Firm Profile > Parra Rodríguez Abogados > Bogota, Colombia

Parra Rodríguez Abogados
CARRERA 9 NO 74-08
OFICINA 504
BOGOTA, DC 110221
Colombia

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 4

Celebrating 30 years in the market, Parra Rodríguez Abogados is a mid-sized firm with a broad service offering. In the finance sector it handles local and international credit transactions; secured finance, capital markets, project structuring with local and international financing; credit, leasing, insurance and mortgage agreements and guarantees; and restructuring and debt renegotiation. It also handles fintech matters, including peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding, but is undoubtedly best known, however, for its market-leading aircraft finance practice. The practice is led by co-founding partner Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa (particularly structured finance, asset-backed financing and aviation finance) with key support coming from experienced senior associate and practice director Cesar Barajas Ruiz, who has also had involvement in multilateral asset-based financing and cross-border transactions across a range of sectors. Additionally, the seven-strong team has been boosted by the hire of senior market figure Augusto Figueroa Sierra, whose 35-year career includes major operations such as acting as Colombian co-counsel on the initial $655m Medellín metro financing; he arrives from his own firm; (Rodrigo Galarza is also a significant external counsel of the practice). Recent mandates include advice to Citibank, as lender, on a $105m revolving credit facility to Avianca; on the capital markets front, counsel to the underwriters on bond issues of $750m and $800m by Corporación Andina de Fomento; and assistance to Nordica Aviation Capital and Elix Aviation Capital, as lessors and creditors, in Easyfly's bankruptcy proceedings under Colombian law.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Rodríguez

Key clients

Avolon

China Development Bank

Citibank

Elix Aviation Capital

Nitro Group Corporation

Citigroup Global Markets

Barclays Bank

HSBC Securities

JP Morgan Securities

Daiwa Capital markets America

Goldman Sachs Intenational

Nomura International

KGAL

Nordic Aviation Capital

Merx Aviation

Jackson Square Aviation

Goshawk

United Airlines

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The MultiLaw alliance-member for Colombia, Parra Rodríguez Abogados 'thinks about its clients and proposes optimal alternatives'. It acts across the full spectrum of corporate M&A and advisory matters and demonstrates a strong tendency towards long-term relation building with clients, rather than just punctual transactional matters. With a strong profile across the industrial manufacturing, health, e-commerce and real estate sectors, among others (as well as in the aviation sector where it has unparalleled expertise and standing), the six-strong team is led by renowned corprorate practitioner Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa whom clients hail as an 'outstanding lawyer with exceptional experience with foreign clients; quick response times and great quality of work.' Name-partner Álvaro Parra, who focuses on transactions, corporate law and tax planning, is an additional name to note. Recent matters include due diligence of the structure of a Colombian subsidiary on behalf of Hill Rom; counsel to UP Group on its $15m acquisition of a Colombian company; and advisory to various clients on the incorporation of subsidiaries and daily operational matters, including with regard to private and public bid processes. However, associate practice director Luís Fernando Díaz moved in house at Credicorp Capital in July 2021, leaving Italy-qualified Roberta Gentile to provide key associate support.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa; Luis Fernando Díaz del Castillo

Testimonials

Great communication skills, experienced with foreign clients, quick turnaround of legal documents.

Bernardo Rodriguez Ossa and Luis Diaz del Castillo Roman are outstanding lawyers with exceptional experience with foreign clients; quick response times and great quality of work.

I’d highight the following:– Always fast response– Maturity and good judgment– Continuous monitoring– Organisation

The comparison vs. other dispatches is favourable: knowledge, dedication, simplicity, collaboration and help.

I don’t know if it’s a novelty, but the constancy of the group of people aware of the case is very important. The stability of the staff here is optimal.

Also highlighted: the company’s willingness to make cost effective adjustments and adapt to changing market situations.

Parra Rodriguez Abogados thinks about its clients and proposes optimal alternatives.

‘Roberta Gentile has become soaked in our operation that she practically has a chair on the board of the company, there is no decision that is taken that is outside her knowledge.’

Roberta Gentile, the senior lawyer in charge of my account, is in constant contact with my accounting and administrative team, she provides them with efficient and timely legal tools, this is a constant exercise given her deep knowledge and interest in our operation.

