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Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance
United States

Work Department

International Litigation, Business & Finance Transactions, Regulatory Compliance


Partner, Head of the Bogota office


Multifaceted bilingual international attorney, licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia, Marcela Cristina Blanco is knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions and cross-border disputes.

Fluent in Spanish and English, Ms. Blanco counsels corporate clients in governance, entity formation, and relevant local and international jurisdictional regulations and heads the Diaz Reus Bogotá office.

Experienced in partnership transactions, shareholder meetings, customs issues, and legal research, Ms. Blanco is skilled in drafting commercial contracts such as supply, service, sales, distribution, licensing, and inter-company agreements.

She is also a skilled adviser and negotiator in international contract disputes, and represents Diaz Reus clients in international and domestic litigation and arbitration in Colombia and the U.S.


English, Spanish


  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • Colombia


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, JD
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, Master in Corporate Law
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, LL.B

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

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.

Colombia > Compliance and white-collar crime

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.