Jacques Simhon > CMS Rodríguez-Azuero > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Jacques is Partner and leads the Corporate Criminal Law practice and co-leads the Real Estate & Construction, Dispute Resolution, and Compliance practices for the Firm.

Position

Partner

Career

Jacques is Partner and leads the Corporate Criminal Law practice and co-leads the Real Estate & Construction, Dispute Resolution, and Compliance practices for the Firm. Jacques graduated as an attorney from Universidad de los Andes, and holds a Masters degree from the Universidad de Barcelona – Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences, as well as a Masters degree in Criminology and Security from the Universidad de Barcelona. He holds a Specialty degree in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes. Furthermore, he is the Vice President of the Colombian Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anticorruption of the International Chamber of Commerce. During his career, he has advised national and multinational clients in matters related to corporate and personal criminal liability, both as a litigating attorney and as an advisor for criminal risk management. He has also developed his career as a lawyer in disciplinary matters. Furthermore, he has participated as a speaker in multiple presentations and has been a professor in undergraduate and postgraduate classes at different universities in the country.

He has been directly involved in the Real Estate development sector both as Head of Legal and General Manager of development companies, leading the development from conception to completion of several high-profile real estate projects in Colombia. 

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

  • Cámara de Comercio Internacional (Capítulo Colombia), Vice President of the Anti-corruption, Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Committee
  • Member of the board of Directors in the Calle del Sargento Mayor Investment Trust, owner of the Bastion Luxury hotel and the El Gobernador Restaurant in Cartagena, Colombia
  • Professor of Criminal Procedure at the universities of Los Andes, Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Sergio Arboleda, as well as lecturer in other universities in Colombia and Spain.

Education

  • 2014 – Specialization in Financial Legislation, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2012 – Master in Criminology and Security, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2011 – Master in Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences, IL3: Universidad de Barcelona – Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010 Diploma Degree in Advanced Criminal Investigation and Analysis, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2010 – Lawyer, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime

(Next Generation Partners)

Jacques SimhonCMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero fields a sizeable 11-strong team that is equally strong on the compliance and white-collar aspects of the practice. On the compliance front it advises on the development, implementation and improvement of governance frameworks, compliance programmes, systems and controls – as well as assisting with internal investigations including those with multijurisdictional and cross-border elements; here the firm’s global size and the forensics specialists and technology this allows access to is a considerable differentiator. On the white-collar front, the team advises on all matters related to criminal law and procedure, develops policies for the prevention and management of criminal risk, and undertakes client representation in any proceedings that arise. Head of the corporate criminal law practice -and co-head of the compliance and dispute resolution teams- Jacques Simhon has a Master’s degree in criminology and security (and a specialisation in financial law), and has over a decade’s experience as both advisor and litigant on corporate and personal criminal liability and criminal risk management. Daniel Rodríguez co-leads the areas of compliance and corporate criminal law, as well banking & finance, insolvency, and restructuring & liquidation, and heading up the area of public procurement; qualified in New York and California, as well as Colombia, he focuses on issues of risk management, AML, CTF, anti-corruption and smuggling. Recent and ongoing matters include representing victims of the Estrategias en Valores (“Estraval”) fraud case; representing publicly owned financial institution Fiduprevisora in administrative litigation for violating local regulations; and implementing a tailor-made AML/CTF programme for fintech platform Peiky. While the financial sector is a strength (notably in relation to AML/CTF compliance), another is financial fraud in the construction, real estate and infrastructure segments, where both Simhon and associate Santiago Calle have particular expertise. On the compliance side, senior associate María Lucía Amador is also noted – she too has specialisations in both infrastructure/state contracting and international finance law. Since the conclusion of research the practice has been further strengthened with the hire of Beatriz Molina as counsel; a former prosecutor, judge and magistrate, she can draw on over 15 years experience in the judiciary, particular in relation to criminal investigation and criminal litigation.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

Best known for its niche expertise in financial fraud matters and white-collar crime, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has an impressive disputes-offering, handling administrative, civil, commercial, and tax litigation, corporate criminal matters, insolvency proceedings and contentious competition cases. The 12-strong group includes four expert partners who co-lead the practice; founding partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero has extensive experience in corporate and procedural law and continues to act for groups defrauded by Ponzi schemes in four such cases, currently. Also heading the public procurement area, Daniel Rodríguez acts in disputes related to commercial and financial law, including judicial insolvency procedures; Jacques Simhon heads up the corporate criminal law practice (as well as co-leading the competition area); and head of the TMT practice, Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla undertakes litigation in relation to regulated matters and competition; (he also handles arbitration). Nevertheless, the February 2021 departure of practice co-head Carolina Arenas was a loss; however, the office has responded rapidly, subsequently merging with boutique firm Sanabria & Andrade in mid-July which brought additional firepower in both dispute resolution and intellectual property. Henry Sanabria  is a civil procedural specialist, while Felipe Andrade‘s dual faceted practice covers both IP and contractual/extracontractual responsibility, the latter giving him considerable litigation experience; the pair arrive as partners, also bringing an additional three associates and three paralegals.

Colombia > Real estate

The seven-strong practice at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero focuses on providing structuring advice on complex real estate investment transactions in Colombia, as well as handling property portfolios, contracts, leases and litigation. Co-led by managing partner Juan Camilo Rodríguez and Jacques Simhon, who is recommended by clients as ‘a great ally’, the team regularly advises on license management, management of partial plans, and advice in sanction processes before local, district and national authorities. Key names include experienced counsel Carolina Lozano, formerly a vice president at Fidicuiaría Bogotá, who joined the firm in January 2021; and corporate associate practice director Armanda Arcaya, and August-2021 arrival who will be active on transactional activities in the sector.