CMS Rodríguez-Azuero > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
Carrera 11 No. 77a-99
Semana Building, Office 301

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 2

The ‘curious and precise' team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero impresses with its ‘excellent technical knowledge' and its ability to form a ‘perfect symbiosis with the client', according to sources. The two-partner team is well versed across all key areas of compliance and white-collar defence, recently demonstrating  adroit handling of anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing and anti-corruption-related matters. On the risk assessment front, the group is frequently called upon by major domestic and multinational companies to act on compliance programmes and internal policies, such as its recent advice to FCC Aqualia on the implementation of corporate compliance systems. The firm also handles contentious cases, with experience in representing corporate clients in major administrative investigations and proceedings. Department co-head Daniel Rodríguez is valued for being ‘clear in the transmission of information'. Qualified to practise in Colombia, New York and California, Rodríguez’s global outlook is reinforced by his broad sector focus, which combines strong skill sets in compliance, financial services and public procurement. Jacques Simhon co-leads the group and brings to bear industry-specific expertise in real estate and dispute resolution. The deep and broad team also benefits from the experience of counsel Beatriz Molina, a former prosecutor, judge and magistrate who joined in September 2021. Other key contacts include senior associate María Lucía Amador, who is highlighted together with associate Paula Andrea Gutiérrez for their ‘exhaustive analysis', as well as semi-senior associate Santiago Calle, who specialises in white collar and disciplinary matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Rodríguez; Jacques Simhon


‘The compliance and criminal law team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero is dynamic and open to answering the questions of its clients at all times. Lawyers display excellent technical knowledge and are willing to participate in the forums that are required to explain their knowledge and contribute to the growth of the company.’

‘Lawyers are genuinely and deeply interested in the context, that is, in the knowledge of the business and any details that can be of value to the advice. It is a curious and precise team, focused on the client, and with a very high level of compliance and professionalism.’

‘The team establishes a perfect symbiosis with the client to help us grow together: lawyers do a wonderful job of teaching the applicable local legislation and, furthermore, with each collaboration we notice that they get to know our sector of activity, and the idiosyncrasies of our organisation, better.’

‘It is a multidisciplinary team, with specialists in each section. It is reassuring to know that behind the junior there is a senior and an associate who really know the subject matter.’

‘Daniel Rodríguez, pending and aware of the work of his team, directs the analysis and proposes solutions to the risks that may present. Jacques Simhon demonstrates knowledge of the spirit and the letter of the law and is capable of approaching an aspect from various points of view without losing rigour.’

‘We recommended associates María Lucía Amador and Paula Andrea Gutiérrez due to their availability, exhaustive analysis and integration of the components of a regulatory compliance due diligence.’

‘Jacques Simhon and Daniel Rodríguez are two of the best lawyers I have met in their field of activity. Santiago Calle started out as a junior and has come a long way since then. They are all close and professional. In other offices, the partners are enormously unapproachable and haughty.’

‘The main partner directly attends to queries, does the respective follow-up and proposes effective solutions based on his experience and knowledge. Daniel Rodríguez is rigorous, deep in the analysis and clear in the transmission of information and answers to queries.’

Key clients

AR Construcciones

Decathlon Colombia


Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

FCC Aqualia

Maria Paula Linares

Victims of Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta

Neos Nogal PH

Work highlights

  • Advised FCC Aqualia in designing and implementing corporate compliance systems, including anti-money laundering and anti-corruption policies.
  • Advised Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía on third-party due diligence.
  • Represented an individual before the Family Commissioners and the Office of the Attorney General in seeking a ruling for a definitive protective measure against her ex-husband, and also within criminal proceedings being conducted for domestic violence.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 2

Satisfied clients of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s litigation team assert it ‘is definitely a winner!’ The department is widely lauded for its thriving white-collar crime practice, but it also shines in commercial and civil litigation, administrative law issues and judicial bankruptcy proceedings. A strong performer in both domestic and cross-border cases, the firm enjoys close relationships with a diverse range of Colombian and multinational clients, with notable expertise in the financial services, telecoms and energy sectors. Founding partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero's robust regulatory experience in the banking and finance sphere equips him to advise on complex financial disputes; he is notably representing Fiduprevisora, as Trustee and administrator of the Fondo Nacional de Garantías, in a $12m claim initiated by Isagen in relation to the credits made when it was a public entity. Other senior names include Daniel Rodríguez, who is a prominent name for insolvency issues; Jacques Simhon, who spearheads the the corporate criminal law team; and TMT and competition specialist Lorenzo Villegas Carrasquilla. Additionally, the firm’s merger with boutique firm Sanabria & Andrade in July 2021 saw the arrival of Felipe Andrade, who is particularly experienced in IP, infrastructure and state liability disputes, and Henry Sanabria, who is an expert in civil procedural law.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Rodríguez Azuero; Henry Sanabria; Felipe Andrade; Jacques Simhon; Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla


‘The lawyers that make up the CMS Rodríguez-Azuero litigation team start from an adequate understanding of the client’s needs. The design of the litigation defence strategy, as well as of each of the stages of the processes, are carefully agreed with the company’s internal lawyers, thus guaranteeing an adequate handling of the assigned cases.’

