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Brigard Urrutia

Work +57 1 346 2011
Bogota, Cali

Catalina Santos

Work +5713462011 Ext. 8313
Brigard Urrutia

Work Department

Labor & Employment




Catalina joined the firm in 2005 and, after completing her master's degree and professional experience abroad, she returned in 2012 to lead the Labor and Employment Team. She has more than 13 years of experience exclusively devoted to the area of labor law and social security. During that time, she has advised companies in a host of matters related to individual and collective labor law and social security issues. 

Catalina is a graduate of the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and is admitted to practice in Colombia by the Consejo Superior de la Judicatura (2005) and in Spain by the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (2008). She obtained a LL.M degree in International Legal Practice at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. She also obtained an Executive Master degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues, in collaboration with the Harvard Law School in Madrid, Spain. She worked during 4 years as an associate of the labor area at Garrigues in Madrid (Spain) where she advised and represented in court Spanish and foreign companies in matters related to individual, collective and social security law. Furthermore, she pursued additional studies in Labor Law and Social Security at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Currently, she alternates her practice with lectures on Labor and Employment law at the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA).


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Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She obtained a LL.M degree in International Legal Practice at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. She also obtained an Executive Master degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues, in collaboration with the Harvard Law School in Madrid, Spain. 


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Catalina Santos - Brigard Urrutia

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Brigard Urrutia’s endorsed practice covers all areas of the sector and is particularly noted for labour matters related to, or derived from, M&A deals – such as labour due diligence, pension schemes and collective bargaining. ‘Innovative and with a broad capacity for analysis’, Catalina Santos leads the 13-strong team, with senior associate José Alejandro Sierra and associate Camilo Mutis, who focus on litigation, also key group members. The firm successfully represented Atento in a second-instance court case seeking the dissolution and liquidation of a trade union. It also assisted Linde with due diligence in a transaction that involved the transferal of 1,500 employees. Other mandates included successfully representing Uber before the Ministry of Labour in an investigation into the legality of the business model – specifically in relation to the contractual situation of the company’s drivers. Clients include Iberia, Air France, Philips, Dell and Mattel.

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