Firm Profile > Goh > Bogota, Colombia

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

Tax Tier 2

Founded in 2004, tax specialists Godoy & Hoyos Abogados SAS has grown steadily over the years and expanded its corporate and energy practice areas, consolidating into a mid-size firm. Led by Catalina Hoyos and Juan Pablo Godoy, the fruits of this growth can be seen, for example, in the team's involvement in the financial closure of the Autopista al Mar 1, a fourth-generation (4G) infrastructure project. The eight-strong tax team is also co-led by Mónica Hernández, raised to the partnership in March 2019, who also leads the transfer pricing practice. At associate level, practice director Catalina Amaris is well-versed in infrastructure matters, and Luís Felipe Noreña, who has broad expertise in litigation and also handles tax consulting. Since publication, the firm has opened an office in Costa Caribe under the direction of Amaris, while Noreña has been appointed head of the Medellín office (effective as of December 2020).

Testimonials

It is an exceptional team bringing personalised attention’.

Juan Pablo Godoy is an excellent lawyer, who provides personalised attention, with his extensive knowledge and experience in tax law. He provides legal advice with a business perspective, which is a great additional value’.

Availability, knowledge and great capacity for analysis’.

They always have the ability to go further and analyse other alternatives. The communication with the client is fluent’.

Key clients

Vitol Colombia

Mafer Real Estate de Colombia

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar)

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)

Quala

Chubb Seguros Colombia

Telefónica Móviles Colombia (Movistar)

Occidental de Colombia

Interconexión Eléctrica

Louis Dreyfus

International trade and customs Tier 3

Best known for its expertise in tax, the international trade practice at Goh (formerly known as Godoy Hoyos Abogados), specialises in the customs and foreign exchange regime matters, and - particularly -the use of free trade zones relevant to the oil and gas industry. The department supports clients seeking qualification and/or authorisations, as well as providing advice on free trade agreements with the aim of optimising international business. Practice head Juan Pablo Godoy, who also co-directs the tax practice and has particular expertise advising energy and oil and gas companies; and associate practice director Andrea Caicedo, who joined from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in June 2019, are the key names.

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Key clients

Strabag

Signet Armolite Colombia

Gran Colombia Gold

Occidental de Colombia

Vitol Colombia CI

Agustín Ruiz

RECAP

Superior Energy Service Colombia

Exxon Mobil

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

The ‘robust’ team at Goh -formerly known as Godoy Hoyos- leverages its record in regulatory and corporate law to specialise in antitrust and competition issues before the authorities, particularly concerning the energy sector, where the group receives praise for its expertise and experience in the oil and gas industry, consumer and software sectors. Department head Jaime Moya, a 'benchmark in competition law', also co-leads the firm's corporate practice.

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Testimonials

The quality of service is excellent. They have a robust practice, since Jaime Moya is a benchmark in competition law‘.

They differ in that they are knowledgeable about the oil & gas business and its regulatory peculiarities in the face of competition law. Furthermore, they are always ready to assist us, even in situations of urgency and pressure‘.

Key clients

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Oleoducto De Colombia

Ocensa

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Primarily advising oil, gas and mining companies, Goh -formerly Godoy Hoyos Abogados'- practice handles primarily regulatory, contractual, environmental and tax matters. Practice head Juan Pablo Godoy, whose extensive trajectory includes in-house positions in the oil industry, is also a tax and foreign exchange expert; and the team also acts in contentious cases. Associate director Álvaro Sabbagh focuses on hydrocarbons exploration and production contracts, including contract bidding processes with ANH and Ecopetrol, access to oil transport and marketing infrastructure.

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Key clients

Exxon Mobil

Maurel & Prom

Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Occidental de Colombia

CPVEN E&P / CPVEN Servicios Petroleros

Gunvor Colombia

Vitol Colombia

Carbones el Tesoro  (Glencore)

Zandor Capital

Superior Energy Services

Litigation Tier 4

Clients highlight Goh -formerly Godoy Hoyos Abogados- commitment and honesty, as well as its experience and knowledge, when undertaking contentious matters. Best known for its expertise in tax law and foreign trade, the mid-sized firm is particularly active in the oil and gas, energy infrastructure and telecoms industry sectors, and has expanded it capabilities in commercial and administrative litigation and domestic arbitration, while retaining its relevance and engagement in competition and antitrust matters. Founding partner Catalina Hoyos (who acted as arbitrator in the high-profile CAC arbitration concerning Odebrecht), and Juan Sebastián Lombana, promoted to partnership in March 2019 and specialising in administrative and contractual law, lead the six strong team.

Testimonials

The Goh team is very committed to its clients: they always clarify all doubts, they attend to the recommendations of their clients, and above all, they have very high professional standards. One of the strengths is that they do not generate false expectations about the results of a litigation; they are very honest and transparent with what can happen throughout a dispute‘.

