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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 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.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

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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Within: Leading individuals

Héctor Hernández - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Litigation

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.

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