Nicolás López Ochoa
Nicolás is an expert in public and private contracting. Given his structured knowledge in government contracting, he acts as a corporate advisor in contractor selection processes and in the signing, execution, and liquidation of contracts. He has extensive experience advising on transportation, water, sewage, and energy infrastructure projects, among others. During his professional practice, he has acted as an attorney in judicial and arbitration proceedings -both national and international-. He acts as a negotiator in closings and transactions and intervenes in the resolution of controversies before dispute boards, mediators, and amicable arbitrators. He has been teaching government contracting since 2018.
2018 Specialist in Government Contracting
Universidad Externado de Colombia
2019 - Currently Senior Lawyer
Ariza & Marín
2017 -2018 Junior Lawyer - Litigation Coordinator
Ariza & Marín
2018 - Currently Universidad EAFIT
Contract liquidation, contract disputes, contract supervision and inspection, Seleccion abreviada (State contracting modality), and merit-based competition - Diploma in state contracting.
2021 Featured as a key Senior Lawyer of Ariza & Marín in the publication City Focus Medellín, The Legal 500.
2021 Beneficiary of the Colfuturo Scholarship Credit program to pursue a Master's degree abroad.
2018 Winner of the best Saber Pro in Law awarded by the Ministry of National Education.
2018 Top academic average in specialization in State Contracting
Award in favor of Pavimentar of a road infrastructure contract for the economic reactivation of the regions in Colombia
Represented Pavimentar in the public bidding LP-DT-056-2020 conducted by the InstitutoNacional de Vías-Invías-for the construction of road infrastructure of the public worksprogram"Concluir y concluir para la reactivación de las regiones"of the nationalgovernment. On this occasion, he successfully defended Pavimentar's proposal, which was awarded module 3 of this public bidding for the improvement of roads in the department ofRisaralda for a value of COP $25,326,500,049.
Arbitration Tribunal - Cultivos Tropicana and Bananera la Florida vs. Vías de las Américas
Participated in the defense strategy and was part of the team that represented the concessionaire Vías de las Américas in the arbitration tribunal convened by two companies whose properties were acquired for the execution of the 3G contract of the transversal de Las Américas, Sector 1. The plaintiffs sought the payment of a contractual penalty amounting to COP 1,300,000,000 for the alleged delay in the notification of the formal purchase offer. Our client was declared free of any contractual liability and exonerated from the payment of any amount of money. Subsequent to the arbitration award, he participated in the successful defense of the concessionaire in the annulment appeal filed by the plaintiffs, as well as in a guardianship action against the court decision on the annulment.
Arbitration Tribunal Unión Temporal Mejía Acevedo - S&E vs. Agrupación Guinovart Obras y Servicios Hispania S.A. Sucursal Colombia
Participated in the preparation of an arbitration claim and represented Unión Temporal Mejía Acevedo - S&E against Agrupación Guinovart Obrasy Servicios Hispania S.A. Sucursal Colombia, as a consequence of alleged breaches in a construction contract entered intobetween the parties. During the arbitration proceedings, the differences were settled in a contract in which the parties acknowledged the internationality of the arbitration -a matter that was under discussion-, as well as the contractual differences and agreed to convert the content of the settlement contract into an arbitration award in case of breach of the agreed commitments.
Award in favor of Consorcio Ciclo-Infraestructura of the contract for the construction of cycling infrastructure in the Department of Antioquia
Represented Consorcio Ciclo-Infraestructura in public bidding No. 004 of 2018 advanced by the Instituto de Deportes de Antioquia for the construction of cycling infrastructure in the subregions of Occidente, Urabá and Norte del Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, allocated in the department of Antioquia. Our firm was able to demonstrate that the proposal of Consorcio Ciclo-Infraestructura was the most favorable for the entity and was awarded the contract for a value of COP $44,136,796,199.