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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
CARRERA 9 74-08

Banking and finance Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría acts for a broad base of banks, multilateral finance organisations, private equity funds, sponsors and corporate borrowers, excelling across the full gamut of finance matters and demonstrating deep expertise in syndicated loans and debt capital markets, as well as strength in structured and project finance. In one headline mandate, the group advised BlackRock on the financing of Autopista al Mar 1 toll road, the largest of the 4G highway projects. Department head Juan Fernando Gaviria, who clients regard as ‘an authority on structured finance in Colombia', leads the 16 strong practice group, which also includes pivotal practitioners Claudia Barrero and head of the firm's private equity group Hernando Padilla, both of whom are highly regarded. Key support comes from Paula Buriticá, who was appointed principal associate in November 2019; associate Clara Robledo-Sánchez ('a tireless worker with an enviable technical background'), is also noted.

Practice head(s):


We really enjoyed working with Juan Fernando Gaviria. He is a person who excels in his field, who knows and is respected in his area of practice. In addition, he is an excellent person with great human qualities, which makes it much easier to work with him‘.

Juan Fernando Gaviria, is a lawyer who knows the regulation in detail and to perfection. For this reason, his advice is accurate and correct, either on transactional issues and financing, or on regulatory issues in the banking and financing area. Juan Fernando’s advice is always timely and identifies the important points in each case or situation that arises. Contrary to many of his competitors, Juan Fernando attends and does personal follow-up of the customer service and is always available. The firm’s team is exceptional, good communicating with each other and knowledgeable of the different topics‘.

Juan Fernando Gaviria: he is an authority on structured finance in Colombia. Working with him is a pleasure and a privilege. His contributions are timely and accurate‘.

Clara Robledo: in addition to being a tireless worker with an enviable technical background, she is a very nice and empathetic person with whom it is very easy to work. She is always available and very responsive. I see her as a future partner, without a doubt‘.

Key clients


Credit Suisse

Banco Santander

JP Morgan

Termoyopal Generación 2  / Central Termoeléctrica El Morro

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas

BTG Pactual

Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura


Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo




United Airlines

Inter-American Development Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's 'extraordinary' capital markets area impresses clients with its in-depth knowledge of regulation and for maintenance of excellent relations with all the relevant market actors. The practice handles debt and equity issuances in both local and international markets, and also handles the structuring of mutual investment funds and private equity funds. Practice heads Claudia Barrero, lauded for her leadership, and Hernando Padilla, who also heads the Private Equity group, co-lead the 15-strong team in conjunction with Juan Fernando Gaviria, who leads the wider banking and fnance department. Principal associate Luz María Mercado provides key support.


PPU has an extraordinary capital markets team, an area in which it has been active for many years. The coordination, the interpersonal relations, the elaboration and monitoring of the schedules and the opportunity in receiving the advisory, makes the client feel very well accompanied. Undoubtedly, the firm has a privileged position among law firms in Colombia in this area‘.

Although the work of all team members is remarkable, in particular it is worth highlighting Claudia Barrero’s work – she’s head of the team. Her in-depth knowledge of the relevant regulations and of the procedure, her excellent dialogue with all parties involved in the process (including the regulator, stock exchange and centralised securities depository, among others), the opportunity and speed with which she presents solutions, and her leadership which generated confidence for facing complex situations that arose during the processes; all these are attributes greatly appreciated by the client‘.

