Lawyers at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. ‘structure strategies with a proactive and preventive approach‘, which ‘leads to the favourable resolution of conflicts‘, according to satisfied clients. The firm fields a sizeable 14-lawyer strong dispute resolution practice, which covers the full scope of contentious work, including litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. The team’s ability to plug into the wider global brand’s extensive international network ensures that it is a first port of call for major multinational clients, but it also frequently advises prominent domestic and regional companies on high-stakes cases. A high-profile figure in the region and beyond, department head Claudia Benavides currently sits as Global Chair of the firm’s dispute resolution group and is noted for her ability ‘to organise efficient teams according to the degree of complexity of the disputed issue‘. Among Benavides’ recent cases, she successfully defended Embraer in a $10.5m lawsuit filed by a distributor seeking payment for the termination of an alleged commercial agency agreement. The group also includes impressive up-and-coming partner Cristina Mejia, who is well versed in commercial, civil and administrative litigation; she recently represented Refoenergy Bitain in settling a dispute with a state-owned public utility company following the termination of a take-or-pay contract. Recommended names at associate level include Sebastian Quintero, who advises across all key areas of dispute resolution, as well as arbitration-focused senior associates María Angélica Burgos and Daniela Páez Cala. Additionally, sources highlight the emerging talents of associates Juana Martínez Quintero and Isabella Mejía Sierra. Associate Jorge Valencia left to become senior counsel at Zoom in June 2021; and the firm hired senior associate Felipe González Arrieta -formerly of Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) and Suescún Abogados– in June 2022.
Litigation in Colombia
Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
Claudia Benavides; Cristina Mejia
‘Our experience with Baker McKenzie in conflict resolution has been very good, largely because of its leadership and the way in which the co-ordination of the team is structured. Claudia Benavides manages to organise efficient teams according to the degree of complexity of the disputed issue.’
‘This practice is excellent. Lawyers collaborate and add value.’
‘We have experience with working with other important law firms in Colombia and we highlight Bakers’ personalised work, which combines a permanent relationship with the designated team, as well as the use of technology to streamline processes.’
‘We mention the performance and dedication of the following professionals with whom we have interacted in a very constructive manner: Cristina Mejia, Juana Martínez Quintero and Claudia Benavides — they structure strategies with a proactive and preventive approach, which leads to the favourable resolution of conflicts.’
‘In particular, Cristina Mejia and Isabella Mejía Sierra provide excellent-quality legal service’.
Phoenix Tower International
MRO Servicios Logísticos
- Successfully defended Embraer in a $10.5m lawsuit filed by a distributor seeking payment for the termination of an alleged commercial agency agreement for the promotion and sales of Embraer aircraft and spare parts.
- Represented Refoenergy Bita in settling a dispute with a state-owned public utility company following the termination of a take-or-pay contract.
- Successfully represented Elequip in a $14m lawsuit alleging that the purchase of its shares in a third-party company by Port authorities violated various fiduciary duties.
Standing out for the ‘analysis and depth with which it deals with the issues‘, Brigard Urrutia‘s team is comprised of lawyers who ‘understand the needs of clients‘. The combined litigation, arbitration and insolvency group covers the waterfront on contentious matters, with strong skill sets in civil and commercial proceedings, administrative actions, mass litigation and judicial bankruptcy cases. Department head Irma Rivera Ramírez brings to bear over 25 years of experience and routinely leads on major national and cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings. Among Rivera’s recent highlights, she has represented clients in unfair competition cases, constitutional actions and contentious bankruptcy proceedings, as well as commercial litigation. The department can now calls upon the specialist expertise of two partners, following the February-2022 promotion of former associate director Felipe Mutis, who sources single out for his ‘ability to analyse and search for solutions‘. Mutis is widely recognised for his emphasis on disputes concerning the infrastructure, energy, M&A and telecoms sectors. The team also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, including dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) María Munevar Torrado, who handles a mix of litigation and arbitration cases; Carlos Mauricio Cerrato, who has a focus on civil and commercial matters; insolvency head Paola Guerrero Yemail; and Ana Carolina Abreo, who specialises in public procurement and administrative law matters. The group also recently welcomed new senior associate Camilo Valenzuela, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Lloreda Camacho & Co. and has experience in all core areas of dispute resolution. Intermediate associate Melissa Fonseca left the firm in February 2022.
‘We recommended the firm for: the analysis and depth with which it deals with the issues; the quality of the documents; the client service — the team is always available; lawyers’ involvement in the issues and their search for solutions.’
‘Lawyers display knowledge of the business and of the industry within which our company operates.’
‘It is a comprehensive team, which has professionals specialised in different areas of law and at the forefront of relevant legal discussions. They have also implemented diversity and inclusion efforts.’
‘We highlight Felipe Mutis for his knowledge of the business, his ability to analyse and search for solutions, his excellent customer service, his availability, his timeliness in responses and his ability to find the best options for clients.’
‘They are lawyers who understand the needs of clients and, in turn, the complexity of the Colombian legal system. In that sense, the legal advice received is comprehensive.’
‘I highlight Felipe Mutis, recently appointed as partner of the firm, for his work in the litigation area. Additionally, Carlos Mauricio Cerrato, María Munevar Torrado and Valeria Cárdenas have also adequately supported the company in different types of litigation.’
Held up by sources as an ‘excellent interdisciplinary firm‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán fields a diverse dispute resolution practice which packs a punch in all key contentious areas. Demonstrating strength in civil and commercial cases, M&A disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and insurance litigation, the comprehensive group draws upon the experience of several heavy-hitting litigators. Most notably, managing partner Camilo Martínez maintains a broad all-round disputes practice, with a strong recent record in energy and infrastructure matters; he paired up with Sergio Rojas (who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022) to advise Integral and Consorcio Generacion Ituango in a lawsuit initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín in relation to the damages sustained as a result of flooding due to the blocking of a tunnel. José Miguel Mendoza leads on shareholder dispute resolution, corporate crisis management and D&O litigation; he recently represented Maersk subsidiary APM Terminals on the design and execution of a corporate governance defence strategy concerning an activist shareholder campaign. Other senior names include bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía; and Julian Solorza, who was promoted to partner in January 2022 and focuses on administrative, civil, commercial and public litigation. The group is further supported by directors Ricardo Alarcón (arbitration) and Juan Pablo Amaya (corporate litigation), as well as associates Sergio Londoño and María José Figueroa (both litigation and corporate governance).
Camilo Martínez; José Miguel Mendoza; Nicolás Polanía; Sergio Rojas; Julián Solorza
‘DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is an excellent interdisciplinary firm.’
‘The team is composed of great lawyers. I highlight José Miguel Mendoza, Juan Pablo Amaya, María José Figueroa, Julián Solorza and Sergio Rojas.’
Epk Kids Smart
Corporación Club El Nogal
Importaciones y Representaciones Industriales De Colombia / Iri De Colombia
Federación Nacional De Comerciantes (Fenalco)
Inversiones Janna Raad & Cía
Operadora De Carbón De Santa Marta (Carbosan)
Ernst & Young Audit
Major Shareholders of Comestibles Aldor
Shareholder of Induma
Tribeca Asset Management
Shareholders of OTACC
Eduardo Franco & Ángela Gómez
Bolsa De Valores De Colombia
Integral / Integral Ingeniería De Supervisión / Consorcio Generación Ituango
Fondo Nacional De Gestión Del Riesgo
Bolsa De Valores De Colombia
Banco Av Villas
Hilton Worldwide Manage Branchco
Integral and Consorcio Generación Ituango
Integral / Integral Ingeniería De Supervisión / Consorcio Generación Ituango
Zurich Colombia Seguros
Gases Del Caribe
BTG Pactual – Segurexpo De Colombia
HDI Seguros De Vida
- Represented Integral and Consorcio Generacion Ituango in a lawsuit initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín against multiple parties, in relation to the damages sustained as a result of flooding due to the blocking of a tunnel and the resultant delays.
- Represented Ventura Group before an arbitration tribunal in bringing a claim against Colombia’s largest port operator for breach of several complex lease and infrastructure use contracts.
- Advised Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefónica) on a formal investigation opened by the General Comptroller of the Republic into fiscal liability issues related to the signing of a state contract whose value was allegedly underestimated.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's dispute resolution group garners praise for its ‘extensive knowledge‘, ‘strong leadership‘ and ‘good communication‘. Equally adept in both commercial and administrative litigation, the firm routinely handles large-scale disputes in all industry sectors, with its recent cases spanning the technology, construction, infrastructure and telecoms spheres. Additionally, the team continues to increase its share of cross-border cases, where it is aided by its ability to draw on teams in Chile and Peru — as well as its alliance with Uría Menéndez. Department co-head Hector Hernandez is a powerful all-round litigator who primarily handles civil and commercial disputes; he is currently representing USG Corporation in a judicial proceeding derived from a distribution agreement to sell the client’s products in Colombia. Practice co-lead Julio César González specialises in civil procedural law and arbitration; he recently advised Oxígenos de Colombia (member of the Linde Group) in a dispute derived from the allegedly wrongful termination of a contract to provide transportation to support its distribution of goods. The group also benefits from a talented pool of younger lawyers. Among its principal associates, dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) Juan Sebastián Arias stands out for ‘the speed and depth of his advice‘; he has a focus on arbitration. Other recommended principals include Santiago Cruz Mantilla (‘proposes innovative and timely procedural strategies‘), Mario Pérez, who handles commercial and constitutional litigation, and Alejandra Gómez, who has an emphasis on procedural law.
Héctor Hernández; Julio César González
‘A team with extensive knowledge and strong leadership. Lawyers are always attentive, respond in a timely manner to any requirement and consistently update the client on any news related to the process. The cost, compared to similar firms, is quite competitive.’
‘We value the team’s knowledge of the subject and good communication.’
‘I would recommended associate Juan Sebastián Aria due to the speed and depth of his advice.’
‘Santiago Cruz Mantilla (associate) is a lawyer who has extensive knowledge and proposes innovative and timely procedural strategies.’
Servicios Postales Nacionales
Aeropuertos de Oriente
FSQ Group (Sandwich Cubano)
Hyundai Doosan Infracore
Comercializadora Nacional (Pepsico Group)
Philip Morris International
- Representing USG Corporation in a judicial proceeding related to a distribution agreement to sell the client’s products in Colombia.
- Acting for Oxígenos de Colombia in a contractual dispute derived from the allegedly wrongful termination of a contract to provide transportation to support its logistical operation to distribute goods.
- Defending SAP Colombia in a claim brought by Mtbase, which alleges the existence of an agency relationship between them based on a software license distribution contract entered into by both parties.
