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Natalia Villalba

Natalia Villalba

Associate
Baker & McKenzie S.A.S.

Biography

Natalia Villalba is Senior Associate of the M&A and Private Equity Practice with over nine years of experience and Innovation Ambassador for Colombia within Baker McKenzie. Natalia has coordinated several complex transactions in a variety of industries in Colombia and Latin-America, for example in the pharmaceutical, oil & gas and retail industries.   

Natalia is admitted to the practice of law in Colombia (2009) and in the State of New York (2014). Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Natalia was the General Counsel of the Colombian Private Council on Competitiveness (where she participated in the publication of three National Competitiveness Reports) and worked in other top tier law firm. Besides her JD studies (with Cum Laude Honors), Natalia has a double major, a minor and studies in economics and was granted the Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholarship for her LLM studies at NYU.  

Practice Focus

Natalia regularly provides M&A advice to both domestic and multinational clients, including leading national and foreign companies as well as recognized private equity funds from different industrial or economic sectors such as pharmaceutical, financial and telecommunication companies in mergers, acquisitions and disposition of assets in Colombia and Latin America.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Europe´s leading pharmaceutical company in the acquisition of the second largest company in the Colombian's generic market.

  • Advised the shareholders of one of the main stock brokers companies in Colombia in the sale of its shares to one of the largest financial groups in the country. 

  • Advised one of the world’s leading multi-asset alternative investment firms in the financing and acquisition of the leading contact centre company in Latin America as part of a global transaction. 

  • Advised Advent International Corporation on the investment in a public Chilean company that operates casinos. 

  • Advised Southern Cross Latin America on the acquisition of a majority shareholding interest in a Panamanian company engaged in the business of operating supermarket stores which offer retail sale and on the acquisition of a majority shareholding interest in a company involved in microfinance. 

  • Advised Altra on the formation and consolidation of one of the most important players of industrial waste management in the Colombian market and on a co-investment in an important infrastructure company in Colombia.

  • Advised Donaldson Company on the acquisition of the biggest motor engine filter production facilities in Colombia.

  • Advised Brenntag on the acquisition of a Colombian company devoted to the distribution of chemical products. 

Admissions

  • New York (2014)
  • Colombia (2009)

Education

  • NYU Law School (LLM) (2012)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Double Major in Anthropology and a Minor in Literature) (2009)
  • Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Exchange Program) (2007)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
National Competitiveness Report, Colombian Private Council on Competitiveness,  2014-2015, 2010-2011 and 2009-2010