Key clients

United Airlines (sucursal Colombia)

Cargolux Airlines International (sucursal Colombia)

Knauf International

CD Holding Internationale (Up Group)

IBI Group

Essilor International

Spineway

Hill-Rom Company

IBI Group

Gestió i Trade Center

Herdoiza Crespo Construcciones

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 4

Employing a tailor-made approach, Parra Rodríguez Abogados handles cross-border litigation relating to contractual liability, commercial and administrative litigation, and consumer protection actions; it also acts in competition matters. The firm is also  highlighted for its strategy design for judicial proceedings (and alternative dispute resolution methods), with clients noting that its 'ability to resolve the different situations that arise', generates 'tranquillity and security'. Founding partner Bernardo Rodríguez has experience across a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, real estate and finance, alongside with niche expertise in the airline industry and maritime accidents; he co-leads the practice with fellow name partner and tax specialist Álvaro Parra, who is primarily active across the oil and gas, construction and energy sectors, and has extensive experience in tax proceedings against the authorities. Recent hire, counsel Augusto Figueroa brings additional expertise in contentious strategies and negotiation; and key associate support comes from the experienced Diego Sastoque (who also handles conciliation procedures), and intermediates Carlos Gómez Guzmán and Daniela Pérez Mahecha.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa; Álvaro Parra Gómez

Testimonials

Bernardo Rodriguez Ossa and Luis Diaz del Castillo Roman are outstanding lawyers with great international experience. Have supported complex litigation in Colombia and the USA.

The team at Parra Rodriguez attorneys has always distinguished itself by its immediate disposition and its ability to resolve the different situations that arise, which makes them stand above any other law firm.

All the attorneys at Parra Rodriguez Abogados are characterised by their ability to understand the situation that arises from the human and legal point of view, they are honest and kind with a great capacity for service.

The lawyers of Parra Rodriguez Abogados, are constantly presenting to their clients reports on any movement that occurs within the status of the litigation and procedures that they develop, which produces tranquility and security, and this is a plus that other law firms do not have.

Key clients

Inversiones el Charrascal

Halcrow Group

Innovation Worldwide

Trevi Energy

Petreven Servicios y Perforaciones Petroleras

Industrias Colombianas Minerarias (Incolmine)

Panor Corporation

United Airlines (sucursal Colombia)

Federal Express

Labyes

Sercel GRC

OIS Telecomunicaciones

Portales Urbanos

Coiffman Fraynd

Comercializadora Colombiana

Carbones y Coques

Abet laminati

Ameritec

Colombia > Tax Tier 4

With particular expertise advising on all legal-related matters in the aviation industry, the ‘outstanding’ team at Parra Rodríguez Abogados is well regarded by clients for its fair and dedicated advice. The practice of co-led by Álvaro Parra, who has a strong track record in acting for high-profile national and multinational corporations, as well as high-net-worth individuals, from both the public and private sectors; and María Margarita Parra, who boasts a wealth of experience in tax consultancy, planning, compliance, restructuring and litigation. Key associate support is provided by corporate practice director Luís Fernando Díaz and intermediate Juan José Goyeneche. Notably, the practice was further strengthened with the hire of senior Marcela Cadavid from KPMG en Colombia in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro Parra Gómez; María Margarita Parra Gómez

Testimonials

It was a pleasant experience to find a committed and accomplished team. I also found that they have certainly mastered the subject and I have found their appraisals to be correct. I would not hesitate to go to the Parra Rodríguez Abogados team again.

Their human warmth apart from their knowledge. Alvaro Parra and his team in the tax sector are ready to listen to large or small concerns. Managing partner Bernardo Rodriguez has clear and definitive guidelines, meaning that we do not waste time.

The firm’s strength is its people, their knowledge, and the depth of their analysis and conclusions. Their responses are clear and precise at all times.

The team is outstanding.

Particularly this year, they have helped us with all the requirements and surprise visits from the Colombian tax authorities (DIAN).

They have also helped us with tax planning. Álvaro Parra, who is the partner of the area, is always in charge of all issues. Also, Marcela Cadavid and Juan José Goyeneche are noteworthy.

Comparison with teams from other firms does not take place. Being a medium / small client, in no other office have I been assisted like in this one, in all the processes that I have carried out with them, a name-partner has sat down without counting the hours to give me all the attention I have needed. The cost benefit is very high, and the long-term recommendations that have always been made to me show a lack of interest in billing individual hours from an impeccable customer service policy. The interdisciplinary team behind each consultation knows in depth the details of the problems to be solved and proposes constant alternatives and solutions.

Not only is it a plus, it is an asset with which you can hardly compete. The service policy of this firm is unmatched by any other firm I have worked with before. Dr Álvaro Parra has been at the forefront of each of our requirements taking the time so that each section of work is a master class.

The technical and professional practice that this firm lends us is clearly monetisable, especially in tax consulting, they are a clearly a partner for growing businesses.’

‘This firm has a very clear look at the exercise of acquiring new clients, providing lateral services and constant consultation. As a novelty for us, the support that occurs after each consultation is close and efficient.’

