Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM) > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM)
Cra 17 No. 89 – 31 Of. 403
Colombia

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 3

Mid-sized, full-service firm Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM) was one of the first to integrate white-collar criminal services into its wider corporate offering. Preventative criminal counselling, the design of compliance programmes and risk analysis of possible criminal contingencies associated with acquisitions and other transactions all constitute part of its offering, along with criminal defence representation and the counselling (and representation) of victims. With particular expertise regarding corporate criminal responsibility, name partner Alejandro Mejíademonstrates knowledge and great ability to define the strategy‘ and ‘stands out for his dedication to cases‘. Recent matters include both the filing of criminal complaints (on grounds ranging from alleged fraud and defamation to ransomware attacks), and criminal defence; the team is also involved in significant international arbitration. Key support comes from senior associate Carlos Andrés Mahecha (who has a Master’s degree in criminal law) and associate practice director Antony Palacios. Associate Juan Pablo Pantoja was hired in November 2020; however, Vanessa Zapata moved in house at Certicámara the following month. Since publication the firm has launched a fully fledged compliance practice under the direction of Mejía and Freddy Navarrete, effective as of February 2022.

Testimonials

They have a group of lawyers who provide personalised attention and one of the partners will always be in charge of each process. Those who make up the team demonstrate knowledge and ability to design an adequate strategy for the client. Personalised attention to clients by partner Alejandro Mejía, who follows up on each case with a clear and timely response to the requirements raised and who always demonstrates knowledge and great ability to define the strategy.

The team is located within a firm that undertakes other specialties, therefore customer service is comprehensive. Among its members there is a work ethic where respect and teamwork prevail. Given the situation caused by COVID 19, the team did not neglect its clients, quickly accommodating itself to virtuality and thus continuing with their attention and that of the processes.

I love that above all they’re concerned about taking care of the name and reputation of the company. The lawyers of the firm were attentive, professional, the deliverables of the highest quality.

Alejandro Mejia was close, he was very interested in hearing and understanding the case and the concerns that we had as a company; the result reflects the integral work of the firm in which the case is analysed not only from a particular perspective (criminal) but also from possible alternative routes from different branches of law.

The process and communication with the lawyers was simple, fluid.

Both Alejandro Mejia and Guillermo Caez stand out for their dedication to the cases that are presented to them and their constant monitoring.They are up to date, in the administrative and professional area and use the latest communication and transaction tools with the client.

Key clients

Colombia Telecomunicaciones

OPAIN

Biomax Biocombustibles

Niver

ConocoPhillips

CEPSA Colombia

Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados

Repsol Colombia

Colvinsa

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Paladin Realty

Grupo BC – Cibergestión Colombia

Star Defence Logistics Engineering

Merqueo

Alpina

Work highlights

  • Filed a criminal complaint on cybercrime charges against a former contractor of Cibergestión who allegedly performed a ransomware attack against the database provided by Cibergestión to major clients to make them look unresponsive as confidential software information was simultaneously being sold to competitors.
  • Advised ConocoPhillips Colombia in a claim brought by an environmental collective claiming the company was involved in illegal fracking operations.
  • Filed a criminal complaint on behalf of AR Construcciones suing a well-known elevator developer company due to alleged fraud in an elevator supply contract based on planned obsolescence.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 4

The small team at Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados (CMM) handles both litigation and domestic arbitration in relation to an array of -particularly regulated- sectors, including telecommunications, insurance, finance, and construction. The growing practice -which has added a number of new clients, such as Jaguar Land Rover and Cibergestión Colombia, to its roster over the last year - develops 'uniform, practical, recursive and coherent strategies for the cases presented to it'. It is led by the 'excellent' Guillermo Caéz, who handles contractual and corporate disputes, as well as torts, administrative cases and antitrust matters in a 'modern, practical and friendly' manner. Young associate Antony Palacios provides key support on disputes work and the pair can also call on the firm's intellectual property and corporate practices, with the latter, notably, also housing the firm's white-collar crime sub-practice.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Caéz Gómez

Testimonials

The firm has a high-level team with extensive technical knowledge, negotiation skills, personalised service and a significant level of innovation. The area’s lead partner stands out for his focus on boosting the clients’ business and preventing future contingencies. I have very positive references for Guillermo Caez in the market, we worked together on the CEDEP (Center for Procedural Law Studies) project, where he serves as President and I as Vice President.’

Guillermo Caez is the lead partner in the litigation area and he is an excellent professional. His approach is much more modern, practical and friendly than that of traditional litigators – the generational change in the procedural field  (which has always been characterized by being static, old-fashioned and not very agile), is very noticeable in Colombia.’

