Araújo Ibarra > Bogota, Colombia > Firm Profile

Araújo Ibarra
Calle 98 # 22-64, Of. 910
Edificio Calle 100

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 1

A high-level international relations firm‘, Araújo Ibarra is respectively valued both as ‘an authority in the free zone field‘ and as an ‘expert team for trade defence issues‘. Indeed, the group stands out as a market leader for its truly comprehensive coverage of the international trade sphere, with specialist offerings in trade strategy, free trade agreements, customs law and dispute resolution. Among the names to note, managing partner Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo is widely revered as a go-to specialist for his extensive experience at the forefront of international trade law and his impressive market connections. Additionally, Ricardo López is noted for his expertise in customs law and foreign investment matters. Lina Ocampo, who directs the international trade practice, and Olga Lucía Salamanca, who directs the trade remedies and commercial policy team, are also recommended. The group was further boosted by the arrival of international trade specialist Juan David Barbosa, who joined in October 2021 — he was formerly department head at Posse Herrera Ruiz.

Practice head(s):

Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo; Ricardo López; Olga Lucía Salamanca; Juan David Barbosa; Lina Ocampo


A high-level international relations firm that is active in a large number of countries. Lawyers know the benchmarks, best practices and trends in the Free Trade Zone and actively participate in forums and high-level international conferences. The team provides leadership in terms of free trade zones; it is an authority in the free zone field.’

A very expert team for trade defence issues. The firm manages processes very comprehensively due to its internal resources — I did not need to hire outside professionals to handle any aspects of the renewal of anti-dumping measures. Although everything is included in the fees, the relevant issue is not savings, but that the management is absolutely coherent and co-ordinated.’

The firm includes expert lawyers, including partners who have very good relationships with all interested parties, as well as technicians for economic issues, etc. The team pushes perfectly; there was a lot of work we had to do on our side to meet their expectations and we always received feedback on what we needed to do.’

I find the team excellent and its strengths are its contacts, knowledge and experience.’

The team’s ‘plus’ is the experience gained over so many years and the professionalism that is evident in its work.’

Martín Gustavo Ibarra Pardo is an authority on free zones and provides close support.

Key clients

Zona Franca Del Pacifico (User Free Zone Operator)

Comercializadora Internacional de Llantas

Halliburton Latin America (sucursal Colombia)

Zona Franca Parque Central (User Free Zone Operator)

Tenaris TuboCaribe

Loceria Colombiana

Nutresa, Colombina, Nestlé, Alpina, Alquería, Super de Alimentos

Acerías Paz del Río, Ternium Colombia, Gerdau Diaco, Sidenal, Siderúrgica Del Occidente (SIDOC)

Cables de Energía y Telecomunicaciones (CENTELSA)

Productora De Alambres Colombianos (PROALCO)

Work highlights

  • Represented Zona Franca Del Pacifico (User Free Zone Operator) in litigation concerning customs sanctioning matters.
  • Acted for Comercializadora Internacional de Llantas on administrative litigation regarding tariff classification to achieve the correct subheading classification of tires for off-road use.
  • Represented Tenaris Tubocaribe in the anti-dumping investigation into imports of certain seamless or welded steel tubes from China, which resulted in the imposition of a provisional duty.

Colombia > Environment Tier 3

International trade firm Araújo Ibarra houses a compact environmental law practice, which focuses on assisting clients with compliance and regulatory matters. Key contact Gerardo Viña Vizcaino specialises in the design, formulation and evaluation of environmental strategies, with particular attention to the mining, energy, infrastructure and agriculture industries. The practice also draws on the expertise of environmental specialist Javier Eduardo Trillos, who advises on environmental regulation and investment-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Araújo Ibarra is the leading Colombian firm in investment and international trade mechanisms. We advise local and international businessmen, as well as governments and government agencies in identifying and seizing business opportunities combined with the design of strategies that enables them to increase their competitiveness in a globalized environment.

Through a global network of partners and an interdisciplinary team, we provide economic and legal advice in free zones / special economic zones, special import-export systems “Plan Vallejo”, international trade strategy, customs law, foreign exchange, trade remedies and commercial policy (anti-dumping measures), environment and energy law, environmental-technical management, projects structuring, corporate law and tax planning.

We have led the optimization of some of the most important investment projects in the history of Colombia. In addition, we actively participate in the design of investment and foreign trade strategies in the main emerging economies of the world.

International Trade Martin Gustavo Ibarra Pardomibarra@araujoibarra.com3102813682
International Trade Luis Ricardo López Sanchezllopez@araujoibarra.com3102437529
International Trade Lina Maria Ocampo Tenoriolocampo@araujoibarra.com3006801373
International Trade Juan David Barbosajuan.barbosa@araujoibarra.com3160420400
International Trade Olga Lucia Salamancaosalamanca@araujoibarra.com3202750774