Firm Profile > Posse Herrera Ruiz > Bogota, Colombia

Posse Herrera Ruiz
CRA 7 NO 71-52
TORRE A, PISO 5
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz's finance and capital markets department impresses sources for its agility, knowledge and negotiation skills among other factors. The practice group, which acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers, has experience across the broad range of banking issues, including public and private financings, debt capital markets and regulatory matters. Department head Mariana Posse is 'always available' and leads an 11-strong group, which, among other highlights, advised Banco Santander on a $165 million syndicated loan to port operator Compañía de Puertos Asociados. Among up-and-coming names, 'impeccable' senior associate Lina Lineros and 'outstanding' associate Jesús Albarrán are both well regarded; however, former senior associate Sebastián Lora moved to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán as a partner in October 2019.

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Testimonials

The attention and understanding of customer needs are excellent. Additionally, the team always have a proactive attitude towards the challenges that arise and the difficulties that due to the situation of each company and project must be overcome and solved. Mariana Posse is always accessible and is available in all the processes that are carried out

The team is always in the same harmony and is aligned with the client in the negotiations, aware of all the issues that should be considered before taking a position. In the first place, Mariana Posse is highlighted, and Jesus Albarrán is undoubtedly an outstanding lawyer in his work, added to the experience, knowledge and emotional intelligence with which he conducts the negotiations’.

Lina Lineros is an excellent lawyer with high standards of knowledge in banking and stock market issues. Her consultancies are impeccable, building customer confidence‘.

Posse Herrera Ruiz is one of the most recognised firms nationwide. There are great professional in each of its areas. Jesús Albarrán, excellent work and handling of large-scale transactions. He is a technical and trustworthy person with great negotiating skills‘.

Main partner Mariana Posse undoubtedly adds a lot of value to any negotiation. Associate Jesús Albarrán assumes the transactions with judgment and responsibility. They are very dedicated‘.

Lina Lineros is very structured, her negotiation capacity stands out for her arguments based on the high knowledge and experience she has after working in the financial sector‘.

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Wilmington Trust

Export Development Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Banco Santander

IDEA, Bancolombia and Ashmore CAF

Bancolombia / Banco de Occidente

Phoenix Tower International Colombia

Avenger Flight Group

Itau Corpbanca Chile

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz has a long track-record of advising on big-ticket transactions, both domestic and international. Its recommended team works full-time on M&A matters under the leadership of corporate specialist Jaime Herrera, who in key recent work led two simultaneous M&A transactions advising Credicorp Holdings on the acquisitions of both Bancompartir and Ultraserfinco. José Alejandro Torres, who leads the infrastructure department, focuses on transactional work, including private equity fund investment and divestments, across an array of industries. Oscar Tutasaura, Jaime Cubillos and Gabriel Sánchez are also key members of the 23 lawyer-strong team. Senior associate Lina Vélez and 'remarkable' associate Catalina Noreña provide key support to the practice, which also provides ongoing corporate regulatory and day-to-day advice.

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Testimonials

Team is highly qualified, legally and economically, whereas legal services are rendered beyond the legal horizon. The whole transaction team, including various legal work streams, is able and willing to commit for very fast deliveries in time, with uncompromising quality‘.

In Colombia, PHR is the only law firm which is able to fit the needs from an over-seas’ perspective. On partner level, Jaime Cubilos, who was in charge, had a very good understanding of matters which do no relate to each other at the very first sight. Very helpful in challenging own thoughts, also very good structuring transactions. Associate Catalina Noreña was remarkable – very very fast understanding of what the client wants, how the client wants to interact with the law firm and what is needed in the particular case content wise (reporting, risk profile etc.). At each and every point, the client is convinced that she is aware of all facts and capable to lead the client to the contemplated goals. Very hands-on approach, 24 hrs all week long’.

They study the client’s needs very well, making recommendations to avoid risks, but without this leading to a deadlock in the transaction. Jaime Herrera and Gabriel Sanchez stand out’.

Jaime Cubillos and Jaime Herrera are excellent lawyers and team players’.

They stand out for their knowledge, detail in the cases and support for making decisions’.

