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Holland & Knight

CARRERA 7 #71-21, TORRE A, PISO 8, BOGOTÁ, DC, COLOMBIA
Tel:
Work +57 1 745 5720
Fax:
Fax +57 1 312 0501
Web:
www.hklaw.com

Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s Colombian office is managed by Enrique Gómez Pinzón; he also leads the cross-border investment and financing department, which advises banks, multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in complex, high-end transactions. The practice is currently advising a major infrastructure concession management company, in the purchase and sale agreement to secure an interest in a concession for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of a toll road project in Colombia.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s practice is led by Danilo Romero, a lawyer with ‘wide knowledge on the subject’ and ‘excellent availability and response times’. The practice can also count on head of dispute resolution – and former head of the competition area at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas – Alberto Zuleta, who handles antitrust investigations and litigation proceedings before the SIC, matters regarding unfair trade practices and premerger reviews. Recent work saw the team successfully represent Merqueo in a trade mark infringement case related to unfair competition practices before the SIC brought by KOBA Colombia. Other clients include Davita, Clariant & Huntsman, Pegatex Artecola, Bridgewood Capital, John Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler.

Leading individuals

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight represents clients in a wide range of transactions, including M&A, new company formation, corporate reorganizations, spinoffs and capitalization structures, real estate and contracts. ‘Very well-known in the market’, managing partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón heads a 12-strong practice group which includes the energy-focused José Vicente Zapata, tax, contracts and corporate structuring specialist Juan Carlos Valencia, litigator Danilo Romero and cross-border expert Julián Santos as key members. The team advised Infrared Capital Partners on the purchase and sale agreement to secure a 50% interest in the Ruta Al Mar, a fourth-generation highway concession project. Other highlights included acting as local counsel to GeoPark Limited on its $425m secured amortizing notes issuance.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s practice covers corporate and commercial matters in energy and natural resources, with an emphasis on environmental law. The 10-strong team is led by the highly recommended José Vicente Zapata, who has over 20 years’ experience in the sector, and represents electric, oil, gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial companies, as well as government entities. The team is advising several oil and gas entities in relation to regulatory and environmental matters related to their operations in the country. The practice also acted as local counsel to GeoPark Limited on the issuance of its $425m secured amortizing notes. ExxonMobil Colombia, Shell, Celsia and Gran Tierra Energy Colombia are among other clients.

Leading individuals

José Vicente Zapata - Holland & Knight

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight attracts praise for providing ‘quality of service, personal attention and accuracy’. ‘Highly qualified’ Danilo Romero leads the five-strong practice, which is assisting Global Brands Group in matters related to its intellectual property portfolio in Colombia, including the trade mark "Behrens Redugras"; in particular assistance in matters related to non-use cancellation actions, Andean oppositions and regular oppositions. Other clients include Bridgewood Capital, Terpel, Illinois Tool Works Colombia and Grupo Plenia – Locatel.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is a law firm with ‘excellent response-times’, that is 'very precise in its legal concepts’ and has a ‘broad knowledge of industry subjects’. Vicente Umaña heads the department, with associates Carolina Castro, Camilo Garcia and Laura Di Santo also recommended. The seven-strong practice advised Japan Tobacco International on all its immigration matters, involving the creation of complex expatriation plans of foreign employees and the processing of all immigration requirements for their development of job positions in Colombia. Grupo Conboca, Linde Colombia, Quality Water Services Colombia and Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas are also clients of the practice.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

A new entry to the projects ranking Holland & Knight has been increasingly active on the project finance side of 4G road infrastructure projects. Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional is the firm’s primary sector client. Norberto Quintana and Enrique Gomez-Pinzon are the key practice contacts.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s department provides advice on a wide range of transactional tax matters, as well as remedial advice in litigation proceedings. The team assisted Ventura Capital with its corporate reorganization and provides permanent corporate and tax advice for all entities in which the company holds equity. The team, led by Juan Carlos Valencia, also advised and structured the merger of Inmaculada Guadalupe y Amigos en CIA with Grupo Conboca.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s team, led by Alberto Zuleta, who arrived in March 2017 from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, is handling two of the most relevant international arbitration processes in Colombia, both of them disputed under ICC rules. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is currently representing a number of engineering companies in different arbitration processes in Bogota’s Chamber of Commerce, as well as acting as arbitrator in three different on-going arbitrations before ICSID.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

Very well regarded for both litigation and arbitration, Alberto Zuleta leads Holland & Knight’s six-strong practice, which also include heavyweight energy – and energy disputes – specialist José Vicente Zapata, recommended for his ‘innovation and creativity in the search for solutions’, and executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón. The department acts primarily for multinationals with operations in Colombia, particularly in the chemicals, energy, health and care, mining and utilities sectors. Among recent highlights, the team is defending a telecommunications company against a demand brought by a distributor claiming a breach of contract and benefits derived from the legal protection that Colombian law affords commercial agents.

