Litigation in Colombia

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

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.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Benavides; Cristina Mejia

Testimonials

‘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’.

Key clients

Shell

Woodgroup

Phoenix Tower International

Bridgestone

Sanofi

Isagen

Mazda

ICU Medical

Schlumberger

Vanti

Visa

Clarios Andina

MRO Servicios Logísticos

Aritmetika

Ekomercio

Work highlights

  • 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.

Brigard Urrutia

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.

Practice head(s):

Irma Rivera

Testimonials

‘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.’

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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).

Practice head(s):

Camilo Martínez; José Miguel Mendoza; Nicolás Polanía; Sergio Rojas; Julián Solorza

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

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

Tecnoquímicas

Cementos Argos

Asocaña

Carvajal Educación

Ventura Group

Operadora De Carbón De Santa Marta (Carbosan)

Ernst & Young Audit

Major Shareholders of Comestibles Aldor

Shareholder of Induma

Tribeca Asset Management

Shareholders of OTACC

Matuna Inversiones

Camagüey

Eduardo Franco & Ángela Gómez

Colombia Telecomunicaciones

Bolsa De Valores De Colombia

Integral / Integral Ingeniería De Supervisión / Consorcio Generación Ituango

Daewoo International

Fondo Nacional De Gestión Del Riesgo

Bolsa De Valores De Colombia

Banco Av Villas

Incolbest

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

Promoambiental Distrito

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Hernández; Julio César González

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Servicios Postales Nacionales

Aeropuertos de Oriente

FSQ Group (Sandwich Cubano)

Jeronimo Martins

Hyundai Doosan Infracore

Comercializadora Nacional (Pepsico Group)

Nuvasive

SAP Colombia

Philip Morris International

Work highlights

  • 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.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

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 Posadaknows 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.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Posse; Carolina Posada

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Bancolombia

Organización Terpel

Consorcio CCC Ituango

Alianza Fiduciaria

Automotores Toyota

Yuma Concesionaria

Colombia Móvil Tigo

Frontera Energy

Sociedad Minera de Santander

Diageo

Hidrocarburos del Casanare

Repsol Colombia Oil & Gas

Maped

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Industria Militar

Ventus Colombia

Drummond

Tractebel GKW

Premex

Divertrónica

Indega

Distoyota

Praco Didacol

Cerro Matoso

Acción Fiduciaria

Colsubisidio

BTG Pactual

Work highlights

  • 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.

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

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.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Mantilla; Carlos Gustavo Arrieta; Paula Andrea Ramos; Carlos Alberto Manzano

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

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

ConocoPhillips

Cerrejón Zona Norte

Concesionaria Vial Andina (Coviandina)

Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico (Covipacífico)

Concesionaria Panamericana

Drummond Ltd (sucursal Colombia)

Drummond Coal Mining (sucursal Colombia)

VP Ingenergía

Proyectos y Desarrollos Viales Del Pacífico (Prodepacífico)

Consorcio Constructor Pacífico 1 (Conpacífico)

Concesionaria Vial Del Oriente (Covioriente)

Grupo Aeroportuario del Caribe

Concretos Argos

Comunicación Celular (Comcel)

Vatia

Orica Colombia

Orica Norway

Proyectos de Infraestructura

Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar (Covimar)

Odinsa

Hidrotolima

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Salazar; Luis Botero; Andres Tobón

Key clients

Glencore/Prodeco

Pacific Stratus Energy

Johnson & Johnson MD&D

GlaxoSmithKline Colombia

Equion Energía

Frontera Energy

Kodak

Dell

Accenture

Becton Dickinson

Trafigura/ Impala

Chubb Insurance

Puma Energy

Maersk

Hitachi Data Systems

Terranum

Allianz Seguros

Gran Tierra Energy

Seguros del Estado

Hoteles Decameron

Emsirva

Ciudad Limpia

Veolia

Yuma

Beat Ride App Colombia

Natrio

Entidad Promotora De Salud Sanitas

Work highlights

  • 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.

Chemás & Asociados

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.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Eduardo Chemás; Ingrid Soraya Ortiz; Sergio Alejandro Chemás

Key clients

Consorcio Troncales Bogotá

Ingenieros Consultores Civiles y Eléctricos (INGETEC)

Autopistas de Santander

Grodco Ingenieros Civiles

Centro de Gerenciamiento Doña Juana

Constructora Andrade Gutiérrez

Yuma Concesionaria

Grupo Ashmore

Inverlink Estructuras Inmobiliarias

Unión Temporal Desarrollo Vial del Valle del Cauca y Cauca (UTDVVCC)

Pavimentos Colombia (PAVCOL)

Work highlights

  • 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.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Rodríguez Azuero; Henry Sanabria; Felipe Andrade; Jacques Simhon; Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla

Testimonials

‘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!’

