Firm Profile > Brigard Urrutia > Bogota, Colombia

Brigard Urrutia
CALLE 70A #4-41
BOGOTA
Colombia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Full-service powerhouse Brigard Urrutia handles an array of lending, corporate and project finance and regulatory matters, for an impressive roster of local and multinational financial institutions, acting as well for major corporate borrowers and infrastructure sponsors. The 11-strong practice is led by four partners; covering the transactional side, Carlos Fradique-Méndez is experienced in structured and corporate finance transactions, local and international capital markets deals and instruments and derivatives. Leading the firm's highlight project-finance mandates, Manuel Fernando Quinche recently advised on the fourth generation (4G) Autopistas Urabá highway project -whose main shareholder is China Harbour Engineering Company. Senior partner Carlos Urrutia also co-heads the firm's Energy and Natural Resources department, while César Rodríguez is particularly active advising on loan agreements and infrastructure contracts. Senior associate María Fernanda Sánchez and associate Juan Carlos Puentes are also active in the sector. Since publication, Manuel Quinche has announced his departure from the firm with effect from mid-November 2020.

Testimonials

The senior team has a very high level of understanding of their clients’ problems, which guarantees that the answers and conceptual developments are in line with them. The disposition of the team in general is quite good, which allows a rapid evolution of the advice and guarantees the quality in the delivery of the work. In short, the work differs in terms of speed of care, as well as in the quality of the same‘.

The firm’s lawyers are open to permanently discuss the different topics in order to seek objective and viable solutions. The foregoing makes the discussions more productive, since other firms do not have a similar policy‘.

Carlos Fradique: knowledge and agility; the fact that the partner is always available and has knowledge about the specific needs of the client‘.

Brigard Urrutia is a firm that knows how to identify its client’s needs. The  teams assigned to the different projects are those required‘.

Key clients

Adelante Soluciones Financieras

Credit Agricole / CACEIS

Transinnova Usme

BlackRock Infrastructure Management I

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Financiera Desarrollo Nacional

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

KfW IPEX-Bank

International Finance Corporation

Elecnorte  ESP

Autopistas Urabá  Mar 2

Citibank Colombia

JP Morgan Chase Bank

AFP Habitat

Opain

Bancolombia

Capital markets Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia is a market leader with a comprehensive capital markets and equity funds practice, that acts on the side of issuers, sponsors, multilateral agencies, investment banks, funds, insurance companies, state-owned companies and domestic and international corporations. Carlos Fradique-Méndez, whose extensive career includes time as Chief Legal Advisor to the Treasury department, and Luís Gabriel Morcillo, who has participated in a number of landmark mandates including the first dual-listed issuer and the incorporation of the first ETF in Colombia, co-head the 13-strong department. In a key highlight, the team acted for the underwriters on Colombia's $2bn sovereign bonds issue. Key support comes from mid-level associate Viviana Araújo who has past experience at Banco de la República.

Testimonials

Very responsive compared to many other firms I’ve worked with throughout Latin America. Extremely proactive in terms of keeping us up to date on latest developments that are relevant to our business, especially comparing to other firms throughout Latin America that are more regional in nature. They provide “Big Law” levels of service‘.

They understand our business very well and the advice is always well-tailored to our specific needs. They do not just restate the regulations in response to a question,  they give us advice on how to apply these to our unique facts and circumstances, in light of the acceptable risk profile of our business. They are creative in their approach to legal and regulatory issues and their problem-solving. They always come up with unique solutions that work well for everyone involved. The partner I work with the most is Luis Gabriel Morcillo. He has been a great resource for us over the last five years as we have built our business in Colombia, and we truly consider him and his key associates to be a part of our team, and not just the legal team but our entire business team‘.

Darío Laguado is an excellent professional in mergers and acquisitions, Carlos Fradique in capital market issues. Andrés Hernández on tax issues‘.

