Firm Profile > DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán > Bogota, Colombia

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán
CARRERA 7 NO 71-21
TORRE B OF 602
BOGOTA
Colombia

Colombia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Without doubt the emergent firm in the corporate sector over the last few years, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán fields a ‘detail-oriented‘ 25-strong team that is now a consistent presence in headline transactional matters. Working for an array of local and international blue-chip clients the practice is particularly prominent in the financial, health, energy and real estate sectors, especially on behalf of private equity funds; peers acknowledge the team as a ‘very dynamic‘ market presence. The practice group is led by four partners: Felipe Quintero‘a superb lawyer with clear, strategic and commercial advice and a skilled negotiator‘; Juan Manuel de la Rosa – ‘an achievement-oriented lawyer, with excellent negotiation skills, 100% dedicated to the transaction‘; managing partner Camilo Martinez and specialist litigator José Miguel Mendoza, both of whom are also highlighted by clients. Clients report the team as ‘flexible and responsive, its guidance clear and commercially tailored‘ and note that ‘partner oversight is excellent‘. In addition, the group can call on bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía and Maria Claudia Martínez, who handles competition, consumer protection and data privacy matters, as required. Recent mandates include advising Grupo Aval on its $728m acquisition of Multibank Financial Group; Mallplaza on its $128m acquisition of Bogotá’s Calima shopping centre; and private equity group Patria Investments on its acquisition of Colombian healthcare service-providers Avidanti, Diacor and Angiografia. At associate level, key support comes from practice director Felipe Aristizabal and seniors Daniela Duarte (‘an excellent associate… highly responsive and resourceful‘), Carlos Góngora and Sergio Londoño, who specializes in corporate dispute management; fellow senior Sebastian Celis is currently undertaking his LLM. Intermediates Natalia Bernal and Juan Carlos Gambín (‘a lawyer focused on ensuring that transactions are closed with legal rigour and practicality‘) are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Martínez; Felipe Quintero; Juan Manuel De La Rosa; José Miguel Mendoza

Testimonials

During the transaction, it was a team that was characterised by its willingness and fast response times. Additionally, they were very creative in solving different problems during the contract negotiations. It was key for us that the same firm had New York lawyers for their opinion on the contracts.

Juan Manuel de la Rosa and Natalia Bernal stood out for their availability and effort to achieve a successful closing of the transaction. More than advisors, they are part of the Linzor team for transactional matters. For us it has been very efficient to carry out the work with Juan Manuel and his team, giving him a review with his colleagues in New York, who are part of the same firm.’

They are a detail-oriented team with the highest technical knowledge and in each of the transactions they handle. Their vision exceeds the merely legal and transcends business issues, ensuring that the accompaniment generates considerable added value to the client. The most relevant thing about the firm are its people. They have empathetic and humble professionals always ready to do their best for their clients.

Undoubtedly the leadership of Juan de La Rosa as director of the practice imprints his personal stamp on the team, which is an invaluable guarantee.

They handle billing schemes by project and their level of flexibility and adaptability to the circumstances of each project is excellent because it allows the client to receive the maximum value for what they are paying.

They have a multifunctional team that ensures specialised coverage of each need and ensures a holistic accompaniment across all aspects of the transaction.

The DLA team that serves us at corporate gives us the greatest confidence. They are always available; they are resourceful in solving our queries and their team is trained to propose formulas in accordance with the latest in global and local trends. I consider them superior to other firms in the market. For me they are not only legal but comprehensive advisers. They propose formulas to make administrative decisions that allow the company to achieve its objectives and to do so always within the framework of the law. I highlight José Miguel Mendoza, Camilo Martínez and Sergio Londoño.’

The team led by Juan Manuel de la Rosa is extraordinary: its experience and knowledge of M&A, the quality of service, the availability at all times, the attention to detail and the excellent negotiation skills, all make the transactions close in an efficient manner. They’re rigorous and timely.

Compared to other firms, the team leader (Juan Manuel de la Rosa) stands out for being present throughout the transaction, he makes things happen with excellence and rigour.

Juan Manuel de la Rosa: He is an achievement-oriented lawyer, with excellent negotiation skills, 100% dedicated to the transaction and aware of every move of his team. He manages to articulate everything in an extraordinary way and understand in deep detail the needs of the client and the complexities of each transaction. He is undoubtedly the best in his field of action.

