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Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
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Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Strongly recommended’, Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has a broad sector offering including international arbitration and multi-jurisdictional claims. Recently appointed global practice group chair Claudia Benavides is ‘a strong litigator with a solid reputation who can design effective strategies to advance the interests of her clients’. She heads a 14-strong practice, which has been growing its participation in construction disputes relating to large infrastructure projects, such as the one it is undertaking for a state-owned utility facing a claim from the subcontracted consortium responsible for the construction of an infrastructure project that has suffered delays. Other mandates included representing a major US multinational in international arbitration seated in Bogotá; the dispute concerns a breach of a joint operating agreement. Cristina Mejía and disputes director Juan Guillermo Otero are also noted, but former senior associate Jorge Valencia moved in house as head of litigation at Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Rising stars)

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Led by Claudia Benavides, who was recently named chair of the firm’s global practice group, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s Bogotá-based team has a ‘strong reputation in the market’ and ‘shines thanks to its professionalism, expertise and responsiveness’. Cristina Mejía and associates Juan Guillermo Otero and Jorge Valencia are also key members of the 14-strong group, which successfully defended Parsons Group on both legal and technical grounds against alleged responsibility for damages at a power plant; a favourable first instance ruling was confirmed on appeal, with the plaintiffs held responsible for all the defendant’s costs and legal expenses. The team is currently representing leading broadcaster Caracol in a $20m lawsuit filed by local retail company Madis de Colombia regarding the alleged publication of untrue facts about Madis. Other clients include Embraer, China United Engineering Corporation, Louis Berger Group and Shell.