Firm Profile > Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos > Bogota, Colombia

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

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

A top firm for competition and antitrust contentious matters, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos handles a steady stream of important investigations before the SIC, unfair competition cases and class action litigation related to consumer protection. Recognised as a regulatory powerhouse in the country, the firm has also acted in many complex mergers, and is frequently consulted both by companies – in optimisation and innovation processes– and the government. The 10-strong specialised practice is led by senior partner Alfonso Miranda –who has comprehensively practiced across all sectors of the economy– and Andrés Jaramillo, whose considerable track record includes litigation and arbitration related to unfair trade practices. Competition practice director, associate Daniel Beltrán, is also noted.

Testimonials

The team is highly qualified and experienced. The commitment is unique. Their results are much more favourable than other firms for their efficient solutions. They go straight to solving the problem‘.

Their knowledge and experience in complex matters‘.

What makes this practice unique is: knowledge, opportunity and leadership on the subject‘.

Direct contact with the partner and hir main team, which gives the company greater peace of mind and confidence about the decisions to be made‘.

The partners are people with great experience and knowledge of the public nature of the client’s company, with the limitations, risks and advantages that this entails. This firm has that sensitivity and ability to advise us better than other firms that do not have that experience; Juan Carlos Esguerra, Alfonso Miranda and Andrés Parias enjoy the full trust of our business group’.

Key clients

DuPont

DiDi

Bolsa Mercantil de Colombia

Saint Gobain

Baxter

Equion

Cerrejon

City bank

Ingenio Manuelita

Ingenio La Cabaña

Ingenio Riopaila Castilla

Comunicación Celular – COMCEL

Corficolombiana

Chevron Petroleum Company

AB INBEV (Bavaria)

Ecopetrol

Drummond

Kimberly Clark

Koba Colombia (Valorem Group)

OCENSA

Terpel

Amazon

Grupo Aval

Quala

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena – SPRC

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura – SPRBUN

Sura

Public law Tier 1

Regulatory law powerhouse Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is widely recognised as a go-to firm for public law issues, both for consultancy and, particularly, for contentious matters due to the unrivalled expertise in complex litigation of the team's lead partners. Both Juan Carlos Esguerra and Felipe Piquero enjoy great standing among peers and clients alike. The pair co-direct a team sharply focused on administrative law, economic regulation and constitutional law, and which remains a popular choice for domestic and multinational companies, as well as public entities, seeking support on high-stakes matters with a public aspect, such as public procurement and tender processes. A recent case in point saw the team accompany Siemens Mobility during the bidding process for the selection of the contractor to carry out the works for Bogotá's metro project. Associate director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto advises clients on administrative and constitutional law matters and also has expertise in anti-corruption matters.

 

Testimonials

‘Their professional training and extensive experience is recommended. We highlight the participation of Drs. Felipe Piquero and Adriana Nieto‘.

Key clients

Asobancaria

Ministry of Transportation

Banco Davivienda

National Service of Education (SENA)

Siemens

CENIT

Finagro

Fiduciaria Bogotá

Fontur

PAYC

Fiduciaria La Previsora

Colsubsidio

Asocaña

Banco de Occidente

Corficolombiana

Capital markets Tier 2

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has a long-established reputation in securities and regulatory matters, acting for broker dealers, banks, private capital funds, mutual funds, investment funds and trust companies, as well as international financial institutions. The broad group, which has profile due to the market-recognition enjoyed by department head Juan Pablo González, has a good balance between transactional and regulatory matters. The group also has expertise in insolvency and debt restructuring operations, representing creditors, and the liquidation of hedge funds. Associate Verónica Arango is also a relevant member of the six-strong team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

It is a team that strives to achieve goals and develop projects. Juan Pablo González’s knowledge, as well as that of the firm’s associates, is very remarkable‘.

Juan Pablo González has wide recognition in the sector and is a quality pledge in the areas of law in which he advises. His extensive experience and knowledge allow him to adopt duly supported decisions. Verónica Arango was an important hiring for the team, given that her knowledge in the area of financial law strengthened the response capacity, and also made it answer inquiries promptly‘.

Key clients

Ultraserfinco Comisionista de Bolsa

Itaú  Comisionista de Bolsa

AdCap Colombia  Comisionista de Bolsa

Acción Fiduciaria Comisionista de Bolsa

Acciones Y Valores

Corredores Davivienda  Comisionista de Bolsa

EFG Bank

Ultralat Capital Markets

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Interamerican Development Bank

Distribuidora Rayco

Gestor Inmobiliario

MYA Capital Panamá – Private equity fund.

