Widely recognised as a leader in its niche, boutique outfit Jaime Granados Peña & Asociados Ltda focuses exclusively on criminal defence work, including white-collar crime. Since its inception in 1998, the firm has acted for the full spread of clients, from state dignitaries through to major public and private-sector companies, and is a popular choice to advise on Colombia’s most complex and sensitive matters. Among its highlight cases in this area, the team recently represented former president Álvaro Uribe in his high-profile criminal case — the group also played key roles in the cases of colonel Alfonso Plazas Vega and former Army commander Nicacio Martínez. Name partner Jaime Granados is a criminal-law veteran, who brings to bear over two decades of experience; notably, he was formerly part of the preparatory commission for constitutional reform of the penal system in 2002. The group also leans on the experience of a specialist band of highly qualified junior lawyers, including senior associates Juan Felipe Amaya Mejía and Carlos Fernando Alarcón González as well as intermediate associate María Carolina Azuero Manrique.
Compliance and white-collar crime in Colombia
Jaime Granados Peña & Asociados Ltda
Jaime Lombana & Abogados
Jaime Lombana & Abogados has established a leading reputation for its focus on representing individuals and corporations in criminal defence matters, with a strong track record in white-collar crime and corruption-related issues. Since its 1992 inception, the firm has handled many of the most high-profile cases to hit the market, including the Hidroituango environmental file, as well as defending Tecnoglass against the Superintendencia de Companias. Name partner Jaime Lombana is a criminal law expert, with impressive academic credentials (he is a professor of criminal law at Rosario University and a founding trustee of the International Foundation for Criminal Sciences) — as well as practical experience gained during the aforementioned cases. The group also leans on the experience of litigator Felipe Alzate Gómez, who is well versed in a range of criminal, tax and disciplinary matters, and criminal defence specialist Jorge Amorocho Price — both are associates. In December 2021, senior associate Natalia Cifuentes Castro left the firm to become a lawyer at Bancolombia.
Mauricio Pava L. Abogados
‘Modern, dynamic, diligent‘, Mauricio Pava L. Abogados attracts rave reviews from satisfied clients for its ability to structure a ‘horizontal defence strategy that includes all issues’. A specialist in criminal defence matters, the boutique firm is equipped to advise on the full gamut of white-collar crime and administrative litigation-related issues, from assisting with corporate compliance programmes, through to complex and sensitive litigation. The financial services sector is a particularly fruitful source of work and the team counts many of the most significant banks in Colombia among its clients, including Bancolombia, Banco Davivienda and BBVA Colombia. The firm is also distinguished by its national approach, facilitated by offices in Barranquilla, Medellín and Manizales as well as Bogotá and allowing it to provide cost-effective and personalised service. Based in Bogotá, founding partner Mauricio Pava Lugo is a conjuez of both the Supreme Court’s criminal chamber and of the National Electoral Council; he was also a member of the Advisory Commission for the Criminal Policy of the Colombian State (2018-2021). In Barranquilla, Andrés Díaz Arana — part of allied firm Pava Díaz Arana — is a former advisor to the Colombian Minister of Justice. The group also calls on the services of Jacobo González Cortés, who is widely acknowledged as an expert in computer crimes and cybersecurity; he leads the punitive law and virtual financial risks unit. Other key names include associate Daniel Santiago Guio Díaz, who specialises in corporate risk management.
Mauricio Pava Lugo; Andrés Díaz Aran
‘Lawyers demonstrate a modern, dynamic, diligent, entrepreneurial, effective approach, with excellent service, deep but at the same time not pretentious, of the exercise of criminal law and compliance. We have worked together on multiple issues.’
‘The added value of MPA is to have a firm with people capable of giving support according to various perspectives of the same issue, and structuring a horizontal defence strategy that includes all issues.’
‘This office is differentially excellent, because it is comprised of professionals with a deep knowledge of the issues, extensive experience, practical sense, immediate digital and personal attention — and at reasonable cost.’