Key clients

Avantel (in reorganisation)

Fiduprevisora

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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 Esguerrahas 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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar (Colsubsidio)

Cerrejón

Colombia Móvil (TIGO)

Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas (Confianza)

Ecopetrol

Emgesa

Fondo para el Financiamiento del Sector Agropecuario (FINAGRO)

Norgas

Sociedad Fiduciaria para el Desarrollo Agropecuario (Fiduagraria)

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura

Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla and Ingenio La Cabaña

PAYC

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Work highlights

  • 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.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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.

Practice head(s):

William Araque; David Araque

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

OHL Colombia

Carcaice

Oso Llantera

Viscofan

Schematrentasette (Benetton Group)

BIOEnergy

General Motors

Huawei Technologies Colombia

Work highlights

  • 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.

Arrubla Devis

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.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Arrubla Paucar; Rafael McCausland; Sebastián Montoya

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Portal Calicanto

Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado (ANDJE)

Isagen

Avianca

Fábrica de Especias y Productos El Rey

Triguisar de Colombia

Smurfit Kappa – Cartón de Colombia

Frubana

Acción Fiduciaria

Earthrights International

Boston Medical Group

Aguacatales de Colombia

Grupo Portuario

Santo Frío

Work highlights

  • 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.

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Leiva; Marcela Castro

Key clients

Cal y Mayor Asociados

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção

Doppelmayr Colombia

Ashmore Management Company Colombia

Grupo Metrobus

Transambiental

Concesión Alto Magdalena

Concesión Pacífico Tres

Concesión Desarrollo Vial de la Sabana

Grupo SI 18

Autopistas Urabá

Agencia Nacional de Minería

Metro Línea 1

Concesión San Rafael

Consorcio Canales 20

Consorcio Mar 2

Consorcio Soacha

Corredor Portuario de Cartagena

Interconexión eléctrica (ISA)

Unión Vial Río Pamplonita

WSP Ingenieros

AYESA

Consorcio Estación Elevadora de Canoas

Egis Group

KMA Construcciones

Consorcio Constructor Perimetral de Oriente Bogotá

Unimetro

Sotramac

Concesión La Pintada

Concesión Ruta al Mar

Construcciones El Condor

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Diego Arango

Key clients

TKM/HCC + LIU + Swiss Re + Navigators

Liberty International Underwriters

Zurich UK + QBE UK

Tokio Marine Kiln + Chubb + LIU

Beazley

Seguros Alfa

Generali España

Chubb Seguros Generales

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Andres Fernandez de Soto; Paula Vejarano

Key clients

Collins Aerospace

FAM

Autopistas de Urabá

Bunker Holding Group

Grupo Familia

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

Hella Automotive

Rappi

Thyssenkrupp

Intralot

Parmalat

Aecom Technical Services

Azteca Comunicaciones (TV Azteca)

Ford Motor Company

ZF Group

Donaldson Company

Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá HHA (Acciona Agua / Hyundai Engineering and Construction / Hyundai Engineering)

Consorcio MASA–Acciona (Mantenimiento y Montajes Industriales / Acciona Infraestructura)

Samsung

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • 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.

Garrigues

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.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Acevedo

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC)

Frontera Energy – Minority shareholders

Frontera Energy – Enefenco

Eve Distribuciones

MSL Technology

Frontera Energy – Port Service

Consorcio OHL

A&A Multiprime

AON

Bingos Codere

Enel

Estrella Andina

Parques y Funerarias

Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá

Messer

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Work highlights

  • 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.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

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.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Tamayo; Christian Pérez

Key clients

Bray International

Bajaj Auto

Fairmont

McCann Erickson Corporation Colombia

Comcel

Eli Lilly Interamerica

Coca-Cola Bebidas de Colombia

Spirit Airlines

Baxalta (Takeda)

Unilever Andina Colombia

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Palacios Mejía; Óscar Gutiérrez; Pedro Pacheco

Key clients

Drummond

Drummond Coal Mining

Fogafin

Concesionaria Panamericana

Puma

Airplan

Alternativas Viales

Canacol Energy Colombia

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Pinilla; Oscar Martínez; César Augusto González

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Hillside Flowers

Suprema Compañía Inmobiliaria

Wavecomm Corporation

AR Construcciones

Grupo Galeano George Constructores (3G Constructores)

Estacionamientos Lugano

Constructora Arquimeg

Diócesis de Zipaquirá

Desarrolladora de Zonas Francas

Escalar Gerencia Inmobiliaria

Andres Echavarría Olano

Cemex Colombia

Amarilo

Inversiones Alcabama

Amarey Nova Medical

Coltefinanciera

Banco Caja Social

Triada

Ícono Urbano

Prabyc Ingenieros

Work highlights

  • 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.

