Holland & Knight has added three prominent attorneys to its 50-attorney Bogotá, Colombia, office, including two who came from Norton Rose Fulbright, which shuttered its Bogotá office last month.
Isabella Gandini led Norton Rose’s Colombia labor and employment practice, while Inés Elvira Vesga headed the office’s oil and gas practice. The third hire, Carolina Arciniegas, jumped from her in-house job at alcohol producer Diageo. She focuses her practice on corporate services, financial law, capital markets and banking law.
All three join Holland & Knight as senior counsel.
“Carolina, Isabella and Inés will help us expand our services in financial, corporate, energy and employment areas and assist with the large number of client engagements we are currently handling,” Enrique Gomez-Pinzón, executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Bogotá office, said in a statement.
In January, Norton Rose closed its office in Venezuela and in February, it shuttered its Bogotá office, indicating that its focus in Latin America had changed and it would look for further growth in Brazil and Mexico.
Norton Rose declined to say where most of its Bogotá attorneys were going, noting only that Bogotá partner Leopoldo Olavarria had relocated to the firm’s Mexico City office.
Dentons acquired Norton Rose’s 26-attorney Caracas office, renaming it to Despacho de Abogados miembros de Dentons.