I see significant growth in the area’s client portfolio and in the recognition gained by Guillermo in both litigation and arbitration at the national level.

The following are the characteristics of this law firm which made our company want to retain its services: first of all, they attend to our requests in a fast and agile way; and secondly, for the quality of its lawyers, which has always ensured us a comprehensive knowledge of the law. In addition, the depth and coherence in their concepts, and a strategic vision of litigation that has ensured us very favourable results.

Guillermo Caez, is an excellent lawyer, he is the president and founder of a Center for Procedural Law Studies in Colombia, he is studious and academically restless, which leads him to create spaces for academic discussion, innovation, inclusion and research.

This firm is always up-to-date and up-to-date not only on regulatory matters but also jurisprudential ones; it sends weekly reports on the status of the issues in their charge, and provides feedback on the issues at the end of litigation, so that the company can take into account the aspects decided in judicial or arbitral decisions.

The team has uniform, practical, recursive and coherent strategies for the cases presented to it. I consider this to be a comparative advantage with other firms that sometimes dilute the strategy in the form.

I’d highlight their quality of care. They understand the problem that is presented to them as their own and they look for a suitable and practical solution. Also, the collaboration of the firm’s team is focused on solving the problem, not simply on issuing a concept regarding a certain situation.

Key clients

Colombia Telecomunicaciones

Opain

Cibergestión Colombia (Grupo BC)

Biomax Biocombustibles

Puma Energy Colombia Combustibles

Viña Carmen (Grupo Claro)

Viña Doña Paula (Grupo Claro)

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Paladin Realty

Panamericana de Alimentos

SBA Telecomunicaciones Colombia

TGT Gamas

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia

Repsol Colombia

Fiduprevisora

Lab Construcciones

A365 Colombia

Makser

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Colombia

Arent Fox

Spazio Premium

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Colombia Telecomunicaciones in a lawsuit filed by Comcel (Claro) and Carvajal Tecnología, against the government contract process and adjudication of the contract for the renewal of SENA’s technological infrastructure to Colombia Telecom.
  • Represented new client Jaguar Land Rover in three consumer protection actions filed before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce by different consumers, related to legal warranty coverage for vehicle repair and maintenance, and interpretation of advertising information, among other related matters.
  • Representing Lab Construcciones in a case against the municipality of Medellín with regard a disputed construction contract; value: $667,000.

Responding to their clients’ needs for a complete portfolio of legal services, three legal boutique firms with wide experience, strategically merged to broaden the technical and legal scope of the services provided. As a result, Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados entered the big law firm’s market in Colombia under guidelines of permanent innovation of customer service standards, and a continuous and strict follow-up of all matters confided to them by their clients.

Currently Cáez Muñoz Mejía Abogados provides legal advice in almost all areas of law including: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, consumer protection, criminal law, dispute resolution, tax matters, labor law, energy law, real estate law, banking and finance, public services and oil and gas.

Our team stands because of –

  • (i) it’s attorneys’ broad experience in relevant cross-border and national transactions
  • (ii) partners are always available for their clients
  • (iii) team members provide excellent quality of work
  • (iv) reasonable fees.

Although the work is distributed between the different lawyers, clients really appreciate noticing that the partners are always in charge of the deal or matter and can be easily reached.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Founding Partner - Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and Co-Head of the Corporate Matters Department Paula Muñozpmunoz@cmmlegal.co(57)(1) 702 19 24 / (57)(1) 805 49 21 / (57) 3102709676
Founding Partner - Head of the Intellectual Property Department and Co-Head of the Corporate Matters Department Jose Luis Jerezjjerez@cmmlegal.co(57)(1) 702 19 24 / (57)(1) 805 49 21 / (57) 3167404363
Founding Partner - Head of the Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Department Alejandro Mejíaamejia@cmmlegal.co(57)(1) 702 19 24 / (57)(1) 805 49 21 / (57) 3158840029
Founding Partner - Head of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Department Guillermo Cáezgcaez@cmmlegal.co(57)(1) 702 19 24 / (57)(1) 805 49 21 / (57) 3102399181
Director of the Oil & Gas Department Freddy Navarretefnavarrete@cmmlegal.co(57)(1) 702 19 24 / (57)(1) 805 49 21 / (57) 3203336865
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Guillermo Cáez photoMr Guillermo CáezFounding Partner – Department Director
Jose Luis Jerez photoMr Jose Luis JerezFounding Partner – Department Director
Alejandro Mejía photoMr Alejandro MejíaFounding Partner – Department Director
Paula Muñoz photoMrs Paula MuñozFounding Partner – Department Director
Freddy Navarrete photoMr Freddy NavarreteDirector
Partners : 4
Associates : 11
Counsels : 3
Staff : 2
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