Mr Ramiro Saavedra Becerra > Saavedra Becerra Abogados > Bogotá DC, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Saavedra Becerra Abogados
CALLE 72 NO. 9-55 (OF. 801)


Partner Saavedra Becerra Abogados.

Areas of practice: administrative law, public procurement, torts, state liabilities, arbitration, litigation.


Mr Saavedra worked as a Magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal in the Valle del Cauca (1987–2003), and as Justice and President of the State Council, the administrative law highest court in Colombia (2003–2009).

Before founding the law firm, Mr Saavedra was a legal adviser of several public and private institutions including the National Infrastructure Agency where he worked as a Ports Consultant.

Currently, he is part of the list of arbitrators at the Chamber of Commerce of Cali and Bogotá. As an arbitrator, Mr Saavedra has had the opportunity to be part of some of the most important disputes in Colombia. He has also litigated in important cases before Arbitral Panels, the State Council, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court.

He is professor of state liability and administrative law at the most prestigious universities in Colombia.

He is the author of the best-seller book on state liability, De la responsabilidad patrimonial de la administración pública. 

Jurisdiccional author of Lexology: Public Private Partnerships chapter.


English, Spanish, French, Italian.


Journalist – Universidad Javeriana (1968), Lawyer – Universidad Javeriana (1970), Specialization in Political Sciences – Universidad Paris II (1978), DSU in Administrative Law – Universidad de Paris II (1979).

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Colombia > City focus > Cali

Although its sole office is now in Bogotá, Saavedra Becerra Abogados nevertheless has a long-established profile in Cali, an orientation reflected in its caseload and clientele. A five-strong boutique regarded as the southwest region’s ‘go-to’ firm for public law issues, especially in relation to projects and state contracting, it is best known for concessions, private-public-partnership (PPP) matters and tort law. A former president of Colombia’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, Ramiro Becerra is a senior market figure with regard to administrative law, public procurement, torts and state liabilities; he is also a listed arbitrator of the Chambers of Commerce of both Cali and Bogotá. Managing partner and key contact Carlos Saavedra can draw on past experience at both the Institute for Urban Development (IDU) and the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), as well as extensive private practice experience; his practice too stretches across the full range of infrastructure and PPP matters, as well as covering corporate and commercial law. Key support comes from senior associate Ana Marcela Albarracín, a specialist in liability, damages and compensation, state contracting and administrative law.