COLOMBIA

 
Our team
 
Ana María Bernal Velez / Associate Colombia
abernal@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in Company Law. Universidad de los Andes
PROFILE
• Academic manager of the Doctorate in Law of the Universidad de los Andes.
• Junior Lawyer. Tejeiro Lawyers.
• Lawyer. Baquero & Asociados.

 
Ana María Giraldo / External Consultant Colombia
info@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Labor
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• Specialization in Labor Law. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
PROFILE
• External Advisor on issues of individual Labor Law and Social Security, procedural labor law, as well as in the presentation of Guardianships and claims before the National Health Superintendence.
• For more than 20 years, she has been a trial lawyer, specialized in labor and social security litigation.
• He has also been an arbitrator in various Arbitration Courts, as well as Professor at various universities in the country, such as the Universidad Javeriana, Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad Santo Tomás.
 
Carolina Hoyos / Associate Colombia
choyos@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Fusions and acquisitions
• Energy and Natural Resources
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in Company Law. Universidad de los Andes
• Master in Public Law. Universidad de los Andes
PROFILE
• She did his practice in the legal team of the Colombian fuel distributor Terpel.
Clara María Sabogal Gómez / Associate Colombia
csabogal@bbgscolombia.com
 
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
 
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
• Specialization in Commercial Law from Universidad de los Andes and Master's Degree from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
 
PROFILE
• Advice on contractual, corporate and exchange matters. Management and daily support to national and international companies, branches and non-profit organizations. Structuring and negotiation of documents necessary for local and cross-border acquisitions at BBGS Abogados.
• Advice to national and international companies on various issues of commercial and corporate law. Advice on the preparation and negotiation of commercial contracts and issues related to consumer protection at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados SAS.
• Responsible person, with a high level of commitment, excellent interpersonal relationships, willing to work as a team.
 
 
Diana Vigoya / Associate Colombia
dvigoya@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Industrial Property
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad Santo Tomás (Colombia)
• Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
PROFILE
• She is an associate of the firm since 2016.
• During her Master's Degree studies, she worked with the Industrial Property Office of Australia, where she carried out several research projects.
David Bedoya / External Advisor Colombia
info@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Tax
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in Commercial Law. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in Tax Law. Universidad de los Andes
• LLM in International Tax Law. Leiden University (The Netherlands)
PROFILE
• His work focuses on the provision of tax advice, with an emphasis on tax structuring at the national and international level, as well as on local, national and international taxes, in addition to national commercial and corporate consulting.
• He has more than 15 years of experience in firms such as Ernst & Young Colombia, Brigard & Urrutia and Houthoff Buruma in the Netherlands.
• During his professional career, he has directed and participated in various consulting, tax planning, due diligence, diagnosis and tax compliance projects for various companies, as well as in structuring national and international businesses and transactions, tax litigation and commercial and corporate consulting.
 
Fabio Palacios / Associate Colombia
fpalacios@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Fusions and acquisitions
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad del Rosario
PROFILE
• His first work experience was at the Baker and McKenzie firm, where he was a legal assistant.
• Recipient of the 100% scholarship for academic excellence.
 
Felipe Rubio / Partner Colombia
frubio@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Intellectual Property
• Advertising, Entertainment and Audiovisual Production
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in Industrial Property, copyright and related rights. Universidad de los Andes
PROFILE
• Currently, with a professional experience of more than 30 years, Felipe stands out by offering professional advice to producers and users of content on copyright, related and industrial property, with a view to ensuring efficient and productive management in the processes of entrepreneurship. Likewise, he is recognized for advising in judicial processes related to these matters, as well as in cases of competition law and consumer protection.
• Representative for Colombia in the Group of Negotiations between Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela on Intellectual Property in the Group of Three (G-3).
• Representative of the Colombian Government in the Committee of Experts regarding a possible Protocol to the Berne Convention for the protection of Literary and Artistic Works at the headquarters of WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland in 1993.
 