Key clients

Portland Private Equity

Andean Cacao

Scotiabank

Compañía de Seguros Bolívar

John Laing Group

Credicorp

SV Viagens

Itau Corpbanca Chile

Software One

Fareva

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Addressing the entire energy spectrum and rendering advice on the entire lifecycle of projects, Posse Herrera Ruiz is best known for its expertise in the oil and gas sector, particularly for entering competitive bid processes, while concurrently maintaining a high profile in conventional and renewable energy and mining. Environmental co-lead as well as head of the energy and natural resources practice, Álvaro José Rodríguez is 'always available to find solutions for issues, especially the most complex ones'; his expertise spans the sector from oil, gas and mining, to M&A and financings in the electricity segment. Counsel Diana Salazar, who divides her practice between mining and insurance, and senior associate Mariana Sánchez who is more fully centred on energy and natural resources, are key members of the five-strong team; both bring relevant in-house experience to the table. The group also draws additional support from other areas, with corporate associate Juliana Zuñiga, and associate director for taxes and international trade Jaime Gómez, both active in the sector.

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Testimonials

Posse Herrera Ruiz’ work team is always available to attend to our legal consultation requirements. The team works efficiently and effectively. I highlight the management carried out by Álvaro José Rodríguez and associate Juliana Zuñiga‘.

Álvaro José Rodríguez, has extensive knowledge of the energy sector, is up to date and has a good institutional relationship. Very good management by associate Juliana Zuñiga in corporate matters‘.

The team is very experienced in the sector and is quite available‘.

Álvaro Rodríguez, who is the partner responsible for the energy and natural resources practice area, is very knowledgeable about the Colombian market and a very complete lawyer, always available to find solutions for issues, especially the most complex ones‘.

Mariana Sánchez, Álvaro Rodríguez and Jaime Gómez are great lawyers and great people‘.

Good and quick answers. The firm seems to be well organised to handle requests depending on the area of expertise‘.

Key clients

Occidental Andina

Triple Flag Mining Finance

Sociedad Minera de Santander (Minesa)

AngloGold Ashanti Colombia

Cerro Matoso

Minera de Cobre Quebradona

Halliburton

Colwind/Jemewaii Kai

Inkia Energy

Hidrocasanare

Litigation Tier 1

According to clients, Posse Herrera Ruiz is distinguished through its partner dedication, depth of quality and comprehensive support of the full-service firm's other departments. Fielding three expert partners, the 17-strong practice is led by founding partner Daniel Posse, a reputed litigator and arbitrator, and Carolina Posada, who also has extensive experience at all levels of civil and administrative courts, where she advises clients from a diverse range of industries. Pablo Enrique Sierra specialises in collection actions, constitutional actions, regulation and damage estimation, contractual liability, and tort matters. In a key highlight the three partners teamed up to represent Bancolombia in an action to nullify an arbitration tribunal ruling regarding the financing for the construction of a toll road. Senior associate Juan Pablo Bonilla brings relevant support; however, former head of the public law practice, María Lucía Posada who also acted on contentious matters, left the firm in July 2020. Since publication Bonilla has been raised to the partnership (effective: April 2021).

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Testimonials

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s dispute resolution practice could be the best in the country. Their strength lies in the team, which is made up of professionals with knowledge and extensive experience in different types of disputes and in different litigation specialties, in such a way that the team complements itself and provides a very complete service. Additionally, I have been able to perceive first-hand that the firm dedicates great effort and cares about providing a quality service to its clients. Last but not least, I have found the support of a large law firm very useful, as I had the support of other areas of the firm (e.g., taxes and customs, financial, mines and energy) when the dispute in question has dealt with those substantive areas‘.

It is worth highlighting the work Carolina Posada, showing a great mastery of the issues and is always available to answer customer calls and questions‘.

The personalised attention from partners is highlighted. In particular I work with Carolina Posada, who handles a large part of the practice, stands out especially from the team. She is a highly experienced arbitration and litigation attorney who knows many fields of law. She always has the right answer for every question we ask her and her strategies are very effective. I am impressed by her ability to handle many subjects at once, with an agility and speed that is rarely seen in the market, but at the same time with a lot of depth and knowledge. Laura Castilla, a junior lawyer who works hand in hand with them, is very attentive and always available‘.

Key clients

Impala

Reficar

Nabors, Nov Colombia (part of National Oilwell Varco) and Halliburton

LG

Blue Giant

Colsubsidio

Bancolombia

Home Sentry

Omnilife

Constructora Ariguani

Tax Tier 1

Recommended both for the quality of its advice and careful accompaniment of clients, Posse Herrera Ruiz's 'benchmark' practice provides comprehensive coverage of all tax-related matters, including transactional tax, restructuring, planning, litigation, transfer pricing and private wealth matters. Juan Guillermo Ruiz heads a weighty 26-strong tax, customs and international trade department, which is also consulted on tax laws and regulation by the Colombian government and Congress, with Ruiz's recent assistance to the Ministry of Finance regarding the sale of utility Interconexión Eléctrica a case in point. Juan Camilo de Bedout heads up the tax litigation sub-department, while the current president of IFA Colombia, Juan David Velasco, leads the transactional team. Among relevant associates, Jaime Gómez, who focuses on tax planning for individuals and tax structures for corporate clients, was appointed practice director in February 2020; however, Julian Uribe left the firm in December 2019 and has subsequently joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as an international associate.