‘Henry Sanabria has proven experience in procedural law, and in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry. The CMS Rodríguez-Azuero litigation team is definitely a winner!’

Key clients

Avantel (in reorganisation)


Grupo Energía Bogotá

Group of victims (535) of Elite International Americas

Group of victims (43) of Estraval

BBVA Seguros Colombia

Group of victims (15) of Vesting Group Colombia

Group of victims (31) of Tu Renta Profesionales en Inversiones

Work highlights

  • Representing Fiduprevisora, as Trustee and administrator of the Fondo Nacional de Garantías, in a $12m claim initiated by Isagen in relation to the credits made when it was a public entity.
  • Advising Avantel, as one of the defendants, in a trial whereby the claimant (Comcel) is pursuing the nullity and reinstatement of a resolution issued by the Communication Regulation Commission that modified the general conditions for the provision of the essential National Automatic Roaming facility.
  • Representing Grupo Energía Bogotá in a breach of contract proceeding initiated by contractor Autopistas de la Energía seeking the recognition of cost overruns and the adjustment of the contract.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Distinguished by its teamwork and deep capacity for analysis’, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero houses an increasingly prominent energy and climate change practice that has experienced significant growth in recent years. Most notably, the group was boosted in July 2021 with the absorption of specialist power boutique, Yáñez & Asociados. Additionally, the firm welcomed the arrival of new counsels Leopoldo Olavarría , a Venezuelan-qualified energy transactions specialist who joined in October 2021 from Norton Rose Fulbright in Mexico (from where he will continue to operate); and Mónica Torres , formerly head of boutique firm Viable Legal Business, who joined in March 2022. Alongside its robust electricity offering, the group has broad experience in hydrocarbons and mining matters. Key names include Álvaro Josué Yáñez Alsina , who has two decades of experience in energy and natural resources law and is noted for his regulatory and commercial expertise. Yáñez Alsina co-leads the department together with Daniel Rodríguez  , who has a focus on regulation and projects, and seasoned energy specialist Álvaro Yáñez Peñaranda . Since research concluded, the firm has continued its growth in the natural resources segment with the absorption of mining and environmental boutique Vergel Riascos Abogados in September 2022; mining specialist Daniela Vergel  arrives as a partner with her team of six associates, and also brings abritral and ADR expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro Josué Yáñez Alsina; Alvaro Yáñez Peñaranda; Daniel Rodríguez


‘I don’t work much with law firms, but the project we developed with CMS was successful in no small measure thanks to its professionalism. The firm’s legal analysis for the project we developed was impeccable.’

‘It is distinguished by its teamwork and deep capacity for analysis. The leadership and knowledge of Daniel Rodríguez is clear and positive, both in his team and as part of an interdisciplinary group.’

‘I believe this firm to be one of the most prepared and oriented to provide the correct support and advise in order to make good business decisions.’

‘Lawyers are all very knowledgeable individuals, always thinking outside the box and finding ways to do business in an ethical an efficient manner.’

Key clients


AC Renovables Sol 1

Chevron Petroleum Company

Repsol Colombia

Gases de Occidente

Bavaria & Cia

Electryon Power

SOWITEC Energías Renovables de Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised Promigas on the design and implementation of the legal and regulatory mechanism that will allow the behaviour of GNV’s price to move consistently with the fluctuation of its substitutes.
  • Acted as local counsel to Electryon Power on various matters, including recently advising on the incorporation of a local subsidiary in Colombia.
  • Successfully represented Chevron Petroleum Company in a commercial arbitration before the Center for Arbitration and Conciliation, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Colombia > TMT Tier 2

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero's TMT team finds favour for its ‘good synchrony and communication', which ensures that ‘all issues are handled seamlessly', according to sources. The group is well versed in all key pillars of the technology, media and telecoms spheres, with particular expertise in regulatory, commercial and litigious work. Department head Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to data protection, technology, media, e-commerce, cybersecurity and telecoms, among other areas. Senior associate María Camila Piedrahita provides capable support.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla


‘The firm’s ability to train new lawyers in such a specialised sector is unique. I positively highlight the rigour of the lawyers, their great capacity for analysis, their ability to pay attention to forms and substance and their ability to adapt to requests for public policies, abandoning the rigidity of legal services.’

