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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

CARRERA 9 74-08, OFFICE 105, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Without a doubt the best in Colombia’ is how some clients see Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s 14-strong team, which has broad experience in banking, capital market and structured finance transactions, as well as in regulatory issues, and advises on product structuring, the incorporation of financial entities and authorization for the acquisition, merger and/or division of such entities. Juan Fernando Gaviria and Jorge Di Terlizzi are both highly regarded and led the first long-term financing of a private initiative road project in Colombia by advising Goldman Sachs, as structuring bank, and Bancolombia et al, as lenders, on the 4G Antioquia-Bolivar road project. The team also acted as local counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch regarding GNB Sudameris’ $300m notes issue. In addition to Gaviria, key practitioners Claudia Barrero, Hernando Padilla and Javier Valle co-head the practice. Other clients include Credit Suisse, Neuberger Berman Europe Limited and Colombia Movil.

Leading individuals

Claudia Barrero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Juan Fernando Gaviria - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Camila Quintero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Carolina Duque - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Office founding partner Martín Carrizosa and Diego Cardona cohead Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s Bogota practice group, which works across competition litigation, regulatory proceedings, cartel investigations, pre-merger clearances and audits. The team advised Stanley Black & Decker on the merger control procedure in Colombia concerning its global acquisition of the tools business of Newell Brands. Other highlights include acting as co-counsel to Cementos Argos and some of its directors on the antitrust investigation for alleged price fixing agreements in the cement industry in Colombia. Indra Sistemas, Visa, Mercuria Energy Trading and Fras-le and Federal-Mogul Corporation are among the list of clients.

Leading individuals

Martín Carrizosa - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Alejandro García - Brigard & Urrutia

Diego Cardona - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Clients of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría appreciate the ‘agile, timely, deep and successful service’ with contributions that have been ‘decisive for the success of operations’. Claudia Barrero led the counsel to Odinsa in the indirect sale of a 51. 22% stake of Genpac and certain accounts receivable. Hernando Padilla advised Osorio Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Colombian microfinance company Crezcamos; the firm also advised on a loan obtained by Osorio for the acquisition of the holding. Martín Acero, Felipe Cuberos, Juan Carlos Rocha and recently appointed partner Nicolás Tirado also head the practice alongside Barrero and Padilla. Principal associate Luz María Mercado is also noted. Other clients include Gerdau Group, Grupo Argos, Scotiabank, Banco Colpatria, Old Mutual and Team Foods Colombia.

Leading individuals

Claudia Barrero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Felipe Cuberos - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Nicolás Tirado - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uríastands out for its closeness to the client and its agility to resolve issues’ and its practice is considered ‘one of the best’. A highly specialised team works advising on projects across the environment, mining, industrial, energy, corporate, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Sandra Manrique heads the practice and is advising on the incorporation of a power commercialization entity for Ecopetrol’s operations in Colombia. Manrique is also advising South32 Energy on the incorporation of a power and natural gas commercialization company, and Hocol on regulatory matters concerning pipeline usage and on the legal structuring related to Reficar’s gas requirements. The team is also working on the structuring of a self-generation project for Geopark Colombia, including preparation of the bidding process for the selection of a contractor and the preparation of the services agreement for the development and operation of a natural gas power plant, as well as the regulatory scheme for a pipeline to bring gas to the plant. María Margarita Lorduy leads the environment team. Other clients include Mechero Energy and Vitol Colombia.

Leading individuals

Sandra Manrique - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Diana Salazar - Posse Herrera Ruiz

María Margarita Lorduy - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría continues to consolidate its region-wide practice, with a focus on Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, providing advice to local and foreign clients in a wide array of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences. The nine-strong practice is representing Discovery Channel in a trade mark prosecution battle for the registration in Colombia of "Discovery Channel" and "Discovery Expedition" in International Classes 18 and 25 against a local claim that alleges previous rights over the discovery expression. Mauricio Patiño co-heads the practice along with associates Camilo Suárez, head of IP and unfair competition, Gerardo Flórez, who leads the international trade mark prosecution, copyright and data protection team, and Zoraida Fonseca who heads the local trade marks and patents department. Tropical Foods, Alimentary Health, RCN Group and Mondelez Colombia are among the team’s clients.

