Goh > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Goh
CARRERA #14 94-44 TORRE B PISO 6
BOGOTA
Colombia

Colombia > Tax Tier 2

Tax is a firm-wide sweet spot for Goh and it impresses clients with its ‘combination of professional excellence and business understanding'. Well weighted between private and public sector work, the full-spectrum practice handles tax planning, transaction structuring and contentious matters for an increasingly lengthy roster of leading companies. Catalina Hoyos is sought after for her combination of transactional tax and tax litigation expertise; she recently advised Interconexión Eléctrica on the tax aspects of its $331m bond offering on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Managing partner Juan Pablo Godoy is recommended for his specialist focus on the extractive and infrastructure industries. The group also includes tax partner Mónica Inés Hernández and associate directors Luís Felipe Noreña and Catalina Amaris.

Practice head(s):

Catalina Hoyos; Juan Pablo Godoy; Mónica Hernández

Testimonials

‘The team is very comprehensive, lawyers are always very willing to collaborate and it is an office with professionals from all practice areas.’

‘We value the team’s knowledge and willingness to care.’

‘We recommend the team for its combination of professional excellence and business understanding. The team guides and proposes solutions in a personal and reliable environment.’

‘We highlight lawyers’ listening skills, business understanding and advice in the midst of a relationship of trust.’

Key clients

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Grupo Ecopetrol: Ecopetrol, Oleoducto Central, Cenit Transporte, Oleoducto de Colombia, Hocol

Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA)

Uber

Louis-Dreyfus

Gran Colombia Gold

Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telefónica Group)

Credicorp Capital

Airbnb

Cepsa Group

Alpina Group

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised legal tech start-up, Yustii, on qualifying for the patent box tax regime in Colombia.
  • Advised Interconexión Eléctrica on tax matters related to a major bond offering on the Singapore Stock Exchange, with the participation of investors from the US, Europe, Canada, Asia and Latin America.
  • Represented Gran Colombia Gold and Caldas Gold Corporation on an inspection process by the tax authorities into several mining companies, aimed at disregarding the deduction of royalties and other costs associated with the production of gold and silver.

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 3

According to satisfied clients, Goh possesses ‘up-to-date knowledge on the most relevant international trade, customs and foreign investment matters'. The wider firm’s strength in tax matters is reflected in the group’s robust customs tax expertise, and lawyers also bring experience in free trade agreements, foreign exchange matters, special import and export schemes and free trade zones. Founding partner Juan Pablo Godoy oversees the practice and is noted for his combination of tax, trade and natural resources expertise. Associate practice director Andrea Caicedo specialises in the planning and structuring of customs, foreign trade and foreign exchange transactions.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Godoy

Testimonials

The team provides outstanding legal services with depth and up-to-date knowledge on the most relevant international trade, customs and foreign investment matters across various industries.’

Associate Andrea Caicedo is an excellent attorney with in-depth knowledge and expertise on the legal matters she provides advice on. Fully committed to comply with clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Area Limpia Distrito Capital

Grupo Lemco

Gran Colombia Gold Segovia (sucursal Colombia)

Empresa de Medicina Integral EMI

Gases del Oriente

Exxon Mobil

Scotia Global Business Services (Scotiabank)

Belia Trading Colombia

Essentia

Interconexión Eléctrica

Oleoducto Central Ocensa

Work highlights

  • Acting for Area Limpia Distrito Capital on designing the strategy to recover the VAT paid to the DIAN for the importation of waste collection equipment that generates environmental benefits, and in the administrative processes in cases where the DIAN has denied the refund.
  • Advising Grupo Lemco on the reorganisation and restructuring of the company, particularly matters relating to foreign investment and its registration with the Banco de la República.
  • Advising Gran Colombia Gold Segovia (Colombian branch) on the reorganisation and restructuring of Zenk International Minerals, paying special attention to matters regarding customs and foreign investment and its registration with the Banco de la República.

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Over the past year, Goh advised a string of companies on competition compliance matters. The firm also has experience in representing clients in administrative investigations, judicial proceedings and merger reviews. Corporate and projects specialist Jaime Moya is the key contact, while corporate senior associate Natalia Suárez Sánchez provides support.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Moya

Key clients

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Oleoducto De Colombia

Ocensa

Work highlights

  • Advised Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos on various competition law compliance matters, including restrictive competition practices.