‘The team is excellent. There are lawyers specialised in each of the matters that my company needs. In addition, the good synchrony and communication within the TMT team ensures that all issues are handled seamlessly.’

‘Lawyers are personally committed to the success of the team, which is evident because each one takes the handling of issues seriously and is very responsive and responsible to the client for their work and for the work of the team.’

‘Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla is absolutely committed to his clients, and he transmits this commitment to all the lawyers in his team. In addition, on a personal level, each of the lawyers is a wonderful person: kind, cordial and ethical.’

Key clients





Andean Towers



Fox TeleColombia

Pharma market

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

VNG Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in one of the biggest cases in Colombia related to data protection matters, including recently filing a suit against the Data Protection Authority before the Council of State.
  • Advising Fox Telecolombia on two MTV-branded TV show productions, produced in Colombia jointly with ViacomCBS: Ex on the Beach and Acapulco Shore.
  • Advising Andean Towers on day-to-day matters, including reviewing contracts and assisting in negotiations with other telecoms providers.

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero's banking clients highlight the team’s ‘impeccable professionalism and specialisation in financial matters'. Active across a wide spectrum of banking and finance law, the group is particularly recognised for its strength in regulation, including new products and fintech structures. Firm founder Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero has an illustrious record in the regulatory field and advised the potential shareholders of Colombian fintech Bold Compañía de Financiamiento on its ongoing establishment. Daniel Rodríguez, who co-heads the group alongside Rodríguez Azuero, provides ‘extraordinary client service'. Senior associate María Lucía Amador is also noted for her ‘efficient responses'.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero; Daniel Rodríguez


The CMS Rodríguez-Azuero team is one of the few offices in which I can be 100% confident in the advice provided. The team demonstrates impeccable professionalism and specialisation in financial matters, executes advice in the best way and brings to bear a unique business vision.

From the beginning of this deal to the closing, the team was available to us at all times, handling all the issues, contacting our client to make sure the closing would happen without delay. I was impressed with its commitment to helping us with our operations in Colombia.

Lawyers have excellent market knowledge, which is an absolute plus. They also have a great pedagogical approach and have always been ready to conduct meetings to our operational teams to present complex legal subjects. They really are dedicated to their clients.

We value the diversity of the teams we work with. Having young female associates in the CMS team was important to us when we selected the firm for this transaction. And more than that, Daniel Rodríguez highlights his associates by putting them first, while always being present and involved.

Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero and his team have an admirable level of professionalism. Lawyers transmit their knowledge in an environment of trust and transparency.

We especially value that partner Daniel Rodríguez is always directly involved in our project; we highly appreciate his transactional knowledge of him.’

Daniel Rodríguez provides extraordinary client service and is very technical when it comes to the particularities of each case. Senior associate María Lucía Amador is very supportive and provides efficient responses.

Key clients

IDB Invest

Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD)

Bogotá, Distrito Capital

Banco Santander

Alloy Finance

Banchile Inversiones

Citizens Bank




BBVA Colombia

Work highlights

  • Represented the potential shareholders of new Colombian fintech Bold Compañía de Financiamiento on the incorporation of the company, including dealings with the Financial Superintendence.
  • Acted as local counsel to Agence Francaise de Developpment on a €200m loan to the Republic of Colombia for the financing of a sustainable government initiative; and also on a €120m loan granted to the District of Barranquilla for the financing of its 2020-2023 Development Plan.
  • Acted as local counsel to the District of Bogotá in a New York law-governed credit facility agreement consisting of a loan granted by BBVA Spain.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

A highly reliable provider of legal advice‘, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero impresses with its ability to ‘pay close and detailed attention to each query or requirement‘. The firm routinely works alongside lawyers from across its global network to excel in advising on the local leg of large regional and multi-jurisdictional matters. Additionally, its longstanding position in the Colombian market ensures it retains close links with major domestic corporations. Managing partner and practice head Juan Camilo Rodríguez continues to notch up involvement in both domestic and cross-border mandates; he recently advised Colombian fintech Bold on a recent $55m funding round led by Tiger Global Management. Energy-focused counsel Leopoldo Olavarría  is another senior name; he joined in October 2021 and was formerly a partner at Norton Rose (Venezuela). Senior associate Camilo Caicedo was recently promoted to associate practice director to replace the outgoing Amanda Arcaya, who left in April 2022. Senior associate María Garrido and junior associate Lina Barreto are also noted for corporate and commercial matters. Since publication, Caicedo has left the firm (as of February 2023) and been replaced as corporate associate practice head by Felipe Molano, who arrived from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas the same month.

