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Brigard Urrutia

Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for

Top-tier practice widely regarded as a leading player in the market, often assisting with high-end M&A transactions. Consistently instructed by local and international players to counsel on the sale and acquisition of major companies and infrastructure projects. Expertise includes advising on sophisticated corporate matters, including strategic stakeholder agreements and joint ventures, capitalisations and reorganisations.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Carlos Umaña Trujillo is valued by various interviewees who recognise his solid presence in this arena. One interviewee enthuses: "I have a deep appreciation for him. He is a trusted adviser."

Department co-head Darío Laguado garners good praise from an interviewee for "his excellent advice and understanding of client needs," as well as "his practicality and high-quality standards."Another client says that "he has a great technical capacity and has great experience. He is calm, proactive and checks all of the details."Laguado is considered a foreign expert in US law and boasts significant experience of having worked as a corporate associate at Sidley Austin in New York.

Fernando Alfredo Castillo offers notable foreign expertise in US law, having previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Castillo is well placed to advise clients on cross-border mandates and is qualified to practise in Colombia and New York.

Department co-head Jaime Robledo Vásquez maintains his established position within the Colombian market, boasting a high degree of knowledge of complex transactions. Robledo Vásquez holds a key position within the Brigard Urrutia department, and various interviewees endorse him, with one stating: "I would highly recommend him for corporate/M&A matters."

According to a client, it is a great advantage being represented in an acquisition of a company by the "amazing" co-head of department Sergio Michelsen due to "his incredible knowledge," and because "he is easy to talk to, is not overly pushy and understands where you are." Another interviewee says "his great legal knowledge allows him to move the transactions forward." Peers are also impressed by Michelsen's performance in this arena, with one of them describing him as a "magnificent" lawyer.

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Overview

Our Mergers and Acquisitions practice area is consolidated and positioned as a leader in the local and international mergers and acquisitions market in various economic and industrial sectors. Our practice is renowned as an undeniable pioneer in structuring and implementing investment and disinvestment mechanisms for companies, always meeting client’s needs. 

Our team advises clients on all matters related to incorporating, handling, and managing their companies and branches and on everything regarding private contracting for business operations, including consulting in reference to conflicts with partners, choosing investment vehicles, assignments of shares and interests, increasing and reducing capital, distribution schemes, among others. We also provide advice in the drafting, negotiation and termination of commercial contracts of all kinds, such as distribution structures, joint ventures, franchises, multilevel schemes, manufacturing agreements, purshasing and selling, among others. 

We structure effective mechanisms and agreements for foreign companies investing in Colombia and provide consulting in reference to consumer protection before competent authorities, consumers, and other challenges. In addition, we have innovated through our consumer protection practice, advice in air and ground transportation matters, as well as in luck and chance games.

Members

Laguado, Darío (Head of Department)

Michelsen, Sergio (Head of Department)

Robledo Vásquez, Jaime (Head of Department)

Castillo, Fernando Alfredo

Holguín, Tomás

Umaña Trujillo, Carlos

Clients

ALMACENES ÉXITO

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC. (AIG)

BANCO ITAÚ CHILE

COPEC (COMPAÑÍA DE PETRÓLEOS DE CHILE)

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

GRUPO CASINO

MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL

SABMILLER

TELEFONICA

TRANSUNION

Corporate/M&A Department

Brigard Urrutia

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Department location

Calle 70 BIS, #4 - 41

PO Box 23981

Bogotá

Capital District

Colombia

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Colombia

Corporate/M&A


Carlos Umaña Trujillo
Band 4
Darío Laguado
Band 3, Foreign expert for USA
Fernando Alfredo Castillo
Foreign expert for USA
Jaime Robledo Vásquez
Band 2
Sergio Michelsen
Band 1