Our litigation, arbitration and insolvency team offers complete advice to our clients, both creditors and debtors, in substantial and procedural aspects related with debt reorganization agreements, mandatory liquidation proceedings, cross-border insolvency proceedings, and other administrative and jurisdictional activities related with the recovery of business.
Luis Alfredo Barragán is the partner in charge of the litigation, arbitration and insolvency practice group of Brigard & Urrutia. He specializes in high-stakes commercial disputes and his practice covers all areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Barragán has been present in landmark litigation, arbitration and insolvency cases for high-profile clients, representing them before Colombian courts, including the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as before national and international arbitration panels. As a result of this work, he has obtained international distinctions and mentions for his work and experience, including Leader of First Tier Firm in Litigation (The Legal 500 Latin America, 2012), Lawyer of the Year - practice areas litigation, arbitration and insolvency (Best Lawyers, 2012), Band 2 in Dispute Resolution (Chambers and Partners, 2012) and Band 2 in Insurance (Chambers and Partners, 2012).
The International Chamber of Commerce has appointed Mr. Barragán as arbitrator and he has been confirmed in such position by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Holland. Mr. Barragán is member of the panel of arbitrators (Class A - Highest) of the chambers of commerce in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali in Colombia. Currently, he is an active member of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy - INSOL, the Latin American Arbitration Group of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Bar Association, the Club Español de Arbitraje and the Colombian Committee of Arbitration.
Mr. Barragán has served as counsel of the World Bank, the Inter-American Bank of Development and the USAID on the matter of guarantees and their execution within reorganization proceedings and has drafted bills to amend the Colombian General Procedure Code.
Mr. Barragán’s recent publications include Cross-Border Insolvency: A Commentary on the UNCITRAL Model Law, (Globe Business Publishing Ltd., 2012), International Commercial Arbitration in Iberoamerica (Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves, Pereira, La Ley - Wolters Kluwers, 2012), Studies in Private Law, Part I (Universidad del Rosario, 2007), Arbitration in the USA (Universidad del Rosario, 2007), The Arbitration Award (Universidad del Rosario, 2005), The Vienna Convention and Free Trade Agreements (Chamber of Commerce of Medellin, 2005) and Dispute Resolution Worldwide (Law Business Research, 2004).
Mr. Barragán is former professor of several academic classes of Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, in both undergraduate and graduate programs, such us commercial law, civil and administrative contracts and alternative dispute resolution. He has also been a regular lecturer in litigation and arbitration both in Colombia and internationally. Particularly, he has lectured in the VIII Annual Conference of the International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America and the Conference in Miami, U.S.A. (2010) and in the International Commercial Arbitration Conference of the Inter-American Commission of the Comercial Arbitration in Quito, Ecuador (2008).
Founded in 1934, Brigard & Urrutia is the largest full-service law firm in Colombia. Brigard & Urrutia has been repeatedly recognized by leading legal publications as one of the elite law firms in Colombia, mainly due to the firm’s wealth of experience in sophisticated corporate matters and for advising on cutting edge issues in specialized industries as well as having niche practices such as entertainment law.
Brigard & Urrutia attorneys have advised clients on groundbreaking landmark transactions and they have played a central role in developing the practice of corporate law in Colombia. On many occasions, Brigard & Urrutia attorneys have devised innovative and novel structures to enable our clients to achieve their commercial goals. Brigard & Urrutia clients benefit from our global connections which provide them with unparalleled access to a network of more than 400 law firms worldwide. Moreover, through our memberships in a variety of pre-eminent legal networks (including Lex Mundi, Pacific Rim Advisory Council, World Services Group, Ius Laboris, Interlex, the Bomchil Group and Club de Abogados), we are able to advise our clients on multi-jurisdictional issues in connection with the most sophisticated and far-reaching transactions.
Brigard & Urrutia advise national and international clients that includes leading domestic and international corporations, financial institutions and multilateral agencies on all aspects of their business activities in Colombia, including M&A transactions, banking and finance, natural resources, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, project finance, joint ventures, insolvency & reorganizations, competition and antitrust, environmental law, commercial transactions, debt and equity financings in the local and international capital markets, litigation/alternative dispute resolution, tax planning and structured finance.