Mr Jose Federico Ustáriz > Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico
CARRERA 11A # 96-51

Work Department

Banking & Finance - Dispute Resolution


Founding Partner


Founding Partner of Estudio Jurídico Ustáriz & Abogados; Corporación Financiera Colombiana S.A. (Legal Division, 2004 – 2006). He has large experience as Legal Controller in financial institutions and has been dealing with customer enquiries since 2008, in the national financial services. In addition, he has a strong reputation for successful resolution of consumer concerns. Professor of Business Law at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana since 2005.


English, Spanish


Member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)


Universidad Javeriana, JD, 1999 and Graduate Degree on Business Associations, 2000; Kent University, LL.M., 2003; Universidad Javeriana, Graduate Degree on Capital Markets, 2010.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Banking and finance

Ustáriz & Lawyers Law Firm‘s signature financial-regulation practice handles a significant volume of compliance, banking responsibility and electronic fraud-related matters. Notably, the group handled a string of consumer protection mandates over the past year, with partners frequently appointed to act as a Financial Consumer Ombudsman to support conciliation processes between financial institutions and consumers. Luis Humberto Ustáriz and Jose Federico Ustáriz co-head the department and are highlighted together as ‘true experts in banking, financial litigation and financial regulation‘. Experienced counsel Pablo Valencia is noted for corporate finance, while senior associate Andrés Pineda — who joined the firm in November 2021 from the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit — specialises in financial compliance and capital markets. Senior associate Adriana Rivera left in October 2021 for an in-house position at Trii.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico is ‘perfectly balanced between institutional robustness and personalised advice‘, according to sources. In particular, the group draws rave reviews for its financial litigation expertise, with lawyers commended for demonstrating ‘great knowledge and mastery of the topics and issues related to financial law‘. The firm routinely represents banks, funds and other fiduciary entities in the full range of contentious matters, including administrative proceedings and collective actions. Co-founding partner Luís Humberto Ustáriz is distinguished by his ‘commitment, knowledge and maintenance of high standards‘ and is widely hailed as a leader in financial law; he is representing Fiduciaria Bogotá, as the manager of Transatlántico Trust, in a collective action concerning contracts related to a trust that the plaintiff esteems detrimental to the local government in Meta. The team also draws on the experience of director of the litigation practice Angela Restrepo, whose broad litigation experience encompasses administrative, civil and commercial matters. Additionally, co-founding partner and financial regulation expert Jose Federico Ustáriz is well versed in financial defence cases.

Colombia > Capital markets

Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico houses a prominent regulatory practice, which specialises in advising brokers, investment banks and trust companies on compliance issues. Key contact Luis Humberto Ustáriz      brings to bear robust industry experience earned during a string of high-profile in-house roles, including at major financial solutions company, Corporación Financiera Colombiana. Group co-head Jose Federico Ustáriz   is noted for his focus on the financial services and insurance sectors. At associate level, corporate and finance lawyers Pablo Valencia   and Manuel Antonio García  are recommended. Adriana Rivera  left in October 2021 to become legal head at Trii.