Firm Profile > Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría > Bogota, Colombia

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
CARRERA 9 74-08

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 1

Regional firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises a broad base of banks, multilateral finance organisations, private equity funds, sponsors and corporate borrowers, and excels across the gamut of finance matters. Demonstrating particular expertise in syndicated loans and debt capital markets, as well as strength in structured and project finance, the 13-strong team is led by Claudia Barrero, Juan Fernando Gaviria and Hernando Padilla. 'Deeply experienced' senior partner Barrero handles the full range of corporate, M&A, capital markets and banking and finance matters. Primarily engaged in transactional matters during 2020, she has also been advising a number of financial institutions on strategic issues and associated regulatory matters. Fellow senior partner Gaviria's combination of banking, finance and capital markets expertise combined with considerable infrastructure and projects experience has seen him enormously active on a range of matters including acting as counsel to: the lenders and initial purchasers on EnfraGen's $1.76bn bank/bond refinancing; the lenders on the $497m (aggregate total) refinancing granted to Concesión Alto Magdalena; and the banks, noteholders and Cititrust, regarding ISA Inversiones' COP$2bn acquisition of the Concesión Costera Cartagena Barranquilla. Padilla's corporate finance practice has a strong private equity component (he heads the firm's regional PE group), but also extends into project finance matters. Increasingly prominent in the market, his recent mandates include advising Alpha Capital and its subsidiaries -as borrower and guarantors, respectively- on an MXN$500m bridge loan granted by Morgan Stanley, and on a COP$136.4bn loan agreement with the Inter American Investment Corporation; he also advised the lenders on the $1.49bn debtor-in-possession financing made to Avianca Holdings. Key support is provided by principal associate Paula Buriticá who returned to the firm in November 2019 having gained a year's international experience at Skadden in New York; however, former fellow principal Clara Robledo-Sánchez left to join Mendoza Abogados in December 2020. Additionally, the practice has been further boosted by the June-2020 hire of counsel Rebeca Herrera, who, while primarily insurance focused, will also further develop the groups regulatory offering.

Sharply focused on sophisticated finance deals with complex underlying collateral structures, Mendoza Abogados has proved highly capable in corporate and project finance mandates -frequently involving syndicated credit facilities- for a range of blue-chip clients, both lenders and borrowers.  A 'magnificent lawyer', founding partner Mateo Mendoza (corporate and project finance, derivatives, capital markets) has sought to consolidate the young boutique's market arrival with an impressive series of hires during the course of 2020. This saw the arrival of associates Mariana Gutíerrez Ruiz (cross border financings, project finance), and Cristina Burns (project finance, regulatory matters, fintech), from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas in May and August, respectively; and that of senior associates María Beatriz Segura (cross-border financings and capital markets) from Sidley Austin LLP in July and finally Clara Robledo-Sánchez (acquisition, corporate and project finance, capital markets) from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in January 2021. Clients laud the 'dedication, knowledge and capacity, and flexibility' of the now 10-strong team and, moreover, talk of an 'office that represents an alternative for clients', with 'a modern and out-of-the-box approach to new challenges in the Colombian market' and which stands 'at the forefront of technological advances and the way to apply them to the banking and financial sector'. Recent matters include acting as counsel to Bodytech on a COP$280bn working capital loan (partially secured by the Fondo Nacional de Garantias), from Bancolombia, Banco Davivienda and Itaú Corpbanca Colombia; advising Recaudo Bogotá on a $100m loan from the IFC and other creditors for the purpose of refinancing its debt; and assisting five creditor banks, with the structuring and financing of a COP$31bn syndicated credit for Fiduciaria Bancolombia.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. undertook something of a generational handover in late 2019, with the hire of Carolina Duque and promotion of Ricardo Trejos Robledo (practice director since 2015) to the partnership, the pair taking on co-leadership of the practice with highly-regarded regional chair and veteran practitioner Jaime Trujillo. The practice -warmly endorsed by clients- already had a notable acquisition-finance profile, has benefitted from transactional specialist Duque's project finance experience, enjoying an uptick of mandates in that segment. Recent matters include Trejos' advisory to Brookfield subsidiary Gamper Acquireco II on the reprofiling of its acquisition finance to facilitate the purchase of Vanti (involving a $250m financing from Itaú Corpbanca, Bancolombia and Scotiabank Colpatria), and counsel to Jerónimo Martins Colombia on a $95m credit facility from the International Finance Corporation; while Duque led the negotiation and closing of an $80m bridge loan -structured as a project finance but with a corporate guarantee- on behalf of Autopista Rio Magdalena, and assisted Eléctrica Sochagota with a $28.3m short-term loan from Banco Davivienda, among other matters including refinancings, insolvency and capital markets work. On the regulatory side, the practice is advising clients including Lulobank and Banco Agrario; while on the fintech front it can draw on the firm's global expertise. Key support comes from senior associate Sebastián Boada, whose former experience includes time at both CorpBanca and the SIC. However, former senior Daniel Botero left the firm in May 2021 to become principal counsel in the CAF's Treasury and Liabilities Legal Unit.

Practice head(s):

Juan Fernando Gaviria; Claudia Barrero; Hernando Padilla


Excellent team, both technically and humanly.

PPU is undoubtedly one of the differential firms in this practice in Colombia Juan Fernando Gaviria (partner), Carlos Padilla (partner), Ana Maria Ramirez (associate).

It is a very good team. They have committed members who are responsive and knowledgeable. Juan Gaviria has always been the one the stars and probably the best project finance lawyer in Colombia. He is very experienced and knows how to deal with complex matters very well. Daniela Hernandez is an amazing lawyer and stands out because even though she is very young, she behaves like an intermediate lawyer. Ana Ramirez is very committed, calm and responsive.’

Key clients

BID Invest

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

CAF – AM Ashmore

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Goldman Sachs

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank


Corporación Andina de Fomento


Alpha Capital / Alpha Credit

PG Impact Investments 1

Practice head(s):

Mateo Mendoza


Mendoza advised the FDN as a subordinate lender under the liquidity line. They played a key role of accompaniment, providing advice that went far beyond what is traditionally expected. The dedication, knowledge and capacity, and flexibility of the team to understand the different positions of the other parties was decisive throughout the transaction.

The attitude of the people at Mendoza Abogados is extraordinary. The dedication and enthusiasm -at all times- of Mateo Mendoza, Clara Robledo, Mariana Gutierrez, Luis Tolosa and Maria Eljach makes working with them extremely pleasant, regardless of the complexity of a transaction.

The attitude of the people at Mendoza Abogados is very collaborative. They go the extra mile at all times.

It is a new law office that represents an alternative for clients. It is focused on financial issues.

Mateo Mendoza and Clara Robledo are very good lawyers with a lot of experience in financial matters. In turn, it has a group of associates who are also closely focused on financial issues.’

A modern and out-of-the-box approach to new challenges in the Colombian market. Mateo Mendoza is a magnificent lawyer, able to think ahead of potential issues and think out of the box on an array of solutions.

The principal team members had comprehensive knowledge of all legal matters affecting the transaction, requiring less reliance on specialised departments.

Mendoza is a firm that has become very competitive in the area of ​​banking & finance. Our experience with Mendoza has been good, we recognise the talent of its associates, but especially its leader Mateo Mendoza.’

In our company we always had contact with Mateo Mendoza, the leader of the firm, and also with associates Daniel Taboada and Maria Elach, all of them very helpful and committed. I only have the best comments about them, their work was always impeccable.

Mendoza is a firm that is at the forefront of technological advances and the way to apply them to the banking and financial sector.

Mateo Mendoza and his team are an extraordinary firm. Their arrival on the market is relatively new, but they have great experience and expertise, which distinguishes them, makes them stand out, and above all, gives total peace of mind and comfort to their customers.’

They are very practical, proactive, efficient and close.

When engaging with a boutique firm like Mendoza, you are more likely to deal directly with the person or team leading your deal. In Mendoza you are guaranteed to receive senior attention. By contrast, when engaging with a large domestic firm, you may only engage with a partner occasionally.’

Mateo Mendoza is very knowledgeable, professional and show deep understanding of the 4G space and its issues, both from a commercial and legal standpoint.’

The ability to provide the highest-quality experience on an individual basis.

Clara Robledo is excellent. In addition to being technically very good and capable of handling complex transactions quite easily, she has a very commercial approach.’

It is a very young and dynamic law firm, that is very proactive and creative in its approach.’

Mateo has a commercial approach and is very pro-deal.’

Clara is a priceless asset.

María Beatriz is committed, responsible and responsive.’

People are very kind, young, calm and knowledgeable. Billing is very innovative, billing for hours is not the default billing rule.’

Key clients


Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Inversiones en Recreación Deporte y Salud (Bodytech)

Fiduciaria Bancolombia

Banco Davivienda

Cubico Sustainable Investments


Caoba Inversiones

Recaudo Bogotá


Partner Ricardo Trejos is fully involved in transactions. He is a person with extensive knowledge of transactions and the critical issues of negotiation. He has a great ability to convey the important points of his clients and is very skilled at finding ways to mitigate the risks he identifies.

Senior associate Sebastián Boada stands out for his good handling of issues, his closeness to clients, and his willingness to answer concerns that simultaneously arise throughout the transaction. Thanks to him and his team, he gets timely answers to doubts that go beyond the areas of knowledge of the financial team.

Information with the regulator and procedures / comprehensive service between all entities involved / accessibility.

This is a very well established practice, with individuals of high quality and experience in the sector. This firm compares very favourably with other firms with which we have worked on banking and financial law matters. Baker Mckenzie is very diligent in the matters we entrust to them, conducting legal research that supports their prior experience.

I believe that Baker Mckenzie is migrating to participate more in the digital financial market, which puts them in a favourable situation for clients like us, who combine the financial regulatory needs of our condition as a bank, with the digital regulatory needs derived from being the first digital bank in the country.

The lawyers of this firm stand out for their experience and thoroughness when analysing each matter. The people who have participated in the consultations they have given us are experts in the matters and with significant previous experience, which generates very good quality deliverables. In particular, we work with Ricardo Trejos, Sebastián Boada and Daniel Botero on banking and exchange matters. I highlight the involvement of each of them and I consider that the work they do has been outstanding.

It is a fairly important firm not only in Colombia but also in the world, which is why it is well known within the sector and, on several occasions, it is used by us to work on international issues that involve an analysis of the situation from different jurisdictions.

Baker McKenzie has always stood out for always providing its services directly for its partner, which generates a lot of trust and credibility when carrying out the work entrusted to the firm.’

They were complex and highly dedicated jobs as they required an alignment of the proposals and legal indications indicated by the firm along with the particularities that the commercial team required for each of the tasks entrusted. For this reason, Baker McKenzie had to develop its advice based on the satisfaction of these two criteria that would allow an optimal performance of the requested work. In this order of ideas, we highlight the important work carried out by Ricardo Trejos, who leads his entire team in an efficient and organised manner. Ricardo stands out for always being available to solve our doubts and also for having a wide knowledge of the different requests that he attends. We also highlight the work of Sebastián Boada in the team, as he acts as a true leader in the area, and stands out especially for his important knowledge of financial derivatives.

Key clients

JP Morgan

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Public Sector Pension Investment

Scotiabank Colpatria

Banco Davivienda

Sura Investment Management


Bonus Banca de Inversión

Grupo Ethuss

Compañía Eléctrica Sochagota

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 1

The robust and knowledgeable team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría handles debt and equity matters in both local and international markets, as well as the structuring of mutual and private equity funds and associated transactions. The 13-strong team is led by a trio of experienced partners. A veteran practitioner renowned as much for her leadership skills as her technical capabilities, Claudia Barrero continues to advise Celsia on issuances and placements as part of its COP$1510bn programme. Hernando Padilla's recent mandates include leading advice to Alpha Holding n its $400m senior notes issue under Rule 144A/Reg. S; he also heads the firm's private equity group. Overall banking and finance practice head, Juan Fernando Gaviria counselled the initial purchasers - BofA securities and HSBC Securities (USA) - on Grupo Energía de Bogotá's $400m senior notes issue, among other mandates. Key support comes from principal associates Luz María Mercado (capital markets; corporate/M&A) and Paula Buriticá (banking and finance; capital markets; corporate/M&A); both have over a decade's experience. However, former principal Clara Robledo-Sánchez left for Mendoza Abogados in December 2020.

'Highly specialised boutique' Mendoza Abogados is sharply focused on finance work; 'despite being recent and small in size', it is 'increasingly consolidated in its niche' and enters the rankings on the back of significant and sustained activity in the CM segment. With a growing practice advising second-floor banks such as Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) and Financiera del Territorio Nacional (FINDETER) regarding ISDA documentation; regulatory-advisory mandates for a number of financial institutions; and transactional and restructuring activity such as advising Inversiones Alsacia and Express de Santiago Uno on the restructuring of their $370m senior secured-note programme (under Rule 144A / Reg S.), the firm is 'at the level of the best law firms in the country' according to clients. Founding partner Mateo Mendoza, formerly a senior associate at both Posse Herrera Ruiz and Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) has expertise across corporate and project finance, banking and derivatives (among other matters). He has 'put together a very high-quality team that meets the needs of the market and clients', and that includes senior associates María Beatriz Segura and Clara Robledo-Sánchez who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP and Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in June 2020 and January 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Barrero; Juan Fernando Gaviria; Hernando Padilla

Key clients

Bank of America


Echelon Wealth Partners

JP Morgan


Empresa de Energía de Pacífico (EPSA)

Goldman Sachs

Alpha Holding / Alpha Capital


Grupo Energía Bogotá

Grupo Argos

Cementos Argos

Inter-American Development Bank



Practice head(s):

Mateo Mendoza


They have a great service for client’s needs, they care about explaining and getting on the client’s side in negotiations. The transactions are led directly by their main partner who has a lot of experience in the matters for which we contract them.

They are very attentive to customers, they maintain a good relationship, they are always attentive to answering their concerns.

