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Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla


CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
Calle 75 No.​ 3-53
Languages Spanish, English, French

Lorenzo is a Partner for the Firm in the Technology, Media & Communications (TMC) and Competition practices and coheads the Dispute Resolution team. He has more than 18 years of experience advising national and international clients in matters of data protection and privacy, technology, Internet, e-commerce and telecommunications. Also, he has important experience in regulation and arbitration.

Lorenzo is a recognized expert in telecommunications and Internet law and has advised on matters related to disruptive technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, fintech, cyber-security, start-ups and telecommunications regulatory issues. In terms of privacy and data protection, Lorenzo has advised national and foreign companies in the implementation of the data protection law of Colombia and has important academic experience in these matters. Likewise, he has advised and represented in competition matters. He has been a professor of different universities in law and regulation of telecommunications, Internet, electronic commerce, data protection, arbitration and constitutional law.

Professional Experience

  • 2018-present – Partner, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2010-2018 – Director, Lorenzo Villegas Consultores y Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2006-2010 – Chairman and Commissioner,
  • Regulatory Telecommunications Commission (CRT), Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2004-2006 – Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, International Law and International Arbitration Group, Paris, France
  • 2001-2002 – Legal Advisor, Regulatory Telecommunications Commission (CRT), Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2000-2001 – Law clerk for Chief Justice Vladimiro Naranjo, Constitutional Court, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2000 – Councilor, Administrative Town Council of Chapinero Bogotá, Colombia


  • Area recognition: Latin Lawyer 250 2020, Telecoms and Media (Lorenzo Villegas, Key Lawyer)
  • Area recognition: Latin Lawyer National 2020, Telecoms and Media (Lorenzo Villegas, Key Lawyer)
  • Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, Chambers Latin America 2020, TMT (Band 2)
  • Area recognition: Leaders League 2020, Competition & Distribution, Antitrust & merger control (Recommended)
  • Best Lawyers 2020, Information Technology Law
  • Area recognition: Leaders League 2020, Technologies, internet & telecommunications (Excellent)
  • Area recognition: Leaders League 2020, Intellectual Property - Data Protection (Excellent)
  • Area recognition: Leaders League 2020, -      Media & Entertainment (Excellent)
  • Area recognition: Leaders League 2020, Intellectual Property – Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions (Highly recommended)
  • Area Recognition: Legal 500 Latin America 2019, TMT (Tier 3)
  • Leaders League 2019, Intellectual Property - Data Protection (Highly Recommended Lawyer)
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2019, TMT (Leading Lawyer) 
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Well-regarded partner Lorenzo Villegas Carrasquilla of Lorenzo Villegas Consultores moves up a tier in the rankings on the back of excellent feedback. Interviewees described him as "a figure of reference in the telecommunication market." They go further to recognise him as "a highly skilled lawyer."

Chambers & Partners


  • 2004 – Master in Economic Public Law (DESS), University of Paris 2 Pantheon Assas, Paris, France
  • 2003 – Master in Constitutional law – with honors (DSU), University of Paris 2 Pantheon Assas, Paris, France
  • 2002 – International training program in utilities regulation and strategies – focus in telecommunications, University of Florida and the World Bank, Gainesville, Florida
  • 2000 – Lawyer, University of Los Andes, Law School, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2001 – B.A. Political Science, University of Los Andes, Political Science department, Bogotá, Colombia
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  • Young Arbitrators Forum, Internacional Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Grupo de Estudios en Internet, Comercio Electrónico, Telecomunicaciones e Informática – GECTI, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de los Andes
  • Réseaux de Contrats Publics dans la Globalisation, MADP-Science Po
  • Asociación Iberoamericana de Estudios de Regulación, ASIER
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), London Court of International Arbitration – LCIA
  • Association de Droit Public de l´Économie, Universidad de París 2
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International Association, American Arbitration Association – AAA
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  • Author, "Regulation as proven fact in international investment arbitration", pending publication
  • Author, "Debates about the consent to the arbitration agreement by the State in international investment arbitration", Arbitral Law Treaty, Volume I, Editorial Ibañez Group, 2011
  • Author, "Investment protection agreements and the regulatory power of the State: an analysis of indirect expropriation and fair and equitable treatment", International Review of Arbitration no: 12, pgs. 57-104, January-June, 2010
  • Author, "The Law on ICT and the regulation of telecommunications: the Communications Regulation Commission", Comments to the Law on Information and Communication Technologies - ICT (Law 1341 of 2009), Universidad Externado De Colombia, 2010 .
  • Author, "Regulation and foreign investment: The Treaties of Reciprocal Promotion of Investments and the standard of Fair and Equitable Treatment", International Law, Colombian Journal of International Law, N ° 15, July-December 2009
  • Author, "Problems of modern contracting and consumer protection in information and communication technologies", Universitas, No. 117, July-December 2008
  • Author, "New Generation Networks, Cybersecurity and the Right of Telecommunications Users", Telecommunications Law, GECTI, Uniandes Editions - Editorial Témis, 2008
  • Author, "Market Economy and Telecommunications", Perspectiva Magazine, Institute of Political Science, edition No. 15, December 2007
  • Author, "Legal Notion of Regulation", 15 years of telecommunications regulation in Colombia, CRT, 2007
  • Author, "Reflections on the Consolidation of the Regulatory State", 15 years of telecommunications regulation in Colombia, CRT, 2007
  • Author, "Advances in telecommunications: analysis", La República, August 31, 2007
  • Author, "Security in telecommunications networks", Protection and Security, Colombian Security Council, year 53, No. 313, May-June 2007
  • Author, "The action of tutelary a new mechanism for review of arbitration awards in Colombia?", Revista de Arbitragem e Mediacao, No. 7, October-December 2005
  • Author, "Design and institutional performance of regulatory agencies", www.dussan.net, 2005
  • Author, "Regulation of public services: constitutional redefinition of the Colombian State", Constitutional law, critical perspectives, Legis, Bogotá, 2001
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