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
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’s size gives it the ability to offer an unparalleled range of first-class legal services and bespoke solutions to its global client base which includes leading domestic and foreign financial institutions, multinational corporations, private equity/venture capital funds, state-owned enterprises, governments and multilateral agencies. The firm frequently advises on complex cross-border matters, and its attorneys have been involved in many of Colombia’s groundbreaking landmark transactions. The firm is committed to its clients and seeks to provide them with comprehensive and expert advice.
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 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. As part of its transparency policies and institutional values, it has a corporate governance structure that allows the firm to implement the best international practices. These practices help guarantee compliance of internal and external rules and achieve the objectives set forth in its Strategic Plan.
The firm provides clients with a privileged access to top tier law firms in most countries through global networks. These networks allow Brigard Urrutia to be at the forefront of best practices and global trends in the field of legal service provision, taking advantage of the experience of colleagues in other jurisdictions. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, Pacific Rim Advisory Council, World Services Group, The Interlex Group, Ius Laboris - Global Human resources lawyers and Club de Abogados, among others.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust and competition law; banking and financial services; capital markets, securities and private equity; compliance; corporate; customs and international trade; environment and sustainable business; forex, derivatives and structured finance; immigration; infrastructure and public utilities; insurance and reinsurance; labour and employment; litigation, arbitration and insolvency; mergers and acquisitions; natural resources; real estate, urban regulation, hotel and agribusiness; renewable energy and energy efficiency; tax; telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology; trusts and estates.
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
The firm’s clients include Goldman Sachs & Co., 3M, American Airlines, Itaú Bank, British Airways, Bank of America, 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, Terranum Inversión, The World Bank, Refinería de Cartagena, Vinci, Votorantim, Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A., Smith & Nephew PLC., Colombia Telecomunicaciones, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Bancolombia, to mention some.