Colombia

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Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is a full service firm that is highly respected in the Colombian market. Ciro Meza Martinez is a member of the firm's tax group. His practice specialises in tax planning, tax advisory and litigation. Martinez has also being involved in various M&A deals and company restructuring.

The firm offers services in customs, real estate tax, state and local tax, supply chain tax planning, tax dispute resolutions, tax planning, tax policy, VAT and indirect tax, among other things.

Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

Brigard & Urrutia's tax practice is led by José Andrés Romero, a partner with more than 16 years of experience in tax. The team consists of five partners and 20 other tax professionals. 

The firm acts on matters such as tax issues related to corporate M&A, contentious tax, cross-border tax planning and finance tax issues. The firm has also advised the Colombian government in matters such as the access to university education.

During the research period the firm advised Dolphin Drilling Group on various aspects including tax planning in Colombia in a case worth $560 million. The firm also offers tax advice to companies across a range of sectors including oil and gas and real estate.

New to the team are accountant Marcela Ardila and associates Camilo Castrillon and José Luis Garcia who all joined the firm in 2017.

Garrigues

Camilo Zarama oversees the tax practice at Garrigues. The practice is made up of two partners and seven other professionals, including Laura Galeano who joined the firm in July 2016.

The firm has participated in shaping several high profile tax projects including Colombia's tax reform and policy. It has also assisted the Ministry of Health with a study to improve management of payroll taxes and reduce tax evasion. During the research period the firm assisted Faro Energy with tax planning for alternative energy projects. It also helped GS in analysing the classification of security transportation activities.

The firm's client list includes Autoniza, Berge, Praco Didacol. Opain (El Dorado Bogotá Airport) and Aeropuertos del Oriente.

Godoy & Hoyos Abogados

The tax team at Godoy & Hoyos Abogados comprises two partners and 13 other professionals. Catalina Hoyos Jimenez is the director of the firm's tax group and Juan Pablo Godoy is the deputy director.

The firm offers services in M&A, restructuring, reorganisations, projects and general tax advice. Its client list includes Grupo Sanford, Grupo Sura, Grupo Bolívar, Credicorp Capital, Key Energy, ExxonMobil and Fragances.

The team’s recent experience includes advising a client on a settlement of around $32 million with the local Colombian tax authority.

New associates who joined the team during the research period include Maria Camila Bobadilla, Edwin Villalobos, Santiago Pineda and Alejandro Herrera.

KPMG

KPMG's tax practice is led by Zulay Perez. The team comprises seven partners and one additional fee earner.

The firm provides services in domestic and international tax advisory; international executive services; transfer pricing and legal services including customs, exchanges, corporate, labour and tax disputes. It also provides services in M&A, bookkeeping and payroll compliance.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Martín Acero and Carolina Rozo co-heads Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's tax practice.

The firm assists clients with local and offshore tax planning including the acquisition of domestic corporations, companies and assets by foreign companies; international reorganisation; private client reorganisation and tax planning; as well as tax litigation and tax proceedings.

During the research period the firm provided tax advice on the structuring of infrastructure projects in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Further, it advised Daabon Group on the tax structure for the acquisition of Odinsa in Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta.