Mr Enrique Gomez-Pinzon > Holland & Knight > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Anti-Corruption and FCPA | China Practice | Colombia Practice | Compliance Services |Corporate Services | Financial Services | International and Cross Border Transactions |International Arbitration and Litigation | International Practices | Latin America Practice | Latin American Investigations | Mergers and Acquisitions | Project Finance | Risk and Crisis Management

Position

Exeutive Partner of the Bogota Office

Career

Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is the executive partner of Holland & Knight’s office in Bogotá, Colombia. He practices in the areas of cross-border investment and financing, mergers and acquisitions, international arbitration and project financing. While Mr. Gómez-Pinzón spends the majority of his time in Bogota, he still maintains his practice in Washington, D.C.

In his practice, Mr. Gómez-Pinzón has participated in some of the most important financings and privatizations in Colombia in the last 30 years, including licensing of cellular telephones, banking entities, power generating and distribution companies, and transportation of petroleum. Mr. Gómez-Pinzón has represented contractors in matters before the World Bank Sanctions Committee. He has served as an arbitrator in a variety of cases administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), cases administered under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration Rules and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, Mr. Gómez-Pinzón has represented acquiring companies in various mergers and acquisitions transactions of mass public transportation companies in Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. He has participated in various mergers and acquisitions transactions within the United States, representing foreign acquiring companies, as well as cross-border transactions in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, the Bahamas, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

Mr. Gómez-Pinzón was the founder and former director of one the largest law firms in Colombia. He was the co-founder and ex-director of the Colombian-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Bogotá Stock Exchange, as well as an independent board member of several publicly traded companies and banks in Colombia and the United States.

Mr. Gómez-Pinzón served as the director of the Colombian Trade Bureau in Washington, D.C., where he represented the Colombian government and several of its industries. In 1999, he formed part of the Colombian Delegation for the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Seattle Ministerial Conference and the Free Trade Area of the Americas’ (FTAA) Fifth Ministerial Meeting in Toronto.

Languages

English, Spanish

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Sections International Law, Advisory Panel and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Harvard Alumni Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Washington D.C. International Arbitration Club, Co-Founder

Education

Universidad de los Andes, JD
Harvard University Law School, LLM

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

Holland & Knight’s ‘very capable’ 12-strong practice is led by managing partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, a renowned figure who is ‘very respected in the market’. Additional key participation comes from the energy-focused José Vicente Zapata and IP and antitrust specialist Danilo Romero, who led the advice to Barcelona-based fashion and beauty group Puig on its acquisition of a minority stake in Loto del Sur. In other work examples, the team is advising two energy sector companies on the structuring of an alliance with a third relevant market player for the purposes of co-developing energy projects in the country. Associate Lucas Saffon-López is also noted.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Holland & Knight’s well-regarded practice handles local and international investment arbitration. In ‘renowned’ executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón the firm has a ‘star player’ with extensive experience as an arbitrator in ICC, ICSID and CIETAC tribunals; a heavyweight in the market, Gómez-Pinzón is currently acting as arbitrator in three different ongoing ICSID cases. Also, with an ‘outstanding’ reputation, practice head Alberto Zuleta is leading two of the most relevant international arbitration processes in Colombia, both of them under ICC rules; one involves a multi-party dispute between a consortium of coal companies regarding the operation of a Colombian railroad.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

Primarily acting for multinationals with operations in Colombia, Holland & Knight fields an ‘outstanding’ multi-disciplinary practice group that is ‘available 24/7’. Led by Alberto Zuleta, who finds solutions ‘to the toughest problems’, the eight-strong team also includes energy – and energy disputes – specialist José Vicente Zapata (who is highlighted both for his expertise and because he is ‘always hands-on, supervising and working directly on your requests’) and executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón. The practice is currently representing a mining company in several constitutional claims for the protection of fundamental rights regarding ethnic communities. Among other recent highlights, the team continues to defend a telecoms company against a claim brought by a distributor for breach of contract. Associates Juan Casallas and Daniel Fajardo are also noted.

Colombia > Projects

Holland & Knight is primarily active on the project-finance side of 4G road-infrastructure projects. Norberto Quintana and Enrique Gómez-Pinzón are the key practice contacts, with Colombian infrastructure-promotion agency Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) a major client.