Firm Profile > Contexto Legal S.A. > Medellín, Colombia

Contexto Legal S.A.
Cra. 43A No. 5A – 113
South Tower, Floor 14, One Plaza Building
Medellín, Antioquia
Colombia

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Contexto Legal S.A.' relevance in Colombia's Antioquia department can be gauged by the high-profile transactions in which the firm participated representing the sellers. The largest full-service firm based in Medellín advises national and international clients on the structuring of international contracts for the sale and acquisition of companies in an array of different industries including health, transportation, energy and technology. Co-founding partner Guillermo Villegas Ortega, who has considerable experience in the corporate and financial sectors, heads the six-strong team. Senior associates Felipe Restrepo and Sara Aldana are also noted members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Tannpapier

Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation

Compañía de Créditos Rápidos-Rapicredit

Proyectos Agropecuarios de Colombia

Grupo Biopapel (Scribe Colombia)

OneLink

Compañía Colombia de Cacao

Avícola Nacional

Laboratorio Médico Echavarría

Arkema

International Flavors & Fragrances

Intellectual property Tier 4

Prominent Medellin firm Contexto Legal S.A. houses a practice that demonstrates weight across an array of trade mark and patent prosecution, IP-related litigation, and portfolio management. It provides advice across an array of different industries, the firm representing a significant number of local companies, universities and research institutions. Head of practice Andrés Marquez is experienced in intellectual asset transactions and in valuation of trade marks and patents portfolios; he leads a seven-strong team, supported by two patent engineers. Associate Laura Moreno is a key member of the practice, which also handles copyright, data protection and consumer law.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Siscoax

Cientech

Haceb

Grupo Bios

Vehiculos del camino

Marketing Personal

Muma

Agua Bendita

Sampedro

Fenalco

Ecoflora

Gonvarri

Telemetrik

Real estate Tier 4

The team at Medellín-based Contexto Legal S.A. assists with real estate project development and also handles urban regulation and public procurement issues along with financing requirements. The practice is particularly credited for its knowledge of agribusiness-related real estate matters. Practice head Clara Uribe has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, and - in recent highlights - led advice to Immobiliare on the sale of its real estate portfolio, composed of offices in Medellín and Bogotá. Other past mandates include assisting Promotora Médica las Americas with the negotiation of the construction agreements of a high-complexity hospital in Medellín.

 

Practice head(s):

Tax Tier 4

Medellín-based Contexto Legal S.A. offers transactional tax planning and advisory regarding restructurings, M&A and other operations. The nine-strong department is led by Carlos Andrés González, who has advised major public and private companies on national and international transactions; and Federico Escobar, who has extensive experience in tax consulting, both for businesses and private parties. The practice is particularly active in the financial, transportation, technology and telecommunication industry sectors. Associates Marcela García Ciro and Eliana Garcés are also key members of the team.

Key clients

Factor Dinero

Libera Suply Chain Finance

BTG Pactual (Comisionista de Bolsa)

Compañía de Créditos Rápidos

Compañía Colombiana de Cacao

Aquila Global Group

Diabonos

Inversiones Tinkko

Metro de Medellín

Eurocerámica

Clínica Las Vegas

Banking and finance Tier 5

Long-established as the first full-service firm in Medellín, Contexto Legal S.A. enjoys a strong profile locally due to its roots in the Colombian market, while acting for international clients, particularly those interested in intering into the country. Practice head Carlos Andrés González leads the five-strong team,  which advises on deal structuring, capital markets securities placements and the creation or modification of securities funds; it also handles financial due diligence and debt matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Factor Dinero

Libera Suply Chain Finance

BTG Pactual Comisionista de Bolsa

Compañía de Créditos Rápidos

Compañía Colombiana de Cacao

Aquila Global Group

Labour and employment Tier 5

Contexto Legal S.A.'s employment practice primarily advises companies on their collective bargaining processes and union matters. The five-strong group is led by Guillermo Villegas Ortega, who has a lengthy track record in the sector complemented by his experience in M&A; the team also handles the development of internal regulations, management of recruitment processes and representation in courts and before administrative entities. The Medellín-based full-service firm has notable expertise advising companies from the industrial sector.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

