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Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla


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

Lorenzo is a Partner for the Firm in the Technology, Media & Communications (TMC) and Antitrust, Competition & Trade practices and coheads the Dispute Resolution team. He has more than 21 years of experience advising national and international clients on matters of data protection and privacy, technology, Internet, fintech, e-commerce and telecommunications. Also, he has significant 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 Colombian data protection law and has significant academic experience in these matters.

Likewise, he has advised and represented in competition matters. He has been a professor at 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


  • Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, recognized in Chambers Latin America 2023, in the area of TMT (Band 2)
  • Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, recognized in Chambers Latin America 2022, in the area of TMT (Band 2)
  • Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, Leading Individual in Legal 500 Latin America 2022, in the area of TMT
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2022, recognition in the area of TMT (Tier 2)
  • Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2022, in the areas of TMT, Litigation and Intellectual Property, as Recommended Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers 2022, Communications Law (Lawyer of the year)
  • Best Lawyers 2022, Information Technology Law
  • Leaders League 2022, recognition in the area of Competition / Antitrust & Investigations (Recommended)
  • Leaders League 2022, recognition in the area of Data Protection (Leading)
  • Leaders League 2022, recognition in the area of Innovation, Technology & Telecoms (Excellent)
  • Leaders League 2022, recognition in the area of Media & Entertainment (Highly Recommended)
  • Area recognition: Latin Lawyer 250 2022, Telecoms and Media (Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla, Key Lawyer)
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A client describes Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla as an "excellent, prestigious and knowledgeable lawyer," adding: "He is rigorous with the details and always available to provide clarity to clients." A different client is quick to praise him for his "professionalism, innovative solutions and strong analytical capabilities." He is widely recognised as an expert in data protection matters.

Chambers & Partners 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • 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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  • 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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