Meet BéndiksenLaw Colombia’s New Head of Tax
Seeking to provide a more complete and comprehensive service to our clients, we are proud to announce that our founding partner, Jaime G. Béndiksen, will head the Tax Practice area of our Colombia office. Throughout his more than 50-year professional career, Mr. Béndiksen has accumulated extensive experience in the tax law area, advising a wide variety of clients in Colombia, Mexico and the U.S. which is why we are confident that his appointment will allow us to further strengthen and consolidate our office in Colombia. For this reason, we present his resume below:
Mr. Béndiksen graduated in 1970 from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City), receiving an LLB, also received a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence (diploma) from New York University in 1974 and a JD from ICFES in Colombia in 1982.
Admitted to practice in Mexico and Colombia (South America).
Practiced with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie from 1970 through 2011, elected international partner in 1977. With this firm he practiced from 1978 through 1992 in Colombia.
Founding partner of BéndiksenLaw.
Mr. Béndiksen has over 50 years of experience in Mexican and Colombian tax law in general, with emphasis in tax treaties, competent authority proceedings, international tax planning, supply-chain restructuring, oil exploration, production and services, taxation of software, wealth management, mergers and acquisitions, permanent establishments, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, employee stock plans and value-added tax. In tax litigation he has secured landmark decisions on complex tax issues, overturning previous tax court positions.
Advisor to the Colombian Tax Administration (DIAN) in 2000-2001 to introduce transfer pricing in Colombia, illustrating the DIAN on this area of tax law and its benefits of the system, drafting the first statutory provisions, drafting the bill submitted to Congress and persuading Congress of the benefits to Colombia in approving the system.
Has acted as an expert witness on Mexican tax law for the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Also acted as expert witness on Mexican tax law in a US arbitration proceeding between two US multinational entities.
Coordinating Counsel for Multinational Clients
Mr. Bendiksen has extensive experience serving as coordinating counsel for multinational clients, first as Head of the Tax Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie Mexico, and, since 2011, at BéndiksenLaw.
Writes widely on domestic and international tax topics. Among many other publications, Mr. Béndiksen:
- Wrote the Colombia/Mexico national reports for the International Fiscal Association Annual Congresses in Amsterdam (1988), Delhi (1997) Mumbai (2014).
- Has published several pieces in the Colombian Tax Law Institute Magazine (Revista del Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Tributario).
- Has written two reports for the Colombian Tax Law Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Tributario) Annual Tax Law Conferences.
- Co-authored the section on Mexico in CCH’s “International Transfer Pricing Laws”.
- Directed and co-authored CCH’s “Mexican Tax Guide”.
- Was the editor of “Practical Mexican Tax Strategies” published bi-monthly by World Tax Executives, Inc./Thomson Reuters.
- Co-authored the Mexico country profile for the Global Tax Guide, published by BNA International.
- He is a correspondent in Mexico for Tax Notes International.
Frequent speaker at local and international fora, on domestic and international tax matters, including:
- American Bar Association.
- Asociación Nacional de Industriales (ANDI).
- Bloomberg BNA.
- Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
- Calgary Oil.
- Canadian Tax Foundation.
- Colombian Tax Law Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Tributario).
- Council for International Tax Education.
- D. C. Bar.
- Executive Enterprises Institute.
- International Fiscal Association, Annual Congresses of Amsterdam (1988), Delhi (1997), Uruguay (2012).
- Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association.
- The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
- Tax Executives Institute.
- Universidad de los Andes.
- Consistently listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers, published by Euromoney Publications of London.
- Ranked regularly as a leading advisor on Mexican tax matters in the annual poll of 1000 corporate tax directors conducted by International Tax Review.
- Named as one of the top tax lawyers in Latin America by Latin Lawyer.
- Recognized as a leading individual on cross-border structuring matters by International Tax Review.
- Recognized as “Tax Advisor of the Year” by “Defensa Fiscal”, a specialized Mexican tax publication, in 2005.
- Recognized regularly by Chambers & Partners in its Global Guide as one of the best tax lawyers in Mexico, dubbing him as “a phenomenal tax lawyer, especially in consulting and litigation”, adding “He is a leader in the field and ‘highly skilled and responsive’ according to clients”.
- Regularly listed by Who’s Who Legal, published by Law Business Research, Ltd.
- Listed yearly as a recommended lawyer by PLC Which Lawyer?
- Regularly ranked as a Top Tax Lawyer in Mexico in Chambers Latin America Guide.
- Chambers and Partners top 5% of lawyers globally.
- Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), where he was President of the Colombia chapter.
- Member of the Precedents and Legislation Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Mexico Branch.
- Member of the Transfer Pricing Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Mexico Branch.
- Honorary member of the Colombian Institute of Tax Law (Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Tributario) since 1992.
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In case you need legal counsel on tax matters, do not hesitate to contact us.