Key clients

Bank of America


Echelon Wealth Partners

JP Morgan


Empresa de Energía de Pacífico (EPSA)

Goldman Sachs

Citadel Equity (Ireland)

Alpha Holding // Alpha Capital


Grupo Energía Bogotá

Grupo Argos

Cementos Argos

Inter-American Development Bank



Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's Colombian operation fields a 27-strong practice group led by six partners which can also draw on the expertise and resources of its Spanish, Peruvian and Chilean colleagues. The full-service firm has a broad sector focus and handles the spectrum of corporate and M&A matters, primarily with leading local, regional and global companies. Managing partner Martin Acero, a tax specialist; Claudia Barrero, who handles listed company-M&A and infrastructure project financing; contractual specialist Hernando Padilla; and real estate expert Juan Carlos Rocha, who focuses on cross border transactions, all co-leads the team. Additional firepower comes from Felipe Cuberos, who centres his practice on commercial law as well as acting as an arbitrator; and 'terrific leader' Nicolás Tirado, who handles cross-border M&A. The firm also expanded its corporate offering into criminal corporate law with the incorporation of Juan Carlos Forero and Pamela Alarcón in 2019. Principal associates Luz María Mercado and David Beltrán are also key group members.


These folks are just the best.  Seamless, flawless, insight, inspiration and perspiration.  Indefatigable.’

PPU is very good at delivering practical advice in a complex legal environment. They are a very useful partner for a multinational company operating in Colombia without local in-house legal resources’.

Nicolás Tirado is a terrific leader of the team. He keeps the right amount of attention on matters, making sure that they are staffed and managed appropriately, and stepping in when needed’.

‘Associate Laura Grisales provides quick and accurate answers about what is required, a very good way of explaining topics that are sometimes dense, excellent customer service. Nicolas Tirado always provides various solutions and points of view to the problems raised, he has good knowledge and gives very good legal advice to the issues presented. Excellent customer management’.

Claudia Barrero is a very experienced attorney and provides effective solutions’.

We have worked with Juan Carlos Rocha and his team, who have excelled for their human quality, knowledge of transactions and situations of negotiations. Following the previous, their almost immediate availability to meet our customer requirements is definitely a plus’.

Martín Acero is exceptional, leader of a negotiation, always bringing creative proposals to the table, and looking to open the negotiation. His advice is very accurate and carries a lot of weight in the negotiations. Martín is our first choice for M&A in Colombia’.

Key clients

Win Sports / RCN Televisión




Celsia Colombia

Grupo Energía Bogotá

Royal Vopak

Mutua Madrileña

Sumitomo Chemical Corporation

Disan Colombia

Environment Tier 1

Full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría features one of the leading practices in the market after the incorporation of former corporate environmental law boutique Macías Gómez y Asociados Abogados SAS. Recognised specialist Luis Fernando Macías, a former legal chief of the Ministry for Environment who also has over 20 years' private practice experience, is deeply knowledgeable, particularly in environmental litigation and arbitration. He leads an eight-strong group that covers the full array of environmental-related services with a focus on the corporate aspect; the team can also fall on the support from the firm's other departments. The practice has a broad sector approach and beyond the energy and extractive industries advises major players in the food and drinks industry and the financial sector, particularly in relation to environmental impact assessments for potential investment projects. Key support comes from principal associate Alexander Acosta, who focuses on sustainability and renewable energies, and senior associate María Alejandra Gómez, who is experienced in identifying and mitigating potential risks.

Practice head(s):


The environmental team that came from Macías y Asociados have given us good service‘.

We can attest to the timely, efficient, professional, ethical and solid advice of María Alejandra Gómez. Extraordinary and knowledgeable in environmental matters‘.

Key clients


Aerovías del Continente Americano


Litigation Tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's comprehensive and 'solid' practice handles the full spectrum of litigation and arbitration matters, including remedial advice, and is lauded for its strategies. Practice heads Héctor Hernández and Julio César González lead the 13-strong practice, which also includes principal associate Mario Pérez, also a seasoned litigator. Handling civil, commercial and administrative litigation up to High Courts, with special emphasis on construction-related disputes, Hernández current caseload includes the on-going defence of the interests of two energy companies, bringing a restoration of rights and a nullity action. Fellow co-head González undertakes class action lawsuits, among other matters, is also managing two ongoing proceedings derived from claims for alleged anti-trust violations. Senior associate Juan Sebastián Arias is also a relevant member.


