Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
CRA. 7 NO 71-52
TORRE B, PISO 9
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 1

A key office in the regional footprint of this global firm, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas' fields a compact -but consolidated- finance practice. 'Responsive and knowledgeable about banking, finance and other matters', it demonstrated resilience and strength-in-depth during the pandemic, with clients citing its 'business vision', 'most up-to-the-minute standards' and 'responsiveness'. The ten strong group is co-led by a trio of partners. Thirty-year veteran Bernardo Cárdenas has a standout track record and is particularly known for his finance practice in relation to the natural resources sector.  Lauded by clients for her negotiating skills and strategic vision, Catalina Pinilla's practice centres on financings and capital markets matters; while corporate practice head Eduardo Cárdenas has particular expertise in debt restructuring. On the projects side -and for structured finance in general- the team can call on Pablo Jaramillo, who was promoted to partnership in April 2020. In addition to its participation as local counsel to Avianca Holdings in the latter's headline $1.4bn debtor-in-possession financing, the team has been active on an array of fronts: Bernardo Cárdenas led advice to BBVA USA regarding its $300m loan to Tecnoglass; Pinilla advised the IFC on multiple deals -including loan agreements, share sales, working-capital facilities and restated credit facility agreements- with an aggregate value of over $165m; Eduardo Cárdenas advised Accial Capital Management on a $10 financing to fintech microlending company Aflore; while Jaramillo is leading ongoing advice to Puertos y Inversiones regarding the $220m financing of a multipurpose port terminal in Tubo, Urabá. Providing key support, a strong second line is composed of three associates who each have over a decade's experience: Daniela Mejia Mariño is a finance all-rounder with a particular niche in corporate credits for infrastructure; Felipe Molano is a derivatives specialist and Ángela Botía has particular expertise in fintech, open banking and financial regulatory matters in general.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Cárdenas; Eduardo Cárdenas; Catalina Pinilla

Testimonials

The Dentons team has helped me on different matters across Latin America. One of their greatest advantages is their presence in various countries in the region, which is very efficient when you need a review that involves different LatAm countries. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable about banking, finance and other matters. Bernardo Cardenas and Daniela Mejia have been exteremely helpful in my deals. Their coordination efforts with different offices and different lawyers within Dentons has been really helpful. Their responsiveness to really challenging timetables has also been key. Finally, their work product has been clear, objective and helpful.

Eduardo Cardenas’ availability and attention to detail is outstanding.

Dentons Colombia is the standard to which all law firms should aspire. Their advice is legal but also practical. They have a business vision rarely seen in external attorneys.’

Catalina Pinilla has extensive legal knowledge, but the value she brings to the table that no one else can match is her ability to provide practical advice aligned with business needs. She does not just repeat the law blindly, but provides useful information and strategies for strategic decision making.

They have a lot of experience participating in negotiations, allowing them to fully understand the terms and conditions of frequent use and the most up-to-the-minute standards, aswell as having very good interaction with the teams of the counterparts.

Catalina Pinilla, excellent knowledge in credit negotiation with banks and practical skills for the efficient handling of issues in discussion with the counterparties and their legal teams.

Key clients

BBVA USA

Caldas Gold Corporation

International Finance Corporation.

Avianca Holdings

Accial Capital Management

Moss Tree Capital

Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia

Puertos Inversiones y Obras

Work highlights

  • Local counsel to BBVA USA as administrative agent, swing line lender, L/C issuer, joint lead arranger and sole book-runner of (i) a delayed-draw term-loan facility of $250mn and (ii) a revolving credit facility of $50mn granted to Tecnoglass et al; the team led the drafting, negotiation, and structuring of the security package, the drafting of the loan agreement in its Colombian law aspects and as arranger of the security package in Peru.
  • Advisor to Puertos Inversiones y Obras, the developer of of a multipurpose 65,000 TEU port terminial in Turbo, Uraba region, on the terms of its $220m financing and negotiation with other equity investors in the project, along with associated regulatory and contractual matters.
  • Local counsel to Avianca Holdings and its subsidiaries as borrower and guarantors of a super-priority, $1.4bn debtor-in-possession term loan agreement, granted by the DIP lenders and with JP Morgan Chase Bank acting as both administrative and collateral agent.

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 2

Primarily active representing banks and financial institutions of late, rather than issuers, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas fields a robust and knowledgeable team with particular expertise regarding international issuances. The six-strong group is led by team is led by managing partner Bernardo Cárdenas in conjunction with fellow co-heads Eduardo Cárdenas (who also leads the corporate practice) and Catalina Pinilla. Recent headline mandates saw Bernardo Cárdenas lead advice to the initial purchasers with regards to Colombia Telecomunicaciones $500m senior notes issue under Rule 144A /Reg S; while Pinilla has been active in relation to the structuring of a bond programme directed towards sustainable development. Key support comes from experienced senior associates Felipe Molano, who is increasingly taking on leading roles in this area; and Daniela Mejía, who has a Master's degree in securities and financial regulation. However, Christina Burn moved to Mendoza Abogados in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Capital Markets

