Firm Profile > Posse Herrera Ruiz > Medellin, Colombia

Posse Herrera Ruiz
CRA 43A NO 1-50
TORRE A, OFICINA 864
MEDELLÍN
Colombia

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 1

With an 'unmatched ability to formulate strong legal strategies', the 'consolidated, experienced and coherent' team at Posse Herrera Ruiz renders advice on a steady stream of domestic and international arbitration, as well as remedial advice and the enforcement of awards, for clients from diverse sectors. Disputes practice head Daniel Posse has a 35-year trajectory in contentious work, and -while best known for litigation- has considerable arbitral experience, including as a registered arbitrator at both the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Superintendencia de Sociedades. Lauded for the effectiveness of her strategies, fellow co-head Carolina Posada also has extensive arbitral experience at the Bogotá, Cali and Medellín Chambers of Commerce. Recent domestic arbitration work includes representing Trafigura subsidiary, Impala Terminals Colombia, in proceedings against a shipyard; and Unicentro Ciudadela Comercial against CONVEL and AIA for infringements of design and construction agreements. The team is also currently handling ICC arbitrations in the mining, energy and hydrocarbons transportation segments, and acting for a claimant in an ICSID case against Colombia. Key associate support on arbitral matters comes from senior associate Estefanía Ponce. A former partner at Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S who returned to Baker's in 2019, Ponce's practice is centred on international arbitration and public international law; triple-qualified (Colombia, New York, Paris), she has extensive experience in commercial and investment arbitration as well as acting as an administrative secretary in arbitral tribunals under ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Further associate support comes from fellow disputes senior María Isabel Osorio; Daniela Corchuelo ('very good, young but excellent') and Alejandro Casas, who were both promoted to senior in January 2021; and intermediates Juan David Fiallo and Laura Vengoechea (the latter a notable May-2020 hire). 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.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Posse; Carolina Posada

Testimonials

It is an experienced and practical team which understands the needs of clients, work ethics, constant availability, pre-litigation and litigation strategy planning and prior support in order to prevent litigation by correcting contractual relationships.

Inclusion of new excellent team members, innovative strategies, along with a complete knowledge of the rules, procedures and focused on business.

A large and experienced team. Active participation of partners in all matters. Great availability to address concerns. Excellent service attitude. Extensive knowledge and experience.

Comprehensiveness with which they handle all issues. Active participation of the partner in matters.

Accessibility and permanent and constant communication.

The team is terrific. They have a very large team, I don’t know how many lawyers but they are more than 15, at least. There are lawyers with a lot of experience. The partners are very experienced. They know the different industries and approach cases from a comprehensive perspective. I work with Carolina Posada.’

Carolina has an extraordinary mind. I don’t know a lawyer like her. She knows deeply about laws, understands the client’s needs and offers a very wide range of solutions, highlighting the risks related to each one of them. The decisions she makes are always informed and correct. She is deep, analytical and at the same time very practical and creative. She does not like to wear down the client in unnecessary litigation and if the stakes are high, she prefers to compromise on our behalf, rather than expose us to larger sentences. In her hands I feel absolute tranquility. I always recommend her. Her work is brilliant.

Definitely Posse Herrera Ruiz’s team is substantially better than many other teams, they are very professional and do their job very well.

The firm’s lawyers have respect and recognition both in the sector and before the judicial and administrative authorities.’

The work team is excellent, they are people with a high level of commitment, experience and dedication. They are always attentive to the requirements and needs that we have on the part of the company in legal processes.

The plus is that they have highly trained and committed people to attend to the assigned legal processes in a timely manner. They are people who always present a cordial, respectful treatment and are always attentive to our requirements. The people I have contact with at PHR are Pablo Sierra and Camilo Canal. They are excellent professionals.

The lawyers, although they have enough autonomy, work with the stamp that the leader of the area, Daniel Posse, imprints.

They are sensible, attentive, the feeling is that you are working with people who are part of your own team.

We work with other firms, in which we find very bright people, but not the consolidated, experienced and coherent team of Posse Herrera Ruiz.

I highight their style. Good manners and good treatment towards judges and counterparts are noted, without this detracting from their actions and arguments.

Daniel Posse, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Pedro Alvarez  and Carolina Posada are the key names.

It is the best litigation team for highly complex cases and borderline situations. They have the ability to put in favour of the client, situations that seem insurmountable. They have a strong ability to understand in depth cases of great complexity in their technical and commercial foundation, and to turn that into a solid and forceful legal strategy.

Unmatched ability to formulate strong legal strategies. Great availability of customer service. A team that works by combining very well the strengths of all its members.

It is a team with first-rate customer service, with great skill in understanding the needs of its customers. In terms of billing, they are undoubtedly the “best value ” on the market. Although their hours are nominally more expensive than those of other competitors, their use is the most efficient and is reflected in superior quality deliverables.

Key clients

Consorcio CCC Ituango

Qatar Airlines

Diageo Colombia

Alianza Fiduciaria

Industria Militar

Primax Colombia

LG

Equion Energia Limited

Santiago Oil Company

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá

Organización Terpel

Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria

Naturgy Distribucion Latinoamerica

Industria Nacional de Gaseosas

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Colombia Móvil

Impala Terminals Colombia

Cemex Latam Holdings

South 32

Frontera Energy

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz handles the full range of capital markets transactions, along with associated administrative and regulatory matters, and compliance. Characterised by its 'disposition, experience and accompaniment', the team is led by the highly regarded Mariana Posse, a veteran of the segment whose practice encompasses debt restructuring, bonds and securities, and public stock acquisition. Headline matters saw Posse lead advice to Grupo Bolivar on its COP$999bn bond issue on the Colombian stock exchange, and -in conjunction with corporate partner Jaime Cubillos- co-lead advice to Auna on its $300m Rule 144A/Reg. S senior notes issue. Other matters included advising Oriflame Colombia, as a guarantor of the $335m bond issuance by its parent, Oriflame Corporation; the first netting bond emission in Colombia, on behalf of Odinsa; and securitisations, first issues, refinancing via bond issuances and day-to-day regulatory advisory. Key support comes from young associate Adriana Cabal, who has a growing specialisation in funds; and Mexico-qualified Jesús Albarrán. Corporate senior associate Susana Gómez also participates in the practice as required.