‘The firm has a very strong academic wing, which ensures the team is constantly up-to-date and allows lawyers to exchange opinions on legal issues pertinent to the process. This helps to guarantee the quality of service to any client, regardless of the lawyer who assumes it.’
‘They are lawyers open to innovation, always looking for ways to improve their existing practices. They have been pioneers in generating relevant discussions on punitive law both for litigation and for the public sector (legaltech, fake news, human rights and business, among others).’
‘The firm provides personal and immediate advice. It has developed compliance programmes that are easy to use and implement in organisations. It has lines of academic research in criminal law of the most innovative topics.’
‘It sets itself apart through its knowledge, interaction with the relevant regulatory authorities and global vision.’
‘Mauricio Pava Lugo, Andrés Díaz Arana and Jacobo González Cortés stand out for their knowledge, experience, weighting, good judgment and exceptional customer service.’
Axa Colpatria Capitalizadora
Axa Colpatria Seguros
Banco de la República
Banco de las Microfinanzas Bancamía
Banco Santander de Negocios Colombia
BBVA Asset Management S.A. Sociedad Fiduciaria
Cititrust Colombia Sociedad Fiduciaria
Colfondos Pensiones Y Cesantías
Corporación Compromiso Colombia Cívica
Credivalores – Crediservicios
Grupo Energía Bogotá ESP
Itau Corpbanca Colombia
Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia
Transportadora de Gas Internacional
The ‘curious and precise' team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero impresses with its ‘excellent technical knowledge' and its ability to form a ‘perfect symbiosis with the client', according to sources. The two-partner team is well versed across all key areas of compliance and white-collar defence, recently demonstrating adroit handling of anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing and anti-corruption-related matters. On the risk assessment front, the group is frequently called upon by major domestic and multinational companies to act on compliance programmes and internal policies, such as its recent advice to FCC Aqualia on the implementation of corporate compliance systems. The firm also handles contentious cases, with experience in representing corporate clients in major administrative investigations and proceedings. Department co-head Daniel Rodríguez is valued for being ‘clear in the transmission of information'. Qualified to practise in Colombia, New York and California, Rodríguez’s global outlook is reinforced by his broad sector focus, which combines strong skill sets in compliance, financial services and public procurement. Jacques Simhon co-leads the group and brings to bear industry-specific expertise in real estate and dispute resolution. The deep and broad team also benefits from the experience of counsel Beatriz Molina, a former prosecutor, judge and magistrate who joined in September 2021. Other key contacts include senior associate María Lucía Amador, who is highlighted together with associate Paula Andrea Gutiérrez for their ‘exhaustive analysis', as well as semi-senior associate Santiago Calle, who specialises in white collar and disciplinary matters.
Daniel Rodríguez; Jacques Simhon
‘The compliance and criminal law team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero is dynamic and open to answering the questions of its clients at all times. Lawyers display excellent technical knowledge and are willing to participate in the forums that are required to explain their knowledge and contribute to the growth of the company.’
‘Lawyers are genuinely and deeply interested in the context, that is, in the knowledge of the business and any details that can be of value to the advice. It is a curious and precise team, focused on the client, and with a very high level of compliance and professionalism.’
‘The team establishes a perfect symbiosis with the client to help us grow together: lawyers do a wonderful job of teaching the applicable local legislation and, furthermore, with each collaboration we notice that they get to know our sector of activity, and the idiosyncrasies of our organisation, better.’
‘It is a multidisciplinary team, with specialists in each section. It is reassuring to know that behind the junior there is a senior and an associate who really know the subject matter.’
‘Daniel Rodríguez, pending and aware of the work of his team, directs the analysis and proposes solutions to the risks that may present. Jacques Simhon demonstrates knowledge of the spirit and the letter of the law and is capable of approaching an aspect from various points of view without losing rigour.’
‘We recommended associates María Lucía Amador and Paula Andrea Gutiérrez due to their availability, exhaustive analysis and integration of the components of a regulatory compliance due diligence.’
‘Jacques Simhon and Daniel Rodríguez are two of the best lawyers I have met in their field of activity. Santiago Calle started out as a junior and has come a long way since then. They are all close and professional. In other offices, the partners are enormously unapproachable and haughty.’
