Garrigues took the award for Latin American Deal of the Year in the banking and finance category for its advice to Metro de Bogotá and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional on the financing of the largest urban transport project in Colombia. The awards are presented annually in São Paulo by Latin Lawyer, one of the most prestigious publications in the sector, and bring together the main firms and companies in the region.
In Colombian public limited companies and simplified joint stock companies, inspection rights are subject to a series of rules regarding the documents and content that can be inspected. We recommend preparing regulations setting out how shareholders can exercise their rights in these cases. To that end, key points to be borne in mind are set out below.
The Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN) recently issued a reminder to taxpayers of the deadlines - established in Decree no. 2442 of December 27, 2018 issued by the Ministry of Finance - by which not-for-profit entities (ESAL) and Cooperative Sector Entities (ESCOOP) must update their registration in order to remain under the Special Tax Regime. Failure to complete this step can result in this special regime becoming non-applicable and loss of the benefits that it offers.
In response to the digital transformation of services for the storage, processing and use of data, and to promote the use of cloud computing for the provision of financial services, the Colombian Finance Authority (Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia or “SFC”) has issued External Circular no. 005- 2019, in which it sets out instructions relating to the use of cloud computing services.
The highest administrative Court in Colombia -the “Consejo de Estado”- recently annulled several important rules regarding Cooperative Work Associations -known in Colombia as Cooperativas de Trabajo Asociado. Through a Decision emitted on the 19th of February, 2018, the Court declared articles 2, 4 -paragraphs first and third-, 5, 9 and 10 of Decree n°. 2025 of 2011 to be null and unenforceable.