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Brigard Urrutia

Work +57 1 346 2011
Bogota, Cali

Jose Francisco Mafla

Work +57 1 3462011 Ext. 8753
Brigard Urrutia

Work Department

Customs and International Trade; Mergers & Acquisitions




He worked as foreign attorney in Harkins Cunningham LLP in New York, and in Uría Menéndez in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Mafla joined Brigard Urrutia in 2006 and is Partner of the firm since 2015, focusing on the Corporate/M&A, and Customs and International Trade practices. Mr. Mafla is admitted to practice law in Colombia (2001), in the state of New York (2006) and in the United States Court of International Trade (2015).

Attorney with wide expertise in commercial law, international business law, mergers and acquisitions, and customs and international trade. Mr. Mafla is also an arbitrator at the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, and currently is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Colombia). He is also member of the Academic Committee of Customs and Foreign Trade of the Colombian Institute of Tax Law.

Mr. Mafla is an attorney from the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes, and obtained a postgraduate degree in Business Law from Universidad Externado in Colombia. He also holds an LL.M from New York University School of Law. Aside from his legal practice, He is professor (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) of Commercial Law and International Economic and International Trade Law at Universidad Externado, Universidad de los Andes, ICESI and EAFIT in Colombia.


Spanish, English and French


Member of American Bar Association (ABA) and Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Aduanero (ICDA).


Lawyer from Universidad de los Andes. He holds a postgraduate degree in Business Law from Universidad Externado de Colombia and an LL.M from New York University School of Law. He also has Diploma in French Language and Civilization from University of Nantes and a Diploma in Customs Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 



Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

José Francisco Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

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International trade and customs

Within: Next generation lawyers

José Franciso Mafla - Brigard & Urrutia

Within: International trade and customs

Brigard & Urrutia provides ‘excellent’ legal advice to multinational and domestic companies on matters concerned with customs law, special importation schemes, application of trade and investment treaties (BITs), customs valuation, rules of origin and tariff classification. The whole team, co-led by José Franciso Mafla, is praised as being ‘always available, for offering comprehensive solutions. They are comprehensive, astute and responsible, and the legal quality is impressive’. The team counselled Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of Argos’ shares in Compañía Puertos Asociados; the advice included a review on the entire operation of the target company, with the aim of identifying and assessing possible risks and areas for improvement. José Andrés Romero, Catalina Jaramillo, Johann Schomberger and Christian Díaz Ordóñez are also highlighted. Additional clients include H&M, Dufry America, Panel Rey, Equinix and Deutsche Post DHL.

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Within: Tax

Full-service firm Brigard & Urrutia provides a comprehensive service and the tax department is often involved in ground-breaking transactions with a cross-border component. Recent matters saw the group advise Producciones RTI-Telemundo in a dispute regarding the tax aspects of the export of services in the movie industry, where products are traded abroad and subsequently broadcast or transmitted in Colombia. The team is also advising the client in relation to the structuring of different alternatives for the shareholders regarding the development of new productions taking into account tax implications. Lucas Moreno and head of international trade José Francisco Mafla are both key members of the practice, which counts Dolphin Drilling Group, Bancolombia, High Power Exploration and Icetex among its clients. However, practice head José Andrés Romero has left the firm for the public sector, having been appointed head of the national tax and customs service, DIAN, as part of the administration of President Iván Duque.

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