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Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

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Managing Partner: Diego Muñoz Tamayo
Number of partners: 5
Total number of lawyers: 25

Firm Overview:
MTA is a Colombian law firm with recognised experience in structuring complex projects involving corporate law, M&A, privatisations, banking and finance, infrastructure, regulation, energy and natural resources, oil and gas and labour law.
Throughout its 23 years of practice, MTA has been retained to structure, coordinate, support and perform some of the largest and most challenging legal transactions in Colombia.
The firm has advised on numerous privatisation transactions involving the largest transfer volume of state-owned assets in Colombia.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate:
The firm boasts a solid corporate law practice and has extensive experience in advising foreign and national companies, including financial institutions, with a niche in the entry of foreign companies into Colombia. Sector strengths include advising on the complexities of the Colombian legal system and the legal and regulatory issues associated with transactions, as well as the ability to carry out cross-border transactions.

M&A & Privatisations:
Over the past two decades, MTA has been at the forefront of the acquisition of Colombian companies by foreign companies, strategic investors, and private equity funds. The firm has long been involved in most of Colombia’s privatisations in the financial, energy and telecommunications sectors. Given the complexity of these transactions, which frequently involve mergers and acquisitions with participation from the public and private sectors, the firm has approached them from administrative, corporate and regulatory perspectives.

Banking & Finance:
MTA has a recognised and consolidated practice in banking and finance. The firm has extensive experience advising clients in regulatory matters, structuring finance operations and financial products, including the structuring and restructuring of multiple jurisdictions’ debt operations and guarantee structures. Transactions are complex, multijurisdictional, and high value, with clients ranging from international and foreign banks to equity and investment funds to global corporations.

Project Structuring:
MTA advises clients on all aspects of project structuring, including the design and organisation of the various legal and corporate structures that each project requires. The firm has actively participated in the financial aspects of projects in the energy, aviation, communications, mining and oil and gas industries. The firm has also been involved with complex projects such as road concessions and the expansion and modernisation of Colombia’s airports.

Energy & Natural Resources:
MTA’s experience includes negotiations with the Colombian national government to obtain exploration and exploitation rights and association contracts, as well as the sale and/or assignment of mining titles or concessions. The department assists in the development, licensing, financing and construction of energy and infrastructure projects. The multiple facets of regulatory and legislative requirements in the oil, gas and mining sectors, as well as renewable energy, call for the expert handling and integrated approach that MTA offers. Importantly, the firm also recognises the importance of prior consultation with nearby communities, and the firm addresses the concerns of ethnic and minority groups while working towards its clients’ objectives.

Compliance & Antitrust:
The practice specialises in the handling of large and complex investigations of anticompetitive conducts and of economic concentrations. Likewise, MTA advises buyers and sellers in the most important integration operations in Colombia.

Administrative & Regulatory:
The privatisation of power plants and energy companies in Colombia in the mid-nineties was a catalyst for the firm’s practice, which has expanded to industrial and service sectors and has involved assistance with structuring bids, public procurement, administrative actions and administrative law sanctions. MTA also has significant experience in regulatory consulting for various industries, including energy, telecommunications and health sector regulation, natural protected areas enforcement and personal data protection.

Environmental Law:
MTA assists companies in achieving compliance with the country’s environmental and social obligations, including environmental licensing processes, and representing companies before Colombian environmental authorities. The firm is also very active in litigation regarding environmental matters such as class actions and toxic torts.

Litigation & Conflict Resolution:
MTA has vast experience in high level litigation and dispute resolution. The practice is particularly active in the financial, antitrust, administrative and health sectors.

Tax:
The department is experienced in addressing challenging tax issues, with an emphasis on efficient business performance, assessment of positive impacts on investment projects and optimal performance of substantive and formal obligations in fiscal matters and tax planning. Tax services also include tax counselling, guidance in disputes against official government actions and litigation in tax matters.

Communications, Media & Technology:
The firm is very active in the purchase and sale of shares in communications, media and technology companies, on public and private bids, and on the design of contract templates. The firm has also been active in advising start-ups, especially in the technology sector.

Labour Law:
MTA advises on all aspects of Colombian labour legislation, such as contract types, personnel recruitment, variable compensation schemes, collective bargaining agreements, noncompete agreements, social security issues, pensions, and all immigrant issues encountered by local and foreign companies that are starting up or operating in Colombia.

Sports & Entertainment Law:
The firm advises public and private organisations such as federations, associations and sports clubs, as well as their associated players, staff and administrative entities on sports law, labour, and advertising issues. The firm also assists professional athletes. The department’s work includes carrying out complex national and international transfers, sports and economic rights transfers, and models for sports agreements and transfers with players and agreements between teams.

Languages:
Spanish, English, French, German and Portuguese.