Eduardo Cárdenas > Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
CRA. 7 NO 71-52

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Colombia > Banking and finance

Recommended for its handling of international transactions, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas‘ practice is experienced across an array of different industries but has particular expertise in the energy and natural resources-related sectors. ‘Committed and with excellent negotiation skills’, the team acted as counsel to Frontera Energy on obtaining a $100m revolving credit facility letter to be used to provide letters of credit to fund exploration and transportation commitments in Colombia and Peru. Bernardo Cárdenas and Eduardo Cárdenas are both recommended and co-head the eight-strong department, in which energy head Santiago González is also active; he recently led advice to Gran Colombia Gold on a $98m debt financing. Other 2018 work highlights included assisting Bancolombia and Banco Davivienda on a $67m loan agreement with PA Centro Comercial Nuestro Bogotá for the construction of a commercial venue. The ‘increasingly experiencedCatalina Pinilla – who made partner in July 2018 – and associate Felipe Molano are also key team members. Clients include Société Générale, Opic, Corredores Davivienda and Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC).

Colombia > Competition and antitrust

Led by Ximena Zuleta, who also leads the office’s dispute resolution department, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ practice group handles the full spectrum of competition and antitrust law. The practice welcomed experienced associate Carlos Ignacio Arboleda from Brigard Urrutia in October 2018, but lost senior associate Ana María Ortegón, who departed in April 2019. A healthy caseload saw the team advise Mexichem on the merger control procedure triggered by its $1.5bn acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Israeli irrigation firm Netafim; the firm is also currently acting in a highly significant SIC bid-rigging investigation. Senior partners Eduardo Cárdenas and Bernardo Cárdenas are also active in the field.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

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Eduardo CárdenasDentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Backed by a global network, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has a team of ‘great contributors that put themselves out there’ for the client and ‘quickly’ solve issues. The practice handles the full spectrum of local and cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional deals, and has particular expertise in oil, gas and mining matters where the group can call on the participation of Jorge Neher and Santiago González, as well as Bernardo Cárdenas. ‘Good, experienced attorneysEduardo Cárdenas and Mauricio Borrero lead the 33-strong practice group, which recently acted for Asesorías Tyndall in a complex operation in which the company had been selected as a transitory buyer of Distribuidora Andina de Combustibles (DAC) (formerly ExxonMobil de Colombia), as part of the mandatory divestiture imposed by the antitrust authorities on Copec and Terpel’s co-acquisition of ExxonMobil’s operations in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. The team also advised Avicanna as purchaser of majority stakes in two local cannabis companies in what was one of the first transactions in the sector in Colombia involving foreign capital. Catalina Pinilla is also a key member of the team. Other clients include Microsoft, Ford, Alpina and Gran Tierra.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has the ability ‘to deal with high-complexity issues with a fast-response service’, with the team getting ‘deeply involved in the cases’ so as to ‘clearly understand the position’ of the clients. Ximena Zuleta, who also heads the competition and antitrust area, leads the seven-strong practice; senior associate Paula Vejarano is also a key practice group member. Additional support comes from highly regarded corporate practice head Eduardo Cárdenas, who is leading the advice to a major multinational regarding a domestic civil lawsuit initiated by a local dealer that claims the existence of a commercial agency relationship and is seeking damages for the alleged undue termination of a distribution agreement. Other highlights included acting for a client against a governmental entity which claims a breach and undue termination of contract. ExxonMobil, Acciona, Morgan Stanley and ZF Group are active clients.