Public law in Colombia

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados

Highlighted for its ‘recognised and notable experience in the areas of public law‘, Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados‘ team demonstrates ‘enormous capabilities for analysing complex issues‘. The practice spans a comprehensive range of transactional and contentious matters, with strength in public procurement, public contracts, regulatory proceedings and constitutional law matters. Widely recognised as a market leader in public law, Carlos Gustavo Arrieta specialises in arbitration and litigation proceedings; he co-heads the practice together with the ‘collaborative and detail-orientedYady Villaquirán, who is well versed in constitutional law, administrative law and infrastructure projects. Capable support is provided by associate Santiago Cardona, who is ‘results-oriented, practical and provides innovative ideas‘.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Gustavo Arrieta; Yady Villaquirán Castro


‘This is a firm with enormous capabilities for analysing complex issues. Lawyers demonstrate a broad overview of the situation and are willing to give detailed recommendations based on extensive research. We value their capacity to analyse matters from the perspective of the client.’

‘Carlos Gustavo Arrieta and Yady Villaquirán are lawyers with experience, good analysis capacity and legal/commercial vision that goes beyond the client’s expectations.’

‘AMYA’s detailed work is undoubtedly a comparative advantage over other law firms. Its lawyers’ willingness to collaborate regardless of the day or time also makes its work unique.’

‘Yady Villaquirán’s work is highly valued; it is collaborative and detail-oriented. The documents presented are consistent. Associate Santiago Cardona’s work is always results-oriented, practical and provides innovative ideas to achieve the stated objective.’

‘Arrieta Mantilla has recognised and notable experience in the areas of public law and it is characterised by its high-quality standards. We receive direct involvement from partners, in a personalised way, unlike other law firms.’

‘Its main partners have held positions of high responsibility and importance in the public sector; they have an impeccable reputation and exceptional credibility in the market that gives the firm a seal of transparency and precision.’

‘The experience of working with the Arrieta Mantilla y Asociados team has been very enriching, since it has extensive knowledge in the structuring of public projects and has the great virtue of integrating technical and financial awareness.’

‘Yady Villaquirán’s experience and leadership makes her a trusted reference for decision making. She has a great ability to understand, compile and highlight the most important points of the financial and technical experts.’

Key clients

Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

KPMG Advisory Services

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Bolsa Mercantil de Colombia

ICO Medios

Accesos Norte de Bogotá (Accenorte)

British American Tobacco (BAT)

Empresa Nacional Promotora del Desarrollo Territorial (ENTerritorio)

Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla

Work highlights

  • Carlos Gustavo Arrieta was appointed as agent for the Republic of Colombia before the International Court of Justice in two contentious cases filed by Nicaragua against Colombia.
  • Advised KPMG Advisory Services on the legal structuring of the public-private association responsible for the renovation of Colombia’s High-Performance Sports Center (Centro Deportivo de Alto Rendimiento).
  • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), as the contractor, on the legal structuring of Parque Natural San Rafael y Cable Aéreo.

Brigard Urrutia

Brigard Urrutia's group has an enviable track record in linking the public and private sectors in the context of significant public interest projects. The multidisciplinary practice combines strong skill sets in regulatory and financial planning matters and routinely advises on PPPs in the transport, utilities and other areas. In a strong example of its reputation in this space, managing partner and department co-head Carlos Umaña recently led the firm’s advice to Pfizer on one of the first vaccine purchase-and-supply agreements to be reached by the National Government. The group is co-led by infrastructure and public utilities partner Claudia Navarro and associate Julián Parra, who co-ordinates the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Umaña; Claudia Navarro; Julián Parra


The team maintains high standards in the provision of its services.’

Key clients

Hogan Lovells / Pfizer

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Green Móvil P6 and Green Móvil P17 (owned in equal parts by Fanalca and Transdev)

ZMO Fontibón III and ZMO Fontibón V (owned in equal parts by Fanalca and Transdev)

Consorcio Providencia (a consortium of Amarilo, Constructora Bolivar and Marval)

Consorcio Cable Móvil

Oleoducto Bicentario de Colombia


Arquitectura & Concreto

Olimpia IT

Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer (through Hogan Lovells) on special regulations applicable to the acquisition of vaccines; as well as on the transaction scheme that was proposed by the National Government for the vaccine supply agreement, which involved several stakeholders.
  • Appointed by Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional to be part of the team responsible for structuring Bogotá’s second metro line project.
  • Acted for Consorcio Providencia (a consortium of Amarilo, Constructora Bolivar and Marval) as government-appointed contractor for a delegated management construction contract aiming to build necessary houses for communities affected by hurricane Iota in Providencia.

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados is held up by sources as the firm with ‘the most experience in advising the Colombian State in public infrastructure projects'. The team acts for an impressive roster of public-sector entities, including the Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, and it also advises leading domestic and multinational companies on government contracts. Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal is sought after for his record in infrastructure projects; he is advising Servicio Geológico Colombiano on a joint strategic project with the National University of Colombia to develop a geological research centre. Jorge Gabriel Taboada handles a range of public law matters, with particular expertise in dispute resolution. Gustavo Osorio is noted for public budget and contractual issues. Álvaro Gasca and Carlos Andrés Sánchez García are highlighted together for their ‘ability to resolve important and transcendent legal matters'.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Gabriel Taboada; Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal; Carlos Andrés Sánchez García; Álvaro Gasca


‘It is a truly outstanding team; lawyers know public administration in detail, not only the formal standards but also the informal ones. It is, more than a legal advisor, an ally in the pursuit of our interests. Support, compared to other offices, is usually much more agile and personalised, with its best human capital always available to the client.’

The team’s strengths are its experience of structuring public initiatives, its record in advising the government and its experience in transactions that require knowledge of public finances. It is the firm with the most experience in advising the Colombian State in public infrastructure projects.

