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

(Leading individuals)

Enrique Gómez-PinzónHolland & Knight

Holland & Knight shines in complex international mergers of large commercial groups in Colombia. The group provides a broad service on corporate governance, compliance and risk management, advising as well on financing and growth opportunities. Highly-reputed executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón co-heads the 11-strong department, and focuses on cross-border investment and financing, M&A, as well as in international arbitration and project financing. Fellow co-head Lucas Saffon-López, promoted to the partnership January 2020, additionally handles transactions with a real estate component.  Bringing extra bench-depth, the energy-focused José Vicente Zapata and IP and antitrust specialist Danilo Romero are active in the sector. Senior counsel Daniel Fajardo, and associates Maria Isabel Romero and Juliana Archila are also relevant members of the team.

Colombia > Banking and finance

Holland & Knight‘s multidisciplinary team is particularly valued for its origination of ‘creative and practical solutions when establishing financing structures for complex or unusual projects‘.  The eight-strong practice group, which fields three expert partners, covers the gamut of finance matters. Managing partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, whose well-established trajectory combines handling cross-border investment and project finance, with international arbitration, heads the team. Lucas Saffon-López, promoted to the partnership in January 2020, advises on structured finance, among other matters; while José Vicente Zapata primarily advises energy clients such as his recent advisory on GeoPark issuance of senior notes under Rule 144A/Reg S. The firm’s international network also provides solid backing, with Miami-based Norberto Quintana, in particular, a frequent participant in matters related to Colombia. Relevant support comes from senior counsels Carolina Arciniegas and Juliana Saa.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Enrique Gómez-PinzónHolland & Knight

Holland & Knight‘s disputes practice excels in arbitration, with notable firepower in complex, multi-jurisdictional cases. Primarily acting for multinationals with operations in Colombia, the practice undertakes local and international investment and commercial arbitration, which is handled by two reputed partners who also both have experience sitting as arbitrators. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, who currently divides his time between Bogotá and Washington, has been on the ICSID roster of arbitrators since 2000; with past experience in investment cases throughout the region, more recently he has acted as arbitrator in two ICSID cases, and also has extensive experience in ICC and CIETAC tribunals. As party counsel, Gómez-Pinzón paired up with practice head Alberto Zuleta to represent a contractor against a state-owned entity in ICC arbitration. Zuleta, in turn, who has extensive experience operating within the ICSID and UNCITRAL frameworks, as well as under local arbitration centre rules, has been active of late as party counsel to a hydrocarbons company, and is acting as arbitrator in two ICC cases. With over ten years’ experience, senior counsel Juan Casallas focuses on public law, arbitration, and constitutional and administrative litigation.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

Handling top tier commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation, Holland & Knight‘s multi-disciplinary practice fields three renowned specialist partners. Practice head Alberto Zuleta is a litigator and arbitrator who also undertakes antitrust investigations and unfair competition cases. The practice has a notable sweet spot in all-type disputes related to the energy sector, particularly those presenting environmental or community aspects, where energy and natural resources head José Vicente Zapata brings his expertise to bear. Prestigious corporate and transactional figure, executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is also active in the area, especially in arbitration. The eight-strong group also includes senior counsel Juan Casallas who focuses on public law, constitutional and administrative litigation; and associate Estefanny Pardo who acts in environmental and mining litigation.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Holland & Knight LLP has an impressive Latin America M&A practice spread over multiple offices, notably Miami, New York, Mexico City and Bogota. It numbers over 150 Spanish or Portuguese speaking lawyers and a combination of on the ground credibility and in-depth knowledge of the region has landed it a string of impressive engagements. The Mexico City office recently advised Telefónica Group on the sale of 11 data centers across multiple jurisdictions, including in Mexico, to Asterion Industrial Partners, a Pan-European infrastructure fund manager. Roberto Pupo is chair of the Latin America Practice Group and is a prominent name in cross-border Latin America deals, most notably representing multinationals in acquiring and selling businesses in the region; in 2019, he led the team that advised Dollorama, the Canadian value retailer on its acquisition of a 50.1% interest in Latin America’s Dollarcity. George Mencio is firm-wide co-leader of the corporate, M&A and securities practice and has a significant focus on Latin America. Executive partner in Bogota Enrique Gómez-Pinzón has a fine reputation in Colombia deals. Luis Rubio is an important figure in Mexico City. Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise. Since publication the firm has hired the former general counsel of the International Development Finance Corporation (previously OPIC), Kevin Turner, who will focus on corporate transactions and securities matters, incuding in relation to Latin America (effective as of March 2021).