Juan Carlos Gambín: he is a lawyer focused on ensuring that transactions are closed with legal rigor and practicality, attention to detail and understanding the needs of the client and the business.

The team led by Juan Manuel de la Rosa has as a pillar the collaboration between its members: they all have a clear and designated role, ensuring that all fronts of the transaction are covered.

DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán advises the Port of Santa Marta on corporate matters and on the implementation of the data protection law’

‘So far the experience has been pleasant and positive, the firm’s lawyers are experts, trained in the issues and ready to provide their knowledge and legal advice. Knowledge and management of the issues stands out as a skill, as does the speed in project deliverables and their comfortable prices which are competitive with the market.

Its lawyers stand out for their excellent knowledge management, academic preparation: Elisa Echavarría, Daniela Huertas,

Maria Claudia Martinez and José Miguel Mendoza.

Excellent service, I have had jobs with Jose Miguel Mendoza and his work is excellent. They know the sector and support the required strategies.

Their availability and attention make this practice a plus for any company that contracts them. Jose Miguel Mendoza provides security with his knowledge and support in the cases that we have requested his support, as well as that of his team.’

They are very organised – the team is exceptional.

The experience of José Miguel Mendoza makes this area stand out in its field, perfectly complementing the creative solutions that the firm provides.

The team are flexible and responsive, their guidance is clear and commercially tailored. They understand the client needs very clearly. Partner oversight is excellent. The team is able to draw smoothly on in house experts across other legal areas to provide seamless client service.

Felipe Quintero – a superb lawyer with clear, strategic and commercial advice and a skilled negotiator. A very good sounding board for clients. Daniela Duarte – an excellent associate with a strong grasp of the client needs and commercial issues; highly responsive and resourceful.

Key clients

Consorcio Energía de la Costa

Steward Healthcare International

Grupo Aval

Mallplaza

Seguros del Estado

Patria Investments

Decameron

Advent International

Terranum

Mercantil Colpatria

Corresponsales Colombia (Pagafacil)

Clínica de la Mujer

Waterlogic Holdings

Betsson

Bananeros Unidos de Santa Marta

Shareholder of Miraflex

Transportes Vigía

Lenus Capital Partners

Altra Investments

Dispute resolution > Litigation Tier 1

'Trusted business partner' DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's comprehensive practice encompasses the full spectrum of contentious matters and 'assumes each case' with 'discipline and rigour'. Indeed, the firm has built a genuinely robust, 11-strong practice led by three partner and three practice directors, each with a differing specialisation; for some they are 'the best lawyers in the country'. At partner level, the 'dynamic team' comprises: managing partner and 'top-notch litigator' Camilo Martinez, who leads on civil and commercial dispute resolution and M&A litigation; José Miguel Mendoza who handles shareholder dispute resolution, corporate crisis management and D&O litigation (the latter area being particularly active post-pandemic); and bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía. Notably, both Polanía and Mendoza are former judges. At associate level, liability and damages practice director Sergio Rojas is a key figure for insurance-related disputes and civil and commercial litigation; competition practice director Julian Solorza handles investigations, class actions and punitive administrative processes, along with arbitration; while February 2020 hire Ricardo Alarcón directs the office's international arbitration practice. Corporate associate Sergio Londoño is also noted, both for preventative corporate governance programmes and for litigation strategy development. Recent matters include representing one of Colombia's major restaurant chains on the renegotiation of more than 220 lease agreements during the Covid-19 pandemic, obtaining a 91% success rate; and representing the country's largest telecoms operator, Claro, before 193 distributors in order to settle potential claims for severance and future indemnifications, (with a 100% success rate).

Practice head(s):

Camilo Martínez; José Miguel Mendoza; Nicolás Polanía

Testimonials

DLA Piper Colombia is trusted business partner. Sergio Rojas and Camillo Martinez are top-notch litigators. They have respected bankruptcy and commercial experience. They make time to understand our business and legal needs. I would not make any decision without first consulting with Sergio and Camillo. (We also engaged Sergio and Camillo in a complicated matter before the Superintendencia de Companias.)

Sergio is thorough, responsive and knowledgeable about Colombia law and local practice. His ability to explain complex procedures is appreciated and a most useful skill.’

Lawyers who have attended us: Jose Miguel Mendoza; Sergio Londoño – concrete solutions, identifying the associated risks. Comprehensive support in the case attended, agility and opportunity for the required responses.

