Octavio is the Managing Partner and International Counsel at Coronel & Pérez and has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and legal practice in Latin America. During that time, he participated in financing and investments for public and private clients from different sectors and industries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Before joining Coronel & Pérez in 2021, Octavio led the legal department of the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), as head of the legal team in charge of advising the organization on corporate, statutory and regulatory matters, as well as structuring, negotiating and documenting of operations in all the jurisdictions where the organization operates (almost all of them in Latin America). In this and in his previous positions at CAF, where he worked for 19 years, Octavio built an extensive experience with an emphasis on capital investments, financing of infrastructure projects, portfolio recovery and restructuring, resource mobilization, special liquidity programs, and capital increases, among others. Prior to his work at CAF, he also worked as a lawyer specialized in banking and finance in Colombia, and held leading positions in important financial institutions in Colombia and Ecuador.

Experience

Octavio's experience draws on his two decades at the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), which included the following achievements:

  • Direction of legal advice and analysis in the negotiation, documentation and implementation of all operations and activities of CAF in each of the jurisdictions where which it operates (Argentina, Bolivia, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela, together with those subject to New York law and other relevant ones), as well as the identification and mitigation of any associated legal risks.
  • Legal advisor in the negotiations for the incorporation of new CAF shareholder countries, in the development and implementation of strategic plans and in the relationship with the US Department of the Treasury (Office of Foreign Assets Control) on the sanctions imposed in the region.
  • Participation in risk, credit and equity investment committees, ALCO, among others.
  • Head of the area in charge of portfolio management and recovery. He defined and implemented strategies to maximize the recovery of capital and interest through the definition and implementation of exit strategies and mechanisms.

More about his professional career

  • Baquero, Rosselli & Tello; Law firm partner (2000-2002)
  • Banco del Pacífico Financial Group in Guayaquil (1997-1999)
  • Fiducrédito S.A.; Commercial Manager in Bogotá (1993-1997)
  • Banco Anglo-Colombiano; Zone Manager in Bogotá (1992-1993)
  • Bank of Bogotá; Branch Manager (1989-1992)

 

Education

  • Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá); Financial Legislation Specialist (1994)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá); Commercial Law Specialist (1992)
  • Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá); Law Degree (1991).

 

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English