Firm Profile > Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos > Bogota, Colombia

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos
AV CALLE 72 NO 6-30
PISO 12
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Long a leading firm for competition and antitrust matters -particularly on the contentious side- Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos handles a steady stream of SIC investigation-related matters, unfair competition litigation, merger review filings and consumer protection work, including associated class action litigation. It has also developed a specialised antitrust compliance programme. The specialised, 10-strong practice displays considerable bench depth, with clients highlighting 'the combination of disciplines [used] to address the issues' and noting that the lawyers 'clarity, transparency, friendliness and efficiency make them a highly desirable team'. It is led by senior partner Alfonso Miranda –'a Latin American benchmark in competition law'– and Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos, who –complementing his competition practice– also advises on corporate, commercial and transactional matters, along with public law and infrastructure. Recent mandates include representing Bavaria, Coca Cola and FEMSA's local subsidiaries in merger control proceedings regarding a proposed strategic distribution alliance; La Campiña, Aerodelicias, Servicial (and certain associated natural persons) in the "PREB cartel" bid-rigging case related to the Bogotá Secretary of Education's school meals programme; and representing Sociedad Portuaria regional de Buenaventura (SPRB) in an unfair competition case (alleged abuse of dominant position) brought by Datacontrol in relation to service provision at the port. Experienced associate practice director, Daniel Beltrán, is at the forefront of a strong associate bench that also includes Andrés Felipe Yáñez (competition and telecoms regulatory), and David Cotrina  (formerly at JAECKEL/MONTOYA ABOGADOS), among others.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Miranda; Andrés Jaramillo

Testimonials

Their experience in strategic competition litigation and the availability of partners and the experience of partners.

Their knowledge of competition law throughout Lat Am and, in comparison with, for example, that of the USA; Their knowledge of administrative or public law, commercial law and their strong deep knowledge in technology management: they understand the Internet of Things (IoT) like few firms.

They are friendly and efficient at the same time. Effective negotiators, conciliators but firm in representing their clients.

Alfonso Miranda Londoño. He is a Latin American benchmark in competition law. Academic, professor of the area, founder of the research centre on the subject, litigator and negotiator in this broad field. The best I have ever met in the sector.

The approach to the client is one to one, with “tailor made actions”. They follow up on the cases, suggest procedural alternatives and seek that the deals are given.

Their billing is fair, clear and precise, we have never had any doubts about their bills, in close to 30 years working with them.

The combination of disciplines to address the issues is novel. Commercial law from the competition perspective, and technology in its interaction with public and private law.

The clarity, transparency, friendliness and efficiency make them a highly desirable team for corporations wanting a one stop legal shop, so to speak.

Key clients

Bavaria

DiDi

Ingenio Manuelita

Baxter

Avianca

Grupo Aval

Corficolombiana

Koba Colombia

Ecopetrol

Gases del Caribe

Kimberly Clark

Equion Energía

Citibank

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Drummond

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura

Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)

Invercolsa

Quala

Coca Cola Company

Norgas

Grupo Aval

Colombia > Public law Tier 1

With particular strength in complex contentious and administrative law matters, public law boutique Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is noted for advising both state entities and private local and multinational corporations across all main public law regulatory sectors. The highly recommended Juan Carlos Esguerra and Felipe Piquero (who is also an experienced litigator) co-lead a team that advises on all aspects of public law matters - from litigation before the administrative instances and arbitral tribunals, to structuring projects and public bids. Associate director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto has experience advising clients on public procurement processes, the design of public contracts and consulting on infrastructure projects, along with expertise in anti-corruption matters. The team is further instructed by government entities regarding administrative and public law issues and is currently acting as legal advisor to the Ministry of Transportation on the legal structuring of  the new concession that will operate the RUNT project, the largest project structured -and to be entered into- by said Ministry.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero

Testimonials

Availability, teamwork, prestige, recognition and excellent advice, as well as being up-to-date on legal tech issues.

The firm has a large team with the necessary knowledge to advise its clients on matters of public and administrative law. They understand clients’ needs and get excellent results.

