Holland & Knight Strengthens Colombian Tax Practice with Addition of Gustavo Pardo Ardila
BOGOTÁ (June 16, 2022) – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that renowned tax attorney Gustavo Pardo Ardila has joined the firm's Bogotá office as a partner in the tax practice, along with Associate José Alejandro Vivas Velásquez.
Mr. Pardo has 31 years of professional experience, during which he worked in consulting firms such as KPMG, Arthur Andersen, Andersen Legal and Ernst & Young. In 2013, he created his own firm, Gustavo Pardo y Asociados, in which he advised clients on various legal matters, particularly tax, corporate, foreign exchange and tax litigation, and social security contributions. Mr. Pardo has been recognized as a top tax attorney by Chambers & Partners for more than nine years.
"We are pleased with the arrival of Gustavo at Holland & Knight," said Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Colombia office. "The services he provides are complementary to what we have previously offered in the tax area. Therefore, our clients will benefit from a more robust offering. Our goal is to continue strengthening our group of local lawyers with the best professionals available, and the entry of Gustavo and José Alejandro is just the latest example of this strategy."
"It was very important for us to join a firm with a solid international platform like the one built by Holland & Knight," said Mr. Pardo. "This move will allow us to offer both our current clients and Holland & Knight clients high-quality legal advice in new areas."
In addition to Mr. Pardo, Holland & Knight's tax team includes Partners Juan Carlos Valencia Márquez and Rafael Lafont Castillo.
"Having a team of three partners in our tax practice allows us to ensure superior client service, given that each will remain focused on their customers and accounts but will have extra support when necessary," said Mr. Valencia. "With this team, Holland & Knight has established itself as a leading firm in the local market for tax litigation, tax planning and investment structuring between Colombia and the United States."
With 10 years in the Colombian legal market, Holland & Knight is one of the fastest growing law firms in the region. The Bogotá office has 40 lawyers providing counsel to companies on all aspects of their business operations.