Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired three associates in Latin America, to strengthen its Competition Practice. Crosbby Buleje Diaz joined the firm's office in Peru, while Luis Castell and Carlos Castellanos are based in the firm's Colombia office.

Crosbby Buleje Diaz joins Baker McKenzie from Peruvian legal advisory firm Casahierro Abogados where he was head of its Competition practice, and responsible for developing work in that area. Prior to this he was Senior Associate at Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez Taiman & Olaya Abogados. He has also acted as consultant for Indecopi, the Peruvian competition regulator and worked for Telefónica in Peru in their Competition and Telecomms Division. He joined Baker McKenzie's associate firm Estudio Echecopar on February 1. Crossby has an LLM Degree from the University Rey Juan Carlos de España on Institutional Regulation and Economic Growth, where he obtained the first place of his class.

Luis Castell joins Baker McKenzie from Colombian Antitrust, Consumer Protection and IP Authority, Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC), where he was the Superintendent (Authority Chairman) advisor. Prior to this, he was a lawyer at the Agrarian Bank of Colombia. He joined Baker McKenzie's Bogota office on February 15. Luis graduated in Colombia from Universidad Javeriana and has a masters degree from the same University in Competition and an LLM from Queen Mary University of London. His dissertation was a “Comparative analysis between Colombia and the European Union’s prohibition and prosecution of excessive pricing as an abuse of dominance”. He was also an intern at the FTC in Washington and obtained merits in a course on competition policies with the Inter-American Development Bank in 2015.

Carlos Castellanos Rubio joins Baker McKenzie from the Colombian Communications Regulatory Commission. (CRC), where he was the senior advisor for the board of commissioners. Prior to this, he was a lawyer at Raisbeck & Castro. He joined Baker McKenzie's Bogota office on March 26. Carlos graduated in Colombia from Universidad de lo Andes and has an LLM degree in Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law from the Stockholm University, where he obtained the first place of his class. Carlos also has specialization courses in copyright and the digital economy from the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is also a visiting professor of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law at the Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and the Universidad de Alicante (Spain).

Welcoming Crosbby, Luis and Carlos to the firm, Carolina Pardo, Baker McKenzie's regional head of Antitrust & Competition in Latin America said, "We are delighted that Crosbby, Carlos and Luis are joining our already prominent team of competition lawyers in Latin America. They all bring extremely valuable experience to our team that will benefit our clients."

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