Firms To Watch: Litigation

Cuatrecasas’ rapidly growing Bogotá office continues to expand its service offering and In March 2022 hired high-profile litigator Alberto Zuleta from Holland & Knight to lead its arbitration, litigation, and antitrust practices in Colombia; the team is particularly well positioned to advise on multi-jurisdictional proceedings.
With offices in Bogotá and Medellín, Dret Legal has hit the ground running since its establishment in 2021 and looks set to become a significant player in the market; the dispute resolution practice is led by Juan Mendoza (formerly of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and BonelliErede), who enthusiastic clients highlight as ‘a brilliant lawyer’.

Litigation in Colombia

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

The ‘strong and dynamic team’ at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. impresses with its capability in multi-jurisdictional judicial and arbitral disputes, where it is distinguished by its ability to plug into its enviable global platform. The practice’s high-quality service skills are also widely praised, with one source asserting: ‘lawyers support the firm-client relationship and are always contributing with their knowledge’. Go-to litigation specialist Claudia Benavides chairs the dispute resolution group, both domestically and globally, and stands out for her track record in cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Among Benavides’ recent cases, she is representing Humax Pharmaceutical and Farmatech in a constitutional action brought by an individual plaintiff for the protection of collective rights against Humax and Farmatech. Next-generation partner Cristina Mejia maintains a rapidly developing practice, which saw her recently represent HSBC, as indenture trustee of certain senior unsecured notes, in judicial bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the Transtel group of companies. The department also fields a sizeable team of talented senior associates, including Sebastian Quintero, who handles a mix of domestic and international disputes; Daniela Páez Cala, who has a strong international arbitration dimension to her practice; and Felipe González Arrieta, who also has a focus on international arbitration. Junior Isabella Mejía Sierra, who supports on a range of dispute resolution matters, is additionally singled out by clients. The firm recently strengthened its dispute resolution offering with the hire of two new senior associates: Ana Carolina Abreo joined in June 2022 from Brigard Urrutia; while Nicolas Rivera Montoya arrived in January 2023 from Oleoducto Central (OCENSA). Junior associate Juana Martínez Quintero departed in June 2022 to become head of regulatory affairs at Trafigura; and senior María Angélica Burgos left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Benavides; Cristina Mejia


The dispute resolution team has extensive knowledge in its field. It is a strong and dynamic team and, what is admirable, is the management of the client relationship, to which the firm is always contributing judiciously.

The team’s work is impeccable and, thanks to the support received, we have been able to close disputes in a positive and favourable manner for our organisation. It is a collaborative team with excellent customer service.

We value the team for its excellent vocation of service. Lawyers support the firm-client relationship and are always contributing with their knowledge; from the partner Cristina Mejia to the associates like Isabella Mejía Sierra and Daniela Páez Cala.

Key clients

Bonus Banca de Inversión


Canacol Energy Colombia

CDM Smith



Motorola Solutions

Parque Arauco

Phoenix Tower International




Sura Asset Management

Transportadora de Gas Internacional


Work highlights

  • Representing HSBC, as indenture trustee of certain senior unsecured notes, in judicial bankruptcy liquidation proceedings initiated by the Transtel group of companies.
  • Representing Consorcio Itacol in an administrative investigation initiated by the Comptroller General’s Office, in connection with the engineering design and subsequent construction of 13 bridges placed at critical geographical points in Colombian territory.
  • Representing Sika in a judicial proceeding filed by the former landlord of the warehouses where Sika used to maintain a production and distribution centre.

Brigard Urrutia

Brigard Urrutia houses ‘one of the most solid practices in dispute resolution’, according to some. Certainly the firm possesses one of the largest offerings in the market, with its 22-lawyer-strong litigation, arbitration and insolvency group consisting of two partners, one director and six senior associates, among others. Equipped to handle the full spread of civil and commercial cases, the team is routinely engaged to advise on administrative disputes, commercial litigation, contentious competition matters, arbitral proceedings, and insolvency-related work. Irma Rivera Ramírez spearheads the department and is well versed across the full range of contentious issues, with strong recent experience in representing major multinational clients in constitutional law proceedings. Rivera is flanked by two younger partners: Felipe Mutis - identified by sources as an ‘expert litigator’, he advises clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, with a focus on administrative and constitutional law litigation and arbitral proceedings; and dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) former practice director María Munevar Torrado, who was raised to the partnership in July 2023. Senior associate Carlos Mauricio Cerrato proovides experienced support - he and Munevar are highlighted for being ‘passionate about the law and the causes they represent’. Other key contacts include Paola Guerrero Yemail, who is an associate director of the insolvency practice; and senior associates Camilo Valenzuela and Carlos Mauricio Cerratto  who both maintain broad dispute resolution practices. The team recently welcomed the arrival of two new senior associates: Paula Juliana Téllez joined in July 2022 from Preciado Abogados; and Monica Alejandra León arrived in October 2022 – she was formerly an in-house lawyer at New Cauca. Senior associate Ana Carolina Abreo left the firm in June 2022. Since publication, Cerratto has been raised to associate practice director - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Irma Isabel Rivera


The team is robust; lawyers have several lawyers of diverse experience and abilities, which enables you to respond effectively to the legal challenges that your clients face.

I highlight the work of Felipe Mutis, Carlos Mauricio Cerrato, and María Munevar Torrado. All are excellent lawyers, who are passionate about the law and the causes they represent.

Brigard Urrutia has one of the most solid practices in dispute resolution. The integration of the work teams is very successful.

The advice provided demonstrates the dedication and time invested in each case under its responsibility. The advice provided is complete and very effective. The ability to provide comprehensive advice that goes beyond the analysis of the particular case stands out.

Felipe Mutis is an expert litigator who combines legal depth with the practicality necessary to advise clients.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría secures strong feedback for its business-oriented approach and one source asserts that the team ‘is not only expert in the legal issues’ but that it also ‘gets to know and understand the client’s business’. Among its other key attributes, the team also garners praise for its lawyers excellent professional and personal qualities’. Through its extensive international platform, which additionally benefits from the firm’s formal partnership with Uría Menéndez, the dispute resolution group is well-positioned to advise local and multinational clients on cross-border cases — it is also frequently appointed to handle complex domestic instructions. A 35-year veteran in dispute resolution, Héctor Hernández co-heads the department and his practice encompasses the full range of judicial and arbitral proceedings. Fellow co-head Julio César González also maintains a broad disputes focus, with particular expertise in civil procedural law and domestic and international arbitration; he recently represented Deere & Co and John Deere Thibodaux before the Supreme Court in a dispute stemming from the termination of a distribution agreement. The team also benefits from an experienced second line of associates including principals Juan Sebastián Arias, who is dual-qualified in Colombia and New York; Santiago Cruz Mantilla, who demonstrates ‘strategic and agile vision’; and Alejandra Gómez, who brings experience in administrative, civil, family, and commercial litigation as well as arbitration. Former principal associate Mario Pérez left in May 2023. Since publication, Arias has been raised to the partnership - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Hernández; Julio César González


The PPU team is composed of lawyers at various levels of seniority and has the necessary number of lawyers to handle complex cases, which is very useful compared to other practices.

The PPU team is made up of lawyers with excellent professional and personal qualities. They have extensive legal knowledge and extensive experience in litigation of all kinds.

Compared to other firms, PPU’s litigation team has a transparent practice that adheres to the ethical and disciplinary codes of the profession. They have very good response times and its deliverables are always impeccable.

PPU has a team that is not only expert in the legal issues it handles, but that also possesses sufficient skills to immerse itself in the operation of the client in a short time. The team gets to know and understand the client’s business, adjusting and designing its advice in a more appropriate and efficient way.

Julio César González and Santiago Cruz Mantilla both demonstrate strategic and agile vision.

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Colombia

CFMoto Pasión por Colombia

Megger Group

Cárdenas Marketing Network


Odín Grupo de Energía (in reorganización)

Biomax Biocombustibles


Centro Comercial Santafe Propiedad Horizontal

Urbinar (in liquidation)

Work highlights

  • Representing Deere & Co and John Deere Thibodaux before the Supreme Court in legal proceedings derived from the termination of a distribution agreement.
  • Acting for CI La Samaria in nullity proceedings against the Colombian National Natural Parks’ Authority seeking the annulment of a resolution that ordered the shutdown of a production facility and imposed a fine.
  • Advising Huawei Technology Colombia on all cases concerning consumer protection law regarding the sales of its devices in Colombia.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

According to satisfied clients, Posse Herrera Ruiz stands out for the ‘experience and knowledge of its partners’, who provide ‘personalised attention and permanent availability’. The group’s other key assets, as identified by sources, include its comprehensive industry coverage and its formidably deep bench, which draws on the skill sets of four specialist dispute resolution partners. Department co-head Daniel Posse is regarded by many as a reference in the market due to his experience in representing clients in complex proceedings in all of Colombia’s courts as well as before major domestic and international arbitral venues. Posse is spearheading the team’s advice to new client, Grupo Nutresa, in contentious matters connected to Grupo Gilinski’s headline-grabbing attempted hostile takeover of Grupo Nutresa, Grupo Sura, and Grupo Argos. Fellow practice co-head Carolina Posada is highlighted as a ‘close, creative, available partner who empowers her team’ and also brings to bear broad expertise in civil and administrative litigation, as well as national and international arbitration. Among Posada’s recent cases, she is representing Eladio Bueno, a British citizen, in an exequatur proceeding before the Supreme Court of Justice. Rounding out the partners’ group are Pablo Enrique Sierra, who specialises in litigation, and Juan Pablo Bonilla, who handles a mix of judicial and arbitral proceedings. The team is assisted by a deep pool of associates, including seniors Alejandro Casas, María Isabel Osorio, Laura Vengoechea and Pedro Miguel Álvarez (who was promoted to practice director in March 2024), as well as intermediates Juan David Fiallo and Medelllín-based Natalia Tobón — all of whom provide dedicated support to the dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Posse; Carolina Posada


We recommend the team due to the experience and knowledge of its partners, especially Daniel Posse and Carolina Posada, who co-direct the practice and provide personalised attention and permanent availability. It is a very solid team, in size and in experience, knowledge and diversity.