Key clients

United Airlines

Herdoiza

Soilmec

Hero Motors

Krauss Maffei Andina

Cargolux

Knauf International

GE Capital Aviation Services

Scheffer Colombia

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Gameloft

Fundación Abood Shaio

Petreven

Drillmec

Netcracker Technology Colombia

BMC Software Colombia

People Performance International

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 5

Led by director Nataly Traslaviña González, Parra Rodríguez Abogados counts international firms among its clients, such as Japanese tech company Netcracker Technology and Ecuadorian infrastructure firm Sudinco. The firm typically represents employers but also represents employees in a small amount of cases. During the pandemic the firm advised on homeworking, wage reductions, suspension of contracts and retirement plans, with additional work in representing clients in litigation regarding termination of contracts and occupational accidents. Clients highlight the firm’s use of tax knowledge to complement its labour work. The practice benefits from the involvement of partners Álvaro Parra Gómez, who leads on negotiations and terminations of employment agreements; Augusto Figueroa Sierra, who advised Obera on its labour hiring structure and Colombian and US compensation regulations; and Bernardo Rodríguez, who led on matters for United Airlines, including a claim of unjust termination of contract.

Practice head(s):

Nataly Traslaviña González

Testimonials

The lawyers understand the sector and the general and specific needs that we have. Communication is excellent and the answers are clear, punctual and forceful.

The team is made up of Nataly Traslaviña, Álvaro Parra and Lina Millan – it has a 360-degree vision of the labour consultations we undertake.

The opportunity and/or response time is better than other firms. Like their answers. They are more detailed.

Parra Rodríguez has a team specialised in labour matters who have great technical knowledge of all the aspects with excellent results.

Knowledge of the Colombian labour environment and legislation.

Complementary knowledge in areas of tax law that interrelate with labour matters.

Excellent follow-up to the topics (requirements, presentation of resources, answers). Knowledge of the company and its activity.

Alvaro Parra and Nataly Traslaviña González are lawyers characterised by extensive knowledge in the labour and tax legal fields. Both have known the company for a long time and know what its operations are, which allows them to give legal concepts adjusted to the company’s activity.

The auxiliary lawyers attend to any queries in the absence of the two leaders.’

It is always up to date on knowledge and legal changes; well-trained staff.

Key clients

Herdoiza Crespo Construcciones Colombia

BMC Software Colombia

Knauf de Colombia

Equipos Toyama de Colombia

Ouro Fino Colombia

Eage Americas

GIS Premium Colombia

Algranel

Fundación Abood Shaio

Aviareps Colombia

Mónica Colombia

Corporación Instituto de Cultura Brasil Colombia (IBRACO)

Getel

Uberflug Colombia

Drillmec (sucursal Colombia)

Soilmec Colombia

Seaboard Overseas Colombia

Obera

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

We are a team of lawyers with more than 30 years of experience.

We are aware of the economic, political and social issues of our time.

In this context we can understand better the needs and opportunities of our clients.

Therefore, we can anticipate and provide clear, complete, timely, adequate and simple solutions.

We resolve the most complex and sophisticated issues with pragmatism, in a simple manner and with attachment to the law.

We protect our client’s interests and reputation with ethics and respect for the law.

We build long lasting and successful relationships with national and foreign clients in different economic sectors.

We are discreet because we understand and share the confidentiality need of our client´s businesses.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa bernardo.rodriguez@pralaws.com +57(1) 3764200
Associate Valentina Wagner Gutiérrez valentina.wagner@pralaws.com +57(1) 3764200
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Luis Fernando  Diaz del Castillo  photo Mr Luis Fernando  Diaz del Castillo Associate
Mr Carlos  Gómez Guzmán  photo Mr Carlos  Gómez Guzmán Associate
Ms Daniela  Pérez Mahecha  photo Ms Daniela  Pérez Mahecha Associate
Mr César  Barajas Ruiz  photo Mr César  Barajas Ruiz Associate
Mrs Aurora Barroso de Charry  photo Mrs Aurora Barroso de Charry Associate
Ms Sibila  Coronado Álvarez   photo Ms Sibila  Coronado Álvarez  Paralegal
Mr Augusto Figueroa Sierra  photo Mr Augusto Figueroa Sierra Partner
Ms Roberta Gentile  photo Ms Roberta Gentile Associate
Mr Juan José Goyeneche Carrera  photo Mr Juan José Goyeneche Carrera Associate
Mr José Fernando  Márquez Gómez   photo Mr José Fernando  Márquez Gómez  Associate
Ms Lina Marcela Millán Acosta  photo Ms Lina Marcela Millán Acosta Associate
Mr Álvaro  Parra Gómez  photo Mr Álvaro  Parra Gómez Partner
Mr Juan Felipe Reyes Rodríguez  photo Mr Juan Felipe Reyes Rodríguez Associate
Mr Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa  photo Mr Bernardo Rodríguez Ossa Partner
Ms Mariana Rodríguez Vizcaíno   photo Ms Mariana Rodríguez Vizcaíno  Paralegal
Mrs Nataly Traslaviña González  photo Mrs Nataly Traslaviña González Associate
Ms Valentina  Wagner Gutiérrez   photo Ms Valentina  Wagner Gutiérrez  Associate
Ms Daniela  Walteros Rivera   photo Ms Daniela  Walteros Rivera  Associate
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French
English (fluent)
Italian
Portugese
ABA (American Bar Association)
Mackrell International
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Roxin Alliance
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