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bank of America

JP Morgan

Santander

Work highlights

  • Local counsel to the initial purchasers (BofA Securities, BBVA Securities, BNP Paribas Securities, JP Morgan Securities and Santander Investment Securities) regarding Colombia Telecomunicaciones’ Rule 144A/Reg S. $500m senior notes issue.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Fielding an impressive 35-lawyer strong corporate and M&A group that includes 11 partners, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has capacity, expertise and solidity. Despite the pandemic the office enjoyed a strong year in M&A and even saw an uptick in transactions in the oil and gas, energy and healthcare sectors. Senior partner Eduardo Cárdenas, a 40-year veteran whose experience includes a period as Latin America senior counsel for Microsoft, co-heads the practice with younger partner Mauricio Borrero (who also co-leads the firm's regional practice). Frequently working with other offices of the firm's global network the team advises major domestic and multinational corporations and is perhaps best known for its strength in oil, gas and mining matters, where the group can call on the participation of energy and natural resources department co-heads Jorge Neher and Santiago González. Other key practitioners include office managing partner (and transactional specialist) Bernardo Cárdenas; and Alejandra Bonilla , who joined as a partner from Frontera Energy (where she was corporate legal vice-president) in April 2020. Recent mandates of note include advising Newmont Mining on the establishment of a joint venture for exploration and exploitation activities; assisting the real estate investment fund of Corredores Davivienda with several property acquisitions (aggregate value: $30m-plus); and Analizar Laboratorio Clínico Automatizado on its sale. Key associate support comes from senior María Paula Álvarez  (corporate / real estate), and associates Felipe Molano (M&A / banking and finance) and Santiago Miramón (M&A, corporate reorganisations, securities law).

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Cárdenas; Mauricio Borrero

Testimonials

The honesty and integrity of the senior lawyers.

Eduardo Cardenas – integrity.

Mauricio Borrero – understanding the practical implications behind the legal contracts.

Key clients

Newmont

Fondo de Inversión Colectiva Inmobiliario de Renta Davivienda Corredores

Mercado Libre

Analizar Laboratorio Clínico Automatizado

Sorse Technologies

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Statkraft

KPS Capital Partners

Frontera Energy

Ithaca Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as local counsel to Dentons UK, as the lead advisor to  renewable energy generator Statkraft  on the acquisition of solar power pioneer Solarcentury.
  • Advised global private equity firm KPS Capital Partners on its acquisition of the Lufkin rod lift solutions business from Baker Hughes.
  • Advised Mercado Libre on the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Kiserty, the holding company of five subsidiaries in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico; specifically undertaking the due diligence and terms of the Colombian subsidiary.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The ‘very professional’, nine-strong team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is best known for its profound expertise in the oil-and-gas sector -particularly M&A work (including transactions involving multiple jurisdictions)- where it works on all aspects of hydrocarbons matters, from upstream to down and encompassing complex and multidisciplinary due diligence processes, legal opinions, multi-jurisdictional IPOs and take-overs, on behalf of foreign E&P companies, international banks and upper-, mid- and down-stream operators. The practice group's caseload also indicates increasing diversification with an up-tick in electricity-segment mandates. The firm’s regional head of hydrocarbons, Venezuela-qualified Jorge Neher‘s expertise and experience also reaches in to the mining segment. Santiago González focuses on M&A, financing and foreign investment in the energy sector, as well as on oil-and-gas regulation; while Bernardo Cárdenas focuses on project finance and capital markets and Hernán Rodríguez is involved in M&A transactions and has particular expertise in the mining sector. Key associate María Margarita Lorduy is director of the office’s environmental practice and has extensive experience of acting in relation to the entire extractive industries segment; she also handles community relations matters. However, Alejandra Bonilla moved back in house as corporate vice president (legal) at Frontera Energy in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Neher; Bernardo Cardenas; Santiago González

Testimonials

Dentons has a strong and versatile oil-and-gas team that continuously exceeds our expectations.

Hernan Rodriguez stands out as an outstanding practitioner and manager who has taken the time to understand our business well.

High knowledge of the issues, great willingness to discuss and innovate. They are mentality-oriented towards helping the client’s needs and not closing in on mental barriers (unlike most law firms).

Agility in their responsiveness so as to meet deadlines and objectives. I insist that they have a commercial approach with which it is a pleasure to work, they do not mentally close in on minor legal arguments but rather, are able to see the larger picture.

Very professional, they know how to listen, but at the same time they are warm and it is a pleasure to work with them. They always put the project ahead of their egos, which makes it easy to advance and be innovative. They are genuine in wanting the best for their clients, and they rejoice in their successes.

‘I’d note partner Santiago Gonzalez and his team, including Santiago Miramon, Lucia Escobar and Daniel Garcia.

It is an office that is willing to venture into unknown territory, gaining mastery of the subject quickly and efficiently, which led us to launch the first private renewable energy auction together.’

Key clients

Pluspetrol Colombia

ONGC Videsh (sucursal Colombiana)

Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia (PCR)

La Luna E&P

Enerland Group

Amcor Rigid Packaging USA

Puerto Bahía Colombia de Urabá

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Frontera Energy

Gran Tierra Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Puerto Bahía Colombia de Urabá on the design-build-finance-operate-maintain-transfer contract for an electricity transmission line for a greenfield multi-purpose port project.
  • Advising Amcor Rigid Packaging USA on the negotiation of a supply contract (PPA) for the energy generated by Solar Power System with gratuitous bailment of the interconnection equipment, between Amcor and Celsia Colombia ESP, as part of the development of a solar power plant intended to supply power to a manufacturing plant located in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
  • Providing comprehensive and multidisciplinary legal advice to the Colombian subsidiary of ONGC Videsh on its day-to-day operations in the country, currently focused on the CPO-5 block located in Llanos Basin, onshore central Colombia.

