Jose Francisco Mafla

Jose Francisco Mafla


Brigard Urrutia

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José Francisco Mafla leads the practice of Customs and International Trade,and also works with the Corporate / M&A practice.

Bar Admissions

Was admitted to practise law in Colombia in 2001, in the State of New York, United States, in 2006, and in the U.S. Court of International Trade in 2015.


Law graduate of Los Andes University who holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) degree from New York School of Law, New York, United States. Holds a specialisation in Business Law from the Externado University of Colombia, and a diploma in French Language and Civilization from the University of Nantes, France.
Areas of Practice

Corporate Law | Customs, and International Trade | Mergers and Acquisitions

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Worked from September 2008 to April 2009 as exchange lawyer with the Spanish legal firm Uría Menéndez. In 2005 and 2006 was employed by Harkins Cunningham LLP as foreign lawyer, and was an associate at Cavelier Abogados from 2001 to 2004. Also published an article entitled "Disintegration of Commercial Integration - Trade System" - Cavelier Abogados article, 2003. Currently is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the New York State Bar Association.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association


- Tratados internacionales de Colombia: oportunidades para la inversión, Uría Menéndez, 2009.
- Régimen de medidas antidumping en Colombia, 2010.
- TLC/FTA Colombia-Triángulo Norte: Régimen de Inversiones. 2010.

COLOMBIA: Legal Developments In Customs & Foreign Trade During 2017
Posted on February 9, 2018
Practice Group: Trade and Investment - Latin America

I would like to bring your attention to some key legal developments that occurred in Colombia in Customs and Foreign Trade over the last year.

These legal developments are related to 4 major industry topics:

- FTA's and other Trade Agreements

- Trade Defense ...

Development of Latin America Through Foreign Trade and Investment
Posted on November 21, 2017
Practice Group: Trade and Investment - Latin America

Please allow me to refer you to the analysis below on the development of Latin America through Foreign Trade & Investment:

José Francisco Mafla and Camilo Castrill at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados explore the development of trade throughout Latin America, and its effect on ...

Practice group cocktail in DC and networking
Posted on May 10, 2015
Practice Group: Trade and Investment - Latin America

A few days ago in Washington DC we had the first cocktail of our Trade and Investment Practice Group. It was an excellent opportunity for networking and strengthening relations among delegates of several WSG firms.

The participants to the event were able to meet and network ...

China’s Market Economy Status after 2016?
Posted on February 26, 2015
Practice Group: Trade and Investment - Latin America

Over the last years, most WTO Members have categorized China as a Non-Market Economy (“NME”) during antidumping investigations (“AD investigations”). For this reason, China and Chinese companies have been subject to methodologies that deviate from the strict comparison with domestic prices ...

Ideas and initiatives for the Practice Group
Posted on November 19, 2014
Practice Group: Trade and Investment - Latin America

Fellow Practice Group members, 

I am very glad of making the first entry of the group’s blog, in which I sincerely welcome you again to WSG’s new International Trade and Investment Practice Group (Latam). This ...


COLOMBIA: Legal Developments In Customs & Foreign Trade
Brigard Urrutia, February 2018

Last year the Colombian Congress issued Law 1841, which incorporated the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between Colombia and Israel into the Colombian legal system. Currently, the law approving the Treaty is under review by the Colombian Constitutional Court for its definitive entry into force...

Development of Latin America Through Foreign Trade and Investment
Brigard Urrutia, November 2017

Latin America’s current economic growth levels are among the world’s highest, and the region is preparing its regulations to meet new economic challenges. As such, the fostering of foreign trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) is important to increase GDP growth, create job opportunities, and improve logistics and production...

FTA with Korea and Costa Rica
Brigard Urrutia, July 2016

FTAs between Colombia and Korea and between Colombia and Costa Rica will soon enter into force. The FTA between Colombia and Korea will enter into force on July 15. This is Colombia’s first FTA with an Asian country. Through this FTA, Colombia aims to strengthen trade relations with one of the most dynamic regions of the world as well as to attract investment.This FTA is of great importance for the Colombian agricultural sectors, as Korea is a major importer of these goods...

Additional Articles

- ¿Mecanismos de Participación Ciudadana, ficción o realidad? Uniandes, 2001.
- Desintegración de la integración comercial de las Américas, Cavelier Abogados, 2003.
- Ultra vires en el derecho colombiano y comparado, Cavelier Abogados, 2003.
- Current access conditions for foreign-funded banks in China, NYU, 2005.
- The ultimate fertilizer: using law to foster agribusiness, Latin Lawyer, 2006.
- Directors ' liability and indemnification: a global guide, Globe Business Publishing, 2007.