Daniel Rodríguez > CMS Rodríguez-Azuero > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
CALLE 75 NO. 3-53
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Work Department

Daniel is a Partner of the Firm and co-leads the areas of Banking & Finance, Insolvency, Restructuring & Liquidation, Compliance and Corporate Criminal Law, and Energy & Climate Change and lead the Public Procurement practice.

Position

Partner

Career

Daniel is a Partner of the Firm and co-leads the areas of Banking & Finance, Insolvency, Restructuring & Liquidation, Compliance and Corporate Criminal Law, and Energy & Climate Change. He also leads the Public Procurement practice. Daniel is admitted to practice in Colombia and in the states of New York and California in the United States.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Daniel has represented sponsors, banks, and other lenders, as well as infrastructure and construction companies, EPC contractors, investors, guarantee issuers and borrowers in complex infrastructure transactions and project finance matters. He has extensive experience with the social, environmental and land acquisition complexities related to project finance deals and infrastructure projects.

In addition, he has also been involved in some of the most sensitive local and cross-border white-collar controversies and investigations. Daniel has also advised national and international clients, debtors and creditors in complex local and cross-border insolvency processes.

Daniel has advised both the Colombian government and private companies on regulatory issues and on the structuring, design and implementation of energy-related projects, particularly oil and gas, mining, electricity and renewable energy projects.

Languages

English and Spanish

Memberships

  • Member of the New York Bar Association.
  • Member of the California Bar Association.
  • Member of the American Bar Association.
  • Member of the Colombia Bar Association.
  • Chair of the Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-.
  • Member of the Colombian Chapter Commission on Commercial Practices of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-.
  • Member of the Colombian Chapter Commission on Banking Practices of the International Chamber of Commerce -ICC-.
  • Member of the “A” list of arbitrators of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá.
  • Former President of the Security and Risk Management Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce -AMCHAM-.
  • Member of the Commission summoned by the Colombian Government to Implement and Draft Regulation on Secured Transactions new law 1676 of 2013
  • Member of the Panel of Experts summoned by the Colombian Presidency to inform the Organization of American States commission about the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC).

Education

  • 2007 – LL.M., Master in Corporate and Business Law (Dean’s Merit Grant), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2003 – Specialist on Commercial Law, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2001 – Lawyer, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Daniel RodríguezCMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources

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.

Colombia > Public law

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.

Colombia > Banking and finance

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‘.

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.

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.