‘The main partner directly attends to queries, does the respective follow-up and proposes effective solutions based on his experience and knowledge. Daniel Rodríguez is rigorous, deep in the analysis and clear in the transmission of information and answers to queries.’
Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía
Maria Paula Linares
Victims of Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
Neos Nogal PH
- Advised FCC Aqualia in designing and implementing corporate compliance systems, including anti-money laundering and anti-corruption policies.
- Advised Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía on third-party due diligence.
- Represented an individual before the Family Commissioners and the Office of the Attorney General in seeking a ruling for a definitive protective measure against her ex-husband, and also within criminal proceedings being conducted for domestic violence.
Fabio Humar Abogados
The ‘highly specialised‘ Fabio Humar Abogados is highlighted by some as ‘the best firm in criminal litigation‘. The group advises on a mix of preventative and contentious white-collar crime matters but is arguably best known for defending clients in complex criminal cases, from tax investigations through to proceedings before Colombia’s highest courts. Clients reserve particular praise for ‘exceptional‘ managing partner Fabio Humar, who is commended as a ‘champion in criminal litigation‘ and was formerly a prosecutor at Colombia’s Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Economic Order Unit. Among his recent highlights, Humar successfully defended Conconcreto in a competition and criminal case arising from allegations of collusion in the construction market. The group also includes increasingly prominent senior associate Sandra Ramón Saavedra, who is ‘very precise and technical‘ — she supported on the Conconcreto case. Other key members of the team include senior lawyer Gloria Liliana Pérez, who was formerly with the Attorney General’s Office, and junior associate Juan Camilo Casas.
‘Fabio Humar Lawyers is highly specialised in matters of litigation and corporate criminal law; it is the firm’s key focus, and it is among the best at it.’
‘From my experience, this is the best firm in criminal litigation, and it does not have to envy firms from Europe or the USA. It is by far the best criminal litigation firm in Colombia.’
‘The firm is comprised of lawyers with very strong experience in criminal matters. Many of them have been officials in the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office and criminal judges.’
‘We value the firm’s knowledge in criminal matters and also its ability to define legal strategies according to the needs of the clients.’
‘Fabio Humar is a champion in criminal litigation. The addition of lawyer Sandra Ramón Saavedra, along with Juan Camilo Casas and Gloria Liliana Pérez, make this firm an undisputed leader in the country.’
‘Attorney Sandra Ramón Saavedra is very, very good. She is a very capable person, very precise and technical. All the attorneys at the firm, especially Humar himself, are the best litigators I have seen in a long time.’
‘Fabio Humar is a lawyer who always anticipates problems and helps you to understand the challenges — and respective options — before they occur.’
‘Fabio Humar is an exceptional lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in his field of law. The service is probably among the best our company has received from legal advisors.’
Consorcio CCC – Constructor of Hidroituango
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC)
Dentons Cardenas Y Cardenas
Digital Ware – HIG
Ministerio De Cultura De Colombia
Fundación Mario Santodomingo
Global Tuition Seguros
- Represented victims of an individual (Katherine Loaiza), who defrauded hundreds of people through the creation of laboratories that sold personal care products.
- Advised CIJ Gutiérrez on an investigation into money laundering.
- Acted for Global Seguros de Vida on fraud detection and prevention matters.
Francisco Sintura Varela Abogados Asociados SA
Francisco Sintura Varela Abogados Asociados SA has a emphasis on criminal and compliance matters relating to the financial services sector. It also routinely handles cases relating to real estate, employment and environmental law. A strong performer in both advisory and contentious matters, its lawyers advise on risk prevention, response strategies and defence proceedings. The group is also distinguished by its experience in representing a diverse mix of clients, from individuals through to public and private companies, including victims of economic crimes. Francisco Sintura possesses an impressive record in criminal law matters, with his experience including stints as the head of the Control Division at the Banco de la Republica as well as head of the foreign trade section of the Banking Superintendence. Financial services specialist Pilar Astrid Sánchez is also noted for her robust regulatory credentials; she served as legal advisor to the Superintendence for Foreign Exchange Control and the Banking Superintendence, among other roles. The firm additionally fields a specialist band of junior lawyers, including senior associate Fabio Ballesteros and associate Andrés Sintura.
