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DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán creates oil & gas practice, adds 3 partners
Colombian law firm DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán has created an oil and gas practice, and added three new partners to its team, bringing the total to 20.
The new partner in the oil and gas practice is Johanna Cajigas Caicedo, while Juan Pablo Amaya and Sergio Londoño González join the firm as corporate law partners.
Johanna is a lawyer with more than 18 years in the energy sector with extensive experience in the private and public sectors. She joins the firm after having served as a director at law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria.
Juan Pablo joined the firm in 2019 as a director, served as a judge for more than two years, during which time he presided over hundreds of corporate governance-related cases involving issues such as squeeze-out procedures, D&O liability, related-party transactions, corporate veil piercing, and shareholders' agreements. He holds an MSc in law and finance from Oxford University.
Sergio joined the firm in 2018 and holds an LLM in corporate law, finance and governance from Harvard Law School and currently teaches corporations and corporate disputes at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
Regarding the new appointments, partner Nicolás Polanía said: "For DLA its new partners are the reaffirmation of our commitment to excellence, which is the DNA that has led us to be the fastest growing firm in the Colombian legal market”.
Speaking about her new role, Johanna Cajigas said: “this designation is for me a recognition of many years of work. It has been a path of much effort and sacrifices at all levels”.
“DLA's idea is to strengthen the energy and natural resources area, whose participation is currently very strong in the electric power and energy transition segments,” she added. “For us, the bet is to add to the practice an area specialized in the hydrocarbon sector at upstream, midstream and downstream level, benefiting our clients with a comprehensive service in the field of natural resources.
“The prospects are enormous in relation to legal services in the hydrocarbons market. First of all, even though there is a clear signal that no new exploration and production contracts will be signed, this does not mean that the market will not continue to operate. In fact, the oil and gas area seeks to project itself towards an interdisciplinary legal services offering, based on synergies with areas such as tax, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, infrastructure and electric power, among others.
And secondly, because the impact of policy changes should not only be analyzed from a purely regulatory sphere of the market but should be able to encompass structuring, analysis and a proposal to our clients that is comprehensive in terms of tax, environmental and even project finance impacts. Our firm is able to expand the range of services offered within a process of energy transition in which conventional hydrocarbons still have a great weight and where natural gas, hydrogen and biogas, mark the transition process,” Johanna added.
For his part, Sergio Londoño described his incorporation as a partner as “an honor and a very stimulating challenge. An honor because the appointment recognizes the work of several years in the defense of our clients' interests, and it also implies the important challenge of continuing to work hard to strengthen the firm's leadership position in corporate dispute resolution in Colombia”.
“This is a bold bet by DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán to consolidate its current position as a leading firm in the resolution of corporate disputes. It is undeniable that we are going through one of the most litigious corporate litigation periods in the history of the country,” Sergio added.
New partner Juan Pablo Amaya said that, “to continue generating value for our clients, we must maintain our position as market leaders in corporate law. This implies, first, strengthening our capabilities with new products and services of the highest quality, tailored to the increasingly complex and challenging needs of entrepreneurs. Second, we will deepen the specialization that has characterized our practice area. In corporate matters, the needs of a family company are very different from those of a financial conglomerate, a securities issuer, an entrepreneurial venture or a state-owned company”.
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