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ABOUT HOLLAND & KNIGHT Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices throughout the world. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. We regularly counsel clients in cross-border transactions, taxation, labor and employment, international trade, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, energy and environmental matters, international licensing and franchising, intellectual property, media and entertainment, public policy and regulation, and international litigation and arbitration. Our physical presence in Colombia – combined with the depth and scale of our practices, regional relationships and international reach – enables Holland & Knight to provide comprehensive and seamless legal services to our clients.

LATIN AMERICAN PRACTICE BY THE NUMBERS 120+ attorneys fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese with multicultural and multilingual services to help clients succeed

35+ years of representing local and international clients doing business in the region

700+ foreign-trained lawyers have worked in our U.S. offices through our renowned Foreign Lawyer Trainee Program

COLOMBIA OUTLOOK Holland & Knight is well-positioned to address client needs and goals with our full-service representation and value-added services around the globe. We are highly experienced in helping clients in the strategic areas of growth in Colombia, including in financial services, energy, mergers and acquisitions, and transportation and infrastructure.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US 2019 Latin Lawyer 250 Holland & Knight’s Bogotá office | “consistently attracts some of the best and brightest in Colombia’s legal community to join its bench.” Latin America Practice | Noted for work in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Arbitration, Litigation, White Collar Crime and Compliance, and Tax 2016 Latin Lawyer “Deal of the Year” in the Project Finance category for work on financing of Colombia’s Pacifico 3 toll road project Colombia recognitions for: Enrique Gómez-Pinzón | “impressive figure” with a “solid understanding of the business climate” José Vicente Zapata | “respected by clients and rivals alike” - Clients line up to praise Zapata, noting his practical expertise and timely advice. He is also highly regarded for his knowledge of environment law. Alberto Zuleta | “experienced arbitrator and litigator” Additional Colombia recognitions: Juan Carlos Valencia Marquez | Danilo Romero Raad Julian Santos Rubino | Vicente Umaña Carrizosa

2019 Chambers Global Among the “world’s leading firms” in Latin Americawide: Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A; Colombia: Corporate/M&A Colombia recognitions for: Enrique Gómez-Pinzón | José Vicente Zapata | Danilo Romero Raad | Alberto Zuleta

2019 Chambers Latin America 14 lawyers honored as “Latin America’s best advisors” with top rankings in Latin America: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A | Colombia: Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Competition/ Antitrust, and Energy & Natural Resources Colombia recognitions for Enrique Gómez-Pinzón: Corporate/M&A | Danilo Romero Raad: Intellectual Property | Alberto Zuleta: Competition/Antitrust Dispute Resolution | José Vicente Zapata: Energy & Natural Resources | Lucas Saffon López: Corporate/ M&A (Associate to Watch)

2019 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide Recognized in Colombia for Banking & Finance   Corporate | M&A | Project Development Recognized attorneys: Enrique Gómez-Pinzón José Vicente Zapata

2018 Legal 500 Latin America - Colombia Recommended for Arbitration, Banking/Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate, M&A, Energy/Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, Labor/ Employment, Litigation, Projects/Infrastructure, Tax Recognitions for Laura Di Santo, Camilo Garcia, Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, Danilo Romero Raad, Luis Rubio Barnetche, Julián Santos, Vicente Umaña Carrizosa, Juan Carlos Valencia Marquez, José Vicente Zapata, Alberto Zuleta

COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS We represent global and Fortune 500 companies, other public corporations, emerging companies, financial and insurance institutions, governmental agencies and private companies. Collaboration across practices and offices, along with highly focused management of matters and cases, enables us to deliver seamless and efficient support.


Labor, Employment and Benefits

»»Holland & Knight’s substantial experience in a wide range

Intellectual Property

of business sectors is enhanced by our established working relationships with business and government leaders.


International Litigation & Arbitration


»»Our Energy Team has extensive experience in Colombian and Latin American environmental compliance and regulatory litigation, oil and gas projects, mining projects, project finance, foreign investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, and complex corporate reorganizations and financial restructurings.

Financial Services

»»We have been a key participant in several first-ever transactions in Latin America, including numerous large-scale deals.

OUR TRACK RECORD The firm partners with clients to deliver innovative business and legal solutions. Holland & Knight is one of the few U.S.-based firms with a full-service office in Colombia, which allows us to play a key role in helping clients achieve their short- and long-term goals.

Recent Notable Deals in the News

»»Advised Empresa de Energia de Bogotá (EEB) on its US$880 million

purchase of 31.92% of stock in Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI) from The Rohatyn Group and a US$645.5 million syndicated loan to finance the acquisition

»»Provided counsel in the complex international merger of the commercial group GeoPark in Colombia, Panama and Delaware (U.S.) as all of its entities, capital and assets were absorbed by a Colombian company

»»Representation of a U.S. general contractor in several arbitration

proceedings against subcontractors for a project to expand and revamp the Cartagena Refinery before different arbitration tribunals in the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota

»»Led negotiation process between the USO and CB&I in Cartagena, Colombia, as part of expansion of one of the biggest Colombian infrastructure projects

»»Served as New York and Colombia counsel for Bladex and lenders in US$90 million syndicated loan to Colombia’s Centelsa; lead arranger and administrative agent in US$80 million syndicated loan to Banco Aliado; and sole lead arranger, administrative agent and bookrunner of a nine-bank syndicate on a US$125 million syndicated loan to Banco de Costa Rica

»»Led InterContinental Hotels Group’s multiple hotel projects

Argentina, Chile, Colombia and throughout Central America

LEARN MORE BY CONNECTING WITH US Enrique Gómez-Pinzón Executive Partner | +57.1.745.5800

Juan Carlos Valencia Marquez Partner | +57.1.745.5731

Danilo Romero Raad Partner | +57.1.745.5910

José Vicente Zapata Partner | +57.1.745.5940

Vicente Umaña Carrizosa Partner | +57.1.745.5900

Julian Santos Rubino Partner | +57.1.745.5878

Alberto Zuleta Partner | +57.1.745.5790

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