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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Hector Hernandez

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Labor, Dispute Resloution




Héctor focuses his practice on labor and dispute resolution. He has ample experience in civil, labour and commercial dispute resolution, representing clients in front of courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. His expertise has contributed to the firm’s success in this area. He provides clients with litigation advice in the areas of civil, commercial and labour law. He focuses on the representation of clients in negotiations with unions and employees. He has advised foreign clients in relation to Colombian labour and social security law, and has coordinated labour due diligence for several companies. He also has experience in dispute resolution and commercial litigation in front of judicial courts and arbitration tribunals. His past counseling includes litigation related to competition, intellectual property, labor and administrative areas, utility, tax, media and entertainment law. He has more than 30 years of experience consulting in labour matters for companies in the hydrocarbons sector, amongst others. He has been a professor at the Universidad del Rosario, where he taught introductory courses to law. Chambers Latin America 2016 mentions: “Market commentators recognise the expertise of Héctor Hernández and describe his service as "excellent," adding that "he helped on everything." He is highly experienced in administrative, employment and intellectual property disputes.”


Spanish, English


Labor attorneys school, Colombia 2014 - 2015 Labor committee of the Amcham, Colombia 2011 - 2015 Labor committee of the Andi, Colombia 2010 - 2015


Universidad del Rosario Law Degree – 1988.


Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Labour and employment

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s practice group has ‘ample experience in handling delicate situations’ involving the client’s employees, ‘providing strategic advice about how to handle them’. Héctor Hernández and principal associate Carolina Porras (‘has profound knowledge and provides reliable advice’) co-head the six-strong department. The practice has successfully assisted Mondelez in over 15 rights-of-action claims and is representing the company in eight different labour court proceedings brought by 68 former employees claiming reinstatement to former positions with full rights. The team also advised Agrícola Automotriz on the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with its union, and advised Paesa in a labour due diligence of the company’s compensation scheme, among other matters. Former principal associate Diana Zuleta moved to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán. Other clients include Under Armour, Cinte, Abbott Laboratories and Chevron.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

Multi-jurisdictional firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 15-strong practice group in Colombia that is active in both national and international arbitration. Department co-head Julio César González is leading the advice to a Portuguese agro-industrial company in an international arbitration under the rules of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and concerning the breach of an $11m supply agreement to deliver food to Venezuela. His fellow co-head, Héctor Hernández, is representing the concessionaire of an EPC contract for the construction of 200km of roads in an arbitration regarding interpretation of the concession agreement. Principal associates Juan Mendoza and Juan Sebastián Arias, who joined in 2018 from Jones Day’s Miami office, are also key members of the team.

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Within: Leading individuals

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Litigation

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría offers ‘experience and versatility’ and delivers ‘good results’ in complex civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Julio César González and Héctor Hernández co-head the 15-strong team, which has a ‘great capacity to understand the needs of the client and provide alternative solutions’. The firm is advising the subsidiary of a leading global investment bank in a class action brought by Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo, which seeks - within the company’s forced liquidation process as ordered by the health regulator - to declare the sale of the contracts, assets and liabilities of Saludcoop EPS in 2017 null and void; the investment bank had advised the company in the transactions. Other mandates included representing a number of local gas and energy company in an action against the issuance by the regulator of an executive order that modifies their remuneration. Senior associates Mario Pérez and Juan Sebastián Arias are also noted. Siemens, Lazard,  DHL and Citibank are some of the firm's other clients.

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