The Colombian firm said goodbye to a practice head and leading arbitrator
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados arose through the 2008 merger of two firms – disputes boutique Zuleta & Partners and transactional firm Gómez Pinzón Abogados. The merged firm’s disputes group was until recently co-chaired by Eduardo Zuleta and William Araque. The pair cut their teeth at Baker & McKenzie in Bogotá in the 1990s, where they acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme in some early cases that generated important local court precedents for arbitration.
Under their leadership, GPZ came to be known as the standout firm for international arbitration in Colombia, with Zuleta achieving prominence as an investment arbitrator at ICSID and taking on institutional roles at the ICC, LCIA and IBA. Colombian state electricity company Isagen, Ecopetrol, GlaxoSmithKline and General Motors have been among the firm’s arbitration clients.
However, Zuleta announced in late 2016 that he was leaving the firm to set up his own chambers, Zuleta Abogados (a new entrant in this year’s GAR 100). He is taking a team from GPZ with him, including senior associate Rafael Rincon.
Araque, however, is staying put, and the firm says it intends to hire replacements in due course.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear how the firm’s international arbitration practice will fare after these departures, and its place in the GAR 100 is under review.
The Dispute Resolution and Investment Protection Practice of Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados has been repeatedly selected by specialized publications as No. 1 in Colombia and one of the leading practices in Latin America.
This Practice provides clients with high-quality legal advice on arbitration and litigation and has been pioneer in international commercial and investment arbitration in the region. Members of our Practice have conducted -as advisors, counsel or arbitrators- more than one hundred national and international commercial arbitrations under multiple rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, IACAC and the rules of major arbitration centers or courts in Latin America. Additionally, members of our Practice have acted as arbitrators and counsel in investment disputes under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules and in proceedings before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. The sums involved in commercial and investment arbitrations in which members of our Practice have been involved exceed USD 5 billion.
Moreover, our Practice has represented clients in complex litigations before civil, commercial and administrative courts in matters related to distribution, agency, tort, international commercial contracts, public contracts, infrastructure, oil & gas, class actions, consumer protection, anti-trust, construction and enforcement of foreign awards, judgments and preventive and interim measures. Additionally, our lawyers have acted as experts and co-counsel in foreign courts in litigation involving Latin American parties.
Members of our Practice have received legal education in Colombia, and several of them hold degrees from the USA, UK and France and speak Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.