Holland & Knight > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Holland & Knight
CARRERA 7 #71-21
TORRE A, PISO 8
BOGOTÁ, DC
Colombia

Colombia > Environment Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ multidisciplinary team at Holland & Knight has in-depth knowledge of all issues related to land use and environmental law, covering the full spectrum of matters but with a particular focus on climate change, compliance auditing and corporate governance, energy efficiency, environmental health and safety, green building, natural resources and sustainability issues. The team acts for a number of high-profile companies in the oil-and-gas industry and has seen recent growth in its client roster in to the  food and beverage and chemicals segmments, among others. Leading the 16-strong team is José Vicente Zapata, a well-known prasence in th eenvironmental sector and natural resources’ expert with over 20 years’ experience – he currently focuses on corporate and commercial matters which include an emphasis on the environment, energy and natural resources. Other names to note are: Ines Elvira Vesga (who was promoted to partner in August 2021), senior counsel Juan Casallas, senior associate Camila Del Villar and associate Margarita Solorza.

Practice head(s):

José Vicente Zapata

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent team with a lot of experience and practice. The lawyers know how to prioritise and understand the needs of their clients.’

‘Excellent and close attention. Quick responses.

It is a very solid team with great cohesion, knowledge and management of environmental issues, and the ability to articulate these issues with those of the sector in which the company is located, as well as great knowledge and management of regulatory issues that apply to the company. As a team they complement each other perfectly and have excellent handling.

Empathy to understand the needs of the company and the difficulties faced in the development of activities so as to provide solutions.

This area in Colombia is very demanding because it is made up of legal elements and environmental technical elements. Lawyers who handle this issue require solid legal knowledge complemented with an understanding of how the environmental authorities operate, along with environmental knowledge. I believe that H&K has a solid team and that it builds responses based on experience and risk assessment. They are people with deep knowledge and a permanent attitude of investigation and seeking solutions. They are very accomplished and efficient in responding to the needs we have as clients.

Key clients

Racafe CIA SCA

Petrobras de Valores Internacional de España (sucursal Colombia)

Sator

Emerald Energy

Lewis Energy Colombia

Syngenta

Terranum Desarrollo

TransGas de Occidente

Equión Energía

Work highlights

  • Advised coal mining company Sator on the environmental licensing procedure of a key coal mining project, involving strategic analysis of the granted environmental licences, focusing on potential restrictions to in situ operations, and the drafting and submission of the corresponding appeal before the National Environmental Licensing Authority.
  • Provided advice and judicial representation to oil and gas company, Equion, in more than 200 judicial proceedings related to the discussion of an environmental tax (1% obligation) derived from the environmental license granted for oil projects, the structuring of the legal strategy necessary for the negotiation with the environmental authority at the mediation discussions with the National Agency for Environmental Licenses (ANLA) led by the National Agency for the Judicial Defense of the State (ANDJE).
  • Ongoing advice to oil and gas E&P company, Emerald Energy, on regulatory and contractual matters; services include the preparation of contractual and legal documents related to the operation of the company in Colombia, as well as environmental matters.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 2

Holland & Knight‘s Bogotá disputes practice excels in arbitration and frequently works in conjunction with its US colleagues on more complex multijurisdictional cases. The Colombia-based team undertakes local and international investment and commercial arbitration, which is handled primarily by two reputed partners, both of whom also have extensive experience sitting as arbitrators. A well-known figure in arbitral circlles, Alberto Zuleta-Londoño is currently sitting as an arbitrator on three domestic arbitrations and two international (ICC) arbitrations, as well as acting as counsel in two ICC and one ICSID cases. Zuleta has extensive experience acting within ICSID and UNCITRAL frameworks, as well as under local arbitration centre rules; peers regard him as ‘excellent in arbitration‘ and as having ‘a great grasp of [the relevant] non-legal matters‘. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón divides his time between Bogotá and Washington and has been on the ICSID roster of arbitrators since 2000; with past experience in investment cases throughout the region, he is currently leading a team that is representing the Coordinating Committee of Communities affected by the Chixoy Dam in reparations negotiations with the Guatemalan government. Other current matters include representing a mining client in ICSID arbitration against the Colombian state; a major ICC proceeding and acting for clients in the oil and gas sector. Energy and environment partner Jose Vicente Zapata is also highly active in arbitral matters related to his areas of specialisation, and frequently works in close conjunction with senior counsel Juan Casallas who has experience in international and domestic commercial and investment arbitration disputes -both ICSID and ICC- primarily in relation to energy, construction and natural resources disputes, as part of his broader contentious practice. Since publication, Zuleta-Londoño has moved to Cuatrecasas, effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Zuleta