Direct contact with the firm’s partner generates trust and solidity in transactions.’

Of course, Mateo Mendoza and Luis Armando Tolosa stand out. I think it’s necessary to highlight their dedication to the client, the speed of response and their concern to clarify and explain in detail all the points negotiated and considered before any decision that we as clients have to make in the advisory process that they provide to us.’

The service offered by Mendoza was exceptional in every way; the support, diligence, capacity and knowledge of the Mendoza team of lawyers exceeded our expectations.

Excellent collaboration and use of technological tools given the situation.

Mendoza has been putting together a very high quality team that meets the needs of the market and clients, which is at the level of the best law firms in the country.’

Maria Beatriz Segura is one of the outstanding associates of the firm, she has an exceptional dedication, knowledge and relationship, her partner Mateo is an outstanding lawyer, she may be among the best lawyers in her area in the country; in general the whole team is excellent.’

‘It is a highly specialised boutique firm, a work team with a lot of disposition and with the right technological tools for the job.’

Mateo Mendoza is an exceptional professional. He has a great knowledge of the matters that he assumes to advise on, which generates great trust in his clients and counterparts. Additionally, he has charisma and simplicity, which facilitates interaction with him and his team.

The firm, despite being recent and small in size, does not generate public reluctance for such conditions, on the contrary, it is increasingly consolidated in its niche.’

Mateo is an extraordinary lawyer and human being. The combination of professional and personal means that his relationships with his clients are strengthened in the short term and that his work team is responsible in a similar way to Mateo’s example.’

The good manners and the good treatment of the team allows greater affordability and proximity to see the external lawyer not as a consultant but as an extension of the client’s internal team.’

The availability, kindness and good treatment of Mateo Mendoza and his team make the service provided exceptional.’

With Mendoza Abogados we work in a dynamic and orderly manner, which facilitates understanding of the issues.’

Key clients

Inversiones Alsacia and Express de Santiago 1

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional


Banco Davivienda

Bonus Banca de Inversión

BTG Pactual


Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The Colombian office of regional full-service giant, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, houses a 25-strong practice group led by six partners and can also draw on the expertise and resources of its Spanish, Peruvian and Chilean colleagues. Undertaking the full spectrum of corporate and transactional matters, clients speak of a 'very hands-on M&A team that drives the transaction', of '24/7 availability and dedication', and of work conducted 'in a very coordinated and competent manner'. The powerful, partner-level bench comprises managing partner Martin Acero (corporate/M&A, tax, international trade); Claudia Barrero (listed-company M&A, governance, capital markets and project finance); contractual specialist Hernando Padilla (M&A, capital markets); Juan Carlos Rocha (corporate/M&A and real estate matters); the 'exceptionally competent' Felipe Cuberos, (corporate and commercial proceedings, arbitration and insolvency) and the 'outstanding' Nicolás Tirado, who handles cross-border M&A. Notable mandates in a substantial caseload saw Barrero lead advise to Mutua Madrileña on its entry into the Colombian market and Sophos Solutions on the sale of a majority stake to Advent; Tirado (in conjunction with Chilean colleague Federico Grebe) advise Sumitomo Chemical on the acquisition of Nufarm; and Acero and Rocha team up to advise Zeuss Petroleum on the possible acquisition of Petrobras Colombia Combustibles' shares. An impressive second line of principal associates includes Luz María Mercado  (corporate, M&A, capital markets), David Beltrán (corporate, M&A, governance, reorganisations), Paula Buriticá (corporate, finance, capital markets) and Juan Guillermo Nur (corporate, M&A, restructuring). The practice was further boosted by the return of seniors Alejandro Medina and Juan Pablo Barrios from their respective LLM's in December 2020 and January 2021; however, former fellow senior Juan Camilo Segura moved in house at Ecopetrol, also in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martín Acero; Juan Carlos Rocha; Claudia Barrero; Felipe Cuberos; Hernando Padilla; Nicolás Tirado


Availability and special attention of the managing partner. He has a team that meets the competencies required by me, by the company (Win Sports) and by the shareholders.

The skills not only transcend the legal but also the negotiation skills that are absolutely necessary to reach the best agreement for the benefit of the company. I highlight their experience, attitude, clarity of concept, negotiation, availability and attention, and response times to measure.

The lawyer to be highlighted is precisely the managing partner of PPU, Martín Acero.

I have worked with several law firms and PPUs remain one of my preferences in corporate and M&A matters. Its concepts are clear, concise and useful; their response times are precise and the availability of attention is constant.’

Very hands-on M&A team that drives the transaction together with the company. 24/7 availability and dedication to the project. They understand the need of the client and drive on to come to pragmatic and workable solutions.

Very solid legal and financial background of the relevant lawyers. Hands on and on top of the case.

Pragmatic business approach.

Very accessible.

Good relationship building with both the in-house legal team as well as the relevant business people …

Well received billing procedures, monthly updates, proactive interactions on potential higher costs etc. Working with latest technologies and evolutions in the legal market.’

The PPU team has extensive knowledge and experience in transactions similar to the one on which they advised us. In addition, they put at our disposal all the firm’s capacity in specific matters, not just the team that attended us directly. Between them, they conducted the work in a very coordinated and competent manner, and they were always available to us and tried to resolve all issues as quickly as possible. Having worked with other firms, I sincerely believe that the PPU team stands out notably for its professionalism and commitment.

Their professionalism, technical knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment stand out. We worked directly with Claudia Barrero and Luz Maria Mercado and it went very well. I would recommend PPU without a doubt.’

PPU’s M&A team is unmatched by any other firm in the attention the client receives from the same partners. They are the ones who directly resolve your concerns, review the transaction documents and participate in the negotiations, which as a client makes me feel safe and supported. Even its senior attorneys and directors are trained to take on the leading role when necessary.’

The knowledge of the issues, the level to which the partners are involved and the close relationship with the client differentiates the PPU M&A team from any competitor. The outstanding partners are Claudia Barrero, Martín Acero and Nicolás Tirado. And the associates Luz María Mercado and Juan Guillermo Nur.

Felipe Cuberos is an outstanding lawyer. He directs the practice. He is exceptionally competent in contractual and corporate law matters. He is very effective when it comes to solving problems and posing alternatives. We have trusted him for more than 10 years to attend to all contractual matters of the company.’

Lawyers are fully available for virtual meetings and it works quite well this way.’

