Mr Jose Luis Suárez > Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)
CALLE 67 NO. 7-35
OF. 1204
BOGOTÁ
Colombia
Jose Luis Suárez photo

Work Department

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions, Administrative & Constitutional, Infrastructure.

Position

Managing Partner of the Firm, co-leads the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice group, and leads the Administrative & Constitutional and Infrastructure practices.

Career

José Luis is the Managing Partner of the firm. He leads the Administrative & Constitutional, Infrastructure, capital markets, processes of democratization and structured finance practices.

He has over 30 years of professional experience. In the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice, he is permanent advisor to several of the main national and international banks. Jose Luis has also advised companies in the sectors of energy, finance, media, public services, telecommunications, technology, in matters that include mergers and acquisitions, structured financing and investment schemes, and local and international placements.

José Luis has led the legal teams in 95% of the processes of share democratization that have taken place in Colombia.

He has been a university professor of undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Among his chairs are the introduction to law and specialized seminars on financing projects and international transactions and is author of several publications in the legal field, and exhibitor in numerous conferences and seminars.

Languages

English, Spanish

Memberships

IBA member.

Education

  • M, Universidad de Harvard, 1997
  • Advanced studies in Financial Law, Universidad de los Andes, 1993
  • Law, Universidad de los Andes, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

José Luis SuárezGómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

The top-flight banking and finance practice at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) is widely revered for the breadth and depth of its offering, with clients commending its ‘deep knowledge‘ as well as its ‘excellent service‘. A preferred choice to advise local and international lenders on Colombian finance issues, the team also leverages its premier corporate relationships to shine in borrower-side mandates. Practice head Ricardo Fandiño is a go-to specialist in banking and finance and routinely assists major international banks, and other lenders and borrowers, on financings, capital markets and derivatives matters — both transactional and regulatory. Among his high-profile mandates, Fandiño led the firm’s representation of Avianca MidCo 2 (a subsidiary of Avianca Group International) on the local aspects of a $1.6bn exit financing, as part of Avianca Holdings’ reorganisation plan. José Luis Suárez is also sought after for his senior experience and recently acted as local counsel to Banco Santander and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in a secured financing to Proyectos y Desarrollos Viales del Pacífico, as majority shareholder of Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico, to support the construction, operation and development of the 4G Conexión Pacífico 1 toll road project. Other key names at top level include Daniel Londoño, who specialises in advising local borrowers and domestic and multinational lenders on financings and securities matters, and Adriana Moreno, who is highlighted as ‘spectacular‘ by sources and is noted for her experience in banking, securities and funds. The department also fields an enviably deep bench of up-and-coming associates including Jimena González, who is developing a strong reputation for project finance work; Catalina Prieto, who maintains a broad corporate finance practice; the prolific Tonia Orozco; and Daniel Flórez.

Colombia > Projects

(Leading individuals)

José Luis SuárezGómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) houses a broad projects practice, which brings together strong skill sets in finance, public law, energy and corporate matters. The group regularly advises multinational banks, funds and corporations on projects, and also acts for leading domestic and regional players. Paola Larrahondo, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, co-heads the department; she recently led the firm’s advice to road concessionaire, Concesión Santa Marta Paraguachón, on negotiations with the National Agency of Infrastructure regarding compensation claims resulting from the impact of Covid-19 and the measures taken by the National Government to contain the pandemic. José Luis Suárez, noted for his finance expertise, co-heads the team. Other experienced contacts include Ricardo Fandiño and Felipe Mariño, who specialise in banking and finance, and real estate transactions respectively. Senior associate Juan Antonio Ucrós is also recommended for his emphasis on administrative law and infrastructure matters.

Colombia > Public law

The public law group at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) finds favour for its ability to ‘make use of the other specialities of the firm to respond to cross-practice issues‘. Co-led by managing partner José Luis Suárez, whose broad practice spans administrative and constitutional law, banking and finance, and infrastructure, the group advises on bidding processes, public procurement, concession agreements and administrative sanctioning issues. Paola Larrahondo, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, co-heads the group. Senior associate Juan Antonio Ucrós provides support on administrative law and infrastructure matters.

Colombia > Capital markets

Lawyers at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) are highlighted as ‘experts in capital markets, debt markets and corporate governance in Colombia‘. Fielding one of the deepest benches in the market, the capital markets group possesses enviable experience in representing issuers, purchasers, subscribers and underwriters across the full spread of major domestic and cross-border transactions, where it frequently proposes ‘creative and disruptive solutions‘. Ricardo Fandiño, director of the practice, has a pioneering record in pathfinder deals and has a hand in many of the market’s marquee mandates; he recently acted as local counsel to the underwriters —Citigroup Global Markets, JP Morgan Securities, Santander Investment Securities and Scotia Capital (USA) — on Ecopetrol’s dual-tranche $2bn notes offering. Other senior names include high-profile firm managing partner José Luis SuárezDaniel Londoño (‘one of the best financial and stock market attorneys in the market‘), and Medellín office head Adriana Moreno. The group also leans on a sizeable band of talented senior associates, including Catalina Prieto Núñez, Tonia Orozco Araújo, Jimena González Alarcón and Daniel Flórez Linero.