Andrés Izquierdo Aguirre – Andrés Izquierdo was named by Chambers & Partners, as Lawyer leader in the field of Intellectual Property for Colombia 2015 and 2016: “Andrés Izquierdo of Andrés Izquierdo & Lawyers is well recognized for his copyright work within the IP market, particularly on matters related to the entertainment sector.” Clients praise Andrés for his “compromising, attentive and responsible” approach to matters.
Andrés has experience as counsel to companies such as Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Cinemark, Cinecolombia, RCN TV. Represents clients in Colombia and abroad and has experience in the areas of technology, entertainment, advertising, internet and telecommunications, in addition to his experience in litigation and arbitration in Colombia and in the Court of Arbitration of WIPO in Geneva , Switzerland. Founding Partner of the firm Andrés Izquierdo & Lawyers in Bogota, Colombia, and Washington, DC U.S., and is frequently invited to give talks and lectures on Intellectual Property, regularly publishes articles on the subject, and is a visiting professor and researcher at universities in Colombia.
Author of the Colombian Cyberlaw Book for Wolters Kluwer International Encyclopedia. Andrés is a lawyer at the University of Los Andes, a Masters (LLM ) in Law from the Università degli Study di Torino , Italy – and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO ) in Geneva, Switzerland, and specializes in copyright, ciberlaw, patents, trademarks and competition law.
Languages: Spanish, English and Italian
Gustavo Adolfo Palacio – Gustavo was named by Chambers & Partners, as Lawyer leader in the field of Intellectual Property for Colombia 2014, 2015 and 2016: “Gustavo Adolfo Palacio Correa is held in high esteem within the IP sector by market sources. He focuses his practice on handling copyright issues.” Lawyer of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1993, with post graduate studies in Commercial Law from the same University, Intellectual Property and New Technologies from Universidad Externado de Colombia and the World Intellectual Property Organization, Diploma of Emerging and Regulated Markets from the “Centro de Estudios Garrigues” from the law firm Garrigues Abogados, Madrid, España. Master Degree Candidate from Escuela Internacional de Negocios – EIN y la Universidad Católica de Ávila de España. Gustavo has extensive experience in IP, having acted in several opportunities as Director in Charge of the Colombian Copyright Office and the Colombian Patent and Trademark Office.
Gerardo López Londoño – Lawyer of the Universidad del Rosario with postgraduate studies in Financial Law from the Universidad de Los Andes and Master of Business Law and International Business at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda. He has over 15 years experience in the financial sector, during which he has been Attorney in the Legal Department of Banco de Bogotá, Legal Counsel of the Vice President of the Bank of Colombia, Director of the Legal Areas and General Secretariat of Banco Andino of Colombia, Director of the Legal Department of the Bank BBVA Business, Legal Vice President of the Banco GNB Sudameris . Additionally , between 2003 and 2004 he was Director of Arbitration and Litigation at the law firm Gómez -Pinzón in Bogotá, Colombia. In his experience in the financial sector he has been responsible for the negotiation, acquisition and merger of the group companies of the GNB Sudameris Bank and structuring diverse corporate governance systems.
Languages: Spanish and English.
Heather Neisworth – Heather is experienced developing, managing and implementing multi-channel internal and external communications marketing plans and messaging to promote key business initiatives and drive awareness for long-term business strategy, while providing strategic leadership to develop vision for national and global brands. Heather is a Georgetown University Professor in Communications and Public Relations, and has consulted for the Department of State, Accenture, the FAA, Citigroup, PBS, the Department of Defense, Booz Allen Hamilton, The NFL, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Álvaro Pereira is a lawyer and LL.M. (Master in Law) of Universidad de los Andes, with distinguished performance in corporate law and in the protection of foreign investments in Colombia. With advanced studies in investment arbitration and publications in specialized journals, Pereira has been invited to Lecture in the Law School’s of Richmond University and University of Campbell (NC, USA), and in the School of International Business at Virginia International University (Virginia, USA).
He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and family law, contracts, investments and litigation; and is currently a Law Professor at Universidad de los Andes, where he teaches “Multinationals and Foreign Direct Investment” and “Corporations”.
Languages: Spanish and English
Javier Antonio Silva – Javier received his law degree from the University of the Andes, Colombia. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Law from the Universidad del Rosario. He was a clerk to the Constitutional Court of Colombia in the office of Judge Jorge Ivan Palacio Palacio. He worked as an fellow in the legal department of GlaxoSmithKline focusing on in government contracting and commercial law. During his undergraduate studies, he was a member of the team that won the Latin American round of ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law 2011-2012 and the XII International Competition for Law Students Undergraduate Level Colombian Institute of Procedural Law. His field of practice in the Firm is Intellectual Property in Litigation and Arbitration.
Languages: Spanish and English
Phd. Jairo Antonio Perez – Jairo is an expert and university lecturer on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and works as an advisor of the firm in ICT and Cyberlaw cases. He is Founder and Director of Labcom (Collaboratory Research Institute in Digital Culture) from the University Javeriana, and is the current Director of Gaia Media Lab ( Research and Experimentation Laboratory in Ciberculture) from the Sergio Arboleda University. He has written several articles on the subject of education and ICT´s, cyberculture, transmedia communication, and social networks. In 2014 he received his degree as a PHD in science education. Jairo´s worked in 2014 as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University Unipanamericana in Bogotá, Colombia, and has worked as a professor in education and Digital Culture at the Javeriana University, St. Buenaventura University, Militar University, University Jorge Tadeo Lozano, University Santo Tomas and De La Salle University. He studied Social Communication at the Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia), obtained his MA in Film and Television at New York University, and an MA in Educational Television of Southern Illinois University.
Languages: Spanish and English
Lucia Lorente – Off Counsel Germany – Graduated from the National University of Colombia and Law Degree from the University of Alicante in Spain. Has a degree on ” Specialist legal advice on the information society ” of the Polytechnic University of Valencia , Spain. Obteined her LL.M. (Master in Law ) in “German and European Law and Legal Practice” at Humboldt University of Berlin with emphasis on corporate and commercial law. Her thesis was awarded with the prize of magister Alumni Society and Friends of the Law Faculty of the Humboldt University. Recently successfully finished a postgraduate degree in Insurance Law in Germany. She is an active member of the Bar Association of Madrid and the Bar Association of Berlin, Germany ( Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin) , where she works for the law firm ” Gansel Rechtsanwälte ” (www.gansel-rechtsanwaelte.de/mitarbeiter) since 2008. She works with an emphasis in the areas of real estate law finance and banking law, and insurance law, and also advises clients on transnational issues.
Languages: Spanish, German and English
Pablo Aldana. Intern, University of Los Andes.