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Testimonials

[Recomended for their] ‘knowledge on tax matters affecting the client’s different businesses and their impact on the organisation; and knowledge of local and international regulations. They are a benchmark in the market and their quality is undeniable’.

They are very good professionals, they know the topics in depth and their concepts are very precise. The best virtue is the service and constant support to the client in any process’.

The personalised attention by the partner and his team make this practice unique’.

The lawyers stand out for their excellent service’.

Key clients

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance and Public Credit)

Coltejer

APCA Metro Capital

Northland Power

Seguros Bolivar

Innova

Almacenes Éxito

Inveravante

Saint Gobain

Arbitration Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz renders advice on a steady stream of domestic and international arbitration, as well as remedial advice, to national and international clients from diverse sectors.  Well known litigator and practice head Daniel Posse also has noteworthy experience in domestic and international arbitration, as both arbitrator and party counsel. Posse's recent caseload includes successfully leading representation of Constructora Ariguani in a $42m cases against Conalvías. Lauded for the effectiveness of her strategies, fellow co-head Carolina Posada recently advised EP Steel Trading on obtaining precautionary measures prior to an international arbitration tribunal to be held in Hong Kong; she also has extensive arbitral experience in the Chambers of Commerce of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín. Senior associate Estefanía Ponce, who returned to the firm after some five years in mid-2019, has extensive experience in commercial and investment arbitration; triple-qualified (Colombia, New York, Paris), she also has experience as an administrative secretary in arbitral tribunals under ICC and UNCITRAL rules. However, former head of the public law team, María Lucía Posada, who was also active in arbitral matters, left the firm as of July 2020.

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Testimonials

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s dispute resolution practice could be the best in the country. Their strength lies in the team, which is made up of professionals with knowledge and extensive experience in different types of disputes and in different litigation specialties, in such a way that the team complements itself and provides a very complete service. Additionally, I have been able to perceive first-hand that the firm dedicates great effort and cares about providing a quality service to its clients. Last but not least, I have found the support of a large law firm very useful, as I had the support of other areas of the firm (e.g., taxes and customs, financial, mines and energy) when the dispute in question has dealt with those substantive areas‘.

It is worth highlighting the work Carolina Posada, showing a great mastery of the issues and is always available to answer customer calls and questions‘.

The personalised attention from partners is highlighted. In particular I work with Carolina Posada, who handles a large part of the practice, stands out especially from the team. She is a highly experienced arbitration and litigation attorney who knows many fields of law. She always has the right answer for every question we ask and her strategies are very effective. I am impressed by her ability to handle many subjects at once, with an agility and speed that is rarely seen in the market, but at the same time with a lot of depth and knowledge. Laura Castilla, a junior lawyer who works hand in hand with her, is very attentive and always available‘.

Key clients

Impala

Reficar

Nabors, Nov Colombia and Halliburton

LG

Blue Giant

Colsubsidio

Bancolombia

Home Sentry

Omnilife

Constructora Ariguani

Capital markets Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz handles the full range of capital markets transactions, along with associated administrative and regulatory matters, and compliance; doing so in an innovative, proactive and reliable way, according to clients. Under the leadership of well-reputed Mariana Posse, the practice particularly excels in the trading of securities, initial public offerings and private share placements. In a key highlight the group advised Pactia in a bond issuance to permit the company to increase its real estate portfolio. Associates support comes from Adriana Cabal  and Jesús Albarrán.

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Testimonials

The firm has a very professional team with excellent capabilities and they offer us advice of great value and reliability, it is a proactive, and innovative team‘.

We highlight their expert knowledge, experience, customer relationship and very good negotiation skills, as well as strategic understanding of the business, persistence, rigour, opportunity and proactivity‘.

