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Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance
Calle 98, No. 9-03 Oficina 802
Edificio Torre Sancho BBDO
Bogota, D.C.
Colombia

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 3

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance's international network strikes the right note with sources, who praise the USA-headquartered firm’s ability to ‘provide global solutions to meet the needs of its clients'. Particularly sought after for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional compliance issues, the group also handles criminal investigations and contentious proceedings. A significant overhaul of the department saw former practice head Javier Coronado relocate to the Miami office in August 2021. The group is now led nationally by Bogotá managing partner Marcela Blanco, who is dual-qualified in Florida and Colombia and handles a mix of transactional, criminal and compliance work. The team also includes associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez, who joined in August 2021 and was formerly a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office, where he acted on money laundering cases, tax offences and other white-collar matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz Jr; Marcela Blanco

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the availability of the lawyers; their professionalism and dedication make them pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is comprised of excellent professionals.’

‘Diaz Reus offers close support to the client through a personalised and partner-led service. It is also part of an international network of offices, which allows the team to provide global solutions to meet the needs of its clients.’

‘In matters of compliance and criminal law, it is very strong due to its great capacity and international coverage in matters of due diligence and investigations.’

‘Javier Coronado is an excellent attorney. He presents cases and concepts with impressive clarity and his professionalism is exceptional. He is a lawyer who transmits confidence due to his knowledge of the subject.’

The hire of associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez in Colombia has provided further scope to the services of the firm in the litigation area, especially due to his previous experience in the Attorney General’s Office.’

‘Marcela Blanco, Marcelo Buendía Vélez and Javier Coronado are distinguished by their client-focused service combined with strong professionalism.’

Key clients

Allianz Seguros & Allianz Seguros de Vida

Grupo CTO

Karisma Latam Hotels and Resorts

Colserauto

HAE Group

Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros

Ciudadela Comercial Unicentro

Laboratorios Biogen de Colombia

Machinetronics

Consultores Unidos Asociados

Construcciones Monserca

Incomser

Javier Mejía Bernal

Felipe Alejos

Work highlights

  • Represented Javier Mejia Bernal in criminal proceedings, following his 2019 indictment for allegedly bribing officials to obtain contracts in Bogotá.
  • Represented Allianz Seguros de Vida in its internal investigations into allegations of insurance fraud, inside trading, and other potential criminal conduct.
  • Represented Grupo CTO in reaching a settlement agreement with a former director of the company regarding several disputes, including criminal investigations.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Miami-headquartered Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance scores highly for blending the ‘expertise of a large firm‘ with ‘the advantages of a boutique firm‘ — the accessibility of its lawyers attracts particular praise. Among its core areas of expertise, the team packs a punch in corporate compliance-related issues. It also handles a significant volume of transactional and contentious matters on behalf of its diverse domestic and multinational client base. Bogotá office head Marcela Blanco, who is dual-qualified, is recommended for her handling of corporate, commercial and foreign investment issues. Key support is provided by associate Marcelo Buendía Vélez, who joined in September 2021 from the Ministry of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Blanco; Javier Coronado; Michael Diaz Jr; Marta Colomar-García

Testimonials

What makes Diaz Reus different is that it has the expertise of a large firm, but you get all the advantages of a boutique firm: clients get access to partners and other lawyers very quickly and efficiently.’

We would highlight the degree of trust that we have in Marcela Blanco. She has shown competent handling of our information and of the company’s assets. She has strong technical knowledge and problems are resolved efficiently.’

Key clients

Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Grupo CTO

HAE Group

Ackermann International

Disargen Oil Services

Tradesio

Camara de Comercio Colombo-Chilena

Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros

Allianz Seguros

Allianz Seguros de Vida

Taller Empresarial

Eduardo Cabello

Fabucredit Corp

Incomser

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo CTO on negotiating a settlement agreement with a former director of the company regarding several disputes.
  • Advised Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros in resolving requirements from the Superintendence of Finance in relation to corporate matters.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance‘s Miami-based team is popular for international disputes involving Latin America. With a breadth of expertise in criminal and civil aspects of international litigation, the practice frequently handles fraud cases and has been particularly active in PPE and pandemic-related disputes. Global managing partner Michael Diaz, Jr. and Gary Davidson jointly lead the team following the departure of former fellow co-head Brant Hadaway. Other names to note include Marta Colomar-Garcia and Javier Coronado, who was promoted to partner in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz Jr; Gary Davidson

Testimonials

‘The team has a very vast knowledge in the international process.’

