Brigard Urrutia finds favour for its ability to ‘very effectively integrate the different disciplines that can contribute to the solution of a particular problem‘, with sources attesting that this ensures ‘decisions always have the benefit of having been built holistically’. The firm houses a deep and broad energy and natural resources practice, which routinely advises key industry participants on the full life cycle of matters, from regulatory issues, through to finance and corporate transactions. Among the names to note, managing partner Carlos Umaña is recognised for his specialist focus on infrastructure, procurement, utility and natural resources law, while senior partner Carlos Urrutia is sought after for his broad commercial practice that spans regulatory, contentious and transactional work. The department also draws on the senior experience of energy regulation expert Claudia Navarro, who is well versed in both the electric and natural gas spheres, transactional specialist Jaime Robledo and associate director Marianna Boza, who spearheads the firm’s mining and oil and gas group. The practice also leans on a talented band of more junior lawyers, including senior associate Juan Carlos Padilla, who joined in June 2021 from Transportadora de Gas Internacional.
Energy and natural resources in Colombia
Carlos Umaña; Carlos Urrutia; Claudia Navarro; Jaime Robledo; Marianna Boza; Juan Carlos Padilla; Manuel Gómez
‘The main strength of Brigard Urrutia’s team is its ability to very effectively integrate the different disciplines that can contribute to the solution of a particular problem or situation. Therefore, definitions and decisions always have the benefit of having been built holistically.’
‘The firm’s relationships with the key agents in the different industries/sectors is excellent, which facilitates legal processes.’
‘Brigard Urrutia’s attorneys are comprehensive professionals who, in addition to knowing their field of work very well, are excellent people and have very good soft skills. It is highly valued that everyone speaks English as it facilitates interactions with staff from our company’s headquarters.’
Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales
Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia
Puerto de Barranquilla
Energía de Colombia STR and Grupo Ortiz
Vestas Mexicanas del Viento
- Advised Mineros on the preparation of contractual and institutional documents, and the structuring of a data room for due diligence of Nicaraguan, Argentinian and Colombian mining assets, all within the framework of its international expansion and listing on the Canadian stock market.
- Advised Canadian Solar on the award of the first auction in Latin America to install a 45MW electric-energy battery-storage system in Barranquilla Atlántico, and on the award of the third renewables energy auction in Colombia — as well as on project development, structuring and performance.
- Acted for Matrix Renewables on the financing granted by the Inter-American Development Bank and Bancolombia for the operation and maintenance of three photovoltaic solar plants located in Meta, Colombia.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's energy and natural resources group is comprised of ‘experts in the legal and regulatory framework for natural gas and electricity', according to sources. Additionally, the group packs a powerful punch in the mining sector, as demonstrated by its recent appointment to act as local counsel to BHP on the headline $588m sale of its 33% stake in the Cerrejón coal project to Glencore. However, transactional work is just one element of the practice; it is also sought after by mining and energy clients to advise on regulatory matters and the structuring, financing and development of energy projects. Department head Sandra Manrique is roundly praised as ‘one of the best lawyers in the country in the matters she handles'; she is a go-to specialist for hydrocarbons and mining law issues. Other leading figures include associate director of the hydrocarbons practice Johanna Cajigas and principal associate Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, who is responsible for electrical energy matters — together they are highlighted as ‘courteous and creative when proposing solutions'. Additionally, principal associate Mateo Sinisterra steers the mining team, including litigation and administrative proceedings, and is praised as a ‘great connoisseur of the mining industry in all its phases and minerals' — he led the department’s advice on the BHP deal.
‘The PPU team is a cohesive team that offers advice and comprehensive support to its clients. Lawyers are quick and thorough in their responses, have great knowledge of both legal and technical issues and an excellent customer service vocation, adapting to needs and providing alternatives that allow the client to make the best decisions.’
‘Associate Mateo Sinisterra excels in the team. He is a great connoisseur of the mining industry in all its phases and minerals, both in technical, economic and legal aspects. He is an exceptional, deep, comprehensive professional who provides a high-quality service committed to the interests of the client.’
‘We value the team’s knowledge of the market and its ability to lend that knowledge to the contracts we develop. Sandra Manrique and associate Juan Pablo Gutiérrez perfectly understand the details of the market and translates those into contracts. In negotiating PPAs with other law firms, the difference in knowledge is noticeable.’
‘The PPU team, and in particular Sandra Manrique and associate Johanna Cajigas, are experts in the legal and regulatory framework for natural gas and electricity. They provide analysis, not only from the legal point of view, but also including a business vision that favourably impacts decision-making.’
