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Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas expands in Colombia

Posted: 20th October 2020

In 2020, Dentons has announced 22 new offices

Dentons is the first truly Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean firm in the history of the legal profession

October 13, 2020 – Four years since the combination with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has expanded its presence in Colombia, opening a new office in Medellín. This year Dentons has announced 22 new offices around the world in an environment where other law firms are standing still, contracting or withdrawing from key markets.

Clients are confronted with constant, accelerated change and want to work with a law firm that has the experience and confidence to help them navigate the New Dynamic wherever they are located. Dentons now has more offices in all of Latin America and the Caribbean than any other law firm making it the first truly Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm capable of serving clients in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and 189 locations across 77 countries around the world.

“Since entering the region in 2016, Dentons has focused on combining with elite firms which are in and of their communities to build our presence across Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jorge Alers, the Latin America and the Caribbean Region CEO of Dentons. “Our new office in Medellín, part of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, will further enhance our regional client offering.”

Medellín is the capital of Antioquia with a population of over 2.5 million. It is Colombia´s second largest economic hub contributing 14.6% to Colombia’s GDP, which was USD$323.8 billion in 2019. Its main economic activities are textile, financial services, food and beverage, infrastructure, and trade. Medellín’s city council created an Agency for International Cooperation and Foreign Investment, which aims to attract USD $850 million of foreign investment between 2020 and 2023, attracting a total of USD $22.8 million in the first four months.

“As the second largest business center in Colombia many of our largest clients are based or have operations in Medellín,” said Bernardo Cárdenas, Managing Partner of Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. “Our new office in Medellín will allow us to better serve clients in this important market and help us to connect clients around the world to opportunities in Medellín.”

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is a full service law firm with a more than 100 year history in Colombia. It is a top rated firm in the market with 11 practice rankings and 23 lawyer recognitions in Chambers & Partners Latin America 2021. Dentons’ Medellín office will offer multidisciplinary advice to clients, focusing on corporate, litigation and dispute resolution (including arbitration), and will coordinate work with the Bogota office for these areas and others, including tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, banking and finance, and infrastructure, areas in which Dentons is recognized as a leader globally.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, Dentons has offices in:

In 2020 to date, Dentons has announced 22 offices. Dentons’ partners approved a combination with leading Tanzanian law firm, East African Law Chambers (EALC) as part of its strategy to become the leading Pan-African law firm owned and controlled by Africans. Dentons also announced a future combination with Salt Lake City-based Durham Jones & Pinegar – which also has offices in Lehi, St. George and Ogden – as part of Project Golden Spike.

In addition, Dentons has launched six combinations:

  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, the inaugural member firms with Dentons US as part of Project Golden Spike;
  • Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand;
  • Dentons Lee in South Korea;
  • Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay; and
  • Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina.

Dentons has also opened offices in the British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia and Ireland.

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