Our experience in the capital markets area with Brigard Urrutia has been completely different to other firms since the partner always found himself ready to meet and have calls with us to carry out constant accompaniment to the project. The response times were fast in all requests and even resources prepared by the firm were delivered without requiring them, and finally, we have had an experienced associate, diligent and fully willing to support us in each of the areas of the transaction to ensure the success of this, not to mention the level of preparation with which he attended each of our concerns that arose along the way‘.

The partners who led the transaction were Luis Gabriel Morcillo and Carlos Fradique, on the other hand, the associate who carried out all the day-to-day tasks of the transaction was Viviana Araujo‘.

Key clients

Bancolombia

Ecopetrol

Asociación Colombiana de Fondos de Capital Privado (Colcapital)

Asociación Bancaria y de Entidades Financieras de Colombia (Asobancaria)

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company,

Empresas Públicas de Medellín – EPM

Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias

Credit Suisse Securities

Citibank

Corporación Andina de Fomento – CAF

Fábrica Nacional de Autopartes- (Fanalca)

Ashmore Management Colombia

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Demonstrating a 'good strategic base', Brigard Urrutia's antitrust and competition law practice has merger control procedures before national competition authority as a central pillar. In a recent example of this, its sweet spot, the six-strong group acted on behalf of Twenty-First Century on the local merger control procedure resulting from the company's $71bn transaction with Walt Disney. The area also handles antitrust investigations and clients praise the firm's 'experience in market studies' and 'verification of antitrust behaviour'. Practice head Alejandro García de Brigard also acts before other regulating authorities such as those of the telecoms, aviation and financial sectors. Associate Nicolás Cardona, who has previous experience at the SIC, is also noted.

Testimonials

The firm can understand and adapt to the needs of my company in terms of the political management of relationships, the risks that can be taken, etc’.

The reputation of the firm in general lends solidity to the opinions’.

A lot of experience in market studies, verification of antitrust behaviour, good strategic base and great openness to respond to the needs of the company’.

Alejandro García is highlighted for his expertise in antitrust issues,  investigations and simulations. Nicolás Cardona is also noted’.

Key clients

Twenty First Century Fox

3M Colombia

The Boeing Company

IBM De Colombia

GrandVision

Natura Cosméticos

Arthur J Gallagher Corredores de Seguros

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hasbro Colombia

Accudyne Industries

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia consistently plays a leading role in the local and regional corporate and M&A market, fielding an 18-strong team led by five strongly recommended partners. Serving major domestic and multinational corporations, the full-service firm has unparalleled expertise across the corporate spectrum (transactional and non-transactional), and advises on some of the most complex and sophisticated M&A operations in the country. In a recent example, the group advised on the acquisition of 50% of the shares of Grupo Pão de Açúcar. Practice co-heads Sergio Michelsen, Dario Laguado and Jaime Robledo focus primarily on transactional matters, while company-law specialist Álvaro Cala heads the corporate practice. The group also benefits from the experience of International trade practice head José Francisco Mafla and managing partner Carlos Umaña. Co-heads Fernando Castillo and Tomás Holguín ('very comprehensive, committed and serious lawyers’) were promoted to partnership in January 2020. Experienced senior associate Ángela García is also a key member of the team.

Testimonials

It is a “Big Firm”, but with a boutique firm customer service and a large network of peers across the Latin American region, which for us is key. More than a firm it is a partner for us‘.

I want to highlight the work of Carlos Umaña. He is someone disposed to assist and provide counsel at any time. You can call him on his mobile without a second thought and he’ll answer. He is always attentive to the needs of the company and ensures that we are up-to-date with any issues that could affect the company. Alejandro García De Brigard – the same as above.’

Sergio Michelsen makes you fell you are not dealing with a firm but with human beings‘.

I worked with Sergio Michelsen, Fernando Castillo and Tomás Holguín. The three are very comprehensive, committed and serious lawyers’.

Lots of experience in transactions and very good bandwidth. Darío Laguado is highlighted‘.

Sergio Michelsen and Fernando Castillo, in addition to being very solid in their areas of competence, are extremely proactive, act as true business partners and strategically manage expectations with company lawyers. Working with them was a great pleasure, I learned from them and I felt supported in the decisions made under their guidance and risk analysis‘.

Key clients

Grupo Casino – Casino Guichard Perrachon

Softbank Group Corp and Softbank Vision Fund

Celsia

Interconexión Electrica

AFP Habitat / Habitat Andina

MLO – Productos Naturales de la Sabana

Grupo Nutresa

Invenergy Renewables Global

Geopark Limited

Prime Sistemas de Atendimento Ao Consumidor

Droguerías y Farmacias Cruz Verde

United Health Group

Invenergy Renewables Colombia – Invenergy Renewables Global

Inchcape

Innova Capital Management

Telefex Medical Colombia / Colombia Teleflex Life Sciences Unlimited – Ireland

Andean Cacao

Johnson Controls

Suncanna International

Panalpina

Insurance Tier 1

Praised by clients, Brigard Urrutia's multidisciplinary insurance and reinsurance practice fields three partners and six lawyers; bringing to bear comprehensive experience across the full range of corporate, regulatory and contentious matters, it offers a  "one-stop-shop" service for companies in the insurance sphere. Reputed litigator Irma Rivera Ramírez (who also has an established trajectory in domestic and international arbitration), co-heads the team along with managing partner Carlos Umaña, who has deep experience in public procurement and energy related projects; and Carlos Urrutia, a specialist in cross-border and international transactions in multiple fields. Noted senior associate Lucas Fajardo, who has previous experience in-house at a leading Colombian insurer, is also a key member of the team.

Testimonials

It is a multidisciplinary team. They have various specialised areas in such a way that a subject that may include several edges can be reviewed with the firm without the need to hire other specialist lawyers’.

They have an ability to adapt to the client’s needs. We also highlight the close attention from partners’.

The availability, commitment and quality of the concepts’.

‘Associate Lucas Fajardo is highlighted; in addition to his knowledge, he has the advantage of having worked in an insurance company and, therefore, understands the needs of the clients and the consultancies are more focused the business’ needs‘.

‘Álvaro Cala is highlighed for his technical knowledge and empathy’.

The availability, commitment and quality of the concepts’.

Lucas Fajardo is the associate with whom we have the most interaction. We highlighting his decisive capacity and good legal advice. Lucas has a lot of experience and we consider him a great element of the firm’.

Key clients

Lloyd’s / Lloyd’s Colombia Oficina de Representación

American Bankers Insurance Group

Allianz Seguros

Munich Re

PEI Asset Management

MetLife Colombia Seguros de Vida

Fidelis Underwriting

Starr Indemnity and Liability Company – Oficina de Representación

Fábrica Nacional de Autopartes – Fanalca and Transdev

Cardif Colombia Seguros Generales

Litigation Tier 1

'A strong team that anticipates legal risks', Brigard Urrutia fields 20 practitioners in a litigation, arbitration and insolvency department that covers the full spectrum of contentious matters, including civil, commercial, administrative, antitrust and bankruptcy litigation. Practice head Irma Rivera, who has over 25 years' experience leading complex litigation and arbitration cases, directs the group which includes associate practice director Felipe Mutis, whose substantial knowledge and capabilities are appreciated by clients; and seniors María Munevar-Torrado and Paola Guerrero-Yemail who frequently advise and litigate on matters before the Superintendence of Industry, Trade and Commerce, and Superintendence of Corporations, respectively; and fellow senior Carlos Mauricio Cerrato who undertakes civil and commercial litigation. However, Luis Alfredo Barragán departed August 2019 to found Asteri Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

A strong team that anticipates legal risks and generates a valuable proposition that works for business objectives. Always taking care of all aspects and with a 360-degree vision and strategic thinking‘.

The conflict resolution team, especially Felipe Mutis, shows a deep knowledge, not only of procedural law, but also in substance . Despite his youth, he has vast experience and reflects confidence in all his performances. I would highlight the arduous preparation and the depth of their writings‘.

Irma Isabel Rivera is recommended

Associate Carlos Mauricio-Cerratto has a great technical proficiency in the handling of civil procedural law and a determining criteria to guide the legal strategy successfully‘.

