Jorge Valencia

Jorge I. Valencia

Associate
Baker & McKenzie S.A.S.

Biography

Jorge has more than ten years of experience in litigation and arbitration involving construction, public utilities, finance, oil & gas, and commercial contracts. After graduating from the LL.M. program at Columbia Law School as a Kent Scholar, he worked for two years at a New York law firm in the international dispute resolution and white collar practice groups, advising clients in investment arbitrations, transnational disputes and white collar investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the United States, Latin America, and Africa.

Jorge has advised clients in arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules in the construction, oil & gas and finance sectors. Jorge has also advised clients in domestic arbitrations before the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota related to public procurement, public utilities, construction, and energy.

Practice Focus

Jorge focuses his practice in both domestic and international arbitration, having significant experience in disputes related to construction, oil & gas, energy, and public utilities.

Jorge also advises clients in 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 advise related to FCPA violations involving contracts with Asian governments.

Jorge also has deep experience representing domestic and international companies and state entities in litigation before Colombia's Administrative Courts and in constitutional actions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a multilatina public utility company in a claim filed by a contractor before a dispute board under a FIDIC contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The contractor claimed USD 100 million approximately.

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in an international arbitration filed by its local business partner claiming US 30 million in damages derived from termination of an alleged commercial agency agreement and the breach of colligated contracts.

  • Advised an investment fund in an investment arbitration against Peru under UNCITRAL rules.

  • Advised an oil & 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 violation of the FCPA involving Latin America and Asia.

  • Advised the Colombian subsidiary of a large construction multinational in litigation and arbitration in Colombia involving construction of roads, and a hydroelectric plant.

  • Advised the two major pipelines in Colombia in disputes involving construction of the pipelines, shipping agreements, and tort claims.

  • Counsel to the Government of Colombia in an action against the sale for USD 400 million of the assets of Carbocol in the largest carbon mine in Colombia to Glencore, BHP Billiton and Anglo American, securing a final favorable ruling to the Government and purchasers.

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.

  • Advises clients related to disability law in New York.

  • Advises clients related to immigration law in the United States.

  • Advises non-profits related to contracts.

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2015)
  • Colombia (2008)

Education

  • Columbia Law School (LLM Kent Scholar) (2014)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (MA in Economics) (2013)
  • Universidad Javeriana (JD) (2007)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish