Brigard Urrutia > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Brigard Urrutia
CALLE 70A #4-41

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia's finance practice endured the departure of leading project finance figure, Manuel Quinche, along with senior associates Juan Carlos Puentes and Natalia Arango-Botero to Cuatrecasas in December 2020, but the firm has responded quickly. Senior associate Juan Eduardo Gómez had already re-joined (following his LLM), in October 2020, but the 'national champion' firm demonstrated its resilience, moving rapidly to hire partners María Fernando Diago (from Baker McKenzie LLP, New York) and Felipe Alarcón (from the Superintendence of Finance), in January 2021. Indeed, now 17-strong, the team continues to grow, it's partner-level bench including senior partner Carlos Urrutia, and co-practice heads Carlos Fradique-Méndez (banking, finance, capital markets, securities and PE); César Felipe Rodríguez (who has particular project finance expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors); and the above mentioned Alarcón (who returns to the firm after six years, much of it spent as deputy director for regulation at the country's Financial Superintendence), and Diago, who focuses on domestic and cross-border finance, banking and capital markets. The practice handles the gamut of transactional finance matters (including syndicated loans, structured and asset-backed financing, project finance, the implementation of collateral models and aircraft financing etc.); advises banking institutions, fintech companies and other organisations and commercial entities on the full range of regulatory matters, and undertakes representation in administrative instances as required. Recent matters include financings related to major bankruptcy proceedings (such as those of LatAm Airlines or Recaudo Bogotá); energy sector loans, financings and re-financings; and PFI operations, among other matters. Key support comes from senior associates María Fernanda Sánchez (whose advisory practice takes in transactional, regulatory and contentious administrative matters), while the aforementioned Gómez' background includes M&A, private equity and capital markets matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Urrutia; Carlos Fradique-Méndez; César Felipe Rodríguez; Felipe Alarcón; María Fernanda Diago


Brigard Urrutia is a truly full-service law firm that is used to handling complex matters. The banking and finance team is our main point of contact and they act as account managers, really understanding our business and how it relates to the other areas of practice. The team has a deep technical and market understanding and has been creative to support us in Colombia.’

Carlos Fradique is a strong partner and a reference for the industry in Colombia. He understands the regulation and the businesses and gives sound advice for complicated challenges.’

Nicolás Alonso has shown a deep knowledge of the regulation and has been our main point of contact. He understands our business and is creative in looking for solutions to the problems presented.’

We work with Cesar Felipe Rodríguez, and his willingness to work, his delivery to the project, and giving the company all the time required is essential in customer satisfaction.

The direct partner-client relationship, knowing that the work team is always in contact with the partner and it is this partner who advises the company with a support team.’

Key clients

Nu Colombia (local affiliate of Brazil’s Nubank)

AES Chivor

Transinnova Usme

BlackRock Infrastructure Management I

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Financiera Desarrollo Nacional

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


International Finance Corporation


LATAM Airlines Group

Citibank Colombia

JP Morgan Chase Bank

AFP Habitat



BBVA Colombia

Interamerican Development Bank

Banco Davivienda


Work highlights

  • Advised Latam Airlines Group (LAG), as borrower, and Aerovías de Integración Regional and Línea Aérea Carguera de Colombia, as guarantors, in a $2.45bn multi-tranche debtor-in-possession facility under the voluntary petition for relief of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, filed by LAG and the guarantors in the US bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York, thereby allowing the continuity of the operations of the group’s airlines during the bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised Scotiabank Colpatria, The Bank of Nova Scotia and Export Development Canada in a $340m structured financing granted to Celsia for the development of an energy transmission platform in the Departemnt of Tolima Department, along with the construction of a new 220Kw substation and the installation of 160km of transmission lines.
  • Advised the Ex-Im Bank of Korea, the IFC and HSBC Bank USA in the negotiation, drafting and preparation of Recaudo Bogotá’s COP370bn reorganisation agreement (in the context of the bankruptcy proceedings), thereby permitting the company (responsible for the collection of fares on Bogotá’s public mass transportation system) to continue its operations.

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia's comprehensive capital markets and equity funds practice acts for issuers, sponsors, multilateral agencies, investment banks, funds, insurers, state-owned companies, and domestic and international corporations. Fittingly, the market leading practice's headline matters this year included advising on the Republic's sovereign offerings of $1.84bn in January 2020 - as counsel to the joint bookrunners; and $2.5bn in June 2020 - as counsel to the underwriters). The 10-strong team is led by 30-year veteran Carlos Fradique-Méndez, a former chief legal advisor to the Treasury; and well-regarded younger partner Luis Gabriel Morcillo, who has participated in various landmark mandates including the first dual-listed issue, the incorporation of the fist ETF in Colombia, and the first simultaneous offering in Colombia and the international markets. The pair are 'outstanding' according to clients, and are backed by a capable associate team that includes Felipe Calderón, formerly at the Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público. With its 'outstanding experience in the main transactions in the country' the team's impressive caseload also included notes issues of $400m on behalf of Grupo Energía Bogotá, $2bn on behalf of Ecopetrol, and $500m on behalf of Ocensa. However, Viviana Araújo moved in house as a senior lawyer at Scotiabank Colpatria in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Fradique-Méndez; Luis Gabriel Morcillo


Brigard Urrutia’s capital markets group is a strong team in providing the client with comprehensive and technical advice. It is an extraordinary advice, being this one of the best in the whole country.’

The lawyers of this firm are dedicated to their clients, and stand out for their knowledge and experience that they bring to the table in the different transactions. Especially, the work of Carlos Fradique (partner) and Felipe Calderon (associate) should be recognised.

The team compares favourably with other firms in that they are always willing to go that last mile and do whatever it takes to achieve the goals set in the time and with the quality required. The firm reaches a very high level of relationship with the different teams involved in each transaction and they do everything necessary for the processes to go forward. Other firms are not able to offer services as comprehensive as this one.

The level of expertise regarding the different issues that emerge during each transaction in different sectors. They stand out for their outstanding experience in the main transactions in the country and the close and fluid work that has been achieved with the different teams of the firm. Outstanding partners: Carlos Fradique and Luis Gabriel Morcillo.

Team leader Carlos Fradique Mendez is excellent, both professionally and in terms of customer service. Whenever he is present in the meetings, the results are achieved and the conclusions are provided.

Key clients

Ashmore Management Colombia

Scotiabank Colpatria

Asociación Bancaria y de Entidades Financieras de Colombia (Asobancaria)

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company

Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Fábrica Nacional de Autopartes- (Fanalca)

Ashmore Management Colombia

Advent International Colombia

Grupo Energía Bogotá

Grupo Argos

Grupo Coltel

Banco Santander

Sura Asset Management

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC)

Pacific Midstream

Latam Logistic Properties


US International Development Finance Corporation

US Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.

Goldman Sachs

República de Colombia


AI Candelaria

MercadoLibre Colombia

Canpack Colombia

Atento Luxco

Work highlights

  • Brigard Urrutia served as counsel to BBVA Colombia, Bancolombia and Citibank as underwriters of Colombia’s sovereign debt issuance of 4.8 trillion pesos ($1.29bn) in 30-year treasury notes (TES), and also acted as counsel for the banks in the Memorandum of Understanding amongst the underwriters; despite being local registered, more than 70% of the offering was subscribed by international investors.
  • Brigard Urrutia represented HSBC Securities (USA), Goldman Sachs and Scotia Capital (USA), in a dual tranche offering by multi-utility services company  Empresas Públicas de Medellín, involving  COP$635.5bn in senior notes due 2027, and $575m of senior notes due 2031.
  • Colombia law counsel to full-service telecommunications provider Coltel, firsty on a $320m syndcated facility, the proceeds of which were used to redeem the companies 2022 notes (principal ammount $320m); and on the issuance of a further $500m in notes to facilitate additional enhancement of its financial position and limit exposure to currency mismatches.

City focus > Cali Tier 1

The on-the-ground presence of corporate national champion Brigard Urrutia in Cali is limited to one partner and one associate (although its facilities can accommodate larger teams from Bogotá as required); nevertheless, the firm’s footprint in both the city and the wider southwest region is simply undeniable. The office is directed by Alejandro Garcia de Brigard (also the firm’s competition and antitrust head of practice), whose broad corporate engagement involves strategic corporate advice and representation, particularly regarding transactions, day-to-day operations and regulatory matters; he is assisted by transactional associate Laura Valentina Vargas. Moreover, the firm has successfully grown its pipeline of mandates in the region from general advisory to the full breadth of corporate and transactional specialisations available at its Bogotá office. The firm is standing local counsel to a slew of major corporates across Valle de Cauca and beyond, particularly for sizeable, complex and/or technically sophisticated matters. Typical of the firm’s specialist ongoing advice is its role as local counsel to Zonamerica Usuario Operado de Zona Franca, the Colombian operator of Cali’s free-trade zone, the first in Colombia focuses solely upon services, regarding telecom, media and technology issues, public procurement and customs. Another standing client is Gases del Occidente, the Valle del Cauca’s natural gas provider, which the firm advises on dispute resolution, natural resources, renewable energy and energy efficiency law matters, among others.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro García de Brigard


Brigard provides ongoing legal advice on regulatory topics and corporate topics. The firm has extensive experience advising local and foreign companies on corporate topic, license to operate, distribution schemes, and effective procedures to enable investment in Colombia.

They keep a personal relationship with us and they are always sharing new regulations that might affect our license to operate in the country, to try to bring solutions.

The team is solid and has the best attitude and commitment to the client.

The personalised attention differentiates this firm from its competitors.

Maria Carolina Uribe is an excellent attorney and defends her clients with the loyalty of an in-house attorney.’

One of BU’s added values ​​is that its entire team turns to our legal service. Thus, their internal knowledge of my organization is very high and the level and speed of response increases over time.

In general terms, the differential element is the type of service and the accumulated knowledge. In such a way that there is a wealth of knowledge that increases after each case or consultation.’

Quality of service, knowledge, closeness, mystique and commitment.

Key clients



Asociación Colombiana de Fondos de Capital Privado (Colcapital)

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

Credit Suisse Securities


Suzuki Motor de Colombia

Christus Health

Sinergia Global en Salud

Gases de Occidente

Almacenes La 14

CI de Azucares y Mieles

Zonamerica Usuario Operador de Zonafranca

Seguridad Atlas

Stec Participaciones

Baño Móvil de Colombia


Ingenio Providencia

Riopaila Castilla

Ingeniería Maquinaria y Equipos de Colombia (IMECOL)

Corporación R&T

China Automotriz

Ingredion Colombia

Servicio de Comercio Estratégico (Unico Outlets)

Fashion Factory

Santa Anita Nápoles

Cargill Trading Colombia

Laboratorios Laverlam

Siderurgica del Occidente

Sociedad Puerto Industrial Agua Dulce

Laboratorios Baxter

Italcol de Occidente


Celsia Colombia



Colgate Palmolive

Cámara de Comercio de Cali

Goodyear de Colombia

Industria Colombiana De Dotaciones Metalicas



Mindray Medical Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised Christus Health on the acquisition of a 50% stake in Sinergia Global en Salud; the firm acts as permanent legal advisor to the client on matters of corporate, tax and labour law.
  • Advised automotive parts manufacturer, Fanalca, in the tender process for the operation of the SITP fleet in Bogotá; the firm acts as the client’s permanent legal advisor in matters of corporate, labour, environmental, infrastructure, public utilities and tax  law.
  • Acts as CIAMSA’s permanent legal advisor on corporate, environmental, custom, tax and labour law matters.

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

As could be expected from such a transactional powerhouse, Brigard Urrutia fields a very capable, six-strong competition team under the leadership of Cali-based Alejandro Garcia de Brigard who -for one client at least- is 'the best competition attorney in Colombia'. The six-strong practice handles the full range of antitrust and merger-control matters (successfully handling over two dozen clearances during the course of 2020), and also offers specialist advisory in terms of compliance with competition regulation to clients such as Astellas Pharma, Bavaria, Clariant and Isagen. Practice head García is warmly spoken of by clients who highlight his serenity in the face of challenges, solution seeking and practicality. Significant recent merger-control mandates include handling the Colombian aspects of Aon's $30bn merger with Willis Tower Watson (obtaining unconditional clearance); and advising Bayer on the $7.6bn sale of its animal health business unit to Elanco Animal Health. Key support comes from senior associate and practice director Nicolás Cardona; increasingly recognised as a competition specialist in his own right, his former experience includes time at the SIC.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro García de Brigard


Very technical and updated advice. Availability.

Very good availability and experience; they quickly adapted to virtual service without losing quality.’

Alejandro Garcia, leader of the practice, has excellent experience and a magnificent level of availability for us. He is a practical lawyer, who seeks solutions and is a serene person in the face of challenges.’

Great experience in preliminary investigations and constant support with great contributions and specific knowledge. Knowledgeable on market research, market visits and dawn raid readiness. Trust and seriousness.’

Alejandro Garcia de Brigard is the best competition attorney in Colombia.

Key clients

Suzuki Motor de Colombia


International Flavors and Fragrances


Mitsubishi Corporation

Schneider Electric


Allianz Strategic Investments



Work highlights

  • Advised Suzuki Motor de Colombia regarding an SIC antitrust investigation opened in 2019 for alleged anticompetitive conduct in public procurement porcesses with its distributors, providing a strategic and comprehensive defence that included the offering of commitments and representation during the stage of discovery.
  • Advised International Flavors and Fragrances (in Colombia), regarding clearance for its merger with Nutrition & Biosciences for the creation of a new company, successfully obtaining all antitrust approvals before the SIC.
  • Acted as local counsel to SAAM in an SIC merger control procedure before related to the markets of port operation services, port towage services and container liner shipping, successfully gaining approval for its acquisition of approximately 70% of the sahres of Intertug.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Standing out strongly‘ for its ‘dedication and care for detail‘, full-service national champion Brigard Urrutia is a longstanding market leader, not least in the corporate sector where it fields a five-partner, 15-strong team. Acting for significant domestic and international corporations the team exhibits profound expertise across the corporate spectrum (transactional and non-transactional), particularly on some of the most complex and sophisticated M&A operations in the country. The practice is co-led by 25-year veteran (and telecoms specialist) Sergio Michelsen; the dual-qualified (Colombia/ New York) Jaime Robledo who has a huge reputation and trajectory in transactional matters; and practice chair Dario Laguado (private equity, venture capital, M&A and strategic corporate affairs), who is also dual-qualified. On the company-law side, Álvaro Cala (who also leads the firm’s aviation and real estate practices) has approaching 30 years’ experience; and the practice can also call on managing partner Carlos Umaña  and senior partner Carlos Urrutia. Rounding-out the impressive partner-level bench are the ‘comprehensive, committed and seriousFernando Alfredo Castillo (corporate/ M&A and corporate governance) and Tomás Holguín (corporate/M&A, competition & antitrust, company law), both of whom were promoted to the partnership in January 2020. Recent matters include advising CSS Constructores on the sale of its Briceño-Tunja-Sogamoso road concession to Macquarie Capital; the complex corporate reorganisation of Companhia Brasileira De Distribucao; and TPG Fund on its acquisition of approximately 1GW of solar energy project assets from Trina Solar. Key support is provided by a solid second line that includes senior associates Ángela García Páez (corporate/M&A, reorganisations, post-transactional disputes); Daniel Moncaleano (corporate/M&A and commercial law) and Laura Ricardo Ayerbe (corporate/M&A, compliance, contractual law and infrastructure/public tenders), along with associate Andrea Camila Cruz. In other developments since publication, associate director of the firm's wealth planning and  family law practice, Paula Camacho, has been promoted to partner - effective as of February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Michelsen; Darío Laguado; Jaime Robledo; Fernando Castillo; Tomás Holguín


As for the B&U team, its greatest quality is the dedication and care for detail that makes the client (us) feel comfortable with the accompaniment. Compared to other firms, this quality stands out strongly. The level of personal engagement makes the relationship more fluid.

Particularly in our case, an M&A issue, the knowledge and quality of the work carried out by Jaime Robledo and Lucas Moreno generated a lot of value for us and we felt very well represented in the negotiation.’

The truth is that the experience with B&U was excellent and if we needed these services again, we would work with them again.’

BU’s M&A team did an excellent job leading our company through its first commercial engagement in Colombia. The senior associate on the file, Laura Ricardo Ayerbe, was outstanding, and I’d rank her as one of the top lawyers I’ve dealt with in a long career working with top law firms in the US, Canada, EMEA and APAC. Her advice was sophisticated and also pragmatic. She was available, responsive, proactive and not reluctant to voice opinions that differed from my initial thoughts (she was consistently right!). Laura also provided an essential cultural and language bridge, enabling us to understand and adapt where Colombian and US practices differed. She was ably assisted by a more junior associate, Laura Valencia Cossio. They worked seamlessly with our primary corporate counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto, Canada. The Borden Ladner team had high praise for both Laura Ayerbe and Laura Cossio. I would welcome the opportunity to work with both of them at any time in the future.’

Key clients

Grupo Casino – Casino Guichard Perrachon

Colombia Telecomunicaciones

Softbank Group Corp / Softbank Vision Fund

Tribeca Asset Management


Interconexión Electrica

MLO – Productos Naturales de la Sabana (Alquería)

Grupo Nutresa


Droguerías y Farmacias Cruz Verde

United Health Group


Innova Capital Management

Trilliant Networks


Advent International

Suncanna International

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Andean Cacao

Johnson Controls

Work highlights

  • Advised energy provider Electricaribe on the process of finding an investor to help guarantee electricity public utility service provision in Colombia.
  • BU advised ISA on the structuring of its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Concesión Costera Cartagena Barranquilla (including associated tax advice), in a competitive tender process by which the company entered Colombia’s highways segment.
  • Advice to BlackRock on its acquisition -through an investment vehicle in México- of a 100% equity stake in the road concessionaire Santa Marta Paraguachón, from Ashmore Andean Fund.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 1

Consisting of 21 lawyers, Brigard Urrutia‘s litigation, arbitration and insolvency department is ‘a really strong team‘ according to peers and handles the full spectrum of contentious matters, including civil, commercial and administrative litigation, contentious antitrust/competition cases and bankruptcy proceedings. Practice head Irma Rivera, who has over 25 years’ experience leading complex litigation and arbitration cases, and leads the group in conjunction with associate practice director Felipe Mutis, who ‘always has an answer and availability to assist us‘ and stands out ‘for his disposition and knowledge of the issues related to the litigation‘. Recent matters include successfully defending clients in collective rights actions, annulment proceedings, emergency negotiation proceedings resulting from 2020’s decree 560, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings, unfair competition hearings, and constitutional and class actions. A strong second tier is constituted by seniors Carlos Mauricio Cerrato, who undertakes civil and commercial litigation; the dual-qualified (Colombia / New York) María Munevar Torrado, who is particularly active on contentious administrative matters; Paola Guerrero Yemail, who is currently director of the firm’s insolvency practice; and 2019-hire from the Prosecutor General’s office, Ana Carolina Abreo whose litigious practice centres on disputes related to public procurement, and administrative and constitutional matters. The team was further strengthened with the return of intermediate associate Melissa Fonseca upon completion of her LLM in comparative and international dispute resolution. Since publication, Mutis has been raised to the partnership, effective as of February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Irma Rivera


The opportunity and efficiency with which they respond to the needs or requirements of our company that is part of a very dynamic sector; the  responsiveness and a service attitude that ensures they are always available to answer questions or queries; and the initiative and proposed solutions to the various cases for which they are required, stands out.

I highlight Felipe Mutis, who always has an answer and availability to assist us and cares about understanding, studying and knowing in depth the matters that are delivered to him.

In my opinion, the strength of the team lies in that they prepare cases very well, reviewing every detail, and are aware of all procedural moments. As a company, we always feel very well accompanied and we know that no procedural stage will be missed. Additionally, in our case, they have a very good knowledge of our company and our history, which helps us to prepare cases very completely.

Preparation, command of English, knowledge of the process.

Outstanding work by María Victoria Munevar and Carlos Cerrato.

A team always ready to attend to the requests and concerns of the client, very good disposition and excellent service. They have a technological tool to carry out judicial surveillance and alert the client.

Felipe Mutis is outstanding for his disposition and knowledge of the issues related to the litigation. He is always ready to attend to the client and to give different options to the problems that arise.

Key clients

Colombia Móvil

Veolia Group

Volvo Group

General Electric Company / General Electric International (GE)

Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia‘s 23-strong team has a deep knowledge of the energy and natural resources industry, with international experience advising clients across the hydrocarbons and power  sectors, as well as major players in the mining sector. The team regularly acts as the legal project manager and main counsel on transactions, corporate governance, contractual, regulatory and contentious work in the energy space, and also advises extensively on infrastructure and public utilities-related matters. Managing partner Carlos Umaña has over 30 years’ experience in infrastructure and natural resources law and provides specialised advice on project development; frequently handling cross-border transactions in the sector, senior partner Carlos Urrutia advises clients on natural resources, aviation, and construction contracts. The pair co-lead the practice with Claudia Navarro, a partner of both the infrastructure and public utilities' and the renewable energy and energy efficiency practices, and who has considerable expertise in regulation concerning electricity generation and natural gas services; and associate practice director Marianna Boza who heads up the mining and oil-and-gas practices. Guillermo Tejeiro was appointed director of the environmental and sustatinable business group in July 2020 and is an additional key member of the team, as is corporate and transactional partner Jaime Robledo who has joined the group co-leading the practice. Key associates support comes from senior Manuel Gómez Fajardo (energy, regulation, public law). However mining and hydrocarbons-specialist Catalina Borda Restrepo moved in house at Parex Resources in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Umaña; Carlos Urrutia; Claudia Navarro; Jaime Robledo; Marianna Boza


A robust team with the ability to take on large volumes of work and deliver high-quality results in a timely manner. They have fluid interaction with other practice areas within the firm, which adds value to the client. Their reputation allows them to have a strong global network with other firms.

They are constantly working on new products that can add value to customer operations.

They have easy access to state entities and government authorities, which they put at the service of the client and facilitate them to meet their objectives.

Timely attention to requirements, knowledge and expertise of the team at the disposal of the company, multidisciplinary teams.

Timely attention to requirements.

Key clients

Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia


Transmisora Colombiana de Energía

Carbo Sostenible

Athena Foods

Biofix Consultoría

Compañía de Puertos Asociados (Compas)

Ecopetrol Energía

Global Tower Solutions



Grupo de Energía de Bogotá

Scotiabank Colpatria

Work highlights

  • Advised Geopark on the acquisition of Amerisur Resources, including due diligence on the assets, the drafting of due diligence reports, assistance with the drafting of the transactional documentation and in respect to the closing of the transaction; the team also provided advice on regulatory matters and approvals, and was involved in the successful $315m debt financing package.
  • Advised state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, on the structuring of a draft long-term Power Purchase Agreement with renewable sources and that reflects current best practice – including risk allocation techniques and consideration of Colombia’s new regulatory framework; this model PPA was recently used for the  59MWp Granja San Fernando solar park project and is intended to be the baseline for future auctions developed by Ecopetrol and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised an investment group client on the regulatory aspects of the financing and collateral structure applicable for the acquisition of oil and gas assets in Colombia.

Colombia > Insurance Tier 1

Advising clients on M&A transactions, project finance matters, commercialisation schemes and major real estate and infrastructure projects, the insurance and reinsurance team at Brigard Urrutia is praised for its multidisciplinary service across the insurance sphere. Led by three expert partners, Carlos Umaña, who has considerable experience in infrastructure and public procurement matters; managing partner and former ambassador to the US Carlos Urrutia; and Irma Rivera Ramírez who also heads up the litigation, arbitration, and insolvency department, the group also stands out for its assistance with the incorporation of new insurance companies in Colombia. Highly recommended senior associate Lucas Fajardo also plays a key role in the practice, assisting with complex transactions carried out before the Colombian insurance supervisor (Financial Superintendence).

Practice head(s):

Carlos Umaña; Carlos Urrutia; Irma Rivera-Ramírez; Lucas Fajardo


The team is made up of lawyers with a wide legal background in such a specialised area. Their experience and legal acumen allows one to feel very confident in the legal advice they provide.

It is a very innovative team because it is very active on social networks providing very up-to-date information on advances in the insurance area. Likewise, it has a very organised process for billing on time.

The main factor that allows them to stand out is that their associates have experience in insurance companies, therefore, they have a very practical vision of the business that allows them to understand the concerns of companies more easily. In particular, Lucas Fajardo is a lawyer who easily recognizes the concerns or challenges of the sector and therefore provides comprehensive legal advice from a legal and business point of view. This factor is not easily found in other firms that have this type of service.’

The level of knowledge of the subject. Skill and use of another language. Promptness and accuracy in meeting the requirements. The ease of contact with the attorneys.

The lawyer’s high level of commitment and kindness: regardless of the date and time, they are willing to support sensitive organisational issues. We’d partiuclarly highlight Lucas Fajardo, Cesar Rodriguez and Carlos Daniel ‘Vergara.

Their wide and deep knowledge of insurance matters… I value the regulatory update very much. I highlight their knowledge, availability, friendliness, timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency.

A great firm, with a multidisciplinary approach. Lucas Fajardo is an excellent lawyer, who knows the regulations in detail and advises with knowledge and passion. The best insurance and reinsurance lawyers in Colombia.

The BU team knows our structure, which is unique in the world. It also knows the regulatory issues of our country in depth; all this has allowed us to operate in the Colombian market without any problem despite our peculiarities as a market. We have worked with BU since before starting operations in Colombia. I would emphasize their knowledge of the insurance / reinsurance market; knowledge of our structure, of our market; their willingness to support and collaborate and their response times and agility. The lawyer who attends us is Lucas Fajardo.

Key clients

American Bankers Insurance Group (Assurant)

Aon Corporation

Autovía Neiva Girardot


BNP Paribas

Bupa Worldwide

China Harbour Engineering Company

MetLife Colombia Seguros de Vida

Munich Re (oficina de representación)

Lloyd’s (oficina de Representación)

PEI Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas on its banking and insurance operations in Colombia in relation to the possible impact of the pandemic outbreak on their local insurance programme; as well as advising the group’s insurer, Cardif Colombia Seguros Generales on corporate, regulatory and contractual matters related to its day-to-day operations.
  • Advised Bupa on the launch of a new product in Colombia that is being reinsured by the group’s licensed reinsurer (Bupa Insurance Company) through a local cedant insurer; negotiations involved the restructuring of the existing commercialisation alliance with said local insurer.
  • Acts as legal counsel to Assurant in matters related to the expansion of their business of mobile insurances, extended warranties insurances and linked services in Colombia.