It is a dynamic team, attentive to responding on time and according to our needs to all the requirements in front of the processes in which they act as our attorneys-in-fact and show extensive knowledge on the subjects under litigation.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltran, has all the qualities that one can expect from a law firm, the most important for us is the integrity, the transparency, the honesty of their work. In the same way, I highlight from DLA the sense of belonging with which they assume each case, the discipline and rigour with which they understand the details of the cases under their charge and the seniority added to the knowledge of the law with which they define forceful winning strategies, clear and precise. We respect the other firms we work with, however DLA is undoubtedly the best, they are consistent, their processes, their manners and manners demonstrate the greatness of their team of lawyers.

The people at DLA Piper Martinez Beltran are the best lawyers in the country, that is because above all, before being lawyers, they are empathetic human beings, educated in values, aware of their privileges, of the impact of their work on a country like Colombia. Camilo Martinez and Sergio Rojas Quiñones are always available and alert, always taking care of our interests, always aware of the available resources and the limits to achieve the objectives. I fully trust them, their recommendations, decisions and actions. We are certain of the correctness of their actions, of the coherence between what they say with what they think and what they represent as the best law firm in the country. We have been with them for many years and they do not disappoint us.

In DLA Martinez Beltran they have included a series of webinar-like tools, with different topics, all of great impact in the current situation, clients appreciate it since it gives us the opportunity to anticipate, prepare for and prevent situations that could have negatively impacted our business.

Key clients

Ecopetrol

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Cementos Argos

Almacenes Éxito

Bancolombia

Chevron (Colombian branch)

Hilton Worldwide

Tecnoquímicas

Operadora de Carbón de Santa Marta (Carbosan)

Grupo Ventura

Ernst and Young Audit

Telefónica

Shareholders of Comestibles Aldor

Daewoo International

Consorcio Generación Ituango

Incolbest

Integral

Chevron Petroleum Company

Banco AV Villas

Zurich Seguros

Epk Kids Smart

Camaguey

Corporación Club el Nogal

IRI de Colombia

Carvajal Educación

Asocaña

Correval

Federación Nacional de Comerciantes – Fenalco

Gases Del Caribe

Tribeca Asset Management

Transcanada Pipelines

Empresa de Energía de Honduras

Colombia > Banking and finance Tier 2

The November-2019 hire of Sebastián Lora has allowed DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán to restructure its banking and finance department as it develops a more specialist practice. While Felipe Quintero and Juan Manuel de la Rosa remain on hand (particularly in relation to structured finance and private equity, respectively), the practice is now co-led by managing partner Camilo Martinez (corporate finance, capital markets, regulatory matters) and Lora, who has brought additional banking and project finance experience to the group. Focused on bank and acquisition financings, project financings, capital markets, structured finance and securitisation, and debt restructuring, along with banking regulatory matters, the relatively young practice punches above its weight. Recent headline mandates on the borrower-side include advising Hoteles Decameron on its $189m financing from Itaú Corpbanca Colombia and Cordiant Health on its COP$478bn loan; while on the lender side, highlights include advising Banco de Bogotá and Banco Occidente on the COP$595bn credit agreement for the development of the Vias del Nus toll road, and Bancolombia, Banco Davivienda and Banco de Bogotá on a COP$325bn financing to Agropecuaria Aliar. The practice is also part of the regional DLA team representing Oaktree Capital Management (as a tranche A lender) in LatAm Airlines super-priority debtor-in-possession term loan agreement.  At the associate level, specialist senior Sebastian Celis is currently undertaking his LLM, but fellow seniors -corporate practice director Felipe Aristizabal and contracts specialist Juan Carlos Gambín- both lean into the practice on certain financing and securities matters; furthermore, there are signs that the practice is beginning to develop younger talent with both Carlos Guzmán and María José Assis noted.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Lora; Camilo Martínez

Testimonials

They have trained and experienced people. Contact is easy, they know the business, they are experts.

Relevant technical capacity; notable specialisation in the banking and financial sector; solid legal knowledge; negotiation skills and leadership in negotiation; Excellent personal relationships; added value in advice; global vision of the banking and financial business.

Firm knowledge of the regulation of the banking and financial sector; ability to structure corporate business; compromise to adapt to change; sympathy and communication skills. Sebastián Lora; Carlos Guzmán are the key names.

They have a level of commitment to projects and involvement that allows them to really know the client’s needs and act on them, addressing sensitive issues in a responsible and consistent manner. They have an admirable interdisciplinary team that is a pleasure to work with.