Álvaro Gasca and Carlos Andrés Sánchez García stand out for their commitment and their ability to resolve important and transcendent legal matters in the transactions in which they work.’

‘The differentiating element of Carlos Andrés Sánchez García’s team is the knowledge it has regarding social impact bonds, both already executed and those that are in execution. It has always given us a timely response to inquiries.’

‘We have had very good experiences with the D&O office in relation to public law issues. The joint development of concession contracts demonstrates a deep knowledge of the sector and its up-to-date knowledge on the needs of the industry. We particularly recommend Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal.

Key clients

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Patria Investments

Mercantil Colpatria

Empresa Férrea Regional

Ministry of Transport

Instituto Nacional de Vías (INVIAS)

Instituto de Infraestructura y Concesiones de Cundinamarca

Secretaría de Ambiente

Crossrail International

EDP Renováveis

Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC)


Inter-American Development Bank / Fundación Corona / Swiss Economic Cooperation

World Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Territorial (FINDETER) and Prosperity Fund

Promoambiental Distrito

Grupo Energía de Bogotá

Construcciones Rubau (sucursal Colombia)

Work highlights

  • Advised Empresa Férrea Regional on the concession agreement for the Regiotram de Occidente project, as well as on the securitisation of the resources provided by Colombia’s National Government and Cundinamarca Department to finance the project’s construction and operation.
  • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) on presenting a proposal for a new institutional arrangement of the entities in charge of the railway system to reactivate the sector.
  • Advised Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) on a joint strategic project with the National University of Colombia to develop a geological research centre, for the expansion of the scientific knowledge of the country.

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Standing out for its ‘technical solidity and responsiveness', public law boutique Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos remains a leader in the sphere. Arguably best known for its strength in contentious matters, the group also advises public and private sector clients on procurement issues and concession contracts. High-profile figure Juan Carlos Esguerra is particularly recommended for complex contentious work; he is acting alongside Felipe Piquero to represent Cerrejón in a case initiated by indigenous communities, members of the Congress and an NGO attempting to nullify the environmental permits that enable the company’s operation in La Guajira. Other senior names include administrative law partner Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos and projects and procurement specialist Adriana Nieto, who was promoted to partner in January 2022. Key support is provided by associate Carlos Lasprilla.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos; Adriana Nieto


The firm’s advice and support in public law matters stands out for its technical solidity and responsiveness.

‘The team has a comprehensive view of the issues, including legal, political, constitutional aspects, etc. We value its comprehensive experience and warm attention.’

‘We appreciate the collaborative attitude and its competent and multidisciplinary staff.’

‘We recommend Juan Carlos Esguerra for being up to date on political issues that can influence decisions. We also highlight the integrity and rigour of Felipe Piquero.’

Felipe Piquero and associate Tatiana Manby stand out for their experience and technical knowledge in the areas of public law. They also stand out for the service and speed with which they provide advice.’

Juan Carlos Esguerra demonstrates strong leadership skills.’

Key clients

Ministerio de Transporte

Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar


Colombia Móvil (TIGO)

Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas (Confianza)


Empresa de Teléfonos de Bogotá (ETB)

Fondo para el Financiamiento del Sector Agropecuario (FINAGRO)

Nortesantandereana de Gas

Sociedad Fiduciaria para el Desarrollo Agropecuario

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla and Ingenio la Cabaña



Work highlights

  • Acting for Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB) on administrative, procurement and corporate matters concerning the reallocation of technology contract by the Ministry of Telecommunications, following the original award of the contract to a consortium that presented false documentation.
  • Advising the Ministerio de Transporte on the legal structuring of the new concession that will operate the RUNT project, as well as on the auditing agreement by which an independent party will comprehensively supervise of the concession agreement.
  • Representing Colsubsidio in judicial proceedings brought against it in relation to several housing developments, including a case initiated by Fondo Adaptación (public entity in charge of reconstruction efforts after natural disasters) alleging breach of contract.

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados' ‘high intellectual and strategic level' strikes the right note with clients, who also value its ‘speed and efficiency'. A strong performer in projects-related matters (including public tenders, works contracts and public procurement), it also shines in regulatory and contentious work such as sanctions proceedings and administrative law disputes. The department is co-led by José Ignacio Leiva, who is particularly well versed in public transportation concessions; Marcela Castro, who has a focus on advising concessionaires and sponsors on project structuring; and projects partner Natalia Uribe.

Practice head(s):

Jose Ignacio Leiva; Marcela Castro; Natalia Uribe


‘I highlight the high intellectual and strategic level for the development and resolution of disputes. When comparing it with other law firms, I can easily identify the added value they have in the use of a language that generates assertive communication.’

‘José Ignacio Leiva has extensive knowledge in public law and dispute resolution, which makes our company permanently demand his legal advice.’

‘The performance of the firm is much higher than that of other firms in the market; the speed and efficiency with which they respond to queries is optimal.’

‘We value the direct attention we receive from the partners of the firm, in particular from Marcela Castro and Jose Ignacio Leiva, as well as from those who make up their work team.’

Key clients

Acciona Agua


Concesionaria Vial Montes de María


Cal y Mayor Asociados

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção

Doppelmayr Colombia

Ashmore Management Company Colombia

Grupo Metrobus


Concesión Alto Magdalena

Concesión Pacífico Tres

Concesión Desarrollo Vial de la Sabana

Grupo SI 18

Autopistas Urabá

Agencia Nacional de Minería

Concesión San Rafael

Consorcio Mar 2

Corredor Portuario de Cartagena

Interconexión eléctrica (ISA)

Unión Vial Río Pamplonita

WSP Ingenieros


Consorcio Estación Elevadora de Canoas

Egis Group

KMA Construcciones

Consorcio Constructor Perimetral de Oriente Bogotá



Concesión La Pintada

Concesión Ruta al Mar

Construcciones El Condor

Work highlights

  • Advised Mota-Engil on the structuring and execution of public contracts for the development and construction of more than 300 schools in different zones of the country.
  • Acted for Concesión Costera Cartagena-Barranquilla, the second most advanced project of the 4G programme in Colombia, on its acquisition by Grupo ISA.
  • Advised Convías on day-to-day legal matters regarding the maintenance and development of the Corredor Portuario SF Convías (Barranquilla).

