Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law > BOGOTA, Colombia > Firm Profile

Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law
CARRERA 11 NO. 79-66
BOGOTA, D.C. 110221
Colombia

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law — formed through the October 2021 merger between respected boutique Ibarra Abogados and the Bogotá office of international firm Rimon PC — is commended by sources for its ‘great knowledge and handling of competition and antitrust matters'. The firm is widely recognised for its experience in high-profile investigations, complex competition litigation and behavioural work and has a hand in most of the headline-grabbing cases in this field. Most recently, it represented Vía 40 Express in an unfair competition proceeding filed by Conalvías Construcciones concerning the award of an infrastructure project. Experienced specialist Gabriel Ibarra and up-and-coming partner Ana Lucía Parra are the senior contacts and are highlighted together for their ability to ‘listen closely and analyse the concerns of the client with great professionalism’ — together, they led the Vía 40 Express work. The group is also a top choice to advise on merger control and day-to-day competition matters. Other key names include Alejandro Ibarra, who focuses on a mix of competition, international trade and IP matters, and highly active senior associate Felipe Martínez Sánchez.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Ibarra; Ana Lucía Parra; Alejandro Ibarra

Testimonials

‘This firm is very competent and maintains a high professional quality. Lawyers demonstrate great knowledge and handling of competition and antitrust matters, in addition to their experience in a wide variety of cases.’

‘Compared to other offices, the firm has the advantage of being constantly available to receive inquiries and provides an unbeatable response speed.’

‘Lawyers maintain excellent interpersonal relationships, which differentiates this team from other firms. It generally has the correct answer for each query, which it provides with enviable efficiency. Lawyers collate a large amount of information, which is used precisely in each particular case.’

‘We are confident that we are working with a competition group that is specialised and professional.’

‘We value the team’s professionalism and knowledge of the client’s risk. Additionally, its understanding of our business is a big plus.’

‘The service provided by the firm has always been timely, continuous, based on strategic and efficient criteria, supporting growth and strengthening the corporate purpose of our company.’

‘Among the things we value in this firm are its empathy, sensitivity and assertiveness as well as the availability of its lawyers. The people with whom we have the most contact are: Gabriel Ibarra, Ana Lucía Parra and Felipe Martínez.’

‘Attorneys Gabriel Ibarra and Ana Lucía Parra, listen closely and analyse the concerns of the client with great professionalism in order to diagnose the problems raised by the client.’

Key clients

Bio D

BBI Colombia

Brinsa

Distriservices

Ingenio Risaralda

Vía 40 Express

Yara Colombia

SEI Sistemas e Instrumentación

Artesanos de Cerveza

Mercadería – Justo y Bueno

Work highlights

  • Advised BBI Colombia on competition matters related to the drafting and negotiation of multiple agreements with major Colombian beverage company, Postobón.
  • Represented Vía 40 Express in an unfair competition proceeding filed by Conalvías Construcciones concerning the award of an infrastructure project.
  • Provided ongoing advice to Bio D on competition law matters.

Colombia > International trade and customs Tier 1

Demonstrating ‘extensive experience in international trade and customs law', boutique firm Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law is lauded for its deep knowledge and effective management of complex cases. The group expertly handles the full scope of international trade matters, including trade remedies, free trade agreements and customs matters, and it routinely works alongside economists, engineers and auditors to provide a holistic service to clients. Among this team of ‘broad thinkers who come up with creative, yet practical solutions', managing partner Gabriel Ibarra Pardo stands out for his ‘ability to formulate extremely persuasive arguments quickly'. Ibarra is highly sought after for his experience in cutting-edge matters and recently represented domestic producers of galvanised steel sheets in the sunset review and anti-circumvention investigation regarding anti-dumping duties imposed on imports from China; this was notably the first anti-circumvention petition filed in Colombian history. Other senior names include Ana Lucía Parra, who is noted for her experience in customs, unfair competition and administrative law, and competition and international trade partner Alejandro Ibarra. Senior associate Natalia Torres demonstrates ‘a complete mastery of Colombian trade law' and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Ibarra Pardo

Testimonials

The team is highly skilled in international trade matters and lawyers are extremely knowledgeable with respect to administrative agency proceedings and the law. They are also broad thinkers who come up with creative, yet practical solutions for their clients.’

‘This firm has extensive experience in international trade and customs law. It processes a large amount of information and data. Lawyers are experts in obtaining the best results in the cases they work on, they are very efficient in their work and demonstrate high effectiveness and significant precision in their advice.’

‘The lawyers of this firm show exceptional kindness and closeness to their clients. We work with them with ease because they always have a great disposition and quickly and effectively respond to queries. They are flexible and always take into account the client’s opinion, to which they add the necessary value to defend their interests.’

‘It is a holistic practice, not only the substantial, substantive, methodological and procedural issues are taken into account, which are fundamental for the construction of a strong case, but also the external factors that could affect the final decision are evaluated, such as those of a political nature.’

‘In addition to the team’s experience, deep knowledge of the issues and step-by-step and meticulous follow-up of the process, lawyers are always up to date on the matters they deal with and respond immediately to any requirement or need that arises. They have an outstanding recognition among their colleagues as well as among the authorities, tribunals and courts.’

Gabriel Ibarra is a superb lawyer and advocate. I am truly impressed with Gabriel’s ability to formulate extremely persuasive arguments quickly. He is devoted to his clients and passionate about his work. He shines particularly when it comes to oral argument.’