It is a solid team, made up of lawyers with a lot of experience in the matter. They use pragmatic approaches and are very diligent‘.

Their professional experience and extensive knowledge in national and international issues are highlighted‘.

Julio González is skilled person with a great ability to understand problems and provide quick and cost-effective solutions. Associates Mario Pérez and Carolina Correal are very professional, agile and quite diligent in monitoring processes‘.

They are noted for their professional experience, and teamwork, especially in regards to the multidisciplinary relationship. Héctor Hernández, senior associate Juan Sebastián Arias and associates Laura Lamo, Verónica Barone and María Alejandra Pallares are outstanding’.

To fully understand a dispute, they take the trouble to make field visits and study thouroughly all the information supplied. They have a knowledge and experience in defence strategies that differentiates them from others. Julio González and Mario Pérez provided comprehensive advice‘.

Key clients

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao

Mota-Engil Perú

Piaggio Group Americas

New Granada Energy Corporation

Frontera Energy (Colombia)

Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao

Concesionaria Panamericana

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia

Asociación Colombiana de Fondos de Capital Privado – Colcapital

Compañía Eléctrica de Sochagota

Projects Tier 1

A leader in structured project finance and bidding processes, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría provides full accompaniment to sponsors, local and international lenders, multilateral credit agencies and private equity funds, among others, as well as to state entities. Recommended - amid other strengths - for the 'technical and professional quality of the lawyers, as well as the geographic reach through the firm's network of offices' in Chile and Perú, the practice is led by infrastructure and public law heavyweight Jorge Di Terlizzi, and structured and transactional project finance expert Juan Fernando Gaviria. Additional senior input comes from Spanish-qualified consultant Javier Valle, who focuses on banking and project finance. A strong second tier is led by projects team coordinator Carlos Padilla (infrastructure, PPPs and IT projects); associates Camilo Forero and Pedro Arango, from the firm's banking and finance and corporate practices, are also highlighted for their activity in the sector. Since publication, Padilla has been appointed partner, effective as of January 2021.


The team’s strengths and skills are the technical and professional quality of the lawyers, as well as the geographic reach through the firm’s network of offices. They have extensive experience in infrastructure and project issues, advising not only local banks, but also international sponsors’.

Great experience and availability of the partners dedicated to the practice with the possibility of understanding the particular requirements of each transaction in order to successfully include them in the documentation of the transaction’.

Jorge Di Terlizzi, leader of the infrastructure sector. We highlight his knowledge and experience, commitment, professionalism and good performance in carrying out each project. Carlos Eduardo Padilla as one of the coordinators of the infrastructure and projects group. We highlight his professionalism, knowledge in the area and his constant support in each project’.

We recommend Jorge Di Terlizzi and Camilo Forero for their knowledge and experience in infrastructure projects. They are committed to developing and advancing the project’.

The experience and knowledge they have in the sector. Jorge Di Terlizzi and Carlos Padilla. Likewise, Pedro Arango‘.

Key clients

CCECC (China Engineering Construction Company)

Banco Santander

JP Morgan

BTG Pactual

Goldman Sachs

International Development Bank (IDB)


Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)



Colombian Infrastructure–Equity Fund (CIEF)

China Construction America

Tax Tier 1

Rendering a full tax services offering, and additional regional outreach to Perú, Chile and Spain through the firm's consolidated office presence, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's practice is recommended for its knowledge, proactivity and clarity towards the client. Managing partner Martín Acero and tax planning and structuring  specialist Carolina Rozo - highly regarded in the tax legal market, according to sources - co-lead the 17 strong team. The transfer pricing practice was boosted with the May 2019 hire of Christian Gómez, formerly a supervisor at KPMG, as a transfer pricing senior associate to work alongside Sandra Pineda, the firm's regional transfer pricing director. The team is currently dealing with a major transfer pricing dispute before the tax authorities. Elsewhere, the team demonstrates expertise in M&A tax structuring, local and offshore tax planning, private client work and tax litigation. Barranquilla office head Héctor Ramírez handles tax structuring and transactional tax matters, while senior associate Verónica Barone focuses on local and international taxation, customs, and international trade. Up-and-coming associate Leonardo Cote is also noted. However, principal associate Diego Velandia left the firm to pursue his LLM in Madrid.


