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Natalia Ponce de Leon

Natalia Ponce de León

Associate
Baker & McKenzie S.A.S.

Biography

Natalia Ponce de León is senior associate of the M&A and Private Equity Practice with over 8 years of experience, focusing on advising foreign clients and private equity funds on acquisitions of assets in Colombia. Other areas of practice include commercial, corporate and exchange law.

She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2017.

Practice Focus

Natalia has notable experience in M&A and corporate law. Her practice involves foreign and local clients in numerous industries with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. Her experience includes drafting and negotiation of agreements and corporate documents, analysis of transactional structures, coordination and supervision of local and multi-jurisdictional due diligence teams, preparation of legal memoranda, as well as incorporation and liquidation of companies. She assists in all phases of acquisition, merger or sale processes of companies.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Participated in the team that advised Advent International Corporation in its acquisition of a majority equity stake in Chilean gaming and resort company Enjoy for 1.12 billion pesos, approximately USD 170 million (2018).

  • Advised Hoteles Decameron in the acquisition of the Costa Blanca resort in Panamá (2018).

  • Participated in the team that advised Unilever in its acquisition from Quala of its (i) shampoo, conditioner and styling business, (ii) fabric softener business and (iii) oral care business in Latinamerica (2017).

  • Participated in the transaction by means of which Unilever sold its beverage soy business in Latinamerica to Coca-Cola Femsa.(2016).

  • Advised Public Sector Pension Investment Board - PSP Investments (one of Canada's largest pension investment managers) in the acquisition of 30% of Amarilo S.A.S., one of Colombia's biggest construction companies (2016).

  • Participated in the team that advised Advent International Corporation in the acquisition of 30% shareholding interest in Lifemiles B.V., the entity that owns and manages one of the most important and recognized airline loyalty programs of Latin America. The acquisition was nominated to the Latin Lawyer's M&A Deal of the Year Award (2015).

  • Advised BSN Medical Group in the acquisition of all the assets related to the Ortopédicos Futuro business in Colombia and Ecuador (2015).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York Bar Association

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2017)
  • Colombia (2010)

Education

  • New York University (LLM Masters in Law) (2014)
  • New York University School of Business (Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business (awarded the John L. Vogelstein Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship)) (2014)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Specialization in Tax) (2012)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Law Degree) (2010)