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Camilo Martínez Beltran
Corporate M&A; Banking & Finance; Litigation & Arbitration
Camilo is a partner in the Banking & Finance, Litigation & Arbitration and Corporate M&A areas.
He has extensive experience advising national and international companies, private equity funds and financial institutions in the most important transactions in the country.
He is recognized as a leading lawyer in national and international litigation and arbitration in Colombia. He has extensive experience in civil, commercial and administrative law, as well as in the negotiation of highly complex agreements.
He is currently the director of the postgraduate course in Corporate Law at the Javeriana University.
International Bar Association (IBA); Procedural Law Studies Center (CEDEP)
Master of Laws, Georgetown University (United States); Specialization in Financial Regulation, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia); Lawyer, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Held up by sources as an ‘excellent interdisciplinary firm‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán fields a diverse dispute resolution practice which packs a punch in all key contentious areas. Demonstrating strength in civil and commercial cases, M&A disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and insurance litigation, the comprehensive group draws upon the experience of several heavy-hitting litigators. Most notably, managing partner Camilo Martínez maintains a broad all-round disputes practice, with a strong recent record in energy and infrastructure matters; he paired up with Sergio Rojas (who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022) to advise Integral and Consorcio Generacion Ituango in a lawsuit initiated by Empresas Públicas de Medellín in relation to the damages sustained as a result of flooding due to the blocking of a tunnel. José Miguel Mendoza leads on shareholder dispute resolution, corporate crisis management and D&O litigation; he recently represented Maersk subsidiary APM Terminals on the design and execution of a corporate governance defence strategy concerning an activist shareholder campaign. Other senior names include bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Nicolás Polanía; and Julian Solorza, who was promoted to partner in January 2022 and focuses on administrative, civil, commercial and public litigation. The group is further supported by directors Ricardo Alarcón (arbitration) and Juan Pablo Amaya (corporate litigation), as well as associates Sergio Londoño and María José Figueroa (both litigation and corporate governance).
Lawyers at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán provide ‘practical and agile advice‘ across a range of debt and equity matters, including public and private offerings, international listings and regulatory matters. Led jointly by managing partner Camilo Martínez and associate director Juan Camilo Varón, the group also includes active associate Sebastián Pomárico.
Among DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán‘s key attributes, sources highlight its ‘open communication channels‘ and ‘understanding of client needs‘. The insurance group stands out for striking a balance between acting for insured entities and insurance companies on contentious and regulatory matters, with particular experience in the construction, energy and financial services spheres. Camilo Martínez advises on insurance disputes, policy drafting and risk analysis, and co-heads the team alongside newly promoted partner Sergio Rojas, who has a focus on liability matters. Supporting associate Daniel Felipe Coca is also noted.
‘A practical firm‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán ‘delivers its suggestions to clients in a very responsible way‘, according to sources. Best known for its work in the IT and media sectors, the group routinely advises on transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Department co-head María Claudia Martínez is a regulatory specialist, with a focus on antitrust, consumer protection and data protection. Managing partner Camilo Martínez co-heads the team and is noted for sensitive and contentious TMT-related matters. Associate Natalia Fernández is recommended for data protection.
‘Focused on achieving the client’s objectives‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is commended for its team of collaborative and business-oriented lawyers, who ‘become part of the client’s internal processes‘. The group’s ability to plug into the wider firm’s international network combines with its senior partners’ robust domestic experience to mark this team as a leading contender for multi-jurisdictional mandates. The practice can turn its hand to transactions in any market segment but is particularly recognised for its experience in the private equity, financial services, healthcare, energy and infrastructure spheres. Among the names to note, private equity specialist Felipe Quintero is widely considered a market leader; he recently led the corporate aspects of the firm’s advice to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners V in the acquisition of 50% of Odinsa’s road concession business in Colombia. Juan Manuel de la Rosa is also highly regarded for private equity transactions and acted in conjunction with María Claudia Martínez to advise TM – Grupo Transmerquim (a portfolio company of Advent International), on Advent’s acquisition of Caldic from Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Quintero and de la Rosa co-lead the department together with managing partner Camilo Martínez and corporate and litigation partner José Miguel Mendoza. Nicolás Polanía is also recommended for his focus on contentious and transactional corporate matters, including insolvency. Additionally, the group can call upon a sizeable second line of younger lawyers, including director Felipe Aristizabal, who is establishing a strong record in private equity-related deals. Other recommended names include director Juan Camilo Varón (commercial, corporate and energy) as well as associates Juan Carlos Gambín (M&A, regulatory, foreign investment), Daniela Duarte (M&A, corporate, finance), and Natalia Bernal (corporate, M&A, foreign investment). Senior associate María Alejandra Cabrera joined from Holland & Knight in August 2021.
The ‘excellent interdisciplinary team‘ at DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is ‘trustworthy, transparent and professional‘, according to sources. The practice secures a particularly high percentage of domestic arbitrations — though it also possesses significant international arbitration experience — with an emphasis on the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. Managing partner Camilo Martínez handles the full array of contentious matters and represents Colombian and multinational companies in arbitration proceedings — both domestic and international. Other senior names include José Miguel Mendoza, who specialises in shareholder disputes. Additionally, Sergio Rojas, who focuses on liability disputes, and domestic arbitration expert Julian Solorza, were both promoted to partner in January 2022. Key support is provided by director of international arbitration Ricardo Alarcón and associate Sergio Londoño.
DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán had a strong year on the investment side during 2021/2022, evidenced by its advice to major infrastructure funds such as Macquarie and Patria Investments on asset acquisitions. Alongside its corporate work, the group also advised on tender processes, project finance and administrative proceedings. Infrastructure specialist Paola Aldana co-heads the department and has broad sector expertise, honed during in-house roles at Concesión Autopista Bogotá Girardot and Odinsa. Fellow co-head Sebastián Lora is recommended for project finance. Private equity expert Felipe Quintero and managing partner Camilo Martínez are also active in projects-related work.
‘Committed, accurate and rigorous‘, DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán‘s group is a strong all-rounder in banking and finance matters, demonstrating depth in lending transactions, acquisition finance, debt capital markets and regulatory matters. Dual-qualified (Colombia/New York) corporate finance specialist Camilo Martínez co-heads the group and handles a mix of transactional and regulatory matters — he recently advised Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (New York Branch) on a $60m financing to Sunlight, an affiliate of Alpina Productos Alimenticios. Department co-head Sebastián Lora is recognised for his background in project finance and advised Itaú Corpbanca Colombia on a financing granted to develop a telecoms project. Other senior names include Juan Manuel de la Rosa, who combines expertise in corporate and finance matters, and Felipe Quintero, who is particularly active in private equity-related finance transactions. The team also scores points for being great quality ‘from associate through to partner level‘, with talented up-and-coming names including associate director Juan Camilo Varón, who is well versed in advising lenders and borrowers; and senior associate Carlos Guzmán, who is an ‘excellent lawyer‘. Felipe Aristizabal, whose broad practice encompasses corporate, finance, competition and litigation; and banking litigator María José Assis, are also noted.
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