Garrigues > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Garrigues
AVENIDA CALLE 92 NO 11-51
PISO 4
BOGOTA
Colombia

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Lawyers at Garrigues are roundly praised for their ‘proven experience in competition law'. The team’s commercial approach is also a recurring theme among sources, who assert that its ‘understanding of business helps it to deliver advice that is specific to the needs of the client'. The firm advises on the full spread of merger controls, investigations by the Competition Authority and contentious matters, with particular expertise in advising companies from heavily regulated industries, including telecoms, healthcare and aviation. Group head José Miguel De La Calle is a regulatory stalwart, who combines strength in competition, public law, administrative law and dispute resolution; he recently represented DirecTV on the competition aspects of its alliance with ETB and Telefónica to offer new services to consumers. The practice also fields an impressive band of younger lawyers, including principal associate Alejandro Acevedo, whose advice is ‘always timely and specific', and senior associates Anamaría Rico, noted for her ‘excellent client treatment, great disposition and responsiveness', and Adolfo Enrique Gomez.

Practice head(s):

Jose Miguel De la Calle

Testimonials

‘The firm’s differentiators are: the ability to communicate with the client through multiple channels — location is never an obstacle; strong case management; extensive knowledge of the client’s industry.’

‘The competition team is not only an expert in its field, it provides a comprehensive legal and business service. Its understanding of business helps it to deliver advice that is specific to the needs of the client.’

‘The team is comprised of professionals with extensive proven experience in competition law. Lawyers demonstrate high standards, proactive skills and availability at the request of the client.’

‘Compared to other law firms, Garrigues provides a high degree of confidentiality in the handling of our affairs as well as a commitment to our case that makes us feel comfortable and confident.’

‘José Miguel de la Calle, in addition to being an excellent lawyer, well known for his extensive experience, is characterised by his good business sense. He always provides advice from the business perspective, seeking the satisfaction of commercial interests, as well as reducing risks — legal and otherwise.’

‘Senior associates Alejandro Acevedo and Adolfo Gómez provide clarity in their concepts and opinions by being concrete and direct due to their understanding of the business/sector.’

‘Our contact is senior associate Alejandro Acevedo. His advice from him is always timely and specific, which is what one expects from a good lawyer.’

‘Senior associate Anamaría Rico is a highly trained professional, with extensive knowledge in our industry as well as in the relevant legal practice. Anamaría stands out for her excellent client treatment, great disposition and responsiveness.’

Key clients

IBM

Estrella Galicia

Almacenes Flamingo

Directv Colombia

Rappi

Ufinet

Iberia

Grupo Éxito

Rappi Colombia

British American Tobacco

Enel

Inversora La Paz

Opticalia Colombia

Damm

Rapicredit

Solovive – Kredicity

China Gezhouba Group Company

Samsung

Quirónsalud

Andean Tower Partners

Falabella de Colombia

Colsubsidio

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented DirecTV on the competition aspects of its alliance with ETB and Telefónica to offer new services to consumers.
  • Acted for Andean Tower Partners in the merger control procedure connected to its acquisition of up to 35 telecoms towers owned by Telefónica and five telecoms towers owned by BTS Sitios de Colombia.
  • Advised Spain-based Quirónsalud on the merger control aspects of its acquisitions of Centro Oncológico de Antioquia, Clínica Oftalmológica de Antioquia and Oftalmoservicios IPS.

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 2

A ‘top-notch firm in Colombia', Garrigues is held in high esteem by sources due to its deep regulatory knowledge, which has ‘disrupted the traditional order of advisors in this field'. The firm also packs a punch in sophisticated lending and fintech matters, ensuring that it has risen to become a ‘top-of-mind candidate for complex transactions'. Roberto Borrás is widely regarded as a go-to name for regulatory work, particularly in relation to bank incorporations, securities issues and fintech matters; he recently advised Fondo Nacional de Garantías (FNG) on implementing key financial products for the Colombian market. Newly promoted partner Francisco Noguera co-heads the department alongside Borrás and specialises in project finance transactions, such as his recent advice to Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico (as concessionaire), Prodepacífico (as borrower), and Corficolombiana (as sponsor) in a $150m toll road financing. Senior associate Paula Ospina Correa is recommended for her broad regulatory experience, while fellow senior Nicolás Angulo continues to raise his profile in the securities, banking and project finance spheres. Counsel Camilo Gantiva left the firm in February 2022. Additionally, senior associate Alejandro García Botero became a senior manager at EY Law in January 2022, while senior associate Eduardo Sanmiguel joined fintech RappiPay in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Borrás; Francisco Noguera

Testimonials

Garrigues has established itself as a top-notch firm in Colombia. The availability and quick response times of the team, plus the deep knowledge of individuals like Francisco Noguera and Nicolás Angulo, have made the firm a top-of-mind candidate for complex transactions.’

