Firm Profile > Palacios Lleras > Bogota, Colombia

Palacios Lleras
CALLE 82 NO. 11-01, OFC 1002
CENTRO DE NEGOCIOS ANDINO
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Public law Tier 1

With particular strength in complex contentious matters, Palacios Lleras is recognised by market sources and peers for its strong track record in public law litigation. Founding partner Hugo Palacios Mejía's judicial career includes serving as co-judge of the State Council (the highest administrative law tribunal), as well as in the Constitutional and Supreme Courts; he leads a seven-strong practice group that also includes Óscar Gutiérrez, an expert in litigation regarding infrastructure and port matters. The team advises public infrastructure contractors in multiple industries on arbitrations and contentious proceedings in Colombia and abroad, and has notable expertise in constitutional proceedings, procurement contracts, and administrative law. Ángel Castañeda, a former Superintendent of Public Services and head of the legal office of the Regulating Committee for Gas and Energy (CREG), also has an active role in the practice, as well as heading the firm's projects area.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Palacios Lleras' high degree of specialisation in the power and oil-and-gas segments, along with the firm's core regulatory and contentious strength, has ensured its profile in the sector. The 10-strong practice group is led by founder Hugo Palacios Mejía (recognised for his expertise in public law and long trajectory as litigator), and Ángel Castañeda, a former Head of the Legal Office of the Regulating Committee for Gas and Energy  (CREG), with a considerable track record at the eponymous Castañeda & Velasco, before joining the firm in mid-2019. Disputes partner Óscar Gutiérrez, who was recently appointed as an arbitrator of the Superintendencia de Sociedades, also participates in the sector; while the team also benefited from the hire of senior associate Luís Alberto Vicuña (energy, oil and gas), and associate Felipe Forero (public utilities matters), who arrived with Castañeda. The team advises major domestic and international companies, primarily representing them before authorities and courts in matters such as tariff filing, technical controversies and regulatory procedures (particularly for renewable energy), as well as handling complex market disputes.

Testimonials

Specialised knowledge in regulatory issues, especially in the areas of transportation, distribution and marketing of fuel gas by networks. They are also recommended for working with excellence, being available 24 hours, their kindness and being constantly updated on regulatory matters’.

Ángel Castañeda is recommended for his kindness, professionalism and disposition to attend issues immediately’.

Key clients

Seaone

APR Energy

Drummond

Asocaña

Termoyopal

Gases del Caribe

Equion

Promigas

Compañía Energética de Occidente

Surtigas

Kronos

Biocondensados

Environment Tier 3

Palacios Lleras is a popular choice for complex environmental litigation, particularly for mining companies, representing them before the highest courts. However, the firm, also a regulatory powerhouse, additionally advises clients on the impact of environmental regulatory changes to their businesses and operations. Founding partner Hugo Palacios Mejía and senior partner Óscar Gutiérrez, both widely recognised as experienced litigators, head the six strong team. The team has particular expertise advising public and private entities regarding royalties’ payments for environmental services, and on corporate and social responsibility in relation to projects.

Key clients

Drummond

Drummond Energy

Drummond Coal Mining

 

Litigation Tier 3

Top tier public law and procurement firm Palacios Lleras fields four partners and 10 lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution. With expertise in the energy, infrastructure and natural resource sectors, the practice handles constitutional actions, class actions and nullity actions, among other complex litigation procedures. Renowned founding partner Hugo Palacios Mejía and Óscar Gutiérrez, with expertise in port matters, head the team. Pedro Pacheco is an expert in commercial matters and finance law, while Ángel Castañeda has expertise in electricity and gas regulation. However, Carolina Deik left in February 2020 to establish boutique Deik Acostamadiedo Abogados.

Key clients

Drummond

Drummond Coal Mining

FOGAFIN

Pernod Ricard Colombia

Gloria Colombia

Indupalma

Arbitration Tier 4

Long-established firm Palacios Lleras retains a solid reputation for arbitration matters, primarily handling corporate, infrastructure and construction disputes, particularly those with complex technical aspects. Senior partner Hugo Palacios Mejía is an experienced arbitrator in both domestic and international (ICC) arbitrations, and co-leads the team with Óscar Gutiérrez, who has a similarly lengthy track record in local and international cases. The pair recently acted as co-counsel to Drummond in a high-profile multiparty ICC arbitration.

Key clients

Drummond

Drummond Coal Mining

FOGAFIN

Telecommunications sector association

Pernod Ricard Colombia

Gloria Colombia

Indupalma

Projects Tier 4

Palacios Lleras makes a new entry to the tables on the back of the May 2019 incorporation of Ángel Castañeda, who for nearly 20 years co-led the regulatory and project structuring firm Castañeda & Velasco. A former head of the legal office of the Regulating Committee for Gas and Energy (CREG), Castañeda heads a six-strong practice which also includes associates Luís Alberto Vicuña and Felipe Forero, practising in the energy sector for over 11 years and eight years respectively, and who also joined from Castañeda's former firm. The firm as a whole has highly specialist knowledge on power and gas regulation and advises clients such as Promigas on project finance contracts.

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Testimonials

Specialised knowledge in regulatory issues, especially in the areas of transportation, distribution and marketing of fuel gas by networks. They are also recommended for working with excellence, being available 24 hours, their kindness and being constantly updated on regulatory matters’.

Ángel Castañeda is recommended for his kindness, professionalism and disposition to attend issues immediately’.

Key clients

Promigas

Promoenergía

Banking and finance Tier 5

Palacios Lleras advises banks, insurers and other financial institutions on a range of finance matters, particularly transactional work and regulatory issues. The firm’s dispute resolution practice also has a good standing in the finance sector, representing its players in arbitral, administrative and judicial proceedings. Hugo Palacios Mejía and Óscar Gutiérrez co-lead the team.
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Óscar Fabián Gutiérrez Herrán  photo Mr Óscar Fabián Gutiérrez Herrán Partner 
Mr Pedro Leonardo Pacheco Jiménez  photo Mr Pedro Leonardo Pacheco Jiménez Partner 
Mr Hugo Palacios Mejía  photo Mr Hugo Palacios Mejía Partner