Firm Profile > DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán > Bogota, Colombia

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

Banking and finance Tier 2

Providing a comprehensive service across the finance spectrum, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán impresses sources with a 'sound and sensible' interdisciplinary team led by four partners. The 12-strong practice is especially active in acquisition and project finance, particularly for road and thermo-generated power projects. Felipe Quintero is an experienced contracts and structured finance expert; and November-2019 hire, Sebastián Lora, strengthens the practice on the project finance side. Formerly a senior associate at Posse Herrera Ruiz, Lora has handled diverse financing operations, including syndicated and corporate financings. Additional key figures include managing partner Camilo Martínez, whose recent highlights include advising Coviandina on a bridge-loan agreement for its Chirajará-Fundadores project; and Juan Manuel de la Rosa, whose practice centres on advising private equity funds and strategic blue-chip investors. Senior associate Sebastian Celis is also noted.

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is its solid professional career in each of its areas, always providing comprehensive advice. DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán is an interdisciplinary firm that seeks to offer the client the best advice, always seeking to be the leading firm in Colombia and to be recognised internationally‘.

Felipe Quintero stands out for his professionalism, dedication and support in each of the transactions made‘.

It is a sound and sensible team, attentive to our permanent requirements‘.

It seems to us that Sebastián Celis, despite his youth, is a great professional‘.

Key clients

Grupo Exito

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

Banco de Bogotá

Corporación Financiera de Colombia – Corficolombiana

Banco de Occidente

Banco Popular

Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar – Covimar

Concesionaria Vial Andina – Coviandina

Banco Colpatria

Banco BBVA

BTG Pactual Soluciones & Servicios

China Development Bank

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán continues to expand its activity in the market with its 18-strong lawyer group headed by three partners. Covering the whole scope of corporate and M&A related activity, the practice advises start-ups, venture capital funds, search funds and technology companies, while continues to work more traditional players. Practice heads Felipe Quintero and Juan Manuel de la Rosa, experienced in advising private equity funds and strategic blue-chip investors, are particularly praised when working in tandem. Managing partner and co-head Camilo Martínez served as lead counsel to Grupo Éxito in the high-profile share purchase agreement of Almacenes Éxito. José Miguel Mendoza, a seasoned litigator, and bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía, who made partner in September 2019, are also key practice members. Senior associate Felipe Aristizabal and associate Natalia Bernal are also noted.

Testimonials

Felipe Quintero and Juan Manuel de la Rosa are the best lawyers I have worked with in M&A; they are always available to assist us, they understand our objectives and the way to negotiate, and their extensive knowledge and experience in these matters make their advice excellent‘.

Juan Manuel de la Rosa’s dedication, level of response and quality of service is excellent. Furthermore, it has a great capacity to understand the client’s needs‘.

Felipe Quintero differs from others in, relying on its great legal strength, being able to apply it correctly to the business world to reach successful agreements. He is a person who understands the client’s needs, and, most importantly, knows where we can make commitments in the midst of negotiations. Additionally, he has all the knowledge to lead exhaustive due diligence. Finally, it is always present and supporting us in all the processes. Felipe Aristizabal has also been of great support to us. He has great legal knowledge and a great commitment to his clients. He is a detail-oriented person and confidently transmits his support in our processes‘.

Juan de la Rosa offers a very good response time with exceptional quality. He has exceptional attention to detail and personalised service not seen in other firms. Having the senior partner leading the M&A process is a differentiating factor from other firms‘.

Key clients

Grupo Exito

Terranum

Grupo Pegasus

Enertolima

Seguros Del Estado

PharmaCielo

Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios

Crezcamos

Samercol

Loto Del Sur

Cargo Master

Valorem

Litigation Tier 2

Held up for its 'excellence' in civil and contractual liability, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's comprehensive practice encompasses the full spectrum of contentious matters, with class actions -particularly in the financial and insurance areas- standing out as a sweet spot. In a recent case in point, department co-head and managing partner Camilo Martínez successfully represented the Colombian Sugarcane Growers Association (Asocaña) in a constitutional group action. Fellow co-head José Miguel Mendoza, whose former posts include chief judge of business courts and head of the public utilities’ supervisor, specialises in corporate litigation. The 10-strong group also includes associate litigation directors, seniors Julian Solorza, who advises on class actions and punitive administrative processes, and Sergio Rojas leading the liability and damages practice. Competition co-head María Claudia Martínez also participates in the area.