Natalia Torres demonstrates a complete mastery of Colombian trade law and procedures. Extremely competent and thorough. A joy to work with.

Key clients

Manufacturas – Matecsa

Acesco Colombia

Federación Nacional de Biocombustibles de Colombia (Fedebiocombustibles)

Asociación de Cultivadores de Caña de Azúcar de Colombia (Asocaña)

Aluminio Nacional (in reorganisation)

Pfizer

Colgate-Palmolive

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Chapman Tripp

Revista Industria Legal

Work highlights

  • Ibarra Abogados represented Manufacturas in an anti-dumping investigation into imports of steel profiles from China, which resulted in the imposition of anti-dumping duties.
  • Represented Acesco Colombia, as Colombian producers of galvanised steel sheets, in the sunset review and anti-circumvention investigation regarding anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese imports; this was the first anti-circumvention petition filed in Colombian history.
  • Acted for Federación Nacional de Biocombustibles de Colombia (Fedebiocombustibles) in a case brought by importers before the Consejo de Estado against the imposition of countervailing duties on imports of ethanol from the US.

Colombia > Tax Tier 4

In a significant market development, Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law was formed in October 2021 through the merger of legacy firm Ibarra Abogados with the newly established (2020) Bogotá office of international firm Rimon PC. The combined five-strong tax, trusts and estates group is recognised for its focus on private wealth matters, with strong experience in the handling of multi-jurisdictional reorganisation of assets and tax structures for family groups. Department head Rodrigo Castillo Cottin secures rave reviews from sources for his ‘unique ability to evaluate client issues and offer practical viable solutions'. Senior associate Ana María López Murillo provides capable support.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Castillo Cottin

Testimonials

The service has several unique aspects that relate to my requirements: it is international in scope and prepared to deal with bilingual, multi-judicial operations, with a very open and collaborative approach and the ability to bring ready proven solutions to the table from extensive experience.’

Rodrigo Castillo is very accessible, with a quick evaluation of how to deal with any situation and a proposal of what to do for the next steps. Rodrigo’s expertise includes perfect English and extensive experience in North American regulations.

Working with Rimon Law through estate planning and tax matters has been an extremely rewarding experience. It is very knowledgeable and experienced in these matters, providing expert counsel, thoroughly assessing the situation while exploring options and alternate action plans tailored to the needs of the client.’

The end-to-end process runs very smoothly with ease of accessibility, excellent turnarounds and follow-ups while moving expeditiously toward resolution. At all times you feel that they are on top of the issues being consulted. It has been a gratifying relationship with excellent rapport and empathy.’

The international wealth team headed by Rodrigo Castillo, has a unique ability to evaluate client issues and offer practical viable solutions.’

Rodrigo Castillo is one of the best private wealth planning/tax attorneys I have worked with. His expertise in Colombian tax law coupled with his understanding of US tax issues makes him a valuable partner in assisting international families and clients with ties to Colombia.’

The greatest strength of the practice is the prompt response to client concerns with concrete and unambiguous solutions. This is added to the deep knowledge of the regulations in force and the proactivity in responding to those regulations.’

The quality and professionalism of Rodrigo and his team is exceptional. The team’s detail-oriented support and care makes it different.’

The firm: For more than twenty years, Ibarra Abogados has established itself as one of the most prestigious Colombian firms in the areas of competition law, international trade, and customs law, advising and representing national and international companies.

Founded on August 23, 1993 by Gabriel Ibarra, the firm was one of the first in the country to file complaints regarding anticompetitive practices. Also, its founding partner filed some of the first antidumping applications and, recently, Ibarra Abogados, represented the Colombian bioethanol industry and presented the first countervailing duty petition in the history of Colombia.

Concerning competition matters, Ibarra Abogados specializes in antitrust investigations, merger control, and unfair competition litigation. Regarding international trade, the firm’s practice focuses on trade remedy proceedings, economic integration agreements, and customs litigation before administrative courts. With the aim of providing high standard services, the team is composed of lawyers specialized in these practice areas, prepared to advise public and private entities on national and international issues.

Moreover, due to the joint work that the international trade practice performs with the competition area, the firm has an interdisciplinary perspective of issues, which includes macroeconomic and public policy arguments. In addition, its lawyers work jointly with economists, bankers, engineers, and auditors so as to provide a comprehensive and skilled service.

Clients recognize the innovative and creative solutions Ibarra Abogados offers in a timely manner and value that their matters are managed directly by partners with widely recognized experience. In this sense, the firm and especially Mr Ibarra are known for their accessibility and the personalized attention provided to each one of the clients.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Competition/antitrust Gabriel Ibarra
Competition/antitrust Ana Lucía Parra
Competition/antitrust Alejandro Ibarra
Competition/antitrust Felipe Martínez
Competition/antitrust Sheila Amaya
International Trade/WTO Gabriel Ibarra
International Trade/WTO Natalia Torres
International Trade/WTO Iván Cárdenas
Customs Gabriel Ibarra
Customs Natalia Torres
Energy/gas Alejandro Ibarra
Number of partners : 3
Number of other fee-earners : 6
Total staff : 13
Espanol
English
Founding partner : Gabriel Ibarra
Non-equity partner : Ana Lucía Parra
Equity partner : Alejandro Ibarra