Key clients

Sendas Distribuidora

Pactia

Oriflame

Carton Colombia

Construcciones El Condor

Grupo Orbis

Inverlink & BTG Pactual

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Delivering comprehensive advise, Posse Herrera Ruiz's competition law practice area welcomed Jorge de los Ríos back to the team in March 2019; he arrived from his role as global competition counsel at Unilever. His hire has  been instrumental in propelling the growth of the practice, particularly in merger control proceedings -its core strength– and also seen increased solidity on the investigations and litigation-side. Senior associate Juan Pablo Bonilla and associate Hernán Panesso (who primarily handle litigation, including consumer protection claims, antitrust and restrictive business practice investigations), are also key members of the team. The area made further incorporations with the December 2019 hire of associate Laura Torrado, who joined from Valbuena Abogados. However Natalia Fernández susbsequently moved to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán as a senior associate in July 2020. Since publication Bonilla has been raised to the partnership (effective: April 2021).

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Testimonials

During the time that we have worked with the Posse Herrera Ruiz team, we felt that we had an unsurpassed ally to achieve the goals of our company. For us, the quality of the service and the unsurpassed customer service is undoubted, where our needs also become the needs of the firm’.

The knowledge and experience of its lawyers in competition law matters is undoubted. Additionally, another motivation is the firm’s orientation towards customer service’.

With exceptional knowledge, Jorge de los Ríos generates enough peace of mind to entrust him with the most critical matters of the company. He has such a broad leadership capacity and knowledge that allows him to provide fast and accurate opinions on the fundamental issues of our business’.

Jorge de los Ríos’ immediate availability is an invaluable criterion to prefer him. Associate Hernan Panesso’s disposition, synthesis capacity and deep knowledge are qualities that are not easy to find’.

Key clients

Home Sentry

Letham & Watkins

Terpel

Ferrero

Falabella and Despegar

Adidas

Sanofi-Sanfer

Automotores Toyota Colombia

Mead Johnson Reckitt Beckinser

Puerto Antioquia

Environment Tier 2

Providing comprehensive advice to project development and business compliance, Posse Herrera Ruiz's environmental practice group is co-led (at partner-level), by Álvaro José Rodríguez, a former legal advisor and international negotiator for the country's ministry of environment before entering private practice. The group handles the strategic planning of environmental licensing and permitting applications for complex energy, infrastructure and manufacturing projects, considering conservation areas, land use restrictions, municipal plans and community’s consultations. The team also undertakes environmental litigation and representation in administrative authorities’ investigations. Energy and natural resources senior associate Erika Serrano, who joined from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in October 2019, has past in-house environmental experience; she and corporate-focused associate Julián Aguirre in the Medellín office, act as fellow co-heads in conjunction with Rodríguez. However, the group lost administrative litigator María Lucía Posada in July 2020, as well as associate María Catalina Visbal, who left for Parex Resources, in August 2019.

Testimonials

This firm has a very strong team in different areas of law and as a team they provide coordinated and solid assistance. It is our preferred law firm for the correctness and timeliness of the opinions. Another important aspect is availability. They are always attentive to our requirements. The informative bulletins that each team emits according to the topic, as well as the meetings and workshops that they offer, allow us to keep up to date with the legal news that occurs in Colombia‘.

Their deep legal knowledge and their availability to provide timely and accurate legal advice. We can mention Álvaro Rodríguez, Mariana Sánchez, Julián Manrique and Carolina Camacho‘.

Key clients

Cerromatoso

Unilever

Terpel

SeaOne

Auteco

ConocoPhillips

Castelus

Sociedad Minera de Santander

Hidrocarburos del Casanare

Northland Power

International trade and customs Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz's team receives praise for being 'versatile, agile and always available', as well as for its expertise. The nine-strong tax, customs and international trade practice is led by Juan David Barbosa, who is experienced in customs and international trade proceedings and litigation, has particular expertise in the development of tax-efficient import-export strategies. 'An expert in tax and customs matters', senior partner Juan Guillermo Ruiz, 'who has great prestige inside and outside Colombia', is also a key member of the team. The practice offers comprehensive advice to a diverse client base of multinational corporations with regional operations from an array of industries, including retail, petroleum, steel exportation, public transport, energy and agribusiness.

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Testimonials

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s foreign trade lawyers are versatile, agile and always available. They are experts in their areas of work and are always at their forefront’.

Juan Guillermo Ruiz has great prestige inside and outside Colombia. He is an expert in tax and customs matters. Juan David Barbosa handles in detail foreign trade and customs issues in Colombia. The team is ready to advise clients, which on many occasions allows us to anticipate the impact from legislative changes to the business’.

Key clients

Kimberly Clark

Hasbro

Colombina

Greenlam

Nabors

Auteco

Arcelor Mittal

Mydibel / Calypso del Caribe

JVL

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Labour and employment Tier 2

Put simply, Posse Herrera Ruiz's labour and immigration team 'are one step ahead of critical circumstances'. The 11-strong team, which also works out of the Barranquilla office, is led by 'outstanding' Carolina Camacho and has been busy recently with a caseload of collective agreements, disputes (including arbitration), collective dismissals, M&A transactions, immigration, and regulatory work. Camacho's broad practice encompasses advisory, transactional matters, collective negotiation and administrative disputes; and senior associate Hermes García handles day-to-day advisory as well as more strategic matters such as restructuring and labour policy design. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Andrés Paz, formerly the director of DLA Piper's labour practice, in early 2019. Associates Andrea Ochoa and Natalia Villamil are also noted.

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Testimonials

They quickly understand the customer’s needs, clients do not need to make lengthy explanations about what they require, and they are offered several possible options’.

They are fully available in critical moments. The client always feels accompanied. They are one step ahead of critical circumstances. Outstanding: Carolina Camacho, Andrea Ochoa and Natalia Villamil’.

Key clients

Ascensores Schindler

Reckitt Beckinser

Placacentro Masisa

Amex

Cencosud

Yara

Seguros Bolivar

Syngenta

Amazon

Michael Page

Life sciences Tier 2

Showing 'deep commitment' and 'proven ability', Posse Herrera Ruiz assists clients across the key life science sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, medical devices, and biotechnological innovation. The firm has developed a centralised structure and workflow to offer patent prosecution and regulatory consultancy in 23 Latin American countries, also facilitating multiple registrations. Helena Camargo has over 25 years' experience in negotiating regulatory and compliance aspects of the development, approval, manufacture and marketing of drugs and medical equipment, as well as in obtaining health registrations and handling complex investigations. Camargo co-leads a five-strong practice (that also includes an in-house patent agent with a chemical engineering background), with senior associate Mónica Bonnett, who holds 20 years' experience in patents, health registrations and plant varieties. Both lawyers have developed expertise in the emergent cannabis segment.

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The entire team works with deep dedication, commitment, responsibility and a proven ability to manage and solve problems‘.

Posse Herrera Ruiz’ lawyers have the undeniable ability to work hard in the name of the best results; they are all versatile, focused, very fast, practical and objective‘.

Key clients

Strataca Systems (through Ferrer IP)

Sennics (through Bird & Bird)

Munksjö Oyj (through Genip Patent Agency)

BioLoGA (through Botti & Ferrari)

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Zogenix International (through Bozicevic Field & Francis)

Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, CostaExchange and Berry Blue (through Diaz Wiechers)

Netafim Colombia

Kannabee

CSP Technologies (through Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot)

Immunotec

Projects Tier 2

Recommended for possessing a 'multidisciplinary approach' and 'always seeking excellence', Posse Herrera Ruiz advises a wide array of clients, including sponsors, lenders, contractors and operators, developers and government entities, on all project-related matters including financing, tendering processes, structuring and operational concerns. Following the surprise departure of former practice co-head Alessia Abello in October 2019, José Alejandro Torres (who is also experienced in corporate, public law and real estate issues) continues to lead the 15-strong team that has been particularly active on projects linked to the construction of 4G toll road concessions, the Bogota metro and the RegioTram rail network. Founding partner Mariana Posse has a significant participation in project financing work. Álvaro José Rodríguez focuses on structuring and implementing energy and natural resources projects, in particular renewables. Former senior associates Sebastián Lora and Paola Aldana left to join DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán in January and April 2020, respectively; however since publication, the firm has moved to reinforce the practice with the late October-2020 hire of Isabel Cristina Vásquez as director of the firm's infrastructure and public law areas; with over 20 years' experience in the projects sector -most recently at Construcciones El Cóndor- Vásquez will be based in the Medellín office.

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We highlight the commitment of each of the lawyers in the various areas, their knowledge and their expertise when solving the different queries. They possess great qualities such as professionalism and empathy when dealing with clients’.

Key clients

APCA Metro Capital

Bancolombia

Corredores Davivienda

Terminal de transporte de Bogota

Promotora Miel II

SeaOne

Sacyr

Solarcentury

AAGES Global Energy Solutions

Puerto Antioquia

Real estate Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz's real estate, urbanism and agribusiness department receives praise for, among other matters, bringing a 'comprehensive accompaniment, with field visits and permanent advisory' and rendering interdisciplinary advice that draws strength from the full-service firm's other departments. Leading the 15-strong practice group, Andrés Montoya has over 20 years' experience in all real estate matters, including acquisitions and investments, and is also an expert in agribusiness and rural real estate law.  Montoya's recent highlights include advising Camposol on the acquisition of two avocado production companies. Alejandro Turbay, who made partner in February 2020, heads up the urbanism sub-practice, and led advisory to Vidrio Andino in connection with a master plan to be presented before planning and environmental authorities. Key associate support on the urban law and regulatory side comes from Héctor Otálora.

