Firm Profile > Garrigues > Bogota, Colombia

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

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Garrigues shines across the spectrum of competition-law matters, namely in cartel investigations, merger controls, anti-competitive practices, consumer law and data protection. The group also handles bid rigging cases, with two recent examples entailing China Gezhouba Group Company and Ediciones Santillana. A former head of the SIC, José Miguel De La Calle leads the seven-strong practice, which was reinforced with the October-2019 incorporation of Anamaría Rico, who also has past SIC experience, from Serranomartinez. Senior associate Alejandro Acevedo, who handles competition-related litigation, antitrust investigations and merger control regime issues, is also a key member of the team.

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Testimonials

They compare favourably with the teams of other competition law firms’.

They are attentive and compliant with appointments. They study and sufficiently analyse the cases. They are young, experienced professionals with a capacity for synthesis’.

Key clients

China Gezhouba Group Company

Quirón Salud – IDCQ

Andean Tower Partners

Bolsa Mercantil

Fedepalma

Prosegur

Beat Ride App

Rappi

Innovative

Santillana

Banking and finance Tier 2

Evidencing a good balance between transactional and regulatory matters, Garrigues has broad expertise in the banking and finance sector. Strongly recommended practitioner Roberto Borrás -a former chief financial superintendent, among other senior roles- renders financial regulatory consultancy on an array of subjects, including fin-tech matters for the likes of World Bank and the Colombian Financial Regulation Authority, as well as for financial institutions and insurance companies regarding approval processes. Handling corporate and acquisition financing, counsel Camilo Gantiva recently led advice to Scania regarding four loan agreements facilitating the acquisition of a new fleet of buses by Transmilenio's concessionaire. The practice group’s third co-head, Francisco Noguera undertakes project finance across a broad array of industry sectors, and also includes private equity. Senior associate Eduardo Sanmiguel is also noted.

Testimonials

A first class lawyer-group, with deep and practical knowledge of banking and financial matters. They provide timely and successful support and accompaniment’.

Roberto Borrás and Eduardo Sanmiguel are advisers who get involved with the bank in such a way that they become part of the team. They build trust, credibility, and support. They are absolutely professional but at the same time warm and willing when we need them the most’.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Zurich Insurance Company

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Asociación de Supervisores Bancarios de América

Pepper Money

SMBC Nikko Securities

Korean Re

HSBC Securities

Bancolombia

Compass Group

World Bank

Banco Falabella

Fasecolda

Banco Davivienda

Banco Serfinanza

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Garrigues' increasingly prominent 12-strong team continues to grow its share of the M&A market with its participation in high-profile transactions, and development of particular expertise in the health and private security sectors. With a multidisciplinary focus and handling the full range of corporate matters, the team is co-led by Andrés Ordóñez –who joined as counsel from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2017 and was made partner in October 2019; and the recommended Ignacio Londoño, who combines expertise in M&A with knowledge of the financial and energy sectors. The practice was strengthened at associate level with the January-2019 incorporation of senior associate Cristina Copete from Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA).

Testimonials

Garrigues is a firm that is close to its clients. Their lawyers make you feel comfortable talking to them. They are accessible and their concepts have legal depth, as well as, being practical. These conditions make them unique against  competitors in the market‘.

Andrés Ordóñez is an expert in corporate affairs. He always has a timely and efficient response to our concerns. Associate Mateo Benjumea is a very attentive young man with a wide capacity for analysis‘.

It is a competitive team compared to other firms we have tried in Colombia. Consultations with other areas of the firm (labour, anti-trust) were always pertinent and on time; this last point is very important to highlight, because it brings added value to an M&A process‘.

We highlight the good predisposition to accompany the M&A process, with its ups and downs, changes of course, rescheduling of agendas, etc. The Garrigues M&A team does not avoid meetings, responding to emails in a timely manner; that is to say, it works well with the process as it is defined by clients and / or counterparts‘.

I would highlight Ignacio Londoño for the quality of his work‘.

Key clients

Fresenius Group

Quirónsalud

Enel

Prosegur

Andean Tower Partners

FCC Aqualia

Banco W

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Zurich Insurance Group

Grupo GSS

China Harbour Engineering Company

Aena Internacional

Litigation Tier 2

Garrigues increasingly prominent group handles a diverse spread of commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration cases, while maintaining a robust bankruptcy practice. Recent work has strong showings in regulated sectors including construction, energy, healthcare and real estate. The practice has also increased the load work in agency agreement litigation cases. Recommended practice head Alberto Acevedo, acting both in litigation and arbitration, leads a six-strong group that also draws strength from the Spanish firm's wider network. Senior associate Ángela María Rueda and associate Daniel Quintero bring relevant support, as well as real estate department senior associate Melissa Castro, who is experienced in litigation in relation to public law.

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Testimonials

Garrigues is a unique practice because of the sensibility shown towards the client. They explain legal issues to the client in a commercial way, the practice has specialized teams in order to present a proper defence, and also looks for an amicable resolution in order to benefit the parts, always protecting the best interest of the client’.