Testimonials

It is a team of lawyers that combines attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of the law and excellent litigation skills, which makes them undoubtedly one of the most relevant in the country.

Alberto Zuleta is one of the most important trial lawyers in the country and leads a team of great value and weight in the legal world.

Work highlights

    Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

    The ‘excellent’, 15-strong team at Holland & Knight undertakes the full spectrum of oil, gas, energy and natural resources matters, as well as providing advice on environmental matters such as climate change, compliance auditing, energy efficiency, and sustainability issues, among others. Market stalwart and practice head Jose Vicente Zapata has over 20 years’ experience in the natural resources sector, representing electric, oil, gas and mining companies as well as having particular expertise in environmental matters. Raised to the partnership in August 2021, Ines Elvira Vesga is highlighted for her advice to national and foreign clients on regulatory issues and complex corporate negotiations involving petroleum agreements (in particular), but also handles matters across right across the oil, gas, and electricity sectors, along with natural resources matters in general. Senior counsel Juan Casallas is another key figure in the practice group, his practice taking in public law, arbitration and administrative and constitutional litigation, largely in relation to the energy and natural resources sector, along with community and governmental affairs management, environmental liability, anti-trust proceedings and pre-merger review.  Semi-senior associate Estefanny Pardo is also a contentious specialist and is particularly active on environmental matters in the energy sector. However, former counsel Daniel Fajardo left the firm in October 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    José Vicente Zapata

    Testimonials

    It is an excellent team with a lot of experience and practice. He knows how to prioritise and understand the needs of his clients.

    Very good and close attention. Immediate availability and quick responses.

    Key clients

    Petrobras de Valores Internacional de España (sucursal Colombia)

    Sator

    Emerald Energy

    Lewis Energy Colombia

    Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG)

    TransGas de Occidente

    Equión Energía

    Work highlights

    • Ongoing advice to oil and gas E&P company Emerald Energy (a Sinochem Group subsidiary), on regulatory and contractual matters, including the preparation of contractual and legal documents related to its operation in Colombia and regarding environmental matters.
    • Advised and represented Brazilian state hydrocarbons entity Petrobras as a party involved in the declaration process of a regional environmental protection area initiated by Corporación Autónoma Regional del Tolima – Cortolima, representing the company in public hearings and administrative procedures related to the declaration process, as well as interaction with the local communities and authorities with jurisdiction in the proposed environmentally-protected area.
    • Advised coal mining company Sator on the environmental licensing procedure of a key coal mining project, involving strategic analysis of the environmental licences granted, with a focus on potential restrictions to in situ operations, and the drafting and submission of the corresponding appeal before the National Environmental Licensing Authority.

    Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

    The Bogotá office of international firm Holland & Knight is a notable presence in complex international mergers involving large commercial groups in Colombia. In addition to transactional matters the team undertakes incorporations, capitalizations, regulatory matters, and handles compliance and corporate governance along with the full array of company law matters, structuring, contract review and representation before relevant authorities. Highly-regarded executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón co-leads the 11-strong department; his practice focuses on cross-border investment and financing, and M&A, as well as project financing and international arbitration. His fellow co-head, Lucas Saffon-López, was raised to the partnership in January 2020, and also handles transactions with a significant real estate component. Additional partner level support comes from the energy-focused José Vicente Zapata and IP and antitrust specialist Danilo Romero Raad are active in the sector. Recent matters include a $100m capitalization by Hemisphere Media Group; advice to Export Development Canada, as creditors, in relation to the bankruptcy proceedings of various Colombian company; and Productos Ramos on its merger with Molinos Las Mercedes. Key support comes from recently appointed associate practice director, María Isabel Romero de la Torre (corporate advisory and commercial litigation), and senior counsel Daniel Fajardo (corporate and energy law); Associate María Alejandra Cabrera  is also noted. Since publication the firm has also raised tax and  foreign exchange specialist Rafael Lafont Castillo to the partnership (January 2022), and subsequently -in a further building-out of the practice, hired Gustavo Pardo Ardila (from his own tax boutique), along with associate José Alejandro Vivas – effective as of June 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Enrique Gomez-Pinzón; Lucas Saffon-López

    Testimonials

    They have an excellent team, highly trained in legal matters and problem solving. Additionally, they stand out for their commitment and excellent customer service / attention to their needs. I consider their service to be a leader in the field.

    The high knowledge-levels of the members of the firm, as well as the quality of their attention to the client’s needs. Among the outstanding partners and associates, it is worth mentioning Enrique Gómez Pinzón and María Isabel Romero.

    It seems to me a highly professional legal team specialised in the areas they serve.

    Danilo Romero, Maria Romero and Juan Valencia are all highly professional specialists.

    Key clients

    Cemex Colombia

    Breccia Salud

    Banco General de Panamá

    Lenovo

    Export Development Canada

    Hemisphere Media Group

    Productos Ramo

    Operadora de Comercio

    Ashmore Management Company Colombia

    EXL Service

    Fundación Grupo Social

    Work highlights

    • Advised Colombian food company Productos Ramo on its merger with Molinos Las Mercedes.
    • Advised and represented Banco General de Panama, Panama’s largest private equity bank, as a creditor in the reorganisation process currently being carried out by Alfacer del Caribe and Alfagres before de Superintendence of Corporations.
    • Advised and represented Canada’s export credit agency Export Development Canada, as a creditor in the bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring of a number of different Colombian companies.

    Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 3

    The Bogotá office of Holland & Knight has been far more active in arbitral matters of late, particularly on international cases in conjunction with the firm’s US offices. Nevertheless, the team is accustomed to handling complex commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation, and recent matters include advising a client in the energy and natural resources segment regarding constitutional claims for the protection of fundamental rights (in relation to disputes related to prior consultation processes), as well as  fiscal liability proceedings before the Contraloría General de la República, nullity claims before the Council of State and damage reparation lawsuits, among others. The eight-strong multidisciplinary practice group includes three highly regarded and specialist partners. Increasingly active as an arbitrator, practice head Alberto Zuleta-Londoño is nevertheless ‘one of the most important trial lawyers in the country‘ and also has expertise in antitrust investigations and unfair competition cases. The practice also has particular strength in energy-sector disputes, particularly those presenting environmental or community aspects, where energy and natural resources head Jose Vicente Zapata brings his expertise to bear. Prestigious corporate and transactional figure, executive partner Enrique Gomez-Pinzon is also active in the area, although again, primarily on the arbitral side. The eight-strong group also includes senior counsel Juan Casallas who focuses on public law,  and constitutional and administrative litigation; and associate Estefanny Pardo who undertakes environmental and mining litigation. Since publication, Zuleta-Londoño has left the firm – effective as of March 2022.

    Testimonials

    It is a team of lawyers that combines attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of the law and excellent litigation skills, which makes them undoubtedly one of the most relevant in the country.

    Alberto Zuleta is one of the most important trial lawyers in the country and leads a team of great value and weight in the legal world.

    Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 3

    While counsel Isabella Gandini departed in November 2020 after some eighteen months at the firm, the employment and benefits practice at Holland & Knight, led by the knowledgeable Vicente Umaña, has otherwise proved remarkably stable. Umaña – whose past experience includes senior positions supervising labour relations both in Colombia and regionally, with companies such as Citibank and IBM – directs a six-strong team that covers the gamut of labour matters, including high-end and complex litigation. More generally the practice is focused on advisory matters, collective bargaining, administrative labour procedures, labour policies, and contractual and compensation matters. Key associate support comes from Carolina Castro, who handles litigation and contentious matters, including those before the Ministry of Work and social security authority UGPP, along with arbitration; Jimena Nieto, who focuses on collective negotiations, labour inspections, redundancies and labour risk-mitigation, among other matters; and Camilo García, who advises on filing labour claims and matters involving the labour courts and government institutions, particularly the UGPP. Since publication, Umaña has left the firm - effective as of April 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Vicente Umaña

    Testimonials

    They stand out for their practicality, for seeking a solution for the client with legal solutions tailored to the client’s needs.

    Associate Maria Isabel Anaya stands out for her intelligence and practicality, as well as for her customer service.

    Permanent availability, high quality and opportunity in the provision of services and deliverables. They represent the interests of their clients with great courage.

    They have a great cost-benefit ratio, both for extensive jobs that require a large number of hours, and for specialised jobs that require precision and expert judgment.’

    Communication is always fluid and meets customer requests and requirements with great precision. They have a global vision of the contingencies that their clients may have and are a great help to anticipate and mitigate them.’

    HK Colombia’s labour law practice is of the highest level, made up of trained professionals who are always ready to collaborate with our legal advice needs. They are also professionals with high human qualities and who understand the idiosyncrasies of foreign clients.’

    Carolina Castro de la Torre. She is an excellent professional, trained, with a high level of commitment and customer service. In the cases where we have received advice from her, the results have been very positive.’

    Use of information technologies to be in permanent contact with customers.’

    Key clients

    Messer Colombia

    Crepes & Waffles

    Restaurantes Muy

    Arthur J Gallagher

    Xactly Corporation

    Control de Riesgo

    WEG Colombia

    Drummond

    Growth Acceleration Partners Colombia

    Maquet Colombia (Getinge)

    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

    Quality Water Services Colombia

    Philips Colombiana

    CSRA Colombia

    Rich Chemical Green

    Grupo SM Colombia

    Work highlights

    • Advising medicinal, industrial and special gases (and gas-related services) company Messer Colombia in a collective negotiations with a union from the medical and pharmaceutical industry; as well as on day-to-day individual and collective labour matters, and representation before administrative entities.
    • Ongoing advice to major Colombian restaurant chain Crepes & Waffles on its day-to-day labour matters, special support regarding the structuring of the company’s human resources procedures and policies, working hours special schemes and disciplinary procedures; the team also successfully represented the client in complex processes before the Labour Court.
    • Ongoing day-to-day advisory to coal mining and processing company, Drummond regarding social security matters and contributions to the social security system; the team has also advised the company regarding several administrative investigations by social security authority, UGPP (Unidad de Gestión Pensional y Parafiscal).

    Colombia > Public law Tier 3

    Recognised as one of the go-to firms for public law matters related to energy and natural resources, Holland & Knight is well versed in advising various major companies in the mining, oil, energy and infrastructure sectors. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to administrative and constitutional matters, practice co-heads Alberto Zuleta-Londoño, an arbitration and litigation specialist, and Jose Vicente Zapata, who is an ‘expert on environmental issues’, co-lead a 10-strong team which also advises government agencies both in defining the terms and conditions of regulations and in sensitive international judicial cases. Senior counsel Juan Casallas also plays an active role in the practice, with his recent matters incuding representation of a mining company in several constitutional claims for the protection of fundamental rights before the Constitutional Court. Since publication, Zuleta-Londoño has left the firm with effect from March 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    José Vicente Zapata

    Testimonials

    José Vicente Zapata is excellent in handling contracts with the State, especially hydrocarbons. He has excellent business acumen. And he is an expert on environmental issues.