Testimonials

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s professionals have great personal qualities. All have great professional experience and knowledge in their subjects‘.

Their teamwork is excellent, distributing functions and the entire team is well trained‘.

Excellent procedural and substantial knowledge on issues of civil and contractual liability‘.

The personal treatment is excellent. They are respectful and have an interest in collaborating with the client, further to what is asked of them. María Claudia Martínez, Julian Solorza, and Nestor Camilo Martínez are noted‘.

José Miguel Mendoza is an excellent lawyer, diligent, with adequate and clear knowledge, and very good customer service’.

High preparation and knowledge of legal and dispute resolution issues. I highlight the work of associate director Sergio Rojas‘.

Associate director Sergio Rojas is a highly prepared, studious and analytical lawyer. Camilo Martínez Beltrán is an equally knowledgeable, academically prepared, experienced, calm and honest lawyer. They make use of the attributes, experience and knowledge of other lawyers in the firm, which contributed to make our case more robust and solid‘.

Key clients

Incolbest

Fondo Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres

Ingenio Del Cauca

Banco Av Villas

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

EPK Kids Smart

Vas Colombia

Compas

QBE

Ingenio Del Cauca

Ingenio Providencia

Ingenio Pichichi

Tribeca Asset Management

Tax Tier 2

Full-service firm DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's tax department has an international approach and advises multinationals and multi-latinas on cross-border transactions and business strategy implementation from a tax perspective. The department was further strengthened in 2020, principally with the February 2020 hiring of Cesar Cermeño - previously at Garrigues - as partner and head of the tax litigation area; he also co-leads the overall 11-strong practice with Andrés González, who heads up the tax advisory and private wealth departments. Senior associates Maria Alejandra Buitrago and Camila Cuberos are also key members of a practice group that was strengthened at associate level with the arrival of Krishu Miranda, joining from the country's General Public Prosecutor's Office. Headline mandates saw the team advise Grupo Exito on the development of the tax structure that permitted two of the largest M&A transactions in 2019: the sale of 55% of the group's shares to Grupo Pao Açucar and Groupe Casino; and the sale of 50% of Sésgisor to Groupe Casino.

Key clients

Shell

Quala

Grupo Éxito

Arbaro Fund

Transportes Vigía

Ebanx

Impulse

Juul

Copasa

Northern Swan

Compas

GIA Colombia

Clinica de la Mujer

Arbitration Tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán handles domestic and international arbitration in commercial disputes, with a knack for using remedial advice for resolving contractual disputes through negotiation. In a case in point, 'experienced, calm and honest' managing partner Camilo Martínez led the representation of the shareholders of an automotiver importer in negotiations during the establishment of an international arbitration tribunal, allowed the issue's resolution prior to the arbitrations initiation. The group is also acting in two different ICSID arbitration pre-trial stages, representing the interests of companies pursuing legal actions against sovereign governments. Senior associate Julian Solorza, who focuses on domestic arbitration, is also a key member of the team. In a notable move since publication, the firm has hired Ricardo Alarcón -formerly an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP's Paris office- as international arbitration practice director (effective as of February 2021).

Testimonials

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán’s professionals have great personal qualities. All have great professional experience and knowledge of their subjects’.

Their teamwork is excellent, distributing functions and the entire team is well trained’.

Excellent procedural and substantial knowledge on issues of civil and contractual liability’.

The personal treatment is excellent. They are respectful and with an interest in collaborating with the client, further to what is asked from them. María Claudia Martínez, Julian Solorza, and Nestor Camilo Martínez are noted‘.

José Miguel Mendoza is an excellent lawyer, diligent, with adequate and clear knowledge, and very good customer service’.

