Firm Profile > Ibarra Abogados > Bogota, Colombia

Ibarra Abogados
CALLE 98 NO. 96A-41 (309)

International trade and customs Tier 1

Highly regarded boutique Ibarra Abogados specialises in international trade and customs and competition, and is a particularly visible player in current trade remedy investigations. The five-strong practice ‘studies each case thoroughly, anticipating allegations and arguments made by their counterparts’. Managing partner Gabriel Ibarra leads the team, which is currently representing Fedemetal – Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI) in the ongoing anti-dumping investigation into imports of Chinese welded steel pipes. The practice also acted on behalf of Pfizer in an appeal against a decision adopted by the administrative courts regarding the validity of some certificates of origin. In other 2018 mandates the team represented Colgate Palmolive in five lawsuits against a series of Colombian Customs Authority resolutions. Associates Natalia Torres and María Angélica Suárez are noted. However, senior associate Daniel Rangel left to pursue masters’ studies. Other clients include Empresa Colombiana de Cables, Corporación de Acero, Alimentos Polar and Manufacturas Metalúrgicas Rheem Chilena.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Ibarra Abogados’ clients, which include Colombia Móvil, Grupo Aval, Cementos Argos and Unilever Andina, among others, regard the international trade and competition boutique as providing ‘excellent service and assistance’, and appreciate ‘the lawyers’ capacity and knowledge and the strategies they design’. Gabriel Ibarra heads the five-strong practice group in conjunction with Ana Lucía Parra, who was promoted to partner in 2018, as was Alejandro Ibarra; they make an ‘effective team’. In ongoing work, the department is representing French multinational Vinci and Vía 40 Express in an SIC investigation regarding antitrust matters in the framework of the award of the $614m highway infrastructure project. Other matters include advising Ingenio Risaralda, Ciamsa and Central Tumaco, among others, on administrative challenges to SIC-imposed sanctions. Associate Daniel Rangel left to pursue his masters’ studies.

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