Colombia > Projects Tier 2

The ‘highly responsive‘ team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is noted for advising foreign and local agents, including major multinational corporations, commercial banks, private equity funds, developers, construction companies, government entities, and multilateral organisations on matters involving infrastructure projects and PPP projects. Bernardo Cárdenas heads the team and has more than 25 years’ experience in project finance, which includes advice to multilateral corporations and multinational banks on syndicated loans to the industry. Pablo Jaramillo leads the transactional side and has experience in project structuring, finance and development in various transport sectors and power generation facilities in Colombia and Latin America. Catalina Pinilla is another name to note for her experience advising multilateral entities.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Cárdenas

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive M&A transaction team dedicated to the project. We are extremely satisfied with the team’s expertise and services. Partner Pablo Jaramillo is very responsive, practical and highly committed.

‘Team’s availability is great. They are always a phone call away to answer any questions you may have.

‘Pablo Jaramillo and Jorge Neher are two very responsible partners and Lucia Escobar is a great associate who is always available as link between partners and client.

Key clients

Puertos, Inversiones y Obras

Puerto Bahía Colombia de Urabá

Amcor Rigid Packaging USA

Enerland Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as an advisor to Puertos Inversiones y Obras, the developer of a multipurpose port terminal located in Bahía Colombia, dedicated to containers, general cargo and bulk (capacity: 650,000 TEU); including advice on the applicable regulatory framework for port concessions and contractual matters related to infrastructure construction and development.
  • Advising Amcor on the negotiation of a supply contract for the energy generated by the solar power system with gratuitous bailment of the interconnection equipment between Amcor and Celsia Colombia ESP, as part of the development of a solar power plant intended to supply power to one of Amcor’s manufacturing plants in Colombia.
  • Advising the client on the process before the Mining and Energy Planning Unit to obtain tax benefits, such as 50% income deduction, VAT exclusion, tariff exemption, and accelerated depreciation, granted by this entity to non-conventional renewable energy projects.

Colombia > Public law Tier 2

The highly recommended public law practice at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has particular strength in contentious disputes, including complex settlement and conciliation agreements. Acting across key sectors of the Colombian economy – from construction and engineering to telecommunications – practice head Ximena Zuleta  leads the group in advising clients across all aspects of the government procurement cycle. Andrés Fernández de Soto offers significant expertise in litigation and arbitration proceedings, while Pablo Jaramillo (who made partner in April 2020) leads the transactional team and its involvement in the structuring, financing and development of projects in various -notably transport- sectors. However, at associate level the practice endured the February 2021 departures of both former senior Maribel Del Valle and intermediate Martín Vásquez, who moved in house at China Harbour Engineering Company (Colombia), and Tul, respectively. Nevertheless, the practice retains key associate support from Laura Streubel, who has former experience as both an advisor to the Vice Minister for Infrastucture and a brief stint at the Agencia Nacional de Infraestrucutra (ANI); and Nicolás Díaz P, who was formerly in house at Transmilenio.

Practice head(s):

Ximena Zuleta

Testimonials

The personalised work of each of their lawyers. They always help us find a solution for any problem that we present to them.

Ximena Zuleta is the person who has worked with me for many years. She is always ready to help immediately with the best solutions.

‘Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has a lot of experience in the public sector, they have successfully completed difficult processes that involve technical, financial or technological issues. They have an interdisciplinary team that manages to understand the exact needs of the client.

At a competitive level, they are the equals of the other firms that are recognised in the sector.’

Dentons has as a plus an extensive knowledge of the telecommunications sector in the country and an understanding of public procurement.

They differ from their competitors in the closeness and trust they transmit to establish a stable and lasting business relationship.’

Their main quality is that they use a clear and direct language that allows their client to understand exactly the concepts and thus obtain the relevant information required in the process.’

‘The most outstanding people members of the team are Ximena Zuleta and Maribel Del Valle, together with their colleague Andrés Fernandez de Soto.

Colombia > Tax Tier 2

Known primarily for its work on complex tax issues in M&A, spin-offs and corporate reorganisation schemes, the full-service tax practice at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas regularly acts as counsel for a roster of domestic and international clients. The practice group is led by experienced partner Camilo Cortés in Bogota, flanked by key fellow-partners Ernesto Lopez and Carmen Sanabria, along with director of the transfer pricing team Germán Andrés Bohórquez. Experienced associate Natalia Dávila is also noted. Also noteworthy, the firm continues to grow its presence in Colombia (despite the pandemic), with a new office opening in Medellin in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Cortés

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas fields a small but capable team in competition and antitrust matters, under the direction of public law expert (and 25-year veteran), Ximena Zuleta, who also heads up the infrastructure practice. She is supported by fully dedicated senior associate Carlos Arboleda (who also co-leads the firm's regional practice), and clients highlight their 'timely and comprehensive' service, availability and attention to solving their needs. The practice has particular experience in bid-rigging cases (participating in both the recent Bogotá-Girandot and Ruta del Sol cases), audits, investigations and merger control. Recent matters include advising Ron La Hechicera on a merger clearance resulting from Pernod Ricard's takeover of the distiller; and Makro Supermayorista on an internal audit to verify implementation of their competition compliance policy; the team also provides ongoing advice, such as that extended to BASF Química Colombiana in relation to competition matters, training and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Ximena Zuleta

Testimonials

Dentons’ competition team has solid knowledge of the subject and they are a reliable support for my company in this field. Availability, high knowledge, reliability.’