Key clients

Colombia Móvil

Veolia Group

HDI

Volvo Group

Grupo Éxito

General Electric Company / General Electric International (GE)

Consorcio Cablemóvil

Projects Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia's heavyweight 29-strong practice offers complete advice on structuring both private and state-financed infrastructure projects, acting for project companies, sponsors and construction companies.  Also renowned for project finance and refinancings, the firm's client roster in the sector includes major local, regional and international financial institutions such as multilateral lenders Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Corporación Andina de Fomento, as well as regional and global investment banks and funds.  Six partners head the practice: the highly regarded Manuel Fernando Quinche, who has acted as legal counsel on most of Colombia’s 4G toll road projects; Carlos Umaña, who led the successful representation of China Harbour Engineering Company in the public tender for Bogotá’s first metro line contract, are both highly sought after advisors. On the transactional side, the group benefits from the experience of senior figure Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela, Carlos Fradique-Méndez, and César Rodríguez - a former legal director at El Dorado airport concessionaire, Opain, who made partner in 2019. Also highly endorsed Claudia Navarro, directs the infrastructure and public utilities group. Key associates Julián Parra, Juan Carlos Puentes and Natalia Arango are also all noted. Since publication, Manuel Quinche has announced his departure from the firm, with effect from mid-November 2020.

Testimonials

Claudia Navarro has extensive experience and knowledge of the infrastructure and energy sectors and is very good consultant, she is always capable of identifying solutions‘.

As a plus, the firm’s lawyers stand out is their professionalism and dedication when providing advice.

Commitment and high quality of work. Ability to react on time no matter how much work needs to be done. Senior associate Juan Carlos Puentes stand out for his excellent customer service‘.

What makes this practice unique is its solid professional career in each of its areas, always providing comprehensive advice. As a strong point, the team’s knowledge in the legal and industry market stands out‘.

Key clients

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

China Harbour Engineering Company

Fanalca

Transdev Group

Opain

Bancolombia

BBVA Colombia

Financiera Desarrollo Nacional

Interamerican Development Bank

BlackRock Infrastructure Management I

Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tax Tier 1

Full-service firm Brigard Urrutia's interdisciplinary practice group develops tax-efficient structures for all types of transactions (cross-border, M&A operations, inbound and outbound investments and leveraged buyouts) as well as handling all advisory matters, litigation and also offering trust and estate services. The practice also shines in transfer pricing matters, where it maintains a specialised unit. Head of the tax and trust and estates teams, double taxation specialist Lucas Moreno leads the 26-strong practice, along with head of tax Andrés Hernández, who specialises in providing tax advice to PPPs, and the 'exceptional' Catalina Jaramillo, who has driven the development of the firm's tax litigation team (and transfer pricing defence specialism), and was raised to the partnership in January 2020. Key support comes from senior associate Pablo Ángel (national and international tax consultancy and planning) and associate Daniel Duque (tax consulting and planning, corporate and tax restructuring). However, former senior Edgar Ruiz left in May 2020 to establish his own boutique.

 

Testimonials

We had a particular operation that demanded a lot of administrative support in Colombia with us not having a physical presence or resources there. Brigard Urrutia was available at all times to meet our requirements and to complete the task’.

We really liked their availability and treatment. Catalina Jaramillo is exceptional’.

Their preparation is very thorough, their strategies for dealing with situations with third parties are cautious and comprehensive: “nothing escapes them”’.

‘Friendliness and availability is their biggest plus point. The work really is impeccable and they are very clear in their analysis’.

Key clients

Airbnb

China Harbour Engineering Company

Amazon Web Services

Grupo Argos

Old Mutual

Citibank

Falabella

Terranum

Munich Re

Mercantil Colpatria

TMT Tier 1

Brigard Urrutia renders advice to telecoms, satellite and television services providers on their entry into the Colombian market and subsequent operational activity. Fronted by Sergio Michelsen, who has over 30 years' experience on matters ranging from relevant public bidding processes to the important regulatory changes in the area, the five-strong practice group also acts on cybersecurity matters, entertainment and sports law. Senior associate Juan Nicolás Laverde specialises in telecommunications and intellectual property matters and is responsible for delivering guidance to technology companies on business structures requiring the exploitation of IP assets. Senior associate Andrea Bonnet delivers legal advice on IP, innovation and technology, data protection, privacy rights and telecommunications.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Brigard Urrutia stands out for having high-level professionals who provide high-quality advice at reasonable prices’.