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas advises domestic and multinational companies on a broad array of public law matters, including contentious procurement issues and sanctions proceedings. Department lead Ximena Zuleta is a ‘skilful attorney with a very relevant commercial awareness‘ and has an emphasis on bidding processes, including contentious work. Andrés Fernández de Soto is noted for his record in administrative law disputes and Pablo Jaramillo is focused on project transactions. At associate level Laura Streubel, who sits in the project development group, and the ‘fully committedNicolás Díaz are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ximena Zuleta


Broad knowledge on public procurement matters. From partners to juniors, the whole team gets into details of the transaction/case so the client feels confident speaking with any of them.

Ximena Zuleta has plenty of experience and expertise. She is such a skilful attorney with a very relevant commercial awareness. Nicolás Diaz is skilful associate, fully committed to provide legal advice on time and with the quality that clients expect.’

Key clients

Puerto Bahía Colombia de Urabá

Work highlights

  • Advising Puerto Bahía Colombia de Urabá on the regulatory framework for port concessions, public law, and several contractual matters, including advising the client on the contractual management of the port concession with the National Infrastructure Agency.


Highlighted for its ‘extensive knowledge in public law‘, Garrigues is equipped to advise on all key pillars of the area, with experience in concession contracts, infrastructure projects and administrative litigation. Best known for advising on the private-sector side, the group also represents public sector entities, including recently handling matters for Agencia Nacional de Minería and Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano. Public law and litigation partner José Miguel De La Calle co-heads the team together with infrastructure specialist Adriana Espinosa. The department also draws on a sizeable second line of associates, including principal associates Iván Fierro and Melissa Castro and senior associates Camilo González and Juan Ospina.

Practice head(s):

José Miguel De La Calle; Adriana Espinosa


‘It is a very receptive group, with extensive knowledge in public law. The firm has met our expectations in every way.’

‘A respectful, persistent and responsible team.’

‘The team has been consolidated by participating in several large-scale projects nationwide.’

‘Adriana Espinosa, Iván Fierro and Juan Ospina make up an excellent work team. Their good disposition and knowledge make it easy to work as a team with them.’

‘We recommend associates Melissa Castro for her assertiveness, knowledge and experience and Camilo González for his knowledge, willingness to investigate and customer service.’

‘Lawyers are very patient, self-demanding and honest.’

Key clients

Agencia Nacional de Minería

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Fiduciaria Colmena

Agroindustrias Villa Claudia

DirecTV Colombia

Laboratorio de Investigación Hormonal LIH

Parques y Funerarias

Centro Médico Imbanaco de Cali

Fundación SaludMía




Bolsa Mercantil de Colombia

OHL Sucursal Colombia and Grupo Ethuss

Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano (IDU)

Terminal de Transporte

Work highlights

  • Advising Agencia Nacional de Minería (ANM), Colombia’s mining agency, on Prodeco Group’s request to terminate five mining contracts on the grounds that the economic conditions were not favourable for mining production.
  • Advising Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) throughout the bidding process for the integral structuring of the construction project for the second line of the Bogotá metro system.
  • Advising OHL and Grupo Ethuss throughout the bidding process for the construction and operation of four toll road projects in Colombia.

Palacios Lleras

Public law is a core pillar of Palacios Lleras‘ service offering and its activity in this area is significantly weighted towards contentious work. A popular choice to represent public contractors in arbitral and judicial disputes, it is well versed in cases concerning state liability and the judicial review of administrative acts. Seasoned specialist Hugo Palacios Mejía has a strong record in constitutional litigation; he co-leads the team together with Óscar Gutiérrez, who has niche expertise in litigation regarding infrastructure and port matters; public law litigator Pedro Pacheco; and Luis Miguel Falla, who joined from Canacol Energy in March 2021. Ángel Castañeda left for X100 Legal in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Palacios Mejía; Óscar Gutierrez; Pedro Pacheco; Luis Miguel Falla

Key clients

Power Generation Companies Association



Canacol Energy Colombia

Colombian Natural Resources III (CNR III)



American Port Company (APCI)

CNE Oil and Gas

Concesionaria Panamericana

Work highlights

  • Representing Drummond in several lawsuits before administrative courts spanning a broad range of matters, including liability claims, judicial review of administrative acts that impose sanctions, and others.
  • Advising Canacol Energy on public actions pursuing the nullity of administrative acts issued by the Colombian taxes authority, the Superintendence of Public Services and multiple municipalities, as well as in class actions that discuss specific oil and gas activities.
  • Representing Concesionaria Panamericana in actions seeking the nullification of administrative acts issued by a regional authority, as well as in efforts to obtain damages caused by such administrative acts.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is valued by sources for its ‘great experience and knowledge of the infrastructure sector’. Indeed, its public law practice is particularly recognised for its experience in representing concessionaires in the full range of related matters, from bidding procedures through to operational issues and litigation. Department head Jorge Di Terlizzi specialises in public law and infrastructure and oversees a team that also draws upon projects and infrastructure partner Carlos Padilla and litigation specialist Hector Hernandez . Additional support is provided by associates Diana Botero (corporate and administrative law), Camilo Forero  (infrastructure, projects and public law), and Santiago Cruz (dispute resolution).

