Colombia 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Colombia 2022

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Abel López Campo

Chief legal officer | Ultra Air

Transport and infrastructure

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Adriana Sinisterra Plana

Principal counsel, corporate operations and rest of Latin America | The Walt Disney Company

Sports and media

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Alejandra Bonilla

General counsel and corporate secretary | Frontera Energy

Energy and utilities

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Alejandro Acosta Hernández

Legal and compliance manager Colombia and Central America | Linde

Materials and mining

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Alejandro Amelines Guerrero

Legal manager Colombia | Fura Gems

Materials and mining

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Alvaro José Tovar Reyes

Legal counsel contracts | Comcel - Claro Colombia

Telecommunication services

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Alvaro Montero Agón

Legal vice president | Banco Davivienda

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Ana Lucia Giraldo

Legal director of corporate affairs | Hoteles Decameron

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Ana Maria Echeverria Urquijo

Executive vice president, general counsel | Inter-American Coal

Materials and mining

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Anabella Vegas

Director of legal and corporate affairs | Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales and Oleoducto Bicentenario de Colombia

Materials and mining

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Andrea Eugenia Camargo Niño

Legal director | Odinsa

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Andrea Fradique-Méndez

Vice president - legal services | Brookfield

Industrials and real estate

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Andrea Zambrano

Head of legal and corporate affairs, general counsel and compliance officer | Tecnoglass

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Andrés Alvarado

Corporate secretary | Grupo Ethuss

Industrials and real estate

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Andrés Felipe Silva Córdoba

General legal counsel of palm oil business | Aceites Manuelita

Food

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Andres Jaramillo

Associate general counsel - Latin America | Trane Technologies

Information technology

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Beatriz Eugenia Rivera Polanco

Advisor - legal vice president | Grupo Energía Bogotá

Energy and utilities

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Camila Quintero

Vice president legal | Ashmore CAF-AM

Financials

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Camilo Ernesto Vela Villota

General counsel | Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos

Energy and utilities

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Carlos Aldana

Legal director | Bancolombia

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Carlos Andrés Bonilla Sabogal

Legal vice president– Colombia and Perú | Cemex

Materials and mining

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Carlos César Barrero Vicuña

Head of legal and compliance – compliance officer | Mazda

Consumer products

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Carlos Felipe Payan Rodriguez

Corporate legal counsel and compliance officer, Andean and CCA-Caribbean and Central America Region | Avaya

Information technology

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Catalina Ortiz Astorquiza

Head of legal | Hitachi Energy Colombia

Energy and utilities

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Catalina Guío Español

Legal director, fintech and innovation | Banco Davivienda

Financials

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Catalina Robledo

Legal manager, corporate secretary | Distribuidora Nissan (Grupo Vardí)

Consumer products

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Catalina Saavedra

Senior legal manager | GSK

Healthcare

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Cesar Augusto Lozano Gutierrez

Legal manager and compliance officer - LATAM | Cepsa Colombia

Energy and utilities

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Claudia Caballero

Legal director and general secretary | Alpina

Food

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Claudia Echavarria

Legal vice president and corporate secretary | Bancolombia

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Cristian Cruz Gonzalez

Legal director | Credicorp Capital Colombia

Financials

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Cristina Lloreda

Vice president legal and corporate affairs | Sanford management

Consumer products

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Diana Carolina Camargo Sanchez