    Key clients

    Equion Energía

    Work highlights

    • Represented oil and gas company, Equion, in more than 200 judicial proceedings related to the discussion of an environmental tax with the National Agency for Environmental Licenses (ANLA).
    • Representation of a multinational group of companies in a fiscal liability proceeding before the Contraloría General de la República in relation to fiscal detriment concerning a project to expand a state-owned asset.

    Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 4

    The local office of Holland & Knight fields an eight-strong, multidisciplinary team with experience across the banking and brokerage arena. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón needs little introduction: a 30-year veteran of corporate transactional work, financings and project finance (and more recently, arbitration), among other areas of expertise, he co-leads the team with fellow corporate partner Lucas Saffon-López; the pair combined recently to lead advice to the FDN and Banco Davivienda on their $10.9m financing to the Bosques de los Llanos 1 solar power project. Promoted to partner in August 2021, key practitioner Juliana Saa focuses on financial law, capital markets, bank investment, and corporate and commercial law, and is a constant presence in the firm’s financing teams. However, former fellow senior counsel Carolina Arciniegas left the firm in June 2020 to establish her own, eponymous boutique. Nevertheless, the firm can also call on its network – particularly the Miami office – with financial-services specialist Norberto Quintana frequently involved in mandates with a Colombian aspect. Since publication, the practice has been further strengthened with the February 2022 hire of former Garrigues‘ counsel, Camilo Gantiva, as a partner and head of the office’s financial-services regulation and capital markets’ practices.

    Practice head(s):

    Enrique Gómez Pinzon; Lucas Saffon-López

    Key clients

    MUFG Bank

    Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

    Banco Davivienda

    Work highlights

    • Advisor under Colombian law to MUFG Bank, as as coordinating lead arranger, administrative agent, offshore collateral agent and hedge provider, on its $163.5m financing for the La Virginia-Nueva Esperanza transmission line project, the first project financing of a transmission line in Colombia involving foreign banks.
    • Advisor to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional and Banco Davivienda as co-lenders in a COP$44.7bn financing for the 19.9MW  Bosques de los Llanos 1 solar project, the first non-conventional renewable energy project implemented with a project finance structure in Colombia .
    • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), as lender in the approval process for the acquisition of Concesion Costera Cartagena-Barranquilla, the entity that oversees the toll road project connecting Cartagena and Barranquilla in the northern Caribbean coastal region of Colombia, by ISA Inversiones Costera Chile.

    Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

    Following on from the specialisation of the highly regarded IP expert Danilo Romero Raad, the competiiton practice at Holland & Knight's Colombia office is, perhaps, more focused on unfair competition and the IP aspects of the practice, than antitrust matters and merger filings. Nevertheless, the practice does attend to all aspects of the sector with the 'very capable and business oriented' Romero leading a 'highy professional' five-strong team that demonstrates 'quality in their work' and 'understanding of the case'. Recent matters saw experienced litigator Romero represent GE Healthcare Colombia in contentious matters before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce. With associate Bettina Sojo currently undertaking her LLM, key support comes from Camila López Vigoya, who has a post-graduate degree in competition law.

    Practice head(s):

    Danilo Romero

    Testimonials

    Precise and timely advice. Danilo Romero is an outstanding lawyer, very capable and business-oriented.

    It seems to me a highly professional legal team specialised in the areas they serve.

    Their teamwork, disposition and quality of work distinguishes them from other firms, I think; Danilo Romero, Andres Nossa, Bettina Sojo and Paula Castaño – quality in their work, understanding of the case.

    Key clients

    Ortomec (formerly Biomec)

    Acesco

    Ole Communications

    GE Healthcare Colombia

    Work highlights

    • Assisted international multi-media company Ole Communications with an antitrust filing concerning a proposed buyout of the company’s equity by Home Box Office; and the simultaneous spin-off of the business of distribution, sales and representation of third-party basic channels.
    • Advised Ortomec on the preparation and filing of an unfair competition complaint against Instruserv before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.

