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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Juan Carlos Rocha

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Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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Corporate / M&A, Real Estate




Juan Carlos Rocha focuses his legal practice on Corporate / M&A and Real Estate, with ample experience in real estate, corporate, commercial and large scale transactions. He is a recognized expert in real estate matters, according to the most prestigious publications, and has represented Colombian and international clients on corporate, commercial and real estate matters, concerning important projects in Colombia. Juan Carlos was in charge of the coordination of the entire expansion plan of Carrefour in Colombia, including the acquisition and implementation of stores, malls, commercial premises and fuelling stations. He was also in charge of the structuring, commercialization and implementation of the Santafé Mall in Bogotá, Santafé in Medellín, Multicentro Cúcuta and the Santa Ana Mall in Bogotá, and is currently advising, among others, the expansion plans of the Parque Arauco, Drummond Ltd., Anglo Gold Ashanti, Gramalote Limited, and other companies dedicated to urban, rural and agro-industry real estate projects. He also has extensive experience advising consumer goods companies, particularly those devoted to food production for both human and animal consumption. He has been a professor of civil law at the Universidad del Rosario (1992) and a frequent lecturer on corporate law and energy law in Colombia. Prior to joining the Firm he was in-house counsel to the 32nd Public Notary in Bogotá (1988), the legal director of Fondo DRI of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture (1991), and in-house counsel to the company Acerías Paz del Río S.A.(1992). He has lectured on Corporate Law and Energy Law in Colombia. Chambers Latin America 2016 mentions:“ Sources single out Juan Carlos Rocha in this field for "his quick understanding of the needs of the business and swift finding of solutions, his strength in transactional matters linked to real estate M&A, and his excellent attention to the client." Another client notes his "wide knowledge of real estate and excellent capacity of negotiation of contracts."”


Spanish, English, French


He has been Secretary of the Latin American Regional Forum (LARF) (2015) and member of the International Bar Association (IBA) (1999 – 2015)


Harvard University Extension School Public International. Law and American Legal System – 1991. Université de Paris II La Sorbonne. Post-graduate degree in Civil Law, honors – 1990. Universidad del Rosario. Law Degree - 1989.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

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.

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Real estate

Within: Leading individuals

Juan Carlos Rocha - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Within: Real estate

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.

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