Name: José Alejandro Abusaid
Firm Name: Abusaid Gómez & Asociados
Country: Colombia
Expertise: Foreign Investment Law

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Professional Biography:

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.