Baker McKenzie partners Carolina Pardo, in Colombia, and Esteban Ropolo, in Argentina, have been appointed as Non-Governmental Advisors to the International Competition Network (ICN), a global organization made up of representatives from national and international competition authorities dedicated to complying with competition laws.

The ICN Non-Governmental Advisors are comprised of experts from legal services firms, corporations or universities, chosen through an open nomination process on the basis of their experience in the field of competition, consumer protection or with specific regulations related to certain industries.

Carolina leads Baker McKenzie's Antitrust & Competition group in Colombia and Latin America. She has more than 20 years of experience providing legal advice to clients for compliance with regulations regarding data protection, competition, and consumer rights. She is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in the Antitrust and Competition category in Colombia, by prominent legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

In addition, her name appears on the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) list of Thought Leaders 2019, as Colombia’s only leader in Antitrust and in the 2019 Who’s Who Legal Guide for Competition directory.

Esteban has over 20 years of professional experience as a lawyer advising local and multinational companies on antitrust and competition matters. He has been a professor at some of the top law schools in Argentina. Esteban is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in the Antitrust and Competition category in Argentina, by the legal directory Chambers & Partners.

Ranked "Top 5 Global Elite" by the influential Global Competition Review for the past five years, Baker McKenzie's Global Competition group includes over 320 specialist competition lawyers in more than 40 countries. In 2018, Baker McKenzie globally launched its Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App, which allows clients around the world to have a quick access guide to their rights and obligations when they receive an unexpected inspection by antitrust authorities. The tool also allows immediate contact with lawyers from Baker McKenzie that are specialized in competition law. 

The application, a pioneer in the legal industry, is available in 44 countries, including the seven Latin American countries where Baker McKenzie has a presence: Argentina, Brazil*, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. It has answers to the most frequently asked questions that clients may have once they receive an investigation from the competition defense authorities, considering the local legislation found in each country.

* Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm in cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie.

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