Carlos Arboleda and Ximena Zuleta: their service is timely and comprehensive and they are available and attentive to solving the needs we have .

 

Key clients

ICEIN Ingenieros Constructores

WSP Global

BASF Química Colombiana

Mastercard Colombia

Derco Colombia

Kantar Ibope Media

Accenture

Makro Supermayorista

Avantel

Work highlights

  • Represented ICEIN Ingenieros Constructores (as an interested third party) in the bid-rigging investigation by the SIC in the tender process to construct and operate the expansion of the Bogotá-Girardot highway.
  • Acted as counsel to professional services and engineering consulting company WSP Global in the merger control procedure of its acquisition of Canadian-based Enterra Holding.
  • Acted as counsel for mobile services operator Avantel in the merger control procedure related to its acquisition by Partners Telecom Colombia.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 3

The comprehensive litigation capability at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas handles cases in the civil, commercial and administrative courts, ranging from construction and infrastructure disputes to disagreements regarding business and distribution arrangements, consumer protection and antitrust law, torts, insurance, class actions and bankruptcy matters, among others; moreover, it does so with respect to a full range of industries and business segments. ‘An experienced litigator who enjoys a very good reputation‘, practice co-head Andrés Fernández de Soto’s ‘more than 30 years’ experience is frequently decisive in negotiations‘, according to clients. An administrative law, public procurement and commercial law specialist, he has litigated at all levels of justice and is also an arbitrator in the Bogotá and Medellín Chambers of Commerce. Further key input comes from ‘innovative‘ practice co-head, (senior associate) Paula Vejarano, a specialist in high-end commercial conflicts who ‘provides the strategic clarity to defend cases‘; she also handles contentious contractual matters, much of the partnership-dispute work handled by the office, and has notable experience litigating in the infrastructure sector. A recent case saw the pair lead advice to Cascades Canada, Tecnar International and Norpap in a claim by A&A International (and others) of wrongful termination of a commercial agency agreement; having successfully defended the clients in the first and second instances, an extraordinary appeal (cassation) is pending admittance in the Supreme Court. Additional partner-level input comes from public law and competition specialist Ximena Zuleta who is a frequent participant in both litigious and arbitral cases. Associates Carlos Miranda and Daniel Jimenez Pastor are also both noted; however, Martín Vásquez and Maribel del Valle both left the firm to move in house (at Tul and China Harbour Engineering, respectively) in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Fernández de Soto; Paula Vejarano

Testimonials

The Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas litigation team, in addition to the great experience they have,  is always up-to-date since the lawyers are actively involved in academic discussions on current issues that impact on litigation processes. Additionally, they have a multidisciplinary team that allows them to make a truly holistic analysis of the issues, which is an added value.

The added value of the DC&C desk is definitely in the combination of experience (represented with partners such as Eduardo Cardenas, whose preparation is comprehensive in many areas and, in addition to being recognised, is highly respected by the trial lawyers’ union), with the mastery of current procedural issues (where Dr Paula Vejarano has an important role because more than knowledge in novel issues, she provides a strategic clarity to defend cases, which is masterful).

The members of the DC&C desk are seen actively participating and as instructors in courses, lectures and in a procedural study center where they have made important contributions on procedural trends, such as virtual litigation, digitalization of procedures, assessment of evidence and ultimately, various current issues.

The litigation team supports us in judicial and arbitration processes. Paula Vejarano has solid knowledge in this field and her support has been very positive. She shows great interest and willingness to define the best legal strategy in representing the company in different cases.’

As a result of the pandemic, electronic communication has been allowed in judicial processes. Paula has supported us to understand what this new management should be like.

The Dentons team is a team that combines experience with innovation very well.  It has as a basis the more than 30 years’ experience of partner-in-charge Andrés Fernandez de Soto, who re-joined the team after a period away from the firm, together with the experience and innovative spirit of his senior associate, practice director Paula Vejarano. Together, accompanied by a team of young lawyers, they have managed to combine the traditional form of litigation with new perspectives in the face of virtuality and digitization as a result of the pandemic.

Andrés Fernández de Soto is an experienced litigator, who enjoys a very good reputation and whose more than 30 years’ experience is frequently decisive in negotiations. Likewise, he is an arbitrator who stands out for the good sense and consideration of his awards. His experience in public procurement and infrastructure is more than recognised in that sector.

Paula Vejarano has stood out for several years as one of the most successful women litigators in the country. Her involvement in high-profile cases has earned her great recognition and renown among her colleagues. In addition to her brilliant career as a proxy for her partner, she is also an arbitrator and those who have participated with her in arbitration panels highlight her measure and knowledge of one’s rights.

Key clients

Grupo Familia

ONGC

Hella Automotive

Rappi

Thyssenkrupp

Intralot

Parmalat

Aecom Technical Services

Azteca Comunicaciones (TV Azteca)

Exxon Mobil de Colombia

Ford Motor Company

ZF Group

Donaldson Company

Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá HHA (Hyundai Engineering and Construction / Hyundai Engineering / Acciona Agua)

Consorcio MASA–Acciona (Mantenimiento y Montajes Industriales / Acciona Infraestructura)

Samsung

Morgan Stanley

Acciona Infraestructura

Work highlights

  • Represented Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá HHA in a dispute board against Aguas Nacionales E.P.M. in connection with a contract for constructing a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Successfully represented Ford in a domestic civil lawsuit initiated by a local dealer, who claimed the existence of a commercial agency agreement and sought damages for alleged undue termination of the distribution agreement; one of the largest commercial agency cases ever litigated in Colombia outside of an arbitration proceeding, the plaintiff was subsequently ordered to pay costs of approximately $1m.
  • Representing the local subsidiary of Spanish infrastructure company Acciona Infraestructura in a commercial agency suit brought by a former advisor claiming nearly $20m in unpaid commissions and damages.

Colombia > Environment Tier 3

Joining the rankings for 2021, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas' demonstrates expertise in environmental and social regulatory matters, primarily in relation to the mining industry. In this area, the firm has been in consultation with government authorities to discuss a large number of the recent mining, environmental and social regulations in Colombia. The environment practice is perhaps best known in relation to M&A in the mining sector, including complex cross-border transactions, multidisciplinary due diligence and securities-related elements such as Canadian plans of arrangements and the IPOs of listed companies. Associate director María Margarita Lorduy heads the environment team, advising on environmental matters for well known mining, hydrocarbon, and infrastructure companies.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Cárdenas Martinez; James Valdiri Reyes; Jorge Neher, Hernán Rodriguez; Santiago Gonzalez

Testimonials

‘Very professional and have the necessary knowledge to support us in making decisions. Knowledge of regulations and relationship with government entities.

They have a highly experienced team in providing legal services and in different areas of law. They have great communication and relationship skills and are very friendly at all times. The team is diverse in every way, as well as very versatile and with an international and local focus. Their rates are competitive and they are very collaborative. They are very experienced in the practice area and they know the sector well, as well as the regulations. Hernan Rodriguez and Margarita Lorduy always provide an accompaniment of exceptional quality and that is very close.’

Key clients

Novum Energy

Brazil Resources

Valparaiso Energy

Newmont Mining Corporation

Gran Colombia Gold

Iamgold

Anglo Gold Ashanti

Anglo American

Greenstone Mining

Caribbean Resources

Enami

B2Gold

Royal Road Minerals

Mineros

Toachí Mining

Asociación Colombiana de Minería

Sun Valley Investments

Atico Mining

Minera el Roble

Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration

GoldMining

Hochschild Mining

RK Mine finance Bermuda I

Minera Cobre de Colombia

Touchstone

Miraflores Compañía Minera

Baroyeca

Carbocoque

Aris Investment

Fenix Gold

Gramalote Colombia

Minera Cobre Quebradona

Work highlights

  • Advised Minera El Roble regarding the filing before the National Mining Agency for an extension of its mining concession.; involving the design and implementation of a complex legal strategy that seeks to obtain a new mining concession under current regulations, allowing it to continue its existing mining operations for an additional 30 years and carry out new exploration activities.
  • Advising Gramalote on the structuring of a power line project to supply the company’s project, involving the structuring of the terms of reference, the preparation and drafting of agreements, and support in the definitive contractor’s selection process for the construction of the line.
  • Advised AngloGold Ashanti subsidiary Quebradona on preparing the legal chapters of the pre-feasibility study for a world-class copper mining project in Jericó, Antioquia, Colombia.

Colombia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas' global network allows it to advise companies with worldwide portfolios, such as AB InBev and Colombina, with the firm maintaining clients for the long term. Work comes from a diverse range of sectors, from consumer products and pharmaceuticals to energy and natural resources. Clients also benefit from the firm’s experience in consumer protection, privacy and data protection. The team takes on IP litigation for both plaintiffs and respondents, including seizures and counterfeiting matters, as well as advising on filings and licensing. Practice heads Luz Helena Adarve and Juanita Acosta have a ‘deep knowledge of IP practice’, with years of experience in managing IP portfolios. Adarve annulled a trade mark registration for Colombina, assisted by associate and ‘excellent professional’ Ana María Ruiz , while Acosta has worked on cross-border trade mark registrations and appealed a trade mark rejection for Mattel. Mario Andrés Carvajalino left the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Luz Helena Adarve; Juanita Acosta

Testimonials

What makes the practice of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas unique is the professional and human quality of its team of lawyers in the area, with Luz Helena Adarve leading this practice, which makes us clients feel confident about the advice received due to the high quality of service and knowledge of the area, but also because of the kindness in the treatment received.

In addition to Luz Helena Adarve, her partner Juanita Acosta is an expert in the area, especially in new IP issues, as well as the rest of the associated lawyers.

‘It undoubtedly compares favourably with the teams of other firms. Luz Helena Adarve and Juanita Acosta, as partners of the firm, stand out for their deep knowledge of IP practice, and for being at the forefront of new forms of protection and associated legislation.’

Ana María Ruiz is an excellent professional, with many years of experience, especially in the area of ​​brands.

The union of Cardenas & Cardenas with Dentons brought some changes in the technological area, reinforcing the organisation of the area.’

The team is very knowledgeable on the subject and the partners are always ready to help in the shortest possible time. It’s a great team.’

Partners Eduardo Cardenas and Juanita Acosta are two lawyers with a lot of experience and knowledge. Always ready to help in the shortest time possible.

The Dentons Cárdenas y Cárdenas team stands out for being attentive, willing to provide solutions to their clients’ queries and, most importantly, in the term that is required. I have always received the best service, dedication and knowledge from the firm. It is characterised by closeness to clients, its work is friendly and we have always been served with the best relationship, regardless of the circumstances and the adverse moments through which all the companies have passed in this last year.