Practice head(s):

Jorge Di Terlizzi


‘The service provided by PPU is excellent in every way. First of all, they have extensive knowledge and, on the other hand, they are proactive and take a very practical approach.’

‘PPU offers the following advantages: as a firm that has been involved in many of the large infrastructure projects in Colombia, its technical and market knowledge is unbeatable; it is a firm oriented to the needs of the client, providing practical solutions to problems that arise; high availability; extremely efficient.’

‘Without a doubt, I highlight the good work of Carlos Padilla.’

‘An excellent work team, with great experience and knowledge of the infrastructure sector.’

‘We recommend the group for its comprehensiveness, knowledge, respect, and independence.’

‘Dispute resolution partner Héctor Hernández and principal associate Santiago Cruz work seamlessly with us on a very large international arbitration matter. Its strong team of English-fluent attorneys and its ability to explain civil law concepts to the client makes it stand out.’

Key clients

China Harbor Engineering Corporation

Banco Agrario de Colombia

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Costa (Barranquilla Airport Concessionaire)

Sociedad Aeroportuaria del Caribe (Cartagena Airport Concessionaire)

Cintra Infraestructuras

Royal Boskalis Westminster Group

Ruta del Cacao

Aeropuertos de Oriente SAS (North East Airports — 5 — Concessionaire)

Metro Línea 1 (leading sponsor China Harbour Engineering Corporation)

Constructora Conconcreto

Vinci Highways and Vinci Concessions

Acciona Concesiones

Work highlights

  • Advising China Harbour Engineering Company on the unsolicited PPP proposal for the construction of the second tunnel of the La Línea Project, among the largest road tunnels in Colombia.
  • Advising Grupo Aeroportuario del Caribe on the performance of the concession agreement of the Barranquilla International Airport, including on the negotiation of the rebalancing of the concession agreement due to the negative economic effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Sociedad Aeroportuaria del Caribe on the performance of the concession agreement of the Cartagena International Airport, including on the extension of the concession agreement term.

Chemás & Asociados

Chemás & Asociados‘ focus on representing infrastructure clients on contentious matters continues to pay dividends and the firm is a popular choice to advise national and foreign corporations on judicial and arbitral proceedings. The team routinely comes up against the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the National Highway Institute (INVIAS), among others, and has a strong record in the transport, energy and telecoms sectors. Jorge Eduardo Chemás, Ingrid Soraya Ortiz and Sergio Alejandro Chemás co-head the department.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Eduardo Chemás; Ingrid Soraya Ortiz; Sergio Alejandro Chemás

Key clients

Consorcio Troncales Bogotá

Ingenieros Consultores Civiles y Eléctricos (INGETEC)

Autopistas de Santander

Grodco Ingenieros Civiles

Centro de Gerenciamiento Doña Juana

Constructora Andrade Gutiérrez

Yuma Concesionaria

Grupo Ashmore

Inverlink Estructuras Inmobiliarias

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

Pavimentos Colombia (PAVCOL)

Work highlights

  • Representing Centro de Gerenciamiento de Residuos Doña Juana (CGR Doña Juana) in bringing a $400m claim against the Unidad Administrativa Especial de Servicios Públicos (UAESP) alleging economic and financial imbalance of the concession contract caused by the UAESP’s omissions and breach of terms.
  • Representing Consorcio INGETEC-SEDIC in the Hidroituango matter, both in the fiscal responsibility proceedings initiated by the Contraloría General de la República for a value of $1.1bn; and the civil responsibility proceedings initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín before an administrative tribunal for a value of $2.9bn.
  • Acting for Unión Temporal Desarrollo Vial del Valle del Cauca y Cauca (UTDVVCC) in arbitral proceedings relating to one of the concession contracts’ amendment settlements.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero enjoys strong relationships with global clients, who praise the firm for its ability to provide ‘the international support required for the success of projects in Colombia'. The practice is also recognised for its multidisciplinary support, combining experience in public procurement, administrative law, infrastructure projects and anti-corruption matters. Public procurement and banking and finance partner Daniel Rodríguez steers the team with support from associate director María Lucía Amador, who focuses on public procurement, administrative law and infrastructure, and associate Paula Andrea Gutiérrez.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Rodríguez


The members of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero provide their business clients with practical solutions to specific needs, delivering timely and accurate information and providing the international support required for the success of projects in Colombia.’

The firm has an expert team of partners and associates through which it provides general legal assistance in administrative procedures and matters governed by state entities.’

Daniel Rodríguez is an outstanding lawyer due to his ability to personally support clients in highly complex transactions, advising multinational and local companies on a wide range of constitutional and administrative law matters.’

‘Among the strengths of CMS is that its lawyers work in different sectors. As an international firm, it brings these practices to the local market.’

‘CMS lawyers are versatile, easily accessible to their clients, their publications stand out, they participate in events that allow the market to know and be updated on the latest developments in the market on different topics.’

‘With the firm CMS Rodriguez Azuero we have a fluid relationship. The lawyers studied our entity previously, gaining time that was applied to the signed contract. The chosen lawyers complemented their strengths perfectly and had the co-ordination of a partner with extensive experience in public contracting.’

‘Lawyers were always available to our company, they adapted naturally and professionally to our technology, so that the advice went without interruptions. The administrative area, in particular billing and other procedures, was adapted to the requirements of our systems, procedures and times.’

‘It is a group of professionals who complement each other in their academic strengths, with extensive legal practice, emotional intelligence and several years of working together, so that the personal and work relationship flowed naturally, which greatly helped in the advancement of the company, advice and the results obtained.’ 