Testimonials

Jaime Cubillos and Susana Gómez stand out for their proactivity; attention to detail; and dedication to anticipating the needs of its customers.

As it is an issue that is handled sporadically, the experience provided by the firm in other [legal] sectors is essential to undertake this in an agile manner.

Disposition, experience and accompaniment. Excellent work by Adriana Cabal and Mariana Posse.

Key clients

Auna

Grupo Bolivar

Odinsa

Cemex Latam Holdings

Pactia

Oriflame

Grupo Orbis

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

With all 'the necessary capabilities and resources to assist international clients in their transactions in Colombia',Posse Herrera Ruiz 'works at international standards' and has bult a solid track-record for 'innovative thinking in complex transactions', both domestic and international. With particular expertise in the energy and natural resources, construction and infrastructure, and healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors, the 28-strong team also handles day-to-day and corporate regulatory advice. Providing 'the best attention', corporate specialist and managing partner Jaime Herrera leads the M&A practice and is particularly active on infrastructure, energy and natural resource transactions; he also handles merger-related competition and compliance issues. Head of the infrastructure practice and a 'stand-out partner', José Alejandro Torres has a similar profile to Herrera in terms of his transactional focuses, with added expertise in public law and financial structuring. Key figures in the younger generation of partners -albeit still with some 15-20 years' experience- are: Oscar Tutasaura, who in addition to M&A handles compliance, internal investigations, white-collar matters and insurance; Jaime Cubillos, who combines his corporate and M&A practice with expertise in financing and capital markets; and Gabriel Sánchez, whose practice is centred firmly on M&A and corporate matters including governance, contracts and shareholder agreements and disputes. Recent mandates of note include advising Schultze SPAC on its $225 business combination with NASDAQ-listed multijurisdictional cannabis company Clever Leaves; and Credicorp Capital Colombia on its COP$2.1bn absorption of Ultraserfinco, so as to consolidate Credicorp's stockbroking activities in Colombia. Key associate support comes from seniors Isabel Cristina Torres (company law, capital markets, private equity and corporate governance); the dual-qualified (Colombia / New York) Christian Diaz Ordoñez (corporate/ M&A, commercial law); and Susana Gómez Ramírez (corporate/M&A). Up-and-coming intermediates Catalina Noreña and Camilo Loveras are also noted. Nicolás Peña Leal is currently undertaking his LLM; however, former senior associate Lina Vélez left the firm in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Herrera

Testimonials

Strong experience, practicality and depth of the topics.

They are very good compared to their peers at other firms. The partners are excellent and experienced attorneys with great empathy.

Jose Alejandro Torres is one of the partners who stands out in this matter as well as the team that accompanies him.

Their collaboration and synergy to carry out new proposals and projects is definitely helpful.

Personalised attention from members with very good availability. Excellent advice and coverage of all aspects of a transaction. You feel very well supported.’

Partners willing to collaborate and work with the client. Availability and support at all times. Detailed knowledge of transactions and timely and intelligent advice.

PHR has the necessary capabilities and resources to assist international clients in their transactions in Colombia. Despite being a local law firm, PHR works at international standards and seems comfortable dealing with foreign clients. Their advice is timely and presented in a way similar to that of US and UK law firms.

Timely advice presented in a format that foreign clients are used to.

I would recommend associate Camilo Lovera for corporate and M&A work.

It is an important firm that gives me security due to the professional way in which they approach our issues and needs.’

Personalised and timely treatment, professionalism at all times. We received the best attention from Doctor Jaime Herrera. Although we do not consult many attorneys, it is clear that the PHR firm maintains a very good standard of service and is at the forefront, technologically.

Experience and knowledge of us as clients that allows aligning the final result.’

Availability and experience.

Timely and permanent accompaniment during the processes. Excellent teamwork with their clients’ internal teams.

Their kindness and permanent disposition, in addition to the full knowledge of their clients. They generate a climate of complete trust.

What makes PHR unique is the team’s dedication, availability and high communicational skills.

We are working with a lot of firms, but the quick and professional response we received from PHR is inspiring.’

They are working as a team, even when a key person left the firm and they put in a replacement, it was seamless to us: he was aware of all the details and the quality of service and availability was exactly the same. Also the teams understood how we work very fast  and  adjusted themselves quickly without any need for adjustments from our side.

In LATAM our best experience was with PHR

Not quite unique. I would say it is standard for the market; good advice, however the work quality is not always the same.

The team demonstrates extensive experience and knowledge in the insurance industry, as well as in managing the process with regulators. In previous reviews that we carried out with other firms, we noticed a lack of knowledge.

Experience, knowledge, kindness and attention; relationship with clients and regulatory entities, agile solutions that demonstrate extensive knowledge of the industry. Attention to concerns and monitoring of updates and status of the appropriate processes.

Great knowledge of the subject and excellent customer service. Much better than other offices I have used in Colombia.’

Innovative thinking in complex transactions.

Key clients

Sandvik

Occidental Andina

Helios Health

Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation

Puerto Antioquia

Medical Properties Trust

Credicorp Capital Colombia

GSRVC Holdings

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

Ingram Micro

Salesland

Inspired Capital Partners I

Baker Hughes

Agnico Eagle Mines

Sura Investment Management

HDI International

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Posse Herrera Ruiz natural resources and energy group advises clients on all aspects of up-, mid- and downstream oil-and-gas work, as well as on power generation (particularly renewables) and mining-related matters. Recent mandates include advising CEDCO, part of the Carlyle Group, on its prepayment of crude oil to Vitol, a transaction which allowed the client to ensure funding for its ongoing exploration activities at a pre-established price. The ‘practical and knowledgeableAlvaro José Rodríguez heads the natural resources department and focuses on energy and environmental matters. He is flanked by practice directors Diana Salazar , who leads the mining group and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry; and Mariana Sánchez, head of the natural resources and energy team, who has over 22 years’ experience and is skilled in matters relating to energy, infrastructure, oil and gas. Additional key support is provided by energy and natural resources senior, Erika Serrano Rojas, who has a strong specialisation in environmental matters that includes public sector experience.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro José Rodríguez

Testimonials

The team is accessible, practical and knowledgeable. They know the market and they know the law, which is appreciated by a foreign investor like us.