Colombia > Projects Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia's 30-strong practice offers legal advice to both national and international banks and investors on their heavyweight banking and infrastructure practices, as well as in the development of complex and breakthrough infrastructure projects. The firm also advises on both private and public finance initiatives relating to the energy sector, and on several road, rail, port, airport, natural resources and mining projects. Seven partners head the practice: Carlos Umaña, who is commended for his knowledge in infrastructure; Carlos Fradique-Méndez, who is active in project finance; César Felipe Rodríguez, who acted as local counsel to Concesión Transversal del Sisga in the review and negotiation of the terms and conditions of a credit and liquidity facility agreement; Claudia Navarro, who advises clients in the energy sector; and Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela works with national and international companies. The final two partners joined the firm in January 2021: María Fernanda Diago from Baker McKenzie LLP and Felipe Alarcón from Superintence of Finance. Key associates Julián Parra and Juan Pablo Canaval are also noted. Manuel Fernando Quinche departed the firm to join Cuatrecasas, with effect from mid-November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Umaña; Carlos Fradique-Méndez; César Felipe Rodríguez; Claudia Navarro; Carlos Urrutia; Felipe Alarcon; María Fernanda Diago


I’d highlight their extensive knowledge and expertise in transactions; and the lawyers’ kindness, closeness and constant collaboration – particularly Carlos Fradique, Nicolas Alonso and Luis Gabriel Morcillo.

Key clients

Metro Línea 1

Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá



Concesionaria Ferrea de Occidente (a company controlled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation)

Concesión Transversal del Sisga

Scotiabank Colpatria

Fondo de Deuda Senior para Infraestructura en Colombia CAF-AM Ashmore I


Nomura Securities International

Interamerican Development Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Banco Davivienda

Autovía Neiva Girardot

Itaú Corpbanca Colombia

Vía 40 Express

US International Development Finance Corporation

Banco de Bogotá

Banco de Occidente

Electribus Bogotá Fontibón II

Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia

Work highlights

  • Represented a plural structure integrated by China Harbour Engineering Company and Xi’an Metro Company in its participation in the prequalification and in the public tender process conducted by Metro Company of Bogota.
  • Brigard Urrutia acts as legal counsel to the Concesionaria Férrea de Occidente that has been awarded a concession agreement for the first local train in the country (the so-called ‘Regiotram De Occidente’) that will connect Bogota DC with several municipalities located on the western side of the city.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the Israeli-Colombian plural structure Shikun & Binui-Grodco which has been awarded a concession contract by the Colombian Infrastructure Agency to build a 153 km (approx. 95 miles) highway on the eastern outskirts of Bogota.

Colombia > Public law Tier 1

A prominent player in regulatory and transactional aspects, Brigard Urrutia is experienced in advising both local and foreign clients in aspects related to public law matters, including but not limited to public and private procurement procedures in the infrastructure, transport and public utilities sectors. Praised for its multi-disciplined approach, the team works alongside project finance, banking, and mergers and acquisitions practice groups to provide clients with a complete understanding of the regulatory aspects of transactions and projects. Managing partner and department co-heads Carlos Umaña and Claudia Navarro, a specialist in the regulation of the electric energy and natural gas services, have recently led the team in its representation of Electricaribe with regard to the continued provision of the public electric power service on the Caribbean Coast. Recommended senior associate Julián Parra coordinates the practice and is well versed in structuring PPPs in relation to the improvement and development of transportation and mass transit systems throughout Colombia.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Umaña; Claudia Navarro; Julián Parra


The team’s knowledge of public law issues and its experience in different projects generates tranquility and confidence in the concepts and analysis requested. Additionally, the possibility of having an interdisciplinary analysis of situations, projects or issues makes it easier to identify risks or find solutions in a more efficient and holistic way.

The permanent availability of the team and the good service facilitate the relationship with the client. The assigned team is characterised by good treatment and good manners.

‘They are lawyers with a lot of experience in various transactions and academic training.

I highlight the work of lawyers like Julián Parra, who is characterised by the quality of his work and his timely service.

Key clients

Electrificadora del Caribe

Metro Línea 1

Departamento Nacional de Planeación

Puerta de Oro Empresa de Desarrollo Caribe

Hughes Networks Systems

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

BMO Sur (owned in equal parts by Fanalca and Transdev)

BMP Sur (owned in equal parts by Fanalca and Transdev)

Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá

Concesionaria Férrea de Occidente (controlled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation)

Consorcio Cable Móvil

DDB Worldwide Colombia

Compañía de Medicina Prepagada Colsanitas (Keralty)


Concesión Transversal del Sisga

Consorcio Shanghai – Ingecon 2020

Saur Colombia


Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)

Work highlights

  • Advised Electrificadora del Caribe, through the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, in relation to two sale transactions resulting from the investor engagement process launched to ensure the continuity of the provision of electricity services on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.
  • Represented China Harbour Engineering Company and Xi’an Metro Company on their joint participation in the prequalification and public tender process conducted by Metro Company of Bogotá.
  • Advised the National Planning Department in the context of a consulting agreement executed with said Department concerning the efficiency and sustainability of Colombia’s ports system.

Colombia > Tax Tier 1

Following the April-2021 departure of key partner Lucas Moreno to EY Law, leadership of the ‘unbeatable’ practice at Brigard Urrutia is now split jointly between Andrés Hernández, who specialises in providing tax advice for PPPs; and Catalina Jaramillo, who boasts extensive experience in disputes and administrative proceedings before the tax authorities. The practice has impressive strength and expertise in the development of tax-efficient structures for both inbound and outbound transactions, often with cross-border components, in areas including M&A, tax-free and taxable acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and dispositions. The group also has notable capabilities in tax disputes, as well as transfer pricing for which the firm maintains a dedicated unit. Key clients in the extensive roster include some of the largest and most well-known companies in Colombia, both local and international. Former senior associate Edgar Ruiz left in April 2020 (and is now tax director at BTG Pactual), and has been replaced by Zaira Cortés, a September-2020 hire from Deloitte Asesores y Consultores who has since been promoted to senior. Noted for its ‘outstanding’ performance, the wider team also includes associates Pablo Ángel (tax consulting, restructuring and M&A), and Daniel Duque (tax consulting and planning). Since publication, the firm has further strengthened the practice with the Janaury-2022 hire of leading individual Adrián Rodríguez from Lewin & Wills, Abogados; he joins as co-head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Hernández; Catalina Jaramillo


They are true experts in tax matters. They are young lawyers but with proven experience.

During the pandemic they have innovated a lot in the way they communicate legal news, either with written virtual reports or with webinars.’

Their manner with the client is unbeatable: more than external consultants they’re friends of the client and that makes communication with them fluid. They care about the client and elaborate the best legal arguments to defend the matters that they are consulted on.

The lawyers I have worked with are excellent and outstanding professionals, with excellent human qualities. They have very good knowledge and experience in the subjects for which they are contracted, and their management and performance during the development of the contract has been outstanding.’

