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Colombia’s CMS Rodríguez-Azuero integrates Vergel Riascos
Colombian law firm CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has integrated Vergel Riascos Abogados, a boutique firm with extensive expertise in mining, environment and conflict resolution matters, which includes the addition of a new partner, Daniela Vergel, bringing the firm’s total partner count to 14.
CMS Rodríguez-Azuero is part of the CMS group of law firms, which has 78 offices in more than 40 countries, and more than 5,000 lawyers worldwide.
The integration strengthens CMS Rodríguez-Azuero’s energy and climate change practice, in response to the plans unveiled by the government of new President Gustavo Petro to move forward in Colombia’s energy transition, and given the importance of the mining sector in the country’s economic development, and due to the wider geopolitical situation.
Mining is an important sector as it provides leverage to the country’s sustainable economic recovery following the pandemic, and the integration into the firm of the team of Vergel Riascos Abogados will be fundamental in strengthening the firm’s practice in that area, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero said.
“This integration signifies the strengthening of the energy and climate change team, taking into account that Daniela and her team are experts in mining rights and conflict resolution, and have advised a number of companies engaged in mining projects during more than a decade of professional practice,” Juan Camilo Rodríguez, managing partner of CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, said.
“Our aim is to continue providing a full service and to strengthen our team of lawyers with the best professionals, positioning ourselves as a leading firm in various sectors, including energy and climate change,” he added.
The firm’s new partner Daniela Vergel is a law graduate of the Universidad de los Andes with a specialization in mining and energy laws from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She is a secretary of the arbitration and conciliation center of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, and has more than 12 years’ experience, having begun her career in a non-profit organization and worked for a number of well-renowned firms, as well as for the country’s stock market regulatory body.
In 2013 she founded her own law firm, Vergel Riascos, specializing in mining and environmental law, as well as contractual and labor law and conflict resolution, and from where she counseled diverse clients in the structuring of mining projects, the acquisition of mining rights, local and international mineral transactions, as well as bureaucratic processes with the country’s mining authorities and the contracting of goods and services for the mining industry.
She has also represented clients in litigation and environmental sanctions processes.
“This synergy will continue to strengthen CMS in relation to its goals, when we set ourselves the task of becoming an international firm, and consolidating ourselves as one of the top international firms in the Colombian market,” Juan Camilo Rodríguez said.
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