Key clients

Hughes Network Systems

Worldpay

Hughes Networks Systems

Fox Channels Colombia

DirecTv

Pei Asset Management Fund

Ddb Worldwide Colombia

International Audit And Business Development Company

Hbo Latin America Group

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Brigard Urrutia's sizeable 21-strong team primarily handles matters in the hydrocarbons and power sectors, including participation in renewables projects and auctions, as key areas of strength; it also, however advises large mining multinationals. 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. Managing partner Carlos Umaña, who provides specialised advice on project development; and senior partner Carlos Urrutia, has extensive experience, frequently handling cross-border transactions in the sector, among other matters; both co-lead the area along with director of the natural resources practice Marianna Boza, who is experienced in oil, gas, mining in Colombia and Venezuela. Infrastructure director Claudia Navarro is an expert on the regulation of the electricity and natural gas services. Senior associate Guillermo Tejeiro is also a key team member, particularly as regards the renewables and energy efficiency sub-practice, as well as heading the environment and sustainable business group.

Testimonials

What makes Brigard Urrutia unique is its tradition and reputation’.

Marianna Boza stands out for her human warmth and good treatment with her clients’.

 

 

Key clients

ONGC Videsh

SK Innovation Co

Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales – Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Dolphin Drilling

Fortescue Minerals Group – FMG

Future Pipe Industries

Primax Colombia

Masterfoods Colombia Ltda / Royal Canin Colombia

Cenit

Aspect Holdings

Compañia Operadora Petrocolombia COPP

Shearwater Geoservices Norway

Cameron International Corporation a Schlumberger company

Promigas

Harvest Capital

Gases de Occidente

Permian Colombia

Grupo Fanalca

CENIT Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible

Environment Tier 2

Brigard Urrutia's environmental law practice is distinguished by its close links with other firm departments, particularly the natural resources and infrastructure and public utilities practices, which translates into a steady stream of both transactional and regulatory support matters, as well as acting before regulators and courts. Senior associate Guillermo Tejeiro, who has prior experience in sustainability matters as consultant for an NGO and an environmental law boutique in Brazil, is the key name in the area, and leads the seven strong team. Providing an interdisciplinary approach, the group assists with obtaining environmental authorisations and permits, undertaking due diligence on legal and socio-environmental issues, and planning and executing prior consultations with ethnic communities.

Key clients

Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales and Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Fortescue Minerals Group (FMG)

Future Pipe Industries

Permian Colombia

Sociedad Internacional de Transporte Masivo – Ciudad Móvil

Compañía Multinacional de Transporte Masivo – Connexión Móvil

Bogotá Móvil Operación Sur (BMO)

Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible

Weatherford Colombia

Wayuu

Manuelita

Quad Graphics Colombia

Grupo UMA

Athena Foods

Colombia Agro

Asociación Colombiana de Movilidad Sostenible – Andemos

Grupo Monterrey

Henkel Colombia

Veolia Holdings Colombia

International trade and customs Tier 2

Brigard Urrutia's customs and international trade practice advises national and international public and private entities on the planning of their cross-border operations, the formulation of operational and strategic alternatives for customs optimisation based on national regulations, and the application and implementation of different international treaties ratified by Colombia.  Practice head Jose Francisco Mafla is very experienced in advising on all types of regulatory and transactional matters related to customs and foreign trade operations, including customs requirements, trade remedies, WTO regulations, free trade agreements and customs administrative and judicial disputes. Key associate support comes from senior Camilo Castrillón and associate Gerardo Chadid, who are both noted.

Testimonials

Brigard Urrutia’s team of lawyers is highly qualified, providing agile and effective services to the client’.

They quickly understand the requests and opportunities that the economic environment can open to their client’s business’.