‘These lawyers are experts on the issues they are consulted on and have business experience. Sandra Manrique and associate Johanna Cajigas are the best option to consult and provide an external opinion on the issues under analysis.’
‘PPU’s team in the energy and natural resources practice is exceptional. Always willing, very knowledgeable about the issues and with creative ideas aligned with the business.’
‘Sandra Manrique is without a doubt one of the best lawyers in the country in the matters she handles. Her service is impeccable. She remains close to the client and is always prepared.’
‘Johanna Cajigas and Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, as directors of the area, are excellent. They know the issues in detail, they are courteous and creative when proposing solutions.’
CNE Oil & Gas
Morgan Stanley / Bank of America Securities / Canaccord Genuity Corp (Canada)
Minera de Cobre Quebradona
Agencia Nacional De Hidrocarburos (ANH)
Acciona Energía Chile
Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos
Lewis Energy Colombia
Steag Renewables & Services Colombia
Mineros Aluvial and Mineros
Ultracem, Ultramin and Juan Manuel Ruiseco & Cia
Deep Mining Coal
- Acted as local counsel to BHP on the $588m sale of its shares and participation interest in the Cerrejón coal project to Glencore.
- Advised Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos on various matters, including analysis related to the recent review of the remuneration methodology for crude oil transportation assets.
- Advised Trina Solar on the development of five generation plants, including controversies with the grid operator in relation to the commercial operation date of the generation plants and the fulfilment of the requirements necessary to inject energy into the grid.
Posse Herrera Ruiz
The ‘very friendly and attentive' team at Posse Herrera Ruiz is distinguished by its ‘availability, pro-positive disposition and comprehensive advice', according to sources. The full-service practice shines in all key pillars of energy and natural resources work, from bidding applications, through to financing, construction and transactional matters — across all core industry segments. It also routinely works hand-in-hand with other departments in the firm, such as environmental and corporate, to provide support on large-scale energy projects and transactions. Department head Alvaro José Rodríguez maintains a comprehensive energy practice, with an enviable track record in electricity and hydrocarbons matters; he is acting alongside the financial services team to advise Akuo Energy on the development and financing of the Planeta Rica photovoltaic project. Director Diana Salazar spearheads the firm’s mining offering and stands out for her ‘knowledge, technical experience and, above all, for the service she provides'; she brings to bear robust in-house experience following previous roles at Tigers Realm Minerals and Uranium One. Newly promoted partner (January 2022) Mariana Sánchez is additionally recommended for her focus on the natural resources, energy, and infrastructure areas. Clients also single out associate Erika Serrano Rojas, who supports on natural resources and environmental law matters.
Alvaro José Rodríguez
‘Posse Herrera Ruiz has been supporting us for some time on issues related to public services, especially energy issues. We have done very well with their advice. The entire team is very friendly and attentive to resolving our concerns.’
‘We have been working with PHR for eight years, initially as advisors on regulatory, environmental and contractual issues for our refinery, but more recently on a photovoltaic energy project. PHR offers us a 24/7 service on critical issues, is always available and provides access to different legal areas related to our activity.’
‘For more technical issues (electricity or environmental technical matters) it offers us access to their external team of engineers and environmentalists. This is a very valuable plus for us.’
‘We value the firm’s availability, pro-positive disposition and comprehensive advice on different matters. We interacted with the partners Mariana Sanchez and Alvaro José Rodríguez, and with environmental associate Erika Serrano Rojas.’
‘Strengths: excellent customer management; timely and quality responses. Skills: the knowledge of the partners, and the lawyers in charge of the matters entrusted to them, give the client peace of mind that it is receiving the best quality of advice. Compared to other firms, it stands out for the quality of its service and the excellence of its lawyers.’
‘We know that the firm has the best lawyers to deal with the issues and carry them out with quality and on time. It is very pleasing to see how all the documents and works that come out of the firm have a stamp that identifies them — that is, it all comes out written in the same way, in the same format, etc.’
‘Director Diana Salazar stands out for her knowledge, technical experience and, above all, for the service she provides to the client. She is timely, friendly, attentive, takes the time to thoroughly explain the risks and benefits of a specific case. Diana is a truly outstanding attorney.’
‘Alvaro José Rodríguez’s team is excellent. Lawyers Mariana Sanchez and Erika Serrano Rojas, who support him on energy and natural resources issues, are accomplished, structured and creative. They are a close firm, providing excellent service and always helping the business.’
