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FIGUEROA SIERRA & ASOCIADOS ABOGADOS

Established in 1986

 

Carrera 9 No. 74-08, Oficina 504
BOGOTÁ D.C., 110221, COLOMBIA


Telephone: PBX +571 211 3090, 611 3090
Email: fsa@fsa-law.com
Website: www.figueroasierra.com

 
FIRM PROFILE: Figueroa Sierra & Asociados Abogados counsels major foreign companies doing business regarding Colombia. Since the 1980's the firm's current members have worked on complex transactions in most areas of the Colombian economy, involving foreign investment (mergers and acquisitions, greenfield investments mainly in infra-structure, oil & gas, and the defense sector), financing, trade and services. It has conducted several successful pre-litigation and litigation matters in the stated areas, as well as settlements of transboundary commercial agreements (especially commercial agency terminations).
 
Figueroa Sierra relies on a longstanding and strong network of attorneys, whether they be Members or of Counsel to the firm, having developed over the years a shared culture of professional practice in all respects. All lawyers related to the firm are renowned in their respective areas of expertise.
 

In 2013 Figueroa Sierra entered into a strategic alliance with the law firm Parra Rodríguez Abogados, with whose partners and associates we have continuously worked since 1993. Accordingly, Augusto Figueroa is a partner of Parra Rodríguez, whose partners are members of counsel of Figueroa Sierra. We thereby have the strengthened support of a full service structure, currently composing a team of over thirty lawyers.

 
MAIN PARTNER AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
 

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 (ABD), 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, (2009-2014); Partner, Parra Rodríguez Abogados (2013 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-mailafigueroa@fsa-law.com.

 
SENIOR SUPPORT COUNSEL TO Mr. FIGUEROA
 

LILIAN ARCINIEGAS VANEGAS (Member of Figueroa Sierra), born 1981; admitted 2008, Colombia. Education: Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 2008); Specialization in Oil and Mining Law (2014). Experience: Associate, Cuesta & Asociados (2007), Lawyer, Asociación Colombiana de Propiedad Industrial ACPI (Colombian Association of Industrial Property, 2007-2008); Associate, José Lloreda Camacho & Co. (2008-2009): Associate, Figueroa Sierra & Asociados Abogados (2010-2012); Lawyer, Emerald Energy Plc Colombia Branch (2012-2015); Private practitioner (2015 to date). Languages: Spanish, English and German. Practice Areas: Corporate; Contracts; Foreign Investment and Exchange; Oil & Gas.  E-maillilarciniegas@fsa-law.com.

 
CORPORATE AND TAXATION LAW, TAX PLANING
 

ÁLVARO PARRA GÓMEZ (Member of Counsel), born 1963; admitted, 1987, Colombia. Education: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Doctor in Law, 1987). Experience: Partner of Parra, Rodríguez 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-mailaparra@fsa-law.com.

 

RICARDO ANAYA VISBAL (Member of Counsel), 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-mailranaya@fsa-law.com.

 

MARÍA MARGARITA PARRA GÓMEZ (Member of Counsel), 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-mailmariamargaritaparra@fsa-law.com.

 

CARLOS ALBERTO RINCÓN CORTÉS (Member of Counsel), 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-mailcarincon@fsa-law.com.
 
FOREIGN EXCHANGE LAW
 

VICENTE BELTRÁN ROLDÁN (Member 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. E-mail: vbeltran@fsa-law.com.

 
FOREIGN INVESTMENT
 
HÉLÈNE DEZOTEUX (Member Of Counsel), born 1970, admitted in 1993 (Belgium) and 1994 (Colombia). Education: University of Nantes, Nantes, France (Attorney at law, 1991); Free University of Brussels –ULB- Brussels, Belgium (Master in European Law, 1992-1994), Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialist in Tax Law, 2001), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Official Translator in Colombia for French and Spanish, 2007). Experience: University of Los Andes, Law Faculty, Bogotá, Colombia (Lecturer in European Law, 1995), University Externado de Colombia, Finance, Government and International Relations Faculty, Bogotá, Colombia (Lecturer in European Law,1995-1996), Cavelier Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia (Associate lawyer, 1996-1997), Figueroa Sierra & Asociado Abogados (Associate Lawyer, 1998-2002), KPMG- Tax & legal (Senior Lawyer, 2002), French Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, Economic Department (counsel to French companies regarding doing business in Colombia, 2003-2015), European Union Elan biz Project - information on Colombian market access requirements to EU companies (Representative in Colombia, 2015-2018). Independent practitioner (2018 to date). Languages: French, Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Commercial, tax, exchange and foreign investment law. E-mail: hdezoteux@fsa-law.com.
 
FOREIGN TRADE AND CUSTOMS LAW
 
GABRIEL IBARRA PARDO (Member 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.
 
FINANCE AND STOCK EXCHANGE LAW
 
RODRIGO GALARZA NARANJO (Of Counsel), born 1970; admitted, 1993, Colombia. Education: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Attorney at Law, 1992), Universidad de los Andes (Specialization in Banking, 1996). Experience: General Counsel, Banking and Financial Entities Association of Colombia (ASOBANCARIA), 1993–1995; Legal and Regulatory Director, Bogota Stock Exchange S.A. [currently Colombia Stock Exchange], 1995–1998, Executive Vice President, Colombian Association of Pension and Severance Funds Administrators (ASOFONDOS) 1999–2007; independent practitioner, 2007 to date; member of The Capital Markets Commission (2019 - to date). Language: Spanish. Practice Areas: Capital Markets, Financial and Insurance law; Commercial and Corporate law. Administrative and Civil Law Litigation. E-mail: rgalarza@fsa-law.com.
 