 

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Excellent team: they are always ready to work and to solve problems’.

Alejandro Turbay and Héctor Otálora are recommended. They are an unbeatable team, accurately fulfilling the requested work. They are kind and knowledgeable’.

Among several qualities, we highlight group work. No person is capable of being an expert in four or five subjects. Many problems include or have tax, brand, or environmental implications. Posse Herrera Ruiz has the strength to distribute the work among different lawyers whose specialty is different, and are able to complement each other. We highlight Alejandro Turbay’s intelligence and analytic capacity, and his ability to lead a team. We also highlight Héctor Otalora’.

Their legal knowledge and their willingness to meet customer requirements. Likewise, they have competitive rates in the market.  Alejandro Turbay and Héctor Otálora stand out’.

Knowledge and concrete and timely responses. A comprehensive accompaniment, with field visits and permanent advisory’.

Key clients

BTG Pactual Real Estate Fund

Grupo NL

UPS

International Finance Corporation

Unilever

Terranum Corporativo

Camposol

Colcanna/Alphria

Phoenix Tower International

Northland Power

Insurance Tier 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz's insurance practice balances its contentious and advisory activity for major national and international companies, with acting on behalf of insurers and reinsurers before regulators and offering counsel on compliance and mergers. Oscar Tutasaura, also a co-head of the corporate and M&A practice, and litigator Carolina Posada -who has broad expertise in insurance contractual responsibility and damages- lead the six-strong team. Counsel Diana Salazar divides her practice between mining and insurance matters - on the latter front handling coverage, claims, policy redaction and coverage auditing, among other matters. The practice is particularly active across the banking, finance, mining, and construction sectors.

Key clients

Constructora Ariguani

Alianza Fiduciaria

Abengoa Algonquin Global Energy Solutions (AAGES)

Tras Re

J Malucelli Travelers Seguros

Hidrocasanare

SeaOne Puerto Solo

Colcanna

Northland Power

Intellectual property Tier 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz's practice group handles the full spectrum of intellectual property matters and has considerable experience in patent and trade mark prosecutions and related litigation. Led by Helena Camargo, the seven-lawyer group, supported by a patent agent, advises international business on strategic portfolio management in a range of sectors, offering a one-stop service that centralises IP filings in 23 Latin American countries. Senior associate Mónica Bonnett, experienced in patent and industrial design prosecution, co-heads the firm's life sciences department alongside Camargo. Senior associate Annabelle Angarita acts in all trade mark related issues. The firm's TMT department also deals with IP matters including data and consumer protection, and internet law.

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Key clients

Oatey (through Ferrer IP Services)

Taghleef Industries (through Caesar Rivise Intellectual Property Law)

CSP Technologies through (Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott)

Zogenix International (through Bozicevic, Field & Francis)

Bajaj Auto

Universidad de la Costa (through Colciencias)

Aphria

Team Foods Colombia

Industrias Gondwana

Speed Solutions

Public law Tier 3

The July 2020 departure of María Lucía Posada was a significant setback to Posse Herrera Ruiz's comprehensive public procurement and tendering practice, especially coming soon after key senior associate Paola Aldana's April move to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán. Nevertheless, the now five-strong group - currently led by projects practice head José Alejandro Torres - has a track record that includes successfully assisting in contentious proceedings concerning constitutional and administrative law, as well as public procurement and contractual disputes, and acting across a broad array of sectors for both suppliers and contracting authorities. Associate-level support comes from senior associate Diana Rueda, an October 2019 hire from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, and Carolina Puentes Perdomo, who arrived from specialist state contracting, infrastructure and public law boutique OPEBSA in February 2020. Real estate and urban planning specialist Alejandro Turbay - who recently made partner - also has a key participation in the practice.

 

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Testimonials

 

Commitment and personal attention‘.

Key clients

Cartera Colectiva fondo de Inversión Forestal Colombia

Cerro Matoso

Celeo

APCA Metro Capital

Bancolombia

APCA Consorcio Linea 1

Huawei

Blackrock

Lime

TMT Tier 4

Although Posse Herrera Ruiz advises clients across a wide range of TMT issues, the practice focuses primarily on technology and IP matters including data and consumer protection, internet law and regulation, licensing agreements and software development agreements. Ernesto Cavalier and Andrés Montoya co-head the seven-strong team, in which associate César Barrera assists clients regarding regulatory compliance. Recent mandates saw Cavelier act for Google on a range of matters including a wi-fi hotspot project and Google Play Store among others. Montoya's 2019 TMT highlights included rendering regulatory advice to Verizon's wireless products and Phoenix Tower's fibre network operations.

