Cristina is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution practice group in Bogotá and has more than 15 years of experience in civil, commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration.
Cristina has acted as counsel to several national and international companies in the real estate, financial, oil and pharmaceutical industries in commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration and has advised them in pre-trial negotiations and in the execution of settlement agreements.
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Cristina worked at several local firms and was the litigation director of Coca-Cola Femsa. In 2014, Cristina was admitted to the New York State Bar.
Cristina has also been a professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Law School and has taught Roman Law, Commercial Law and General Theory of Procedure.
Cristina has broad experience in domestic and international arbitration and in commercial, civil and administrative litigation before Colombian courts. Her practice focuses on disputes arising from infrastructure projects, shareholders agreements, disputes arising after or during a merger or acquisition, and in contractual liability disputes in distribution contracts, agency and representation agreements, construction contracts, trusts and contracts for the purchase of oil assets.
Cristina also has experience in representing clients before disputes boards and in the negotiation of settlement agreements before or during the court procedures and in the assessment of risks in current or potential litigation matters.
Representative Legal Matters
Successfully defended the client against a claim that it broadcast a false story that disparaged the plaintiff.
Represented the client in an international arbitration (and related proceedings) against a state-owned energy company, regarding the breach of an EPC power plant construction contract. The favorable arbitral award survived a denial of fundamental rights action (tutela) lodged with the Constitutional Court but was annulled by the Council of State. We advised the client on its appeal of that annulment on due process grounds, among others.
Successfully defended this Group Carso company against a breach of contract claim.
Represented a foreign company in an arbitration related to a service contract.
Represented an Italian consortium in a lawsuit brought by a Colombian state entity related to the design and construction of thirteen bridges in Colombia.
Represented the client in litigation brought by a state-owned entity, alleging that the client supplied defective pumps for an oil and gas project. The case presents complex jurisdictional issues.
- New York~United States (2014)
- Colombia (2007)
- Columbia University School of Law (LLM, with academic honors (Harlan and Fiske Stone Scholar)) (2012)
- Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Degree in Corporate Law) (2008)
- Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (JD) (2007)
Publications and Presentations
- Speaker, "Arbitration and Constitutional Motions," ICC Event, Bogota, October 2015
- Professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
- Civil Procedure (2011-2014)
- Commercial Law (2009-2010)
- Roman Law (2007-2009)
- Professor at Universidad de los Andes
- Civil Procedure (2014)
- Civil Procedure (2012)
- Professor at Universidad del Bosque