 
Juan Camilo Arango / External Consultant Colombia
info@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Infrastructure and Public Law
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• Specialization in Administrative Law. Universidad Externado de Colombia
PROFILE
• External Consultant of the firm in the areas of Infrastructure and Public Law.
• He has worked professionally as a legal advisor in the structuring of different Public Private Associations (PPPs) and important and strategic infrastructure projects.
• Before starting his activities as a consultant, he co-directed the Infrastructure and Public Law practices at Rodríguez - Azuero Abogados and Selfinver Abogados.
• He has also served as Legal Advisor in the areas of structuring projects, infrastructure and public services of Selfinver Investment Banking and in important State Entities where he was in charge of handling various matters related to state contracting, mining law and administrative law.
Juliana Sierra / Associate Colombia
jsierra@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Labor
• Corporate and Business
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Legal English Course, American University Washington College of Law
PROFILE
• Intern at Procolombia.
• Intern at Löis boutique firm.
• Internship at Legal Context, Medellín.
• Intern at Duport Abogados, Pereira.
• Publication in the magazine Correo Judicial Uniandes on withdrawal as a legal transplant in Colombia, 2016.
 
Lorenzo Pizarro / Associate Colombia
lpizarro@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Conflict Resolution
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad de los Andes
• Specialization in International Business Law. Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
• Specialization in Civil Procedural Law. Universidad Externado de Colombia
PROFILE
• Director of the Conflict Resolution area.
• Associate of the firm since 2016.
• Advises national and international companies in various litigations before judges of the Republic and arbitration courts, in the areas of contractual and non-contractual civil liability, insolvency regimes and corporate reorganization, as well as in disputes over consumer rights, among others.
• He obtained the recognition of Best SABER Pro (Higher Education Quality Exam) at the national level (Colombia).
 
 
Laura Arboleda / Associate Colombia
larboleda@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Labor
• Corporate and Business
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad del Rosario
• Master in Labor Law Advice and Consulting. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (España)
PROFILE
• She has been an associate of the firm since 2017 and was awarded a scholarship throughout the Universidad del Rosario.
• His professional practice began at the Lloreda Camacho firm, where he was part of the labor law team. Later he worked at Parra Rodríguez Abogados, in the area of ​​labor and immigration law.
 
Luis Felipe Barrios / Partner Colombia
lfbarrios@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Advertising, Entertainment and Audiovisual Production
• Private Clients and Family Businesses
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad del Rosario 
• Specialization in Media. Universidad de los Andes
PROFILE
• Extensive experience in corporate operations, private contracting processes, as well as legal aspects related to entertainment and advertising products.
• He has led several projects of special relevance, such as the drafting  and design of templates and procurement processes for BP Exploration Company´s and Equión Energía Ltd.´s supply chain, and the negotiation of the International Joint Venture for the commercialization of Merrell , CAT and Hush Puppies brands in Colombia.
• He has been legal advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia in the procurement regarding the rescue and conservation of shipwrecked species, the merger, demerger, acquisition and sale of various goods and services companies.
• Expertise in the creation of sophisticated national and international structures for wealth protection and planning, among other projects.
 
Luz Stella Pérez / Associate Colombia
lperez@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Conflict Resolution
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad La Gran Colombia
PROFILE
She is part of the firm's Conflict Resolution team.

His first work experience was at the firm Asturias Abogados SAS

• Recipient of the 50% scholarship for academic excellence.

• Luz Stella, joined the firm in 2018 in which in the middle of her professional career she began to acquire her experience in the area of ​​litigation, reviewing judicial processes, preparing lawsuits and supporting writings such as resources and memorials, among others, addressed to the Judges of the Republic.

 
María José Bohórquez / Associate Colombia
mbohorquez@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Advertising, Entertainment and Audiovisual Production
• Digital Media and New Technologies
• Conflict Resolution
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• Course in Economic Law at the Universidad Pontifica Comillas (España)
PROFILE
• She has been an associate of the firm since 2017.
• His professional practice began at the firm Devis Espíndola & GVA, where he was part of the Litigation, Contracts and Companies areas.
Margarita Clopatofsky / Paralegal Colombia
mclopatofsky@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Industrial Property
PROFILE
• She is a paralegal of the firm's Industrial Property team.
 
