An equity partner at Holland & Knight in Bogotá, Jose Vicente Zapata has been recognised as one of the lawyers with the highest level of expertise in oil and gas, mining and environmental matters in Colombia. Similarly, he is one of the most recognised lawyers for projects and negotiations in the mining and oil and gas sectors, both upstream and downstream, throughout Latin America. With more than 20 years’ experience in natural resources, he has been an officer and legal representative of various oil and gas, mining and environmental corporations, and has served as president of Columbus Energy Sucursal Colombia, a leading venture company successfully set up in Colombia with 11 blocks in the Llanos and Putumayo basins covering nearly 1 million acres of gross acreage. Mr Zapata has also been legal counsel in the structuring of foreign investment transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganisations of corporations in Colombia.
Mr Zapata has been a member of boards of directors for multinational corporations in the automotive, energy, telecommunications, industrial and food sectors. He is a professor at the Javeriana, Rosario and Externado de Colombia universities for environmental, oil and gas, corporate responsibility, environmental liability and sustainable development. Mr Zapata graduated from Universidad Javeriana and holds an LLM from McGill University.