Our Team

A team of lawyers recognized in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, environmental and commercial law industries, due to their extensive experience and technical knowledge.

Juan Manuel Garrido

Partner

Founding partner of the firm in 2002, currently heads the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

He was director of the litigation and arbitration department at Baker Mackenzie (1987 - 2000), Advisor, consultant and special focus in energy issues, infrastructure projects, oil, mining, gas, litigation, national and international arbitration, private contracting, construction, natural resources and environment, and class actions.

He has more than 35 years experience and has participated in more than 120 arbitrations, which has given him the expertise to advise companies in different sectors of the economy.

He is a member of the Arbitration Panel of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (CIAC). Juan Manuel is a Tenured Lecturer at the Universidad del Rosario and Universidad Externado de Colombia on energy law and speaker in the National and International Arbitration Diploma and in the Course for Secretaries of Arbitration Courts organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

He has a law degree from the Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (1978).

Juan Manuel Garrido

Partner

Founding partner of the firm in 2002, currently heads the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

He was director of the litigation and arbitration department at Baker Mackenzie (1987 - 2000), Advisor, consultant and special focus in energy issues, infrastructure projects, oil, mining, gas, litigation, national and international arbitration, private contracting, construction, natural resources and environment, and class actions.

He has more than 35 years experience and has participated in more than 120 arbitrations, which has given him the expertise to advise companies in different sectors of the economy.

He is a member of the Arbitration Panel of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (CIAC). Juan Manuel is a Tenured Lecturer at the Universidad del Rosario and Universidad Externado de Colombia on energy law and speaker in the National and International Arbitration Diploma and in the Course for Secretaries of Arbitration Courts organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

He has a law degree from the Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (1978).

Claudia Fonseca Jaramillo

Partner

Partner in charge of the consultancy practice area.

She focuses on advising and assisting clients in commercial, contractual and environmental law, as well as in arbitration and national and international negotiation.

With more than 18 years of experience in the legal practice, Claudia is an expert in advising domestic and foreign clients in the areas of infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and natural resources, having advised more than 50 companies in strategic issues of their business and operations.

She has a law degree from Universidad de los Andes (2002) and a post graduate studies in International Business with emphasis in Capital Markets and Investment Banking from the School of Government, Finance and International Relations of Universidad Externado de Colombia, in a joint program with the "School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)" of Columbia University in New York (2004).

Claudia Fonseca Jaramillo

Partner

Partner in charge of the consultancy practice area.

She focuses on advising and assisting clients in commercial, contractual and environmental law, as well as in arbitration and national and international negotiation.

With more than 18 years of experience in the legal practice, Claudia is an expert in advising domestic and foreign clients in the areas of infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and natural resources, having advised more than 50 companies in strategic issues of their business and operations.

She has a law degree from Universidad de los Andes (2002) and a post graduate studies in International Business with emphasis in Capital Markets and Investment Banking from the School of Government, Finance and International Relations of Universidad Externado de Colombia, in a joint program with the "School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)" of Columbia University in New York (2004).

Carlos Arturo Torres Latorre

Of Counsel – Director

He has been counsel for the firm since 2018 and is currently Director of the oil, mining and gas area.

He has more than 30 years of professional experience and is an expert in corporate matters focused on contract management, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Previously, he served as general counsel of different important multinational companies in the energy, oil and gas industry.

He actively participated in the negotiation of more than 20 Joint Operating Agreements and more than 15 Oil Exploration contracts, being a key player in conflict resolution between companies and communities.

As Legal Vice-president of a gas transportation company, he had the opportunity to gain further experience in gas, transportation and supply issues.

He is currently an Arbitrator of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

He has a Law Degree from Universidad de los Andes (1986), a post graduate studies in Administrative Law from Universidad del Rosario (1988), and Commercial Law from Universidad de los Andes (1990). Also, a Master's Degree in Commercial Law from Universidad Sergio Arboleda (2016) and a Management for the Development Program of Inalde (2012).

Carlos Arturo Torres Latorre

Of Counsel – Director

He has been counsel for the firm since 2018 and is currently Director of the oil, mining and gas area.

He has more than 30 years of professional experience and is an expert in corporate matters focused on contract management, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Previously, he served as general counsel of different important multinational companies in the energy, oil and gas industry.

He actively participated in the negotiation of more than 20 Joint Operating Agreements and more than 15 Oil Exploration contracts, being a key player in conflict resolution between companies and communities.

As Legal Vice-president of a gas transportation company, he had the opportunity to gain further experience in gas, transportation and supply issues.

He is currently an Arbitrator of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

He has a Law Degree from Universidad de los Andes (1986), a post graduate studies in Administrative Law from Universidad del Rosario (1988), and Commercial Law from Universidad de los Andes (1990). Also, a Master's Degree in Commercial Law from Universidad Sergio Arboleda (2016) and a Management for the Development Program of Inalde (2012).

Cristian Felipe Sánchez Loaiza

Senior Associate

He joined the firm in 2017, and is currently an associate in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

His professional practice focuses on representing clients in civil, commercial and administrative judicial disputes, arbitration proceedings, and preparation of claims, constitutional actions, appeals, legal concepts and advice in the different practice areas.

He is an expert in procedural, civil, commercial and constitutional law, fields in which he has advised in diverse matters and judicial and extrajudicial actions.

Cristian Felipe has more than 8 years of experience in the judicial sector, where he served as a Civil Judge, Professional Grade 33 of the Supreme Court of Justice - Chamber of Civil Cassation, Counselor and Assistant to the Magistrate of the Superior Court of Bogota - Civil Chamber and Senior Officer of the Civil Circuit Court of Bogota.