I recommend Juan Carlos Esguerra, for his trajectory and knowledge of him solving complex problems, with the best results.

Carlos Lasprilla, has extensive knowledge and seeks solutions to the problems and concerns presented by his clients.

In general, all their professionals are very willing and involved in the relevant aspects of consulting.

Esguerra lawyers have not only the knowledge but also the experience necessary to provide high-level advice. Compared to other firms, its level is higher.

They are lawyers who constantly listen to us as clients, seek to satisfy our needs and solve our doubts.

Their outstanding partner: Felipe Piquero.

At present, all firms have had to introduce technologies for the development of their work. Esguerra has done it properly.

Key clients

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia (OBC)

Ministerio de Transporte

Banco Davivienda

Seguros Generales Suramericana (SURA)

CENIT

Aerovías del Continente Americano (AVIANCA)

Fondo para el Financiamiento del Sector Agropecuario (FINAGRO)

PAYC

Armada Nacional de Colombia – Base Naval Bogotá

Gilat Satellite Networks (Israel) / Gilat Colombia

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 2

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has a long-established reputation in securities field and has developed a considerable client roster including broker dealers, banks, private capital funds, mutual funds, investment funds and trust companies, as well as international financial institutions. Distinct from other firms, its primary focus is on the regulatory aspects of the sector, including funds, CMs associated administrative representations and arbitration. It also has expertise in insolvency and debt restructuring operations (representing creditors), and the liquidation of funds. Practice head Juan Pablo González enjoys strong market recognition, in part due to his former role as vice-president of the Bogotá stock exchange, and leads a small but experienced team of four. Notable mandates, recently, include advising on the merger of Colombia's Cámara de Riesgo Central de Contraparte and Cámara de Compensación de Divisas, thereby strengthening the country's counterpart clearing and settlement system. Key support comes from younger partner Verónica Arango Lux, who has a post-graduate degree in capital markets law. Other matters include advisory on the introduction of new (capital markets-related) products into the Colombian market, and counsel regarding recurrent placements, a modality the stock exchange and Financial Superintendency are seeking to foster to further promote capital markets activity in the country.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo González

Key clients

Cámara de Riesgo Central de Contraparte

Cámara de Compensación de Divisas de Colombia

Adcap Colombia

Ultraserfinco

Itaú Comisionista de Bolsa

Itaú Asset Management Colombia

Sociedad Fiduciaria

Itaú Corpbanca Colombia

EFG Group

FCP Credicorp Capital Real Estate

Oficinas de Representación de Credicorp Capital & Credicorp Capital Advisors

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 2

Red Legal Iberoamericana-member for Colombia, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos 'is a firm that has a team with great availability, speed and depth of analysis; it's constructive, works collaboratively and, above all, anticipates' developments. Highly sought after for its deep expertise in both private and public law disputes, it has an impressive track-record in contentious administrative, constitutional and public law matters. The 10-strong litigation group works transversally across sectors (corporate, public contracting, projects, etc) as required, and is a favoured choice for a broad range of disputes work (albeit excluding civil or labour litigation), from corporate and financial disputes and fiscal liability matters, to administrative challenges and litigation regarding environmental permits. The practice has also developed a reputation for work with a high technical element (the Hidroituango matter being a case in point), particularly in the energy sector, where it has also won multiple tariff dispute cases. Founding partner Juan Carlos Esguerra has a lengthy private practice trajectory in both litigation and arbitration, as well as senior judicial posts - most notably as conjuez of both the Consejo del Estado and the Constitutional Court. He co-leads the practice with Felipe Piquero  ('great capacity for listening, vision and strategy'; 'judicious and considered – a very fine lawyer'), whose practice centres on public procurement-related litigation along with matters of domestic and international state-responsibility; and Andrés Jaramillo whose administrative litigation practice takes in unfair competition and restrictive practices, merger-related matters, commercial disputes and state contracting - he also has niche expertise in the maritime ports segment. Associate practice directors Andrés Felipe Cadena  (litigation) and Adriana Nieto (public law) are also key practice members. The team was strengthened with the June-2020 arrival of associate Paola Patarroyo but November-hire, Ana María Herrera, left in May 2021 to undertake her LLM.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra Bogotá; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo

Testimonials

The team assigned to the work has solid legal knowledge, good communication and assertiveness in handling the issues.

