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Francisco Sintura Varela Abogados Asociados SA
CARRERA 11b No 96-17 (Of 401)

Work Department

Corporate Criminal Law and Compliance


Founding and managing partner


Throughout his career he has served as Head of the Foreign Trade Section of the Banking Superintendency; Head of the Control Division of the Banco de la República; Advisor to the Legal Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic; Joint Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice; Professor of Criminal Procedural Law and Director of the Criminal Law Area of ​​the Universidad del Rosario and academic peer of the Ministry of Education; Deputy Attorney General of the Nation and Attorney General (E).

He has successfully participated in consultancies with UNDP, UNODOC, the Governments of Colombia, Peru and Honduras, among others. Similarly, he has participated in various seminars and conferences on academic subjects of his specialty.

In addition to serving as Founding and Managing Partner at Francisco José Sintura Abogados Asociados for 27 years, he founded and directs Sintura Martinez Prevención de Lavado de Activos, a firm that offers advisory, consulting and auditing services to private companies in the matters of compliance and prevention of money laundering.




Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Procesal

Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Procesal


  • Lawyer graduated from Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá Colombia.
  • Specialist in Criminal Sciences and Criminology from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
  • Specialist in Financial Legistation from the Universidad de los Andes.
  • Specialist in Criminal Law from the University of Salamanca (Spain).
  • Master of Laws with a specialization in oral litigation from California Western School of Law (San Diego, California).
  • Master in Cibersecurity and Compliance from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Spain).

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime

Francisco Sintura Varela Abogados Asociados SA is a longstanding white-collar crime boutique with a strong focus on the financial sector (particularly securities and exchange matters), insurance, tax, real estate, ennvironmental matters, telecom and copyright, along with criminial and administrative defence of directors, boards and officers. The firm’s sibling consultancy -Sintura Martínez- provides anti-money laundering consultancy and auditing servces. Director of the the Penal law department at the Universidad del Rosario for over 30 years, Francisco Sintura is a former head of the Control Division at the Banco de la Republica and of the foreign trade section of the Banking Superintendence, as well as an associate judge (conjuez) of the Supreme Court and Attoreny General. Fellow partner and litigant Pilar Astrid Sánchez is also specialised in finance matters, having formerly acted as a legal advisor to the Superintendence for Foreign Exchange Control, the Banking Superintendence, the Bogotá Stock Exchange (CNV) and as head of the legal office of the Ministry of Justice, among other positions.