Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo has been partner at Brigard & Urrutia since 1994. With more than 20 years of extensive experience, Mr Michelsen advises leading local and foreign companies as well as private equity funds in complex corporate transactions as well as telecommunications, media and technology matters. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has consistently been recognised internationally as one of Colombia’s leading M&A practitioners. He has acted as lead counsel in many of Colombia’s largest and most complex corporate transactions. Among his most prominent transactions was his advice for SABMiller in the acquisition through a merger of Bavaria SA, the second-largest brewer in South America, for US$7.8 billion.

Moreover, Mr Michelsen has played a key role in many of the most important recent M&A transactions and corporate finance deals in Colombia, such as acting for Álmacenes Éxito, the largest retail company in Colombia, in its US$700 million acquisition of controlling stake in Carulla-Vivero and in its US $105 million acquisition of multiple stores owned by Superinter; Casino Guichard Perrachon in its US$327 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Álmacenes Éxito; Álmacenes Éxito’s in its GDR issuance in international markets; Millicom International Cellular SA in the cross-border merger of UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones and Millicom Spain Cable; Group Telefónica in the structuring and implementation of the merger between Colombia Telecomunicaciones and Telefónica Moviles, which transaction is the second-largest merger in the history of Colombia; and Lafrancol SAS in its US$562 million shareholders sale of the company.

Mr Michelsen received his JD from the Andes University and holds a master’s degree in commercial law from University of Paris II, France. He also did an intensive course in project finance at the Euromoney Institute in New York.