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Jacques Simhon

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CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

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




Jacques is Partner and leads the Corporate Criminal Law practice and co-leads the Real Estate & Construction 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 also holds a Specialty degree in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes. 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.

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.


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  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s corporate and compliance department undertakes the full range of corporate transactional matters and has a particular focus on due diligence processes in relation to anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism, corruption and illegal activities, as well as designing and implementing prevention strategies. Renowned for his experience in financial, regulatory and administrative litigation, Juan Camilo Rodríguez co-heads the 12-strong department in conjunction with Daniel Rodríguez and Jacques Simhon. In a cross-border matter also involving Chile and the UK, the firm acted in tandem with CMS Carey & Allende to advise Charles Taylor on its acquisition of the FGR Group, with the team conducting due diligence on the target company’s Colombian vehicle. Clients include Fiduprevisora, Dover Corporation and Apax Partners.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero advises a mixed domestic and international client roster on, primarily, the structuring of complex private development projects. Co-led by managing partner Juan Camilo Rodríguez and Jacques Simhon, the team is recommended for tailoring its advice and ‘accompanying clients throughout all stages of the project’. The team continued to advise ACR Group on the drafting and negotiation of all retailer-lease contracts associated with its La Serrezuela luxury retail centre in Cartagena, as well as with the acquisition of additional land for the expansion of the project. The practice is also advising Círculo de Viajes Universal on its investment in several major real estate projects, including the acquisition of a 51% stake in a spa in Bogotá. Senior office partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero is also active in the practice. Other clients include Ciudad Lagos de Torca Landowners, Colegio Colombo Hebreo and Aldea Proyectos.

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Colombia: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has had dispute resolution at its core since its original founding as a boutique in 1980, particularly in financial regulatory and administrative litigation. The practice group also houses white-collar crime capability. The 13-strong team is co-led by senior partner Sergio Rodríguez-Azuero and Carolina Arenas, who has particular expertise representing groups defrauded by Ponzi schemes. Daniel Rodríguez, who leads the compliance and public procurement practices, and Jacques Simhon, who leads the corporate criminal law practice, are also active in the sector. The team is currently advising Banco Internacional de Costa Rica (Bicsa) on the defence of its financial creditor rights in Estraval’s insolvency and liquidation proceeding. Other key active clients include Avantel, Fiduprevisora and Interprint.

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