2 March, 2020 Colombia

Chinese company wins railway project in Bogotá

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia) has helped Chinese state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) win a public bid for a railway project in Bogotá, worth US$1.2 billion.

Empresa Férrea Regional (EFR), public entity in charge of the bidding process, relied on local firm Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados for the deal, which was signed on 7 January.

EFR also hired Colombian firm De Vivero Abogados to prepare the proposal presented during the bidding process, which took place on 23 December.

Boutique firm Monroy Torres Abogados is thought to have advised Sacyr, which did not make an offer but participated in the evaluation process prior to the auction, but Latin Lawyer could not confirm this before publishing. CCECC was the sole bidder for the concession.

CCECC and EFR will develop an electric tram network, called RegioTram Occidente, to connect Bogotá with the cities of Facatativá, Mosquera, Madrid and Funza as well as 17 other destinations in the Cundinamarca department, which surrounds Bogotá. The network will transport around 130,000 passengers a day.  

A journey between end stations on the 40-kilometre railway system will take 50 minutes. The tram is set to start accepting passengers in 2024 and replaces the now-defunct Bogotá Savannah Railway, which ceased operations in 1991.

Counsel to CCECC

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)
Partner Jorge Di Terlizzi and associates Camilo Forero, María Camila Navarro and Juan David Romero

Counsel to Empresa Férrea Regional
Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados
Partners Álvaro Gasca and Gabriel Taboada, and associates Daniela Mejía and Sebastian Duque

De Vivero Abogados
Partners Felipe De Vivero Arciniegas, Paula Gallo and Maria Catalina Guerrero, and associate Amelia Piñeros

Source: Latin Lawyer

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