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

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's international trade area is led by Martin Acero and Carolina Rozo, who ‘not only has a great knowledge of the industry but also manages to understand and measure all the needs of her clients to provide absolutely top service’ .The four-strong team gave legal and regulatory advice to a consortium formed for the importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by Chilco Distribuidora de Gas y Energía, Inversiones GLP, Montagas, Compañía de Almacenamiento de Gas and Grupo INSA; the advice included drafting contracts, the structuring of customs alternatives and negotiations to import the LPG. Other clients include Abbott Laboratories, Productora de Confección, Zona Franca Las Americas and Vitol.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is recognised for offering ‘high level consultancy, with a capacity for quick attention and high clarity about the urgency and priority of labour issues’. The practice covers social security, immigration law, litigation, and all other matters related to labour law. Practice co-head Héctor Hernández led legal assistance to Promotora La Alborada in the judicial proceedings initiated by a former independent contractor; the claim estimated at $600,000, was denied. Other highlights include acting on behalf of Mondelez before the ministry of Labour in administrative proceedings in several areas throughout Colombia. Long-standing clients include Visa Colombia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sally Beauty and BRC Investor Services. ‘Very talented and highly skilled’ associate Carolina Porras co-heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uríahas a deep team and is always available’. Juan Fernando Gaviria, ‘who has a great commercial point of view and great depth of legal knowledge’, and Jorge Di Terlizzi, who is also ‘highly recommended’, co-lead the 18-strong team. The practice acted as counsel to Goldman Sachs, as structuring bank, on the financing of a PPP for the construction, rehabilitation, improvement, operation, and maintenance of the 550km toll road concession Conexión Antioquia – Bolívar; it will be the first private initiative fourth generation project to be financed in Colombia. The team is also advising Abertis on the evaluation of and negotiation process for the acquisition of a controlling interest in three different SPVs holding 4G concession projects. Associates Carolina Duque and Carlos Padilla are also noted. Other clients include Inter-American Development Bank, JP Morgan, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Acciona Infraestructuras.

Leading individuals

Jorge Di Terlizzi - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Juan Fernando Gaviria - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Duque - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has been involved in significant transactions in the Colombian market and its wider services cover all legal aspects related to the structuring and development of real estate projects; additionally, it has an urban law sub-group which advises public and private entities on planning, land management, and land use execution and procedures. Juan Carlos Rocha led advice to Fondo Privado de Capital–Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia on the acquisition of a 49% fiduciary interest in real estate trust Viva Malls in which Exito Group holds the remaining 51% stake. The practice is also acting for Drummond on real estate matters regarding rural estate properties. Corporate partner Felipe Cuberos is also active in the sector, particularly with private equity clients and on significant real estate transactional matters, while principal associate Silvia Avendaño is noted for real estate- associated trusts and funds, project structuring and project development contracts. Colvalor Propiedades Colombianas, Anglo Gold Ashanti, H&M and Ripley International are clients.

Leading individuals

Juan Carlos Rocha - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Next generation lawyers

Silvia Avendaño - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 5

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Led by ‘specialistsJorge Di Terlizzi and Diego Cardona, the practice at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría provides ongoing regulatory telecommunications advice to local and multinational media and technology companies regarding all their regional legal matters. The team also advises on data protection and privacy regulations. Recent matters include assisting B Braun Medical (and its Colombian affiliates) with the design and implementation of the measures required to comply with data protection regulation requirements in connection with the collection and processing of data in the healthcare sector and through the use of new digital technologies – and also the registration of the companies’ data bases in the National Database Registry. Other clients include Visa International, Mondelez, Nokia and Radio Cadena Nacional.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s service is ‘excellent’ as the 15 lawyers who compose the team ‘have the ability to explain complex matters to clients using simple language’. Practice heads Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo are ‘well-known tax advisors’ with ‘a solid knowledge of the Colombian tax system’. Recent mandates include advising Fiduciaria de Occidente on the complex structuring of a private equity fund with investments in several Latin American countries. The practice also provided tax advice to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff regarding the corporate structure required for the construction of the world’s largest telescope (in the Chilean Andes) and which involved association with an American entity. Senior associate Diego Velandia is also noted – a ‘problem solver’, he has experience across tax planning, consultancy and litigation. Other clients include Cartones América, Schrader Camargo and Goldman Sachs.

Leading individuals

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Covering all stages and aspects of both domestic and international arbitration proceedings, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría represented two Colombian corporations in a $100m international arbitral dispute revolving around an allegedly breached complex EPC contract for a major energy project. Recourses are now pending. The team led by partners Héctor Hernández and Julio César González also defended a construction firm from an alleged breach of a promise-to-purchase agreement over the rights to invest in the construction and management of a hotel and a mall in the North of Colombia.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Héctor Hernández and Julio César González co-lead Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s 17-strong practice, which is leading the litigation on behalf of two major mining companies of over 400 land restitution claims that involve mining and oil and gas concessions in different regions of Colombia. The team has obtained over 40 favourable decisions to date. The team also assisted a multinational construction company with reaching an amicable settlement in a dispute arising from a breach of contract with the subcontractor of a liquidated natural gas receiving, storage and regasification infrastructure. Drummond (Sucursal Colombia) and Vitol Colombia are also clients of the practice; senior associate and key team member Juan Mendoza is noted.

Leading individuals

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Julio César González - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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