Home / People / Álvaro Josué Yáñez
Portrait of Álvaro Josué Yáñez

Álvaro Josué Yáñez


CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
Carrera 11 77a-99
Languages Spanish, English

Álvaro Josué is a Partner of the firm and co-leads the Energy & Climate Change team. He is a lawyer from the Universidad del Rosario and has a master’s degree in Corporate Law from the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain. He has more than 20 years of experience advising projects related to the energy sector, in the mining, oil and gas and electric power subsectors.

His support for projects ranges from the incorporation of companies in the country, the award of the respective contracts, permits and licenses, and the legal support for their operational maturity. Álvaro has also been in charge of the drafting and negotiation of agreements for the acquisition of companies or equity participations in hydrocarbon producing interests in Colombia, and associated due diligence reviews, as well as acquisition agreements (such as earn-in and farm-in agreements) and joint venture agreements (including joint operating agreements (JOAs) and production sharing contracts). He has also been in charge of drafting and negotiating agreements related to energy and petroleum infrastructure, including EPCs and Built, Operate, Own, Maintain and Transfer agreements (BOOMTs), among others.

For eight years he was Senior legal counsel to the largest private hydrocarbon operator in Colombia, in charge of the legal structuring of important projects that led the company to exceed 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent (barrels of oil per day (BOPD) equivalents) and to operate more than 310,000 BOPD equivalents.

more less

Relevant experience

  • 2021-present – Partner, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2017-2021 – Managing Partner, Yáñez & Asociados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2010-2017 – Legal Manager, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2009-2010 – Legal Manager of Contracts and Special Projects, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2003-2009 – Partner, Yáñez & Asociados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2001-2003 – Lawyer, Arrieta, Mantilla & Asociados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2000-2001 – Legal Assistant to the National Presidencyl, Cámara Colombiana de la Construcción – CAMACOL, Bogotá,Colombia


more less

Memberships & Roles

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of Transportadora del Meta
  • Director for Khiron Life Sciences Corp
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Momentous Capital Corp


more less

Awards & Rankings

  • Legal 500 Latin America 2022 recognition in the area of Energy & Natural Resources
  • Álvaro Josué Yáñez, Recommended Lawyer in Legal 500 Latin America 2022 in the area of Energy & Natural Resources
more less


  • Author, “Strategic Alliances, a path during the crisis” Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, 1999


more less


  • 2004 – Master’s degree in Corporate Law, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain
  • 2000 – Lawyer, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia


more less


In­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies that arise from the new pro­ced­ure for al­loc­at­ing...
It is pop­ularly known that at the mo­ment of struc­tur­ing and eval­u­at­ing a power gen­er­a­tion pro­ject, the defin­i­tion of the ca­pa­city of in­ter­con­nec­tion to the sys­tem it of the ut­most im­port­ance.  Every...
Hy­dro­gen law, reg­u­la­tions & strategy in Colom­bia
1. Cur­rent state of hy­dro­gen pro­jects in Colom­bia The hy­dro­gen in­dustry is emer­ging in Colom­bia, as it is ex­pec­ted to be one of the most rel­ev­ant low-car­bon al­tern­at­ive en­ergy solu­tions in the fol­low­ing...
En­ergy Trans­ition Law - Main as­pects and reg­u­lat­ory de­vel­op­ments
On Ju­ly 10th, 2021 the Con­gress of the Re­pub­lic of Colom­bia en­acted Law 2099 of 2021 (the "En­ergy Trans­ition Law"), whereby spe­cif­ic art­icles of Laws 56 of 1981, 142 of 1994, 143 of 1994, and 1715 of...