Daniel Fajardo Villada is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Bogotá office, where he focuses his practice on corporate and energy law.

Mr. Fajardo advises local and foreign companies in a wide range of contractual, regulatory and corporate matters, as well as in national and transnational merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. He advises energy, oil, gas and mining companies on regulatory issues and is well versed in local and international arbitration. Mr. Fajardo's commitment to providing quality service to clients and ability to tackle complex legal challenges make him a "go-to" professional in his field.

In addition, Mr. Fajardo has extensive experience in contracts, M&A, regulatory advisory and arbitration.

Mr. Fajardo's representative legal matters include:

  • advisory services in the acquisition of solar parks in Colombia
  • advisory services in the design of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the expansion of the Cuxtal II gas pipeline in Mexico
  • advisory services in the acquisition of a company in the food sector in a transaction totaling approximately $44 million
  • advising GeoPark in the issuance of $350 million, 5.500 percent senior notes due 2027, issued under Regulation S and Rule 144A
  • advising the Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP) in the negotiation of the new offshore exploration and production (E&P) contract model for the development of hydrocarbons in the country
  • advising PetroLatina Energy Ltd. in its approximately $525 million sale to Canada-based Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
  • serving as the leading associate in a transaction involving the merger of two automotive industry companies in Colombia
  • advising the sellers of five auto dealerships in a transaction totaling approximately $40 million
  • advising the sellers of 72 Multiopticas stores to Lafam

Prior to rejoining Holland & Knight, Mr. Fajardo served as the head of legal for a company in the electric power sector in Colombia, where he led various energy sector projects in Colombia and Mexico.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Fajardo is currently a full-time professor of master's and specialization programs at the Universidad del Rosario, where he teaches courses on Contract Drafting Techniques and Corporate Transactions. Prior to this role, he also served as assistant professor of General Regime of Obligations at Universidad del Rosario and as an intern at the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.

Mr. Fajardo has published numerous articles on energy, mining, oil and gas, and has been a guest panelist at several events.


  • University of Dundee, LL.M., CEPMLP, Oil and Gas Law and Policy, with distinction
  • Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Specialization, Financial and Commercial Law
  • Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, Certificate, Legal English for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Colombia
  • Comité Colombia - Estados Unidos, AmCham Colombia, Vice President, 2023
  • Chairman of Amcham's Sustainability Committee, 2020-2022
  • Colegio de Abogados Comercialistas, 2020-Present
  • Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación, Cámara de Comercio de Pereira – Árbitro Lista B, 2020-Present
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate M&A, 2020
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Litigation, 2019
  • Scholarship awarded by Dundee University, 2014-2015 (LLM in Oil and Gas Law and Policy).
  • Colfuturo Scholar, 2014-2015.
  • Preparatory Examinations Exemption, Outstanding Grade Point Average, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, June 2010.
  • Scholarship for Postgraduate Program, Outstanding Results at the "Examen de Estado de Calidad de la Educación Superior" (ECAES State Exam), University Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, 2009
  • Outstanding Presentation Skills Recognition, International Competition of Commercial Arbitration, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2009
  • First Place Essay Titled "Camino a la Reconciliación de la OMC con el Medio Ambiente" (The Way to Reconciliation Between the WTO and the Environment), "Premio German Cavelier," 2009
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish


Speaking Engagements