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

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Colombia > Banking and finance

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.

Colombia > TMT

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.

Colombia > Competition and antitrust

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán  has a multi-disciplinary team led by the ‘well-prepared‘ and ‘experiencedMaría 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.

Colombia > Tax

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.

Colombia > Insurance

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.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

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.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

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.

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

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.

Colombia > Projects

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. The team has been further boosted since publication with the January 2020 arrival of rising star Sebastián Lora -formerly of Posse Herrera Ruiz– as partner and practice co-head.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s significant team and regional expansion -most recently in Buenos Aires in August 2018- over the last few years has positioned it for a multitude of big ticket corporate and M&A engagements. The Latin America group has successfully plugged in to the firm’s global client base, while achieving greater recognition among Latin American businesses and multilatinas. It is also fast developing its private equity standing in the region. Financial services, energy, natural resources, agribusiness and hospitality are key industry sectors for the team. Clients include Telefonica, CarVal Investors, Graña y Montero, Putney Capital Management, Clarion Partners and Grupo Financiero Interacciones. Recent mandates saw Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is US head of Latin America corporate and advised Costa Rican cable operator Cabletica on its $250m sale of a controlling interest in the business to Liberty Latin America (Televisora de Costa Rica retained a 20% share in the cable operator); he also led the team that advised QBE Insurance Group on the sale of its Latin America business to Zurich, making Zurich the leading insurer in Argentina and a top three player in Ecuador. In other work, Matías Zegers in the Santiago office led advice to Mexico and Chile-focused grocery delivery service, Cornershop, on its $225m sale to Walmart. Other key partners in a sizeable practice include cMarcelo Etchebarne in Buenos Aires; Paulo Larraín and Marco Salgado in Santiago; Camilo Martinez Beltran and Felipe Quintero Serrano in Bogota; Sergio Barboza in Lima; Eduardo Gallastegui, Edgar Romo and Diego Martinez in Mexico City; John Murphy in Miami, Nikos Buxeda and José Sosa-Lloréns in San Juan; and of counsel Enrique Chamorro in Madrid.