Practice head(s):

Juan Camilo Rodríguez


‘CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has supported us in various commercial law matters, as well as in complex transactions, consolidating its status as a highly reliable provider of legal advice.’

‘We value the firm’s responsiveness’.

‘CMS is a firm that has experienced significant growth in recent years without losing the ability to focus on the needs of the client, or the ability to pay close and detailed attention to each query or requirement.’

‘As a novelty, CMS proposed — as an added value — the training of internal teams in aspects that they have proactively identified in order to mitigate risks, which is an action that I have not found elsewhere in the market and demonstrates excellent engagement with the client.’

‘Lawyers always demonstrate availability and responsiveness.’

‘Associate Lina Barreto stands out for her strong knowledge of commercial law and for providing concepts in record time, while also analysing matters in depth and providing practical solutions. Lina impresses with her willingness, knowledge, and ability to handle critical issues. A talent with a bright future.’

Key clients


Grupo Empresarial Oleoflores

Shareholders of Círculo de Viajes Universal

Arthur J Gallagher

Elanco Animal Health

Alianza Team (Team Foods Colombia & Grasas)

Worcester Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised SK Capital and the Heubach Group, together with other CMS offices globally, on their $927.7m cross-border acquisition of a Swiss holding company property of Clariant, Colorants International and 36 of its subsidiaries.
  • Acted for Colombian fintech Bold on several matters in connection with its strategic growth plans, including structuring several key investment rounds, such as the recent $55m funding round led by Tiger Global Management.
  • Advised IMCD Colombia on the acquisition of 80.1% of the shares of Colombia’s Siliconas y Químicos.

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 3

Noted for its ‘closeness, quality and price', CMS Rodríguez-Azuero's customs law and trade group is primarily active in transactional support matters. In particular, it advises clients conducting cross-border deals on the application of multilateral treaties, customs and trade planning, foreign exchange matters and related litigation. Tax specialist Santiago Arbouin leads the department —he also co-heads the firm’s tax practice— and is noted for his strength in local tax, international tax, customs tax and foreign trade and customs law. Associate Natalia Recio, who sits in the customs law and trade and tax practices, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Arbouin


The team has a great knowledge of the Colombian market and in particular of international trade and customs issues related to medicines and medical supplies.

‘We recommend the team for its closeness, quality and price.’

‘We value the firm’s knowledge of tax issues.’

‘In general, the firm has a very good work team. Credibility is demonstrated in the information lawyers provide to suggest solutions to all concerns.’

‘Lawyers remain close and they know the subject.’

‘Santiago Arbouin and associate Natalia Recio have always given us the support to get the best solution to all the situations we have come across. Their responses are detailed, correctly supported and within the established times.’

Santiago Arbouin is a professional of the highest level.

‘We particularly highlight Santiago Arbouin for his up-to-date knowledge of tax regulations.’

Key clients

IMCD Group

Trinity Capital


Promotora ACR

Compañía Internacional de Integración- CI2

GSP Servicios Generales – AUNA


EOR Colombia

CI Ecoexim

Work highlights

  • Advised FCC Aqualia on a foreign exchange due diligence process.
  • Advised IMCD Group on a customs, trade and foreign exchange due diligence process.
  • Advised CI Ecoexim on customs and foreign trade planning, seeking the most efficient tax and customs structure for the company.

Colombia > Life sciences Tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s life sciences practice is recognised for its specialist focus on regulatory matters, including market approval procedures, labelling, and advertising issues. Department head Karl Mutter also co-heads the IP practice and is recommended for his expertise in regulatory matters related to consumer and life science products. Associate director Luz Helena Vargas is noted for her record in health registrations and sanitary and phytosanitary regulation. Associate María Ximena Castellanos provides support to the life sciences and healthcare, and consumer products teams.

Practice head(s):

Karl Mutter

Key clients

Red Bull

Lohmann & Rauscher

The Kellogg’s Company


Les Laboratoires Servier


Riopaila Castilla

Alianza Team

Nobel Biocare


Work highlights

  • Advised Alianza Team on evaluating the impact on labelling and advertisements of new regulations issued by the Ministry of Health establishing frontal label warnings concerning contents of sugar, sodium and fats.
  • Advised AB InBev on the implementation of a new manufacturing, market approval and product registration and labelling module, as part of the firm’s evolving software regulatory compliance tool.
  • Assisted Coltene with various regulatory issues, including import matters.