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados

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 commercialDaniel 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.

Practice head(s):

Javier Tamayo Jaramillo; Laura Castaño Echeverri

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Bancolombia

Industrial Conconcreto

Centro Comercial Hayuelos

Guillermo León Gómez

GeoPark Colombia

Constructora Monserrate de Colombia and Constructora Monteparaíso

Emgesa

Consorcio HHA

Arquitectura y Concreto

Inhabitants of the Space and Asensi buildings

Promigas

Aluminio Nacional (Alumina)

Electricaribe

Fenoco

Eduardo Botero Soto

Procaps

Clínica CardioVid

Eficacia

Bienes & Bienes

Nerd´s kitchen

Gramalote

Coomeva Medicina Prepagada

Parque Comercial El Tesoro

Accenorte – Devinorte

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Humberto Ustáriz

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Banco Agrario de Colombia

Fiduciaria Bogotá

Consorcio Beta Oil

Compañía Mundial de Seguros

Fiduciaria la Previsora

Fiduciaria Colpatria

GM Financial Colombia

Banco Davivienda

Mastercol Trading

Scotiabank Colpatria

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Zuleta; Gustavo Suárez; Rafael Rincón

Testimonials

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.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Diego Fernando Gómez

Key clients

Confederación Latinoamericana de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito

Cinecolor

Ventas institucionales

Global Securities Colombia, Comisionista de Bolsa

ABB Colombia

Work highlights

  • Represented Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefónica) in bringing an administrative claim seeking the annulment of a government tender process.
  • Acted for Asosevilla in judicial recovery proceedings.

Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)

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.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Cáez

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Centurylink Colombia

Comunicación Celular – Comcel

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones

Columbus Networks de Colombia

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá

Internexa

Puma Energy Colombia Combustibles

Colombia Telecomunicaciones

Fondo de Empleados de IBM de Colombia

Refinancia

Cibergestión Hipotecaria (España)

Cibergestión Colombia

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia

Lab Construcciones

Panamericana de Alimentos

TGT Gamas

Viña Carmen

Viña Doña Paula

Star Defense Logistics Engineering

Biomax Biocombustibles

GNE Soluciones

Opain

Autonomous Equity Fiduoccidente FID 3-1-6685 Nueva Alianza (managed by Fiduciaria de Occidente)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Wilson Castro

Key clients

AES

Compensar

Coomeva

Federación Nacional de Personeros

Vanti (formerly known as Gas Natural)

Multidimensionales (Grupo Phoenix)

Perenco

Promotora Vivir

Tabasco Oil Company

Termo Mechero Aguazul

Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga

UNINPAHU

Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar

Ingesaenz

Proeléctrica

USG

Rapicredit

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

José Gutiérrez Mestre

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Enel Américas

Sadeven Energía e Infraestructura

Alfapeople Andino

Sistema Alimentador Oriental

Masivo  de Occidente

Motta International

Carbomax

Copa Airlines

Mercantil Bogotá

iShop Colombia

Domingo Alonso Group – Colwagen

Work highlights

  • 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.

Gamboa Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Gamboa; Eduardo Gamboa

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Rappi

Constructora Lemoine

División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano (Dimayor)

Federación Colombiana de Fútbol

Owen Londoño

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce

Compañía de Puertos Asociados

Globant

Unión Punto

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ignacio Gamboa; Juan Felipe Roldán; Pedro Hernán Montaño

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Airbnb

Energía del Suroeste

Innpulsa Colombia

Biotecno

Leigh Day & Co

Israel Aerospace Industries

Dredging International

Mettler Toledo

Schreder Colombia

NSO Group

Armor International

Elbit Systems

Hupecol Operating

Bogota Coque

Grand Bogotá

Jiangling Motors Colombia

Ingram Micro

Artimetika

Algranel

Barco

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

Pinturas Renania

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Grand Bogotá

Sferika

Arias Serna y Saravia

Nitrofert

Ingetec

Airbnb

Mile High Investments

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel Garrido; Claudia Fonseca

Testimonials

The firm has been growing adequately and benefits from a professional team.

Lawyers have experience and knowledge in matters of litigation and arbitration.’

