Colombia 2023 – GC Powerlist
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Colombia 2023

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Abel López Campo

Co-Founder and chief legal officer | Ultra Air

Transport and infrastructure

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Alejandra Bonilla

General counsel and secretary | Frontera Energy

Energy and utilities

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Alejandro Amelines Guerrero

Legal and compliance manager Colombia | Fura Gems

Materials and mining

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Alejandro Noguera

Senior manager of legales and GR | Mercado Libre

Information technology

Alvaro José Tovar Reyes

In-house legal counsel SR | Comunicacion Celular Claro Colombia

Telecommunication services

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Alvaro Montero Agón

Legal vice president | Banco Davivienda

Financials

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Ana María Arbelaez

Legal head Andean, Central America and the Caribbean | Sanofi

Healthcare

Ana María Navarrete Frías

Legal lead Colombia – contracting counsel senior manager | Accenture

Information technology

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Ana María Flórez Ocampo

Head of legal Colombia | Steward Health Care International Colombia

Healthcare

Ana María Flórez Ocampo has more than 15 years of experience leading and managing legal areas and high-performance teams in the hospital sector. Ana graduated from the Universidad Externado de...

Andrea Eugenia Camargo Niño

Legal and compliance director, Colombia and Central America | SGS Colombia

Commercial and professional services

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Andrea Fradique-Méndez

Vice president - legal services | Brookfield

Financials

Andrea Zambrano

General counsel, compliance officer and head of corporate affairs | Tecnoglass

Industrials and real estate

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Andrés Felipe Silva Córdoba

General legal counsel of palm oil business | Aceites Manuelita

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Angela Márquez Useche

Head of legal | Hitachi Energy Colombia

Energy and utilities

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Beatriz Eugenia Rivera Polanco

Senior advisor, legal vice president | Grupo Energía Bogotá

Energy and utilities

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Carlos Aldana

Legal director – corporate finance and capital markets | Bancolombia

Financials

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Carlos Andrés Bonilla Sabogal

Legal vice president – Colombia and Perú | Cemex Colombia

Materials and mining

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Carlos Barrero

Head of legal and compliance | Mazda de Colombia

Consumer products

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Carlos Calderón

Senior legal counsel – Andes Region | Abbott Laboratories

Healthcare

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Carlos Felipe Payán Rodríguez

Corporate and legal counsel for Andean, CCA and Mexico. Compliance officer for the Andean Region | Avaya Communication de Colombia

Information technology

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Carola Rojas Wulkop

Head of arbitration group | Refinería de Cartagena

Energy and utilities

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Carolina Romero

Head of legal department | Haleon

Healthcare

Catalina Ortiz Astorquiza

Global commercial and contract manager - SCM | 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 Ramirez

Coporate general counsel | Organización Espinosa

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Catalina Saavedra Ferreira

Senior legal manager for Colombia | GlaxoSmithKline Colombia

Healthcare

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Cesar A. Lozano Gutierrez

Legal and compliance manager | RIOPAILA Castilla

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Claudia Echavarria

Legal vice president and general secretary | Bancolombia

Financials

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Claudia Caballero

Legal director and general secretary | Alpina

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Cristian Cruz Gonzalez

Legal director - general counsel | Credicorp Capital

Financials

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Daniel Gómez Sánchez

Legal director - Investments | Porvenir

Financials

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David Quiroz

Legal director Northern Cluster | Johnson & Johnson MedTech

Healthcare

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Diana Dallos

Coporate legal manager, LATAM | GeoPark

Energy and utilities

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Diana Patricia Ramirez Castro

Compliance officer and senior counsel for LATAM | ConvaTec

Healthcare

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Diana Solano Vargas

Legal director, general counsel - Colombia | Compass Group Services Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Diego Gaitán

Chief legal officer | Huawei Technologies Colombia

Information technology

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Dolly Murcia Borja

Legal vice president | Itaú Colombia

Financials

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Eduardo Moreno

Director E&C, Americas | Elanco Animal Health

Healthcare

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Elizabeth Villa Mesa

Legal affairs executive | ISAGEN

Energy and utilities

Elizabeth Villa Mesa has a law degree from the Universidad de Antioquia, with a specialisation in private law and a Master’s degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana of Medellín and...

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Emiliana Villa Mejía

Legal director | Airplan

Industrials and real estate

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Erwin Santamaria

Legal manager | Repsol

Energy and utilities

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Estefania Molina Ungar

General counsel | Addi

Financials

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Fabian Moreno Barbosa

Legal vice president and corporate secretary | Arthur J. Gallagher

Insurance

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Fernando Arbelaez Soto 

General counsel | ISAGEN

Energy and utilities

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Fernando Victoria Peña

Chief legal officer | Teleperformance

Commercial and professional services

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Francisco Baquerizo

Legal vice president and secretary general | Citibank Colombia

Financials

Helena Álvarez Uribe

Corporate counsel and ESG director | Grupo Empresarial Levapan

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Ignacio Imas Innella

Legal counsel | IDB Invest

Financials

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Ingrid Pahl Maya

Senior legal counsel Covec Cluster | Mastercard Colombia

Financials

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Jorge Adrián Rincón Plata

Chief legal officer | Grupo Aval

Financials

Jorge Alberto Diaz Gomez

General secretary and legal director | Caracol Primera Cadena Radial Colombiana

Sports and media

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Jorge Andrés Torres

Legal business partner | Betsson Latam Services

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

Having worked for different companies in highly regulated industries, Jorge Andrés Torres, Betsson Group’s legal business partner for Latin America, has been praised for his skilful handling of complex legal...

