Firm Profile > Chalela | Abogados > Bogota, Colombia

Chalela | Abogados
CARRERA 14#89-48

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Boutique firm Chalela | Abogados' clients point to founder Federico Chalela’s ‘excellent understanding' of the oil and gas business, and further recommend the practice for its handling of contentious matters and contractual disputes. The firm’s expertise on crude-pipeline tariffs, for example, continues to pay dividends as the team represented local and major international companies in their negotiations with the government. However, the firm also advises energy-related company on broader contractual issues. The nine-strong boutique was strengthened with the incorporation of María Isabel Paz -formerly a senior lawyer at the Conciliation and Arbitration Centre of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce- as associate director of litigation. Consultant litigator Juan Carlos Devis is also noted.


Federico and his team have an excellent understanding of the oil & gas space and related financing arrangements. Their English language skills mean that transactions move forward swiftly without the delay often experienced with some of their competitors‘.

Federico Chalela and his team are incredibly responsive, available at all hours and always a pleasure to deal with. They are incredibly experienced and have not only a tremendous knowledge and experience of the existing legislative framework but are also well appraised of potential developments allowing parties to plan accordingly. Extremely experienced and a pleasure to deal with’.

Federico Chalela is a great professional, leader, responsible, rigorous and methodical. Juan Carlos Devis is an excellent litigator. Both have extensive experience in the oil and gas sector and work as a team, with great coordination in terms of criteria, positions and solutions to put forward to the client’.

Key clients

High Power Exploration

BC Exploración y Producción de Hidrocarburos SL Sucursal Colombia

Castro Muñoz

Equion Energía


Suarez Camacho

Gran Tierra Energy

Midstream Services



Oleoducto Bicentenario

Patriot Energy

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Energy boutique Chalela | Abogados’ legal offering, including dispute resolution and tax support, is oriented primarily towards the oil-and-gas industry, but also attracts a wider, commercial-related service company clientele. Noted for his industry expertise, founder Federico Chalela heads a nine-strong team with associate director Ana María Iregui, who specialises in corporate and commercial law. Sources also highlight the team's strength in dispute resolution, which was further consolidated with the incorporation of María Isabel Paz as associate director for litigation. The practice also benefits from tax expertise advice from off counsel Camilo Cubides.

Key clients

Castro Muñoz

Clarke Modet




Nacional de Chocolates

Minerales Córdoba

Ponce de León

REM Abogados

Frontera Energy



Chalela I Abogados is an energy boutique law firm based in Colombia. Led by founding partner Federico Chalela, the firm is emerging as a leading player in the legal services market for the oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, infrastructure and energy-related service companies and projects.

The firm provides a thorough business-driven service distinguished by a team of legal practitioners with prominent experience as in-house counsel to various national and multinational energy companies, and members of the largest domestic and international law firms. Chalela I Abogados is committed to providing a prime service with a unique understanding of the in-house legal counsel role and the corporate challenges for the proper legal risk management demands. The firm combines a team of attorneys with a solid academic background, renowned experience, and direct and personal attention

The firm was founded in 2014, determined to promote innovative and flexible means to serve its clients’ needs, building long-lasting relationships based on a unique mutual trust with its clients.

Chalela I Abogados provides comprehensive legal services in business law, energy regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, project finance, capital markets and securities, administrative law, labor, environmental, tax, and dispute resolution and negotiation.

Practice areas: Hydrocarbons, mining, renewable energy, real estate, corporate and financial matters, labor, taxes and dispute resolution.

Managing partner: Federico Chalela, founding and managing partner of the firm, has over 15 years of experience and has focused his practice in a wide variety of matters for energy sector companies – including regular day-to-day contractual, regulatory and corporate affairs, as well as more complex and sophisticated structuring and implementation of multi-jurisdiction corporate M&A transactions, cross-border and domestic financing deals, project finance transactions, restructurings, and dispute litigation and negotiation.

Federico has been a prominent member of various large domestic and international law firms, as well as an outstanding in-house counsel in the the upstream (onshore and offshore) and midstream oil and gas sector, with direct experience in regards to the field of legal affairs, business and operations.

A lawyer with a graduate specialist degree in administrative law and an NYU Corporate LLM, Federico was recently admitted as an arbitrator for energy and commercial disputes administered by the center of arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Federico Chalela 57 312 4551141
Energy and Natural Resources Federico Chalela 57 312 4551141
Projects, Corporate and M&A Ana María Iregui 57 312 4551141
Oil & Gas Daniela Carvajal 57 312 4551141
Dispute resolution Maria Isabel Paz 57 312 4551141
Mining and Unconventional Energy Resources Federico Chalela 57 312 4551141
Labor Víctor D Chalela E 57 312 4551141
Tax Camilo Cubides 57 312 4551141
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Daniela  Carvajal  photo Ms Daniela  Carvajal Partner
Mr Federico Chalela photo Mr Federico Chalela Managing Partner
Mr Julián Fernandez  photo Mr Julián Fernandez Junior Associate
Ms Ana María Iregui  photo Ms Ana María Iregui Partner
Ms María Isabel Paz  photo Ms María Isabel Paz Partner
Other fee-earners : 10
Total staff : 12
Partners : 1