During the pandemic, the continuity of services and timely attention to requirements have been guaranteed.

The team is very competent and negotiates with strategic vision.

Prepared and competent lawyers, excellent disposition to attend meetings and client requests. Clear and practical recommendations always seeking to quickly solve the client’s difficulties. The partner in charge of our account is Felipe Piquero.’

They are ordered in their billing process, the answers to the queries are clear and specific.’

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicas is a firm that has a team with great availability, speed and depth of analysis; it’s constructive, works collaboratively and, above all, anticipates.’

Felipe Piquero, is a lawyer of the firm with great warmth, respectful treatment, a great capacity for listening, vision and strategy.

It is an office that works in advance, that is, a team that contemplates possible scenarios and from there builds the advice and support that it will carry out on behalf of its clients.’

Key clients

Carbones del Cerrejón

Seguros Suramericana

Hocol

Compañía de Seguros Confianza

Colsubsidio

Finagro

Fiduprevisora

Cotecmar

Payc

Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria

Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla and Ingenio La Cabaña

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 3

Fielding a 13-strong disputes team led by three partners, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos distinguishes itself not only by the depth of its regulatory and public law knowledge, but also by its exclusive focus on domestic arbitral matters - primarily those related to public contracts and infrastructure. As a former Minister of Justice, name partner Juan Carlos Esguerra was responsible for the commission that originated 2012's Law 1563, which regulates both domestic and international arbitration in Colombia; deeply experienced both as counsel and arbitrator, he is particularly noted for his negotiation skills. ‘Judicious and considered’ and 'a very fine lawyer', Felipe Piquero acts primarily in cases related to public contracts, domestic and international state-responsibility, and human rights law; and Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos focuses on commercial and administrative contractual matters, and also has niche expertise in port-related issues. Headline mandates include advising Hocol on the initiation of arbitral proceedings against oil-drilling equipment company Adrialpetro for provision of faulty and/or insufficiently sensitive equipment for the measuring of oil-well productivity, with an estimated value of over COP$44bn. Other matters include disputes regarding alleged breaches in a ship-and-pay contract in the hydrocarbons transportation segment; and proceedings concerning multiple breaches of contract in the agricultural sector. Following the June-2020 departure of María Cristina Martínez, Paola Patarroyo, has replaced her as associate arbitration practice director; a former international associate at Freshfields' arbitration group, Patarroyo has experience of proceedings under ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Further depth comes from November-2020 hire (from Transmilenio), Ana María Herrera, who has notable arbitral experience.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo

Testimonials

The team assigned to the work has solid legal knowledge, good communication and assertiveness in handling the issues.

During the pandemic, the continuity of services and timely attention to requirements have been guaranteed.

The team is very competent and negotiates with strategic vision.

Prepared and competent lawyers, excellent disposition to attend meetings and client requests. Clear and practical recommendations always seeking to quickly solve the client’s difficulties. The partner in charge of our account is Felipe Piquero.’

They are ordered in their billing process, the answers to the queries are clear and specific.’

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicas is a firm that has a team with great availability, speed and depth of analysis; it’s constructive, works collaboratively and, above all, anticipates.’

Felipe Piquero, is a lawyer of the firm with great warmth, respectful treatment, a great capacity for listening, vision and strategy.

It is an office that works in advance, that is, a team that contemplates possible scenarios and from there builds the advice and support that it will carry out on behalf of its clients.’

