M&A expert Andrés Ordóñez Rizo joins Garrigues’ Bogotá office

Lawyer Andrés Ordóñez Rizo joined Garrigues’ Bogotá office as counsel in October. He has extensive experience, gained over more than sixteen years, representing multinationals in Latin America in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Andrés Ordóñez has guided local and international private equity funds in connection with the purchase of assets in Latin American and advised Colombian companies on the acquisition of foreign businesses. He has also provided advice on banking and finance matters, representing clients in the issuance of debt securities on the international markets and in transactions involving syndicated and cross-border loans.

During his professional career, he has worked at prestigious law firms in Colombia (such as Gómez Pinzón-Zuleta) and renowned international firms (at the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as senior associate and also worked in the Washington D.C. office of Arnold & Porter LLP). He also served as in-house counsel for the investment banking division of Corporación Financiera del Valle (Corfivalle).

Andrés is a qualified lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and holds a degree in commercial law from Universidad de los Andes and an LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Colombia.

For Felipe Quintero, partner of the firm in Colombia and head of the mergers and acquisitions practice of the Bogotá office, “having Andrés on the team will generate value for the firm and, in particular, for our mergers and acquisition practice, thanks to his extensive expertise in national and international markets”.

Javier Ybáñez, partner in charge of Garrigues’ Latin American practice, also values Andrés’ arrival, “Andrés has impeccable experience in the industry; we are sure he will make a major contribution to the mergers and acquisitions practice and to our current and potential clients in Colombia and throughout Latin America”.

Andrés Ordóñez remarked that this new phase at Garrigues constitutes a major professional challenge, “I am thrilled to be able to form part of a great team of professionals participating in major international transactions and firmly committed to Latin America”.

Garrigues’ global M&A practice comprises nearly four hundred lawyers in all jurisdictions and offices in which the firm is present (thirty two offices in thirteen countries). The practice leads processes for the planning and legal execution of acquisitions, mergers and spin-offs, both internally, among companies in the same group, and by strategic buyers and investment funds. The firm provides comprehensive advice to buyers and sellers on these types of transactions.