INSOLVENCY LAW
 

RAFAEL ANTONIO SANTAMARÍA URIBE (of Counsel), born 1959; admitted 1992, Colombia. Education: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia (Attorney at Law, 1982); Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialist in Business Enterprises Law, 1988); Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (Master in Political Science and International Relations,1993);Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialist in Business Insolvency, 2013); Experience: Superintendence of Corporations, Attorney, 1980 to 1983; Banco de Colombia, Grupo Grancolombiano Trust (Manager and Liquidator of Grancolombiana de Vivienda S.A., Bogotá, Colombia, 1984-1989): Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Secretary at Embassy of Colombia in Belgium and Colombia Consul in Brussels (1992-1994); Private Practitioner in Bankruptcy Law (1994 to date). Languages: Spanish, French and English. Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Corporate, Contracts, Litigation, Arbitration. E-mail: rsantamaria@fsa-law.com.

 
LABOR LAW
 
JORGE MERLANO MATIZ (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 L esto logramos abor Law Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, 2009 to date. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Individual and Collective Labor Law and Labor Litigation. E-mail: jmerlano@fsa-law.com.
 
HEALTH SERVICES LAW AND REGULATION
 
ADRIANA ZAMBRANO GÓMEZ (Of Counsel), born 1969; admitted, 1993, Colombia. Education: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Attorney at Law, 1993); Specialist in Labor Law and Industrial Relations (Universidad Externado de Colombia, 1997); Experience: Associate Counsel, CAFESALUD S.A. (1998-2004); Health Sector Legal Director and General Counsel, GRUPO COLPATRIA – Investment Unit (2004-2008); Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, NUEVA EPS (2008-2010); Private Practitioner (2011 to date); outsourced general counsel, EMERMÉDICA S.A. (2011 to date). Languages: Spanish. Practice Areas: Health Law and Regulation, Corporate, Contracts, Litigation. E-mail: azambrano@fsa-law.com.
 
AVIATION AND RELATED 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 S.A.S, 1995 to date; Partner of Armando Parra Escobar Asociados y Cía. Ltda., 1991-1995; Attorney at Cavelier Abogados, 1989-1991. Languages: Spanish, German and English. Practice Areas: Aviation Law, Corporate and Contracts, Finance. E-mail: bernardorodriguez@fsa-law.com.
 
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
 

JUAN FERNANDO CÓRDOBA MARENTES (Of Counsel), 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 (Member of Figueroa Sierra), 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 BERMÚDEZ (Member of Figueroa Sierra), 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.

 
CORPORATE RELATIONS DEVELOPMENT
 
MARÍA EUGENIA REY RENJIFO (Of Counsel), born 1954. Education: Intensive corporate leadership and high management courses and training at INALDE BUSINESS SCHOOL, Universidad de la Sabana; Bogotá. Attendance to high management seminars and courses inter alia at Georgetown University, Harvard University, ESMT Berlin, Instituto de Empresa IE Business School de Madrid, Lufthansa Schulungszentrum. Experience: Lufthansa Colombia, successive positions up to Manager for Colombia (1974-1999); Organización Aviatur, Executive Vice President (1999- 2004); Aerolíneas Argentinas, General Manager for Colombia (2004 – 2009). ALAICO, International Airlines Association, President (2009-2010); Grupo Evolution, President (2009 to date). Current Boards of Directors: ANDI (National Association of Industrialists), President of the Board of Directors for the Bogotá and Cundinamarca Section; Member of ANDI’s National Board of Directors; Colombian-British Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors member, National Institute of Corporate Governance, founding member and member of the Board of Directors; Colombian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the Board of Directors; Colombian Italian Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Directors; COCME (World Energy Counsel, Colombia Chapter), member of the Board of Directors. Languages: Spanish, German and English. Practice Areas: Corporate relations. Email: mariaeugeniarey@fsa-law.com.
 
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW
 

CAMILO ANDRÉS SEPÚLVEDA SÁNCHEZ (Of Counsel), born 1981; admitted, 2005, Colombia. Education: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia (Lawyer, 2005); U.S. Department of Justice, International Crime Investigation Assistential Training Program (ICITAP- October to November of 2005); Andean Jurists Commission, International Criminal Law and International Criminal Court (February of 2006); Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia (Specialization In Criminal Law, February of 2005 – May of 2006); Santo Tomás University, Bogotá, Colombia; Perfecting of Investigation and Prosecution for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Applied to the Accusatory Criminal System (Diploma, June 12 – 23 of 2007); University of Salamanca, Spain - Santo Tomás University, Bogotá, Colombia (Master in Criminal Defense Law - Candidate to Magister); Salamanca University (Specialization in Organized Crime, Corruption and Terrorism, January of 2014). Experience: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, General Criminal Law Professor (January of 2008 – December of 2009) and Special Criminal Law (January– June of 2010); Officer of the Atty. Gen.’s Office Counterterrorism National Unit, Bogotá, Colombia (August of 2005 – August of 2007); consultant and attorney-at-law, Jaime Lombana Villalba & Abogados (September of 2007 – September of 2010); Sepúlveda y Sepúlveda Abogados, Founding Partner (2010 to date). Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Criminal Defense Attorney. Email: csepulveda@fsa-law.com.

 

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