Álvaro José Rodríguez is affable, practical and knowledgeable. He knows when to take the lead and when to delegate. Catalina Noreña is hard-working, careful and sensible.

I want solid legal services, which I get from PHR.

Alvaro Jose Rodriguez led the team for us and delivered on time and on budget to our complete satisfaction.

I recommend Alvaro Jose Rodriguez unreservedly. He is creative and commercial.

It is a team that complements other specialties and offers comprehensive advice. It stands out from other firms on technical knowledge.

Diana Salazar is an outstanding lawyer, with the ability to advise and lead complex consultancies. Excellent.

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Arrow Exploration

Conoco Phillips

Cedco (The Carlyle Group)

Energo-pro

BHP Chile

SeaOne Caribbean

Northland Power

Hidrocasanare

Yara

Oiltanking

Agnico Eagle Mines

Sociedad Minera de Santander (Minesa)

Triple Flag Precious Metals

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 1

With 'unmatched ability to formulate strong legal strategies' and a 'consolidated, experienced and coherent' practice group 21-lawyers strong, Posse Herrera Ruiz 'is the best litigation team for highly complex cases and borderline situations', according to clients, as reflected in its 'superior-quality deliverables'. Offering comprehensive litigation assistance - from document-drafting and pre-trial negotiations through to representation, appeals and enforcement - the department covers the full range of commercial dispute resolution across a broad array of industries. The practice is led by founding partner Daniel Posse, 'a remarkable lawyer', according to peers and who clients note has stamped his imprint on the practice, while nevertheless ensuring its 'lawyers have enough autonomy'. Lauded by clients, Carolina Posada 'has an extraordinary mind', 'knows deeply about laws', 'understands the client's needs and offers a very wide range of solutions'; advising clients from a broad array of industries, like Posse, she too has extensive experience at all civil and administrative judicial levels. In turn, 'excellent professional' Pablo Enrique Sierra specialises in collection actions, constitutional actions, regulation and damage estimation, contractual liability and tort matters. Raised to the partnership in April 2021, Juan Pablo Bonilla demonstrates 'impeccable attention to cases' and clients appreciate his 'criteria and understanding in defending the interests of the company'; his broad practice includes civil and administrative litigation, liability, bankruptcy, consumer rights, restrictive practices and unfair competition. Moreover, his election returns the practice to a four-strong partner-count following the amicable July-2020 departure of former public law practice head María Lucía Posada to establish her own firm. The sizeable team's broad caseload includes defending Organización Terpel in a $40m unlawul termination of contract case; representing ETB in a $42m collection proceeding; advising Alianza Fiduciaria in a $160m fiscal liability process; and securing LG CNS Colombia's recognition as a creditor in Recaudo Bogtoa's $53m insolvency proceeding. Key associate support comes from senior litigation associate María Isabel Osorio, who has a specialisation in contractual matters; and associates Pedro Miguel Alvarez (partnership conflicts); Camilo Canal (commercial and administrative litigation); and Victoria Vargas (administrative litigation; fiscal responsibility).

Practice head(s):

Daniel Posse; Carolina Posada

Testimonials

It is an experienced and practical team which understands the needs of clients, work ethics, constant availability, pre-litigation and litigation strategy planning and prior support in order to prevent litigation by correcting contractual relationships.

Inclusion of new excellent team members, innovative strategies, along with a complete knowledge of the rules, procedures and focused on business.

A large and experienced team. Active participation of partners in all matters. Great availability to address concerns. Excellent service attitude. Extensive knowledge and experience.

Comprehensiveness with which they handle all issues. Active participation of the partner in matters.

Accessibility and permanent and constant communication.

The team is terrific. They have a very large team, I don’t know how many lawyers but they are more than 15, at least. There are lawyers with a lot of experience. The partners are very experienced. They know the different industries and approach cases from a comprehensive perspective. I work with Carolina Posada.’

Carolina has an extraordinary mind. I don’t know a lawyer like her. She knows deeply about laws, law, understands the client’s needs and offers a very wide range of solutions, highlighting the risks related to each one of them. The decisions she makes are always informed and correct. She is deep, analytical and at the same time very practical and creative. She does not like to wear down the client in unnecessary litigation and if the stakes are high, she prefers to compromise on our behalf, rather than expose us to larger sentences. In her hands I feel absolute tranquility. I always recommend her. Her work is brilliant.

Definitely Posse Herrera Ruiz’s team is substantially better than many other teams, they are very professional and do their job very well.

The firm’s lawyers have respect and recognition both in the sector and before the judicial and administrative authorities. Juan Pablo Bonilla is the one with whom we handle all our relevant litigation, always with impeccable attention to cases. His best qualities are his criteria and understanding in defending the interests of the company.

The work team is excellent, they are people with a high level of commitment, experience and dedication. They are always attentive to the requirements and needs that we have on the part of the company in legal processes.

The plus is that they have highly trained and committed people to attend to the assigned legal processes in a timely manner. They are people who always present a cordial, respectful treatment and are always attentive to our requirements. The people I have contact with at PHR are Pablo Sierra and Camilo Canal. They are excellent professionals.

The lawyers, although they have enough autonomy, work with the stamp that the leader of the area, Daniel Posse, imprints.

They are sensible, attentive, the feeling is that you are working with people who are part of your own team.

We work with other firms, in which we find very bright people, but not the consolidated, experienced and coherent team of Posse Herrera Ruiz.

I highight their  style. Good manners and good treatment towards judges and counterparts are noted, without this detracting from their actions and arguments.

Daniel Posse, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Pedro Alvarez  and Carolina Posada are the key names.

It is the best litigation team for highly complex cases and borderline situations. They have the ability to put in favour of the client, situations that seem insurmountable. They have a strong ability to understand in depth cases of great complexity in their technical and commercial foundation, and to turn that into a solid and forceful legal strategy.

Unmatched ability to formulate strong legal strategies. Great availability of customer service. A team that works by combining very well the strengths of all its members.

It is a team with first-rate customer service, with great skill in understanding the needs of its customers. In terms of billing, they are undoubtedly the “best value ” on the market. Although their hours are nominally more expensive than those of other competitors, their use is the most efficient and is reflected in superior quality deliverables.

Carolina Posada: Excellent professional who demonstrates mastery of legal issues, but also of the client’s commercial needs, creative with the management and development of legal strategies.

Estefanía Ponce: a professional with broad critical thinking, good sense and sufficient consistency to detect the weaknesses of the defence, as well as to elaborate alternative arguments that strengthen the client’s claims.

Laura Castilla: a professional with a high interest in detail, who aligns legal defence with the client’s purposes, aimed at achieving the main and secondary objectives, which makes it highly comprehensive.’

The PHR team shows interest in knowing the contextual framework, they present a structured way to carry out the investigations in order to gather the evidence that supports a good defence.

It is important to note that the team is largely made up of women, with a broad professional quality, extremely competent, committed, intelligent, insightful and with extensive knowledge, which is in contrast to a sector generally led by male personnel.

Key clients

Consorcio CCC Ituango

Qatar Airlines

Diageo Colombia

Alianza Fiduciaria

Industria Militar

Primax Colombia

LG

Equion Energia Limited

Santiago Oil Company

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá

Organización Terpel

Acción Sociedad Fiduciaria

Naturgy Distribucion Latinoamerica

Industria Nacional de Gaseosas

Une EPM Telecomunicaciones

Colombia Móvil

Impala Terminals Colombia

Cemex Latam Holdings

South 32

Frontera Energy

City focus > Medellín Tier 1

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 (who is also active in pro bono affairs); 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; Bogotá-based disputes partner Carolina Posada has been actively supporting Tobón in boosting the office’s contentious caseload and the firm is currently handling two major arbitrations at the Medellín Chamber of Commerce’s arbitration centre. This growth has been further supported by the arrival of October-2020 hire, Cristina Vásquez, who will direct the firm's infrastructure and public law areas from the office. 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 assisting tech client Gorilla Logic on the establishment of its business in Medellin; the operation started with less than five employees and has since hired more than 50 employees in its first year, requiring significant labour advisory support.

Key clients

Alianza Fiduciaria

Compañía  Administradora de Seguros y Servicios Coassist

Seguros Comerciales Bolívar

NAF Colombia

Colombia > Tax Tier 1

The practice at Posse Herrera Ruiz is highly regarded for its expertise in all tax-related matters, including tax advisory, restructuring, litigation, transfer pricing, M&A, corporate and international tax, accounting and compliance. The 30-strong team, under the seasoned leadership of founding partner Juan Guillermo Ruiz, acts for a diverse client base of large national and international companies across myriad industries, such as: government, mining, oil and gas, retail, hospitality, finance, agriculture, services, technology, energy and banking. Recent highlights for Ruiz and the team include assisting Sura with the reorganisation of its investment management division in Latin America; BHP on the planning of the sale of its participation in the world’s largest open cast coal mine; and Liberty on the potential purchase of a participation in Cotel which is being sold by Telefonica. Key names to note include partners Juan David Velasco (who leads the transactional team), and Juan Camilo De Bedout (who is head of tax litigation and also maintains strong involvement in the firm’s Medellin office); and associate practice director Jaime Gómez (who heads up the private wealth group).

Practice head(s):

Juan Guillermo Ruiz

Testimonials

It is a very senior team with a clear and practical knowledge of national and international tax matters. We receive direct attention from the partner in the area with great agility in the times and clarity in the answers.

Experience, immediate attention, professional excellence.

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Medical Properties Trust

Sacyr

ICI Inversiones & Construcciones Industrializadas

CEMEX

United Health Group

Alpina

CoCrea

Fehrmann

Grupo Real

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Smaller than that of its counterparts, Posse Herrera Ruiz's eight-strong banking and finance team is nevertheless ‘tight-knit, diverse and well-integrated', advises on the full range of finance matters (including asset management, commercial loans, restructuring and compliance), and receives plaudits for its service, knowledge and delivery. ‘Efficient practice head Mariana Posse covers the full spectrum of finance matters (including capital markets and regulatory matters), her experience ensuring she can ‘unlock any negotiation within the framework of a financing or operation of any kind'. Recent headline mandates for the practice include advising Qatar Airways (as lender) on a $2.4bn DIP loan to LatAm Airlines and advising Northland Power on the $364.4m refinancing of its EBSa power plant, the latter led by energy practice head Alvaro José Rodríguez, who brings additional partner-level involvement in the energy segment. Key support comes from practice director Lina Lineros; an emergent figure, very highly regarded by clients, she recently led advice to Phoenix Tower International on the amendment of a $60m credit contract with the Bank of Nova Scotia, and acted as co-counsel to Codere on its partial debt refinancing via a €250m notes issue. Further, experienced support comes from associates Jesús Albarrán (who is Mexico qualified), Alejandro González (a November 2019 hire formerly in-house at Banco de Occidente), and Mauricio Nieto (who returned to the firm in mid-2020 after a year at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s New York office).

Practice head(s):

Mariana Posse

Testimonials

The experience of the partners and the commitment of the team.

Its customer service and attention to detail make it unique. One of the strengths is your willingness to help us, even beyond what has been requested.

The best qualities are their values, they are professionals and integral people who generate trust in their clients, focused on giving the best to the client. Your experience, knowledge and credentials are taken for granted.

The most innovative thing about the team is that any lawyer can receive the consultation, work on it and resolve it.

The team our company interacts with is interdisciplinary and complementary. Which makes the practice efficient and effective. This way of interacting allows us to identify the skills of the team. In our case, working with Lina Lineros, associate, has been a plus, she interacts with the client directly, presents solutions to problems, has the best disposition for holding meetings and support the client before the supervisory bodies. The same situation is observed with Jaime Herrera, partner of the firm.

