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GAR 100 - 10th Edition

Gómez-Pinzón

10 March 2017

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.

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