Bernardo Cárdenas is the managing partner of the firm whose focus is mainly on the mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance practices. Major legal directories universally rank him as a top tier lawyer. With more than 30 years of experience, including a period with a leading US law firm, he leads the mergers & acquisitions and banking and finance teams at the firm.
His experience includes some of the most significant transactions and financings in Colombia, such as acting as local counsel to Tyndall Group in the sale of a majority shareholding to Primax SA (a Peruvian retailer of gasoline) in Distribuidora Andina de Combustibles (formerly Exxon Mobil Colombia) and Group Saur (a French company) in the purchase of a majority of the shares of Naunet SA, a company in the aqueduct and sewage business in the northern area of Colombia and the issuance of debtor-in-possession (DIP) guaranteed notes by Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation to the current note-holders and Catalyst Capital Group Inc US$500 million; this was one of the first and certainly the most important cross-border insolvency and financing deals presented before the Colombian authorities, and thus, it tested the current cross-border insolvency Colombian regime.
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