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Cedco (The Carlyle Group)
Agnico Eagle Mines
Sociedad Minera de Santander (Minesa)
Triple Flag Precious Metals
- Acted for Akuo Energy on the development and financing of the Planeta Rica photovoltaic project and in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement for MPC Energy Solutions to co-invest in the project.
- Advised Northland Power on the development and $9m financing of the 16MW Helios photovoltaic power generation project.
- Acted for Atlas Renewable Energy in the due diligence and acquisition of a 160MW photovoltaic generation project.
Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A.
Energy and natural resources work is a cornerstone of Sanclemente Fernández Abogados S.A.‘s firm-wide offering and satisfied clients applaud its ‘extensive and up-to-date knowledge of the energy industry'. The group is particularly recognised for its comprehensive coverage of the hydrocarbons and mining industries, where it acts for a broad cross-section of industry participants, from exploration and production players, through to companies involved in the transportation and commercialisation of assets. Thirty-year veteran Diana Sanclemente is fully immersed in the extractive industries and advises her clients on the full range of regulatory, commercial, transactional and contentious matters. Seasoned hydrocarbons specialist Antonio Sanclemente is widely hailed for his 40 years' experience at the forefront of Colombia’s upstream and downstream sectors. The department can also call on transactional energy specialist José Gabriel Fernández, who has strong in-house experience garnered during roles at Ecopetrol and Foster Wheeler; public law stalwart Donaldo Ariza, and corporate partner Ignacio Giraldo.
Antonio Sanclemente; Jose Gabriel Fernandez; Diana Sanclemente; Donaldo Ariza; Ignacio Giraldo
‘Sanclemente Fernández Abogados has extensive and up-to-date knowledge of the energy industry in general.’
‘Diana Sanclemente is the leading energy lawyer at the firm and advises our company on energy issues to support our internal legal team in making decisions.’
Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
Lawyers in Baker McKenzie S.A.S.‘ energy and natural resources group are commended for ‘understanding clients’ commercial and technical operations as well as their legal needs‘. The firm has significant capabilities across all three key sub-sectors (electricity, mining and hydrocarbons), and handles a mix of regulatory, commercial and transactional issues. Alejandro Mesa leads the overarching energy, mining and infrastructure group and is well versed in oil and gas and project finance matters. The group also includes two capable senior associates: responsible for the power practice, Mariana Villegas is noted for her ‘extensive knowledge in a variety of matters‘; while mining lead Nicolás Arboleda knows how to ‘integrate the technical and legal aspects of the business’. In September, 2021, the group was boosted at junior level with the arrival of intermediate associate Laura Torres from the hydrocarbons department at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Nicolás Arboleda; Alejandro Mesa; Mariana Villegas
‘The team has extensive knowledge about the market and the applicable regulation. Lawyers know how to handle transactions in the sector from a commercial and legal point of view. With respect to other firms, it stands out for understanding clients’ commercial and technical operations as well as their legal needs.’
‘The team meets the needs of its clients in a timely manner, with a high level of specialisation, knowledge, creativity and excellent service.’
‘Nicolás Arboleda is an exceptional lawyer: great knowledge, provides excellent service, responds fast and has the ability to integrate the technical and legal aspects of the business.’
‘Mariana Villegas’s commitment to attending to our needs was remarkable. She worked intensely, in and out of hours, to meet objectives. She has extensive knowledge in a variety of matters and handled the details of the transaction in its entirety. We were able to rely on her ability to monitor all aspects of the transaction.’
‘The team has been carefully designed for the needs of extractive industry clients, who operate in a volatile market in Colombia.’
‘Alejandro Mesa is not only a knowledgeable and competent attorney, he also has the sensibility to understand the details of business and the relations that are needed to operate an international company in Colombia.’
‘Alejandro Mesa and Mariana Villegas complement each other very well in transactional aspects. They combine experience and new knowledge in the renewable energy market in Colombia.’
Frontera Energy Corporation
Empresas Públicas de Medellín
Ralos & Blaud Energy Colombia
Reforestadora de la Costa (Refocosta)
Impala Terminals Colombia
Houston American Energy
Halliburton Latin America
Agregados de Oriente
Relianz Mining Solutions
National Mining Agency
Esmeraldas Mining Services
Potasio de Colombia
Cooperativo Minero de Norte de Santander
Ponce de Leon Mining
China CAMC Engineering Co
Novum Energy Trading
Merit Consultants / Cementation
- Assisted Engie with its participation in a public tender process to build, own and operate the first power storage system with batteries in Colombia, Department of Atlántico.
- Advised Frontera Energy Corporation on the negotiation of a settlement agreement to resolve the disputes existing around the Oleoducto Bicentenario.
