is further supported by a talented band of associates and directors, which includes new customs and international trade director María Paula Sánchez, who joined in October 2021 from local boutique Legal Comex. Additional capable associates include dispute resolution-focused Natalia Tobón, who ‘stands out for her knowledge in the procedural field', and Julián Aguirre, who has an emphasis on corporate matters, investment funds and fintech.
Cristina Vásquez; Juan Camilo de Bedout; Carolina Posada
‘In the Medellin office, Natalia Tobón stands out for her knowledge in the procedural field, while Cristina Vásquez has extensive experience in public infrastructure, and in the corporate relations of companies in this sector with the different interest groups (banks, insurance companies, investors and public contracting entities).’
‘A strong interdisciplinary team, with experts in complementary issues, which ensures the proper development of the projects entrusted to it.‘
‘The skills of the team to highlight are: flexibility, innovation and a pro-business approach. Compared to other teams it is very favourable. The collaboration between all the areas and teams of the firm allowed a successful closure of the project.’
‘Posse Herrera’s legal team is characterised by its excellence in providing legal services and in the availability of partners to directly attend to the client’s needs, working in co-ordination with the other members of the respective areas.’
‘We had the opportunity to work with PHR in their Medellin offices and we were very impressed with the top-notch work done by the team. Lawyers provided very timely and well-thought-out advice — and at a reasonable cost.’
‘First-class professionals, with detailed knowledge of the client’s needs and very empathic with the client. Carolina Posada in particular is fantastic, very smart and strategic, which was vital for our client to be successful.’
‘Posse Herrera’s team of lawyers is specialised in different areas of law and offers comprehensive legal concept for its clients, depending on their needs, and providing time and dedication as required to address the matter of interest.’
‘We highlight the firm for its specialisations in different disciplines, such as administrative law, tax, free regime and dispute resolution.’
Visum Real Estate Fund
Coninsa Ramon H
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones
Sura Asset Management
- Advised Grupo Orbis on the sale of the company to Akzo Nobel Coatings.
- Represented ConConcreto and Coninsa Ramon H in several litigation cases stemming from the collapse of a tunnel in the Hidroitungo dam and hydroelectric project.
- Advised multilatina Grupo Sura on local dispute resolution cases, as well as on matters relating to wealth taxes levied on certain individuals whose net worth is above a certain threshold.
A key player in the local legal landscape, Medellín stalwart Suma Legal has been advising on an increasingly broad suite of matters since its establishment in 2006. The firm’s corporate offering is a key pillar of the practice, where it handles a mix of corporate structuring, M&A transactions, foreign investment and corporate compliance. Other strong suits include dispute resolution, insurance and real estate. Founding partner Mauricio Ortega Jaramillo is the key contact for several practices, bringing to bear three decades of legal experience in his leadership of the administrative, contractual, corporate, M&A, tax and exchange law areas. Carmela Rodriguez Jaramillo has 17 years’ of experience in corporate and commercial matters and co-heads the transactional and tax teams alongside Ortega. Rounding out the partners is litigation specialist Mateo Peláez García , who steers the dispute resolution, civil liability, insurance and real estate groups. At associate level Marcela Flórez Sierra (contractual, corporate and personal data protection law), Alejandro Gómez Zapata (corporate and commercial law), and José Daniel Porras (administrative and contractual law) are also recommended.
