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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Martin Acero

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Corporate / M&A, Tax and International Trade


Partner and the firm´s Co-Chair in Colombia


Martín Acero is Co-Chair of the Firm in Colombia. He has advised multiple clients from diverse Colombian and International sectors in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and has participated as advisor and facilitator for local and foreign clients in joint ventures and other types of associations. He has also advised local and foreign clients on national and territorial tax issues, and thanks to his knowledge of international tax matters, he has participated as advisor in multi-jurisdictional projects. Martín has participated hand in hand with Colombian tax authorities in the drafting and preparation of legal provisions, both statutory and regulatory. His counseling of national and international clients has gained him renown throughout the country. He is currently a professor in the Department of Business Law in the Universidad del Rosario. Martín was chosen for two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2015, as a leading lawyer by the English publication Chambers & Partners. International Financial Law Review (IFLR) recognized him as a leading lawyer in 2014, and again in 2015. Both publications are globally renowned for their investigative work ranking the legal firms and lawyers in the world. Chambers Latin America 2016 mentions: "Clients are impressed by Martín Acero's knowledge and ability to quickly provide solutions to highly complex cases, considering him to be "a tax expert." They go on to note: "He is a supremely capable and intelligent lawyer who is also very creative and an effective negotiator."


Spanish, English


Universidad de los Andes. Post-graduate degree in Financial Law – 1992. Universidad del Rosario. Law Degree - Highest Honors – 1990.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Corporate and M&A

With an established reputation for ‘strong experience in M&A’, the Colombian office of the multi-jurisdictional Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 25-strong practice group jointly led by six partners. Recent mandates saw managing partner Martín Acero act for Lanoga Enterprises on the sale of its equity stake in Aseo Urbano to Veolia, and practice co-head Felipe Cuberos advise Chilco on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Sungas. Claudia Barrero, Juan Carlos Rocha, Nicolás Tirado and Hernando Padilla also co-lead the practice. In an audacious broadening of its corporate offering, the firm also recently integrated two boutiques - environmental law specialist Macías Gómez Abogados, and the white-collar and compliance-focused Forero Ramírez Abogados; Luis Fernando Macías (who specialises in corporate environmental law and litigation) and Juan Carlos Forero and Pamela Alarcón (who are experts in criminal corporate law and compliance) have become partners. Clients include Tecnoglass, Scotiabank Colpatria, Inmobiliaria Bondue and Macquarie Capital.

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International trade and customs

Within: International trade and customs

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is experienced in structuring domestic and international operations and transactions, and offering consultation on tax planning and customs matters, and also has free trade zone expertise. Martin Acero and Carolina Rozo head the four-strong team, which advised the consortium formed by five liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) commercialisation companies in Colombia (Chilco Distribuidora de Gas y Energía; Inversiones GLP; Montagas; Compañía de Almacenamiento de Gas and Grupo INSA) on issues related to importation of the fuel. Other mandates included assisting Drypers Andina with the design of a legal structure to render different services between the companies of the group. Abbott Laboratories, Productora de Confección, Zona Franca Las Américas and Vitol are also clients.

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Within: Leading individuals

Martín Acero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Tax

The service at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is ‘excellent’ since the 15 lawyers who compose the team are ‘always available to address any issue in a timely and professional manner’. Well-regarded office managing partner Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo co-head the practice group, of which senior associate Diego Velandia is also a key member; however, former senior associate María Alejandra Buitrago joined DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán. Recent mandates saw the team advise Banco Colpatria on the design of the international corporate, tax and foreign-exchange structure to acquire Citibank Colombia’s private banking, private clients and consumer operations businesses. Other matters included designing a legal and tax structure to permit the rendering of different services between Drypers Andina, a company incorporated in a (Colombian) free trade zone, and Protisa Colombia, which is incorporated within national customs territory. The team also developed a tax structure on behalf of Inmobiliaria Bondue to facilitate its entry into a joint-investment project with Canadian company Avicanna for the production of “sun grown” cannabis. Other clients include Mexico Infrastructure Partners, Aesco, Visa, Citibank and Proquinal.

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