- Acted for the National Mining Agency on structuring and launching tenders to offer selected strategic mining areas to potential investors worldwide.
‘Distinguished by its teamwork and deep capacity for analysis’, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero houses an increasingly prominent energy and climate change practice that has experienced significant growth in recent years. Most notably, the group was boosted in July 2021 with the absorption of specialist power boutique, Yáñez & Asociados. Additionally, the firm welcomed the arrival of new counsels Leopoldo Olavarría , a Venezuelan-qualified energy transactions specialist who joined in October 2021 from Norton Rose Fulbright in Mexico (from where he will continue to operate); and Mónica Torres , formerly head of boutique firm Viable Legal Business, who joined in March 2022. Alongside its robust electricity offering, the group has broad experience in hydrocarbons and mining matters. Key names include Álvaro Josué Yáñez Alsina , who has two decades of experience in energy and natural resources law and is noted for his regulatory and commercial expertise. Yáñez Alsina co-leads the department together with Daniel Rodríguez , who has a focus on regulation and projects, and seasoned energy specialist Álvaro Yáñez Peñaranda . Since research concluded, the firm has continued its growth in the natural resources segment with the absorption of mining and environmental boutique Vergel Riascos Abogados in September 2022; mining specialist Daniela Vergel arrives as a partner with her team of six associates, and also brings abritral and ADR expertise to the team.
Álvaro Josué Yáñez Alsina; Alvaro Yáñez Peñaranda; Daniel Rodríguez
‘I don’t work much with law firms, but the project we developed with CMS was successful in no small measure thanks to its professionalism. The firm’s legal analysis for the project we developed was impeccable.’
‘It is distinguished by its teamwork and deep capacity for analysis. The leadership and knowledge of Daniel Rodríguez is clear and positive, both in his team and as part of an interdisciplinary group.’
‘I believe this firm to be one of the most prepared and oriented to provide the correct support and advise in order to make good business decisions.’
‘Lawyers are all very knowledgeable individuals, always thinking outside the box and finding ways to do business in an ethical an efficient manner.’
AC Renovables Sol 1
Chevron Petroleum Company
Gases de Occidente
Bavaria & Cia
SOWITEC Energías Renovables de Colombia
- Advised Promigas on the design and implementation of the legal and regulatory mechanism that will allow the behaviour of GNV’s price to move consistently with the fluctuation of its substitutes.
- Acted as local counsel to Electryon Power on various matters, including recently advising on the incorporation of a local subsidiary in Colombia.
- Successfully represented Chevron Petroleum Company in a commercial arbitration before the Center for Arbitration and Conciliation, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
Clients value Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas for its ‘responsiveness and ability to transcend legal issues to provide good practical advice'. The multidisciplinary practice is particularly well-primed to handle transactions, including M&A, project finance and securities offerings, but it is also equipped to advise on regulatory matters. Venezuela-qualified Jorge Neher is a ‘practical and sagacious lawyer' and leads the energy practice in Latin America and the Caribbean; he is noted for his focus on hydrocarbons and mining. Other senior names include Hernán Rodríguez, who demonstrates ‘comprehensive knowledge of mining issues', and corporate finance specialist Bernardo Cárdenas. Up-and-coming energy specialist Santiago González is acclaimed as an ‘expert in advising companies in the oil and gas sector'; he handles a mix of transactional and regulatory matters. María Margarita Lorduy, who is associate director of the firm’s environmental practice, is also recommended.
Jorge Neher; Santiago González; Bernardo Cárdenas; James Valdiri Reyes; Hernán Rodriguez
‘The energy and natural resources team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is characterised by its professionalism, personalised attention and, above all, by providing the best legal advice to make the client’s operation viable.’
‘Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is known for its strong, industry-aware team and practical advice. We value the Dentons team for its responsiveness and ability to transcend legal issues to provide good practical advice.’
‘We recommend Hernán Rodríguez for his knowledge of the area and its processes, quality in argumentation, and problem solving.’
‘Santiago González is an expert in advising companies in the oil and gas sector in Colombia. He is a comprehensive professional, who stands out for knowing the client in detail and for designing the best possible legal strategy for the cases that may arise.’
‘The team is characterised by its professional, efficient and timely service, which — under the leadership of Hernán Rodríguez — has guaranteed comprehensive analysis of the cases, validating the recommendations provided from the different areas of law with their possible repercussions and action plans.‘
‘Hernán Rodríguez stands out for his comprehensive knowledge of mining issues and the different interrelated areas, his excellent interpersonal relationships (not only with clients but also with the union and authorities), and his commitment, capacity and sense of responsibility.’