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 4

Goh‘s litigation group keeps busy advising clients from a wide range of sectors on litigation risk management, pre-litigation strategies and dispute resolution. The team is particularly active in litigation regarding the infrastructure, energy and construction industries — it is also equipped to handle contentious bankruptcy, competition and insolvency proceedings. Juan Sebastián Lombana heads the dispute resolution practice and is recognised for his background in administrative litigation and national and international arbitration. Founding partner and tax law head Catalina Hoyos is also recommended for her robust tax litigation expertise. The partners can additionally lean on a solid group of younger lawyers, including associate David Leonardo López, who is noted for his experience in road infrastructure, energy and healthcare disputes, and Daniela Fernanda Rincón, who is a dispute resolution-focused junior associate.

Practice head(s):

Juan Sebastián Lombana; Catalina Hoyos

Key clients

Cenit Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos

Columbus Networks Colombia

Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar – DEVIMAR (Sacyr Concesiones, Strabag and Concay)

Vanti

Work highlights

  • Defending Cenit Transportes y Logísticas de Hidrocarburos in a case brought by Sicim Colombia for the unilateral termination of a contract due to Sicim’s alleged involvement in the financing of terrorism.
  • Representing Columbus Networks in a lawsuit filed against Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) seeking declaration of the existence of a verbal agreement on the provision of international channel services for internet access between the two.
  • Acting for Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar in several matters brought by claimants who had accidents on roads considered to be under its charge.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Clients of Goh assert that the firm stands out for ‘the commitment and dedication of its partners'. The group provides broad coverage of the mining and hydrocarbons industries, with notable strength in the regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax fields. Department head Juan Pablo Godoy has extensive experience in both the upstream and downstream oil and gas spheres; he also brings to bear specialist tax, foreign investment and arbitration expertise. Dispute resolution head Juan Sebastián Lombana and corporate-focused director associate Álvaro Sabbagh also advise on energy and natural resources matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Godoy

Testimonials

‘Goh stands out for the commitment and dedication of its partners; they always attend personally — and with a very high legal rigour — to the matters that are entrusted to them.’

Key clients

Maurel & Prom

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Occidental de Colombia

CPVEN E&P / CPVEN Servicios Petroleros

Vitol Colombia

Gran Colombia Gold

Oleoducto Central (OCENSA)

Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Superior Energy Services

Renergética Colombia

Ecopetrol

Work highlights

  • Advising CPVEN E&P as non-operating partner in a joint venture with Ecopetrol for the VMM-32 block.
  • Acting for Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos regarding a possible settlement in respect of ship-or-pay transportation contracts with Frontera Group.
  • Advising Superior Energy Services on day-to-day operational matters in Colombia, including contract preparation, revisions, and negotiations.

Colombia > Projects Tier 4

Noted for its ‘expert lawyers in different areas of law', Goh is valued by sources for its emphasis on providing ‘comprehensive advice'. The team advises infrastructure clients on a range of public and private contracting matters, public and private partnerships, project financings and EPC agreements — it also houses significant arbitration expertise. Jaime Moya combines corporate, commercial and regulatory experience and leads the group with support from corporate and infrastructure-focussed associate Steffany Serebrenik.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Moya

Testimonials

For our company, the academic strength of the firm’s lawyers is important. In this sense, Goh has expert lawyers in different areas of law, which means that our company receives comprehensive advice. We also value the firm’s knowledge of our company and the core of our business.

The firm’s lawyers remain close to our company, we can count on the support of the firm in a short time and at any time, according to the needs of our business.

Key clients

OHL Colombia

Sacyr Concesiones Colombia

Esenttia

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar)

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Hyundai Engeneering and Construction

Stoa Infrastructure & Energy

Strabag

Concesionaria Alternativas Viales

Mafer Real Estate de Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advising Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar) on the execution of the concession contract for highway infrastructure project, Autopista al Mar 1.
  • Representing Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) on the development of its project, together with Invenergy, to provide customers with a competitive supply of energy from wind and solar farms.

