Full Service Law Firm in Bogota, Colombia
Law Firm OverviewPosse Herrera Ruiz is a full-service law firm that uses a systematic, multidisciplinary approach to finding creative, prudent and value generating business solutions, which optimize the client’s return on investment while minimizing risks.
Its partners have extensive and very successful experience in energy and natural resources, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning and international commerce, financing law and capital markets, dispute resolution, competition law, intellectual property, infrastructure and PPPs. real estate development projects and trust.
Languages: Spanish, English, French, and Italian
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Posse Herrera Ruiz has earned a region–wide reputation in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of integration transactions, and has participated in many of the largest acquisitions and privatizations in Colombia.
Our Firm represents sellers, buyers and investment bankers in a wide range of M&A transactions and due diligences of companies in sectors such as consumer products, banking, health, energy, oil and gas, mining, retail and insurance, among others.
Our M&A work is supported by our anti-trust and tax planning practices.
- Competition Law
Posse Herrera Ruiz provides legal advice on competition law, including merger and acquisition clearance, restrictive business practices, unfair competition and consumer protection.
Our Firm is active in counseling clients involved in M&As. In addition to participating in the structuring and negotiation of the corresponding agreements, we advise and assist our clients in filing and obtaining clearances with the competition regulatory authorities.
Our work in the fields of restrictive business practices, consumer protection and unfair competition includes the design of market access channels and interaction with competitors, as well as the defense of our clients in litigation and administrative procedures which may arise as a consequence of alleged infringement of competition statutes.
- Corporate Law
Posse Herrera Ruiz advises clients on a wide range of corporate, secretarial, contract, foreign investment, exchange controls, tax and labor matters, as well as dispute resolution and litigation. The Firm acts as regular outside counsel for many corporations in Colombia in distribution, manufacturing, chemical products, consumer products, service and health industries, construction, engineering, concessions, oil and gas, mining, power generation, financial services and telecommunications.
Posse Herrera Ruiz advises its clients in contract structuring, negotiation and execution, including technical assistance contracts, joint ventures, consortiums and credit agency. The firm also represents foreign direct investment clients establishing in Colombia and/or provides continuing corporate advice.
- Tax Planning and International Commerce
Posse Herrera Ruiz provides comprehensive tax, customs and cross-border trade services associated with ongoing business operations and tax planning for investment projects.
Our services include support for tax and customs filings and compliance, as well as the review of financial investment models for the purpose of optimizing tax liabilities. We represent national and foreign companies before Colombian authorities, with respect to filings, authorizations, appeals, tax benefit recognition, and tax litigation.
Tax planning is an integral part of our comprehensive legal support for restructurings, sales and acquisitions of Colombian entities. We are active in analyzing international treaties regarding double taxation and free trade, the development and approval of free-trade zones, the negotiation of stability agreements with the Colombian government, and the structuring of investment and private equity funds.
- Capital Markets and Finance
Posse Herrera Ruiz designs and structures public and private Capital Market transactions for clients in the Colombian local and international markets, including bond issues, security listings, tender offers, securitizations and other financial products including derivatives. We regularly structure and document private placements and products, such as private equity and venture capital funds.
The firm represents local and international borrowers, arrangers, lenders and participants, in the largest syndicated loans granted by national and international financial institutions to the private sector. Our clients include local and international commercial banks, multilateral and export credit agencies, investment banks, financial corporations and pension funds.
Posse Herrera Ruiz has significant experience structuring, documenting and closing lending transactions governed by U.S. and U.K. law, and has experience in the design of complex multi-tier security packages under Colombian law.
- Dispute Resolution
Posse Herrera Ruiz has one of Colombia’s strongest dispute resolution practices, with trained and experienced lawyers, offering its clients service in all types of civil, commercial and administrative litigation, before national and international courts.
The area has deep knowledge of its industry and has been consistently recognized in international listings for its outstanding work and extensive experience.
The team has the ability and flexibility to handle cases in practically all areas of law, including contractual liability and torts with respect to private and public entities, insurance, class actions, collective actions, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, related to energy and natural resources, finance, competition law, infrastructure, environment, consumer law, public services and constitutional actions, among others.
The firm has successfully represented the interests of commercial banks, insurers, savings and loan institutions, investment banks, manufactures, utilities, distributors and service companies in a broad range of matters before national courts, as well as a large number of national and multinational companies in local and international arbitration.
