Jose Esmeral Camacho

Summary

Attorney at Law with Master Degree in Business and Commercial Law, Post Graduated Courses in International Law and International Relationships, Contractual Law and Financial Management. Ten years of broad experience in the areas of International Trade, Private Financial Law, Foreign Investment, Trade Agreements and Economic Integration Legal Frameworks. Expertise includes Corporate and Administrative Law, International Banking and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as, Licensing and Franchising of Infrastructure and Service Projects. Committed, entrepreneurial, responsible, results oriented and with excellent interpersonal relationships to manage multiple assignments efficiently and challenging objectives.

Work History

Work History
May 2007 - Present

Advisor to Legal Vicepresident

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF BOGOTÁ

§Responsible of designing the normative policy included legal rules and standards for the entity, in accordance with the national and regional framework.

§Promote commercial strategies and incentives to enhance entrepreneurs’ participation.

§Identify the threats and opportunities existing within the local regulation and international standards.

§Establish the legal position regarding political and economical issues that could affect the norms and customs.

§Legal assessment to position the entity in the international scene.

Sep 2004 - Apr 2007

Legal Advisor in Foreign Policy Issues, International Trade and International Relationships

CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA

§Assessment in the formulation, adoption, direction and coordination of policies related to competitiveness and productivity, investment, trade, and industrial development.

§Establishment and follow-up of strategies for the preservation of pro-business, pro-internationalization and pro-competition approaches in the economic area.

§Provide commercial and legal advice to the Commission of Senators regarding the negotiations of the Andean-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Free Trade Area of the America’s (FTAA) and other Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT’s) under discussion.

§Advice to the Senate within the approval of sound policies aimed at increasing and diversifying the exportable offer, improving the general investment climate, making the productive activity more competitive and promoting the internationalization of entrepreneurs.

§Other area of assessment includes: Defense and National Security, Special Foreign Exchange Regimes, Exchange Rights, Free Remittance of Profits.

Aug 2002 - Oct 2003

Legal Advisor – Chief Executive Officer

EURO AMERICAN DE COLOMBIA S.A.

§ Responsible for the design, structuring and development of sale and privatization processes of monetary and banking assets.

§Enhancement of investment portfolios.

§Design of strategies for the negotiation of international financial services contracts.

§Registration of foreign investment.

§Legalization and access of national profits to foreign markets.

§Tax forecast and planning.

Jan 2002 - Jul 2002

Advisor to the Superintendent – Legal Department

SUPERINTENDENCY OF PORTS AND TRANSPORTATION

§Provide legal advice regarding the analysis of divestitures, mergers and acquisitions in the transportation sector.

§Definition of legal parameters, particularly, administrative sanctions to liable public and private transportation entities.

§Coordination of several legal task forces and the drafting of all related contracts, resolutions and decrees.

§Active participation in the implementation of Surveillance and Control mechanisms to supervise the public service of transportation.

Apr 2001 - Dec 2001

Legal Director

LA BANCA DE INVERSION S.A. (INVESTMENT BANKING)

§Analysis of Latin America’s Foreign Investment Legal and Commercial Framework: strategic alliances and joint ventures associate companies, customs duties and tariffs, legislation on competition (dumping and safeguards).

§National and International Regional market research by product or sector, regional studies, market access, import and export procedures, national and international leasing, outsourcing services on international trade and environmental law and environmental procedures.

§Legal assessment to multinational corporations of the real and the financial sectors in their entry into the Colombian market and their further business development in Colombia. Advise clients in the acquisition of enterprises outside the Colombian territory, as well as, in their access to foreign markets.

§Participation in the team that coordinates investment banking programs and strategies designed to utilize the investment of public funds and at securing the participation of private capital.

Jan 2000 - Apr 2001

Advisor to the Superintendent – Surveillance and Control Division

SUPERINTENDENCY OF SOCIETIES

§Responsible for drafting Decrees of the Minister of Development and analysis of the proposals for controlling money laundering, capital assets and assets recovery.

§Concert State Policies and Monetary Regulation with the Finance and Banking Superintendence, Industry and Commerce Superintendence and the Central Bank.

§Day to day activities in the Superintendence, included: Organization and direction of the Administrative Committee, Legal Services, Finance Administration, Budgeting, Cash Flow and Treasury.

Jun 1998 - Jun 1999

Consultant

VARI INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED

§Participation in the marketing studies to identify promotion and access to Latin American Markets under the framework of multilateral and commercial agreements for International Trade.

§Elaboration of legal methodologies to structure investment projects in line with the best international practices.

§Financial support for the preparation costs of the projects.

§Legal representation of International Commercial entities in the domestic market.

§Analysis of import and export custom and duties and legalization of customs documents.

Jun 1998 - Jun 1999

Consultant

BRITISH TRADE & COMMERCE BANK
§Analysis of the liberalization of financial markets in Colombia, portfolio investments and legal conditions for opening markets to Foreign Investment Banks.

§Design of financial products suitable to the Latin American economies.

§Supervision of restructuration and reengineering process for companies.

§Auditing companies projects processes regarding to optimize resources.

Education

Education
Oct 2003 - Jun 2004

MASTER IN BUSINESS LAW

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
Jan 2000 - Jan 2001

POST-GRADUATE DEGREE IN CONTRACTUAL LAW

Universidad Externado de Colombia
Aug 1998 - Jun 1999

POST-GRADUATE DEGRRE IN SPECIAL STUDIES OF ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT (CSS)

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Aug 1996 - Jul 1997

POST-GRADUATE DEGREE IN COMMERCIAL LAW

Universidad de los Andes
Jan 1992 - Dec 1996

ATTORNEY AT LAW

Universidad de los Andes

Certifications

Certifications

Diploma in Finance and International Financial Management

Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Course in International Law and International Relationships

Universidad Complutense de Madrid.