Holland & Knight, which has been operating in the Colombian legal market for over a decade, has spent recent years honing its corporate and disputes offerings. The breadth of services is ever-expanding as the firm has been on a hiring spree in recent times.
Renowned dealmaker Enrique Gómez-Pinzón helms the firm as executive partner. His name – as the founder of one of Colombia’s largest law firms before his tenure at Holland & Knight – helps to attract leading talent to the senior ranks. In a recent impressive feat, Holland & Knight absorbed the entire staff of local firm Cuberos Córtes Gutiérrez. The move added seven partners and a total of 28 lawyers to the firm’s ranks. Not only did the incorporation increase Holland & Knight’s headcount in Colombia, but it also widened the firm’s scope, adding insolvency and government procurement practices to its gamut of services.
The firm’s strategic and ambitious lateral hiring policy is evident in the sheer volume of senior-ranking professionals who have joined the firm lately. A director of Colombia’s National Directorate of Copyright joined as senior IP counsel, which came after the firm incorporated local mining boutique Estudio Jurídico Montoya y Asociados, appointing that firm’s founding partner as of counsel. Meanwhile, a tax partner with experience from professional services groups EY and KPMG has also landed at the firm.
Promotions across the tax and labour teams in recent years demonstrate that organic growth is also valued by the management. Quality of service is paramount to the firm, and its highly trained individuals are selected to best serve those standards.
Holland & Knight’s international presence is put to good use by the Colombian team when it comes to transactional work. With heightened competition among international and local outfits operating in Colombia, Holland & Knight fends off competitors with its deep bench of highly regarded professionals, particularly in arbitration matters. The firm also boasts impressive tax, labour and environmental law groups.
Holland & Knight’s Colombian office receives plenty of positive client feedback. They praise its agility, quality of service, timeliness and depth of knowledge. With such customer services on offer, it is unsurprising that it retains prestigious clients such as energy giants Shell and Repsol.
Diversity is a key pillar of this firm. It is among the few firms in Colombia to have a diversity committee dedicated to LGBTQI+ matters. The Colombian office is included in a diversity and inclusion action plan covering all of Holland & Knight that focuses on encouraging students from traditionally underrepresented groups to prepare for a career in law.
Holland & Knight has two offices in Mexico and one in Colombia. With the firm’s roots in Florida, its Latin American practice is led from Miami, whilst additional firepower is lent by partners in New York and Washington, DC.
Alliances & networks
Holland & Knight has an alliance with Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez in Venezuela.