Colombia > Public law Tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero enjoys strong relationships with global clients, who praise the firm for its ability to provide ‘the international support required for the success of projects in Colombia'. The practice is also recognised for its multidisciplinary support, combining experience in public procurement, administrative law, infrastructure projects and anti-corruption matters. Public procurement and banking and finance partner Daniel Rodríguez steers the team with support from associate director María Lucía Amador, who focuses on public procurement, administrative law and infrastructure, and associate Paula Andrea Gutiérrez.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Rodríguez


The members of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero provide their business clients with practical solutions to specific needs, delivering timely and accurate information and providing the international support required for the success of projects in Colombia.’

The firm has an expert team of partners and associates through which it provides general legal assistance in administrative procedures and matters governed by state entities.’

Daniel Rodríguez is an outstanding lawyer due to his ability to personally support clients in highly complex transactions, advising multinational and local companies on a wide range of constitutional and administrative law matters.’

‘Among the strengths of CMS is that its lawyers work in different sectors. As an international firm, it brings these practices to the local market.’

‘CMS lawyers are versatile, easily accessible to their clients, their publications stand out, they participate in events that allow the market to know and be updated on the latest developments in the market on different topics.’

‘With the firm CMS Rodriguez Azuero we have a fluid relationship. The lawyers studied our entity previously, gaining time that was applied to the signed contract. The chosen lawyers complemented their strengths perfectly and had the co-ordination of a partner with extensive experience in public contracting.’

‘Lawyers were always available to our company, they adapted naturally and professionally to our technology, so that the advice went without interruptions. The administrative area, in particular billing and other procedures, was adapted to the requirements of our systems, procedures and times.’

‘It is a group of professionals who complement each other in their academic strengths, with extensive legal practice, emotional intelligence and several years of working together, so that the personal and work relationship flowed naturally, which greatly helped in the advancement of the company, advice and the results obtained.’ 

Key clients


Agence Francaise de Développement

Hewlett Packard Colombia

Pacheco Estudio de Arquitectura

Interamerican Development Bank


Capital District of Bogotá

FCC Aqualia

Phelps Dunbar

Work highlights

  • Represented JC Decaux in the negotiation of a settlement agreement related to a concession contract for the provision of the urban furniture for Bogotá DC.
  • Acted as local council to Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) regarding a €200m budgetary loan to the Republic of Colombia for the financing of a programme supporting its public policy priorities in the field of climate action.
  • Advised Hewlett Packard Colombia on several public procurement processes for the award of framework agreements and on the performance of agreements entered into with Colombian public entities.

Colombia > Real estate Tier 3

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s real estate team climbs a tier in 2023 due to its adept handling of both real estate transactions and development projects — the broad team also advises on contentious and regulatory matters. Characterised by its ‘ability to maintain close and trusting relationships with its clients‘, the group acts for an impressive roster of domestic and multinational funds, developers, banks, owners and lessees, including Jamestown and Promotora ACR. Managing partner and transactional specialist Juan Camilo Rodríguez co-leads the department alongside Jacques Simhon, who handles transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Experienced counsel Carolina Lozano and senior associate Laura Ospina are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Juan Camilo Rodríguez; Jacques Simhon


‘The firm’s knowledge in the real estate business is broad enough to work on all relevant issues. The strong points without a doubt are lawyers’ experience and expertise in the subject and their understanding of risk points.’

‘The firm’s lawyers become allies of the client, since they maintain consistently fluid communication through different means, with timely responses.’

‘In addition to its knowledge of the subject, the factor that most differentiates the team is its availability to attend to the client’s questions and requirements.’

‘Counsel Carolina Lozano, has significant knowledge and experience in real estate, which makes her contribution to the business absolutely relevant and essential.’

‘CMS is characterised by its ability to maintain close and trusting relationships with its clients. Lawyers are always a phone call away to support us in any matter.’

‘The availability of Jacques Simhon is the team’s differentiating factor. In addition to his technical knowledge in the real estate sector, Jacques proposes innovative solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

Promotora ACR

Caja de Compensación Familiar Colsubsidio

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Jockey Club

BASF Química Colombiana

Operación Malva

Acero Cure Martinez


DM Diseño Construcción

Fondo de Inversión Desarrollo Inmobiliario Perú Colombia


Jamestown Latin America

Work highlights

  • Advised Promotora ACR on all legal aspects of the Makani Luxury Beach Club real estate project in Tierra Bomba, near the city of Cartagena.
  • Acted for Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario on the structuring of a fiduciary scheme to acquire a property declared as a property of cultural interest, located in the centre of Bogotá.
  • Advised Fiduciaria Bancolombia on a comprehensive analysis of the legal and operational risks within its operation as a trustee of REITs.

