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Pinilla González & Prieto Abogadosis considered the top firm’ in urban regulation and real estate law. The 18-strong team is led by Juan Manuel González, with Felipe Pinilla and Angela Caicedo also both ‘at the forefront of real estate’ matters and key members of the practice, whose recent work includes advising Constructora Conconcreto on an administrative procedure to adopt the partial plan "Malachí", in order to develop around 60-hectares of land located in the municipality of Soacha, Cundinamarca. The team is also advising clients on their adoption of the planning instrument called partial plan "El Bosque", located in the north of Bogotá to allow its development for residential and commerce uses.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) handles a range of matters, from acquisition and property sale, to due diligence, real estate project structuring, fund formation and real estate-related litigation. Over the past two years, the firm has grown its urban development capability, strengthening the team to five lawyers. Practice head Paula Samper led advice to Fox Telecolombia on the process of construction licenses required by the client for film studios in Bogota; the advice included topographic analysis, anti-seismic regulations and compliance, zoning and land use, and obtaining construction licenses. The team has also been acting as primary counsel to two real estate funds managed by Alianza Fiduciaria with regard to all their real estate property acquisitions across the country, asset sale and projected expansion since 2016. Senior associates Camilo Cantor and María Camila Parra are also key practitioners.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has been involved in significant transactions in the Colombian market and its wider services cover all legal aspects related to the structuring and development of real estate projects; additionally, it has an urban law sub-group which advises public and private entities on planning, land management, and land use execution and procedures. Juan Carlos Rocha led advice to Fondo Privado de Capital–Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia on the acquisition of a 49% fiduciary interest in real estate trust Viva Malls in which Exito Group holds the remaining 51% stake. The practice is also acting for Drummond on real estate matters regarding rural estate properties. Corporate partner Felipe Cuberos is also active in the sector, particularly with private equity clients and on significant real estate transactional matters, while principal associate Silvia Avendaño is noted for real estate- associated trusts and funds, project structuring and project development contracts. Colvalor Propiedades Colombianas, Anglo Gold Ashanti, H&M and Ripley International are clients.

Posse Herrera Ruiz has broad experience in real estate projects, the solution of complex real estate disputes, large-scale real estate acquisitions and agribusiness projects. More recently, the team has gained experience in urbanism and zoning regulation due to the increasing participation of senior associate Alejandro Turbay in the sector. Recommended specialists Andrés Montoya and José Alejandro Torres co-head the team, which is at ‘the highest level’ in terms of ‘dedication, commitment and availability’, so becoming ‘a strategic ally for the structuring, implementation and execution of investments in real estate assets’. The 11-strong practice is advising BTG Pactual Real Estate Fund, one of the leading financial groups in Latin America, on the acquisition of two datacentres in Bogota’s Free Trade Zone. Highlights also included assisting Phoenix Tower with a buyouts program for the acquisition of several real estate properties for the installation of telecommunications towers, involving the assignment of lease agreements and negotiations with telecom providers.

Frequently working in combination with the corporate and M&A departments, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s practice strength is primarily on the transactional side of real estate, although it has also been developing its capabilities in the urban law segment. Alvaro Mesa heads the practice, which is advising Fitness 24 Seven on developing its strategy to create an international gym chain presence in Colombia, including an aggressive schedule to secure the leases of its initial facilities. Other highlights for 2017 included assisting Mall Plaza with analysis of the real estate and urbanism aspects of a potential transaction for the acquisition of a shopping mall. Ciro Meza brings tax expertise to the structuring of real estate projects while associate Camila Jiménez, who has an environmental aspect to her practice, is also noted.

Brigard & Urrutia is experienced in the fields of real estate, urban regulation, hospitality and agribusiness, providing permanent legal advice to the leading national and international companies. The firm has been advising Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias on all its real estate acquisitions, including the structuring, drafting, review and negotiation of all the required agreements and urban regulation analysis of each real estate property. The team also assisted Dekel Group with the structuring of its hotel projects. Álvaro Cala leads the practice and is primarily focused on transactional matters for major clients such as Aldea, Hilton, IHS, Terranum Inversión; while senior associate Natalia Hernández, who coordinates the real estate practice as a whole, focuses on urban and zoning regulations and planning. Associate Juanita Bermúdez, who focuses on real estate, hospitality and agro-industry, is also noted.

Extremely good specialist firmRamirez & Cardona Abogados is essentially devoted to providing legal services regarding real estate, urban development and environmental matters, as well as tax advice in matters that relate to property. ‘Problem solverJosé Ramón Ramirez, leads the team and recently assisted Nexus Inmobiliario Fund (a compartment fund of Nexus Capital Partners) with the negotiation and acquisition of real estate assets valued at $10m throughout Colombia. Other mandates included advising Hoteles Decameron on the regularisation process of zoning matters and other urbanization-related issues for several hotels projects owned, operated or leased by the group in Colombia.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero provides advice to local and multinational companies on investment properties, office space, leisure, hotels, residential developments and retail property. The team advised ACR Group on the legal aspects of the construction of La Serrezuela, a luxury retail centre in Cartagena. Co-led by managing partner Juan Camilo Rodríguez, the practice also advised Savills on an integral study of property titles for office space that would be occupied by the European Union in Bogotá.

Contexto Legal Abogados advises on the acquisition of real estate property and the structuring of real estate financing matters. The practice group, led by Clara Uribe, also assists with real estate project development, handling public procurement, financial, tax and urban regulation requirements as necessary. Recent mandates include legal advice to Jaguar Capital regarding the acquisition of a number of properties in different cities across the country, with the specific purposes of developing shopping centres. Highlights also included accompanying Immobiliare in the negotiation of the sale of its real estate portfolio, composed of offices in the main business centres of Medellin and Bogotá.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is experienced in advising on all types of legal business operations related to urban or rural real estate assets. Practice head Santiago Gutiérrez advised Alimentos e Inversiones de Colombia Alina on the sale of rural properties to develop tourist projects, mandates which involved the fiduciary project structuring and the development, management and review of purchase and sales agreements. Terrafranco, Flores Ipanema and Deeb Asociados are also clients.

Medellín-based UH Abogados provides clients with comprehensive legal advice that combines legal knowledge with a commercial approach. The team advised Ménsula on the structuring of an investors’ agreement for the development of an $80m residential real estate project being developed near Medellín. Carolina Uribe and Carlos Henao head the practice, which counts Grupo Cartama, Red Polar and Londoño Gómez among its clients.

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