Key clients

Fondo de Capital Privado MAS Colombia – Latam

Sumitomo Chemical


Sophos Solutions

Adevinta Iberica

Mutua Madrileña Automovilística

S4 Capital

Bekaert (Belgium) / Productora de Alambres Colombianos (Proalco)

Synlab International


Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 1

Fielding a 'very strong team' of 12-lawyers, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a comprehensive disputes-offering that provides 'infallible legal support'. On the litigation side, its commercial and administrative abilities are 'second to none' and the practice has been growing strongly in the tech and social media, and product liability/consumer protection segments; moreover, the team can call on its colleagues in the firm's Santiago, Lima and Madrid offices for assistance with multinational and cross-border matters. Practice heads Hector Hernandez (whose 'direct attention ... gives the client greater confidence and security in the care of their cases'), and Julio César González who is 'very adept at providing smart, fast and pragmatic solutions' co-lead lead a 12-strong practice, which also includes principal associate and seasoned litigator, Mario Pérez, who focuses on contentious administrative matters. Handling civil, commercial and administrative litigation and with a special emphasis on construction-related disputes, Hernández's current caseload includes defending UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones and Colombia Móvil ("Tigo") in an $80m claim brought by Comcel against the Colombian telecoms Agency, regarding off-net call tariffs; as well as distribution-agreement disputes, fiscal liability cases and class actions. Fellow co-head González is advising Spanish group of companies in an $80m class action initiated by the Procuraduria General de la Nación that seeks to dissolve their utilities management contract with Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado y Aseo de Barranquilla; his other recent matters include administrative litigation, retrieval and damages litigation, breach of contract and class action lawsuits. The powerful second line also includes a group of experienced seniors who all work across both arbitration and litigation: dual-qualified (Colombia / New York) Juan Sebastián Arias 'demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience'; Santiago Cruz Mantilla ('an excellent professional'), has a specialisation in constitutional law and a Master's in comparative and international dispute resolution; and former judge and auxiliary magistrate Alejandra Gómez is a procedural specialist.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Hernández; Julio César González


It is a very strong team. Julio González, who leads it, is a wonderful lawyer. He handles many issues and is able to provide quick and pragmatic solutions to complex problems.

Julio González is an outstanding attorney. He directs the practice. Although his strength is litigation, he has the ability to understand and handle many other issues such as corporate and public procurement. He is very adept at providing smart, fast and pragmatic solutions. He is very confident in advising his clients.’

The area is not only important because it has an expert team in litigation and arbitration, but it must also have the ability to advise its clients on possible alternatives for prior conciliation and negotiation with the counterparty. This is so the client can analyse the alternatives to resolve the conflict and this is what characterizes the PPU team.’

Partner Héctor Hernández has directly attended to our requirements (RCN Televisión), with permanent disposition, necessary time and excellent personal treatment, together with his work team, in which Juan Sebastian Arias and Blanca Beltrán stand out, demonstrating extensive knowledge and experience.

We have been directly assisted by its main partner in conflict resolution, Héctor Hernández. This direct attention and the personal relationship give the client greater confidence and security in the care of their cases. The rates are competitive with respect to comparable firms in the Colombian market and the comprehensive management of inquiries is important, since PPU offers a broad portfolio in different legal areas.

It is an excellent team that responds in a timely and accurate manner. Santiago Cruz is an excellent person and professional, our company is very satisfied with his performance in the cases that he advises on. The firm is timely and diligent in the legal strategies used.

The precision and speed of the advice given by the members of PPU, make it unique in the Colombian market. PPU adds the legal expertise that clients need with the sense of urgency that we have, making it infallible legal support.

Juan Sebastián Arias, Santiago Cruz, María Alejandra Pallares – form a highly committed team with legal support and availability to support – at any day or time.

Key clients


Fresenius Medical Care de Colombia

Citibank Colombia

Linde Group

USG Corporation



Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao

Colombia > Environment Tier 1

Head of the environment team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, and widely recognised by peers and clients as a leading practitioner in the field, Luis Fernando Macías advises both national and multinational companies on complex environmental matters. The practice regularly undertakes work covering the full spectrum of environmental-related services with a focus on the corporate aspect. In addition, it is currently developing a new sub-practice regarding sanitary law – a growing area of focus following new regulations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Key support at associate level comes from principals Alexander Acosta, who focuses on sustainability and renewable energies; and Ivan Paez , who shows ‘exceptional knowledge of litigation issues. Senior associate María Alejandra Gómez is an ‘excellent professional, with extensive knowledge and versatility’.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Macías


The availability they have to attend to our affairs. They are open, warm people and their experience in the sector makes them reliable.

Plus factors: their human qualities and the knowledge they have of our company. Moreover, the preventive and risk management approach allows us not only to trust its concept but also to be reassured by its risk management approach.

Alejandra [Gómez] our support lawyer, in addition to being young, has the full support of the partner in charge and gives us a lot of confidence. Alejandra is the best attorney for environmental matters that we have found. Dr. Macías is the partner who leads this issue and has been empowering Alejandra so that she is the one who leads the relationship with us.’

The availability of the lawyers and their knowledge of the sector. Alexander Acosta: his availability and knowledge of the sector.

Ivan Paez – his exceptional knowledge of litigation issues.

Luis Fernando Macias: his availability and knowledge; the attention is excellent and the delivery times noteworthy.

Extensive knowledge and recognition of environmental issues. It is a team that looks at different alternatives and debates them, something very positive.

They are a great team, far superior to other firms.

Alejandra Gómez is an excellent professional, with extensive knowledge and versatility in seeing opportunities or threats in the context of a problem raised. Fernando Macías is an authority on the subject and this translates into the reliability of his analysis.

I like the reports of regulatory changes in the different sectors, it is an email with relevant information, not only from the environmental field; a very good initiative.

It is a very good team, very diligent, attentive and always support the company with advice and concepts that are very consistent and complete.

Ivan Páez seems to us to be an excellent lawyer, very clear in all his presentations, he makes us feel comfortable, confident and that we are advised in an excellent way.

They keep us updated with the regulations in all matters, particularly those related to environmental issues, it is easy to access the trusted advisor, unlike other firms where one is assigned an advisor per share.’

PPU’s internal environmental team stands out for its knowledge of the sector and the experience of its associates. They have very specialised knowledge in environmental matters. Alejandra Gómez is highlighted, she has all the virtues to be the next partner in the department.

Recommended for having the environmental technico-legal experience and their availability to the client – which personalises the handling of needs and priorities.

Key clients


Mansarovar Energy Colombia

Holcim Colombia

Concesionaria Vial del Pacífico

CI Prodeco

Interconexión Eléctrica ESP

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa (SACSA)


Cementos Argos

Compañía Nacional de Levaduras, Levapan

Transmisora Colombiana De Energía ESP

Autopistas del Nordeste

Concesionaria Vial Del Oriente

Grupo Manuelita Isagen ESP

Aes Chivor & Cia ESP

Jemeiwaa Ka’i


Productos Naturales de la Sabana – Alquería

Colombia > Projects Tier 1

Recommended firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is comprised of highly specialised lawyers in public law, infrastructure and project finance. The team advises local and international clients, including construction companies, sponsors, local and international lenders, multilateral credit agencies, private equity funds, export/import financing agencies, governmental entities, and institutional investors, among others. The practice is jointly led by four co-heads: project and corporate financing expert Juan Fernando Gaviria; Jorge Di Terlizzi, who focuses on infrastructure matters and advised China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation-CCECC during the Regiotram's Railway Concession Agreement awarding process; Hernando Padilla and recently appointed partner Carlos Padilla. Camilo Forero is also a name to note for his involvement in infrastructure and projects.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Di Terlizzi; Juan Fernando Gaviria; Hernando Padilla; Carlos Padilla

