Alvaro Sabbagh > Goh > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Energy and Natural Resources


Director Associate


Alvaro has a long experience working in law firms. He has provided consulting services to a large number of clients in commercial law, real estate law, corporate law and oil and mining law matters.

In this way, he stands out in the following areas of legal practice: (i) Providing advice and support to real estate companies and other companies that operate in the services and research fields. He has provided them with legal support for their operations in Colombia, including the preparation and execution of contracts, support in corporate matters, and generally providing support for their compliance with the regulations that apply to each sector. (ii) Providing advice to oil operators in their processes of making contracts with the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), for the awarding of hydrocarbons exploration and production contracts, and giving them advice in the management and performance of these contracts. (iii) Providing advice to oil field service companies in contract law, corporate law and other legal matters pertaining to their day-to-day operations. (iv) Due diligence studies for eventual acquisitions, and participation in mergers and acquisitions processes. (v) Preparation of legal opinions and other legal advisory work for companies that operate in the hydrocarbons exploration, production and transport sector. (vi) Preparation, review and management of commercial contracts, and structuring of private contract tendering processes. (vii) Providing advice and support in various kind of legal processes involving incorporation of companies, and the transformation and liquidation of companies, different types of bylaws reforms, preparation of more of directors and shareholders meetings records, etc. (viii) Preparation of legal opinions about tax related and commercial matters.


  • Spanish
  • English


 JD degree from Universidad del País Vasco (2008); and JD degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia (2009). Specialization in Commercial Law from the same university (2010); specialization in Mining and Energy Law from Universidad Externado (2012), and specialization in Taxation from Universidad de los Andes (2014).  

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

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.

Colombia > Energy and natural resources

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.