Their pragmatic approach to difficulties and absolute willingness to achieve the objectives of the transaction without sacrificing quality.

They know very well the sectors in which they carry out transactions, they are very close and practical; Sebastian Lora.

They have total disposition for the clients.

The DLA team seems to me superior to the teams of other firms. They are very responsible with their work, very attentive to the client and very knowledgeable about issues in the financial field. They are always available and respond immediately. I have developed a good personal relationship with all of them. For me the most outstanding are Sebastian Lora and Carlos Guzman.

It is an efficient team. Unlike other law firms, they focus on the critical points of the transaction without losing sight of the overall quality of their work.

Sebastián Lora is an exceptional lawyer, who knows the business and is fully involved in the transaction. As qualities I would highlight his commercial proximity, critical vision and availability.

María José Assis is an excellent associate. She constantly follows up on her clients’ concerns and she is an excellent leader. Without a doubt, an associate to watch.

The collaboration is permanent. They are always available to address concerns and unlike other firms, they are willing to review their approach if their client makes comments.

Key clients

Decameron Group Hotels

Banco de Bogotá

Banco de Occidente

Steward Health Care

Bancolombia

APR Energy

Caribesol de la Costa

Bancolombia

Banco Davivienda

Axesat

Advent International

BTG Pactual Soluciones & Servicios

Zinobe

Colombia > Tax Tier 2

With deep experience in tax advisory on cross-border transactions and M&A, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán utilises its global network to excel on advice to its client base of both domestic and international companies, many of which are multinational and /or multilatina corporates. Noted for his ‘efficiency, assertiveness and great communication’, Cesar Cermeño co-leads the team alongside Andrés González. Cermeño -a February-2020 hire from Garrigues- heads the tax litigation team and demonstrates impressive dispute resolution expertise; while González leads the tax and private wealth areas and focuses on tax in relation to international high-net-worth clients, and tax planning and structuring. Also of note are: associate practice director (as of January 2021), Maria Alejandra Buitrago (tax planning and tax structuring - particularly for collective investment funds and fiduciaries); and senior associates Camila Cuberos (local and international tax law; tax and estate planning, tax structuring in M&A, tax litigation, free trade zones and tax incentives for international trade and foreign investment); and 2020-hire, Catalina Martínez (tax and corporate law; advisory on income and estate tax matters and the structuring and incorporation of business ventures and projects).

Practice head(s):

César Cermeño; Andrés González

Testimonials

The strengths of DLA’s tax team include the lawyers’ knowledge of our business, their close and strategic accompaniment, being up-to-date on tax issues, and leading on strategies for judicial and administrative processes.

César Cermeño’s qualities include his close relations with the client, his understanding of the business, his efficiency (with updated legal knowledge), assertiveness and great communication.

The relationship of the firm is close, timely and of value for clients.

Key clients

Shell

AB InBev

Grupo Avianca

Organización Corona

Chevron

Uber

Air-E

ENEL Group

Grupo Vanti

Ebanx

Grupo Trafigura

Impulse

Juul

Kimberly Clark

Inicia

Compas

Celsia

Quala

Transportes Vigía

GIA Colombia

Clinica de la mujer

Suelopetrol

Enertolima

PharmaCielo

Grupo Éxito

Life Miles

Puntos Leal

Cerberus

Pharmacielo

Giros y Finanzas

Copa Airlines

Grupo Mexichem (now Orbia)

Steward Health Care System

Gerdau Diaco Group

Canadian Solar

Península

Biomax

Carvajal

Fortive

Live Nation

Darnel Group

Sony

Digital Ware

Miraflex

Banasan

Grupo Valorem

Bet 365

Black & Decker

Genser Power – Proeléctrica

FCA Capital

Sierentz

Constructora Normandía

Termotasajero

Uniban

Acueducto Metropolitano de Bucaramanga

Kinco (Burger King Colombia)