Key clients

Grantierra

Equion (antes BP)

Petrobras Colombia

Drummond

Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales

Puerto Bahía

Tecpetrol

Maurel & Prom

Braspetro

New Granada Energy

TPL

Morelco

Drummond Energy

Dollarcity

Fundación Barco

Primax

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Sebastián Lombana; Catalina Hoyos

Key clients

Cenit Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos

Columbus Networks Colombia

Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar – DEVIMAR (Sacyr Concesiones, Strabag and Concay)

Vanti

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jose Vicente Zapata

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

John Correa

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Mineros

Constructora Colpatria

Banco Scotiabank Colpatria

Hudson

Iglesia Palabra y Fuego

Chubb Seguros de Colombia

Perimetral de Oriente

Mejoracinco

Italcol

Italcol de Occidente

Agroavicola San Marino

Consorcio Metalúrgico Nacional

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

María Lucía Posada

Key clients

Patrimonio Autónomo del Fondo de Infraestructura Pública

Cerro Matoso

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

Cencosud

Concesionaria Alternativa Viales

Oxypro

Arce Rojas Consultores

Autopistas de Urabá

Termotasajero

Work highlights

  • 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.

Parra Rodríguez Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Sarmiento

Key clients

Inversiones El Charrascal

Halcrow Group

Innovation Worldwide DMCC

Trevi Energy

Petreven Servicios Y Perforaciones Petroleras

Industrias Colombianas Minerarias (Incolmine)

Panor Corporation

United Airlines (sucursal Colombia)

Federal Express Corporation

Labyes

Sercel GRC

Ois Telecomunicaciones

Portales Urbanos

Coiffman Fraynd

Comercializadora Colombiana de Carbones y Coques

Abet Laminati

Ameritec

Work highlights

  • 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 CardenasCarolina Ríos and Alejandra Reinel provide specialist litigation support.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Rodríguez

Testimonials

‘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.’

Ariza & Marin

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.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Marín; Carolina Ariza

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Fundación Oleoductos de Colombia

Hyundai Engineering

Cedimed

Ménsula

Estudios Técnicos

Procopal

Intramaq

Concesión Ruta al Mar

Atalaya de la Mota

Comercializadora S&E

Hidroeléctrica Barrancas

Berkley International Seguros Colombia

Work highlights

  • 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.

BBGS ABOGADOS

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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena; Lorenzo Pizarro

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Smith & Nephew Colombia

Centro Comercial y de Negocios Andino

MullenLowe

Forus Colombia

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

Europastry Colombia

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

Allcot Group

Work highlights

  • 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

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 .

Practice head(s):

Pablo Márquez; Julio Castañeda; Camilo Ramírez

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Organización Terpel

Flash Mobile (Logística Flash Colombia and Oportunidad Flash Colombia)

Conalvías Construcciones

OPP Graneles

American Towers Corporation

Data Control Portuario

Mercado Libre Colombia and Mercado Pago Colombia

Bogal Vet

Mazda de Colombia

Class action against Frontera Energy Corp

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Luisa Herrera; Gustavo Andrés Herrera; Miguel Agudelo; Jinneth Hernández; Kelly Paz; Jasmin Gonzalez; Maria del Socorro Salamanca; Santiago Rojas

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Grupo Harinera del Valle

AXA Colpatria Seguros

Colmena Seguros de Vida y Riesgos Laborales

Suramericana

Mapfre Seguros Generales de Colombia

La Previsora

Liberty Seguros

Allianz Seguros

Zurich Compañía de Seguros

BBVA Seguros

Work highlights

  • 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.

Kennedys

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.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Tocarruncho

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Zurich

Swiss Re

Munich Re UK

Metlife

Confianza

Berkley Re

Seguros Bolívar

SBS

Chubb

Suramericana

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Medina; Claudia Medina

Nieto Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Nieto; Juan Antonio Vallejo

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Mayagüez

Conagra Foods

Hyundai

LG International

Dicermex (in reorganisation)

Ingenio San Carlos

Refractarios Magnesita Colombia

Corporación Financiera GNB Sudameris

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB)

Intelred

Grupo Gilinski

Santiago Cárdenas

AGP Agentes Porturarios

Frontier Agencia Marítima

Seaboard Corporation

Rotam Agrochemical Colombia

UPL Colombia

Le Pain Quotidien – LPQ Restaurantes

G Barco

Hospimedics

Coransa

Instrumentos y Controles

TCBuen

Óscar Narváez

Carlos Avendaño

Diseños Interventorías y Servicios and EDL

GOR Acrílicos

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Triana

Key clients

Caracol Televisión

Casa Editorial el Tiempo

Biotoscana Farma

Detergentes

Alcon Laboratories

Sporloisirs

Dell

Alcantara Asociados

Camacol – Cámara regional de la Construcción

Corporación Primax

Work highlights

  • 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.

Valbuena Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Valbuena

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Frontera Energy Colombia

Constructora Conconcreto

Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Colombia

KPMG

Efecty

Ibeaser

Tecnoquímicas

Almacenes JR

Receptour Del Caribe

Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo

Organización NRC

Mantos Andinos

Grupo Obrador

Sociedad Portuaria Regional

Ortomac

Surenvíos

Consorcio Nuevo Hospital de Usme

Distracom

Ediligence

Imsacol

Work highlights

  • 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.