Key clients

JP Morgan

Credit Agricole – Ca CiB

Banco Santander

BTG Pactual

Sociedad Aeroportuaria del Caribe (Cartagena Airport Concessionaire)

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Costa (Barranquilla Airport Concessionaire)

Aeropuertos de Oriente (North East Airports Concessionaire)

Royal Boskalis Westminster Group

Cintra Infraestructuras

Goldman Sachs

Inter-American Investment Corporation – IDB Invest

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG )

Mercantil Colpatria

John Laing

Ruta del Cacao (4G Concessionaire)

P5 Infrastructure

China Harbor Engineering Corporation

Mexican Infrastructure Partners (MIP)

China Construction America (CCA)

Corporación Andina de Fomento

Ashmore – CAF


Colombia > Tax Tier 1

Providing a full-service tax offering, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 19-strong department of specialists. Co-led by managing partner Martin Acero and tax planning and structuring expert Carolina Rozo, the practice features a strong level of interdisciplinary expertise as well as benefiting from cross-border collaboration with its offices in Peru, Chile and Spain. Rozo regularly represents prominent clients in key litigation cases against the Colombian tax authorities, notably among them a successful constitutionality action before the Constitutional Court to rule a 2% 2018 excise tax on real estate unconstitutional. In the wider team, Barranquilla office head, director Héctor Ramírez possesses strong technical knowledge in tax, corporate and transactional matters, while Verónica Barone -promoted to principal associate in January 2021- maintains a practice that covers tax, customs and international trade matters. Active associates Leonardo Cote and Santiago Fernández are also noted. Since publication, Ramírez has been raised to the parntership, effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Martín Acero; Carolina Rozo

Key clients

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

CEPSA Sucursal Colombia



CI Girdle & Lingerie

Acesco Colombia


Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa


Drypers Andina

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The small local competition team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's Bogotá office primarily handles merger-control procedures such as the local Colombian aspects of the clearance of Traton's $3.7bn acquisition of Navistar International. With that said, the practice also handles antitrust and unfair competition matters, with recent mandates including acting as counsel to Nuvasive regarding unfair competition claims; advising a client on a preliminary antitrust investigation (involving a competition probe on alleged price gouging); and day-to-day competition advisory, particularly in relation to distribution matters. While only three strong, the group has the notable advantage of being able to call on practitioners from the firm's Lima and Santiago offices as necessary. Despite his relative youth, practice head Diego Cardona nevertheless has 'great experience' (he spent various years at leading boutique Ibarra Abogados ) and clients highlight his 'personal, timely and efficient manner'. Key support comes from associate Federica del Llano  who provides 'excellent and efficient service'; however fellow associate Andrés Meza moved to Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Diego Cardona


The main partner who has assisted us has been Mr Diego Cardona, a person with great experience, who worked in official entities of the sector and in academia. Mr Cardona has always attended us in a personal, timely and efficient manner. The main characteristic of the PPU firm is that of direct customer service from the firm’s partners, which gives greater credibility and trust.

The lawyer Federica del Llano is part of Mr. Diego Cardona’s group of lawyers and she has also provided us with excellent and efficient service.

The PPU firm is characterised by its constant evolution and updating in all branches of law and offers a comprehensive service on various issues. Its lawyers are outstanding professionals from the differing areas of law and in many of our consultations, the interdisciplinary service of the firm is necessary. Its relationship with clients is unbeatable and its rates are adapted to the market.

Key clients

Traton SE

Elanco Animal Health




Clariant International

S4 Capital




Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 2

The multi-jurisdictional, full-service Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields 'a very-strong' and 'highly committed' 12-strong team, locally, and continues to grow its engagement in the arbitral segment, where it advises an impressive roster of significant clients from key economic-sectors. An 'outstanding attorney', practice co-head Julio César González handles both domestic and international proceedings and is an arbitrator at the arbitration centres of the Chambers of Commerce of Cali, Medellín and Periera. Fellow co-head and veteran practitioner Hector Hernandez has particular expertise handling disputes involving infrastructure projects; his direct attention 'gives the client greater confidence and security in the care of their cases'. He recently led the successful representation of state-entity Gecelca in the first setting-aside decision of the Council of State under the Colombian arbitration statute, concerning a $40.3m award related to the construction of a thermal power generation plant. Dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) principal associate Juan Sebastián Arias demonstrates 'extensive knowledge and experience', and has participated in cases under ICC, LCIA, CCB and Madrid Chamber of Commerce rules, as well as in UNCITRAL and ICSID format investment cases. 'An excellent person and professional', senior associate Santiago Cruz Mantilla has recent experience as an arbitrator at both the Cali Chamber of Commerce and the Superintendencia de Sociedades. Procedural specialist and a former judge, principal associate Alejandra Gómez -while primarily focused on litigation- is also involved in arbitral activity and is a referee at the arbitration centres of the Bogotá, Cali and Medellín Chambers of Commerce. Other matters include both domestic and international cases, primarily regarding the energy sector (such as disputes regarding a take-or-pay contract and a build-operate-maintain-and-transfer project), and shareholder-related matters (such as domestic shareholder disputes and international share purchase agreement conflicts), along with breach of contract cases.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Hernández; Julio César González


It is a very strong team. Julio González, who leads it, is a wonderful lawyer. He handles many issues and is able to provide quick and pragmatic solutions to complex problems.

Julio González is an outstanding attorney. He directs the practice. Although his strength is litigation, he has the ability to understand and handle many other issues such as corporate and public procurement. He is very adept at providing smart, fast and pragmatic solutions. He is very confident in advising his clients.’

The area is not only important because it has an expert team in litigation and arbitration, but it must also have the ability to advise its clients on possible alternatives for prior conciliation and negotiation with the counterparty. This is so the client can analyse the alternatives to resolve the conflict and this is what characterizes the PPU team.’

Partner Héctor Hernández has directly attended to our requirements (RCN Televisión), with permanent disposition, necessary time and excellent personal treatment, together with his work team, in which Juan Sebastian Arias and Blanca Beltrán stand out, demonstrating extensive knowledge and experience.

We have been directly assisted by its main partner in conflict resolution, Mr. Héctor Hernández. This direct attention and the personal relationship give the client greater confidence and security in the care of their cases. The rates are competitive with respect to comparable firms in the Colombian market and the comprehensive management of inquiries is important, since PPU offers a broad portfolio in different legal areas.

It is an excellent team that responds in a timely and accurate manner. Santiago Cruz is an excellent person and professional, our company is very satisfied with his performance in the cases that he advises on. The firm is timely and diligent in the legal strategies used.

The precision and speed of the advice given by the members of PPU, make it unique in the Colombian market. PPU adds the legal expertise that clients need with the sense of urgency that we have, making it infallible legal support.

Juan Sebastián Arias, Santiago Cruz, María Alejandra Pallares – form a highly committed team with legal support and availability to support – at any day or time.