Seguridad Superior

Esenttia

El Market

Copasa

Arbaro Fund

Oaktree

Patria

Marsh

First Data

Black Hawk

Engie

OLX

Zinobe

Plentia

Northern Swan

Cloud Kitchens

Tesla

DiDi

Beat

Reintegra

Alpina

Asociación Colombiana del Petróleo

Dispute resolution > Arbitration Tier 3

With the February 2021 hire of Ricardo Alarcón -formerly an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s Paris office- as international arbitration practice director, the team at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán has notably increased its specialization in the arbitral segment. The 11-strong team -including three partners- handles primarily commercial domestic and international arbitration as part of a broad disputes practice that also has a reputation for providing remedial advice to resolve contractual disputes through negotiation. Managing partner Camilo Martinez  is the senior figure for arbitral matters. He co-leads the disputes team with: José Miguel Mendoza (a former chief judge at the country’s specialised business court) who is a specialist in shareholder disputes; and Nicolás Polanía (also head of the office’s insolvency practice) who sits as an arbitrator at Medellín Chamber of Commerce’s arbitration centre. Recent matters include advising  clients Saur Colombia and Gestión Técnicas del Agua in ICC arbitration against Hipsitec Latam, Systems Solutions de Colombia and Inversiones H20 regarding multiple indemnity claims, as well as in proceedings against Inversiones Romero seeking the application of a material adverse effect clause; both cases were subsequently negotiated. Further associate level support comes from senior Julian Solorza, who heads up the office’s litigation practice and also handles domestic arbitration; associate practice director for civil and state responsibility, Sergio Rojas Quiñones; and seniors Juan Pablo Amaya and Sergio Londoño González, who focus on corporate disputes and governance, and corporate dispute management, respectively. Other matters include the successful representation of a major oil multinational in a conflict regarding interpretation of a partnership agreement. The team is also advising a client on the pre-trial stages of two different ICSID arbitrations against sovereign governments.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Martínez; José Miguel Mendoza; Nicolás Polanía

Testimonials

DLA Piper Colombia is trusted business partner. Sergio Rojas and Camillo Martinez are top-notch litigators. They have respected bankruptcy and commercial experience. They make time to understand our business and legal needs. I would not make any decision without first consulting with Sergio and Camillo. (We also engaged Sergio and Camillo in a complicated matter before the Superintendencia de Companias.)

Sergio is thorough, responsive and knowledgeable about Colombia law and local practice. His ability to explain complex procedures is appreciated and a most useful skill.’

Lawyers who have attended us: Jose Miguel Mendoza; Sergio Londoño – concrete solutions, identifying the associated risks. Comprehensive support in the case attended, agility and opportunity for the required responses.

It is a dynamic team, attentive to responding on time and according to our needs to all the requirements in front of the processes in which they act as our attorneys-in-fact and show extensive knowledge on the subjects under litigation.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltran, has all the qualities that one can expect from a law firm, the most important for us is the integrity, the transparency, the honesty of their work. In the same way, I highlight from DLA the sense of belonging with which they assume each case, the discipline and rigour with which they understand the details of the cases under their charge and the seniority added to the knowledge of the law with which they define forceful winning strategies, clear and precise. We respect the other firms we work with, however DLA is undoubtedly the best, they are consistent, their processes, their manners and manners demonstrate the greatness of their team of lawyers.

The people at DLA Piper Martinez Beltran are the best lawyers in the country, that is because above all, before being lawyers, they are empathetic human beings, educated in values, aware of their privileges, of the impact of their work on a country like Colombia. Camilo Martinez and Sergio Rojas Quiñones are always available and alert, always taking care of our interests, always aware of the available resources and the limits to achieve the objectives. I fully trust them, their recommendations, decisions and actions. We are certain of the correctness of their actions, of the coherence between what they say with what they think and what they represent as the best law firm in the country. We have been with them for many years and they do not disappoint us.

In DLA Martinez Beltran they have included a series of webinar-like tools, with different topics, all of great impact in the current situation, clients appreciate it since it gives us the opportunity to anticipate, prepare for and prevent situations that could have negatively impacted our business.

Key clients

Ecopetrol

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Cementos Argos

Almacenes Éxito

Bancolombia

Chevron (Colombian branch)

Hilton Worldwide

Tecnoquímicas

Operadora de Carbón de Santa Marta (Carbosan)