Leading individuals

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets
Next generation lawyers

Carlos Meza - Holland & Knight LLP

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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s Colombian office is managed by Enrique Gómez Pinzón; he also leads the cross-border investment and financing department, which advises banks, multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in complex, high-end transactions. The practice is currently advising a major infrastructure concession management company, in the purchase and sale agreement to secure an interest in a concession for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of a toll road project in Colombia.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s practice is led by Danilo Romero, a lawyer with ‘wide knowledge on the subject’ and ‘excellent availability and response times’. The practice can also count on head of dispute resolution – and former head of the competition area at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas – Alberto Zuleta, who handles antitrust investigations and litigation proceedings before the SIC, matters regarding unfair trade practices and premerger reviews. Recent work saw the team successfully represent Merqueo in a trade mark infringement case related to unfair competition practices before the SIC brought by KOBA Colombia. Other clients include Davita, Clariant & Huntsman, Pegatex Artecola, Bridgewood Capital, John Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler.

Leading individuals

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight represents clients in a wide range of transactions, including M&A, new company formation, corporate reorganizations, spinoffs and capitalization structures, real estate and contracts. ‘Very well-known in the market’, managing partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón heads a 12-strong practice group which includes the energy-focused José Vicente Zapata, tax, contracts and corporate structuring specialist Juan Carlos Valencia, litigator Danilo Romero and cross-border expert Julián Santos as key members. The team advised Infrared Capital Partners on the purchase and sale agreement to secure a 50% interest in the Ruta Al Mar, a fourth-generation highway concession project. Other highlights included acting as local counsel to GeoPark Limited on its $425m secured amortizing notes issuance.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s practice covers corporate and commercial matters in energy and natural resources, with an emphasis on environmental law. The 10-strong team is led by the highly recommended José Vicente Zapata, who has over 20 years’ experience in the sector, and represents electric, oil, gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial companies, as well as government entities. The team is advising several oil and gas entities in relation to regulatory and environmental matters related to their operations in the country. The practice also acted as local counsel to GeoPark Limited on the issuance of its $425m secured amortizing notes. ExxonMobil Colombia, Shell, Celsia and Gran Tierra Energy Colombia are among other clients.

Leading individuals

José Vicente Zapata - Holland & Knight

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight attracts praise for providing ‘quality of service, personal attention and accuracy’. ‘Highly qualified’ Danilo Romero leads the five-strong practice, which is assisting Global Brands Group in matters related to its intellectual property portfolio in Colombia, including the trade mark "Behrens Redugras"; in particular assistance in matters related to non-use cancellation actions, Andean oppositions and regular oppositions. Other clients include Bridgewood Capital, Terpel, Illinois Tool Works Colombia and Grupo Plenia – Locatel.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is a law firm with ‘excellent response-times’, that is 'very precise in its legal concepts’ and has a ‘broad knowledge of industry subjects’. Vicente Umaña heads the department, with associates Carolina Castro, Camilo Garcia and Laura Di Santo also recommended. The seven-strong practice advised Japan Tobacco International on all its immigration matters, involving the creation of complex expatriation plans of foreign employees and the processing of all immigration requirements for their development of job positions in Colombia. Grupo Conboca, Linde Colombia, Quality Water Services Colombia and Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas are also clients of the practice.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

A new entry to the projects ranking Holland & Knight has been increasingly active on the project finance side of 4G road infrastructure projects. Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional is the firm’s primary sector client. Norberto Quintana and Enrique Gomez-Pinzon are the key practice contacts.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s department provides advice on a wide range of transactional tax matters, as well as remedial advice in litigation proceedings. The team assisted Ventura Capital with its corporate reorganization and provides permanent corporate and tax advice for all entities in which the company holds equity. The team, led by Juan Carlos Valencia, also advised and structured the merger of Inmaculada Guadalupe y Amigos en CIA with Grupo Conboca.

[back to top]

Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s team, led by Alberto Zuleta, who arrived in March 2017 from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, is handling two of the most relevant international arbitration processes in Colombia, both of them disputed under ICC rules. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is currently representing a number of engineering companies in different arbitration processes in Bogota’s Chamber of Commerce, as well as acting as arbitrator in three different on-going arbitrations before ICSID.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight

Very well regarded for both litigation and arbitration, Alberto Zuleta leads Holland & Knight’s six-strong practice, which also include heavyweight energy – and energy disputes – specialist José Vicente Zapata, recommended for his ‘innovation and creativity in the search for solutions’, and executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón. The department acts primarily for multinationals with operations in Colombia, particularly in the chemicals, energy, health and care, mining and utilities sectors. Among recent highlights, the team is defending a telecommunications company against a demand brought by a distributor claiming a breach of contract and benefits derived from the legal protection that Colombian law affords commercial agents.

Leading individuals

Alberto Zuleta - Holland & Knight

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Latin America: International firms

Capital markets
Next generation lawyers

Carlos Meza - Holland & Knight LLP

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