Key clients

AB-Inbev

Colombina

Avianca

Solidia Technologies

Facebook

Instagram

Tik Tok

Argenta Innovation

Microsoft

Arvinas

Rutgers University

USB-IF

Grupo Peñaflor

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Fast de Colombia

Mattel

Siglo Data

Reckit Benckiser Group

Moet & Chandon

Coach

FCA Italy

Bticino

ChocoSuisse (Association of Swiss chocolate manufacturers)

Old Mutual

Mastercard International

Xebra Brands

Lundbek

Biosidus Colombia

Oracle

Fresenius Medical Care

Teleperformance

Blue Cross Travel Services

Oculis

Valvoline Licensing and Intellectual Property

Whatsapp

WPP Properties

Walinga

Rutgers Organics

Wayabero Lodge

Westbrae Natural

E Distribuzione

Verifone

Mae Terra Produtos Naturais

Redbull

Assa Abloy Access / Egress Hardware Group

Alcala Plivia

Anasac International

Regional Express Americas

Asea

Austral Cereals

Axon Enterprise

Avicanna

Lyrics Capital Royalties Fund

Biolatam

Biovet

Brient IP Law

Butzel Long

Cellaed Life Saver

Cepas Argentinas

Chosen Foods

Cofresco Fischhalteprodukte

Compañía Francesa de Grandes Vinos

Concrete Genius

Bonapharm

Cogeco Peer 1 (USA)

Cyan Security Group

Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki

Dynamis Engenharia e Comércio

Kayla Foods Int’l (Barbados)

Dōterra Holdings

Prodemus Colombia

RB (Health) Colombia

Vash Patent

Ecopharm Biosciences

Farmabase

Wellness Station

International Cleaners Corp

KCI Colombia

Lasanta

Lavoix Paris

Live Nation Entertainment

Liventus

Trevi Altamonte

Mega Brands

Metropolitan Touring Colombia

Mojio

Monteri

Xebra Brands

Nextleaf Solutions

Toy Cantando

Organto Foods

Petronas Lubircants Italy

Solidia Technologies

Pactia

Advance Magazine Publishers

Ballistic Technology

Instituto de Cencia Politica Hernan Echavarria Olozaga

First & Forever

Nevakar

Anasac Colombia

Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Alcoholes y Licores (ANFAL)

Canopy Growth Colombia

Processoft

Long Way Round

Proyecto E

Ackadia

Volvo Group Colombia

Farmabase Saude Animal

Polykem

Work highlights

  • Prosecuted the patent applications of Microsoft Technology Licensing in Colombia.
  • Successfully initiated a nullity action for Colombina, requesting the annulment of a registration for the trademark 3D (strawberry lollipop).
  • Prepared and carried out a legal strategy for a company dedicated to the purchase and sale of pet products to obtain the granting of its trademarks in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico.

Colombia > Life sciences Tier 3

A recommended choice for companies across a broad variety of industries including food and beverages, cosmetics, and technology, the team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas‘ expertise encompasses the full range of regulatory matters in the life sciences industry. The practice is also known as an expert in the emergent cannabis segment, advising international clients and foreign investors in Colombia on matters such as cultivation and production licensing. Practice co-head Santiago González has been involved in conducting several due diligence and rendering regulatory cannabis advice for clients such as Khiron Life Sciences Corp, Cannabco Pharmaceutical Corp, and MedReleaf Corp. He co-leads the nine-strong practice alongside well-regarded IP lawyer, Luz Helena Adarve whose expertise encompasses the full range of life sciences and cosmetics, nutraceuticals, food, and beverages products; and Catalina Pinilla who is also a partner in the firm’s banking and finance practice and advises on cross-border transactions and incorporation and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Luz Helena Adarve; Catalina Pinilla; Santiago González

Key clients

Blueberries Medical Corp. – Blueberries

Avicanna

Analizar Laboratorio Clínico Automatizado

La Santa

Griffols

Biosidus

Lundbeck

Xebra Brands

Cannopy

Baxter

Zambon

Vivy

Work highlights

  • Advising on legal and regulatory matters relevant to Blueberries Medical Corp. – Blueberries’ day-to-day operations in Colombia under its cannabis licenses and permits (seeds), including drafting and negotiation of a joint venture agreement for the development of a cannabis cosmetics business line, registration of IP rights and cannabis trademarks in Colombia and Latam, negotiation of an agreement for the purchase of land for its cultivation, among others.
  • Advised the client on preparing legal opinions regarding the existence, incorporation, and legality of the operations conducted by some of Avicanna’s subsidiaries located in Colombia (including export of the clients’ cannabis by-products and cannabis-based products).
  • Advised the shareholders of one of the leading Colombian sample laboratories on the sale of 100% of their shares and in the sale of the building in which the headquarters of the laboratory are located; the deal’s complexity was to establish a framework for transferring the shares and the building simultaneously, as the ownership structure of the company and the building were different, and the interests of both parties were not aligned.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas handles local and international arbitration particularly in relation to construction matters, although of late it has been more active in proceedings brought by concessionaires against state entities. Practice head Andrés Fernández de Soto -'an arbitrator who stands out for the good sense and consideration of his awards'- is also an experienced arbitral counsel with considerable experience in public procurement and infrastructure. He generally handles party cases in conjunction with senior associate and fellow practice co-head, Paula Vejarano ('those who have participated with her in arbitration panels highlight her measure and knowledge of one’s rights'); an arbitrator at the Cali Chamber of Commerce, she too has notable experience in construction and public concession related disputes. Recent highlights include representing a multinational infrastructure and engineering group in domestic arbitration against a public entity for $60m in unpaid expenses arising from a public infrastructure contract which was unilaterally terminated by the defendant, which has subsequently responded with a $70m counterclaim. Other matters include representing a well-known specialist engineering group in pending proceedings regarding allegedly faulty machinery.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Fernández de Soto; Paula Vejarano

Testimonials

The Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas litigation team, in addition to the great experience they have,  is always up-to-date since the lawyers are actively involved in academic discussions on current issues that impact on litigation processes. Additionally, they have a multidisciplinary team that allows them to make a truly holistic analysis of the issues, which is an added value.