Key clients

Carbones del Cerrejón

Seguros Suramericana

Hocol

Compañía de Seguros Confianza

Colsubsidio

Finagro

Fiduprevisora

Cotecmar

Payc

Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria

Manuelita, Riopaila Castilla and Ingenio La Cabaña

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Competition and public law specialists Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos' corporate and M&A area fields five expert partners, and clients highlight their 'personalised attention', 'very good quality of service' and willingness 'to be creative in the search for solutions to the problem'. As might be expected, the partner-heavy team is particularly known for made-to-measure, tailored advice. Late 2018-hire Andrés Parias -formerly at the Superintendence of Securities- is fully focused on corporate matters; he and Juan Pablo González (corporate, finance, capital markets and M&A) lead on the majority of matters but can also call of fellow co-heads Alfonso Miranda, Felipe Piquero and Andrés Jaramillo, each of whom are highly reputed in their specialist areas of competition, litigation and antitrust, respectively. Recent matters include advising Cummins Colombia on the winding up of its operations; Servicios Postales Nacionales on a $23.4m capitalisation process from the Government; and permanent legal advisory on corporate matters to the Cámara de Riesgo Central de Contraparte de Colombia and the Cámara de Compensación de Divisas de Colombia. Key associate support comes from Nicolás Arocha-Roldán.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Parias; Juan Pablo González; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo; Alfonso Miranda

Testimonials

Availability of the leading partner to directly meet customer requirements. Excellent team of professionals, preparation and extensive experience.

Dr Andrés Jaramillo stands out as a professional with extensive experience, great capacity for analysis, comprehensive advice that adds value to the client’s requirements.’

‘Face-to-face and virtual support in different meetings required by the client.

‘Very good quality of service and attention. Always willing to be creative in the search for solutions to the problem. They have clear and accurate knowledge. They are agile and very dynamic in giving answers.

Personalised attention of the partners.

Key clients

Fundación Grupo Social

Biotrop

Cooperativa Epsifarma

Cummins Colombia

Servicios Postales Nacionales

Chevyplan

Cámara de Riesgo Central de Contrapartede Colombia

Cámara de Compensación de Divisas de Colombia

Adcap Colombia

Comfandi

Coomeva

Emssanar

Ferrero Latinamerica Developing Markets

Colombia > Projects Tier 4

The team at Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos primarily handles the structuring of infrastructure and technology projects, advising on the structuring of concession agreements related to software and computer services and technology, and hardware and electronics, along with assessing clients regarding public bids. Felipe Piquero (who is active in arbitration, particularly as regards airport concession cases, as well as public procurement and PPP projects), co-heads the team alongside Juan Carlos Esguerra and Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos. With his focus on project finance, Juan Pablo González is also a name to note, and public law practice director Adriana Nieto is a further integral member of the team. Recent highlights include advising PAYC with regards to legal inquiries, administrative sanction procedures and auditing contracts for construction agreements.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Esguerra; Felipe Piquero; Andrés Jaramillo

Key clients

Ministerio de Transporte

Armada Nacional de Colombia – Base Naval Bogotá

Gilat Satellite Networks (Israel) and Gilat Colombia ESP

PAYC

Colombia > TMT Tier 4

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has a longstanding reputation in the telecommunications industry, with the ‘highly desirable’ team handling an impressive array of clients including BT, LG and CrediBanco. Partner Alfonso Miranda Londoño is a well-known practitioner in telecommunications and recently led on assistance to GoDaddy in part of the merger by which it acquired the country code top level domain (CCTLD), ‘.co’. Juan Carlos Esguerra, Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos; and Andrés Felipe Yáñez are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Miranda Londoño; Juan Carlos Esguerra; Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos; Felipe Piquero Villegas

Testimonials

They are friendly and efficient at the same time. Effective negotiators, conciliators but firm in representing their clients.

They are competitive compared to any firm with which we have worked in Colombia or abroad. We have operations in Mexico, Peru, Chile and we use law offices in the USA. This firm is “second to none”.

Alfonso Miranda Londoño. He is a Latin American benchmark in competition law. Academic, professor of the area, founder of the research centre on the subject, litigator and negotiator in this broad field. The best I have ever met in the sector.

Juan Carlos Esguerra in public law, he is one of the founding fathers since he co-wrote the constitution of the country and created an action that changed the history of Colombian law (the tutela); he shares the virtues of Alfonso.

The team that supports them, such as Dr Andrés Jaramillo or Felipe Yañez, have been trained in that school and share their skill, discretion and efficiency.’

The approach to the client is one-to-one, with “tailor made actions”. They follow up on the cases, suggest procedural alternatives and seek that the deals are given.