Key clients


Agence Francaise de Développement

Hewlett Packard Colombia

Pacheco Estudio de Arquitectura

Interamerican Development Bank


Capital District of Bogotá

FCC Aqualia

Phelps Dunbar

Work highlights

  • Represented JC Decaux in the negotiation of a settlement agreement related to a concession contract for the provision of the urban furniture for Bogotá DC.
  • Acted as local council to Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) regarding a €200m budgetary loan to the Republic of Colombia for the financing of a programme supporting its public policy priorities in the field of climate action.
  • Advised Hewlett Packard Colombia on several public procurement processes for the award of framework agreements and on the performance of agreements entered into with Colombian public entities.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

The public law group at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) finds favour for its ability to ‘make use of the other specialities of the firm to respond to cross-practice issues'. Co-led by managing partner José Luis Suárez, whose broad practice spans administrative and constitutional law, banking and finance, and infrastructure, the group advises on bidding processes, public procurement, concession agreements and administrative sanctioning issues. Paola Larrahondo, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, co-heads the group. Senior associate Juan Antonio Ucrós provides support on administrative law and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Suárez; Paola Larrahondo


We recommend the firm for its knowledge, experience and proactivity.’

An extraordinary team, which is professional, dedicated and close. Lawyers demonstrate exceptional skills, supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms.’

‘All the partners are very special; great human beings and outstanding professionals.’

‘This practice is very beneficial, since it has deep and practical knowledge about the issues that concern us. And the team knows how to make use of the other specialties of the firm to respond to cross-practice issues.’

‘The lawyer in charge of our contract has very relevant previous experience in public transportation in Bogotá, which makes him a very suitable person to co-ordinate our work. This lawyer is also in charge of training junior lawyers so that they understand the particularities of the business.’

Key clients

Colcharter IPS

Fundacion Carulla

Instituto Colombiano De Bienestar Familiar

Procter & Gamble Colombia

Olam Agro Colombia

Cámara De Comercio De Bogota


BT Latam Colombia

Banca De Inversion Bancolombia, Corporacion Financiera

Vinci Airports

Sierracol Energy Arauca

Work highlights

  • Advised the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce on the initiative ‘Vaccination for Reactivation’, to meet the demand of private sector companies interested in the acquisition and application of vaccines against Covid-19 for the benefit of their employees and their family members.
  • Advised the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare on risk management in public procurement contracts and the corresponding risks matrixes.
  • Advised IGT on day-to-day matters concerning the execution of the Baloto concession agreement, including preparing legal opinions on regulatory matters.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight has an established track record in advising major companies in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors on public law. Particularly active in contentious work, the team is recognised for its expertise in class actions, public environmental law issues and other constitutional law matters. Group head José Vicente Zapatagenerates value with his participation’ and is recommended for his regulatory experience in the energy and environmental sectors. Senior counsel Juan Casallas is noted for constitutional and administrative law disputes, both judicial and arbitral. Former practice co-head Alberto Zuleta-Londoño left the firm in March 2022. Since publication, Casallas has bee raised to the partnership - effective as of February 2023.

Practice head(s):

José Vicente Zapata


‘Extensive knowledge and experience in environmental issues.’

‘José Vicente Zapata is very dedicated to his cases and always generates value with his participation.’

Key clients

Equion Energía

USA-based Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Representing a multinational group of companies in a fiscal liability proceeding before the Contraloría General de la República in relation to fiscal detriment regarding a project to expand a state-owned asset.
  • Represented oil and gas company, Equion, in more than 200 judicial proceedings related to the discussion of an environmental tax with the National Agency for Environmental Licenses (ANLA).

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

As a firm oriented towards heavily regulated sectors, Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados' public law team is particularly prominent in the energy, transportation, telecoms and healthcare industries. The practice is routinely engaged to act across a broad range of related matters, with strong recent activity in public procurement, infrastructure projects, administrative sanctioning matters and litigation. Diego Muñoz Tamayo spearheads the group and brings to bear significant experience in privatisations, project finance and public bidding procedures. Environmental practice director Silvia Méndez provides support.

Practice head(s):

Diego Muñoz Tamayo


‘The team is very professional and well-trained. The service is very competitive.’

‘The ‘plus’ is quality care; the partners are always willing to answer questions at any time required.’

‘The office combines a dynamic and comprehensive service with personality. Claims are answered quickly and completely. The certainty that the solutions to the problems presented will arise with speed and commitment generate great peace of mind for the client.’

‘We recommend Diego Muñoz Tamayo for his high technical knowledge, strong ability to solve complex problems and unmatched dedication.’

‘Lawyers are quite strong in knowledge and provide comprehensive and reliable advice. Several areas of the firm collaborate to meet the requirements.’

‘We highlight the impeccable standard of the documents and advice. Always oriented to give a timely solution to the client.’

Key clients

Trina Solar Colombia

AMP Capital

Organización Terpel

IDC Construción

IAC Energy

GeoPark Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised AMP Capital on its joint venture with the Enel Group, which was awarded two concession agreements for the provision and operation of 860 electric buses for the Transmilenio mass transportation system.
  • Acted for Trina Solar Colombia on its participation in the second auction of long-term energy contracts from renewable sources held in 2021 in Colombia.
  • Advised Dataprom Equipamentos e Servicos de Informatica Industrial on strategic matters related to its participation in the public concession contract for the collection system for Cartagena’s mass transportation system.

Palacio, Jouve & García

Palacio, Jouve & García‘s team has a sharp focus on administrative law matters and government contracting. The group, which consistently acts for both private and public sector entities, is also recognised for its strong experience in the telecoms, energy, education and transport spheres. Department head Oscar Hernández Morales specialises in administrative law and state contracting, while highly-regarded partner María Teresa Palacio additionally advises on infrastructure and public services. Litigator Claudia Patricia Barrantes also has a significant public law dimension to her practice.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Hernández Morales


Lawyers in the PJG team are proactive; collaborative and always available. The team provides personalised attention to each case with a periodicity determined by demand, that is, almost permanent. It also provides regulatory updates according to the needs of each process.’

