Juan Camilo Rodríguez > CMS Rodríguez-Azuero > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
CALLE 75 NO. 3-53

Work Department

Juan Camilo is Managing Partner and leads the Corporate / M&A and Commercial areas and co-leads the Real Estate practice for the Firm.


Managing Partner


Juan Camilo is Managing Partner and leads the Corporate/M&A and Commercial areas. He also co-leads the Real Estate practice for the Firm.

In addition, he is a member of the Latin America Committee and the Executive Committee of CMS internationally. He has advised national and multinational clients on matters related to commercial and civil law and family business and estate planning.

He has vast experience leading M&A transactions related to divestitures, equity investments and disposal of assets of major companies. He also led the most important management buy-out to date in the Colombian financial sector. He has advised investor clients in Colombia and abroad, as well as many multinational companies on issues related to foreign investment in Colombia, shareholder agreements, agency and distribution agreements, corporate governance, competition law, technology transfer agreements and joint venture agreements.

Furthermore, he has more than 20 years of experience advising shareholders of major businesses in the development and implementation of estate planning and has more than 20 years of experience in real estate projects.


Spanish, English and French


  • Former President for Family Business Network (FBN), Colombian Chapter, which has 100 of the most important family businesses in the country including: banks and retails, and others (http://fbn.com.co/fbn-global). FBN promotes success and sustainability of family businesses around the world.
  • He was a Member of the Surveillance Committee of Fondo Capital Privado Darby Colpatria
  • He was a Member of the Surveillance Committee of Fondo Capital Privado Nexus
  • He has been national and international speaker in various panels and conferences
  • He was a Member of the Board of Directors of Club Los Lagartos
  • He is one of the Founding Shareholders of Prelegal Assist, a start-up company that today has more than 2 million clients (http://www.prelegalassist.com)


  • 2003 – Degree in Finance for Non-financiers, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1999 – LL.M., International Business Law, University College London, London, United Kingdom. Law of International Finance – King´s College London, Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies – Queen Mary and Westfield College, Multinational Enterprises and the Law – London School of Economics, Insurance Law – University College London

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Real estate

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.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

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 outgoing associate practice director Amanda Arcaya, who left in April 2022. Senior associate María Garrido and junior associate Lina Barreto are also noted for corporate and commercial matters.

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.