Juan Fernando Gaviria

Partner / Colombia
  • Practice areas / Banking, Finance and Capital Markets - Infrastructure and Projects
  • Languages / English, Spanish

Partner at PPU expert in complex Banking, Finance and Capital Markets matters. He has advised important clients in Project finance. He has led equity and debt issuances of banking institutions in Colombia and abroad. He has represented lenders, sponsors, borrowers and Colombian governmental entities in financings and the development of projects in the energy, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors.

Considered by sources to be "a leader in project finance," Juan Fernando Gaviria co-heads the department and is a distinguished practitioner in the banking and finance field. According to interviewees, he possesses great skills dealing with both transactional and regulatory work. They go on to recognize his relevant role in both project and corporate finance, where he is deemed "highly experienced." He routinely advises multinational investment banks. Chambers and Partners - Banking and Finance
Department co-head Juan Fernando Gaviria is described by market commentators as "a leading figure in the Colombian market." He is highly recommended by clients for his significant abilities dealing with project finance and infrastructure matters. Gaviria is also considered "a hands-on lawyer." Chambers and Partners – Projects

Work experience

  • 2015 - a la actualidad Partner

    Philippi Prietcarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2008 - 2014 Partner


  • 1999 - 2008 Associate


  • - a la actualidad Counsel

    Colombian Leasing Companies Federation

  • 1994 - a la actualidad Counsel

    Leasing Colmena

  • 1995 - a la actualidad Counsel

    Fiduciaria Davivienda

  • 1997 - a la actualidad Counsel

    Banco Andino




Featured Cases

  • Goldman Sachs, Bancolombia, Infrastructure Debt Fund CAF-Ashmore I and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional Colombia 2017

    Counsel to Goldman Sachs as structuring bank, and Bancolombia, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional and Infrastructure Debt Fund CAF-Ashmore I, as lenders, on the financing of an unsolicited PPP for the construction, rehabilitation, improvement, operation and maintenance of the toll road Antioquia-Bolivar concession.

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi Group Global Markets and UBS Securities Colombia 2017

    Issuance of 4.875% Notes due 2027 initially in an aggregate principal amount of US$750,000,000 The Notes were issued by Bancolombia S.A. a financial entity incorporated under the laws of Colombia.

  • Goldman Sachs & Co, Banco Corpbanca, Bancolombia, Fondo de Deuda Suramericana Colombia 2016

    Counsel to Goldman Sachs and the Colombian lenders in connection with the financing of the Pacifico 3 4G Road Concession Project.

  • Opain Colombia 2015

    Counsel the sponsors and Opain S.A., the project company, with respect to the financing of the Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado, granted by the BID, CAF, CDB (China Development Bank) and China Exim.





  • 1995 Specialist Uiversidad de los Andes/Colombia Post-graduate degree in Finance Law

  • 1998 Master IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law Specialist LLM in Financial Services Law

  • 1994 Lawyer Universidad de los Andes/Colombia Law




Academic activities


Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker Foro Infraestructura Terciarias - Las Vías de la Paz JW Marriott - Bogotá Colombia 2017
  • Speaker Foro Infraestructura JW Marriott - Bogotá Colombia 2016