The team’s ‘plus’ is the reliability of its concepts, its reputation, the timely responses, its knowledge and advice. Additionally, officials at all levels manage cases with professionalism, great respect and assertiveness.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz‘s public law group is valued for its ‘mastery of determining issues‘ and for its ‘innovative contributions‘. Arguably best known for its strength in projects-related matters (including public bids and project finance), the team also links up with the firm’s top-tier dispute resolution practice to handle administrative law proceedings, including fiscal responsibility cases. The department is led jointly by infrastructure specialist José Alejandro Torres and dispute resolution partner Alejandro Turbay, and also leans on high-profile litigator Carolina Posada and infrastructure-focused Cristina Vásquez, who made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

José Alejandro Torres; Alejandro Turbay


‘We value the direct attention of key partners; they always demonstrate knowledge and mastery of determining issues, they have very good connections with the relevant agencies, and they provide innovative contributions.’

‘I highlight lawyers’ determined dedication to know in-depth, and with solvency, the matters involved in the complicated and very technical cases with which they assist us. Undeniable knowledge and mastery of arbitration. They make a difference in this regard.’

‘The team is consolidating after some changes in recent years. The disposition of the team is very good and lawyers are always oriented to provide good service and solutions.’

Key clients




Alianza Fiduciaria

Carlos Enrique Garibello

Construcciones El Condor

Vias de las Americas


Frontera Energy

Carbones del Cerrejon

Flores de los Andes

Zona Franca de Barranquilla


Graña y Montero

Grupo Costanera

AC Capitales


Granitos Y Mármoles

Constructora Conconcreto

Consorcio CCC Ituango

Yuma Concesionaria

Metro Línea 1

Camargo Corrêa Contruções e Participações, Camargo Corrêa Infra

Compañía Administradora de Seguros y Servicios Coassist

Camargo Correa Infra (sucursal Colombia)

Colombia Móvil

Frontera Energy Colombia Corp (sucursal Colombia)


Cooperativa de Caficultores de Andes

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Ministry of Finance


SeaOne Holdings

Sociedad Portuaria Energética Multipropósito y Contenedores Puerto Solo Buenaventura

Work highlights

  • Advising Granitos y Mármoles in an administrative proceeding initiated by the SIC, through its Consumer Protection Investigations Unit, for alleged security problems in the marble façade of the Peñas Blancas building in Bogota.
  • Representing Constructora ConConcreto in a fiscal responsibility case initiated by the Contraloria General de la República, against several people and companies, relating to the delay in the start of operations of the Ituango hydroelectric plant.
  • Advising Consorcio CCC Ituango in matters relating to the interpretation and execution of the contract between it and Empresas Públicas de Medellín for the construction of works associated with the Ituango hydroelectric plant.

ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S' firm-wide focus on dispute resolution, international law, and infrastructure and public contracts translates into a public law practice that specialises in public procurement, project structuring and contentious matters. That being said, the boutique is best known for its adept handling of disputes involving state agencies, particularly in the construction, energy and infrastructure spheres. Infrastructure and public procurement specialist Miguel Castro co-leads the practice together with Rafael Rincón Ordóñez, who has a focus on international disputes, international public law and dispute settlement involving state entities. Key support is provided by associate Juan Camilo Artunduaga.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Castro; Rafael Rincón

Key clients

Pavimentos Colombia

Mario Alberto Huertas Cotes


Coherpa Ingenieros Constructores



Obras y Servicios (COPASA)

CAS Mobiliario


KPMG Colombia

AERTEC Ingeniería Sucursal Colombia

Hidalgo e Hidalgo, Matriz de Construcción y Administración

Construcción y Administración (CASA)

KMA Construcciones

Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos

Autopista Magdalena Medio

Autovía Magdalena Medio

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Perimetral Oriental de Cundinamarca and Shikun & Vinui

Work highlights

  • Advised KMA Construcciones on the public bidding carried out by Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) for two PPP projects to design, build, operate and maintain two toll road projects; namely, Puerto Salgar-Barrancabermeja and Sabana de Torres-Curumaní.
  • Advised Obras y Servicios (COPASA) on the public bidding for a project to build, operate and maintain the Hospital Santa Clara.
  • Advised Pavimentos Colombia, Mario Alberto Huertas Cotes, Coherpa Ingenieros Constructores and Concay on the legal structuring process of a PPP to design, build, operate and maintain the $600m Autopista ALO Sur toll road project in Bogotá.

Ariza & Marin

Lawyers at Ariza & Marin are commended for their ‘great experience, technical knowledge and service attitude’. The team’s practice spans government contracting, expropriation, state liability, class actions and disciplinary and fiscal actions, where it acts for an array of domestic and multinational companies. Noted for her ‘willingness to understand customer needs‘, department head Carolina Ariza advises on complex negotiations and litigation, including judicial and arbitral proceedings. Associate Miguel Lozano has a focus on public and procedural law.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Ariza


‘The team is definitely excellent. We highlight the work of Carolina Ariza in terms of willingness to understand customer needs. She clearly identifies legal problems and has the ability to adapt to teamwork schemes, providing successful solutions.’

‘Lawyers are always available to respond to requests and don’t leave you on long waits like some big firms do. They genuinely care about the needs and particularities that the client expresses about the issues that are delivered to them for their management.’

‘The partners and team leaders are always at hand and the lawyers that make up the team (seniors and juniors) are brought up to speed and carry out investigative work, the results of which are always validated by their superiors.’