‘Jorge Neher is a practical and sagacious lawyer, oriented to obtain the results expected by the company through the development of adequate legal strategies.‘
‘Associate María Margarita Lorduy is highlighted for her sense of responsibility and commitment to promptly address cases that arise in environmental law.‘
Patterson-UTI Management Services
Lucens Capital Partners
ONGC Videsh (Sucursal Colombiana)
Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia (PCR)
La Luna E&P
Nortesantandereana de Gas (Norgas)
Lincoln Soldaduras de Colombia
Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía
Gran Tierra Energy
Internacional de Pipelines DAIP
New Stratus Energy
- Acted as local advisor to Patterson-UTI Energy on the proposed acquisition of 100% of Pioneer Energy Services Corp’s shares, and indirectly the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Pioneer’s Colombian subsidiaries.
- Advised Lucens Capital Partners on the acquisition of oil services company, Summum Energy.
- Advised Pluspetrol on the process of qualifying as a potential bidder for oil and gas blocks, as part of a scheme launched by Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency.
Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)
The energy and natural resources group at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) is held in high esteem due to its ‘very good organisation, rigour and quality'. The team primarily handles hydrocarbons and power-related matters, with strong skill sets in both regulation and transactions. Less frequently, it advises on mining and metals-related work. Practice head Patricia Arrázola is widely lauded for her practical approach and brings over 30 years' experience in representing clients in the electricity industry. Germán Villamil specialises in oil and gas law, with a focus on regulatory issues and large-scale transactions. Rounding out the partners is José Luís Palacios, who is also noted for his hydrocarbons expertise. Key support is provided by senior associates Daniel Fajardo, who joined from Holland & Knight in October 2021, and Lina Correa, who specialises in environmental law.
‘Exceptional. The team is always very willing to solve the client’s needs in a timely manner. Provides constant support in the company’s business. Provides confidence in investment decisions to the Board to successfully carry out and conclude business in Colombia. Very good organisation, rigour and quality in the services provided by the team.’
‘The firm, specifically Patricia Arrázola, has supported us since the company’s creation more than 20 years ago. The interdisciplinary team attends to, and resolves, our queries effectively.‘
‘Lawyers have a lot of experience and knowledge in the area of energy and natural resources, which conveys confidence to the decision committee. We also value their willingness to work together with the company team as well as their availability to attend to urgent matters at any time.’
‘The group’s response times are great! Regardless of the nature of the matter, or the simplicity of the query, lawyers are always willing to resolve doubts in the shortest possible time and provide a timely response.’
‘Patricia Arrázola, more than our head lawyer, is an ally who knows the company, who goes far beyond simple advice since she understands our practical day-to-day needs and manages to land the regulations and other legal issues to the practicality of business dynamics.‘
‘Patricia Arrázola and José Luís Palacios make this group unique. Both are extremely pragmatic lawyers who, although they understand the regulation in detail, are always looking for practical answers to raised questions. In addition, they understand the business, therefore their advice and support are not limited only to matters in their area of practice.’
Carlyle / SierraCol Arauca Energy
CTG Colombia Holding
Actividades de Instalaciones y Servicios Cobra
Enfragen / Glenfarne
- Acted for Colibri Energy on the structuring of an energy project through which the company will provide renewable self-generated energy to all beer production plants owned by Bavaria.
- Advised Petropolar, part of Russia’s IGS Group, on all matters related to the landing of IGS in Colombia.
- Advised Frontera Energy on the due diligence and transaction documents connected to its acquisition of Petróleos Sudamericanos.
Holland & Knight
Energy is a core practice globally for Miami-headquartered Holland & Knight and its international prowess is evidenced by its premier client roster, which is comprised of major regional and multinational corporates. Widely recognised for the strength of its oil and gas practice, the group also houses robust offerings in power and mining law. Department head Jose Vicente Zapata enjoys a strong profile in the market for his expertise in the electricity, oil, gas, mining and agrochemical spheres; his broad practice focus spans corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. Ines Elvira Vesga is also a key contact and is particularly recognised for her track record in the oil and gas sector. Senior counsel Juan Casallas provides contentious and regulatory support, while associate Estefanny Pardo has an emphasis on mining, environmental and energy disputes. In a significant development, the group was boosted in August 2022 by the hire of mining specialist Milton Fernando Montoya, who joined as of counsel from his own boutique firm Estudio Juridico Montoya & Asociados, bringing a team of three associates with him. Since publication, Casallas has been raised to the partnership - effective as of 2023.