    Colombia > Intellectual property Tier 4

    Holland & Knight takes on registration and enforcement of trade marks, patents, commercial names, slogans and domain names. On the copyright side, the firm advises on contracts and rights payments for entertainment clients such as publishers, audiovisual companies and theatre managers, as well as management of trade secrets. Work also covers consumer protection, antitrust and data protection. Practice head Danilo Romero Raad brought a trade mark infringement action for KFC against a former franchisee. Romero also advises Nintendo on protection of its IP rights, assisted by associate Bettina Sojo, who handles litigation and advises on data protection and unfair competition.

    Practice head(s):

    Danilo Romero Raad

    Testimonials

    They are very attentive to the client, always with the best disposition and attitude. Short response times.

    Human qualities and infinite kindness to the client.

    Professionalism, opportunity and security. It stands out well above the rest of its competitors. Best price-quality ratio.’

    Seriousness, knowledge of legal practice, opportunity, certainty – Danilo Romero, Bettina Sojo, Camila López and Paula Castãno. They have more female than male staff and this has always been an element in which they stand out.

    Key clients

    Kentucky Fried Chicken International Holdings

    Restaurante Muy

    Acerías de Colombia

    Otestra

    Major League Baseball Properties

    Nintendo of America

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

    Pegatex Artecola

    Cala Colombia

    Disagro de Guatemala

    Work highlights

    • Filed a trade mark infringement action for KFC against a former franchisee.
    • Advises Nintendo of America on measures to be taken to protect its intellectual property rights.
    • Assisted Otestra with a transaction agreement in order to conclude a trade mark infringement process.

    Colombia > Projects Tier 4

    The team at Holland & Knight is noted for having extensive experience in Colombian and Latin American environmental compliance and regulatory litigation, oil and gas projects, mining projects, project finance, foreign investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate reorganisations and financial restructurings. Norberto Quintana and Enrique Gomez-Pinzon are the key practice contacts.

    Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

    Holland & Knight LLP’s Latin America international arbitration team is ‘very knowledgeable’ and supports clients with ‘professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards’. The practice advises on commercial and investment treaty disputes under all major arbitration rules and is particularly strong regarding infrastructure, energy, mining and construction matters. Miami-based Adolfo Jiménez leads the firm’s international arbitration practice and has acted on complex arbitrations for clients in the hospitality, energy, mining and transportation sectors, as well as acting as arbitrator on matters coming before the ICC and ICDR. The team benefits from presence on the ground in two Latin American jurisdictions: in Mexico, Carlos Vejar is ‘very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters’, and Juan Pablo Moyano, who was appointed senior counsel in July 2021, is also a name to note. The Colombian office, in turn, houses the talents of disputes specialist Alberto Zuleta, with highly experienced arbitrator Enrique Gomez-Pinzon splitting his time between Bogota and Washington DC. At associate level Arantxa Cuadrado in New York and Laura Yvonne Zielinski, currently at the firm's Mexico office, are also both noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Adolfo E. Jiménez

    Testimonials

    ‘They are great at trade and investment related matters.’

    ‘It is a team with a lot of knowledge and intelligently and professionally involved in understanding arbitration matters in telecommunications and energy. The team is enriched by having lawyers from various countries.’

    ‘Very knowledgeable about arbitration due to knowledge and experience in many arbitrations.’

    ‘Carlos Vejar has extensive experience from the government and private-sector perspectives on investor-state arbiration.’

    ‘Carlos Vejar is very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters. Juan Pablo Moyano is a rising star in commercial disputes.’

    ‘Alberto Zuleta exercises first-rate leadership to make the most of the talent and knowledge of his team.’

    ‘Laura Zielinski has the ability to understand complex issues and by identify the relevant aspects for the arbitral tribunal.’ 

    ‘A team that  works in harmony, with professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards.’

    Key clients

    Eutelstat

    Medical University Hospital

    Republic of Guatemala

    Eco Oro Minerals

    Royal Industries International

    King Baby Marine

    Work highlights

    • Acting as lead counsel to Satmex (currently owned by Eutelsat) for more than 10 years in an investment arbitration proceeding against the Mexican government before ICSID for breach of provisions under the Mexico-France Bilateral Investment Treaty.
    • Secured victory for one of the largest US investors in Colombia in a nine-party ICC arbitration involving the construction of a railway line.
    • Advising a  mining development company with respect to an international arbitration filed against Colombia concerning the prevention of mining activities in a protected area despite the existence of mining titles before the area was protected.