Garrigues’ lawyers are true experts in the field and their connections within the regulatory environment in Colombia are extremely valuable. I have carried out similar processes with other firms and Garrigues has been truly excellent in everything!

Its main skill is the successful management of procedures carried out by the Financial Superintendence. Not only has the firm successfully represented several clients under surveillance in recent years, but it has also disrupted the traditional order of advisors in this field, based on its knowledge of the sector and its successful regulatory relationships.’

Francisco Noguera manages project finance transactions perfectly and his awareness and commercial approach leads to successful financings and swift closings.’

We value the level of expertise, the frankness and clarity of the advice, the level of rigor in the analysis, as well as the partner-led service.’

The team is available at all times and provides reliable support and suggestions, with Nicolás Angulo and Francisco Noguera stand-out lawyers.’

Roberto Borrás is highly competent and his judgment is always framed within a solid ethical framework, with extensive knowledge of the regulatory regime and the activity of the supervisor. Paula Ospina Correa is very competent and clear.’

An integrated and complementary team, which provides advice that offers security.

Key clients

Global Infrastructure Partners

BlackRock Colombia Infraestructura

Bold Compañía de Financiamiento

Concesionaria Alternativas Viales

Crédito Fácil Codensa, Compañía de Financiamiento

Banco Falabella

Aflore

PPRO

Ebanx

Asobancaria

Marulanda Consultores

Bancoomeva

Pexto

Rapicredit

PayU

FGA

Almacenes Flamingo

Pomelo

Comultrasan

Mono Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised CCLA Colombia on a joint venture agreement, trust agreements and a development and operating agreement with Bancolombia to develop and operate multi-family residential buildings with 5,000 units over the next five years.
  • Advised Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico, as concessionaire, Prodepacífico, as borrower, and Corficolombiana, as sponsor, on a $150m mezzanine term loan granted by Santander and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 1.
  • Acted for Scania, Scania Finance and Scania Colombia, in the structuring and negotiation of several loan agreements that will allow the concessionaires of Bogota’s mass transportation system (Transmilenio) to acquire a new fleet of buses from Scania.

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 2

In the capital markets arena, Garrigues ‘stands out for the accuracy of its advice and recommendations', according to sources. The team handles a wide range of capital markets-related work, but is arguably best-known for its strength in complex, regulatory matters. Department head Roberto Borrás is recognised for his close relationships with regulatory authorities; he was recently involved in the firm’s advice to FNG on the structuring of a partial guarantee to secure bond offerings issued by Colombian companies and directed to qualified investors. Senior associate Paula Ospina Correa provides key support. In February 2022, former department co-head Camilo Gantiva left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Borrás

Testimonials

‘In the financial and capital markets area, Garrigues stands out for the accuracy of its advice and recommendations, as well as for its access to the authorities.’

‘Garrigues is a client-friendly law firm, highly professional, with lawyers who have extensive knowledge of the issues for which they are responsible and are always ready to serve in a professional manner.’

‘We value the team’s relationships with the regulatory entities, under a criterion of mutual respect and conceptual clarity that Roberto Borrás transmits and teaches his team.’

‘Roberto Borrás stands out at Garrigues. In addition to being a professional in every sense, he provides friendly service and his knowledge simplifies the legal process.’

‘One of the highlights of Garrigues’ service was that key partner Roberto Borrás effectively led the entire project.’

‘We felt very comfortable with the advice provided, the support, the availability, the attention and the good legal criteria. Additionally, the ease with which the team transmitted the legal concepts to different areas of the company, not only legal, but investments, risks, and the board of directors.’

‘We recommend Roberto Borrás, who is recognised for his professionalism, his career in the public sector and his technical knowledge. He also has an excellent disposition to serve his clients and fulfil their needs.’

