The Legal 500 Latin America ranking 2020

NOTICIA - BOGOTÁ -> 2020-10-08

The Legal 500 Latin America rankings were published and the firm keeps improving its leadership in the practice of Intellectual Property and Life sciences. Jorge Chávarro, Eduardo Varela, Edna Sarmiento, Andres Rincon and Adriana Durán are ranked.

The firm is proud of keeping the lead in Intellectual Property and is improving its presence in the Labour and Employment practice.

Here we share with you, how LEGAL 500 summarizes the performance, solid knowhow and broad presence in the practice areas.


Top notch specialist firm Cavelier stands as 'unique for its professional excellence and impeccable customer service'. The long-established mid-sized firm offers 'great knowledge of IP law', while also being 'very skilled in legal proceedings'. The firm prides itself on the comprehensive coverage of its impressively wide-ranging practice, which spans trade marks, copyright, patents, international enforcement and litigation, composed by a four-partner group leading a 46-strong lawyer team. The firm also houses an experienced, in-house patent and regulatory affairs team of 24 experts in various life-science disciplines, as well as in electronics, software and mechanical engineering. Co-heads Eduardo Varela, who leads the trade marks and copyright team; and Andrés Rincón, who heads up the patents and life sciences practices, are both strongly recommended. Jorge Chávarro, head of international affairs; and Edna Sarmiento, who leads the litigation team, are additional names to note at partner level. Frontline associate support comes from Julian Ruiz (trademarks and copyright), and Lina Perez (commercial law and IP - particularly portfolio management, enforcement and IP transactions).

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Cavelier’s in-house patent and regulatory affairs practice includes 22 experts covering a very broad range of specialist areas - including biotechnology, microbiology, biomechanics, software and electronics - under the direction of Andrés Rincón and Adriana Durán. Offering integrated advice throughout the patent prosecution process, the boutique represents some of the most relevant companies in the pharma and biotech, agrochemical, cannabis, food and beverage industries, as well as research institutions, such as the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and several Colombian universities. Leading lawyer Rincón has 20 years' experience and is the current Colombian representative before AIPPI's biotechnology committee; he focuses his practice on patent drafting, prosecution, litigation and freedom to operate in Colombia and the Andean region, mainly for the pharmaceutical industry. With over 15 years' experience, co-head Durán leads the regulatory affairs and healthcare compliance practice.

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Cavelier Abogados' practice draws positive reviews for its proactivity in the provision of advice that focuses on strategic issues regarding the management of employees. In a recent addition to the team's service offering, the firm launched a follow-up system regarding obligations on health, safety and environmental matters. Martha Bonett and associate Eliana Arellano, a litigator, lead the six-strong team, which also has notable experience in legal obligations regarding expatriate staff.


Intellectual property has long been the core practice at veteran firm Cavelier Abogados, which has used this strength to penetrate the Antioquian market since opening in Medellín back in 2012. The firm is active in the Intellectual Property Program for Colombia, sponsored by the Medellín Chamber of Commerce (CCMA) and IDB, as a result of which it has provided consultancy services to over 30 companies; it has also been involved in local innovation projects with Colombian business chamber ANDI and tech-incubator Ruta N. Medellín-office coordinator and senior associate John Romero is an IP specialist with a strong commercial aspect to his practice; he leads a four-strong team of associates that attends to a client roster including both household names and the micro-businesses and start-ups so prevalent in the city, primarily from sectors such as technology, manufacturing, education and product distribution. The team also acts for the Universidad de Antioquia and regional family compensation fund COMFAMA regarding the protection of intangible assets of all types.

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