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FIGUEROA SIERRA & ASOCIADOS ABOGADOS

Established in 1986

 

Carrera 9 No. 74-08, Oficina 504
BOGOTÁ D.C., COLOMBIA


Telephone: PBX +571 611 3090, 611 3004
Telecopier: +571 611 3018
Email: fsa@fsa-law.com
Website: www.figueroasierra.com

 

Corporate; Commercial and Contracts; Foreign Investment and Exchange; Taxation; Labor; Administrative; Oil and Gas; Mining; Telecommunications; Aviation and Space; Cyberspace; Information Technology; Residential Public Services Regulation; Environmental; Banking and Insurance; Competition; Bankruptcy; Real Estate; Intellectual Property; Civil Law; Arbitral and Judicial Litigation.

 
FIRM PROFILE: Figueroa Sierra & Asociados Abogados counsels major foreign companies in Colombia. Since the 1980's the firm's current members and attorneys have worked on complex transactions in most areas of the Colombian economy, involving foreign investment (mergers and acquisitions), financing, trade and services. The firm relies on a longstanding and strong network of members of counsel, having developed a shared culture of professional practice over the years.
 
In 2013, Figueroa Sierra entered into a formal strategic alliance with the law firm Parra Rodríguez Sanin, with some of whose partners it has continuously worked since 1993. Such alliance conveys that the firms now share offices in Bogotá and Medellín, where common and integrated legal services policies and practices are being applied. We now have a strengthened full service structure of experienced senior lawyers and members of counsel, supported by a sizable group of junior attorneys, thereby currently composing a team of over thirty lawyers. Accordingly Augusto Figueroa is now also a partner in Parra Rodríguez Sanín, whose partners are correspondingly members of counsel of Figueroa Sierra. A merger is projected.
 
Main Partner
 

AUGUSTO FIGUEROA SIERRA, born 1950; admitted, 1980, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1975); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A., 1976; Ph.D. candidate, 1979). Certified as Foreign Legal Consultant in Colombian Law in the State of Florida, 1999 to date; Experience: Senior Attorney, Cavelier Abogados, 1981-1986; Founder and main partner, Figueroa Sierra & Asociados Abogados, 1986 to date. Founder and President, Figueroa Sierra & Asociados, LLC, 1999 to date; President of the Foreign Investment Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, 2009 to date. Languages: Spanish and English (first language). Practice Areas: Corporate; Contracts; Foreign Investment and Exchange; Oil and Gas; Taxation; Residential Public Services Regulation (Gas and Power); Finance; Litigation, Arbitration. E-mail: afigueroa@fsa-law.com.

 
Legal Representative
 

LUIS SERRANO ESCALLON, born 1952; admitted, 1978, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1978); Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialization in Commercial Law, 1987). Experience: General Counsel, Corporación Popular de Ahorro y Vivienda-Corpavi, 1976-1980; General Counsel, Financiera Bermúdez y Valenzuela S.A., 1981-1984; Independent private litigator in civil and commercial law, 1984-1997. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Corporate; Contracts; Real Estate; Civil Law (Family Law); Litigation. E-mail: lserrano@fsa-law.com.

 
Aviation, Finance
 
BERNARDO RODRÍGUEZ OSSA, (Member of Figueroa Sierra), born 1961; admitted, 1986, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1986); London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M. in International Business Law, 1988). Experience: Partner of Parra, Rodríguez Sanín S.A.S, 1995 to date; Partner of Armando Parra Escobar Asociados y Cía. Ltda., 1991-1995; Partner at Cavelier Abogados, 1989-1991. Languages: Spanish, German and English. Practice Areas: Aviation Law, Corporate and Contracts, Finance. E-mail: bernardorodriguez@fsa-law.com.
 
Taxation Law, Tax Planning and Accounting Assesment Services
 

ÁLVARO PARRA GÓMEZ, (Member of Figueroa Sierra), born 1963; admitted, 1987, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Ándes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1987). Experience: Partner of Parra, Rodríguez Sanín S.A.S., 1995 to date; Partner of Armando Parra Escobar Asociados y Cía. Ltda., 1988-1995; Advisor to the Director of the School of Public Administration, ESAP, Bogotá, 1987; Member of the working committees of the National Constituent Assembly, 1991 - Occasional Lecturer in Tax Law in various forums, such as the American Legal and Financial Center (CIJUF); Professor of Tax Law at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga; Official Correspondent "Tax News Service" and "Taxation in Latin America" the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Tax, Coporate and Contracts. E-mail: alvaroparra@fsa-law.com.