Daniel Posse and Carolina Posada make the perfect team. Their different skills complement each other in an incredible way. They are experts in what they do, and are leaders in arbitration and litigation at a national and international level in industries such as construction, health, trusts, retail, energy, etc.

The team of lawyers organises itself very quickly to deal with a diversity of disputes in a very efficient and thorough manner. We value the team’s depth and commitment to handling each of the cases.

The litigation and arbitration team at Posse Herrera Ruiz is robust, with more than 20 lawyers and 4 partners, who are personally in charge of serving their clients, whether large, medium or small.

It is a diverse team, not only in terms of gender but also in the origin of its lawyers. There are lawyers from intermediate cities in the country, as well as from public and private universities. They strive to be up-to-date and it is normal to see them at conferences, academic events and even in the press.

For me, the team’s values and treatment are the differential. Lawyers are humble despite their experience and depth. They are always available and very frank in their assessments.

I work with Carolina Posada, who co-directs the practice, and with her team, mainly Laura Vengoechea, Natalia Tobón, María Isabel Osorio and some issues with Juan David Fiallo. They are all exceptional, and it shows how Carolina inspires them. She is a close, creative, available partner who empowers her team.

Carolina Posada doesn’t promise more than she can get, and that’s peace of mind, because she’s honest and prefers not to delude me with baseless cases. It has saved me a lot of unnecessary wear and tear and that is something that, from a business point of view, distinguishes the firm from other law firms.

Key clients

Grupo Nutresa


Federico Pfeil-Schneider



Praco Didacol

Brock Group

BTG Comisionista de Bolsa

Eladio Bueno

Corporación de Caficultores de los Andes

Toyota Motors Corporation

Automotores Toyota

Organización Terpel

HIG Capital

Alianza Fiduciaria



Industria Nacional de Gaseosas

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Nutresa in matters relating to the hostile takeover bid by Jaime Gilinski and Nugil.
  • Represented Brock Group in a claim filed by a former member of a consortium that impeded the liquidation of Brock’s Colombian subsidiary.
  • Represented Federico Pfeil-Schneider, Distoyota, Carco, and others, in a dispute involving several judicial actions, arising out of the inheritance liquidation of Mr Pfeil-Schneider’s father.

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

A leading public law and projects boutique, Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados fields a ‘comprehensive and very committed team’ in the litigation area. Particularly noted for its premier expertise in ‘dispute resolution involving public law, especially in areas such as first generation concessions’, the practice routinely advises on contentious matters connected to the infrastructure, energy, and transport spheres. Additionally, the firm handles a significant volume of commercial and corporate litigation cases. Dispute resolution co-head Paula Andrea Ramos is widely recognised as one of the leading litigators in the market; she continues to act alongside high-profile public-law veteran Carlos Gustavo Arrieta to represent Cerrejón Zona Norte in a $1bn constitutional action concerning its open-pit coal mine. Carlos Alberto Manzano co-leads the department and provides ‘expert advice’, according to sources; he teamed up with Ramos to successfully represent the Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico (Covipacífico) consortium in a breach of contract dispute. Other key contacts include senior projects expert Álvaro Mantilla and dispute resolution-focused associate Rodrigo Sánchez Pineda, who provides ‘effective support’.

Practice head(s):

Paula Andrea Ramos; Carlos Alberto Manzano


I consider that it is a comprehensive and very committed team. Additionally, lawyers maintain a very good relationship with the client. The cost of the fees is competitive and well managed.

We value the team’s commitment to know the background of the dispute, regardless of whether it is technical or commercial. Paula Andrea Ramos, Carlos Alberto Manzano and Rodrigo Sánchez Pineda did a very good job.

The team includes experts in the field of dispute resolution involving public law, especially in areas such as first generation concessions.

In the framework of the selection of the firm, it was possible to observe that the group stands out for its expertise, experience and accredited recognition, as well as for its clarity, its gender diversity (important for district regulation) and its willingness to attend meetings and meet other requirements.

What distinguishes its lawyers the most is their expertise in the various matters entrusted, which allows greater clarity in determining the legal strategy and decision-making by the client.

The team’s best qualities are is willingness, knowledge and clarity in the face of each of the eventualities that arise. As is represented by the leadership of Paula Andrea Ramos, the expert advice of Carlos Alberto Manzano, and the effective support of Rodrigo Sánchez Pineda.

Key clients

Estudios y Proyectos del Sol (EPISOL)

Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao

Concesionaria Vial de los Andes (COVIANDES)

Consorcio Vía al Mar

Constructora de Infraestructura Vial


Cerrejón Zona Norte

Concesionaria Vial Andina (Coviandina)

Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico (Covipacífico)

Concesionaria Panamericana

Drummond, 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)


Orica Colombia

Orica Norway

Proyectos de Infraestructura (PISA)

Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar (COVIMAR)



Desarrollo Vía Al Mar (Devimar)

Conoco Phillips

Ferrovial Construcción

Secretaría Distrital de Movilidad de Bogotá

Consorcio Ruta 40

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

Dispute resolution is a mainstay at Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados and the boutique firm’s specialist focus ensures that it is equipped to handle a comprehensive range of litigious matters, including commercial, administrative, and constitutional cases. The team’s reputation in this area is evidenced by its impressive client list, which is mainly composed of multinational corporations, particularly companies operating in the mining, healthcare, life sciences, infrastructure and energy sectors. Among the key contacts, seasoned trial lawyer Bernardo Salazar is commended for his ‘depth of analysis and strategic capacity’; he is representing Glencore’s Colombian subsidiaries in a $99m case related to the annulment of an amendment of a mining concession contract. Salazar co-heads the department together with Luís Felipe Botero, who has a focus on arbitral proceedings but also frequently advises on judicial cases; and former Adviser to the Legal Vice Presidency Andrés Tobón, who handles a mix of arbitration and litigation work. In September 2022, intermediate associate Isabel Chaparro  left to become a lawyer at the Council of State of Colombia.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Salazar; Luís Felipe Botero; Andrés Tobón


We were attended to directly by the partner, Bernardo Salazar. We value his depth of analysis and strategic capacity.

Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados stands out for the quality of its legal services.

Luis Felipe Botero is an exceptional lawyer. He is highly knowledgeable in various disciplines of law, including commercial, civil liability, administrative, litigation, O & G. In addition, his associate lawyer Julian Morales stands out for the quality of his writings and excellent legal criteria.

Key clients


Pacific Straus Energy

Johnson & Johnson MD&D

Frontera Energy



Seguros del Estado


Glaxosmithkline Colombia


Willis Tower Watson

Clyde & Co/Allianz


Arthur J Gallagher

Maersk Logistics and Services Colombia



Yuma Concesionaria (en reorganización)


Gran Tierra Energy Colombia Sucursal

British American Tobacco

Paladin La Trocha Investors

Entidad Promotora de Salud Sanitas (EPS Sanitas)

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol

Beat Ride App Colombia


Puma Energy

Aon Risk Services

Compañía de Desarrollo Aeropuerto El Dorado (CODAD)

Equion Energia

Chubb Insurance




Becton Dickinson

Hoteles Decameron

Ciudad Limpia

Work highlights

  • Representing Glencore’s Colombian subsidiaries in a $99m case related to the annulment of an amendment of a mining concession contract.
  • Representing Frontera Energy in a COP$85bn claim against Ecopetrol seeking reimbursement of expenses assumed by Frontera during the performance of the Campo Rubiales exploration and production agreement.
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in a commercial agency dispute brought by a former distributor.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s dispute resolution group strikes the right note with sources for its ‘strong focus on service’. The multidisciplinary practice handles a broad range of contentious matters, with notable activity in civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and constitutional actions, among others. Key contacts include managing partner Camilo Martínez, whose litigation expertise is supplemented by his complementary strength in corporate and finance transactions. Martínez recently paired up with Julian Solorza, who advises on all aspects of dispute resolution, to represent Club El Nogal in an action brought by a former club member, who was banned from the club for five years by its board of directors. Martínez and Solorza co-head the department together with insurance and reinsurance specialist Sergio Rojas and José Miguel Mendoza, who specialises in corporate conflicts, and energy and natural resources. Other senior names include Nicolás Polanía, who advises on arbitration, litigation and corporate law matters; and Ricardo Alarcón, who is the associate director of the arbitration team. At associate level, seniors Sergio Londoño and Juan Pablo Amaya are both noted for their emphasis on corporate litigation. Intermediate associate María José Figueroa left in July 2022 to study abroad. Since publication, both Londoño and Amaya have been raised to the partnership - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

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


The firm has competent lawyers, and its attention has a strong focus on service.