Old Mutual

Scotiabank Colpatria

Finagro

BTG Pactual Comisionista de Bolsa

Porvenir

Litigation Tier 2

Highly sought after for its deep expertise in both private and public law disputes, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos brings to bear an impressive track record in contentious administrative, constitutional and public law matters. The 13-strong practice is a favoured choice for all-type of contentious matters, from corporate and financial disputes and fiscal liability matters, to challenges to administrative acts, as well as litigation in relation to environmental permits for extractive and construction activities. Founding partner Juan Carlos Esguerra, who has an extended trajectory both in litigation and arbitration that also includes senior public roles. He co-leads the area with Felipe Piquero, who litigates on public procurement and domestic and international state-responsibility matters; and Andrés Jaramillo who focuses primarily on cases related to unfair trade, anticompetitive practices and commercial issues. Director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto, and associate director of litigation Andrés Felipe Cadena are also key practice members.

Testimonials

Their professional training and extensive experience is recommended. We highlight the participation of Drs. Felipe Piquero and Adriana Nieto‘.

Key clients

Carbones del Cerrejon

Coviandina

Colsubsidio

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Finagro

Equion

Davivienda

Fiduprevisora

Compañía de Seguros Confianza

Acción Fiduciaria

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Hocol

Bancoldex

COTECMAR

Fondo Nacional de Turismo

Seguros Suramericana

Arbitration Tier 3

Distinguished by its regulatory and public law knowledge, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos' arbitration practice is heavily slanted towards administrative and constitutional law matters relating to public contracts and infrastructure. Three expert partners head the 13-strong practice; Juan Carlos Esguerra is experienced both as counsel and arbitrator in national and international proceedings. Felipe Piquero acts in cases related to public procurement, domestic and international state-responsibility, and human rights law. Acting in several of Colombia's arbitration centres, Andrés Jaramillo focuses on commercial and administrative contractual matters, and also has niche expertise in port-related issues. However, key associate, practice director María Cristina Martínez, left the firm in July 2020.

Testimonials

Their professional training and extensive experience is recommended. We highlight the participation of Drs. Felipe Piquero and Adriana Nieto’.

Key clients

Carbones del Cerrejon

Coviandina

Colsubsidio

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Finagro

Equion

Davivienda

Fiduprevisora

Compañía de Seguros Confianza

Acción Fiduciaria

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Hocol

Bancoldex

COTECMAR

Fondo Nacional de Turismo

Seguros Suramericana

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Competition and public law specialists Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos' corporate and M&A area fields four expert partners and is best known for providing specialist tailored advice. Practice head Juan Pablo González, a financial and capital markets specialist is the key practitioner, and the team was further strengthened with the hire of Andrés Parias as corporate and M&A director; a former legal director of the Agricultural Sector Finance Fund (Finagro), he joined from the Superintendence of Securities, where he was a deputy. Fellow co-heads Alfonso Miranda, Felipe Piquero and Andrés Jaramillo are all highly reputed in their specialist areas of competition, litigation and antitrust.

Key clients

Ultraserfinco Comisionista de Bolsa

Ultralat Capital Markets

Gestor Inmobiliario

Old Mutual

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía

Parking International

Plena Global

Nameless Genetics

Cooperativa Epsifarma

Croda do Brasil Ltda – Sucursal Colombia

Mexichem Colombia

Payc

Projects Tier 4

A leader in regulation and public law, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos advises on the structuring and bidding process of construction projects, in particular those relating to the airport and urban infrastructure segment, as well as software and technology projects. The practice also has a strong record in handling associated contractual disputes. Co-heading the public law practice, Felipe Piquero, who is very active in arbitration of airport concession cases, and Juan Pablo González, who focuses on project finance, co-lead a now eight-strong team following the departure of transport regulation specialist José Vicente Guzmán to found Guzmán Escobar & Asociados. Among other highlights, the firm acted as advisor to the Colombian Infrastructure Equity Fund on the process of analysis, evaluation and acquisition of the concession company Aeropuertos de Oriente. Director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto is also a key member of the group.

Testimonials

It is a very good team that shows total disposition to the attention of the process and the required meetings’.

We’d highlight the constant willingness to attend the client’s concerns, reviews, meetings, etc. As of late, we have worked with Daniel Beltrán and Andrés Parias’.

Key clients

Ministerio de Transporte

Siemens Mobility

PAYC

Colombian Infrastructure Equity Fund (CIEF)

Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID)

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Sociedad Portuaria Rio Córdoba

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Santa Marta

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Tumaco

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

TMT Tier 4

Longstanding heavyweight competition and public law boutique Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos handles a mix of regulatory, commercial and contentious matters for an impressive array of TMT clients, including BT, LG, Telefónica and Comcel.  Alfonso Miranda and Juan Carlos Esguerra, who both have experience in regulatory and legislative public entities, co-lead the eight-strong department along with Andrés Jaramillo; all three are seasoned litigiators. Associate Andrés Felipe Yáñez focuses on telecommunications and is part of the team working on the public procurement process for the country's code top level domain (CCTLD), '.co'. On the consultancy front, the firm advised a telecoms multinational on its business development, specifically regarding carrier, connectivity and data centre services.

Key clients

AWS

AXESAT

BT Latam Colombia

Colombia Móvil (TIGO)

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones

Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefónica)

Comunicación Celular Comcel (Claro)

Telmex

LG

Credibanco

Gabrica

Ruedaz

Protekto

Cummins

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