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Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos
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Public Law, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Partner of the Public Law, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice areas


Juan Carlos Esguerra is Founding Partner of Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos and leads the Arbitration, Public Law and Dispute Resolution practice areas.

He has more than 40 years of experience advising national and international companies in arbitration, administrative law, public law, constitutional law and civil and corporate law.

Apart from his professional experience, Juan Carlos Esguerra has occupied various public positions in Colombia such as: Secretary General and Vice-Minister of Communications, elected Delegate to the National Constitutional Assembly in 1991, Minister of National Defense, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, and Minister of Justice.

He was Dean of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Law School, and for more than thirty years he has been a professor of Administrative Law and Constitutional Law in the same University. He has also served as professor of Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Economic Law at the Externado University, Andes University, and Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario University. Additionally, he is a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council (U.S.A.).


Spanish, English, German


He is a voting member of the Colombian Academy of Jurisprudence (Academia Colombiana de Jurisprudencia), and has been an ad hoc Justice for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Consejo de Estado, and Colombian Constitutional Court.

Listed arbitrator of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris (ICC).


Dr. Esguerra received his law degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a specialist degree in socio-economic sciences at the same university, and a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Cornell University in the United States.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Public law

(Leading individuals)

Juan Carlos EsguerraEsguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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.


Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Leading individuals)

Juan Carlos EsguerraEsguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Juan Carlos EsguerraEsguerra Asesores Jurídicos

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.

Colombia > TMT

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.