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Managing Partner: Camilo Martinez Beltrán
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 45

Firm Overview:
DLA Piper MARTÍNEZ BELTRÁN was founded in 1996 and since then is a prominent and leading law firm in Colombia. The firm specialises in banking, corporate M&A, capital markets, administrative/ regulatory law, dispute resolution, tax, tax litigation, restructuring and insolvency, insurance, project finance, infrastructure, damages, and competition law. The professional careers and extensive experience of the firm’s lawyers allows the firm to have a very qualified team of renowned individuals capable of providing a unique representation to clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises over 30% of the banking institution that have presence in Colombia, on an ongoing basis in regulatory matters and transactions. The firm is also permanently involved in advising foreign financial institutions on how to do business in Colombia, as well as representing international clients before governmental authorities.

Corporate M&A:
DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán is one of the top-tier law firms in Colombia in mergers and acquisitions, both local and international, transfer of assets, joint ventures and strategic alliances, due diligence, corporate reorganisations, leverage buyouts, privatisations, shareholders’ agreements, and business integration processes. Client portfolio includes the main and most sophisticated private equity funds undertaking deals in Latin America, as well as some of the most representative economic groups of the country and multinational companies.

The firm provides advice to Colombian and foreign parties on both domestic and international tax issues, for purposes such as transaction structuring, foreign investment (both inbound and outbound), corporate taxation and estate planning for high net worth individuals. Further, the firm has considerable experience regarding tax litigation, both at administrative and judicial stages.

Dispute Resolution:
The Dispute Resolution team has consistently represented local and international clients in complex conflicts in all areas of business law, including corporate, commercial, tax, insurance, torts, antitrust and administrative matters, among other issues. The firm represents clients in more than 300 lawsuits in national and international disputes. The firm is also a pioneer in the area of corporate dispute resolution. Its experience in this area, going back for more than 20 years, has recently been put to the service of creating a highly-specialised division focused on shareholder litigation. In fact, DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán set up what is perhaps the first successful practice area in Colombia engaging in shareholder activism through the enforcement of minority investor rights across a wide range of companies, from familyowned enterprises to listed firms.

Capital Markets:
DLA Piper MARTÍNEZ BELTRÁN provides comprehensive advice in securities and is a recognised leader in the area. The firm has broad experience financings in the local and international debt capital markets, including high-yield bonds, medium-term notes, private placements, asset-backed securities, project bonds and Euro-commercial paper programs.

The firm provides legal advice on competition law, including merger and acquisition clearance, restrictive business practices, unfair competition and consumer protection.

Infrastructure & Project Finance:
DLA Piper Martinez Beltran provides comprehensive advise to private and public partnerships as well as project finance Infrastructure transactions and thorough knowledge of several market sectors, including power (thermal and renewable), transportation (roads, airports and shipping), oil, gas, commodities and water systems. The firm also has experience in advising all types of infrastructure finance, including project finance and other secured, structured financings, and other financings solutions tailored for the current market. The firm advises for both sponsors, lenders and multilateral agencies in a wide range of project financing transactions.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán Restructuring, and Insolvency practice starts from an essentially economic and financial perspective to represent debtors or creditors. The firms goal is to find efficient and creative solutions that add value to companies in a situation of financial crisis, through corporate operations, of instruments deprived of restructuring of liabilities, and of the recovery or liquidation processes.

The labour team focuses on individual and collective labour law, labour law litigation, social security law, labour administrative proceedings before labour authorities and immigration law. The firm’s clients range from startups to emerging multinationals and some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world.

The firm has one of the strongest insurance law practice in Colombia. Some of its clients are AON, CARDIF, AIG, Seguros del Estado.

Torts & Damages:
DLA Piper MARTÍNEZ BELTRÁN offers a unique representation to their clients in matters related to torts and damages. This is a multidisciplinary expertise that covers different economic sectors and strengthens the practice in general. The firm focuses on preventive actions but also gives advice on issues that have arisen over bad practices of big corporations.

English, French, Spanish.

The firm’s clients are the largest companies in Colombia as well as international enterprises doing business in Colombia. A list of representative local and international clients is provided upon request.