Gerardo Chadid, José Francisco Mafla and Camilo Castrillón demonstrate a lot of preparation and objectivity in the delivery of the agreed assignments’.

José Francisco Mafla is recommended for his excellent knowledge of customs issues both at national and international level. Also, his knowledge of the business and interest in understanding the client’s problems. Additionally, the speed in responding’.

José Francisco Mafla is a great business partner, we see him not only as a lawyer, but as a reference who always seeks positive customer results first’.

Key clients

Colombia Productiva

Dufry

Panalpina

Knight Therapeutics

Labour and employment Tier 2

Full service Brigard Urrutia's labour, employment and immigration practice, led by the profusely recommended Catalina Santos, handles the full array of labour-related services, with particular strength in those matters deriving from M&A deals – such as labour due diligence, pension schemes, labour harmonisation and restructuring, and collective bargaining. Santos, who focuses on remuneration negotiations, restructuring processes and voluntary retirement plans, among other matters, leads a 14-strong team that includes senior associate José Alejandro Sierra (litigation and pension matters in all sectors and industries) and associate Camilo Mutis.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The labour and employment team is the most competent, it has excellent well qualified lawyers, especially Catalina Santos and her team, their answers are always on time, their opinions are always complete and based on law, jurisprudence and give options to companies to decide the best in relation to the risk’.

The labour team is extraordinarily well formed, they are available at all times, the response time is almost inimitably strong, they are always informed about the latest laws and trends, they investigate jurisprudence to defend positions and establish the strategy on behalf of the company interests’.

Catalina Santos is distinguished by being an excellent professional, leader of her team and for her excellent treatment of clients. Our contact attorney is Julie Viviana Bravo who is a specialist in labour law and social security and has handled our case to date with a 78% success rate’.

Catalina Santos and Luz Maria Velazquez. They are both very knowledgeable of local labour laws and able to provide assistance in complex cases’.

The work team is of a high professional level, excellent disposition and support’.

Key clients

Dolphin Drilling (Colombia)

Atento Colombia

Universidad Autónoma del Caribe (UAC)

Softbank

Valagro Andina / Valagro

3M Colombia

Activos

SK Innovation

Colombian Chamber of Electronic Commerce

QuadGraphics Colombia

Public law Tier 2

An undoubted leader for public procurement management, Brigard Urrutia's extensive 24-strong practice advises major companies and public entities on the structuring of, and participation in, tendering processes in various sectors, demonstrating particular capability in the utilities and transport segments. The team has been involved in some of Colombia's most high-profile projects of late; most notably, managing partner and department co-head Carlos Umaña led the representation of China Harbour Engineering Company and Xi'an Metro in the successful participation in Bogotá's first metro line public tender. Alejandro García de Brigard, who heads the antitrust and competition area, and Claudia Navarro, director of the infrastructure and public utilities practice, also co-head the public law department. Strong associate support comes from public law practice director Julián Parra, who plays a key role advising concession holders on their relations with state contracting entities, and Juan Pablo Canaval, who also has in-house experience and focuses on infrastructure projects and the structuring of different stages of PPP projects and private initiatives.

Testimonials

 

Key clients

China Harbour Engineering Company

Cemex Colombia

Perimetral Oriental de Bogotá

Fanalca

Transdev Group

Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP)

Superpolo

A Todo Tren

Scania Colombia

General Electrics

DDB Worldwide

Shikun & Binui

Arbitration Tier 3

Brigard Urrutia's sizeable 20-strong team is led by practice head Irma Rivera, who has extensive experience both as party counsel in arbitration proceedings and as well as numerous appointments as both a domestic and international arbitrator. The team is particularly active -and experienced- in disputes involving strategic sectors such as oil and gas, public services, transport and power infrastructure. Associate director Felipe Mutis is also a key member of the team, which was reinforced with the October-2019 hire of experienced senior associate Ana Carolina Abreo (whose past experience includes time at Vinson & Elkins LLP’s IDR & Arbitration practice group), following the departures of Luis Alfredo Barragán (to Asteri Abogados) and senior associate Natalia Ángel, in August and September 2019, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

A strong team that anticipates legal risks and generates a valuable proposition that works for business objectives. Always taking care of all aspects and with a 360 degrees vision and strategic thinking‘.

