Ms Carolina Posada > Posse Herrera Ruiz > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Posse Herrera Ruiz
CRA 7 NO 71-52

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Carolina Posada is a Partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz, co-directs the area of Dispute Resolution and focuses in national and international arbitration, as well as in judicial processes.


She has more than 24 years of experience, with a proven track record of success representing local and foreign clients before civil and administrative courts, as well as national and international arbitration tribunals. Her professional practice comprises contractual liability, damages, insurance and reinsurance, distribution contracts, corporate and M&A disputes, construction, and infrastructure, among others.

She is part of the roster of arbitrators of the main Arbitration Centers of the country’s Chambers of Commerce, the Superintendency of Corporations and of AMCHAM Peru. She is also a sports arbitrator of the Dispute Resolution Chamber of the Colombian Football Federation and the Chamber of Commerce of Cali.

Carolina is a member of the Colombian Arbitration Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and has acted as an expert in Colombian law before state courts in the United States.

She is recognized in Chambers & Partners as a Band 2 lawyer in Dispute Resolution. The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal consider her as a leader in her field. Benchmark Litigation recognizes her as “litigation star” and has included her for 3 years in a row, among the “Top 25 Lat-Am Women in Litigation”.

In 2019, Carolina was awarded as the best litigator in Latin America by Euromoney Legal Group.

Admitted to practice in Colombia since 1997.


She speaks Spanish and English.


• Universidad Externado de Colombia Postgraduate studies in Responsibility and Compensable Damage, 2002 Bogotá, Colombia.

• Universidad de La Sabana J.D., 1997 Bogotá, Colombia.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Carolina PosadaPosse Herrera Ruiz

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s comprehensive arbitration practice secures strong reviews from sources for its ability to lean into other teams within the wider full-service firm to ensure ‘maximum quality of service without neglecting any aspect of the case’. The sizeable group covers all modes of dispute resolution, from domestic and international arbitration through to mediation and amicable settlement, and is equipped to handle cases across all key industry sectors. In a significant coup, it was engaged to act as local counsel to global mining company South32 in a pair of arbitration cases against Colombia — comprising an investor-state dispute and a commercial dispute — regarding attempts by the Colombian authorities to retroactively claim more than $180m in royalties. Department co-head Carolina Posada is leading the South32 work and is noted for her ‘high capacity for analysis’. Dispute resolution veteran Daniel Posse co-heads the practice and is highly regarded for his experience as an arbitrator as well as acting as party counsel; he is representing new client, Inversiones Zárate Gutiérrez, in a Bogotá Chamber of Commerce arbitration regarding one of the largest real estate projects planned to be developed in Bogotá. Barranquilla-based Estefanía Ponce, who was promoted to director in July 2023, is an adept dispute resolution specialist; while senior associate María Isabel Osorio is highlighted for her ‘in-depth knowledge’. Other key senior associates include Daniela Corchuelo, Laura Vengoechea, and Alejandro Casas, while intermediate Natalia Tobón is also recommended. Since publication, Ponce has been promoted to partner and Osorio to practice director – effective as of March 2024.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Leading individuals)

Carolina PosadaPosse Herrera Ruiz

According to satisfied clients, Posse Herrera Ruiz stands out for the ‘experience and knowledge of its partners’, who provide ‘personalised attention and permanent availability’. The group’s other key assets, as identified by sources, include its comprehensive industry coverage and its formidably deep bench, which draws on the skill sets of four specialist dispute resolution partners. Department co-head Daniel Posse is regarded by many as a reference in the market due to his experience in representing clients in complex proceedings in all of Colombia’s courts as well as before major domestic and international arbitral venues. Posse is spearheading the team’s advice to new client, Grupo Nutresa, in contentious matters connected to Grupo Gilinski’s headline-grabbing attempted hostile takeover of Grupo Nutresa, Grupo Sura, and Grupo Argos. Fellow practice co-head Carolina Posada is highlighted as a ‘close, creative, available partner who empowers her team’ and also brings to bear broad expertise in civil and administrative litigation, as well as national and international arbitration. Among Posada’s recent cases, she is representing Eladio Bueno, a British citizen, in an exequatur proceeding before the Supreme Court of Justice. Rounding out the partners’ group are Pablo Enrique Sierra, who specialises in litigation, and Juan Pablo Bonilla, who handles a mix of judicial and arbitral proceedings. The team is assisted by a deep pool of associates, including seniors Alejandro Casas, María Isabel Osorio, Laura Vengoechea and Pedro Miguel Álvarez (who was promoted to practice director in March 2024), as well as intermediates Juan David Fiallo and Medelllín-based Natalia Tobón — all of whom provide dedicated support to the dispute resolution group.

Colombia > City focus > Medellín

Comprising professionals who are ‘well trained and very experienced’, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Medellín platform has evolved into one of the firm’s key service centres. The 14-lawyer team houses strong capabilities in infrastructure, international trade, dispute resolution, tax, investment funds, and fintech, among other areas, which equips it to handle strategic matters for key locally-based clients such as UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones, Consorcio Hidroitunago, and Sura Asset Management — as well as national and international companies. Cristina Vásquez heads the office and specialises in projects, infrastructure and public law; she recently advised Odinsa on its negotiations with Macquarie Asset Management to create a platform for highway assets in Colombia and the region. At senior level, Vásquez is supported by high-profile dispute resolution expert Carolina Posada and international trade and tax partner Juan Camilo De Bedout — both split their time between Bogotá and Medellín. The group further benefits from the emerging expertise of customs and international trade director María Paula Sánchez; newly appointed (May 2023) director Julián Aguirre, who is now in charge of fintech and investment funds nationally; and dispute resolution-focused associate Natalia Tobón.

Colombia > Insurance

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s insurance team scores highly for its ability to benefit from ‘the synergy between the different areas of law at the firm’, which sources say, ‘provides clients with a 360° vision’. In particular, the group routinely pairs up with the dispute resolution practice for additional firepower in contentious matters. The department is overseen by corporate specialist Oscar Tutasaura, who is noted for his experience in non-contentious insurance matters, and litigator Carolina Posada. The group additionally includes director Diana Salazar, who is highlighted for her ‘specialised and current knowledge’, and financial law and capital markets partner Natalia Escobar.

Colombia > Public law

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s public law practice demonstrates ‘clear knowledge and understanding of the public and administrative legal environment’, according to sources. Primarily recognised for its work in the public procurement and projects spheres, the group also advises on contentious matters, including sanctions proceedings. The multidisciplinary group is co-led by infrastructure, projects and public law partner Cristina Vásquez, alongside dispute resolution expert Daniel Posse. Other senior-level contacts include litigator Carolina Posada and transactional infrastructure specialist José Alejandro Torres. Associate Juan David Fiallo, who specialises in dispute resolution, provides support.