Put simply, dispute resolution powerhouse Posse Herrera Ruiz fields ‘a dream team' in the litigation area, with lawyers receiving rave reviews for being ‘soft in their treatment but implacable on the battlefield‘. The group’s commercial awareness and swift responsive times are notably recurring themes among sources, with one asserting: ‘They do not miss a deadline, or a delivery’. Covering the full gamut of contentious matters, the firm has notched up an impressive record of appearances throughout all of the lower civil and administrative courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Justice, the Council of State and the Constitutional Court. The deep bench counts four partners among its ranks, with widely revered department co-head Daniel Posse highlighted for his ‘commitment, responsibility and initiative in generating solutions'; he is representing Granitos y Mármoles in a consumer protection proceeding brought by Edificio Peñas Blancas alleging defects to the façade of the building. Fellow group co-lead Carolina Posada ‘knows when to fight and when to reconcile'; she is advising Alianza Fiduciaria on a $5.5m contractual dispute proceeding. Pablo Enrique Sierra, who is focused on litigation, and Juan Pablo Bonilla, who has a broad litigation and arbitration practice, are also recommended at partner level. Associate support is provided by senior María Isabel Osorio (‘always there to meet the needs of clients') and intermediate associates Natalia Tobón (‘stands out for her professionalism, kindness and knowledge of the client'), Laura Vengoechea (‘very detailed and studious') and Pedro Miguel Alvarez, who has an emphasis on arbitration and corporate disputes.
Daniel Posse; Carolina Posada
‘Posse Herrera Ruíz stands out for having a highly capable litigation team, in which the client feels supported, even if the partner is not present. I also highlight the ease with which lawyers understand and apply business strategy to the litigation, without limiting themselves to the procedural issues.’
‘PHR has successfully supported us, for three years, in a complex legal process and under a restrictive pandemic environment. The incorporation of translators, accounting experts, bilingual sessions and especially a great capacity to understand, plan and recommend our best position has been necessary in the process.’
‘The difference with other firms is noticeable; it is distinguished by its ethics, punctuality and quality of work. Lawyers are experts at what they do. They don’t make mistakes. They do not miss a deadline, or a delivery. If they tell you Monday, it is not Tuesday, nor Wednesday; it is Monday.’
‘Carolina Posada is impeccable. Her legal skills never cease to amaze me and she is also very practical. She knows when to fight and when to reconcile, which I appreciate very much — she does not wear me out with useless cases. Her writings are of unparalleled quality and her attention to detail leaves no loose ends.’
‘Daniel Posse, together with his work team — especially Pedro Álvarez, who is in charge of dealing with the company’s affairs — demonstrates a high degree of commitment, responsibility and initiative in generating solutions and alternatives for assigned issues.’
‘María Isabel Osorio (senior associate) and Daniel Posse are always there to meet the needs of clients. The team has extensive knowledge and experience in the field.’
‘Natalia Tobón stands out for her professionalism, kindness and knowledge of the client, which conveys confidence and security, being the main qualities sought from a law firm with the reputation of PHR.’
‘Laura Vengoechea is very detailed and studious and produces very satisfactory results. Together with Carolina Posada, she forms a dream team, which is very soft in their treatment but implacable on the battlefield. I couldn’t be in better hands.’
Consorcio CCC Ituango
Colombia Móvil Tigo
Sociedad Minera de Santander
Hidrocarburos del Casanare
Repsol Colombia Oil & Gas
Une EPM Telecomunicaciones
- Advising Consorcio CCC Ituango in more than 60 judicial proceedings initiated by inhabitants living near the Cauca River, who seek compensation of damages in relation to the Ituango Hydroelectric Project.
- Representing Granitos y Mármoles in a consumer protection proceeding brought by Edificio Peñas Blancas alleging defects to the façade of the building and requesting its replacement.
- Defending Organización Terpel in an unfair competition litigation initiated by Ludesa.
‘A strong team that provides clear advice', Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados' dispute resolution group is valued for its ‘sector-specific experience‘ — particularly in the infrastructure and public law spheres, in line with the wider firm’s sweet spots. The group is particularly active on behalf of concessionaires seeking support on contentious construction matters, but it also enjoys close relationships with energy, mining, telecoms and technology companies. Senior partner Carlos Gustavo Arrieta — a 40-year veteran in dispute resolution — has represented both corporate and public-sector clients in large-scale cases. In a highlight example of his litigation prowess, Arrieta is acting in conjunction with impressive trial lawyer Paula Andrea Ramos to represent Cerrejón Zona Norte in a $1bn constitutional action concerning its open-pit coal mine. Álvaro Mantilla shines in projects-related work, particularly on the arbitration front, where he is considered among the market leaders; he is also highly active in concession-related litigation. Carlos Alberto Manzano, who is ‘characterised by his pragmatism and his knowledge', rounds out the partner group; his practice is heavily weighted towards contentious work, with an emphasis on projects-related issues. Associate Rodrigo Sánchez Pineda, who specialises in infrastructure litigation, provides support.
Alvaro Mantilla; Carlos Gustavo Arrieta; Paula Andrea Ramos; Carlos Alberto Manzano
‘A great work team, committed, serious, comprehensive and honest with the client.’
‘We particularly appreciate the effort and commitment litigators put into the issues, because although our disputes involve components from other practice areas, they do everything possible to understand it.’
‘The team obtains total knowledge of the dispute; any points that may be weak in the process are analysed to reinforce them with documentary evidence and the respective expert reports.’
‘Arrieta Mantilla &Asociados is a strong team that provides clear advice. It supports the client very well and is very accessible — there is no time restriction to attend to requests.’
‘We appreciate the firm’s support and its comprehensive knowledge of the clients’ economic industry and dispute under consideration.’
‘The firm has several well-formed teams that complement each other very well and provide support at all stages of a possible litigation.’
‘It is a firm specialised in infrastructure matters with personalised work and a highly trained team. Lawyers are attentive to customer requirements and their sector-specific experience has a positive impact upon the affairs of the company.’
‘Carlos Alberto Manzano is characterised by his pragmatism and his knowledge of the legal background applicable to the pending controversies of the concessionaire.’
Desarrollo Vía Al Mar (Devimar)
Estudios y Proyectos del Sol (EPISOL)
Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao
Concesionaria Vial de los Andes
Consorcio Vía al Mar
Constructora de Infraestructura Vial
Cerrejón Zona Norte
Concesionaria Vial Andina (Coviandina)
Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico (Covipacífico)
Drummond Ltd (sucursal Colombia)
Drummond Coal Mining (sucursal Colombia)
Proyectos y Desarrollos Viales Del Pacífico (Prodepacífico)
Consorcio Constructor Pacífico 1 (Conpacífico)
Concesionaria Vial Del Oriente (Covioriente)
Grupo Aeroportuario del Caribe
Comunicación Celular (Comcel)
Proyectos de Infraestructura
Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar (Covimar)
- Representing ConocoPhillips in a class action seeking to injunct the company from further operations due to the alleged use of ‘fracking’ in territories granted by the Colombian Government.
- Representing Proyectos de Infraestructura, as the concessionaire of a toll road, in a breach of contract claim initiated by the Governor’s Office of Valle del Cauca.
- Advising Estudios y Proyectos del Sol in its appeal against a first instance ruling in a case brought by the Attorney General’s office, related to the collapse of the Ruta del Sol project due to bribery and corruption, and in which the company was a co-defendant.
Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados
Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados' focus on contentious work pays dividends and it is routinely selected by major multinational companies to advise on commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration. The boutique firm handles disputes across all core industry sectors but is particularly recognised for its close relationships with clients operating in the insurance, life sciences, construction and energy and natural resources spheres. Litigator and arbitration specialist Andrés Tobón is highly regarded for his extensive experience, which includes a stint as head of the legal department and legal Vice President of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce. Luís Felipe Botero is recommended for his diverse litigation practice, which encompasses administrative law, judicial insolvencies and insurance-related matters; he had a strong recent run of energy-related cases over the past year. High-profile figure Bernardo Salazar is also highly regarded for his broad litigation expertise; he recently represented the Colombian subsidiaries of Glencore (CI Prodeco, Carbones de la Jagua, Consorcio Minero Unido and Sociedad Portuario Puerto Nuevo) in an action brought by Transportes Sensación seeking the payment of overcosts in relation to an allegedly imbalanced transport services contract. Intermediate associate Isabel Chaparro is another key member of the team.
Bernardo Salazar; Luis Botero; Andres Tobón
Pacific Stratus Energy
Johnson & Johnson MD&D
Hitachi Data Systems
Gran Tierra Energy
Seguros del Estado
Beat Ride App Colombia
Entidad Promotora De Salud Sanitas
- Represented the Colombian subsidiaries of Glencore (CI Prodeco, Carbones de la Jagua, Consorcio Minero Unido and Sociedad Portuario Puerto Nuevo) in an action brought by Transportes Sensación seeking the payment of overcosts in relation to an allegedly imbalanced transport services contract.
- Successfully represented Hoteles Decameron Colombia in a case brought by building company Inval seeking the payment of alleged overcosts, following the refurbishment of a hotel.
- Acted for Johnson & Johnson de Colombia in a commercial agency dispute stemming from the termination of a distribution contract.
Boutique firm Chemás & Asociados is recognised for its dominant reputation in litigation connected to infrastructure projects. A popular choice to advise domestic and multinational clients in the transport, energy and telecoms fields, the team routinely presents claims against the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), the National Roads Institute (INVIAS) and other public entities. Among the names to note, founding partner Jorge Eduardo Chemás is highly sought after for his formidable record in public procurement disputes, while Ingrid Soraya Ortiz handles a wide range of commercial, civil, competition and consumer law matters; together they co-led the firm’s representation of Consorcio INGETEC-SEDIC before a local administrative tribunal in a contractual dispute initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín related to the construction of a hydroelectric project. Junior partner Sergio Alejandro Chemás brings six years’ of experience to his role and has an emphasis on administrative law and concession-related litigation. Key support is provided by associates Manuela Sossa , who has a focus on public procurement and infrastructure-related disputes, and Nicolas España , who is noted for consumer law and liability issues.
Jorge Eduardo Chemás; Ingrid Soraya Ortiz; Sergio Alejandro Chemás
Consorcio Troncales Bogotá
Ingenieros Consultores Civiles y Eléctricos (INGETEC)
Autopistas de Santander
Grodco Ingenieros Civiles
Centro de Gerenciamiento Doña Juana
Constructora Andrade Gutiérrez
Inverlink Estructuras Inmobiliarias
Unión Temporal Desarrollo Vial del Valle del Cauca y Cauca (UTDVVCC)
Pavimentos Colombia (PAVCOL)
- Represented Consorcio INGETEC-SEDIC before a local administrative tribunal in a contractual dispute initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín related to a hydroelectric project.
- Represented the Troncales Bogotá consortium in a claim alleging unpaid values for activities carried out in connection with the expansion and extension of the Avenida Ciudad de Cali station, part of the TransMilenio mass-transit system.
- Represented Inverlink Estructuras Inmobiliarias in bringing a case against the Attorney General’s Office in connection with the sequestration of two assets due to a criminal investigation that has since been closed, with no charges brought.