JUAN ESTEBAN SANÍN GÓMEZ, (Member of Figueroa Sierra), born 1978; admitted, 2004, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 2004); Temple University of Japan (Certificate in International Legal Studies, 2005); Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Tax Law Specialist, 2008); Universidad Externado de Colombia (International Tax Law Specialist, 2011). Experience: Partner of Ignacio Sanin Bernal y Cia. Abogados (2008 - 2013). Partner of Parra Rodríguez Sanin as from 2013. Tax professor at EAFIT University (Tax Specialization), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Tax Specialization Program), and Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana (Tax Specialization Program). E-mail: juan.sanin@fsa-law.com.

RICARDO ANAYA VISBAL, (Partner of Figueroa Sierra), born 1966; admitted, 1990, Colombia. Education: Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1989); Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialization in Tax Law, 1991); Columbia University, New York, N.Y. (LL.M., in International Law, 1997). Experience: General Counsel, Departamento del Atlántico Governor’s Office (1992-1994); Independent practitioner and litigator in tax law (1997 to date). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Taxation and Tax Litigation, Administrative. E-mail: ranaya@fsa-law.com.

MARÍA MARGARITA PARRA GÓMEZ, (Member of Figueroa Sierra), born 1961; admitted, 1989, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1989; Specialist in Taxation, 1991). Experience: Partner, Parra, Rodríguez Sanin S.A.S., 1995 to date; Partner, Armando Parra Escobar y Cía. Ltda., 1989-1995. Memeber Ships: Colombian Institute of Tax Law (ICDT). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Taxation and Tax Litigation, Real Estate Law. E-mail: mariamargaritaparra@fsa-law.com.

CARLOS ALBERTO RINCÓN CORTÉS, born 1960; Education: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Faculty of Public Accounting, Santiago de Cali, Colombia (Public Accountant, 1981). Experience: Arthur Andersen & Co., 1980-1997 (Tax Partner, 1996-1997); CPA Consulting (Founder and main partner, 2004 to date). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Business financial accounting and taxation; strategic tax planning and consulting; national and local corporate tax returns; compliance with formal tax obligations. E-mail: carincon@fsa-law.com.

 
Foreign Exchange
 

VICENTE BELTRÁN ROLDÁN, (Of Counsel), born 1944; admitted, 1966, Colombia. Education: Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1966). Experience:Legal Counsel, Foreign Exchange Office, Bank of the Republic, 1969-1973; Deputy General Counsel, Bank of the Republic, 1973-1975; Deputy Director of the Exchange Office, Bank of the Republic, 1975-1978; Private practitioner in foreign exchange law, 1978 to date. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Foreign Investment, Litigation, Exchange Control, Exchange Sanctions and Foreign Trade Sanctions.

 
Foreign Trade and Customs Law
 

GABRIEL IBARRA PARDO, (Of Counsel), born 1958; admitted, 1985, Colombia. Education:Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1982); Exeter University, England (LL.M., 1988). Experience: Partner, Araújo Ibarra Asociados (1980-1993); Founder and President, Ibarra Ibarra & Asociados (1993 to date); Advisor to the Colombian Government and economic sector associations for the negotiation of SGroup (to date); Professor for the International Economic Law lecture at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2003 to date); President of the Competition Law Committee, Colombian American Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, 2009-2011. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: International Trade, Customs Law and International Business, Competition Law and Litigation. E-mail: gibarra@fsa-law.com.

 
Labor
 

JORGE MERLANO MATÍZ, (Of Counsel), born 1952; admitted, 1978, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1977); Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Specialist in Collective Negotiation, 1984). Publications: The Administration of Labor Conflicts in Colombia, Legis Editores, 1991- third re-edition, 2004; From Conflict to Conciliation, Editorial Carrera 7, 2007. Experience: Director of Legal Research, National Association of Financial Institutions - ANIF, 1981-1982; General Counsel, Bogotá Waterworks Company, 1982-1988; Private Practitioner in Labor Law, 1988 to date; President of the Labor Law Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, 2009 to date. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Idividual and Collective Labor Law and Labor Litigation. E-mail: jmerlano@fsa-law.com.

 
Residential Public Services and Infrastructure
 

LILIANA MARÍA RODRÍGUEZ RETAMOSO, (Of Counsel), admitted, 1998, Colombia. Education:Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1998); Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (Master in Commercial Law, 2001); University of Southampton (LL.M. in Maritime Law, International Trade and European Law, 2005); Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London (LL.M. in Banking & Finance - Arbitration). Experience: Counsel to the President, Flota Mercante GranColombiana, 1999-2003l Consultant (international projects negotiation), National Planning Department, Colombia 2004-2007; independent counsel (public private partnerships, international infrastructure, construction contracts), 2007-2013; Senior Associate, Parra Rodriguez Sanin, 2013 to date. Practice Areas: Residential Public, Foreign Investment, Corporate and Contracts.

