Firm Profile > Ibarra Abogados > Bogota, Colombia

Ibarra Abogados
CALLE 98 NO. 96A-41 (309)
EDIFICIO AB PROYECTOS
BOGOTA
Colombia

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

With competition being at the core of its practice, boutique Ibarra Abogados finds favour for delivering a personalised service and the 'excellence' of all its partners. Founding partner Gabriel Ibarra, a pioneer in field, leads the practice alongside Ana Lucía Parra, with past experience in the Council of State and the Constitutional court; and Alejandro Ibarra handling unfair competition and merger controls, among other matters. The five-strong practice has an impressive track record both in major cases concerning antitrust investigations and unfair competition practices. In a high-profile example, the firm is representing the interests of Grupo Aval, the country's largest financial group, in a high-profile investigation conducted by the SIC into the Ruta del Sol highway project.

Testimonials

Ibarra Abogados is an exceptional and very professional firm in its core business. Its lawyers are always ready to serve clients, from its main partner to the most junior of its associates. It is a top team in the Colombian market‘.

Gabriel Ibarra is very active in academic competition matters and handles the processes in which he litigates very well‘.

They are very professional and fully know the subjects they work on. They are all excellent: Gabriel Ibarra, Alejandro Ibarra and Ana Lucía Parra‘.

They have extensive knowledge of the practice, good legal judgment, good skills in the preparation of documents and in oral proceedings before the authorities. They communicate legal strategies in a timely manner and with legal purposes without neglecting the opinion of the client. The service is personalised and the lawyers in charge of the case have comprehensive knowledge of the case‘.

Outstanding associates: Ana Lucía Parra. She is organized, her legal judgment is excellent, she understands the client’s concerns and offers options to solve them. Her writing of legal documents is excellent in terms of use of language and construction and her performance in hearings is very good as she is fluent and indicates knowledge of the case.’

Key clients

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

Vinci Concessions Colombia – Vía 40 Express

Cartamundi Group

Ingenio Risaralda

Colombia Móvil

Yara Colombia

Mercadería (Justo y Bueno)

Asocaña

National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI, for its acronym in Spanish)

Brinsa

International trade and customs Tier 1

International trade and competition boutique Ibarra Abogados is widely recommended for the management of bilateral and multilateral agreements, and customs matters, and stands out as a main player in trade remedy investigations. It is currently involved in the high-profile welded steel-pipe investigation and is also handling a number of anti-circumvention applications. A well-known sector specialist with an impressive track record who is particularly recommended for his personalised attention, founding and managing partner Gabriel Ibarra heads the department. Having worked for the Energy and Fuel Gas Office of the Public Services regulator, Alejandro Ibarra returned to the firm in 2018; he focuses on customs, competition and administrative law, as well as foreign trade and energy and gas issues. Ana Lucía Parra, who also became a partner in 2018, handles antitrust, unfair competition and consumer protection matters. The group has a second line of notable associates of whom senior Adriana Cortés and junior Natalia Torres are noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

I’d highlight the partners’ dedication to attending a very specialised area of practice, bringing a personalised service, guaranteeing opinions, giving criteria and appropriate recommendations on the matters consulted. The trajectory of the partners and their experience are the strengths to highlight of the team and clearly make it far superior to other firms’.

Gabriel Ibarra is recommended for his knowledge of national and international law and the commitment to clients. He is an exceptional advisor for the training alternatives and audits our company is carrying. It differs from other firms in its unique speciality and excellent advice. With their help we have actively identified opportunities and have implemented many projects that have allowed us savings for the company and the parent company’.

Their plus is their experience and the partner’s guaranteed personalised attention and dedication. In this sense, we appreciate the attention and dedication of Gabriel Ibarra, Alejandro Ibarra and Natalia Torres, who have attended to our queries and whose professionalism, commitment and dedication in dealing with our affairs are highlighted’.

We highlight firstly, the level of commitment to fully meet the customer’s needs; and secondly, the internal coordination between the team’s lawyers’.

Gabriel Ibarra has unmatched experience in trade, customs and competition cases. Natalia Torres, a junior lawyer, is exceptional: she has a great capacity for work, great knowledge despite her little experience, with very high productivity and a great ability to analyse and prepare reports. Lawyer Adriana Cortes is very competent in customs matters, has great knowledge and is very successful in her concepts’.

Key clients

Fedemetal – Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)

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

Colgate-Palmolive

Hogan Lovells

GP Cars

Alimentos Polar Colombia

Pfizer

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition/antitrust Gabriel Ibarra
Competition/antitrust Ana Lucía Parra
Competition/antitrust Alejandro Ibarra
Competition/antitrust Felipe Martínez
Competition/antitrust Santiago Osorio
Competition/antitrust Fiorella Romero
International Trade/WTO Gabriel Ibarra
International Trade/WTO María Angélica Suárez
International Trade/WTO Natalia Torres
Customs Gabriel Ibarra
Customs Adriana Cortés
Energy/gas Alejandro Ibarra
Number of partners : 3
Number of other fee-earners : 6
Total staff : 13
Founding partner : Gabriel Ibarra
Non-equity partner : Ana Lucía Parra
Equity partner : Alejandro Ibarra