High preparation and knowledge of legal and dispute resolution issues. I highlight the work of associate director Sergio Rojas’.

Associate director Sergio Rojas is a highly prepared, studious and analytical lawyer. Camilo Martínez Beltrán is an equally knowledgeable, academically prepared, experienced, calm and honest attorney. They make use of the attributes, experience and knowledge of other lawyers in the firm, which contributed to make our case more robust and solid’.

Key clients

Incolbest

Fondo Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres

Ingenio Del Cauca

Banco Av Villas

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

EPK Kids Smart

Vas Colombia

Compas

QBE

Ingenio Del Cauca

Ingenio Providencia

Ingenio Pichichi

Tribeca Asset Management

Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán 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. Managing partner Camilo Martínez is the key contact; an experienced capital markets practitioner, Martínez also regularly advises financial institutions with respect to regulatory matters and also regarding investigations by the Colombian Superintendence of Finance. Co-head Sebastián Lora, who joined from Posse Herrera Ruiz in November 2019, is also experienced in financings via capital markets issuances.

Key clients

Grupo Exito

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

Banco de Bogotá

Corporación Financiera de Colombia – Corficolombiana

Banco de Occidente

Banco Popular

Banco AV Villas

Concesionaria Nueva Vía al Mar – Covimar

Concesionaria Vial Andina – Coviandina

Banco Colpatria

Banco BBVA

BTG Pactual Soluciones & Servicios

Zinobe

WorldBusiness Capital

Bancolombia

China Development Bank

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán multidisciplinary practice has developed expertise in merger reviews and investigations, including bid rigging and complex competition litigation (including class actions). María Claudia Martínez, who is also an economist, is the key name in the seven-strong practice; practice director since 2016, she was raised to the partnership in August 2019 and is now also responsible for data and consumer protection matters. A recent mandate saw the team act in a cartel competition class action case derived from an SIC investigation which in 2014 imposed fines on various sugar mills. Fellow co-head and managing partner Camilo Martínez is a reputed litigator, who also handles arbitration. Senior associate Julian Solorza directs the litigation practice; and associate Daniela Huertas provides additional support. The practice was further strengthened with the July-2020 hire of Natalia Fernández from Posse Herrera Ruiz.

Key clients

Carvajal Soluciones de Comunicación

Asocaña

Incauca

Providencia

Ingenio Maria Luisa

Ingenio Pichichi

Tecnoquímicas

Bancolombia

Emdemsa

Epk Kids Smart

Erjar y Cia

IGT Services and Tecnologies

Insurance Tier 3

Handling complex cases, the DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's insurance group shines in fiscal liability procedures initiated by the General Comptroller of the Republic, acting successfully in such cases during 2019 for the likes of QBE and AXA Colpatria. Led by managing partner and litigator Camilo Martínez and associate director Sergio Rojas, the practice acts across a broad contentious front, representing clients before ordinary and administrative courts, and arbitration bodies. The firm also structures insurance and reinsurance programmes and advises on compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘It is a well-known firm that handles complex cases, I do not find many differences between its competitors from a legal point of view’.

Key clients

QBE Seguros

Fondo de Gestión de Desastres

QBO Constructores

Seguros Alfa

BTG Pactual

Segurexpo de Colombia

Gases del Caribe

Axa Colpatria

Projects Tier 4

Noted for its 'geographic reach through the firm's network of offices', DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán stands out for the project financing and refinancing of road, port and tram projects, as well as more typical energy and real estate matters. Benefiting from the experience of practice heads Felipe Quintero, Camilo Martínez and Juan Manuel de la Rosa in M&A and financial transactions, the ten-member team was further strengthened in January 2020 with the arrival of Sebastián Lora. Already a recognised advisor to lenders, borrowers and local and international financial institutions, he joined from Posse Herrera Ruiz. Additionally, the firm's well-reputed dispute resolution department, co-led by Martínez, regularly represents projects clients before administrative authorities, in litigation and in contractual settlements.

