Firm Profile

Garrigues (Colombia)

Colombia

Expanding local office of Iberian firm

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2013

Partners: 9

Lawyers: 49

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Garrigues has a firm grasp of the Colombian market that gives it a solid positioning among its competitors. This is a name that makes a regular appearance on some of Colombia’s most complex and big-ticket deals, with the group leading much of the country’s transactional work.

Seven years into the Spanish firm’s entry into Colombia, it has consolidated a place as a leader on M&A, project finance and capital markets work. Its esteemed reputation is backed by client praise, which hails the firm for its excellent knowledge and supportive communication with clients.

Garrigues' global network affords the Colombian team some impressive international clients, such as Italian energy group Enel, Chilean retailer Falabella as well as Mexican flag-carrier Aeroméxico. According to a study, ‘Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies’, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Garrigues’ Bogotá office represents eight of Latin America’s approximately 100 biggest companies.

Those clients benefit from the uniform strategy shared by Garrigues’ Latin American firms. A regional approach allows the firm to pool its widespread expertise and provide market-leading advice to clients, which are at the heart of Garrigues’ approach. That innovation, which is led out of the firm’s European headquarters, has been internationally recognised for its leading-edge use of technology, which uses artificial intelligence software to automate legal processes.

The local arm of the firm is noted for its visibility on several innovative deals in Colombia too. Last year, the Bogotá team, alongside its Chilean and Peruvian counterparts, helped Grupo Gtd’s subsidiary acquire a majority stake in cybersecurity company SecureSoft.

As Colombia continues to unfurl its 4G project, Garrigues has made preparations that ensure it is well equipped for the investment opportunities that may bring. In March, the firm hired an infrastructure head from a local project finance boutique to bolster the firm’s efforts in that field, adding further experience to a group that has worked on some landmark deals within Colombian infrastructure.

Garrigues looks after its lawyers with training programmes on legal skills, family conciliation schemes that promote a healthier work-life balance for families as well as a mentoring programme for female lawyers to empower women to take on leadership positions.

Offices

In addition to Bogotá, Garrigues has local law offices in Mexico City, Lima, Santiago and an international law consultancy outpost in Brazil. The Latin American teams benefit from the firm’s network in Spain and Portugal and its expanded presence in China, as well as its New York office.

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