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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán works across the finance spectrum and is especially active in acquisition and project finance and capital markets matters. Camilo Martinez Beltran and Juan Manuel de la Rosa co-lead a six-strong practice which provides ‘prompt and quality’ advice. Headline work saw the team act as legal counsel to Sociedad Concesionaria Vial Andina with regard to the financial closing of the Chirajará-Fundadores PPP project. Other highlights included assisting the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the project finance of the ‘Ruta del Cacao’ (Bucaramanga–Barrancabermeja–Yondó) toll road. Senior associate Sebastian Celis is also noted, but former senior associate Andrés Afanador moved in house as counsel at IDB Invest. Clients include Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, Corficolombiana, Banco Colpatria and BBVA.

Next Generation Partners

Juan Manuel de la Rosa - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán  has a multi-disciplinary team led by the ‘well-prepared' and 'experienced’ María Claudia Martínez Beltrán; an economist and a lawyer who has been director of the practice since 2016, she was recently -September 2019- made up to partner. Office managing partner Camilo Martínez is also recommended. The six-strong team successfully represented Edemsa in an unfair competition lawsuit against Edemco. Other notable recent mandates include assisting BASF with obtaining first-phase clearance for its the acquisition of certain Solvay assets. Clients include EPK Kids Smart, Tecnoquímicas, AC Nielsen and Michelin.

Rising stars

María Claudia Martínez Beltrán - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán has ‘some of the best young M&A lawyers in the country’ who ‘excel at providing sound advice’. The practice was strengthened substantially in early 2018 with three high-profile hires; a year on, the 20-strong team continues to grow its market presence and profile. Practice co-head Felipe Quintero (‘a seasoned negotiator’) led the advice to Valorem on the sale of its interest in Grupo Suppla to DHL, while fellow co-head Juan Manuel de la Rosa (who has particular experience advising private equity funds and strategic “blue-chip” investors in complex M&A operations) assisted Decameron Hotels with the acquisition of a high-end tourist complex in Playa Blanca, Panama. Managing partner Camilo Martínez and José Miguel Mendoza, a seasoned litigator and former head of the Colombian public utilities’ supervisor, are also key practice members, while the making up of bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía in September 2019, further deepens the parter-level bench. However, senior associate Andrés Afanador left the firm for IDB Invest. Other clients include Biomax, Goldman Sachs, APM Terminals and Mercantil Colpatria.

Leading individuals

Felipe Quintero - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

Juan Manuel de la Rosa - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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Insurance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán represents clients in judicial, arbitral and corporate issues related to the insurance and reinsurance sectors, both at the local and international level. The practice, co-led by Camilo Martínez and associate Sergio Rojas, has been successfully representing QBE in several fiscal liability procedures initiated by the General Comptroller of the Republic and investigating if the insurance company was obliged to pay the Colombian state indemnifications due to the misuse of public resources. In other mandates the firm acted for Axa Colpatria Seguros De Vida before the General Comptroller, obtaining a favourable decision denying any fiscal liability and ordering termination of the proceeding.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

The labour team at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is led by practice director Diana Zuleta, who has over ten years’ experience, following her January 2019 arrival at the firm, which also hired associate Diego Durán. Recent matters saw the pair advise VICE Colombia on the structuring and implementation of a collective retrenchment plan for a significant number of the company’s employees. The practice group also assisted Nielsen with both day-to- day matters and the hiring of new national and foreign staff members.

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Projects - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s practice group is particularly experienced in the project finance of both 3G and 4G projects, a segment where it has advised national and international lenders and sponsors. Additionally, the dispute resolution capabilities of the team are widely recognised in the sector, with managing partner Camilo Martínez – who ‘knows how to deal with opposing counsels and to reach creative solutions in a commercial way’ – co-leading the department. On the transactional side, the group benefits from the experience of leading on infrastructure projects amassed by practice co-head Felipe Quintero (a ‘dedicated partner with excellent skills’). Recent work saw the team advise Sociedad Concesionaria Vial Andina regarding the financial closing of the Chirajará-Fundadores PPP-project, a 134km highway requiring 16 bridges and seven tunnels which is due for completion by 2021. It also advised Inter-American Development Bank on the approximately $500m project financing of Concesionaria Ruta del Cacao’s Bucaramanga-Barrancabermeja-Yondó toll road concession.

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TMT - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán has particular expertise in regulatory matters concerning the sector, litigation and TMT proceedings before the public authorities. Camilo Martínez and competition department director Maria Claudia Martínez co-lead the practice, which recently advised Sita Informational Network Computing on its registration with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Other highlights saw the team assist Grupo AVAL with obtaining authorisation for the incorporation and operation of a specialised company in deposits and electronic payments from the country’s financial supervisor. Clients include RCN Radio, RCN Television, Comcel and Uber.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s tax department strengthened its ranks with the June 2018 hire of Andrés González, previously at Lewin & Wills, Abogados, to lead the practice. ‘Widely known and respected’ by the tax authorities, González ‘stands out for his capacity and command’ and ‘excellent response times’. Managing director Camilo Martínez (who is highlighted for his handling of transactional and contentious matters) and senior associate Maria Alejandra Buitrago (who joined from *Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría) are also key members of the team. Current work includes advising Uber on tax planning strategies and business models that could be implemented in other jurisdictions. The practice also advised Pivot Investment Partners on the structuring of a search fund and on its acquisition of a company in the food and beverage sector. Other 2018 mandates included representing a leading oil-and-gas company in a tax litigation case related to the application of territorial taxes. Clients include Trafigura, Sony, Carvajal, Fortive, Biomax, Canadian Solar and Grupo Valorem.

Next Generation Partners

Andrés González - DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s ‘impressive’ team has experience representing clients in both national and international commercial arbitration. Practice head Camilo Martínez, with the support of Julián Solorza, led the successful representation of Tribeca Asset Management recently, filing a counter claim in the arbitration court against minority stockholders seeking a $40m compensation payment. In other highlights, the firm is currently acting for Best Luck before the arbitration court in a claim lodged against a trust company arising from the execution of a trust agreement for construction projects on the Caribbean coast.

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Litigation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s ten-strong practice provides ‘outstanding’ advice handling litigation cases across a wide range of industries. The well-regarded Camilo Martínez and José Miguel Mendoza co-lead the team, which is currently representing the Colombian Sugarcane Growers Association (Asocaña), as defendant, in a constitutional group action brought by the entire Colombian sugar industry; the plaintiffs allege the use of restrictive business practices. The team is also acting for Incolbest on its opposition to a class action that seeks to ban the use of asbestos, one of the main raw materials the company uses for its final products. Senior associate Julián Solorza and associate Sergio Rojas are also key members of the team. Clients include Fondo Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, Ingenio del Cauca, Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and QBE.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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