Irma Isabel Rivera is recommended‘.

The conflict resolution team, especially Felipe Mutis, shows a deep knowledge, not only of procedural law, but, also in substance . Despite his youth, he has vast experience and reflects confidence in all his performances. I would highlight the arduous preparation and the depth of their writings’.

Key clients

Colombia Móvil

Veolia Group

HDI

Volvo Group

Grupo Éxito

General Electric Company / General Electric International (GE)

Consorcio Cablemóvil

Real estate Tier 3

Brigard Urrutia's muscle on the structuring and negotiation of real estate agreements, including commercial leasing, is complemented with the team's performance in urban planning and structuring of real estate projects, particularly for the hospitality and agribusiness sectors. The 12-strong department, recommended for the management of companies' deadlines and goals, provides permanent legal advice to Pei Asset Management's real estate investment trust (REIT), the first created in the country, holding $1bn in assets. Álvaro Cala, who also co-leads the firm’s corporate and M&A practice; senior associate Natalia Hernández, who focuses on urban regulations and acts as real estate practice coordinator; and associate Nathalia Arias, who is experienced in structuring investments and vehicles for the acquisition of assets, co-head the practice.

Testimonials

I would clearly say that one of the most important strengths that this firm has is the follow-up they have of the issues, the rapid response, the sense of urgency and a really clear understanding of their clients’ needs. Very good management of processes, deadlines and the goals are mostly achieved with quality and efficiency’.

There is good coordination between the team to appoint a specific leader choosing the right one for the right task. I feel that the delegation process is correct. I believe that the leader is always available, in constant communication with the client, good handling of the back and forth of documents with our counterparts or even inside the client’s company, good organisation and quick responses always. I would greatly emphasise the order and organisation’.

Their strong point is customer service. There are good channels of communication and quick response time to requests’.

They act comprehensively. There is good coordination between teams from different disciplines. They seek to understand the client’s needs and act accordingly’.

Key clients

Patrimonio Autónomo Estrategias Inmobiliarias (PEI)

WeWork Colombia

Goldman Sachs

Suramérica Comercial (Dollarcity)

Citibank Colombia

Bristol Myers Squibb

Blackboard

Hyatt

Celsia

X-elio

Cardinal Health

British Embassy

Cali

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 García 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. 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. Recent mandates range from advising Cargill Trading Colombia on labelling regulations and Siderurgica del Occidente on tax efficiency alternatives, to assisting SPIAD, the concessionaire of the Puerto Aguadulce port terminal in Buenaventura (on the country's Pacific seaboard), with corporate, regulatory, antitrust, tax and contentious matters.

Testimonials

This B&U team understands the needs of the company, taking into account the economic sector, the city where it operates and the sociocultural needs in which the company’s operation is framed.

Constant customer support, excellent legal level in specialized issues such as corporate and customs issues and litigation.

They differ from the competitors because they have a large database of updated legislation and jurisprudence, as well as that plus of making the client feel like a priority. Likewise, they listen to the client to understand their needs.

Alejandro García de Brigard and Tomás Holguín have undoubtedly done more than excellent work on contractual and corporate issues, and José Francisco Mafla, Camilo Castrillón and Gerardo Chadid in matters of foreign trade and customs.

Key clients

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

Manuelita

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

Aerocali

Celsia Colombia

Noux

Fanalca

Colgate-Palmolive

Cámara de Comercio de Cali

Founded in 1934 and with over 80 years of experience, Brigard Urrutia is recognized as a leading law firm in Colombia and one of the most prestigious in Latin America.

The firm is committed to its clients and seeks to provide them with comprehensive and expert advice. It has a proven track record as a supplier of first-rate legal services to a global clientele formed by industrial, commercial and service companies, banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, insurance companies, as well as national and foreign government agencies and companies.