José Vicente Zapata
Petrobras de Valores Internacional de España (sucursal Colombia)
Lewis Energy Colombia
Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG)
TransGas de Occidente
- Advising Inter-American Development Bank Group on various matters, including on the development of energy and oil and gas regulation, the implementation of bid rounds and contracting guidelines for the energy sector in the Republic of Panama.
- Acting for Geopark on various corporate, regulatory and environmental matters.
- Advising Chilco on due diligence with respect to the assets of a regional LPG distributor in different municipalities and also advising on the negotiation phase and contract revision for the acquisition of such assets.
Angulo Martínez & Abogados
‘Focused and specialised in the renewable energy sector’, Angulo Martínez & Abogados earns plaudits from sources for its position at the forefront of the Colombian energy transition space. The team, which is dedicated to the electricity sector, handles the full scope of relevant matters, from regulatory and licensing issues, through to project development and cross-border transactions. Founding partner Juan José Angulo is held up by satisfied clients as ‘a benchmark in the renewable energy sector' and is well versed on the full array of regulatory, commercial and transactional issues. Counsel Juan Fernando Giraldo provides specialist support in tax and litigation.
Juan José Angulo
‘Angulo Martínez & Abogados is focused and specialised in the renewable energy sector, which differentiates it from the competition and is its strong point. Other firms have more general energy practices.’
‘Juan José Angulo is a benchmark in the renewable energy sector. He knows the regulation very well and has been successful in supporting companies in the renewable energy sector to carry out projects.‘
Trina Solar Colombia
Continua Energias Positiva
Prodiel / DVP Solar
Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)
Oak Creek Energy
Acciona Energía Colombia
Technoelite Green Energy
Asociación de Energías Renovables Colombia (Ser Colombia)
Palmar de Altamira
Eco Energy World
- Advising Trina Solar on the development of 300MW in solar projects awarded at the auction for renewable energy, namely the Campano, San Felipe and Cartago projects.
- Acting for Solargeen on the drafting and negotiation of the agreement for the shared use of an overlapped area between a natural gas field and the 100MW Bosques Solares de los Llanos solar farm.
- Representing private, not-for-profit guild, Ser Colombia before the Constitutional Court of Colombia, on the issuance of an amicus curiae legal opinion defending the constitutionality of the clean energy 10% quota instated in Article 296 of Law 1955/19.
Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados
Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados impresses with its ‘excellent and timely service' as well as its ‘deep knowledge of the issues'. The firm combines its top-tier projects practice with robust offerings in dispute resolution and public law to specialise in advising energy and natural resources companies in regulatory, judicial and administrative proceedings. Public law expert Carlos Gustavo Arrieta is respected by sources for his ‘career record and good judgment'; he has recently represented mining, electricity and oil and gas companies in regulatory and contentious proceedings. Yady Villaquirán, who has an emphasis on public law and mining work, is also recommended.
Carlos Gustavo Arrieta; Yady Villaquirán
‘The review of the issues is comprehensive. Analysis is provided very timely in response to business emergencies.’
‘Carlos Gustavo Arrieta and Yady Villaquirán maintain personalised attention, are always available to the client and carry out very comprehensive analysis.’
‘Excellent and timely service. Knowledge of the issues and topics under consultation.’
‘Professionals with deep knowledge of the issues on which they are consulted. Professionals with prestige, particularly Carlos Gustavo Arrieta and Paula Andrea Ramos.’
‘Arrieta Mantilla analyses the issues with sound legal judgment and in its entirety.’
‘We highlight Carlos Gustavo Arrieta, for his career record and good judgment.’
Carbones del Cerrejón / Cerrejón Zona Norte
Asociación Colombiana del GLP (GasNova)
Minería y Energía Minesa
Orica Colombia And Orica Norway
Galway Resources Vetas Holdco
MGM Innova Capital
Asociación Colombiana de Minería (ACM)
- Advising Carbones del Cerrejón and Cerrejón Zona Norte on various mining and public law issues, as well as representing the company in administrative proceedings held before the mining sector agencies and certain jurisdictional authorities.
- Advising ConocoPhillips on matters regarding the legality of the use of fracking for the non-conventional exploitation of hydrocarbons.
- Representing Cerro Matoso in a judicial process related to a nullity action held by the client against Contraloría General de la República as a result of a fiscal liability judgment issued by that authority.
