Market: Colombia

Mayer Brown, Linklaters and Colombian firms advise European mining companies

The firms worked on a Memorandum of Understanding under which UK-based Billiton will acquire a one third share of Carbones del Cerrejón from Anglo American and Switzerland's Glencore, the current equal owners.

05 September 2000

Celumovil acquires 100 per cent of issues and outstanding shares of Cocelco

The transaction, completed on July 17, gives Celumovil, recently acquired by US-based BellSouth, the first nationwide cellular footprint in Colombia.

17 July 2000

Patenting of biotechnology in July draft of the new industrial property decision

The Andean Community countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) are about to replace their common regime on industrial property with a new, purportedly TRIPS-compliant decision.

01 July 2000

BellSouth assumes operations of Celumovil

US-based BellSouth has acquired a 50.35 per cent of mobile operator Celumovil from Grupo Empresarial Valores Bavaria, which currently has a 74 per cent stake in Celumovil.

14 June 2000

A step forward in e-commerce

A decision on June 8 by the Constitutional Court declared that the law on e-commerce complies with the Constitution of Colombia and therefore may be fully applied.

08 June 2000

International auction of Colombian coffee by Internet

The National Coffee Federation of Colombia (NCFC), a mixed public-private body which manages the coffee market nationwide, launched a two-day international sale-auction through its website, www.cafedecolombia.com on May 22, 2000.

22 May 2000

Raisbeck, Lara reinforces litigation and infrastructure/corporate practice groups

The most prominent new arrivals, joining on May 15, are Javier Tamayo Jaramillo and Rafael Romero Sierra, both former Supreme Court justices.

15 May 2000

Top partners leave Colombia Baker & Mckenzie to set up new firm

The new firm, Zuleta, Garrido, Araque & Jaramillo was formed on May 2, 2000 with particular expertise in the areas of arbitration and dispute resolution.

02 May 2000

New partner at Lewin & Wills

Bogotá's Lewin & Wills has announced the arrival of a new partner to head the firm's emerging commercial and corporate law department.

30 April 2000

Brigard & Urrutia opens IP practice, April 1, 2000

The leading Bogotá firm, which until now has dealt with IP matters through a cooperation with a separate specialised IP firm, Brigard & Castro, has decided to start dealing with IP matters in-house, setting up a new department headed by Carlos Umaña T and Maria Fernanda Castellanos. It will focus on IP and specifically on consumer protection law and competition matters. The decision to set up the new department marks the end of the existing arrangement with Brigard & Castro.

01 April 2000

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