We recommend Sergio Rojas for his outstanding responsiveness.

The knowledge, skills and experience of the team.

Doctors Julián Solorza and Sergio Rojas are excellent professionals with a lot of experience and knowledge.

Key clients

Corporación Club El Nogal

Monómeros Colombo-Venezolanos


Credicorp Capital Colombia

Consorcio Generación Ituango

Carlos Iván Márquez

Unión Nacional De Gestión Del Riesgo Y Desarrollo (UNGRD)

Work highlights

  • Representing Club El Nogal in an action brought by a former club member, who was banned for five years by the board of directors of Club El Nogal.
  • Acting for Integral, Integral Ingeniería de Supervisión and Consorcio Generación Ituango in hundreds of legal proceedings, initiated by people who allegedly suffered damages due to the Ituango Project.
  • Advising Correval (now Credicorp Capital Colombia) before the Supreme Court of Justice in a case against Fajobe stemming from a dispute over a securities management contract.

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos scores points with sources for its ‘strong disposition to find solutions and strategies to take matters forward’. Widely recognised for its dominant public law practice, the team shines in representing domestic and multinational clients in complex constitutional and administrative litigation. As well as being sought after for its specialist public law expertise, the dispute resolution group also packs a punch in contentious competition matters, where it leverages its top-tier competition and antitrust offering; and commercial litigation, where it is adept at handling disputes involving heavily regulated industries. Name partner Juan Carlos Esguerra is lauded as ‘an expert in Colombian legislation’, which positions him as a popular figure for public-law litigation. Esguerra recently paired up with fellow public law specialist Felipe Piquero to represent Cerrejón in proceedings initiated by indigenous communities, members of the Congress, and others, to revoke the environmental licences permitting its operation in La Guajira. Other key names include competition partner Andrés Jaramillo and dispute resolution-focused associate Jorge Andrés Gómez. Associate practice director Andrés Felipe Cadena joined WOM Colombia in April 2023, while associate Carlos Lasprilla left to study abroad in July 2022. Since publication, the firm has merged with tax specialist firm Jiménez, Higuita, Rodríguez & Asociados (Tax & customs) to become Esguerra JHR - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo


An excellent multidisciplinary work team. We particularly value lawyers for their kindness and availability for client service.

A competent and highly qualified team with extensive experience in dispute resolution. We note that it seeks, on occasion, to avoid litigation and reach agreements before going to court; its strategies usually include negotiation or conciliation. It has an excellent disposition to respond to the different queries that arise.

The work of Felipe Piquero and associate Jorge Andrés Gómez stands out. They try to understand all the situations that surround the cases brought to their attention and always propose strategies to achieve the best results for their clients. Juan Carlos Esguerra is an expert in Colombian legislation.

The teams strongest points are its closeness, proactivity, relationships with internal officials, willingness, and openness. It is a highly outstanding firm, which provides a lot of security in its management, and in which we have great confidence.

Lawyers demonstrate a strong disposition to find solutions and strategies to take matters forward.

Undoubtedly, the direct attention of the partners is the great differential for this firm. Senior lawyers are always open, with the best disposition to talk about the different matters entrusted to them.

Key clients

Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar (Colsubsidio)


Colombia Móvil (TIGO)

Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas (Confianza)


Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla, and Ingenio La Cabaña


Sociedad Fiduciaria para el Desarrollo Agropecuario (Fiduagraria)

Sociedad Portuaria de Buenaventura


Work highlights

  • Representing UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones in a $30m judicial proceeding against the Colombian Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology.
  • Representing Emgesa in bringing proceedings against the Autonomous Environmental Authority of Cundinamarca, following its imposition of $25m worth of environmental compensation obligations against the company.
  • Acting for three sugar producers (Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla, and Ingenio La Cabaña) in challenging several administrative sanctions imposed by the SIC for the violation of antitrust laws.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’s client service is roundly praised by sources, who particularly highlight its ‘excellent knowledge and tools’ as well as its response times that are ‘among the best in the market’. Forming a key part of the wider firm’s full-service business offering, the dispute resolution group is well versed across a range of litigation proceedings, with construction, insurance, energy, and commercial distribution-related matters standing as notable sweet spots. Up-and-coming partner David Ricardo Araque co-heads the department and is noted for his broad dispute resolution expertise, which encompasses national and international litigation and arbitration; he recently represented Zimmer Biomet in commercial litigation relating to the breach of a distribution contract. Of counsel William Araque — a 42-year veteran in dispute resolution — co-heads the team and is noted for his extensive experience in complex and cutting-edge cases. The group also draws on several talented senior associates, including Loredana De Trizio, who splits her practice between dispute resolution, administrative law, and infrastructure, as well as Carlos Alberto León and Samuel Hernández Lizarazu, who both specialise in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

William Araque; David Araque


We value the team for its client service. The quality of the service is decisive when hiring this firm, the team has excellent knowledge and tools, its response times are among the best in the market, and its ability to understand the client’s viewpoint is also relevant.

Lawyers demonstrate professionalism and customer orientation.

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU)



Morelco – Graña Montero (Cumbra Group)

Roberto Wohlgemuth Liebner, Oso Llantera Nacional (Ecuador)

Viscofan CZ

Refinería de Cartagena


Autopista Río Magdalena

Transportadora de Gas Internacional


Colfondos (Grupo Hábitat – Chile)

Cervecería Unión (Bavaria)


General Motors

Work highlights

  • Represented Zimmer Biomet in commercial litigation relating to the breach of a distribution contract.
  • Advised JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU) on litigation regarding the termination of a supply contract subject to foreign laws and courts.
  • Represented AgfaPhoto in litigation arising from the breach of an implied contract of supply.

Arrubla Devis Asociados

Prepared, friendly, understanding and diligent’, Arrubla Devis Asociados’ practice handles a comprehensive spread of commercial, civil, tax, labour, and public law litigation. That being said, the group has a particular focus on commercial disputes, where it utilises well-staffed teams in Medellín and Bogotá to specialise in representing a mix of public and private clients in the energy, finance, construction, and education sectors, among others. A former chief justice of the Colombian Supreme Court, key figure Jaime Arrubla is ‘knowledgeable like few others in his areas of specialty’; he recently paired up with Rafael McCausland to represent Portal Calicanto in its $5.2m claim against Transcaribe, the entity in charge of the public transport system in Cartagena. Other senior names include Jaime Esteban Arrubla, who handles a mix of civil and administrative law cases, and litigation director Gustavo Amaya Yepes. Associate director Carolina Boada and managing associate Sebastián Montoya provide support.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Arrubla; Rafael McCausland; Sebastián Montoya


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

The team is prepared, friendly, understanding and diligent both in administrative matters such as reception, billing, etc., as well as in legal and specialised matters.’

Jaime Arrubla is an excellent lawyer, knowledgeable like few others in his areas of specialty, including in civil law, commercial law, and procedural law, as well as in the activity, developments and significance of the country’s socio-economic situation.’

Key clients

Portal Calicanto

Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado (ANDJE)

XM Compañía de Expertos en Mercado

Ruth Diaz

Marina Park

Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria

Grupo Portuario

Boston Medical Group

Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

Valoralta Comisionista de Bolsa


Gloria Elena Franco Bustamante

Work highlights

  • Representing Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria in a series of 10 processes before the Supreme Court, regarding the construction of a major construction project.
  • Representing Portal Calicanto in its claim against Transcaribe, the entity in charge of the public transport system in Cartagena.
  • 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 thermo-generation project, Termocol.

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados’ marked focus on the public law and infrastructure spheres pays dividends and it is consistently engaged by concessionaires to advise on disputes related to public contracts. With experience in administrative litigation through to major arbitral proceedings, the group brings to bear extensive experience in representing clients before state entities, including the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), and the Urban Development Institute (IDU), among others. Founding partner José Ignacio Leiva steers the dispute resolution group and also co-heads the public law and infrastructure departments. In a key example of his practice sweet spot, Leiva is representing Concesión Ruta al Mar on five disputes with the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), derived from the execution of concession contracts. The group additionally benefits from the senior experience of Marcela Castro, who specialises in public and administrative law. Senior associate Laura Amaya, who directs the litigation and arbitration practice, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Leiva


The availability of the partners and the team, when attending to the requirements and queries, with timely attention.

I would highlight partnere Jose Ignacio Leiva for his knowledge of the infrastructure sector, which facilitates the legal/procedural strategy, when resorting to the dispute resolution mechanisms provided for in 4G concession contracts.

Key clients

Cal y Mayor Asociados

Doppelmayr Colombia

Ashmore Management Company Colombia

Concesión Alto Magdalena

Concesión Pacífico Tres

Concesión Desarrollo Vial de la Sabana

Concesión Santa Marta Paraguachón

Grupo SI 18

Autopistas Urabá

Metro Línea 1


Consorcio Canales 20

Consorcio Mar 2

PTAP Tibitoc 20

Consorcio Soacha

Corredor Portuario de Cartagena

Interconexión eléctrica (ISA)

Unión Vial Río Pamplonita

WSP Ingenieros


Consorcio Estación Elevadora de Canoas

Egis Group


Concesión La Pintada

Concesión Ruta al Mar

Construcciones El Condor

Blastinaval Colombia (in reorganisation)

Work highlights

  • Advising Concesión Ruta al Mar on five disputes with the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), derived from the execution of concession contracts.
  • Advising Concesión Costera Cartagena Barranquilla on 15 ‘direct reparation’ processes, relating to the construction and operation of a road.
  • Representing Mota-Engil in three dispute resolution boards related to the execution of the Estación Elevadora de Canoas projects.