‘Carolina Ariza and associate Miguel Lozano make an excellent team when dealing with any issue, always meeting delivery deadlines and, of course, delivering a high-quality product.’

‘The firm’s fundamental differentiator lies in the personal attention on the part of the partners of the firm, which leads to good results.’

‘An excellent team, very attentive to the needs of the client and always willing to resolve the concerns and requests that arise during the consultancy. We are very satisfied with the response times. The quality of the work delivered stands out.’

‘The firm has very good experience in the subject matter, from junior lawyers to senior lawyers and partners. The team maintains excellent personal relationships. They are young lawyers, but with great experience, technical knowledge and service attitude.’

‘Lawyers are innovative, fearless, efficient, friendly and professional.’

Key clients

Concesión Ruta al Mar (Corumar)

Industrias Metálicas Los Pinos

Valores Simesa

Construcciones El Condor

Idom Consulting, Engineering, Architecture


Basque Trade and Investment

Caja de Compensación Familiar de Antioquia (Comfama)

FGA Fondo de Garantías

Corporación Prosur

Work highlights

  • Advised FGA Fondo de Garantías on the possibility of carrying out activities related to the management and collection of receivables, in compliance with its corporate purpose.
  • Represented Caja de Compensación Familiar (Comfama) in several legal claims brought by members of a community living in the Ancón Norte sector concerning geological failures caused by hydraulic and soil problems that destroyed their homes.
  • Appointed by Basque Trade & Investment, in the context of a project involving the European Agency for SMEs (EASME), Business France and the Walloon Export Agency (AWEX), to prepare an all-inclusive guide to the functioning of public procurement in the Colombian legal system, with an emphasis on the infrastructure sector.

Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez Abogados

A key player in the transportation sphere, Cuberos Cortés Gutiérrez Abogados provides ongoing advice to 11 public transport providers and operators in Bogotá’s BRT system, as well as participants in the transport systems of Cali and Cartagena. The team regularly handles procurement procedures and the negotiation of concession agreements, as well as contentious matters, including arbitration and administrative proceedings. Department head Edwin Cortés Mejía specialises in the structuring of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Edwin Cortés Mejía

Key clients

Organización Suma (in reorganisation)

Vivitar Construcciones


TN Colombia

Pacific Geotech Systems

Grupo Posso


MS Construcciones


Fundación Lumos Colombia

Work highlights

  • Represented Organización Suma (in reorganisation) in negotiating an amendment to its loan agreement for 195 clean energy buses, and on a new loan agreement to continue with the renovation of its bus fleet under its concession agreement with Transmilenio.
  • Advised Vivitar Construcciones on the performance of its thirty public contracts for the construction of more than 5000 rural social housing solutions in Colombia and also advised on its economical claims against Fiduagraria.
  • Represented Pacific Geotech Systems on negotiating the renewal of the maintenance, support and additional services contract of the mining software ANNA Minería for the National Mining Agency of Colombia.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

The ‘collaborative' lawyers at Lloreda Camacho & Co. strike the right note with sources who say, ‘you can talk with them and contradict their theses, without generating conflict or animosity'. The team is further distinguished by its emphasis on government procurement and infrastructure work, with strong recent showings in energy, road and TMT projects. Andrés Hidalgo, who specialises in M&A, public procurement and infrastructure, co-heads the department alongside Carlos Carvajal, who made partner in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Hidalgo; Carlos Carvajal


I have felt very comfortable working with the team, since there is always a partner in the meetings and the team solves everything we have asked of it. It is not like in other law firms, where the partner is only with you when negotiating fees.’

Lawyers are collaborative; you can talk with them and contradict their theses, without generating conflict or animosity.’

Key clients

Bel Star

Enel Group

Gaming Laboratories International

Comcel (America Movil)

European Dredging Company

B Braun Avitum

Oracle Corporation

Speedcast (Sucursal Colombia)

KMA Construcciones

Thermo Scientific Colombia

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Enel X, and its Colombian affiliate Colombia Ze, on structuring, preparing and submitting bids for two bidding processes carried out by Transmilenio.
  • Acted for a joint venture, led by KMA Construcciones and Ortiz Construcciones, on the structuring of a toll road concession (Concesión Autopistas del Caribe – Ruta Caribe 2) under a PPP structure.
  • Advised Comcel on the procurement process launched by the Colombian Public Tendering Agency for executing an aggregated demand agreement for providers of cloud services.

Medellín & Durán Abogados

New entrant to the table for 2023, Medellín & Durán Abogados is recognised as a leader in State-side public law matters. The firm, which is praised for its ‘constant innovation‘, brings to bear over ten years’ of representing Colombian State entities in public contracts, disciplinary matters and fiscal liability issues. Carlos Eduardo Medellín  co-leads the department and his involvement is identified as bringing ‘strong credibility‘ to public law proceedings. Litigation and conflict resolution specialist Rodrigo Antonio Durán  co-heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Eduardo Medellín; Rodrigo Antonio Durán


In addition to having strategic litigation thinking, lawyers must have extensive knowledge of administrative and environmental law issues. In these aspects the Medellín & Durán Abogados team excels and that is the result of having excellent relationships with its clients and its ability to seek true solutions to the problems presented by its users.

The service offered to the entity in which I co-ordinate the legal defence requires constant innovation in the technical defence that is carried out by Medellín & Durán Abogados, taking into account that the processes assigned to the team are evolving every day.’

We value the permanent availability both of the support team and of Carlos Eduardo Medellín directly, both virtual or face-to-face. Lawyers provide personalised attention and there is no rotation of the legal team.’

The team’s deep knowledge in the different areas of public law is one of the firm’s main characteristics. It is also an innovative team. Additionally, the treatment lawyers provide to clients is outstanding, which demonstrates the personal quality of each of the members of the team.’

