Darío Laguado Giraldo
Mr. Laguado joined the firm in 2010 and is currently the chairman of the Corporate/M&A practice. Mr. Laguado focuses his practice in advising clients in cross-border transactions across multiple industries and in advising private equity funds in their investments and divestments in the country, currently having counseled on transactions exceeding an aggregate amount of US$10 billion.
Key representations include the merger of BVC and Deceval, the merger of ACE and Chubb, the merger of Colombia Telecomunicaciones and Movistar, the merger of Bank Itaú and Corpbanca, the acquisition by the Japanese company Itochu Corp. of an interest in Drummond, and the acquisition by Éxito of several companies in the region, among others.
Some of the private equity funds that Mr. Laguado advises include Catterton Partners, MAS Equity Partners, Carlyle, Tribeca Capital Partners and Brookfield Asset Management, among others.
In addition, Mr. Laguado advises leading national and foreign companies in corporate matters, including joint ventures, shareholders agreements, privatization law, directors’ and officers’ liability, etc. Some of his clients in this field include Itaú, EPM, Telefónica Internacional, Celsia, BBVA, ETB, and Carvajal.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Laguado worked for three years as a corporate associate at Sidley Austin LLP in New York City, where he specialized in M&A, capital markets and finance, with particular focus in Latin America.
Mr. Laguado is admitted to the practice of law in Colombia (2003) and New York (2008).