Carlos Espíndola-Scarpetta

Carlos Espíndola-Scarpetta is our exclusively recommended International Trade Law expert in Colombia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Carlos directly using the contact details listed above.

Founder of the firm Espíndola International Consultants, created in 1979, which has been dedicated to specialised subjects such as International Contracting, Private International Law, International Conflict Resolution, Maritime Law, Transportation Law, International Trade, Tax Law, Compliance and Customs Law.

In his long career Carlos has advised the main national and international companies, such as ADM Colombia, Cadbury Adams, Abbott, Sanofi, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Firm Overview:

Espindola International Consultants, created in 1979, is an office of lawyers and consultants specialising in national and international business and international trade.

Our office is a versatile, flexible, professional and competitive lawyer organisation that has successfully addressed the legal and strategic needs of Colombian and multinational companies located throughout the Americas, respecting the highest professional and ethical standards.

We are prepared to accompany entrepreneurs to face the challenges derived from the trend of regional, and worldwide integration, creating projects, designing strategies and practical solutions within multijurisdictional legal parameters.

Our portfolio of services includes participation in the decision-making processes of our clients, not only from a legal perspective, but also from a strategic point of view through integrated logistics.

In Colombia we have offices in Cali and Bogota D.C., as well as correspondent offices in the most important financial centres of the world.

Marcela Blanco

Multifaceted bilingual international attorney, licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia, Marcela Cristina Blanco is knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions and cross-border disputes.

Fluent in Spanish and English, Ms. Blanco counsels corporate clients in governance, entity formation, and relevant local and international jurisdictional regulations and heads the Diaz Reus Bogotá office.

Experienced in partnership transactions, shareholder meetings, customs issues, and legal research, Ms. Blanco is skilled in drafting commercial contracts such as supply, service, sales, distribution, licensing, and inter-company agreements.

She is also a skilled adviser and negotiator in international contract disputes, and represents Diaz Reus clients in international and domestic litigation and arbitration in Colombia and the U.S.

She has co-authored several chapters on “Business Crime in Colombia” for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime, published by Global Legal Group, Ltd., London.


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, JD
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, Master in Corporate Law
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, LL.B


  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • Colombia

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
  • Fraud & Asset Recovery
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Government Relations
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Personal & Business Services
  • Regulatory Compliance

Certifications & Specializations

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 8th Annual Latinoamericano Arbitration Conference
  • Fecoljuegos Trade Fair: Federación Colombiana De Empresarios De Casions Y Bingos


  • Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers 2017 and 2018, Arbitration & Litigation

Alfonso Venegas Medina

Attorney Universidad del Rosario. Specialist in Business Law from the Universidad de los Andes. Latin American Law Institute. Tulane University Law School. 2002. It is currently pursuing Masters in Commercial Law International’s National University of Distance Education of Spain (UNED) and University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). It has experience in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Law Private, Aviation Law, Energy Law and Contract Law. Professor of Negotiable Instruments at the University of Rosario since 2009 up to now. Languages: English, French besides Spanish.

Firm Overview:

We are a boutique law firm with modern and traditional focus that dedicates to render legal advice in the area of Corporate and Business Area in Colombia. To develop this activity, we seek being jurists and not simply lawyers to go in depth in the study of statutes that are applicable in each case.

Our professional practice focus on having a personalized treatment to our clients base on an broad experience, creativity and resourcefulness to the solutions required by our clients in the matters entrusted.

We have a team of qualified professionals that transmits highly specialized knowledge to solve their matters so that we can become a strategic ally.

Adriana Posada

A&C LEGAL is a Law Firm incorporated in Bogotá, Colombia in 2009, as a solution for organizations that require high quality legal services, and also paralegal support at a reasonable cost, provided with opportunity, with qualified staff always available.

A&C LEGAL commitment is to minimize the risk inherent in the operations of its clients and assist with the implementation of safe practices for the benefit of the shareholders, employees and the community in general. The Firm is also committed to the integral development of its employees; whose purpose and focus is costumer service.