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

New entrant CMS Rodríguez-Azuero continues to record increasing activity in competition and antitrust-related work, with its practice focus encompassing a mix of merger reviews, investigations and regulatory compliance issues. Department head Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla leverages his TMT expertise to pack a punch in technology-related matters. Other key contacts include senior associate María Camila Piedrahita, who supports on antitrust, TMT and international trade law.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla

Key clients

Xiomi Corporation

Gases de Occidente

Work highlights

  • Advised Promigas on the principle of neutrality’ execution in the negotiation mechanisms stated in the supply and transportation of natural gas regime in Colombia.

Colombia > Intellectual property Tier 4

A team that takes ownership of cases', CMS Rodríguez-Azuero impresses sources with its responsiveness and extensive practice knowledge. The group handles a comprehensive range of IP matters, with notable niche strength in the plant breeder’s rights sphere. Karl Mutter co-heads the department and handles trade marks, patents, copyrights, industrial models and plant breeder’s rights. Dispute resolution specialist Felipe Andrade now co-leads the team following his July 2021 arrival from Sanabria & Andrade. The group also includes associate director Lola Kandelaft, who specialises in IP portfolio management, protection and defence.

Practice head(s):

Karl Mutter; Felipe Andrade


‘The team is very accessible and the response to queries is immediate, or very fast. In addition to these strong points, I would highlight the high level of knowledge on the subject, the informative and current bulletins that it sends out, and the team’s presence in so many jurisdictions.’

‘The team is always willing to listen. Its response times are quick and lawyers respond thoroughly to the concerns presented.’

‘This is a team that takes ownership of cases, that invests the appropriate time with the client and which demonstrates deep knowledge of the subject.’

‘Excellent customer service, availability and attention to detail.’

‘The team’s review of our company’s applications in a multidisciplinary manner has allowed us to receive guidance and legal concepts from various perspectives.’

‘The firm takes the initiative to involve different areas (practices) according to the requirements, which in the end translates into a more complete service. Additionally, teams keep very up-to-date on regulatory changes.’

‘Great professionals who not only know the legal aspects, but also the practical aspects. Karl is a practical person who understands the system and proposes solutions’

‘My contact has been with Karl and Lola and their work is impeccable. What I would highlight most, is their honesty when speaking with the client: transparency prevails over profit, which speaks highly of them.’

Key clients

Khiron Lifesciences


Óptica Alemana

Vesalius Pharma


Argelia Internacional

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Miguel Angel Matamoros

Alianza Team


Cámara Colombiana De Comercio Electrónico

Dr Reddy’s


Licks Advogados


Rosen Tantau


Plantador Colombia


David Austin Roses

Elite Flower

Work highlights

  • Advised Bodytech on trade mark matters connected to its efforts to protect its new ‘Athletic Gyms’ brand.
  • Advised Khiron Life Sciences on worldwide trade mark portfolio management.
  • Advised Argelia Internacional on the protection of its trade mark portfolio in Colombia.

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Among CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s key attributes, sources highlight the labour and employment team’s willingness ‘to take positions and provide guidance without hesitation‘. The group’s ‘significant growth in recent years‘ also finds favour and it now covers a comprehensive scope of human resources matters, with particular expertise in social security and pensions. Practice head Adriana Escobar advises on an array of labour, social security and immigration law issues. Key support is provided by associate director Juan Carlos González, who is well versed in contentious and non-contentious work; senior associate Sandra Mora, who has an ‘extremely commercial focus‘; and associate Mariana Garcés.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Escobar


‘CMS has had significant growth in recent years, without losing the ability to engage with the needs of the client, or to provide close and detailed attention to each query or requirement. Lawyers response times are extraordinary and they are willing to get involved in detail to offer solutions tailored to clients.’

‘As a novelty, CMS has proposed as an added value the training of internal teams in aspects that they have proactively identified in order to mitigate risks, which is an action that I have not found in the market with other firms and that demonstrates an excellent engagement with the client.’

‘The lawyers in the labour area of CMS stand out for their excellent knowledge of legal issues, for the practicality in the solutions granted, for their response times and for their ability to take positions and provide guidance without hesitation.’

‘A team committed to the needs of its clients; there is always warm, simple language, knowledge and mastery of legal issues. Unlike other legal teams, this one goes beyond the needs of the client. The legal team can use a language not only for lawyers but for anyone, so everything is very understandable.’

‘Adriana Escobar and associate Mariana Garcés anticipate possible contingencies and propose strategies and documents in order to avoid the materialisation of risks.’

‘Without a doubt, the knowledge and professionalism with which lawyers address the requirements is exceptional, as well as the way in which they have understood our company. A special mention to associate director Juan Carlos González, who was the leader in a complex specific situation which he was able to resolve efficiently.’