Estudio Legal Hernández
Estudio Legal Hernández‘s advice ‘generates confidence‘, according to sources. As a boutique firm specialising in public law, projects and commercial law, its energy and natural resources offering is naturally weighted towards regulatory and contractual matters — although it also handles transactions. Juanita Hernández spearheads the energy department and represents local and multinational clients on M&A, investment and operational issues. Public law specialist Augusto Hernández Becerra is noted for his capability in energy-related administrative law proceedings. Augusto Hernández Vidal, who directs the state contracting practice, is also routinely involved in energy matters. Key support is provided by associate Aura Vargas Cendales, director of the environmental, property, mining and communities practice.
‘The firm really knows the subject with absolute clarity. Its advice generates confidence.’
‘Lawyers are competent and friendly, with good dispositions. Advice is provided in clear and simple language, which is easy to understand for those of us who are not lawyers or experts on the subject of energy regulations.’
Enel Green Power Colombia
Renergetica Latam Corporation
- Advising Enel Green Power on all property, regulatory and contractual matters related to the development and operation of more than 12 renewable energy generation projects in Colombia.
- Acting for AAGES Development on due diligence and full legal advisory in relation to the acquisition of two renewable energy projects in Colombia.
- Providing Ecopetrol Energía with regulatory analysis of the electric power market integration regime to determine the feasibility of a major transaction in compliance with applicable regulations and market participation limits.
Lloreda Camacho & Co.
Lloreda Camacho & Co.'s team is commended for its ability to ‘provide solutions to any issues that arise’. The firm’s marked focus on mining and minerals-related work pays dividends and major multinational players, such as Anglo American and Zijin-Continental Gold, are on the department’s books. Among its key areas of activity, the practice is recognised for its strength in regulatory issues (including permitting and environmental licensing), commercial agreements and transactional support work — it also regularly advises on contentious matters. High-profile mining expert Ignacio Santamaria co-leads the group alongside recently promoted partner Angela María Salazar; they are highlighted together for their ‘deep technical knowledge of all aspects of mining law in Colombia'.
Ignacio Santamaría; Angela María Salazar
‘Lloreda Camacho & Co has a very deep legal team, and is able to provide solutions to any issues that arise.’
‘The two partners we primarily work with are Angela María Salazar and Ignacio Santamaría. They both have deep technical knowledge of all aspects of mining law in Colombia. They give practical, timely advice and are very proactive. I would highly recommend them.’
Minera Monte Aguila
Collective Mining (Bermuda)
Minera Monte Oro
- Acted for Anglo American on the local aspects of the sale of its shares in Cerrejón, including due diligence and review of the agreements under Colombian law.
- Advised Minerales Santa Ana Colombia on the management of mining titles and mining applications.
- Acted for Collective Mining on the due diligence for its qualifying transaction with POCML 5.
Chalela | Abogados
Energy is a core pillar of Chalela | Abogados‘ firm-wide offering and it enjoys close relationships with a string of longstanding clients operating in the hydrocarbons, mining and power sectors, including High Power Exploration, BC Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos and Equion Energia. Regulated industries specialist Federico Chalela spearheads a team that also includes associate María Isabel Paz, who specialises in dispute resolution. Additionally, associate director María Jose Romero (administrative and environmental law) joined in February 2022 from Occidental Petroleum, while principal associate Andrea Gutierrez (commercial law) joined in December 2021 from OlarteMoure. Associate Ana María Iregui left in May 2021 to become legal counsel at Latitud.
Federico Chalela; Maria Jose Romero; María Isabel Paz; Daniela Carvajal; Andrea Gutierrez
High Power Exploration
BC Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos (sucursal Colombia)
Clarke Modet Colombia
Asociación Colombiana del Petróleo ACP
DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán
‘A remarkable group with 24/7 availability‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán‘s energy and natural resources lawyers are commended for being ‘focused on the business‘. The team’s industry experience encompasses a range of conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, and water-treatment matters, while its ability to plug into its full-service domestic and global offering ensures that it can provide support on specialist regulatory matters right through to transactional and tax advice. The department’s practice breadth was augmented in April 2021 by the arrival new of director and co-head of energy and natural resources Lucas Arboleda, who was formerly Legal Director of the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Public utilities specialist José Miguel Mendoza co-heads the practice.
José Miguel Mendoza; Lucas Arboleda; Paola Aldana
‘Although the firm does not have a long history in energy and natural resources, it fields two outstanding figures who have held relevant positions in the sector and who know the industry well: Lucas Arboleda, who was legal head of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and José Miguel Mendoza, who served as Superintendent of Residential Public Services.’
