Boutique firm specialized in competition and international trade matters led by
Gabriel Ibarra Pardo, who possesses more than 30 years of experience on
the field which makes him one of the most well-known and respected
competition lawyers in Colombia. Clients value that their matters are
managed directly by a partner with widely recognized experience.
practice area and the Firm’s partners are known for their accessibility,
and for the personalized attention given to the Firm’s clients.
the innovative and creative solutions that the practice offers in a timely
joint work performed with the international trade practice, and with the
now developing energy and gas practice, the Firm has an interdisciplinary
perspective of issues, which includes economic and public policy
works jointly with economists, bankers, engineers, auditors, and statutory
auditors, so as to provide a complete service to clients.
regards to antitrust investigations, the Firm’s policy is that the same
team handles the administrative investigation, and the eventual judicial process
before Colombian courts in order to challenge any sanction imposed. This
allows us to draw a complete strategy from the beginning of the
investigation, which will be compatible with the defence to be presented
within the judicial process. Also, it guarantees that such process will be
managed with thorough knowledge of the previous investigation.
participates in the leading cases of antitrust investigations undertaken
by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, and by Colombian courts.
For instance, Ibarra Abogados represents the interests of Grupo Aval,
Colombia’s largest financial group, in the investigation conducted by the
Competition Protection Office of the Superintendence of Industry and
Commerce in the renowned “Ruta del Sol” case. Likewise, the Firm counsels
and represents the French multinational VINCI and VÌA 40 EXPRESS S.A.S. in
the investigation conducted by that same Office, in the “Tercer Carril”
also represents the interests of national and international companies in proceedings
regarding merger control before the Superintendence of Industry and
Ibarra is a weekly columnist in the economic journal “La República”.