The added value of the DC&C desk is definitely in the combination of experience (represented with partners such as Eduardo Cardenas, whose preparation is comprehensive in many areas and, in addition to being recognised, is highly respected by the trial lawyers’ union), with the mastery of current procedural issues (where Dr Paula Vejarano has an important role because more than knowledge in novel issues, she provides a strategic clarity to defend cases, which is masterful).

The members of the DC&C desk are seen actively participating and as instructors in courses, lectures and in a procedural study center where they have made important contributions on procedural trends, such as virtual litigation, digitalization of procedures, assessment of evidence and ultimately, various current issues.

The litigation team supports us in judicial and arbitration processes. Paula Vejarano has solid knowledge in this field and her support has been very positive. She shows great interest and willingness to define the best legal strategy in representing the company in different cases.’

As a result of the pandemic, electronic communication has been allowed in judicial processes. Paula has supported us to understand what this new management should be like.

The Dentons team is a team that combines experience with innovation very well.  It has as a basis the more than 30 years’ experience of partner-in-charge Andrés Fernandez de Soto, who re-joined the team after a period away from the firm, together with the experience and innovative spirit of his senior associate, practice director Paula Vejarano. Together, accompanied by a team of young lawyers, they have managed to combine the traditional form of litigation with new perspectives in the face of virtuality and digitization as a result of the pandemic.

Andrés Fernández de Soto is an experienced litigator, who enjoys a very good reputation and whose more than 30 years’ experience is frequently decisive in negotiations. Likewise, he is an arbitrator who stands out for the good sense and consideration of his awards. His experience in public procurement and infrastructure is more than recognised in that sector.

Paula Vejarano has stood out for several years as one of the most successful women litigators in the country. Her involvement in high-profile cases has earned her great recognition and renown among her colleagues. In addition to her brilliant career as a proxy for her partner, she is also an arbitrator and those who have participated with her in arbitration panels highlight her measure and knowledge of one’s rights.

Key clients

Grupo Familia

ONGC

Hella Automotive

Rappi

Thyssenkrupp

Intralot

Parmalat

Aecom Technical Services

Azteca Comunicaciones (TV Azteca)

Exxon Mobil de Colombia

Ford Motor Company

ZF Group

Donaldson Company

Consorcio Aguas de Aburrá HHA (Hyundai Engineering and Construction / Hyundai Engineering / Acciona Agua)

Consorcio MASA–Acciona (Mantenimiento y Montajes Industriales / Acciona Infraestructura)

Samsung

Morgan Stanley

Acciona Infraestructura

Work highlights

  • Representing a multinational infrastructure and engineering group in domestic arbitraiton against a public entity for $60m in unpaid expenses arising from a public infrastructure contract which was unilaterally terminated by the defendant, which has subsequently responded with a $70m counterclaim.

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas' labour and immigration team works on cross-practice matters, such as employee transfers during M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as sole labour matters such as terminations of employment during the pandemic and outsourcing risks. Practice head Lorena Arámbula advises well-known international companies on a long-term basis, providing day-to-day advice, and she and associate Laura Mateus are highlighted by clients as 'accessible, practical and efficient'. The firm is also instructed by international practices on Colombian law matters.

Practice head(s):

Lorena Arambula

Testimonials

Dentons is a traditional firm, with a lot of prestige in Colombia, it has been working with us for many years and we have always received excellent and personalised attention. They are very fast, practical and complete.

They are always at the forefront of legal developments and are attentive to mitigating risks in the company.

Excellent professionals: Lorena Aranbula and Laura Mateus generate a service of the highest quality, they are totally accessible, practical and efficient.

The corporate services are of the highest quality, they have a highly trained resource such as Ana López.

Colombia > Real estate Tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas‘ six-strong team acts in transactions involving commercial banks, other regulated entities and developers, in real estate projects, structuring projects, negotiating agreements and purchase of land. The firm also demonstrates ‘exceptional commercial awareness’ and has developed pioneering involvement in the newly regulated cannabis industry, advising local companies with related construction, leases, and real estate matters. Through its global network of Dentons offices, the practice is able to facilitate work for both domestic and international clients.  Eduardo Cárdenas and Camilo Cortés co-head the team which includes associates María Paula Álvarez and Andres Diaz.  

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Cárdenas; Camilo Cortés

Testimonials

‘In addition to speed, quality, knowledge of the law (all of which are expected from a top law firm), Dentons Cardenas’ team exhibited exceptional commercial awareness.

One of the best, if not the best law firm, in Colombia.

Eduardo Cardenas: Industry veteran, exceptional network.

Mauricio Borrero: an M&A expert with exceptional commercial awareness;  hard working he goes above and beyond.