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Jorge Mario Castillo

Senior general counsel | Automotores Toyota Colombia

Consumer products

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Juan Sebastián Niño

Vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel | Alianza Team

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Juan Camilo Bernate

Director legal | DSV Air & Sea

Transport and infrastructure

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Juan Carlos Restrepo

Director de lex | British American Tobacco

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Juan Felipe Cruz

Associate Legal Director EPD & MD Colombia, Ecuador & Venezuela | Abbott

Healthcare

Juan Guillermo López Palacio

Legal director | Bavaria & CIA

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Juan Háiver Arévalo Tovar

Legal manager | Scania Colombia

Consumer products

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Juan Manuel Cuéllar Cabrera

General counsel | Trina Solar

Energy and utilities

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Juan Pablo Barrera

Legal vice-president, general counsel  | Hoteles Decameron

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Juan Pablo Ovalle Arana

Country counsel and LCR | IBM

Information technology

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Juan Pablo Restrepo

Chief counsel | Mondelēz International

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Katherine Rueda Chavez

Senior managing counsel, senior director Andean region | Visa

Financials

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Katherine Silva Hernández

Legal director Alsea Colombia | Gastronomia Italiana en Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Laura Jaramillo Franco

Head of law, patents and compliance for Bayer Andean, Central America and Caribbean Countries (PACA) | Bayer

Materials and mining

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Leonardo Berrío Chamorro

Head of the legal department | Refinería de Cartagena

Energy and utilities

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Liliana Rodriguez

Legal corporate manager | Ajover Darnel

Materials and mining

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Lillyana Cavelier Rueda

Legal Director Latam | Yara International

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Lina María Escobar Villegas

Senior counsel | Primax Colombia

Energy and utilities

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Lina María Betancourth

Legal manager | Grupo Empresarial Colombina

Food, beverages and tobacco

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M. Camila Quintero

Legal vice president | Ashmore CAF-AM Management Company

Financials

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Magda Morales

Legal manager Andean cluster | Kuehne+Nagel

Transport and infrastructure

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Margarita Llorente Carreño

Vice president of corporate affairs, legal affairs and sustainability | Amarilo

Industrials and real estate

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Margarita Suárez Camargo

General legal counsel and corporate secretary | BBVA Valores Colombia

Financials

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Maria Antonia Toro Vazquez

Senior legal manager Central LATAM | Medtronic

Healthcare

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Maria Camila Molina

Legal manager | Rappi

Information technology

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Maria Claudia Sanchez Marquez

Legal counsel – team manager legal and corporate | Schlumberger

Information technology

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María Fernanda Acosta Segovia

Legal counsel | Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR)

Financials

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Maria Neira

Legal affairs manager | Air Liquide

Materials and mining

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Martín Posada Daza

Legal and compliance manager LATAM | Bureau Veritas

Commercial and professional services

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Mateo Arturo Rojas Guzman

Legal and compliance lead | Treinta

Information technology

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Mercedes Ibañez Castillo

Secretary and vice president legal | Grupo Bolivar

Financials

Monica Cuestas

Legal manager | Coca-Cola Femsa Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Monica Jiménez González

Chief strategy, SPEED and legal officer | GeoPark

Energy and utilities

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Natalia Encinales

Legal director Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela | Abbott Laboratories

Healthcare

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Natalia Alarcón Bernal

Head of CIB legal | BNP Paribas Colombia

Financials

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Natalia Caroprese

Senior counsel, regulatory Mexico and antitrust counsel, LATAM | Uber

Information technology

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Nelly Raquel Zegarra Villar

Legal director Colombia and Venezuela | PepsiCo Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Nicolas Ruiz

Vice president legal, product and churn - Latin America | Grupo EMI / Falck

Healthcare

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Nicolás Rozo Villarraga

General counsel | UBITS Learning Solutions

Information technology

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Norma Constanza Arbelaez

Corporate legal manager LATAM | Manuelita

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Olga Lucia Varón

Legal vice president and general secretary | Scotiabank

Financials

Olga Varón Palomino, legal vice president and general secretary of Scotiabank Colpatria, is in charge of leading the legal vision of the Bank, in order to leverage business strategies, plans...

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Oscar Vela Rentería

Legal manager | Petrobras International Braspetro

Energy and utilities

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Paola Alvarado

Chief business and legal officer | Dynamo Producciones

Sports and media

Paola earned her law degree from the Universidad del Rosario in 2000. She received a specialisation in commercial law from Los Andes University in 2003 and postgraduate studies in Legal...