Satisfied clients of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s litigation team assert it ‘is definitely a winner!’ The department is widely lauded for its thriving white-collar crime practice, but it also shines in commercial and civil litigation, administrative law issues and judicial bankruptcy proceedings. A strong performer in both domestic and cross-border cases, the firm enjoys close relationships with a diverse range of Colombian and multinational clients, with notable expertise in the financial services, telecoms and energy sectors. Founding partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero's robust regulatory experience in the banking and finance sphere equips him to advise on complex financial disputes; he is notably representing Fiduprevisora, as Trustee and administrator of the Fondo Nacional de Garantías, in a $12m claim initiated by Isagen in relation to the credits made when it was a public entity. Other senior names include Daniel Rodríguez, who is a prominent name for insolvency issues; Jacques Simhon, who spearheads the the corporate criminal law team; and TMT and competition specialist Lorenzo Villegas Carrasquilla. Additionally, the firm’s merger with boutique firm Sanabria & Andrade in July 2021 saw the arrival of Felipe Andrade, who is particularly experienced in IP, infrastructure and state liability disputes, and Henry Sanabria, who is an expert in civil procedural law.
Sergio Rodríguez Azuero; Henry Sanabria; Felipe Andrade; Jacques Simhon; Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla
‘The lawyers that make up the CMS Rodríguez-Azuero litigation team start from an adequate understanding of the client’s needs. The design of the litigation defence strategy, as well as of each of the stages of the processes, are carefully agreed with the company’s internal lawyers, thus guaranteeing an adequate handling of the assigned cases.’
‘Henry Sanabria has proven experience in procedural law, and in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry. The CMS Rodríguez-Azuero litigation team is definitely a winner!’
Avantel (in reorganisation)
Grupo Energía Bogotá
Group of victims (535) of Elite International Americas
Group of victims (43) of Estraval
BBVA Seguros Colombia
Group of victims (15) of Vesting Group Colombia
Group of victims (31) of Tu Renta Profesionales en Inversiones
- Representing Fiduprevisora, as Trustee and administrator of the Fondo Nacional de Garantías, in a $12m claim initiated by Isagen in relation to the credits made when it was a public entity.
- Advising Avantel, as one of the defendants, in a trial whereby the claimant (Comcel) is pursuing the nullity and reinstatement of a resolution issued by the Communication Regulation Commission that modified the general conditions for the provision of the essential National Automatic Roaming facility.
- Representing Grupo Energía Bogotá in a breach of contract proceeding initiated by contractor Autopistas de la Energía seeking the recognition of cost overruns and the adjustment of the contract.
‘A firm that stands out from others in the market‘, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos‘ dispute resolution practice is staffed by an ‘expert team of the highest professional and personal qualities‘, according to sources. The wider firm’s top-tier offerings in public law and competition ensures that it is particularly well-equipped to handle disputes in those spheres. That said, the team advises on the full scope of contentious matters, including corporate and financial disputes, oil and gas-related matters and environmental litigation. Name partner Juan Carlos Esguerra ‘has a great gift for dealing with people‘ and is a go-to name for administrative law disputes; he is is representing TIGO (Colombia Móvil) in bringing a case against the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce contesting sanctions imposed by it. Felipe Piquero, another specialist in public law, ‘consistently exceeds the client’s expectations‘; he is advising Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar on judicial proceedings brought against it in relation to several housing developments. Competition and antitrust expert Andrés Jaramillo is noted for his expertise in competition-related litigation. Capable support is provided by associates Carlos Lasprilla (public law and dispute resolution), Adriana Nieto (infrastructure and public law) and Andrés Felipe Cadena (dispute resolution). Additionally, Jorge Andrés Gómez joined as an associate from Solarte Asesores Jurídicos in July 2021. Paola Patarroyo left in November 2021 to become legal officer at the United Nations.
Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo
‘The team’s position, experience and disposition are well above other recognised firms in the market. In aspects such as cost, advisor-client relationship, technological tools and availability, the service is excellent. It is a firm that stands out from others in the market.’
‘The team demonstrates affability and flexibility to the client. Especially Juan Carlos Esguerra, who has a great gift for dealing with people and takes on conflicts with dignity, strictly focused on the legal aspects and not on the conflict.’
‘This is a very competent and up-to-date interdisciplinary team. Comparing it with other firms, lawyers work very well as a team and rely on the company’s internal staff for technical aspects.’
‘Felipe Piquero complements the team with his high rigour in the argumentation and detail.’
‘It is an expert team of the highest professional and personal qualities that guarantees the effectiveness of the result and that is committed to management in a personalised way.’
‘Felipe Piquero consistently exceeds the client’s expectations. The team’s practicality and clarity allows us to make informed and correct decisions. We have consolidated a work methodology in which a lawyer from the firm resides in our offices, with the support of the firm, which has generated an ideal workflow.’
‘The team’s best qualities are expertise and clarity in its concepts and recommendations. Felipe Piquero is a lawyer with the best qualities, not only professional but also personal. There is complete value alignment between our company and the firm.’
‘Jorge Andrés Gómez and Felipe Piquero are professional experts in administrative issues, corporate governance and litigation defence. Their abilities and in-depth knowledge of the issues provide confidence and security to the entity that it is receiving the correct defence of its interests.’
Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar (Colsubsidio)
Colombia Móvil (TIGO)
Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas (Confianza)
Fondo para el Financiamiento del Sector Agropecuario (FINAGRO)
Sociedad Fiduciaria para el Desarrollo Agropecuario (Fiduagraria)
Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura
Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla and Ingenio La Cabaña
Une EPM Telecomunicaciones
- Representing Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar (Colsubsidio) in judicial proceedings brought against it in relation to several housing developments, including a case initiated by Fondo Adaptación concerning an alleged breach of contract.
- Representing Cerrejón in a case initiated by Indigenous communities, members of Congress and an NGO aiming for the Consejo de Estado (Colombia’s highest administrative Court) to nullify the environmental permits allowing the company’s operation in La Guajira.
- Advising insurance company Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas (Confianza) in several lawsuits initiated against Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano de Bogotá DC, regarding the construction of roads infrastructure for Transmilenio’s operation in phases I and II of its development.
‘An exceptional firm‘, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)‘s dispute resolution group is distinguished by its ‘specialised knowledge‘, ‘clarity of information‘ and willingness to ‘take reasonable risks‘. The team’s diversity is another recurring theme, with several sources highlighting the firm’s focus on hiring outside of traditional universities as a key differentiator. Department co-head William Araque is a seasoned counsel with a strong record in complex and cutting-edge litigation; he is gradually passing on the mantle of the practice to his fellow co-head, David Ricardo Araque. Partner and engineer, David Ricardo is praised by clients for his expertise in ‘litigation related to construction and infrastructure‘; he also packs a punch in distribution-related disputes, contentious insurance issues, shareholder litigation and energy matters — he recently acted for OHL Colombia against Géminis Consultores Ambientales on a cassation appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice. Below partner level, the team brings to bear a deep bench of associates. Most notably, ‘creative‘ senior associate Loredana De Trizio is singled out as a ‘rising star‘; while fellow senior Samuel Hernández Lizarazu demonstrates ‘excellent skills in procedural law‘. Fellow senior Carlos Alberto León, who handles civil and commercial litigation, along with procedural law, is also noted.
William Araque; David Araque
‘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 require. The response is immediate to each requirement.’
‘The GPA litigation team is highly committed to the client: it cares about listening carefully, understanding the clients’ interests and designing the legal strategies that best suit them.’
‘I think it is one of the few teams in Colombia that understands arbitration and judicial dynamics very well; this allows you to better integrate your practice and be more effective. It is a young team, willing to take reasonable risks, and with a lot of creativity.’
‘Strengths: clarity of information, understanding of the sector, specialisation and diversity in terms of the team. (Right now they are approximately 50% women and 50% men, from different regions of the country and from different universities other than the traditional ones.)’
‘Lawyers are available to attend to our urgent issues, demonstrate simple language when they relate to the commercial team and have a high level of technical knowledge, which they put at the service of our company. They quickly build a relationship of trust and are allies of our business in dispute prevention.’
‘David Araque is a very solid lawyer, has knowledge of our industry and a strong common sense that, combined with his legal knowledge, offers us the best advice. He is a methodical and analytical lawyer who understands the needs of our legal department.’
‘Partner David Araque, being a lawyer and engineer, has a very complete profile for litigation related to construction and infrastructure. Samuel Hernandez-Lizarazu (senior Associate) has in-depth knowledge of Colombian substantive law, which he combines with his excellent skills in procedural law.’
‘Loredana de Trizio, the senior associate in charge of public law issues, is a rising star, determined, creative and always concerned with understanding what the client wants.’
Schematrentasette (Benetton Group)
Huawei Technologies Colombia
- Representing Carcaice in a cassation appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice in connection with a dispute against the Pacheco Family regarding a breach of a commercial lease contract.
- Acting for OHL Colombia against Géminis Consultores Ambientales on a cassation appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice.
- Acting for Bioenergy against Fabio Fonseca on an appeal related to administrators’ liability.
Satisfied clients of Arrubla Devis say its dispute resolution practice is ‘characterised by its professionalism and responsibility‘. From its offices in Medellín and Bogotá, the boutique firm leverages strong skill sets in commercial, civil, tax, employment and public law litigation. Clients are drawn from all industry sectors, but the group is particularly recognised for its strength in the energy, aviation and life sciences spheres. Key name Jaime Arrubla is a former President of the Supreme Court of Justice and highly sought after for complex cases; he is representing XM Compañía de Expertos en Mercado, the administrator of the country’s electricity market interconnection system, in a suit filed by Poliobras, the company overseeing the construction of a major thermo-generation project. Arrubla jointly leads the team alongside Rafael McCausland, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022, and capable senior associate Sebastián Montoya. The group also draws on the experience of managing partner Jaime Esteban Arrubla (private and public law litigation); litigation director Gustavo Amaya Yepes (commercial and civil litigation); and new senior associate Carolina Boada, who joined in January 2022 — she was previously an independent legal consultant for public entities.
Jaime Arrubla Paucar; Rafael McCausland; Sebastián Montoya
‘For a long time, Arrubla Devis has been characterised by its professionalism and responsibility. It is one of the most important firms nationwide.’
‘We have received a very personalised service. Lawyers stay very close through the process and listen to our needs, particularly Rafael McCausland.’
‘The team is articulate, plans our legal strategy and is very organised in attending hearings.’
‘The team is comprised of lawyers with a good level of training.’
‘The team is comprised of highly trained academic and professional lawyers, with national and international backgrounds, and relevant experience.’
Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado (ANDJE)
Fábrica de Especias y Productos El Rey
Triguisar de Colombia
Smurfit Kappa – Cartón de Colombia
Boston Medical Group
Aguacatales de Colombia
- Representing Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria in a series of six proceedings before the Supreme Court regarding the development of a major construction project.
- Acting for Grupo Portuario on a class action filed by residents of the Nayita and Mayolo neighbourhoods, adjacent to the Port of Buenaventura, alleging damage to their health due to the loading and unloading of coal.
- Representing XM Compañía de Expertos en Mercado, the administrator of the country’s electricity market interconnection system, in a suit filed by Poliobras, the company in charge of the construction of major thermo-generation project TERMOCOL.