Cipreses de Colombia
Corporación Creame Incubadora de Empresas
WMC Films — Mowies
Agrícola Cerro Prieto
Distrikia / Grupo Casa Británica
Seguros Generales Suramericana
Seguros de Vida Suramericana
Centro Comercial Los Molinos
Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana
Colmédica Medicina Prepagada
Viviendas y Proyectos
‘A group of very well-prepared professionals‘, nationally renowned boutique Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados provides a ‘personalised service, without immersing itself in the bureaucracy of some of the big law firms‘, according to satisfied clients. From dual offices in Medellín — which remains its headquarters — and Bogotá, the firm specialises in advising on the full range of insurance work, with its civil liability expertise among the best in the country. The team is most recognised for its dispute resolution prowess, which spans claims related to accidents, environmental contamination, product liability, medical malpractice, constructor liability and others; it also advises on regulatory matters. Highly regarded founding partner and former Supreme Court judge Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is sought after for his top-level insurance expertise; he recently acted alongside civil and state liability specialist Daniel Ossa Gómez to represent Emgesa in bringing national arbitration proceedings against Grupo ICT II and OHL Colombia seeking compensation for damages and loss of profits caused by the allegedly defective construction of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project. The group also includes Laura Castaño Echeverri , who is noted for complex litigation; Carlos Andres Gonzales Galvís, who focuses on insurance and risk analysis; Luis Miguel Gómez, who advises on dispute resolution; and Margarita Rosa Jaramillo, who handles liability and insurance.
‘It is a carefully selected team that follows its field and procedural aspects very well. They are a group of very well-prepared professionals, who provide a very personalised service, without immersing itself in the bureaucracy of some of the big law firms.’
‘This law firm is well prepared to take on litigation in civil cassation matters —this area is very specialised and it is not common to find expert lawyers who know the subject. Lawyers differentiate themselves through their preparation.’
‘For me, the firm’s ‘plus’ is its very specialised knowledge in the area of civil law – civil liability – that places it as one of the best firms in this area in the country. Its director is an authority in the field.’
‘Lawyers and partners complement each other in the implementation of litigation strategy in order to achieve a clear and decisive approach in defending the interests of their clients.’
‘It is a widely recognised firm in the insurance sector. Lawyers’ teamwork denotes harmony and collaboration, and they have extensive knowledge of insurance law and liability issues.’
‘We value the firm’s capacity and national recognition. Its ethics and ability to present alternatives and different defence fronts in the entrusted cases.’
‘Excellent knowledge and application of complex areas of Colombian law. User-friendly and responsive to court deadlines.’
‘Javier Tamayo Jaramillo demonstrates comprehensive and in-depth understanding of complex aspects of Colombian law. Daniel Ossa Gómez has a practical and commercial approach and maintained a seamless working relationship even on UK-based litigation with a UK defence team.’
UH Abogados impresses with its ‘speed and agility' and its ‘ability to maintain good relationships with clients'. The mid-size Medellín firm counts 22 lawyers among its ranks, including three partners, and it also enjoys close links with national powerhouse Brigard Urrutia for support on large-scale matters. Among its core practices, it has a prominent reputation for real estate, where it advises several of the city’s largest real estate players on investment, development, and day-to-day management issues; it also continues to grow in this area and added a string of new clients during 2021/2022, including Latin American Leadership Academy, La Haus and Grupo Orbis. The firm’s corporate and M&A practice is also ranked nationally and it added several new clients on that side too, including Validda, Stlth International and Intertec International. Other areas of activity include dispute resolution, tax, IP, insurance and labour and employment. Firm co-founders Carolina Uribe and Carlos Henao jointly lead the firm’s signature real estate team, as well as its crisis management, and corporate and M&A units. Juan Bernardo Tascón fronts the contentious side of the firm, spearheading the dispute resolution and insurance groups. At associate level, key names include Maria Adelaida Zapata (real estate) and Daniela Vélez Bayter (corporate and commercial).
‘We highlight the firm’s strengths as speed and agility in handling matters and its lawyers’ availability.’
‘Partners stay very close to the client, so there is permanent and personalised support from them. This adds value to the service.’
‘Lawyers stand out for their ability to maintain good relationships with clients and their availability to attend to matters.‘
‘In general, the firm is characterised by fielding lawyers with commercial skills, who make negotiations with counterparts flow without generating conflicts.‘
‘The law firm has expert people, which allows us to trust their advice and representation of our company.‘
‘It is a law firm that provides excellent service and demonstrates a willingness to address our concerns and give us the best advice. The firm is always willing to facilitate our management procedures and internal administration as part of the process.’
