Luis Gabriel Morcillo > Brigard Urrutia > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Brigard Urrutia
CALLE 70A #4-41
BOGOTA
Colombia

Work Department

Capital Markets, Securities and Private Equity; ESG & Impact Investing

Position

Partner

Career

Luis Gabriel is a Partner of the Capital Markets, Securities & Private Equity and Corporate/M&A Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on securities offerings, including both equity and debt offerings in the Colombian Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, and under 144A and Reg S rules. He has been involved in many of the largest securities offerings out of Colombia, including landmark offerings such as the first double-listed issuer, the first ETF and the first simultaneous offering made both in Colombia and in international markets. He frequently advises clients on Private Equity matters, including fund formation, fund raising and the implementation of investment policies for companies and projects in a cross-border basis, being a recognized leader on the development of the Colombian private equity industry. He also advises several national and foreign financial entities in financial services, corporate governance and securities regulations. In addition, he has advised national and foreign clients on M&A transactions (both for listed and privately held companies). He has recently focused some extracurricular activities in fostering the venture capital and entrepreneurs’ ecosystem and in developing social impact investment funds in Colombia.

He worked as an international associate in Hogan Lovells LLP, also in the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, he began his career at the Superintendence of Finance of Colombia. Mr. Morcillo regularly participates in presentations and conferences about private equity and capital markets, and is a regular lecturer at Universidad del Rosario, Universidad de Los Andes and CESA Business School in Colombia. Formerly, he was an assistant professor teaching Public Finance at Universidad de Los Andes.

Languages

Spanish, English and French

Memberships

Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Education

Mr. Morcillo is a graduate of the School of Law of Universidad de Los Andes, with additional diplomas in History and Economics from the same university. He also earned an LL.M at University College London (UCL), where he was awarded the academic excellence Joseph Hume Scholarship. He attended Negotiation courses at Harvard Law School and was awarded a Diploma in Private Equity from Oxford University.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Capital markets

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.