OneLink

Moldes Medellín

Gitrans

Muma

Laboratorio Médico Echavarría

Mane Sucursal Colombia

Compañía Colombiana de Alimentos CALCO

El Colombiano

Grupo Argos

Eurocerámica

HMV Ingenieros

Autogas

Scribe

International Flavor and Fragances

Medellín

Standing at the forefront of Medellín’s legal market, the 30-strong, full-service Contexto Legal S.A. has developed a national reach over the last 15 years - and earned a healthy domestic reputation in the process. Five multifaceted partners oversee the firm’s broad offering: managing partner Guillermo Villegas Ortega leads the corporate and transactional practices and also leads on labour matters; Andrés Márquez heads up the intellectual property and competition and EU areas; while Juan Luis Escobar leads the restructuring and insolvency practice. Clara Uribe’s broad practice includes leading on commercial law matters, real estate and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and ADR), and co-leading the administrative law and public procurement areas. Federico Escobar, in turn, leads the firm’s tax practice and also heads up the estate planning and customs and foreign trade areas. Clients speak of the partners ‘dedication, professionalism and experience’. Arguably part of the firm’s success has been its institutional solidity and this is reflected by a strong second tier across the breadth of its practices. Associate director of the labour practice Melissa Echeverri focuses on individual and collective employment matters and related administrative proceedings; she can also draw on former experience at the Labour Circuit Court. Competition and IP director Laura Moreno has over 15 years’ experience; her practice covers intellectual property (and associated litigation), competition, antitrust and consumer law. Fellow senior associates Sara Aldana and Felipe Restrepo (both corporate/M&A) and Eliana Garcés (tax) are also noted. However, in May 2020, Carlos Andrés González M, formerly the head of the insurance and securities and capital markets practices, and co-head of the administrative and public procurement and tax and foreign-exchange regulations practices, announced his departure for EY (Medellín), taking three members of the team with him.

Testimonials

Clara Uribe is very dedicated and experienced: business orientated, great negotiation skills and very service orientated.

The tax team of Contexto Legal has been very useful for our foundation. Their team attended us in various issues during our legal year. The law in Colombia changes all the time and they are always aware of developments. They have different levels in their team and we always get answer from one of the members and everything is revised by a senior member. We feel really confident with their advice. They have worked with us since we started our foundation, their team is very solid and we have never had tax legal problems.

We have contact with partners and associates and they are all really high-quality professionals – up-to-date lawyers with excellent professional relationships and on-time answers. We are pro-bono clients and are treated as a regular client.

Key clients

Factor Dinero

Libera Suply Chain Finance

BTG Pactual Comisionista de Bolsa

Compañía de Créditos Rápidos

Compañía Colombiana de Cacao

Compañía de Créditos Rápidos-Rapicredit

Proyectos Agropecuarios de Colombia

Grupo Biopapel

Avícola Nacional

Laboratorio Médico Echavarría

Grupo Bios

Sampedro

Fenalco

Ecoflora

Gonvarri

telemetrik

Industria Grecoromana

Inversiones Tinkko

Corporacion Caribe TIC

Moldes Medellín

Gitrans

Mane Sucursal Colombia

Compañía Colombiana de Alimentos CALCO

El Colombiano

Grupo Argos

Eurocerámica

HMV Ingenieros

Metro de Medellín

Contexto Legal is a full-practice law firm based in Medellín, Colombia. With more than fifteen years in the market, our firm has been consolidating, and projecting itself as an extensive and interdisciplinary team of lawyers with high standards of training and experience, led by partners who are recognized by the market as leading practitioners, and truly experts in each one of their professional fields.

With a variety of clients, going from multinationals, foreign investors, large Colombian corporations and entrepreneurs, our firm seeks to contribute to the generation of value from the management of operational risks, offering continuous information and legal advice, within the framework of a compliance culture, to build relationships of respect and trust while implementing practical, innovative and applicable solutions always considering a cost-benefit analysis in benefit of our clients.

Some of our principal clients include: Mérieux Nutrisciences Corporation, Talma Servicios Aeroportarios S.A., Scribe Colombia, One Link, Compañía de Créditos Rápidos, Natura, RUTA N, Contegral, Ejército Nacional de Colombia, Ecoflora Agro, Industrias Médicas Sampedro, Gonvarri MS Colombia, Grupo Argos, Corporación Universidad de la Costa–CUC, Crepes and Waffles, Moldes Medellin, Eurocerámica, HMV Ingenieros, Getcom Colombia, Scribe Colombia, Viappiani de Colombia, Choucair Testing, Muma, Motoborda, Socoda, Insight Crime, International Flavors and Fragrances, Reforestadora el Guasimo, Laboratorio Médico Echavarría, Empresas Publicas de Medellin, Evonik, Fondo de Garantías de Antioquia and Avinal; among others.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A and Labor Law Guillermo H. Villegas ghvillegas@contextolegal.com (+57 4) 604 0433
Intellectual Property Andrés Márquez amarquez@contextolegal.com (+57 4) 604 0433
Tax Federico Escobar fescobar@contextolegal.com (+57 4) 604 0433
Insolvency Juan Luis Escobar jescobar@contextolegal.com (+57 4) 604 0433
Photo Name Position Profile
 SARA ALDANA  photo SARA ALDANA Senior Associate
 MELISSA ECHEVERRI  photo MELISSA ECHEVERRI Partner
 FEDERICO ESCOBAR  photo FEDERICO ESCOBAR Partner
 JUAN LUIS ESCOBAR  photo JUAN LUIS ESCOBAR Partner
 MARCELA GARCÍA  photo MARCELA GARCÍA Senior Associate
 ANDRÉS MÁRQUEZ  photo ANDRÉS MÁRQUEZ Partner
 Laura Moreno photo Laura Moreno Senior Associate
 FELIPE RESTREPO  photo FELIPE RESTREPO Senior Associate
 GUILLERMO VILLEGAS  photo GUILLERMO VILLEGAS Partner
Partners : 4
Assosiates : 32
Administrative Staff : 5
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Medellin

RELEVANT CORPORATE AFFAIRS FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT Medellín is the capital city of the department of Antioquia. The city is located in the Aburra Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America. According to the 2018 census, the city had an estimated population of 2,508,452. With its surrounding area that includes nine other …