It has a multidisciplinary team of over 140 specialized attorneys in various practice areas of business law, who follow the most rigorous ethical principles and the highest standards of professional excellence. All of 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 and best practices to attain optimal customer experience levels.

The firm’s clients include Goldman Sachs & Co., 3M, American Airlines, Itaú Bank, British Airways, Bank of America, BlackRock, Casino Groupe, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), International Finance Corporation, Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC Securities, McDonalds Corporation, Parque Arauco, Ecopetrol S.A., Shikun & Binui, UNE EPM, AB InBev, Terranum Inversión, The World Bank, Refinería de Cartagena, Vinci, Votorantim, Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A., Smith & Nephew PLC., Colombia Telecomunicaciones, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Bancolombia, to mention some.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Manuel Quinche
Banking and financial services; Capital Markets, Securities and Private Equity; Forex, derivatives and structured products Carlos Fradique-Méndez
Antitrust and competition Alejandro García de Brigard
Corporate Álvaro Cala
Corporate M&A Darío Laguado
Corporate M&A Fernando Alfredo Castillo
Corporate M&A Tomás Holguín
Corporate M&A Jaime Robledo
Tax; Trusts and Estates Lucas Moreno
Infrastructure and public utilities Claudia Navarro
Labor and employment; Immigration Catalina Santos
Litigation, arbitration and insolvency; Insurance and reinsurance Irma Rivera
Capital Markets, Securities and Private Equity Luis Gabriel Morcillo
Customs and international trade José Francisco Mafla
Tax María Catalina Jaramillo
Tax Andrés Hernández
Banking and financial services César Felipe Rodríguez
Corporate Eduardo Rosado
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Andrea Bonnet  photo Ms Andrea Bonnet Senior Associate
Mrs Marianna Boza  photo Mrs Marianna Boza Director
 Paula Camacho  photo Paula Camacho Director
 Nicolás Cardona  photo Nicolás Cardona Senior Associate
 Fernando Alfredo Castillo  photo Fernando Alfredo Castillo Partner
Mr Lucas Fajardo  photo Mr Lucas Fajardo Senior Associate
 Ricardo Forero  photo Ricardo Forero Director
 Carlos Fradique-Méndez photo Carlos Fradique-Méndez Partner
 Ángela García  photo Ángela García Senior Associate
 Natalia Hernández  photo Natalia Hernández Senior Associate
 Andrés Hernández  photo Andrés Hernández Partner
 Tomás Holguín  photo Tomás Holguín Partner
Mr Álvaro Iván Cala  photo Mr Álvaro Iván Cala Partner
 María Catalina Jaramillo  photo María Catalina Jaramillo Partner
Mr Darío Laguado Giraldo  photo Mr Darío Laguado Giraldo Partner
Mr Juan Nicolás Laverde  photo Mr Juan Nicolás Laverde Senior Associate
Mr Jose Francisco Mafla  photo Mr Jose Francisco Mafla Partner
Mr Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo  photo Mr Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo Partner
Mr Luis Gabriel Morcillo  photo Mr Luis Gabriel Morcillo Partner
Mr Lucas Moreno Salazar  photo Mr Lucas Moreno Salazar Partner
 María Victoria Munévar  photo María Victoria Munévar Senior Associate
 Camilo Mutis photo Camilo Mutis Senior Associate
Mr Felipe Mutis  photo Mr Felipe Mutis Director
Mrs Claudia Navarro  photo Mrs Claudia Navarro Director
Ms Irma Rivera Ramírez  photo Ms Irma Rivera Ramírez Partner
Mr Jaime Robledo  photo Mr Jaime Robledo Partner
 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
Ms Catalina Santos  photo Ms Catalina Santos Partner
 Johann Schomberger  photo Johann Schomberger Director
Mr José Alejandro Sierra  photo Mr José Alejandro Sierra Senior Associate
Mr Guillermo Tejeiro  photo Mr Guillermo Tejeiro Director of the Environment and Sustainable Business Team
Mr Carlos Umaña Trujillo  photo Mr Carlos Umaña Trujillo Managing Partner
Mr Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela  photo Mr Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela Partner
Associates : 140
Partners : 21
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