Practice head(s):


They have knowledge and clarity in the exposition of their concepts‘.

Clarity of concepts. They are always one step ahead‘.

Key clients

CEPSA Colombia



Latam Logistic Col Opco


Mexico Infraestructure Partners

CAF Investment Projects

Frontera Energy Colombia

Mesoamerica Andino Colombia

Wework Colombia

Arbitration Tier 2

Highlighted for extensive knowledge in national and international issues, the multi-jurisdictional, full-service Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises an impressive roster of significant clients from key economic-sectors in domestic and international arbitration, as well as in remedial advice. Practice head Julio César González handles both local and international cases, as well as sitting as an arbitrator in domestic tribunals; he recently led counsel to an international consortium in an international arbitration case related to the aviation sector. Fellow co-head, veteran practitioner Héctor Hernández, has particular expertise handling disputes involving infrastructure projects. Hernández's recent case highlights include advising a construction company regarding a prospective, dual ICC commercial / ICSID investment arbitrations. Principal associate Juan Sebastián Arias, who has advised in arbitration proceedings seated in various jurisdictions, including France, Spain and the United States, is also a key member of the practice; however, former principal associate Juan Mendoza moved to Tobar & Romero Abogados in July 2019.


It is a solid team, made up of lawyers with a lot of experience in the matter. They use pragmatic approaches and are very diligent’.

‘Their professional experience and extensive knowledge in national and international issues are highlighted’.

Julio González is skilled person with a great ability to understand problems and provide quick and cost-effective solutions. Associates Mario Pérez and Carolina Correal are very professional, agile and quite diligent in monitoring processes’.

They are noted for their professional experience, and teamwork, especially in regards to the multidisciplinary relationship. Héctor Hernández, senior associate Juan Sebastián Arias and associates Laura Lamo, Verónica Barone and María Alejandra Pallares are outstanding’.

To fully understand a dispute, they take the trouble to make field visits and study thouroughly all the information supplied. They have a knowledge and experience in defense strategies that differentiates them from others. Julio González and Mario Pérez provided comprehensive advice’.

Key clients

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao

Mota-Engil Perú

Piaggio Group Americas

New Granada Energy Corporation

Frontera Energy (Colombia)

Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao

Concesionaria Panamericana

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia

Asociación Colombiana de Fondos de Capital Privado (Colcapital)

Compañía Eléctrica de Sochagota

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

With numerous multinational and regional major corporations on its client roster, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría primarily handles merger fillings and control procedures regarding business concentrations, also providing preventive advisory and representation in administrative proceedings relating to cartels, collusion and other restrictive conducts. Diego Cardona -who undertakes antitrust, unfair competition and consumer protection related matters- heads the four-strong team. Relevant support comes from associate Federica del Llano.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Enhance Animal Health



Bolton Group

Boston Scientific Corporation

Ferrero International


Sumitomo Chemical Chile

GFI Informatique

Stryker Corporation

Sun Chemical Corporation

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Providing comprehensive advice on the development of mining, oil-and-gas and power projects, including renewable energy, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría draws reviews for its 'excellent knowledge, permanent accessibility, clear, concrete and effective answers'. Practice head Sandra Manrique, with ample experience in the power and oil and gas sectors, specialising in matters involving energy products regulation in regard to hydrocarbons and public utilities, leads the nine-strong area, which is supported by an additional eight-strong environmental practice. Director for gas and hydrocarbons Johanna Cajigas and associate Juan Pablo Gutiérrez are involved in complex transactions.

Practice head(s):


Excellent knowledge, permanent accessibility, clear, concrete and effective answers’.