The use of technology is one of the firm’s strengths, it allows you to compare the documents and see the different versions, with the comments made. This, together with the collaboration of the team of lawyers who interact, from the partner to the junior lawyer, complement each other.

It is a team that for me is the best on the market. They are thorough and judicious in their analysis.

Lina Lineros undoubtedly stands out not only among her team but also among the lawyers in the sector of other firms for her great knowledge.

Knowledge, experience, willingness to meet customer requirements and professionalism characterize the PHR team, a highly-qualified, high performance team.

One of the strongest points of the PHR banking team is its extensive knowledge and punctuality in the delivery of the proposed documents. So yes, they do compare favourably with teams from other firms.

Mariana Posse is a very efficient leader, with extensive knowledge of her practice area and with ease in unlocking any negotiation within the framework of a financing or operation of any kind.

Alejandro González is a very efficient associate, very attentive to detail, with extensive financial knowledge and a willingness to attend to the requests of his clients. He is a lawyer with a very promising future in financial law.

One of the most important novelties consists of the technological tools used in its physical facilities, which greatly facilitate the work.

In addition, the PHR team is made up of associates and partners who make up a tight-knit, diverse and well-integrated team.

Key clients

QA Investments (Qatar Airways)

SGS Colombia Holdings

Pacu

Northland Power Colombia Distribution

Codere

Autovias

Bancolombia

Wheaton Precious Metals

Phoenix Tower International

Grupo Carlyle

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Oriflame

Matrix Grupo Empresarial

Credicorp Limited

Sura Asset Management

Aon

Willis North America

Yara

Triple Flag Mining Finance Bermuda

Export Development Canada

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

In less than three years since his March 2019 return to Posse Herrera Ruiz from his role as global competition counsel at Unilever, Jorge De Los Ríos has transformed the firm’s competition and antitrust practice. A key differentiator, according to clients, is precisely that de los Ríos ‘has been a company lawyer, so he knows internal management and has a very commercial mentality that helps to find quick solutions’. As a result, the five-strong team ‘has a very commercial mentality‘ and handles the full range of competition matters -from merger control and antitrust litigation to regulatory compliance and consumer protection- with ‘a grounded practical approach‘. Moreover, the April 2021 promotion of former senior associate practice director Juan Pablo Bonilla has added experienced partner-level capacity to the practice, particularly regarding antitrust litigation and unlawful competition cases. Recent matters include acting as local counsel to Delta Airlines in the merger control proceeding for its joint venture with Latam Airlines; representing Halliburton in an investigation regarding anticompetitive conduct; and Adidas on various matters - including representation in an extra procedural evidence gathering case (related to a store opening) and undertaking an internal review of all vertical agreements regarding the retail, distribution and e-commerce segments. At associate level, with Hernan Panesso currently on sabbatical and following the mid-2020 departure of Natalia Fernández to DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán, key support comes from intermediate Laura Torrado who has a post-graduate degree in competition law and arrived from specialist boutique Valbuena Abogados in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jorge de los Ríos

Testimonials

Practical, clear and concise. Extensive knowledge. Hernan Panesso, Jorge de los Rios.

This practice is unique because they provide us with comprehensive and highly focused advice on business issues, mainly on unfair competition, integrations and consumer law. It compares favourably with the teams of other firms mainly because its practice is so focused on the business.

They are excellent lawyers, efficient, they understand our business very well and give us solutions focused on our business.

The team is very practical, concrete and helpful. We feel very well represented with a pro-business, constructive tone. Great technical knowledge in the answers and correct.

Clear attention of the partner of the area with a grounded practical approach. Other firms are often very theoretical and far removed from the business world.

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s great differentiator in the competition and free market segment is its deep knowledge, which allows it to provide valuable legal advice to prevent high-impact risks. Their concepts are very clear, despite this being an area of ​​technical knowledge. The work team stands out from other participants in this sector.’

The plus that Posse Herrera Ruiz offers is the deep knowledge and experience in matters related to competition and the free market. The advice given by Jorge de los Rios on  projects crucial to the aims of the company is remarkable. Additionally I highlight the lawyers interest in their clients and in understanding their concepts and managing procedures.

It is an aligned team, very professional and responsible. They are very reliable lawyers and have a very commercial mentality that helps to solve problems that we have in companies.

They are very prepared lawyers. In the case of competition, I work with Jorge de los Rios and he has been a company lawyer, so he knows internal management and has a very commercial mentality that helps to find quick solutions.

Jorge and his team are always available and ready to work. Its response capacity is very high; In addition, they have excellent technical and practical knowledge of competition law in Colombia.

Jorge de Los Rios (partner): Jorge dominates perfectly and is very familiar with the operation of authority in Colombia. Admeas, Jorge has an excellent perspective on international competition law. This is key and helps substantially in coordinating multi-jurisdictional filings.

Hernan Panesso (Senior associate): Hernan is a hard worker and is always available to resolve any necessary clarification.’

The Posse Herrera Ruiz team is very knowledgeable on the subject. Posse Herrera Ruiz’s priority is to be able to cover all possible risks. Likewise, the team has always shown itself with the best possible availability to answer our questions.

The area is directed by Jorge De Los Rios, who has extensive experience in mass consumption companies, and understands the needs and times of us as clients.

The attention to the company, the attention to detail and the response times are very favourable. The best quality is the knowledge of the subject and, above all, the clarity with which they present the issues and the mechanisms to proceed in practice. Jorge de los Rios has been fundamental in the issues that we have been working on, as have Alejandro Casas and Daniela López. It is the first time that we have worked with the cmpetition practice and it has been very relevant to see the support and knowledge in the matter of all team members and prompt and timely care.

