Firm Profile > Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados > Bogota, Colombia

Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados
CARRERA 7, #71-21
OFICINA 1601, TORRE B
BOGOTA DC
Colombia

Projects Tier 1

Infrastructure and public law boutique Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados is a top notch for the structuring and negotiation of public and PPP infrastructure projects. With a longstanding client roster of concessionaires of toll road concessions and 4G road projects, also advices key players in the airport infrastructure sector such as Aerocali. With an extensive experience that includes prominent positions both in the private sector and in governmental and public entities,  Álvaro Mantilla and Carlos Gustavo Arrieta head the department, with associates Álvaro Mantilla Sánchez  and Ramón Ramírez  coordinating the practice. Clients are also represented before penalty administrative procedures as well as in settlement negotiations with public authorities and private parties. Associates Julián Pachón, Carolina Torres and Julián González complete the seven-strong team; however well-regarded young partner Adriana Espinosa moved to Garrigues as of April 2020.

Key clients

Proindesa

Concesionaria Vial de los Andes – COVIANDES

Concesionaria  Nueva Vía al Mar – COVIMAR

Concesionaria  Constructor Pacífico 1 – CONPACÍFICO

Concesionaria Vial 4G Llanos

Proyectos de Infraestrucutura

CCFC

Concesionaria Panamericana

AeroCali

Deme Group – Dredging Interantional

Accenorte

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Scania Colombia

Patrimonio Autónomo Lagos de Torca

Litigation Tier 2

Reputed for its work in structuring infrastructure projects, top tier Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados is also a go-to firm for major companies when facing litigation and arbitration disputes regarding both infrastructure projects and extractive industries matter. The six strong practice is led by three expert senior figures: Álvaro Mantilla -whose extended experience includes being the CEO of National Highway Agency INVIAS– and Carlos Gustavo Arrieta, with a successful track record on constitutional and public law related cases, work alongside fellow co-head Paula Andrea Ramos who is highly qualified in both arbitration and litigation. In a key highlight the firm is defending Conoco Phillips in a class action related to use of the hydraulic fracturing extraction technique (fracking) in a case likely to have repercussions for the rest of the oil and gas industry. Senior associate Carlos Alberto Manzano is also a key member of the team.

Testimonials

It is a very good team always ready to have contact with the client to resolve concerns about the legal strategy. The team dedicates time to the case, learning the technical aspects, which allows the client to understand the dispute. They have considerable experience in handling disputes before arbitration tribunals‘.

We have direct contact with Paula Ramos and senior associate Carlos Alberto Manzano, and when necessary, with Álvaro Mantilla. The plus that makes them stand out is the existence of a consolidated team of lawyers and the specific experience in infrastructure litigation‘.

They develop a thorough understanding of each case, defining the strategy to follow. Alvaro Mantilla, Paula Andrea Ramos and senior associate Carlos Alberto Manzano are highlighted‘.

Key clients

Consorcio Express

Concesionaria Vial de los Andes

Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico

Episol

Sociedad Operadora de Aeropuertos de Centro Norte – AIRPLAN

Comunicación Celular (Comcel)

Concesionaria Panamericana

Constructora de Infraestructura Vial

Drummond

Cerrejón Zona Norte

SONACOL

Consorcio Constructor Pacífico 1

Concesionaria Vial del Oriente

Consorcio Vía al Mar

Concretos Argos

VP Ingenergía

Conoco Phillips Colombia

Vatia

Orica

Public law Tier 2

Leading infrastructure boutique Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados acts both for major private domestic and international players and Colombian state entities in relation to international public law, constitutional and administrative law and public procurement. The firm also stands out in international arbitration held under the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules, with two recent stellar cases defending Colombia against the Nicaraguan state - a matter led by highly-regarded group head and senior partner Carlos Gustavo Arrieta, a former Justice of the Council of State and Attorney General. Fellow practice co-head Yady Villaquirán directs the public and mining energy law area of the firm and is also a finance specialist. Among other mandates, the pair teamed up to advise Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, as contractor, in the legal structuring of the Parque Natural San Rafael y Cable Aéreo project, the most ambitious environmental project in Bogotá.