    Holland & Knight is a global law firm with approximately 1,700 lawyers and other professionals in 31 offices around the world. Our Bogotá office includes Colombian-licensed practitioners based in Bogotá, as well as lawyers with offices in the US and Colombia. We provide bilingual and bicultural representation to companies of all nationalities.

    We counsel clients in cross-border transactions, taxation, labour and employment, intellectual property and competition, energy, environmental law, natural resources, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital, private equity investments, banking and finance, project finance, and international litigation and arbitration. We also provide regulatory advice to foreign companies doing business in Colombia, as well as Colombian companies doing business abroad.

    Our partners have over 25 years of experience in their respective fields, working abroad and in Colombia. We have handled different types of complex transactions and possess the expertise to meet all requirements and legal needs. Currently, we are considered one of the leading firms in the market in the main practice areas.

    Main practice areas

    Arbitration and Litigation:  We assist clients to resolve conflicts through coordinating, managing and supervising multijurisdictional litigation, local and international investment and commercial arbitration. Our litigators have experience as international arbitrators in ICC, ICSID and CIETAC matters and in commercial arbitrations.

    Banking and Finance & Capital Markets: Our lawyers advise financial institutions in bank regulatory and financing matters, financial services and credit transactions, cross-border financial transactions, project finance transactions and syndicated loan facilities in different markets.

    Corporate, Compliance and M&A: We represent clients in a wide range of transactions, including compliance, M&A, incorporation of new companies, corporate reorganizations, spinoffs and capitalization structures, real estate and contracts.

    Energy and natural resources: The team is an industry leader in oil and gas, energy, natural resources and mining in Colombia, with in-depth experience in regulatory litigation, oil and gas projects, mining projects, renewable energy projects, project finance, foreign investment projects, M&A, corporate reorganizations and financial restructurings.

    Environmental: The team’s experience includes issues pertaining to climate change, compliance auditing and energy efficiency, environmental health and safety, environmental issues, environmental permit approvals, litigation and sustainability issues.

    Infrastructure: The office provides advice during the bid preparation, the negotiation of the engagements terms and the drafting and negotiation of all type of contracts in different industries. We have strong experience in PPP projects in Colombia and abroad.

    Intellectual property and competition: Holland & Knight provides a complete range of legal services designed to help you protect your innovations and succeed in a global competitive market. The office advises clients in matters related with intellectual property, competition law, consumer law, data protection and regulatory affairs.

    Labour & Employment: We provide comprehensive labour and labour relations advice, including litigation and corporate diversity and equal employment opportunity counselling, as well as advice on union-management relations and assistance in corporate immigration matters.

    Taxation & Foreign Exchange: We help clients to avoid tax pitfalls and assists in the efficient structuring of transactions to avoid overpayment of tax obligations. Our tax attorneys have experience successfully litigating complex tax cases before the highest courts in Colombia.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Corporate services and M&A Enrique Gómez Pinzónenrique.gomezpinzon@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Taxation Juan Carlos Valenciajvalencia@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Financial services Enrique Gómez Pinzónenrique.gomezpinzon@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Energy/natural resources and environment José Vicente Zapatajose.zapata@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Intellectual property and competition Danilo Romero Raaddanilo.romeroraad@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Oil & Gas Inés Elvira Vesgaines.vesga@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Banking & Finance Maria Juliana Saajuliana.saa@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Capital Markets Camilo Gantivacamilo.gantiva@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Office Manager Maria Paula Albanmaria.alban@hklaw.com+57.601.745.5720
    Other fee-earners : 30
    Total staff : 80
    Spanish etc.
    English
    French
    Italian

    Partners : 8
    Senior Counsels : 2
    Associates : 28
    Law Clerks : 6