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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Offering ‘high quality service’ accompanied by ‘deep knowledge, experience and negotiating capacity’, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) advises across the full spectrum of banking and finance services. Highlights for the 20-strong practice group include advising Bank of America, Citigroup Global Markets, Merrill Lynch and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a $749m loan to natural gas distributor Grupo Energía Bogotá. The department is led by the ‘terrific’ Ricardo Fandiño, who led assistance to Banco Davivienda on its issuance of peso-denominated bonds worth $495m. José Luis Suárez, Daniel Londoño and Natalia Garcia are also recommended; however, Jaime Robledo has moved to Brigard & Urrutia.

Leading individuals

Daniel Londoño - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

José Luis Suárez - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Ricardo Fandiño - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

Adriana Moreno - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Cristian Cruz - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) handles complex instances of antitrust investigations, cases of leniency, unfair competition claims, merger control filings and cross-border competition matters, among other issues. Mauricio Jaramillo leads a 10-strong practice group boosted in 2017 with the arrival of Victor Ayalde Lemos who was formerly at Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos. The practice acted as counsel to ExxonMobil on the competition aspects of the sale of its Colombian subsidiary to Terpel, a subsidiary of Chilean group COPEC. Other highlights include giving antitrust counsel to Quala regarding Unilever’s acquisition of its personal and home care business lines. Head of litigation William Araque and associate Biviana Helo are also noted. Avianca, BASF, GlaxoSmithKline, Time Warner and Kimberly Clark are also on the client roster.

Leading individuals

Mauricio Jaramillo - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

Natalia Franco - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Knowledgeable, quick and commercially-mindedGómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’s lawyers ‘get what client service means and they understand how to provide advice that is timely, concise, direct and with immediately actionable feedback’. The 35-strong team that includes 10 partners is co-led by Andrés Hoyos, a ‘consummate advisor’ and a ‘pleasure to work with’, and Pablo Rabelly. The practice advised Quala on the Colombian side of the sale of its personal care brands to Unilever. It also acted as deal counsel for Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)’s takeover of counterpart Empresas Públicas de Rionegro (EPR) with the commitment to invest approximately $180m. The team also advised Colombian subsidiary Gerdau Diaco on a joint venture with Putney Capital Management, by way of Putney purchasing a 50% stake in Gerdau Diaco for $165m. Paula Samper, Daniel Londoño, Jose Luis Suarez, Patricia Arrázola, Natalia García, Alejandra Eslava, Angela Garcia, Pablo Jaramillo and recently promoted partner Felipe Mariño are all recommended. Former practice co-head Jaime Robledo has moved to Brigard & Urrutia.

Leading individuals

Andrés Hoyos - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Patricia Arrázola - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

Natalia García - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) has seven lawyers involved in energy and natural resources, with a multidisciplinary approach to large transactions and projects in the energy and natural resources sector. Clients appreciate ‘their knowledge of the various legal situations that can impact operations of acquisition of fields is profitable for foreign investors or companies outside the sector’. The practice is co-led by Germán Villamil, head of oil and gas, Patricia Arrázola, head of energy and mining, and Lina Uribe, head of environment. The practice group has been advising Grupo Térmico, a consortium comprising the country’s largest gas-fired generators, Termobarranquilla, Termocandelaria and Celsia, with power plants located in Barranquilla, on a unique project in connection with a bid to award the construction for a new LNG import terminal. Other highlights include acting as counsel for Gas Natural Fenosa in regulatory matters during the takeover process of Electricaribe by the Superintendence of Public Services. Ecopetrol, Schlumberger, Trafigura and Canacol Energy are also clients.

Leading individuals

Germán Villamil - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) provides a wide range of IP services across all areas of innovation management. The 16-strong practice is led by Mauricio Jaramillo and counts senior associate Juanita Pérez as an additional key figure. The firm advised Alpina throughout negotiations with IBM and SAP regarding the implementation and operation of new software for enterprise resource planning; the advice involved the simultaneous negotiation of seven contracts with SAP and IBM, including software licenses, among others. The team also acted for Decathlon to recover the Quechua trade mark in Peru, already registered by a local company; the strategy included oppositions based on the Paris Convention, cancellation actions and a negotiation with the Peruvian company, until the trade mark was finally assigned to Decathlon. Other clients include Grupo Argos, Experian, Bancolombia, Inovia and Servientrega.

Leading individuals

Mauricio Jaramillo - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

Juanita Pérez - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’s practice group ‘stands out especially for its closeness to the company and for providing personalized attention, with a professional, timely and comprehensive approach’. The team specialises in issues related to international trade and in particular, assisting clients (and projects) with the obtaining of Free Trade Zone declarations. ‘Reliable, respectable, of great knowledge in the area and ideal for the development of projects’, senior associate Nicolás Potdevin Stein heads the practice group. Its current mandates include giving permanent advice to Cementos Argos on foreign trade operations, free trade zone compliance, filings and proceedings before Colombian authorities and the handling of information requirements, among other matters. Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Maaji, Sodimac and Grupo Orbis are all on the client roster.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) acts for major Colombian and foreign companies on all human resources matters and has particular experience in hiring, structuring employment agreements and compensation schemes, and in litigation and social security-related matters. ‘Knowledgeable’ senior associate Patricia Vergara heads the four-strong practice, with associate Juan Sebastián Restrepo also noted. The team represented an international foods company in a lawsuit by a former worker who alleged moral and material damages as a consequence of his dismissal. The Court of Appeals dismissed the claims.