Grupo Ventura

Ernst and Young Audit

Telefónica

Shareholders of Comestibles Aldor

Daewoo International

Consorcio Generación Ituango

Incolbest

Integral

Chevron Petroleum Company

Banco AV Villas

Zurich Seguros

Epk Kids Smart

Camaguey

Corporación Club el Nogal

IRI de Colombia

Carvajal Educación

Asocaña

Correval

Federación Nacional de Comerciantes – Fenalco

Gases Del Caribe

Tribeca Asset Management

Transcanada Pipelines

Empresa de Energía de Honduras

Colombia > Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's 10-strong practice has extensive experience in the Colombian and foreign securities markets, advising on a full range of capital markets transactions under both Colombian stock exchange and US regulation. Since his late-2019 arrival from Posse Herrera Ruiz, Sebastián Lora has co-led the practice with managing partner Camilo Martinez; between them the pair cover the full range of corporate and financing matters, including all aspects of capital markets work under, with Martínez's practice also including advisory to financial institutions with respect to regulatory matters and also regarding investigations by the Colombian Superintendence of Finance. In the absence of banking and finance senior Sebastian Celis (currently undertaking his LLM), corporate associate director Felipe Aristizabal and corporate senior Daniela Duarte provide support as necessary. Debt securities work has constituted the bulk of the team's recent mandates, including simultaneous issuances, bonds with a social component and bonds for the secondary market, among others.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Lora; Camilo Martínez

Colombia > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's multidisciplinary practice has expertise in merger reviews, antitrust investigations (including bid rigging) and complex competition litigation; and client highlight the lawyers 'knowledge of the subjects in which they are specialists [which] ensures they handle them perfectly', their 'very clear concepts' and that they 'always look for the best option'. A qualified economist as well as a lawyer, Maria Claudia Martínez is the key name in the six-strong group; practice director since 2016 and raised to the partnership in August 2019, she is now also responsible for data and consumer protection matters. Clients note her 'exceptional professional knowledge' and building of 'close and trustworthy' relations. Fellow co-head and managing partner Camilo Martínez has notable administrative litigation experience (he also handles arbitration), and frequently works with senior associate and litigation practice director Julian Solorza; the pair are 'very collaborative'. Recent mandates include representing construction company Erjar in an SIC bid-rigging investigation; Transportes Calderón against alleged participation in a collusive agreement; and EDEMSA in unfair competition litigation against EDEMCO. The hire of senior associate Natalia Fernández (from Posse Herrera Ruiz) in July 2020 further strengthened the team which can also call on experienced intermediate Daniela Huertas.

Practice head(s):

María Claudia Martínez; Camilo Martínez

Testimonials

The practice differentiates itself through its knowledge of industry norms and Colombian and international legislation.

They know the legislation in depth allowing them to make preliminary recommendations rapidly. It compares favourably with other teams and the lawyers are dynamic and committed. They study the issues in question so as to know them in depth and propose suitable responses and strategies. Nestor Camilo Martínez and Julian Solorza are very collaborative, particularly when it comes to presenting the monitoring and progress of the processes in their charge.’

They are highly competitive, their knowledge of the subjects in which they are specialists ensures they handle them perfectly, and they have very clear concepts and they always look for the best option.

We mainly work with Felipe Quintero and Maria Claudia Martínez. They are among the best lawyers the country can have: their professional knowledge is exceptional, and their human qualities and their relationship with their clients is close and trustworthy.

They live at the forefront; they have an excellent relationship with people and 24/7 customer service. Its concepts and solutions are always to defend the interests of the business.

Key clients

Asocaña

Incauca

Providencia

Ingenio Maria Luisa

Ingenio Pichichi

Electricas de Medellín Ingenieria y Servicios (EDEMSA)

EPK Smart Kids

Tecnoquímicas

Erjar

Patria Investments

Waterlogic

Advent International

Transportes Calderón

Carvajal

Argos

Colombia > Insurance Tier 3

The 'supremely diligent' insurance team at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is particularly highlighted for both for its understanding of client needs and high degree of specialisation. Providing a complete offering, the group represents clients in judicial, arbitral and corporate issues of the insurance and reinsurance sectors, both at local and international level. Managing partner Camilo Martinez, who has broad expertise in handling complex dispute resolution cases, leads the practice alongside co-head Sergio Rojas, who specialises in risk analysis and liability matters. Recent work has seen the team involved in fiscal liability procedures initiated by the General Comptroller of the Republic, alongside acting as legal advisor for Fasecolda, the insurers association.

Practice head(s):

Camilo Martinez; Sergio Rojas

Testimonials

It is a team of integral professionals where, beyond a specialised practice, it provides complete advice that is not only limited to a field of legal knowledge; nevertheless, one always finds legal support from its professionals without restrictions on knowledge.

They are comprehensive professionals with extraordinary technical competence. But beyond that, they are people who understand the client’s needs.’

Without a doubt I have worked with other firms, but after meeting DLA Piper I do not contemplate any further changes of firm.