- Natural Resources and Energy
Posse Herrera Ruiz is a leader in natural resources and energy law in Colombia, providing legal counsel to multinational companies in oil and gas, mining and power generation activities.
Clients include major and independent oil and gas companies, large and small mining companies, power generators and providers of goods and services to the industry.
- Environmental Law
Posse Herrera Ruiz advises companies in natural resources, industry in general and real estate owners and developers in environmental law, risk analysis and project feasibility, climate change, clean energy, protected areas and special ecosystems, licenses and environmental permits, and management of administrative investigations, penalties and litigation.
The practice area has performed many due diligences in these sectors, identifying environmental contingencies that can result from the sale of assets.
- Infrastructure and PPPS
Posse Herrera Ruiz has been legal counsel for the structuring of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), public procurement, public debt and governmental budget issues. Our successful multidisciplinary approach ensures the financial success of the projects from corporate, financial, tax and administrative standpoints.
Recently our Firm structured three of the most important PPPs projects undertaken by the Colombian government, in oil and gas, telecommunications and highway infrastructure
- Real Estate Development Projects and Trust
Posse Herrera Ruiz advises national and international companies in the development of urban and rural real estate projects, from the structuring phase to their operation and/or divestment. Projects include housing, shopping centers, hotels and resorts and different commercial developments. In rural areas we structure and advise on forestry and agro industrial projects, among others.
The team is experienced in the negotiating and signing of contracts related to the acquisition, sale and economic exploitation of real estate, tax planning and due diligence processes.
Posse Herrera Ruiz works in the development of urban planning instruments such as zoning plans, urban renewal alleged projects, rural planning units, defense in administrative proceedings arising from alleged zoning violations and revocation of licenses and in all matters relating to licensing arrangements with respective authorities and urban planning entities.
- Intellectual Property
Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Intellectual Property practice area has a true understanding of the issues involved in handling complex global patent and trademark portfolios. That is why it offers a proven, successful, business-oriented and cost-efficient centralized service for IP filing and prosecution in Latin-American and Caribbean countries, through a one-stop value generating solution.
The team represents foreign and domestic clients in all Intellectual Property matters including patent and trademark clearance, prosecution and litigation, copyrights’ protection, due diligence investigations, drafting and negotiation of IP licenses and obtaining health registrations.
The Firm’s IP practice covers a wide range of industries, including foods and beverages, pharmaceuticals, insurance and financial services, retirement funds, retail, apparel, technology, manufacture, distribution, health care, cosmetics and entertainment.
- Labor and Immigration
Posse Herrera Ruiz provides legal advice and assistance on labor and employment matters, including labor and social security law and regulations, compliance, labor due diligences, labor litigation and administrative hearings, compensation plans and management of expatriate staff. The firm also provides assistance in obtaining work permits, residency and other immigration matters.
The practice area advises multinational and local companies in the development of labor structures best suited to their individual needs and goals. The firm also provides support to clients for the resolution of labor disputes through mediation, negotiation and litigation. The labor law team provides significant support to other practice areas such as M&A, Finance and Natural Resources, performing transactional due diligence and risk assessment reviews.
Insurance and reinsurance experience in Posse Herrera Ruiz covers advice on mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies, dispute resolution, both arbitration and litigation, insurance and reinsurance policy review and analysis, and regulatory compliance and auditing.
Miss Alessia Abello
Banking and Finance, Banking Law, Business and Industry, Capital Markets, Commercial Law
Mr. Ernesto Cavalier
Mr. Jaime Herrera
Banking and Finance, Banking Law, Business and Industry, Commercial Law, Energy
Mr. Andrés Montoya
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Debtor and Creditor, Litigation, Real Estate
Ms. Carolina Posada
Mr. Daniel Posse
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Litigation
Mrs. Mariana Posse
Banking and Finance, Banking Law, Bankruptcy, Capital Markets, Debtor and Creditor
Mr. Álvaro José Rodríguez
Business and Industry, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
Mr. Juan Guillermo Ruiz
Corporate Taxation, Tax, Tax Planning
Mr. José Alejandro Torres
Banking and Finance, Banking Law, Capital Markets, Commercial Law, Finance
Mr. Francisco Urrutia
Business and Industry, Business Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Energy
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