Corporación Financiera de Colombia (Corficolombiana)
Banco de Occidente
Banco de Bogotá
Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria
- Represented victims of troubled securities broker Interbolsa, following the company’s liquidation.
Prias Cadavid Abogados
For over 15 years, criminal law boutique Prias Cadavid Abogados has focused on issues concerning business, economic and financial fraud. The comprehensive white-collar crime practice has deep expertise in advising both individuals and companies on the full spectrum of matters, from risk prevention strategy through to investigations and judicial procedures. Multinational corporations are also increasingly turning to the firm for assistance with global regulatory compliance programmes. Among the names to note, Juan Carlos Prías has four decades of litigation and compliance experience and is noted for his emphasis on energy and natural resources-related matters. Fellow founding partner Paula Cadavid has served as advisor to both the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General and has a strong track record in the financial and public services sectors. The two-partner team is supported by a deep bench of associates, including experienced lawyers Emilio Restrepo Villegas and Viviana Gómez Barbosa, who both specialise in criminal law.
Juan Carlos Prías; Paula Cadavid
Branch of Microsoft Colombia
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones
Mansarovar Energy Colombia
Sulzer Pumps Colombia
BRG Consulting Colombia
Ortopédicos futuro Colombia
Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)
Among Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)‘s key assets, sources hail its ‘high capacity for analysis' and its ‘client-oriented service'. The mid-sized firm houses a prominent white-collar crime and compliance practice, which specialises in the design and implementation of compliance programmes and representation in criminal cases. Department head Alejandro Mejía attracts strong reviews both for his ‘business understanding‘ as well as his ‘technical knowledge'; he has a particularly strong recent record in advising on compliance models and prevention strategies. Corporate and commercial partner Freddy Navarrete is also noted for his focus on compliance matters. Recommended names at associate level include Juan Pablo Pantoja, highlighted for his ‘good relationship with the client', and associate practice director Antony Palacios. Senior associate Carlos Andrés Mahecha left to join KPMG Colombia in February 2022.
‘The Cáez Muñoz Mejía team adds value through its knowledge and management of the regulatory environment, its interdisciplinary approach and its client-oriented service.’
‘Partners Alejandro Mejía and Freddy Navarrete, as well as their supporting associates, stand out for their understanding of the client’s needs, and their collaborative approach. They are also 100% available to meet our needs.’
‘The service provided by Alejandro Mejía is personalised; he does not delegate the client relationship to other lawyers.’
‘We highlight the team’s high degree of professionalism and knowledge of criminal law. Lawyers are up to date with all legal issues.’
‘The lawyers of Cáez Muñoz Mejía make us feel uniquely supported, rather than just a statistic. Additionally, being a small law firm, lawyers are methodical with the handling of information, with a high capacity for analysis and debate.’
‘The partner, Alejandro Mejía, is the one who always gives us advice, that is, he is the one who attends to our requirements first-hand. He is cordial, polite, provides solutions and is ready to listen.’
‘Alejandro Mejía stands out for his proximity to the client, his business understanding, his technical knowledge and his willingness to attend to all kinds of queries in the shortest time possible. His work is very practical, which allows everything to flow smoothly.’
‘Associate Juan Pablo Pantoja stands out for his good relationship with the client, his management of judicial processes and the efficient solution of those processes.’
Fundación Ideas para la Paz
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Grupo BC – CIBERGESTIÓN Colombia
Star Defence Logistics Engineering
Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados
- Advised Arintia Group on implementing a system of prevention and risk management against money laundering and terrorist financing, among other compliance matters.
- Advised Puma Energy on compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Superintendence of Corporations.
- Advised Constructora Bella Suiza on implementing the Transparency and Business Ethics Programme (PTEE), in order to comply with the requirements of the Superintendence of Corporations.
Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance
Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance's international network strikes the right note with sources, who praise the USA-headquartered firm’s ability to ‘provide global solutions to meet the needs of its clients'. Particularly sought after for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional compliance issues, the group also handles criminal investigations and contentious proceedings. A significant overhaul of the department saw former practice head Javier Coronado relocate to the Miami office in August 2021. The group is now led nationally by Bogotá managing partner Marcela Blanco, who is dual-qualified in Florida and Colombia and handles a mix of transactional, criminal and compliance work. The team also includes associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez, who joined in August 2021 and was formerly a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office, where he acted on money laundering cases, tax offences and other white-collar matters.
Michael Diaz Jr; Marcela Blanco
‘We appreciate the availability of the lawyers; their professionalism and dedication make them pleasant to work with.’
‘The team is comprised of excellent professionals.’
‘Diaz Reus offers close support to the client through a personalised and partner-led service. It is also part of an international network of offices, which allows the team to provide global solutions to meet the needs of its clients.’
‘In matters of compliance and criminal law, it is very strong due to its great capacity and international coverage in matters of due diligence and investigations.’
‘Javier Coronado is an excellent attorney. He presents cases and concepts with impressive clarity and his professionalism is exceptional. He is a lawyer who transmits confidence due to his knowledge of the subject.’
‘The hire of associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez in Colombia has provided further scope to the services of the firm in the litigation area, especially due to his previous experience in the Attorney General’s Office.’
‘Marcela Blanco, Marcelo Buendía Vélez and Javier Coronado are distinguished by their client-focused service combined with strong professionalism.’
Allianz Seguros & Allianz Seguros de Vida
Karisma Latam Hotels and Resorts
Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros
Ciudadela Comercial Unicentro
Laboratorios Biogen de Colombia
Consultores Unidos Asociados
Javier Mejía Bernal
- Represented Javier Mejia Bernal in criminal proceedings, following his 2019 indictment for allegedly bribing officials to obtain contracts in Bogotá.
- Represented Allianz Seguros de Vida in its internal investigations into allegations of insurance fraud, inside trading, and other potential criminal conduct.
- Represented Grupo CTO in reaching a settlement agreement with a former director of the company regarding several disputes, including criminal investigations.
Lawyers at MestreMendieta Penalistas stand out for their ‘effective and immediate service' and for their ability to ‘adapt to the objectives of the client'. The team is further distinguished by its impressive combination of academic and practical strength. Most notably, José Fernando Mestre brings to bear significant experience in defending parties in high-profile corruption cases, including ‘Chuzadas del DAS’ and ‘AIS Agro Ingreso Seguro’, among others. He is also the director of the Criminal Law Department at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Nadia Carolina Mendieta co-leads the department alongside Mestre and is equally well equipped to represent individuals and corporate clients in sensitive compliance and white-collar crime matters, with sources asserting ‘her advice and support instils confidence'. Senior associate Nicolás Hurtado is dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) and provides capable support.
José Fernando Mestre; Nadia Carolina Mendieta
‘The firm stands out for its personalised attention and for the consideration and respect lawyers show towards their clients, without distinction of class or status.’
‘The partners and associates personally take the time to research each case in detail. They are objective and fair when weighing and evaluating each situation.’
‘In my view, direct contact with the client and their respectful treatment is the key to its excellence.’
‘José Fernando Mestre, Nadia Carolina Mendieta and senior associate Nicolás Hurtado are unblemished professionals; assertive and transparent. They are honest in their assessments and recommendations.’
‘The firm provides us with effective and immediate service. We receive its responses quickly and it understand our objectives. Lawyers adapt to the objectives of the client.‘
‘Nadia Carolina Mendieta provides us with personalised attention of infinite quality. Talking with her is a pleasure; her advice and support instils confidence.’