Director of legal, logistics and business | Biomax Biocombustibles

Materials and mining

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Diana Dallos

Legal corporate manager | Geopark

Energy and utilities

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Diana Solano

General counsel Colombia, legal representative and board member | Compass Group

Food

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Emiliana Villa Mejía

Legal director | Airplan

Transport and infrastructure

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Erika Fernández Posada

Legal and integrity manager | ABB Colombia

Industrials and real estate

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Erika Quiñones

Country counsel Andean region | Clarios

Consumer products

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Estefania Molina

General counsel | Addi

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Fabian Moreno Barbosa

Legal vice president and secretary general | Arthur J. Gallagher Colombia

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Fernando Arbelaez

Group general counsel | ISAGEN

Energy and utilities

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Fernando Victoria Peña

Chief legal and compliance officer | Teleperformance

Telecommunication services

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Francisco Baquerizo

Legal vice president and secretary general | Citibank Colombia

Financials

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Helena Álvarez Uribe

General counsel and corporate affairs director | Grupo Empresarial Levapan

Food

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Hernán Santana

Legal director | Autopista Río Magdalena

Industrials and real estate

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Ignacio Imas Innella

Legal counsel Colombia | IDB Invest

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Ingrid Pahl Maya

Senior counsel Mastercard Andean Region | Mastercard

Financials

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Jairo González Gómez

Vice president, general counsel and secretary general | Grupo Nutresa

Food

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Jorge Adrián Rincón Plata

Chief legal officer | Grupo Aval

Financials

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Jorge Alberto Diaz Gomez

General secretary and legal director | Caracol Primera Cadena Radial Colombiana

Sports and media

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Jorge Mario Castillo Salas

General counsel | Automotores Toyota Colombia

Consumer products

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Jorge Valencia

Senior counsel Latam and third party risk, export controls team manager | Zoom Video Communications

Information technology

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José Joaquín Díaz Perilla

Legal manager | Banco de Bogotá

Financials

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Juan Camilo Bernate Rozo

Legal director | DSV Air & Sea

Transport and infrastructure

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Juan Carlos Quiñones

Vice president legal | Cámara Colombiana de la Infraestructura

Industrials and real estate

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Juan Guillermo López Palacio

Legal director | Bavaria & CIA

Food

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Juan Luis Munera

Vice president legal and corporate affairs - CLO | Grupo Sura

Financials

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Juan Manuel Cuéllar Cabrera

Head legal counsel Colombia | Trina Solar

Energy and utilities

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Juan Manuel Diaz Perez

Chief legal | Caracol Television

Sports and media

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Juan Pablo Barrera Ulloa

Legal vice president - general counsel | Hoteles Decameron

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Juan Pablo Ovalle Arana

Country counsel Colombia and LCR | IBM de Colombia

Information technology

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Juan Pablo Restrepo Echavarría

Chief counsel | Mondelēz International

Food

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Katherine Rueda Chavez

Legal director Andean region | Visa

Financials

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Lina María Escobar Villegas

Senior counsel | Primax Colombia

Materials and mining

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Luis Fernando Acevedo Peñaloza

Legal director | Constructora Las Galias

Industrials and real estate

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Magda Morales

Legal manager for Andean cluster | Kuehne+Nagel

Transport and infrastructure

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Margarita Llorente

Legal vice president - general counsel | Amarilo

Industrials and real estate

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Margarita Suárez Camargo

General legal counsel | BBVA Colombia

Financials

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Maria Antonia Toro Vazquez

Senior legal manager Central Latam | Medtronic

Healthcare

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Maria Claudia Sanchez Marquez

Legal operations team lead BLSC | Schlumberger

Materials and mining

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Maria Cristina Toro Restrepo