It really is a very serious team but at the same time professional and friendly.

There is a high degree of specialisation in the issues and also experience that inspires the performances, and which allows them to be more accurate in their appreciations and concepts.

There is nothing that makes them stand out in a particular way, but they offer a degree of flexibility in their dealings that contributes to a fluid relationship.

They are supremely diligent with remarkable knowledge of the insurance area and their concepts have allowed us to make decisions that have improved the development of the company’s business. For me, in this area, they are superior to other firms.

Attentive, available, agile and proposing formulas that allow the taking of administrative decisions that favourably impact the development of our company’s business. I highlight Sergio Rojas in this area.

It is a team that works in harmony with the insurer, providing support and accompaniment in cases.

Highly qualified staff.

Key clients

Zurich Colombia Seguros

Integral / Consorcio Generación Ituango

HDI Seguros de Vida

BTG pactual

Segurexpo de Colombia

Gases del Caribe

Colombia > Projects Tier 4

The ten-strong team at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán have been advising clients on every angle of complex railway, road, telecommunications, transport, airport, energy and power, infrastructure, process plant, water and other infrastructure projects across numerous countries. ‘Their commitment to the client and, permanent availability and the speed with which they respond to inquiries are all outstanding‘, with Felipe Quintero, Camilo Martinez and Juan Manuel de la Rosa all names to note. Sebastián Lora co-heads the projects practice and is highly experienced in the project finance and banking and finance field; alongside Paola Alda, who has expertise advising private and public entities in all stages of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Paola Aldana; Sebastián Lora

Testimonials

It has a team of specialists in all specialties, all are very good and that makes a difference. In addition to the above, their commitment to the client and, permanent availability and the speed with which they respond to inquiries are all outstanding.

‘Specialised procedures and processes have multiple aspects. Although there is a leading lawyer with a certain specialty, he always has the support of others in different collateral specialties relevant to the case at hand.

It has an exceptional human team. What differentiates them is their considerable empathetic ability to interpret the needs of their clients. In the aforementioned, it compares favourably with other teams.

Paola Aldana’s human qualities, in the sense of interpreting the needs of her clients and putting herself in their shoes, make her a very prominent lawyer in this practice.

The appointment of Paola Aldana as a partner is the great news of the year.

Key clients

Engie Colombia

Caribesol De La Costa

Departamento Nacional de Planeación

AES Chivor

Steward Healthcare International

TermoMoricahal

Sociedad Concesionaria Vial Andina / Corficolombiana

GIA Colombia

KMA Construcciones

Compas

Acciona

Decameron

Autopista Mar 2

Valorem

Bancolombia

Grupo Aval

Proeléctrica

Inter-American Development Bank

Carvajal

QBO

Peninsula Investments Group

Colombia > Labour and employment Tier 5

Headed by director Diana Zuleta, who has experience of employee hires, flexible compensation plans and social security and immigration matters, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán provides day-to-day labour advice for a range of international and local clients, including Stanley Black & Decker and Cornershop. During the pandemic the practice advised clients including Burger King and Pandora on labour and biosafety standards, and handled a retrenchment plan for Uber. The firm also handles visas for foreign employees. Managing partner Camilo Martínez is also noted. Diego Durán left in 2020 to co-found Baviera Legal.

Practice head(s):

Diana Zuleta

Testimonials

‘I work directly with the labour practice: this team is very diligent, they respond to inquiries quickly and in their responses they reflect high knowledge on the subject matter; additionally, if it is a question that does not correspond to their expertise, they put us in contact with the areas of the office that have experience in the matter, thus making the consultations effective.

The service to the client, the speed with which they attend to our requirements and the trust that they have generated in our company due to their successful consultations; none of this is easy to find at other law offices. Congratulations to the labour team!!

Key clients

Stanley Black & Decker

Cornershop

Twilio

ProQuest

Livanova

Infotrack

Cosmetika

Pandora

Burger King

Uber

Axalta

HS Colombia

Mainstream

Tecnológica Colombia

White Rabbit

Terminal

Colombia > TMT Tier 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is known for its expertise in litigation and TMT proceedings before public authorities, with the practice representing technology start-ups, large scale media and broadcasting companies, multinationals and domestic corporations. Camilo Martinez co-heads the TMT practice, and has expertise in handling high-profile cases and delicate matters. Fellow co-head María Claudia Martínez Beltrán (‘pleasant, intelligent and judicious’), specialises in high-profile media companies, and recently represented TikTok regarding compliance with the country's the data protection regime in the drafting and implementation of a privacy notice for its candidates in Colombia. Associate support in the competition, consumer and data privacy segments comes from senior, Natalia Fernández.