‘It is a team highly committed to the matters entrusted to it by its clients; lawyers do not skimp on dedicating the necessary time for the effective resolution of each query.’

Carlos Eduardo Medellín is a professional who has great prestige and reputation, which allows him to have strong credibility in the different proceedings.’

Key clients

Ministerio de Comercio Industria y Turismo

Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público


Escuela Superior de Administración Pública (ESAP)

Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá (CCB)

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional


Refineria De Cartagena (REFICAR)


Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Asociación Aeropuerto del Café (Aerocafé)

Secretaria Distrital De Movilidad

Empresa Metro De Bogotá (EMB)

Empresa De Acueducto y Alcantarillado De Bogotá

Alcaldía Mayor De Bogotá

Grupo Energía De Bogotá

Autoridad Nacional De Licencias Ambientales (ANLA)

Fondo Nacional De Garantías (FNG)

Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi

Ministerio de Educación Nacional

Secretaría de Educación del Distrito

Unidad Administrativa Especial de Catastro Distrital

Fondo Nacional de Turismo (FONTUR)

Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI)

Secretaria Distrital De Desarrollo Económico.

Empresas Públicas De Medellín (EPM)


Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano (IDU)

Ministerio del Transporte

Fondo de Adaptación

Ministerio del Deporte

Alcaldía de Soacha


Fondo Nacional de Garantías

Unidad Administrativa Especial de Servicios Públicos (UAESP)

Camara Colombiana de la Infraestructura

Work highlights

  • Successfully achieved the recognition of the Fondo Nacional de Garantías as a party in the process that seeks protection of the credit guarantees granted to the financial entities involved in the popular action called Centros Poblados.
  • Represented Fondo Adaptación in the arbitration initiated by Sacyr concerning the construction of the Hisgaura Bridge.
  • Advised Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos (CENIT) on the presentation of settlement formulas before the Public Ministry and the Administrative Court of Cundinamarca, which allowed the solution of complex, multimillion-dollar disputes between CENIT and its clients.

Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados

Pinilla González & Prieto Abogados leverages its signature real estate practice to specialise in representing property investors and construction companies in proceedings before judicial and administrative authorities. The team is also increasingly active in public procurement matters. Department head David Garzón is commended by sources for his ‘exhaustive knowledge of regulations and processes'.

Practice head(s):

David Garzón


‘The team is well trained, committed and responsible and keeps close to the client, which facilitates good results.’

‘Lawyers are accessible and knowledgeable about the subject.’

‘We value the collaboration between all the different practice areas of the firm.’

‘David Garzón has exhaustive knowledge of regulations and processes.’

Key clients

Hitos Urbanos



Crepes & Waffles


Constructora Bolívar



Prodesa y Cía

Educación y Tecnologías de la Información and Cafe Cristal

Valesma Compañía de Inversión

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Amarilo in obtaining reimbursement of a property tax.
  • Advised IDOM on the pre-feasibility phase of an infrastructure project located in Bogotá.
  • Represented Hitos Urbanos before local courts to force the handover of a developer exaction.

Pombo Caballero Abogados S.A.S.

Boutique firm Pombo Caballero Abogados S.A.S.' exclusive focus on public law and public procurement supplies a steady stream of infrastructure-related work, with notable activity in supervision contracts. The team also advises on bidding processes, judicial litigation and arbitral proceedings. Names to note include Rodrigo Pombo, who specialises in infrastructure and public law matters; María Paula Caballero, who has extensive experience in concession contracts; and litigation director Diego Felipe Guzmán Fajardo.

Practice head(s):

Diego Felipe Guzmán Fajardo; Juan Pablo Díaz Rodríguez


We appreciate that there is permanent support from the beginning of the litigation to its conclusion, without said support involving additional costs for clients for consultations or doubts.’

Key clients

Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado

Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho

Agencia Nacional de Minería

Unidad Administrativa Especial de Servicios Públicos (UAESP)

Jan de Nul


Restrepo y Uribe


AFA Consultores y Constructores

Carvajal Tecnología y Servicios

Consorcio Metroandina

Applus Colombia

Arquitectura y Concreto

Waterleau Group

Ingeniería de Proyectos

Brinks de Colombia

Procesos & Canje


Parex Resources Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advising Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado on legal defence strategies and participation in several complex claims involving government entities.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice and Law on several matters concerning legislative initiatives and public law.
  • Advising the Agencia Nacional de Minería on the evaluation, analysis and elaboration of legal concepts and professional opinions that might emerge within the inspection function over mining titles, especially those related to national interest projects.

Valbuena Abogados

The regulatory strength of competition boutique Valbuena Abogados fuels a solid public law practice, which specialises in advising clients within the telecoms, life sciences, transport, and energy and natural resources industries on administrative law matters. Among its recent work, Gustavo Valbuena's team has advised on public tenders and contentious matters, with strong activity in handling nullity lawsuits and the restoration of rights against administrative decisions.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Valbuena


‘Valbuena Law Firm is unique because it always has a senior lawyer attending to the clients and it is always is thinking about the economic, financial and corporate context — not just limiting its counsel to the legal topics.’

The team’s strengths and capabilities are related to its capacity to have the right answers or to build specific alternatives.

Key clients

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura


Compañía Operadora Clínica Hispanoamericana

Constructora Conconcreto

Federación Colombiana de Futbol




Frontera Energy Colombia

Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Colombia


Expreso Palmira


Uniphos Colombia Plant

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura

Work highlights

  • Assisted Comcel with the selection process for the ‘digital centers’ public tender, which was carried out by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Represented Aceco TI in a contractual dispute initiated by Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB) in relation to a datacentre construction project.
  • Represented Comcel in the public bidding process for the ‘Last Mobile Mile’ project, promoted by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and financed by the Unique ICT Fund.