Testimonials

The team’s strengths and skills are focused on the technical and professional quality of its lawyers, as well as the geographic reach through the firm’s network of offices. They have extensive experience in infrastructure and project issues, advising not only local banks, but also international sponsors’.

Key clients

Termomorichal

Concesionaria Vial Andina – CorfiColombiana

Gia Colombia

KMA Construcciones

Compas

Acciona

Decameron

Autopista Mar 2

Valorem

Bancolombia

Grupo Aval

ProElétcrica

Labour and employment Tier 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán's 'timely responses, technical knowledge and efficient strategies' attract praise from clients who also value the practice for getting to know the business they represent. Led by practice director Diana Zuleta, the four-strong area advises on labour legislation and the management of labour relations, in particular as a result of corporate and M&A activities, as well as undertaking judicial and administrative litigation. Associate Diego Durán provides key support, while managing partner Camilo Martínez, who leans in to the practice as required, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Excellent service in the practice of labour law’.

Timely responses, technical knowledge and efficient strategies’.

They know us thoroughly and offer a comprehensive service to the family and the business’.

Key clients

Vice

Nielsen

Twilio

WeWork

Pro Quest

Livanova

Infotrack

Conair

Cosmetika

Pandora

TMT Tier 5

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán renders advice on ITC, data protection and media law to a client portfolio that ranges from key multinational and domestic players to start-ups. With significant strength in regulatory matters, the five-strong practice shines in dispute resolution and TMT proceedings before the different regulatory bodies. Managing partner and experienced litigator Camilo Martínez and competition department director María Claudia Martínez Beltrán co-head the practice. On the contentious side, the firm represented Comcel in an arbitral proceeding brought by its distributors.

Key clients

RCN Radio

RCN Televisión

Comcel

Farrow Ventures

Uber

Sony

Unity

El Tiempo

La Republica

Grupo Aval

Sita

Puntos Leal

Credicorp

DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base. The firm’s pan-hemispheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to its multinational clients underscores its view that Latin America is of utmost importance to the global business community.

The firm: DLA Piper assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. It handles matters in every country in the region and across every industry sector in which its clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its services to clients with a Latin America presence through its cooperation with Campos Mello Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil and with its DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:

  • Bogota, Colombia DLA Piper Martinez Beltran
  • Lima, Peru DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar
  • Mexico City, Mexico DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil Campos Mello Advogados
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Chile DLA Piper BAZ|NLD.

DLA Piper’s experience in Latin America includes assisting clients from inside and outside the region with the full range of business, legal and commercial services that DLA Piper provides worldwide:

  • Capital markets;
  • Compliance and investigations;
  • Energy, mining and natural resources;
  • Family groups;
  • Franchise and distribution matters;
  • Inbound and outbound capital investments;
  • Insurance;
  • International arbitration and disputes;
  • Labor and employment, immigration;
  • Litigation;
  • M&A;
  • Private equity and debt financing;
  • Project finance and public-private partnerships;
  • Tax structuring, transfer pricing, imports and market access issues;
  • Technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce;
  • Real estate and hospitality.

A number of DLA Piper’s lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region.

DLA Piper’s strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance its understanding of the region and enable it to provide its clients with practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform in more than 40 countries enables it to serve all of its clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.

Department Name Email Telephone
Latin America chair Roger Meltzer
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrés Afanador  photo Andrés Afanador Senior Associate
 Sebastian Celis  photo Sebastian Celis Junior Associate
 Juan Manuel de la Rosa  photo Juan Manuel de la Rosa Partner
 María Claudia Martínez Beltrán  photo María Claudia Martínez Beltrán Senior Associate
 Camilo Martinez Beltran  photo Camilo Martinez Beltran Partner
 José Miguel Mendoza photo José Miguel Mendoza Partner
 Felipe Ospina  photo Felipe Ospina Of Counsel
 Andrés Paz  photo Andrés Paz Senior Associate
 Sergio Rojas  photo Sergio Rojas Senior Associate
 Julian Solorza  photo Julian Solorza Senior Associate
Other fee-earners : 2,953
Total staff : 4,921
Partners : 1,404