‘The Garrigues team is ready to provide permanent support at all times. Demonstrates strong ethics and excellent handling of potential conflicts of interest. Pragmatic, without neglecting depth in advice.’

Key clients

Distrito de Bogotá – Banca de Inversión Bancolombia (BIB)

Natixis Securities and Bonus Banca de Inversión

Mibanco

Instituto Nacional de Vías – Banca de Inversión Bancolombia (BIB)

Fitch Ratings Colombia

ATP Colombia & ATP Fibers

Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) Invest

Banco W

I Squared

Andean Towers Partners

Skandia

Sodimac

Work highlights

  • Advised Fondo Nacional de Garantías (FNG) on the structuring of a partial guarantee to secure bond offerings issued by Colombian companies and directed to qualified investors.
  • Advised Instituto Nacional de Vías (INVÍAS), on the securitisation of the future flows generated from the collection of tolls from roads managed by the government, worth approximately $507m.
  • Represented ATP Colombia & ATP Fibers on a $375m notes offering.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Professional, committed and agile‘, Garrigues‘ Colombia practice secured an strong volume of work in 2021/22, with an emphasis on deals in the energy, infrastructure and communications sectors. Lawyers are commended as ‘reliable and diligent‘, with department co-head Andrés Ordóñez  singled out for his ‘strong leadership‘. Among Ordóñez’s recent deals, he advised DirecTV in Colombia on the sale of its fixed wireless access internet business line to Colombia Telecomunicaciones and also acted for I Squared Capital on the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Port of Barranquilla Group. Ignacio Londoño  co-heads the practice and advised Enel Group on an agreement with Grupo Energía Bogotá related to both companies’ participation in the joint ventures Emgesa and Codensa, two major players in Colombia’s power sector. The team also calls on several capable supporting lawyers. In particular, senior associate Cristina Copete  acted on an impressive volume of the group’s corporate highlights over the past year, including the DirectTV deal. The firm also welcomed new associate Mateo Gómez Mazuera  in August 2021, who joined from Serrano Martínez. Senior associate Paola Valderrama left the firm in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Londoño; Andrés Ordóñez

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its ability to follow-up on the mandates undertaken and the support it provides to the client.’

‘A great M&A team.’

‘The corporate group is always very prepared and very knowledgeable in regards to the subject.’

‘The team is comprised of reliable and diligent attorneys. There is much professionalism on display. We consider the firm to be top tier.’

‘It is a professional, committed and agile team. The strong leadership of partner Andrés Ordóñez makes the team especially dependable.’

‘Ignacio Londoño is a dedicated partner.’

Key clients

Ufinet Latam

Vulcan Capital & Freedom Financial Network

Inchcape Group

DirecTV Colombia

I Squared Capital

Enel

Rappi

CCLA Group

Pátria Infraestrutura IV FIPz

Grupo Romero

Grupo QuironSalud (Spain)

Vidros Colombia

Suanfarma

Andean Tower Partners (ATP)

Accenture

Conconcreto

Work highlights

  • Advised DirecTV in Colombia on the sale of its fixed wireless access internet business line to Colombia Telecomunicaciones (ColTel).
  • Acted for I Squared Capital on the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Port of Barranquilla Group, including three companies holding port concessions and two maritime operation services companies.
  • Advised Enel Group on the negotiation and execution of an agreement with Grupo Energía Bogotá related to both companies’ participation in the joint ventures Emgesa and Codensa.

Colombia > Projects Tier 2

Garrigues is lauded by sources for its ‘highly proactive' lawyers, who ‘look for solutions that protect and safeguard the interests of all parties'. The interdisciplinary team combines strength in project finance and corporate transactions with experience in public law, procurement and regulatory matters; it is also noted for its broad industry expertise that spans public transport, toll roads, healthcare, airports, ports and energy. The department is led jointly by Adriana Espinosa, who spearheads the infrastructure practice, and project finance specialist Francisco Noguera, who was promoted to partner in January 2022. Principal associate Iván Fierro is also noted for his ‘effectiveness in obtaining the results expected'.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Espinosa; Francisco Noguera

Testimonials

‘The Garrigues team, compared to other firms, is exceptional. All members play a fundamental role and, as a client, working hand-in-hand with such capable people is a real pleasure.’