As a top-tier projects boutique, Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados shines in infrastructure and public law-related disputes, particularly cases stemming from concession or construction contracts. The firm houses a strong all-round contentious practice, which routinely advises concessionaires and sponsors in litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Co-founding partner José Ignacio Leiva is the key name and is widely recognised for his specialist skill sets in public law and projects disputes. Transport-related litigation is a particular strong suit for Leiva, which was recently evidenced by his representation both Transambiental and Sotramac in disputes against Transcaribe relating to a breach of the concession contract for the BRT transportation concession in Cartagena. Marcela Castro, who co-leads the department together with Leiva, is a projects expert and is also highly sought after for infrastructure-related litigation. The team further benefits from the experience of senior associate Laura Amaya, who heads the litigation and arbitration practice and provides capable support on complex disputes.
José Ignacio Leiva; Marcela Castro
Cal y Mayor Asociados
Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção
Ashmore Management Company Colombia
Concesión Alto Magdalena
Concesión Pacífico Tres
Concesión Desarrollo Vial de la Sabana
Grupo SI 18
Agencia Nacional de Minería
Metro Línea 1
Concesión San Rafael
Consorcio Canales 20
Consorcio Mar 2
Corredor Portuario de Cartagena
Interconexión eléctrica (ISA)
Unión Vial Río Pamplonita
Consorcio Estación Elevadora de Canoas
Consorcio Constructor Perimetral de Oriente Bogotá
Concesión La Pintada
Concesión Ruta al Mar
Construcciones El Condor
- Representing both Transambiental and Sotramac in disputes against Transcaribe connected to a breach of the concession contract for the BRT transportation concession in Cartagena.
- Advising Consorcio Mejoramiento Vial de Colombia in a lawsuit against Instituto Nacional de Vías (the National Roads Institute) concerning the breach of a concession contract.
- Defending Cal y Mayor Asociados in a claim filed by the Fondo de Adaptación related to the collapse of a bridge due to alleged design and construction errors.
DAC Beachcroft Colombia
Global insurance powerhouse DAC Beachcroft Colombia is a popular choice to advise on contentious insurance matters, in line with its signature strength. The firm acts for an impressive roster of major multinational insurers and reinsurers, who turn to the team for support on domestic and regional disputes — particularly complex and high-value claims. Bogotá office head Juan Diego Arango is well equipped to handle a mix of contentious insurance work, commercial disputes and civil litigation; notably, he is leading the firm’s defence of the local cedant in a $10m judicial proceeding initiated by 100 fishermen seeking compensation for the contamination of a river. Camila De La Torre, who routinely advises on both litigation and arbitration cases, is noted for her strong skill sets in civil liability and commercial law. The group also benefits from the specialist insurance expertise of Ana Catalina Restrepo, who has a focus on cases concerning civil liability, medical malpractice, financial lines and property. Senior associates Angela Hernández and Malory Zafra Sierra are also recommended.
Juan Diego Arango
TKM/HCC + LIU + Swiss Re + Navigators
Liberty International Underwriters
Zurich UK + QBE UK
Tokio Marine Kiln + Chubb + LIU
Chubb Seguros Generales
- Defended the local cedant in proceedings arising from the triggering of a constructor’s liability policy for the alleged damage caused to an apartment complex that is being attributed to the development of one of the insured’s projects.
- Represented the local cedant in a judicial proceeding commenced by 100 fishermen seeking compensation for the contamination of a river.
- Appointed by reinsurers to advise on more than 30 claims triggering medical malpractice policies reinsured by Beazley.
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas fields a full-service dispute resolution practice, which is equipped to advise on the full spread of contentious matters, from pre-litigation advice through to major litigation and arbitration proceedings. The firm’s extensive global network marks it as a key partner for multinational companies, with Ford, Samsung and Donaldson Company among its representative clients — it also enjoys close relationships with leading domestic and regional corporations. Andrés Fernández de Soto co-heads the department and brings nearly four decades of experience to his role; he recently paired up with public law and competition specialist Ximena Zuleta to represent Aecom Technical Services in landmark state-private company litigation, in which a governmental entity is claiming breach of contract for the supervision of a major Colombian resettlement project. Senior associate Paula Vejarano co-leads the practice and combines strength in litigation and arbitration matters. Other key associates include Carlos Miranda, who is noted for commercial and administrative litigation, and Daniel Jimenez Pastor, who has a focus on dispute resolution connected to corporate transactions.
Andres Fernandez de Soto; Paula Vejarano
Autopistas de Urabá
Bunker Holding Group
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
Aecom Technical Services
Azteca Comunicaciones (TV Azteca)
Ford Motor Company
Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá HHA (Acciona Agua / Hyundai Engineering and Construction / Hyundai Engineering)
Consorcio MASA–Acciona (Mantenimiento y Montajes Industriales / Acciona Infraestructura)
- Representing Ford Motor de Venezuela in a civil lawsuit initiated by a local dealer, who claimed the existence of a commercial agency agreement and sought damages for alleged undue termination of the distribution agreement.
- Advising Aecom Technical Services in state-private company litigation, in which a governmental entity claimed breach of contract for the supervision of a major Colombian resettlement project.
- Representing Grupo Familia in two lawsuits against the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, seeking the annulment of two fines imposed in 2016 for admitted participation in a price-fixing cartel.
The ‘dedicated and outstanding' group at Garrigues is comprised of lawyers, who are ‘thorough and demonstrate good judgement'. The Spain-headquartered firm's Bogotá office fields a broad disputes practice that is particularly well versed in litigation pertaining to heavily regulated sectors, including construction, energy, real estate and healthcare. The team also possesses niche strength in insurance disputes and contentious bankruptcy matters. Department head Alberto Acevedo is dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) and blends dispute resolution and corporate expertise. Among his recent matters, Acevedo represented Frontera Energy in a class action filed by a group of minority shareholders claiming that it failed to inform the stock market of its restructuring plans in 2016. Acevedo leans on a select group of associates that includes senior Ángela María Rueda, who focuses on domestic litigation and arbitration; and associate Daniel Quintero, who is noted for contractual liability, tort cases, corporate disputes and medical malpractice litigation.
‘The team is excellent: dedicated and outstanding in every matter it undertakes. Lawyers are thorough and demonstrate good judgement.’
‘We value the team’s compliance and knowledge.’
‘It is an excellent team. I am happy that it has collaborated with me.’
‘A very comprehensive practice. Lawyers are well-disposed to attend to all the needs of the client.’
Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC)
Frontera Energy – Minority shareholders
Frontera Energy – Enefenco
Frontera Energy – Port Service
Parques y Funerarias
Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá
Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla
- Defending Suppla in a lawsuit filed by Azul K and Bancolombia alleging it breached a land sale agreement.
- Representing the Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC) in bringing litigation against state-owned MIO Cali, in a challenge to the latter’s decision to terminate its agreement with ITeC by alleging that it is null and void.
- Acting for Frontera Energy in a class action initiated by a group of minority shareholders alleging breach of shareholders’ agreement.
Dispute resolution is a key pillar of Lloreda Camacho & Co.'s firm-wide offering, which is evidenced by its diverse practice scope. The group frequently advises domestic and multinational clients across a wide range of commercial litigation, class actions, administrative law matters, competition cases and judicial insolvencies — it also leverages the firm’s signature strength in IP and life sciences to pack a punch in litigation concerning those spheres. Department co-head Gustavo Tamayo is widely recognised for his prowess in the TMT and contracts areas; he is notably representing Bray International in a claim brought by their main distributer in Colombia (Casa De La Valvula) alleging the unfair termination of a distribution agreement. Associate director Christian Pérez Rueda co-steers the group and has an emphasis on litigation, insolvency and insurance-related matters. Core support is provided by senior associates Jorge Rodríguez and Jimmy Buenaventura — both specialise in commercial and corporate disputes. Senior associate Camilo Valenzuela left the firm in September 2021.
Gustavo Tamayo; Christian Pérez
McCann Erickson Corporation Colombia
Eli Lilly Interamerica
Coca-Cola Bebidas de Colombia
Unilever Andina Colombia
- Defending Bray International in a claim brought by its main distributer in Colombia (Casa De La Valvula) alleging the unfair termination of a distribution agreement.
- Representing the Colombian Society for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (SCCP) in an unfair competition class action filed by a group of physicians with non-formal studies in aesthetic medicine, who claim the SCCP is illegally limiting the plastic surgery market.
- Acting for Comcel in a case against the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (CRC) regarding certain administrative orders issued by the entity concerning the charges Comcel can levy other communications companies for national automatic roaming.
Palacios Lleras' dispute resolution team regularly acts alongside the firm’s prominent public law practice to specialise in complex administrative law cases. Other notable sweet spots include mining-related litigation, environmental matters, class actions and tax disputes. Firm founder Hugo Palacios Mejía has a strong profile in the market, largely due to his experience as a former co-judge at the State Council, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court. Palacios is representing Airplan — the concessionaire of the management contract for José María Córdova airport — in two proceedings against public entity Empresas Públicas de Medellín concerning allegedly illegal surcharges. Óscar Gutiérrez is noted for his record in representing energy and natural resources companies; he is representing Canacol Energy Colombia in a tax dispute relating to accounting practices and royalties. Also recommended at partner level is Pedro Pacheco, who handles commercial and finance matters and co-heads the department alongside Palacios and Gutiérrez. Capable support is provided by senior associates Luis Miguel Falla, a former in-house dispute resolution lawyer for a major Colombian independent gas producer; and Giselle Herrera, who has a focus on arbitral proceedings.
Hugo Palacios Mejía; Óscar Gutiérrez; Pedro Pacheco
Drummond Coal Mining
Canacol Energy Colombia
- Representing Drummond in a civil liability matter involving approximately 1,300 plaintiffs claiming to be fishermen seeking damages over an alleged environmental incident that occurred at the company’s port.
- Acting for Canacol Energy in a tax dispute concerning the company’s tax assessment, its accounting practices and the payment of royalties due to its oil and gas activities.
- Representing FOGAFIN – the state entity responsible for maintaining the stability of the financial sector – in an action filed by a major bank seeking to nullify an administrative act, and seeking damages for the decision to charge an additional premium due to the bank’s recent merger.
Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados
‘Strategic and rigorous‘, Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados‘ litigation team scores highly for its ability to ‘propose viable settlement alternatives in accordance with the client’s needs‘. The firm’s top-tier real estate offering ensures it is widely recognised for its ‘particular experience in the resolution of conflicts related to real estate‘, including civil and commercial litigation, tort law disputes, consumer law matters and contentious insurance issues. Sources also roundly praise its litigators as ‘creative when it comes to proposing solutions‘, with managing partner Felipe Pinilla especially recommended for his broad expertise across civil, commercial and criminal cases. Pinilla recently paired up with private law specialist Óscar Martínez to represent Escalar Gerencia Inmobiliaria in a consumer protection-related proceeding before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce. Associate César Augusto Gónzalez, who has a focus on compliance and criminal law matters, co-heads the department alongside Pinilla and Martínez. The team also includes senior associate Margarita María Hurtado, who focuses exclusively on litigation.
