Mauricio Velandia Castro

Of counsel

T +57 315 360-9309

«Square stones to make buildings and round stones to make wheels»

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Mauricio Velandia with almost 30 years of experience in counseling and litigation in Competition Law and Arbitration.

Mauricio Velandia was in charge of competition law at the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce for four years. Subsequently, he opened his office to the public where he has advised the most important economic groups in Colombia.

In his career he has extensive experience in advising on negotiations of purchase of companies, mergers, configuration of distribution channels, attack of dominance positions, defense of markets, defense in cartelization investigations and unfair competition matters. The above in addition to litigation in this regard.

He has had the opportunity to close negotiations and settlements in the USA, Japan, Mexico and Germany.

For more than ten years he has been linked to competition law in Ecuador, being an advisor to different local and foreign companies.

He has been a professor at several universities in Colombia, Ecuador and Latin America.

  • Law Degree, Universidad Externado de Colombia.
  • Specialization in Financial Legislation, Universidad de los Andes.
  • Specialization in Contract Law and Negotiable Legal Relations, Universidad Externado de Colombia Scholarship holder.
  • Internship of 6 months at the Insurance and Bonding Commission and at the Banking Commission in Mexico D.F., Commissioned by the Colombian government, for work there.
  • Member of the Institute of Procedural Law in Colombia
  • Arbitrator list A of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá
  • Former Superintendent Delegate for the Protection of Competition in Colombia.
  • Arbitrator of the A list of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Latin American Competition Bulletin, edited by the European Union based in Brussels.
  • Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho de los Mercados, CEDEMERC.
  • Director of the Boletín de Mercados.
  • Chosen by Semana Magazine of Colombia as the most admired and respected lawyer by law firms in Colombia (2019).
  • Competition counsel to Grupo Santodomingo in the issuance of bonds in New York through City Bank:
  • Counsel in the sale of RedBull Colombia.
  • Counsel in the implementation of the collection system Phase III of Transmilienio in Bogotá.
  • Counsel to several mobile telecommunication companies in Colombia.
  • Counsel to the Colombian aeronautical sector and an association of that sector.
  • Counsel to Grupo Nutresa of Medellín in the structuring of distribution channels.
  • Counsel to companies in the port sector in Colombia and an association of such sector.
  • Counsel to companies in the hydrocarbons sector in Colombia.
  • Counsel to companies in the health sector.
  • Lawyer and advisor to foreign food sector companies in Colombia.
  • Book on Competition and Consumer Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Book on Competition Law and Control of Market Power for Ecuador, Editorial Edino, Ecuador
  • El ocaso del monopolio (video-book) Antitrust (Open Classes module 1) and Unfairness (Open Classes module 2) published in official web page
  • Market Law (notes) – 2006
  • Center for the Study of Market Law CEDEMERC (Compilation Discussion Blog 1) – 2007
  • Center for the study of market law CEDEMERC (Compilation Discussion Blog 2) – 2012
  • Center for the Study of Market Law CEDEMERC (Compilation Discussion Blog 3) – 2015
  • Center for the Study of Market Law CEDEMERC (Compilation Discussion Blog 4) – 2017
  • Global Competition review, Trademark Depletion, Parallel Commerce and their relationship with antitrust, 2013
  • Global Competition Review, Relationship Between Manufacturers and their distributors, 2012
  • Global Competition Review, Latin America Overview, 2011
  • Multiple writings in Colombian and international law journals
  • YouTube channel Mauricio Velandia (100 videos on antitrust law)
  • Columnist for the newspaper Ambito Jurídico, Colombia
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