AngloGold Ashanti Colombia
Superintendencia de Puertos y Transporte
Industria Nacional de Gaseosas
GM Financial Colombia
Dow Química de Colombia
Cargill de Colombia
Andrés Carne de Res
Felipe Arturo Laverde Concha
Acueducto Metropolitano de Bucaramanga
Chevron Petroleum Company
Empresa Aerea de Servicios y Facilitación Logística Integral (EasyFly)
Adelante Soluciones Financieras (ADDI)
Restcafé / Frayco
Mercado Libre Colombia
- Provided ongoing advice to AngloGold Ashanti Colombia, including representing it, and its executives, before the Attorney General’s Office.
- Advised Bancolombia on banking fraud in relation to financial transactions, the drafting of criminal complaints and the representation of Bancolombia (as a victim) in the investigations conducted by the Attorney General’s Office and in court.
- Advised Legislación Económica on embezzlement committed by one of its employees, including representing the company as a victim in the investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
According to satisfied clients, lawyers in Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría‘s compliance practice ‘go beyond what is necessary for prevention and protection‘. The group advises on both criminal litigation and preventative strategy — including the development of compliance programmes — while the wider firm’s top-tier corporate offering also supplies a steady stream of due diligence-related work. A former Attorney General of the Nation, Juan Carlos Forero has over 20 years’ experience in the criminal law field and recently represented Abbott Laboratories (Chile), as a victim, in a fraud-related case. Forero co-heads the practice alongside Pamela Alarcón, who is a former advisor to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. Other key contacts include associate Andrea Succar, who is noted for her ‘extensive knowledge of criminal law‘.
Juan Carlos Forero; Pamela Alarcón
‘These lawyers do an exceptional job. They are professionals with extensive experience, very high availability to attend to priority and relevant matters, very friendly client service and reliable and timely deliverables.’
‘It is excellent in the matters it is in charge of; its lawyers make things happen, they are always attentive to any need in the most friendly and respectful way.’
‘The firm made the best decision when it added this criminal practice. Compliance and criminal issues are increasingly important focuses for any company in the world due to globalisation.’
‘Companies must be protected and this team – which includes people with the best experience – ensures that we are up-to-date in our processes, so we can protect our shareholders, employees and transactions.’
‘I work with Pamela Alarcón and Juan Carlos Forero. They are impeccable in their work, their experience is very robust (in all sectors), their response is immediate, they go beyond what is necessary for prevention and protection.’
‘The team maintains a 24/7 availability and closeness to the client that is priceless. They are excellent lawyers — among the best in the country.’
‘Andrea Succar is a lawyer with extensive knowledge of criminal law. She always responds in a timely manner. Her briefs are complete and very good. She is also a very kind person, always providing the necessary support.’
‘Pamela Alarcón, a partner in the area, has extensive knowledge that makes her a benchmark in the field. Always attentive and willing to find a solution in these complex issues.’
Prosegur Vigilancia y Seguridad Privada
KPMG Advisory Tax & Legal
Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao
Gestion De Servicios Globales (GSG)
Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa (SACSA)
Fundación Santo Domingo
Asociación Probienestar de la Familia Colombiana (Profamilia)
Grupo Energía Bogotá
Sociedad Interamericana de Aguas y Servicios (INASSA)
Adelante Soluciones Financieras
- Represented Abbott Laboratories (Chile), as a victim, in a fraud-related case.
- Acted for Prosegur Vigilancia y Seguridad Privada, as a victim, in multiple cases concerning fraud and misconduct.
- Represented Diana Corporación, as a victim, in several fraud and misconduct-related cases.
Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
Baker McKenzie S.A.S.‘s multidisciplinary investigations, compliance and ethics practice operates at the intersection of corporate compliance and competition law. Spearheaded by competition and TMT specialist Carolina Pardo, the group predominantly advises on the design and implementation of corporate compliance programmes. However, the firm also represents companies in criminal investigations, with its recent expertise encompassing computer fraud, tax and financial crime. At associate level, experienced lawyer Bibiana Cala is highlighted for her ‘deep knowledge‘ and frequently leads on cases, while the ‘excellent‘ Luis Alberto Castell is noted for his strong skill sets in corporate compliance, data protection and competition-related matters.