General secretary | EPM

Energy and utilities

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María Fernanda Acosta

General counsel | Fondo Latinoamericano de reservas - FLAR

Non-profit / public sector

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Maria Jose Gnecco

Executive director - head of legal Colombia | JP Morgan

Financials

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Martín Posada Daza

Legal and compliance manager Colombia and Panama | Bureau Veritas Colombia

Commercial and professional services

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Monica Vergara Torres

Legal director | Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Financials

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Mónica Jiménez 

Vice president of corporate affairs and secretary general | Ecopetrol

Energy and utilities

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Nancy López Romero

Vice president legal and general secretary | FDN

Financials

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Natalia Alarcón Bernal

Head of legal | BNP Paribas Colombia Corporacion Financera

Financials

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Natalia Camacho

Vice president legal | Altra

Financials

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Natalia Caroprese

Senior legal counsel | Uber

Information technology

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Nelson Montezuma

Legal head | JGB

Industrials and real estate

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Nicolas Ruiz

Legal and corporate affairs director Latam | Falck

Healthcare

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Nicolás Rozo Villarraga

Legal head | UBITS

Information technology

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Oscar Vela Rentería

Legal counsel Colombia | Petrobras International Braspetro

Materials and mining

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Pablo Urrego

Head of legal Colombia - BC LAC leader | Diageo

Food

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Paola Alvarado

Executive legal director | FoxTelecolombia

Sports and media

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Pedro José Puente

Corporate, commercial leasing counsel | Terranum

Industrials and real estate

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Phyllis Gleiser

General counsel and compliance officer | Nestlé Colombia

Food

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Rafael Olivella

Vice president of corporate affairs | Grupo Argos

Financials

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Richard Galindo

General counsel | Avianca

Transport and infrastructure

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Rosalía Roman Urcuyo

Chief counsel of private sector legal division and member of the board of directors | CAF - Development Bank of Latin America & CAF - Asset Management Uruguay

Financials

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Santiago Castellanos

General counsel | CNR

Materials and mining

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Sara Calderon

Head of legal | Gilead Sciences

Healthcare

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Sharon Diazgranados Peluffo

Financial legal director | Corficolombiana

Financials

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Silvia Barrero

Legal director | Philip Morris International

Food

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Silvia Juliana Rueda

General counsel and head of compliance | Bimbo De Colombia

Food

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Tatiana Gonzalez

Legal director Colombia - data privacy advisor Latam | Unilever

Industrials and real estate

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Tatiana Hoyos Juliao

Legal counsel - Colombia and Peru | Schlumberger

Energy and utilities

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Tatiana Montealegre McMichen

Legal manager | Parque Arauco

Consumer products

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Victor Enrique Cuéllar Olarte

General counsel | EdgeUno

Telecommunication services

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William Enrique Olaya Pestana

General legal counsel | Manuelita

Food

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Ximena Cortés

Legal manager and general secretary | Banco Santander de Negocios Colombia

Financials

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It has been a privilege and an honour to conduct research for this year’s Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Colombia 2022, the first edition after the imposed hiatus caused by the pandemic. As lead researcher, I have had the opportunity to speak with the most outstanding in-house counsel in the region. Our interviews have touched upon several topics such as sustainability, technology and the impact of Covid-19 on business operations. Among other revelations, the overall picture that emerged is that Colombia-based in-house counsel have come out from the pandemic stronger than ever and ready to look ahead, working to bring added value to their organisations, harness technology to drive efficiencies, and make their operations more sustainable to promote the growth of the country.

Colombia’s position as one of the region’s most stable economies has allowed it to face the pandemic and overcome it without significant repercussions, and some statistics highlight this. Colombia’s GDP has expanded by 10.6% and is predicted to grow faster than any other country in Latin America. It continues to be an attractive destination for foreign investors, given the existence of multiple business centres and various sectoral demands. The strategic geographic position it enjoys at the centre of the continent allows for greater connection with every destination across the hemisphere.

Additionally, Colombia has been actively responding to international challenges, acting on sustainable development. It aims to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 51% by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. These are just some factors that make Colombia a solid place to do business and, in turn, a fertile environment for producing high-quality in-house counsel.

This year’s GC Powerlist Colombia highlights the role of general counsel in embracing change and innovation, working towards the development of their country — “my team and I work with the purpose of being seen as supporters of these initiatives, which requires an attitude towards change backed by the legal knowledge that allows seeking for responses, said Jorge Adrián Rincón Plata, chief legal officer in Grupo Aval. Technology will continue to demand in-house lawyers to drive efficiencies and work smarter. These pages reveal that in-house lawyers in Colombia are on top of their games when it comes to adapting to new scenarios and changes. As Fernando Victoria Peña, chief legal and compliance officer at Teleperformance, suggests: “the pandemic has brought many lessons to the legal profession. Our role can adapt and transform, and we can guarantee the same legal security through new technologies. We are opening the Pandora’s box to be more efficient and productive”.