Chemás & Asociados

Infrastructure stalwart Chemás & Asociados has a marked focus on project-related disputes. Arguably better known for its arbitral expertise, the boutique firm also houses significant litigation capability, with extensive experience in administrative and public law-related cases. Notably, the team maintains a prominent position in the transport infrastructure sphere, where it frequently represents consortium clients before the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the National Roads Institute (INVIAS), among other entities. Founding partner Jorge Eduardo Chemás is a popular choice to advise on public procurement disputes; he is acting alongside experienced litigator Ingrid Soraya Ortiz to represent the Sedes Educativas Consortium in a fiscal liability proceeding initiated by the Comptroller General. Other key contacts include partner Sergio Alejandro Chemás, who has a focus on administrative and public law litigation, as well as associates Manuela Sossa, who is noted for public procurement disputes, and Nicolas España, who specialises in consumer law and liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Eduardo Chemás; Ingrid Soraya Ortiz; Sergio Alejandro Chemás

Key clients

Centro de Gerenciamiento Doña Juana

Sedes Educativas Consortium

Autopista de Santander

Ingetec (Ingenieros Consultores Civiles y Eléctricos)

Ingetec Ingeniería y Diseño

Grodco Group

Telefónica Móviles




Inverlink Estructuras Inmobiliarias

Constructora Andrade Gutiérrez

Yuma Autopistas


Malla Vial

Termo Mechero Morro


Coninsa Ramón H

Work highlights

  • Representing Consorcio INGETEC-SEDIC in multiple claims originating from the Ituango Hydroelectric Project construction controversy, totalling over $800m.
  • Representing Autopistas de Santander before an arbitral tribunal to rule on the annulment of a public procurement conciliatory agreement with the National Infrastructure Agency because of undue influence exerted by the entity.
  • Advising Telefónica Móviles on arbitral proceedings concerning an alleged breach of contract by ETB (the Telecommunications Company of Bogotá) related to the incomplete payment of tariffs for accessing international traffic.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

The dispute resolution team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero is equipped to advise on a broad scope of contentious insolvency matters, commercial disputes and administrative litigation. Finance-related cases are a particular strong suit and the group has recently represented victim groups in several claims stemming from financial scandals, including proceedings involving Elite International Américas and Estrategias en Valores. Banking and finance specialist Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero co-heads the department and brings to bear unique expertise in contentious finance matters. The practice is additionally co-led by Henry Sanabria, whose practice spans civil and administrative litigation as well as arbitration, and Felipe Andrade, who also co-heads the IP practice. Other key partners include Jacques Simhon, who spearheads the corporate crime unit; and contentious insolvency expert Daniel Rodríguez. Senior associate Jorge Ramírez, who sits in the dispute resolution and banking and finance groups, provides support.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero; Henry Sanabria; Felipe Andrade

Key clients


Avantel en Reorganización

Elite (Group of 535 victims )

Estraval (Group of 43 victims)

Tu Renta (Group of 31 victims)

Vesting (Group of 15 victims)

Cafesalud EPS

BBVA Seguros Colombia

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 proceedings initiated by Comcel seeking 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 BBVA Seguros in a dispute concerning a subrogation stemming from a fire in Barranquilla.

DAC Beachcroft Colombia

As a leading firm for insurance globally, DAC Beachcroft Colombia is uniquely positioned to advise domestic and multinational clients on insurance and reinsurance litigation. The team acts for an impressive roster of major industry players, including Liberty International Underwriters, Chubb, and SBS, and its recent experience spans a mix of civil and administrative law proceedings. Key contact Juan Diego Arango heads both the practice and the Bogotá office and enjoys a growing reputation for his contentious insurance expertise; he has advised on a string of judicial and arbitral disputes over the past year. The group also includes consultant Camila De La Torre, who has extensive experience in representing foreign clients in domestic and cross-border insurance litigation. Rounding out the senior names is Ana Catalina Restrepo, who specialises in disputes relating to civil liability, medical malpractice, financial lines, and property, among others. Senior associates Angela Hernández and Malory Zafra Sierra are also noted for insurance and reinsurance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Juan Diego Arango

Key clients

Liberty International Underwriters



Tokio Marine HCC

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Work highlights

  • Defended a local cedant in a proceeding arising from the triggering of a constructor 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.
  • Engaged by reinsurers to take control of litigation and represent a cedant in a judicial case arising from alleged damages suffered by the plaintiffs on their property.
  • Appointed by an insurer to represent it, and the insured, in a judicial proceeding related to the professional indemnity policy of a shipping agent and which was triggered by a claim for alleged negligence.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ dispute resolution practice stands out for its ability to plug into the wider firm’s global network, which ensures it is routinely selected to represent multinational clients in domestic and cross-border disputes. Combining skill sets in commercial and administrative litigation, the team handles contentious matters involving many of Colombia’s key economic sectors, including recent activity in the energy, infrastructure, agroindustry, telecoms, technology, and food and drink spheres. Group co-head Andrés Fernández de Soto is an experienced litigator with a focus on commercial and public law disputes; he is representing the Colombian branch of FCC Construcción in administrative proceedings for patrimonial reparation initiated by Colombia’s Comptroller General. The team also includes: Ximena Zuleta, whose practice spans public law, competition, and dispute resolution; department co-head Paula Vejarano, who was promoted to director in July 2022; and senior associate Carlos Miranda, who advises on dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency. In January 2023,  associate Daniel Jimenez Pastor left for beverage company, Postobón

Practice head(s):

Andres Fernandez de Soto; Paula Vejarano

Key clients

Collins Aerospace


Autopistas de Urabá

Bunker Holding Group

Integral Gestión Ambiental

FCC Construcción

Cerro Prieto Colombia

Minera El Roble


Hella Automotive




Aecom Technical Services

Azteca Comunicaciones (TV Azteca)

Ford Motor Company

Grupo Peñaflor

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

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

Morgan Stanley & Co


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 FCC Construcción (Colombia branch) in administrative proceedings for patrimonial reparation initiated by the Comptroller General of the Republic.


Spain-headquartered Garrigues houses a robust dispute resolution group in Bogotá, which is frequently engaged to represent domestic and multinational companies in local and cross-border litigation. The one-partner team is particularly active in disputes concerning heavily regulated industries, such as construction, energy, real estate and healthcare, but it is equipped to handle contentious work across all business sectors. Dual-qualified in New York and Colombia, group head Alberto Acevedo is well-positioned to advise on judicial and arbitral proceedings with an international dimension. The department welcomed two new senior associates in 2022: María Carolina Sarmiento joined in May from a Brazilian international arbitration boutique, while Lina Marcela Moreno arrived in September from the legal department of the Council of State of Colombia. Senior associate Ángela María Rueda left to join Frontera Energy in September 2022, while associate Daniel Quintero left in August 2022 to study abroad.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Acevedo

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

An ‘expert in working on matters for multinational companies’, Lloreda Camacho & Co. specialises in advising international clients — and law firms — on domestic and cross-border commercial disputes. The multidisciplinary practice demonstrates broad experience across the full range of judicial proceedings, with the ability to draw on the wider firm’s complementary expertise in IP, competition, insurance, and consumer law. Gustavo Tamayo steers both the litigation and TMT departments and is noted for his ‘strategic, energetic and communicative’ approach; he is defending US-based Bray International in a claim brought by its main distributer in Colombia (Casa De La Valvula) alleging the unfair termination of a distribution agreement. Raised to the partnership in August 2023, Christian Pérez Ruedacombines strategic vision and operational excellence’; he has a focus on dispute resolution, insurance, and unfair competition litigation. Senior associates Jorge Rodríguez  and Jimmy Buenaventura are also key members of the dispute resolution and insolvency team.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Tamayo; Christian Pérez


This team is exceptionally strong and also expert in working on matters for multinational companies. Lawyers clearly communicate the Colombian legal system as well as the reasons for each of their recommendations; they are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Gustavo Tamayo is the leader of the team that I work with. He is everything you could hope for in a senior leader and strategist. He is strategic, energetic, and communicative.’

Christian Pérez is the day-to-day leader of the team. He combines strategic vision and operational excellence.’

Key clients

Bray International

Bajaj Auto


McCann Erickson Corporation Colombia


Eli Lilly Interamerica

Coca-Cola Bebidas de Colombia

Spirit Airlines

Baxalta (Takeda)

Unilever Andina Colombia

Work highlights

  • Representing Fairmont (as joint stockholder, together with Inversiones 68 4, of Agropecuaria San Diego) in proceedings initiated by Inversiones 68 4 seeking to order the liquidation of Agropecuaria San Diego.
  • Defending Bray International in a claim brought by its main distributor in Colombia (Casa De La Valvula) alleging the unfair termination of a distribution agreement.
  • Representing McCann Erickson Corporation in three disputes arising from the crash of an aircraft hired by McCann to transport a baseball team.

Palacios Lleras

Palacios Lleras’ signature public law focus is reflected in its litigation practice, where it specialises in representing domestic and multinational companies in constitutional and administrative law disputes. The team is experienced in litigation across all key economic sectors, but it is arguably best known for its activity in the mining and infrastructure spheres due to its close relationship with marquee client, Drummond. Department head and firm founder Hugo Palacios Mejía is a former co-judge of Colombia’s State Council, the Constitutional Court, and the Supreme Court and is sought after for his administrative litigation expertise. Palacios was recently engaged by Grupo SURA to advise on contentious matters emerging from the hostile takeover launched by Grupo Gilinski. Other senior names include Óscar Gutiérrez, who represents natural resources and infrastructure companies in contentious tax, regulatory, transportation, and mining law matters; Pedro Pacheco, who handles a mix of commercial and administrative law disputes; and Luis Miguel Falla, who was promoted to partner in March 2022. Senior associate Giselle Herrera left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Palacios Mejía

Key clients


Fondo de Garantías de Instituciones Financieras – Fogafin

Grupo Sura

Concesionaria Panamericana

Canacol Energy Colombia

Aerovías del Continente Americano (Avianca)

Concesionaria Alternativas Viales

CNR III – Colombian Natural Resources III

Fundación Ceiba

Puma Energy


Gloria Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advising Grupo SURA on contentious matters emerging from the hostile takeover launched by Grupo Gilinski.
  • Defending Avianca in a constitutional action in which the plaintiff alleges that Avianca violated collective rights related to the antitrust and consumer rights regime, due to its proposed corporate integration with Viva Air.
  • Representing Drummond in several class actions and individual liability actions alleging that the mining industry causes air pollution and water contamination.

Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados

Leveraging its premier real estate offering, Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados is primarily noted for its focus on defending and promoting the rights and interests of Colombian construction and real estate companies. The team is additionally distinguished by its ‘constant efforts to understand the needs of the client’ and its ‘effective planning of legal strategies to best solve any case’. Óscar Martínez maintains a thriving disputes practice, with a focus on liability, private property protection, and insolvency, among other issues; he is representing Icono Urbano in proceedings initiated by a group of Bogota restaurants relating to damages caused to a building adjacent to the construction of a hotel. Martínez co-heads the group together with managing partner Felipe Pinilla, whose litigation practice is informed by his activity in corporate disputes, criminal law, and tax-related matters; and associate César Augusto Gónzalez, who specialises in criminal and disciplinary law. Civil litigation-focused associate Margarita María Hurtado is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Pinilla; Oscar Martínez; César Augusto Gónzalez


This practice is unique due to its constant efforts to understand the needs of the client and to always show the reality of the situations that are the subject of our consultation.

The strengths of the team are its experience, its constant updating in terms of procedures, jurisprudence and regulations, and the effective planning of legal strategies to best solve any case.

It stands out for the management and control of the hours dedicated to each case and for its transparency at the time of invoicing. It has always had special consideration for us as clients, and for the sector in which we operate, spending additional time on our inquiries and processes.

Lawyers stand out for their knowledge, experience and ability to propose effective legal strategies. They differ from their competitors due to the transparency and veracity of their advice, always seeking to protect the interests of their client to the maximum, but always speaking truthfully.

It is important that lawyers know the technical aspects to thoroughly support and generate trust in their clients. For us, it was vital that we not only received legal support in our process (that ended successfully), but also technical support, which helped substantially to clarify many aspects of the process.

Key clients

Casiri Inmobiliaria

CCRS Inmobiliaria

Hillside Flowers

Suprema Compañía Inmobiliaria



Wavecomm Corporation

Inversiones Alcabama

AR Construcciones

Promotora Parques Industriales

Fiduciaria Colombiana de Comercio Exterior

Estacionamientos Lugano

Constructora Flormorado

Escalar Gerencia Inmobiliaria

Andres Echavarría Olano

Cemex Colombia


ATC Sitios de Colombia

Banco Caja Social

Icono Urbano

Prabyc Ingenieros

Arias Serna Y Saravia


Desarrolladora de Zonas Francas

GCC Constructores

Miriam Alice Herz

Asociacion Para La Ensenanza Aspaen

Work highlights

  • Representing Icono Urbano in proceedings initiated by a group of Bogota restaurants concerning extra-contractual civil liability for damages caused to a building adjacent to the construction of a hotel in Bogotá.
  • Representing Aveprad in civil litigation seeking the declaration of ownership of a $2m property.
  • Representing Arias Serna y Saravia in a lawsuit related to the execution of urban development works in a real estate project.

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados

Lawyers at Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados secure strong praise for their ‘deep knowledge of procedural rules and substantive law’ as well as for being ‘open to explore different legal options’. The team’s prominent insurance practice is a significant driver of its contentious work, and it is predominantly recognised for its activity in civil liability disputes, including contractual non-compliance, environmental contamination, product liability and medical malpractice, among other market segments. Insurance specialist and founding partner Javier Tamayo Jaramillo is ‘an authority on aspects of responsibility’ and co-heads the practice together with Laura Castaño Echeverri, who specialises in civil liability, insurance, and contract disputes. Echeverri is currently acting in conjunction with Daniel Ossa Gómez to advise the owners and inhabitants of the ‘Space’ building in a group action seeking compensation for damages caused by deficiencies in its construction. The team also includes Luis Miguel Gómez, whose practice spans judicial and arbitral cases; risk analysis partner Carlos Andrés González; and associates Daniel Bedoya and Luis David Pérez.

Practice head(s):

Javier Tamayo Jaramillo; Laura Castaño Echeverri


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

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

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

We highlight the team’s high level of knowledge in matters of substantial law and its support in all aspects of coordination of the process.

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

The firm’s lawyers are very studious of each of the factual assumptions of each case, which they articulate in a professional manner with their technical legal knowledge.

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

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

Key clients


Industrial Conconcreto

Centro Comercial Hayuelos

Guillermo León Gómez

GeoPark Colombia

Constructora Monserrate de Colombia and Constructora Monteparaíso

Norton Rose Fullbright LLP

Twenty Essex



Consorcio HHA

Arquitectura y Concreto

Inhabitants of the Space and Asensi buildings


Aluminio Nacional (Alumina)



Eduardo Botero Soto


Clínica CardioVid


Bienes & Bienes

Nerd´s kitchen


Coomeva Medicina Prepagada

Parque Comercial El Tesoro

Accenorte – Devinorte

Aeronáutica Civil

Esteban Uribe Mejía


Shearman & Sterling LLP

AV Villas

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.
  • Defended Aeronáutica Civil (the public entity in charge of air control in Colombia) in proceedings seeking damages following a plane crash.
  • Successfully represented Industrial Conconcreto in arbitral proceedings initiated by Scala Ingeniería alleging breach of a contract for the construction of an industrial complex in Girardota.

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico

According to sources, Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico’s team is the ‘most specialised in the country in financial, banking and insurance litigation’. The firm’s niche focus translates into an impressive client roster — primarily composed of banks, funds, and other fiduciary entities — which the ‘robust and well-trained’ group advises on a range of commercial, civil and administrative disputes. Department head and founding partner Luís Humberto Ustáriz is highly sought after for his industry expertise and the group also includes director of the litigation practice Angela Restrepo; together, clients praise the duo for their ‘rigorous advice, depth of analysis, and skills in managing legal defence’. Among Ustáriz’s recent cases, he represented Fiduciaria Bogotá, as the manager of Transatlántico Trust, before an administrative court in Villavicencio in its defence of a collective action. Co-founding partner Jose Federico Ustáriz is also an important resource due to his extensive experience in financial regulation.

Practice head(s):

Luis Humberto Ustáriz


A robust and well-trained team, especially in litigation related to consumer protection, securities markets, and contractual and non-contractual civil liability in financial and commercial law.’

‘Luís Humberto Ustáriz and Angela Restrepo stand out for their integrity, work spirit, rigorous advice, depth of analysis, and skills in managing legal defence. Luis Humberto is a recognised expert in financial law with extensive experience as a supervisor, and later as an advisor, which gives him an advantage.’ 

‘There is no firm that handles the volume of financial litigation that this firm handles, or that has its specialty in financial litigation, both consumer protection and major conflicts in banking and insurance matters. Nobody has as many prediction tools or artificial intelligence aids as this firm.’

‘This firm has a success rate of over 95%. And its team is the most specialised in the country in financial, banking and insurance litigation.’

Key clients

Banco Popular

Mundial de Seguros

Banco Davivienda

Financiera Juriscoop

Consorcio Beta Oil

Fiduciaria Bogotá

Banco Caja Social

Fiduciaria La Previsora

Fiduciaria Colpatria

Banco Finandina

Work highlights

  • Representing Fiduciaria Colpatria in all arbitration processes related to the Verano Mall real estate project.
  • Representing Banco Davivienda in different processes related to electronic fraud.
  • Representing Banco Agrario de Colombia in various contentious proceedings.

Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)

Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)’ ‘dedicated’ lawyers ‘study the situations that are put to their consideration in detail’, according to sources. The growing practice, which added seven new clients to its roster over the past year, handles a significant volume of disputes involving heavily regulated sectors, including the telecoms, financial services, energy, and the food and drinks' segment. Group head Guillermo Caézprovides a very good service’ and recently advised BC Group on seeking the cessation of copyright infringement activity. The team also includes senior associates Antony Palacios, who is a ‘key part of the team’; and Maria Alejandra Reyes, who has a focus on commercial arbitration, private law, and intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Cáez


CMM Abogados always seeks to make its clients feel comfortable with situations that can be complex. The main characteristic of the team is its evident synchronisation and its ability to draw on other areas of the firm to get impeccable results.

Guillermo Cáez has done an excellent job as a mentor, guide, and support for his team. This fostering of respect makes the team loyal to its principles. In particular, I would highlight senior associate Antony Palacios as a key part of the team.

It is a friendly team with very good availability for work. Lawyers are dedicated and study the situations that are put to their consideration in detail.

The attention and availability is outstanding. Partner Guillermo Cáez is a professional, who provides a very good service and additionally knows the litigation practice area very well.

Key clients

Viña Carmen, Viña Doña Paula

Biomax Biocombustibles

GNE Soluciones


Puma Energy Colombia Combustibles

Work highlights

  • Advised Viña Carmen and Viña Doña Paula in a case concerning a commercial agency contract in an unwritten contract executed in Colombia.
  • Advised BC Group on seeking the cessation of copyright infringement acts for the protection of the client’s specialised market.

Gamboa Abogados

Gamboa Abogados’ litigation practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, with a notable emphasis on commercial, civil, administrative and sports law-related cases. The group also stands out for its experience in representing clients before the Supreme Court of Justice. Founding partner and group co-head Ernesto Gamboa is highly sought after for complex sports law disputes; significantly, he is the only Colombian arbitrator included in the general and the football lists of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fellow department co-head Eduardo Gamboa handles a mix of civil and commercial litigation and is representing Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA) in its efforts to block the future development of an LNG plant near its port in Buenaventura. Associate Miguel Bedoya provides support.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Gamboa; Eduardo Gamboa


Gamboa Abogados is a highly recommended firm due to the specific knowledge they have on the subject of telecommunications and audiovisual rights, among other industry segments. There are hardly any other firms with this level of expertise, nor professionals with knowledge and studies in this regard.

What makes Gamboa Abogados stand out, without a doubt, is its team of professionals who  are permanently available with very short response times and accurate, structured and correct concepts in accordance with applicable regulations and law.

Key clients

Unión Punto

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Owen Londoño

Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA)


División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano (Dimayor)

Federación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)

Constructora Lemoine


Central Aerospace


Compania de Puertos Asociados (COMPAS)

Work highlights

  • Representing Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA) in its efforts to block the future creation of an LNG plant facility near its port in Buenaventura.
  • Representing Unión Punto in litigation against Mukis regarding a loan agreement.
  • Representing Puerto Bahía in bringing a case against the insurance companies of Consorcio ITT, following the latter’s alleged breach of an EPC agreement.

Gamboa, García y Cardona Abogados

The litigation practice at Gamboa, García y Cardona Abogados is held in high esteem for its ‘ability to function as a team of professionals’. The group is routinely engaged to represent domestic and multinational clients in judicial and administrative proceedings, with a focus on the automotive, technology, financial services, construction, and security and defence sectors. Department head Juan Ignacio Gamboa possesses over two decades of experience in dispute resolution; he is currently representing Ness Technologies in litigation initiated by the Colombian Ministry of National Defense concerning obligations to supply intelligence equipment for the army. Other key names include Pedro Hernán Montaño; who has particular expertise in finance-related cases; Juan Felipe Roldán, who is commended for his ‘global perspective’; and dispute resolution-focused senior associate Felipe Andrés Díaz.

Practice head(s):

Juan Ignacio Gamboa; Juan Felipe Roldán; Pedro Hernán Montaño


There are two factors that make this practice different: the easy, direct, simple relationship with each professional in the firm whenever it is required; and its ability to function as a team of professionals — It is not a single opinion that is obtained but several of them.

All professionals are close and empathetic, and that closeness and empathy make matters flow quickly. There is no exhaustion in the formulation of the situation, the problem is addressed almost immediately.

The team is very strong and responsive. Lawyers are very diligent and really understood our concerns and goals in the litigation. They were tough but never crossed the line with counterparties; I think that is what ultimately led to our successful result, which in Colombia is more of an uncertainty for foreigners.

Juan Felipe Roldán has a solid background, a global perspective and is always thinking ahead.

Our litigation experience was one of the most difficult things we went through while doing business in Colombia, and Juan Felipe Roldán did such excellent job for us that, honestly, we would not trust anyone else to handle these types of matters for us in the future.

Key clients

DEME Concessions

Cosco Shipping Lines Colombia


Israel Aerospace Industries

Dredging International

Jiangling Motors Colombia

Mettler Toledo

Schreder Colombia

NSO Group

Elbit C4i & Cyber

Hupecol Operating Co

Bogota Coque

Grand Bogotá

Cordis Medical Holdings

JOKR Colombia

Ingram Micro



Hunter Douglas de Colombia

Fiduciaria Colombiana de Comercio Exterior (Fiducoldex)

El Arrozal y Cia


Comdata Colombia

Allianz Colombia

Mile High Investments

Armor International


Work highlights

  • Advising Cosco Shipping Lines Colombia on the collection of debts owed by over 50 debtors in different cities of Colombia for maritime transportation services provided by Cosco.
  • 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.

Garrido Fonseca Abogados

Lauded for its ‘attention to detail and focus on results’, Garrido Fonseca Abogados’ practice is strongly oriented towards representing companies in the energy and extractive industries in litigation, including class actions. Enjoying longstanding relationships with well-known names such as Petrobras and Drummond, the team recently added new client Halliburton to its roster. Founding partner Juan Manuel Garrido maintains a broad contentious practice, with extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation. Garrido is currently representing Equion Energía in bringing a contractual action against Transportadora de Gas Internacional. Claudia Fonseca, who has an emphasis on the hydrocarbons sphere, is also recommended at senior level, while Cristian Felipe Sánchez is a key supporting associate.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel Garrido; Claudia Fonseca


We recommend the team for its attention to detail and focus on results.’

Key clients

Gran Tierra Energy Colombia


Petrobras Colombia


Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales

Puerto Bahía


Maurel & Prom



Grupo Techint


Drummond Energy


Fundación Barco


Work highlights

  • Representing Gran Tierra Energy Colombia in 835 actions filed by several individuals concerning their alleged displacement from certain properties.
  • Representing Drummond Energy in five actions filed by two Indigenous communities seeking the suspension of two exploration and production contracts.
  • Representing Equion Energía in a contractual action filed against Transportadora de Gas Internacional.


With ‘a great team that is very experienced’, Goh handles a significant volume of disputes pertaining to the infrastructure, manufacturing, and energy and natural resources industries. The group routinely represents individuals, companies and public-sector entities in proceedings before the ordinary and administrative law courts, including in contentious insolvency and competition matters. Tax law specialist Catalina Hoyos steers the practice and represented Grupo Argos, the second-largest shareholder of Grupo Sura (the major shareholder in Nutresa), in litigation connected to the hostile takeover of Grupo Nutresa. The team also includes tax-focused associate director Claudia Patricia Barrantes and Antonio Núñez, who has an emphasis on corporate and finance matters. Senior associate David Leonardo López left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Catalina Hoyos


It has a great team that is very experienced and they manage reasonable costs for the client.

The issues are handled directly in the litigation area by the directors of the practice and, in some cases, the partners.

Key clients

CENIT Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos

Obrascon Huarte Lain, sucursal Colombia

Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar (DEVIMAR)

Grupo Argos


Grupo Energía Bogotá

Autotécnica Colombiana (AUTECO)

Empresa De Energía De Boyacá

Oleoducto de Colombia

Area Limpia Distrito Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Argos, the second-largest shareholder of Grupo Sura (the major shareholder in Nutresa), in litigation connected to the hostile takeover of the shares of Grupo Nutresa.
  • Acting for Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar in several matters brought by claimants who had accidents on roads considered to be under its charge.
  • 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.

Holland & Knight

In May 2023, Holland & Knight’s Bogotá office absorbed 28-lawyer-strong business law firm Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez. Among the new arrivals is former Cuberos head of litigation José Gutierréz Mestre, who is highlighted for his ‘assertive, effective and intellectual communication’. The team is well versed across a mix of commercial, constitutional and administrative law, while its broad international platform positions it well for multi-jurisdictional disputes. It is also noted for its experience in contentious energy and environmental matters, due to the expertise of high-profile energy specialist Jose Vicente Zapata. Other senior names include newly promoted (January 2023) partner Juan Casallas, who specialises in public law, and constitutional and administrative litigation; and Danilo Romero, who specialises in IP, consumer protection, and media and entertainment law. Estefanny Pardo, who is recommended for contentious environmental law matters, was raised to senior counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jose Vicente Zapata


A multidisciplinary team of professionals with extensive experience in different branches of law. The human quality of the members of this team is incomparable. We have found the greatest cordiality, kindness and empathy every time we make a request.

Excellent management of teamwork; including the client in decision making and strategies.

Immediate attention and availability even during non-business hours.

