Norton Rose Fulbright has closed its office in Colombia, allowing its former lawyers to strengthen the teams of Dentons Cárdenas & Cárdenas and Holland & Knight.

This is the second Latin American office that Norton Rose Fulbright has closed this year. At the beginning of the year, the firm closed its office in Venezuela, and its partners joined Dentons (allowing Dentons a physical presence in Venezuela). Norton Rose has said that it plans to focus on its offices in Brazil and Mexico. Although most of its lawyers have moved to other firms, Leopoldo Olavarría, an IFLR1000 Highly Regarded lawyer, is now based out of Norton Rose’s Mexico City office.

As a result of this move, Pablo Jaramillo Valencia joined Dentons Cárdenas & Cárdenas. His move follows the move of three former Norton Rose mining lawyers (Jorge Neher, Hernán Rodríguez and Santiago González) to Dentons Cárdenas & Cárdenas in 2017.

Meanwhile, Holland & Knight snagged lawyers Isabella Gandini and Inés Elvira Vesga. Gandini focuses her practice on labour and employment, while Vesga focuses on oil and gas projects. Holland & Knight also recently hired Carolina Arciniegas who practices corporate, capital markets and banking law and was formerly general counsel for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.