Their billing is fair, clear and precise, we have never had any doubts about their bills, in close to 30 years working with them.’

The combination of disciplines to address the issues is novel. Commercial law from the competition perspective, and technology in its interaction with public and private law.

The clarity, transparency, friendliness and efficiency make them a highly desirable team for corporations wanting a one-stop legal shop, so to speak.

Key clients

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Universo Mascotas

GoDaddy

BT Latam

Axesat

Cummins de los Andes

ETB

LG

Ruedaz

CrediBanco

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 5

A mid-sized firm with a broad service-offering, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos probably remains best known for its leading competition practice. Nevertheless, the firm houses a small but capable banking and finance practice led by Juan Pablo González, a former vice-president of the Bogotá stock exchange with approaching 30 years' experience in the sector. Its portfolio of services includes the incorporation of financial entities, representation before relevant financial regulators, public offerings, structured credit agreements, and project finance, among other matters. The recent caseload, however, has been dominated by advisory on the renegotiation and/or amendment of financing and debt restructuring agreements impacted by the pandemic, along with advising creditors in bankruptcy and reorganisation processes. Key support comes from experienced associates Verónica Arango Lux and Nicolás Arocha Roldán. However, Laura Salazar Alvarez left for Cuatrecasas in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo González

Esguerra Asesores Juridicos is a law firm with more than 41 years of experience in the Colombian market. The firm is both multidisciplinary and specialized, with the proven ability to handle complex matters particularly in the areas of competition and antitrust, public and administrative law, dispute resolution, arbitration, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate law, M&A, transportation law, maritime law, projects and infrastructure, consumer protection, project finance, TMT, healthcare law, and labor law, among others.

The firm is a market-leading firm, held in high esteem due to its experience and the reputation of its partners in the professional and academic sphere in each of their respective fields. This has led the partners to play an active role as frequently consulted experts in – or even direct drafters of – the specific legal regulations or reforms of their fields of expertise.

The firm works within the strictest ethics parameters and the highest professional standards. It possesses the experience, knowledge, infrastructure and technology needed to provide reliable legal counsel to its clients. The firm advises national and international clients as well as public entities and multilateral organizations that develop activities in different areas of the economy, such as the financial sector, the insurance industry, infrastructure, utilities, technology, oil and gas, construction, telecommunications, airlines, supermarkets, healthcare, food and beverage, general manufacture, and health and pharmaceuticals, among others.

The firm is prepared to meet clients’ needs at national and international levels, directly or through alliances developed with high-profile law firms in different parts of the world.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Juan Carlos Esguerra
Arbitration Alfonso Miranda
Arbitration José Vicente Guzmán
Competition/antitrust Alfonso Miranda
Competition/antitrust Andrés Jaramillo
Banking and finance and capital markets Juan Pablo González
Public law Juan Carlos Esguerra
Public law Felipe Piquero
Dispute resolution Juan Carlos Esguerra
Dispute resolution Felipe Piquero
Transportation and logistics José Vicente Guzmán
Corporate and M&A/commercial Juan Pablo González
Corporate and M&A/commercial Alfonso Miranda
Corporate and M&A/commercial Andrés Jaramillo
TMT Alfonso Miranda
Life sciences Carolina Ortiz
Tax Catalina Herrán
Labor Hector Arriaga
Photo Name Position Profile
 Héctor Arriaga  photo Héctor Arriaga Partner of the Labour & Employment practice area
 Juan Carlos Esguerra  photo Juan Carlos Esguerra Partner of the Public Law, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice areas
 Juan Pablo González  photo Juan Pablo González  Partners of the Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A practice…
 Andrés Jaramillo  photo Andrés Jaramillo Partner of the Competition and Antitrust practice area
 Alfonso Miranda  photo Alfonso Miranda Partner of the Competition and Antitrust practice area
 María Carolina Ortiz  photo María Carolina Ortiz Director of the Health Care Law practice area
 Felipe Piquero  photo Felipe Piquero Partner of Public Law, Dispute Resolution and Projects practice areas
Other fee-earners : 30
Partners : 7