Key clients

Thoma Bravo

Occidental Petroleum

Diageo / Diageo Colombia

Arcelor Mittal

TCS Solution Center Sucursal Colombia

Adidas

Automotores Toyota Colombia

Delta Airlines

Halliburton

Ingebombas

Jerónimo Martins

Mecanoelectro

Praco Didacol

Ingram

SKBergé

Colombia > Environment Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz‘s environmental practice group is a full-service offering, acting particularly on matters across the entire energy sector, and perhaps best known for its advice on oil and gas, renewable energy and  associated disputes, as well as in environmental regulation. The practice is led at partner level by Alvaro José Rodríguez (head of the natural resources department), a renowned professional in energy and environmental matters, whoe spent four years at the Ministry of Environment prior to entering private practice. Senior associate Erika Serrano who has wide experience in environmental permitting and sanctioning processes, as well as in the legal management of controlled chemical substances is an additional key member of the team and co-heads the practice in conjunction with Rodríguez. However, former associate Julián Manrique moved in house at Prime Energía in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro José Rodríguez

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Arrow Exploration Limited

Conoco Phillips

Cedco (The Carlyle Group)

Energo-pro

BHP Chile

SeaOne Caribbean

Northland Power

Hidrocasanare

Yara

Oiltanking

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Sociedad Minera de Santander S.A.S. (Minesa)

Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp.

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 2

The international trade and customs practice Posse Herrera Ruiz offers comprehensive advice across the full spectrum of related issues. The ‘very strong and agile team’ is 14-strong and has an impressive track record representing major international clients in the field. Its roster includes companies across a number of sectors such as manufacturing, retail, petroleum, steel exportation, public transport, energy and agribusiness. Specialising in international trade taxation and free trade zoning matters in particular, the department is led by Juan David Barbosa, who displays a ‘high level of knowledge and commitment’. Barbosa has many years of experience in customs and international trade proceedings and litigation as well as in the development of import-export tax efficient strategies and trade remedies investigations, including antidumping, countervailing duties and safeguards. Expert in customs litigation matters, Juan Camilo De Bedout is a standout partner. Associate support is provided by Ana María Vega and Juan David López, while senior partner Juan Guillermo Ruiz is also a key member of the team. Since the close of research the firm has boosted the team with the October-2021 hire of María Paula Sánchez -as practice director- from her own firm, Legal Comex; formerly also at Araújo Ibarra Consultores Internacionales, Sanchez is an experienced practitioner with particular expertise in the economic aspects of anti-dumping matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan David Barbosa

Testimonials

All PHR teams are efficient, cohesive, knowledgeable about the issues in their respective area, providing a timely response to the needs of their clients.’

The most notable differentiator in general is the charisma that extends to all as an organisational culture; they always maintain a readiness to attend to needs, even in exceptional cases where problems have arisen outside of working hours.

The area of ​​foreign trade is very technical and complex, which means that having good lawyers and experts in the field is key. PHR’s international trade and customs lawyers are excellent, very reliable and with an incredible disposition, in addition to being always prepared, trained and very collaborative.

It is an aligned team, very professional and responsible. They are very reliable lawyers and have a very commercial mentality that helps to solve problems that we have in companies.

Juan David Barbosa is our main contact and he has always shown a high level of knowledge and commitment in the issues that he has had to see us through.

Among their most outstanding qualities is the camaraderie and warmth in the treatment, their professionalism and permanent updating, in general, the simplicity both in the way of approaching the client and in the way in which they express legal knowledge. In my opinion, Juan David Barbosa, Juan David Velasco and Juan David López stand out.

It is a very strong and agile team that understands what business needs to get through and their focus is to find out how to get through safely. The firm has very capable people in their fields with the support of specialists in specific areas when the complexity of the case requires it.

 

Key clients

Diageo

adidas

Kimberly-Clark

Repsol

Syngenta

CTIC

Procolombia

Sovena

3Sixty (formerly, DFASS Group)

Zona Franca Barranquilla

Yara

JVL

Geotech

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 2

Posse Herrera Ruiz‘s labour practice acts for a range of clients on collective bargaining agreements, dispute resolution, the employment aspects of M&A, terminations, immigration matters and compliance. A full-service firm but with a standalone labour team, the practice frequently takes on cross-border work; practice head Carolina Camacho advised an international firm on the termination of its CEO and country manager for Colombia, a multi-jurisdiction matter with complexities regarding employment benefits and avoidance of reputational risk, aided by associate Andrea Ochoa. The practice has worked with a number of global clients from the technology sector in the last year; the firm assisted Equisoft and Gorilla Logic with their setups in Colombia and aided an already established firm in implementing its worldwide HR policies. Associate Natalia Villamil works on labour litigation and judicial proceedings and Andrés Paz is also noted. Hermes García left the firm in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Camacho

Key clients

Ascensores Schindler

Reckitt Beckinser

Placacentro Masisa

Amex

Cencosud

Yara

Seguros Bolivar

Syngenta

Amazon

Michael Page

Colombia > Life sciences Tier 2

With a full-service offering across all aspects of life sciences, including assisting with transactional, intellectual property and regulatory matters, Posse Herrera Ruiz works with leading healthcare and life sciences clients to handle complete patent prosecution and regulatory consultancy in not only Colombia but across the wider Latin America region. Specialised in the pharmaceutical industry, the firm works with leading pharma companies such as Regeneron and Zogenix International, alongside an increasing number of clients in the cannabis industry through the practice's investment into this growing sector. Helena Camargo specialises in working with both regional and international clients to obtain health registrations and permits, alongside senior associate and practice co-head Mónica Bonnett who provides expertise in the handling filings of patents and health registrations.

Practice head(s):

Helena Camargo; Monica Bonnett

Testimonials

In my case, they helped us obtain licenses for the manufacture of derivatives and the cultivation of cannabis. Lawyers need to know the regulations on the matter in order to obtain licenses, as well as a provision for teamwork due to having to work with professionals from other fields (i.e chemist, agronomist).

Monica Bonnett and Andrés Monroy have a wide and permanent disposition to help to carry the project forward. They are very clear in their concepts and attentive to the expiration of terms. They also provide valuable post-initial counseling assistance.