Key clients


Fresenius Medical Care de Colombia

Citibank Colombia

Linde Group

USG Corporation



Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The ‘approachable and very knowledgeable‘ team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises key players of the energy sector in the structuring, financing, and development of renewable power generation projects, as well as advising clients in the mining, hydrocarbons and natural gas sectors. Practice head Sandra Manrique has ‘great expertise and management of regulation in the energy sector,’ and is currently advising major stell producer Diaco on proceedings against several regulatory authorities in Colombia. Manrique is supported by a triumvirate of experienced colleagues. Associate practice director Johanna Cajigas leads the gas and hydrocarbons area and has extensive experience in natural gas, liquid fuels and LPG; principal associate Juan Pablo Gutiérrez heads up the electricity practice and is also noted for his wider expertise in infrastructure and natural resources; and senior associate Mateo Sinisterra heads up the mining practice and can also draw on expertise in this segment housed in the firm's Peru and Chile offices.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Manrique


‘Sandra Manrique has great expertise and management of regulation in the energy sector, both in the field of public and private auctions and in self-generation schemes, efficiently delivering appropriate solutions to the problems raised.

‘Juan Pablo Gutiérrez has demonstrated solid knowledge in advising on self-generation schemes.’

‘Luis Fernando Macías – experience and knowledge.’

‘Iván Paéz – very strong in procedural law, very accessible.’

‘Strengths and skills of the team – experience; knowledge; commitment to the client; availability of time for customer service; the security and trust they transmit; the interaction and support with different areas of the firm, which allows the situation to be resolved to be seen globally.’

‘PPU’s energy team is excellent, approachable, very knowledgeable about regulation and always gives recommendations adjusted to the reality of the business.’

‘The knowledge and experience that the members of the energy project development team have is outstanding compared to other firms that provide the same service.’

‘The service of the firm’s lawyers is outstanding (especially Sandra Manrique and Juan Pablo Gutiérrez). The effort to really understand the needs of the client and their business makes them differentiate themselves from other lawyers who provide the same service, which additionally results in timely and accurate advice of the best quality. On energy issues, we have always worked with PPU, as it is the firm that generates the greatest confidence in this branch. They have a flexible billing system that allows you to request proposals for fees tailored to each client.’

‘Sandra Manrique and Johana Cajigas (who mainly manage the commercial relationship with the company), have a degree of knowledge and experience in matters related to energy and natural gas regulation, which give clients great peace of mind regarding the inquiries made. Furthermore, added to the punctuality and timeliness with which they handle inquiries, they generate significant value for the company.’

‘They have an excellent relationship with the client and look for alternatives that allow the realisation of the business. They permanently carry out workshops in which they show updates and regulatory news.’

‘The practice is comprised of exceptional attorneys, experts, and industry insiders. They have an adequate synergy between team members and with other practices of the firm to provide comprehensive, high-quality support. Mateo Sinisterra is exceptional. He has a deep knowledge of mining regulations and a legal solidity that makes an impact. He is a comprehensive attorney, always ready to contribute the best service to clients and the legal community.’

‘The specialisation of the practice lawyers in each of the industries allows them to have a permanently visible face, facilitating interaction and monitoring of issues. Its cost/benefit ratio is very appropriate to the current situation of the sector.’

Key clients

Minera de Cobre Quebradona


La Luna Sucursal Colombia

CNE Oil & Gas

Organizacion Terpel

Shell Exploration & Production Colombia

South 32

Parex Resources Colombia

Gran Tierra Energy Colombia

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Drummmond Energy Colombia

Empresas Públicas de Medellin


Acciona ENergía Chile

Lewis Energy Colombia

Perobras International Braspetro

Gases del Caribe

Corporación Soluciones Energéticas Integrales

Anglogold Ashanti


Gramalote Colombia

Luz Adriana Álvarez

Colombian Mining Association

Juan Manuel Ruiseco

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 2

‘Experts in individual and collective labour issues’, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's labour department works with environmental and criminal colleagues to create a ‘very well-founded multidisciplinary team’. During the pandemic the firm concentrated on health and safety regulations, but its cross-border service also covers immigration matters and advice on Colombia’s social security system for international clients, such as assisting the local branch of global animal health company Zoetis with proceedings before the UGPP. Clients are frequently from the pharmaceutical sector, including Mondelez and Abbott Laboratories. Practice head Carolina Porras is ‘exceptionally bright’ and led on the representation of Henkel Colombiana before the Supreme Court in a termination of employment case. Hector Hernandez now specialises in dispute resolution, including labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Porras


The PPU team is highly professional and highly specialised in labour matters. Its accompaniment in local labour processes is punctual and very complete; they definitely add value to our business and provide us with the necessary support to make strategic decisions appropriate to the needs of the company.

The PPU team has a high sense of urgency and empathy with customers. They provide timely follow-up to the requirements of the company and provide technical information with a high degree of detail that allows us to carry out complete analyses of the situation that is being reviewed. The service from Carolina Porras and her team is exceptional.’

PPU has adopted to an agile way to handle the new forms of work derived from the health contingency caused by Covid-19; guaranteeing continuity in the services they provide to the company.

The team members are committed to the interests of their clients, the decisions are consulted and analysed as a team so as to advise the client in making the best decisions.

Carolina Porras is exceptionally bright and knowledgeable about all the employment issues that we have consulted her on. She gives us peace of mind and the security of being in the best hands. She has empowered her team and allows us to be sure that we will always have the right answer at the right time. They are our best and greatest allies. We will continue to trust the work team and their professionalism since the results of their labour administration of our employees is a proof of quality.

Immediate availability to resolve any concern and their always-ready attitude.

The PPU team is actively collaborative and concerned with the needs of the company. They continuously carry out legislative alerts that allow us to be attentive to the legislative flood during the pandemic.

PPU has a very well-founded multidisciplinary team in this sector with professionals specialised in this area. Their way of working with legal concepts, their delivery time on our requirements and the accompaniment in the legal proceedings ensure the client has first level professional support. The PPU team knows the way its clients work and so becomes a business partner in the legal area.

I believe that the quality of the PPU attorney is to be a professional who cares about understanding the needs of external clients and supporting them through the process until the closing. I have experienced it on several occasions and with several lawyers, all very diligent and timely. The truth is that I feel very comfortable with the office that supports us.

I want to highlight the way in which PPU has adapted to remote work with its clients during the pandemic, ensuring permanent availability to attend to our concerns. One could say that they are 24/7; behind it, I understand that there is a technological capability supporting a collaborative team. I have also experienced the way they ensure backup by having several lawyers for a large projects.’

Having expert professionals who can transmit (in terms understandable to non-lawyers) the alternatives for handling the work situations that arise, makes this group have a fluid relationship with clients. I highlight Héctor Hernandez and Carolina Porras.

Experts in individual and collective labor issues. Ability to analyse situations and present alternatives for their management.

Solid legal training. The availability of attention via WhatsApp or cell phone call directly with the professional.

It is a multidisciplinary team that sees things in 360°.

‘They have a team of people in areas other than legal to support the numbers. They accept different points of view and seek to adapt to the client’s needs/wishes. They handle information well as to the risks that are run when adopting a particular strategy. And they carry on to the end. Carolina Porras and Melissa Salazar.

