Brigard Urrutia


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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. Innova Capital Management, Invenergy Renewables Global and Habitat Andina are new client wins.


A client states: "Regardless of price, we only work with top-tier firms and they perform perfectly for us." They also say: "They have many strengths: they have a large team which covers an array of topics, they have a vast amount of people per topic, and you have it in just one place so you don't have to go to another kind of law firm - so it is very very good."

Another interviewee further lauds: "It was an extremely complex matter and the work they did was truly outstanding," noting: "They are a team which has everything, it has no parallel and the people are very good and dedicated. Response times are exceptionally good."

Work highlights

Advised Casino Guichard-Perachon on its acquisition of 50% of Grupo Pão de Açúcar, valued at approximately USD1.16 billion.

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 praises that "he has a great technical capacity and has great experience. He is calm, proactive, and checks all of the details."

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, one in particular 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 lauds that "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.

Department Information

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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.


Laguado, Darío (Head of Department)

Michelsen, Sergio (Head of Department)

Robledo Vásquez, Jaime (Head of Department)

Castillo, Fernando Alfredo

Holguín, Tomás

Umaña Trujillo, Carlos












Corporate/M&A Department

Brigard Urrutia

Department location

Calle 70 A, # 4- 41

PO Box 23981


Capital District


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Carlos Umaña Trujillo
Band 4
Darío Laguado
Band 3
Jaime Robledo Vásquez
Band 2
Sergio Michelsen
Band 1