Key clients

Neutrona

Moving Up Holdings

Google

Verizon

Phoenix Tower

Zonamerica

SoftwareOne

Concentrix

Fujifilm

Amazon

Medellín

The Medellín office of national, full-service powerhouse Posse Herrera Ruiz is staffed by three key senior associates: Natalia Tobón, who focuses on dispute resolution; corporate practitioner Julián Aguirre; and Juan Pablo García, whose real estate practice encompasses both urbanism and agribusiness. Medellín-born -but Bogota-based- partner, tax specialist Juan Camilo de Bedout visits the office on a weekly basis and the firm has proved at ease transferring entire teams from the capital as required. The office has experienced a steady growth in sophisticated tax controversy work, and more recently, an increasing demand for arbitration as a result of Covid-driven court closures. The team is also particularly active in contentious finance, insurance and real estate-related matters, with key clients such as Alianza Fiduciaria and Seguros Comerciales Bolívar. Recent matters include advisng Chilean investor NAF Colombia -headquartered in Medellín- on due diligence, transaction structures and documentation in regard to rural real estate acquisitions with an aggregate value of COP4bn. In late October 2020, the firm announced the hire of Isabel Cristina Vásquez as director of the firm's infrastructure and public law areas; with over 20 years' experience in the sector -most recently at Construcciones El Cóndor- she will be based in Medellín.

Key clients

Alianza Fiduciaria

Compañía  Administradora de Seguros y Servicios Coassist

Seguros Comerciales Bolívar

NAF Colombia

Posse Herrera Ruiz is a full-service law firm that uses a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach to find creative, prudent and value-generating business solutions, which optimise the client’s return on investment while minimizing risks. Posse Herrera Ruiz has been committed to providing legal services of the highest standard since its establishment on the foundations of the legal practice of L Posse y Cia, which dates back to 1927.

International work: The majority of Posse Herrera Ruiz clients are multinationals, foreign investors and some of the largest Colombian corporations.

Relevant transactions that Posse Herrera Ruiz has participated include Smurfit Kappa Group’s acquisition of the minority shares of Cartón de Colombia S.A.; Andean Cacao’s transfer to Andean Cacao AG. of a majority stake in Bacao S.A.S.; IFC’s Share Sale Agreement entered into with Alquería; Compañía de Seguros Bolívar S.A., Inversora Anagrama Inveranagrama S.A.S., Inversiones Financieras Bolívar S.A.S., Grupo Bolívar S.A., Seguros Comerciales Bolívar S.A. and Capitalizadora Bolívar S.A., as buyers, in the purchase of a minority participation of Banco Davivienda; Agrícola el Retiro, Agrícola Santamaría, CMA Terminals, C.I. Tropical, C.I. Unión de Bananeros de Urabá, PIO and Sociedad de Comercialización Internacional Banafrut’s investment agreement pursuant to which the parties will develop a multipurpose port terminal located in Bahía Colombia; Portland Private Equity’s acquisition of a stake in online grocery shopping platform Merqueo; Elis’ structuring of the purchase of the shares of Lavanderia Industrial Metropolitana S.A.S.; Saint-Gobain’s structuring of the joint venture with Tecnoglass; BTG PACTUAL and Inverlink’s structuring of the joint venture that will manage the real estate collective investment fund “BTG Pactual Rentas Inmobiliarias”; Grupo Aúna in Colombia’s acquisition of a 97.3% stake in Promotora Médica Las Americas; QBCo’s acquisition of certain assets and operations of Productos Pecolina Ltda.; Australis Partners Advisors’s acquisition of a 50% stake in Alianza Fiduciaria S.A. and Alianza Valores Comisionista de Bolsa S.A. and Bogotá Capital District and Grupo Energía Bogotá’s offer and sale of a 10.6% of the GEB shares owned by Bogotá Capital District; among others.

The firm also advises clients, included in the list below, in the following industries: agro – industry and forestry; automotive; chemicals; energy and renewables; financial services; food and beverages; health care and pharmaceutical; hospitality and entertainment; infrastructure; insurance; logistics and transportation; mining; oil and gas; retain and technology, media and telecommunications.

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, German.