Maria Paula Alvarez: hard working, dedicated and with commercial awareness.

Key clients

Fondo de Inversión Colectiva Inmobiliario de Renta Davivienda Corredores

Ithaca Capital Holdings 4

Fondo de Inversión Colectiva Azur

Joanne Bagan

Fideicomiso Inversión Naranja

Capital Strategic Investments

Puertos Inversiones y Obras

BKAL

Caldas Gold

Work highlights

  • Advised the real estate investment fund of Corredores Davivienda to acquire several real estate properties located in Bogotá city,  including the revision of the status of the real estate assets to be acquired, lease agreements and administrative agreements.
  • Acted as counsel to Ithaca Capital Holdings 4 as the buyer on the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of a Cayman company, which is the beneficial owner of a five-star hotel in Colombia.
  • Advised Inversión Naranja Trust to acquire multiple properties located in the San Felipe neighbourhood located in Bogotá.

Colombia > TMT Tier 5

The team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas stands out for ‘always having the best disposition to attend and support the client’s needs, inquiries and projects’, with the practice focusing on privacy and data protection, e-commerce, consumer protection, cybersecurity and advertising, as well as providing advice on transactional and compliance issues. Head of the firm's regional TMT practice, Juanita Acosta recently led advice to Laboratorios Baxter regarding the implementation of data privacy and compliance programmes in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile. Luz Helena Adarve is highly regarded for advising clients from multiple jurisdictions on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, licensing, privacy and consumer protection. Senior associates Rocío Ruíz (consumer protection / habes data) , Andrés Orjuela (corporate law, IP and compliance), and associate Carolina Herrera Hincapié are additional names to note. Former senior Lina Londoño Giraldo moved in house at Softys in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Luz Helena Adarve; Juanita Acosta

Testimonials

‘They have a lot of knowledge of the technology industry and personal data protection.

Juanita Acosta has a lot of expertise in matters related to technology and data protection and she is very dedicated to her clients. An excellent professional.

The firm, its partners and teams stand out for always having the best disposition to attend and support the client’s needs, inquiries and projects. One of the greatest strengths of the firm and its team is its human quality and the close attention of the work team and its partners. Juanita Acosta, Luz Elena and Carolina Herrera have always supported us to make the best decisions as a legal team. Their availability and passion for providing the best service, supporting us as clients in making decisions has been fundamental to our becoming leaders in the Colombian market in the provision of BPO services and, above all, to consolidate ourselves with the best results in the year of challenges that was 2020.

Key clients

Laboratorio Baxter

Cine Colombia

Vivy

Teleperformance

Alarm.com

Work highlights

  • Legal advice to Laboratorios Baxter on the implementation of data privacy and compliance programs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile.
  • Legal advice on the Vivy’s implementation of services in Colombia -through the Vivy App- to comply with different features related to telemedicine and medical services in the electronic management of health-related data.
  • Assessment for Teleperformance Colombia on the daily request regarding data privacy matters and the performance of data protection impact assessment over approx. 200 operations with clients worldwide, so as to adjust the processes to comply with applicable obligations and internal standards.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is a colombian firm with more than 100 years in the local market. Since its combination with Dentons in 2016, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has achieved not only local notoriety but a global perspective.

Colombia is Latin America’s third largest economy and one of the region’s most dynamic markets. Led by a strong fiscal climate and robust commodity exports, business opportunity abounds throughout the urban centers in the Andes to the coastal cities on its two ocean shores Atlantic and Pacific, this country offers clients from many sectors around the world the benefits of expanding and globalizing their business.

Clients trust Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas to deliver because of their long-held reputation for quality and responsiveness.  Their clients benefit from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas for being a truly global firm. Whether they have local, regional, or global needs, they benefit from the investment that the firm, the largest in the world, has made in innovation and technology. Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas was also the recipient of Chambers and Partners’ Outstanding Client Service Award. 

They also benefit from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas ability to connect talent to opportunity in relation to broader business needs such as capital, best practices, and international decision makers. Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has the geographical footprint to support their needs in Colombia, across Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the rest of the world. 

Benefit of the presence of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, part of the largest law firm in the world, which offers tradition, innovation and talent in two of the main markets in the country, Bogotá and Medellín. Bogotá as capital city and economic center of the country, and Medellín as the second largest city of Colombia, and the main industrial city with an economy driven by the textile, financial services, food and beverages, infrastructure and commerce sectors.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Bernardo Cardenasbernardo.cardenas@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Corporate / M&A Eduardo Cardenaseduardo.cardenas@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Tax Camilo Cortéscamilo.cortes@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Labor & Employment Lorena Arambulalorena.arambula@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Oil & Gas Jorge Neherjorge.neher@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Mining Hernan Rodriguezhernan.rodriguez@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Compliance & Antitrust Carmen Sanabriacarmen.sanabria@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Projects & Infrastructure Ximena Zuletaximena.zuleta@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Projects & Infrastructure Pablo Jaramillopablo.jaramillo@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Intellectual Property Juanita Acostajuanita.acosta@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Intellectual Property Luz Helena Adarveluz.adarve@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Corporate - Capital Markets Catalina Pinillacatalina.pinilla@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Oil & Gas Santiago Gonzalezsatiago.gonzalez@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Tax Ernesto Lopezernesto.lopez@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Mining James Valdirijames.valdiri@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Andres Fernandez de Sotoandres.fernandezdesoto@dentons.com(+57)6014767000
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