Melissa Salazar

Associate / Colombia

Principal associate member of the Corporate/M&A team. Her professional practice focuses on the legal advice to Colombian and foreign companies of different sectors regarding local and cross border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-off and reorganizations. In addition, she advises her clients regarding the drafting and negotiation of different types of contracts, including joint venture, sale, purchase, supply, distribution, lease and franchise agreements, among others. Additionally, Melissa advises local and foreign companies regarding the Colombian Foreign Exchange regime. She is a member of the bar of Colombia and the State of New York.


Work experience

  • 2013 - present Senior Associate

    Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría S.A.S.

  • 2012 - 2013 Foreign Associate

    Sidley Austin LLC, Nueva York

  • 2007 - 2011 Junior Associate

    Prieto & Carrizosa S.A.

  • 2006 - 2007 Legal Assistant

    Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Ltda.




Featured Cases

  • Mercadoni Colombia 2017

    Legal advisory to Mercadoni on the financing of 6,2 million dollars by Axon Group, Pegasus Group and other investors.

  • Puerto Las Americas Holding Colombia 2014

    Counsel to Puerto Las Americas Holding Inc. ("PLAH") on the acquisition of several companies owned by Grupo Odinsa. Mitsubishi Corporation owns a minority stake in PLAH.

  • C.I. Tequendama Colombia 2014

    Legal advisory to C.I Tequendama on a joint venture between our client and Mitsubishi Corporation regarding an important port infrastructure business.

  • Johnson Controls Colombia 2011

    Legal advisory to Johnson Controls on the acquisition of 90% of Baterías MAC.



  • Agosto 2016 Bogotá - Colombia

    Gobierno corporativo para sociedades cerradas

    Melissa Salazar - La República Ver publicación
  • October 2015 Bogotá - Colombia

    Nuevo Reglamento de Arbitraje Societario

    Melissa Salazar - La República Ver publicación
  • September 2014 Bogotá - Colombia

    La responsabilidad en contratos de compraventa de acciones

    Melissa Salazar - La República Ver publicación
  • April 2014 Bogotá - Colombia

    Las cuentas de compensación

    Melissa Salazar - La República Ver publicación
  • 27 February, 2019 Colombia

    Three firms seal the deal for Emirati manufacturer entering LatAm

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  • 2012 Master University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA LLM in Business Law

  • 2008 Lawyer Universidad de los Andes Post-graduate degree in Commercial Law

  • 2007 Universidad de los Andes minor in Political Science

  • 2007 Lawyer Universidad de los Andes Bachelor of Laws LL.B.



  • New York State Bar Association

Academic activities

  • Academic Activities 2011 - 2012

    Constitutional Law Assistant Professor

    Teacher's aide - Universidad de los Andes

Seminars and Conferences