Mateo Isaza Díaz / Associate Colombia
misaza@bbgscolombia.com
 
PRACTICE AREAS
 
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad del Rosario
 
PROFILE
• Paralegal at Pájaro & Asociados SAS from August 2018 to January 2019.
• Academic monitor of the Private International Law course with Dr. Laura García Matamoros in the second semester of 2018.
• 100% Scholarship for Academic Excellence in the Jurisprudence program.
• Representative of the Universidad del Rosario in the XII International Commercial Arbitration Contest - Asunción, Paraguay.
 
Mauricio Rueda / External Consultant Colombia
info@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Environmental law
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• Specialization in Administrative Law
PROFILE
• External Advisor for issues related to environmental law and other related areas such as corporate social management, land use and basic sanitation.
• He has been legal advisor to companies, including (i) Concesia SAS on environmental and social issues for their participation in bidding and contractual processes related to the fourth generation of road concessions (2013-2015); (ii) ISAGEN on environmental issues and prior consultation with indigenous communities (2011-2012). (iii) Acerías Paz del Río SA (2008 - 2010), in judicial representation; and other companies and unions on environmental content issues.
• Likewise, he has been a consultant to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development for the review, drafting and translation of documents and the preparation of concepts, administrative acts and legal studies necessary for the negotiation of agreements, treaties and other documents that must be signed by that Ministry, especially in the process of joining the OECD (2017).
 
 
Mónica Serrano / Partner Colombia
mserrano@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Mergers and Acquisitions
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 
• Specialization in Commercial Law. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 
PROFILE
• She has actively participated in large-scale projects related to corporate matters, such as the stock purchase of company Teleset S.A.S. by Sony Pictures Television International, the purchase of Chilean Bestway Group by English company Rentokill, the acquisition of 100% of company Sed International Colombia S.A.S. by Ark Investments LLC, the merger of Spanish Emergia group, the incorporation and implementation of companies AXN Colombia Networks S.A.S., HBO LAG International Services S.A.S., Dirtykitchen S.A.S., Edupol S.A.S. and Blush-Bar S.A.S., among others.
• She has also led the legal implementation regarding real estate projects such as the expansion of Andino Shopping Mall and the structural reinforcement of school Gimnasio Moderno in Bogotá.
 
Myriam Montenegro / Colombia Partner
mmontenegro@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Advertising, Entertainment and Audiovisual Production
• Digital Media and New Technologies
• Labor
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Universidad del Rosario
• Specialization in Administrative Law. Universidad Externado de Colombia
• Specialization in Contract Law. Universidad del Rosario
PROFILE
• She has extensive experience in the leadership and development of negotiation and contracting processes in the private sector, with an emphasis on the areas of entertainment, advertising and new technologies.
• She has actively participated in the structuring of co-productions and distribution agreements for audiovisual products between Sony Pictures Television International, RCN Televisión SA and Teleset SAS
• She has led the contracting processes of Teleset SAS in Colombia and Mexico, for the acquisition of rights related to both the production of audiovisual works, and all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production thereof.
• Additionally, it provides legal advice on the acquisition of content rights to be adapted to television and new media.
Natalia Manrique / Associate Colombia
mmanrique@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Corporate and Business
• Mergers and Acquisitions
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
• LL.M, IE Law School – Madrid (España)
PROFILE
• Judiciary: Council of State.
• Terranum Group - Lawyer of the Legal Vice President and Corporate Affairs.
• Grupo Éxito - Lawyer of the Legal Department of Operation and Expansion.
 
 
Pablo Arboleda Arboleda / Associate Colombia
parboleda@bbgscolombia.com
PRACTICE AREAS
• Conflict resolution
EDUCATION
• Lawyer. Rosario University
• Specialization in Procedural Law. Rosario University
• Student of the Master in Procedural Law of the Externado de Colombia University
PROFILE
• Pablo began his professional practice in the litigation, arbitration and insolvency team of the firm Brigard & Urrutia Abogados; and before joining BBGS, he held the position of University Professional in an administrative court.
• He has served as attorney in multiple civil, commercial and administrative litigation before judges of the Republic. Likewise, he has participated in arbitration proceedings before the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / AWARDS
• Academic monitor of the subjects of General Theory of Process and Evidentiary Law.
• Exemption from high schools for a cumulative average greater than 4.25.
• Winner of the Carlos Alzate Award in the Area of ​​Civil Law, awarded by the Legal Clinic of the Universidad del Rosario.
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