Felipe Pinilla; Oscar Martínez; César Augusto González
‘The firm demonstrates proper handling of disputes and the ability to propose viable settlement alternatives in accordance with the client’s needs. The team easily analyses and identifies problems and proposes quick and timely solutions.’
‘Lawyers operate at a higher level compared to other firms; they are constantly updating their knowledge and using technological tools to get closer to their clients.’
‘The team’s ethical and professional quality stands out, as well as its human quality and its ability to stay close to the client in order to adequately understand the client’s needs.’
‘Lawyers are characterised by their personalised attention. Oscar Martínez, César Augusto Gónzalez, and Margarita María Hurtado stand out.’
‘Pinilla, González & Prieto is a law firm that provides legal services directly through its partners, which builds trust.’
‘They are very professional lawyers, creative when it comes to proposing solutions and willing to get deeply involved in defence strategies.’
‘The firm has an excellent, strategic and rigorous litigation team. Lawyers possess the ability to achieve success in the demands made by clients.’
‘The firm has particular experience in the resolution of conflicts related to real estate; it houses a group of professionals with significant experience and professionalism in all the sub-disciplines that the process has required.’
Suprema Compañía Inmobiliaria
Grupo Galeano George Constructores (3G Constructores)
Diócesis de Zipaquirá
Desarrolladora de Zonas Francas
Escalar Gerencia Inmobiliaria
Andres Echavarría Olano
Amarey Nova Medical
Banco Caja Social
- Representing Hillside Flowers in a property dispute connected to a liquidation.
- Acting for Suprema Compañía Inmobiliaria in seeking compensation for the maintenance costs of the ‘Lote Pacífico’ property.
- Representing Ar Construcciones before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce in a consumer protection matter relating to an alleged construction flaw in a building.
A ‘group of very well-prepared professionals‘, Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados‘ litigation team strikes the right note with sources for its ‘very holistic management of litigation issues‘. As an insurance-driven boutique, the group has a focus on civil liability disputes and satisfied clients say that its specialist knowledge in this field marks it ‘as one of the best firms in this area in the country‘, with contractual non-compliance, environmental contamination, product liability and constructor liability all among its strong suits. Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is commended for his ‘in-depth understanding of complex aspects of Colombian law‘ and is widely considered a leading authority on civil and medical liability. Other key partners include contract and civil law specialist Laura Castaño Echeverri — who co-heads the department alongside Tamayo Jaramillo; the ‘practical and commercial‘ Daniel Ossa Gómez, risk analysis partner Carlos Andrés González and Luis Miguel Gómez, who is well versed in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. At associate level, Daniel Bedoya and Luis David Pérez are well-primed to provide support in civil liability cases.
Javier Tamayo Jaramillo; Laura Castaño Echeverri
‘It is a carefully selected team that follows its field and procedural aspects very well. It is a group of very well-prepared professionals, who provide a very personalised service, without immersing themselves in the bureaucracy of some of the big law firms.’
‘It is an office that offers a very holistic management of litigation issues, with great strength in knowledge of the procedural regime in Colombia.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
Centro Comercial Hayuelos
Guillermo León Gómez
Constructora Monserrate de Colombia and Constructora Monteparaíso
Arquitectura y Concreto
Inhabitants of the Space and Asensi buildings
Aluminio Nacional (Alumina)
Eduardo Botero Soto
Bienes & Bienes
Coomeva Medicina Prepagada
Parque Comercial El Tesoro
Accenorte – Devinorte
- Represented the owners and inhabitants of the ‘Space’ building in a group action seeking compensation for damages caused by deficiencies in the construction of the building.
- Acted for Eficacia in bringing a breach of contract claim against security company, Fortox.
- Represented Gramalote in two judicial proceedings concerning the expropriation of the mining properties ‘El Balsal’ and ‘Peñas Azules’.
Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico is ‘perfectly balanced between institutional robustness and personalised advice', according to sources. In particular, the group draws rave reviews for its financial litigation expertise, with lawyers commended for demonstrating ‘great knowledge and mastery of the topics and issues related to financial law'. The firm routinely represents banks, funds and other fiduciary entities in the full range of contentious matters, including administrative proceedings and collective actions. Co-founding partner Luís Humberto Ustáriz is distinguished by his ‘commitment, knowledge and maintenance of high standards' and is widely hailed as a leader in financial law; he is representing Fiduciaria Bogotá, as the manager of Transatlántico Trust, in a collective action concerning contracts related to a trust that the plaintiff esteems detrimental to the local government in Meta. The team also draws on the experience of director of the litigation practice Angela Restrepo, whose broad litigation experience encompasses administrative, civil and commercial matters. Additionally, co-founding partner and financial regulation expert Jose Federico Ustáriz is well versed in financial defence cases.
Luis Humberto Ustáriz
‘The firm has evolved remarkably in terms of dispute resolution and litigation management. The preparation of the cases, the management of the hearings, and the firm personnel in charge of the business makes it a highly reliable firm in the market today.’
‘The leadership of its founding partner Luis Humberto Ustáriz is key; his commitment, knowledge and maintenance of high standards make the firm stand out in this area.’
‘The firm’s extensive experience in financial law and insurance law is a very important combination that is not common to find in this market.’
‘We recommend Luis Humberto Ustáriz, who directly handles important matters that are entrusted to the firm.’
‘It is an advanced firm in the use of new technologies, it is very agile in its responses to our requests, it is flexible in agreeing fee arrangements, lawyers’ constant training ensure they are at the forefront in the analysis of doctrine and jurisprudence. In short, it is perfectly balanced between institutional robustness and personalised advice.’
‘The team is comprised of dedicated, timely professionals, who are very studious and attentive to the bank’s requirements, particularly Luis Humberto Ustáriz and Angela Restrepo. The firm is flexible when setting fees, and equally flexible when making contractual commitments.’
‘The team has a great knowledge and mastery of the topics and issues related to financial law and financial and commercial legislation. It presents bold, creative and real alternatives and options to the problems that are submitted for its consideration.’
‘The people of the firm are integral professionals and we love that they always look for solutions to problems. They are people who maintain strong relationships and that distinguishes them from other firms.’
Banco Agrario de Colombia
Consorcio Beta Oil
Compañía Mundial de Seguros
Fiduciaria la Previsora
GM Financial Colombia
- Advised Banco Agrario de Colombia on the recovery of public resources for the construction of subsidised housing.
- Advised Fiduciaria Bogotá, as the manager of Transatlántico Trust, in a collective action concerning contracts related to a trust that the plaintiff esteems detrimental to the local government in Meta.
- Represented Patrimonio Autónomo PA PAVIP in an action against a contractor concerning the management of public resources.
ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S
The ‘very strong team' at Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S is commended by sources for its focus on providing ‘in-depth analysis of situations in advance‘. Widely hailed for the strength of its arbitration practice, the group also handles a significant volume of litigation work, particularly complex cases with an international law or administrative law dimension. The firm additionally advises on judicial matters related to the enforcement of arbitration clauses and awards. High-profile arbitration specialist Eduardo Zuleta is a key contact for complex judicial cases, with an emphasis on international law. Rafael Rincón is well versed in international litigation concerning construction, energy, infrastructure or human rights-related matters; he successfully represented Uber before the Supreme Court of Colombia in litigation discussing various international law issues, including human rights and protections granted under the WTO. Oil and gas specialist Gustavo Suárez, who co-heads the team alongside Zuleta and Rincón, is recognised for his record in energy and construction litigation. Key associates Santiago Zuleta and Maria Camila Rincón provide support. In February 2022, the firm bolstered its junior bench with the hire of associate Melissa Fonseca from Brigard Urrutia.
Eduardo Zuleta; Gustavo Suárez; Rafael Rincón
‘Zuleta Abogados has a very strong team, which is always willing to understand the needs of its clients.’
‘In relation to the issues that are raised, lawyers are always willing to participate actively and provide in-depth analysis of situations in advance to seek solutions.’
‘I find the firm’s collaboration in support of its clients more purposeful than that of other firms.’
‘Lawyers demonstrate extensive experience and knowledge, provide good theoretical support and maintain very good personal relationships.‘
- Successfully represented Uber in civil litigation initiated by a taxi company, in a win that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Colombia.
Abril Gómez Mejía Abogados
Abril Gómez Mejía Abogados is experienced in all core areas of dispute resolution, with civil, commercial and administrative law among its strong suits. In particular, the firm is recognised for its record in advising creditors in financial recovery cases. Department head Diego Fernando Gómez maintains a broad all-round dispute resolution practice, with solid recent expertise in contentious bankruptcy and administrative proceedings. Among Gómez’s recent cases, he is representing Colombia Telecomunicaciones in bringing an administrative claim seeking the annulment of a government tender process. Bankruptcy specialist Luís Abril and public law partner Omar Mejía also dedicate a significant amount of time to contentious matters. At associate level, Luisa Fernanda Cuellar is focused on providing support in civil and administrative litigation.
Diego Fernando Gómez
Confederación Latinoamericana de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito
Global Securities Colombia, Comisionista de Bolsa
- Represented Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefónica) in bringing an administrative claim seeking the annulment of a government tender process.
- Acted for Asosevilla in judicial recovery proceedings.
A ‘comprehensive and robust team', Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM) has an increasingly prominent position in litigation and arbitration concerning heavily regulated sectors, particularly the telecoms industry. Among its recent high-profile cases in this area, the team was selected to represent seven major Colombian telecoms providers (including Comunicación Celular and Colombia Telecomunicaciones) in their dispute against Empresas Municipales de Cali regarding the sharing of infrastructure for data transmission. Department head Guillermo Caéz led the firm’s advice on this matter and is noted for his broad all-round practice, which spans civil and commercial litigation, competition disputes and contentious IP work. Capable support is provided by senior associate Antony Palacios, who is well versed in civil, commercial and contractual litigation.
‘We appreciate the firm’s personalised customer service and knowledge. It is willing to negotiate offers according to client needs.’
‘Lawyers demonstrate complete compliance and dedication.’
‘It is a comprehensive and robust team, made up of lawyers specialised in different areas of law.’
‘They are passionate lawyers, who proactively participate in activities that generate positive effects in society.’
Comunicación Celular – Comcel
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones
Columbus Networks de Colombia
Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá
Puma Energy Colombia Combustibles
Fondo de Empleados de IBM de Colombia
Cibergestión Hipotecaria (España)
Jaguar Land Rover Colombia
Panamericana de Alimentos
Viña Doña Paula
Star Defense Logistics Engineering
Autonomous Equity Fiduoccidente FID 3-1-6685 Nueva Alianza (managed by Fiduciaria de Occidente)
- Representing seven major Colombian telecoms providers (including Comunicación Celular and Colombia Telecomunicaciones) in their dispute against Empresas Municipales de Cali regarding the sharing of infrastructure for data transmission.
- Representing Puma Energy Colombia Combustibles in a claim for breach and termination of a membership contract against WeWork.
- Acting for Colombia Telecomunicaciones in a claim for breach of contract and payment of damages arising from contractual penalties.