Practice head(s):

María Claudia Martínez; Camilo Martínez

Testimonials

‘They are practical and quick in their responses. María Claudia Martínez is a very good lawyer, pleasant, intelligent and judicious. They are very knowledgeable about regulatory issues, they know and it shows.

‘Lawyers have full knowledge of the legal framework applicable to telecommunications services and the needs of clients, in such a way that it allows them to provide the best legal assistance, sometimes avoiding excessive or unnecessary regulatory compliance.’

‘María Claudia Martínez (partner) and Natalia Fernández (associate) are the attorneys with whom I have worked on TMT issues. Both have an extraordinary knowledge of the subject and a spectacular response time.

‘Technological innovation is definitely a crucial factor in TMT practice; since the launch of new technologies occurs with greater speed than the regulatory changes aimed at regulating them. Thus, the creative structuring of alternatives for the implementation of novel technologies within the legal framework is an invaluable feature of the TMT team.

‘The firm shows deep knowledge of the subject matter of investigation and in the defense of the interests of the company and managers.’

‘Very prepared lawyers (partner and senior), with high availability to serve the client and give the appropriate guidance and recommendations.’

Key clients

TikTok

Tesla

Airbnb

Amazon Web Services

Twilio

Lexis Nexis

Here Mobility

LGE

Juul

Time Jobs

CornerShop Colombia

Colegium

Advent International Colombia

Masivan

RCN Radio

RCN Televisión

Comunicación Celular (Comcel)

Farrow Ventures

Uber

Sony

Unity

El Tiempo

La Republica

Grupo Aval

Sita

Puntos Leal

DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán was founded in 1996 and today is listed by the most recognized legal publications as one of the leading law firm’s in Colombia. We have extensive experience representing national and multinational corporations with their legal needs wherever they develop their businesses.

Our clients come to DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán for our experience in:

    • Banking and finance
    • Capital markets
    • Competition law and consumer protection, data protection and compliance
    • Corporate conflicts
    • Corporate law – M&A
    • Crisis management
    • Customs and foreign trade
    • Dispute resolution
    • Energy and natural resources
    • Infrastructure, projects and public law
    • Insurance and torts
    • Intellectual property
    • International arbitration
    • Labor law and employment
    • Tax law
    • Tax litigation
    • Private equity
    • Project finance
    • Project M&A
    • Real estate
    • Restructuring and insolvency
    • Venture capital
Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Camilo Martínez cmartinez@dlapipermb.com
Partner Andrés González agonzalez@dlapipermb.com
Partner César Cermeño ccermeno@dlapipermb.com
Partner Felipe Quintero fquintero@dlapipermb.com
Partner José Miguel Mendoza jmendoza@dlapipermb.com
Partner Juan Manuel de la Rosa jdelarosa@dlapipermb.com
Partner María Claudia Martínez mcmartinez@dlapipermb.com
Partner Nicolás Polanía npolania@dlapipermb.com
Partner Paola Aldana paldana@dlapipermb.com
Partner Sebastián Lora slora@dlapipermb.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ricardo Alarcón  photo Ricardo Alarcón Director
 Paola Aldana photo Paola Aldana Partner
 Lucas Arboleda  photo Lucas Arboleda Director
 Felipe Aristizábal  photo Felipe Aristizábal Director
 María Alejandra Buitrago  photo María Alejandra Buitrago Director
 César Camilo Cermeño  photo César Camilo Cermeño Partner
 Andrés González  photo Andrés González Partner
 Sebastián Lora  photo Sebastián Lora Partner
 Juan Manuel de la Rosa  photo Juan Manuel de la Rosa Partner
 María Claudia Martínez Beltrán  photo María Claudia Martínez Beltrán Partner
 Camilo Martinez Beltran  photo Camilo Martinez Beltran Managing Partner
 José Miguel Mendoza  photo José Miguel Mendoza Partner
 Nicolás Polanía  photo Nicolás Polanía Partner
 Felipe Quintero photo Felipe Quintero Partner
 Sergio Rojas  photo Sergio Rojas Director
 Julian Solorza  photo Julian Solorza Director
 Diana Zuleta photo Diana Zuleta Director
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