‘Lawyers stand out for their personal quality, excellent service, experience and opportunity.‘
‘In general, it is one of the firms with the best treatment of its clients; all lawyers are very willing to attend to any concern of the clients. In addition to the above, they are excellent professionals.‘
Medellín-based boutique VM Legal ‘cares about knowing the client’s business and its industry sector', according to sources. The seven-lawyer practice is best known for its tax offering, which is particularly well versed in matters related to the real estate, construction and road concession spheres. Areas of activity include transactional support matters, fiduciary schemes, foreign investment and contentious work. The firm’s specialist practice and industry focus ensures that its lawyers are held up for their understanding of ‘the business and all the financial dynamics that affect taxes'. In particular, firm founders Adriana Melo and Beatriz Villegas are highlighted together for their ‘friendly treatment and clarity'. Melo fronts the tax planning side of the practice and enjoys good relationships with clients in the real estate and construction segments, while Villegas is noted for her transactional tax expertise and has a focus on the infrastructure, trade and services sectors. Key associates include Laura Sanin, who heads the M&A group, and Ana María Tobón, who has an emphasis on real estate and the reorganisation of business and family groups. Associate Sergio Duque left in September 2021 for further study, while associate Daniela Álvarez left to live abroad in 2022.
‘The firm really is exceptional. Its tax practice not only has an understanding of the regulations as a law firm, but it also understands the business and all the financial dynamics that affect taxes.’
‘It is a fairly interdisciplinary team, with lots of knowledge, skills and strengths. It is possible to perceive a lot of collaboration and support between its lawyers.’
‘We value that lawyers acquire knowledge of the client to provide well-thought-out advice; this characteristic makes it outstanding. There is always someone available in the team to help you.’
‘We highlight the team’s friendly treatment and clarity in the exposition of the consulted topics, particularly Adriana Melo and Beatriz Villegas.’
‘VM legal cares about knowing the client’s business and its industry sector. What is also very special, is that the partners are aware of the content of the advice — in other firms you only see the partners in the first and last meetings. Often, those other firms spend very little time analysing the work of the partners, who are dedicated only to capturing the client.’
‘I highlight Beatriz Villegas and Laura Sanin for their responsiveness, knowledge of different subjects, kindness, courtesy and interest in matters being resolved on time and in the best way.’
‘This law firm is very up-to-date on tax, exchange, customs, etc. issues. Lawyers are excellent advisors, clear, very prepared and above all very proactive in all the issues they are in charge of in the firm.’
‘We highlight the team’s willingness to resolve concerns and accompany transactions at all times.’
Construcciones El Cóndor
Compañía de financiamiento Tuya
Productora del Software
Autopistas del Café
Soluciones Empresariales en la Nube
Fideicomiso Llanos (en Liquidacion)
Fideicomiso Concesión Vial de los Llanos
Flores el Capiro
Construcciones y Tractores
Gonvarri MS Colombia
Internacional Ejecutiva de Aviación
Arredondo Madrid Ingenieros
Constructora Túnel del Oriente
Lock Agencia de Seguros
Concesion Túnel Aburrá Oriente
Sary Sociedad por Acciones Simplificadas
Médicos Especialistas en el Diagnostico por Imágenes
Instituto Cardiovascular y de Estudios Especiales Las Vegas
Especialidades Médicas Metropolitanas
Clínica de Oftalmología San Diego
Clinica del Prado
Arquitectos E Ingenieros Asociados
- Advised Construcciones el Cóndor on the sale of its equity in Concesión la Pintada —which is in charge of the 4G Pacífico 2 Project — to the John Laing Group through West Valley JL Holdco.
- Advised Generadora Luzma on the sale of two small hydro plants located in Amalfi, Antioquia, to ISA.
- Advised Autopistas del Café on a debt refinancing process.