Key clients



China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC)

Clever Leaves

Droguerías y Farmacias Cruz Verde


Metro Línea 1

National Clinics

Transportadora De Gas Internacional (TGI)




PEI Asset Management


Work highlights

  • Advised National Clinics on the design and implementation of a structure for the transfer of several clinics and properties to an international buyer.
  • Advised Transportadora de Gas Internacional on the preparation of a lawsuit before the Consejo de Estado, successfully obtaining a ruling that modified the judicial precedent regarding the Industry and Commerce Tax applicable to gas transportation services in Colombian territory.
  • Advised Nitro Energy Colombia on the preparation of a constitutionality claim before the Constitutional Court regarding the rules that imposed an additional contribution on entities operating in the hydrocarbon sector.

Colombia > TMT Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia‘s five-strong team has ‘extensive experience’ and is ‘always up-to-date on the important topics of the industry’, with the department advising local and foreign telecommunications, satellite, technology, and content services providers on their entrance and participation in the Colombian market. Practice head Sergio Michelsen has been an active practitioner in projects that involve complex regulatory and transactional issues, and has recently led on advice to The Walt Disney Company on the rollout of its Disney+ video-on-demand streaming-service in the country. At associate level, seniors Andrea Bonnet, who specialises in delivering legal advice on IP, innovation and technology, data protection, privacy rights and telecommunications, and Juan Nicolás Laverde, who provides ‘exceptional customer service in terms of availability, adaptability and giving real added value’, are additional names to note; both have over a decade's experience in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Michelsen


The knowledge and expertise that lawyers have on the different topics they are consulted on is the main reason this practice is unique. Likewise, the clarity with which the ideas are expressed in documentation is a strong point of Brigard Urrutia. Obviously, it compares and far exceeds the teams of other firms.

In general, the Brigard Urrutia team we have worked with is very good. They stand out from the other firms due to the quality of what is delivered and the clarity about some confusing situations.

Brigard Urrutia’s TMT team has extensive experience in these matters and they are always up-to-date on the important topics of the industry.  Additionally, they are easy to access and when faced with a last-minute need, they always find the time to answer our questions.’

‘Everything works in a coordinated and calm way.’

They understand our needs because they know our business perfectly and the story behind everything we do. The concepts they send us are straight to the point we need to solve. They understand that the in-house world works very differently from a law firm and the concepts are made so that they are understood not only by the company’s lawyers but also by the commercial areas that may have to intervene in decisions.

The TMT team, in addition to undertaking deep and solid legal analysis, has the ability to adapt and meet the needs of the in-house lawyer that go far beyond the legal aspect, such as the management of internal stakeholders.  I was amazed at their ability to quickly understand the issue and review. Juan Nicolás Laverde provides exceptional customer service in terms of availability, adaptability and giving real added value. Juan Nicolas has also surrounded himself with an excellent team composed of Andrea Cristina Bonet and Luis Felipe Garcia who are aligned with providing excellent service.

Key clients

Hughes Network Systems

The Walt Disney Company

HBO Latin America Group


Zoom Video Communications




CenturyLink Colombia

Intelsat Global Service Corporation

Work highlights

  • Providing legal and regulatory advice to Hughes Network Systems in connection with the provision of satellite-enabled broadband internet access services.
  • Advising The Walt Disney Company on the rollout of its Disney+ video-on-demand streaming-service in the country.
  • Advising TikTok, Inc in connection with the legal implications of its video-sharing social networking service, particularly from privacy, consumer protection, content moderation, content monetisation, and intermediary liability standpoints.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 2

Brigard Urrutia fields a sizeable 21-strong litigation, arbitration and insolvency team that is 'always ready to attend to the requests and concerns of the client [with] very good disposition and excellent service'. While working transversally with all other areas of the firm as required by the case, it is most prominent -certainly on the arbitral side- in relation to the oil and gas, energy infrastructure and public services / utilities sectors. Practice head Irma Rivera has extensive experience both as party counsel in arbitration proceedings and derived from her numerous appointments as both a domestic and international arbitrator. With over 25 years' experience, Rivera is an accredited arbitrator at the Chambers of Commerce of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín, as well as at AmCham Perú (among other seats). Key support comes from associate practice director Felipe Mutis who 'cares about understanding, studying and knowing the matters that are delivered to him in depth'. With a Master’s degree in international dispute resolution and management, Mutis has experience of cases under ICC, UNCITRAL and Bogotá Chamber of Commerce rules, particularly in disputes related to infrastructure, energy, M&A, and mining, oil and gas. The practice group's current caseload includes major, multi-hundred-million-dollar international arbitrations in the energy and energy transportation segments; domestic construction arbitrations under the auspices of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce; and annulment actions, among other matters. Further key associate-level support comes from senior associates María Victoria Munevar (dubbed 'outstanding' by clients); and notable late-2019 hire Ana Carolina Abreo, a former assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Irma Rivera


The opportunity and efficiency with which they respond to the needs or requirements of our company that is part of a very dynamic sector; the  responsiveness and a service attitude that ensures they are always available to answer questions or queries; and the initiative and proposed solutions to the various cases for which they are required, stands out.

I highlight Felipe Mutis, who always has an answer and availability to assist us and cares about understanding, studying and knowing the matters that are delivered to him in depth.

In my opinion, the strength of the team lies in that they prepare cases very well, reviewing every detail, and are aware of all procedural moments. As a company, we always feel very well accompanied and we know that no procedural stage will be missed. Additionally, in our case, they have a very good knowledge of our company and our history, which helps us to prepare cases very completely.

Preparation, command of English, knowledge of the process.

Outstanding work by María Victoria Munevar and Carlos Cerrato.

A team always ready to attend to the requests and concerns of the client, very good disposition and excellent service. They have a technological tool to carry out judicial surveillance and alert the client.

Felipe Mutis is outstanding for his disposition and knowledge of the issues related to the litigation. He is always ready to attend to the client and to give different options to the problems that arise.

