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Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo

Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo


Brigard Urrutia

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Member of Brigard & Urrutia since 1992 and partner since 1994. With more than 25 years of extensive experience, Mr. Michelsen advises leading domestic and foreign companies as well as families in complex corporate transactions and trust & states. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has consistently been recognized internationally as one of Colombia's leading M&A practitioners. He has acted as lead counsel in many of Colombia's largest and most complex corporate transactions.

Among his most prominent transactions is the advice for SABMiller in the acquisition through a merger of Bavaria SA, the second largest brewer in South America for US$7.8 billion, acting for the French retailer Casino in the sale of a controlling stake in GPA in Brazil and Libertad in Argentina (US$ 1.8 billion) and advising Millicom International in its merger with UNE-EPM (valued at US$4,348 billion).

Alongside with his corporate practice, Mr. Michelsen has advised several of the most prominent families in the Andean region in connection with their wealth management and trust and states. In this respect, he has advised families which, among others, have implement structures to hold and protect their assets, to dispose of the same, to ensure a smooth succession, to implement their corporate governance and to relocate their domicile. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in Latin America, the USA and Europe.

Academic Training

Mr. Michelsen received his JD from the Andes University and holds a Master's degree in Commercial Law from University of Paris II, France. He also did an intensive course in Project Finance at the Euromoney Institute in New York and several negotiation courses at Harvard University. He has also been a professor and frequent lecturer in the national and international realm.


He has been consistently recommended by specialized publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, International Financial Law Review, Latin Lawyer, The World's Leading Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and The European Council Industry Report.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice law in Colombia in 1984. Mr. Michelsen-Jaramillo is member of the International Bar Association, American Society of International Law, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the Center for Telecommunications Studies and YPO Young Presidents Organization.


Mr. Michelsen-Jaramillo received his JD from the Andes University, Bogota, 1984; He has a master's degree in commercial law from the University of Paris II, France and an intensive course on the US legal system from the University of Texas, at Dallas, in 1986.
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

* Highly recommended lawyer in Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions in accordance with PLC Which Lawyer 2006
* Highly recommended lawyer in Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions in accordance with Latin Lawyer, 2006
* Highly recommended lawyer in Communications in accordance with Who's Who Legal. 2006
* Recommended lawyer in IFLR 1000, The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms. 2007
* Lawyer with the highest qualification and recommendation for Colombia in Corporate and Commercial Law in accordance with Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

International Bar Association
American Society of International Law
Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Center for Telecommunications Studies
Leadership Chair of Lex Mundi's E-commerce Practice Group
Regional Vice-Chair Antitrust and Competition Practice Group


Mr. Michelsen participated as a speaker at the ITU conference held in Geneva in September of 1997 in connection with which he published the article "Colombia: Regulatory Environment to Achieve an Interactive Society". He also acted as speaker at the third annual telecommunications and informatic summit, sponsored by the Center for Investigation in telecommunications, where he gave a speech on the interactivity of telecommunications and information technology.

Professional Activities and Experience

Mr. Michelsen worked as a lawyer at the Exchange Control Superintendency, (Bogota, 1983 - 1984), Cavalier Abogados, (Bogota, 1985-1987), and Baker & Botts, (Houston, USA, 1986). He was also Secretary General and Legal Advisor at the Bogota Stock Exchange (1987 - 1988), and headed the Legal Department of Shell Colombia (Bogota, 1988 - 1991).

Mr. Michelsen currently teaches at the Law and Business Administration Faculties at the Universidad de los Andes. Furthermore, he has been a Lecturer at Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad del Rosario and Bogota's Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Michelsen has published the following articles: "Stabilization Clauses in International Contracts", 1984; "The Protection of the Commercial Name", 1986; "Affiliates and Group of Companies" 1996; "Telecommunications Sector in Colombia", 1996. Telecommunications article entitled "Colombia: Revolution in order to achieve evolution", 1997; "Project Finance in Colombia", 1997, "Opportunities and liberalization in the Colombian Telecoms market" 1999.

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