‘I was really happy with the support received from associate Sandra Mora. The most unique aspect from my perspective was her extremely commercial focus and ability to easily translate law into business. She was extremely responsive and I appreciated the friendly atmosphere she created, even when discussing complicated issues.’

‘The team that they have arranged for advice on pension issues is excellent. It is incredible because this area has synergies with different areas of law (labour, labour procedure, actuarial, constitutional actions, etc). Lawyers are very diligent, they are very aware of all the procedures, they respond very quickly, and their advice is very complete.’

Key clients

Sanofi Aventis


Weatherford Colombia

Productos Alimenticios el Recreo

Elanco Animal Health

Fiduciaria Davivienda

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Ladrillera Santafé

Khiron Lifescience

Agencia GIZ

Prodigious (Publicis Groupe)




Estahl Ingeniería


Airbus Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised Prodigious, part of French multinational Publicis Groupe, on labour and employment matters, including human resources management, benefits policies, immigration, occupational health and safety, and numerous other day-to-day issues.
  • Advised Weatherford Colombia on a range of employee and social security matters, including assisting in reducing its liabilities in connection with the lack of records relating to the salaries and hours of work of some of the company’s former employees.
  • Represented Fiduciaria Davivienda on the fulfilment of judgements handed down by the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice, via the implementation of settlement agreements relating to payments of pensions to various former employees.

Colombia > Tax Tier 4

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises on a wide range of corporate tax issues, with transactional matters, international taxation and litigation all key areas of activity. Santiago Arbouin, who specialises in tax, customs law and international trade, now solely leads the group following the departure of former practice co-head Natalia Guerrero in December 2021 — she is now tax manager at GeoPark. However, in February 2022 the team welcomed the arrival of associate director Nicole Ríos from from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, who also splits her time between the tax and customs law and trade departments. At associate level, juniors Natalia Recio and Laura Rodríguez are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Arbouin


‘We recommend the firm for its real time attention.’

‘The team is distinguished by its good disposition with the client; lawyers listen to the client and ask about specific issues.’

Key clients

Frontera Energy Colombia

Electricité de France

Kiva Corporation

Epik Asociados

Promotora ACR

Compañía internacional de Integración (CI2)

Trinity Capital


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Frontera Energy Colombia before the Tax Court in litigation against the tax authorities related to the imposing of a penalty for offsetting a credit balance against the CIT.
  • Assisted EDF with the tax structuring and tax planning for the incorporation of a legal vehicle in Colombia.
  • Advised Kiva on financial, tax and exchange matters concerning the development of a financial inclusion portal where social investors can lend money to entrepreneurs to start or extend a company.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

CMS continues to evolve its projects and energy practice in Latin America, applying its deep local knowledge and international expertise to key sector trends; this includes the further growth in renewables projects and the early-stage development of green hydrogen projects in the region. It remains a major player in oil and gas, advising on multiple engagements throughout the region, including transactions in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. In Colombia, the firm continues to be noted for natural gas and renewables matters, while the Chile team is a major player in mining and resources. Moreover, the Mexico City office has a long history in power and infrastructure, including the wholesale electricity market. Rio’s Ted Rhodes is a leading name in oil and gas and renewables, as are Carlos Hamann and Augusto Astorga  in Lima, and Daniel Rodríguez in Bogota. Mexico City’s Derek Woodhouse  and Enrique Lorente Ludlow  have outstanding reputations in power and renewables, especially electricity regulation.

Practice head(s):

Ted Rhodes

Key clients


Solar Access

SacyrWeir Group


Pipeline Technique

Gas Liquids Engineering



HydraWell Intervention



Work highlights

  • Advised Tullow Oil on the termination of four oil offsore exploration licenses in Peru.
  • Advised Enagás, in its role as majority shareholder of GNL Quintero, on the corporate restructuring of the shareholdings in this Chilean gas terminal operator and distributor.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

CMS has a wide-ranging banking and finance practice in Latin America, given additional geographic coverage by its multiple offices in the region (Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico). From acquisition financings to the development of fintech markets in key jurisdictions, the Latin America team benefits from the global firm’s standing and expertise in key segments, along with strong connections to top law firms in New York and elsewhere in North America. Its impressive client base includes private equity houses, corporates, government entities, banks and DFIs. Key partners include Fernando De Cárcer and Jorge Allende Destuet in Santiago, Daniel Rodríguez and Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero in Bogota, and Miguel Viale and Diego Peschiera  in Lima.