He worked in the Special Administrative Unit of Management of Restitution of Lands, defending the entity judicially and extra-judicially and providing advice and monitoring to the territorial entities.

He is currently an active member of the Colombian Institute of Procedural Law (ICDP) and a university professor.

Cristian Felipe is Law Mediator (2007) and Bachelor of Law (2008) from the University of Caldas (2008), graduated with honors and his thesis obtained a merit mention. He is a Specialist in Procedural Law (2011) and Commercial Law (2012) from the Universidad del Rosario and Master Degree in Tort Law from the University of Girona (2015), in which he was a scholarship holder of the Mapfre Foundation. He also studied a Diploma in National and International Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota (2018).

Cristian Felipe Sánchez Loaiza

Senior Associate

He joined the firm in 2017, and is currently an associate in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

His professional practice focuses on representing clients in civil, commercial and administrative judicial disputes, arbitration proceedings, and preparation of claims, constitutional actions, appeals, legal concepts and advice in the different practice areas.

He is an expert in procedural, civil, commercial and constitutional law, fields in which he has advised in diverse matters and judicial and extrajudicial actions.

Cristian Felipe has more than 8 years of experience in the judicial sector, where he served as a Civil Judge, Professional Grade 33 of the Supreme Court of Justice - Chamber of Civil Cassation, Counselor and Assistant to the Magistrate of the Superior Court of Bogota - Civil Chamber and Senior Officer of the Civil Circuit Court of Bogota.

He worked in the Special Administrative Unit of Management of Restitution of Lands, defending the entity judicially and extra-judicially and providing advice and monitoring to the territorial entities.

He is currently an active member of the Colombian Institute of Procedural Law (ICDP) and a university professor.

Cristian Felipe is Law Mediator (2007) and Bachelor of Law (2008) from the University of Caldas (2008), graduated with honors and his thesis obtained a merit mention. He is a Specialist in Procedural Law (2011) and Commercial Law (2012) from the Universidad del Rosario and Master Degree in Tort Law from the University of Girona (2015), in which he was a scholarship holder of the Mapfre Foundation. He also studied a Diploma in National and International Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota (2018).

Guillermo Arturo Muñoz Lasso

Senior Associate

He joined the firm in 2017, and is currently an associate in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

His professional practice is focused on real estate, liability, civil, commercial and administrative contracts and constitutional law.

Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the judiciary branch, specifically in the Superior Court of Manizales and in the Municipal Civil Court in Manizales and Bogota.

Guillermo has a Law Degree from the Universidad de Manizales (2015), post graduate studies in Procedural Law from the Universidad del Rosario (2018) and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Private Law with emphasis on Contemporary Contracts at the Universidad Externado de Colombia (2020).

Guillermo Arturo Muñoz Lasso

Senior Associate

He joined the firm in 2017, and is currently an associate in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice area.

His professional practice is focused on real estate, liability, civil, commercial and administrative contracts and constitutional law.

Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the judiciary branch, specifically in the Superior Court of Manizales and in the Municipal Civil Court in Manizales and Bogota.

Guillermo has a Law Degree from the Universidad de Manizales (2015), post graduate studies in Procedural Law from the Universidad del Rosario (2018) and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Private Law with emphasis on Contemporary Contracts at the Universidad Externado de Colombia (2020).

Nelson Ruiz Castellanos

Senior Associate

Está vinculado con la firma desde el año 2022, prestando sus servicios como abogado In-House para diferentes clientes en la industria petrolera.

Su práctica profesional se ha centrado en el área del derecho inmobiliario, ambiental, minero, tierras, petrolero y proyectos productivos.

Tiene experiencia, en el sector público, en entidades como la Corporación para la Defensa de la Meseta de Bucaramanga, Unidad para las Víctimas, Unidad de Restitución de Tierras y Agencia Nacional de Tierras. Así mismo cuenta con experiencia en el sector privado, específicamente en la industria petrolera y asesorías en materia ambiental; su ejercicio profesional en los referidos sectores suma más de 9 años.

Abogado egresado de la Universidad Santo Tomás de Bucaramanga (2012), Especialista en Derecho Minero Energético de la Universidad Externado de Colombia (2014), Especialista en Derecho del Medio Ambiente de la Universidad Externado de Colombia (2016) y actualmente candidato a Magister del Programa Planificación Territorial y Gestión Ambiental de la Universidad de Barcelona, donde culminó con éxito las asignaturas y sustentación de tesis (2022)

Nelson Ruiz Castellanos

Asociado Senior
Está vinculado con la firma desde el año 2022, prestando sus servicios como abogado In-House para diferentes clientes en la industria petrolera.

Su práctica profesional se ha centrado en el área del derecho inmobiliario, ambiental, minero, tierras, petrolero y proyectos productivos.

Tiene experiencia, en el sector público, en entidades como la Corporación para la Defensa de la Meseta de Bucaramanga, Unidad para las Víctimas, Unidad de Restitución de Tierras y Agencia Nacional de Tierras. Así mismo cuenta con experiencia en el sector privado, específicamente en la industria petrolera y asesorías en materia ambiental; su ejercicio profesional en los referidos sectores suma más de 9 años.

Abogado egresado de la Universidad Santo Tomás de Bucaramanga (2012), Especialista en Derecho Minero Energético de la Universidad Externado de Colombia (2014), Especialista en Derecho del Medio Ambiente de la Universidad Externado de Colombia (2016) y actualmente candidato a Magister del Programa Planificación Territorial y Gestión Ambiental de la Universidad de Barcelona, donde culminó con éxito las asignaturas y sustentación de tesis (2022)

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