What do in-house lawyers need to know about the team’s strengths and abilities? Teamwork, analytical capacity, constant regulatory update, viability in the strategy, commitment, innovation, use of technology, effective communication.

José Gutiérrez Mestre stands out for his leadership capacity and assertive, effective and intellectual communication with excellent professional ethics and an outstanding career in arbitration, conciliation and corporate law.

We value the direct attention from one of the firm’s partners, who expedites the process by providing a timely response, understanding the client’s needs and their strategy to manage relationships with the entities involved, and extensive legal experience.

We have worked with this firm for the past four years and we are very satisfied with the support, advice and management of the process.

J. Correa Abogados

Insurance boutique J. Correa Abogados is noted for its focus on contentious insurance matters, in line with its firm-wide strength. The team’s close relationship with trophy client Constructora Colpatria ensures that it is particularly active in construction claims. The maritime sphere is another sweet spot, with the practice routinely engaged by UK law firms and P&I Clubs to handle shipping disputes. Founding partner John Correa fronts the department and is representing Constructora Colpatria in an auditing investigation before the Comptroller General of the Republic concerning the alleged irregularities in the construction of 38 educational institutions nationwide. Senior associate Andrés Felipe Ávila frequently acts as a second chair to Correa in key cases.

Practice head(s):

John Correa

Key clients

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Constructora Colpatria



Perimetral de Oriente



Alimentos Finca



Work highlights

  • Represented Constructora Colpatria in a civil liability action arising out of the construction of Colpatria’s business center.
  • Represented Constructora Colpatria in an auditing investigation before the Comptroller General of the Republic concerning the alleged irregularities in the construction of 38 educational institutions nationwide.
  • Advised Mejoracinco on collecting fees owed by a third party for financial services.

Palacio, Jouve & García

A small firm that is highly specialised in public law’,  Palacio, Jouve & García scores highly with sources for its ability to provide personalised attention from senior partners. Reflecting the wider firm’s specialist focus on public law, the team remains particularly active in administrative investigations and disputes but it also handles commercial and environmental litigation. Department head María Lucía Posada is a former Delegate Superintendent for Control at the Superintendence of Surveillance and Private Security; she is noted for her adroit handling of constitutional actions, administrative litigation, and civil liability matters. Since research concluded, Posada has left the firm to re-establish her own boutique.

Practice head(s):

María Lucía Posada


It is a small firm that is highly specialised in public law. I am always attended by partners. Despite being smaller, their attention is unbeatable and very deep. Very careful with details.

It has expert partners in matters of public law. María Lucía Posada is the mastermind of administrative litigation.

Lawyers know the cases, they are interested in going beyond the file to provided personalised attention. There is almost permanent contact to discuss the issues of the process.

Parra Rodríguez Abogados

Parra Rodríguez Abogados houses a comprehensive dispute resolution practice, which is equipped to advise domestic and multinational clients in judicial and arbitral proceedings. Over the past year, the real estate, construction, and energy and natural resources sectors have proved the most fruitful for the group, while it also utilises the wider firm’s signature aviation expertise to handle contentious matters relating to that sphere. At senior level, the team draws on the experience of transactional specialist Bernardo Rodríguez; tax partner Álvaro Parra; and Augusto Figueroa, who handles a mix of administrative and commercial matters. The group also benefits from the support of associate practice director Ángela María Serrano, who has a focus on civil, commercial, and consumer protection litigation, as well as experienced litigator Diego Sastoque.

Practice head(s):

Ángela Serrano

Key clients

Inversiones El Charrascal

Halcrow Group UK

Innovation Worldwide DMCC

Trevi Energy

Petreven Servicios Y Perforaciones Petroleras

Viña Santa Carolina

Panor Corporation

United Airlines, sucursal Colombia

Federal Express Corporation


Sercel Grc Corp

Ois Telecomunicaciones

Portales Urbanos

Coiffman Fraynd

Comercializadora Colombiana de Carbones y Coques

Abet Laminati


Work highlights

  • Representing Inversiones El Charrascal in a damages action.
  • Representing Innovation Worldwide DMCC in an executorial collection suit claiming the enforceability of an arbitral award.
  • Representing Petreven Servicios Y Perforaciones Petroleras in a contractual claim against Ecopetrol.

Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A.

As a leading mid-sized firm in the energy space, Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A. is highly regarded for its record in representing its strong roster of hydrocarbons and mining sector clients in contentious matters, including civil, labour, commercial, and administrative law cases. With over 18 years of experience, department head Claudia Rodríguez frequently advises national and foreign companies on litigation, with a focus on the oil-and-gas, infrastructure, and life sciences sectors. Associates to note include senior Catalina Cardenas, who specialises in labour law; and senior Carolina Ríos, who maintains a broad litigation practice with a focus on labour-related disputes. Associate Alejandra Reinel left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Rodriguez


Established in February 2023, Solvere is the result of tri-merger between Castro Estudio Jurídico, which was previously ranked for litigation, corporate and commercial boutique Calderon Mejía Abogados, and niche real estate firm, Lauda Legalto. Dispute resolution head and firm co-founder Wilson Castro is a former judge with an impressive track record in both civil and administrative litigation, while his broad sector experience encompasses public services, energy, aviation, financial institutions, and education, among others. At associate level, the group also draws on the emerging expertise of intermediate Diana Camila Martínez, who handles a mix of transactional and contentious matters; and junior Bryan Sandobal, who advises on civil, commercial, and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Wilson Castro

Abril Gómez Mejía Abogados

Abril Gómez Mejía Abogados’ dispute resolution practice is particularly well versed in representing creditors in financial litigation. That being said, the team handles a wide scope of civil, commercial, and administrative law matters. Key contact Diego Fernando Gómez has particular experience in contentious bankruptcy and administrative proceedings. The group also includes bankruptcy-focused partner Luís Abril, as well as as Omar Mejía, who specialises in public law issues. Associate Luisa Fernanda Cuellar left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Diego Fernando Gómez

Ariza & Marin

Medellín-based Ariza & Marin’s strong orientation towards projects and public law-related matters is reflected in its dispute resolution practice, which stands out for its representation of infrastructure clients. The ‘very studious and skilled’ team regularly appears before administrative, civil, and labour courts, while it also has experience in representing clients before Colombia’s key regulatory bodies. Name partners Camilo Marin and Carolina Ariza jointly co-lead the department — both have experience in arbitral and judicial proceedings. Senior associate and litigation coordinator Tomás Cuartas Orrego is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Marín; Carolina Ariza


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

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

Key clients

Fundación Oleoductos de Colombia

Hyundai Engineering

Grupo Argos


Estudios Técnicos



Concesión Ruta al Mar

Atalaya de la Mota

Comercializadora S & E

Hidroeléctrica Barrancas


Conjunto Residencial Atavanza

Work highlights

  • Represented Comfama in filing a class action to obtain a court order to stop the advance of a natural disaster affecting its property.
  • Represented Grupo Argos in several executive proceedings against certain public entities that currently owe the client money.
  • 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.


More compact than some, BBGS Abogados impresses with its high service levels, with one source commenting, ‘it is highly efficient and agile in response to the needs of clients’. Well versed across a broad range of contentious matters, the group routinely links up with the firm’s TMT and IP teams to handle litigation related to those spheres; it also has strong activity in bankruptcy cases. IP specialist Felipe Rubio is the key name at partner level, but associate director Lorenzo Pizarro manages the practice on a day-to-day basis. Senior associate Lorena Parrado provides ‘solutions that require agility’. Since publication, Pizarro has been raised to the partnership - effective as or March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Barrios Cadena; Lorenzo Pizarro


Lorenzo Pizarro is a great leader with a work team that complements his work.

Being a not very large litigation practice, when compared to other firms, it is highly efficient and agile in response to the needs of clients.

Lawyers are cordial people, who seek to maintain the best relationship with the client without diminishing the depth and quality of the advice. A key feature of its service is that it is purposeful and sincere in the face of the difficulties and challenges that clients face, particularly Lorenzo Pizarro.

Key clients

Allcot Group

Smith & Nephew Colombia

MullenLowe – SSP3

Mass Digital

Samsung Electronics Colombia

Forus Colombia

Lifestyle Brands of Colombia

MAH international Corporation

World Trade Center Association

Ciudadela Centro Comercial Unicentro

El Retiro Centro Comercial

Centro Comercial Palatino

Hitachi Energy Colombia

Plural Comunicaciones – Canal 1

Caracol Televisión

Laboratorio Francolombiano (Lafrancol)

Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Sodimac Colombia

Panafoto Zona Libre

HMC Administradora General de Fondos

Sed International de Colombia

Europastry Colombia

Human Capital Outsourcing

Inversiones Sillar Segovia & Cia

Fundación Santa fe de Bogotá

Casa Editorial El Tiempo

Laboratorios Synthesis

Work highlights

  • Represented Allcot in filing a contractual liability claim against Latin American Renewable Energy Income Fund I (LAREIF).
  • Represented Hitachi Energy Colombia, as creditor, in the bankruptcy proceedings of Electrificadora del Caribe (Electricaribe).
  • Represented Allcot in conciliation proceedings against Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) concerning a breach of contract dispute.