Key clients


Bank Polska Kasa Opieki



Banco Santander


AKA Bank

IDB Invest

Agence Française de Developpment (AFD)

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Work highlights

  • Advised the Spanish branch of Banco Santander on the structuring, negotiation and drafting of a Colombian law-governed receivables operation with Telefónica.
  • Advised Volcom Capital on the $200m refinancing of its current portfolio, including Arte Express (real estate), Savar (logistics), Llaxta (real estate), and Esmetal (a producer of structures for heavy industry).
  • Advised KKR on the financing for its acquisition of a 60% stake in Telefónica Chile’s fibre optic network.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

CMS has continued to cement its position in Latin America with local teams in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, and an international group in Brazil. The firm remains noted for its work in energy, including oil and gas, though with an increasing emphasis on renewables and energy transition sectors such as green hydrogen. Mining is another core strength, particularly in its Chile and Peru offices. Increasingly, the digital sector is an additional key area for many of the Latin America offices. The firm also continues to impress in private equity, especially in technology infrastructure segments – fibre optics, data centres and cell towers. Jorge Allende Destuet   and Ramón Valdivieso   are prominent names in M&A and private equity in Chile, Juan Carlos Escudero  is a key figure in Peru, Juan Camilo Rodríguez   is a leader in Colombia, and Ted Rhodes  has many years of experience in Latin America energy M&A, having led the Rio office since 2010.

Practice head(s):

Ted Rhodes

Key clients

Eaton Corporation

CTS Eventim

Weir Group

Agon Capital

Garrett Motion




BP exploration Mexico

Movyon (Autrostade per l’Italia)


Suez Chile

Worcester Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR (in conjunction with New York counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP) on the acquisition of a 60% interest in Telefonica Chile’s fiber-optics network.
  • Advised Dreams on the structuring and negotiation with Enjoy, of the terms and conditions under which the two companies may conduct a strategic business combination involving Enjoy’s and Dreams’ gaming businesses and casinos in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Panama and Peru.
  • Advised an international payment technology company on the acquisition of a leading payment solution provider in Latin America, including operations in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Chile.

Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS is a future facing full-service law firm with more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide that combines deep local market understanding with a global overview. CMS has a strong presence in Latin America, with offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We are one of the few law firms present in all Pacific Alliance countries.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero in Colombia is built on deep local roots with more than 40 years of experience providing specialised legal advice with high management skills and a strategic approach to local and multinational clients.

The firm offers a unique combination of deep knowledge, practice and expertise in almost all areas of law including: banking and finance, commercial, antitrust, competition and trade, corporate/M&A, employment and pensions, environmental law, dispute resolution, public procurement, real estate, tax, compliance, corporate criminal law, intellectual property, technology, media and communications, life sciences and healthcare, insolvency, restructuring and liquidation, customs law and trade, consumer products, funds, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, insurance, private equity, energy and climate change.

Sergio is Founding Partner and head of the Banking & Finance practice and co-leader of the Dispute Resolution area for the Firm. Sergio Rodríguez 601 321 8910
Juan Camilo is Managing Partner and leads the Corporate / M&A and Commercial areas and co-leads the Real Estate practice for the Firm. Juan Camilo Rodrí 601 321 8910
Daniel is Partner of the Firm and co-leads the areas of Banking & Finance, Insolvency, Restructuring & Liquidation, Compliance, Energy & Climate Change and Corporate Criminal Law and leads the Public Procurement area. Daniel Rodrí 601 321 8910
Jacques is Partner and leads the Corporate Criminal Law practice and co-leads the Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, and Compliance practices for the Firm. Jacques 601 321 8910
Karl is Partner and leads the Life Sciences & Healthcare practice and co-leads the Intellectual Property practice for the Firm. Karl 601 321 8910
Lorenzo is a Partner for the Firm in the Technology, Media & Communications (TMC) and Antitrust, Competition & Trade practices and coheads the Dispute Resolution team. Lorenzo 601 321 8910
Adriana is Partner of the Firm and leads the Employment & Pensions practice. Adriana 601 321 8910
Santiago is Partner and leads the Customs Law & Trade practice and the Tax areas for the Firm. Santiago 601 321 8910
Álvaro Josué is Partner and coleads the Energy & Climate Change team for the Firm. Álvaro Josué Yáñ 601 321 8910
Álvaro is Partner and coleads the Energy & Climate Change team for the Firm. Álvaro Yáñez Peñ 601 321 8910
Henry is Partner of the Firm and coleads the Dispute Resolution practice. Henry 601 321 8910
Felipe is Partner of the Firm and coleads the Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property practices. Felipe 601 321 8910
Daniela is a Partner for the Firm and co-leads the Dispute Resolution practice and the Energy & Climate Change team in the Mining sector. Daniela 601 321 8910
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