Key clients

Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Empresa Nacional Promotora de Desarrollo

Orica Colombia

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Ico Medios

Cerro Matoso

Accenorte

Celsia

British American Tobacco

Sociedad Minera de Santander

Arbitration Tier 3

Infrastructure firm Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados acts in complex and highly valued arbitration cases, not only in relation to infrastructure, oil, gas and mining projects, but also representing technology and defence companies, and financial institutions –particularly trusts. Led by three experienced partners, the practice handles disputes in relation to government contracts, public procurement and concessions. Senior partner Carlos Gustavo Arrieta is experienced acting as an arbitrator and has served as the agent of Colombia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Paula Andrea Ramos, an expert in international commercial arbitration, has represented government clients, multinational corporations and banks; while fellow co-head and senior partner Álvaro Mantilla also leads on relevant arbitration cases.

Testimonials

It is a very good team always ready to have contact with the client to resolve concerns about the legal strategy. The team dedicates time to the case, learning the technical aspects, which allows the client to understand the dispute. They have considerable experience in handling disputes before arbitration tribunals’.

We have direct contact with Paula Ramos and senior associate Carlos Alberto Manzano, and when necessary, with Álvaro Mantilla. The plus that makes them stand out is the existence of a consolidated team of lawyers and the specific experience in infrastructure litigation’.

They develop a thorough understanding of each case, defining the strategy to follow. Alvaro Mantilla, Paula Andrea Ramos and senior associate Carlos Alberto Manzano are highlighted‘.

Key clients

Consorcio Express

Concesionaria Vial de los Andes

Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico

Episol

Sociedad Operadora de Aeropuertos de Centro Norte – AIRPLAN

Comunicación Celular (Comcel)

Concesionaria Panamericana

Constructora de Infraestructura Vial

Drummond

Cerrejón Zona Norte

SONACOL

Consorcio Constructor Pacífico 1

Concesionaria Vial del Oriente

Consorcio Vía al Mar

Concretos Argos

VP Ingenergía

Conoco Phillips Colombia

Vatia

Orica

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Renowned for its experience in infrastructure, Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados public law, energy and natural resources practice advises primarily national and international mining companies, and to a lesser degree major oil and gas companies and power utilities, on matters with a regulatory, fiscal or contentious aspect.  Practice head and senior partner Carlos Gustavo Arrieta, an established litigator and with considerable experience in arbitration related to the mining and the oil and gas industries, co-heads the six-strong practice  with Yady Villaquirán, a finance and public law specialist.

Key clients

Empresas Públicas De Medellín

Cerro Matoso

Carbones del Cerrejón / Cerrejón Zona Norte

Orica Colombia

Drummond

Continental Gold (Colombia)

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarrillado de Bogotá

Celsia

Galway Resources Vetas Holdco (Colombia)

Darby Overseas Investments

Sociedad Minera De Santander

Minería Y Energía Minesa

Mineros

Asociación Colombiana De Minería (ACM)

Acosemillas

Ecopetrol

Since 1998, Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados has been a specialized law firm in Bogota, Colombia. It stands out for its team of professionals excelling in their fields of practice, all of whom have attended prestigious law schools in Colombia, and pursued higher education in particular legal matters in national and international top-rated schools. The members of Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados strive to provide clients with a global approach to their specific needs, by delivering timely and accurate legal information and providing global support with the development of their projects in Colombia.

The firm: Arrieta, Mantilla & Asociados is a boutique law firm that is characterized by its high-quality legal services, its personalized attention to clients, and its deep and detailed analysis of the cases that are assigned by its clients. The firm provides legal assistance in specialized areas of private and public law to local and multinational companies involved in the industrial, commercial and natural resources sectors; governmental agencies; investment banks; corporations and individuals. Arrieta Mantilla & Asociados represents a wide range of clientele, including important capital investors in projects related to mining, oil, gas, telecommunications and public services infrastructure projects in Colombia.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law and public contracting Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla cgarrieta@amya.com.co
Administrative law and public contracting Alvaro Mantilla Padilla almantilla@amya.com.co
Infrastructure and public services Alvaro Mantilla Padilla almantilla@amya.com.co
Infrastructure and public services Adriana Maria Espinosa Piñeros aespinosa@amya.com.co
Mining – oil and gas Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla cgarrieta@amya.com.co
Mining – oil and gas Yady Catherine Villaquirán Castro yvillaquiran@amya.com.co
Corporate law and negotiations Alvaro Mantilla Padilla almantilla@amya.com.co
Corporate law and negotiations Adriana Maria Espinosa Piñeros aespinosa@amya.com.co
Litigation Paula Andrea Ramos Arismendi pramos@amya.com.co
Litigation Alvaro Mantilla Padilla almantilla@amya.com.co
Other fee-earners : 13
Total staff : 31
Partners : 5