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ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S
CALLE 87 NO. 10 - 93 OFICINA 302
BOGOTÁ D.C. 110221
Colombia

Arbitration Tier 1

Undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and specialist arbitral offerings not just in Colombia but regionally, ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S fields a multidisciplinary six-partner team supported by 12 associates. Its impressive track record demonstrates unequalled strength in international arbitration, (both investment and commercial cases), under all the most common sets of arbitral rules (ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, etc.), and the firm has also developed a specialization in international public law that is unique in the local market. Founding partner and practice head Eduardo Zuleta is 'a point of reference' in the sector - a listed arbitrator for ICSID and the ICDR, not to mention local Chambers of Commerce in Bogota, Quito and Lima among others. In a key highlight, Zuleta paired up with fellow co-head, 'extremely bright young lawyer' Rafael Rincón, to act as lead counsel to a road concessionaire in a $100m ICC arbitration seated in Madrid. Additional bench-depth - and sectorial breadth - is provided by 30-year oil-and-gas veteran Gustavo Suárez, who acts as both arbitrator and expert witness on hydrocarbons' matters;  Rafael Bernal, a former president, vice-president and deputy director of the Inter-America Commercial Arbitration Commission who has over a 40 years' experience in domestic and international arbitral matters; and former justice of Colombia's Council of State and Constitutional Court, Antonio Aljure, an expert in both public and private international law. Key associate input comes from Daniela Páez and Juan Ignacio Guerra, who attend commercial and investment, and domestic arbitration, respectively.

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Testimonials

A team of excellent professionals of international stature. Probably the best arbitration firm in Colombia‘.

Eduardo Zuleta and Rafael Rincón are points of reference of their respective generations, in the arbitration scene. Both take the professionalism and moral honesty of the referee’s work to the maximum expression. Eduardo Zuleta’s trajectory gives him a unique knowledge of the benefits and shortcomings of the system and the unique opportunity to establish the policies and roadmap of changes in the arbitration institution par excellence and in the organization that publishes the most relevant soft laws. Few referees gather a 360 degree formation like Zuleta’s’.

Eduardo Zuleta’s experience makes the difference. Rafael Rincón is an extremely bright young partner’.

Their disposition, efficiency and sense of responsibility is excellent. Zuleta Abogados Asociados is made up of an interdisciplinary team of lawyers with experience and in-depth knowledge of the law. We have had as advisor or referee Eduardo Zuleta, Antonio Aljure, Rafael Bernal, Rafael Rincón, and Gustavo Suárez, all are excellent’.

It is a highly professional team committed to the cause of its client. Eduarzo Zuleta, Daniela Paez and Rafael Bernal deserve special attention‘.

Rafael Rincón has good command of conflict resolution, international, procedural and free competition law. Excellent customer management. Associate Sebastián Briceño masters the process. He is a very structured, competent and efficient lawyer. He has a very good treatment, which allows an easy interaction to carry out different activities’.

Key clients

Uber

Drummond / Drummond Coal Mining

Aleatica (former OHL Concesiones)

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Oleoducto Central

Shikun & Binui

AES Chivor

Valtalia Investments

Isagen

Superior Energy Services

Tampico Beverages

Santo Domingo Motors Company

Fondo Latinoamericana de Reservas (FLAR)

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Litigation Tier 2

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S is best known for its first-class arbitration expertise both in the domestic and international arenas, but it also handles commercial litigation, complex administrative litigation and class action cases. Additionally, the group has also developed an international public law and human rights practice that is both novel and unique in the local market. Fielding a sizable 22-strong practice group –one of the largest– which includes six expert partners, the group is led by renowned figure, Eduardo Zuleta. Gustavo Suárez is widely recognised as an expert in the oil and gas industry, while Antonio Aljure Salame is deeply experienced in international law. Rafael Rincón Ordóñez is also experienced in international disputes related to construction, oil and gas and human rights, while Rafael Bernal Gutiérrez brings expertise in commercial litigation, among other capabilities.

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Testimonials

A team of excellent professionals of international stature. Probably the best arbitration firm in Colombia‘.

Eduardo Zuleta and Rafael Rincón are points of reference, of their respective generations, in the arbitration scene. Both take the professionalism and moral honesty of the referee’s work to the maximum expression. Eduardo Zuleta’s trajectory gives him a unique knowledge of the benefits and shortcomings of the system and the unique opportunity to establish the policies and roadmap of changes in the arbitration institution par excellence and in the organization that publishes the most relevant soft laws. Few referees gather a 360 degree formation like Zuleta’s‘.

Eduardo Zuleta’s experience makes the difference. Rafael Rincón is an extremely bright young partner‘.

Their disposition, efficiency and sense of responsibility is excellent. Zuleta Abogados Asociados is made up of an interdisciplinary team of lawyers with experience and in-depth knowledge of the law. We have had as advisor or referee Eduardo Zuleta, Antonio Aljure, Rafael Bernal, Rafael Rincón, and Gustavo Suárez, all are excellent‘.

It is a highly professional team committed to the cause of its client. Eduarzo Zuleta, Daniela Paez and Rafael Bernal deserve special attention‘.

