Mrs Marcela Castro > Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados
CARRERA 7 NO. 77-07, OF. 501

Work Department

Projects , Public Law


Founding Partner, Co-head of the Projects and Infrastructure Department and of the Public Law Department.


Founding partner. Co-head of the Projects and Infrastructure Department and of the Public Law Department. Actively involved in M&A transactions. Is recognized for the personalized and professional service she provides to the Firm´s clients. She currently advises both, local and foreign-based companies as well as public entities, in structuring projects throughout all stages. She has played an important role as advisor of concessionaries and sponsors of different sectors -roads, airports, ports and energy- in the financing process, specially utilizing innovative financial structures in the Colombian market.


Spanish and English


Construlegal, Cámara Colombiana de la Infraestructura.


Lawyer, Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Financial Legislation, Universidad de los Andes.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Projects

(Leading individuals)

Marcela CastroCastro Leiva Rendón Abogados

The team at Castro Leiva Rendón Abogadosstand out for their professionalism and knowledge of the sector‘, with the practice specialising in all aspects of infrastructure and public law, focusing on road and airport concessions; public transportation; litigation and arbitration. The firm advises throughout all stages of project work, as well as on the execution of concession agreements and public works, and in the structuring of public-private partnerships. The team is currently serving as legal adviser to over 30% of the road concessionaires in Colombia. Marcela Castro and José Ignacio Leiva head the eight-strong practice, and are currently advising ODINSA in the acquisition of a majority stake of the Concession Tunel De Oriente.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Best known for its projects and infrastructure practice, boutique firm Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados provides ‘comprehensive advice regarding controversies and disputes’ and represents an impressive client-base of construction companies and road concessionaires on the full range of contentious matters, particularly contractual arbitrations and administrative disputes. Founding partner José Ignacio Leiva is a “go-to” figure for contentious matters related to public and administrative law, routinely advising and representing construction and transport companies in complex disputes; he leads on the majority of the firm’s arbitral matters. Nevertheless, he can call on the significant additional partner-level know-how of Marcela Castro, particularly in relation to infrastructure disputes. Headline mandates include representing Mota-Engil in a $100m international arbitration against the FFIE Trust and Ministry of Education in relation to a building programme for the development of more than 300 schools across the country. Other representative matters include advising KMA Construcción in proceedings against Tridelsa Ingenieros regarding an alleged breach of contract related to the construction of a bridge. A strong second line of senior associates includes public law specialist Natalia Uribe, who has a Master’s in construction law and dispute resolution; head of the litigation practice Laura Amaya, and Néstor Camilo López.

Colombia > Public law

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados possesses an impressive track record advising on complex public law matters, with strength in bidding processes, public contracts and sanctioning procedures. Acting as both co-head of the public law and projects and infrastructure departments, José Ignacio Leiva is frequently called on to advise concessionaries in bus rapid transit systems; most notably, acting as legal advisor to six transport concessions in the project to renovate TransMilenio buses for phases I and II of the transportation system. Marcela Castro, in turn, advises both local and foreign-based companies, as well as public entities, on structuring projects across all stages of development.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

A 14-strong boutique with a decade in the market, Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados is best known for its projects and infrastructure practice – although corporate / M&A, banking and finance, energy and natural resources, tax, competition and dispute resolution also form part of its offering. The Colombian member of construction law alliance “Construlegal”, on the contentious front the firm demonstrates ‘extensive knowledge of both substantial and procedural law‘ and ‘offers comprehensive advice regarding controversies and disputes‘ involving public contracts and concessions. Co-head of the firm’s public law and projects and infrastructure department, founding partner José Ignacio Leiva heads the five-strong dispute resolution department; a 20-year veteran of public law, he undertakes both litigation and arbitration on behalf of both public and private clients. Further partner-level support comes from projects specialist Marcela Castro whose disputes work is primarily in relation to infrastructure. Clients highlight ‘direct attention from the partners‘ and ‘outstanding and comprehensive dedication‘. Key support comes from senior associate Laura Amaya who returned to the firm as associate head of litigation in November 2020 after a brief period at Ustáriz & Abogados Estudio Jurídico.