Leading individuals

Patricia Vergara - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’ clients highlight the practice’s ‘local knowledge on concession contracts and the necessary processes to obtain permits’. The firm’s sizeable department, with 36 layers including six partners, is negotiating the financing for the development of the Rio Magdalena concession contract (one of the most important in the country), structuring and negotiating local and international tranches for the financing of the project, as well as, providing support in the preparation and negotiation of the EPC contract. Other mandates include advising Macquarie Capital in a shareholding acquisition (valued at $100m) involving Unión Vial de Sur, concessionaire of the Pasto – Rumichaca PPP toll-road project. Head of the administrative & constitutional law and infrastructure practices, Paola Larrahondo and associate Felipe Mariño are recommended. Firm senior partners Ricardo Fandiño, Germán Villamil, Paula Samper and Patricia Arrázola all participate extensively in the sector and are names to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) handles a range of matters, from acquisition and property sale, to due diligence, real estate project structuring, fund formation and real estate-related litigation. Over the past two years, the firm has grown its urban development capability, strengthening the team to five lawyers. Practice head Paula Samper led advice to Fox Telecolombia on the process of construction licenses required by the client for film studios in Bogota; the advice included topographic analysis, anti-seismic regulations and compliance, zoning and land use, and obtaining construction licenses. The team has also been acting as primary counsel to two real estate funds managed by Alianza Fiduciaria with regard to all their real estate property acquisitions across the country, asset sale and projected expansion since 2016. Senior associates Camilo Cantor and María Camila Parra are also key practitioners.

Next generation lawyers

Camilo Cantor - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

María Camila Parra - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) advises on all major areas of data protection and information privacy, providing ‘an excellent, solid, client-oriented service’. The team is led by Mauricio Jaramillo, with well-regarded senior associate July Galindo providing key support. The practice continues to advise Google on multiple issues concerning its operations in the country, most recently assisting the client in relation to a network infrastructure regulatory requirements questionnaire as well as data protection, and online intermediary liability. The team also acted for the Colombian association of Direct Selling (ACOVEDI), on structuring a bid process and the negotiation of agreements with the purpose of obtaining software and advice on the administration of databases. Other clients include Estrategias Contact Centre, Pricesmart, IMS Health, BodyTech and PayU Colombia.

Next generation lawyers

July Galindo - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) offers a ‘high added value’ service due to ‘the solidity and professionalism evident in each one of their answers’. Mauricio Piñeros heads the 10 strong practice, with strong support from Ignacio Vélez, who made partner in early 2017, and Álvaro Andrés Díaz who focuses on litigation and transfer pricing. The team is giving tax counsel to Avianca regarding several proceedings related to equity tax and legal stability contracts. Other highlights included representing Emgesa in administrative appeal proceeding before Colombia’s Tax Office (DIAN), which is challenging a deduction for investments in the construction of a power generation plant and rejected the application of a tax stability contract entered into with Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy. Senior associate Carolina Bobellier is also noted. The practice group’s client roster also includes Colombia Móvil, Bavaria, Almacenes Éxito, Mercantil Colpatria and CEMEX.

Leading individuals

Mauricio Piñeros - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

Ignacio Vélez - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) acts in national and international arbitration proceedings involving private and state parties such as Colombia’s hydrocarbons regulator Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos. Led by William Araque and David Araque, the practice (which also counts senior associate Natalia Castellanos also as key member), is representing state-owned entity Réficar in both an arbitration and a conciliation process relating to a $70m dispute. With a strong practice in the disputes sub-sector, the team is also representing Agrupación Guinovart in a $17m claim against the public entity that operates public transport in Medellín, which relates to the time and cost over-run of the construction of the Ayacucho light rail line.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)’ service stands-out as ‘excellent’ in litigation, where it acts across the full array of case types before a wide range of courts; the practice conducted 500 commercial cases alone, over the course of the last year. The 17-strong team, led by partners William Araque and the recently promoted David Araque, is acting for Chevron Petroleum Company in a high profile $20m domestic litigation regarding the tariff that gas transporters or producers in Colombia may effectively charge purchasers. The case is particularly sensitive since it also involves the interpretation that the relevant regulatory body (CREG), has of the tariffs system. The practice also continues to represent Servientrega and its major shareholder and founder; Luz Mary Guerrero obtained a favourable decision in the first instance in a dispute initiated by two plaintiffs claiming ownership of a 10% interest in the corporation and in all the companies belonging to the conglomerate since 1980. Other clients include Benetton Group, Zimmer Biomet International, Panel Rock Colombia and Representaciones Latinoamericanas.

Leading individuals

William Araque - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Next generation lawyers

David Araque - Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

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