(J. Albert Diaz)

Holland & Knight is significantly expanding its Bogota office with the addition of 13 attorneys from Suarez Zapata Partners Abogados, a local firm that specializes in energy, environment, natural resources law and infrastructure.

Internationally recognized attorney Jose Vicente Zapata will join Holland & Knight as a partner along with 12 associates. The firm currently has 19 lawyers in the office, including three partners.

Holland & Knight opened its Bogota office in 2012 and is one of three U.S.-based firms with an office in Colombia.

In February, Holland’s newest team of attorneys served as local counsel to Latin American oil and gas company GeoPark in its $95 million initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

“The integration of these distinguished attorneys represents a major milestone for Holland & Knight in Colombia,” Enrique Gomez-Pinzon, executive partner of the Bogota office, said in a statement. “We will have a critical mass of legal expertise in all of the areas the are vital to Colombia’s economy and future.”

Holland & Knight has 1,000 lawyers in 18 U.S. offices plus Abu Dhabi, Mexico City and Bogota.