 
Information and Communications Technology
 

JUAN FERNANDO CÓRDOBA MARENTES, born 1971; admitted, 1998, Colombia. Education: Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1998); Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialist in Telecommunications Law, 1998); University of Queensland, Australia (LL.M., 2003); Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Post-Graduate Degree in Copyrights and Neighboring Rights, 2010). Experience: Professor of Intellectual Property and New Technologies, Universidad de la Sabana (2000 to date); Professor of IT Law, Graduate Level, Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (2003 to date). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Telecommunications; Cyberspace; Information Technology; Corporate and Contracts. E-mail: jfcordoba@fsa-law.com.

 
Intellectual Property
 

MÓNICA WOLF DE CAMHI, born 1964; admitted, 1987, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1986). Experience: Senior Attorney, Cavelier Abogados, 1986-1990; Founder and main partner, Wolf Méndez Abogados, 1992 to date; General Secretary, Colombian Association of Intellectual Property-ACPI 1995-1998; Secretary for the Colombian Group, Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Proprieté Industrielle (AIPPI), 1994-1998. Languages: Spanish, English and French. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property. E-mail: monwolf@fsa-law.com.

JESÚS MARÍA MÉNDEZ BERMUDEZ, born 1968; admitted, 1999, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1996); Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialization in Intellectual Property, 1997); Universidad Externado de Colombia (Specialist in IP,Copyrights and New Technologies, 2000). Experience: Founder and main partner, Wolf Méndez Abogados, 1992—. Languages: Spanish. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property; Sanitary and Health Product Registration Procedure; Competition Law; Administrative Litigation. E-mail: jemendez@fsa-law.com.

 
Associates
 

PATRICIA GÓMEZ MÉNDEZ, born 1961; admitted 1984, Colombia; admitted 2003, Florida. Education: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1983); Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialization in International Contracts, 1994); Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2002). Experience: Lawyer, Directive Council of Foreign Trade, Incomex, 1988-1999; General Counsel, Carbones de Colombia S.A., 1990-1998; Founder and main Partner, Law Office of Patricia Gómez, P.A., Florida, U.S.A. (2003 to date); Languages: Spanish, English (first language proficiency) and French. Practice Areas: Corporate; Contracts, Foreign Investment and Exchange, Mining. E-mail: pgomez@fsa-law.com.

PAMELA CABAL FRANK, born 1983; admitted, 2007, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 2006); Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Magister Legum, 2007). Experience: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Republic of Colombia, external counsel (2009-2010) and internal counsel (2012) for state contracting; Universidad de los Andes, Legal Clinic. Coordinator of the Public Law Area (2010 –2011). Languages: Spanish and German (first language). Practice Areas: State and Commercial Contracts, Corporate. E-mail: pcabal@fsa-law.com.

MARÍA DEL MAR JÁCOME ANAYA, born, 1980; admitted 2003, Colombia. Education: Universidad del Norte, School of Law, Barranquilla, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 2003); Universidad del Norte, School of Law, Barranquilla, Colombia (Tax Law Specialization, 2009). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: taxes, residential public services. E-mail: mmjacome@fsa-law.com.

 
Of Counsel
 

LUIS FERNANDO MACÍAS GÓMEZ, born 1961; admitted, 1987, Colombia.Education: Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1986); University of the Basque Country, Spain (Interactive Masters in Environmental Law, 1999 - 2000). Experience: General Counsel, Ministry of Environment, Colombia (1994 - 1997); Founder and Main Partner, Macías Gómez & Asociados Abogados (1997 to date); Professor of Environmental Law, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia (1996 - 2006), Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Colombia (1996 -2008); President of the Environmental Law Committee, Colombian American Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, 2009 to date. Languages: Spanish, French and English. Practice Areas: Environmental; Administrative; Litigation. E-mail: lfmacias@fsa-law.com.

ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ MORENO, born 1950; admitted, 1976, Colombia. Education: Universidad La Gran Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1976); Universidad Externado de Colombia (Specialization in Criminal Sciences, 1979). Experience: Colombian Government Representative to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (Office of the President of the Republic), Washington, D.C., 1993-1995. Legal Counsel and Advising Minister to the Human Rights Advisory Office (Office of the President of the Republic), Washington, D.C., 1993-1995. Languages: Spanish and Italian. Practice Areas: Criminal Defense Attorney. Email: ahernandez@fsa-law.com

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