Profile > Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance > Bogota, Colombia

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

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime Tier 3

The Bogotá office of Miami-based Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance has steadily developed its successful local white-collar practice, which blends seamlessly with the firm's overall regional practice and well-known specialisation in OFAC investigations and sanctions-related matters. The core local team comprises managing partner Marcela Blanco, who advises on corporate governance as well as handling domestic and international litigation, and criminal litigator Javier Coronado, an ACAMS-certified AML and global sanctions specialist who was promoted to the partnership in early 2020. Praised as 'a committed, transparent lawyer', Coronado 'gives confidence to his clients with his transparency, knowledge and professionalism’, 'absolute disposition', and 'with whom communication is simple and efficient'. Moreover, the pair -both dual-qualified- can nevertheless call on heavyweight backing from the firm's Miami office with founding partner Michael Díaz Jr. a frequent participant in Colombian matters as part of his regional practice and specialist niche in OFAC sanctions and associated criminal cases. Recent matters include matters of criminal investigations and fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, and in particular, niche specialist advisory and representation regarding OFAC- related sanctions concerning Venezuela, Nicaragua and other jurisdicitons. Since research closed the firm has announced Coronado's move to the Miami office and his replacement by Marcelo Buendía Vélez, a white-collar litigation and investigations specialist who arrives from the Attorney General's officer where he worked as a prosecutor - primarily in relation to money laundering and tax fraud cases. He joined the office in late-September 2021.


A comparative advantage is the fact that the entire legal team of the firm has experience in litigation in US jurisdictions as well as in Colombia. They are bilingual lawyers who have worked in both jurisdictions, with all the advantages that this entails.

Javier Coronado, who directs the practice in Colombia, is a young, bilingual lawyer, licensed in the bar of some US states and highly skilled and competent in litigation matters. Despite his youth, he has great experience serving his clientele.

It is one of the few firms in Colombia that offers professional advice from an international network of lawyers in those places where it has a presence, practically automatically. This enriches the legal advice they offer to their clients.

Dr Javier Coronado is an excellent professional, he is always in a position to quickly collaborate with the company’s requirements, providing effective solutions.

The practice of the Diaz Reus team is unique in that its partners personally attend to cases. The firm’s team is very complete and is always available to answer your questions. Javier Coronado, the partner is excellent, the way he attends and listens to the client’s problems shows that he strives to understand them beyond the legal advice.

Javier Coronado’s experience and the professionalism with which he leads the processes make the firm outstanding. He is a committed, transparent lawyer, with an absolute disposition and with whom communication is simple and efficient.

The way in which he explains to his clients the steps to follow, the decisions to be taken and the strategies to implement are quite clear, which generates calmness in the client as regards the progress of the processes and with the decisions that are made. they take. It is also a completely affordable team, which makes a great differentiator with other firms.

Javier Coronado is a lawyer who gives confidence to his clients with his transparency, knowledge and professionalism. He is a lawyer who is constantly learning, quite dynamic and very committed to his clients, with their expectations and objectives.

Javier’s relationship with his clients is unmatched and the billing turns out to be quite attractive, especially versus the quality of the service they provide, which is extraordinary.

Without a doubt, their most important asset is Javier Coronado. Perhaps the best criminal lawyer in Colombia. The quality of his criminal litigation is outstanding. He is a great strategist in his practice and knowledgeable of all criminal law and criminal procedure.

Key clients

Allianz Seguros de Vida


Grupo CTO

Karisma Latam Hotels and Resorts

HAE Group

Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros

Ciudadela Comercial Unicentro

Laboratorios Biogen de Colombia


Consultores Unidos Asociados

Construcciones Monserca

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Along with its white-collar practice, corporate work is the other central pillar of Miami-based Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance's Bogota office. The team handles the usual array of services -including M&A, company law, contracts, loans and guarantees, reorganisations and compliance- and has gained particular prominence in the tourism and hospitality sector, as well as having niche strength in the fashion segment. Bilingual office managing partner Marcela Blanco is the key contact; qualified in the US (Kansas/Miami) and Colombia, she has considerable experience in both advisory and contentious matters, particularly governance, entity formation, commercial contracts, transactional matters and litigious/arbitral representation. Key support comes from fellow partner Javier Coronado, with further heavyweight resources available from the firm's Miami headquarters. The team also added a new associate - Maria José Uribe - in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Blanco; Michael Diaz, Jr.; Marta Colomar-Garcia

Key clients

Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Grupo CTO

HAE Group

Ackermann International

Disargen Oil Services


Camara de Comercio Colombo-Chilena

Santiago Velez & Asociados Corredores de Seguros

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Marcela Cristina Blanco +57 (1) 743-9219
White-Collar Crime & Investigations Javier Coronado +57 (1) 743-9219