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Paola Andrea Carrillo Zuluaga

Legal manager | Unilever Andina Colombia

Industrials and real estate

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Paola María Posada Cuello

Lead counsel Colombia and Andean | Takeda Colombia

Healthcare

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Pedro José Puente

Corporate, commercial leasing counsel | Terranum

Industrials and real estate

Phyllis Gleiser

General counsel and compliance officer | Nestlé Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

Phyllis Gleiser has nearly 20 years of experience advising companies in the FMCG sector. Her diverse experience in private practice at leading law firms in Colombia and as in-house counsel...

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Santiago Castellanos

General counsel | CNR

Materials and mining

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Santiago José Reyes Botero

Legal manager | Perenco Colombia

Energy and utilities

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Santiago Lizarralde-Méndez

Legal manager | Alianza Team

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Sara Calderón V.

Head of legal and business conduct | Gilead Sciences Colombia

Healthcare

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Sebastian Fernandez

Gerente jurídico corporativo y de inversiones | Porvenir

Financials

Silvia J. Rueda Serrano

General counsel | Bimbo De Colombia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Tatiana Gonzalez Ceron

General counsel beauty and wellbeing LATAM, head of legal Andean region and data privacy and governance leader LATAM | Unilever

Industrials and real estate

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Tatiana Hoyos Juliao

Legal counsel - Colombia and Peru | Schlumberger

Information technology

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Ulises Canosa Suárez

Legal vice-president and general counsel | BBVA Colombia

Financials

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Viviana Prada Rey

Legal director of corporate affairs | Bancolombia

Financials

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William Enrique Olaya Pestana

General legal counsel | Manuelita

Food, beverages and tobacco

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The Legal 500 takes great pleasure in introducing the latest edition of the GC Powerlist Colombia: 2023. In the contents of this publication, we embark on a thorough journey, delving deeply into the intricate interplay of legal innovation, regulatory changes, and the ever-shifting environment. These elements collectively sculpt the dynamic responsibilities of in-house legal professionals in Colombia.

 

In this distinctive landscape of political and regulatory evolution, the fires of legal technology are blazing new trails within in-house legal teams. Colombian legal professionals have graciously shared their experiences in enhancing team functionality through the savvy implementation of technology, all while achieving significant cost savings for their organisations. General counsel in Colombia adopted a different mindset towards innovation to ensure the success of their teams, as Jorge Mario Castillo, senior legal counsel at Automotores Toyota, suggests: ‘I used to have a manager that said as a joke: ‘If you want to kill a deal, call a lawyer’. This joke was enlightening to me. I hate this perception of lawyers. The kind of lawyer I always wanted to be was to be a facilitator and someone who can become a legal partner in all areas of the business. I believe this approach and this mindset have been my greatest contribution to the team. This is the way all members of the team act, which enables us to gain the trust of our peers and be more involved in the decision-making process, learn from other departments and people in the company and in the long run, will make us better professionals’.

 

Once constrained within traditional advisory boundaries, the role of in-house legal leaders in Colombia has flourished into stewardship that spans multiple domains, including the vital initiative of promoting diversity and inclusion policies within their teams. As Natalia Encinales, legal director of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, told us: ‘I prioritise diversity and inclusion, making a visible topic of it, improving knowledge, sharing and creating greater awareness, and building a common understanding and language. I have led many D&I initiatives these past few years’.

 

Throughout these pages, the sagacious advice of seasoned in-house lawyers resonates, serving as guiding beacons for their colleagues. Their insights underscore the paramount importance of solid foundational legal skills and a deep understanding of industry-specific nuances. Eminent legal experts featured here have discussed their passions, emphasising the significance of fostering workplaces where individuals are appreciated, and their work-life balance takes centre stage in organisational processes.

 

This edition highlights the remarkable in-house lawyers featured in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Colombia 2023. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these outstanding general counsel, whose indomitable spirit and expertise have firmly positioned them at the forefront of legal excellence in this extraordinary nation.

Sara Maggi| Deputy Editor The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series

GC Powerlist: Philippines Teams 2024

For our second edition of the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Philippines, we decided to turn the focus of the publication on to legal teams rather than individual lawyers, based on conversations we had with in-house and private practice lawyers in the region. By doing so, we moved our attention on to hardworking but often less heralded members of the legal team alongside the general counsel and other senior lawyers that are famous in the community. The response the community was intensely positive, and we were happy to welcome around 150 people to the beautiful Rainmakers Lounge at Villaraza & Angangco’s V&A Law Centre in Manila for our exclusive launch event.
After speeches from managing partner Sylvette Tankiang, Dodjie Lagazo of ACEN Renewables who provided the in-house legal perspective, and Legal 500 editor Joe Boswell, we moved on to the award ceremony where each legal team was given their accolade on stage by Sylvette. As you can see from the photos, we had a huge range of teams in attendance, many of whom made great efforts to represent their companies. Of particular note are the team from Globe who attended wearing matching T shirts to fly the flag.
As always, celebrations continued well past the official end time and the energy in the room was hugely positive. Special thanks for the massive success of our second GC Powerlist Philippines must go to our excellent sponsors V&A, who were helpful throughout the research in giving nominations and tips regarding the in-house legal community there, as well as faultlessly organising a complicated reception and award ceremony.