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Leading lawyers

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    • Camila de la Torre - DAC Beachcroft Colombia
    • Carlos Ignacio Jaramillo - Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados
    • Gabriela Monroy - DAC Beachcroft Colombia
    • Gabriel Pardo - Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados
    • Bernardo Salazar - Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados
    • Javier Tamayo Jaramillo - Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados
    • Ricardo Vélez - Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados

Next generation lawyers

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For many, ‘the top firm in regulatory insurance lawBrigard & Urrutia’s 10-strong practice is ‘a safe pair of hands’. Co-head Carlos Umaña is leading the team advising American Bankers Insurance Group on the expansion of its businesses in Colombia and on matters related to the implementation of several mobile insurance programs in association with a number of major insurers, including Seguros Bolivar, AXA Colpatria Seguros and BBVA Seguros Colombia, and mobile provider Apple. Carlos Urrutia, who also co-heads the practice, is leading advice to MetLife Colombia Seguros de Vida on several corporate and contractual matters, like massive insurance distribution agreements and contractual and regulatory issues regarding life insurance policies; and third practice lead Irma Rivera acted for AXA Group with regard to the structuring phase associated with a contemplated reorganization of the group’s reinsurance business entities operating across various jurisdictions including Colombia. ‘Capable practitioner’ Lucas Fajardo is also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft Colombia’s ‘subject matter knowledge and service are exemplary’. With 10 offices across Latin America, the global firm’s insurance team provides an extensive service to insurers and reinsurers across the Lloyd’s, London, European and US markets. Camila de la Torre co-leads the practice with Juan Diego Arango, promoted to co-head of practice after the departure of Gabriela Monroy. The firm has been acting for Liberty International Underwriters in relation to 252 claims arising from more than 21 D&O Reinsurance Policies involving several public entities. Other highlights include advising Colpatria Seguros Generales on coverage of a civil liability policy that was triggered by the death of an employee of the insured while commuting from work. In addition, the firm is representing the insurer in a court case brought by the relatives of the employee. Senior associate Angela Hernández is also noted.

Salazar Pardo & Jaramillo Abogados is led by Carlos Ignacio Jaramillo and Gabriel Pardo and has recognised expertise in complex insurance and reinsurance litigation, both at the national and international level. The practice has a local network of correspondents in the main cities of Colombia as well working with an international correspondents’ network with firms in the US, UK and Spain, among other locations.

Boutique firm Botero Salazar Tobón Abogados attracts praise for the ‘quality of its advice and work as well as responsiveness and value’. Recognised specialist Bernardo Salazar leads the practice, with senior associate Lina Moreno providing ‘impressive’ support. The team is advising Seguros del Estado in disputes involving compliance with public contracts. Additional matters include representing AON Risk Services in a case where the claimant is seeking the payment of moral and material damages; and acting for Seguros Generales Suramericana (SURA) on the nullity of certain insurance policies issued by Royal & Sun Alliance Latin America, which allegedly involved a tax fraud scheme. Luis Botero is an additional name to note.

Londoño & Arango Abogados offers its clients specialised legal services in insurance, arbitration, company litigation and contracts. The five-strong boutique, led by Maximiliano Londoño and Daniel Arango, covers D&O and E&O policies, product liability, fire claims, insurance-related constitutional actions, class actions, global banking policies, transportation insurance and bonds. The firm handles national and international issues for both insurance companies and policyholders.

Tamayo Jaramillo & Asociados is considered of ‘excellent quality’; its founder Javier Tamayo Jaramillo has ‘trajectory and knowledge’ and is ‘highly respected by judges and counterparts’. Laura Restrepo is also a noted member of the practice. The team is representing Suramericana de Seguros with regard to liability in a case when Cementos Argos and Canteras de Colombia’s use of controlled explosions in a mine allegedly affected a nearby animal-breeding farm owned by plaintiff Exotika Leather. The practice also represented Chubb Seguros Colombia in a court case concerning the prescription of policy coverage. Generali Colombia Seguros Generales, Seguros Confianza, Seguros La Previsora, Seguros Bolivar and Seguros del Estado are all clients.

Bogota-based boutique Vélez Gutiérrez Abogados focuses on contentious matters in the insurance sector – where it is regarded as ‘standout, the bench mark’ – including civil, contractual and state liability and administrative matters. The 14-strong team is led by partners Ricardo Vélez who handles insurance and reinsurance litigation, civil liability and commercial matters and contentious transportation matters; and Armando Gutierrez, who focuses on administrative litigation. Associate Lina Sánchez specializes in handling insurance and civil liability matters before the civil, labour and administrative authorities and also handles social security litigation. Clients include AIG, Allianz, Generali, Terpel, Sura and Mapfre.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán represents clients in judicial, arbitral, and corporate issues of the insurance and reinsurance sectors, both at the local and international level. The practice, led by Sergio Rojas, has been busy representing insurance companies in litigation cases derived from the issue of fiscal liability arising from actions by Colombia’s fiscal oversight body, the Contraloría General de la República.

Posse Herrera Ruiz has a niche practice in insurance matters related to major infrastructure projects and represents lenders and sponsors in the negotiations of complex policies to cover large EPC contracts. The team, led by recommended Oscar Tutasaura, also advises insurance companies on corporate and M&A matters. The practice advised Lazard Colombia on the sale of the assets of major Colombian health insurer, Cafesalud EPS, as well as of the shares of Estudios e Inversiones Médicas – Esimed, a health care provider that operates around 80 clinics nationwide. Other clients include Caixa Seguros, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, AXA and Grupo Sura.

A new entry to the ranking Kennedys Colombia provides legal advice to local and foreign companies on matters related to insurance, reinsurance, corporate, regulatory and contracts. The five-strong practice attracts praise for its ‘very good response times, good strength-in-depth and excellent value for money’. Monica Toccaruncho has ‘very good knowledge of the local market’ and heads the team. It recently provided coverage analysis on a cyber risk event to Une EPM Telecomunicaciones under the cyber risk management policy issued by Chubb Seguros Colombia.

Highly specialized in insurance law, Neira & Gómez Abogados’s main focus is insurance litigation on behalf of both local and international insurers and insured. The team is representing Concesión Autopista Bogotá – Girardot in a lawsuit against Mundial de Seguros. Founding partner José María Neira, Juan Camilo Neira and Juan David Gómez co-lead the practice. The client roster includes Seguros Comerciales Bolívar, Seguros ALFA, Liberty Seguros and AON Colombia.

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