Rafael Rincón has a good command of conflict resolution, international, procedural and free competition law. Excellent customer management. Associate Sebastián Briceño masters the process. He is a very structured, competent and efficient lawyer. He has a very good treatment, which allows an easy interaction to carry out different activities‘.

Key clients

Uber

Drummond / Drummond Coal Mining

Aleatica (former OHL Concesiones)

Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Oleoducto Central

Shikun & Binui

AES Chivor

Valtalia Investments

Isagen

Superior Energy Services

Tampico Beverages

Santo Domingo Motors Company

Fondo Latinoamericana de Reservas (FLAR)

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Barranquilla

Projects Tier 3

Renowned for its expertise in dispute resolution - particularly arbitration - relating to infrastructure and oil and gas projects, Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S' recommended six-strong practice undertakes advisory regarding road, rail, health, transport and airports projects, generally private finance initiatives. Practice co-head Miguel Castro (who also leads the public law area) specialises in public procurement and administrative law matters, particularly PPPs. Recent mandates saw Castro lead advice on the structuring of the PPP for the construction of 'Autopista ALO Sur' in Bogotá, Colombia's first urban toll road. Working in tandem with co-head Rafael Rincón, who has significant experience in transnational disputes, the group is also representing a client in an international arbitration arising from a major road infrastructure project.

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Testimonials

Reliable, they are a team that thoroughly reviews the details and is not limited to noticing the common impacts but rather, they deepen their practice until they reveal the complete panorama through their work. They really are as good as the largest firms in Colombia and more affordable and simple’.

Miguel Castro is a warm person dedicated to his work; he quickly understands what the client wants by being concrete and honest, he is very professional and can be close to clients, the latter is what most lawyers do not have. He quickly identifies the problem, and the best quality is that he takes the appropriate time to write documentation in the most suitable way’.

Key clients

Pavimentos Colombia

Odinsa

Currie & Brown

Torrescámara y Cia de Obras

Autopista Río Magdalena (SPV)

Valtalia Investments

COPASA

Conconcreto / Pactia  / Grupo Heroica

Public law Tier 3

Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S focuses on the structuring of infrastructure projects and public law, advising on public bidding processes and on the performance of public contracts. The six-strong area, led by well-regarded practitioner Miguel Castro, is experienced in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), operation and management of concession agreements and PPPs for roads, airports, rail, public building and waste systems projects. Rafael Rincón, who has significant experience in transnational disputes, is also a key member of the team. The sizeable boutique's major strength in dispute resolution and international law translates into the handling of all types of settlement and dispute resolution mechanisms involving public entities - from amicable compositor panels to international arbitral tribunals. In a key highlight, the firm represented two companies in two international arbitrations (seated in Spain and Colombia) arising from a major road infrastructure project.

 

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Key clients

Pavimentos Colombia / Mario Huertas

Odinsa

Currie & Brown

Torrescámara y Cia de Obras

Autopista Río Magdalensa (concessioniare)

Valtalia Investments

COPASA

Conconcreto / Pactia / Grupo Heroica

Zuleta Abogados Asociados is the first-of-its-kind Colombian chambers focused on dispute resolution and international law. It is the result of the union of Colombia’s most recognized experts in dispute resolution, private and public international law and oil & gas. Our senior members include Eduardo Zuleta, Gustavo Suárez, Rafael Bernal, Antonio Aljure and Rafael Rincón – an unparalleled union of figures in their respective areas of practice.

Zuleta Abogados Asociados has been characterized as the “dream team” of international arbitration and recognized as the market’s leader by several publications, as it combines the experience of a consolidated international arbitration team with the expertise of three lead practitioners.

It focuses on dispute resolution (as counsel and arbitrators) and provides highly specialized legal consulting services in various industries such as infrastructure, construction and oil & gas. The lawyers at Zuleta Abogados Asociados have participated —as advisors, counsel or arbitrators— in more than 250 national and international commercial arbitrations under multiple arbitration rules, including ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, IACAC, ICDR and the rules of the chambers of commerce of several cities in Latin America.

Zuleta Abogados Asociados brings about the experience and expertise of seasoned and well recognized attorneys —with over 40 years of experience as counsel, arbitrators and legal advisers of both public and private entities— with the thrust of a younger group of practitioners already being recognized as some of the market’s most promising lawyers.

The structure of Zuleta Abogados Asociados allows for the integration of specialized work teams ideal for each case according to the needs of the client, preserving international standards of independence, impartiality and availability.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution; International and National Arbitration; International Public and Private Law. Eduardo Zuleta ezuleta@zulegal.com 57+1 743 1005
Dispute Resolution; International and National Arbitration; International Public and Private Law. Rafael Rincón rrincon@zulegal.com 57+1 743 1005
Photo Name Position Profile
 Antonio Aljure photo Antonio Aljure Partner
 Rafael Bernal photo Rafael Bernal Partner 
 Miguel  Castro   photo Miguel  Castro  Partner
Mr Rafael Rincon photo Mr Rafael Rincon Partner
 Gustavo  Suárez - Camacho  photo Gustavo  Suárez - Camacho Partner
 Eduardo Zuleta photo Eduardo Zuleta Partner
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ICC Arbitration Centre (court member)
ICCA
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
IBA Arbitration Committee
IBA (International Bar Association)