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Brigard & Urrutia’s telecommunications team ‘is top notch and has tremendous expertise in this market’, providing ‘excellent value for the money’. The firm advises national and foreign telecommunications, satellite and television services providers in relation to their entrance into the Colombian market. Additionally, it also acts on cybersecurity matters, entertainment law and sports law. ‘Stand out’ practice head Sergio Michelsen (‘an excellent resource’), led advice to HBO Latin America Group on the deployment of HBO GO in Colombia, providing regulatory advice on personal data protection laws and regulations, and analysing the impact of said regulations upon data collection operations. The tam also assisted the client in connection with parental control mechanisms. Senior associates Andrea Bonnet ‘who has great experience in technology and telecommunications matters’ and Juan Nicolás Laverde are also noted. Other clients include Hughes Network Systems, Plural Comunicaciones, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Facebook.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. brings ‘very good results, extensive knowledge and experience in the subject’. Practice head Carolina Pardo led the analysis of the current regulatory provisions and the position taken by enforcement agencies regarding online travel service providers (OTPs) and their registration obligations. The team also provided a major multinational involved in homeware products with a risk assessment and recommendations related to the launching of an innovative hardware and software project to operate a domestic software-based "internet-of-things" (IoT) technology in Colombia. Associate Sandra Castillo is recommended for her ‘extensive and deep knowledge of the subject of data protection not only in Colombia but internationally’. Fellow associate Rodrigo Millan is also a key member of the team.

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados’s lawyers ‘are very good, they respond fast, have deep regulatory knowledge and the rates are fair’. The practice advises on telecom, media, TV and IT regulation, including interconnection and access issues, radio spectrum licensing and regulatory compliance, data protection, audio-visual media, technology and e-commerce. ‘Business oriented’ practice head Carlos Andrés Sánchez, ‘who has very good regulatory knowledge’, led the advice to Level 3 Communications (now Century Link) on telecommunications regulation compliance, anti-money laundering and licensing, among other matters. The team is also the permanent advisor to the SGC, the national agency for the energy and mining sector (which monitors geological hazards and researches nuclear technologies for peaceful uses), on the application of the relevant legal framework and procurement processes.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) advises on all major areas of data protection and information privacy, providing ‘an excellent, solid, client-oriented service’. The team is led by Mauricio Jaramillo, with well-regarded senior associate July Galindo providing key support. The practice continues to advise Google on multiple issues concerning its operations in the country, most recently assisting the client in relation to a network infrastructure regulatory requirements questionnaire as well as data protection, and online intermediary liability. The team also acted for the Colombian association of Direct Selling (ACOVEDI), on structuring a bid process and the negotiation of agreements with the purpose of obtaining software and advice on the administration of databases. Other clients include Estrategias Contact Centre, Pricesmart, IMS Health, BodyTech and PayU Colombia.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. specialises in regulatory knowledge regarding telecommunications, data protection, entertainment, media and copyright as well as contractual issues. The practice is the primary advisor to Colombia’s major market-share telecoms provider, Claro, part of Carlos Slim’s América Móvil Group. The team has been representing the telecoms company in administrative proceedings before the Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies regarding alleged infringements to Colombia’s Telecom Interconnection Regime, successfully reversing the sanctions imposed. Practice head Gustavo Tamayo led the representation of Star One before the ICT Ministry during its Satellite Registry Procedure, in order to obtain the landing rights in Colombia for the satellite D1 operated by the company. Senior associate Juan Manuel Ojeda provides support on all mandates.

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados specialises in services to international companies entering Colombia’s TMT market. The practice, led by Felipe Trias in conjunction with senior associate Fernando Bermúdez has been advising Andean Tower Partners Colombia on its growth and development into a dominant name in the country’s telecoms sector; recent work included acting as local counsel on an acquisition-and-leaseback operation with Avantel involving 112 telecom towers and other assets. The firm has also been developing a focus on start-ups, providing services to companies such as digital payment platform Kushki on its roll out in Colombia and Latin America.

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s seven strong team is led by Ernesto Cavelier and Andrés Montoya. It recently assisted Google regarding the provision of cloud computing services to state companies in Colombia, particularly following the publication of the cloud computing services framework agreements prepared by the state agency for government procurement, Colombia Compra Eficiente. Highlights also included advising Phoenix Tower on two M&A transactions; the acquisition of approximately 100 telecom-tower sites from Syscom and a further 10 from Torresec.

The team at BBGS Barrios Montenegro, led by Luis Felipe Barrios and Mónica Serrano, specialises in entertainment law and handling those aspects of commercial, privacy, contractual and intellectual property law that involve knowledge of new technologies and the legal aspects of audio-visual productions, among other matters. The firm, part of a group of four firms aiming to offer integrated services across the countries of the Pacific Alliance (Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Chile), advised Teleset on the production of the Colombian version of the "Survivor" reality show, named "Expedición Robinson".

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is experienced in industry regulation, litigation and TMT proceedings before the public authorities and the practice group is leading legal counsel to radio stations Canal RCN and Canal Caracol. Senior associates Maria Claudia Martínez and Julián Solorza are key names in the team, for which recent mandates included advising SITA on Telecommunication Register matters so as to ensure compliance with the telecom regime.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas advises major telecoms and IT players on privacy matters. The practice, led by Luz Helena Adarve and Juanita Acosta, recently assisted with the implementation of a privacy project for AC Nielsen, Oracle and Ericsson. Other clients include Avantel, Ford Motors and Microsoft.

A new entry to the ranking, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos’ TMT practice is led by Juan Carlos Esguerra and Alfonso Miranda. It is acting as legal counsel to BT Latam Colombia regarding its business development, especially for carrier, connectivity and datacentre services. The team is also responsible for coordinating Axesat’s interaction with governmental agencies.

With offices in Bogotá and Cartagena, new ranking entry Marrugo Rivera Asociados is a privacy and data protection boutique led by Ivan Dario Marrugo. The firm has led on the implementation of data protection programs for more than 100 organizations of all sizes and sectors, some of the most representative are in the insurance and banking sectors and include Mapfre Seguros, Aseguradora Solidaria de Colombia, Seguros del Estado, Segurexpo Banco Popular and Sodimac Colombia (Homecenter). The team has also acted for Gas Natural Fenosa and will act for its Peruvian subsidiary on the same matter.

Led by ‘specialistsJorge Di Terlizzi and Diego Cardona, the practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría provides ongoing regulatory telecommunications advice to local and multinational media and technology companies regarding all their regional legal matters. The team also advises on data protection and privacy regulations. Recent matters include assisting B Braun Medical (and its Colombian affiliates) with the design and implementation of the measures required to comply with data protection regulation requirements in connection with the collection and processing of data in the healthcare sector and through the use of new digital technologies – and also the registration of the companies’ data bases in the National Database Registry. Other clients include Visa International, Mondelez, Nokia and Radio Cadena Nacional.

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