ECIJA Colombia

Lawyers at ECIJA Colombiaseek to provide assertive and disruptive solutions’, according to sources. The litigation group is closely aligned with  the firm’s prominent competition practice, which sees the team mainly engaged to advise on antitrust-related cases. That being said, it also has experience in civil, commercial, and administrative litigation. Competition and regulatory law experts Pablo Márquez and Julio Castañeda co-head a department that also includes six-year associate Jorge Mario González, who specialises in antitrust and dispute resolution. Associate Nasser Obando left the firm in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julio Castañeda; Pablo Márquez


The Ecija team knows the business models of its clients. Its professionals maintain a close relationship with their clients, understand business models, and seek to provide assertive and disruptive solutions in administrative and jurisdictional consumer and personal data protection matters.

Lawyers are professionals with solid knowledge and proven experience in dispute resolution, with very good management metrics in line with the organisation’s expectations.

The team’s closeness, personalised and quality attention, and knowledge of our business accredit it as a provider of trustworthy and first-rate legal services.

Key clients

OPP Graneles








Flash Mobile

Mazda de Colombia

Mercado Libre

Mercado Pago Colombia

Class action against Frontera Energy Corp

Work highlights

  • Represented Flash Mobile in a $40m litigation related to unfair and anticompetitive acts.
  • Successfully represented Organización Terpel in a $3m litigation case concerning an alleged environmental infraction generating competitive advantages in the wholesale fuel distribution market.
  • Acted for Conalvías Construcciones in one of the largest unfair competition lawsuits ever filed in Colombia, worth approximately $65m.


Kennedys’ Bogotá practice stands out for its ‘technical knowledge and understanding of the insurance market in Colombia’. With the ability to draw on the firm’s far-reaching global network, the insurance-focused team also secures praise for its ‘international competence’, which is evidenced by its strong roster of multinational clients, including Zurich, Swiss Re, and AIG. Insurance specialist Mónica Tocarruncho fronts the group and is valued by sources for her ‘immediate attention, experience and flexibility’. Legal director Catalina Botero often works as a key deputy litigator to Tocarruncho.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Tocarruncho


The team has extensive experience in different matters related to (re)insurance. Its international competence stands out.

It is not a traditional law firm, it is a comprehensive consultancy which adopts the required role in each case. Its role as coordinator in complex cases is very remarkable.

Mónica Tocarruncho stands out for her immediate attention, experience and flexibility.

Key clients


Swiss Re

Munich Re


Berkley Re


Seguros Bolivar




Mapfre Seguros Generales de Colombia

XL Catlin

Dual Corporate Group


Work highlights

  • Representing Mapfre, and the reinsurance market, in bringing a lawsuit against the Comptroller General of the Republic that seeks the annulment of financial penalties connected to the Ituango Hydroelectric Project.
  • Representing Previsora, and reinsurers, in a fiscal liability proceeding related to the Magdalena River Project.
  • Representing Previsora, and its reinsurers, in fiscal liability proceedings related to a significant loss of public funds in the Colombian Health System and one of the biggest scandals of corruption and misappropriation of public funds in the country.

Nieto Abogados

Over the past year, Nieto Abogados advised on a string of disputes concerning agency and distribution agreements. Other recent practice strong-suits include judicial bankruptcy proceedings and contentious construction matters. Firm founder Luis Eduardo Nieto co-heads the department together with Juan Antonio Vallejo, who is a former judge of the commercial procedures unit of the Superintendence of Corporations. At associate level, the group also includes César Eduardo Pérez, who has more than seven years of experience in supporting on litigation and arbitration cases, and Juanita Cortázar, who joined in August 2022 from Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Nieto; Juan Antonio Vallejo

Key clients


Conagra Foods

Hyundai Corporation

LX International America & LX International Corp

Dicermex (in reorganisation)

Ingenio San Carlos

Refractarios Magnesita Colombia

Corporación Financiera GNB Sudameris

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB)


Santiago Cárdenas

AGP Agentes Portuarios

Frontier Agencia Marítima

Seaboard Overseas Colombia

Rotam Agrochemicals Colombia

UPL Colombia

Le Pain Quotidien – LPQ Restaurantes

G Barco



Instrumentos y Controles

TCBuen (Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura)

Óscar Narváez

Carlos Avendaño

Diseños Interventorías y Servicios


GOR Acrílicos

Ualet Comisionista de Bolsa

RHI Magnesita Refratarios (Brasil)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hyundai Corporation in a dispute related to the alleged existence and breach of a commercial agency agreement.
  • Represented Dicermex in a controversy concerning the existence of a commercial agency agreement for the distribution of beer produced by Cerveceria Modelo de Mexico.
  • Advised Conagra Foods in a judicial proceeding initiated by Altipal regarding the existence of an exclusivity clause in a distribution agreement.

Parra Quijano & Cuadros Abogados

New entrant to the table for 2024, Parra Quijano & Cuadros Abogados attracts strong reviews from sources for its ‘perfect mix of experience, knowledge and innovation’. The firm’s specialist focus on civil, commercial, and administrative litigation — including consumer rights, competition, and breach-of-contract disputes — has paid dividends of late and the firm added eight new clients over the past year alone. President Emeritus of the Colombian Institute of Procedural Law, Jairo Parra Quijano enjoys a strong profile in the market for his combination of academic and practical expertise, while his son Jairo Parra Cuadros is also noted for his ‘very good customer service and case management’.

Practice head(s):

Jairo Parra Cuadros; Jairo Parra Quijano


‘This office has extensive experience in litigation matters. It is a pioneer in technology, it has knowledge in various civil, commercial, procedural, evidentiary, competition matters, etc. Communication is fluid and the rates are reasonable.

‘Jairo Parra Quijano is one of the most prominent, experienced, authoritative and knowledgeable lawyers in Colombia. His son, Jairo Parra Cuadros, is a brilliant young lawyer, with extensive knowledge of various subjects.

‘We value the team for its preparation for each case. Every detail is taken into account, the monitoring they do, above all the ethics with which they act.

Key clients

Banco BBVA Colombia

Comunicación Celular

Uber Technologies

BBVA Seguros de Vida Colombia


Centro Comercial y de Negocios Andino

Divemotor Colombia

Inchape Colombia


Sociedad Nacional de la Cruz Roja Colombiana

Ciudadela Comercial Unicentro



Camilo Garzón

Roberto Ramírez Ocampo

Sandra Liliana Morales

Carmen Cecilia Flórez

Lorena Morales

Work highlights

  • Advised a technology company in unfair competition litigation.
  • Defended a Bogotá-based shopping centre in litigation stemming from a terrorist attack on its premises.
  • Represented Roberto Ramírez Ocampo, as the plaintiff, in a consumer rights class action concerning the possible adulteration of milk by nine companies in the dairy industry.

Tobar & Romero Abogados

Valued by some for its ‘clear direction towards resolving the conflict’, Tobar & Romero Abogados earns its first inclusion in the table for 2024 due to its increasingly broad litigation offering. Notably, the department is divided into three sub-teams, where it provides specialists in civil and commercial litigation, administrative law-related work, and banking litigation. On the civil and commercial front, Jaime Humberto Tobar and Rafael Romero are the names to note; sources highlight them together as ‘respected in both judicial and academic settings’. The group also includes administrative law specialist María Andrea Calero; banking litigator Alfredo Sanchez; and associate Sebastián Ortegón.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Humberto Tobar; María Andrea Calero; Sebastián Ortegón; Rafael Romero


What stands out about this firm is its technical knowledge of the procedural area, the monitoring of the processes, the advice provided, and the good level of service.

We recommend Jaime Humberto Tobar for his technical knowledge of procedural law, monitoring and support, which gives peace of mind in the processes entrusted to him.

The team has a clear direction towards resolving the conflict. This is not easy to find, on the contrary, it requires great leadership and an experienced team to recognise it. The team is cohesive, structured, does not improvise, and has a truly impressive disposition to address, clarify, and prosecute concerns.

Key clients

Eléctricas De Medellín Comercial (EDEMCO)


Frontera Energy

Holcim (Colombia)

TransGas de Occidente

Inversiones GBS (Organización Dann Carlton)


Laboratorio Sanofi Pasteur


Grupo Nacional de Proyectos

Work highlights

  • Represented TransGas de Occidente in a dispute brought by Transportadora de Gas Internacional regarding an alleged breach of contract in the operation, maintenance, and transfer of the Mariquita Cali Gas Pipeline.
  • Represented Laboratorio Sanofi Pasteur in a lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs claiming that they contracted post-vaccine poliomyelitis, after receiving a vaccine that included a dose of oral polio-IM.
  • Represented Holcim (Colombia) in litigation seeking to overturn SIC-imposed sanctions relating to its alleged involvement in a cement cartel.

Valbuena Abogados

The ‘committed team’ at Valbuena Abogados stands out for its ‘great skills and experience in the area of competition’, including judicial and administrative procedures. Founding partner Gustavo Valbuena is a former Superintendent of Industry and Commerce and brings to bear extensive experience in representing domestic and multinational clients in complex competition disputes, among other contentious matters. Associate Wilhelm Rodríguez left the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Valbuena


It has an interdisciplinary team with great skills and experience in the area of competition. We particularly recommend Gustavo Valbuena.

It is a committed team and very dedicated to the matters entrusted to it.’

Gustavo Valbuena is a very dedicated professional, always available to provide attention and always with time to analyse and explain the issues.’