Clients: Adidas, ADM, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Aon, Axa, Alpina, Banco Davivienda, Bancolombia, Banmédica, BNP Pariba, BofA/ Merril Lynch, BTG Pactual, Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Cencosud, Cerromatoso/South32, Cemex, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Coca-cola Femsa, Compañía de Petróleos de Chile, ConocoPhillips, Corpbanca, ED & F Man/Carcafe, Darby, DHL, Diageo, Distribuidora Nissan, Dole, Dunnhumby, Ecopetrol, Embraer, Fujifilm, Fujitsu, GDF Suez, GE, IFC, Google Colombia Limitada, Grupo Argos S.A, Head Hunters International,  Indra, JPMorgan, Jerónimo Martins Colombia S.A.S, Kramer electronics USA, Kimberly-Clark, Lukoil, Mead Johnson, Nabors, Pepsico, Nestle S.A, Porsche, Productos Ramo S.A, Quiñenco, Refinería de Cartagena Reficar, Repsol, Seguros Bolivar, Shell, Skanska, Scotiabank, Sony Colombia S.A, Schneider Electric Industries, Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana, Syngenta, Termotasajero, Terpel, Team Foods Colombia S.A, Toshiba Tec, Trafigura, Tyco, UPS, Unilever, Vale, Verizon and Yara.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Jaime Herrera E: jaime.herrera@phrlegal.com jaime.herrera@phrlegal.com
Competition Jorge de los Ríos jorge.delosrios@phrlegal.com
Corporate Ernesto Cavelier E: ernesto.cavelier@phrlegal.com ernesto.cavelier@phrlegal.com
Tax planning and international commerce Juan Guillermo Ruiz E: juanguillermo.ruiz@phrlegal.com juanguillermo.ruiz@phrlegal.com
Capital markets and finance Mariana Posse E: mariana.posse@phrlegal.com mariana.posse@phrlegal.com
Dispute resolution Daniel Posse E: daniel.posse@phrlegal.com daniel.posse@phrlegal.com
Natural resources, energy and Mining Alvaro Rodriguez E: alvaro.rodriguez@phrlegal.com alvaro.rodriguez@phrlegal.com
Infrastructure and PPPs Alessia Abello E: alessia.abello@phrlegal.com alessia.abello@phrlegal.com
Real estate, Urbanism & agribusiness Andres Montoya E: andres.montoya@phrlegal.com andres.montoya@phrlegal.com
Intellectual property Helena Camargo E: helena.camargo@phrlegal.com helena.camargo@phrlegal.com
Labor and immigration Carolina Camacho E: carolina.camacho@phrlegal.com carolina.camacho@phrlegal.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Oscar Tutasaura E: oscar.tutasaura@phrlegal.com oscar.tutasaura@phrlegal.com
Environment Alvaro Rodriguez E: alvaro.rodriguez@phrlegal.com alvaro.rodriguez@phrlegal.com
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Mrs Alessia Abello  photo Mrs Alessia Abello Alessia Abello is a Partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. Her practice is…
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Mrs Helena Camargo  photo Mrs Helena Camargo Helena Camargo is a partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz. She heads the…
Mr Ernesto Cavalier  photo Mr Ernesto Cavalier Ernesto Cavelier is a partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. He works in…
Mr Jaime Cubillos  photo Mr Jaime Cubillos Jaime Cubillos is a Partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. His practice focuses…
Mr Juan Camilo De Bedout  photo Mr Juan Camilo De Bedout Juan Camilo De Bedout is a partner of  the International Commerce and…
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Mr Jaime Herrera  photo Mr Jaime Herrera Jaime Herrera is a founding partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. He heads…
 Andrés Montoya photo Andrés Montoya Andrés Montoya  is a Partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz. He co-heads the…
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Ms Carolina Posada  photo Ms Carolina Posada Carolina Posada is a Partner at Posse, Herrera Ruiz. Her practice focuses on…
Mrs Mariana Posse  photo Mrs Mariana Posse Mariana Posse is a founding partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz, and leads…
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Mr Juan Guillermo Ruiz  photo Mr Juan Guillermo Ruiz Juan Guillermo Ruiz is a founding partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. He…
 Gabriel Sánchez photo Gabriel Sánchez Gabriel Sánchez is a partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz. His practice focuses…
Mr Pablo Sierra  photo Mr Pablo Sierra Pablo Sierra is a partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. His professional practice focuses…
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Mr Oscar Tutasaura  photo Mr Oscar Tutasaura Oscar Tutasaura is a Partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz. His practice focuses…
Mr Juan David Velasco  photo Mr Juan David Velasco Juan David Velasco is a partner  of  the  Transactional Tax practice Area…
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