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In brief

Baker McKenzie’s Bogotá Office is pleased to present its Country COVID-19 Client Newsletter. We offer you a brief guide for preventing, facing or solving the foremost complications that the current global pandemic may cause your business ̶  whether that is an outbreak at your offices, with your employees, your service providers or even counterparts.

Should you have any questions regarding the following subjects or any matter, please contact your usual Baker McKenzie contact or any of our practice group/industry group partners. We will be happy to work with you during this time of prevention.

We wish you, your family, and your extended organization continued good health!


Coronavirus Resource Center for clients

Our external website includes a Coronavirus Resource Center for clients. In it you will find materials that will help you understand, prepare and respond quickly to the significant challenges COVID-19 poses:

  • A complete list of COVID-19-related client alerts and webinars by both topic and by region, including Latinamerica.
  • Our Business Continuity Plans for COVID-19, in which we explain how we will be able to deliver uninterrupted service to our clients on the worldwide level.

Colombian State of Emergency

The president of Colombia decreed a State of Emergency on the national territory due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. He has issued a series of measures to contain its effects on public health and the economy. This chapter will be updated on a daily basis, including the principal measures issued by the national government.

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Some relevant decrees analysis

Here you will find a further analysis of the most relevant decrees.

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Tax

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Colombia has issued several regulations that change important aspects of Colombian tax law. Here you will find a description of the main tax measures taken by the Colombian Government.

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Corporate

How the President of the Republic has enabled corporate life to continue its dynamics in the middle of the State of Emergency.

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Healthcare

Measures taken during the Colombian State of Emergency within the healthcare Industry.

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Employment and compensation

Here we provide you with a quick guide for employers, addressing some of the most pressing labor issues that have arisen in light of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration – Supply Chain

Here we outline how the outcome of the pandemic has translated into events whereby attempts to cure a breach may lead to litigation or arbitration and a force majeure defense. We also describe the most recent measures issued by the justice administration entities.

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Insolvency

An analysis of how the Colombian insolvency regime allows to face the possible consequences of COVID-19.

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Banking and Finance

Learn about the financial measures ordered by the National Government in financial and public finance matters.

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Click here to access the Spanish version.

Author

Tatiana Garces Carvajal is a lawyer and a specialist in labor law, graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with post-graduate studies in commercial law from Universidad de los Andes. She has over 30 years of experience advising major clients on matters related to individual and collective labor law. For three years, she worked as the director in charge of the HR Department, head of the Legal Division of the Betania Plant, and as a lawyer in the Legal Department of Alcalis de Colombia. Previously, she worked as head of the Personnel Department at AGA Ltda., and as a paralegal at a law firm. In addition to her experience as professor, lecturer, author of several publications and arbitrator in labor collective disputes, she served as technical adviser to the employers’ delegate for Colombia at the 98th Session of the International Labor Organization in Geneva (2015). She also participated at the 93rd Conference (2009). She joined the Baker McKenzie Bogota office in 1992 as an associate in the Labor Law Department, and was appointed partner in July 2000. She also serves as managing partner of the Baker McKenzie Bogota office and regional leader of the Employment and Compensation group in Latin America and the Employment and Compensation practice at the Bogota office. As representative for LA, she is a member of the steering committee of the Global Employment and Compensation Group of Baker McKenzie, and in her capacity as managing partner of the Bogota office, she is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Policy Committee.