Powerlist Members

Abbott

Abbott expanded its operation in Latin America in 2014 with significant acquisitions of Chile’s CFR Pharmaceuticals and two Colombian companies, Synthesis and Lafrancol, with the latter owning brands such as Eroxim, Sevedol, Soy Plus, Sonax and Finigax. Since then Abbott’s legal department in Colombia has expanded dramatically, with highly experienced lawyer Monica Cuesta moving there …

AIG

One of the premier global insurance providers, AIG maintains a presence in Colombia even though a period of transformation across Latin America and elsewhere as it seeks to refocus on its core global business. As such, in October 2016 it was announced that AIG would be divesting many assets in Colombia in a sale to …

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

The Bogotá-headquartered Alpina Productos Alimenticios is the third largest dairy producer in Colombia, with annual revenues of over $700m. Operating across Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and the United States, the company produces beverages, milk, baby food, desserts, cheeses, cream, butter, and finesse products. In recent years the company’s strategy has been aimed towards expanding its share …

Altra Investments

A private equity firm specialising in buyout transactions of middle market companies, Altra invests in companies operating across most sectors and all stages within the Andean Region and Central America, with a specific focus on Colombia and Peru. The legal department of the investment firm has drawn positive attention through the leadership of legal manager …

AngloGold Ashanti

Since beginning exploration in Colombia in 2002, AngloGold Ashanti has made significant investments into various greenfield projects in the country, which has resulted in two major discoveries – La Colosa in the Tolima province, and Gramalote in the Antioquia province. The ‘driven and ambitious’ legal team at AngloGold Ashanti in Colombia continues to support these …

AT&T

The legal team covering the Northern Region of Latin America for telecommunications conglomerate AT&T is a relatively new one – in the last two years alone a third of the headcount has been new hires. Despite this, the 21 lawyers and 15 non legal staff covering Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Caribbean, have generated an …

Auteco

Auteco occupies an important place in the history of Colombian automotive production, being the first domestic company to successfully assemble motorbikes in the country, which it first did by producing foreign designs under license in the 1950s. Since then, it has added an impressive list of brands to its assembly lines, including Kawasaki, Bajaj, Kymco …

Avianca Holdings

Formed in February 2010 by the merger of the Colombian airline Avianca and TACA Airlines from El Salvador, Avianca Holdings is the second largest airline holding company in Latin America by revenue and fleet size – only following Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group. The company operates a fleet of 173 aircrafts and employs 19,000 people across …

Banco de Bogotá

The oldest Colombian commercial banking institution, Banco de Bogotá operates approximately 650 branches, five corporate services centres and a banking attention centre. Since 1965 the bank’s legal team has been led by one of the longest-serving corporate executives in Colombia, José Joaquín Díaz. Under his guidance the legal team has forged a stellar reputation for …

Banco Popular

Colombia’s Banco Popular was founded in 1950 and it has been part of the conglomerate Grupo Aval, the largest financial services conglomerate in the country, since 1998. At present the company provides a range of banking and financial products and services to individual and corporate customers in Colombia. The bank processes payments, salaries and loans …

BancTrust & Co

Summing up the challenges for BancTrust & Co, a boutique Latin American investment bank, Carlos Enrique Hernández Laya, general counsel, explains how his team has led ‘the expansion of the company’s business to new geographies, with the uncertainties, new legal, economic and political conditions to learn, while [keeping] business moving in an agile manner, ensuring …

Baxter Colombia

Fortune 500 healthcare company Baxter provides products and services including producing medical supplies to treat haemophilia, kidney disease and provide intravenous therapy to patients across the world. Baxter’s operations in Colombia first began in 1956 when it opened a site in Cali – one of Baxter’s first facilities outside the USA and its very first …

Bayer Colombia

The Colombian activities of Fortune-listed global pharmaceutical company Bayer are supported by a team of technically competent, business-minded and thorough in-house lawyers. Rodrigo Borda Olarte – an inclusion in the previous GC Powerlist: Colombia – is noted for his contribution in the role of senior legal and compliance counsel, guiding the team in its mission …

BBVA Colombia

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) is multinational Spanish banking group with a global revenue of approximately €24bn in 2015. BBVA has a widespread presence in South American countries through a number of subsidiaries, and Colombia is no exception. The country’s legal team is led by Ulises Canosa Suárez, general secretary, executive and legal affairs vice …

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC), Colombia’s stock exchange, employs a strong and highly capable legal team which is tasked with promoting regulatory changes needed to advance the development of the local capital market. Despite having had to deal with ever increasing quantity of work over the last two years, the team has showcased an …

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