Magnificent relationship with government entities and other types of entities with which you have to be in permanent contact because in the end they are the ones that make the final decision.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Alexion Pharma Colombia


Nuvasive Colombia

Automotores Toyota Colombia

DSS Sustainable Solutions Colombia


Chevron Petroleum Colombia

Mondelez Colombia

Nokia Solutions and Networks Colombia

Colombia > Public law Tier 2

Full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría boasts ‘extensive experience’ in public law matters, with expertise in transactional and regulatory matters under the direction of practice head Jorge Di Terlizzi . Leading an ‘exceptional team’ focused on administrative law, public procurement and constitutional law, the practice advises both private companies and public entities in a wide array of sectors. Recently appointed a partner of the firm’s infrastructure and projects area, Carlos Padilla has advised local and foreign clients in the structuring and financing of projects in transportation, telecommunications, hydrocarbons, energy and utilities; he has recently been involved in the structuring and financing of several of the most important road concession projects in the country. Senior associate Camilo Forero, who focuses on state contracting and litigation, is also heavily active in the practice and enjoys a growing reputation amongst clients.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Di Terlizzi


The lawyers have abundant legal knowledge and know the needs of their clients well. The advantages: very good lawyers with considerable experience, yet enough time for meetings and 24-hour availability for work.

Excellent experiences with cases and good service. Highlighted: Jorge Di Terllizi and Pedro Valencia.

Compared to other firms, PPU has a very good relationship with clients, always sending invitations by mail to participate in conferences; billing with advance mail notice and then an electronic bill; it is always very helpful with questions and queries at any time.

Unconditional support; it is highly recommended for its handling of issues and scenarios – and has an excellent team in  Jorge Di Terlizzi, Camilo Forero and Carlos Padilla.

An exceptional team, integrity in the handling of the issues, precise and assertive. Electronic invoices, use of technology with the pandemic, collaboration and unconditional support. Super recommended

Very committed and excellent treatment and availability for the client: Carlos Padilla and Pedro Arango.

They have extensive experience in public law. They are fully aware of all the precedents of concession contracts in Colombia (4G, 5G) and have been involved in almost all the large transactions. Carlos Padilla is an exceptional attorney. He is very solution oriented and explains things very clearly.’

Key clients

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC)


China Harbor Engineering Corporation

Banco Agrario de Colombia

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Costa (Barranquilla Airport concessionaire)

Sociedad Aeroportuaria del Caribe (Cartagena Airport concessionaire)

Cintra Infraestructuras

Royal Boskalis Westminster Group

Ruta del Cacao

Aeropuertos de Oriente (North East Airports -5- concessionaire)

Colombia > Real estate Tier 2

The full-service offering at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría provides expert advice throughout the life cycle of complex real estate matters, including residential and commercial use, social housing,  infrastructure and industrial projects, construction agreements, urban instruments and administrative procedures before planning authorities. The six-strong team is led by Juan Carlos Rocha who demonstrate extensive experience for an impressive roster of clients that includes a number of household-name companies across the real estate and construction sectors. Other names to note are senior associate Diana Lozano, who is active in real estate transactions, and Luis Pupo. Principal associate Juan Miguel Luna left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Rocha

Key clients

Parque Arauco

Grupo Energia Bogotá

Cardenas Marketing Network

Grupo Argos


Fondo de Inversión Inmobiliaria Sirenta

Latam Logistic Col Propco Cota 1

Mondelez Colombia

Alvarez Velez


Ripley Internacional

Constructora Jaramillo Mora

AAK Colombia

ATP Ingeniería


Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 3

The March 2019 incorporation of the former Forero Ramírez white-collar boutique brought regional firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's Bogota office established capacity in penal and compliance matters. regarded as 'good, young and solid' by one peer, the six-strong practice handles the full spectrum of compliance and white-collar matters and is led by Juan Carlos Forero and Pamela Alarcón. With over 20 years criminal law and litigation experience, Forero is a former Attorney General of the Nation and associate judge of the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court; he has a notable track record advising and representing state entities and concessionaires in criminal matters, as well as advising on the prevention of criminal behaviour. Alarcón, in turn, also has extensive criminal law, corporate criminal law, anti-corruption, crime prevention and compliance experience, as well as handling risk analysis and criminal litigation, and having a strong reputation for crisis management scenarios arising from criminal activity within companies (she also directs the firm's regional compliance practice). Recent matters include advising Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Santa Marta (SPSM) on the design and implementation of an AML/CFT risk detection system and PEI Asset Management on a corporate compliance programme (including know-your-client procedures, AML and ABC policies etc), and permanent advisory on compliance matters to Diana Corporación. In the absence of principal associate Armando Lacouture, currently undertaking his LLM, key associate support comes from intermediate Andrea Succar.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Forero; Pamela Alarcón

Key clients

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa (SACSA)

Asociación Probienestar de la Familia Colombiana (Profamilia)

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Santa Marta

PEI Asset Management

Empresas Públicas de Medellin (EPM)

Diana Corporación (Dicorp)

Terranum Corporation

Mondelez International



Colombia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría takes on both national and regional matters, led by experienced regional IP director Mauricio Patiño. Patiño is accompanied by principal associates Camilo Suárez, who leads the IP and unfair competition litigation practice; and Gerardo Flórez, who leads the team in copyright prosecutions as well as managing trade mark portfolios. The practice has seen a growth in online IP matters, such as e-commerce and consumer protection, and work on IP infringement claims, including its successful representation of Nestlé in an IP infringement case brought by Converse. Further litigation includes the team's representation of the Discovery Channel in a trade mark prosecution. The team also works on unconventional issues including advice to technology startups.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Patiño


Management of intellectual property processes and future alternatives to the management of trade marks and patents. Constant availability at all times and at any time.

Fast and efficient responses.

The integral vision regarding the management and protection of a brand.

Johanna Raffo is always very willing to attend and has very clear and assertive answers.

Camilo Suárez accompanies the needs [of clients] and offers a variety of alternatives.

Mauricio Patiño is also a university professor and you can see his great knowledge and experience.

In advising them, the team adds value to the request made by the client since in their analysis they include factors that are not regularly taken into account.

Key clients

Kirkland & Ellis / Delta Airlines

Societé Des Produits Nestlé

RCN Television

Cardenas Marketing Network

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatti / Spotify

CPA Global Group Holdings



Salvatore Ferragamo

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has a wealth of experience acting for, and in, domestic and international operations and transactions involving foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange related matters – facilitated in part through its access to the network of international offices via its collaboration with Uría Menendez. The firm focuses on the provision of tax planning and customs advice, as well as in the structuring of legal customs alternatives, such as special import-export services, Plan Vallejo, free trade zones and international trading companies. Martin Acero and Carolina Rozo – both leading specialists in international taxation – co-head the five-strong practice.