Carolina Pardo; Bibiana Cala
‘The compliance group is probably the strongest in the Colombian legal market. Lawyers are able to tap into US and international best practices and translate concepts that other firms cannot. The depth and breadth of expertise and knowledge is second to none.’
‘It has an expert team in compliance issues, which denotes its experience in the models used and the guidance provided. Additionally, as Baker McKenzie is a firm with extensive experience in corporate matters on different fronts, it knows very well the challenges, difficulties and processes of the companies it advises.’
‘I recommend the team based on its speed, its ability to meet requirements and its flexibility to work together with the client based on the client’s needs, company processes and commercial realities.’
‘It is a supremely efficient and proactive practice. We feel highly supported by the team. Other law firms in the area, especially in criminal law and compliance matters, are independent and are not part of a full-service firm. It is ideal to have all the services in one place.’
‘Bibiana Cala was the lawyer who handled our case. She provided an excellent service, with deep knowledge, efficient responses and proactivity before the authority.’
‘Luis Alberto Castel is excellent. He was stand-out in assisting us in the complete overhaul of our governance and compliance framework in Colombia. Really good and helpful.‘
Abbott Laboratories Colombia
AT&T Global Network Services
CI Frontier Coal
Cardinal Health Colombia
Edge Network Services Colombia (Meta)
Novo Nordisk Colombia
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
PSP Investment Fund
Phoenix Tower International
National Oilwell Varco De Colombia
Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Advised Abbott Laboratories on its ABC (anti-bribery and corruption) compliance programme in accordance with Colombian regulations.
- Advised Amazon’s global compliance team on the obligations of Amazon Web Services in Colombia with regards to the mandatory implementation of AML (anti-money laundering) programmes in the country.
- Advised AT&T’s global compliance team on the draft of its Colombian subsidiary’s AML policies and procedures, and AML risk matrix.
Brigard Urrutia‘s compliance team finds favour for its ability to ‘successfully simplify complex issues‘. The multidisciplinary practice enjoys closes relationships with raft of global corporations, which it advises on risk management systems, through to sensitive criminal investigations. Director and practice head Ricardo Forero is singled out as a ‘well-trained, experienced and creative lawyer‘ and brings to bear over 16 years’ experience; he is well versed in criminal proceedings, compliance and FCPA-related matters. Since the practice’s formation in 2020, the firm continues to invest in building up its compliance offering and in July 2021 it welcomed new associate María Camila Sarria, who joined from the in-house legal team at Casa Editorial El Tiempo. Associate Andrea Plazas left to study in the UK.
Ricardo Forero; Paula Soto; María Camila Sarria
‘I would highlight the integration of the BU compliance team. Lawyers are attentive, they do not bill unnecessarily and they look for 360º solutions together with colleagues from other practices.‘
‘We value the expertise of the team, technically it is well-prepared to provide the necessary support.’
‘Lawyers are clear in the information they transmit and successfully simplify complex issues. They have a good understanding of our industry and its risks. They make simple recommendations that are easy to implement.’
‘We recommend this firm due to the quality of its lawyers and the expert knowledge it provides.’
‘The compliance and white-collar crime practice is formed of very talented people.’
‘Director Ricardo Forero is very professional, and demonstrates a mastery of criminal litigation.’
‘Ricardo Forero is in charge of this practice. He is a person who is always just a phone call away, which will always be highly valued by us. He is clear in his explanations and proposes simple and easy-to-implement solutions.’
‘Ricardo Forero stands out for his proximity and his knowledge of the sector. A well-trained, experienced and creative lawyer.’
H&M Hennes & Mauritz
The Walt Disney Corporation
Caribbean Financial Group
China Three Georges
- Advised GFCM Comercial México on the design and implementation of a local compliance programme, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues.
- Provided criminal compliance counselling to The Walt Disney Company Colombia.
- Advised Red Hat Colombia on criminal compliance matters.
Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)
Since its establishment in 2020, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)‘s compliance practice continues to gain traction. The group is particularly sought after by multinational companies who assert that it possesses ‘the experience and the local and regional knowledge required‘. As a risk and compliance-focused practice, it has an emphasis on non-contentious work and routinely advises on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Director and department head Adriana Bueno Buitrago is ‘very practical and provides good solutions‘; she specialises in the establishment and management of corporate governance and compliance models, with expertise in the full range of AML, anti-corruption and CTF-related matters. Sources also highlight associates Anguie Castro and Nathaly Acero for providing the ‘perfect support‘. Senior associate Monica Cuestas left in July 2021 to become legal manager at Coca-Cola FEMSA.
Adriana Bueno Buitrago
‘Lawyers are extremely specialised and clients value this type of specialisation, especially when they are global companies that operate in different territories. Gomez-Pinzon has the experience and the local and regional knowledge required.’
‘Gomez-Pinzon’s team is highly qualified and accessible. Lawyers have a strong notion of teamwork and are deeply involved in the client’s affairs.’
‘The advice in general is good: comprehensive, fast and efficient.’
‘The team understands local requirements and how to transmit them to international investors.’
‘Professional and reliable are probably the words that best describe the firm. Adriana Bueno Buitrago is a top-level professional, she gets deeply involved in the client’s affairs and does not delegate responsibility for her analysis or follow-up, which clients appreciate.’
‘Adriana Bueno Buitrago is an excellent lawyer; very attentive to our questions, very practical and provides good solutions.’
‘Although this is an existing practice in Colombia, it has become a more in-demand practice. Adriana Bueno Buitrago, who leads the practice, is uniquely qualified and takes a very holistic approach.’
‘Associates Anguie Castro and Nathaly Acero provide the perfect support to the senior lawyer and to our company.’
IGT Foreign Holdings
Reckitt Benckiser Colombia
Mazda de Colombia
Innova Capital Partners (Goldman Sachs)
Eolos Energía/Vientos del Norte (EDPR)
- Advised IGT Colombia on the implementation of a compliance system.
- Advised VG Mobility Perdomo on the implementation of an anti-money laundering and transparency programme.
- Advised Partners Telecom Colombia on compliance with Colombia’s SAGRILAFT (System of Self-Control and Management of the Comprehensive Risk of Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism, and Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction) regulation.
Posse Herrera Ruiz
Posse Herrera Ruiz's compliance team stands out for its ‘client service, knowledge and professionalism'. The group draws on the wider firm’s full-service offering to handle a wide range of compliance and white-collar defence cases, with a strong focus on anti-corruption, AML and due diligence matters. The practice is led jointly by corporate partner Oscar Tutasaura, who advised on a string of compliance programmes over the past year, and infrastructure and public law head José Alejandro Torres. The group also includes ‘outstanding lawyer' Luis Miguel Russi, who is an increasingly prominent associate with an emphasis on criminal litigation.
Oscar Tutasaura; Jose Alejandro Torres
‘The team is up-to-date on trends and generates space to discuss current issues and the impact regulatory changes will have on corruption and compliance risk management systems.’
‘Lawyers are well-prepared, which makes communication fluid. The team provides timely support when information or suggestions are requested. Additionally, the concerns of each client are always addressed regardless of their business sector.’
‘Customer service is exceptional. The team differentiates itself through its efforts to understand its clients.’
‘Lawyers demonstrate good attitude and availability. Lawyers possess excellent knowledge of relevant issues and clients. They are concrete and clear in their concepts and recommendations.‘
‘The team’s best qualities are client service, knowledge and professionalism. Luis Miguel Russi is an outstanding lawyer.‘
Halliburton Latin America
Louis Dreyfus Company Colombia
TCS Solution Center Sucursal Colombia
Unilever Andina Colombia
SGS Colombia Holding
Amazon Web Services
Coca-Cola FEMSA – INDEGA
NTT Data Services Colombia
- Advised BBVA Colombia on the implementation of an anti-corruption policy for all companies of the BBVA group located in Colombia.
- Assisted Adidas Colombia with the integral modification of its compliance and ethics programmes.
- Advised France-based Elis on the implementation of its compliance programmes for Colombia.