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Posse Herrera Ruiz

Energy & Natural Resources

2 ranked lawyersBand 1ColombiaLatin America 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Front-running practice group highly respected for representing significant clients in a wide variety of mandates. Frequently seen acting on matters relating to renewable and conventional power, advising across generation, transmission and distribution, including handling power purchase agreements. Equally adept at dealing with downstream and upstream hydrocarbon matters, spanning public bidding procedures, acquisitions of oil blocks and refinery maintenance. Client portfolio has been bolstered by recent additions ONGC Videsh, Termo Okianus and Inkia Energy.

Strengths

An onlooker lauds the team as "the best in Colombia," singling out their "excellent work in the energy space." A source reports: "They are very agile and provide a very complete insight and broad understanding of the oil and gas industry in Colombia."

An interviewee says: "Their knowledge of the oil and gas area stands out. They know so much about the regulations and different authorities and entities involved."Another highlights that "they produce creative solutions."

Work highlights

Assisted Occidental Andina with a farm-out agreement with Amerisur, to acquire 50% of four exploratory blocks, valued at USD93.3 million.

Notable practitioners

"Tremendous lawyer" and department head Álvaro José Rodríguez is highly regarded by sources, with one client explaining that "he always keeps abreast of the ever-changing regulations in Colombia," and adding: "He is very helpful with judicial cases as well as energy projects connected to the grid system. Álvaro is the person you talk to when you have a specific concern and you want to ensure all bases are covered."

Associate-to-watch Mariana Sánchez garners praise from a client for "her good insight into oil and gas regulations," while others add: "She goes out of her way to help us and is very committed to her clients."

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Overview

Posse Herrera Ruiz is the undisputed  leader in natural resources and energy law in Colombia, providing legal counsel to multinational companies in the oil and gas, mining and power industries, including renewable energies. 

Our services include:

  • Regulatory
  • Project structuring
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Transactional advice
  • Contract Negotiation

We provide legal advice from a regulatory perspective to transactional advice including M&A´s. 

Our team of lawyers know and understand the industry as a result of their broad experience, which includes:

  • Roles as advisors to the Ministries of Mines and Energy and Environment and Sustainable Development.
  • Structuring the first equity fund for the investment in oil and gas E&P projects in Colombia.
  • Members of the Boards of Cerro Matoso, Ecopetrol, Ocensa and Terpel and being general counsel to principal players in the industry.
  • Advisors in the promotion of the creation of offshore free zones for oil and gas exploration and production, and the firm filing the request for the first such free zone.

Our team also advises clients in all industry sectors in environmental law, risk analysis and project feasibility, climate change, clean energy, licenses an environmental permits, and mangement of administrative investigations, penalties and litigation.

Clients

Anadarko

ConocoPhillips

General Electric

Halliburton

Impala

Unilever

Vale

Industries

Consumer Products

Energy & Natural Resources

Government

Lifesciences & Pharma

Mining

Utilities

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Posse Herrera Ruiz

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Department location

Carrera 7 No 71- 52

Torre A, Piso 5

Bogotá

Capital District

Colombia

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Colombia

Energy & Natural Resources


Álvaro José Rodríguez
Band 1
Mariana Sánchez
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