‘We value the availability of all team members to resolve concerns.’

‘We worked with Francisco Noguera, Adriana Espinosa and associates Nicolás Angulo, María Parga Cruz and Iván Fierro. Definitely the ‘plus’ to highlight is the availability of the team to work together. They are all highly proactive, purposeful, and look for solutions that protect and safeguard the interests of all parties.’

‘The team demonstrates excellent business management of affairs.’

‘Highly recommend Iván Fierro, an associate who is fully aware of his clients and projects, demonstrates knowledge in matters and effectiveness in obtaining the results expected by the client. He provides 24/7 attention.’

‘We recommend the firm for its knowledge and accompaniment at each stage of the project.’

Key clients

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Promotora Hospital de Bosa

Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos

Incot

Patria Infrastructure Fund IV

OHL Sucursal Colombia

Grupo Ethuss

Conconreto

Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano (IDU)

Terminal de Transporte

Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana

BlackRock

Concesionaria Alternativas Viales

Grupo Icein

Mota Engil

Bonus Banca de Inversión

Natixis Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) on the public tender for Metro de Bogotá’s second line.
  • Acted for Promotora Hospital de Bosa, as borrower, and Grupo Ortiz, as sponsor, on a $68m financing from Bancolombia and Itaú to fund the development of a new hospital.
  • Advised Patria Infrastructure on negotiations with the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) for the assignment of the Santana-Mocoa-Neiva road concession agreement from Aliadas para el Progreso (former owner) to Concesionaria Ruta al Sur, a subsidiary of Patria.

Colombia > Public law Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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

Progresar

Coorserpark

ONAC

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.

Colombia > Tax Tier 2

Lawyers in Garrigues‘ tax team are ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and clear‘, according to sources. The rapidly growing practice added several new clients over the past year, including EBANX and Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía, and it also saw the arrival of new transactional tax-focused senior associate Oscar Munevar, who joined from Deloitte (Luxembourg office) in May 2021. International tax specialist Camilo Zarama continues to head the department and brings to bear strong expertise in transactional tax — especially funds-related matters — as well as tax litigation. The group also draws upon experienced of counsels Fernando Zarama and Laura Galeano. Since publication, the office has considerably strengthened its bench with the February 2023 hire of Mónica Bolaños from Deloitte Asesores y Consultores, where she was formerly lead M&A and international tax partner for Colombia and the Andean Region.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Zarama

Testimonials

‘The team is comprised of comprehensive lawyers who do not focus on a single issue but are capable of attending and addressing problems and transactions from all points of view.’

‘We recommend the team’s preparation, experience and excellent interpersonal relationships, especially of partner Camilo Zarama.’

‘Lawyers are very experienced, knowledgeable and clear; they offer excellent care.’

Key clients

CCLA

EBANX

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Praco Didacol / Inchcape

Work highlights

  • Represented Securitas Colombia on the refund request before the Bogotá tax authorities regarding the Industry and Commerce Tax paid in excess in Bogotá for six years.
  • Advised the subsidiaries of Brinks de Colombia on the refund request related to the corporate income tax of Epago de Colombia and Procesos & Canje.
  • Advised CCLA on the tax planning for a contract with Bancolombia to develop real estate projects in the country.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 3

The ‘dedicated and outstanding' group at Garrigues is comprised of lawyers, who are ‘thorough and demonstrate good judgement'. The Spain-headquartered firm's Bogotá office fields a broad disputes practice that is particularly well versed in litigation pertaining to heavily regulated sectors, including construction, energy, real estate and healthcare. The team also possesses niche strength in insurance disputes and contentious bankruptcy matters. Department head Alberto Acevedo is dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) and blends dispute resolution and corporate expertise. Among his recent matters, Acevedo represented Frontera Energy in a class action filed by a group of minority shareholders claiming that it failed to inform the stock market of its restructuring plans in 2016. Acevedo leans on a select group of associates that includes senior Ángela María Rueda, who focuses on domestic litigation and arbitration; and associate Daniel Quintero, who is noted for contractual liability, tort cases, corporate disputes and medical malpractice litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Acevedo

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent: dedicated and outstanding in every matter it undertakes. Lawyers are thorough and demonstrate good judgement.’