Castro Estudio Jurídico
Dispute resolution boutique Castro Estudio Jurídico focuses exclusively on contentious matters, with robust offerings in administrative, civil, commercial and arbitral proceedings. Focused primarily on the oil and gas sector, the team also has strong activity in cases concerning the public services and education spheres. Department head Wilson Castro is a former judge with deep expertise in the full range of judicial and arbitral procedures; he successfully represented key client AES in an administrative investigation initiated by the Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG). The team is supported by capable associate Samir Cercado, who is noted for litigation and arbitration. However, Daniela Mendieta Daza left the firm in February 2021.
Federación Nacional de Personeros
Vanti (formerly known as Gas Natural)
Multidimensionales (Grupo Phoenix)
Tabasco Oil Company
Termo Mechero Aguazul
Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga
Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar
- Defended Termo Mechero Aguazul (TMA) in a lawsuit filed by Ecopetrol and also represented the company in a counterclaim.
- Represented AES Chivor in a $2m lawsuit against ElectroCaquetá for breach of contract.
- Represented Tabasco Oil Company in a $600,000 breach of contract lawsuit.
Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez Abogados
Among Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez Abogados‘ key attributes, sources say it ‘strives to fully understand the business‘, and it is ‘clear about risks, which allows clients to make responsible decisions‘. The diverse practice is equipped to handle a range of contentious matters, including corporate litigation, D&O claims, shareholders disputes and consumer law issues — it also houses an active arbitration offering. Group head José Gutiérrez Mestre has 25 years’ experience representing foreign investors, national and international corporations and individuals in contentious matters; he is defending Enel Américas in an investment agreement claim regarding a dispute in the approval of the distribution of the annual profits in Codensa and Emgesa. Associate Lorena Martínez Arcos is also recommended for her experience in civil, commercial, administrative and real estate litigation.
José Gutiérrez Mestre
‘It is important to highlight the team’s ability to provide viewpoints from various litigation perspectives, without losing sight of the power of conciliation.’
‘Lawyers maintain a good disposition in dealing with requests. Service is 24/7, which provides security.‘
‘The firm strives to fully understand the business, it offers solutions and it is clear about risks, which allows clients to make responsible decisions.’
‘Lawyers give us personalised attention, they attend to various fields, they are up-to-date in practice trends, they treat people very well, they are very efficient.‘
‘We are advised by José Gutiérrez Mestre, who demonstrates good treatment of people — including showing understanding in their difficult moments! in general, he possesses very good human qualities.’
Sadeven Energía e Infraestructura
Sistema Alimentador Oriental
Masivo de Occidente
Domingo Alonso Group – Colwagen
- Defending Enel Américas in an investment agreement claim regarding a dispute in the approval of the distribution of the annual profits in Codensa and Emgesa, among other breaches of contract.
- Advising Sadeven Energía e Infraestructura on a dispute concerning the breach of an engineering and construction agreement for the Bello waste-water treatment plant in Medellín.
- Representing Microsoft partner Alfapeople in domestic litigation against Agroempresas (and various of its branches) for the enforcement of a software development agreement and associated damages.
Lawyers in Gamboa Abogados‘ litigation group are valued for the ‘passion and dedication that they put into each case‘. The firm covers a broad range of contentious matters, with a focus on commercial, civil, administrative and sports-related disputes. Ernesto Gamboa handles a mix of litigation and arbitral proceedings and is widely recognised for his reputation in sports-related cases; he is notably the only Colombian arbitrator included in the general and the football lists of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Eduardo Gamboa is also a key member of the team and is recommended for his emphasis on civil, commercial and procedural law matters. In September 2021, the group was bolstered at junior level by the arrival of intermediate associate Miguel Bedoya from DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán.
Ernesto Gamboa; Eduardo Gamboa
‘The team demonstrates detailed and super comprehensive knowledge of each situation, business and case.’
‘We value lawyers detailed knowledge as well as the passion and dedication that they put into each case.’
División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano (Dimayor)
Federación Colombiana de Fútbol
Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía
Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce
Compañía de Puertos Asociados
- Representing Puerto Bahía in bringing a case against the insurance companies of Consorcio ITT, following the latter’s alleged breach of an EPC agreement.
- Acting for Estancia del Mar in proceedings against construction company Neos Group in relation to a real estate development project in Barú, Cartagena.
- Representing Unión Punto in litigation against Mukis regarding a loan agreement.
Gamboa, García y Cardona Abogados
Gamboa, García y Cardona Abogados stands out for its ability to provide a ‘very agile, responsive and efficient service‘. The ‘multifunctional team‘ handles a broad scope of civil, commercial and administrative litigation, with particular expertise in security and defence, infrastructure, energy and insurance-related matters. Founding partner Juan Ignacio Gamboa is a solid all-round litigator, who is valued for the ‘depth of his advice‘; he is acting for oil-services company Cimarrona in a $13m case brought by state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol. Other key contacts include Pedro Hernán Montaño , who advises domestic and multinational clients in civil and commercial matters, and Juan Felipe Roldán , whose practice has a significant international dimension. Supporting associate Felipe Andrés Díaz has seven years of experience in advising on the full range of dispute resolution mechanisms.
Juan Ignacio Gamboa; Juan Felipe Roldán; Pedro Hernán Montaño
‘It is a multifunctional team perfectly co-ordinated across different legal areas. I have personally used commercial (Juan Ignacio Gamboa), who provided excellent results.’
‘The team provides a very agile, responsive and efficient service with adequate technological means.‘
‘We recommend the firm for its work and its good interaction with lawyers from the same firm who are experts in different areas of law.’
‘I have used other law firms’ services and I stay with this team due to its professional quality, knowledge and customer service. It also regularly monitors its processes, which makes it a fast and efficient service.’
‘Highly professional. Efficient. Total availability for video calls. Great quality of work. I recommend them 100%. Accessible and always available to diligently help the client.‘
‘We value Juan Ignacio Gamboa for the depth of his advice. Juan Felipe Roldán possesses solid knowledge. Pedro Hernán Montaño is very responsive.’
Energía del Suroeste
Leigh Day & Co
Israel Aerospace Industries
Jiangling Motors Colombia
Hunter Douglas de Colombia
Fiduciaria Colombiana de Comercio Exterior
La Luna E&P (sucursal Colombia)
Prestige de Colombia
Edificio Asociación Médica
San Andrés Golf Club
Sumas y Soluciones
Yellow Pepper Colombia
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
Arias Serna y Saravia
Mile High Investments
- Representing Cimarrona in a lawsuit filed by Ecopetrol concerning the execution of two association agreements, derived from the interpretation of the concept of reimbursements in the development of the contracts.
- Advising Ness Technologies on a claim initiated by the Colombian Ministry of National Defense concerning obligations to supply intelligence equipment for the army.
- Acting for Bogotá Coque in litigation against Jhorllana Romero, relating to the breach of the sale of a mining company, whose main asset is an important coal mining title in the municipality of Guachetá.
Garrido Fonseca Abogados
Garrido Fonseca Abogados‘ marked focus on the energy and extractive industries translates into a robust sector-specific dispute resolution practice, which specialises in advising oil and gas and mining companies on contentious matters. The group’s recent experience spans environmental, administrative and contractual law cases — for both domestic and multinational companies. Juan Manuel Garrido co-heads the department and is representing several wholesale distributors of fuels in a class action initiated by Gainer Rafael Catalan concerning the alleged violation of collective rights due to the alleged inaccuracies (in the volumetric correction by temperature) in the sales of liquid fuel from wholesale distributors to retailers. The team also draws on the experience of group co-head Claudia Fonseca, whose practice has an emphasis on hydrocarbons, as well as associate Cristian Felipe Sánchez.
Juan Manuel Garrido; Claudia Fonseca
‘The firm has been growing adequately and benefits from a professional team.‘
‘Lawyers have experience and knowledge in matters of litigation and arbitration.’
Equion (antes BP)
Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales
Maurel & Prom
New Granada Energy
- Representing Drummond Energy in two important actions filed by two Indigenous communities seeking the suspension of two exploration and production contracts.
- Acting for Dollarcity in a landlord and tenant dispute.
- Representing wholesale distributors of fuels (including Petrobras Colomba, Chevron, Exxonmobil, Biomax and others) in a class action brought by Gainer Rafael Catalan against the Ministry of Mines and Energy; wholesale and retail distributors of fuels; and Ecopetrol, for the alleged violation of collective rights due to the alleged inaccuracy in the volumetric correction by temperature in the sales of liquid fuel from wholesale distributors to retailers.
Goh‘s litigation group keeps busy advising clients from a wide range of sectors on litigation risk management, pre-litigation strategies and dispute resolution. The team is particularly active in litigation regarding the infrastructure, energy and construction industries — it is also equipped to handle contentious bankruptcy, competition and insolvency proceedings. Juan Sebastián Lombana heads the dispute resolution practice and is recognised for his background in administrative litigation and national and international arbitration. Founding partner and tax law head Catalina Hoyos is also recommended for her robust tax litigation expertise. The partners can additionally lean on a solid group of younger lawyers, including associate David Leonardo López, who is noted for his experience in road infrastructure, energy and healthcare disputes, and Daniela Fernanda Rincón, who is a dispute resolution-focused junior associate.
Juan Sebastián Lombana; Catalina Hoyos
Cenit Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos
Columbus Networks Colombia
Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)
Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar – DEVIMAR (Sacyr Concesiones, Strabag and Concay)
- Defending Cenit Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos in a case brought by Sicim Colombia for the unilateral termination of a contract due to Sicim’s alleged involvement in the financing of terrorism.
- Representing Columbus Networks in a lawsuit filed against Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) seeking declaration of the existence of a verbal agreement on the provision of international channel services for internet access between the two.
- Acting for Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar in several matters brought by claimants who had accidents on roads considered to be under its charge.
Holland & Knight's litigation offering is now spearheaded by energy specialist Jose Vicente Zapata — who also handles environmental liability and judicial proceedings — following the departure of Alberto Zuleta-Londoño in March 2022. The team additionally draws upon the senior expertise of executive partner Enrique Gómez Pinzón, who splits his time between Bogotá and Washington DC and is active in arbitral disputes, as well as senior counsel Juan Casallas, who routinely advises on commercial, constitutional and administrative law cases. Key associate Estefanny Pardo has an emphasis on environmental litigation but is well versed across a wide scope of energy and natural resources-related matters.
Jose Vicente Zapata
‘We appreciate the dedication and experience of the partner, his participation in multiple cases keeps him up-to-date on trends.’
‘We highlight Jose Vicente Zapata’s dedication and proactivity.’
‘It is a committed team with the ability to react quickly. It also demonstrates very good academic foundations to address the legal challenges that arise.’
‘Lawyers are very practical and approach the resolution of problems from real and functional perspectives for clients.’
J. Correa Abogados
The ‘very active and professional' team at J. Correa Abogados is commended by sources for its lawyers’ ability to provide ‘new and innovative strategies’. The insurance boutique is particularly noted for its niche strength in construction claims and transport disputes, mainly marine-related matters. Indeed, the group enjoys close relationships with London law firms and routinely pairs up with its UK legal counterparts to act on Lloyd’s salvage cases. Key name John Correa is highlighted for his ‘soft skills which allow him to instil trust in his clients’; he is representing Constructora Colpatria in more than 30 lawsuits concerning alleged damage caused to private properties belonging to Niza IX. Senior associate Andrés Felipe Ávila has over six years of experience and provides dedicated litigation and insurance support.