‘We highlight Melissa Castro; sometimes its difficult to express the legal differences with counterparties, that is what makes her experience special. Castro is an excellent professional in corporate matters and generates assertive recommendations for the client. Alberto Acevedo is a professional with a high level of experience and development, capable of transmitting his complete knowledge in the field and resolving complex conflicts in the simplest way possible. An invaluable support for an in-house lawyer’s office’.

They have an excellent disposition for the review, analysis and management of the processes, they keep updated and offer alternatives for the situations presented’.

The Garrigues team, and especially Alberto Acevedo and Melissa Castro, characterise themselves by offering correct, well-founded and applicable law concepts’.

Alberto Acevedo and Daniel Quintero are trained professionals with experience in the topic consulted. They support the client’s decision with objective and clear information’.

 

Key clients

Prosegur

Amcor (Peruplast)

Frontera Energy

Operadora Alsea de Colombia

Skandia

A&A Multiprime

Team Foods

IteC

Fidubogotá

Projects Tier 2

Recommended for its quick responses and anticipating clients' needs, Garrigues' projects practice continues to grow in depth and experience, most recently with the key hire of Adriana Espinosa in April 2020; she was formerly the co-head of the infrastructure team at Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados for some eight years. Espinosa - who has expertise in regulatory and project development - now co-leads the Spanish giant's local team in conjunction with counsel Francisco Noguera (who focuses on project finance) and principal associate Iván Fierro, who participated in the country's '4G' fourth generation toll road concession program in his former role at national infrastructure agency ANI. Recent matters saw the ten-strong team assist Transfondo, alongside Empresa de Energía del Pacífico, in the public tender to procure a 500-vehicle electric bus fleet for Bogotá's integrated public transport system.

Testimonials

Very good team. They are available and respond quickly to arising questions. They also anticipate customer needs by anticipating problems and providing solutions‘.

Garrigues is an international legal and tax services firm that seeks to offer the best services to the client, having as a plus knowledge of law at a global level. The firm has raised its name, increasingly supporting complex transactions‘.

The firm’s lawyers differentiate themselves in their international knowledge and in always providing great advice in various areas. Francisco Noguera handles infrastructure and financing issues, his dedication and commitment to providing advice and his participation in each of the projects are highlighted‘.

Knowledge of infrastructure and closeness to its clients‘.

Iván Fierro and Juan Manuel Ospina are shrewd and committed, remain alert about all issues and understand the projects they are involved in.’

Iván Fierro y Juan Manuel Ospina son sagaces y comprometidos, están pendientes de todo y entienden los proyectos en los que se involucran.

Key clients

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Empresa Metro de Bogotá

Empresa de Renovación y Desarrollo Urbano de Bogotá

Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana

Scania Colombia / Scania LATAM

Transfondo

Salog

Opain

BNP Paribas Securities

HSBC Securities (USA)

SMBC Nikko Securities America

Bancolombia

Andean Tower Partners Colombia

Tax Tier 2

Garrigues' tax team is recommended for being innovative, supportive, efficient and quick. Led by Camilo Zarama, the eight-strong department advises on national and international tax planning and corporate tax restructuring. On the contentious side, the practice is often involved in high-profile controversies before tax government agencies and entities at national, departmental and municipal levels. Of counsel Fernando Zarama, with over 30 years' experience, and principal associate Laura Galeano are also key members of a team highlighted for its dedication and closeness to the client. However, counsel César Cermeño left to join DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán in February 2020.

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Testimonials

Exceeds expectations. As clients, we are highly supported and widely satisfied with their ideas and tax advice’.

‘[We value] their dedication studying the cases, asking the right questions and delivering solid and accurate results’.

Garrigues has a very professional and, above all,  innovative team, which always gives added value to the needs of their clients. They exceed other offices’.

Their pluses are innovation and warmth. They differ from the others because with them you feel as if you were with that coworker who always has a solution. [We value] how strategic they are, their professionalism and their aptitude for service. Camilo Zarama, Laura Galeano and Patrick Barros are recomended’.

They are very responsive and provide a quick and timely answer’.

It is a solid team, with the due knowledge, ready to collaborate and communicate with each other’.

Key clients

Australis Partners Fund

Aero República

QuirónSalud

Polipropileno del Caribe (Grupo Empresarial Ecopetrol)

WRB

Bavaria

Whilrpool Colombia

TermoemCali

BAT-British American Tobacco

Patria Investments

Prosegur

Praco Didacol

Coquecol

Legis

Winner Group (a subsidiary of Cirsa)

Codere

Kimberly Clark

Arbitration Tier 3

Exhibiting steady growth in its caseload, Garrigues undertakes domestic and international arbitration in relation to commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes, acting for major infrastructure, energy and security companies, many with a regional presence. Alberto Acevedo heads the six-strong team, which is acting as co-counsel -with the firm's Madrid office- in ICC arbitration related to a toll road development. In an example of the department's sweet spot in corporate disputes, it is representing a utility in multiple domestic arbitration proceedings related to corporate governance and investment agreements. Promoted to senior associate in January 2020, Ángela María Rueda is also a name to note.

