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AVENUE 82 NO. 10-62, 6TH FLOOR, BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
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Cristina Mejia

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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Cristina Mejia is a partner of the Firm's Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Bogota. She has more than 10 years of experience in domestic and international arbitration and litigation representing and advising local and international clients from the infrastructure, financial, oil, pharmaceutical and real estate sectors. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Cristina worked for various local firms and served as the head of the litigation department in Coca-Cola Femsa.

Practice focus

Cristina has broad experience in domestic and international arbitration and in commercial, civil and administrative litigation before Colombian courts. Her practice focuses on disputes arising from infrastructure projects, shareholders agreements, disputes arising after or during a merger or acquisition, and in contractual liability disputes in distribution contracts, agency and representation agreements, construction contracts, trusts and contracts for the purchase of oil assets. Cristina also has experience in representing clients before disputes boards and in the negotiation of settlement agreements before or during the court procedures and in the assessment of risks in current or potential litigation matters.

Languages

Spanish, English

Education

  • Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia, 2007)
  • Degree in Corporate Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia 2008)
  • Master of Laws, LL.M: ( Harlan and Fiske Stone Scholar) Columbia University (New York, NY, USA, 2012)


Colombia: Dispute resolution

Litigation

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Cristina Mejía - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Within: Litigation

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s clients greatly appreciate not only the ‘great quality’ of the 12-strong team ‘from the legal technical point of view’ but also its ‘great knowledge of the industry and high strategic level’. The team primarily advises multinationals on multimillion-dollar transnational litigation disputes and multi-jurisdictional claims arising from M&A transactions and infrastructure controversies, acting for clients such as, Schrader Camargo Ingenieros Asociados, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Caracol and The Louis Berger Group, among others. Led by the highly regarded Claudia Benavides, ‘a lawyer who has proven to be able to lead the multidisciplinary work teams necessary to address several complex court cases’, the practice recently promoted Cristina Mejía, a former head of the litigation department in Coca-Cola Femsa, to partner. The pair represented China United Engineering Corporation in a civil proceeding against insurance company Axa Colpatria Seguros in a dispute derived from the construction of the civil works of a power plant in Colombia. Benavides also worked in tandem – this time with Juan Guillermo Otero, who is praised for his ‘solid knowledge and experience’ – in defending Finosca, owned by Total EyP Colombie in a widely covered $2bn class action dispute filed against several companies and seeking compensation for damages allegedly caused by an oil spill. The team also offers advice regarding disputes related to distribution, supply and commercial agency agreements for clients such as FedEx, Exxon Mobile, British American Tobacco, Embraer, Ferring International and Federal Mogul. Ricardo Rincon and Jorge Valencia are also key members of the team.

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