I want to extend the most profound gratitude to every in-house lawyer who participated in this edition of the GC Powerlist. This issue of our worldwide publication acknowledges the most outstanding and impressive in-house lawyers who have tackled new challenges and have used their expertise and versatility to adapt to new scenarios and master the use of technology advancements to promote the success of their corporations. I am incredibly proud to be able to introduce this list of Colombia’s most outstanding, agile and acclaimed in-house lawyers.

Sara Maggi | Research analyst | GC Powerlist Series

GC Summit Italy 2024

On Tuesday, 27th February 2024, The Legal 500 embarked on a journey to Milan, gracing the launch of the inaugural edition of the GC Summit Italy 2024 at The Westin Palace. The event boasted a full attendance of in-house counsel, alongside the five esteemed partners — ADVANT nctm, Baker McKenzie Italia, Hogan Lovells, LCA, and Legance.

The event kicked off with a welcome address by Sara Maggi, The Legal 500’s editorial lead for the Summit, who set the right tone for the day.

ADVANT nctm led the first session, delving into ‘Market Competitiveness, Capital Bill, and Listing Package: State of the Art and Prospects’. Partners Lukas Plattner and Prof. Alberto Toffoletto, accompanied by Giovanni Lombardi, general counsel at Illimity, Ulisse Spada, group general counsel at DiaSorin, and Domenica Lista, secretary of the board of directors at Leonardo, explored new legislative reforms aimed at simplifying the regulatory framework to foster a more conducive environment for companies in capital markets.

LCA moderated the second panel, with Niccolò Abriani and Marina Rosito, equity partners, leading a discussion joined by Raffaella Luglini, chief sustainability officer at Leonardo; Giuseppe Catalano, company secretary and head of corporate affairs at Assicurazioni Generali; and Simona Musso, chief legal, corporate affairs, and compliance officer at Lavazza. This panel focused on the intricate system of corporate ESG risks and opportunities, offering practical examples and valuable insights into the implementation of ESG principles.

Hogan Lovells took the helm for the third session, exploring ‘The rapid and increasingly significant introduction of technological innovation in the legal field’. Sabrina Borocci, Massimiliano Masnada, and Christian Di Mauro, partners, were joined by Filippo Galluccio, head of legal – corporate and contracting at Vodafone, and Alessandro Luca Bianchi, head of legal – senior counsel at IBM Italy, navigated through transformative technological tools available to general counsel, elucidating their benefits for today’s legal departments.

Baker McKenzie Italia presented the subsequent session, with Paola Colarossi, managing partner, and Francesca Gaudino, partner, joined by Francesco Pennisi, head of legal at Italy Shell, and Sara Citterio, group general counsel at Trussardi. This session offered practical insights into M&A operations and current legal trends, focusing on pre-sale carve-outs, post-acquisition integration challenges, and data privacy issues at each stage of transactions.

The fifth panel of the day, moderated by Legance, featured speakers Andrea Silvestri and Claudia Gregori, partners, alongside Andrea Navarra, group general counsel at ERG, Laura Segni, general counsel at IMI CIB, Intesa Sanpaolo, and Michele Catanzaro, general counsel at NextEnergy Capital. They shared insights and experiences on ‘Risks in M&A transactions and insurance policies’, providing attendees with crucial tips to prepare for potential tax risks during M&A operations, and fostering valuable networking opportunities through interactive discussions and shared experiences.

After such a brilliant and insightful set of sessions, attendees moved to a drinks and canapés reception. The Legal 500 was delighted to host the GC Summit Italy 2024 and exceedingly happy with the positive turnout of the event and the topics discussed. We look forward to being back in Italy soon!