Juan Sebastián Lombana is a great lawyer, with experience and knowledge so extensive that he generates confidence in his representation of clients. One of his strongest points is that he is very transparent and honest about the possibilities of success in litigation. David López is a young lawyer but very capable and committed to the cases he handles‘.

It is a multidisciplinary team with the highest human and professional qualities that make the client feel they’re really dealing with a first-class group‘.

Juan Sebastián Lombana is an excellent lawyer with the ability to present effective and practical proposals that always lead to the best outcome. Jaime Moya is one of the most prominent lawyers in his area, which makes his support invaluable not only for its rigorous content but also for the reputation that precedes his name‘.

Key clients

CENIT Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial Al Mar (Devimar)

Oleoducto Central

Columbus Networks Colombia

Lazus Colombia

Oleoducto de Colombia

Q Stars

Inmema

Snetor Colombia

Ingeniería y Tecnología de Servicios

Projects Tier 4

The former Godoy & Hoyos Abogados, now re-branded as Goh, advises national and international construction companies and concessionaires on public and private contracting, PPPs and project finance, as well as accompanying clients' bidding processes for road, transport and energy projects. The firm's dispute resolution practice also acts in litigation before regular civil and commercial courts, contentious administrative tribunals and arbitration panels in relation to projects matters. Jaime Moya, noted for his alertness to detail and availability, heads a six-strong team that - in a key highlight - advised Consortium Unión Metro Capital in the public bidding process for the design, construction and operation of Bogotá's first metro line. Associates Steffany Serebrenik and Natalia Fernández are also noted.

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Testimonials

Despite being a medium-sized firm, their lawyers are very well-trained and the partner is always in charge, unlike other firms where you only see the partner when the advisory is signed and when it is closed. Without a doubt, that is a value, which added to the quality of the team makes it stand out in the face of the great players in the market’.

‘[We recommend] Steffany Serebrenik, an associate, for her dedication and for her precision of concepts when answering, added to her speed and attention to the client, as well as the follow-up on the issues and obligations of the clients. Jaime Moya, as a partner is always present, alert to all the details and with permanent availability, coordinating his team and not merely delegating. Also, associate Natalia Fernández, for her dedication and solid work documents’.

Key clients

OHL Colombia

Sacyr Concesiones Colombia

Esenttia

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar  (Devimar)

Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Hyundai Engeneering and Construction

Stoa Infrastructure & Energy

Strabag

Banking and finance Tier 5

Best known for their strength in tax law, Goh -formerly known as Godoy & Hoyos Abogados- makes a new entry in the rankings on the back of participating in the high-profile financing of the 4G Autopista al Mar 1 project, among other matters. Led by recommended figure Jaime Moya (who also leads the corporate and infrastructure group), the six-strong practice handles an array of regulatory, capital markets and project finance mandates. Clients, which include sponsors, international investment banks and insurance companies, also receive comprehensive advice regarding tax and foreign exchange matters. Relevant support comes from associate Steffany Serebrenik.

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Key clients

Concesionaria Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar)

Credicorp Capital

Fondo de Capital Privado Armilla Capital

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

The former Godoy Hoyos, now known as Goh, undertakes complex corporate transactions such as capital reductions and spin-offs, as well as M&A, for domestic clients and foreign companies looking to enter the country. Acting for major construction and energy companies, the eight-strong practice benefits from the expertise of noted practice head Jaime Moya, who also handles project finance. Associate director for infrastructure, mines and petroleum, Álvaro Sabbagh is also a key member of the team. Partner-in-charge of the Medellín office, José Andrés Rojas left in June 2020.

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Key clients

R&R lubricantes / Zeuss Petroleum

Quipux

Seguros Generales Suramericana

Allianz Seguros de Vida

Auteco Mobility  / Autotécnica Colombiana

OHL Colombia

Sacyr Concesiones Colombia

Concesionaria Vial Montes de Maria

Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur

Ocensa

Morelco

Bizagi Latam

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: choyos@godoyhoyos.com
Tax Mónica Hernández E: mhernandez@godoyhoyos.com
Foreign trade Juan Pablo Godoy E: jgodoy@godoyhoyos.com
Corporate mergers and acquisitions Jaime Moya E: jmoya@godoyhoyos.com
Mining, oil and gas Juan Pablo Godoy E: jgodoy@godoyhoyos.com
Mining, oil and gas Álvaro Sabbagh E: asabbagh@godoyhoyos.com
Infrastructure and project Finance Jaime Moya E: jmoya@godoyhoyos.com
Infrastructure and project Finance Alvaro Sabbagh E: asabbagh@godoyhoyos.com
Litigation and dispute resolution Juan Sebastian Lombana E: jlombana@godoyhoyos.com
State contracts Catalina Hoyos E: choyos@godoyhoyos.com
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Partners : 3