‘The team is very active and professional. Lawyers provide new and innovative strategies.’
‘We particularly value the dedication of the team.’
‘This practice is imbued with a deep understanding of business in the Colombian context.’
‘John Correa has a set of soft skills which allow him to instil trust in his clients.’
Seguros Generales Suramericana
Banco Scotiabank Colpatria
Iglesia Palabra y Fuego
Chubb Seguros de Colombia
Perimetral de Oriente
Italcol de Occidente
Agroavicola San Marino
Consorcio Metalúrgico Nacional
- Successfully represented Banco Scotiabank Colpatria before the Supreme Court in a landmark tax dispute.
- Represented Constructora Colpatria in an investigation conducted by the government audit entity, seeking to ascertain the client’s liability for excess costs and expenses supposedly incurred in the construction of government premises in the Department of Tolima.
- Co-ordinated the entire legal defence for Constructora Colpatria, following the filing of more than 30 lawsuits concerning alleged damage caused to private properties belonging to Niza IX.
Palacio, Jouve & García
In a major development, Palacio, Jouve & García absorbed litigation boutique Posada Isaacs Abogados in January 2022, with the hire of former Posse Herrera Ruiz partner María Lucía Posada. A high-profile litigation specialist, Posada possesses extensive dispute resolution experience in the natural resources, infrastructure and TMT sectors, among others, and brings key clients such as Cerro Matoso and Cencosud to the new practice. Going forward, PJG’s mature non-contentious administrative law and infrastructure practices should also seed a significant volume of litigation for Posada in those spheres.
María Lucía Posada
Patrimonio Autónomo del Fondo de Infraestructura Pública
Alpina Productos Alimenticios
Concesionaria Alternativa Viales
Arce Rojas Consultores
Autopistas de Urabá
- Advising Cerro Matoso on defence strategy and local judicial representation in proceedings concerning the determination and collection of royalties for the exploitation of nickel.
- Acting for Cerro Matoso in the judicial process of compliance with the orders imposed by the Constitutional Court related to health care for residents.
Over the past year, Parra Rodríguez Abogados‘ litigation practice has been particularly active on behalf of local and multinational energy, real estate, mining and aviation clients. Covering all key pillars of civil, commercial and administrative law, the group is well-primed to support clients in a broad array of preventative strategy matters, litigation and arbitral proceedings. Among the group’s key contacts is name partner and experienced aviation expert Bernardo Rodríguez, who is also routinely involved in disputes concerning the infrastructure and financial services sectors. Fellow name partner, tax specialist Álvaro Parra, and administrative litigation specialist Augusto Figueroa, are also senior names to note. At associate level, Andrés Sarmiento Vargas, Daniela Pérez Mahecha and Diego Sastoque all have a focus on contentious work.
Inversiones El Charrascal
Innovation Worldwide DMCC
Petreven Servicios Y Perforaciones Petroleras
Industrias Colombianas Minerarias (Incolmine)
United Airlines (sucursal Colombia)
Federal Express Corporation
Comercializadora Colombiana de Carbones y Coques
- Represented Inversiones El Charrascal in a damages action against the City of Bogotá, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Growth and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cundinamarca, after its territories were declared an environmental protection zone, rendering them economically unviable
- Acting for engineering consultancy Halcrow Group in an executory proceeding brought by the City of Cartagena to collect allegedly outstanding capital and interest due under an arbitral award.
- Representing Innovation Worldwide DMCC before a Colombian civil court in an executorial collection suit.
Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A.
The ‘very well-prepared' team at Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A. is commended for its ‘diverse group of lawyers'. As a strong performer in the energy and natural resources sphere, the firm’s litigation focus is largely geared towards representing oil and gas companies in an array of civil, commercial, administrative and environmental law disputes. Key litigator Claudia Rodríguez brings over two decades of experience to her role and has an emphasis on representing clients in the energy, infrastructure and life sciences sectors on civil, labour and administrative law litigation. Senior partner Diana Sanclemente is a transactional energy expert, with experience in compliance and contentious public law matters. Senior associates Catalina Cardenas, Carolina Ríos and Alejandra Reinel provide specialist litigation support.
‘The firm has a procedural law team that is highly up-to-date and ready to handle complex matters.’
‘The team has a diverse group of lawyers in the firm willing to support our company at all times. Claudia Rodríguez is the leader of the procedural area.’
‘The team is very well prepared.’
Medellín-based Ariza & Marin leverages its footholds in the projects and public law spheres to specialise in advising on infrastructure-related litigation. Other sectoral strengths include real estate and energy. Sources highlight its lawyers’ ‘high level of response, in terms of timeliness and depth‘, with Carolina Ariza best known for her expertise in public law and civil liability, while Camilo Marin is recommended for his track record in arbitral matters. In July 2021, the team was boosted by the arrival of senior associate and litigation co-ordinator Tomás Cuartas Orrego , who joined from Villegas & Villegas Abogados.
Camilo Marín; Carolina Ariza
‘A team of lawyers that stands out for its lawyers’ high level of response, in terms of timeliness and depth. The firm also employs excellent technology.‘
‘We highlight the excellent human quality of the entire team, from partners through to associates and administrative staff.’
Fundación Oleoductos de Colombia
Concesión Ruta al Mar
Atalaya de la Mota
Berkley International Seguros Colombia
- Represented Ménsula in the framework of a judicial process brought by a mining company in relation to the construction of a hydroelectric power plant.
- Advised CR Atavanza PH on filing a consumer protection action against a construction company, due to the structural defects of buildings that make up the Atavanza Residential Complex.
- Acted for Rehabiductos in its efforts to obtain compensation for damage derived from the change of technology during the execution of a contract, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to satisfied clients, BBGS Abogados provides ‘peace of mind that everything will be managed properly'. Despite its compact size, the dispute resolution team acts for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients, with notable experience in contentious insolvency proceedings, IP litigation and consumer protection cases. IP specialist Felipe Rubio oversees the practice and is noted for his track record in IP litigation, competition disputes and consumer protection-related matters. Associate director Lorenzo Pizarro receives fulsome praise from sources for his focus on maintaining ‘direct, sincere and friendly contact with the client'; he has a broad dispute resolution practice that spans judicial and arbitral procedures. Associate Pablo Arboleda left in April 2022 to join IP firm OlarteMoure.
Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena; Lorenzo Pizarro
‘The firm is very committed to analysing the case before making recommendations to the client. It generates confidence through constant communications that demonstrate the process is being attended to in the best way. It is the first firm to give me peace of mind that everything will be managed properly.’
‘Lorenzo Pizarro is an outstanding associate. Maintains direct, sincere and friendly contact with the client, even if the process is not extensive.’
‘Lorenzo Pizarro is a lawyer who is usually available to take calls or messages from clients. He has excellent clarity when explaining the concepts and steps to follow, which is extremely valuable for clients who are not lawyers. Additionally, he is a lawyer in constant training, so he remains up-to-date.’
‘We value the availability, clarity and professionalism of Lorenzo Pizarro.’
‘The strongest qualities of the dispute resolution team are its close relationships and fluid and fast communication with clients. We highly value that its responses are fast and its availability for meetings is equally effective.’
‘Lorenzo Pizarro, leader of the conflict resolution area, stands out especially for the speed of his responses and the permanent support provided to the client in resolving doubts at any time.’
‘We appreciate the team’s customer service and industry knowledge.’
‘Lawyers are always available to the client, they give a prompt and quality response.’
Smith & Nephew Colombia
Centro Comercial y de Negocios Andino
Lifestyle Brands of Colombia
Fundación Santa fe de Bogotá
Ciudadela Centro Comercial Unicentro
Laboratorio Francolombiano (Lafrancol)
Hitachi Energy Colombia
Sed International de Colombia
Plural Comunicaciones – Canal 1
World Trade Center Association
Caracol Televisión – Canal Caracol
Human Capital Outsourcing
Centro Comercial Palatino
Samsung Electronics Colombia
Inversiones Sillar Segovia & Cia
Casa Editorial El Tiempo
- Representing Samsung Electronics Colombia in the ongoing insolvency process of Avianca Holdings.
- Acted for Smith & Nephew Colombia in the liquidation process of Cafesalud and also in administrative litigation seeking reparation for damages caused during the liquidation process.
- Represented Europastry, as a strategic supplier, in the insolvency proceeding of popular bakery, Tostao.
ECIJA Colombia has ‘unparalleled experience in regulatory and competition matters for the ICT sector‘, according to sources. Naturally, this formidable offering ensures a steady stream of competition-related litigation, but the group has also recently acted on litigation arising from consumer protection, directors’ liability and contractual disputes. Pablo Márquez is an antitrust expert with a robust record in contentious competition matters; in a notable mandate, he is acting alongside antitrust, litigation and telecoms partner Julio Castañeda to represent Conalvías Construcciones in one of the largest unfair competition lawsuits ever filed in Colombia, worth approximately $65m. Other key names include Camilo Ramírez Zuluaga , who has a focus on private law litigation and arbitration, and supporting associate Nasser Obando .
Pablo Márquez; Julio Castañeda; Camilo Ramírez
‘The firm has unparalleled experience in regulatory and competition matters for the ICT sector, this facilitates the understanding of the challenges and the cases to review, by understanding the impact it has on business strategy.’
‘Pablo Márquez has experience in the ICT sector combining public, private and competition law, thus giving a very complete vision of all the aspects that must be managed in a given project. He is a professional who enjoys recognition and credibility in the sector.’
Flash Mobile (Logística Flash Colombia and Oportunidad Flash Colombia)
American Towers Corporation
Data Control Portuario
Mercado Libre Colombia and Mercado Pago Colombia
Mazda de Colombia
Class action against Frontera Energy Corp
- Representing Flash Mobile in $40m litigation related to unfair and anti-competitive acts.
- Advising Organización Terpel on $3m litigation relating to an alleged environmental infraction generating competitive advantages in the wholesale fuel distribution market.
- Acting for Conalvías Construcciones in one of the largest unfair competition lawsuits ever filed in Colombia, worth approximately $65m.
G Herrera Abogados & Asociados
‘A very organised office‘, GHerrera Abogados & Asociados‘ dispute resolution group impresses with its demonstration of ‘important synergy between different practices‘, which allows the team to provide ‘a very broad spectrum of advice and defence‘. The litigation group primarily supports the firm’s insurance practice and is frequently called upon to represent local and multinational clients in a range of civil and administrative litigation. Key contacts include managing director Gustavo Andrés Herrera , who is ‘very experienced in insurance matters‘ and is active in both litigation and arbitration cases. The department also leans on the experience of insurance specialist Jinneth Hernández and senior associate Isabella Caro , who has an emphasis on private law.