Practice head(s):

Martín Acero; Carolina Rozo

Key clients

Abbot Laboratorios de Colombia



Cogent Communications Colombia

Under Armour

Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa (SACSA)




Colombia > Life sciences Tier 3

Acting as a regional hub (specifically for Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay), Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría assists local and foreign clients across the key life science sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and consumer product manufacturing. Alongside this, the practice has further developed its expertise in the cannabis sector, most notably, assisting and representing Econnabis in the day-to-day operation of its cannabis business in Colombia which includes obtaining licenses and permits before ICA, INVIMA and Ministries of Health and Justice. Mauricio Patiño provides representation in trademark and patent litigation, alongside associates Gerardo Flórez and Camilo Suárez who assist with wider IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Patiño; Gerardo Flórez; Camilo Suárez

Key clients

Mondelez Colombia

Laboratorio Ballerina

Tropical Foods

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

Cochlear Colombia

Chocolates Garoto

Econnabis / Plena Global Holdings

Florian 123

Alimentos Polar Colombia


Colombia > Insurance Tier 4

Highly regarded counsel Rebeca Herrera joined Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in early 2020 to lead the insurance and reinsurance practice, supported by associate Paola Monroy. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Herrera is well versed in leading the team on advising major national and international companies across both contractual and regulatory disciplines, the structuring of insurance and reinsurance programs and the resolution of disputes regarding such matters.

Practice head(s):

Rebeca Herrera


Their technical knowledge of an industry as highly specialised as the insurance sector stands out. Their support and vision goes beyond the legal, which undoubtedly makes it easier to align business objectives with the regulatory and regulatory compliance strategy.

Their ability to transmit knowledge and experience in a simple – but at the same time – forceful way. Their human and ethical warmth is indisputable.’

It is worth highlighting that they permanently update us on the regulations with an impact on the industry.

Rebeca Herrera joining this team is a great addition to the firm’s insurance practice.’

I have worked with Rebeca Herrera on several matters where she has been local counsel for international reinsurers. Rebeca is very knowledgeable, well-connected and responsive. I will continue to work with her on cases in Colombia.

Key clients

Protección Agropecuaria Compañía de Seguros

Pan American Life Insurance Group

Pacific Re Corredores de Reaseguros

Atlantic Latam Corredores de Reaseguros

Atlantic Wholesale Insurance Brokers

The People’s Insurance Company of China (Hong Kong)

Poyectos Vértize

Mapfre Colombia Seguros Generales

BTG Resseguradora

Carpenter Marsh FAC Corredores de Reaseguros

Colombia > TMT Tier 5

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s TMT practice provides ongoing regulatory telecommunication advice to local and multinational media and technology companies in all regional legal matters. Practice head Diego Cardona recently led the team in advising Jaguar Land Rover Colombia on its strategic project regarding compliance with data protection laws in Latin America. Associate Andrés Meza departed the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Diego Cardona


Taking into account that RCN Televisión, as a user of the PPU law firm, is engaged in television and audiovisual content production businesses, and related businesses and investments, it requires lawyers who have sufficiently demonstrated experience in these matters and who they are accredited in the sector. In this case, the PPU lawyers who have attended us have extensive knowledge of these matters and it is a duly accredited firm in Colombia, as well as having international associates and correspondents.

The main partner who has attended us is Martín Acero, of whom I can attest to excellent professional references. Additionally, Mr. Acero provides exceptional personal treatment and direct attention to matters, creating an environment of broad trust and credibility.

Melissa Salazar is a lawyer in this work team who provides very important and timely support; she is is equally knowledgeable about the issues and is excellent in terms of treatment of the firm’s clients.

This law firm stands out at the national level for having the most reputable legal professionals in the different branches. The rates of the services they provide are equally appropriate to the market and customer service has always been timely. For these reasons, the firm has the best reputation.

Key clients


Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia


Cochlear Latinoamerica

SAP Colombia

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Drinker Biddle and Reath

Nortesantandereana de Gas

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is the first major Ibero-American law firm, with offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru. Uria Menendez also brings to the firm its network of offices.

Areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: advises banks on syndicated financing, asset financing and project financing and the development of the innovative financial structures and products, represents underwriters and issuers in the placement of bond and securities in Colombia and abroad.

Competition: antitrust, including investigations by authorities, litigation concerning cartels and abuse of dominance, consultations on M&A operations, settlements, audits on level of compliance and legal reports.

Corporate/M&A: all aspects of corporate law, including business integrations, tax matters, structuring and implementing public tender offers and the acquisition and sale of listed companies, restructurings, national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and business reorganization proceedings.

Dispute resolution: prevention and resolution of civil and criminal disputes involving complex legal and technical issues for national and international clients spanning a wide range of industries.

Energy, mining and natural resources: highly specialized lawyers provide comprehensive advice on legal matters for the development of projects in different areas such as mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate, among others.

Infrastructure and projects: advising companies involved in toll roads and ports and purchasers and sellers; participated as counsel in financing; and on the privatization of public utilities and ports.

Intellectual property/life sciences: all aspects of intellectual property, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, copyrights, sports and entertainment matters, litigation, unfair competition, pharmaceutical licensing and health registrations.

Labor: litigation, collective bargaining, employee benefits, due diligence and audits, corporate restructuring, immigration, pensions, internal policies, wages and benefits, taxation, health and safety.

Private clients and family: long-term all inclusive legal advice, in accordance with the highest international standards, for business families on the development of estate planning structures.

Public law: long-standing public law department advising a wide range of clients from the private and public sectors, such as governmental entities.

Real estate: shopping mall planning and construction, superstore construction, real estate trusts and leasing, long term lease agreements, due diligence, real estate guarantees, regulatory issues and local permits.

Tax and international trade: structuring domestic and international operations and transactions involving foreign trade, customs and foreign exchange, tax planning, customs consulting and tax litigation.

TMT (technology, media and telecommunications): advising multinational media and technology companies in all their regional legal matters, from software licenses and TV formats to customs matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Co-chairs M Armas
Co-chairs M Acero
Banking, finance and capital markets JF Gaviria
Banking, finance and capital markets C Barrero
Banking, finance and capital markets H Padilla
Banking, finance and capital markets J Valle
Competition M Carrizosa
Competition M Patiño
Competition D Cardona
Corporate/M&A M Acero
Corporate/M&A M Carrizosa
Corporate/M&A JC Rocha
Corporate/M&A C Barrero
Corporate/M&A F Cuberos
Corporate/M&A H Padilla
Corporate/M&A N Tirado
Dispute resolution H Hernández
Dispute resolution JC González
Dispute resolution F Cuberos
Dispute resolution M Patiño
Dispute resolution M Carrizosa
Energy, mining and natural resources S Manrique
Infrastructure and projects J Di Terlizzi
Infrastructure and projects JF Gaviria
IP/life sciences M Patiño
Labor H Hernández
Private clients and family C Barrero
Public law C Barrero Berardinelli
Public law J Di Terlizzi
Public law S Manrique
Real estate JC Rocha
Tax and international trade M Acero
Tax and international trade C Rozo
TMT M Patiño
TMT D Cardona
Other fee-earners : 367
Total staff : 615
Partners : 52