Diana Collazos

Principal Associate
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  • Biography

    Biography

    Diana Collazos is an experienced lawyer in PPPs, concessions and infrastructure construction. She has over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors, including various jurisdictions in the Latin America region such as Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Ecuador, Jamaica and Miami.

    Diana has deep experience in the structuring, negotiation, execution and financing of projects — both public and private — such as large-scale transport infrastructures, construction, sanitation projects and mass transport systems. She is also well versed in the contracts related to these projects and their execution, such as EPC, PCM, EPCM, FIDIC, NEC contracts, among others, as well as addenda, financing, trust, association, operation contracts, etc. Diana is involved in the successful defense of these projects in local and international arbitration instances, as well as the management of corporate and corporate aspects. She also participates in purchase processes of infrastructure projects.

    Diana has a solid set of skills such as critical thinking, strategic thinking, results orientation, problem solving, leadership and coordination, and strong technical and financial knowledge.

    Throughout her more than 20 years of experience, Diana has served as director, general manager and legal manager of various concession and investment vehicle companies, as well as an external adviser, enhancing her knowledge and skills in leadership and management positions in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

    Practice focus

    In addition to her solid experience in structuring and executing transportation concessions, Diana has solid knowhow in the structuring of contractual agreements, construction contracts, EPC, O&M, interfaces and fiduciary contracts, among others. She has also successfully advised on the structuring and execution of construction projects under FIDIC schemes in its various modalities (red, yellow, silver). Diana has also developed extensive experience in dispute resolution through various dispute resolution mechanisms.

  • Experience

    Experience

    • Confidential, Peru – Advised on the claim on international arbitration of damages suffered by the concessionaire as a result of breaches by the grantor; responsible for all aspects related to the execution of the concession contract and its risk scheme.
    • BONUS Investment Banking, Colombia – Advised on the legal and juridical structuring of at least two road concession contracts of four generations that will cover an area of approximately 760 km and three departments; responsible for the legal coordination of the structuring.
    • ADO Group, Colombia – For the purpose of analyzing the potential purchase of a majority stake in a concessionaire company, advised the client on the analysis of the execution of a mass transport concession contract, identifying the potential contractual risks that could arise from the concessionaire's execution.
    • Confidential clients, Peru  – Advised two different clients on the structuring of three private self-sustainable road initiatives.
    • Confidential client, Colombia – Advised one client on the structuring of three private self-sustainable road initiatives.
    • Consorcio Concesion Chancay Acos S.A., Peru – Contract for the concession of a road (approx. 80 km) in which rehabilitation, maintenance and operation activities are to be carried out; advised the dealer on all matters related to the execution of the contract, from the time of its award in 2009 to date; additionally, advised on the structuring and signing of an addendum to the concession contract, as well as on four direct deals with the grantor.
    • Azteca Comunicaciones, Peru – Concession contract for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 900 km Optical Fiber Optic National Dorsal Network; advised the client on structuring and negotiating an addendum to the concession contract.
    • Longitudinal of the Sierra Section 2, Peru – Contract for the concession of a road (approx. 900 km) in which rehabilitation, maintenance and operation activities are to be carried out; advised the dealer on all matters related to the execution of the contract from 2014 to date; in addition, successfully advised the client on three direct deals with the concessionaire, which have led to improvements for the concession and dealership.
    • Perimeter of the Orient, Colombia – Fourth generation road concession contract; accompanied confidential client in the negotiation of a memorandum of understanding for the joint submission of bids in this bidding process; verification of the main obligations of the concession contract and its risk matrix to incorporate its allocation, scope and mitigation in the agreement.
    • OHL Industrial, Colombia – Advised OHL in negotiating a confidential EPC contract for the construction of a cement plant in Colombia; verified that the scope of the EPC's obligations fall under such a contract and verified the transfer or assignment of construction obligations from the EPC to the construction subcontractor.
    • Yuma Concessionaire, Colombia – Concessionaire of the Ruta del Sol 3 road (approx. 460 km.); structuring of the bid to be submitted within the tender for award; analysis of the concession contract to determine the obligations and risk allocation matrix derived from it; structuring of the memorandum of understanding between the parties, with the respective term sheets of the EPC, operation and maintenance contracts, in which the obligations arising from the concession contract were back to back.
    • Western concessionaire, Colombia – Concessionaire of a third generation road (110 km.); advised on the execution of the concession contract with ANI and the comptroller; responsible for all legal matters related to the execution of the concession contract; advised on bond issues made by the concessionaire.
    • Cali Mio dealership, Colombia – Concessionaire of a third generation concession contract for a Mio workshop yard; advised on the execution of the concession contract with Metrocali and the comptroller; responsible for all legal matters related to the execution of the concession contract.
    • Parking lot concessionary, Colombia – Concessionaire of a second generation parking lot concession contract in Bogota; advised on the execution of the concession contract with IDU; responsible for all legal matters related to the execution of the concession contract.
    • Review, study and analysis of more than 100 private initiative transport infrastructure projects in Colombia, Peru and Panama.
  • Additional Information

    Additional Information

    Experience

    • Principal Associate at Estudio Echecopar since 2014.
    • General Manager at Concesionaria Chancay – Acos S.A. 2012 – 2014.
    • Regional Legal Counsel at Infracon S.A.S. Grupo Conalvias. 2009 – 2013.
    • Legal Counsel at Superintendencia de Vigilancia y Seguridad Privada. 2006 – 2009.
    • Legal Advisor at IFI–Concesion Salinas. 2005 – 2006.
    • Legal Advisor at Cal y Mayor Asociados. 2004 – 2006.
    • Associate at Gomez Pinzon Abogados. 2002 – 2004.
    • Legal Advisor at Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano – IDU. 2001 – 2002.