‘We value the team’s compliance and knowledge.’

‘It is an excellent team. I am happy that it has collaborated with me.’

‘A very comprehensive practice. Lawyers are well-disposed to attend to all the needs of the client.’

Key clients

Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC)

Frontera Energy – Minority shareholders

Frontera Energy – Enefenco

Eve Distribuciones

MSL Technology

Frontera Energy – Port Service

Consorcio OHL

A&A Multiprime

AON

Bingos Codere

Enel

Estrella Andina

Parques y Funerarias

Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá

Messer

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Work highlights

  • Defending Suppla in a lawsuit filed by Azul K and Bancolombia alleging it breached a land sale agreement.
  • Representing the Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC) in bringing litigation against state-owned MIO Cali, in a challenge to the latter’s decision to terminate its agreement with ITeC by alleging that it is null and void.
  • Acting for Frontera Energy in a class action initiated by a group of minority shareholders alleging breach of shareholders’ agreement.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 4

Garrigues‘s arbitration practice is well versed in all key industry segments but is arguably best known for its experience in construction-related disputes. Department head Alberto Acevedo has over 15 years' experience in contentious work and is equipped to advise on both national and international arbitrations; notably, he is also qualified in New York, which is an asset in multi-jurisdictional cases. Senior associate Ángela María Rueda is an increasingly prominent member of the team and is particularly recommended for cases with a public law element.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Acevedo

Testimonials

‘For our company, it is essential to have the support of lawyers who, in addition to having legal knowledge of the issue in dispute, understand the company’s business — not only from a legal viewpoint, but also from a commercial perspective. The Garrigues team stands out for its skills in this area.’

‘The team that supports us is led by Alberto Acevedo, who stands out positively for his almost immediate availability to attend to any requirement, meeting, call, etc. Additionally, the quality of the advice received and the proposals for legal strategies to address the issues and achieve satisfactory results for the company should also be highlighted.’

Key clients

Transmilenio

Socios Online

Frontera Energy Corp. Sucursal Colombia

SWPCOL

Work highlights

  • Acting for Transmilenio on a technical arbitration proceeding against Recaudo Bogotá seeking a compulsory review of the costs and fees charged in the context of the contract that governs the handling of the city’s public system bus fares.
  • Representing Socios Online in a domestic arbitration initiated against Grupo Nacional de Proyectos seeking $2m in compensation for breach of a collaboration agreement for the supply of digital services.
  • Defending Natuera in an arbitration proceeding initiated by Engicold seeking compensation for the breach of an agreement.

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Garrigues climbs a tier on the back of its May 2022 hire of sector specialist Carolina Camacho Solana, formerly head of the labour team at Posse Herrera Ruiz. The arrival of Camacho is expected to further augment a growing practice, which is seeing strong activity in cross-border, transactional support and healthcare-related work. Former senior associate Carlos Arturo Silva Burbano left in August 2021 to become Assistant Magistrate at the Supreme Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Camacho Solana

Key clients

TCS Solution Center Sucursal Colombia

Asurion Colombia

Lucta Grancolombiana

Syngenta

Knight Pharmaceuticals

Wellbore Integrity Solutions Colombia

Ilunion Lavandería de Colombia

SAR Energy

Canalife

Chemdrill

GMS Management Solutions Colombia

Secab

Universitas XXI

BME

COMSA

Andean Tower Partners

Rosen

Coorserpark

Work highlights

  • Advising Lucta Grancolombiana on the day-to-day management of labour relations with its workers.
  • Advising Wellbore Integrity Solutions, on a Court of Arbitration part of a complex collective-bargaining process with the Unión Sindical Obrera.
  • Advising Syngenta on a complex collective-bargaining process with company union, SINTRASYNGE.

Colombia > Real estate Tier 4

Garrigues' ‘diverse, committed and collaborative' group is particularly well-equipped to advise on real estate regulation, including planning and zoning matters. That being said, it also has significant transactional experience, including handling recent mandates for banks, real estate developers and funds in relation to real estate acquisitions, disposals and investments. Principal associate Melissa Castro has an emphasis on construction, planning and urban and rural land regulation, and steers a practice that also includes senior associate Carolina Pérez Forero, noted for her strength in ‘analysing new regulations for the industry’.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Castro

Testimonials

‘Garrigues offers extensive knowledge in urban planning and property law and has assisted us satisfactorily in various processes.’

