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Santiago Arbouin

Partner

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

Santiago is Partner and leads the Customs Law & Trade practice and  the Tax area for the Firm. He has more than 15 years of experience advising national and international clients in local tax, international tax, customs tax, foreign trade and customs law from the strategic planning perspective. He has experience in the application of free trade agreements and multilateral and binational foreign trade agreements, as well as in treaties to avoid double taxation and in the creation and negotiation of Free Zones and special customs areas. He has been a promoter of foreign trade forums and Foreign Investments.

More than 10 years as a professor of taxation on foreign,Tax Planning and direct foreign investment at the Universidad de la Sabana, and corporate taxation and foreign investment in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He has been a guest speaker at various national and international tax events.

Professional Experience:

  • 2020-present – Partner CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, Bogotá. Colombia.
  • 2010-2020 – Managing Partner of Unión Navas Arbouin lawyers and leader of Taxes and Foreign Trade of the same firm, Bogota Colombia
  • 2007-2010 – Deloitte Colombia Senior Tax & Legal Lawyer, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2007 – Crowe Horwath Senior Tax & Legal Lawyer.
  • 2002-2006 – Junior Associate of Taxes & Customs of Zuleta, Acosta, Suarez, Ibarra, Araque & Jaramillo Abogado, Bogotá, Colombia.

Recognitions

  • Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2022, in the area of Tax
  • Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2022, in the area of International Trade and Customs
  • Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2022, as Recommended Lawyer in the area of International Trade and Customs
  • Recognition in Leaders League 2022, in the areas of Tax – Corporate Tax as Recommended
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Memberships & Roles

  • Founding member of FIECE (Forum for the Integration of Colombian Entrepreneurs Abroad).
  • Member of the signature committee of the Office of the Taxpayer and Customs User.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Club el Rincón de Cajicá.
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Publications

  • Author, “Merseytram as a failure project finance” the school of management, the University of Salford, Manchester, England. June 2006.
  • Co-author, "Legal Relationship between companies providing public services and users as a consequence of the fee", Intellectum, Universidad de la Sabana. 2013
  • Author, “2017 Tax Update Manual”. Fenalco Valledupar. February 2017.
  • Author, Tax Update Manual 2018. Chamber of Commerce of Santa Marta. August 2018.
  • Author, e-book "Free zones and treaties to avoid double taxation". Ekomercio.com
  • Author, e-book "Tax effects and foreign trade of the entry of Colombia to the OECD" Ekomercio.com
  • Author, e-book "Tax differences in Colombian commercial contracts". Ekomercio.com
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Education

  • 2008 – Postgraduate studies in Tax Law, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2006 - Master of Science C, Management Practice, The School of Business, The University of Salford, Manchester, England
  • 2005 - Lawyer, Faculty of Law, Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia
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01/11/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 52
We are pleased to share the Tax Bul­let­in with the most rel­ev­ant reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in tax mat­ters dur­ing Oc­to­ber 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we briefly sum­mar­ize about the most re­cent res­ol­u­tions...
18/10/2022
The pos­sible end of the Free Trade Zones in Colom­bia
In Colom­bia, Free Trade Zones are those geo­graph­ic­al areas of the na­tion­al ter­rit­ory where in­dus­tri­al activ­it­ies of goods or ser­vices or com­mer­cial activ­it­ies are de­veloped un­der spe­cial tax, cus­toms...
03/10/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 51
We are pleased to share the Tax Bul­let­in with the most rel­ev­ant reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in tax mat­ters dur­ing Septem­ber 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we briefly sum­mar­ize the pro­gress and changes...
05/09/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 50
We are pleased to share the Tax Bul­let­in with the most rel­ev­ant reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in tax mat­ters in the month of Au­gust 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we briefly sum­mar­ize what is sought with...
12/08/2022
Learn about the main points of the new Uni­fied Gen­er­al Concept on for­eign...
02/08/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 49
We are pleased to share the Tax Bul­let­in with the most rel­ev­ant reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in tax mat­ters in the month of Ju­ly 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we re­port on the new laws that in­clude the...
06/07/2022
TAX BUL­LET­IN NO. 48
We share with you the Tax Bul­let­in for the month of June 2022, with the most rel­ev­ant reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in tax mat­ters dur­ing this month. In the Bul­let­in you will find, among oth­er is­sues...
07/06/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 47
We are pleased to share the Tax Bul­let­in with the most rel­ev­ant tax reg­u­la­tions and de­cisions is­sued in May 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we cov­er and ex­plain the De­cree that es­tab­lishes the guidelines to...
05/05/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 46
We are pleased to present our latest Tax Bul­let­in, where you will find the most rel­ev­ant news on tax mat­ters for April 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we re­por­ted on the De­cree that mod­i­fied the In­come Tax...
04/04/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 45
We are pleased to present Tax Bul­let­in No. 44, where you will find the most rel­ev­ant news on tax mat­ters for the month of March 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, we in­form on the sign­ing of the Agree­ment to Elim­in­ate...
03/03/2022
Tax Bul­let­in No. 44
We are pleased to present Tax Bul­let­in No. 44, where you will find the most rel­ev­ant news on tax mat­ters for the month of Feb­ru­ary 2022. Among oth­er top­ics, you will be able to find a sum­mary of De­cree...
04/02/2022
The Double Tax­a­tion Agree­ment between France and Colom­bia (“DTA”): ef­fects...
The fin­an­cing trans­ac­tions mar­ket was one that suffered sev­er­al im­pacts from the modi­fic­a­tions in­tro­duced to the tax re­gime through Law 2010 of 2019 (“the “Tax Re­form of 2019”), im­pact­ing for­eign...