‘These lawyers are focused on the business, they know the structure of the sector well.‘
‘Lawyers have very good dispositions, knowledge and flexibility. We have had a good experience with Lucas Arboleda.’
‘We value the team’s knowledge of the regulation, experience and good personal relationship with their clients.‘
‘The team has been reinforced and it has expanded its focus. A remarkable group with 24/7 availability.‘
Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)
Massy Energy Colombia
Gases del Caribe
- Advising OCENSA on a solar farm located within the export port of Coveñas, which seeks to replace 40% of the electricity from the National Interconnected System consumed at the Coveñas Maritime Terminal with renewable energy.
- Advising Air-e on Colombia’s Mining and Energy Planning Unit’s selection process to choose an investor and an auditor for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of 50MW of electric energy storage systems with batteries in the Atlántico Department.
- Acting for Massy Energy Colombia on due diligence connected to its proposed acquisition of Granados, Gómez & Cía.
Clients of Goh assert that the firm stands out for ‘the commitment and dedication of its partners'. The group provides broad coverage of the mining and hydrocarbons industries, with notable strength in the regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax fields. Department head Juan Pablo Godoy has extensive experience in both the upstream and downstream oil and gas spheres; he also brings to bear specialist tax, foreign investment and arbitration expertise. Dispute resolution head Juan Sebastián Lombana and corporate-focused director associate Álvaro Sabbagh also advise on energy and natural resources matters.
Juan Pablo Godoy
‘Goh stands out for the commitment and dedication of its partners; they always attend personally — and with a very high legal rigour — to the matters that are entrusted to them.’
Maurel & Prom
Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos
Occidental de Colombia
CPVEN E&P / CPVEN Servicios Petroleros
Gran Colombia Gold
Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)
Empresas Públicas de Medellín
Superior Energy Services
- Advising CPVEN E&P as non-operating partner in a joint venture with Ecopetrol for the VMM-32 block.
- Acting for Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos regarding a possible settlement in respect of ship-or-pay transportation contracts with Frontera Group.
- Advising Superior Energy Services on day-to-day operational matters in Colombia, including contract preparation, revisions, and negotiations.
OGE Legal Services
Specialist energy boutique OGE Legal Services brings to bear particular experience in the electric power, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. The multidisciplinary practice is primarily focused on regulatory matters, but it is also equipped to handle commercial and contentious work. Founding partner Hemberth Suarez is experienced across the full power supply chain and is well primed to advise on the generation, distribution, transmission and commercialisation of electric energy. In October 2021, former department co-head Silvia Vargas left for New Granada Energy Corporation.
Technoelite Green Energy
Bolsa Mercantil de Colombia
Gases de Occidente
Lica Energia Renovable
Alkiequipos Siglo Xxi
e2 energía eficiente
- Advised Italcol Energía on regulatory matters related to the third auction in Colombia on the long-term contract and the complementary mechanism that assigns energy quantities to the client.
- Advised Colombina Energía on regulatory matters related to the third auction in Colombia on the long-term contract and the complementary mechanism that assigns energy quantities to the client.
- Appointed by Canacol Energy to provide regulatory analysis of the recent Energy Transition Law.
Palacios Lleras' energy work is largely aligned with its strengths in the public law and dispute resolution arenas, where it packs a punch in representing energy companies in regulatory proceedings and contentious matters. Additionally, the department leans on the firm’s solid environmental law practice, which is particularly active on behalf of mining corporations, including trophy client Drummond. Firm founder Hugo Palacios Mejía is noted for his track record in the mining sector, while Óscar Gutiérrez is recommended for energy and natural resources-related litigation.
Drummond Coal Mining
- Represented CNR III in mining-related class action lawsuits.
- Acted for Drummond in a contractual dispute against the National Mining Agency (ANM) to review the amount of royalties owed to Drummond in relation to its ‘La Loma Mine’.
- Advised Drummond on a contractual dispute against the National Mining Agency (ANM) to review the amount of royalties owed to Drummond in relation to its ‘El Descanso mine’,
X100 Legal divides its focus into three core disciplines, namely transactional, regulatory and litigious. The firm’s energy department draws on specialists from all three offerings, but it is predominantly recognised for its strength in energy regulation. Key figures include Ángel Castañeda , who joined in April 2021 from Palacios Lleras and specialises in regulatory and projects-related work, as well as January-2022 hire Juan Pablo Quintero who replaces the departed Sylvia Torres in spearheading the commercial and corporate side of the practice, as well as participating in contentious matters. The team was also bolstered by the May 2021, with the hire of associate Luis Vicuña — also from Palacios Lleras — whose practice spans gas and power matters.