Exceptional knowledge on the subject. Absolute dedication and personalised attention, the promised deadlines are met’.

It is a strong, talented, up-to-date team and is aware of the sector details, it is in the top-5 with respect to other legal teams’.

They are very attentive, they are very alert to the issues that the company needs, they respond to concerns quickly and they facilitate analyses in a clear and accurate way’.

Key clients


Cemex Energy

Enerfin Grupo ELECNOR

Terpel Energía .

Transportadora de Gas Internacional  (TGI)

Cepsa Colombia

ICox Energy

Total EREN

Source South America One

VITOL Colombia

Juan Manuel Ruiseco V

Chilco Distribuidora de Gas y Energía


Canacol Energy

Organización Terpel

South32 Energy

Geopark Colombia



Elecnor (Colombia)

Termo Mechero Aguazul

Termo Mechero Morro


AES Chivor


Flamingo Oil

Sloane Energy Group

Phoenix Global Resources

Gran Tierra Energy

Lewis Energy Colombia

Labour and employment Tier 2

Among Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's key attributes, clients highlight 'commitment' and 'deep analysis' of their business needs. The ten-strong practice group (all of whom are bilingual) is led by Héctor Hernández, an experienced litigator who combines knowledge of commercial, civil and labour law with handling union negotiations; and fellow co-head (promoted to partnership in January 2020) Carolina Porras, who is in charge of coordinating due diligence and has considerable expertise in leading complex collective bargaining negotiations. The practice offers full-service labour and employment advice and stands out for its accompaniment of new investors arriving in Colombia; the team’s commercial acumen is also a recurring theme.


They have a very good team’.

‘Martin Acero, Carolina Porras, Melisa Salazar, Santiago Fernández; all are committed and diligent professionals’.

The academic preparation and professional leadership of Carolina Porras and her work team benefits the interests of the companies’ in-house lawyers’.

They understand and deeply analyse the industry to which the company belongs. This, alongside the commitment to the needs and management of the agenda with the parent company, makes them stand out against other expert lawyers in labour law’.

Key clients

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Alexion Pharma Colombia

Cintra Servicios de Infraestructura / Consorcio Ruta del Cacao

C I Colombian Natural Resources I

Modelez Colombia

Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)

American Bar Association (ABA)



Deere & Company

ATP Integridad y Corrosión

Public law Tier 2

Serving both relevant companies and public entities in a wide array of sectors, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría advises and provides support on transactional and regulatory matters as well as representing clients in administrative and judicial hearings related to public law and regulatory sanctioning. With robust energy, natural resources and infrastructure practices, the full-service firm renders legal counsel on constitutional and administrative law, public procurement, administrative sanctions and contractual complaints. Under the direction of insfrastructure leader Jorge Di Terlizzi, the four-strong team also handles fiscal liabilities procedures and bribery investigations. Key support comes from principal associate Diana Botero, whose corporate practice takes in administrative matters, public bids and state contracting matters; and senior associate Camilo Forero (state contracting and litigation) who joined in November 2019. However, former infrastructure partner César Barrero moved to KPMG the same month.

Practice head(s):


The plus is the knowledge of public sector norms, in particular, regulatory matters‘.


Key clients

Sociedad Interamericana de Aguas y Servicios (INASSA)

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Cosa (SACSA)


Naviera Central

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Terminal Link / CMA-CGM

Transportadora de Gas Internacional

SAP Colombia

Cochlear Latinoamérica

Koninklijke Vopak

Celsia Group

B Braun Medical

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (Terminal Fluvial de Andalucía)

Real estate Tier 2

Led by the reputed Juan Carlos Rocha and drawing strength from the full-service firm's robust financial, corporate and tax areas, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's real estate area is among the most comprehensive practice in the market. Clients include international funds and some of the country’s most seasoned investors operating within the development, retail and leisure spheres; and it handles the full array of property, real estate and urban project development, purchase and sale transactions, commercial leases, real estate finance and property management matters. With a natural inclination towards 'negotiating and closing deals', Rocha led the counsel to Anglo Gold Ashanti regarding acquisition of significant tracts of land in rural areas, for large-scale project development. Principal associate Juan Miguel Luna now leads the urban law area, after returning from his exchange programme with Uría Méndez. Senior associate Diana Lozano, who has specialised knowledge of port regulations, supports Rocha on real estate transactions.