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 5

Highlighted by sources as a ‘strategic ally', Goh‘s integrated service offering ensures that clients receive comprehensive advice on all supplementary aspects of banking and finance issues, including tax and foreign-exchange control matters. The boutique’s broad financial-services practice scope encompasses corporate finance, project finance, investment and regulatory matters, with strong recent activity in infrastructure-related financings. Practice head Jaime Moya and capable senior associate Steffany Serebrenik are highlighted together as ‘always ready to provide support'.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Moya

Testimonials

‘The firm’s 2020 rebranding is a sign of its modernity and dynamism. That said, the truth is that from the point of view of service, they have always been very good.’

‘We value its focus on managing the issues, the dedication of the team, lawyers’ constant communication with the client and their permanent accessibility.’

‘The lawyers who advise us, Steffany Serebrenik and Jaime Moya, are people who are always ready to provide support. They do it with total transparency and clarity. The firm’s helpful and friendly treatment means that it always presents as a strategic ally.’

Key clients

Fondo de Capital Privado Armilla Capital

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar)

Credicorp Capital Colombia

OHLA Progress Enablers (formerly: OHL)

Tower One Wireless Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised OHLA Progress Enablers on the refinancing of bond issues, the refinancing of its bank debt and the capital increase of its parent company, totalling approximately €1bn.
  • Advised Tower One Wireless Colombia on the project financing of its construction of 220 telecommunication towers, among other matters.
  • Advised Fondo de Capital Privado Armilla Capital on day-to-day matters, including regulatory issues.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

The ‘very responsive‘ and ‘highly committed‘ team at Goh demonstrates solid skill sets in all key pillars of corporate and M&A work, from compliance issues and operational matters, through to cross-border transactions involving acquisitions, spin-offs and capital reductions. The corporate department should further benefit from the launch of the firm’s new innovation, technology and start-up practice, which was established in May 2021 and aims to support emerging companies. Group-head Jaime Moya has a focus on investment and divestment transactions; he is highlighted together with key associate Steffany Serebrenik for their ‘in-depth knowledge and commercial awareness‘. Director associate Álvaro Sabbagh is also recommended for commercial and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Moya

Testimonials

‘We recommend the team for its good knowledge, practicality and fast attention.

A very responsive team, highly committed to provide valuable legal advice on corporate-related matters.

We value the deep knowledge that the lawyers of the firm possess regarding our company and our ethos.

GOH has a diversity of experts in different areas of law, which ensures we receive comprehensive advice. In the same way, we recognise the knowledge and expertise of each of the firm’s advisors in the different areas of law.

Responses to our queries are timely and adjusted to the requirements of our business. The people who make up the GOH team remain close to our company, therefore we have fluid and effective communication.

Jaime Moya is a professional with a high degree of experience in the public and private areas. His knowledge of our industry gives us confidence and peace of mind.

Jaime Moya and associate Steffany Serebrenik are outstanding lawyers with in-depth knowledge and commercial awareness.

Key clients

Quipux

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Auteco Mobility / Autotécnica Colombiana

OHLA Progress Enablers

Sacyr Concesiones Colombia

Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur

Oleoducto Central (Ocensa)

Strabag

Cardinal Health

Senra Precious Metals

Snetor

Viajes Circular

Axia Invest Banking

IG Networks

Grupo Sanford

Founded in 2004, GodoyHoyos has consolidated itself as a prominent leader of the legal services market in Colombia. The firm takes a practical, versatile, and innovative approach, supported on the knowledge, experience and leadership of its partners and associates.

The firm focuses in providing comprehensive legal advice to its clients on their most important business decisions, through a customised, friendly and sensible approach that is the hallmark of the very best boutique law firms. The firm’s partners are recognised as true leaders in their respective areas of practice in Colombia and abroad. Their experience includes counselling some of the most important domestic and foreign companies with operations in the country. They are also wellregarded professors of tax, corporate and contract law at some of the best law schools in Colombia, which is another factor that keeps GodoyHoyos at the forefront of legal services in Colombia.

