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Mendoza Abogados
CALLE 81 #11 - 55, PISO 9

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Capital markets

Fast, assertive and efficient‘, Mendoza Abogados‘ group is valued for its ability to ‘remain very close to the client‘. The boutique firm has an emphasis on debt capital markets and structured finance work, including securitisations, on which it represents both issuers and underwriters. Among the names to note, founding partner Mateo Mendoza handles corporate finance, project finance and derivatives transactions, while director Clara Robledo-Sánchez has a focus on infrastructure-related matters, including project bond offerings. Associates Christina Burn and Paula Knudson provide support. Senior associate María Beatriz Segura left in July 2021 to join ACON Investments.

Colombia > Banking and finance

Despite being more compact than many of its competitors, Mendoza Abogados is highlighted for its ‘great scope of practice‘. A boutique firm with a focus on finance, infrastructure and energy, it stands out for its increasingly impressive track record in cross-border deals, particularly those governed by New York law, as well as its ability to represent both borrowers and lenders. Name partner and prolific finance specialist Mateo Mendoza is held up by sources for his ‘unparalleled experience‘. Mendoza led on several cutting-edge deals over the past year, including advising Bodytech on a debt refinancing involving six Colombian banks worth up to $80m — notably, this represented the first time that a mini-perm structure was used in a purely corporate structure in Colombia. Senior associate Clara Robledo-Sánchez heads the project finance and infrastructure practice and recently acted for the lenders (Bancolombia, Banco de Occidente, Banco de Bogotá and Banco Santander de Negocios Colombia) on an amended and restated syndicated loan agreement to originate and acquire receivables derived from consumer loans. The group also includes capable mid-level associates Christina Burn  (corporate finance, project finance and regulation) and Paula Knudson (finance and capital markets). Associates María Esther Eljach and Luis Tolosa are also singled out by clients.