Firm Profile > Goh GodoyHoyos > Bogota, Colombia

Goh GodoyHoyos

International trade and customs Tier 3

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS’ practice specialises in the customs and foreign exchange regime and the use of free trade zones relevant to the oil-and-gas industry. Led by Juan Pablo Godoy, the four-strong practice was strengthened with the arrival of associate director Andrea Caicedo, formerly a senior associate at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. Recent mandates saw the team assist Superior Energy Services with analysis of the content and modification of a customs mandate required to regulate the operations that will handled by the company’s customs broker. Other highlights included providing legal services to Contract Workplaces on its day-to-day businesses, particularly in relation to compliance with legal foreign exchange obligations before Colombia’s Central Bank and tax authority DIAN. Clients include Huber, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Autopista al Mar 1 and Strabag.

Tax Tier 3

Led by Catalina Hoyos and Juan Pablo Godoy, Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS’ ten-strong team is currently advising consortium Desarrollo Vial al Mar (comprised by Sacyr Concesiones Colombia, Strabag Colombia and Concay) on the structuring of the tax model for the concession contract Mar 1. The firm also acted successfully for Aldea Proyectos (which is carrying out a $300m urban renovation project in Bogotá) before the Constitutional Court, whose decision confirmed the illegality of denying tax benefits established by previous legislation, particularly where such benefits had been awarded in exchange for relevant investments. Other clients include Interconexión Eléctrica, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Vitol, Grupo Sura and Prodeco.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS advises on matters related to restrictive and unfair competition practices, acting both in court litigation and before the industry regulators and other authorities. In one such case, it is representing a company being investigated for allegedly being the beneficiary of state support. Practice head Jaime Moya and co-head of the litigation team Juan Sebastián Lombana are also acting in an appeal before the SIC seeking the overturning of a fine and associated compensation for damages caused.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS provides advice to local and international companies with operations in the mining, oil and gas industries. The practice group led by Juan Pablo Godoy has developed particular expertise in regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax matters related to these industries. The team also acts in dispute matters and handled the defence of a company from the oil-and-gas sector sued for the unilateral termination of a contract. Other facets of the practice include advising on contracts with the National Hydrocarbons Agency for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons and on technical evaluations, as well as on (energy related-) offshore free trade zones.

Litigation Tier 4

Known for having particular expertise in tax, Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS acts in litigation before regular civil and commercial courts, contentious administrative tribunals and arbitration panels. Key industry sectors for the practice are oil and gas, energy infrastructure and telecoms. Jaime Moya and Juan Sebastián Lombana co-head the five-strong litigation team, which is currently defending one client in a unilateral termination of contract lawsuit brought by an oil and gas company.

Projects Tier 4

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS’ projects experience includes public and private contracting; public and private partnerships; project-finance agreements; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements; and environmental matters. Recent mandates saw the team advising on the Plan Desarrollo Vial al Mar 4G PPP-project. Jaime Moya is the key contact.

Godoy & Hoyos has consolidated itself as a market leader in legal services in Colombia. In providing its services, it takes a practical, versatile and innovative approach, supported by the knowledge, experience, and leadership of its partners and associates. The firm focuses on providing clients with the best service possible and satisfying their legal needs. Its goal is to ensure that clients receive comprehensive legal advice in respect of their most important business decisions, which it provides through a close and practical approach.

The firm was established in 2004 as a tax boutique firm. However, it grew rapidly into a recognized law firm providing a wide variety of legal services. It has been acknowledged as one of the best firms by national and international publications. The firm’s partners are recognised as leaders and their experience includes counseling some of the most important local and foreign companies. They are also highly regarded professors at some of the best law schools in Colombia, keeping the firm at the forefront of the legal services in Colombia.

Main areas of practice
Tax and foreign trade: the team of legal and accounting professionals provide timely top-quality advice to clients regarding their businesses in the areas of tax and foreign trade laws.

Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions: the firm offers comprehensive legal advice in matters related to corporate and business law, both regarding the ordinary legal needs of their companies and in mergers, acquisitions and other significant complex transactions. It has experience advising public, private and government-owned companies.

Mining, oil and gas: the firm provides specialist advice to companies with operations in the mining and oil and gas industries, having developed strong expertise in regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax matters related to these industries, and in sectors in which these companies are involved (ie exploration, exploitation, transport, refining and export).

Infrastructure and project finance: the firm’s lawyers have many years’ experience advising clients whose interests lie in infrastructure projects. This experience includes legal aspects of public and private contracting, public and private partnerships, project financing agreements, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements and environmental aspects.

Public contract law: the firm offers advice in public and administrative law matters and, in particular, in public contract law matters.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm represents clients in all kinds of dispute resolution mechanisms available under the law. This involves pursuing or defending legal actions in court on behalf of clients appearing as plaintiffs or as defendants in ordinary, tax and arbitration proceedings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Catalina Hoyos E:
Tax Mónica Hernández E:
Foreign trade Juan Pablo Godoy E:
Corporate mergers and acquisitions Jaime Moya E:
Mining, oil and gas Juan Pablo Godoy E:
Mining, oil and gas Álvaro Sabbagh E:
Infrastructure and project Finance Jaime Moya E:
Infrastructure and project Finance Alvaro Sabbagh E:
Litigation and dispute resolution Juan Sebastian Lombana E:
State contracts Catalina Hoyos E:
Other fee-earners : 20
Partners : 3