Main Areas of Practice: Tax & Foreign Trade Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Antitrust Energy and Oil & Gas Infrastructure & Project Finance Litigation & Dispute Resolution Innovation, Technology & Startups.

Tax & Foreign Trade: GodoyHoyos advises clients in the private and public sector on their tax planning decisions, structuring domestic and international transactions, tax regulation, tax compliance (including transfer pricing) tax disputes and foreign trade. The team has experience and an impressive track record in complex tax and foreign trade matters across all industries, including agribusiness, commodities, energy, digital economy, financing, insurance, natural resources, telecommunications, among others. The firm also advises governments in improving its tax and foreign trade policies.

Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions: GodoyHoyos advises its clients on the setting up and organisation of their businesses, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and on processes related to investments, sales, and mergers. The advice comprises the full cycle, including structuring transactions, merger control approvals, due diligence reviews, negotiation and drafting of contracts and closing of transactions.

The team has wide experience in deals of all sizes and across many industries, focusing primarily in big and medium sized mergers and acquisitions and with particular emphasis in public utilities, infrastructure and oil and gas.

Antitrust: GodoyHoyos advises its clients on antitrust compliance related to its business decisions and activities and represents them in investigations and court proceedings related to antitrust and unfair competition. The team specialises in complex antitrust matters in heavily regulated industries, particularly in the context of natural monopolies, highly concentrated markets and business with dominant position or market power.

Energy and Oil & Gas: GodoyHoyos advises companies with operations in the energy, mining and oil and gas industries. Its team has developed strong expertise in regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax matters related to businesses operating in the upstream, midstream or downstream part of these industries.

Infrastructure & Project Finance: GodoyHoyos advises sponsors, financial institutions and other investors in infrastructure projects and project finance. The advice comprises the award of concessions, structuring of consortia and drop-down agreements and negotiation of financial facilities. Its team has participated in the structuring and financing of some of the most important infrastructure projects in Colombia, including oil transport and logistics facilities, toll roads, ports and renewable energy plants.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution: GodoyHoyos represents its clients in commercial, administrative and arbitral disputes and other alternative dispute resolution methods, both as plaintiffs and defendants. Its team has significant experience in distribution law, in disputes related to oil and gas and infrastructure projects and in actions against regulatory agencies in public utilities and the energy sector.

Innovation, Technology & Startups: GodoyHoyos provides legal advice to its clients as they develop their startups. Working as their legal allies, GodoyHoyos supports them as they build up their disruptive, innovative or technology-based ideas. GodoyHoyos gives support to them by identifying any obligations and any preventive actions that they must implement at each step of the way as they consolidate their ideas, and by navigating the legal and regulatory ecosystem that applies to their specific industries.

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French

Clients: GodoyHoyos’ clients include national and multinational companies, many of which are among the top 100 companies in Colombia, operating in industries as as retail, oil and gas, infrastructure and construction, banking and securities, insurance, consumer products and technology. Clients include Almacenes Éxito, Cenit, Coltabaco, Credicorp Capital, Consorcio Minero Unido, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, ExxonMobil de Colombia, Grupo Bolívar, Huber SE, ISA, Isagen, Yanbal, Mapfre, Microsoft Colombia, Occidental de Colombia, Ocensa, Prodeco-Glencore Group, Productos Familia, Sacyr Concesiones Colombia, Strabag Colombia, among others.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Tax, State Contracts Catalina Hoyoschoyos@goh.law
Foreign trade, Mining, Oil and Gas Juan Pablo Godoyjgodoy@goh.law
Corporate & Mergers and Acquisitions, Infrastructure and Projects Jaime Moyajmoya@goh.law
Tax Mónica Hernándezmhernandez@goh.law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Juan Sebastian Lombanajlombana@goh.law
Mining, oil and gas, Infrastructure and Projects Álvaro Sabbaghasabbagh@goh.law
International Trade / WTO Andrea Caicedoacaicedo@goh.law
Tax Catalina Amariscamaris@goh.law
Tax Luis Felipe Noreñalnorena@goh.law
Innovation, Technology & Startups Andrea Rojasarojas@goh.law
Number of Partners : 5
Numer of lawyers : 25
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Partners : 5
Lawyers : 25
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