‘The team is diverse, committed and collaborative.’

‘Carolina Pérez Forero does a very good job analysing new regulations for the industry.’

‘We recommend the firm’s good, punctual and assertive lawyers.’

Key clients

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Skandia Fiduciaria

Odinsa

Cooserpark

Universal Stream

Cafam

Andean Tower Partners

Winner Group

Komatsu

Cubico

Acalis

Grupo Éxito

EdgeconneX

Grupo Recordar

Banco Davivienda

CCLA Group

Solarpack

Elis

Higher Education

Work highlights

  • Advised CCLA Colombia on a joint venture agreement with Bancolombia to develop and operate purpose-built, for-rent multifamily residential buildings, involving 5,000 units across Colombia’s largest cities.
  • Acted for Caja de Compensación Familia (CAFAM) on the structuring and implementation of a partial development plan for several activities with favourable urban building conditions, which will allow it to develop new projects.
  • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) on structuring the development of the extension of Bogotá’s Metro.

The Bogota office comprises a solid team of multidisciplinary, highly trained, Colombian lawyers. As well as boasting a wealth of experience in the local market, many of these professionals have worked at major law firms in other jurisdictions, such as Madrid, New York and London.

Over the last few years, Garrigues’ immediate positioning as one of the leading firms in Colombia has been clear, having advised on some of the highest level projects and matters, and acting as legal counsel to top-tier international and domestic clients, who are industry leaders in Latin America.

Garrigues’ team in Bogota now comprises 45 professionals, with highly respected lawyers in the Colombian legal services market and with extensive experience in the area of international investment.

The firm has five offices in Latin America: Lima, Bogota, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. Garrigues has the largest network of own offices in the region, among the major European law firms. It also has its own offices in Spain (in 20 cities), Belgium, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Portugal, Poland, Morocco, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Senior contacts
Jose Miguel De la Calle (partner): Jose is a senior partner and experienced lawyer with a solid background in industry and government entities, including Legal Vice President of the National Bank of Commerce and Superintendent of Industry and Trade. His practice focuses on corporate law, financial and economic law, administrative law and competition law. Graduated from School of Jurisprudence at Colegio Mayor del Rosario in 1991 and has a Master’s in Law (LL.M) with honors from Harvard University.

Ignacio Londono (partner): master of law degree in corporate and financial law (LLM) from Columbia University. Founder and partner of the firm De la Calle, Londono, Lopez & Posada, where he worked for 15 years. He has been professor of commercial contracts and companies at Universidad de los Andes, as well as professor of business legal aspects of the MBA program of the Business School of the same university for more than 15 years.

Roberto Borras (partner): Roberto leads the capital markets and banking and finance practice. He served as chief financial superintendent of Colombia, director general of the financial compliance unit of the Colombian ministry of finance and public debt, and chairman of the Colombian securities market self-regulatory body. He also served as deputy superintendent for risks and superintendent for conglomerates in the financial superintendency. He has worked as an international consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas (ASBA) and USAID.

Camilo Zarama (partner): Camilo worked in the tax law team at the Madrid office, where he was a member of the international service line and former part of the tams advising the firm’s main energy and telecommunications clients, among others. He has acted as tax advisor to various companies in M&A and in the field of tax litigation. Admitted to practice both in Colombia and Spain.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate M&A Ignacio Londoñoignacio.londono@garrigues.com
Corporate M&A Andrés Ordoñezandres.ordonez@garrigues.com
Tax Camilo Zarama Martínezcamilo.zarama@garrigues.com
Finance Roberto Borrás Polaníaroberto.borras@garrigues.com
Antitrust José Miguel de la Calle Restrepojose.miguel.delacalle@garrigues.com
Litigation Alberto Acevedo Rehbeinalberto.acevedo@garrigues.com
Labor Ignacio Londoñoignacio.londono@garrigues.com
Public law José Miguel de la Calle Restrepojose.miguel.delacalle@garrigues.com
Foreign trade Cesar Cermeñocesar.cermeno@garrigues.com
Infrastructure Ivan Fierroivan.mauricio.fierro@garrigues.com
Other fee-earners : 36
Partners : 7