Under the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) model, A&C LEGAL functions as a law firm in the Client’s offices, for which a team of lawyers and paralegals is assigned to attend, in an integral manner, the day-to-day legal requirements of the clients, in areas such as corporate, contractual, commercial, labor, administrative, litigation, and policy and procedure support. The Firm also takes care of legal filing, answering of communications and procedures before different entities, and in general, of the administration of the legal area of the companies.

Firm Overview:

We are a solution for the requirement of legal services and paralegal support tailored to meet the needs of our clients, provided with opportunity and high quality, at a reasonable cost, with qualified personnel always available.

Our compromise is to minimize the inherent risks of your operations and to collaborate with the implementation of safe practices in benefit of your shareholders, collaborators and of the community in general.

We are also committed to the integral development of our collaborators; whose focus and purpose is to provide the best customer service.

Alfonso Reina

Alfonso Reina is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Colombia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alfonso directly using the contact details listed above.

Alfonso advises financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, investment service providers, insurers, venture capital companies and their management companies on corporate transactions. He regularly advises investors and venture capital managers on incorporating and structuring venture capital companies, and advises venture capital companies on transactional issues.

He has participated in many transactions in Colombia and has extensive knowledge of the Latin American market.

Before joining Cuatrecasas, he worked for six years in the mergers and acquisitions practice of the law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he advised national and international clients on transactions in the industrial, service and real estate sectors, and participated in important management buyouts.

He regularly speaks at conferences and training courses on venture capital at various institutions, including the Spanish Association for Management Progress, iiR España and IFAES International Faculty for Executives.

Alfonso Reina has lectured on corporate law in postgraduate courses at ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona.

Firm Overview:

Our team in Bogotá offers expert advice on different areas, including financing transactions, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, as well as planning, structuring and implementing infrastructure and energy projects.

Our lawyers also advise on dispute resolution, handling national and international arbitration, civil law matters and judicial reviews, as well as administrative procedures before the different supervisory bodies in Colombia.

Our transactions and project groups have the support of lawyers who are experienced in all the areas required to advice on corporate, tax, environmental, labour, insurance, foreign exchange, foreign trade, compliance, corporate governance and real estate matters, as well as on regulatory issues for specific industries.

José Alejandro Abusaid

Lawyer from Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (1999). Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University (FL, U.S.A), (2004). Certificates in international tax planning and management.

Professional Experience:

Large national and international work experience in Foreign Investment, Commercial and Corporate Law, Commercial Contracts, Free Zone regime, foreign law and international tax planning.

He has participated in planning, training and development of many foreign investment projects in the country, in sectors such as oil services, engineering, construction, food, pharmaceutical, software development, education, real estate and others.

Publications & Credentials:

Founding member of the Sociedad Colombiana de Derecho Internacional, member of the Colombo American Chamber of Commerce, member of the International Bar Association (IBA). Currently he serves as Professor of Private International Law at the Universidad del Rosario. He has also been Professor of the Master of Law Sergio Arboleda University and is the author of numerous articles on interna- tional law published by the Universidad del Rosario.

Author of the books: Negocios Exitosos, TLC Colombia-Estados Unidos e Inversión Extranjera en Estados Unidos.

Investing In Colombia:

Before you invest in Colombia, an integral planning stage is required. Our firm does a Tax and corporate planning to decide the best way to incorporate and do transactions, in order to operate with efficiency and to achieve the real interests of the stakeholders.

Once planning is done, our firm takes care of the incorporation of the elected vehicle(s) in one or more jurisdictions, for you to make wise decisions before you invest in Colombia. Sometimes the planning indicates the necessity to implement different commercial agreements between the companies of the group.

Our firm can help drafting the different contracts, looking always to satisfy the technical requirements of those agreements, in order to achieve the tax and corporate effects desired, before or after you invest in Colombia.

Colombia has a system of currency control based on informing the central bank of any currency movement. These regulations are present, for instance, in operations involved in investing, Import and export, services, and foreign loans. Our firm takes care of the compliance with these regulations, which ensures the avoidance of penalties.

Once this set up phase is completed and after you invest in Colombia, our firm takes care of the corporate and commercial law work associated to the operation of the business.