César Barrero Berardinelli

Partner / Colombia
  • Practice areas / Infrastructure and Projects - Public Law
  • Languages / English, Spanish, Italian

Partner at PPU, expert in Public Law. He has advised important clients on infrastructure contracts, public and private bidding processes, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), port, airports, roadway and railway concessions, FIDIC design and construction contracts (Yellow and Silver Books), PM & OE contracts (Program Management and Owner’s Engineer), public works, perforation, seismic exploration services, and EPC contracts (Engineering Procurement and Construction), port law, economic regulation and promotion of competition in utilities, coffee cultivation and agriculture sector regulations


Work experience

  • 2018 - a la actualidad Partner

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2015 - 2017 Barranquilla's Office Director

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2011 - 2014 Corporate Legal Director

    Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (Procafecol - Juan Valdez, Almacafé)

  • 2007 - 2011 Associate





Featured Cases

  • Siemens Colombia 2017

    Succesful Legal advice and representation in bid award hearing and defense of client’s proposal which had been accused of being artificially priced. Project stoplights in the district of Bogotá approximately USD 90Million.

  • Sociedad Interamericana de Aguas y Servicios – INASSA/ Sociedad de Acueducto Metropolitano de Santa Marta – Metroagua S.A. E.S.P. Colombia 2016

    Legal advice, accompaniment and representation in governmental anticipated take-over/transfer of aqueduct and sewage infrastructure and related assets of the coastal city of Santa Marta, Colombia as a consequence of judicial precautionary measure. Our main role was that of advising and representing clients in (i) key legal aspects of return of infrastructure and related assets (including permits, land use contracts/easements, applicable laws,), (ii) identifying key governmental entities with administrative powers over the transition; (iii) accompanying and representing clients in transitional committee in all meetings and discussions with high ranking National and local level authorities.

  • Colpatria Colombia 2016

    Counsel to Colpatria on the structuring and negotiation of the EPC contract for Buenaventura Port and Industrial Complex, worth USD$85 Million.

  • Cintra Infraestructuras and Concesia Colombia 2016

    Counsel to a plural bidder formed by Cintra Infraestructuras and Concesia in the public bidding process launched by the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency for a US$1.1bn PPP brownfield toll road called Corridor Barrancabermeja - Yondó.



  • Public Law Colombia, Towards the Bicentennial and the 2020´s



  • 2014 Diplomat Yale University/USA Management Program for Lawyers MPL

  • 2004 Universidad Sergio Arboleda/Colombia Specialization in New Technologies Law

  • 2003 Specialist Pontificia Universidad Javeriana/Colombia Law




Academic activities

  • Academic Activities - 2009

    Teaching - Universidad Sergio Arboleda
  • Academic Activities - to date

    Teaching - Universidad de los Andes

Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker "U.S. and Colombian Anti-Corruption"
  • Speaker "State responsibility derived from the execution of an international treaty"