Key clients

Bozicevic, Field & Francis

Kannabee

Mattos Filho

Solla

Exactech

Schultze Asset Management

Ferrer IP Services

Universidad Simón Bolivar

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Zogeniz International

Colombia > Projects Tier 2

The team at Posse Herrera Ruiz have a ‘great technical knowledge of projects‘ and work closely with the banking and finance, corporate/M&A, and dispute resolution teams in the financing/refinancing and litigation arising from major projects. Recent work mandates include advising the global engineering firm Greely and Hansen in relation to ensuring that the designs for the Canoas Wastewater Treatment plant will be executed in a timely manner. José Alejandro Torres heads the team and has multidisciplinary experience advising clients on public law matters and real estate issues; Mariana Posse is noted for her significant experience in project financing work; and Alvaro José Rodríguez focuses on structuring and implementing projects in the private sector. Isabel Cristina Vásquez has over 20 years’ experience in the projects sector, and is director of the firm’s infrastructure and public law areas.

Practice head(s):

José Alejandro Torres

Testimonials

Total coordination between the lawyers of the firm in practice and with those of the other practice areas of the firm to provide comprehensive advice.

It compares favourably with other firms.

They are technically competent but practical lawyers, they seek to make projects viable but without putting them at risk, clearly their purpose is to help and not to bill; I highlight Isabel Cristina Vásquez and Gabriel Sánchez.

The greatest novelty in a firm of this size is the availability of its lawyers, it is a large firm that works closely with the client and constantly monitors them.

Great technical knowledge of projects that facilitates legal management. Total availability of advisers in all hierarchies. Total commitment to customers.

Key clients

Sacyr

Puerto Antioquia

WEG Industries

CAF Ferrocarriles

Greely and Hansen

AB Holdings

Bombardier

Siemens Healthcare

InfraRed Capital Partners

John Laing

Autovia Neiva Girardot

Corredores Davivienda

Grupo Costanera

Terminal de Transporte

AC Capitales

Blackrock

Promotora Miel II

Colombia > Real estate Tier 2

The multidisciplinary team at Posse Herrera Ruiz operates with a one-stop-shop approach, providing a full service to clients across the spectrum of matters, focusing in particular on real estate projects, urban and development projects, agribusiness and natural resources and disputes. The 15-strong team, led by the ‘outstandingAndrés Montoya, boasts a number of high-profile international clients, for which work highlights include recent advice to Phoenix Tower International, a multinational wireless infrastructure firm owned by investment behemoth Blackstone, on a number of site acquisitions. Montoya is a leading expert in agribusiness, and possesses over 20 years of experience in real estate, urban development and litigation cases. Partner Alejandro Turbay leads on urban planning and zoning regulation matters, enjoying recent success for Terranum in a land use and planning dispute; while Héctor Otálora provides key support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Montoya

Testimonials

PHR has a multidisciplinary team, possessing unique and deeper knowledge, skills and abilities that sets it apart from other firms.

The collaboration of the PHR team stands out compared to other firms.

I believe that the Posse Herrera team has advised me in a clear, direct and concise way on real estate matters.

It compares positively with other high-level firms that have advised us. It stands apart for the warmth of the members, and their availability to schedule follow-up meetings.

‘I highlight Dr. Andrés Montoya for real estate work.

‘It seems very important to me how the firm’s lawyers handle technology, especially geographic information systems, which is very important for real estate issues.

High knowledge. Excellent communication, closeness to the client, openness and receptivity.

Stands apart for it accessibility and responsiveness. Pro-business.

What makes this team unique is that they are always ready to provide innovative solutions based on their great technical knowledge. In contrast to other firms, Posse Herrera Ruiz works hand-in-hand with one’s internal needs as a client.

Andrés Montoya is outstanding. He has extensive knowledge and is always available to review his own approaches to suit the practical needs of the business.

Key clients

Fondo Visum Capital

Terranum

Phoenix Tower International

Terpel

Cencosud

Cloud Kitchen

Embotelladora de la Sabana ( Coca-Cola FEMSA)

Renewable Resources Group

Bancolombia

Fiduciaria Itaú

Colombia > Insurance Tier 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz's insurance practice covers the full range of insurance and reinsurance work across a broad array of sectors, including banking and finance, mining, oil, and construction. The highly regarded disputes firm draws on this additional expertise in complex contentious matters, recently acting for notable clients such as AON and HDI Seguros in several high-value cases. Led by two expert partners, litigator Carolina Posada and co-head of the corporate practice Oscar Tutasaura, the group has a particular strength in insurance-related M&A transactions and restructurings. Director Diana Salazar, whose practice also covers energy and natural resources, plays a pivotal role in the department, assisting with drafting and analysing coverages, auditing policy compliance, and regulatory concerns.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Tutasaura; Carolina Posada

Testimonials

The knowledge and depth of the associates. Willingness to serve the customer.

It is a very professional team but at the same time with good treatment and closeness to the client. Whoever is required due to their specialty is summoned to provide a comprehensive solution to the client.

They are very professional and methodical. Oscar Tutasaura, Lina Lineros and Santiago Osorio.’

They are a flexible firm which allows for a very fluid relationship.

They have knowledge of the topics consulted and their attention is very timely and diligent. Also their knowledge of financial regulations.

Key clients

HDI International

AON

Takami

Seguros Comerciales Bolívar

Compañía de Seguros Bolivar

Hamilton Re

Yara Colombia

Jmaluccelli Travelers Seguros

Puerto Antioquia

Consorcio CCC Ituango

Colombia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Posse Herrera Ruiz provides a 'business-oriented' and 'centralised' service to clients, taking on IP infringement litigation and patents and industrial design work, including filing and prosecution. The firm manages trade mark and patent portfolios, advising on development, protection, exploitation and enforcement, and collaborates with international firms on Latin American IP matters. Helena Camargo heads the team and advises large companies such as Alquería on their IP portfolios, as well as aiding clients to register software and oppose trade mark applications. Director Mónica Bonnett specialises in patents, including prosecution, litigation and technology transfer; she advised on cross-border patent requests for CSP Technologies and gained a patent despite opposition for Orthofix. Associate Annabelle Angarita is recommended for her experience in trade marks and copyright protection, aiding Camago in opposition of a registration for Credibanco.

Practice head(s):

Helena Camargo

Testimonials

Impeccable, timely and very human attention. The intellectual quality of the team stands out, as well as its practical solutions and empathy with our needs.

They are very close and empathetic people, always available, with fantastic response times, who care about knowing our business and new projects. They also have a network of allies in the region that greatly facilitates the management of our brand portfolio.