‘They always look for ways to achieve goals and present different scenarios for that.’

Key clients

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas S.A.

Victor Herrera

TCB Advisors

Victor Planchart

Jesus Perez Oropeza

Adolfo Navas

Jose Renteria

Ruben Idler

Alibaba

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

EMFI

Eddy Salloum

American Veteran Enterprise Team

Bruno Augusto Sacchi Zaremba

Work highlights

  • Represented Plus Ultra, a Spanish airline, in an $6m dollar action filed in the Southern District of New York, by AELF, an airplane engine leasing company, for an alleged breach of contract.
  • Representing Mexican-American businessman Jose Renteria in a $4m dispute concerning his investments in the Aloft and Element Hotels in Doral, Florida, as well as Mr. Renteria’s ownership interest in the corporate vehicles created for the development of such hotel projects, namely two entities in Florida.
  • Acting for Alibaba in all of their US litigation involving IP violations and criminal warrants and investigations.

Diaz Reus Bogotá is well-known for its corporate and white-collar practices.

Our firm has a well-established corporate practice and currently serves as permanent legal counsel for important international investors in the country. Within the line of legal services, our firm has been directly engaged in corporate reorganizations and restructurings, transactional advising, contract drafting for medium to large scale transactions, liquidation and winding-up of corporations, among others. Our firm is able to bring its multi-jurisdictional legal experience to its corporate clients to ensure compliance with the regulatory environment in which they operate.

Our firm also has developed a reputable practice in white collar crime by successfully representing high-profile businessmen and market-leading corporations in white-collar investigations that are conducted by law enforcement agencies in Colombia. From a defense perspective, the firm has a sterling reputation for its ability to navigate and avoid criminal indictments on behalf of its clients. When representing clients as crime-victim attorneys, the firm is well known for effectively conducting internal investigations and securing the prosecution of criminal targets by efficiently communicating the results of these internal investigations to the Colombian law enforcement agencies.

The firm also represents international clients in business transactions, corporate governance, and entity formation, particularly, in securing the client’s compliance with international, US and Colombian legal standards, regulations, and best practices regarding criminal law, economic sanctions, money laundering, domestic and foreign corruption, and financial and securities fraud. Accordingly, the firm’s team is ready to traverse business-crime cases in Colombia by following US gold-standards for securing and presenting evidence to law enforcement agencies and criminal courts. With the support of its global network of experts, the firm is also ready to navigate the rules and dynamics of highly specialized industries and disciplines, which business-crime cases in Colombia and elsewhere often involve.

We counsel clients in various industries (tourism, oil, electronics, retail, agriculture, etc) in capitalizations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements, securities, contracts and governance matters. The firm also conducts due diligence efforts and internal investigations in various industries for clients with concerns that their business practices or certain specific transactions may violate economic sanctions, money laundering, corruption, and criminal laws. The firm identifies, isolates, and corrects the questionable transactions and practices; and further develops enhanced corporate governance programs to avoid repeat violations.

Our firm stands out among the rest because it brings to its practice legal experience in US and Colombia.  Our attorneys are bilingual, licensed in Colombia and the US, and are experienced in these two jurisdictions (among others). The firm also provides access to an international network of attorneys, experts, and private investigators, including a team of former US prosecutors and government agents, and Board-Certified lawyers in international law, International litigation and arbitration, and Immigration law. With the support of its global network of experts, the firm is also ready to navigate the rules and dynamics of highly specialized industries and disciplines. Further, the firm is knowledgeable in handling complex and multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including non-criminal parallel law enforcement actions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate M&A Marcela Cristina Blancomblanco@diazreus.com+57 (1) 743-9219
White-Collar Crime & Investigations Javier Coronadojcoronado@diazreus.com+57 (1) 743-9219
White-Collar Crime & Investigations Marcelo Buendía Vélezmbuendia@diazreus.com+57 (1) 743-9219
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Marcela Blanco photoMs Marcela BlancoPartner, Head of the Bogota office
Marcelo Buendía Veléz photoMr Marcelo Buendía VelézAssociate Attorney
Marcelo Buendía Veléz photoMr Marcelo Buendía VelézAssociate Attorney
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