Irma Rivera Ramírez > Brigard Urrutia > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Brigard Urrutia
CALLE 70A #4-41
BOGOTA
Colombia

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency; Insurance and Reinsurance; Healthcare

Position

Partner

Career

Partner at Brigard Urrutia. Leader of the Litigation, Arbitration, and Insolvency team, as well as the Insurance and Reinsurance team. Additionally, she is in charge of the Shared Value Program of the firm.

With more than 22 years of experience, she has advised national and foreign clients in complex and recognized litigation before the ordinary jurisdiction and arbitration tribunals.

Currently, she is a national arbitrator in multiple arbitration tribunals before the Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and Cali and likewise serves as an arbitrator before the Center of Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru.

She is a teacher in postgraduate and undergraduate programs in various universities. Professor at the Law School of Universidad Sergio Arboleda in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has been invited as a panelist at various conferences at both the national and international level.

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

She is a member and mentor at the Spanish Arbitration Club (Club Español de Arbitraje CE Mujeres), a member of the Colombian Committee on Arbitration, member of the Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB), member of Arbitral Women and member of the Advisory Board of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre (JAIAC), amongst other organizations.

Education

Lawyer from Universidad Sergio Arboleda. She holds a postgraduate degree in Alternative Methods for Conflict Resolution, Arbitration and Conciliation from Universidad del Rosario.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Leading individuals)

Irma Rivera RamírezBrigard Urrutia

Standing out for the ‘analysis and depth with which it deals with the issues‘, Brigard Urrutia‘s team is comprised of lawyers who ‘understand the needs of clients‘. The combined litigation, arbitration and insolvency group covers the waterfront on contentious matters, with strong skill sets in civil and commercial proceedings, administrative actions, mass litigation and judicial bankruptcy cases. Department head Irma Rivera Ramírez brings to bear over 25 years of experience and routinely leads on major national and cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings. Among Rivera’s recent highlights, she has represented clients in unfair competition cases, constitutional actions and contentious bankruptcy proceedings, as well as commercial litigation. The department can now calls upon the specialist expertise of two partners, following the February-2022 promotion of former associate director Felipe Mutis, who sources single out for his ‘ability to analyse and search for solutions‘. Mutis is widely recognised for his emphasis on disputes concerning the infrastructure, energy, M&A and telecoms sectors. The team also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, including dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) María Munevar Torrado, who handles a mix of litigation and arbitration cases; Carlos Mauricio Cerrato, who has a focus on civil and commercial matters; insolvency head Paola Guerrero Yemail; and Ana Carolina Abreo, who specialises in public procurement and administrative law matters. The group also recently welcomed new senior associate Camilo Valenzuela, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Lloreda Camacho & Co. and has experience in all core areas of dispute resolution. Intermediate associate Melissa Fonseca left the firm in February 2022.

Colombia > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Irma Rivera RamírezBrigard Urrutia

An excellent multidisciplinary team‘, Brigard Urrutia‘s insurance and reinsurance group is composed of lawyers, ‘who are really dedicated to their clients‘, according to sources. The firm acts for an impressive roster of major insurers, which it advises on the full gamut of corporate, regulatory and contentious matters — it is notably sought after by foreign companies looking to register before the Financial Superintendence and is currently representing 56 such clients. Director Lucas Fajardoknows the industry like nobody else‘ and is recommended for his specialist focus on advising insurers and reinsurers on regulatory, corporate and contractual matters. Contentious specialist Irma Rivera Ramírez routinely represents insurance companies in major judicial and arbitral disputes, while managing partner Carlos Umaña is noted for his experience in non-contentious insurance; together they co-head the practice alongside Fajardo. In May 2021, insurance-focused associate Iván Montenegro re-joined the firm from JMalucelli Travelers Seguros, where he was legal director.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Brigard Urrutia houses a comprehensive arbitration practice, which plugs into the wider firm’s full-service offering to advise on domestic and international arbitrations across all core industry sectors. That said, the team’s busy caseload reflects its particularly strong record in the construction, energy and public sector arenas, where it routinely acts for both major Colombian and multinational clients. Department head Irma Rivera Ramírez has a broad disputes practice and spearheads both the litigation, arbitration and insolvency group and the insurance and reinsurance team. On the arbitration front, Rivera has notched up key roles in major arbitrations for both national and foreign clients. The group also benefits from the experience of newly made-up partner Felipe Mutis, who has supported on several construction and concession-related arbitration cases of late. Key associates include María Victoria Munevar, Camilo Valenzuela (who joined from Lloreda Camacho & Co. in September 2021) and Ana Carolina Abreo — all advise on a mix of litigation and arbitration proceedings.