One of the strengths the team has is the great knowledge that the main partner Juan Carlos Rocha has in the real estate and retail industry’.

About Juan Carlos Rocha, I would say that one of the great strengths is in his great sensitivity to negotiate and close deals’.

Key clients

H & M


Anglogold Ashanti

Parque Arauco



Ripley International

Cardenas Marketing Network

Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa

Électricité de France

Grupo Patio

Grupo Argos

Grupo de Energía de Bogotá

Intellectual property Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is sought after for its enviable track record in complex IP litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres, including criminal and international proceedings -recently obtaining a favourable ruling from the Andean Court of Justice. It also handles piracy and anti-counterfeiting. On the non-contentious side, the firm has a comprehensive practice acting across the full suite of trade marks, patents, copyright and industrial property. Serving national and international companies in an array of industries, it is particularly suited to those seeking or having a regional presence through the firm's office network in Perú and Chile. Co-headed by trade mark and patent litigator Mauricio Patiño, the seven-strong team has also developed a life sciences practice. Principal associates and fellow practice co-heads Gerardo Flórez and Camilo Suárez, focus on copyright and data protection, and IP enforcement, respectively.

Key clients

Juul Labs


Societé Des Prodits Nestlé


Robert Bosch

Latin America Sports

RCN Television

Comercializadora Arturo Calle

Arent Fox

Wilson Sonsini Goodirch And Rosati

International trade and customs Tier 3

Led by two expert partners, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's tax and international trade practice is experienced in structuring domestic and international operations and transactions, and offering consultation on tax planning and customs matters; it also has free trade zone expertise. The five-strong team is co-directed by senior partner Martín Acero (a leader in both corporate and tax matters), and Carolina Rozo, and advises primarily on cross-border structures for the optimisation of foreign trade operations.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Transportes Vigía

Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa  (SACSA)

Lipesa Colombia

Sánchez Devanny Eseverry

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Naviera Central

CEPSA (Colombia)

Microsoft (Colombia)

Under Armour

Life sciences Tier 3

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría handles the full spread of patent prosecution processes for local and global companies in the life sciences sector, with the food and beverages and the cannabis industries also featuring strongly in the firm's client base. The practice has genuine region-wide capability, acting as a regional hub specifically for Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. A notable strong suit is the firm's handling of sanctioning processes, investigations and advertising violations, as well as acting in wider IP dispute resolution and unfair competition matters. Mauricio Patiño leads the seven-strong intellectual property and life sciences department, with principal associates Gerardo Flórez (in charge of health registration matters, copyright and data protection) and Camilo Suárez (who leads the IP enforcement, unfair competition litigation and patent practice).

Key clients

Mondelez Colombia

Laboratorio Ballerina

Tropical Foods

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

Cochlear Colombia

Chocolates Garoto

Econnabis / Plena Global Holdings

Florian 123

Alimentos Polar Colombia


TMT Tier 5

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's comprehensive TMT practice advises media, tech and financial groups on telecommunications concessions, broadcasting licensing rights, data protection and privacy regulations. The 11-strong department is co-led by Diego Cardona, who obtained the first authorisation for an international data transfer, and Mauricio Patiño, whose 2019 highlights include negotiating international rights licensing agreements on behalf of a regional entertainment group. Principal associate Gerardo Flórez, who focuses on copyright, start-ups and domain names, is also a key member of the team.

Key clients



B Braun

RCN Televisión

GBS Scotiabank / Scotiabank Colpatria





Under Armour

Jaguar Land Rover

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