Jorge Valencia

Associate
Baker & McKenzie S.A.S.

Biography

Jorge Valencia has more than nine years of experience in litigation and arbitration involving construction, public utilities, finance, oil and gas, and commercial contracts. He worked for two years in the international dispute resolution and white collar practice groups of a New York law firm, advising clients in investment arbitration matters, transnational disputes and white collar investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the United States, Latin America and Africa.

Jorge has worked on arbitration proceedings under the ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules in the construction, oil and gas, and finance sectors. Jorge has also advised in domestic arbitration before the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota in relation to public procurement, public utilities, construction and energy.

Practice Focus

Jorge focuses his practice on domestic and international arbitration, particularly disputes related to construction, oil and gas, energy and public utilities. He also advises on anti-corruption and general compliance matters, and has conducted investigations for large multinationals in the United States, Latin America and Africa. He has also rendered advice related to FCPA violations involving contracts with Asian governments.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised an investment fund in an investment arbitration against Peru under UNCITRAL rules.
  • Advised an oil and gas firm in an investment arbitration against Ecuador under ICSID rules.
  • Advised a client in the construction industry in an investment dispute against Hungary.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 company in internal anti-corruption investigations in Latin America and Africa.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 company in a DOJ-directed investigation for FCPA violation involving Latin America and Asia.
  • Advised the Colombian subsidiary of a large construction multinational in litigation and arbitration in Colombia, in relation to the construction of roads and a hydroelectric plant.
  • Advised two major pipelines in Colombia in disputes involving construction of the pipelines, shipping agreements and tort claims.
  • Acted as counsel to Colombian government in an action against the USD 400 million sale of Carbocol assets to Glencore, BHP Billiton and Anglo American. Secured a final favorable ruling for the government and purchasers.

Professional Honors

  • Graduated as a Kent Scholar from Columbia Law School.
  • Third place among more than 9,000 test takers in the Colombian exam for lawyers.

Corporate Responsibility

  • Part of a team of lawyers who worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights to bring a case against El Salvador before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights for the prosecution and conviction for murder of women who had miscarriages or abortions. The group also advised local lawyers in bringing petitions for pardon.
  • Advised clients in relation to disability law in New York.
  • Advised clients in relation to immigration law in the United States.
  • Advised non-profits in relation to contracts.

Admissions

  • New York (2015)
  • Colombia (2008)

Education

  • Columbia Law School (LL.M. Kent Scholar) (2014)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (M.A. in Economics) (2013)
  • Universidad Javeriana (J.D.) (2007)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish