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Ibarra Abogados Rimon Law Offices
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Dr Gabriel Ibarra
Competition/antitrust; International Trade; Customs.
Gabriel Ibarra Pardo has over 30 years of professional experience advising national and multinational companies from various sectors on issues related to competition law, foreign trade, and customs. He has advised organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The Cartagena Agreement Board, and state entities including the Ministry of Agriculture and the National University of Colombia. He is a member of the panel established by the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO in the European Union v. Russia case concerning anti-dumping measures on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from Russia (DS521).
Mr. Ibarra Pardo has advised and represented the interests of important companies in investigations carried out by the Colombian Competition Authority (Superintendency of Industry and Commerce – SIC) for restrictive practice and in judicial processes of competition in industries including sugar, cement, airport services, retail, concessions, telecommunications, banking, insurance, gas and automotive. He has represented the Colombian sugar and palm growing sectors in various litigations relating to the application of the competition law of the CAN (Decision 608). He represents companies in trade agreement negotiations and in disputes and litigation related to the Andean Community, LAIA, and the WTO. He has represented Colombia in the nation’s most important anti-dumping, safeguard, and countervailing duty applications.
Mr. Ibarra Pardo is a regular columnist for newspaper, La República, and is an Arbitrator of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota. He chaired the Defense of Competition Board of the VI Business Forum of the Americas during the FTAA (Free Trade Areas of the Americas) negotiations and is a former president of the Colombian Association of Competition Law. He is also a former member of the Commission for the Reform of the Regime of Benefits for Collaboration in Infringements of Free Competition, created by the SIC to include modifications to the Regime of Benefits for Collaboration (2014-2015) and participated as a Non-Governmental Advisor of Colombia before the International Competition Network (ICN) from 2013-2016 and 2018-2019. He was a professor of International Economic Law and Competition and Business Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
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.
- Competition and antitrust Colombia
- Hall of Fame Colombia > International trade and customs
- Leading individuals Colombia > Competition and antitrust