Adriana Zapata
Name: Adriana Zapata
Firm Name: Cavelier Abogados
Jurisdiction: Colombia
Practice Area: Administrative Law

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Professional Biography:

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Doctor of Law; Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá 2010.

Master of International Law; Pantheon-Assas University Paris II Sorbonne, Paris 1991

Specialist in International Private Law, Diplôme Superieur de I’Université, Paris II (September 1989 – March 1990).

Financial Law Specialist; Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá 1985.

Lawyer; Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá 1983.


Universidad de Barcelona, Research fellow (September to December 2007)

Universidad de Granada – España, World Congress of Law and Globalization (May 2005)

Kellogg, Northwestern University Negotiation Strategies for Managers (March 1995)

University of California, Berkeley, Strategic Human Resources Management (December 1994)



Universidad Externado de Colombia. Finance Government and International Relations Faculty: Lecture in International Negotiation and Procurement, 1996, 1999-2000, undergraduate

School of Law: International Procurement Sources and Private International Law, graduates since 1998 to present; II Economic Law Seminar, 1992

ta internacional de mercaderías, en: Acuerdos Internacionales de Facilitación del Comercio Internacional”. Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho, Bogotá, 1997.

Autora “Compraventa Internacional”, en: Derecho de la Distribución Comercial. B/teca Millennio, el Navegante Editores, Bogotá, 1995.



Partner – Director, CAVELIER ABOGADOS (2010- Present)

Arbitrator, Bogotá and Medellin Chambers of Commerce (From September, 2008 – Present)

Head of the Business Law Department, Universidad Externado de Colombia (From May 1997 – Present)


Legal Vice-president and General Secretary, Banco Av Villas (1998-2007)

Partner, Consultores Internacionales (February 1997 – November 1998)

Partner, Zapata & Asociados, (January 1996 – January 1997)

Administrative Vicepresident, Avianca S.A., Sam S.A., Helicol S.A., (September 1994 – December 1995)

Administrative Vice-president, Avianca, SAM y Helicolativa (1992-1994)

Subsidiaries Division Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Bavaria (1988-1989)

General Secretary, Head of the Legal Department, Invercrédito S.A., (August 1987 – September 1988)

Attorney for the Legal Department, Invercrédito S.A. (April 1984 – 1987)


International Academy of Comparative Law, Henri Capitant Association

International Bar Association –IBA-

President of the Colombian Subcommittee of the CCI in Trade Practices

Member of the Drafting Committee of the New Arbitration Law 1563, 2012

Member of the Regulatory Committee of the Security interest Act. 1676, 2013

The Firm 

Founded by Germán CAVELIER in 1953, CAVELIER ABOGADOS combines experience and innovation and stands out as a leading firm in several fields of law. Using the most modern legal infrastructure and technology, the firm offers its clients legal services in both Colombia and abroad, making it a strategic partner for business development. The firm represents local and foreign clients from diverse economic sectors and industries, providing professional, comprehensive legal advice and optimal service in a timely fashion.