It is a team made up mostly of women, giving a clear and determined display of equity and diversity. We could not be better accompanied and advised.

‘I believe that a constant accompaniment is provided to the users of its services, any questions or concerns are answered very quickly and with all the corresponding supports.’

It is a highly specialised team, with solid knowledge in various fields of intellectual property and clearly identified members for each of the services they offer. The leadership of Helena Camargo and Monica Bonnet is indispensable. They are tremendous leaders.

Posse Herrera’s intellectual property team, led by Dr. Helena and Annabelle, does an exceptional job and manages all the matters we place in their hands in a very good way.

‘We especially highlight Annabelle Angarita, who always has the best disposition to attend to our affairs; she does so with excellent service, normally she answers us the same day we write to the firm. In general, the team is always attentive to our needs and the services offered are according to what we need.

During the pandemic and currently they have managed to cope very well with the changes introduced by this new way of working.

‘Posse Herrera Ruiz’s intellectual property practice has a real understanding of the issues involved in managing complex global patent and trademark portfolios. That’s why it offers a proven, successful, business-oriented, and cost-efficient centralised service for filing and tracking IP applications in Latin America and the Caribbean.

I highlight the team’s experience in managing important portfolios and in the design of strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights, its commitment to adding value, its litigation skills and its extensive experience in due diligence.

Mónica Bonnett focuses on health records, litigation, unfair competition and piracy associated with intellectual property. Due to her experience, the firm  handles big patent portfolios from the US, Asia and Europe; she is the person in charge of developing business relationships with international clients.

Posse Herrera is a firm with a lot of experience in intellectual property and the advice on this matter has been excellent. We highlight the lawyer Helena Camargo for her knowledge of the matter, which generates a lot of confidence when we require advice related to intellectual property and likewise, she has managed our portfolio of brands, always generating added value and efficiently.

The answers are always timely, the value of the services is very competitive and all the attention is provided through virtual or telephone channels, which facilitates the interaction with the firm immediately after our inquiries.

Key clients

Arus

Aon Risk Services

Team Foods Colombia

Productos Naturales de la Sabana (Alqueria)

Keystone

Credibanco

All Star

Atlant IP

Prebel

Aphria

BIOSTDAT

Cencosud

Ladas & Parry

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Botti & Ferrari

Diaz Wiechers

Bio Zoo

Colombia > Public law Tier 3

With particular strength in advising clients on the tendering process for public sector projects, Posse Herrera Ruiz is noted for its extensive legal knowledge and boasts an impressive client base that includes well known global companies such as Huawei and Diageo. José Alejandro Torres leads the practice, combining multidisciplinary experience with a specialism on energy and real estate matters, alongside Alejandro Turbay who focuses on urban planning and the development of real estate projects. The team was strengthened, recently, with the October-2020 arrival of Cristina Vásquez (from an in-house role at Construcciones El Cóndor), as associate director of the infrastructure practice; she has a deep knowledge advising on road, airport and railroad projects, as well as EPC contract negotiation. Recommended partners Daniel Posse and Carolina Posada also play a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

José Alejandro Torres; Alejandro Turbay

Testimonials

What makes the practice of the Posse Herrera Ruiz teams unique is the direct participation of the firm’s partners in dealing with the matters entrusted to them which offers the reassurance that the defence of the client’s interests is backed by the experience and knowledge of the partners.

Isabel Cristina Vásquez stands out for her great practical and legal experience. For clients it is very important that the lawyer not only knows the rules but that this knowledge is backed up with practical knowledge of the sector. I have also had the opportunity to have the support of lawyers Daniel Posse, Carolina Posada and Daniela Corchuelo, who also have extensive legal knowledge and, moreover, sufficient experience so that such knowledge is useful and effective in defending the client’s interests.

In my experience with PHR I have been able to make use of very good tools for video conferencing and for shared file hosting, which offer greater confidence and security. It differs from other offices in which the use of standard tools for such purposes is common.

‘It is a team of professionals that is available and offers personalised attention. It is a human and professional team receptive to clients, and always looking for solutions.’

Key clients

Bancolombia

Minesa

Diageo

Alianza Fiduciaria

Carlos Enrique Garibello

Construcciones El Condor

Vias de las Americas

Huawei

Frontera Energy

Carbones del Cerrejon

Flores de los Andes

Zona Franca de Barranquilla

Sacyr

Graña y Montero

Grupo Costanera

AC Capitales

Blackrock

Colombia > TMT Tier 4

The team at Posse Herrera Ruiz provides ‘excellent quality service’, with the practice formed of a multi-disciplinary team covering the full spectrum of IT, media and data protection issues. Ernesto Cavelier and Andrés Montoya co-head the eight-strong team, with associate César Barrera supporting on cases from the technology, media, entertainment and telecommunications sectors. Competition partner Jorge de los Ríos also acts in the sector  in relation to data protection and compliance issues. Recent mandates saw Montoya lead advice to Verizon Colombia on a range of issues including a regulatory audit carried out by the Ministry of Telecommunications, as well as day-to-day regulatory advice on telecomms matters.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Cavelier; Andrés Montoya

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the technical knowledge they have of the different topics and the agility and effectiveness with which they answer their clients’ queries. The Posse team stands out from the rest of the law firms through the quality and level of its partners, in this particular case Jorge Andrés de los Rios, the lead partner of the area. In addition to being an expert on the issues, he is totally business-oriented and finds practical solutions to complex problems. Laura Torrado, who is part of his team, shares the same line of thought and service.

Posse is always at the forefront of collaboration, billing technology. They stand out in relation to other firms.

Normative evaluation, control and monitoring of new regulations, identification of risks, benefits and opportunities; consulting and concept generation.

This firm provides an excellent quality service, especially Mr Jorge de los Rios in the real estate area, who always responds in a timely and very friendly manner.

The work team is very good, very efficient and they provide quality service with excellent customer service.

Key clients

Huawei

Facebook

Amazon

Tigo

Arus

Aon Risk Services

Team Foods Colombia

Verizon Colombia

Phoenix Tower International

Cinepolis

iFood

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota

Playtech Software Services

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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