Luisa Herrera; Gustavo Andrés Herrera; Miguel Agudelo; Jinneth Hernández; Kelly Paz; Jasmin Gonzalez; Maria del Socorro Salamanca; Santiago Rojas
‘A very organised office, with a solid team of lawyers who are always ready to attend to urgent requests. This is one of the differentiating factors with respect to other firms; it has both the tools and the technological experience that allows it to respond almost immediately to new guidelines and requests made.’
‘Lawyers are always up-to-date and there is an important synergy between different practices, which allows the team to provide a very broad spectrum of advice and defence.’
‘This team really supports our company. It demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience, and fields enough staff to cover the demand for work.‘
‘The firm has a full team of attorneys to prepare the defence of cases and it is able to meet in a timely manner with the insurer’s officials. Reports present the real contingencies for the client and, in those instances where it is determined the case is not likely to be successful, a strategy is established to terminate the process early and avoid onerous sentences.’
‘For me, everyone in the firm is very efficient; they are always willing to collaborate, they have a great attitude and provide strong service.‘
‘Clients choose firms for partners, taking into account senior experience and knowledge, but in many firms the partner delegates to junior attorneys, who do not know the cases. Gustavo Andrés Herrera is present in complex cases and that gives us confidence in the work carried out by the firm.‘
‘The firm’s attention is personalised. It separates its billing area from the reporting area to guarantee the timeliness of the information. It is 100% available to serve us — from partners through to the lawyers who handle the cases.‘
‘I consider that it is a very comprehensive team that has strong legal and technical qualities. Gustavo Andrés Herrera is very comprehensive; he is an excellent lawyer and very experienced in insurance matters. Associates stand out for their quality, availability and availability.’
Grupo Harinera del Valle
AXA Colpatria Seguros
Colmena Seguros de Vida y Riesgos Laborales
Mapfre Seguros Generales de Colombia
Zurich Compañía de Seguros
- Representing Mapfre Seguros Generales de Colombia in proceedings against the municipality of Armenia relating to a works contract to build and adjust the designs of six roads.
- Acting for La Previsora, Compañía de Seguros in a claim filed by Frutas de la Costa.
- Representing Aseguradora Solidaria de Colombia on policy-related litigation stemming from a housing project.
The Bogotá outpost of global insurance powerhouse Kennedys houses a thriving litigation practice, which is ‘always willing to resolve conflicts in the best possible way'. The team is particularly distinguished by its multi-jurisdictional prowess, with sources asserting it is ‘marked by its international experience and the network of contacts that allows it to provide an excellent service'. Department head Mónica Tocarruncho is ‘always available and attentive to the needs of her clients'; she specialises in the full range of insurance matters, including coverage disputes, liability and claim negotiations. Legal director Catalina Botero, who is highlighted as ‘an excellent litigator', provides capable support.
‘Kennedys provides an exceptional service. The treatment and commitment lawyers show towards clients is optimal, the results obtained in each of their processes and interventions is very favourable and they are always willing to resolve conflicts in the best possible way.‘
‘Lawyers always show great commitment to each of the tasks assigned, they also have a great sense of belonging to the organisation — the values and humanism with respect to their interpersonal relationships are always visible.‘
‘An interdisciplinary team with lots of experience and capacity. Not only do lawyers have experience in the local sphere, but they also draw on experiences in other territories, which contributes to the presentation of an important variety of arguments within the litigation they are in charge of.’
‘Lawyers display kindness, respect and great responsibility in all mandates.’
‘The firm’s differential is that it is marked by its international experience and the network of contacts that allows it to provide an excellent service in the area of insurance and reinsurance.‘
‘Monica Tocarruncho is a superb lawyer, always available and attentive to the needs of her clients, helping us — as an international client — to confidently navigate all our enquiries with local law, whilst also advising on the impact of regulatory influences and of governmental agencies, through to seeing us achieve a successful resolution to our issue.‘
‘An excellent firm and very effective in litigation. Catalina Botero is an excellent litigator.’
‘Catalina Botero — legal Director — is valued for her advice and experience with governmental agencies, regulators and administrative court procedures. She helped us to protect our legal position appropriately for our needs. A valued member of the team and always clear, concise and available.‘
Munich Re UK
- Appointed by the cedant and the reinsurance market to represent Mapfre in fiscal liability proceedings connected to the Contraloría’s investigation of the Ituango Hydroelectric Project.
- Represented the cedant within the fiscal liability proceedings connected to FFIE Alianza BBVA Consortium’s participation in the National Scholastic Infrastructure Plan.
- Appointed by Seguros Generales Suramericana to act on behalf of the company in insurance disputes regarding casualty, liability, medical malpractice, surety bonds, labour and employment and others.
Medina Muñoz & Abogados Asociados
Financial services-focused boutique, Medina Muñoz & Abogados Asociados houses an active dispute resolution practice. The two-partner strong firm routinely advises a diverse list of local and multinational clients across a range of banking, capital markets, public law and labour-related litigation. Additionally, the team is well versed in arbitral proceedings. Gabriel Medina is a key contact for judicial and arbitral disputes relating to the banking and fiduciary sectors. Fellow partner Claudia Medina has a focus on administrative law and fiscal regulation-related matters.
Gabriel Medina; Claudia Medina
Nieto Abogados scores highly with sources for its ‘structuring of legal strategy from many angles‘ as well as its understanding that ‘what is essential for the client is the preservation of its business in the long term‘. The group’s broad focus spans a mix of litigation and arbitral matters, with a strong recent record in the area of commercial agency agreements. Firm founder Luis Eduardo Nieto is recommended for ‘presenting and proposing practical solutions‘ and advises a mix of corporate and private clients on contentious matters. Juan Antonio Vallejo directs the litigation practice and has formerly served as judge of the commercial procedures desk of the Superintendence of Corporations. Associate César Eduardo Pérez provides support on litigation and arbitration cases.
Luis Eduardo Nieto; Juan Antonio Vallejo
‘We commend the team’s structuring of legal strategy from many angles, including our vision as clients, as well as the detailed review of the documents and circumstances of the case. The team’s work makes us sure that we have the best representation.’
‘Juan Antonio Vallejo, partner of the firm, maintains permanent contact with us, without delegating contact to other lawyers. This gives us the feeling that we are really a priority.’
‘A very professional and competent practice. Of undoubted value is the interest of the firm and its lawyers in understanding their client’s business in order to propose and consider creative, legally feasible and responsible solutions.’
‘Lawyers are professionals with a corporate vision who understand that what is essential for the client is the preservation of its business in the long term. The team provides careful and personalised attention in everything from the highest level.‘
‘We highlight Luis Eduardo Nieto for his great knowledge, for presenting and proposing practical solutions and for focusing on his client’s business and not simply on litigation.’
‘The team’s strongest points are its kind and personalised treatment of clients, its understanding of matters — especially the senior partner — and its ability to develop alternative strategies, which lawyers adapt to the speed of your needs.‘
Dicermex (in reorganisation)
Ingenio San Carlos
Refractarios Magnesita Colombia
Corporación Financiera GNB Sudameris
Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB)
AGP Agentes Porturarios
Frontier Agencia Marítima
Rotam Agrochemical Colombia
Le Pain Quotidien – LPQ Restaurantes
Instrumentos y Controles
Diseños Interventorías y Servicios and EDL
- Defending the interests of Korean entity, LG International Corp and American corporation, LG International Inc in a controversy related to the existence of a commercial agency agreement.
- Advising Hyundai Corporation in a dispute related to the alleged existence and breach of a commercial agency agreement.
- Representing Dicermex in a controversy concerning the existence of a commercial agency agreement for the distribution of beer produced by Cerveceria Modelo de Mexico.
Triana, Uribe & Michelsen
In line with the firm’s signature strength, specialist IP outfit Triana, Uribe & Michelsen has a focus on representing clients regarding contentious IP matters. Among its key sweet spots, the team handles a steady stream of advertising, franchising, consumer protection and licensing-related disputes. Fernando Triana steers the practice and is noted for his robust skill sets in trade mark and patent litigation; he is also particularly well-equipped to handle domain name and unfair competition disputes. Additionally, partners Sandra Méndez and Sandra Ávila also undertake a significant volume of IP and consumer protection-related litigation. At junior level, associate Lina Caicedo provides specialist dispute resolution support.
Casa Editorial el Tiempo
Camacol – Cámara regional de la Construcción
- Advised Empresa Aerea De Servicios y Facilitacion Logistica Integral (EasyFly) on a settlement agreement to terminate several judicial actions initiated by, and against, easyGroup.
- Advised Archer Daniels Midland on obtaining the transference of several domain names used by a third party to impersonate Archer Daniels Midland.
- Acted for Avidesa Mac Pollo on the protection of its most important trademark, Mac Pollo.
The dispute resolution team at Valbuena Abogados continues to focus its efforts on diversifying its contentious offering. The group, which is comprised of ‘extraordinary litigants, with deep knowledge in their field‘, strikes a balance between litigation and arbitration cases, with strong recent performances in the telecoms, construction and energy spheres. As a former Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Gustavo Valbuena is noted for his relationships with state entities, which ‘facilitates the resolution of conflicts'; he has extensive experience in cases relating to antitrust, data privacy, IP and consumer protection law. Associate Wilhelm Rodríguez provides support in civil, commercial and administrative matters.
‘Lawyers at this firm are extraordinary litigants, with deep knowledge in their field, and good capacity to analyse the problems that arise.’
‘The team’s knowledge and client/lawyer relationship allows it to structure successful legal strategies for each litigation. Communication is constant and fluid. It fields a great interdisciplinary team and maintains an excellent reputation in the market.’
‘Prior to assuming a case, Gustavo Valbuena and his team take the time to analyse all the scenarios to give satisfactory and realistic explanations for clients’ chances of success and the best “attack” or defence strategies — depending on the position in which it is acting.’
‘Gustavo Valbuena’s relationships with State entities, given his great experience in the sector, makes him a lawyer with an added value that, on many occasions, facilitates the resolution of conflicts even without the need to go to court. His suggestions are clear, precise and very well founded.’
‘Valbuena Abogados has an important value for its clients: it combines detailed knowledge of procedural rules with knowledge of how technologies work. This makes the team efficient and accurate when advancing any litigation.’
‘We recommend this firm for its rigour in procedural knowledge and its easy understanding of technological matters.’
‘Valbuena Abogados is unique because: a) there is always a senior lawyer attending to the clients; b) it is always thinking about the economic, financial, corporate and other contexts, not just limiting its counsel to the legal topics.’
‘In general, the entire team of the firm is excellent, committed and highly qualified. Gustavo Valbuena is a professional of integrity: respectful and very committed to his clients.’
Frontera Energy Colombia
Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Colombia
Receptour Del Caribe
Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo
Sociedad Portuaria Regional
Consorcio Nuevo Hospital de Usme
- Representing Aceco in the contractual controversy initiated by ETB against Aceco Ti, in relation to the construction of the Alma Data Center.
- Representing Comcel in a class action filed by a citizen against the company, and other cellphone operators, for allegedly charging content and applications without the acceptance of its users.
- Acting for Constructora Conconcreto and Industrial Conconcreto in an unfair competition lawsuit filed by Conalvias before the Delegation of Jurisdictional Affairs of the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.