Global law firm Rimon PC joins forces with Ibarra Abogados in Bogotá, Adding Nine Laterals and Building Competition and Trade Practice

News November 1, 2021

Bogotá, Colombia – Rimon is pleased to welcome attorneys Gabriel Ibarra Pardo, Alejandro Ibarra Ibarra, Ana Lucia Parra Vera, Felipe Martínez Sánchez, Natalia Torres Pérez, Iván Alejandro Cárdenas Caro, Sheila Amaya Jiménez, Carlos Aya and Carlos Bermúdes to its Bogotá office, which opened last year. The group focuses on competition, trade law, consumer protection, litigation, administrative law, and intellectual property.  

All nine attorneys – three Partners and six Associates – join from Colombian law firm Ibarra Abogados. The group will operate as Ibarra-Rimon in Colombia. 

“We are very excited to further expand our presence in Latin America, as well as our global competition and trade law expertise, with the team from Ibarra Abogados,” said Michael Moradzadeh, CEO and Founding Partner of Rimon 

“This is a powerful alliance that will strengthen our Colombian and Latin-American practice, amplifying the spectrum of services for our clients,” Rimon Bogotá Partner, Rodrigo Castillo Cottin commented. 

Partner Gabriel Ibarra Pardo has over 30 years of experience advising national and multinational companies from various sectors on issues related to competition law, foreign trade, and customs. He has advised organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Cartagena Agreement Board.   

Mr. Ibarra Pardo is a member of the panel established by the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO in the European Union v. Russia case relating to anti-dumping measures on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from Russia (DS521). He also chaired the Defense of Competition Board of the VI Business Forum of the Americas during the FTAA (Free Trade Areas of the Americas) negotiations.  

“We are very pleased and have great expectations of this alliance,” Mr. Ibarra Pardo commented. “We believe that Rimon complements the legal service offering that already exists in the Colombian market in a very dynamic and innovative way, given the firm’s agility and streamlined structure.” 

Partner Alejandro Ibarra Ibarra also focuses on competition law, foreign trade law, consumer protection, data privacy, foreign trade zones, customs, and intellectual property. He advises domestic and international private clients, as well as government bodies such as the Office of the Delegated Superintendent for Energy and Fuel Gas.  

“We are very glad to join forces with Rimon,” said Mr. Ibarra Ibarra. “I believe that this union will create great synergies from which our clients will be the first to benefit.” 

Partner Ana Lucia Parra Vera focuses her practice primarily on competition law, consumer protection, data privacy litigation, and administrative law. She spent over five years with the Colombian Judicial Branch, specifically in the Constitutional Court and in the Council of State, where she was responsible for the projection of orders and sentences within several judicial processes. Ms. Parra Vera represents national and international companies in judicial and administrative proceedings before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, the Colombian Customs Authority (DIAN), Superior District Courts, Administrative Courts, and the Council of State. “We are very excited with this alliance,” said Ms. Parra Vera. “It will allow us to expand our service offerings to other areas and countries and while maintaining closeness with customers, which is in our DNA.”  

Senior Associates Felipe Martínez Sánchez and Natalia Torres Pérez focus on competition law and foreign trade.  Mr. Martínez Sánchez has experience at several law firms advising and representing the interests of important national and international companies in relation to issues including unfair competition, intellectual property, consumer protection, data privacy, and contracts. Mr. Martínez Sánchez said, “this alliance will certainly revamp the legal market here in Colombia and will contribute to the strengthening of our competition and intellectual property practices on a global level.” 

Ms. Torres Pérez advises national and multinational companies in relation to dumping, countervailing duties, and trade safeguard measures. She commented, “I am sure this partnership will not only benefit our clients but will also be a great opportunity for mutual growth and learning for Rimon and Ibarra.” 

Competition and trade law Associates Iván Alejandro Cárdenas Caro, Sheila Amaya Jiménez, and intellectual property Associate, Carlos Aya, are also part of the team. Carlos Bermúdes, a consumer protection, competition and litigation Associate, will join Rimon Ibarra in November. 

Education Information 

Mr. Ibarra Pardo graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Lawyer), University of Exeter, England (LL.M., International Legal Studies).  

Mr. Ibarra Ibarra graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Lawyer, Competition Law), Universidad del Rosario (Foreign Trade), George Washington University (LL.M. Candidate, Business and Financial Law).  

Ms. Parra Vera graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (Lawyer) and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Masters in Economic Law).  

Mr. Martínez Sánchez graduated from Universidad del Rosario (Attorney, Commercial Law), Harvard University (Contract Law, HarvardX), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Competition Law) and Università degli Studi di Torino and WIPO (LL.M. Candidate, Intellectual Property). 

Ms. Torres Pérez graduated from the Universidad de los Andes (Lawyer, Masters International Law). 

Mr. Cárdenas Caro graduated from Universidad de los Andes (Lawyer, Masters International Law). 

Ms. Amaya Jiménez graduated from Universidad Miltar Nueva Granada (Lawyer), Universidad Externado de Colombia (Diploma in Consumer Law) and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Competition Law). 

Mr. Carlos Aya graduated from Universidad Libre de Colombia (Lawyer). 

Mr. Carlos Bermúdes graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Lawyer) and Universidad de los Andes (Specialist in Public Management and Administrative Institutions). 

Rimon has 45 offices across five continents. The firm is widely known as being at the vanguard of legal innovation. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America’s most innovative law firms. The firm’s Managing Partners were both named ‘Legal Rebels’ by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal and have spoken on innovations in the practice of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. Rimon and its lawyers have also received numerous awards for excellence, including from Best Lawyers and Chambers.