Hernando A Padilla is a partner in the Bogotá office of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, and head of the private equity group. His legal practice focuses on private equity, banking, finance and capital markets, and M&A. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Padilla worked as a senior associate in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Clearly Gottlieb. He has acted as adviser for national and international clients on M&A in Colombia and the United States.

Mr Padilla has represented domestic and international private capital sponsors in their fund formation activities. He also advised Grupo Nacional de Chocolates in its first acquisition of a company in the United States, Goldman Sachs in its acquisition of Vale’s operations in Colombia, and Darby Private Equity in its acquisition of a 5 per cent equity interest in Ocensa. Additionally, he has represented local and international investments, including Carlyle, Neuberger Bergman, General Atlantic, Altra, Mercantil Colpatria, SCL Energía and Fintra in their acquisitions and divestitures. Hernando is also a member of the finance team, where he has advised on multiple bond offerings in international markets by Ecopetrol, Emgesa, TPL, TGI, ETB and BBVA.

Mr Padilla has both a law degree and a postgraduate degree in international corporate law from the University of the Andes (1997). In addition, he has an LLM from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1999) and a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (1999). Mr Padilla is licensed to practise law in Colombia and in the state of New York.