Key clients

Colombia Móvil

Veolia Group

Volvo Group

General Electric Company / General Electric International (GE)

Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales

Colombia > Environment Tier 2

The interdisciplinary practice at Brigard Urrutia draws experience from lawyers across its natural resources, infrastructure and public utilities departments to offer a comprehensive portfolio of services in matters such as obtaining environmental authorisations and permits, due diligence and environmental audits. The firm regularly represents clients in environmental claims and investigations before governmental agencies, as well as before the courts, combining the expertise of its litigators and environmental experts. Senior associate Guillermo Tejeiro is head of the environmental and sustainable business development team, and advises national and international clients on matters related to the sustainability of projects and activities, including the representation of clients in environmental litigation, advising on environmental tax benefits, ESG matters, and structuring projects and green business. Partner Jaime Robledo is best known for corporate work, but also advises on environment-related cases for companies from the finance, aeronautics, and oil-and-gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Robledo; Guillermo Tejeiro

Key clients

Laboratorios Baxter

Biofix Consultoría


Compañía de Puertos Asociados (COMPAS)

Concesionaria Férrea de Occidente (CFRO)



Expertise France

Ferro Internacional – Nubiola

Proyectos Vertize

LCPZ Colombia

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia / Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales

SK Bergé

Suzuki Motor de Colombia

Transmisora Colombiana de Energía (TCE)

Volvo Group Colombia

Work highlights

  • General environmental advisor of  Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia and Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales regarding their operations, including advisory on the legal, technical and social aspects of their operations in Colombia.
  • General environmental advisor to Laboratorios Baxter on its operations, including advisory on legal and technical aspects.
  • Consultants to Expertise France in realtion to defining the new legal structure of the Colombian Strategy to Decarbonize the Economy by 2050 (Climate Resilience Strategy)

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 2

The customs and international trade practice at Brigard Urrutia receives high praise from clients for the depth and strength of knowledge of its partners.  Advising national and international public and private entities on the planning of their cross-border operations, the firm is known for its involvement in customs disputes and trade remedies investigations. The client roster features companies across myriad sectors including, but not limited to, retail, government, computer services, aerospace and pharmaceuticals. Practice head Jose Francisco Mafla is highly experienced in regulatory and transactional matters related to customs and foreign trade operations, including customs requirements, trade remedies, WTO regulation and free trade agreements. Senior associate Camilo Castrillón, who specialises in foreign investment and free trade zones, and associate Gerardo Chadid, are both noted.

Practice head(s):

José Francisco Mafla; Carlos Fradique-Méndez


This is a complex practice that requires a team with specialised legal knowledge and strong support in financial and economic matters, especially for commercial defence cases (anti-dumping).

They have an excellent legal team that is complemented by an excellent team for financial and economic related matters.

It is a team aimed at solving legal issues or problems in the best way, based on support on economic and financial issues.

Personalised attention, impeccable service and accurate information. I think it is one of the best in legal services and being multifaceted and having various practices make it comprehensive.

Their closeness and adaptability to the challenges of the company and their flexible and adaptable service orientation make them stand out. They differentiate themselves by not only doing their legal work but also promoting that the company they advise meets its objectives with them. They put on the shirt.’

The service in general is very good, they are very professional in the information they provide.

Brigard Urrutia stands out for providing a quality service on time, looking for the best alternatives for the organisation.’

In general, the service of Camilo Castrillón and Evelyn Cañón, I especially highlight the human quality and the very good customer service of Evelyn Cañón.

Key clients

Federación Colombiana de Productores de Papa (FEDEPAPA)

Grupo UMA

Panel Rey

Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao (SPEC)

Aluminum & Glass Products

Empresa Colombiana de Cables (EMCOCABLES)


Work highlights

  • Currently advising the Colombian Federation of Potato Producers in an antidumping investigation (sunset review) against Belgian, Dutch and German imports of frozen potatoes.
  • Advised Grupo UMA on obtaining authorisation to operateas a Free Trade Zone Industrial User of Goods and Services.
  • Intervened before the Colombian Tax and Customs Authority (DIAN) to obtain an extension to the client’s qualification as a private deposit for industrial processing.

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 2

The sole Colombian member of Ius Laboris, Brigard Urrutia‘s labour and employment practice works closely with its immigration colleagues to advise international employees. The ‘very knowledgeable’ team provides ‘impeccable’ arguments, such as in its work for port operator Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce, where the firm successfully negotiated with a union to end a collective bargaining process. Practice head Catalina Santos led on voluntary termination matters, including in negotiations regarding over 300 employees for a manufacturing company and in applying a global severance plan for the Colombian branch of the Walt Disney Company. Associate José Alejandro Sierra specialises in litigation and pension work, his work in sports law outside the practice proving beneficial in an international labour matter for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fellow associate Camilo Mutis provides ‘impeccable work‘, aiding in litigation such as constitutional actions filed against a textiles client.

Practice head(s):

Catalina Santos


BU provides excellent services and gives fast, concise and flexible answers as we need today.’

I punctually highlight the great work of Camilo Mutis. He is always available, always willing to turn the subject around, impeccable work.’

Brigard’s team is very knowledgeable regarding employment laws and practices in Colombia and is able to provide practical and objective labour advice.

In my opinion Brigard compares with the best law firms I use in other LAR countries in terms of capabilities, billing practices and collaboration.

I work with Catalina Santos and Luz Maria Velázquez. They are both very responsive and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. They are used to working for big companies, so they are familiar with more complex compensation and benefits structures, which facilitates engagement.

The first point in favour is the disposition of the team in time and speed of response. Second, their arguments are impeccable and very well explained.

Timely information through online newsletters. Constant updates.

Catalina Santos, Julie and Cristian are excellent.

Key clients



Exxon Mobil



The Walt Disney Company

Intel Corporation

US Embassy

UK Embassy


Work highlights

  • Assisted Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A in a collective bargaining process with the union Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Rama, Servicios de la Industria del Transporte y Logística de Colombia – SNTT in Buenaventura, which was the first collective bargaining process of the company.
  • Represented Concentrix CVG Customer Management and Concentrix Services in several complex inspection processes before the Ministry of Labour.
  • Assisted Austin Ingenieros during a voluntary retirement plan executed in June and July 2020, affecting a total of 334 employees.

Colombia > Real estate Tier 3

Brigard Urrutia fields 'impeccable professionals' in the area of real estate, according to clients. Acting in a significant number of complex and high-profile transactions, under the expert leadership of Francisco Uribe (who rejoined the firm in March 2020 to head the real estate practice), the team excels in all aspects of real estate law for an enviable client list and showing particular proficiency in urban, hospitality and agro-industrial matters. Key work highlights include advising Jaguar Capital and Arquitectura & Concreto on the structuring, construction and development of one of the biggest shopping malls in Colombia; and Suppla in the acquisition of a custom-built real estate logistic project called Real Estate Solutions. Names to note are senior associate and coordinator of the real estate practice, Natalia HernándezJuanita Bermúdez who shows strength in drafting and negotiating real estate agreements; and Nathalia Arias who focuses on real estate investments and structuring.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Uribe


The great follow-up they give to the projects.

Strengths: they have an enormous capacity to adapt to the needs of the client, good management of deadlines, good management of the real estate and retail market, solid work teams, flexibility and availability.

The quality/price relation of the services is good and they’re competitive in the market. Excellent monitoring, good project control and high availability.

I’d highlight the resourcefulness, creativity and disposition to give immediate answer to the needs of the clients. The practice strives to keep up with customer requirements and to respond within their tight timelines.

Natalia Hernandez is the best real estate lawyer we have worked with, she is creative, tireless and strives to understand customer needs.’

Impeccable professionals with excellent client treatment. They are organised, communication is easy and everything is very technical.

They are close, agile, always looking for the best way to solve conflicts avoiding complex processes and greater risks for clients. I’m very comfortable with the service.

Timeliness and reliability in responding to requirements, this practice shows strength compared to other firms. Their communication, they put themselves in the client’s shoes, explaining the different options that can be presented.

Key clients

Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias – PEI

Jaguar Capital

Arquitectura & Concreto

Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) Colombia

Suppla (DHL Group)

Goldman Sachs

Sport City (SmartFit)

Equinix Colombia



Work highlights

  • Advising Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias-PEI on the acquisition of part of an iconic mixed-use building named “Atrio”, located in downtown Bogota, with a leasable area of 63,341 sqm – including advise on all aspects of the structuring, negotiation and closing of the transaction.
  • Advising Jaguar Capital on the structuring, negotiation and legal management of Centro Comercial Nuestro Bogotá, one of the biggest shopping malls in the country with a gross leasable area of 57,630 sqm.
  • Advising Equinix in the negotiation and acquisition of real estate properties to structure and constitute a free trade zone project.

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 4

In March 2020 Brigard Urrutia brought in Ricardo Forero -formerly a senior director at Kroll- to head up the firm's nascent corporate crime, compliance and investigations practice, in conjunction with associate Andrea Plazas. With over 15 years' experience in private practice, the public sector and in house, Forero has a Master's degree in criminal law and focuses on corporate criminal matters, compliance, FCPA-related matters and investigations, and the practice has already seen an uptick in work since his arrival. Plazas has also been instrumental in the development of the practice, leading on all matters concerned with compliance as well as advising on AML, CTF, and anti-bribery and corruption measures. Recent matters have seen the team undertaking internal investigations, representing clients in transnational criminal investigations, and handling the design and implementation of compliance programmes involving ATF, CTF, ABC and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Forero; Andrea Plazas

Key clients

Bogotá Móvil Operación Sur



H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Metro Línea 1


Greensill Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised H&M Hennes & Mauritz Colombia on the design and implementation of a local compliance programme including anti-bribery, anti-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering as well as data privacy.

Founded in 1934 and with over 85 years of experience, Brigard Urrutia is recognised as a leading law firm in Colombia and one of the most prestigious in Latin America. The firm’s size gives it the ability to offer an unparalleled range of first-class legal services and bespoke solutions to its global client base which includes leading domestic and foreign financial institutions, multinational corporations, private equity/venture capital funds, state-owned enterprises, governments and multilateral agencies. The firm frequently advises on complex cross-border matters, and its attorneys have been involved in many of Colombia’s groundbreaking landmark transactions. The firm is committed to its clients and seeks to provide them with comprehensive and expert advice.

It has a multidisciplinary team of specialised attorneys in various practice areas of business law, who follow the most rigorous ethical principles and the highest standards of professional excellence. All its partners and associates are fluent in at least one language other than Spanish, and many are admitted to practice in foreign jurisdictions (most notably in the State of New York). The firm’s lawyers are graduates from Colombia’s top universities and many have completed post-graduate programs in law schools located in the United States and Europe.

Brigard Urrutia also has a management team that is constantly innovating through solutions, best practices and trends to attain optimal customer experience levels. As part of its transparency policies and institutional values, it has a corporate governance structure that allows the firm to implement the best international practices. These practices help guarantee compliance of internal and external rules and achieve the objectives set forth in its strategic plan.

Banking and financial services; Natural Resources; Insurance Carlos Urrutia
Public Law; Infrastructure and public utilities Carlos Umaña
Corporate M&A; Trusts and Estates; Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Technology Sergio Michelsen
Banking and financial services; Capital Markets, Securities and Private Equity; Forex, derivatives and structured products Carlos Fradique-Méndez
Corporate Álvaro Cala
Litigation, arbitration and insolvency; Insurance and reinsurance Irma Rivera
Tax Andrés Hernández
Tax María Catalina Jaramillo
Banking and financial services César Felipe Rodríguez
Infrastructure and public utilities Claudia Navarro
Customs and international trade José Francisco Mafla
Capital Markets, Securities and Private Equity Luis Gabriel Morcillo
Corporate M&A Darío Laguado
Antitrust and competition Alejandro García de Brigard
Labor and employment; Immigration Catalina Santos
Corporate M&A Jaime Robledo
Banking and financial services Felipe Alarcón
Banking and financial services María Fernanda Diago
Corporate Eduardo Rosado
Corporate M&A Tomás Holguín
Corporate M&A Fernando Alfredo Castillo
Real Estate Francisco Uribe
Felipe Alarcón  photo Felipe Alarcón Partner
Andrea Bonnet photo Andrea BonnetSenior Associate
Marianna Boza photo Marianna BozaDirector
Álvaro Iván Cala  photo Álvaro Iván Cala Partner
Paula Camacho  photo Paula Camacho Director
Nicolás Cardona  photo Nicolás Cardona Senior Associate
Fernando Alfredo Castillo  photo Fernando Alfredo Castillo Partner
María Fernanda Diago  photo María Fernanda Diago Partner
Lucas Fajardo photo Lucas FajardoSenior Associate
Ricardo Forero  photo Ricardo Forero Director
Carlos Fradique-Méndez  photo Carlos Fradique-Méndez Partner
Ángela García  photo Ángela García Senior Associate
Andrés Hernández  photo Andrés Hernández Partner
Tomás Holguín  photo Tomás Holguín Partner
María Catalina Jaramillo  photo María Catalina Jaramillo Partner
Darío Laguado Giraldo  photo Darío Laguado Giraldo Partner
Juan Nicolás Laverde  photo Juan Nicolás Laverde Senior Associate
Jose Francisco Mafla photo Jose Francisco MaflaPartner
Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo photo Sergio Michelsen JaramilloPartner
Luis Gabriel Morcillo photo Luis Gabriel MorcilloPartner
María Victoria Munévar  photo María Victoria Munévar Senior Associate
Camilo Mutis photo Camilo MutisSenior Associate
Felipe Mutis photo Felipe MutisDirector
Claudia Navarro photo Claudia NavarroDirector
Irma Rivera Ramírez  photo Irma Rivera Ramírez Partner
Jaime Robledo photo Jaime RobledoPartner
César Rodríguez  photo César Rodríguez Partner
Cristina Román  photo Cristina Román Director
Eduardo Rosado Fernández de Castro  photo Eduardo Rosado Fernández de Castro Partner, head of Barranquilla office
Catalina Santos photo Catalina SantosPartner
Johann Schomberger  photo Johann Schomberger Director
José Alejandro Sierra  photo José Alejandro Sierra Senior Associate
Guillermo Tejeiro photo Guillermo TejeiroDirector of the Environment and Sustainable Business Team
Carlos Umaña  photo Carlos Umaña Managing Partner
Francisco Uribe  photo Francisco Uribe Partner
Carlos Urrutia photo Carlos UrrutiaPartner
Associates : 165
Partners : 22
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