María Margarita Lorduy > Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
CRA. 7 NO 71-52
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Work Department

Natural Resources and Environmental Law; ESG & Sustainable Development


Environmental Law Director


María Margarita is Director of the Firm’s Environmental Area. She has advised on environmental, commercial, regulatory law companies in the energy, oil, gas, mining, industrial, agrochemical, public services and infrastructure sectors. She has also been an advisor on ethnic communities, prior consultation processes, public hearings and popular consultations. She has led environmental due diligence processes in some of the most important transactions in the country and has participated in the financing of the most important road, port and airport infrastructure projects.

María Margarita has extensive experience in environmental sanctioning processes, design of litigious legal strategies and licensing, modification and assignment of environmental licenses. She has experience in advising clients regarding the regulation of environmental services contracts.


Spanish and English


Emory University School of Law, 2008, LL.M

Universidad de los Andes, 2003, Specialization on Commercial law

Oxford University, 2001, Courses on Ethics and Environment, Social Politics and Mediation

Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, 1999, Specialization on Environmental Law

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 1998, Law

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Environment

(Rising stars)

María Margarita LorduyDentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ team is well versed in environmental law matters relating to the energy, mining, hydrocarbons, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries, among others. With experience across the full range of permitting, project development, administrative procedures, and due diligence-related issues, practice director María Margarita Lorduy is fully equipped to support domestic and multinational clients on their local environmental law needs. Natural resources co-head Hernán Rodríguez also advises on environmental law matters, with a focus on the mining and minerals sphere.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ energy offering is primarily oriented towards energy transactions, with robust recent experience in M&A, project development and energy financings, among other deals. That being said, the group also handles a significant volume of regulatory work, where it frequently leverages its international platform to shine in advising multinational energy and natural resources companies on their local day-to-day local matters. Among the names to note, Venezuela-qualified Jorge Neher brings to bear significant multi-jurisdictional firepower; he notably leads the energy practice in Latin America and the Caribbean. Neher co-heads the department alongside transactional energy and infrastructure specialist Hernán Rodríguez, finance expert Bernardo Cárdenas, and next generation partner Santiago González. The team also draws on María Margarita Lorduy, who is the associate director of the environmental law practice.