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Testimonials

Garrigues is a unique practice because of the sensibility shown towards the client. They explain legal issues to the client in a commercial way, the practice has specialised teams in order to present a proper defence, and also looks for an amicable resolution in order to benefit both parties, always protecting the best interests of the client’.

‘Alberto Acevedo is a professional with a high level of experience and development, capable of transmitting his complete knowledge in the field and resolving complex conflicts in the simplest way possible. An invaluable support for an in-house lawyer’s office’.

They have an excellent disposition for the review, analysis and management of the processes, they keep updated and offer alternatives for the situations presented’.

Alberto Acevedo and Daniel Quintero are trained professionals with experience in the topic consulted. They support the client’s decision with objective and clear information’.

Key clients

Prosegur

Amcor (Peruplast)

Frontera Energy

Operadora Alsea de Colombia

Skandia

A&A Multiprime

Team Foods

IteC

Fidubogotá

Public law Tier 3

Garrigues' recommended public law area is experienced in accompanying companies throughout PPP tie-ups and concession contracts for public procurement projects, as well as rendering public management consultancy and advice on bidding processes to state entities. Also head of the office's competition and antitrust area, José Miguel De La Calle - whose practice also encompasses public law, litigation and real estate - leads the 15-strong team. An impressive second line includes principal associate Iván Fierro, who has over 15 years' experience in infrastructure projects advising both state entities and corporates, along with senior associates Melissa Castro (public law, real estate law and litigation) and Alejandro Acevedo (public law, competition law and dispute resolution).

 

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Testimonials

Commitment, knowledge, understanding of the sector’.

‘Friendliness, delivery and availability’.

Key clients

Bolsa Mercantil de Colombia

Asociación Bancaria y de Entidades Financieras de Colombia (ASOBANCARIA)

Coorserpark S

Molecular Infusions Colombia

Quarzo Construcciones

Varianz Bio Lab

Varosa Energy

Universidad Internacional de La Rioja- UNIR

Empresa Nacional Promotora del Desarrollo Territorial

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional / Empresa Metro de Bogotá

Empresa de Renovación y Desarrollo Urbano de Bogotá

Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana

Transfondo

Scania Colombia

Superintendencia Nacional de Salud

Yellow Soluções de Mobilidade

Real estate Tier 4

Garrigues' focus on acting for private equity funds and trusts investing in real estate assets is complemented by the team's increasing experience in land acquisition and management. José Miguel De La Calle - who has extensive experience with property titles, urban permits and liaising with municipalities - heads the four-strong area. Also a key practitioner, senior associate Melissa Castro can draw on some 11 years’ experience in both private practice and as a public official; her practice is centred on public law, real estate law and litigation. Associate Catalina López completes the team.

 

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Key clients

Old Mutual

Odinsa

Cooserpark

Universal Stream

Andean Tower Partners

Winner Group

Komatsu

Credibanco

Consorcio C&G La Virginia (Gobernación del Departamento del Risaralda)

Odata

Cubico

Labour and employment Tier 5

Garrigues' practice has a focus on contentious issues and risk prevention; it notably handles several multinational clients’ local employment litigation portfolios. The team also has experience in M&A support matters and collective bargaining. Senior associate Carlos Silva is experienced in terminations, collective bargaining, visa and immigration advice, and social security and pension matters. He leads the four-strong practice with support from commercial partner Ignacio Londoño. The team was further strengthened by the June 2019 arrival of (Spain-qualified) labour specialist senior associate Nicolás Clark from the firm's Seville office.

Key clients

Rosen Colombia

Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR)

Secretaría Ejecutiva del Convenio Andrés Bello (SECAB)

Beat Ride App

Mapfre Asistencia Compañía Internacional De Seguros Y Reaseguros

SWPCOL

A Port Operaciones de Colombia

Cúbico Colombia

Dragados IBE (Colombia)

Ilunion Lavandería Colombia

Toxement Colombia

Opticalia Colombia

Socios Online

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 1991and 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Ignacio Londoño ignacio.londono@garrigues.com
Corporate M&A Andrés Ordoñez andres.ordonez@garrigues.com
Tax Camilo Zarama Martínez camilo.zarama@garrigues.com
Finance Roberto Borrás Polanía roberto.borras@garrigues.com
Antitrust José Miguel de la Calle Restrepo jose.miguel.delacalle@garrigues.com
Litigation Alberto Acevedo Rehbein alberto.acevedo@garrigues.com
Labor Ignacio Londoño ignacio.londono@garrigues.com
Public law José Miguel de la Calle Restrepo jose.miguel.delacalle@garrigues.com
Foreign trade Cesar Cermeño cesar.cermeno@garrigues.com
Infrastructure Ivan Fierro ivan.mauricio.fierro@garrigues.com
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