Managing Partner: Carlos Umaña
Partners: Carlos Urrutia, Sergio Michelsen, Carlos Fradique-Méndez, Luis Alfredo Barragán, Álvaro Cala, , Manuel Quinche, Irma Rivera, Luis Gabriel Morcillo, Darío Laguado, José Francisco Mafla, Lucas Moreno, Alejandro García de Brigard, Catalina Santos, Jaime Robledo, Catalina Jaramillo, Claudia Navarro, Andrés Hernández, César Rodríguez, Eduardo Rosado Fernández de Castro
Number of associates: 150
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Founded in 1934 and with over 80 years of experience, Brigard Urrutia is recognised as a leading law firm in Colombia and one of the most prestigious in Latin America. The firm is committed to its clients and seeks to provide them with comprehensive and expert advice. It has a proven track record as a supplier of first rate legal services to a global clientele.
It has a multidisciplinary team of over 140 specialised attorneys in various practice areas of business law, who follow the most rigorous ethical principles and the highest standards of professional excellence. All of its partners and associates are fluent in at least one language other than Spanish, and many are admitted to practice in foreign jurisdictions (most notably in the State of New York). The firm’s lawyers are graduates from Colombia’s top universities and many have completed post-graduate programs in law schools located in the United States and Europe.
Brigard Urrutia also has a management team that is constantly innovating through solutions, best practices and trends to attain optimal customer experience levels. The trusts and estate practice area is focused on finding the equity structure that is appropriate for the family group’s needs and circumstances, including topics such as the organisation and distribution of the family’s property, optimisation of equity distribution, inheritance processes, family companies’ management processes, design of family protocols and project planning, and proposal of benefit projects.
The tax law practice offers high quality tax consulting services aimed at planning and implementing national and international corporate and tax structures. It includes services related to risk profiles, tax procedures, litigation support, interpretation and application of treaties, design and implementation of tax structures, among others.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust and competition law; banking and financial services; capital markets, securities and private equity; corporate M&A; customs and international trade; environment and sustainable business; due diligence; forex, derivatives and structured finance/compliance; immigration; infrastructure and public utilities; insurance and reinsurance; labour and employment; litigation, arbitration and insolvency; natural resources; real estate, urban regulation, hotel and agribusiness; renewable energy and energy efficiency; tax; telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology; trust and estates.
The firm’s international clients include Terranum Inversión, 3M, American Airlines, Itaú Bank, Bank of America, British Airways, BlackRock, Casino Groupe, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), International Finance Corporation, Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC Securities, McDonalds Corporation, Parque Arauco, Ecopetrol S.A., Shikun & Binui, UNE EPM, AB InBev, The World Bank, Refinería de Cartagena, Vinci, Votorantim, Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A., Goldman Sachs & Co., Smith & Nephew PLC., Colombia Telecomunicaciones, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Bancolombia, to mention some.